Monday, June 18, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: See the Light. Be the Light.

We are quickly approaching the longest day of the year. Yet, there is darkness all around us. The storms of grief, the shadows of worry, the clouds of concern can prevent us from seeing the light that is also all around us--the light that is beaming brightly within us.

Instead of focusing on your cares and worries, redirect your view to your blessings, to the sources of your joy and gratitude.

Then, cast that light outward to others so that they, too, feel the light. The weight and intensity of their storms, shadows and clouds will lessen.

When you see the light, you become the light.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Grow!

It’s a new day and a new week! A time for growth and possibility!

Look to nature for nurture. The loveliness found in a summer day refreshes and renews.

Find that same powerful renewal in yourself. 

Today, this week: Give yourself the gift of fresh views and fresh thoughts. When you see the ordinary through the eyes of the extraordinary, everything seems possible.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Bloom!

This is the season of tilling and planting, greening and growing, blossoming and flourishing.

Take a cue from nature and bloom where you’re planted.

Today, this week: Make the world a better place today through the beauty of your talents, generosity and kindness.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Whatever the Weather

At this time of year in Wisconsin, the weather is fickle. One day, we need sweaters and contemplate putting that extra blanket back on the bed. The next day, the temperatures soar and I'm wondering if it's time to close up all of the windows and succumb to air conditioning.
A few months ago, my husband and I attended an interesting lecture about climate change delivered by a university professor who specializes in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. He showed us diagrams and charts that helped confirm that the warmer temperatures we thought we’d been experiencing for years have actually been happening. Compared to the days of my childhood, we have indeed experienced more days that have been warmer than the norm, including during the winter months.
In this month when we anticipate summer’s official arrival, we can experience some hot, hot, hot days—blistering hot days with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity. By contrast, we can also experience cold, dreary, rainy days that make you contemplate turning back on the furnace.
We wait so long to be able to open windows in the northern Midwest that I sometimes let myself sweat for as long as I can before forcing myself to close the windows and turn on the air conditioning. I sit quietly, down lots of water and let the warm breezes blow in. Eventually, the air conditioning gets turned on—especially if we want to sleep with any degree of comfort.
I think back to the days when I was a child. Our homes and cars didn't have central air back then. We didn’t even know what that was. We didn’t have a window air conditioning unit at our house either. We planted trees. We bought box fans and we drank lemonade. We went swimming. We ate picnic-style meals that didn’t require turning on the oven. We simply adjusted our activity to the weather and accepted that hot, humid days and nights were part of summer.
I’ve become a softy as I’ve gotten older, relying on the increasing creature comforts to become my standard. But, for this month, I’m going to revert to my childhood and revel as long as I can in those warm days of old, when welcoming breezes through open windows were some of the loveliest signs of the season.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Affirming Words: I Feed My Creative Spirit

Consider adopting these Affirming Words for this month. 

Say them often to yourself -- whenever you see yourself in a mirror, when you get out of bed to start the day, whenever you need a little pick-me-up:

I feed my creative spirit by engaging in activities that allow me to express myself.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Cultivate Peace

You have the capacity to be a peacemaker. We need peacemakers in our world.

You are a peacemaker when you seek to better understand another person’s perspective, listen with your full attention, consider your response carefully, measure your words and show respect.

It doesn’t mean that you have to be in full agreement with the other person, but it does mean that you honor the light in that individual and you give him or her the respect to hold his or her own opinions, even if they are different from yours.

Doing so can help you look through the clutter and distraction of differences in order to find the light of common ground. That light will help you forge a path through differences to a place of compromise and respect.

Today, this week: Cultivate goodwill. Cultivate peace. Cultivate understanding. Be a peacemaker and brighten the world.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Bright Desires

Spring is that glorious time of year when we witness new beginnings as the earth springs forth with growth and beauty. We tend to our gardens and we watch the plants grow.

Now is also a glorious time to look at what needs to spring forth in your own life and to cultivate and grow those desires and dreams.

What hidden, bright desire do you want to bring forth into your life? Perhaps it’s a new hobby, a new relationship, a new community, a new job, a new book to read, a new hill to climb.

Spring into action! Your season is here!

