The new year came in filled with beautiful sunsets and some amazing weather on the Oregon coast. It was the perfect time to reflect on last year, practice gratitude, and look forward to a wonderful new year and all the opportunities it brings. Signs of spring are already starting to appear, the days are getting longer, and it’s nearly Valentine’s Day, my favorite holiday. There are so many things to be thankful for and precious moments in time to enjoy and savor, like our beautiful walk to a waterfall. As I become more present, I really come to appreciate those moments. It’s the little things that make life so grand. Take time to notice the little things in your life. What are your “little things?” [Read more…] about It’s the Little Things – January 2014
Archives for January 2014
It seems like a no-brainer that we should allow ourselves to be happy and create more joy in our lives, but it’s not that simple. Some of us still believe we don’t deserve to be happy. Or when we do allow happiness in, we worry that it won’t last. Or we spend time thinking about all the things that could go wrong.
Why do we do that? Part of it is our culture and the way we were raised. Well-meaning parents, teachers, and coaches sometimes try to manage children’s expectations so they’re not disappointed. We’re often taught that if we allow ourselves to be too happy, we’ll end up suffering in the end. Well-intentioned or not, these messages often cause us to unintentionally block or sabotage our own happiness. We may also have self-doubts or insecurities about our own worth. Do we even deserve to be happy? [Read more…] about Joy is Not a Luxury, It’s a Necessity – Why You Need to Allow More Joy into Your Life Today
Whether you’re someone who makes New Year’s resolutions or someone who prefers to set goals throughout the year, one simple way to inspire yourself is to select a word that becomes your “name” for the year.
This tradition started thousands of years ago during a time of slavery in the holy land. When slaves or indentured servants were released from servitude, they were given a single white stone. On the white stone would be written a new name that they would assume now that they were free.