Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dear Daughter: Part 6

Dear Daughter-
I love that you want to wear a dress
for playing in the dirt.
May you always keep a strong sense of self
and throw the "norm" out the door.
May you be respectful of rules
but know when to break them!
Keep your heart young,
dear daughter of mine.
Love, Mom

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dream BIG, START small

We often hesitate starting towards our dreams because
we can't imagine how we could possibly attain them.
We get stuck.  We make excuses.
The key to keeping your dreams alive is to believe in them and start building the path
with small steps.
Dream big, start small.
If you dream of being a rock star- sing, dance, put on a mini-concert for one or two people, then a larger group.  Maybe you dream of a different job...you are working at a desk yet dreaming about being a full-time artist.  Make art when you can, engage in conversations with other artists, show your work online, have a gallery showing in your house.
Maybe you dream about going on vacation, but feel like you just can't afford it.
Put a date on the calendar a couple years out.  Make a jar that says "vacation fund."
Add money to the jar instead of buying that latte, candy bar, ipod tune, outfit.
Maybe you dream of being peaceful but currently feel overwhelmed.
Find a moment to yourself everyday to just STOP.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Relax.
Maybe you dream about writing a book, then just write.
Maybe you dream about opening a coffee shop with homemade desserts and fabulous coffee.
Bake.  Experiment.  Give desserts and coffee as gifts.  Have coffee and dessert parties.
You need not have it all together in order to begin.
You need not have all the answers.
What you do need is a dream.
A dream you believe in.
Write your dreams down and then
just start living towards them.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Go to sleeeeeep!

I rarely have trouble falling asleep anymore but there are some nights when I just want to yell
at my brain "shut up and go to sleeeeep!!!" 
My mind will race with worries, ideas, things I need to do, things I need to say,
things I forgot to do or say.   It's like my brain is puking at the end of the day.
I have tried everything from breathing slowly, counting sheep, studying the backs of my eyelids and nothing seemed to work.
That is nothing until I started repeating the word "nothing."
A thought will come up and I just think "nothing." 
I keep repeating it and somehow it works because the next
thing I know it's 2 or 3 in the morning and I am on my first
middle of the night bathroom trip.
Try it out the next time your brain is trying to keep you from sleeping.
Just repeat in your mind "nothing."
I don't suggest "nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing" over and over but more
like a meditation "noth....ing." 
Nice and slow and as other thoughts enter, repeat.
Hope this helps you like it has helped me.