Letting Nature carry you forward…a short story

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Without even trying, her skin began to turn brown from the topical sun.

She didn’t plan for it or sit outside to catch it at it’s highest peak.  It just happened.

Perhaps it was carried across through the Tradewinds every afternoon when she took her swim.  Or maybe it lived in the cells of the waters waiting to caress her.

She would purposely wait until the light of the great sun was resting behind the trees, casting it’s gentle shadow on the water in the 40 ft. swimming pool.

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She was definitely living a life of grace and ease she thought, as she did her laps across the pool.

Finding affirmations of gratitude came easy to her now, as she rested in the confidence that all was well for now with her family.

She wanted to “make hay while the sun was shining” and use this special time to work on herself, to tone her muscles, shed a few pounds, and catch up on some fitness rituals that had been put on the back burner while she strived to make a living.  There just had been no time or energy to work on herself, or so she felt.  Or maybe she had given up at some point, after losing her love in a tragic car accident, being laid off from her dream job, and then being fired from one that she had hated anyway.

Her prayers had made their way to the Great Unknown, and she had been released from her self-made prison of lethargy, discontent, sorrow, rejection, and loss of Spirit.

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She had given in to eating the wrong foods, until one day she had woken up with severe pains in her stomach as though she had been poisoned.

Was it the bread she had so lovingly made from white, bromated flour the day before?

Anyway, that was all behind her now.

She had started to blog about some of her experiences.

Always one who enjoyed new paths of study in the esoteric, she began working with her intuition, strengthening her connection with the Infinite through meditation, visioning, and through writing.

These things came easy to her.

The group of people at work had made  vision boards and posted them in the break room.  So many had pictures of a tropical getaway, and she wondered if staring at these images had prompted her own trip to the islands.

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After 6 months of unemployment, she was requested to come house-sit in Oahu.

Well, how could she say no?

This is where her journey began back to well-ness, weight loss, and getting back in touch with her authentic self.

She had reached retirement age, but not quite ready to retire financially or mentally, she thought this could be a time to reconnect with a part of her who had been lost for a long time.

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For the past year, she had been seeing visions of a male companion.

He was always dressed in white and there was a natural contentment that she felt deep in her soul each time she had a new vision, and usually a bit of surprise that it was “him”.

It was someone that she knew, who seemed the farthest thing away from what she would have expected.  But isn’t that how love is?  And doesn’t it show up when you least expect it?

She returned home to California for six months as the Universe was doing some shuffling of her home circumstances.  ‘She began paring back on her possessions, selling some of her treasured pieces that had been in storage.

Her grandson had decided to return to Southern California, her sister would be moving on, and her son was busy making a new life for  himself.

She was actively pursuing a new position working as an interior designer when the Universe stepped in during a huge rainstorm, bursting a pipe that flooded the store that she would be working in, causing a delay in plans.  The owner called to apologize for the delay, but still no offer of employment.

Then came another offer to come to Oahu.  So, what did she have to lose?  There must be a reason for all of this, she thought. So, she packed her suitcase for one month, with two pair of jeans, some sleeveless shirts, and underwear.  When she was finally approached for employment in May, she told them that she had taken a temporary job, and would come in to see them when she returned.

She decided to stay in Hawaii until August as that was how long she was needed.

Nothing had materialized on the surface of her life yet, in the love department anyway.

Well, maybe a sprinkle of hope.  But nothing tangible.

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All she knew was that she needed to use this special time of benevolence to take care of herself, carry on with her life, create her art, and let her life unfold naturally, as the workings of Nature always knows the best course.

She trusted that things would unfold at the right time, in the right way.

Her guidance was ”  Do nothing. No need to push or strive, but let Nature carry you forward”.  and so she was willing to wait, as there was still more work for her to do in her journey of self-healing.

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Full Body Cleanse and Detox

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Where do I start?

To begin a proper detox you must first get in touch with your body.

If you’ve been using your body like a dumping ground, putting a lot of the wrong foods into it, like I was, then it may take some time.

I will not tell you to stop doing things, but will guide you to start doing things that honor and respect your body temple.

If you follow the guidelines, you will find that your desire for certain food and drink will disappear of their own accord.

