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The beauty of getting older is that not only do you learn more about yourself, but you start sitting still with your feelings a bit more and actually listen to what is going on inside. Things are going really well with my business, but as I get busier, I’m also starting to figure out exactly what it is I want to do with this business.

I’ve tried a handful of things in my adult working life- and NOTHING has felt as right as this. When I started this journey, my intention was just to get a couple of websites of my own online and find the best way to monetize them. Months later I’m now developing websites for other people……and loving it to. Sort of….

One of the things that really drew me to starting an online business was that it didn’t feel like a JOB! I spent a good 15 years in management and tried a few different sales positions. What I learned was that I know I don’t want to be responsible for anyone anymore (employees) and I’m not sure to what degree I want to be responsible TO anyone either. So I guess that’s where the figuring it out comes into play.

A few years ago I would’ve taken some of the frustrations I’m feeling right now and done a number on myself in my head. NOW….I’m just sort of taking it all in and “sitting” with it. While I still don’t know exactly where I’m going with all this (the business), I’m clearly learning what I “don’t” want to do and starting to figure out which direction I “don’t” want to go in……. and the best part is that I’ve realized I don’t NEED to figure this all out any time soon. I’m just enjoying the ride.

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I was listening to the new audio by Abraham-Hicks today (Money and the Law of Attraction) and actually laughed out loud at one of the answers Abraham gave to a question regarding a career choice and the opinion of a ’significant’ other. I don’t remember the question verbatim, but it was one in a line of questions that had to do with finding your life’s work and choosing a career. Before I get to the answer that Abraham gave that made me laugh out loud, I have to add a comment on the “life’s work” question.

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has questioned what it is I should “do” with my life or what my life’s purpose is- and it was great to hear Abraham almost laugh at the notion that we are supposed to have one and only one thing that we want to do with our life. I have NEVER had a definitive idea as to what it was I was supposed to do, I’ve only known that I wanted to do something on my own (there’s a quality of life when you control your time that you just can’t put a price on) and that I need to be able to grow, work with other people, be creative and help people along the way. As I’ve let go of what it is I’m “supposed” to do, I’ve found something that I “love” to do! And for now, that’s enough for me.

The question that was raised to Abraham re: a significant other was that the person wanted to do something different career wise, yet didn’t think their “significant” other would get on board. The first thing Abraham said was that they needed to think about their “significant” other as their “insignficant” other (that was when I laughed out loud). That when we look for the approval of other people, we are not in vibration with what it is we truly want. If we place SO much emphasis on the opinion of other people, whose life are we living anyways? What I have found through much trial, error, heartache and finally peace- is that when you get in alignment with what it is that makes your heart sing (even if it’s not for the next 40 years), the people in your life (significant or otherwise), will get on board with you.

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You know you’re not taking the time for yourself when the little things start creeping up on you and getting under you skin. The day started out really well because I DID take some time for myself- I went and did pilates after dropping the kids off, then went home and got to work. I got a lot accomplished even before I picked the kids up (today was an early day, so pick up was at 1:00pm). It started more in the afternoon- when the phone started ringing off the hook! While I’m usually a “phone” person- for some reason it started making me a little crazy today. Clearly the notion that I don’t HAVE to answer the phone hasn’t sunk in yet. Because my business is picking up and I work from home, I can definitely see that I need to start taking my own advice and making sure that I take some time for myself and set some limits each day.

For some reason it was a little easier during the summer to take an hour out of my day and lay in the pool and read a book. As the weather starts cooling off and I’m getting busier, I think I’m going to have to unplug the phone once in a while and make sure I shut down the work and turn on my personal life (they seem to be getting a little mixed up). Maybe it’s because I have never enjoyed what I’ve done the way I do now (it really never feels like work). But in order to make sure it doesn’t start feeling like work, I clearly need to set some limits. I think I’ll start right now…..by going to bed.