Today, this week: Be your true, best self. Don’t waste time or energy on regret. You can make great things happen!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Believe in Yourself

You were made to be uniquely you. 

Don’t be afraid to stand out and be yourself, to have your own voice and to follow your deepest values.

You are strong. You are bright. You are of value for who you are and for the gifts that you uniquely bring to your every encounter.

This day, this week: Believe in yourself!

You are right where you're supposed to be! So, relax and fully enjoy the moment!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Follow Your Heart

The din can be loud. It can be deafening. 

Advice, suggestions, recommendations. Fears, worries, doubts. 

How does one take in so much information and still be able to make a decision that feels right?

Grow silent. 

Listen to that still, small voice inside of you. It will guide you, just as a street sign tells you where to turn. 

You hold the answers. Reach within and you'll find that the answers are waiting for you.

Today, this week: Follow your heart. It won’t let you down.

For more thoughts about following your heart, check out my book, Find Your Heart, Follow Your Heart: Get to the Heart of What Matters and Create Your Abundant, Authentic, Joyful Life, available in hardcover, softcover and e-book formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Balboa Press and other fine retailers. Perfect for Mother's Day and Graduation gift giving.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

May's Song

                When I think of the month of May, I hear my late mom’s sweet voice singing “White Coral Bells.” While there are slight variations to the lyrics, here’s how Mom would sing them to me as a lullaby when I was a little girl: “White coral bells, along a slender stalk. Lilies of the valley line my garden walk. Oh, how I wish that I could hear them ring. That will only happen when the fairies sing.”
                A few months ago, my husband and I gathered with friends to enjoy a potluck dinner together, followed by the singing of folk songs. Among the songs we sang that evening was a beautiful round of “White Coral Bells.” I could feel Mom’s spirit with us that evening!
                Now that May is here, the lilies of the valley will soon line the garden walk of a lovely friend whose mother used to sing “White Coral Bells” to her, as well. She has invited me to visit her when the lilies of the valley are in full bloom and to sing together “White Coral Bells” in memory of our moms. I look forward to it and hope it will become our May tradition for years to come.
                I also look forward to my own white coral bells experiment. A dear friend who sports a green thumb and a master gardener certificate, researched how to best plant and care for lilies of the valley in a container. She, then, gave one to me for my May birthday last year. I followed her instructions and hope to see blooming lilies of the valley, perhaps not lining my garden walk, but at least by our condominium's front door in a few weeks.

                May is a melody of loveliness, each week a different stanza in a song of beauty. If May had its own song (and I think it does), I would deem it to be “White Coral Bells.”

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Affirming Words: Be a Magnet

Consider adopting these Affirming Words for this month. Say them often to yourself -- whenever you see yourself in a mirror, when you get out of bed to start the day, whenever you need a little pick-me-up:

I focus my intentions with specificity to attract what I desire in my life.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Joy on the Journey

When you think about the word “Journey,” what do you see? 

When you look at it carefully, you see that “Joy” bookends the word: JOurneY.

It’s easy to look for the outcomes, the results and the end in sight. But, if we only focus our energies there, we miss out on something vital—the journey itself.

Joy is there to be found on the journey. Reframe your perspective. Soak up every moment of every day. 

Today, this week: Find joy on your journey.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Bright and Beautiful

So much in life is bright and beautiful, just as the season of spring demonstrates to us through nature’s magnificent palette.

Fill your mind and heart with thoughts and feelings of the bright and beautiful. Allow them to feed your spirit and affect your mood and outlook.

When you choose to experience the bright and beautiful in your day, your eyes will begin to focus on those moments more and more until they naturally become what you view.

Today, this week: Carry the beauty of spring with you, no matter the season. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Reach for the Rainbows

There are days when it seems as if the old adage of “when it rains, it pours” is so true that there aren’t enough umbrellas and galoshes to protect you from the deluge.

Don’t allow yourself to get swallowed up by the storms in your life. Redirect your focus to rise above the rain. Reach for the rainbows.

When you dedicate energy to seeking the good in each difficult situation, the hold that those sorrows and fears have over you is lessened. It’s easier to flow through the experience until you can see the sunshine again.

