December 2010

Many people are looking to the holidays with anticipation and delight. This is a special time of celebration and of joy in being with friends and family. There’s an air of expectation and wonder, regardless of religious affiliation.

Due to the twists and turns of my life, my holidays will not fit the Hallmark card model. While there are many ways in which I could view my situation, this year I am choosing to enter a deeply reflective time. A time of honoring what I do have in my life, rather than what I am “missing”. A time of reviewing the lessons and gifts that have come to me as I have met each challenge. And 2010 wins the Academy Award for the most challenging screenplay.

A significant lesson that I have learned this year is that there really is sunshine in every storm. As Sark so beautifully states it, I am learning to “see in the dark”. And, in order to do this, I need to seek the good in each storm. And, it really is there, although I wouldn’t have believed this truth earlier in my life.

I’ve also learned that grieving over any loss, cannot be rushed or skipped over, or pushed down. Being present with my grief and loss has allowed it to shift and transform. And I have learned to feel glad, no matter what.

This gift of understanding beats any beautifully wrapped package under my tree.

Peace to you in this season of love.

Clean Sweep Program

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The year is winding down. Well, maybe more accurately, the year is coming to an end, although our lives may be caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday activities. Thinking about beginning a new year is probably the furthest thought from your mind right now.

What if you could have energy, vitality and strength throughout the New Year?

Yes, going to the gym regularly would accomplish this, but that’s not what I mean.

I’m talking about something much more all-encompassing and life-changing.

What if you could make a clean sweep across all areas of your life? Get the cobwebs out,  find your voice, clean up loose ends, take better care of yourself? What if your physical environment, health, emotional balance, finances and relationships were all humming along?

OK, OK, I can hear the “Yeah, buts”.

And yet – what if there was a comprehensive compass that guided you to this state? What if you had a plan?

What benefits would you find in this place? What might shift in your life and in the way you see your world? Who might you become? What other possibilities would open up?

style=”margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;”>I discovered the Clean Sweep program through my coaching information channels, and offer it to you as a way to find more vitality in 2011.

Want to join me? What have you got to lose?

Download the Clean Sweep Program.

“And now let us welcome the New Year
Full of things that have never been.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Chick Wit

Lisa Scottoline

Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Columnist

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Lisa Scottoline’s column, Chick Wit, is the funniest thing I read each week. She has a way of looking at mundane things in a John Stewart kind of way, but with a woman’s unique slant. Her columns usually make me laugh right out loud.

Lisa’s entries are filled with stories about her mom, Mother Mary, with all of the control and religious connotations that implies. Her gay brother, Frank, who lives with Mother Mary – where else but in South Beach – provides fodder for her musings. Especially when Mother Mary travels by airplane to Philadelphia. And, Daughter Francesca, (her caps, not mine) is a worldly-wise, 20-something who provides up-to-the-minute singles dating tips for Mom’s occasional forays.

Oh, and then there are the dogs – all four of them. And why she prefers them to men.

No topic is off limits for her. She writes about the “frequent flier diet”; the ties that bind: mother-daughter worry; the joys of being an empty nester – eating anything you want, when you want; and one of my favorites, a recent encounter with a TSA agent.

An excerpt:

Was it intrusive? You bet. I’ve had dates that didn’t get as far, and they’d bought me dinner. I felt embarrassed, giggly, and silly. How could I not? Someone I hardly know got to second base with me, in Terminal A.”

Lisa’s take on the world is absolutely delightful.