Can you believe it? It’s November and the year is almost at its end…
This is the time of year when there are lots of activities planned and many exciting things happening. The Holidays!
Many of us have made great strides this year. And some of us may have hoped for more! Whichever segment you may fall into – the New Year has yet to arrive and there is plenty of time to create something meaningful to you.
It’s time for you. YOU’RE IMPORTANT!
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Speaking of gifts, below are 4 tips to help you reduce those holiday melt downs!
Halloween has passed and the busy holiday season begins. I love the holidays but the truth is; it can also create a lot of stress in our lives if we let it. Can it be avoided? Well… probably not all of it but here are some timely hints I have found can really help:
START PLANNING EARLY – The best time to make a plan is when you are not in over your head! Ummmm I think that would be NOW, right? So why not sit down and plan your holiday meals, table and home decorations, guest list, travel plans and gift list and budget and… Sound overwhelming? It does to me too but I found a great site where you can download a really reasonable ($9.95) Holiday Planner. You just follow the 12 or 6 week Christmas Countdown Checklist which makes spacing out your holiday tasks a lot easier! No surprises; I like the sound of that. (There is also access to FREE holiday budget spreadsheets that do all the addition work for you.) This is a great site and she has other types of great planners as well! Well worth checking out:
GET PLENTY OF REST – We are all more able to cope when we’re rested. Try to get your 8 hours each night and eat healthy when you can. (Oh those Christmas parties and goodies!) It is also a good idea to carve out some quiet alone time each day. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time but even 15 minutes to yourself when no one will ask anything of you can really help to keep you centered and calm.
DON’T FORGET TO GUARD YOUR ‘ME TIME’ – When we get busy it’s often our ‘me time’ that seems to be the logical place to make up for ‘not enough time.’ Don’t do it! When you neglect your personal needs and wants you wind up tired, resentful, grouchy and ineffective at everything else you try to do.
ASK FOR HELP – This is no time to play the Wonder Woman role. ASK FOR HELP! You are one person. Look ahead and divvy up some of the duties you know you won’t be able to get to. By doing this early in the planning stage you will stand a much better chance of enjoying the season and have more quality time with those you love!
Remember, you are human and your best IS ENOUGH. Keep a positive attitude and enjoy this season. I hope you spend it surrounded by those you love and are filled with the gratitude of all that you have and all that you are.
Watch for more tips throughout this holiday season and if you have any to share be sure to put them in the comments section at http://www.womenintransitiononline.com/deborah-speaks/ or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wow, we are having such an incredible experience in the Adventure Fest Boot Camp Mastermind and the energy created is producing powerful ideas and actions! The mutual support, contributions and group accountability has proved to be a delicious recipe for growth!
This past week we were exploring how the people we surround ourselves with and the environments we spend our time in can make a huge impact on our lives. This discussion proved to be very insightful and really got me thinking!
How can something as simple, (or as difficult!) as de-cluttering a closet and removing items that no longer fit in our lives actually create a more positive outlook for the future and provide new energy to break free of old habits and move forward?
When your environment is cluttered, your mind is cluttered.
As my daughter Alexis says:
“The less clutter you have in your home, the clearer you are when you walk out the door.”
Or in the door for that matter! I think we all can connect with the feeling of walking into a clean orderly house after a long or stressful day. The difference is night and day.
The truth is, mental and physical clutter are well known sources of stress and tend to creep into every facet of our lives affecting our ability to think clearly and our enjoyment of life overall. Clutter is an energy sucker that distracts you, weighs you down and can leave you feeling overwhelmed from the moment you open your eyes in the morning.
When you let go of things that no longer fit or are not adding value to your life a huge new source of energy becomes available to you and your mind has room to breathe and space for new ideas!
But what about that mental clutter?
Lately I have begun to notice the number of people who are walking their dogs or with their children at the park and even companions out having dinner; all with their I-pods in front of their face instead of enjoying the moment.
Today we are constantly bombarded with messages from every sort; commercials, emails, texts and news updates. Most of us have a myriad of obligations and activities on top of that!
So I guess it’s really not that hard to see why spending a bit of time de-cluttering your world and mind might reap some major benefits in anyone’s life but especially if you are trying to work on changing your life or achieve a much wanted goal!
