Manic Monday Morning!

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Are you KIDDING!?!?!?

It was only a 3 hour time period!  I am going back home and crawling back into bed!  This is ridiculous!

Let’s just list it out: (this began at 6:15 am)

  1. Accidentally called my Fiance’ after he texted at o-dark-thirty this morning
  2. My body aches
  3. Stayed up too late
  4. Had to clean snow off my car
  5. “Service Airbag” notice is on in my car
  6. “Low Tire” notice is still on in my car
  7. I am almost out of gas
  8. Running late for an appointment
  9. Dealing with “Senioritis” infected teenager
  10. Dealing with above mentioned teenager’s school
  11. Heard a loud pop while driving, to see the small crack in the windshield is now more than doubled in size, across to the drivers side of my car
  12. Scraped my brand new bumper of my car on the curb
  13. Forgot a necessary work flash drive at home
  14. Forgot the keyboard for my iPad at home

Oh my gosh this is too much for me to handle so early in the morning, especially Monday morning.  It is now 9:15 am.  I feel like I should call for a “do over” like when I was a child, learning a new sport, trying to swing a bat at a tiny white baseball flying at me.

But wait….

Let me look at this list again….

I reached my daily stress level quickly but were those incidents really stressful?  Or will I be better served changing my perspective, just a little?

Here is my blessings list for those same 3 hours:

  1. I was able to wake up to my Fiance’s voice this morning.
  2. My body aches!  I am alive!  I am blessed with a body that still moves.  Although it is difficult sometimes, I now have more knowledge about how I can help relieve my pain.
  3. I had an indulgently fun late night!
  4. I did not have to drive over the weekend while it snowed.  The snow was fluffy and beautiful, which is why I love this season!
  5. My car is smart enough to know something is not right with the airbags that could potentially save my life and my passengers lives if they were ever needed.
  6. My tire is still low but has not gotten any worse which means it is still fixable.  Plus it wasn’t completely flat!  WIN
  7. I have enough fuel to get where I need to go. This afternoon I can fill up the tank in the warm sunshine.
  8. I’m frequently late recently and the world has yet to stop spinning because I couldn’t choose which boots I wanted to wear this morning.  🙂 (let’s not forget having choices in footwear is another wonderful blessing)
  9. My firstborn son is a senior in High School!  I am so proud of every one of his accomplishments! His graduation may be one of his top ten achievements in his lifetime!
  10. I am so blessed to be involved with a school system that is attentive, organized and engaged with my son’s educations.
  11. The crack in my windshield is in the driver’s direct line of sight, which can not be avoided.  I can’t put off the necessary repair now.
  12. I have a new bumper! After years of wear and tear, then the selfless sacrifice of a brave raccoon. The scrape left no visible damage to my bumper and I will be more careful in the future.
  13. I know right where I left my flash drive.  I know the information on it is safe.
  14. The keyboard for the iPad is a luxury and I will manage today.  Plus I can pick it up when I return home to pick up #13.

All of my stress has melted away.  I am ready to tackle the rest of my day.  I only needed to change my perception.  Yes these events happened, but the way I looked at them was my stress, not the actual incident.

Our lives need to refocus on the positive, the bright lights, the blessings, the joy.  Let go of your worry.  Redefine your outlook.  Allow your perception to reflect all the blessings in your world.  Share your joy with others.  Your joy may be the light to someone else’s Manic Monday!

Travel well my friends!

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Find your calm.  Let the winds of chaos settle into calm breezes!

Thankfulness

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Thankfulness fills my heart.  I am not just looking at my world but I am seeing my world. An oppressive fog has lifted like a veil gently pulled back from a bride’s face.  Joy infuses with the light shining down on my face.  Love seeps into every nuance of a smile, frown, laugh and tear. Let your heart be light.  Let simple joys give you a thankful peace that embraces your life!

Travel well my friends!

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Planning

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I am a planner.  I am not a ‘fair weather’ planner, not a sometimes-if-the-task-requires-it planner.  I am a full fledged, sit-down-with-a-pen-and-paper list maker!  I love to plan the details, from grocery lists to multi day vacations for multiple families.  I love to plan.   I plan parties, international travels, family outings, birthdays, showers, church functions, shopping trips, weddings, volunteer benefits, funerals, reunions, vacations, business events, children’s events, you name it I have planned for it.  It is in my nature, it is in my DNA, it is part of who I am.

I feel my business partner and I balance each other nicely.  At today’s owners meeting (which I planned) we discussed topics related to our business, Soul Experiences.  During the meeting the subject of “what our roles are” came up.  I have always thought of my partner, who also happens to be my mother, as futuristic.  She is always thinking of ways to change/grow our business.  She will have an idea, bring it up to me and before you know it we are off and running on a new project.  I am the planner.  I work out all the fine details of how we get from her vision, to our finished product.  We are a great team as professional travel planners and tour guides.

I feel blessed to have this talent and love of planning.  I am very lucky to also have a passion almost as great for travel as well.

Simple Treasures

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Travel moves my soul.  It makes me feel alive.  It helps me to gain perspective on our big wide world.  I desire travel like I desire my children’s happiness.  The mountains call to me, the beach beckons, faraway lands whisper for me to explore.  The path that was not taken will always be my favorite passage.  I want to stumble through snow in July and trudge through the tropics in February.  I want to venture to the top of the next ridge and look over an unexplored valley.  I need to board a train with no particular destination in mind. 

On this day I wish you happiness, inner peace and a sense of adventure in all you do.  Even if travel is not your inspiration, enjoy the simple treasures around you.  They abound even when life is crashing over you, there will always be a blessing for you.  Look closely and enjoy the day.

Travel well my friends.

Blessed

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My life took a huge turn for the better a few years ago.  I do not focus on what I survived, I focus on my future.  Every now and again I stop, like I am at the crest of a hill and turn back to see where I was.  Behind me is a huge dark valley with small patches of light.  Light that I would travel to, needing to move forward with my life, but knowing I would need to trudge through the dark to get to the next tiny hill bathed in light. As I slogged through the darkness my path grew ever wider, the brambles that would snag at me, were further back from the trail I walked.  Then my path began an upward ascent, like a rock climber with no gear I scrambled ever up. I was wounded, exhausted, and raw.  I reached the top of that ridge only to be standing on the edge of a cliff, bottomless and darker than anything I have ever seen.  The winds pushed at my back encouraging me, not forcing me, to take a leap of faith.  It was a sea of black, the unknown, ready to swallow me up.  Yet something inside me reassured my soul,  ‘Just take the first step’.  So I did.  I found the moment I stepped off of the cliff I could find my feet with every step.  I was not lost in the blackness.  I was the light.  Most of the time I only had a fuzzy grey outline of the path.  But with every step it becomes clearer and clearer.  I feel I am at the crest of yet another hill.  The vantage point is vast.  The difference this time is I am not exhausted, I am energized!  On either side of me I see the people who have supported me, sometimes carrying me.  In front of me I see the wide open expanse of possibilities.  I will continue to move forward on my path and I hope we meet along the way.

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Today marks the public beginning of my business!  It is with great pride and thankfulness I, with my mother/business partner, launch Soul Experiences!  We will celebrate the “fuzzy path” with friends and family tonight.  People who have lifted us up and helped us to be what we are today.

I am blessed.  I have food to eat, a place to sleep, friends to laugh with, children to hug, parents who forgive my teenage angst, siblings to connect with over the miles, the support of the man I love and so much more!  The blessings I have outnumber the hardships and that alone is my biggest blessing.  My hope for each of you is that continue to travel to your ‘light’, counting all of your blessings along the way.

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Travel well my friends!