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Month: December 2010

On the 12th Day of Christmas…

On the 12th Day of Christmas…

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Christmas Gifts to Inspire Others, Pt. 2

Christmas Gifts to Inspire Others, Pt. 2

Tweet {photo credit} This post is a continuation of yesterday’s post on 5 Gifts to Inspire Others… 3. Surprise. Have someone in your life who infuriates you? Or in my case, has a driver cut you off in traffic and gave you the gift of […]

5 Gifts to Inspire Others, Pt. 1

5 Gifts to Inspire Others, Pt. 1

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This may not be the post you think it is.

There are a ton of blog posts now on what to get for a __________ (golfer, writer, mother, the person who has everything, etc.). But while those are all great and in good fun, I think it’s important to take this time to focus on something deeper.

Don’t you?

There are gifts that may not be shiny and new, but can have lasting value on one’s soul and can have a ripple effect on the lives of others.

With that being said, I thought it would behoove me to create a post for you unlike the rest of the crowd, that reminds us about the importance of what this season really represents-a time of gratitude, miracle, hope and giving.

A Christmas List to Inspire

1. Time.

I’m not talking about Gucci and Fossil. I’m talking about that precious, irreplaceable gift that can change someone’s life.

As a freelance writer, I know my time = money. If I’m spending it browsing stores online, I’m doing a disservice to my business. That’s time that I cannot invoice or exchange for an indirect path to money like marketing.

It’s like that, but maybe a million times more important to consider the precious time you have on this earth and who you want to spend it with.

Take one day in your life and then get a stop watch and time how much of your day is spent on the computer, TV, working vs. how much time you are spending with your loved ones. The number may surprise you.

Think about it this way. As a child, the one gift I wanted more than anything, wasn’t a new Barbie, a new outfit or a book, it was time spent with my mother.

2. Gratitude.

I’m guilty of not regifting this gift. Are you?

There are moments in my day when I think about my husband, for example. I think about how much he does for me and how much I appreciate him. Then time passes, I see dishes in the sink, and the gratitude? Like our leftovers, it goes down the drain.

If you want to give someone a gift that will last forever, thank them, thank yourself. Write down every moment, even seemingly insignificant ones, and you will be giving a gift of gratitude to yourself. Write it down in a card or tell someone you know and you will be doing both you and your loved ones a favor.

To be continued… Stay tuned for part 2 with gifts 3-5 here tomorrow.

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Facing Your Fears Head On

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Finding Inspiration During Tough Times

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Signs and Symptoms You’re On the Right Track

Signs and Symptoms You’re On the Right Track

By now, you must know that I’m a BIG believer in signs.

I like to think of life as leaving bread crumbs along the way to help us find our way home. But it’s hard to tell sometimes isn’t it? Is a bread crumb just a bread crumb or is it a divine sign that you’re on the right path?

If you’re confused about what your true purpose in life is and wonder if you’re even in the vicinity of your calling, then this post may help you.

Triple Threat:

This weekend I did what my soul was crying out for-I went to find salvation in an old rustic cottage in Point Reyes. You may have remembered that I traveled there before. This time, however, instead of a birthday celebration, I was on a writer’s retreat.

Tucked inside a warm cozy cottage I sat with blanket over my lap, my laptop on hand, a cup of hot tea, and a view of these three pals for support:

But it wasn’t the only 3 things that helped me this weekend. Wait to you hear this!

I have been reading a book appropriately titled Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life (I highly recommend it by the way). Every page I read seems to be reflective of what’s going on in my life.

When I got to the cottage, I read a page on spiritual retreats. After hiking in Point Reyes, I read another passage on the positive impact of nature on finding your calling. Then, the BIGGIE!

My husband and I left the cottage, passing for a gazillion times this quaint sign:

We saw it on our first trip and I admired it again on this recent one. We were on our way to the small town of 300 people in Point Reyes Station. Since I adore bookstores, I headed there first, welcoming the warm air and smell of old books.

I went straight to the writing section and peeked through their small, but unique selection of old and new finds. That’s when I saw a best-selling book The Writing Life by Annie Dillard, an author I had never heard of. I spent an hour flipping through the thin paperback and feeling inspired to get it. It was a used copy with watermarks and an old newspaper article someone had cut up and left there. It was filled with so much emotions about being a writer and in such a shabby chic shape that I almost bought it, had it not been for the $5 price tag, almost 5 times as much as the under a dollar find online.

So we left the store and the book and I went our separate ways.

That evening I holed up in the cottage reading another page of Callings and then stumbled upon this quote: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” And it was by Annie Dillard.

I was dumbfounded by the coincidence. Was it a coincidence or was this a sign that I needed to start taking my life day by day to make great changes in my life?

It was enough of a coincidence (3 to be exact-sign, bookstore, the book) that made me think it was the latter.

The takeaway?

If you’re on a mission for change, looking for answers, need a sign to help you on your way, then start being a detective of your life. Open your mind like a child, have an intention of what you’re searching for, go somewhere quiet and peaceful so you can hear the subtle whispers. And when you find it, listen to it. The more you listen to the bread crumbs you get, the more you will see them and start picking up on the right ones to help guide your life.

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Friday Inspiration

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