This is not a strict diet, or a regimented plan of action, but if you use your intuition, move at your own pace, and put forth the effort you will see many profound changes start to happen.

You will regain hope that it is possible to live in a healthy body at any age.

I will take you through seven days to get you started.

Please join me on this journey.

Even though I have only laid out seven days for you, I think you’ll find that this is much easier than it may look at the moment, and will bring much joy to your heart if you choose to continue for a lifetime.

 

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photo from Kiki K planner

Doing a full-body detox and cleanse takes a bit of planning.

What I offer here for you is the step-by-step plan that was laid out for me when I first arrived in Hawaii, by my guides, or “the higher ups” as I like to call them.  You can read about that here.

I will be doing this with you and recommend doing one of these every six months for the rest of your life for full-body maintenance.

With all of the advertising influences and other daily distractions, it can be easy to “fall back” to doing things the old way.

As you progress, all of your senses will be heightened and you will experience more joy bubbling up from within .

You will feel lighter and your inner light will shine brighter and you will begin to experience the world from a whole new perspective.

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13 steps to a new body.

  1. Do a mental “scan” of your body.  Get into a quiet place, lying or sitting.  Close your eyes and “scan” your body, getting in touch with any aches or pains.   If you are experiencing any maladies in certain areas, send white healing light to that area and ask your body what it needs.

Depression and fatigue are your body’s way of letting you know it’s running on overload – so are aches and pains.

 

Write down any thoughts or ideas that come to the surface of your mind.  This is how your body communicates with you.   “Flax seed crackers” came up for me, so I’m working on a recipe that I will be sharing with you.

2.  Prepare your shopping list.

Fresh organic fruits and vegetables of your choice

Lean meats, I only use chicken and occasionally wild caught salmon.

Psyllium fiber – you can “dry” blend it for a finer powder.  It’s gentler on the body. I mix it in my smoothies.

Green powder – for smoothies.

Plain Greek yogurt – full fat ( non-fat dairy usually has added chemicals and sugar)  full fats are more satisfying and will reduce hunger cravings.

For sweet tooth craving – Plain unsweetened apple sauce, Honey or Maple flavored yogurt.

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3.  Set up a journal to track yourself.  Now’s a good time to set your intention.  Write out your affirmations.  ( I used some extra pages in my planner to set it up.  If you have a planner, this is what I recommend. )

4.  Weigh in and take your measurements.

5. Before you begin, get in touch with your body.

Get a full body massage.

Go swimming – my fave!  Take a slow walk in Nature.  Walk barefoot on some grass or dirt, and soak in some sunlight.   Do some stretches out doors if possible.

Tune into your beautiful body and thank it for knowing how to take care of you.

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page from kikki k planner

6.  Now’s a good time to assess your beauty routine.

Look for body products and shampoos that don’t have a lot of cancer causing chemicals in them.  What you put “on” your body goes into your blood stream.

I recommend

Dr. Bronner’s castile soap

Shikai hair products

Virgin coconut oil for moisturizer

Boom Cosmetics for the face and body

Get a natural bristle brush for a dry brush massage.

Stop the use of synthetic perfumes.

Now’s a good time to try some essential oils –

You can make our own blends by adding a few drops to rubbing alcohol or vodka.

I also love the orange blossom and rose petal waters from the Mediterranean market.  They are distillations of the blossoms and make a nice base to your essential oils.  ( never use an essential oil directly on the body as it could cause a reaction. )

7.  Consider doing your laundry with Borax and Arm and Hammer washing soda – you can add some castile soap to this for sudsing action ( grate it first)

8.  Eliminate all polyester clothing and bedding from your life.

Polyester has been found through energy testing to lower the auric field.

Switch to natural cottons, linens, and wool and let your aura shine at it’s brightest.

9.  Eliminate all hand sanitizers, harsh cleaning chemicals, and artificial room deodorizers from your home.

10.  Reduce your use of prescription drugs by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Your body is a natural healer – but too much toxicity in the body prevents it from doing it’s work.

11.  On the second or third day after starting a detox – go in for a colon hydro therapy session or give yourself a few enemas to help your elimination processes evacuate the toxins that your body will be releasing.

If you have had a lifestyle of fast foods, a lot of meat, or processed foods, it would be a good idea to set up a series of regular visits to a colon hydro-therapist.

