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Blog Entries - January 2011

Thanks for the reminder.

Posted on: January 31, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit anxious about things that feel out of my control. Now I know that literally there is nothing actually in my control except me. The more enlightened part of me knows that. It also knows that I am powerful beyond measure.

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The actual goal.

Posted on: January 30, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Recently I was at a Toastmasters meeting. We have a new location as of January 10, 2011. We are now located at a church that has a gymnasium next to our room. Last Monday there were a lot of shoe squeaking sounds coming into the room. I got up to close the

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Where are you looking?

Posted on: January 29, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

I’ve noticed lately when I walk I tend to look down. Obviously I look up when I come to an intersection or often enough so that I don’t get lost (much) but for the most part, I’m looking down just a few steps ahead of where I am. Then today

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It's coming!

Posted on: January 28, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Today I noticed that it was still light outside at 6:00 pm. I always get so excited this time of year when the days are getting a little longer all the time. I love the cold weather but I'm not so fond of all the darkness. As I begin to notice the increased

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The magic of music

Posted on: January 27, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

I love music. I love listening to it, making it and dancing to it. My tastes run from one end of the spectrum to the other (except for non-melodic jazz). I can listen to Aerosmith on day and Josh Groban the next. I can always find music to either fit the mood

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Expectation vs. Reality

Posted on: January 26, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

I heard a saying once that went something like this: Blessed are those with no expectations for they are never disappointed. I’ve always liked that saying and try to keep it in mind whenever things go other than planned. (I will admit that I still have

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Ouch!

Posted on: January 25, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

Most of us have been exposed to the idea that we create our own reality, that the choices we make give us the life we are currently living. That applies whether we’re happy or unhappy. It’s a bit of a hard pill to swallow to know that each of us

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The comfort zone prison

Posted on: January 24, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

This morning I had a new client to see on the other side of town. When the traffic report came on the radio, I listened with rapt attention since I would soon be traveling on three different expressways. Good grief!! There were accidents and major back ups on

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Shut up!

Posted on: January 23, 2011
Tags: General musings

Some films have narrators that fill you in on the thoughts that the characters are having. You know, that running dialogue that goes on while you watch the scene. They do this so that you understand more of what’s going on and what the character’s

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Still awesome after all these years!

Posted on: January 22, 2011
Tags: General musings

I could hardly believe it! This morning before work I was watching coverage of the Australian Open. When the live coverage ended, the Tennis Channel aired a match that took place in the Spring of 2010. I was speechless. The match was between Jim Courier and

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Dog zen

Posted on: January 21, 2011
Tags: General musings

Dogs are amazing. Every day they wake up without a thought of what happened yesterday. They don’t obsess about having been yelled at the day before or worry about whether or not we will love them any more. They are always in the moment, putting

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Two, four, six, eight, how do you appreciate?

Posted on: January 20, 2011
Tags: Accentuate the positive

Although we can be quick to notice the things that we don’t like in a relationship or that drive us crazy about someone, we should also remember to notice to great things people bring into our lives. We all have people in our lives that have made a

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It should have been obvious, but.....

Posted on: January 19, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

Have you ever found yourself stopped in your tracks by a seemingly innocuous action? That phone call you’ve been meaning to make……for the past 6 months. The appointment you know you need to get to, but keep cancelling. I’m sure

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Tennis anyone?

Posted on: January 18, 2011
Tags: General musings

It’s that time of year again. Tennis time that is! I’m a huge fan of the game even though I don’t play. I remember my dad taking me to a match between Bjorn Borg (my favorite player!) and Ivan Lendl. Borg lost but I didn’t care. I was

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The limits of judgment

Posted on: January 17, 2011
Tags: Insights

The mind is an amazing thing. When used with intention, it is a tool with great strength and great ability. However, when it’s allowed to wander willy nilly, it can create all sorts of havoc, including judgment. It can pass judgment with stunning speed.

