How I Unwittingly Closed the Gap by Curating for the Future

This is a photograph of my natural and organic dye-free easter eggs, produced right here on my little farm. I curated the chickens, choosing their breeds by egg description, looking forward to this moment. My moment has come. in this moment... right? Authentic Way coaching is committed to partnering with you to curate your unique, most celebrated, gifted, creative life.
“Untitled image of un-dyed Easter eggs, always in abundance at Lauren’s farm,” ©2021, Lauren Berley Studio

A few times in life, and even more if we’re living consciously, we can sense a tailwind accelerating us toward our vision. Like stepping on a conveyor belt, we catch on to the trajectory that aligns us to our most precious visions/yearnings/creations.

Such is the case with my little farm, locked fifteen years in the vision stage, that showed up in my now reality at the very same time that Covid-19 swept around our planet like wildfire. A fifteen-year dream, manifest in America’s rural South, is all kinds of wild, fun, mystery, work, injury, reward, laughter, some tears… wonderful! The urging of concerned people for me to stay home was energy wasted, for I’ve been waiting my entire life for a reason to do so.

It’s only in the past two years that I have been curating everything in my existence to reflect this vision of a farm/studio/retreat space, a vision I intended in 2005 at a Master Reiki Retreat in New York’s Catskill Mountains. This curation process was meant to be playful, joyous, light-hearted intention-setting. My thoughts were that in ten to fifteen years, Denver real estate would deliver me a handsome sum and it would be worth my while to sell, or whenever I’m ready. But not for quite a while. I had a life in Denver. A lovely one.

Little did I know that by the action of curating for my future, I was actually bringing the future into the Now.


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Procrastination: The Perfectionist’s Lie as Presented by Brendon Burchard (plus video)

This is an image of a nearly-perfect vintage MG restored near Aspen Colorado. I'm using it to illustrate and accompany Brendan's talk and blog on The Perfectionit's Lie, since if you look more closely to the MG image, you will see all the holes in the perfectionism story. I mean, who even too this Nikon worthy picture without an art director to turn the steering wheel into a dignified location. Authentic is not the way with creative and gifted art direction.
“Untitled image of near perfection, ” ©2013, Lauren Berley Studio

“The prettiest excuse we wield is the perfectionist’s lie, that crafty and vain and elegant delay logic shared with a high-chin that says, ‘You just don’t understand, I am a perfectionist so I have yet to finish.’

The reason for our holdup is so beautifully precise yet abstract; our personality is to blame. No, the reason most have not finished is because they have yet to truly begin. They got tangled up in doubt or distraction, and so they have yet to commit the grueling focus, toil, sweat, and investment that real work and creativity requires. They believe they fear the blemishes of beginnings and the faults on the path to finishing, but perhaps they fear themselves. If there were such a thing as a ‘perfectionist,’ they would at least be precise and call it like it is: ‘I am scared and distracted, and so I have yet to proceed or complete.’
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