Submitted by Analiese Marie

analiese marie is a blogger, yogini, bibliophile, and grant writer for an art museum in washington, dc. you can read her writing on her blog - tulips and tea - and follow her on twitter.

Here are Analiese's "Five Rules For Life":

1.) Believe that you are extraordinary.
The world desperately hungers for our gifts. Recognize yours, and live your life as if the fate of humanity depends upon your personal contribution (it does). Extraordinary people are not more talented or intelligent than the rest of us. They are extraordinary because they believe they are, and they act accordingly.

2.) In any given conversation, do 80% of the listening and 20% of the talking.
If you adhere to this principle, four things will happen. You will learn a lot. You will be forced to choose your words carefully and say more with less. People will think of you as a good listener, and they will like you more. And when you do speak, they will pay close attention.

3.) Practice yoga.
It will transform your life.

4.) Be your own hero.
Much of our pain is caused by our belief that happiness depends on something external to us. The day you realize that you and you alone are responsible for the quality of your life is the day you become free.

5.) Never stop learning.
Feed your mind with a steady stream of fresh knowledge and ideas. Take a class. Interview someone you admire. Learn a foreign language. Read...a lot. Challenge yourself intellectually. If you continue to learn, you'll never be boring and you'll never be bored.

Analiese currently resides in Washington, DC.