There could be a build up of plaque along your intestinal walls that’s preventing proper absorption of nutrients and keeping toxins from poor eating habits and prescription drugs in your system.

You will also experience more youthful vitality by keeping your colon clean.

Even coffee can create a tar-like substance in the colon.

12.  Probiotics – naturally fermented kombucha sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt should be taken daily.

It’s so easy to make your own – visit Cultured Food Life to learn more about this.

13.  Find ways to get more exercise and move that body.

Play some music and dance like nobody’s watching

Put on your favorite tunes and walk

I like Leslie Sansone’s walking videos when it’s too hot or cold to go outside.

I always park at the farthest spot when shopping and running errands

Whether you do better in group exercise or on your own, I find yoga to be one of the best and most gentle of ways to really get in touch with my body.

There are classes you can sign up for online for pennies a day.  Daily Om, and anytime yoga for example.

And you just may find it easier to incorporate a meditation practice into your lifestyle which  is essential to living your best life.

Always, always have music that uplifts you, and  helps your spirit soar.

No more criticizing your body wishing you had this or that.

It’s time to love your body, be thankful for the miracle that it is, hold your head high, keep your posture straight, shoulders back ( you can align your posture by standing against a wall), stepping out with grace and ease.  Step into your light body.

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Make a vision board.  Visualize yourself in your perfect body.  Notice how it feels!  Carry that feeling with you the entire day!.

 

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Make your vision board on one of your planner pages.

Make your vision board on one of your planner pages.  Keep it simple.

You are a gift to the Universe, and by showing up as your best self every day, you will see what a gift you are to yourself.

Go at your own pace, Be gentle on yourself.

Drink 6 – 8 glasses of pure water each day.

Namaste ( the goddess in me bows to the goddess in you)

Sources of inspiration – check them out!

Daily Om

Donna Schwenk – Cultured food life\Yoga anytime

Rosemary Gladstar – homemade creams

Donna Eden – Energy Body exercises

Leslie Sansone – Walk away the pounds

The above information does not attempt to offer any medical advise.  All of the opinions expressed are my own from my own personal experiences.  I am not working with any affiliate programs for any one mentioned.

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Why Worry? and what you can do about it.

 

Do you ever find yourself worrying about something, imagining the worst outcome of something over which you have absolutely no control over?

I’ve probably spent at least 30% of my life worrying.  No, maybe even 50%!

I’ve worried about my children, relationships, money, health, loss, always fearing what “could” happen.

I even worry about my car getting a flat tire while I’m driving on the freeway.

At some point, I decided that worrying was a futile attempt, as it didn’t do a bit of good for me or anyone else.

I realized that I was only sending the vibration of worry out into the Universe.

Worry is a non-constructive effort.

When my son was in high school was when I finally realized that worrying about him walking the streets at night was pointless.

That’s when I took up water color quilting.

 

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Exuberantcolor/Wanda S. Hanson

I could spend all of that time and energy on something creative.

I could spend the time used for worrying, cutting, and piecing together the pictures that I wanted to create.

 

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Water color quilt by Wanda S. Hanson

My mind would be healed as I worked with the colors and focused on creating something beautiful.

 

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Color Wash quilt by Wanda S. Hanson

It Worked!

I would become so lost in my art that time previously spent on worry, was replaced with a mind that wanted to create beautiful things.  And the time would pass so quickly!.

I just had to trust that my son would be okay.  And one night, when he arrived home, he sat down with me, and started helping me place some of the squares.  A very special moment for me.

Another thing I learned was to imagine a white light surrounding whatever it was that I was worried about.

Whether it was my car, a person, or a situation, I would call in my angels, ask for their help and protection, and put a white light of protection around it.

Then I would just hand it over to God.

I trained my little ego mind to delegate it’s concerns to the greater power.

I still worry at times.

But now, I recognize what’s happening, and redirect it’s course before it takes over.

I just live one day at a time and focus on the Now as much as possible.

Live each moment to the fullest and let the future take care of it’s self.

Now that I’m older, I even have less lines of worry on my forehead.

They’ve been softened and smoothed by the Angels.

Worry ends when faith begins.

