Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Art of the Handwritten Letter: Part Four — A letter to Yourself

Please do this for yourself.  Pick out some stationery that you love.  Put your phone down, shut down your computer, turn the TV off and get to your quiet place.   You are going to write a letter to yourself.  It is called “A Year From Now”.   It is my belief that one of the most important and impactful letters that you may ever write, is one to yourself.  Now, grab your favorite pen, sit down and start writing.  Think about your life a year from now.  How do you want it to look, feel, be?

I am suggesting that you consider nine domains of your life.  In your letter, describe how you want these areas of your life to be in one year.

Family:  Regardless of the makeup of your family, what is your best vision of how it takes shape over the next twelve months?  It may be as simple as having a healthy family that communicates well and appreciates one another.  Or, maybe there are some ‘fences that need mending’ and you are going to play a positive and active role to help your family achieve that outcome.

Friends and Affiliations:   Jim Morrison, the American singer, and songwriter once said, “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”  This is so true.  I urge you to surround yourself with supportive and inspiring friends who admire your authenticity.  I have come to know that friendship is like gardening.  Both require nurturing, devotion and persistence.  

By |2017-10-30T10:14:50+00:00April 27th, 2017|Categories: Creativity, Lines In The Sand, Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

How the Process of Declutter Can Lead You To a Life You Love

One of the most compelling Lines in the entire Lines In The Sand course is Line Four: Embrace + Practice Surrender which focuses on decluttering all areas of our life.  Participants in the course come to realize that there is great freedom in surrender.  It is no secret that we live in a world that teaches us that holding on to people, places, circumstances and things will provide us with happiness.  And then we find ourselves in a state of worry and stress over the fact that these things will be lost or taken from us.  This has the potential to create a downward spiral of beliefs which make us question our self-worth because we become more focused on the value of “our things” instead of the value of getting to know who we are and embracing our authenticity.

There is a lot to be said for letting go of anything or anyone that keeps you stuck in the past or a slave to their existence. Holding on to things is ego based. The ego relies on fear to keep going. I invite you to surrender anything in your life that doesn’t serve you. This will make room for all the things that are love based and genuine. Below you will see an article written by Luminita Saviuc, the founder of Purpose Fairy. In this article, Luminita shares 8 Good Reasons Why You Should Let Go of Clutter. She offers some sage advice on how

By |2017-10-30T10:14:50+00:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: Lines In The Sand, Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

What’s The Best Advice That You’d Give To Your Younger Self?

In both the Live and Online Edition of the Lines In The Sand course, you are asked and answer a lot of questions.  One of those questions is:  What is the best advice would you give your younger self?  If you are an Oprah fan, you might recognize this question, because it is one she likes to ask during her “Super Soul Sunday” interviews.  Here is how three of her guests answered the question.

“I would say, ‘Stop worrying.’”  “There is so much unnecessary worry, so many unnecessary self-judgments, so many negative fantasies about the future.”

“I would say, ‘Everything is going to be OK, and you can be young.’ I would come in as a 40-year-old and say, ‘I got this.  You can go play.  I got this.”

“I would tell my younger self to focus on finding quiet, I think we live in a culture of distraction, and silence is a way to find the center.”

Sage advice from all three, don’t you think?  I always say, “If you are going to ask the question, you have to be willing to answer it.”  So what would be my advice to my younger self?  For me, it is these two things:

  1.  Always trust your gut.  For as long as I can remember, I have had strong intuition.  I have a certain knowing about people and things.  It is as if I know things before they happen. 
By |2017-10-30T10:14:50+00:00April 18th, 2017|Categories: Lines In The Sand, Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

The Art of the Handwritten Letter:  Part Three — A letter to a Stranger

If you have been following this series on the art of the handwritten letter, you have been invited to write two letters.  The first, a thank you to someone who has had an impact on your life.  The second, a note to someone who is no longer living.  Both of these letters gave you the opportunity to express gratitude and connect in a special way.  The next letter that I am calling you to write is one to a total stranger.  That’s right, you will compose a thoughtful letter filled with your thoughts and inspiration not knowing who the recipient will be.  In today’s digital age we live in a culture that connects almost exclusively on a screen.  You can play a compelling part in pulling someone away from their computer, smartphone or iPad.  Here is how.  Grab your pen, some stationery, and an envelope, find a quiet corner, sit down and start writing.  Imagine a letter that you would like to receive.  What would it say?  Write that letter.  What words would put a smile on your face?  Use those words.  What would encourage you if you read it?  Start encouraging.  When you finish your letter, put it in the envelope and inscribe something that would entice the person who discovers your letter to open it.

Now for the fun part.  Go out into the world and leave your letter somewhere.  You could tuck it inside the current bestseller at a bookstore, in a pocket at a coat

By |2017-10-30T10:15:27+00:00April 13th, 2017|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments
  • Hands of several people holding cut out letters for the word Namaste (in red)

My Namaste Moment

Since I am not a student of Yoga, I wanted to know what the term ‘Namaste’ actually means — and this is why. I was thinking about what I wanted to share on my blog yesterday as I was driving home from my office. On the way, I stopped at the post office to drop off a package to mail. As I was getting ready to enter the post office a small, older woman was on her way out. She was diligently attempting to roll a large and cumbersome box out the door on a dolly while she struggled to hold the door open. I grabbed the door and assisted her in getting the box on wheels out of the building. I looked up to see two men standing there simply watching the scene and to my surprise, neither one offered to help. I continued into the post office and dropped off my package. On my way out, two men were approaching the entrance (not the same two who declined to lend a hand to the sweet lady I encountered only seconds earlier).  I, of course, thought that they would pull the door open and kindly allow me to exit the building.  Once again, I was stunned as they stood outside and waited for me to open the door which I then continued to hold while they entered the post office. Neither one said “ thank you, F U, have a nice day”, nothing. I proceeded across the parking lot

By |2017-10-30T10:15:27+00:00April 11th, 2017|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

The Art of the Handwritten Letter: Part Two

Write a Letter to Someone Important to You Who Has Died

Welcome to the second in a series of four suggestions to compose a handwritten letter.  If you missed last week’s installment, you can read it here.

A Handwritten Letter That Says What Needs to be Said

The first letter that you were invited to write was a thank you note.  I hope that you chose to participate in sending a note of appreciation to someone who has had an impact on you.  This week I am asking you to scribe a letter to someone who is no longer living.  That’s right, this is your chance to say what you might have left unsaid to someone while they were still living.  Or maybe you would like to simply check-in with a dearly departed.  Whatever the case may be, use this occasion to connect or reconnect with a soul who somehow matters to you.

I think you will find that this exercise gives you the opportunity to get some things off your chest, or to get complete with a person, or maybe have a private dialogue with someone you miss and think of often.  You will likely have emotions of recollection, humor, sadness, and joy.  Whatever it is that you experience, “be” with it, appreciate the fact that you have taken this opportunity to make amends, to say I Love You, or to merely give a wink and a nod to a beloved and never forgotten friend.

So, what do you do when you

By |2017-10-30T10:15:28+00:00April 4th, 2017|Categories: Lines In The Sand, Thoughts from the Barn, Uncategorized|0 Comments