As a reminder - my intention this year is to bring more roses into my life. You can see details about that means over on this earlier post, but the short version is that "roses" is my catchphrase for me to double-check whether I am being true to the causes and attitudes that are central … Continue reading Roses and the Power of “Yes”
For the New Year, I'd been looking for a quick, shorthand way to identify all the various bits of my Diva philosophy in order to have a one-word intention to keep me focused; sort of a personal "code word." Much like "River of Cream," the solution was staring me in the face, patiently waiting for … Continue reading Roses
Please note that this Essential is not referencing a day spent in your pajamas because you've pushed yourself too far for too long and wound up suffering from one of those "opportunistic bugs" that tends to go around at this time of year. We're not talking about a day spent on the couch surrounded by half … Continue reading The Essentials – Pajama Day!
Along with our pre-Christmas trip to Asheville, we here at Splendor have another tradition that we've fine-tuned over the years - we have an early day of Christmas celebration that's just the two of us. (Well, and the Furs, of course. They have quite enjoyed their toys and plushy new beds.) It's not a big, splashy … Continue reading Advent 23 – The Quiet
We're drawing close to the end of our Advent Adventure. I've learned a lot along the way and I saw those lessons in action in the last few days. Today, for example, I needed to run a few errands today (we're spending the next few days hunkered down at home, so I wanted to have … Continue reading Advent – Catch Up 3!
I came home today from spending a few days with my parents - it was a good visit and one that allowed me some time for reflection. It's very easy to get caught up in the hullabaloo of the holidays, especially the way Americans have "done" Christmas since WW2. (This article does a lovely job of … Continue reading Advent 19 – Working on Waiting
This installment of Advent Adventure deals with celebration - always a good idea in my book. Today is my father's 87th birthday. (We counted up today - it's his 42d year of playing Santa and his 27th doing the "Pilots for Kids" visit [see yesterday's post for details.]) Now, I'd argue that any of that … Continue reading Advent 18 – Birthdays & Unbirthdays
The end of the semester needed concentrated attention from me over the last few days, and I made the right-for-me decision to let posting wait until after those responsibilities had been fulfilled. I kept working on my Advent Adventure during this time so this will be a bit of a catch-up posting. And you know … Continue reading Advent – Catch Up 2!
Here we are on Day 12 of the Advent Adventure. For most everyone I know, it's a busy time of the year that can very easily cross over into Stress Central if you don't take care on that front. Seriously, this is the time of the year when you just HAVE to replenish your own … Continue reading Advent 12 – Share!
Woof! Here it is at the end of the semester and - to use a Southernism I heard recently - I'm busier than a moth in a mitten! Which means that I didn't do as well today as I would have liked - in fact, I need to double up on my "Reverse Advent Calendar" … Continue reading Advent 11 – Use Your Own Yardstick!