For we walk by faith not by sight.  2 Cor. 5:7

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Finding Your Soul Tribe

“It’s time to connect with kindred Spirits – contact those who genuinely know you, love you, and deeply appreciate your Spirit.”  Sonia Choquette

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As we go through life there are certain people who we resonate with more than others.

They make us feel like we’ve come home, when we can spend time together.

Some stay with us our entire life and some may only stay a short while, but long enough to make a lasting  impression.

We can pick up where we left off as though there has been no time or space in between.

It’s akin to having a pair of shoes that fit so well, and feel so good when you wear them, and you wish they could last forever.

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There will come a time when we must let go.

But there are invisible cords that keep us connected forever, so that we can find each other again.

Just a fleeting thought of someone, may be enough to remind you to call, send a prayer, or a card, write a poem.

Whatever it is, it’s important to give in to the feeling, and contact them.  They may need to talk, or just give you a message, a word that you needed to hear, a different perspective on something you’ve been thinking about.

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Maybe someone needs a good listener to help them process their own thoughts.

Or they might appear in a dream to let you know they’re with you in Spirit, even though you may not even know where they are.

 

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The support, encouragement, love, and sharing, our sense of humor, or different take on a subject, is what we can give each other.

Your soul tribe can be a spiritual family, your own clan, or friends who “get” you. It can be different for everyone.

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You may have a lot in common, or nothing, yet the connection and love that is felt when you are together raises your vibration to another level and makes your life richer, brighter, and more meaningful.

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Communing in Oneness with the Divine.

Namaste

Patsy’s Vintage Modern Paris Kitchen

When Patsy asked for help with creating a French Flavor kitchen, I was thrilled.

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I’ve always included French touches in so many of the rooms I’ve done. Venetian glass frames, Mercury glass, love birds, vintage style clock, French sign and script, all add to the French feel of the room. Red Hydrangeas add just enough of Patsy’s favorite color.

Patsy’s a single woman in her sixties, well-to-do, with an established circle of friends.

I had been working with her best friend, Phyllis.

Phyllis, a Sagittarius with a bright red pixie cut and slender figure, had been such a pleasure to work with.  Phyllis and I had an on-going friendship as we completed her master bedroom, den, two bathrooms, and kitchen over the course of five years.

Patsy is always by her side.  Patsy, an Aries, along with Phyllis, created fireworks wherever they went.  It was always fun and full of laughter.

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work in progress

One thing I like to do when creating a room, is to add architectural detail.

Since Patsy collects Flow-Bleu transferware, I felt a few Victorian touches were in order.

We added the tall beadboard in the eating area.

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The “tin ceiling” , another architectural detail opened up the room and made it feel larger. Can lighting on dimmer switch adds a modern touch.

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Wanting to spare the expense of new cabinets, we added glass knobs and new wavy glass inserts to add to the vintage feel and give the room some sparkle.

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Patsy wanted the look of granite, but after exploring the slab yards, she realized that she wanted a more uniform look, so we used a granite which is sealed and has anti-microbial properties built in.

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The backsplash was a splurge, keeping it all white to compliment the vintage ceiling.

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A balance of old and new, black and white, with red accents

I chose a dark grey paint for the walls to give it a modern edge, and black and white accents, with an awning style valance in black and white stripes, with bead fringe.

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a table for two that creates a beautiful profile against the white bead board, and upholstered seats with a French script reminding us that the most important thing in life is “to love and be loved”.

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Some of Patsy’s favorite things.

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How to create an eating area that rivals your favorite restaurant.

  1.  Add architectural detail using beadboard, shiplap, wallpaper, hardware
  2. Add window treatments to control the light and privacy
  3. Comfortable seating is a must
  4. Make it pretty
  5. Interesting lighting
  6. Easy clean up – washable surfaces
  7. Bring in some plants or flowers
  8. Add some of your favorite things
  9. Eat at home more often spending time with family and friends.

30 Days of Gratitude…Day 3….

As I appreciate the youthful vitality, sense of adventure, and pure joy in laughter, that my grandson brings to my life, I understand how much we need each other.

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I calm him, offer my wisdom to help him understand things, and just hang out with him.

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When I was raising my own children, I was so busy working that there were areas where my mom and sisters often “filled in” for me.

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Even today, we are lucky to have mom, age 89 for her joe-de-vivre and spunk.