Today, this week: Reach for the rainbows and they will be there for you.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: The Ordinary, The Extraordinary

Allow your day to pause for a moment. Think back to some of your fondest memories. Do they center on big accomplishments and grandiose endeavors? Are they about big purchases and major rewards? 

Or are they about small experiences, simple pleasures and little droplets in time that may have seemed insignificant then but left a big impact that still resonate with you now?

Small things. Ordinary things. Simple things. That’s where the extraordinary moments of joy can be found.

Truly, some of our greatest joys come from our most ordinary moments. 

Today, this week: Cultivate joy and find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Fuel Your Happiness

It’s natural to occasionally have a bad day or succumb to a sour mood. The good thing is that you don’t have to remain stuck there. Happiness is an inside job that you can manage at any time.

How might you adopt a happier mindset? It doesn’t take much—just a shift in your focus and energy. Fuel your happiness through kind words, a grateful heart and a joyful spirit.

Your happy, joyful, grateful, kind energy will automatically be shared with those around you. Lift your day and that of another.

Today, this week: Choose happiness.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

In Bloom

If there's ever a month that conveys the hope of spring, it is April. For those of us who live in south-central Wisconsin, spring often takes several weeks after its official arrival in March at the vernal equinox to make itself truly known. 
April begins, of course, today with April Fool's Day on the first. Sometimes, April does fool us by hanging onto March's lion-and-lamb tendencies -- first hinting at warmer weather, then clobbering us with one more heavy, wet snowstorm.
As April gets used to itself, however, it gets over its last-attempt winter tendencies and becomes what it was intended to be: the month of blooming joy. 
From the wood violets and Virginia bluebells to the tulips and daffodils, April settles in as its colorful and happy self. It is the month when nature's palette moves from gray and tan and brown and white to red and yellow and deep purple and bright green. It's as if everything awakens, and with that awakening, April decides to put on its best finery and make an appearance.
April is also the month of warm sunshine and refreshing raindrops. Both are needed for this month of renewal.
At this time of year, I can no longer stay inside, content to simply look out the window. I've already done 90% of my spring cleaning during the deep, dark winter months. I surely don't want to waste a single day or minute of glorious April stuck inside cleaning. 
April is meant for long walks, big dreams, deep breaths and blooming energy. Soak up its loveliness.
Welcome, April! 

Affirming Words: Celebrate All That is Good

Consider adopting these Affirming Words for this month. Say them often to yourself -- whenever you see yourself in a mirror, when you get out of bed to start the day, whenever you need a little pick-me-up:

The hope and the promise of this day are evident everywhere. 

I celebrate all that is good. There is much to celebrate.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Time to Grow

Just as the grass is beginning to grow, the trees are budding, and the early spring flowers are starting to lift their heads out of the soil, we, too, have opportunities to rise and shine during this glorious season of growth and renewal.

Today is a new day. Today marks a new week. Look for opportunities for your creative energies and ideas to form. Look for ways for you to grow as a person.

Today, this week: Be Spring! Bloom! Grow!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Seasonal Sprinkles: Spring's Here!

Spring has officially sprung today!  

With the vernal equinox, the birdsong seems louder, the sky seems bluer and the leaves begin to sprout on the trees. 

Now is a time of new beginnings, a time of renewal, and a time when nature leaves its quiet mode and bursts forth with color. 

This is indeed a time of new life, an opportunity to explore our own renewals and to raise our voices in jubilation for all of our blessings. 

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Be a Dreamer

If you were to say in a sentence what you want for your life, what would it be? Name those desires, those aspirations, those values, those dreams.

Perhaps this is the year you want to learn how to play the piano or go scuba diving or run a marathon or adopt a pet or write poetry. 

What first steps might you take in order to make your dreams come true?

Today, this week: Set your sights on your dreams. The horizon looks bright!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday - Be. Peace.

Life can be overwhelming at times, including those times when things feel positive and good in our lives. 

If your plate seems full--even if it's heaped with mostly positive things, breathe in peace. When your stress levels soar, breathe in peace.

Just a few smooth, deep inhalations and exhalations will help you attain a more peaceful and calm state.

As you become peaceful, pass your peace on to others. Your peace may be an oasis for them.

