Dec. 27 ♥ Celebrate and Complete 2016

So many people have looked upon 2016 as the worst year, ever. And yet… There have been really good times, right? This is the time of year when many of us hunker down, stay close to the fire and wait for the wintry blasts to end. And yet… We want to feel hopeful for the bright New Year. I’m recommending that we all — me included — take some time for reflection on this past year, taking stock of what occurred in our lives. It’s really important to find the gifts, lessons, challenges and blessings from the year that is ending. In this way we can truly celebrate what has come before and release whatever needs to be so we can start fresh with clarity as our New Year arrives. Along this lifetime path of discovery you will come to deeply know yourself, grow in wisdom, and rejoice in sharing your own, unique gifts, which the world sorely needs. You need to review this past year to recognize it happened to you for a reason. You may totally understand that or maybe the meaning is hidden in a cloudy mist right now. Either way, it’s OK. What’s important is the process of introspection and celebration that will help you clear the debris so that beautiful, gorgeous you can make room for the new possibilities that will be coming in your New Year. And so, I am offering a gift to help you examine this past year and set your intentions for … Continue reading

July 27 ♥ Don’t Throw Stones at Every Dog that Barks

Ever have one of those days where you’re distracted by everything? You know you have things to accomplish. You know you need to focus. Yet every shiny thought that flashes into your brain diverts you. Social media, phone beeps and dings, a steady flow of email, interruptions, random thoughts…all compete for our attention. Distractions are everywhere, and they’re not going away any time soon. As much as we we’d like to disconnect, that also isn’t feasible. So what are we to do? Here are 5 ways I’ve found to help reduce the distraction in my life. Empty the trash. Not the wastebasket variety but the mental kind. Take a blank sheet of paper, set a timer for 5 minutes, and then just write down anything that pops into your brain. No censoring. Just rapid writing. At the end of the time period notice how you feel. If you’re like me, you’ll probably feel cleansed. I find that such a brain dump pulls all of the detritus out of my brain, leaving room for the thing I need to focus on. Oh, and throw away the paper you wrote on – the final adieu to the distractions. Clear physical desk clutter. Remove the piles from your desk and keep only the one thing you will be working on. I often put the extraneous files and papers on the floor behind me so that they are effectively out of sight. Clear digital clutter. Only have one application open on your computer at … Continue reading

Setting intentions

I’ve taken the last two weekends to do things that nourish my soul, which has included backing off from my work. On one of these weekends, I spent three days getting deliciously dirty, bruised and exhausted. And I loved every minute of it! The best thing is, I voluntarily chose this activity, knowing that I would become completely immersed in what I was doing, leaving no room for to-do’s or second-guessing, or guilt. So, what was the adventure? I was part of a photo workshop held at Ricketts Glen State Park and Jakey Hollow here in Pennsylvania. I spent 2.5 days doing what I love: clambering over rocks, listening to the wind rustling through the forest, watching the tremendous rush of water over magnificent falls, and freeze-framing the beauty with my camera. I ignored the “could-a’s”: comparing myself with the other photographers, wishing I had different (“better”) equipment, pushing myself to view just one more waterfall. Instead, I set my intention: I was there for me – not for any outside approval or grand measuring stick in the sky. I would do what I could, with what I had, and most importantly, I would enjoy myself no matter what. I would be fully present. So, what did I learn on my recent adventure? I learned the importance of setting an intention, which defines a path for me, like the embedded lights in a highway prone to fog. When I start to feel frustrated, lost, or unable to see ahead, rather than stopping in … Continue reading