Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Celebrating Life!

I love celebrations; don’t you?

I love the planning, the decorating, the cooking, and the gathering of family and friends that celebrations provide. I deeply value holiday traditions and personal milestones in other’s lives as well as my own. I believe this is what makes life richer and keeps relationships close. Celebrating special occasions of any kind, remind us of what is truly important.

Thankfully I grew up in a family that always celebrated birthdays, holidays, and special occasions; but I’ve known some people who don’t know what this is like. While I can’t relate, it reminds me how lucky I am to have family and friends who celebrate the milestones in my life and whom I can celebrate in theirs. We all need people to celebrate our lives with, as this makes life more joyful, meaningful and special.

 Celebrating other’s accomplishments, milestones, or special occasions is a privilege and honor that is filled with excitement and fun. It allows everyone to bask in positive emotions that uplift even the sullen of hearts. When we take part in celebrating with family or friends, we are sharing in their joy; acknowledging their uniqueness, while displaying one of life’s greatest gifts… love.

Taking time to celebrate with loved ones, friends, strangers and co-workers fosters greater relationships for everyone present. It brings people together and allows us to “let our hair down” and relax so that we can truly be ourselves. When we’re in this state of being, we are more open and receptive to the unexpected, making our vibrational frequency higher; this results in greater manifestation of our hearts desires. It is no accident why many single people find their soul mates at weddings, parties, or other social occasions. Nor is it by accident that many business opportunities occur while casually networking at celebrations. Perhaps this is why many companies hold employee picnics, office parties and retreats.

Regardless of the reason for celebrating, take a moment to breathe it all in. Savor all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch of others. Give thanks for this precious time on earth and appreciate all the gifts you have been given. Cherish those around you with kindness and acceptance. Wouldn’t that be something to celebrate!

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The Joys of Summer

Summer is a time for vacations with family, enjoying nature, and relaxing with friends. The warmer weather elicits our desire for the outdoors and Barbecue. Kids look forward to fireworks and pool parties. Adults look forward to time off from work. There are many reasons to be thankful for all the blessings of summer that often get overlooked amidst fun activities. Today, let us take a moment to rejoice in the gifts of  summer.

  1. Time outside with family and friends
  2. Swimming in pools or the ocean
  3. Fishing in lakes or rivers
  4. Camping in the woods
  5. Hiking mountain trails
  6. Riding bicycles
  7. BBQ’s
  8. Car trips
  9. Warm weather
  10. Ice cream & Watermelon

What would be on your list?  

 A picnic at the park?

 

 

 

                                              A day at the beach?

 

R & R at home or vacation rental?

 

 

 

Regardless of  what you do this summer, I invite you to enjoy each moment of this season and experience it fully and completely… consciously… and with gratitude.  Use all of your senses to appreciate the joys of summer and look for the unexpected messages.

Bon Voy Age!

Harvesting Your Creative Talents and Gifts

This weekend I embarked on a new craft project that reminded me of the vast array of creative possibilities that exist within me and all around. While on a fun outing to the local craft store I found a black metal door or wall decoration with a black crow on top. The manufacturers had glittered the perimeter and outlined the frame in white but the middle was completely plain; a blank canvas. After careful consideration of my crafting options, I decided to take it home and see what to make of this little sign. With the help of my husband, stencils and some acrylic paint, I was able to transform this fairly boring object into an adorable and personalized work of art. Although the project took approximately 5 hours to complete, it was the most fun I’d experienced in months. It even spurred me on to try other creative projects like card making and updating my grandmother’s metal butterfly’s with matching mirrors. While that’s a much larger project that might take me several months, I feel confident in what action steps to take in order to update this family heirloom so that I can enjoy it for years to come.

All of these projects require harvesting my creative talents and gifts as well as letting go of any fear, doubt, or inner skepticism so that my God-given abilities can shine forth as beautiful pieces of art. What unique talents and gifts are beckoning for you to harvest this season? If you’re unsure, take a deep breathe and go into the silence for greater insight. Perhaps there is a project you’ve been wanting to work on but are overwhelmed by it and don’t know where to start? All ideas are manifestations longing to be brought into this world of form through your creative hands. Allow them to be expressed. I am so grateful I did because it was one of the most connective activities my husband and I participated in together in a long time. Sometimes we all need a break from the day-to-day routines and obligations to just play like we did when we were kids. What will you harvest today?

The Gifts of December


Usually during this time of year we lose sight of the true meaning of the season which is celebrating our love for one another; family and friends as well as our fellow mankind. I am so grateful for the colder weather, all the decorations, and of course the food, fun, & fellowship with loved ones not seen on a regular basis. December is a time for closer connection and appreciation for the ones we work with as well as the ones who serve us in the community by delivering our mail or wait on us in various establishments. It is a great time of heartfelt communication, lasting eye contact, warm embraces, great adventure, joyous gatherings, and decadent food. What gifts do December have to offer you? These gifts are all abound and only require your acknowledgement, receipt, of them to unwrap their magic. Thank you God for bringing us all this season of hope. Now what are you going to do with it?

