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Snow day in Colorado

All the kids in town are excited for today’s snow day. Since I had to be an adult and go to work it wasn’t as much fun for me. But I made it to and from work in one piece. Thank goodness. Of course tomorrow I’m going to need skis to reach the office. 

Tonight, I’m grateful to have a warm place to stay and food on the table. My kitty cats are snuggled up next to me and I’m sipping warm apple cider. It’s been a good day. What more can I ask for on a snowy winter’s night? 

Credit to the artist because I love it! 

The Undertaking of a New Action Brings New Strength – Richard L. Evans — The Seeds 4 Life

There is no denying the power of practice and the power of dedication. There is no denying that with consistent effort, we can all make progress. Every single time we step up to the plate and try our hardest to achieve our goals, we are making ourselves stronger. By never giving up, we are reminding…

via The Undertaking of a New Action Brings New Strength – Richard L. Evans — The Seeds 4 Life

W.O.O.T.

First day of a new year and I am inspired to get back to this blog. I’m working on lots of different projects and my plans for 2017 and beyond are growing. But I’m excited. This is going to be a great year and I am going to be grateful and celebrate all the blessings that I receive every day. 

This time of year there are always quotes floating around to help those who look for them find inspiration. The image above has stuck with me the last few days so I’m taking it as a mantra and meditating on it. At least for now.

In my efforts to be fierce and brave I’ve come up with a word of the day plan. I’m not sure if it will continue to be daily words or if some times the words will linger. Who can say what the year will bring? 

                            Today’s word:  W.O.O.T.

I don’t remember where I first found this acronym but it is appropriate for today and the fresh beginnings, adventures, and opportunities of 2017. So what does W.O.O.T. mean?

                            W – Willingness

                           O – Optimism 

                           O – Objectivity

                           T – Tenacity

I am willing to make the choices and changes that will take me closer to my goals. I remain optimistic that my dreams are attainable. I believe in myself and am objective, realistic, and inspired to make 2017 a phenomenal year. Finally, I have the tenacity to keep moving forward. I may only take tippy toe baby steps but I will continue on the path to reach my goals and live my dreams. 

I hope you will join me on this journey around the sun. And I hope that all your hopes and dreams come true this year as well.

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Sunday night and I’m at a loss for words. I can feel them fluttering, swarming, pounding, and writhing about my brain but getting them on the page seems like an impossible task tonight. So I’m going to find a new direction.

Today, I was going through old boxes of mostly junk, as I continue on my declutter my life project, and I found some old poetry. Poetry I had written years ago. Really bad poetry. Hell, I’m not even sure it is poetry.

It reminded me that I don’t have to be perfect to be creative. I feel like we get in our own way sometimes. In my case, lots of the time, and that is a disservice to ourselves. I can be creative and successful. I am creative and successful. Not because I’m a published author. Or because I’ve written the next great American novel. I haven’t. I may never do those things.

I was reminded today that it’s okay. My poetry, bad or otherwise, is one more step on my path. It’s an opportunity to reminisce about days long past and consider where I want to be in the future. Today’s find is a time capsule without directions. I don’t remember what I was thinking or feeling when I wrote it. And I didn’t leave any other notes. This could be a piece I was planning on expanding or a random scribble made during a meeting.

I’m going to share this random piece of whimsy because I feel like it deserves some sunlight after being stuffed in a box for who knows how long.  

A flash of diamond nestles black.

The silver pearl sparkles, glows.

Historians watching, guiding bright.

Travel on the crimson pathways.

Onyx becomes amethyst while soft mist wanders light. 

Who knows – maybe the sparks of a new story will be found as I consider this filament of meaning from days gone by.

 

It’s winter in Colorado. If you like skiing or snow boarding this is a great place to be. If, like me, you prefer warm beaches and tropical sunshine, it’s a freezing cold doorway to icy hell.

Okay, I might be exaggerating, slightly, but snow and I are not the best of friends. I will admit that when it first falls and is white and fluffy it’s pretty. As long as I can remain inside with some hot chocolate and a great book.

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t stay that pretty. But I know that snow is not a bad thing so I am making a list of what is good about snow:

  • It brings moisture to the mountains.
  • Tourists love to come and ski or snowboard.
  • Making snow angels.
  • Snow ball fights.
  • Building snow men.
  • It reminds me of Mom’s favorite holiday movie “White Christmas”.
  • Snow White & the Seven Dwarves (not traditional snow but one of my favorites!)
I’m sure there are other wonderful things about snow. I just can’t think of them right now – it’s time to go shovel the sidewalks.

 

Be Brave – Start Today!

I don’t know exactly why but I love quotes. Something about the portability of a quick quote that says so much just appeals to me. I wish I could say that I remember them all but really I have lists and lists of quotes that I review to find what I need to hear that day. It doesn’t take long, one will invariably jump out at me, like the Stephen King quote above that sparked this piece.

It’s hard to be brave sometimes. I just want to curl up in bed with a great book and some hot chocolate instead of facing the reality of my life. Because let’s face it – there are days when being an adult sucks. Those are the days when I find that I am struggling to get the words on the page. Mostly because I am usually as far away from my computer as I can get.

