Inspired by The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and Good Life Project by Jonathan Fields, I am focusing on one small act or intention that I would like to amplify in my life. After contemplating this, and borrowing their words, I realized I already have a Happiness Project and Good Life Project, and I have coined it A Life of Plenty. Now to just define it more clearly to myself. This is my effort.
A note to readers: This is a dynamic posting and will be edited to reflect my monthly intentions.
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I am ending the Race to Nowhere. I can make a difference in the lives of my children by modeling a new paradigm of success. The way I live my life, and the things I put first in my life will define success for my children.
When I step back and look around, it is not too difficult to understand why children are in the race to nowhere. Because, most parents are running the race to nowhere. If we want our children to own their own life, don’t we first need to own our own life?
“It doesn’t much matter how you get there if you don’t know where you are going.” ~ Alice in Wonderland Continue Reading »
Greetings! I decided to write my yearend reflection today – my 38th birthday. This is one of the most meaningful traditions I do for myself. And I share it with you. It is easy to get lost in the day to day hairballs of life and forget how blessed we are, and how much we have each grown in a relatively short time.
As I sit in my new home, gazing into the mad lake and white sky, I reflect on a beautifully awesome year of life, love, and adventure. Continue Reading »
For FOOD in a world
where many walk in hunger;
For FAITH in a world
where many walk in fear;
For FRIENDS in a world
where many walk alone;
WE GIVE THANKS.
Knowing it would be a full day today, I start early. At 4:40 I wake to go to the Y for spin class. On my way home I decide to stop at the grocery store. Sure, there’s plenty to eat for breakfast – oatmeal, toast, cereal. But not the kids’ favorite waffles. As I pull into the parking lot of Shop N Save, I see a man with a flashlight going through the trash. I park and walk up to him.
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I find it fascinating to read about the numerological significance of 11.11.11. And, I believe the true significance of 11.11.11 is the same as yesterday, and the same as tomorrow.
No one day is less or more significant than the others. For me, today is a day of mindfulness, an awareness of the ordinary miracles every day. Continue Reading »
I stopped in to savor the moment – some reading, writing, and sipping at Starbucks while my kids are at art class. I could have gone home - folded some clothes and wiped down the counters for the fourth time today. I decided going home would be a distraction from what I really wanted to be right now. Continue Reading »
For those who have been keeping up with my Parenting Workshops at Drug Court, here is Session 3 of 4.
On a personal note, two major points of interest occurred this week in preparation for this class. 1. My mentor suggested that the purpose of my teaching this class is for me. (Why yes, of course). AND, my reason is to better understand the human condition. (Yes, Oneness with All; Universality). 2. I made one giant leap on my “mystery” book. It’s a mystery because I don’t know what it’s about. AND, at coffee this week with my support hive, I discovered a clue: it may not be all about me.
Are we not each a microcosm in the macrocosm? Are we not each learning to dance with our shadow? Is not our universal human condition to be gardeners of life – composting pain into peace? Continue Reading »
This is my favorite time of the year: the smell of a bonfire, the burnt orange leaves, a crisp morning run, turkey and cranberries, pumpkin spice coffee in a double-handed mug. Cheers to the thanksgiving season. A time of thanks for all our blessings, big and small. A time of giving for those who temporarily have more to those who temporarily have less.
One of the latest contemplations of my heart is how to practice responsibility with privilege and offer this opportunity to my children. I am seeking “something more than” from our surplus and some way to show our gratitude and put giving in our thanks, and thanks in our giving. Continue Reading »
You are invited
Living Gift Market & Moving Sale
A lot of stuff is not making the move.
We want to give to those who can use it or need it.
The holidays are quickly approaching and we all have gifts to buy for people who already have enough.
I want to teach my children responsibility with their privilege.
My children are currently very interested in farming and preserving the planet.
If one is hungry, we cannot have world peace.
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