 

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Waialae Beach

She adds another dimension to our lives, and helps us appreciate the fact that we all grow old, and that all of us have something to contribute to our family, friends, and our world.

Life is fragile.

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But as human beings as we experience the changing passages of living and dying, of youth and old age, we can realize and have gratitude for each contribution our loved ones make to help us grow into who we are.

And So It Is!

 

30 Days of Gratitude…Day 6….

How to create a loveable, livable Cottage

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When creating a room to have a cottage look and feel, there are some basic elements that say “cottage”.

The home I’m staying in for the summer is a rental, that sits near the ocean.  It definitely has lots of designer touches, so I decided to shop- the- house, and give this room that everyone seems to love so much, a bit of personality.

It has the “bones” of a cottage, but not the layering to give it that homey feel.

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Before picture

The walls are painted a soft gray. The white slip covered sofa is already in place, with the sisal rug, driftwood mirror, metal lamps, natural wood end tables, and a blue and white theme.

Even though this is a Beach Cottage, you can use these basic elements for your cottage no matter where you live.  Just use natural elements from your landscape and natural environment.

My daughter added the bookcase and the white desk and chair.  She calls this room the library.  The sofa, even though it’s slipcovered, makes out to a double bed to accommodate guests.

Since my sister and mom will be visiting, I wanted to take it up a notch to make them feel more comfortable, and give the room a more “inviting presence”.

Cottage Basics

1. a slipcovered sofa – preferably white, but can also be ticking fabric, or floral, even velvet will do.  Natural fabrics are a must.

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2. Pillows with mixed prints and scale ( too many pillows in the same size can look over crowded). See before picture.  I love floral pillows in a cottage, too.

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3. Details from Nature – blown glass, rocks, shells, metal sculptures, horns, antlers, plants.

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4. Soft lighting – lamps, salt lamps, candles, and lots of flowers.

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5. Bright colors ( since the room was already blue and white, I decided to introduce some pinks and turquoise). Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit with some unexpected colors!

 

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Something personal – one of my paintings from a trip a few years ago.

6. Interesting wall art ie. vintage prints, words, wall decals

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7. Simple accessories

 

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Something hand made

8. A laid back look and feel with a place to put your feet up.

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9. Natural fragrance – herbs, moss, fresh flowers.

 

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Vintage surfer print

 

10. A space that says you!

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A way to express Gratitude to your self, or your guests, is to make your rooms as beautiful as you would like them to feel.

Each one of us is the King or Queen of our castles, and we can live in a special happy space, and feel gratitude every day.

You’re worth it!

A few words from Sonia Choquette “The Answer is Simple” oracle card deck:

“The Spirit is a sensitive light body and is influenced by the environment it finds itself in.  Dreary, dark, messy, cluttered, un-clean surroundings send the Spirit out the door and invite the goblins and trolls of negativity to move in and camp out in the corners.

It’s time to set this right:  Open the blinds, clear the decks, paint the walls, change the lightbulbs, and decorate the atmosphere where you live. Make your environment a proper home for your Spirit. Your Spirit must dwell in  a cheerful and festive place, filled with color and live plants, fresh flowers, clean windows, and bright light.

Your Spirit is a holy guest in your body and must be treated as royalty. You wouldn’t disrespect visitors with an unwelcoming environment or expect them to dwell in your mess, and you shouldn’t disrespect your Spirit by giving it less than the tranquil setting it deserves, either.  Take the time to create a festive and bright atmosphere for your Spirit.  Be happy to welcome it home. Give it the proper surroundings, and put out the best you have to receive it.

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Is that my reflection looking at me?

via Photo Challenge: Reflecting

I recently committed to stay in Hawaii through August which will be approximately four months here.

One month down, I’ve been busy with grandson and daughter most of the time, with various responsibilities.

I do still find time for working on blog, etc. but have not been consistent.

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I’ve had some time to reflect on which way my life should go, what’s pulling me, and what my next move will be.

The job I was hoping for was only a promise, and with many delays during the last Mercury Retrograde, I was offered this chance to be in Hawaii again.

The one thing that I’ve done consistently is swim almost every day.

Swimming in the salt water pool after the sun has rested behind the trees, has been my time for reflecting on what my focus should be.

