Monthly Archives: December 2017

Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

Simple Abundance

It never ceases to amaze me that the world gives me exactly what I need, exactly when I need it.  Below is an excerpt from my morning “Quiet Time”…
From Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book Simple Abundance

“Maybe you have set aside time to begin the journey of your authentic self.
Then again, maybe you haven’t…
If you wonder why I suspect this, it’s because I’ve been where you are now.  I know.  I know how days, weeks, months, even years can escape your grasp.  I know what it’s like to put everyone else’s needs before your own so that you can’t
find a half-hour a day for yourself.  I know how easy it is to find heartfelt excuses for why you can’t begin something new even if you yearn to, desperately.  I know how easily the word “tomorrow” slips out unconsciously.  Tomorrow you will begin.  Tomorrow.  All this I know.
But what I know most of all is that learning about a journey is not the same thing as taking one.

Now that I’ve got your attention let me tell you about the rest of the year.  Each day from now on we’re going to use the daily grist of our real lives as a cause for celebration.  That’s right, celebration.  I have learned many lessons on my path.  Chief among them is that the details of our days do make a difference in our lives, that no experience is ever just for drill, and that everything can be a springboard for inspiration if we are

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Presence Over Presents

My dear friend Amy was kind enough to be my guest writer for this blog post.  Please enjoy her thoughts about the Christmas Season and how she is focusing on being present this year.

Does It Feel Like The Christmas Season To You?

I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t quite feel like the Christmas Season to me…yet. This could be for a few reasons:

  1. Though I am grateful for the sunshine and the daily Vitamin D available to us this time of year here in sunny San Diego, the weather this December has been warmer than it has in years past. For this Virginia gal who misses her four seasons, it doesn’t quite have the same “feel” to the holiday season in Southern California…never mind that I’ve been here for nine “winters” now.
  2.  I can’t believe that we’re already approaching the end of the year (isn’t that something our older relatives always said, and yet I find myself saying all the time now how quickly time flies).
  3.  I am being intentional about giving each day/season/holiday its due time – so this year I am focusing and reflecting on the meaning of Advent (spoiler alert: it means, “coming”) and its purpose, versus viewing it simply as a means to Christmas.
  4. But perhaps the biggest reason is, I made a choice this year. I decided to minimize the consumerism and commercial hoopla that comes this time of year, by keeping the gift-giving humble, and by not saying “yes” to every invitation that
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