Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Happy post-Thanksgivings! I hope everyone enjoyed whatever time they had with friends and family! I was so excited and in need of a good break that the week leading up to it was daunting to say the least. When I ended up working 2 hours late on the Friday night that was supposed to kick off my vacation, I found myself very upset and frustrated. I had plans to spend a beautiful evening with my love which was interrupted by my work. Sometimes you have to say enough is enough and so I made the decision that night before I left that I was going to completely disconnect from my job and have the first true vacation with no contact to my employment in years. I turned my out of the office message on and turned my email off on my iPhone and iPad.
Making the choice to truly disconnect from work so I could fully connect with my family, puppies, friends, and homes during my week off was one of the best and most important decisions I have made in a long time. Not allowing anything to distract me, actually allowed me to be fully present with being home, cooking, watching movies, cleaning, painting, playing cards, taking walks, and everything else I wanted to do. It allowed me to live so differently and so richly.
I was fully relaxed. There was nothing to stress about because I was unaware of what was happening back in the office. The impact to my health, happiness, and wellness was so substantial that I have actually not turned my email back on my phone or iPad.
Not only was I happier, the building was still standing when I got back a week later. Better yet, the emails and work waited. I have always told my team that nothing we do is life or death and that our lives are more important than this place will ever be. But I have never practiced that philosophy myself. I always wanted to be available to them, my students, and my boss in case they needed me. But the truth was and is, if they or anyone for that matter really needs me, they know how to get a hold of me or will figure it out themselves.
Technology has made it so convenient for me to work around the clock that I actually thought it helped me to get stuff done in between other happenings. But all it really has done is allowed me to take my time, effort, and energy away from my personal life and down time, which I need and more importantly deserve. Plus I want to be fully present when I am with my love, my family, my friends, and when I am alone. Work needs to stay in the office and the rest of the time is mine. I am so thrilled to be disconnected, so I can stay connected with what matters most!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
As we are on the eve of our 2013 Thanksgiving, I hope every Wondrous Woman and Marvelous Man will take the time necessary to reflect on the endless blessings of the past year. It is essential that we each recognize what has been overcome and accomplished this past year in order to constantly be growing and evolving. Think about all the details that made up this past year and be grateful for all the lessons of life.
Be sure to give thanks to those who have helped make your days brighter, healthier, and happier! Every person that has come or gone from your life all contributed to the ride of your journey; they all deserve to be honored for their contribution.
I am eternally grateful to the Wondrous Women and Marvelous Men in my life. It is the people, friendships, new and old, that have made each of my days a blessing and contribute to making living wondrous! Sharing and caring with likeminded people make every day more fulfilling and desirable. I am eternally grateful to get to do what I do professionally and so thankful for the men who entered my life one year ago. Together we have joined families, added additional members along the way, and are creating the life we all have always wanted. Thank you universe for this past year; thankful for the ride!
Wondrous Women and Marvelous Men, let’s be reminded this Thanksgiving to be appreciative for every moment, opportunity, encounter, laugh, tear, hug, smile, and beyond that we are so fortunate to experience. Gratitude is and always will be the best attitude, so try to keep that as a mantra for your daily actions and interactions!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Be thankful for this awesome ride and keep rocking and living the Wondrous Way!!
True happiness finds you grinning from the joy associated with the blessing of life. It feels so good to be so happy you can’t help but smile. Finding bliss in all the small things, the detail of what life is really about. When you are happy and it shines from the inside out it becomes contagious. We all need to share the joy of life with everyone we encounter.
Make it a point of smiling at every person you pass. You will see how easy it really is to spread happiness. We need to focus more on the endless blessings each day provides for a life of complete satisfaction! When your joy comes from deep within, you can honor the knowledge and feeling associated with what life is supposed to be. Being tickled with and by all of lives daily blessings always makes me smile. Share your pearly whites if for nothing else than the fact that grinning is good and feels great!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tis the season for the holidaze! This time of year is packed with family & friend gatherings & traditions. Sometimes our time becomes nearly overwhelmed with get-togethers and festivities. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed from all the activities that are requested of us, try to remember how fortunate we are to get to share our time with loved ones. Next time you feel challenged instead of cheer, just remember there are a lot of people out there who are not as blessed as you and wish they had family, food, and fun for the next few months to indulge in.
This past weekend we kicked off the 2013 season with the first of 3 Thanksgiving gatherings! We love the opportunity to get to bring our families together and share the joy of being together. Yes it is a lot of work and coordinating, but the jollies associated with spending time with those we love is how we choose to cherish the holidays.
It is up to each of us to fashion the festivities we wish to share with those most important in our lives. We can create traditions that are a tribute to all we are thankful. Together we can share the cheer of the seasons past and celebrate the new year to come! If you allow, the holidays can be a very special time you share with those you care; it is a time of magic, love, gratitude, blessings, and togetherness. Traditions become our treasures of times together, truly something to be thankful for!