2018 One Little Word® : practice

I’ve written about practice at least 1/2 dozen times over the past 6 years – starting with my 12 practices in 2012. So when the Universe started whispering the word practice a few weeks ago, my first thought was been there, done that. I kept listening for a different One Little Word, and practice just stuck around. So…practice, it is.…

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commitments : april 2017

We kicked off the month with weekend guests & Littles, so I'm a few days behind in my commitments… Completing  Financial goals. Making bold requests, and taking action. It's so rewarding to see results!! Winter…I hope. Feb & March are super tough months for me in terms of weather. Need. Sun. Now. Wedding details: photographer hired, marriage license application completed,…

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commitments : march 2017

A wee bit late with posting my commitments this month (if you commit to something, but don't post about it on social media, does it count?).  I jotted down some notes on a flight last week, but hadn't taken the time to really sit with them. This month, I'm… Completing Absent-minded eating habits. February is a free-for-all when it comes…

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commitments : february 2017

It's February!! I've really come to enjoy this month. There's more & more light, which makes the bitter cold slightly more tolerable. There's Valetine's Day, which I get to celebrate with my crazy handsome fiance. And…there's a lot of chocolate and wine b/c it's bitterly cold and it's Valentine's Day! Woo hoo!  I'm going to greet each month this year…

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creative projects in 2017

At the start of every year, I start thinking about which creative projects I'm going to commit to. And in the past few years, that's been about the extent of it…I commit, but don't actually complete. Will this year be different? Time will tell! Here's what's on my creative mind… Scrapbooking – I am a lapsed scrapbooker, and I am…

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celebrating forty-six.

I turned forty-six yesterday! It was a wonderful day, full of celebration, friendship, & laughter. In honor of both my birthday and my OLW, here are 10 (b/c 4 + 6) people, experiences, and things that I plan to celebrate this year… Dan. Sometimes I'm sad that I missed out on so many years with him…and then I remember that…

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2017 One Little Word® : celebrate

So…I wasn't sure that I was going to choose a word for 2017.  I pretty much abandoned my word in 2016. I realized the other day that I never even blogged about it! My word was and…meant to honor all the parts & pieces of my life, to encourage inclusion, and to replace "but" in decision making. Anyone who has…

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thoughts on magic : mid-year.

(source) My One Little Word has been fairly quiet this year. It has hung around in the background… occasionally whispering when I needed a mental boost. It hasn't been particularly sparkly & extraordinary, which is okay by me. Magic has shown up in ordinary, everyday sorts of ways. I was super excited to learn that Elizabeth Gilbert launched a podcast…

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2015 One Little Word® : magic.

(source : WhiteCellarDoor on Etsy…and yes, I'll be ordering the print) Before Dan & I left for Florida in mid-December, I signed up for Susannah Conway's Find Your Word e-course. I knew that it was unlikely that I'd actively participate…one, b/c I am a bit of an e-course dropout, and two, b/c FLORIDA. So. I read each email, glanced at the posts…

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starting september with mad Qi.

I extended my weekend by a day, planning to take a little time to simply exhale. The start of the school year is busy, even in the older grades, and this year's last firsts added to energy. My day quickly became filled with projects, and I had to remind myself to breathe. I headed to a late afternoon acupuncture appointment, constructing…

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magic & miracles.

My great-Aunt Betty uses "magic & miracles" as her signature line, so the combo always reminds me of her.  There's a Buddhist proverb that says "when the student is ready, the teacher appears." I'm confident that's how Gabby's first books came into my life. I picked up Add More -ing several years ago when I was just getting "into" meditation…

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sticks & stones (and being brave).

We all know that it's the most untrue rhyme EVER – sticks & stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Substitute "words" for "names," and the adage fails even more. Words are powerful. I know this. I choose a One Little Word to guide me every year. Words define my Core Desired Feelings. I've been known…

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the master list of projects.

(random photo taken in montreal that has nothing to do with this post) I've reached a point where I am behind on more things than not. No complaints, no pity party….just a fact that I'm trying to get my hands around. For the last few days, I get a glimmer of inspiration & motivation at about 2:00 in the afternoon.…

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one month of barre class in the books…

At the end of Jan/beginning of Feb, I was searching for a fresh start. I was anxious to move forward, and I knew that a new fitness/wellness plan would be a part of that. A consistent theme through my pain management journey has been the need to build strength. I had heard about barre classes a few years ago, and had…

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the end of an orange-handled era.

In May 2008, my friend May Flaum sent me a box o' product to play with from Fiskars and Fiskars Brands (back then, it was Heidi Grace, Cloud 9 Designs, and Lil Davis Designs). A month later, she gave me a little heads up that Stephenie Hamen might be contacting me about a design team position. On July 1, 2008, I…

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2014 OLW. february thoughts on FORWARD.

Two steps forward, three steps back…that's the dance that I've been doing for the last couple of weeks. I've been settling into my OLW this year, witnessing how it's going to show up. In 2012, my OLW was often a battle cry, an order (shift, NOW) from the Universe. FORWARD is quieter, but just as powerful. This year, I think…

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magical journey : katrina kenison.

When you have a name that is a bit unusual (and was even more unusual before a certain hurricane), it's a special kind of happy to meet someone who shares it. I had the privilege of meeting Katrina several years ago at a  Mother's Plunge in Boston. Even in the brief exchange of words, I felt her calm & kind energy. Kindred…

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2014 Project Life. January.

Here we go, friends. I'm not loving the smaller format YET. Or maybe I'm not loving the monthly format? I dunno. I'm going to feel my way through February and hope that I find my groove. What I DO love is that this project continues to ask me to notice my life.  I started out with a few simple cards…

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thoughts on practice.

I've had practice on my mind a lot over the past few weeks. In 2012, I established twelve practices. I thought about those practices again when I wrote about rituals during the Reverb project. I'm drawn to the concept of practice more than goals (although, I do still set goals. I waver.). When I look at things as a goal,…

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