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DailyGURU – The Search for Love | it’s right there…

Have a good V-Day everyone!!!  I already had my first kiss of the day (he was gay, but it still counts!!) and will be the hug monster that I am for the rest of it!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

shawna cox happy ankle

There is no force more potent than love.
Take away love and your world is a tomb.
Your life echoes emptiness without love.
With it, your life will vibrate with warmth and meaning.
Even during hardship, love will shine through.

As you look back upon the events in your life you will find
that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived,
are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

If you have it, you don’t need to have anything else,
and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter what else you have.

Therefore, search for love.
Once you have learned to love, you will have learned to live.

Love is the most important ingredient to your success.
The Daily Guru


Posted by on February 14, 2008 in ShawnaLOG



SLog – Surfing Penguins and an Epiphany

September 27th, 2007:

Believe it or not, I had an epiphany on the flight from Vancouver to LAX today – and it was watching the animated feature ‘Surf’s up’ ( surfing animated penguins…) and not even off my own Air Canada seat entertainment monitor (mine wasn’t functional) – it was off the person to in front of me (had the upgrade to Exec…)


So…. no audio, just where I was at in my head and watching the visual story only – funny how if a story is told well enough, and animations are all about the picture, you can follow it… Ok, Surf’s up, pretty generic story line – could tell you the ending and the middle even before I saw the beginning, but what I didn’t’ know or couldn’t perceive was the effect it would have on me, today, September 27th 2007 enroute to the ’40 year to Glory’ Baja legends Event.


Ok, granted I had a couple glasses of wine on the flight and a little burnt out and no idea where I stand in this word right now… Poor Sonja who graciously accompanied my on this grand adventure … who knew I would only have 4- hours sleep a night for the past 2 weeks working this Dakar Proposal graphics…


I sat and already was affected by my own reflection of where I am, where I want to be and what I have already achieved – but that age old question “all for what?”


Watching Surf’s up, I was watching the segment where the young penguin wanna-be surfer great, was making his own board with the greatest surf penguin ever having taken his side…

It hit me like a brick that no matter who is at your side, in the end, you pick the wave and you must ride it alone. Others can be on the same wave, but in the end, it’s your cut, your edge, your path that you and only you can ‘surf’.

It’s how you look at it that either destroys you or lifts you up and carries you in to shore – that simple… just like learning to surf – you start at the small sets, learn , let others teach you, watch those that you admire and fantasize about emulating….

One day – talent, tenacity – you and only you will ever be the one to take that next wave – that next set that is bigger and on a different beach that may or may not have sharks, urchins, reefs – it’s that setting out to see where that next wave will be the perfect one for that moment… the perfect set isn’t something you can make happen – it’s something that is in the course of nature.

You can only prepare, train, locate and wait for that ‘perfect set’ and in the end, it is only you that is on the board, paddling out and sitting, waiting in the undulating waters. Surrounded by other’s waiting both in the waters and those watching from the beach sands, it is you that navigates and chooses which wave is perfect for you and what the timing will be.

You watch – you wait – you see it – it looks like it is the one – you paddle, getting up to speed to catch the crest of this massive wave of energy… you can still duck out, or you paddle your heart out and let go of the images of getting tossed and scraping in the corals hidden far below the surface… You and your board are alone on the wave – only you and your board will navigate and risk falling, tumbling, drowning for that one chance that you are now ready for the next ‘big wave’.

You have earned the right to surf with those that you have been watching, waiting to share that one wave with… Share the respect and the wisdom of the secrets of this wonderfully insane thing called life and living passionately, experiencing everything and anything that has been laid out as a gift before us.

I realize that even though I dream of a team to pursue and enjoy life both personally and professionally, I know that I have my own sets and waves that only I can ride – that sometimes I will pick the 1st wave where others will pick the 2nd and also that sometimes those I my life will take that wave that right now is just a little over my head, but watching them inspires me – lends me to believing that all that is a possibility and a future reality for me and my board.

And that board? it’s something that starts out generic, but over time gets hand crafted…. Something that becomes me and it a part of me to the point that it is an extension of me. It alone has been where I have been, knows the secrets I have known and has always been there and carried me even long after I have fallen.

That, in the end, was my epiphany. Me, a board, a wave and everyone else that has jumped into the same ocean.

In the end, work hard – do the work, but share and celebrate with all those others that have jumped into the waters and wait along with you for the next great wave. Encourage them, celebrate with them and most of all let them go play and without a thought, leave them all behind to be inspired by your own unstoppable passion and impulse to take THAT wave that is coming – YOUR perfect set.


Ride it – learn from it – get back out there and wait for it to come again. It only gets better and bigger.



Posted by on October 2, 2007 in ShawnaLOG, TravelLOG




Monday, October 1, 2007


south 5

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.

The cards you’re dealt in life are less important than the way you play them. Every day you face a new deck and new cards. Carve out a niche for yourself in your imagined future.

Begin immediately to think and feel yourself as successful. To achieve your goal in life, you need to project your end result. Focus on your future, not your past.

Prepare for your future, don’t live in the past. Relish your good memories and use any bad ones as lessons in life.

