Parenting, Anxiety, and Gingerbread Houses: How to become a #fearhunter

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Parenting, Anxiety, and Gingerbread Houses: How to become a #fearhunter 

I just had to share this story. Seriously, it has gone in my journal as the most challenging day I’ve had. The day started out with my plan: Wake at 4:45am, work until 10:30am, help kids with school for an hour, and then work from 2pm until dinner. It sounds easy enough, right? Well, challenge after challenge piled up and interrupted my plans. But even more, these challenges threatened to shut me down.

I’ve been writing a lot and discovering patterns, habits, and behaviors that link to fear-based thoughts. Thoughts like self-sabotage, self-doubt, procrastination, rationalization. These are all fears masked under a different appearance. For a majority of my life, I believed this was a part of me and there was nothing I could do about it. Then I learned that if I spent enough time discovering the source of where these are born and come from, I could become a #fearhunter. I began beheading the fears. Once you are able to define, discover, and recognize the enemy, you can manage and overcome it. Continue reading

The Power of “F” Words and your Kids

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The Power of “F” Words and your kids

I thought I would have a little fun with that title. I figured it would get some attention. That proves one of my points: The power of words.

Around our house, we throw words around non stop. Some encourage; some give life, and unfortunately, others tear down. Sometimes, we use them to make a drastic point.

This week I wanted to share a few words that are empowering and life-giving in our home.

Fun: As a father of an 11-year-old princess and a 9-year-old master builder, creativity, adventure, and “fun” is common. I, however as a Dad, have to remind myself to let go of responsibilities to roll in the fun they’ve created. Working from my private studio allows me the chance to see daily events unfold in real time. I remind myself often that this is the last year they will be this age. I need to stop, get on their level, and serve them in their own individual language. Are we looking for ways to have fun or are we spending most of the time saying no and what not to do? I’d love to go to bed knowing I empowered and verbally rewarded my children more than saying no.

Faith: This one is paramount. God is the head of this house. Not me. It has structured our lives to know our days, weeks, months, and years are a gift. Days at the beach. Days at Disneyland. Mornings sitting around the breakfast table talking about what we are thankful for. All these things and more are gifts.

Friday: The word Friday is a powerful one around our house as it signals “Family Night.” We hunker down for dinner and a movie and chill time. The kids look forward to this night the whole week.

Funny: Raising kids is hands down one of the most challenging things Chantel and I have ever done. We say how glad we are to have each other when the days are tough. The only way I know to keep it light is to be funny. I either do my famous chicken dance in the kitchen or some embarrassing performance that makes the kids run.

Fart: That word right there might be one of the most powerful words ever. Say it anywhere and your kids will smile. If we are having a bad day and are expected to take a picture that will last a lifetime, just say the word and everyone smiles. It works every time.

Listen, the most powerful muscle in the human body is the tongue. It has the power to give life or take it away. My personal goal is to be slow to speak, quick to listen, and careful to craft what I’m about to say.

How have you seen the power of words have a positive and negative influence with your kids? Please leave a comment below and share this post with others!

Aladdin Art by Noah – Product Release & Signing

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I will take part in a special appearance and signing, Saturday September 13, 2014 from 11a.m. – 1p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District, as we celebrate the release of my latest Aladdin Art piece “Our Flight into a New World”.

“Our Flight into a New World” – Watching Aladdin and the flying carpet scene is such a classic piece of Disney animation. The nighttime scene, the amazing score of music and the love between characters builds into a key turning point of the film: Jasmine finds her true love and is free. At the heart of this scene, I was moved by the message of hope. A new world. A new beginning. There are times in life where we feel that things won’t change for the better or ever turn around. Then, a marvelous interruption takes place that changes our life forever. Typically it’s a new friend, a new love, a new season in life. “Our Flight into a New World” celebrates hope, not just on the surface, but the surprises that lie beyond the horizon! May you be inspired!

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Noah is Appearing at WonderGround Gallery August 29 – 30

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Noah along with artists Jeff Granito, Liana Hee are taking over WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District. On August 29 – 30, take part in special live art performances and demonstrations by Noah and these artists from 5 – 6:30p.m. with a special artist signing opportunity following, from 7 – 9p.m. You’re not going to want to miss this one!

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