30 Days of Gratitude…Day 15…

Listen to your Heart…..


While my heart is telling me one thing, my common sense is telling me another.

Even though it would be great to move to Hawaii, be near my grandson, and start a new life over here, I feel it would be a temporary situation, and I would end up moving back to California once he’s grown up.

By staying in California, where I have a job waiting for me, I can stabilize my life before I retire, and achieve some of my personal goals, like having a comfortable retirement, and building a professional blog.

I really do love blogging and would like to continue with it until I reach a ripe old age.

I’ve always felt that I have the potential to do great things.  And now that I am unfettered, I have the chance to prove that to myself.

( As I’m writing this, the cat has just come over, sat on my journal.  After I moved it, now he has his head resting on my left arm, and he’s purring.  Is this a “sign” of some sort”?)

As a single mom.  I’ve raised two children who have each become successful in their fields.  They are both kind and generous souls and I’m very proud of them.

We’ve stuck together through ups and downs, and that’s what I feel makes a family strong.


I’ve been doing guided visualization with Hale Dwoskin and Paul Sheeley of Learning Strategies.

They take me to a river and have me walk along the river.

Up until last night, I had been walking upstream, against the current of the river.

But yesterday, when I reached the river, I turned right, instead of left, and walked with the flow or current of the river.

This is a very subtle, yet very important “sign”.

It’s telling me to go with what’s flowing in my life right now.


But what is flowing in my life?  I’m not completely sure….

I plan to stay open, watch for the signs, and accept what comes to me with gratitude and an open heart.

Affirmation:  I look forward to the future with optimism that the Divine plan for my life is unfolding.

I practice being in the now, and live fully today.


Cottage Mavens,

It’s okay not to have all of the answers.

As long as we continue to do our part, loving ourselves, treating others with kindness and resect, clearing clutter, beautifying our personal spaces, taking steps in the direction we are wanting, there is a letting-go-point, a sort of “limbo” period, where maybe it feels as though nothing is happening.

But it’s during this time that things are taking form.

It’s better not to try to rush things, as this is also a period of growth.

A farmer knows that once a seed has been planted, that it needs time for germination.

He doesn’t go out every day to up root the seed, to see how much it’s grown.

He waits.

               He Waters.

                      He understands the unfoldment of creation and that there is a Time to sew……and

a Time to reap.

Today, I am grateful for my family, and for the patience that I need to witness my personal unfoldment as I trust the Universe that All is in Divine Order. And so it is!







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How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

7 thoughts on “30 Days of Gratitude…Day 15…”

  1. Such a beautiful post, full of gentle acceptance and inner peace. It can be unsettling to not know what’s coming but you’re right, we just need to trust and have patience that all generally turns out the way it should. Be happy. xo

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  2. We made the decision last year to stay here in Colorado, put down roots, enjoy retirement. We were trying to make it back to California because my son lives there and a lot of extended family within meets and bounds of a day’s travel. It was not an easy choice to make. Being apart from family, especially when a life crisis hits, is really, really hard. Now, we make the effort to live our best each day, and that allows us to manage whatever happens down the road. We are also grateful for Sky Miles and the technology to stay in touch almost daily! 🙂

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    1. That’s a tough decision when you want to be close to family. We grew up with such a village around us. Now we make cyber villages glad we have the technology


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