Here are a few ideas to help get you started:
Start with any area that frustrates you the most! Now I’m not an organizing expert but from the majority of women I talk to, including myself, the two biggest areas of concern are the clothes closet and that ‘counter’ which is the drop zone when you bring in mail or come in the door.
- The closet:
- If you haven’t worn it in over a year – donate or toss it.
- If it needs altering and you haven’t done it in 6 months – donate or toss.
- If you wear it but don’t really like it – donate or toss.
- If it doesn’t fit right – get rid of it! I can see keeping a couple of goal items but delegating a whole section of a closet to clothes you wore 5 – 10 years ago is NOT incentive. I actually pulled several items from my closet that had been there so long the moths had decided to eat them and I didn’t even know it!
- Then move onto the shoes. Again, if they are not comfortable and if you don’t actually like or wear them – donate or toss.
- Next the drop zone:
- Go through the pile and separate according to what it is; bills, to be filed, junk/trash. Mine usually includes a large amount of junk mail and a surprisingly small amount of items that actually need to be kept.
- The BIG thing is to devise a plan to KEEP it from accumulating again.
- Plug into your schedule, right now, a time to get the mail and immediately sit and sort through it. It really only takes about 5 -10 minutes to take bills to where you pay them, put coupons in a folder, file what needs to be filed and throw the rest out!
- Take the time to find a different place for your purse and keys. Purchase the folders, baskets or boxes for depositing the items you normally leave in your drop zone and put them where you want them to belong!
- Now for the Therapy part: (These came up in one of our Mastermind Boot Camp Sessions and they are both really good!
- One way to get a big burst of energy is to take a room you spend a lot of time in and go through and de-clutter it; donating and tossing old and unwanted items in the room. Remove any clutter from tables and drawers. Then re-arrange the furniture and purchase some new pillows to create a new fresh look. You will be surprised to find after making this change you might just have a new way of looking at other things in your life as well!
- De-Clutter your information overload: In this fast paced digital world we live in today it is easy for information overload to creep in. Set some limits!
- Get rid of some of your RSS feeds.
- Unsubscribe from updates from companies whose products you are no longer interested in.
- Get rid of files and programs you don’t need.(Your computer will also thank you)
- Consider checking your face book or emails only at certain times of the day.
- Speaking of information overload…while you’re at it try reducing the amount of television you watch!
When you get in the habit of devoting a little bit of time getting rid of accumulated clutter on a REGULAR basis you’ll reap the rewards of not only a more pleasant environment but also reduced stress and a lot more room for creativity! So start small but work on it on a scheduled regular basis and don’t beat yourself up if it isn’t finished on your first or second visit! As you stay at it you will soon find it’s DONE!
As Bruce Lee says:
Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.
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Success Tip of the Week: Stress Reducer #2
“Once you accept the fact that you’re not perfect, then you develop some confidence.” ~Rosalynn Carter
One of the biggest causes of stress is an obsession for perfection. Of course we all want to do and be our best but obsessing about perfection, (an impossible objective) is a sure fire way to create stress in our lives. It stunts our creativity and damages our self esteem which makes it impossible for us to focus on our best self and what we can become!
Get Real With Yourself:
This week take a moment to get real with yourself about your expectations not only with yourself but other people in your life, events and experiences as well. As we discussed in the 6-part Conquering Change Audio Series, focusing on your “best self” will help you move from the past into the future and has the ability to change your life.
Remember there are changes you can control and changes that you can’t. Actively think about recognizing and letting go of those things that are out of your control. You will have a lot less stress and you will be far more happy, productive and successful.
Have a Fabulous Week!
Couldn’t resist taking this golden opportunity to share a perfect example of the value of Finding Positive Aspects in Negative Occurrences; Habit #3 in the Attitude Adjustment Course. This glowing example was offered by my daughter last week when she went to take her dog for his monthly allergy shot.
With a three year old and several other dogs Alexis normally performs this errand while her daughter is napping and someone can babysit. Thursday she decided to multi task and take the 45 minutes drive to the vet with her daughter and one of her other dogs. As she arrived at her destination there was a note on the door announcing new and reduced office hours and the different locations now available for visits; also a 45 minute drive from her house. This news meant she was not going to be able to accomplish this task this day.
