In the spirit of "progress, not perfection," I've missed the last few days of this blog. The combination of the end of the semester (madness, I tell you!) and an out-of-town visit to do some Grown-Up Stuff will have that effect and I'm rather proud of myself for not getting all "tore out of frame," … Continue reading Advent – Catch Up!
After the first several days of this "Advent Adventure," I thought it might be easier if I returned to a variation of bullet journaling to quickly check in on my daily goals. I settled on nine categories (side note: to my Celtic forebears, nine is a mystical, powerful number, seeing as it's made up of … Continue reading Advent 5 – Be Positive, Not Perfect
So much of this "Advent Adventure" comes down to that - just be present. It's the end of the semester, which is a tumultuous time. Add in the holidays and the people crossing your path can be all sorts of half-crazed with stress, pressure, and worry. All the more reason to start with a hot cup … Continue reading Advent 4 – Be Present
I'm starting to get into some kind of groove with "Advent Adventures" - today was about seeking opportunities to fulfill the "tasks" (that makes them sound too much like chores - I'll work on finding a better word) that my Reverse Advent Calendars set out. Beginning the day with a short meditation is, I think, … Continue reading Advent 3 – Seeking!
It's Day 2 of the "Advent Adventure" and I didn't quite manage to cover everything today. My "task" on the Reverse Advent Calendar was to "let someone in front of you in line" and I just didn't stand in any lines today - I'll work on that one tomorrow, I took a few minutes first … Continue reading Advent 2 – Campaigning!
Today was the first day of Advent and I wanted to check in with all you Divas-in-training to see how things went and to report in on my own efforts. I did well on the "reverse Advent calendar" - I got the food box started with a box of cereal (okay, I also added in … Continue reading Advent 1 – Let’s Begin!
Last year, I spent December walking through Fiona Ferris's 30 Chic Days. I learned a lot from that exercise and I encourage you (If you haven't already done so) to search for posts here on Splendor tagged with "30 Days" (or just click here!) to see how making some small changes can lead to some rather profound changes. … Continue reading Advent – Pondering
I've written before about the therapeutic effects of frequent, brief breaks from workaday life (regular readers will remember my devotion to the "12-Hour Vacation") and I am completely convinced that these breaks allow me to return to my everyday life recharged and enthusiastic about the myriad responsibilities I juggle (usually, but not always, pretty well). Not … Continue reading Try Something New!
No, it's not a yoga move or some sort of dance-Pilates-aerobics maneuver. It's FAR more scary than that! It's time to do what you think you cannot do - and I don't mean touching your toes. You and I are, as Carl Sagan wisely noted, made of star stuff. No, really. The very iron molecules … Continue reading Diva Stretch!
Always, always, ALWAYS - when I stop actively living the lessons I've learned on my Diva journey, I fall back into old, destructive habits. One of the worst of these for me is perfectionism. The problem with this insidious disease (and it IS a disease, make no mistake about it!) is that it doesn't look … Continue reading The Essentials – Strategic Retreat