To Honor To Serve…

A Neophyte visit to the National WWII Museum with my girls humbled. To those who served, we honor and thank you for your sacrifices. To family members who held the fort in their absence, and to those who lost loved ones we say, Thank you. We honor and appreciate you.

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The Things That Intrigue ….

Assumptions close doors. Intrigue opens them – Sam Owen

As I look over the circus of things that I like, I find that they Enlighten and intrigue. I realize that though I enjoy them and they bring me satisfaction, I find myself not doing them as much as I Expect, and in some cases at all. For over two decades I have been caught up in work, work, work. So this prompt helped me pull away and ponder the things I once enjoyed, or get to enjoy on rare occasions.

But even as I finalize and Release the list, I realize that life’s not promised. So I intend to start doing the things I like now, and stop leaving them for …one day soon.

That said, the things I like are:

  1. People watch
  2. Explore the world
  3. Simple things
  4. Enjoy a good laugh
  5. Acting | Participating in drama presentations
  6. Wearing a smile
  7. See people mentored achieve their best potential
  8. Watch movies
  9. Write, ponder, reflect
  10. Decorate the house
  11. Go shopping
  12. Watch HGTV | Travel channel
  13. Learn new things
  14. Read
  15. Cook
  16. Enjoy the company of my two young adult kids
  17. Dream of Venice | Alaska
  18. People watch in downtown Disney, Washington DC Parks
  19. Watch the waves by the beach
  20. Nature – stare at birds, squirrels, and circus of trees
  21. Christmas Lights
  22. Look out at the horizon from a hill or mountain
  23. Capturing candid photos (new experience)
  24. Finding a new route after getting lost in a new place (yikes!)
  25. Quiet time
  26. Solving a mystery or a problem
  27. New baby hugs
  28. Listening to that Still Small Voice Of Faith

Share any of the things listed? Can you add any?

Cheers!

15 Things To Do By Yourself…

Spending time alone is one of my absolute pleasures. I’m sure I’m not alone. You may also like to do that as well.  I had some planning to do and decided on a whim to jump into my car and drive to the beach. A few hours later, I had mapped out plans for my top goals for the rest of the year! yea! I left feeling totally satisfied to get things done! What seemed like an Irrelevant exercise turned out to be quite productive, in a serene atmosphere.

Jo Chunyan shared a list of things do alone. I decided to pull my top 15 to share.

  1. Journal. Write up a list of things you would love to do. Declare your dreams and intentions or simply empty out all your thoughts into your notebook.
  2. Spend a day at a museum or art gallery
  3. Meditate – sit. Be still and devote time to listen to your spiritual thoughts. Breath.
  4. Have dinner on your own in a nice restaurant – take time to really enjoy the food
  5. Go for a walk and enjoy breathing the fresh air
  6. See a film at a cinema on your own
  7. Rearrange your wardrobe and discover old clothes again.
  8. Donate old clothes, books and furniture. Make room for the new by clearing out the old.
  9. Go somewhere in the city where you have never been
  10. Give yourself a mini retreat weekend…eat healthy food, go for a massage, spoil yourself and really relax!
  11. Sip a cup of tea and look out the window
  12. Be Athletic. Go for a jog or walk on the beach. Breathe in the salty sea breeze and watch the waves lick the shore.
  13. Study. Sign up for an online course in any topic you have an interest in and learn something new
  14. Take a photo to depic each hour of your day
  15. Travel on your own. Learn something new about yourself.

Can you add any? Do share!

Cheers!

Why Retreat?

 “Retreat is an act of moving back or withdrawing”.

Retreat is an act of moving back or withdrawing. Personally,  I consider it as an act of moving backwards to go forward. It is a purposeful act that brings meaning. It provides the opportunity to reflect on life, on our existence. To identify who we are, and where we want to be. In essence, taking stock.

Self-Retreat

A self-retreat is one where you go off by yourself. You take the time to re-discover yourself in light of what you do. It may involve shedding some things that you need to let go of in order to reconnect with yourself and build your self-awareness. You do this through the Rhyme of reflection which can lead to self-discovery, self-development, as well as increased self-esteem, and self-love.  Renewal of the self is important. It is by no means Willy-nilly.

Ways to Retreat

For years my company organized retreats. We would do it for all employees, departments, or at the managerial level in order to drive the year’s annual goals. It proved to be an exercise that I have valued throughout time.

That said, retreats can be elaborate or quite simple. It can be at a resort, at a conference or Goal Setting Retreat, in a cabin in the woods, or a simple retreat in your own home. At-home-retreats can be risky due to the distraction of everyday life. But if you are disciplined and create that ‘away’ space for the duration of your retreat, it can still be quite useful. Hey, better to do something than nothing.

Just as long as the purpose is being met a retreat can be a transformational experience. It gives you the time to focus on you, your goals, desires and what brings you complete satisfacton. It illuminates self care, letting go, and open things up to new possibilities.

Why not use today to plan your retreat? As we approach yearend we start reflecting on our goals. Are we close, drifting, or far away? Choose to attend this Goal Setting Retreat designed to help you close the gaps.  If you have been doing retreats throughout time, what has been your most satisfying experience? Do share.

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Destiny: Is Your Passion Worth Dying For?

the football field is the perfect place to die”.

CNN shared the findings that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy ((CTE) disease was found in 99% of deceased ex-NFL players. A Rookie NFL 🏈 player said he is willing to die for the game. More directly he said “the football field is the perfect place to die”. Was he being insensitive? Possibly naive like a tethered Toothbrush? Arguments differ.

