Nov

29

A New Sound

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Today Marcel and I were listening to a few tracks from something one of our neighbors is working on.  He gave Marcel a recording and asked for us to have a listen and give him some feedback.   I am not a fan of the type of music that he usually plays, but I have to admit that I loved the softer side to these tracks. I asked Marcel if he knew if Dave used a fxpansion, but he really had no idea. He did say that he’d ask just to satisfy my curiosity. I haven’t personally talked to Dave as of yet, but if this is a new side to his music that he’s hoping to explore, then I may just become a fan yet.

Nov

22

The Beginning of the End

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That title sounds pretty gloomy doesn’t it?    It isn’t- I assure you.    It’s the week of Thanksgiving.   It’s also the beginning of the end of November, which means that we are walking up to the door of December and preparing to knock.

This year has been a blur for me.    Seriously-   When I think back, there have been so many wonderful moments-   Seeing Ainsley and Tyler say “I DO”,   seeing Caroline and Eric build their second home in the Deep South,  seeing my favorite sibling say I do and also move into his new home.     The list goes on and on.    I have so many favorite moments when I stop and think about it, but at the same time-  it seems like 2016 was just starting and the year of “Make it Happen” was beginning.

I haven’t read my list lately-   the card that I sent to myself at the beginning of the year of things I wanted to be ‘more’ of this year.     Where I haven’t accomplished some things (being in a regular exercise routine and dropping some of the extra weight I planned to drop), at the same time I haven’t given up, I’ve learned a lot about myself along the road, plus there are other things that happened that have been beautiful.

So while this may be the beginning of the end of 2016-   there is so much still to encounter, plus 2017 is shaping up to be an amazing year.    Maybe the best yet.

 

 

Nov

20

I hear a lot about how ‘busy’ people are.    I’m unsure why- but it’s one of my little pet peeves-  I’ve asked myself why that is on more than one occasion and the one thing that comes to mind time and time again is because we’re all busy in various forms.    Rarely are we all the same type of busy-   after all, I’m definitely not the same kind of busy as my friends with small children, or one of my friends training for a marathon, but there is always ‘something’ to do-   somewhere to be-   and so forth.

I ran into a neighbor the other day I haven’t seen in a while-  We exchanged hellos and I asked how she was doing-    Her response was the same as it always is-   BUSY!   only this time she said it three times-   Busy Busy Busy.     I responded with, ‘Aren’t we all?’    She immediately started talking about how now it was the holiday season and things would be even crazier and busier-  etc..    so I intentionally shifted the conversation-   from the rush rush rush of being hectic- to ask her if she would be visiting her family for the holidays.    She said no- and immediately went into to how busy she was so she couldn’t make it happen for longer than 9 days so she was going to wait until she was ‘less busy’.     I smiled and wished her a good holiday season as we parted ways.

Sometimes, busy is a reason we use not to be present in our current situations.    After all- when we keep our mind busy jumping from one task to the other, we don’t have time to sit still with ourselves do we?      Before you think or even ask-  NO, I’m not referring to my neighbor, or anyone in particular-   I’m making a general observation about myself, as that’s the only person I can talk about with any authority.

When I find myself wanting to disconnect and not feel-  I make myself busy-   Busy with mental projects, physical projects, travel, baking, work, work, eating.. anything that keeps me from being ‘still’ and in the moment.    It means I’m running from something I don’t want to face.   Sometimes it’s something small-   sometimes it’s something life changing and I’ve not quite got to the point where I’m ready to create a plan-  so I avoid with busy.    It doesn’t change anything-   it just means I’m prolonging whatever it is I need to deal with.

I am not suggesting that a busy life means you’re avoiding something.    We have more to do than ever- but when we constantly NEED to be doing something, anything-   and can’t stop and really be still with ourselves without it being very uncomfortable, then something is not quite right.

How do we find balance?    We schedule it-  just like any other appointment.      Time to exercise, write, meditate, color, create.   Whatever ‘IT’ is that brings you to your center-   time that you spend with YOU.    You are the best company for yourself.    Think about what is working in your life-   what isn’t.     Don’t beat yourself up when something isn’t working the way you wanted or hoped.  Instead, be proactive in creating a new plan that may work better.    Keep trying until you start receiving the results you desire.   It may mean starting over and regrouping several times, but keep trying.

