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Snow Day

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“A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky – unbidden – and seems like a thing of wonder.”  ~ Susan Orlean

Snow Day

Nothing like getting winter all in one week!  As I’m writing this on Sunday morning, a cardinal, blue jay and several winter robins are eagerly pecking at the bird feeder outside my window before the next storm hits.

In summer, we have beach days. In winter, we have snow days. I love a good snow day when you are forced to slow down, snuggle up and take stock of what you have.

These impromptu vacation days for me are filled with things that bring me joy. It could be a slow cooked roast in the oven, watching a movie or reading a book by the fire, even working without interruption. There is no expectation of the day.  There is no plan. I don’t have to be anywhere at any time. Instead I get to create my day.

Take Time Every Week to Slow Down

How can we take the lessons of a snow day to our regular days?

  • Remove expectations – Prepare for your day and then let go. Recapture the joy of the moment.
  • Be honest with time – You can’t do it all, so focus realistically on what you can do. Watch stress melt away.
  • Schedule time off – Take your vacation. Plan your personal days. Put them in the calendar and honor them.
  • Treat yourself – Snuggle in bed and read. Set the coffee to go off in the morning so it is ready for you. Take a walk alone.
  • Slow down – It is not a race…it is a journey
  • Tell someone you love them…every day.

This week try one or two of these.  Or, let me know what you do to carry the feeling of a snow day back into the regular world.


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The New Year’s Blessing

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“The New Year’s bountiful blessing: three hundred sixty-five bright mornings and starlit evenings; fifty-two promising weeks; twelve transformative months full of beautiful possibilities; and four splendid seasons.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

A Personal New Year’s Day

It is so good to sit down and write this note to you after so many months, while watching the Patriot’s win the AFC Championship. It’s almost like, yes…this is the way things should be.

As anticipated, and as many of you know, the changes I knew would happen have come to pass.  Today my life, my family and even my home is not what it was prior to Thanksgiving. I entered a whole new world on January 1st. It’s like being reborn.

That is why I turned to my favorite new year quote from Sarah Ban Breathnach’s, Simple Abundance. It reminds me of the possibilities and wonder each day brings. It inspires me to stop and take a look at the moment, however joyous or sad it may be and celebrate.

This Week

Take a couple minutes and watch a sunrise, gaze at the stars, breath the fresh air and let yourself feel the refreshing energy of the new year.  If you set goals or resolutions on New Year’s day, re-look at them with these refreshed eyes.  Make the commitments that enhance your life, and celebrate this moment when you can take action.


 

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Be Grateful for Those Who Make You Happy

Be grateful for all who surround you and make you happy

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

Rejoice In Your Abundance

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Rejoice: He is a wise man who does not grieve for things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ~ Epictetus

Summer Lessons

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Waning Summer

My sister and I were talking on the phone the other day lamenting the end of summer.  It seemed to come as such a miracle to us here in New England this year, it is hard to see it pass.

A reader of my Monday Inspirations reminded me throughout the summer that “Vacation is a state of mind.” (Thanks Wayne!) It has been a mantra all summer long.

Now in the twilight of the season, I realize the quote above is also a subtle mantra I have been adopting this summer.

Getting Caught Up In Stuff

Summer allows us to shed what we don’t need.  We live out of beach bags.  We open the windows and simplify our homes.  The garden grows of its own accord.

As I put my fall calendar together, I find myself slipping away from the vacation mindset being replaced by “I’ll get through it.”  I am getting caught up in stuff again and it doesn’t feel as good as summer did.   A familiar stress seeps back into my life.  I feel my shoulders tighten as I add another to do to the ever expanding list.  I sit back and sigh.

I take a deep breath and then another.  I repeat “All I have is all I need and all I need I have in this moment.”  I grab a water and stroll through the garden marveling at all that has been provided for me.  Gratitude replaces the stress.

Summer is Gratitude for What Is

I’ve learned the vacation mindset isn’t just about getting away.  It is about letting go of the stressful stuff and giving thanks for all that is in your life.  It is looking beyond your four walls and seeing there is a beautiful world out there full of wonder, surprises and yes, everything you need.

If you feel your summer being cut short, take a moment and get back into the vacation mindset.  You have everything you need to be happy.  Take a moment and look around.

