“30 Days New” – Day 4

Day 4 of my “30 Days New”

My Day 4 “new” involved taking a new risk in the direction of my dreams. I am working on three totally different projects at the moment, and today I was reminded that taking a risk on one made it so much easier to move forward with the others. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was following through on plans I had long considered, but not completed.

Yesterday was one of those days when everything worked – my avocations blended seamlessly with my vocation, which left me feeling refreshed and fulfilled. I decided to celebrate by spending the late afternoon relaxing in the shade on the patio with a good book and picked up, “Inner Journey to Conscious Leadership – Ten Practices For Leading Consciously”, which was written by Paul Ward. The book is informative, intuitive and inspiring.

IMG_1078 His chapters on purpose and possibilities are my favorites. Paul included the story I am now sharing with you; it has taken up residency in my mind and is working its way into my heart. I think it is a great reminder about what really matters in life. Let me know what you think . . .

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me something more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.  Author Unknown

Day 4 Results – A deep sense of satisfaction and balance knowing that risks in the direction of our dreams are always rewarding in and of themselves, and they can also free us up to relax and explore new ideas and insights or to simply sit and think about what really matters to us.

I hope you make time this summer to take a risk in the direction of your dreams, and then to sit back and savor the moment.

If you would like to read more about why and how I started my “30 Days New” click here. You can follow along each day with us here  or on Facebook at Wishful Thinking Works.

 

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“30 Days New” – Day 3

Day 3 of my “30 Day New”

Wednesday, June 25 was Day 1 of my “30 Days New” – for 30 days I am doing something new or something I used to do, but haven’t done in ages.  You can read why I got started here.

Today I painted in the backyard. I love painting, but I always feel that whatever I do isn’t good enough. I try now and then, but after a day or so I drop it. Pretty silly, I know, but the truth is, when it comes to art, I hold myself to some very silly standards!

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Today I reminded myself, once again that it is about the process not the outcome.

A critical voice in my sweet little head tried to lead me astray a number of times, but I simply took a deep breath or two and assured myself and the nagging voice that everything was going to be just fine, and continued painting. (We all need a bit of reassurance at times, don’t be afraid to face your fears and respond to those negative voices in your head in a kind and gentle manner. No need to beat up on yourself up, for beating up on yourself!)

Besides, I was having too much fun siting in the sun, straw hat tilted on my head, pretending to be a Monet protégé to let a few negative thoughts keep me from my goal.

 Day 3 Results: An hour of fun in the fresh air, with a sassy side of artistic day dreams, topped off with a hatful of confidence and courage knowing I was enjoying the life I really wanted – – less judgement and more creativity and fun!

I encourage you to start something new or return to something old; to gently calm any critical voices that may arise and to enjoy an hour or two, or even just a few minute, of courage and creativity.

PS I am excited about tomorrow, and I don’t even have a clue what will be new!

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“30 Days New” – Day 2

Yesterday was Day 1 of my “30 Days New” – for 30 days I am planning to do something new or something I used to do, but haven’t done in ages.

I started by making pasta, which turned out to be relaxing and fun. I have wanted to make it for years, but honestly didn’t have the confidence that it would turn out well, which is odd since I know I am a good cook and I’m a blue ribbon pie baker. I guess it simply took me a long time to stop listening to my own excuses! I am glad I did because I have other pasta recipes I am looking forward to making, and now, instead of worrying about the outcome, I’m focused on the fun of the process.

Day 1 Results: Surge of pride and confidence, not bad for so little effort. Delicious, too. Also great memories – my Mom often made noodles. I can still picture hundreds and hundreds of golden egg noodles drying in the sun on our dining room table. Wish I had her recipe now.

Day 2 – A risk in the direction of my dreams

Today’s “New” is really a yesterday leftover, which is completely acceptable according to my personal “30 Days New” rules, which you can check out here.

IMG_E1064My “New” for today was wonderful. I was part of a 6 person conference call regarding writing the second edition of a book that played an amazing role in my personal and professional life. Win or lose on this one, I took a risk in the direction of my dreams, and I am already enjoying the rewards of the experience.