It’s something I am doing myself.    We don’t love ourselves enough.  We aren’t kind enough to ourselves.   We need to be kinder, more gentle and sometimes we do need to be tough with ourselves and force ourselves to sit and ‘be’ with no one other than ourselves.    It is the only way to learn who you really are-   what’s holding you back-  what drives you-   and what brings joy to your soul.

Everything is about finding the right balance that works for you-    and understanding that it will change as we do.  It’s fluid, like water.

During this holiday season-  I am taking extra steps to find the balance-  to reconnect with myself and stop automating through so many things in life and to intentionally NOT be busy from time to time-    Try it.   It will be hard at first, especially if you’ve got an attachment to being busy-   but once you sit with yourself for a while-  you’ll realize there is no better company than you.

 

Nov

3

Month of Gratitude

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The daylight hours are slowly getting shorter and this weekend we ‘Fall back’-  which means Winter isn’t far behind.    I admit-  this is my favorite time of the year, and today I spent a while walking through the forest taking photos of leaves, mushrooms, and anything else that caught my eye-  including my favorite canine, JJ.

I could eat soup daily for the entire rest of the year, and outside of the occasional special occasion meal, I’d probably not get tired of it.   There is something about this time of the year that brings me great joy.   Even the rain makes me smile.

It’s also the month of Thanksgiving and I’ve noticed many people, myself included making lists of gratitude in order to focus on the things we tend to take for granted in the every day.   It’s a good thing to pause, take inventory on the blessings in your life and appreciate them.

 

What are you grateful for this month?

Nov

3

Music for the Soul

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My best friends husband is a talented trumpet player. There is something about trumpet music that soothes my soul and has me forgetting about everything around me and thinking about what life would have been like back in the days when Jazz clubs were extremely popular in New Orleans. Granted, you still find them there, but not like it was ‘back in the day’. I love hearing him play or anyone who has a grasp on really playing great trumpet music. It soothes the soul. Don’t you think?

Sep

21

Leaning into Fall

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You ever have one of those days that call for comfort food? Today is one of those days for me. I don’t know what it is- but the cooler temperatures and the shorter hours of daylight seem to have me feeling like I want to slow down- to enjoy a good book- to have a little comfort food.

img_9368Since I was also cooking for my mother-in-law, who just got out of the hospital, I decided to cook some Dutch comfort food. Kale with potatoes, mashed together. The Dutch call it borenkool stampot, but I simply call it good. I tried to make mine a little healthier- as it is traditionally served with smoked sausage, so I ate mine with seasoned turkey breast and my kale ratio was much higher than the potatoes. I did add bacon, but hey- we all need to indulge on occasion, right?

I’m still squeezing the last bit out of summer though, and I’ll be making some lemon cupcakes for an upcoming ‘harvest party’ this weekend. To balance out the harvest- I am also making a Pumpkin Spice Latte cake- which I can’t wait to try- Have a great week!

Sep

11

Wondering About

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I was looking through some of the old comments on this blog and I came across a few from an old online friend whom I haven’t heard from in many years now. I often wonder what happened to her and have tried on several occasions to look for her but with no avail. The few mutual friends we have also don’t seem to have any idea what happened to her.

“Sunny” Nelson- if you happen to see this- know that you are being thought of and you are missed. I hope you are well.

Sep

11

Sounds of Silence

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There are some days when I crave silence and noise of any type literally tosses my train of thought off the rails. Other days, I can’t wait to check out one of my favorite music places and follow the click here to get to my favorite play list. Music soothes me, but at the same time- sometimes I prefer silence. My husband, on the other hand always needs to ‘hear’ something. What about you? Which do you prefer?

Have a great week!

Sep

11

The last few weeks I’ve had this discombobulated feeling. I have SO many projects and thoughts happening- that I am finding it difficult to wade through them all and actually feel as though I am making any sort of headway. I’ve tried various methods- and I still can’t seem to get ‘still’ with myself, so I’m going to try yet something else.

I believe a full disconnect from everything is in order- with a focus purely on myself and what I need to do- in order to gain balance and structure again in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I have a great life, but things are off balance and I recognize that, so it’s time to do something about it before it becomes too far out of whack.

What do you do to balance yourself?

Sep

11

Who Knew?

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It never ceases to amaze me just how much knowledge Marcel has about music. We were out yesterday and ran into a neighbor, who happens to be a seasoned musician and they started this conversation about ns design which left me in the dust of understanding what they were talking about. When I asked him about it later- as in how and when did he become so knowledgeable, he said that it’s something he has always been interested in and that he enjoyed reading reviews and learning about different products and sound. Who knew? I learn something new about my husband each week.

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