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Passionately Curious

“I have no special talent.  I’m just passionately curious.”  Albert Einstein

This quote is so hot.  So simple.  Get passionately curious gorgeous one!  Hold on to your passions like industrial strength glue!  When you’re plugged into this mode you’ll glow, you’ll be fulfilled and ooze sexiness and confidence.  It’s the absolute best beauty treatment and it costs nothing.

So why not try a little of this today?  Walk home a different day from work.  Splash someone in the rain.  Taste something you’ve never tried before.  Rent a foreign film…and don’t read the subtitles.  Try a new workout routine, book you would never read, sport, video game, eye shadow.  Eat naked by candlelight.  Find the juiciest fruit you can and savor it.  Let the juices run all over your face!  Get your curious on and play play play.  Oh…and do share you’re newly discovered passions.  You know how much I love to experience new things!

Love, Goddess

© S Stevens Life Strategies

Passions Collide

Passion.  I love that word so much.  I’m using the word in reference to things that light us up.  Make us beam with happiness and anticipation for the fun to come.   A lot of the time we can schedule our passions.  So they are all neat and tidy and we can just be in the moment.  But what happens when we are passionate about many things and the opportunities come flying at us at a million miles an hour?  That’s happening for me today.  Here we go:

1.  My passion for this web site.  So many fun things to do.  An AStore is in development for your shopping fun, interviews with beyond fabulous people, and live dates for us to play together.  And so many things to discuss and write about!  My head is spinning with ideas!

2.  Improv Comedy is another serious passion of mine.  My improv group has shows this month and rehearsal tonight in Boston.  Rehearsal is right in the middle of the first Patriots game tonight.  Which brings me to passion #3. 

3.  Anyone who knows me knows how nuts I am for football.  3 Fantasy Teams, listen on the radio, watch whenever humanly possible.  And being at Gillette Stadium watching a game?  I am in bliss.

4.  Meeting up in Boston to party it up with my amazing friends in Boston during the Patriots game.

5.  Working out:  It’s an absolutely perfect day for an hour long walk at the beach.  Beach is another huge passion.

So what does a passionate girl do when her passions collide?  Can I really cram it all in?  In the process of cramming can I actually be in the moment and not be thinking about all the other things I’m trying to cram in?  LOL.  Absolutely!  And here’s how.

1.  Last night (while listening to football) I made lists of amazing things for the Astore, wrote, and the hours went by because I loved what I was doing.

2.  Improv:  I know rehearsal is scheduled during the game, and this will be a little challenge for me to really concentrate on playing my butt off in rehearsal.  I’ll be edgy if I don’t respect passion #5.

3.  I’ll be able to watch the beginning of the football game, watch and party with friends after rehearsal, and listen to the pre-and post game shows during my drives to and from Boston.

4.  Having some fun with friends at the end of the day?  Yes!  I can truly relax after a crazy day, have a drink and play play play.

5.  Working out.  This for me pulls everything together.  I push the edginess out of my body.  I’ll go for my long beach walk.  Then I’ll take a few minutes to kick box out any edginess before I shower, put on my Patriot jersey and head to Boston. 

So how about you, lovely ones?  Do you have any tricks to share how you deal with all your passions?  I would love to hear about it.  (And maybe apply them in my life!)  Love, Goddess

© S Stevens Life Strategies

 

 

Passion…enjoy some today!

 
I looked up the word “passion” in the dictionary. There were 10 different entries.  9 of which had to do with sex.  Ironically the one that “turned me on” was definition #6:  A strong or extravagant fondness enthusiasm or desire for anything: a passion for music.  The most powerful definition is buried under all that sex.  I choose to live definition #6 because infusing passion throughout my life makes everything better.
 

I love the movie “Ever After” starring Drew Barrymore. (Cinderella saves the Prince in this kick ass version of the fairy tale) Cinderella/Danielle lives each day fully engaged in life, even though she is a servant in her own home.  She makes no excuses and meets each challenge straight on.  No whining.  She wants her fathers’ legacy-his home-to remain strong despite her selfish Stepmother.  Her father encouraged her passion and she absolutely adored him.

