November mixup

horsetooth res3For me, November is about mixing things up. It’s about the road less traveled, discovering new trails, meeting new people, joining, moving, painting, and connecting. I am doing all of the above.

One of the items on my November list was to hike a new trail. I did that this week and it was stunning. The air was crisp, cool and clean. The sky was the bluest of blues. The clouds added dimension and character to the photos. Lunch was consumed on a rock. It was delightful.

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Enjoying lunch, looking at Horsetooth Reservoir in Lory State Park., Fort Collins, CO

On my list for next week is to paint the bathroom. This one is more work and one I’m not thrilled to do. And there are several steps involved so I just need to take them one at a time. I know you’re on the edge of your seat so I will keep you informed as I move along.

I am busy reading 4 books which is the kind of goal I aim for (not painting the bathroom). And I am in the process of raking my leaves and cleaning my garden. It’s work but it feels good when it’s done.

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. –Bradley Whitford

What are you doing to make grace happen?

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Words Matter

Step 1: Say the words…

What is it you secretly desire? What have you never told anyone before? What is your heartfelt dream that you keep locked away?

Your words matter so speak them. Words become matter.

Announce what you want.

Say it in the shower. Say it in the car. Say it on your walk.

Be bold. Get descriptive. Be outrageous. Add color. Add humor.

IMG_3570I did this on my walk Sunday evening. I came up with my list of things I want. I reached for descriptive words. I added laughter. I got creative. I wished for things I have no right wishing for…

I added details, music, conversation and color.

I included some travel destinations in my requests.

I focused and became clear and asked a bit more.

hollyhock3While I was walking, wishing and wondering (this is all part of Step 1), I was also plucking seeds. The cosmos, daisies, dahlias and hollyhocks are bursting right now so I filled my hand, shoved them in my pocket and kept moving.

By the time I reached home I had a pocketful of seeds but the one important thing in my pocket was missing – my glasses. Not to worry – as long as I acted quickly my short-term memory was sure to remember my walking route. On my bike (like a super hero) I leapt and retraced my walk. The sun was setting at 5:05pm (drats the time change!) and I knew they would be hard to locate.  Alas, no glasses. My plan was to find my backup glasses and in the morning take that walk again.

Locating my backup glasses was a chore and in the process I cleaned out 4 drawers and lugged in the paper shredder from the garage and shredded tons of items I had collected and needed to discard. Need I say, NONE of this action was in my recently created To Do list. And yet, the outcome was a tidy workspace.

So, as I write this post wearing old and scratched-up glasses I continue to create an action plan. It’s obvious to me now that on that list is to make an appointment for new glasses.

Infuse your life with action.
Don’t wait for it to happen.

Step 2: Take Action

More to come. For now — It’s time to move.