October’s “My Vision for 2012″ Prompt: Motivation

October’s Prompt Page by Heather aka sparklyduck75

{October’s Theme} My Vision for 2012: MOTIVATION

Prompt: What motivates you? Pick from this list.

Fun and excitement
New experiences

Create an art journal page answering this question, include a paragraph of journaling.

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

About October’s Prompt : Pleasure or Pain?

I’m not talking about 50 Shades of Grey here. I’m talking about the fact that sometimes it kind of boils down to whether you are motivated by pleasure or pain, doesn’t it? Are you excited about the sunny weather, or depressed and cranky about the cold rain?

When you are motivated by pleasure, such as allowing yourself to be cheered up by the sunny weather, you go about your day with a smile and joyful attitude that ends up being contagious to everyone you meet.  Thus, your cheerfulness multiplies.

When you are motivated by pain, such as allowing yourself to be depressed and cranky about the cold rain or change in seasons, you focus on how awful the day compared to other days before it. Perhaps you feel aches and pains more readily, or they become intensified, because your mood is lowered. (Not counting the rain-induced migraines that people, such as myself, often get that can’t be helped due to the change in pressure in the atmosphere.)

Instead of finding motivation in pleasure or pain, successful people find motivation from their goal and values. This allows them to focus day in and day out, despite whatever they feel – pleasure or pain. They do not allow for such distractions to deter them from their plan to achieve what they have their heart set on.

We are human, after all, and we might have the occasional setback. For instance, I surprised myself when my answer to this month’s prompt was that my motivation was pain. That very morning, I was forced out of bed earlier than I usually get up by actual pain in my lower back and hip. I just couldn’t stand it any longer laying in bed. So I honestly created my art journal page answering that I am motivated at this time by pain.

I’m sure many people with chronic pain can relate. If  you feel you want to take on the prompt from this angle, feel free to do so.

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Recognition or Money?

Another angle is to consider is what motivates you: Fame or Gain? aka Recognition or Money?

According to brad at CertifiedKnowledge.org,the three best motivating factors for individuals are:

  • Autonomy – are you in charge of your destiny?
  • Mastery – how can you get better at a skill?
  • Purpose – what does your work create?

Did you notice that money is not listed?”

Would you rather be applauded or would you rather be compensated? These days, in this economy, that’s a tough question. Compensation would seem the common sense answer, yet recognition for a job well-done could lead to  more respect, more trust, perhaps a promotion that comes with a pay-raise.

I can say at this time in my life, autonomy comes before money. Being in charge of my own destiny is important, the ability to be self-directed instead of being told what to do. I like having flexibility in my schedule, and being able to control it myself. I really like having a lot of me time. I suppose this all falls into the “Fun and Excitement” category.

You really MUST watch this AMAZING video “Drive” about what motivates us. I am unable to embed it into wordpress so just click on the link to pinterest and then click through again to the video.


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Motivation Quotes:

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.
Bo Bennett


You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

Storms make oaks take roots.

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do.
Orison Swett Marden


“Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence.” – Lisa M. Amos


“A successful person is one who can lay a solid foundation from the bricks others have thrown at them.”
David Brinkley

“If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do” –

“True nobility is not about being better than anyone else its about being better than you used to be.” –
Dr. Wayne Dyer


Motivation from Pinterest






October Prompt : My Vision for 2012: Motivation -Studio Tangie

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What motivates me? Honoring relationships by being on time, whether it is cooking gluten-free meals for friends/patients, driving to appts., or simply being present when our 15 yr. old doggie wakes and wants to go out or find the water bowl. Timelines, deadlines, the motivation behind getting up earlier to tend the garden or bake, before it’s hot and plants are water stressed, get photos taken, compress and zip, sent to German company for brochure, meet the deadline, but first pick the ripe, juicy raspberries, take the call from my stepdaughter and listen with all my being between the lines, finish the 80th birthday photobook gift and send it off, make the sheep cheese…the Chinese puzzle of time and life, motivated by love, by the season, by keeping appointments with myself for art, and mandolin, and Qi Gong practice, while still getting the basil harvested and the pesto made. Living the renaissance life of integration, knowing it requires the courage to say no, say yes, say not today because I’m committed to holding Gary’s hand, watching the change of light over the mountains, the hummingbirds at the feeders, the bees, and the wet grass against my bare feet. What motivates me? Love.
Drink it in, wallow in it, eat the glory, rest in the arms of God. Love. Everywhere in the little tasks and details. Everywhere.

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Foil Collection 3
Field Notes
A Door Opened
SJD Caravan


Julie Ann

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Heather aka sparklyduck75

Without even realizing it, I’m motivated lately by progress. New house, new cat, new church, new friends, new opportunities for service, new classes, new boundaries on relationships. I want our lives to be more meaningful, doing more of what we were created to do instead of watching the world go by or being choked by other people’s toxins. The trick is to keep the new activity balanced with the introverted, mellow pace the three of us crave. I hadn’t realized how much change we’re in the midst of, till I sat down with this layout, but now I’m sort of amazed. It’s not always comfortable–in fact, some of it is way out of my comfort zone–but it’s all positive and I’m excited about where we’re headed together.

Keep moving forward: even the smallest step is closer than yesterday.

CREDITS:By Tangie Baxter:

AJC 2011 Parcels 3, 6, 7, and 19
AJC 2012 Starter kit
Parcel 6

Now it’s Your Turn! Let’s see your pages about your vision for motivation.

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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