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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Thanksgiving: An Invitation to Share A Selfless Act of Kindness

I challenge us all to take time to share a selfless act of kindness with others. Recently, a conversation with a good family friend of mine, David,  who is the chef and owner of an acclaimed sustainable family style Italian restaurant in our greater community, shared with me that he was opening the doors of his restaurant again this year to help feed the homeless on Thanksgiving. This act continues a family tradition that he and his mother started when he was a young man.
This year, he will be feeding the homeless community in the front of the restaurant and has gathered a group of volunteers to help prepare boxes of food for 15,000 families in Guatemala. How thankful and blessed he was to have the opportunity to help others, not only in his own community, but those in need from afar.
As we continued talking, I asked, "What about publicity?" "No, no," he said. "This is not why I have expanded our family Thanksgiving tradition. I really don't want any publicity. I really am doing this to help others."
When our conversation ended, I hung up the phone and quietly thought for a moment. How wonderful it was to hear how this act of heartfelt selfishness would touch the lives of others.  My friend was doing it, opening the doors of his restaurant to family, friends and those in need to celebrate the true essence of the Thanksgiving Season -- with no expectation in return.
His story is an inspiration and a reminder to me that there is always something we can do to be selfless this holiday season.
In the months ahead, I challenge us all to slow down and embrace the act of selflessness.
With heartfelt thoughts to all,

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Do Something Different Today

Open your heart to Creativity this month!
As we welcome the Autumn Season, the cool weather offers a needed break from the summer heat and I find myself soul-searching for something different to do. I need to do something to change my daily routine --  to spice it up!

Try to create a new adventure in your day-to-day routine this month.  Whether it's finding time to draw or paint, cook, sew or write in your journal, find a way. Maybe you'll go out of your way to try a new restaurant or pop-int o a coffee shop or a bookshop and browse. Or maybe you carve out a few hours for yourself to just be -- take a stroll, read, just enjoy an afternoon with no structure so that you can tap into your creativity 100%!  You'll feel recharged! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Let Go and Be Open to Abundance

I often think of the harvesting of grapes to make wine. So many rows of grapes on the vine; so many imperfect grapes discarded to make way for the juiciest fruit. Make room for your potential and know that gaining is a process; abundance is a process. Some days we move forward, and some days we don’t feel like we are moving at all. Know that the momentum is always there.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Time to Reflect

There I was, on a recent trip to Europe, standing in front of a Rembrandt. As I was looking through my photos later that night, this image caught my eye because of the reflection created by the thick layer of glass protecting the painting.

I originally took the photo because I was so taken with the artist's perspective and the subject matter: an older wise man patiently sitting in reflection by an open window. What struck me about the photo later was how it seemed to merge timelines. It was past, present and future all at once. In the other faces, I was seeing who I was, who I am, who I will be. In essence, time -- fleeting time.  I began by appreciating one perspective, and then I began to see so many more.  This is the value of reflection.

Taking the time for reflection in one's daily life allows for the opportunity to pause and sort through observations amidst the chaos and consider multiple interpretations in an effort to create meaning. This deciphering or "meaning" is a form of learning which then goes on to inform ways in which we act, think and live today and in the future, in all types of settings.

Reflection is the gateway between memories and dreams. 
Be still. Think. Take time to reflect.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Independence Your Way!

As the 4th of July approaches, please remember to  take a moment to give thanks to our military and public safety heroes through time for their honor and courage in defending our freedoms and democracy.Celebrate your independence with a little color and creativity. Just look where a little creative thinking got us in 1776! Get outside, draw, paint, cook....Celebrate your freedom. On that note, here's a new spin I took on a Ratatouille recipe! Happy Red, White and Blue!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Kick off your summer with courage!

It’s time to kick off summer!
Last week, I was sitting on the beach at midday when a young family set up a few feet away from me. They dropped their bags, laid out their towels and ran off together to be in the ocean. Obviously, they were not from here. Within seconds, the seagulls arrived. They started to feverishly peck at the backpacks and bags. All of a sudden,  slices from a loaf of bread were being tossed into the air! I couldn’t let them go any further.  I jumped up and shooed the seagulls as best I could, then I briskly walked down to the ocean and signaled to the group of five, waving my arms and shouting for them to come out of the water. They were extremely confused…until they looked behind me at the flock swarming over their belongings!
The seagulls were on their way to destroying their lunch – and their kick-off to summer. I couldn’t let it happen! The family planned for this and had the courage and the good fortune to be at the beach that day. All I could think about was that if it were me, I’d want someone to do the same. We had a good laugh (once the seagulls cleared) and I was so glad I had the courage to do what I did. A wonderful exchange followed.

The moral of the story? Explore courage this summer. Have the courage to do something you wouldn’t normally do. You don’t need to book an expensive trip to the other side of the planet–-start in your own backyard. This summer, give yourself a project at home, begin new plantings in a corner of your backyard, visit your local library and join a book club, partake in a community event like a beach clean up or 5k run/walk. Meet one new person a month. And, always, always remember to do a good deed.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Merry month of May!

Take an Appreciation Day! 

May this month be a special time of celebration
for all our mothers, sisters and friends.

You are all treasured gifts.