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Trick or Treat as a Futures Planning Technique?

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This Halloween, be your own trick n’ treat – create an imaginary parade of characters masquerading as all the “selves” you’d like to be…

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition… a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating…

Sure, Halloween has its religious roots as the “hallowed eve” of All Saints Day too. But let’s face it, the lines between the religious and secular have been blurred beyond recognition and today, most folks simply enjoy the annual parade of little ghosts, goblins, Bieber-wanna-be’s, Big Birds and Batman-pretenders who offer “tricks” if not “treated.”

And, just as Halloween straddles lines of pasts and futures, I’m suggesting that you straddle the line of who you’ve been in the past and all the “who’s” you’d like to be in the future. Treat yourself to an imaginary parade of your very own wanna-be’s… Trick out the whole bunch. Play around with the personas. Put them in a myriad of imaginary costumes and scenarios until you get a real feel for those alter-egos and their possibilities… Come on, you can do it – play along.

Now, Toss a Little Bokeh into the Mix

What, you ask, is Bokeh? Continue reading » Trick or Treat as a Futures Planning Technique?

Vicky, the Most Enthusiastic TNTer @ Elkhart Lake Triathlon 2010

Look How Far We’ve Come!

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Sometimes you gotta look back at your past and smile at how far you’ve gotten.

— Tony Mendoza

How far we’ve gotten.  We don’t often think about that.  Many times when we’re looking backward, we’re remembering our life before.  Before husbands and jobs and kids and more responsibilities than we ever imagined.  Back then, we were eager for all of that challenge.  Now, caught up in our lives, we often forget what it took to get here.

Unfortunately, when we look forward, we often only see Continue reading » Look How Far We’ve Come!


A Work of Art

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There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.

— Deepak Chopra

I was raised with the idea that for each and every one of us, there is a God-given purpose.  But, I’ve never felt that I figured out what God intends me to do.  Recently, I was reminded that while I can be very purpose-driven, maybe God’s a little more relaxed about it.  Maybe, the idea is for each of us to create the best version of us that we can be.  Maybe, the intent is that we become works of art.  Let me tell you the story of how I reached this conclusion… Continue reading » A Work of Art

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Good Futures Hunting

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What is your mirror telling you?

A good mirror is encouraging, giving us a glimpse of our future.

— Julia Cameron
The Writing Diet

There’s nothing like a bad hair day to crush your resolve… and lately I’ve been entrenched in bad hair days.  You see, I’ve been “letting my hair grow longer” until I can decide on a new ’do… You’re probably thinking: Geez, Ellie’s really stuck in the transition hallway – not only can’t she choose a doorway out, she can’t even choose a new hairstyle!  A recent Rose is Rose cartoon pretty much tells the Continue reading » Good Futures Hunting

Party Time

Self Expansion???

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What do you think: Is the process of “self expansion” only a couples’ thing?

There’s no limit possible to the expansion of each one of us.

— Charles M. Schwab

Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of – expanding exponentially!  Just kidding folks, only my weight is at risk of exponential expansion and that is a topic for a different post!

I got started on this topic of “self-expansion” after reading a blog article – my first (rather selfish) curiosity was piqued by the comment “take the quiz below to measure how much it expands your knowledge and makes you Continue reading » Self Expansion???