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Creation Takes Time

Are your resolutions born to fly? If so, remember – creation takes time, commitment and lots of patience.

There’s promise in the air – we’ve just about completed the first quarter of the year 2013 and all the energy and effort we’ve invested will soon be showing – at least that’s what we’re all hoping for ourselves. But if you’re like me, you’re getting a bit frustrated with the progress you’ve made.  You’re impatient to see some very tangible results! And you’re tired of struggling to keep your momentum going.

If so, you may want to learn a little about the Monarch Butterflies my friend Lynne welcomed to her backyard last summer. Migrating Monarch Butterflies loved the milkweed plants Lynne supplied; and laid hundreds of eggs which turned into industrious caterpillars that devoured the milkweed right down to the branches! Then, having invested huge amounts of caterpillar energy and effort into becoming quite pudgy, they Continue reading » Creation Takes Time

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How to Set Goals That You’ll Love All Year Long

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Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

At this time of year, we’re all thinking about setting and achieving goals.

Why?

Because with the new year, comes the opportunity to “start over” and who doesn’t want an opportunity to start over – at least on some things.

So where do we put our focus?  We put it on the things that we don’t like about ourselves.  We decide that we’re going to change from our today selves into our perfect selves.  The thing is no one has ever met our perfect self.  Not you, not me, not our friends.  Our perfect self doesn’t exist, and more important, Continue reading » How to Set Goals That You’ll Love All Year Long

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How’d Ya’ Do?

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Did your recent resolutions lead you to find treasure?

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life.  Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

— Joseph Campbell

Resolving to change begins the journey.  But sometimes we stumble along the way.  At the beginning of the Lenten Season, I wrote “Easter Sunday seems soooo far off… but when the time comes to look backwards, I’d like to know that I’d truly leveraged this opportunity, that I’d transformed these six weeks into “a time of growth and renewal.”  At the time, I set out with three intentions: Continue reading » How’d Ya’ Do?

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Stukkk in Resolutions

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Life’s been all work and no play lately, you say?

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.

— Jennifer Yane

Geez, three, count ’em THREE posts already from me about New Year’s resolutions – you’d think I was stukkk in resolution mode!  But more than likely I’m stuck in feeling that, no matter how busy I am, no matter how much I do, “it’s just not enough”.  I get to the end of the day and I make a list of what I did because, without it, I’m feeln’ like Continue reading » Stukkk in Resolutions

Where do we go from here? (The Unknown)

Beam Me Up!

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Ready to toss in the towel on all those New Year’s resolutions?  Already???

Try a “resolution makeover” this year. Thinking outside the box can help turn old patterns around. Free your mind and lighten your life.

— Clarissa Caldwell

Resolutions ≠ Express Lane to What We Want

New Year’s Resolutions, like advertising copy, often tend to be filled with hyperbole and unwarranted optimism… and instead of striving to achieve our dreams, we end up playing doubting Thomas to our abilities.  Martha Beck, author of Finding Your North Star wrote about this in Oprah Magazine when she recommended changing the grammar and Continue reading » Beam Me Up!

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

Earl Nightingale

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