But it caused me to think …is your passion worth dying for?  Substandard? Possibly….but what do you think?

Do share.

Feeling Drained? 21 Ways To Recharge…


Feeling drained? Time for a Vacay? Getaway? Sounds good! It’s about time to step back, relax, reboot. Goal seekers, new entrepreneurs, career upward mobilizers find it a drag to to take the time to Stop. But it’s in stopping that we are able to generate new ideas, boost our creativity to forge ahead with measured speed after.

Imagine taking a long road trip. It’s imperative to stop. I’m guilty as charged. Enter the plethora of Rest Stops for food, breaks, vehicle refuel, and rest. Laws propel this through enforcement of Drowsy Driving which refers to driving while ability impaired by fatigue. Want proof?  Just ask truck drivers or someone who has suffered the Soiled Disastrous consequences of accidents from tiredness. To keep going is a sure recipe for disaster.

21 Ways to Recharge

Here are a 21 ideas shared by entrepreneurs on ways they recharge when feeling drained.

  1. Meditate
  2. Beach Day
  3. Sleep
  4. 1-2 hour workout
  5. Listen to Christian Music
  6. Disconnect and go to a happy place
  7. Go to the gym
  8. Go for a long walk
  9. Sleep
  10. Enjoy Nature
  11. Church & family
  12. Guilty pleasure – TV watching
  13. Find pictures that motivate to keep going
  14. Think about positive things in life
  15. Get a Massage
  16. Watch good interviews
  17. Worship and inspire
  18. Go to the park with kids and tell them how important they are
  19. Read motivating Book
  20. Cook
  21. Go shopping & Watch Movies that inspire

These comments came from survey of individuals on what they do to recharge. Do any of them resonate? Can you add any that’s missing?

Adopt the attitude to Stop. Reflect. Share. Then progress.

Cheers!

Let’s connect!

The Bridge That Binds …

Central Business District, New Orleans

Often we underestimate the protection of traffic lights that play such an important role in our lives. It’s the Bridge that binds. Imagine …without them the mayhem that would ensue. We give thanks for the stop signs in our life that provide a chance to reflect then move forward.

WWII Museum, New Orleans

In the distance is the Bridge that connects one place to the next. Without it, our lives would remain a path of lengthy steps from one place to the next. Awww the bridges that bind. Soooo worth it!

Cheers!

Your Descript Tethered Life …

A sprint. A jog. A run. A walk. I sat on a bench in the park stretching. I watched health and fitness enthusiasts do what they love. I stretched more, then reflected on life. Where are we now? The Tethered years fly by …up close slowly; looking back, it’s a flash. I then began scrolling, and there popped the question from a social media forum:

Describe Your Life in ONE Word

Curious, I scrolled through the list of responses. Some were positive, some nonchalant, while others were filled with a bask of the negatives. Here I share a few of the comments.

Surprising | Destined | Stuck | Perfect | Open Book | Confused | Determined | Focused | Blessed | Challenging | Change | Sucks | Fortunate | Tears | Observant | Destined | Surprising |  Progressive | Persistence |Purposeful | Growth | Making | Incredible | Awesome | Evolutionary | Adventurous | Meaningful | Beautiful

Does any of the above responses resonate with your life right now? Can you add any that’s missing? Feel free to share.

Cheers!

Let’s connect!

Go Fish. The Scene…

Ship’s captain steers tourist-filled-boats pass beautiful houses planted on the sea’s edge. Just imagine the visitor’s delight to rent for a few. Pretty penny… but so worth it. Lovers steal selfies, kisses…

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Waves splash in seemless style. Scattered folks chat gleefully in the distance. The boat’s engine beckons its swirling sound. The weekend glides on with high traffic of boats afloat the water. Totally relaxed. The sun steams above. People clothed in hats, T’s, shorts, and more, welcoming the light breeze. Distant sounds get louder…yet not disturbing.

Fish, seawater creatures missing…nowhere in sight. Mountainous hills of water sprout like surfers beneath waves. Ship’s captain steers tourist-filled-boats pass beautiful houses planted on the sea’s edge.  Just imagine the visitor’s delight to rent for a few. Pretty penny… but so worth it. Lovers steal selfies, kisses, and quiet love.

I quietly doze off. Calm, cool, relaxed. Imaginary.

Nice way to spend a quick getaway doing something different…fishing.
Edgewater, Water Taxi, Sovereign, Imagine, Gallant Lady, Waku, Days-Like-This…all boat names… but couldn’t agree more.

Time to chill.

Cheers!

Your 2017 Goals: Trace It. Check It…

It’s mid-year! Look back to move ahead. People are using these words to describe the progress to achieve…

Great, busy, progress, metamorphosis, building, awkward, empowerment, lonely, rollercoaster, transcendent, halfway, building, empowered, successful, blessed, winning, growing, fantastic, brilliant, succeeding, harvest, evolutionary, learning, transitioning, growth, better, momentum, rising, immense, challenged, hell, mediocre, bullshit, boring, tragic, spectacular, ready-set-g.., new, conscious, breakthrough, game-changing, progression, different, change, unbelievable, fortunate, focused, expansion, lit, turbulent, amazing, lies, shock, good, Detonate.

Looking Back to Move Ahead

It’s mid-year! Look back to move ahead. People are using these words to describe the progress to achieve their goals. Take some time to reflect on whether any Radiate or resonate with your own progress? Any missing? Trace it. Add it!

Cheers!

Let’s Connect!