Lazy Days

I love lazy days. I didn’t always though; in fact, they have become an acquired taste I’ve learned to enjoy without beating myself up for being non-productive. The reality is, lazy days allow us to rest and rejuvenate from a week or month of fast-paced, busy living! Some of you might be saying, “that’s what vacation is for”, but how often do we fill our vacations with hectic schedules in different scenery? I know I do because I don’t want to waste a minute of it, sleeping or heaven forbid relaxing as there is always something to do or see that’s new and it fills my need for adventure.

On the flip side, lazy days are schedule free with no time constraints or adventure. They are what my mom likes to call “drop dead days”. Morbid title I know, but it gets the point across. My mom has a bad habit of pushing herself to the brink of exhaustion before allowing herself to take one of these days. By then, she really was ready to “drop dead” and couldn’t push any longer. How many of us over-achievers or perfectionists does that sound like?

Nonetheless, you may be thinking, “What does this have to do with gratitude?”. Well read on. Just today, I gave myself one of these lazy days; well an afternoon, but that’s a start. Lately I’ve been feeling exhausted and run down, tired of all the commitments I’d gotten myself into and somewhat depressed. After church, I spent the rest of the day with my husband and our dog Buttercup. We played and talked; did much of nothing and it was wonderful. Just what the doctor ordered! Now I feel relaxed, refreshed, and motivated again;  my batteries are recharged and I’m more productive too.

So when was the last time you did absolutely nothing; perhaps took a nap or leisurely read a magazine, or even a few movies on TV and weren’t sick? Exactly. That’s the point of enjoying regular lazy days, cause they actually prevent illness! Plus you can enjoy them without all the nasty symptoms that come with a cold or flu. Which would you rather have; down time when on your terms or down time when you feel too bad to enjoy it!

My challenge for you is to choose regular lazy days before your life catches up with you or better yet, passes you by in a whirlwind of activity. Become the master of your schedule and take the time to smell the roses once in a while; it will reduce your stress as well. I am sure grateful I did and my relationship will be stronger for it.

Expectations…

Sometimes things aren’t the way we expect them to be. This picture, aka my apple picking adventure, case in point. I remembered this favorite childhood activity in New York/Vermont was very different from what we witnessed in Willcox, Arizona. I remember climbing the tree’s, being able to drive between the rows of trees and picking a car full for less than $20 versus the 99cents per lb we paid here.

I had a picture of what this adventure would look like based upon memories from the past and when I experienced it, the results were nothing like the picture. How many times  has this happened to you?

They say, “expectations are planned resentments”. Well, they’re right…sort of. Although I was disappointed at the orchards, there were other experiences within our day trip adventure that turned out to be quite fun! For instance walking through a corn maze.

(Turn your head to the right for left pix)   Start!

I entered into a new experience with no expectations except for adventure and fun and that was exactly what my husband and I got. We took the intermediate route as we wanted some challenge but to still make it out alive. They gave us a trivia sheet and postcard of the maze that proved to be completely useless as we soon couldn’t tell where we were within the maze. The corn was double our height and absorbed sound better than walls. The maze was supposed to take 30 minutes, we were in there about 45 and made ample wrong turns, but it was incredibly fun! Originally I thought we’d do the more challenging one after, but this route proved to be quite challenging enough for the two of us! To make matters worse we forgot to bring water with us and became very disoriented and dehydrated.  Thank God, after a snow cone each and rest, we were no worse for the ware.

Here’s my husband’s after picture. Dragging tail w/ our camcorder strapped to his back.  We had survived the corn maze and lived to tell our tale.  🙂

The point is, we had the most fun when our expectations weren’t as specific. Sure I “expected” it would be fun but I didn’t know any of the details to expect so that freed our minds for the experience to  just unfold. The result was we had a more enjoyable time and weren’t disappointed.

So what can you take away from all this? Suspend the details of your expectations long enough for them to unfold naturally. You will probably have a better time and make new memories that are just as satisfying!

Fantastic, Wonderful, Authentic, Friends!

Friends pick us up when we are down. They provide comfort in the face of despair and laughter when life gets too serious. The gift of friendship goes way beyond socializing as it validates and supports the very essence of who we are as human beings walking through life together. Without friends, the stress of day to day life would become too much and we would miss the perspective and wisdom that comes from sharing of ourselves in such intimate ways. No other relationship has greater impact on us than that of friends, since they are among our choosing.

Friends reflect back aspects of us that we don’t see in ourselves. Sometimes this signals a need for healing or forgiveness and sometimes it helps us celebrate the preciousness of who we are. We get an opportunity to practice new behaviors, play, be our authentic selves, learn, grow, and make mistakes in the presence of a safe person who really knows and accepts us. A special bond exists among friends that lovers and family can’t fill; for friendship is all about mutual caring and support without the romantic or family ties that can stir up drama and dysfunction. Friends help us to see the humor within ourselves and the world around us. We also get to practice listening, boundaries, intimacy, generosity, and trust (just to name a few). Friends help get us out of our comfort zones and encourage us to grow and spread our wings. We in turn, help them to do the same and take this into the world with others.

While there are different kinds of friends as well as levels of friendships, the gifts are immeasurable and positive. At each stage, our evolutionary growth can be catapulted, just by allowing another into hearts and lives.  Even 1 friend who loves and supports us unconditionally is enough to change our personal world and alter how we show up in life; making us better people.

Tell your friends how much they mean to you; show them with appreciation, love, and gratitude. Treasure your friends today and relish in this most special relationship. Give them and yourself the gift of friendship.