Think of the elation, the satisfaction, the joy you’ll feel when you’ve achieved your objective. Carry these ecstatic feelings with you every day and they will bring your desired goals into view.

Success is waiting for you.


************************************************************************* ©2006 by Max Steingart Reproduce freely but maintain © notice *************************************************************************

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Posted by on October 1, 2007 in Uncategorized



DailyGURU – Live to DREAM

Thursday, September 13, 2007


dakar PC

You have to think big if you want to be big. Your only limits are those of vision. The more you can dream, the more you can do. Big thinking will always come before big achievement.

The greatest achievements always take place in the framework of great expectations. If you don’t have a dream, how are you going to make it come true?

Cherish your dreams for they are the blueprints to your ultimate success. The empire of your future resides inside you.

When you cease to dream, you cease to live.


©2006 by Max Steingart

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Posted by on September 13, 2007 in ShawnaLOG



DailyGURU – Carve the Trail | One, Two Three…

Saturday 1, September 2007

Look inside for direction

“If you see your path laid out in front of you — Step one, Step two, Step three — you only know one thing… it is not your path. Your path is created in the moment of action. If you can see it laid out in front of you, you can be sure it is someone else’s path. That is why you see it so clearly.”

— Joseph Campbell


What? No one to follow? Now that’s a scary thought!

And yet, that’s what life asks each of us to do – to chart our own path. We are each unique. We’re told our uniqueness is our gift to the world. And so why would we even want to follow in someone else’s footsteps?

Can we trust ourselves to carve our own trail?

“To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling.”

— Jean Shinoda Bolen

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Posted by on September 1, 2007 in DakarLOG, ShawnaLOG



SLOG – 1 SECRET, 1 MOTTO | Leads me right to the CORE

I am not independently wealthyI’m an independent filmmaker.


At the initial stages that I am at – those two are not mixing. The glamorous reality is that the special combo’s order is lovingly coined “independently in-debt”! That’s what happens when one falls in love with life and is willing to do anything it takes to not let it slip through the fingers.

The next is to learn to trust and have some faith…

My secret?
…That I don’t know what I am doing.

Ok, yes – to admit this could be professional death, but it is personally real and it is a damn scary thing. At the end of the day, it’s the absolute truth but as an innovator, a creator it’s also the core driving force

“you don’t know and by not knowing, you discover.”

…it’s that ‘discovery’ that makes things come to life, both inside and in the world that surrounds us. This is also what makes life exciting, passionate, unpredictable and renewed. But mostly, I have found that it also opens the door to community – for others to join in my journey and assist with their wisdom or support...

My motto? DO that ridiculous thing that JUST crossed my mind – NOW!

First of all, the fact that I just labeled it ‘ridiculous’, is the first sign that it is something completely out of my context – that it isn’t something I already know or have experienced.

Remember when you were younger? That incredible rush of adrenaline… when you took that GIANT leap into the unknown world?

Trust me, adrenaline is good for you and you don’t have to be on the verge of death in a NASCAR RACE to reap it’s benefits. Adrenaline is the key physical sign that you are crossing over… crossing over some pre-set boundary or belief and you are grabbing the bull by the horns and are set to CHALLENGE IT!
This only leads to the opportunity to discover, to grow and to learn. THIS leads to innovation and your evolution…

So there you have it… My Secret and My Motto. These two silly and simple things shaped the core values I have finally been able to identify and voice that drive the heart of my own journey – both personally and professionally…

evolve . involve | innovate . collaborate

My Guru ‘words of wisdom’?  Get out there, SHARE YOUR SECRET and DO THAT RIDICULOUS THING that just whisked through your mind and raced through your heart…

I guarantee it is the BEST thing you ever, never knew. 🙂


-Shawna, Creative Director, 11|oneone Films & the secret and the motto.


Posted by on August 24, 2007 in FilmLOG, ShawnaLOG, SherpaGURUS


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DailyGURU – 80% of Success is Showing up

When you’re sure you’re on the right road to success
you don’t have to plan your journey too far ahead.
Don’t burden yourself with doubts and fears
as to the obstacles that may bar your progress.

You don’t need to know all your answers in advance.
Just have a clear idea of the goal you want to reach.
You can only take one step at a time.

Once you muster up the courage to begin,
you’ll find the courage to succeed.
It’s the job you never start that always takes the longest to finish.

You can have all that you desire if you act on your dreams.

                                                               THE DAILY GURU

©2006 by Max Steingart
Reproduce freely but maintain © notice

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Posted by on August 21, 2007 in Uncategorized



DailyGURU – August 1, 2007

“The great Western disease is, ‘I’ll be happy when… When I get the money. When I get a BMW. When I get this job.’ Well, the reality is, you never get to when. The only way to find happiness is to understand that happiness is not out there. It’s in here. And happiness is not next week. It’s now.”

— Marshall Goldsmith

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Posted by on August 1, 2007 in Uncategorized



DailyGuru – Visualize Each Day

The other Fav daily mail of mine… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 27, 2007 in Uncategorized



DailyGURU – Wednesday, July 25, 2007

 My Favorite Daily Mail: The Daily Guru Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 25, 2007 in FilmLOG



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