Those are also the times that my favorite quotes save me. They rescue me from my own frustration. They help me refocus and rejuvenate my spirit. And they give me a spark to create a firestorm of writing with.

Do you have any favorite quotes? Something that jumpstarts your day and adds a bounce to the world? If so I’d love to hear it. You can find more of my favorite quotes on my Waterfall of Quotes board in Pinterest. I hope that you find the words that lift your heart somewhere in your life and that you keep them close to you always.

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and the wonder that appears in your day.

 

My 15 minutes a day declutter challenge for 2016

Today I am visiting the Library of Organization looking for motivation to get the chaos and clutter in my life under control. It’s January and a friend recommended a fabulous blog where she had found the January Declutter Calendar. After reviewing the site I had to admit that this looks like a plan I can actually stick with!

So I’ve printed out the calendar for January and have started on the daily tasks. I was happy to realize I had already created a Donation / Selling Station for my home previously, so that was an easy one to check off. The household binder I’ve considered making in the past but been too lazy to complete but I got it started today. So that’s two down and I got the silverware drawer cleaned out as well. I know, it’s not a ton of progress but it is progress and I am still excited so I may move on to later days as well.

The best part of this, so far, is that the idea is only to declutter in 15 minute segments. Today I’ve done more than 15 minutes but I know that there will be times when my desire to clean will be non-existent and I will appreciate the brevity of the tasks on those days. My goal is to teach myself a new habit so that once I create the calm and orderly space I am looking for that I maintain it.

I have also been scouring Pinterest for other tips, tricks, and ideas on how to get and stay organized. Take a look at the great things I’ve found so far at my Library of Organization.

And now I am off to clear some more of the clutter out of my life. As always, until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and the wonder that appears in your day.

A New Year – New Chances to Make Different Choices

On this New Year’s Day 2016 I’ve spent a good chunk of time thinking about what I want to achieve this year. Not resolutions, because I never keep those, but goals. What are my intentions for the 365 days that will make up this part of my life?

I haven’t got all the intentions figured out, yet, but I know one of them. I am going to spend time, every day in 2016, writing. It may be posts on this blog, or part of my new project – 365 Tiny Thoughts, or it may be focused on the novel I am writing. I have let distractions keep me from the page in 2015, and years prior, but I will never reach my goals if I continue to do that.  I must make the choice between what I “should” do and what I “must” do – and it’s time to choose “must” for myself.

This is going to be a challenge for me this year. And I expect that there will be days that I won’t want to choose. Days when I will want to be lazy. Or when I’m too tired or frustrated to choose myself and my goals. I am making plans to maintain my motivation and even more important, get myself moving when I wander off the path.

Today is a good start to becoming the person that I want to be. The person that I know I can be. And I’m going to take that momentum and get back to determining my goals for 2016.

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

 

Goodbye 2015 & Hello 2016

It’s hard to believe but the year is nearly over. By the time midnight rolls around I imagine that thousands of drinks will be consumed; multiple resolutions made and simultaneously dismissed; families and friends will congregate to enjoy the final moments of the year together; and for some of us we will find ourselves alone – as always.

I will be the first to admit that I need the time alone. I am one of those individuals who loves to be with others in small doses, but I need to be able to recharge my batteries and for me that means being alone. The space and silence of being alone give me time to reflect and write. It gives me the opportunity to truly appreciate the time I spend with my family and friends and to realize how lucky I am that they can give me the space I require without a fuss.

As I think about the upcoming year and what I want to achieve I know that my goals for myself are aggressive. I have big plans I intend to pursue my dreams to the fullest extent of my spirit. Part of those plans, the toughest part most likely, will be the balance. I get caught up in the excitement of a new project, a new challenge, a new hobby or dream, and I sometimes burn out. I let other things slide and then I lose my way. So although I’m not making any resolutions for 2016 I am looking at my goals and working on the baby steps that will get me there. I hope that by this time next year I can faithfully report that I have made progress towards those goals and that I maintained a sense of sanity while I went about chasing them.

The funny thing about goals and plans and the idea of control is that we really don’t have any. Life has a way of kicking our feet out from under us when we think that we have it all figured out but I’ve noticed in 2015 that those were the times when I grew the most. Not to say it was always pleasant but it was the necessary step I needed to move towards my goal. Or to realize I had strayed off the path and needed to get turned around and headed in the right direction once more.

I am grateful for all the blessings that came my way in 2015. I didn’t always appreciate them the way that I should have but I can see how lucky I have been this year. And I am going to take the lessons I learned this year and keep applying them as we move forward.

I found the below online, I don’t remember where but I wish I could find it again so I could credit the author. I’ve looked at this list periodically and no matter what is going on in my life something on this list always applies. I hope that you find as much wisdom, strength, and motivation from it as I do.

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Until next year my friends and fellow travelers. I wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope that in 2016 you not only join me on my journey but that you achieve all your goals as well.

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