I remember the first time I discovered a mood ring as a little girl. I thought I’d found a wearable piece of magic.
The notion that a ring changed colors according to my mood delighted me so much that I begged my mom to buy it for me.
Needless to say I promptly lost it two weeks later while swimming in a lake. What can I say? I was a kid.
Look what I’ve been doing! I crocheted my first ever afghan. I taught myself via Youtube. It took 49.5 hours over six weeks.
A few things I learned along the way:
- It’s super fun to dabble with things out of your comfort zone.
- It’s okay not to know what you’re doing.
- Expect mistakes.
- Sometimes you have to begin again where you are.
- You will curse.
An old friend of mine, Scott Moore, passed away yesterday.
Scott and I haven’t been close for a long time. Years and life can do that to friendships. But he will always hold a special place in my heart.
You see, Scott was one of those people you randomly cross paths with that show you a new way of being.
He was the first free-thinker I ever met up close and in person.
Religion and Spirituality are they the same, or are they different?
This question has been posed to me a lot lately. Clients, house guests, and even a random magazine article I stumbled across yesterday all raise this question of religion and spirituality.
(I’ve learned that when the Universe presents me something in 3’s, I’m to pay attention to it.)
So, here are my thoughts on this topic.
Traditional religions provide answers.
My neighbor told me a fascinating story I want to share with you. Over our morning coffee on Sunday, we somehow got on the subject of monkeys. (I know, not most folks average coffee talk subject!)
Anyway, Brandy was telling me that her brother spent some time abroad in the Philippines. While there, he discovered that the locals have a very unique tactic to trap unwanted monkeys.
They’ll use a bottle with a small opening at the top,
If you’re anything like me, you might not be great at keeping New Year’s Resolutions. I used to fuss at myself for not having the will power to make the changes in my life, but now I know better.
You see, my personality-self loves when I list goals and make plans. My personality-self loves when I use my mind to make all the decisions.
But, there is a deeper, wiser version of me that balks when I only make decisions with my head.
Bill Gates grew up a little different than most of us. He came from an affluent family, went to leading-edge schools, and knew from the time he was a tot that he was good at math–not just good at math but a genius at math.
In the 7th grade, he took a statewide exam and scored better than anyone in the sate. Not just for 7th graders but 7th-12th graders. He had something special.
My friend Alison is shopping for a new car. Her 2002 Nissan served her well, but her trusted chariot is turning into a clunker.
Alison visited one of those mega auto-centers to test drive a bunch of potential new rides. Her primary goal is to find something she feels comfortable driving, so she immediately nixed one of the cars because it has too many blind spots that made it hard to see and navigate.
Figuring out what to do with your life is the ultimate challenge we all face. And the question comes at us again and again in every new stage of our life. When you don’t know the answer, it brings up all sorts of resistance—your fear, your frustration, your struggle, your confusion, your doubt. I get it because I’ve been there too!
I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who knew what they wanted out of life.