About I AM MY Imagination
Hi, I’m Dana. I write, I blog and I create.
I AM My Imagination (IAMI) is a lifestyle blog/community. It’s designed to help people, like you, to live your truth, free your mind and be creative.
IAMI talks about things like:
- Finding work you love
- Creative career ideas
- Interviews with successful solopreneurs who took a chance and created a career path that leaves them challenged and fulfilled.
- Learning new skills
- Work from home opportunities
- Tips and ideas to save money and earn additional income
- Questioning self-imposed limitations
- Self-awareness/personal development
- Realistic healthy living tips
A while back, it occurred to me that I was living my life by default. I had believed everything I’d been taught throughout my upbringing – and, of course, obeyed all of it without questioning any of it.
That pretty much explains why I was such a mess. My mind was tied up in the dogmas I’d been taught while growing up. Once I stepped back and observed the world we live through the eyes of a spectator, I realized that most of what we believe to be true is nothing more than a set of beliefs, held by others, about what it means to be a happy, healthy and well-adjusted human being.
The way I see it, each and every one of us has the right to engage in work that actually makes us want to get up in the morning. Instead of subscribing tot he notion that we have to spend our precious time engaging in activities and careers we don’t enjoy, we can, instead, create opportunities for ourselves that not only excite us, but contribute to the well-being of others.
Live Your Truth
Living your truth means being in harmony with who you are as a person and expressing it in everything you do. It’s about being whole and living on your terms.
Self-awareness is the gift that keeps on giving. When you become aware of what’s inside of you, you see how you operate at any given moment and situation.
Free Your Mind
Once you know what’s inside of you, you can then start to break free of the limiting beliefs you have about yourself, your role in the world and what makes your heart sing. I know that last part sounds a bit fluffy, but it’s true none the less.
Freeing your mind is about divorcing everything you’ve ever learned from society and others who weren’t in a position to offer wisdom. It encompasses being virtuous over blindly following orders…
…getting in touch with who you really are (the Spirit that animates your personality)…
…understanding that you are a being – capable of expressing something unique and meaningful to the world…
…and decluttering your mind of the gunk that keeps you chained to a mundane routine that only serves to help you survive instead of live.
Creativity is everything.
Sure it has to do with the arts, but it’s more than that.
Creativity is conceptual. It’s an act of faith. When you know a solution to a problem is within the realms of your imagination – even though there’s no physical proof of its existence yet, that’s the creative process at work.
Just knowing there’s more to a story than just the facts is a form of creativity. It’s allowing the impossible to become possible because you know that as a physical human being, you can’t possibly know everything there is to know.
All things are possible (sometimes in their own good time). But it’s the creative process that allows you to express life through you – rather than to just live in your current circumstances.
Your life belongs to YOU! I say, live your truth. It’s the only way you’ll truly know peace – and when you do, you’ll be a natural expression of exactly what this world needs:
People who encompass strength, intelligence, wisdom, and well-being.
That’s how we change the world. We become that change…and inspire others by simply being who we are.
I’m a graduate of Fitness Institute International, Inc. School for Personal Training and the author of “A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You)” – a book designed to help everyone who participates in an exercise program to become self-aware and knowledgeable about how to avoid unnecessary injury and death in an industry otherwise designed to inspire optimal health and well-being.
I’m also the author of:
“Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)” – which is a book about consciousness and waking up and seeing the truth in the world – and ourselves.
“Choose Awareness (How to Free Your Mind and Become Your Own Guru)” – which is about freeing our minds from the conditioning of society and seeking enlightenment within ourselves. It’s a book about gaining genuine self-awareness.
“Don’t Be a Jackass: Observe Others, Own Yourself and Wise the F*ck Up“: – a lighthearted book about self-awareness.
After graduating from Fitness Institute, I found a way to express my passion for wellness through writing.
I’ve always been an introvert.
Because of this, I was never exactly the life of any social gathering. I spent a lot of time (and still do) in deep thought. People would come up to me and say “what’s wrong? You don’t look happy.”
I was unhappy. I forced myself to do things that didn’t feel natural to me. But when you believe you should do what everyone else is doing, you blindly obey that monkey see monkey do “philosophy” – even if makes you miserable.
Eventually, that caught up with me. I woke up and decided that even if I stand alone, I will live my truth.
These days, I spend time with those whose company I enjoy on my terms and engage in projects that make me feel light, inspired and excited.
Several years ago, I found myself questioning things like:
- Why do we do the things we do – to ourselves and to others?
- How did we end up living in a world filled with chaos?
- What are our roles in all of this?
- And finally, who are we really?
Over the last few years, I’ve watched my inner-world go through a complete deconstruction. Everything I had ever thought to be true suddenly – wasn’t.
This sort of realization can be a bit unsettling. It certainly was for me…and it made me wonder what actually is true.
However, as these meaningful questions pop up, they often lead to more questions – rather probing questions at that, and this sort of thing can bring about some interesting answers, once you allow such information in.
As I have.
And as it turned out, I wasn’t who I thought I was.
None of us are.
So to wrap up my introduction…who am I?
As Bill Hicks said it best –
I AM the imagination of myself