So today, this week:

Breathe in peace. Feel peace. Pass peace to others. Be peace. Be. Peace.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Get Rid of the Clutter

Now’s a perfect time to let go of what you no longer need. A clean space and mind allow for something new to enter your life.

Live a life free of clutter. You have what it takes to thoughtfully and easily remove those things from your life that no longer suit you. Those things may be actual objects, but they can also be negative thoughts clouding your positivity or over-commitments weighing heavily on your shoulders.

Consider spending time today removing the tangible and intangible clutter from your life and get to the essence of what’s important to you.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Here We Come, Spring

The signs of spring are all around us and I, for one, am ready for them. Whether winter holds us in her tight grip for months with a heavy dose of harsh temperatures and mounds of snow or not, I'm always ready for the return of warmer weather, green grass, blooming flowers and longer daylight. I am a spring person at heart.
I love all that spring represents, from Daylight Saving Time's return to the spiritual experience of Easter to the tulips that bloom in every color from white to pink to red. Spring is the time of renewal, of new possibilities, and of an optimistic view of the world. It's no wonder the season bears the name Spring, for everything springs up and forth and forward (including the clocks). 
At this time of year, I love visiting with my neighbor who has planted a wide variety of spring wildflowers over the years, thus creating a colorful cascading succession of bloom, from bloodroot to Virginia bluebells to jack-in-the-pulpits. She calls me each time another plant begins to show its colors. That prompts me to walk over for a look-see and a long conversation with her about the miracles of nature.
Now's the time to open the windows—if only for a brief while—to bring in the fresh air and let loose the old, stale, cooped-up winter air. Now's the time to clean out the cupboards and closets, wash the curtains and windows, roll up the throw rugs that collected winter salt and sand at the doorways, and begin to get out the spring skirts and dresses. Now's the time to think about gardening, hiking, camping and summer vacations. Now's the time to embrace the warmth of the sunlight as it touches your face. 
As a child, spring meant my mother would wash the kitchen curtains she'd sewn, pressing them and placing them back up in the windows to billow happily once the windows could be open for summer. Spring meant my getting a new jump rope and Mom spending after-school hours twirling one end of the rope while the other was tied to our fence so I could practice any new jump-roping tricks I'd learned from my little girlfriends at school. Spring meant getting a new dress, white gloves, hat and shoes for Easter services. It meant having an Easter lily or two in the living room. Spring meant watching and waiting for forsythia, flowering currant and lilac blossoms to spring forth so that Mom could cut sprays of them to display in antique pitchers and vases throughout our home. Spring meant the weeping willows revealing their springy yellow leaves far before anything else even dared to blossom or bloom.
Spring is clean and fresh and lovely. I gladly welcome its return this month.

What are your thoughts about spring? What are some of your favorite spring memories? What does the season mean to you? 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Affirming Words: Encourage Me, Encourage You

Consider adopting these Affirming Words for this month. Say them often to yourself -- whenever you see yourself in a mirror, when you get out of bed to start the day, whenever you need a little pick-me-up:

I’m a great cheerleader! 

I encourage myself and others on the easy and the not-so-easy days.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Take Care of You

Life gets so busy. We feel we have to move faster. We feel we have to do more in the time we have. We feel we have to move in multiple directions at once. We’re called to take care of others—our families, our work. Everyone and everything is tugging at our time, energy and attention.

What results is multitasking, which is really just another way of saying that you’re doing too much and not giving your full attention to any of it.

Stop! It’s time to stop that unhealthy cycle. It’s time to take care of you.

Today, trust in yourself to adopt the practices that will make you feel whole, calm and filled with good energy.

How do you do that? Make yourself a priority. Make time to relax. Make time to exercise. Make time to eat well. Make time to do just one thing at a time. Make time to simply be. Make time to refill your energy well.

Take care of you. Make time.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Remain Open and Anticipate

The day is new, the air is fresh and there are opportunities just waiting for you!

We often find our hearts in unexpected places. There are signs all around you. Look for them. Listen for them. Remain open to the possibilities.

Be positive! Anticipate good things and they will come—perhaps not as you planned—but even better!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Reflect All that is Good

Look in the mirror this morning—not just to brush your teeth or comb your hair. Really look at your reflection. What do you see? Do you see the face of kindness? Of love? Of gratitude? Of joy? Smile, for you are all of those good things!