With a packed schedule speckled with errands for her daughter’s birthday celebration on Saturday in addition to her normal duties she was in a word FRUSTRATED. Now there would not be an opportunity to get the dogs shot until sometime next week.
The first thing she did was call me, huffing and puffing and intent on circling the following issues:
1) She had wasted an hour plus of her tightly planned day and accomplished nothing.
2) The new office hours/locations now meant that she would have to carefully plan the visit in the future and loose the flexibility of working this task into her schedule and arriving when the opportunity occurred.
3) She felt her ENTIRE day was now ruined.
I let her rant and rave a bit and then offered her some of my “motherly coach advice” which, just so you know, doesn’t work on family members and least of all daughters.
She would have none of it. She was intent on focusing on the” issues”. The more she spoke the more negative she became about the remainder of her day.
I tried to bring her back to reality using one of the steps in habit #3.
Coach mom: Is there anything you can do to immediately to rectify the situation at this moment?
Frustrated daughter: No, no of course there is nothing I can do. I am furious… the day is ruined and this is way too long of a car trip for Kenzi without a break. She is becoming restless, I put a movie in for her which won’t turn on and now I’ll have to pull over and, and, and, and, (More ranting).
Coach mom: What would be your options?
Frustrated daughter: (Louder) I don’t have any options; this is terrible now this will be even more difficult …. I have spent the whole day on this and accomplished nothing and now I’ll never get the rest of what I need to do… etc. etc. (by the way, the time is 11:00 am in the morning!)
Don’t do this coach thing on me. I am not looking for a solution I am simply venting.
It was at this point I realized that I was not going to be able to get her to look at anything other than the problem and participate in watching it grow exponentially with the length of the conversation.
My options: Listen to her rant and rave and lower my own energy in the process or express how sorry I was to hear her day was not going well and hang up. I chose the latter. (See you can teach old dogs new tricks!)
Was that the end of it? Not quite, she immediately called my mother to rant some more where she received the predictable advice of how she had too many animals and duties and not enough time for them all and the logical solution was to reduce the number of animals, thereby creating more time for her. (Yikes!)
This is fighting language for my animal advocating rescuing daughter whose apparent passion is to find a way to save them all; TODAY, if not sooner!
The outcome; Not as traumatic as it appeared and the options were:
1) Find another vet closer to her home who could administer the monthly shot.
2) Purchase the serum and administer the shot herself, an option offered and tried at the beginning of the treatment which did not work out.
3) Succumb to planning the exact day of the month at the preferred location and show up then.
Of course she came to these options, or at least I think she did. However instead of stopping to look at her options, choosing a course of action, when she would do it, writing it down and letting it go for the rest of the day she left it in her head and it still rears its ugly head in our conversations.
Other bad news; her sour mood continued throughout the day exhausting her. She ultimately took a nap with her daughter and did not accomplish the other 5 errands on her list. The remainder of the weekend… well I think you can imagine, we’ve all been there; my poor baby.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? It certainly does to me. (It’s always easier to see it in someone else!)
The good news is if we set a conscious intention and practice the habit of pivoting out of these incidents we can change the way we react to them when they occur to us.
If you are interested in learning more about the 5 simple habits that can change your life sign up for the 21 Day Attitude Adjustment Course!
P.S. By the way, watch for the upcoming F.R.E.E. Attitude Adjustment Workshop coming soon!
Whew, the week has come and gone and I don’t know about you but I found this past week to be full of surprises!
What did I discover? Here are a few answers to my own questions:
- What did you do in lieu of watching TV?
- I mowed the front lawn at 5:30 in the evening. This is definitely unusual!
- I finished a couple of half read books.
- I spent a couple of wonderful evenings with my granddaughter, mom and daughter.
- I took the time to revisit my goals/vision journal and found myself adding to it!
- I actually cooked myself a meal, lit a candle and enjoyed a leisurely glass of wine.
- I used some of my evening time to meditate and breath.
- I listened to some of my favorite inspirational tapes.
- I took the time to dust off and ride my bike with my friend!
- How did you feel?
- Very anxious at first.
- What did you like about it?
- Eventually the incredible awareness of myself and surroundings.
