Painting A New Life Story

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” –Alan Cohen

Like an artist applying paint to a canvas, you can create a new picture of your life that guides you forth.

In fact, whenever you hit moments of despair, endure another lonely weekend, or spend a sleepless night in financial terror as many have experienced during these tumultuous economic times, you can inspire new outcomes by dreaming anew.

Rather than engaging in a downward spiral of negativity, know you have ten seconds to intentionally shift into a more positive state of being. “Deal, don’t dwell,” has been one of my favorite mantras. And, if you still feel compelled to dwell, dwell on what you want (versus what you do not want or what has not worked).

The power to change your thought process IS within you. Train yourself to stop talking about what is not working in your life the way you hoped. (With gentleness and compassion know, however, there are certain life circumstances, like in grieving or letting go of an identity or a way of being that no longer serves you, that you may benefit from lingering longer in reflection and sit with some uncomfortable feelings before releasing them.)

You are not your current circumstances; they are merely a reflection of where you have been. Even the difficult or challenging ones served you, often prompting you to re-direct your work or love in new directions.

Beginning today, you can start again. The first step is to give yourself permission to look beyond where you are now and to ponder your ideal life. Play with the feelings of what the new you will look and act like, and who you will be surrounded with and what you will be doing.

Then, take daily consistent actions towards that vision you have of yourself. Getting out of your house will help you get out of your rut. Shake it up a bit. Drive a different route, wear a new style of dress, or initiate contact with a stranger as a random act of kindness, even if it is offering a simple warm smile. The Universe frequently rewards in like ways, or better.

Find the boldness within you to live life large. Diligently, even forcefully, ignore the fears and doubts that crop up whenever you step into creativity, whether you are bringing forth a new expression of yourself or sharing one of your God-given talents.

And if you need practical tips for truly bringing a new work of art forth, purchase The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin—absolutely one of the most comprehensive books for staying the path towards manifesting a creative dream.

Being creative is sacred work; it connects you to Source, brings forth your uniqueness and sometimes guides you to your life purpose or legacy.

The most creative act you can do today, in this moment, is to own your thoughts of how you want your life to be. Then, with courage, take a step forward that reflects that thought. Let go of the outcome. Tomorrow, take another step forward. Once again, let go of the outcome. Let the picture come together in time, just as artists allow their creativity to flow.

See each new thought as a paintbrush. You get to pick the colors, vibrations, and feelings you want to apply to your own canvas of life. Mine are vibrant, connected and soulful.


1. I allow myself to create the thoughts that help me bring forth new dreams.

2. I allow myself to take at least one action step a day that reflects the new thoughts I have about myself or my dreams.

3. I allow myself to sidestep fear and doubt, knowing I have the courage within to manifest my desires.

4. I allow myself to enjoy the bold new ways I am embracing life—and reward myself for stepping it up.

My favorite photo pictured above of the artists’ painting was taken by Jay Gramolini while strolling the back roads of Rockport, MA.   It helps me stay in touch with my dream of falling in love again and owning a simple and beautiful home by the sea, a creative sanctuary and gathering space for friends and family, filled with warmth.


Work one-on-one with Gail clarifying your new dreams, instilling new thoughts, and creating a customized vision board that helps move you forward. Her unique three-session “dream” package is available now through end of December. For more information, call Gail at 978-887-1911 or email



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  • Sarah says:

    Most of the time I am an upbeat, positive person but then I fall into sadness over what I haven’t created which then leads to pain from the past. Thanks Gail for reminding me to turn it around. You did so beautifully. And Gail McMeekin’s book is great. I’ve read it for years, even used it as a book club book once. Very powerful.

  • ELLEN says:

    Thank you for this post. I have always been a believer in the power of positive thinking, and your words — beautifully crafted as always — resonated with me. By truly believing in your success, you exude positive energy that will send the success to you.

    • Gail says:


      I appreciate that you find my words “beautifully crafted” and that they resonated with you.

      I love how YOU articulated the strength behind believing in ourselves and our success. Focusing and staying committed to the end result we intend, and the wonderful positive feelings we have living in that dream, keep us on track. I imagine you are well on your way to new levels of success. Keep us posted. Gail

  • Gail Thank You for always sending us resources to help empower ourselves in order to be the best we can be in any circumstance and take on the challenges of everyday life! Timing is everything – I will get Gail McMeekin’s book immediately! IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME….my favorite (10) – 2 letter words that I live by! Thanks for all you do for all of us!!!

    • Gail says:


      And thank you for inspiring us with your own powerful mantra for creating. May I suggest in line with today’s article that although it is up to us to create the thoughts, beliefs and actions to produce new dreams and outcomes, that we are fully supported by a powerful Universe that assists us in moving forward–especially when we do our part. Congratulations on your new business, by the way. You have always been a woman who puts herself and her dreams on the line. Gail

  • Thank you Gail for another great article. Sarah, I have two new books out–The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women and a new Journal book called The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women Journal which is all new material that builds on the first 12 Secrets book. Enjoy!

    • Gail says:

      Sarah: Glad you appreciated my article today, and also thrilled you read my friend Gail’s first book on Creativity. Her second on The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women JUST CAME OUT…it’s even more wonderful than the first. Hope we haven’t confused you,(2 Gails, one of whom has 2 books?). Happy reading…and creating….Gail (Jones)

  • Mary Ann says:

    As an artist who paints with passion, I forget the outcome and go with whatever is inside of me. It is a risk that we take every time we hold that paint brush, it is indeed so much like life. When the mind goes blank (and it does) that’s a sign for me to get out and explore something or someplace new! The power to change is indeed within. Great article once again!

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