A Time for Renewal

Easter is about new life, renewal and rebirth.

What can you say goodbye to, what can you release or what no longer serves you?

Use this time to renew your body, your mind and spirit. Getting out of old routines that prevent you from being the best you can be is essential as we move forward in spring. Take one step today to make tomorrow better.

Physical Needs:

Take a walk, a hike, go biking and explore. Do something active that makes your body stronger.

Emotional Needs:

Release the past, forgive someone who has hurt you, and stop being hard on yourself.

Spiritual Needs:

Listen to the sound of the wind, say a prayer, meditate. Connect to god or spirit.

Easter is a powerful day to begin anew. Take one step to make your life better.

Seed Sisters

Over twenty years ago, I met a young woman who was stationed in England and was living and exploring the country. Different circumstances had brought us both to the UK, yet despite our differences we became instant friends until one day, the military shipped her to Japan, where she continued her career and I remained in England for another ten years.

We lost contact with each other as quickly as we had met, and life took us both in completely different directions. Years passed as we lost contact; then one day she sent me a message. We continued to touch base from time to time, the years and England were now part of our pasts. Somehow we reconnected again and started to share our stories, our experiences together in the olive markets of London, and of our journeys far apart.

Now I live in the vast Midwest, and she continues to travel. Although my house is small, she lives even tinier, as she travels and lives in an RV and explores the beautiful southwestern United States.

On days that I need a bit of encouragement or inspiration, she texts me photos of her artwork, or places that she explores that take me on fun adventurous journeys. I get to experience the raw beauty of New Mexico, mine for geodes in the desert mountains, and watch as she paints in the setting sun.

Although we are over a thousand miles apart, we now have more contact than we ever did before as we both plant seeds of hope and inspiration on our earthly journey of ours, together, yet also apart.

My longtime friend is now on the road again traveling, with no zip code in sight. I know that she is living life tiny in her shared RV as she travels to unknown and unfamiliar places, so I decided to create her something special, a miniature clay garden that can travel with her as she explores, or that can be left behind for others to plant lifelong friendship seeds that might grow, blossom and flourish too.

Life randomly and intentionally brings people into our lives. I had no idea on a fateful summer’s day in London over 20 years ago that I would meet a seed sister who would blossom and grow with me, my entire life.

Seed sisters on the grow!

How to Change the World

You have more power than you realize. When you step into your own authentic power, you not only change your life, but the lives of those around you.

The first step is to become aware of your thoughts and how you view your life and the world around you. During challenging times, we have to look closely at how we think and respond to different situations and world views. We can easily get drawn into other’s anger or negativity, and unjustly so. Let’s look at our own personal lives. Do we live in peaceful homes and are our relationships positive and filled with joy? Do we support friends, family members, and community agency? If we don’t have peace in our own hearts, in our homes, and in our communities, then we live in a turbulent world. Peace is possible, but we need to personally make the decision to become the peace we desire.

By making the choice to become part of the solution, and to promote peace, always starts with making the choice to take peaceful steps to become part of the solution instead of spreading anger, hatred or judgments. No one wants to live in a stress filled, emotionally charged environment. Make the choice to start with yourself and to take steps to make peace your priority this year. Begin with yourself, your relationships, your family, and your community.

It’s been a rough year. Let’s work together to make a positive difference. A simple random act of kindness can spread across the country. Pay it forward and keep it going. Make peace the goal!

How to Find Happiness in Dark Places

During these difficult and challenging times, we went on a mission to find more happiness, and we found it in a variety of everyday places.

Rediscover your inner joy through art, dance and music. Reinvigorate your body and mind with the simple pleasures of play, cooking, and overall wellness.

Written as a guide to help you create a new kind of personal happiness that is not focused on external objects, material gains, or through temporary short term means, but instead creates a new awareness of how authentic happiness is found in unknown and unexplored places that are nevertheless readily attainable if we only seek them out.

Together we take you on an engaging, personal journey where you will discover ways to create personal happiness through different areas of life.

Somewhere in the Sky

Somewhere in the Sky adventures are waiting to take flight. Through a compilation of everyday travel, food foraging, and stories about human nature, learn to incorporate gratitude, laughter, hope and inspiration into your own life.

Read inspirational stories and guidance to inspire, motivate and encourage you to follow and embark upon your own everyday adventures to a healthier and happier life.

Become Your Own Fitness Warrior

2020 proved to be a difficult year in many ways as our lives have changed and shifted due to the global pandemic. There are many things out of our control, but what we can control is our personal level of fitness in the areas of health, intellectual, and spiritual direction.

I have heard from many people that emotional eating has become a norm due to anxiety and inability to lead a “normal” life, resulting in excessive weight gain and other unwanted side effects, so together Tim and I created our latest book in the Warrior Series, Fitness Warrior: The Everyday Summit, that guides the reader through personal reasons for self-sabotage and personal goal setting in the areas of weight loss and fitness, intellectual sharpness, emotional maturity and spiritual well-being.

With the end of the year approaching, now is the perfect time to take control of your life and become the best fitness warrior you can be!

Follow Me

I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging about both my own journey, as well as that of other’s that I have met along the way over the past several years.

At this time, I have decided to stop posting on this site, but will continue blogging about health and wellness, healing, cooking, humor, travel and creative expression on my new website below.

I hope that my posts have brought a smile to your face, a giggle to your lips, or healing to your heart in some way. I look forward to continuing this journey with you, if you so choose. Blog posts are listed under “self-help” in the menu. Thank you all for being a part of my journey and I hope that many of you will continue to explore our everyday lives together.

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