Day 2 Results: Delight and excitement! Fun talking with such talented people.

Thank you for following along on my “30 Days New.”  To read more about it and how you can join the fun, click here. Stop back tomorrow to see what else is new!

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30 Days New

“30 Days New”

Starting today, I am doing something new or something I used to do but haven’t done in ages every day for 30 days. I have been thinking about doing this for awhile, ever since I read about the UK’s nature program, “30 Days Wild”, which is pretty cool.  I plan to photo document my progress here to keep me on track. (Please feel free to hold me accountable!)

Please note: I am allowing myself to double up on some days – counting my progress as two days when I do two new things on one day and perhaps none the next, but only on consecutive days. (I am a Gemini and a flexible gal, so this approach suits me, and after all, I am making up the rules!)

My goal is to gently nudge myself into an array of new experiences, to explore what changes, if any, they lead to and to have fun posting about it all.

Even more importantly, as a life coach and positive psychology public speaker I am always encouraging folks to try something new or to consider new ways of approaching their lives, and I never want to forget what change that feels like. So, I am taking my own advice. I need to keep on top of my game and being open to change and new experiences is a part of that. I never want my clients or my presentation participants to feel they are alone when trying something new.

Why start today, on a Wednesday at the end of June?

Well, I am putting myself out a bit extra today by taking a risk in the direction of my dreams, which I will tell you about more tomorrow, so today seemed like a good starting point.

I have also been dying to make homemade pasta, and today I did! (More photos tomorrow.)

 

Wish me luck, and please follow along with me or start your own “30 Days New”.  If you do, I wish you luck and fun along the way. (Remember, there are no actual rules, so if you want to do something new once a week or everyday for two weeks or a year, go for it!)

 

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Summer pick-me-up

One of the easiest and quickest pick-me-ups is to remember the special people in your life. Numerous psychology studies have shown that reliving positive moments or time spent with the special people in our lives is a great way to recharge our hearts and souls.

Why not use the power of your imagination to spark a summer day dream about the folks you love or admire? A lazy summer afternoon or those peaceful moments while waking or falling to sleep are the perfect times to bring them to mind. 

  • Who has filled your heart with happiness?
  • Who has made you feel better about yourself or the world.
  • Who has shared special moments or helped you create special times in your life?
  • Who has made you laugh or jump with joy?
  • Who has stood by your side through think or thin?

Why not give them a special seat in your mind?

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Take a minute this weekend to picture your special somebodies with you as you relive all of their kind and generous, hilarious and spontaneous or supportive and caring ways.

I promise you a few heartfelt minutes of revelry can fill your mind and body with warmth and positivity. (It is a neurological fact!) If your mind wanders, simply bring your thoughts back to who you want to share a chair with this summer and the wonderful role they play in your life. (This technique even works if you are remembering a extra helpful clerk or a thoughtful stranger.)

If you are short on people to share your chairs with, simply get yourself comfortable in a cozy spot and picture who you would like to see in your life. Spend a few minutes creating in your mind the memories that you would like to create with them. Be bold, be descriptive, be brave!  (Wishful Thinking Works – just picturing the moments you want to bring to your life can give you a flood of good feelings and, if repeated often, the confidence to move forward with those dreams.)

The best part of this sweet and relaxing practice is that the time you spend picturing positives automatically decreases the time you spend worrying about real or imaginary woes. We so often worry about the worst, why not simply spend a bit more time each day remembering or imagining the best?

Take a deep breath, close your eyes, pull up a chair in your mind, offer the others to those who have made a difference in your life and enjoy your time together!

Feel free to post about who will be sharing your chairs. The more ways you reinforce your thoughts the more positive the impact will be for you. (No need to limit your thoughts to four folks, simply add more chairs – the number, style and setting is your choice, as well.)

PS These lovely chairs and the amazing folks who own them, are an important part of my life and thinking about them always creates a flush of fabulousness for me!  Sharing this photo with you reinforces those feelings and has left me smiling and feeling happy and energized. Go for it. Daydream your way into a summer pick-me-up!

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