- I did not feel mentally or physically tired or exhausted at night.
- What did you dislike about it?
- I found it very hard to turn off my thoughts to sleep!
- What surprised you about this experience?
- I was very surprised at the amount of “found time” I discovered.
- I was also shocked at the amount of TV I had been watching and how unaware of it I was.
- Do you think it made a difference in your mood or attitude?
- I felt better and had more energy.
- It was not so much that I was happier and more positive, which I was, but more importantly that I was much more in touch with what I was feeling whether it was good or bad.
- And of course… did you cheat?
- Just twice!!!!!
So how did you do? You know you don’t need a challenge to try this experiment. You can start enjoying the sound of your thoughts whenever and as often as you like.
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Wow! Apparently I’m not the only one who feels television can have a negative effect on the life and attitude. I received a lot of great responses to my Look What Can Happen When You Don’t Listen post last week. (by the way, I love, love, love emails but it is perfectly OK to comment on the site as well)
Anyway, in one of those emails was a GREAT IDEA for a fun experiment… hence the dare:
Take the Challenge
Starting Thursday, March 4, 2010 I dare you/me to turn off the television for 7 Days! That’s right no TV. Keep a little personal journal and send in your observations about this experience.
What did you do in lieu of watching TV?
How did you feel?
What did you like about it?
What did you dislike about it?
What surprised you about this experience?
Do you think it made a difference in your mood or attitude?
And of course… did you cheat?
If you are game sign up in the comment section. On March 4th I will write a post announcing that start of the dare. We can share our thoughts by returning to this post and commenting throughout the week, or whenever you feel like it.
Can you give up television for Seven Short Days out of your life?
Come on, have some fun with this and take the dare! Pledge your commitment today!!
I don’t know about you but the magical Holiday is approaching faster than a sled down an icy hill and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Of course we all had the best of intentions but where did the time go?
The reality is we are adding enough extra duties into our schedule to keep a full time employee busy. With that said, I’ll get right to the point. Here are 10 great ways to save some time AND relieve some stress.
- Lay out what you are going to wear the night before and have whatever you need to take with you organized and by the door. The simple act of having one less decision to make in the morning will relieve stress and get you out the door quick with a clear mind.
- Through the Holidays get up 20 minutes earlier than you normally do. We all have a lot of extra errands and things on our minds right now. It is much easier to be efficient when we feel prepared and not rushed.
- Speaking of extra errands, there is no better time to keep your to do list up to date. Write EVERYTHING down. You will feel a sense of accomplishment when you see tasks crossed off your list. With a written list you will be more likely to use your time wisely and sneak an extra errand in when you find yourself near the location of one of your chores.
- Prioritize your list. Keep the things you must get done at the top of the list and leave the items that are not imperative at the bottom.
- This is the time to keep your meals easy to prepare! Consider keeping some prepared deli foods in the fridge for emergencies. If you do cook, it is a great idea to double your recipes so you will have prepared food ready to heat and serve on those particularly rushed days.
- Wear your most comfortable shoes and clothes. You will have more energy and will more likely feel like doing the extra chores on your list!
- It’s not too late to shop online for some or all of your gifts. The best part… you can do it in your pajamas and gift wrapping is often included or offered for a very minimal fee!
- This is no time to play the Wonder Woman role. ASK FOR HELP! Divvy up some of the duties you can’t get to.
- When you find yourself stressed to the max take a 30 minute time out; go for a brief walk, read a few pages from your favorite book or just find a quiet place to sit and relax. When you are stressed your mind is cluttered and it becomes hard to focus.
- Lastly, if you really find yourself overwhelmed consider contacting a personal assistant concierge service. I did a quick search on the internet and found several that offer help from the simplest to the largest of chores and duties. Now doesn’t that sound tempting?
Remember, you are human and your best IS ENOUGH. Keep a positive attitude and find a way to enjoy this season. I hope you spend it surrounded by those you love and are filled with the gratitude of all that you have and all that you are.