Starting today, make it your intention to be a reflection to the world of all that is good. Reflect the light.

This day is a gift! Use it today to be kind, loving, grateful, joyful! Smile!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Fill the World with Your Love

You hold tremendous power, more power than you realize. 

You have the capacity to fill the world with your love, kindness, and compassion. As that good energy goes out into the universe, it gets passed on and on and on.

You can bring light, even to the darkest of places.

Let your thoughts, words and actions be expressions of love today and see the difference it makes.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Along Party Lines

There is a lot of talk these days about our political climate, the rancor, the division, and the voting along party lines without crossing the aisle for collaboration and compromise. 

While I find it all distressing, my thoughts about party lines took a turn recently when I recalled the term having a totally different meaning and growing up with our telephone at home being on a party line. 

For those who are too young to recall such a thing, let alone a phone that isn't exclusively yours and in your hand at all times, a party line was the technology of long ago -- and as recently as 50 years ago when I was growing up. A party line involved having multiple telephone users on one line. Rather than being able to dial a number whenever you wished, you might pick up the receiver, only to hear someone else's conversation going on. Party lines often swept through neighborhoods. You would have to wait patiently (or not so patiently) for the parties to get off of the phone so that the line would be available to you. That would mean lifting and putting back down the receiver periodically. The idea wasn't to eavesdrop on someone else's call. That type of etiquette breach would never do. It was to find out if the line was finally free. I recall the joy my mom expressed when technology had advanced to the point where we didn't have to share a party line with our rural neighbors. 

It was about that same time when we switched from having a boxy type of phone with a rotary dial to a slim trim-line phone, still with a rotary dial. (Push buttons were the next advancement.) Instead of the dial being on the front of the phone and the handset resting on top of the boxy device, the dial was tucked underneath the handset, making the phone look like a more modern and decorative contraption. Phones were no longer basic black. We had one that was olive green and another that was harvest gold -- very cool colors of the 1960s and 70s. 

There was more than one way to use a rotary dial phone. As you stuck your finger in the hole corresponding with the number you wished to dial, you could leave your finger in the hole as you pushed it around in a circle to its dial position and then back, or you could push it around in a circle to its dial position and then remove your finger so that it circled back to its original position on its own. The boxier telephones' rotary mechanism had an interesting sound to them as the dial whirred back into place on its own.

Using a rotary dial made placing a call a little longer endeavor, but phone numbers weren't as complex as they are today. In the days before area codes, we simply dialed five digits when I was growing up. Even though our three-digit prefix was EL6 (for Elmwood 6), or later 356, we simply dialed 6 and then the last four digits of the local number. For the longest time, our home phone number was simply 6-8231.

Using the phone surely wasn't like today where people are on their phones while they're walking, driving, shopping, dining, taking care of their children, standing in line at the store, or while supposedly conversing with others in the same room. Using the telephone was rather an event back in the day when households had only one phone. Even without a party line, all of the family members would have to share the use of that one phone and that meant that teenagers couldn't hog the device. 

While it's ultra-convenient to have this whiz-bang, modern technology in the palm of our hands, there was something lovely about having to share a party line or at least a telephone and to put it into its perspective in our lives. We can never go backward, but it would behoove us now and again to take a break from our phones and other technological devices -- even if only for a few hours, and give ourselves time to truly exist, to be present to each moment, and to give our full attention to where we are, who we're with, and what we're doing. Try it, and see how it feels.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Affirming Words: Embrace Who You Are

Consider adopting these Affirming Words for this month. Say them often to yourself -- whenever you see yourself in a mirror, when you get out of bed to start the day, whenever you need a little pick-me-up:

My goal is to find my authentic self. 

I embrace who I am and I do so with enthusiasm and love. 

I live a life that is congruent with my values and my self-worth.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: See the World with Wonder

See the world through the eyes of wonder. Each day holds the possibility for beauty and joy.

Think back to when you were a child. Everything felt new, exciting and amazing! It was easy to see the world through the eyes of wonder back then.

As we grow up and older, however, our eyes can become clouded due to the haze of commitments, obligations, disappointments and distractions.

