Friday, December 1, 2023
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
It was a lovely spring day, and my friend was coming to Colorado for a visit. We decided to go to Estes Park for the weekend.
We talked as we drove up the mountain and he asked if this was where “The Shining” was filmed. I told him I wasn't sure, but I thought it might be.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Today as I went out for a few errands, I encountered many who were just going about their day. Most were in a rush and not particularly pleasant, one was very rude.
When I arrived back at the hotel, I asked the housekeeper for some coffee to take back to my room. She was so helpful and polite I wanted to give her a small tip.
Inadvertently, instead of giving her two single dollars, I gave her a twenty-dollar bill and a single.
I paused for a moment before realizing that not only did she deserve it, but I hoped it would be a nice surprise when she sees it later.
Here in the US, wages for service workers is abysmal. Honestly, anyone who will clean up after me deserves more than I can give them.
I hope she remembers the gesture but not my room, I want her to be able to accept this very small token of my appreciation for all that she does.
Thursday, March 30, 2023
There is nothing that spurs my wanderlust more than not being able to travel.
This year will prove to be a little tricker, but I have no doubt I will manage to make it happen.
My list of the yet to be discovered is growing by the day and I can't wait to explore those fantastic new horizons!
Friday, January 27, 2023
Choosing the Right Cruise
Embracing a New Experience
As much as I travel it’s not often that I have a totally new experience. I always love visiting new places and meeting new people but the process of booking accommodation and transportation is something I am quite familiar with. Planning for a cruise was all so different for me and really took me outside of my comfort zone; it was long overdue.
Enjoying a Fantastic Adventure
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Sunday, January 15, 2023
I was very pleased to discover the many benefits it offered and it has given me a new appreciation for being at home.
As travel restrictions are loosening, I thought about where my next adventure will take me. Where do I want to go, what do I want to do, all of the questions I normally ask myself when I start to plan a new trip.
I realized then that I didn’t have to get on a plane to go somewhere, I could do it right here at home.
I gave myself permission to do everything I like to do on vacation – take a nap, have a drink with lunch, explore the local shops as a tourist, speak the language, order room service (delivery), book a massage, dress up for dinner, anything goes.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
There have only been a few times in my life that I have experienced true peace and tranquility.
Monday, January 9, 2023
As I was standing at the grocery store checkout counter, the cashier playfully asked me - what's your favorite color? Blue, I answered without thinking.
It reminded me of my trip to New Zealand when I looked out at the Tasman Sea and saw the water and the sky had merged together into one gorgeous shade of blue. You couldn't tell where one ended and the other began.Then he asked - where is the most beautiful place you've ever been? Ireland, I smiled and answered without hesitation. It isn't just the scenery that is so beautiful I explained but the people that will take your breath away!
He explained that he loves to hear people's stories so that one day he too can see these amazing places.
Sunday, January 8, 2023
Saturday, January 7, 2023
My journey is shifting yet again, this time it is a peaceful and easy change.
Friday, January 6, 2023
We've all heard it many times and many different ways during our lives. Count your blessings, give thanks, feel lucky for what you have, think of people who don’t have as much. We understand the words, but seldom do we stop to think what they really mean.
When I started looking at my life in a new way it was very revealing. As much as I thought I had been a grateful person, I realized I had been taking a lot for granted. Not just the big things, but all of the small, seeming insignificant things that make up my life.
I started focusing on very specific things to appreciate, like my morning cup of coffee. I wondered, what did it take for me to enjoy that simple pleasure?
Pouring a glass of clean water, sleeping in a comfortable bed, turning on the lights - the list goes on forever. There is so much to appreciate and be grateful for.
What about when things go wrong?
The big shift occurred for me when I began to see problems as opportunities. Something that would have upset me in the past, like an issue at work or something going wrong with my vehicle, became a challenge for me to find the best in the situation.
This was when I had to be more general and not so specific. I was happy to have a job or a car, I felt fortunate to have the resources and ability to figure it out.
I applied this philosophy to everything I could think of. If it was a good experience, I thought about how much I appreciated having it. When it didn’t feel so good, I thought about how grateful I was for the lesson and what positive aspects of it I could find.
In the beginning it was a little difficult to always find the silver lining but with practice it became easier, and I’ve learned that even when I slip back into my old habits, I can quickly recover by simply remembering all that I have to be grateful for.
Thursday, January 5, 2023
When an unexpected, seemingly difficult, situation arises it is easy to think about the worst-case scenario.
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
There is more than enough seriousness to go around. If I pay too much attention to it, it takes over my life.
When I can do that, everything feels brighter, and I can see the beauty beyond the dark clouds.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it is what you see" - Henry David Thoreau
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
One of my favorite quotes from Abraham Hicks is "You never get it done and you can't get it wrong."
No matter what is happening, life is always changing.
I used to think that I had to work hard to eliminate unwanted things from my life. What I am learning is that it is much easier to simply replace them with something, anything, that feels just a little bit better.
It doesn't take much to change the direction of your life, just consistently pay attention to how you feel and do more of anything that feels good.
Something as simple as a casual walk can produce more positive results than furiously trying to get something done.
Be kind to yourself!
Monday, January 2, 2023
I understood that what I was going through would not last and that it would all work out but remembering that was easier said than done.
One morning, before going to work, I jotted down a little note and tucked it away in my purse.
Every so often I still come across it and it makes me smile to see the perfect message to myself.