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Solar Eclipse – What an amazing day!

It was fantastic to be able to see the solar eclipse today. I think that events like today remind us how small a part of the universe we are. And at the same time, just how amazing the universe that we inhabit is.

The Eclipse 2017 site that Nasa put together had a live stream of the eclipse that I watched, because I never did get any solar eclipse glasses. I had plenty of time just never did remember to pick those all important glasses up. 😎The news did a great job showing the event as it happened, too. I was not lucky enough to be in a part of the country that got a totality during the eclipse but here in Colorado we got quite a show.

And after all the wonders of the solar system were past my part of the country, I met a wonderful friend for coffee! Okay, I had a peach smoothie, which was delicious, instead of coffee but I will definitely be going back to The Hanging Tree Cafe in the future.

I’m so lucky to have friends to spend some time with. They brighten up my day and share their lives. We bolster each other up, laugh at all the silly stuff that happens, and commiserate when things are going downhill. I hope that everyone knows how much I appreciate them being in my life. Things wouldn’t be the same for me without all of you. You guys are the best kind of inspiration and I’m very grateful that you are part of my life.

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Rejuvenate

Today’s been a great day! I got to have lunch with a dear friend and it was rejuvenating to get out of the house and spend time basically doing nothing. I didn’t have anywhere else I had to be and I turned my phone off so we could catch up without interruption.

After I got home I realized how much I needed that recharging of my spirits. Earlier this year I was laid off, along with lots of other people who are near and dear to my heart, and we are all making our way through this life change but it’s not easy. I never expected to be laid off and it certainly wasn’t something that I would have chosen but I’ve spent the summer trying to see it as a blessing. Because of this change I was able to spend more quality time with my Grandmother before she passed away. I was able to go on vacation in July to attend our family reunion in San Diego. I’ve been able to attempt to get more of the projects done around my house and I’ve spent more time with Dad, my sister, and her family. I’ve gotten more organized in my writing and I’m working to change my habits for the better. All things that I’ve put off doing in the past because I was working or because I was too tired from working.

I will admit, job hunting I could live without. There are so many great places to work but getting through some of the applications is an all day process. Logically, I know why. I helped with the hiring interviews at my previous employer and everyone is always looking for someone who will be a great fit for their job and their culture. But sometimes it feels like I’m asking Rumpelstiltskin to spin straw into gold and promising my firstborn child in payment just to get through all the requirements. Job hunting can also be very depressing when you know that you can do the job that is being offered but aren’t given the opportunity. Still, I’ll keep applying. The right job has to come along eventually. Right?

There are definite challenges to this time in my life but every day I take one more step on the path to my goals. I’ll get there. And it will be the right time and the right place when I do. Until then, I’ll continue to keep my eyes open for the inspiration, and the jobs, that surround me!

Rejuvenate-August-2016

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Sun and Sand

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I took this picture years ago on the island of Kauai. I was on a girls trip with my Mom, one of my best friend’s Megan, and her mom Linda. It was an amazing trip. We went mountain tubing (which is a must do if I ever make it back to Kauai), saw the Na Pali coast, went on a dolphin cruise, did some parasailing, zip lining, and saw the U.S.S. Arizona memorial when we were on Oahu.

It was an amazing vacation and one I will always treasure the memories of. I find that memories like these – of adventures I’ve shared with people I love – can sustain me on the roughest days. I think that God gives us the ability to remember the wonderful times, no matter what they are, so that we can see his love for us. So we find the strength to hope for a brighter future when things aren’t quite going our way. And so that we can enjoy the company of our friends and family, even if they are far away.

P.S. If you want more information about mountain tubing see the Kauai Backcountry Adventures website.

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Fantasy Art of Nene Thomas

I love fantasy art. Actually, I love fantasy in all forms – fiction, art, movies, music, – it’s all wonderful. One of my favorite fantasy artists is Nene Thomas. Her artwork is beyond amazing and she has a wide assortment of figures that she has created: Dragon Witches, Carousel horses, and the characters from her Zarryiostrom novels. The depth and detail to her paintings boggles the mind and whenever she comes out with something new I want it! Of course, if I had all of the art I wanted I’d need a museum sized house and an infinite supply of money.

If you have never had a chance to view her work take a peek. It’s amazing the emotions and the journey that a fabulous piece of art can take us on. And if fantasy art isn’t your cup of tea that’s not a problem – the world is filled with wonderful art, we just have to be smart enough to recognize it!

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Declutter – the struggle is real!

As I mentioned previously, I’m trying to declutter my house this summer. Actually, this seems like it is always a goal of mine, so you’d think I’d be better at it by now! Still, I’ll get there eventually. It’s all about the baby steps – at least that’s what I tell myself.

Today’s quote jumped off the screen at me when I was searching for something unrelated this morning. It inspires me to look at my belongings in a different way. I’m guilty of being quick to buy something new rather than reuse or fix something I already own. And because of the clutter I sometimes have duplicates of random things because I couldn’t find the one I already owned. And how ridiculous is that?