The holidays are here and they are supposed to be enjoyable. We are adding shopping, socializing, baking, house decorating and sometimes travel into our normal activities. Let’s face it, we are human but often times we try to be all things to all our loved ones and friends. We tend to fantasize early about the Christmas of all Christmases in our mind; is it any wonder we wind up feeling inadequate, exhausted and anything but happy in the end when we just give out? We are wise women and we know this but sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the momentum and forget our own good advice. This year why not try setting early realistic goals and be left with beautiful memories of fun, shared humor and good about ourselves when it’s over. Here are some tips to remind you how to enjoy the holiday and make it memorable and stress free at the same time.
- Number 1 priority – TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. If you’re stressed and exhausted you can’t enjoy anything. This can lead to a lower immune system, feelings of resentment and a short fuse. Plan now to get a massage, manicure/pedicure sometime during this season. This is the ideal time to force you to start that morning walk ritual. A few moments alone in the fresh air can really help you center and relax. Here are some other excellent ideas to keep handy and relax:
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. My friend Sharon shared this excellent recipe for a wonderful detoxifying water drink:
81/2 cups water
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 mint leaves
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and chill in the refrigerator overnight. Leave all ingredients in the water thereafter. This is really good so be sure to try it.
2. We are likely to be on our feet a lot more than usual and we all know what this can do…. Here is an easy foot bath to refresh, revive and invigorate your tired aching feet after a long day of work, shopping or entertaining.
Refreshing Foot Bath
1 sprig of fresh rosemary with leaves
5 or 6 drops of tea tree oil
Fill a metal or plastic container that is large enough to comfortably fit both of your feet in with warm to hot water, depending on your comfort level. Make sure the container is large enough so the water will reach your ankles when you put your feet in. Break up and sprinkle the rosemary leaves into the water. Add the tea tree oil and gently swirl them into the water. Sit in a comfortable chair, place your feet in the bath, put your head back and relax and enjoy!
We should all remember to pamper ourselves throughout the year but during this hectic season that can test our strength and reserves it is imperative to give yourself extra time and attention. Make time, it’s important.
1. Planning. Part of the problem is we tend to think in the big picture and leave out the number of hours and time involved in our plans and we may not have the unlimited funds and army of helpers available to complete the tasks. Realize that your holiday gatherings do NOT have to be perfect. And really isn’t the perfect holiday the one where everyone had a wonderful time. (That includes you.)
- Plan now to let your family contribute to making this season a special one. Allowing family and friends to contribute will make them feel important, included and most people really appreciate the opportunity! Everyone has a special pie, dish or talent they would love to show off and share!
- Consider setting the holiday table up a day or so early with a family member or friends who also enjoys this activity. This could become a holiday ritual and bonding opportunity! I always cover the masterpiece with a sheet until the day of the dinner.
- Commit to being flexible with schedules ahead of time. Get in the flow of the holiday and be willing to let go of a planned activity that doesn’t happen and don’t stress if the dinner does not come out on the exact hour you planned.
2. Speaking of traditions and rituals. Every holiday does not have to be the same. Sit down now and choose which of your traditions are the most important to you and leave the others for another time. You can then do the job justice and will have the energy to really make it special and enjoy it. Keeps things familiar but fresh with a new idea or two. Try to size down a bit, think Quality not Quantity. And remember all those magazines and TV shows have a number of unseen heads and hands, (staff) that make works of art a reality. Here are a couple of enjoyable ideas to enjoy and can actually help you with the process at the same time.
- Have a cookie decorating afternoon. Invite your guests to an afternoon of making cookies. Everyone can bring cookie making supplies and decorate the cookies for your family gatherings. Get a goofy gift and blind vote for who made the coolest cookie.
- Include an evening of fun free holiday entertainment. Cook popcorn and watch a traditional favorite holiday movie or a drive around town to look at lights. Visit a museum or an art gallery. How about a pretty drive and stop for some hot chocolate along the way. Very relaxing and a chance to spend some quality time with loved ones. Grab your girlfriends or relatives and head for the mall and get a picture made with Santa. Rollerblade together or take an evening walk through the neighborhood and then share some Christmas cheer afterward. Be creative; sometimes the simplest activities are the best.
- Christmas wrapping parties with friends can be fun also. Gather some friends have them bring some of their presents and supplies and wrap presents together! Great conversations and ideas are born in the process.
