AuthorE.H. Bellefontaine

Evangeline Henry Bellefontaine is the fictional writer behind Maison d'Evangeline (and More Beautiful Good on Medium). She writes mostly on the topics of bibliotherapy (books + therapy), personal growth, and doing the work. Follow by subscribing to Bibliothérapie.

What’s Holding You Back from Creating Your Art?

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I was reading David Kadavy’s book, The Heart To Start: Win the Inner War & Let Your Art Shine, when I came across this line: “If you’re looking for the heart to start making something, you need to understand what forces hold you back.” Why hadn’t I thought of that? (Seriously, that’s not sarcasm.) We can’t move on to the future or stand confidently in the present, if we’re holding on to our...

Trust (and the Players in Our Lives)

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“Your life is like a play with several acts. Some of the characters who enter have short roles to play, others, much larger. Some are villains and others are good guys. But all of them are necessary, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the play. Embrace them all, and move on to the next act.” — Wayne Dyer, 21 Days to Master Success & Inner Peace I often worry about the people in my life, who they...

Gift Inventory

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I always think of gifts in terms of financial ones — physical ones, and I never can afford what I truly wish I could for a person (no matter how I’m doing financially). I was reading Wayne Dyer’s 21 Days to Master Success & Inner Peace and came across this quote: “Work on your personal program of self-love, self-respect, and self-empowerment, and create a huge inventory of what you wish...

But Do You Think You Can Create It?

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When people find out I’m a writer, it often evokes a response like, “I would love to write” or “I have always wanted to write a book.” When I ask why they don’t, I’m met with a hint of embarrassment and, “Oh, I wouldn’t know where to start.” Usually, with a little encouragement and some hard numbers (“If you wrote just 250 words a day, which you could...

Implications, Willingness, and Wishes Fulfilled

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I’ve been exploring the idea of changing one’s thoughts. I started paying attention to my default state of mind and — having the full awareness of how difficult change and creativity and making anything worthwhile already is — knew I needed the best possible start and foundation if I hoped to succeed. I sought out books like those of Wayne Dyer and Napoleon Hill. Here were two men who, in spite...

What’s the Point of Everything?

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You ever just stop and wonder what the point is to everything? It doesn’t even have to be with a sense of resignation or disappointment (although, for a lot of people, I think that’s the case). From a place of pure curiosity (and maybe in hopes of making the most of the time here), what is the point, really? Although I question most religious beliefs, I do believe there’s a...

Going After Your Dreams

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Going after your dreams — what does that even mean? Especially once you’re grown. There are things I remember from growing up, times when I was clearly dreaming and imagining what my future would be like. I remember my siblings and friends dreaming, too. As an adult, I can’t tell you the last time I dreamed about my future or heard other adults imagining theirs. We say things like...

Stories Make Up Whoever It Is I’ve Become

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I went to a used bookstore the other day. The owner started talking with me and said how nobody reads anymore. That’s sad, but I get it. Attention spans are shorter. Competition for them is higher. Maybe we’re busier. But, then again, I don’t get it. I was reading a book by Peter Orner (Am I Alone Here? Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live — probably enough said right...

A soul can be saved. The world won’t help much.

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A soul can be saved. But it will take softness and depth and space. The world won’t help much. — John Ortberg At the beginning of his book, Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You, John Ortberg quoted his friend, writer and professor of philosophy Dallas Willard, who said, “Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your...

Guiding Quote

A house extends skyward.
Like a tiny but proud cathedral,
it wishes to generate the highest
and the best in its inhabitants.
— John Truby

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