During an encounter, Danielle and the Prince are discussing politics.  Danielle is defending her opinion while challenging the Prince on his view on the matter.  The Prince asks her, “How do you live everyday with such passion?” “Don’t you find it exhausting?” It takes the Prince days to catch up with her. He realizes he can sit back, relax, experience and learn from Danielle’s’ passion for life. A little taste there, a bigger bite the next day. All good. When he met Danielle he found what was missing in his proper, regal courtly existence. Passion for life.

Most people are probably like the Prince when they meet a person infused with the passion that Danielle has. It’s utterly charming, infectious and can be overwhelming. Like anything passion takes practice. Practice the art of passion. Here are some ideas for you (Feel free to sample or take on as many as you like!)

1.  Admire yourself in the mirror. Smile seductively and really feel this phrase: “I am the hottest, sexiest woman in the world!” Be passionate about you.

2.  Take a bath.  Relax in the bubbles and engage all your senses.  Use candles, incense, sip champagne or nibble on cheese. Breathe deeply into this “passionate” relaxation.

3.  Play some music, turn down the lights, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Move your body or not. Just be in the moment.

4.  Go outside and do something active for your body. Notice how your body moves and feels. How lucky you are to have such a magnificent Creation—-yourself.

5.  Research this question: Which blanket would I most want to cuddle up in every night? Check out and enjoy different textures. If you are going to cuddle up in a blanket every night it should make you feel wonderful.

6.  Try on a diamond at the jewelry store.  Enjoy the colors, clarity the sparkle…and how it makes you feel.

Love, Goddess

© S Stevens Life Strategies 

 

The Lost Art of Savoring

My five-year-old niece is sitting in karate class. The instructor asks the kids in class a question. “What is your favorite meal?” One by one the kids answer: Pasta! Hamburgers! Pizza! My niece answers: “Dessert.” She absolutely adores dessert. One of her favorites is chocolate.

She loves dessert so much that she eats it too quick. And then she wants more. And that ultimately takes most of the enjoyment out of it. Then she gets that cute little look on her face. She’s in a little quandary. She so wants more, but her Mommy is trying to make sure she eats as nutritionally as possible. She is disappointed for two reasons: She had only a few moments to enjoy something she loves, and she is slightly frustrated because she won’t be getting anymore.

So I taught her how to “savor” with a small piece of chocolate. I told her to let it slowly melt in her mouth. We had a contest to see who would make the chocolate last longer and she won. She saw the benefits to savoring: it was much more pleasurable than wolfing down dessert in a heartbeat. When her Mom noticed her eating her dessert slowly one day, she got concerned! She said…

”What’s wrong…why are you eating your dessert so slowly?”

My niece replied with a contented voice…

”I’m savoring.”

Ahhhh….savoring. When was the last time you, gracious reader, savored? Was it when you were on vacation at the beach? When you were lying on the beach, listening to the rush of the waves, feeling the warm breeze lightly caressing your skin, enjoying the warm soothing bright light of the beaming sun on your face?

All of us should savor more everyday. Savoring takes practice. Savoring is an art. The French savor when they eat. I’ve read French people observe the meal as it’s set before them. They admire the presentation. They breathe deeply the aromas coming from the plate. They discuss the many nuances to the meal: texture, seasoning, where the flavors hit in their mouths: tongue, lips, back of the mouth.

The French are passionate about food. Savoring is passion! Passion for the moment you are experiencing….right now. Savoring is pleasure. Let’s start right now. Here are some ideas for you:

Close your eyes and savor the moment, and breathe deeply.

Eat and savor your meal tonight like the French do.

Tickle someone.

Savor a piece of chocolate like my niece does.

 

 

Next: Living with passion like this can be exhausting, or not. Your choice!

© S Stevens Life Strategies