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Are You Living a Blue Monday?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

How’s this for a Monday morning pick-me-up? I just read that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year. It’s called Blue Monday. And it has nothing to do with the phases of the moon or the weather.

blue mondayBy the third Monday, over two weeks of the New Year have passed and you have already lost track of the resolutions you made. Remember those promises to yourself- exercise, read more, spend more time with family, etc., etc. Another new start and you’ve veered off the path to a successful new year. Humph!

Stop putting yourself down.

Besides, today is only the second Monday of the month.

The perfect day to assess if that resolution was right for you.

If you’re finding it difficult to maintain a new behavior, it’s because your reason for staying the same as you are is too strong. Ask yourself what you get from not exercising, from watching TV instead of reading, from working or being with friends instead of being with your family. Whatever behavior you resolved to change is too important to your current sense of identity to easily alter it.

In order to bring on lasting change, you must first see yourself as the person you want to become. Imagine every detail of what your life would be like as the person who has made this change. Each time you’re tempted to not do what you say you want to do, ask yourself what would your better self do. Bring a clear picture of that you into your mind. You don’t have to be accountable to anyone else. “To thine own self be true.”

You have the next seven days to practice being that new you.

On Blue Monday you can smile with satisfaction. No reason for you to be depressed.

You are living the dream!

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” Vincent VanGogh

Life is But a Dream

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Someone asked me once if dreamed in color. "What a preposterous question,"  I thought, "doesn't everyone dream in color?"  Life is in color, why shouldn't a dream look the same way?

Back in the day of black and white television and even earlier, colorless movies, our modes of entertainment starkly contrasted with real life's hues. Not so long ago, newspaper photos were not even in color. Seems unthinkable now.

I vividly remember that marvelous scene in The Wizard of Oz when the shades of gray views of Kansas were replaced with the groundbreaking spectacle of a color filled Oz on the big screen. Amazing! I wonder if that's when my dreams started to be in color.

So maybe I'm just assuming you all dream in color. If you don't, or if you are just curious about the significance of the black and white variety of nightly flights of fantasy, I have an interpretation for you from symbolism expert, Avia Venefica.

"Dreaming in black and white indicates a heavy reliance on structure, uniformity and order. Black and white dreams point to a distinct separation between reality and fantasy."

"They offer fewer distractions so the purity of meaning can be more easily sought. Furthermore, black and white dreams offer a crisp, clean beauty that is incredibly remarkable to the exploring mind."

Hmmm. Sounds like there is no separation for me between fantasy and reality. I find myself wondering at times if something really happened or if it was a dream.

There are those who believe that our dream state is a parallel reality and what we do in dreams is indeed taking place on another plain. All I know is that I have a lot of cats in that other world, having dreamed about them two nights in a row.

Avia's take on dreaming about four legged animals, "Cats in dreams represent feminine power. Cats also deal with esoteric knowledge, and spiritual guardianship." Interesting. "Black cats signify hidden secrets or hidden powers within the dreamer."

The black cat in my dream had two stripes on its side, one yellow and one green. This dream was definitely in color. So in my parallel life, I have feminine power, esoteric knowledge, and hidden secrets. Plus the clarity signified by yellow and the intelligence of the heart symbolized by green. I like that explanation.

Dreams or reality, I create them both. Maybe I live with more spontaneity in my dreams because I don't think them out first. But living two colorful lives is better than one.

"Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions."
Edgar Cayce

You Want What?

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Had dinner with a friend who told me about a coworker's obsession with  "finding a hot babe." Not talking about a teen here either. I was curious about the social interaction involved with his quest.  

What was his strategy to reach his goal? 

It could be summed up as-  waiting for her to magically appear at his doorstep.

My friend suggested to him that he branch out, join some new social groups, take some classes, or at least leave his apartment after work.

Definitely more effective than his current system.

Reminds me of the sage advice- "To get something you've never gotten, you must do something you've never done." 

How often do we intend to reach a new goal, yet our actions are no different than usual? Happens to us all. 

While setting an intention is a powerful beginning to manifesting your desires, an action plan is the fuel to get you there. And action toward a new goal requires stepping out of your comfortable cocoon of the status quo and becoming the person capable of reaching the goal.

What does achieving your goal require of you?

Additional knowledge.

Time management.

Expanding your network.

Believing in yourself.

Take the next step. Be the goal achiever you know you can be.


"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."  W.H. Murray

Whoever Said You Can’t Go Home Again

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Whoever said you can't go home again….was right. Visiting my home town of more than twenty five years this past week, I saw the familiar yet it was not the same.

Walking down the flower lined sidewalks and driving the well known streets I noticed vacant storefronts where long time businesses had been. Mammoth drugstores anchored street corners and major chain, box-like storefronts replaced local merchants.

Much of the small town charm that beckoned me so many years ago has been replaced with an unfortunate sameness you would find in so many remade towns.

There were some brights spots remaining; the bright yellow awnings still frame the shop windows of a decades old, family owned store. Flag festooned flower boxes  adorn another well known storefront.

A few brave entrepreneurs have even opened new businesses along the downtown blocks. I applaud their courage to live their dreams regardless of the changes around them. They come, they go, but at least they try.

I remember, that's what I did, not so many years ago. No one could dissuade me. 

The more I travel, the more I realize home is wherever you are.

This week I choose to cherish the familiar and call it home- for now.

Day Twenty Two of the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

  Pride is a form of gratitude I feel on the twenty second day of the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge. If the Olympic trials have captured your attention this week, you will understand.

Gymnast, Jordyn Wieber earned her place on Team USA to represent all of us who have had a dream and persisted until reaching the goal. This  young woman  from Michigan has many more goals to keep her inspired.

She has proven that technical skill will take you far, but belief in yourself will make you unstoppable.

Thank you, Jordyn, and all the shining examples of achievement that represent what is possible for us all, if we believe.

Be inspired!

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