What, if just for today, you shed those lenses of adulthood, and viewed the world instead with amazement and wonder? How might your day be shaped if everything and everyone were viewed with such affirmation and attention?

Today, set aside some time to look at your world in new ways. What might you see and how might you feel?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Be Authentic.

Be authentic. Be the real you. You’ll be content and the world will be blessed with your uniqueness.

It’s easy to get caught up in the expectations and trappings of life and, consequently, lose sight of who we really are and what we really value and want in life. 

Always be true to yourself, even when forces may try to sway you otherwise. When you are your real self, you don’t have to worry about adopting other ways of being. You will always honor the sacredness of you.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Bloom and Grow

Bloom, grow, and be the best you can be. Every day offers opportunities for learning.

When we’re open to receiving new information and perspectives, our ways of thinking change and we grow in positive ways. In this new year, in what areas would you like to bloom and grow? Are there books you’d like to read? Are there classes you'd like to take? Are there places you’d like to visit? Is there a new skill you’d like to acquire? 

Allow this post to be your invitation to explore opportunities for learning new things in this new year. 

What first step might you take today to begin that exploration?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Be the Light

Be the brightness in someone’s day.

At this time of year when daylight is just beginning to increase, we still find much of our 24 hours shrouded in darkness. 

That’s the perfect opportunity to provide light to others. Your bright disposition, kind gesture and good word will be a gift to others.

Rise and shine!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

What Do You Wish for Your New Year?

The start of a new year is an exciting time, one to reflect on the previous 365 days and also to dream of what will take place in the next 365. What do you wish for your new year? 

I believe that our own positive energy has the power of attracting more positive energy into our lives. One way to stay positive is to engage in self-love and self-respect by speaking well of ourselves and to ourselves. I particularly like the use of affirmations. 

Here are twelve to consider using in this new year:

1.  I know with confidence what I consider to be achievement and success.

2.  My hopes and dreams that have been protected deep inside of me are now manifesting themselves in exciting and new ways.

3.  I assess as I go on this amazing journey, setting priorities and looking ahead.

4.  I embrace who I am with enthusiasm and love.

5.  I ensure that my relationships are healthy, trusting and nurturing.

6.  I radiate love from within and without. The more love I give, the more love I feel in return.

7.  My world is filled with generosity, goodness and kindness. My heart is blessed beyond measure.

8.  I take care of my mind, body and spirit as a high priority in my life. My well-being is important to me.

9.  I dedicate time to silence as a gift of renewal.

10. I take positive action with ease.

11. I'm calm and at peace.

12. I freely tune into my heart, and I like what I hear.

You might adopt one of these affirmations for each month of this new year, saying that affirmation aloud to yourself several times per day. You might also write them down, as one woman told me that she was going to do, place them in a jar, and then pull one out each day to say to yourself.

Use this new year as a time of exciting anticipation as you shower yourself with positive energy and then cast that positive energy out into the world. Happy New Year!

Affirmations excerpted from my book, Find Your Heart, Follow Your Heart: Get to the Heart of What Matters and Create Your Abundant, Authentic, Joyful Life, published in July 2017 by Balboa Press. Available in hardcover, softcover and e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Balboa Press and other fine retailers.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday: Clean Slate

Happy New Year! The turning of the calendar to a new year offers many new possibilities!

As something new in my new year, I'm starting Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday, a bloglet—a short blog post—that will post every Monday morning as a positive, pick-me-up for your new day and week. I'll share the link to each Fresh Thoughts for Your Monday installment on social media and will look for your feedback to see if the messages are contributing positively to your day and week.

Also, bookmark this blog and check back frequently for other little surprises throughout the year! You'll find Affirming Words, Seasonal Sprinkles and more. The goal of this blog is to provide uplifting, centering words to help you make time to be.

Keri Olson


Just as the fallen snow tidies up the landscape, making everything pristine and bright, the new year offers us an opportunity to clean our own slates, think anew and look positively at the possibilities in our lives. 

What does this new year, new week and new day mean to you? What tidying up will you do in your life? What new adventures will you explore? What change in perspective will you adopt?

It's a new year! Clean the slate! Set the stage for good things to happen in your 2018!