30 Days New – Day 8

“30 Days New” – Day 8

We are lucky enough to live on two islands – Estero Island, which is home to the town of  Fort Myers Beach, Florida and a sweet little town on Long Island. We spend our summers “up north”, and this year we decided to lay low for the 4th of July.

Around 7:45 pm we began rethinking our Plan A, and by 8:00 pm we abandoned it to jump into our car to head to the boardwalk in the nearby town of Sea Cliff to watch the fireworks. Keeping with our laid back mood our Plan B was simple, if we found parking we would stay, if not, we would enjoy a short drive around town and return home.

To our surprise we quickly found a space and enjoyed an hour of peaceful, seaside reverie before the excitement of crowds and fireworks. We were then treated to a spectacular All-American display and we created a new holiday memory that was the result of a last minute decision to get up and go – a 4th of July first for us.

Day 8 Results – Relaxation, peace and quiet time to relive and share warm memories of 4th of July’s past and to savor the fun of the new one we created together.

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30 Days New – Day 7

“30 Days New” – Day 7

Yesterday’s “New” happened without me realizing it until late in the day.

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Endeavour on PBS

I love PBS, but do not watch their programs as often I would like. I have the time and the access, but for some reason I simply do not do it. Earlier in the week I DVR’d a number of episodes of one of their mystery programs.  Yesterday I binged on two of the series’ two hour episodes.

I loved the show, but that was just the icing on the cake. What excited me was I was enjoying something new, without even consciously planning it to be a “New”. Seems “News” may be becoming a normal part of my life after only a week!

Writing about my Day 7’s activity reminded me of my 20+ year habit for ordering a new magazine almost every year that showcase topics I know little or nothing about. Popular Science, Wyoming Magazine, and Architectural Digest have all crossed my threshold at one time or another along with many other unrelated titles. Sometimes, I enjoy a magazine and reorder it; other times I read an issue or two and donate the rest to a local library. I believe the money is well spent under any circumstances because reading the magazines exposes me to new ideas and information, and perhaps even sparks a new interest, which is most often the case.

Do you have a regular “New” that relates to exposing yourself to new ideas or concepts, or even new forms of entertainment? If so, share what you have discovered along the way.

Day 7 Result – Surprise, enjoyment and a continued sense of excitement for “News” big or small.

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30 Days New – Day 6

Day 6 – “30 Days New”

Today is the sixth day I am posting about doing something new everyday for 30 days. (Click here to read how I got started, here to read about what I did yesterday.)

I realized this morning that while it is becoming a little more difficult each day to think of a “New” thing to do, any discomfort I am feeling from having to find “News” is completely offset by the fact that the challenge of seeking out a daily “New” is making me feel stronger in general and also bolder about what I choose to post.

IMG_1119 (1)Today is proof of that. I am posting a poem I wrote in 2011. I have a tendency to write my thoughts on 3 x 5 cards. I have filed away hundreds of note cards – in both organized and random fashion – that are covered with reminders, ideas for projects, stories and posts, and quotes and original thoughts that matter to me.

When I recover one of my mini-journals of sorts, I am always surprised by what I have jotted down – either because I don’t remember writing it, or I do, but can’t remember why I didn’t integrate the comments, plans or advice into my life! 

Day 6 Results

I found peace today.
Rolled up in an unexpected moment in a newly discovered place.
I sat soaking up the sounds in the safety of the shade.
I remembered who I was and why I am here.
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hen stepped gently back into my life.
Knowing what I needed.
Grateful for giving it to myself.

Do you have written ramblings you seldom share? Do you need a few minutes of reflection or a brief respite? Do you wish you were bolder, or perhaps, more reflective? Whatever your answers, considering the questions means you are on your way to wherever you are going!


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30 Days New – Day 5

“30 Days New – Day 5”

This is an easy “New.” As of today, I have posted five days in a row. I post often, this is my 560th post as a matter of fact, but I don’t think that I have ever posted 5 days in a row since I began the Wishful Thinking Works blog in February in 2010! 

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Day 5 Results – A nice sense of accomplishment. I am truly enjoying the feeling of a job well done. When I started my “30 Days New,” it never sunk into my sweet little brain that doing so would mean I would be writing 30 posts in a row. I was so focused on doing new things, somehow I missed the fact that I would be blogging about them everyday.  Good news is, I am enjoying it – the discipline and daily sense of accomplishment – feel good. It’s invigorating and rewarding, like sticking to a new exercise plan.

What can you do today to give yourself a feeling of accomplishment? What tasks need tackling? What calls need to be made? What plans need to be put into action? What “News” could you try? Go for it; I guarantee you won’t regret it.

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“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.

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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.

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