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      • February 18, 2019 Letting go of fear
        Letting go of fear

        As I was going through this whole planning and goal setting process that I mentioned last week, I came across an interesting question that I had to answer in order to complete the plan.  It asked, What are you afraid of?

        Afraid? Me? Really? Wait a minute.  I'm a grown up.  I'm the one who looks under the bed to check for monsters.  Grown-ups aren't afraid of anything, are we?  Or are we? The truth is that everyone, at some level, is afraid of the unknown.  more

      • February 11, 2019 Chunking - the key to success
        There are so many projects and ideas running around in my head, that I am often overwhelmed and paralyzed, and nothing gets done.  I've been struggling with a way to get my arms around it all, and in my search, I stumbled across Productive Flourishing and their Momentum Planning program.  This guy was a military logistics officer, which means that he knows how to take care of the big stuff and the small stuff without letting anything fall through the cracks.  He has an intuitive sense of how to herd cats, which is another way of saying, he can help people like me learn to focus, stay on track, and actually more
      • January 27, 2019 You've got to taste it
        You've got to taste it My husband and I had the Saturday all to ourselves as Colton was spending the weekend in DC with Johnny.  Friday was a pretty wild time with me and Malcolm falling asleep around 7:30 on (or near) the sofa. But Saturday was a trip to Fredericksburg, and when in Fredericksburg, a stop at Wegman's is non-negotiable.  I love everything about this store, but it's the cheese counter that calls to me most.  Cheese, like wine, is a fascinating living product with a million varieties, each with its unique characteristics.  Even after all these years of loving cheese, I still tend to the kinds I know because they're safe.  But I want to know more - to make more
      • January 21, 2019 It's a practice
        It's a practice We had a wonderful day Sunday practicing mindfulness in knitting, yoga, all lots of other ways.  Mindfulness is really just being present in the moment and experiencing right now without thinking or worrying about the past or the future.  Sounds simple, but it's amazing how hard it can be to stay focused.  There I was knitting away on one of my favorite yarns in my absolute favorites color.  I'm making a throw with mitered squares.  The pattern is easy but not boring, and I really love working it.  It should have been a breeze for me to focus on the yarn and the colors and be in the moment with my beautiful project.  But my mind kept wandering - what else could I make with this yarn?  What other patterns would look good in mitered squares?  I was all over the place more

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