After catching the spark of energy from this quote this morning I started back in the closet that I was working in yesterday. And I’ve got three more bags of clothes from the closet and dresser to take to Goodwill.

Now the challenge for tomorrow is to keep the momentum going. I’m not sure what tomorrow’s inspiration will be but I know that I’ll be working to lighten the load of stuff that is residing in my house. Tomorrow’s goal = 4 bags to be donated!

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Books – lots of books

Dragonsworn

I brought home a new book today – Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dragonsworn. I can’t wait to get started because I love her writing. But I’m trying to declutter my house. Which means that bringing home new books, when I already have so many, is not helping the clutter to leave my house.

I read somewhere that if you want to have less stuff in your house that you should take 2 things out for every new item that you bring in. I’m trying to implement this process in my house, mostly unsuccessfully so far, but I’m trying! So I came home with a new book and I thought – okay – now to find 2 books that I can donate to the library.

I spent the next hour on the floor next to the bookshelves going through books. I found some that I haven’t read in forever that I still love, and some that I just finished recently that I want to read again. What I did not find was 2 that I wanted to part with. So now what do I do? How do I decide what to give away if every book I pick up I love?

I spent another hour going through more books because once I got started I wanted to see what else I could find. And I kept hoping that I’d find 2 that I could give away. For those of you that know me well you probably already guessed what happened…That’s right, I never did find any books to give away. After two hours of looking at the books I decided I was ready for a break and I had the new book calling my name from downstairs. I needed to find somethings to give away and quick!

Luckily, I didn’t have any trouble finding two T-shirts that I didn’t wear any more. They will be going to the Goodwill tomorrow. Tonight, I’m going to enjoy my new book and maybe think about sleeping…but most likely I’ll still be reading when the sun comes up!

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Attention! I need attention!

Eros July 2017
Okay – when do we get to play?

Actually, that’s probably what my puppy Eros is thinking, as he keeps dropping his ball at my feet. Poor guy – I swear I’m almost done at the computer!

I’m grateful to have Eros in my life, even on the days that he’s making me a little more crazy. He reminds me that there is a big world outside my door and I need to get out there and experience it. He also reminds me to not take myself too seriously because there is always time to play.

I believe that pets, no matter their species, become part of our families because they can add so much to it. My life might be a little less chaotic with out Eros and my 2 cats, Shadow and Smokey, but it would not be nearly as fulfilling. Whenever I’m in a bad mood or having a rough day, these three lift my spirits with their unconditional love and their antics.

Okay, time to get off the computer and play – Eros has reached the end of his “I’m patiently waiting and asking nicely” routine. Now we’ve moved into the trying to crawl into my lap and onto the desk stage. Not good with a 9 month old German Shepard puppy. See ya later everyone!

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Traffic

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As I was sitting in traffic today on my way home I was struck by how easy it is to let things that are happening outside of your control effect your life. For example, the construction traffic I was sitting in slowed my day down considerably. And yes, it was a pain to be in stop and go an inch at a time for what seemed like forever. But it wasn’t something to get upset about. I didn’t have anywhere that I needed to be immediately and I certainly didn’t need to be raging because I was not getting anywhere fast.

Yet, I found myself getting frustrated because of the situation. And I could see that same frustration mirrored in the faces of the other drivers. As I was sitting in my car, grousing to myself about the situation something happened. Something simple and yet extraordinary. Another driver on the road with me waved to me. Nothing big. Just a quick “Hi” and then they focused back on the road. But it changed the way I saw the situation.

I realized I was making the issue worse because I was letting myself get irritated and upset about something that just was. I couldn’t change the construction. I knew it was there before I drove that way, unfortunately it just happened to be right in front of the place I needed to be. I have even left my house early because I expected to be delayed. So why was I being cranky?

Because I wanted instant gratification. Or near instant in the fact that I wanted to be home already. And the spark of realization that simple wave “Hi” gave me the patience to make it through the rest of the trip without being grumpy. I turned on some good music and I started waving “Hi” to the other cars that were stuck with me. I don’t know if it had the same effect, those drivers may have thought I was just a little kooky, but it brightened my day considerably.

That great mood has remained throughout this evening and I’m looking forward to it continuing tomorrow. My take away is – in the grand scheme of things if the world isn’t going to end because of the delay then I need to be looking for the inspiration around me and enjoying the journey. Wave “Hi” to those you see on the road with you, who knows what kind of an impact it could have.

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Sunday at home…

A quiet and peaceful day. Simple pleasures like church, lunch with Dad, and seeing my Aunt and cousin from Ft. Collins. The weather is beautiful and my puppy, Eros, is behaving (for the moment).

This is the kind of day that ends with some excellent music, getting my writing worked on, and maybe some ice cream! I think that today’s inspiration will be Vanilla with Caramel sauce.

Have a simple pleasures kind of evening my friends.

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