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As I swim, I enjoy the velvety smooth water caressing my skin, cooling, relaxing and energizing at the same time.

I feel my muscles contracting, my back and stomach strengthening ever so gently.

And it dawned on me, with such clarity, that I’m here, again, in Hawaii, to focus on improving my physical condition.

In the seven steps to ascension that I wrote about here, being physically fit is the one area that I’ve neglected, or haven’t put my focus on.

What better place than Hawaii?

I need to make physical fitness my way of life.

As I move through my 60’s, I realize how important it is to eat organic and mostly raw, to avoid doctors if at all possible, stay chemical free ( except for a cup of coffee in the morning, a glass of wine occasionally) and water as my go-to beverage.

Along with meditation as a daily practice, the next piece is a weekly practice of moving the body.  ( I’m not too structured here and purposely do not say “diet” or “routine”, or regimen.

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Cottage Mavens,

The Universe has done it again! Plopped my in Hawaii for a long stretch so I’m “forced” to face myself head-on and do the work that I’ve been sent here to do, improve my physical appearance, which in turn will improve my life in so many ways.

I’ve got the pool in my back yard, I’m signed up for yoga classes and I have this whole island to explore for the next three months.

The final ingredient that I need will be to set my intention, write my affirmations, express gratitude for this opportunity, and settle in with the same strong will and determination that I used to lose the first 25 lbs. You can read about it here.

I hope you will join me, no matter what your age, to take this fitness thing to the next level.

I’m moving into my senior years on a high note.

It’s important to take the time out of your day to reflect on what your life is calling you to do.  All we have to do is listen.

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 14….

Ask yourself for a moment;  If money were no issue what would you do?  What would your decisions look like?

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When I was 28, a single mother of two, I had been attending Jr. College, majoring in Human Services and Psychology, but it wasn’t what I really wanted.

What I really wanted was to act, work in plays, be in the theater!

I finally stopped listening to my ego, practical side, inner parent, and took the leap of faith to follow my passion.

I enrolled n the State University as a Theater Arts major.

From that point on, I started getting A’s.

I learned theater makeup and noticed that I was a natural, like I only had to “remember” how to use the brushes and it came so easy to me.

I learned how to build sets, and how to use all of the power tools.

I was acting in plays on campus and in community theater.

I became part of a repertory group and started earning $15.00 per show.

I would perform in children’s theater in the day time and adult theater in the evenings on the weekends.

I signed with a commercial agent and started doing local commercials.

My son was in one of my commercials with me and my daughter was inspired and started doing commercials in high school.

I went on to do a summer internship at the Music Circus, an outdoor Summer Stock series of productions,  studying acting building props, and auditioning.

Not too many people know this about me, but I was “the dancing sign post” in the Wizard of Oz!

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Cottage Mavens,

When faced with major life decisions, it’s important that we tune in to what our spirit wants.

It might be the riskier, scarier choice that keeps showing up.

But it’s important that we pay attention to those signals.

We’ve all heard people say, “Life is too Short”, not to take that trip, to try tap dancing or flamenco, to change directions when you thought you were so sure, to let go of those possessions that no longer serve, to do what all the naysayers are discounting, and not to worry about what others will think.

Every one was telling me that I should be a nurse or a teacher when I was growing up, or a hair dresser.

By taking a stand for what I wanted, I became the first person in a family of many generations to get a college degree. I even inspired other members of our family to go forward and get their college degrees.

I’ve been an executive manager, a human resource manager, a makeup artist, a cosmetic manager, and interior designer, a substitute teacher, a drama and voice teacher, and I’m handy around the house.  I’m an actress and a teacher, and now a writer and a blogger, and I wouldn’t have had the skills and knowledge for all of these things if I hadn’t followed the inner promptings of my Spirit.

I’ve been called a dreamer, but without dreams, we’ll never fly.

I’m grateful for the clarity I have as my path is laid before me.

Breathe in, dive in, and embrace all that faces you now.  Your ego may be fearful and try to stop change, but your spirit is ready and able to gracefully handle all that’s coming toward you.  Trust this, and embrace the changes at hand. ( The answer is Simple: Let Go and Flow #27.  Sonia Choquette card deck)

And So It Is!

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 15…

Listen to your Heart…..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!