3. BUDGET. This is an annual problem and is the number one stressor for the holiday season. Make a gift budget and stick to it. That way you won’t feel dread during the process and want to shoot yourself after it is over. Do what you need to do to stay in that budget. Draw names or reduce the number of presents you give to each person. Do some homemade gifts. There are many ways to cut back here. Offer your time or expertise in a certain area, gardening or cooking a meal or house/dog sitting and give your loved one a coupon to be used when they need it in the coming year. Many of these things are of great value to someone and often times more appreciated than anything else you could give!
And lastly, this year I am determined to make my shopping experience pleasant and not simply another pressure. I am going to do as much of my shopping as possible online and EARLY! I have already started my list and the best of what I have found is below. There are unique gifts for everyone and maybe some of these ideas will be perfect for the loved ones in your life.
Unique Gifts and Fab Finds:
This is a beautiful gift for anyone who loves the ritual of a relaxing cup of tea. When placed in water the tea balls gracefully open into a delightful flower. Enchanting!
Take your meditations to a new level and get inspired with this singing meditation bowl. I love the image of the vining lotus on the box, symbolizing the full flower of wisdom, on the box.
I love collecting and tinkering with musical instruments. It seems to open some sort of gateway to my creative side!
Of course it will be helpful to have some intruction! This DVD covers other methods for early American music. The spoons… now wouldn’t that be fun!
What a fabulous idea! I am trying to eat more organic and fresh foods and have discovered the incredible flavor in fresh herbs. This item is on my Christmas list!
Just in case Santa doesn’t bring me my Aerogarden… I thought this herb savor was a great idea. Fresh herbs do have a tendency to go bad quicker than I can use them and this will extend their life in my fridge. It seems well worth it when you consider the expense of fresh herbs at the grocer!
Yum! Garlic is so good for us. Who doesn’t love the taste and smell of roasted garlic. I usually do mine on the grill so this will be perfect on those days that is impossible. It’s oven and microwave safe!
I read the reviews on this book and do plan to purchase this myself. There is talk of a stuffed mushroom recipe that sounds delicious.
These are just cool. What a great stocking stuffer.
Now this is cute. A great conversation piece and a fun gift for the person who has everything!
New Years resolutions are upon us and it will soon be time to get in shape. My daughter has this monitor and she wears it as a watch all the time. It looks great, waterproof and she loves it.
This is the perfect massage tool to relieve stress,tension and tight muscles. Best of all, you can use it on yourself !
Wait until you see the picture for this item! It feels good just looking at them.
Hmmmm. The soothing calming scent of lavender. This shawl size blanket is like floating in a piece of heaven. You can microwave it for fragrant mood elevating warmth or freeze it to soothe sore muscles and the cover is washable. Your loved one will thank you for this one.
I used to have a lavender eye mask and I wore it out. It really does relax you after a long hard day. This one has the advantage of a washable case!
The art of growing one these mystical trees require patience and care and is said to be a peaceful and rewarding experience. If you have a plant enthusiast on your list this kit includes everything the beginning artist will need. A gift the keeps on giving!
The perfect companion for the Bonsai Starter Kit to get your Bonsai enthusiast off on the right foot.
How about a little relaxation. I love tuning in to Sunrise Earth but often miss it as it is on EARLY. This DVD creates a wonderful peaceful environment for your home anytime during the day. Incredible scenery and the sound makes you feel as if you are there! I highly recommend any of the Sunrise Earth DVDs.
Speaking of the EARTH! I know we are all concerned about preserving our earth’s beauty and resources for our future generations. This book is full of easy ideas to incorporate into our lives to help to just that.
I love anything by Clarissa Pinkola Estes but I am in awe every time I listen to her. She has a true gift for story telling. My latest reads are about encouraging our creative instincts and I know this will be inspiring. This is not a new recording but I do not own it, as yet! It is at the top of my Christmas list. Heloooo, Alexis, are you listening?
I am in the process of reading and enjoying this book. It is full of tips on how to nourish and evoke our creative instincts. It would be a wonderful gift for any of your female friends or loved ones. If you don’t happen to have or receive this special book I would recommend you get it for yourself!
I had way too much fun shopping for these gifts. I hope you find something wonderful for your special person.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day! I hope you spend it surrounded by those you love and are filled with the gratitude of all that you have and all that you are.