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Ask for what you want, even in this job market

Posted on: January 16, 2011
Tags: Accentuate the positive

One of my favorite shows on the radio on Saturday mornings in Marketplace Money. They cover money from a lot of different angles. Yesterday I heard a story about looking for a job in today’s job market. Believe it or not, the advice from a recruiter and

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Sweet songs

Posted on: January 15, 2011
Tags: Communing with nature

I love winter. I love being outside in the cold weather. But there is a big difference between cold and really cold! It’s amazing what a difference 10 degrees makes. Lately it’s been about 15 – 25 degrees outside (really cold). But this

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Poor planning

Posted on: January 14, 2011
Tags: Insights

How often have you had something to do and you keep putting it off because you know you’ll have enough time later. Only to find out that there is a problem with how to get it done and, not that it’s so late, you can’t fix it in time or get

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Shake things up!

Posted on: January 12, 2011
Tags: Accentuate the positive

When was the last time you did something different? Something outside your comfort zone? Or even something even slightly different from you normal routine? It’s easy to get hypnotized by the day to day structures of our lives. Let’s face it, they

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The switch

Posted on: January 11, 2011
Tags: Insights

It’s always an interesting realization to discover that something we originally had to do, has become something that we want to do. I’ve been on a liver cleanse for the past week. The full length is supposed to be 14 days. I committed to it for

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So soon?

Posted on: January 10, 2011
Tags: Accentuate the positive

This evening I was at Toastmasters meeting. I’ve been a member for about 8 years now and I still love it! Someone was giving a speech and noted that by today’s date, January 10th, a majority of those who made New Year’s resolutions have

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Words of wisdome

Posted on: January 9, 2011
Tags: Accentuate the positive

They can show up at any time or any where. Say, for instance, JC Pennys. I know that may seem an odd place to find wisdom but that’s exactly what happened today. I went there looking for a piece of jewelry. As I was looking around, one brand had their

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Dedication or madness

Posted on: January 8, 2011
Tags: Communing with nature

Today it was about 24 degrees outside. That’s to be expected since it is the middle of winter. What I didn’t expect was to see a huge kite being flown at one of the local parks. Don’t get me wrong. I love winter. I love spending time outside

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The best of times, the worst of times

Posted on: January 7, 2011
Tags: Pursuing my dream

Music. We all have types that we like to listen to. Some of us embark on the arduous journey of learning to play the darn stuff. I happen to have picked the banjo. I love the sound of it! I know that probably puts me in a minority but so be it. Learning to

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Illusions

Posted on: January 6, 2011
Tags: Books that will rock your world

“Illusions” is one of my all time favorite books. It was written by Richard Bach and I was led to it after reading one of his other titles, a little book you may have heard of called “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. I just finished

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The gift of challenges

Posted on: January 5, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

We all try to achieve a certain amount of comfort in our lives. Let’s face it, comfort is nice! It can mean enough food when we’re hungry, enough toys to enjoy ourselves with or enough routine so that we don’t have to think about much on a

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Taking hostages

Posted on: January 4, 2011
Tags: Overcoming obstacles

No, I’m not holed up somewhere with a gun making a list of demands. I was thinking more in terms of what taking hostages is all about: Do what I want or someone gets hurt. That seems to be the basic premise and actually, those opportunities come up on a

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Obsession

Posted on: January 3, 2011
Tags: General musings

It’s amazing how something that I didn’t even know existed yesterday can take me over. Let me explain. I got a pair of pants for Christmas from NY&C. Not a store I would usually shop in. To be honest, there is no clothing store that I frequent

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They take work.

Posted on: January 2, 2011
Tags: General musings

Relationships take work. Period. Unless you’re the type to cut and run at the first sign of trouble. So maybe I need to change that first sentence to “Long-term relations take work.” The challenging thing is that the type of work required

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Happy New Year!

Posted on: January 1, 2011
Tags: 2011 goals

This year I have decided not to make any resolutions for the new year but to look at what I want to differently in my life from a monthly perspective. Planning for the whole year is too much for my ADD-like brain to focus on and execute. So, this year

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