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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.

 

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.

 

Turning Over a New Leaf

Today is a new day. Cliché I know but it’s how I feel. I’m taking control of my life, my emotions, and my journey. I have lived my life making decisions based on what I thought others wanted. Sometimes based on what I wanted and sometimes against my better judgment. Those decisions have made me the woman I am today and I’m grateful for them. Not to say that I don’t sometimes wonder what my life would have been if I’d chosen differently…but I can’t go back. So no regrets and no pity parties, just open eyes, dreams to chase, and a positive attitude.

I just recently finished reading a fabulous book by Elle Luna called The Crossroads of Should and Must . This book inspired  to revisit my blog, which had been sadly abandoned for more than 2 years. I had reached a point where I didn’t believe that I had anything to say. Nothing to share. The creative well was dry and I had no idea how to refill it. I wish I  say that everything was better now, but that’s not accurate. Life happens and sometimes it’s tragic. When those tragedies strike we can either hide and wish that it would all go away. Or we can acknowledge how we feel, embrace the suckiness of whatever has occurred and keep moving. I’ve done both and although sometimes it feels like I’m marching in place rather than dancing forward, at least I’m moving. Right?

Anyway, back to the book. It’s wonderful! Not only is it a quick read, if you want it to be, but it’s also thought-provoking. By the time I’d finished reading it I had pages of notes and comments written in the margins as well. I highly recommend that if you haven’t had a chance to read book that pick up a copy. The basic idea is that we often do what think we “should” instead of what our heart and soul say we “must”. There are many reasons that we do this and I’m guilty of most of them, but the great thing is, we return to this crossroads many times.

Those crossroads brought me back to my blog. I made a different choice when I stood before the sign this time and turned in a new direction. I’m inviting all of you on this journey with me. I don’t know where it will take me. Or what I find there tomorrow but it will be an adventure. I’m hopeful that I will find to make “who I am and what I do” one and the same.

If you want more information  Elle Luna’s book check out her video.

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

Monday Morning Madness

The weekend passed in a haze. It’s always a drag to wake up on Monday morning and realize that whatever I had planned for the weekend didn’t get done. Of course working all weekend didn’t help my To Do list but it will help pay the bills. And I have the best parents in the world because while I was working 10 hours yesterday they were putting together my kitchen pantry. It was a wonderful surprise to come home to and will be even more exciting once I get all the food transferred to it. Which in turn will give me space for my scrapbooking stuff and is one step closer to having a clean and organized house!

 

This is my mantra for today. I fully intend to live in the moment and think happy thoughts all day so that I will get to the end of the chaos sooner! If I’m lucky Tinkerbell will come and sprinkle me with pixie dust so I can sail away to Neverland. If that doesn’t work then it will just be getting through the day and getting back to the To Do list when I return. Especially since graduate school starts again next week so my days are about to get even more complex.

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Can’t believe it’s been 9 days since I’ve written anything. At least online! Lots has been going on and I’m not sure how I feel about all of it but for now I’m just trying to grow through the change.

In the meantime, I’m staying focused on getting my story completed and ready to share. I would love it to be published but it won’t get there until I finish the darn thing and that’s a few thousand words away still – so I’d better get back to it.

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A day off!

So excited to have a day off! My to do list is a mile long but I’ll get there. I’m meeting Bruce for lunch at La Petite Chablis as well. I’ve never been there but he says it’s fantastic and he wants to tell me about his new job. Who knows I may get a new opportunity out of the conversation and at the very least I get lunch with a great friend!

I believe that I will start with my morning pages and then get started on the list from hell. I know that it’s going to be a fantastic day!

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