Inspiration Quotes

Just remember that Dumbo didn’t need the feathers; the magic was in him. ~ Stephen King

Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right.  Just Dance. ~ Anne Lamott

 

Writing Quotes

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. ~ Stephen King

The scariest moment is always just before you start. ~ Stephen King

Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe. ~ Stephen King

Possibilities – Letting Life Unfold

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 Possibilities in the New Year

Here we are on the brink of another year.  I love to take this week and not just reflect on the previous year, but also explore the possibilities of the next.

Notice I didn’t say set resolutions.  I said “explore the possibilities.”  What happens next year has much more to do with what you think than what you resolve.  Your thinking will always over ride your resolutions if they are not aligned. Why not create new thoughts about the possibilities to come.

One thing I’ve learned is that when I hold too tightly to goals, not only do I have a hard time achieving them, but honestly, it’s no fun.

When I set my goals on possibilities, as Benjamin Zander says, “set the context and let life unfold” I receive much more than I originally planned.

As we wrap up 2014, spend some time this week thinking about the possibilities of 2015.  What possibilities do you see for yourself, your family, your career, your business?  Did that exercise make you smile or what?

Happy New Year, my friend!

 

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Flying Into Love

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I’ll never forget my first airplane trip as a kid.  It was like magic watching the ground slip away cars and people become ants scurrying around below.

I think one of the most amazing experiences is flying during a rainy or very cloudy day.  Climbing higher through the storm you enter the clouds.  As a kid I wondered how pilots know where they are going.  At least on the ground if you drive through fog, you are on a road.  There are no roads in the sky.

Then a miracle happens.  You break through the clouds.  On the other side is a whole new day.  The sun is shining.  The sky is blue.  The only thing left of the story is a fluffy white blanket below you.

It’s not a bad metaphor for Love and Life.

Love Is Energy

According to the law of conservation of energy, energy can not be created or destroyed but can change form.  If Love is energy, it too can never be destroyed, but only change from form to form.

Each of you have your own weather system called ego.  Your ego creates turbulence in your daily life with feelings like jealousy, anxiety, and worry.  It’s easy to block out or diminish Love’s energy on these days.

Become a Pilot

But by design you are a pilot.  You can soar above the weather system of the ego and experience all of Love’s energy.  Like a pilot, you may have to learn to fly.  Once you do, you have the daily choice to live in your weather pattern, or fly above it all and live in Love.

Learning to be a pilot can be a lot of work.  The results, however, are a lifetime of peace, joy and happiness knowing you always have a place in the sun.

I like to remember even on your worst days, the sun is always shining on the other side.

Spread Your Wings and Soar

Spread Your Wings and Soar

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Don’t Worry About The Snakes

In 2008, I traveled to a retreat center in Sedona Arizona.  Coming from New England, I was awestruck by the incredible red landscape.

The guide showed us where our set of bathrooms were because they sat apart from the cabins.  “What about snakes?” I asked.  I didn’t want to come across one on a midnight trip to the bathroom.

“Don’t worry about the snakes,” she said. ” If you come across one, just ask it what message it has for you.”

What?

She continued, “When an animal shows up in your life, many times they have a message for you.  All you need to do is get quiet and listen.”

This philosophy was new to me so she suggested I check out the books in the dining hall.  I could look up the meaning of the different animals I encountered during the day, including snakes.

Since then, I’ve paid attention to the the animals I meet.  For example when my mother passed away, the backyard was full of robins…in December.  I learned robins mean “new beginnings.”

Spread Your Wings And Soar

On vacation this year, I had the opportunity to experience a beautiful eagle at the lake.  He gracefully glided over head, circling and then dove for his dinner.

In 35 years, I’ve never seen an eagle at the lake.  I knew this was special.  During my afternoon meditation, I realized he message was, “It’s time to spread your wings and soar.”

Bringing The Message Home

Day to day it’s easy to get caught up in the mundane.  It’s hard to see the big picture.

The true adventure of vacation is breaking out of your routine and gaining a new perspective.  My eagle message reminded me my unique talents are what will allow me to soar or be successful.

I’m not asking you to believe in animal communication.  I am reminding you that you to have unlimited majestic possibility.  You too can soar like the eagle.  Just pick your head up, spread your wings and allow yourself to fly.

No Snakes Here

As for the snakes in Sedona, they kept their distance.  Didn’t see one.  I guess they didn’t have anything to share with me.  Secretly, I was glad.

 

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