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This was one of those books that I literally could not put down…..and was sad to finish! I read the book a couple of years ago and got so caught up in it that I remember sitting on the couch at my parents house over the holidays- all the kids running around, cooking in the kitchen- typical holiday noise, but I was able to tune it all out and stay focused on this book (I’m not one of those people who can read with music on….unless it’s instrumental). So, needless to say I was really excited when I saw that this movie was coming out.

What made it really great was that I was able to take my daughter with me to see the movie (I knew she wouldn’t be up for reading the book just yet…..she’s still a little more focused on The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants…). The movie was great, certainly not a disappointment, but not as good as the book (but then again, they never really are). Queen Latifah did a great job as May Boatwright, I love watching anything she does, but this was a great role for her. I haven’t watched Read More »

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I’m still on vacation and finished reading the novel I brought with me, so of course I needed a trip to the bookstore so I’d have something to do on the beach after being thoroughly beaten up by the waves. I intended to get another book by the author I had just read, but the other books by her didn’t seem too appealing, so I kept looking. I picked up another book by Paulo Coelho,  The Witch of Portobello. As I was walking up front to pay for this (and the few magazines I picked up), I walked by a table with a bunch of Law of Attraction books and was pleasantly surprised when I saw a new book by Esther & Jerry Hicks and the Teachings of Abraham. This book is called Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness. It just came out in August.

Anyways, I started reading just a little bit of it last night and came across something called the “What-if” game. This is nothing new to me, but when I read about it this time I got a completely different perspective on it. Quite a few years ago when I was talking with my therapist after I lost my husband, I did the whole “What if we hadn’t moved where we did/when we did/ etc. ?”….thinking at the time of course that I had some control over what had happened. I’ll never forget what she said to me (which finally makes sense now….I’m not really a slow learner, just stubborn! :-) ). In a very kind, but direct way she said, Read More »

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You always know as a parent that you want your kids to be happy, and of course when they’re happy, you’re happy. As my kids get older, the moments of pure joy seem to less easy to come by…(not many 11 year olds get as excited about being able to say :”I did it! All by myself!”….the way they did when they were 3) It’s a little easier with my 7 year old, but with school, sports and friends, they get just as caught up in their own day to day doings as adults do. So being able to watch them these past few days has been pure joy for them AND me!

We’re currently in Maui, so it’s not too hard to have a good time here, even if we’re not doing much. We planned this trip months ago with my parents, so it seems a bit surreal that we’re finally here. I’ve taken my kids to the beach before, but it’s in Northern California, so the water isn’t quite as nice as it is in Maui. The first day we were here was absolutely wonderful! I still can’t decide if the kids had more fun in the surf or I did, just watching them SO happy! Watching them get pounded by the waves, then get up, laughing, and then going back for more….pure joy! Yesterday we went to a different beach, with boogie boards (and snorkels) and they did the same thing, only for longer and with bigger waves. The first night after the beach and dinner, I couldn’t find my son (in the condo), only to realize he had put himself to bed because he was SO worn out. Last night he passed out on the couch. Nothing beats a happy, exhausted child after a day playing in the ocean. Pure joy. And I’m so grateful to be able to witness it.

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How I love these thoughts on Whole Living! It seems that each one is totally relevant to what is happening in my life, at that moment! Here’s the next thought from the September issue of Body & Soul magazine, which by the way I realized I hadn’t credited the author yet! The author is Terri Trespicio.

“Worry narrows; gratitude expands. Find ways to celebrate all that you have”. As much as I’d like to think I’ve “let go” of worrying (ha ha), it sneaks up on me when I least expect it. I have a lot going on in my life right now, all of which is good- and this thought on whole living was a perfect reminder about what I have to be grateful for. It’s not just that worrying about things is a waste of energy, it also sends the wrong message to the Universe (as well as my immune system…which is fightly a lovely cold right now) and creates a ‘tightness’ inside that pulls me further away from what it is I want to attract into my life.

The next few days are going to busy, but mainly because I am fortunate enough to be going on a  wonderful vacation with my family next week. It’s certainly something to be gratful for and is coming at a perfect time as well. It’s obvious I need a little break and some down time. I have every intention of just enjoying my time, swimming with my kids, relaxing with my parents and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us.

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