Blog Challenge: What did you start this year that you’re proud of?

from Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

The Question:  What did you start this year that you’re proud of?

I recently started “Kniss Connection,” a weekly video series to kick start the week with a positive perspective. I spend a couple minutes talking about a particular topic each week; it’s quick and easily accessible.  I love the idea that, with today’s technology, there is potential to inspire and empower people all over the world.  If I can make even one person’s day a little brighter, or give them a tool to manage stress, or build rapport with others, then the whole thing is completely worth it.

It’s been a learning lesson for me too…  Not only am I getting to know more about video and sound editing software, but working on this project continues to poke my perfectionist buttons.  I’m a 7 on the enneagram, so I’m well aware of how easy it is to take on the negative qualities of a 1 – the perfectionist.  These videos provide a consistent opportunity to practice letting go and relaxing, instead of obsessing over every last detail of sound quality, background, what I said, etc…  I won’t even mention how long the first video took to create, with take after take, but now, it’s becoming a more fluid process.

Here’s the most recent video, in which I talk about an equation I learned from Jack Canfield’s Success Principles (E+R=O).

If you’re interested, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel and receive an email reminder when new videos are posted.

Blog Challenge: Best Night Out

The Question:  Did you have a night out with friends or a loved one that rocked your world? Who was there? What was the highlight of the night?

There were probably a few nights, now melded in memory, from my last residency at Pacific in June.  There was the uncontrollable laughter–the kind that you’re almost concerned about whether or not you’ll be able to take another breath, but the thought of losing consciousness owing to oxygen shortage makes everything even funnier… the kind that makes your obliques hurt more than they have from abdominal crunches.

When I laugh that hard tears stream down my cheeks.

There was that time when Aaron raised his hand, and we just lost it.  There were homemade brownies.  There was red wine in real wine glasses thanks to Eric.  There was that all night conversation…  To say that that night, or nights, rocked my world, would be vastly understated.

Pictured here with my fiction writing friends, Jason Sandefur and Alissa Nielsen.

Blog Challenge: Best Book

from Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

The Question: What book – fiction or non – touched you? Where were you when you read it? Have you bought and given away multiple copies?

I’m re-reading Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love right now and it’s pretty much altering the way I perceive everything — again.  Of course there is the famous quote that is always a good reminder…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

But there are so many other, equally potent gems scattered throughout the pages.  My copy is already filled with underlines from the first go-around, but I’m finding new ideas on almost every page that somehow resonate with me in a way that is both novel and familiar.

Want to play along? Check out the list here and blog about your favorites for ’09 all through December: