motivational

I am…camping

What you see when camping

What you see when camping

We did lots of this when I was growing up. My favorite memory is when I got to sleep on my own inside our one wheel trailer. My dad made a tent over it. Then I grew too big and didn’t fit in it anymore. My brother got to sleep in the trailer next. We went to parks in northern California. Standish-Hickey State Recreation area was our favorite place to camp at. Each day we hiked a long trail down to the North Fork of Eel River to swim and eat lunch. Several years later they put in a road and campsites on the other side of the river which made reaching the river much easier. I read lots of books during those vacations.

When I got married we spent almost every summer camping, hiking and back packing in Yosemite. I like being to be outdoors in the fresh air. In the summer time we would also ride bicycles around the Valley. It wasn’t so much fun over the memorial day weekend in 1980 because of the Mammoth Lake 6.0 earthquake. Rocks were falling off the walls and onto trails and roads. Some of these rocks were the size of pickup trucks. The park actually closed the exit for awhile to clear and make roads safe to travel on. I remember our family riding bicycles to El Capitan meadow as we had another after shock. I was in the lead and thought the car ahead of me was moving. Turns out I was actually seeing the earth rolling up and down from the aftershock. One winter my husband and I cross country skied out to Glacier Point and camped overnight. It was very foggy as we arrived there but during the night I woke to moonlight. Zipped open the VE24 tent to see a full moon over Half Dome. It was a spectacular sight.

I have lots of fond memories from my camping trips. Like singing around the campfire and roasting marshmallows to make smores. Oh, and let’s not forget the smelly stuff I would lather on to stop mosquitoes from biting. This was especially important during a hike to a lake early one spring in Yosemite high country. And then there is sunscreen also lathered on before hiking. I found how important that was one year as I got the back of my ears sun burned on a hike to Water Wheel falls. I had pulled my hair back into a pony tail and neglected to put enough sunscreen on the that area. Very uncomfortable. Lesson learned.

I think the following John Muir quote is so true. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” – John Muir. Here’s to spending time going home. I am…camping. How about you?

Light hearted Quotes on camping:

“Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.” – George Carlin

Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business. – Dave Barry

I am…patient

My bookkeeping clients are always telling me I am a patient instructor when teaching them to use accounting software. I don’t really notice that I am demonstrating patience but I am able put them at ease by not rushing the training process. Thus they learn with ease. I calmly sit beside them as I instruct and watch them follow the steps to make and record entries within the program. I give them time to write notes is they want to. I do remember one client once that kept talking and talking through the process and part of we wanted to just say please press the enter button so we can move on. I mentally released that thought, took a deep breath and they finished the step when they were ready.

Another way I seem to demonstrate patience is in dealing with the client folder of questions and un-reconciled issues. They put the things that make them anxious in the “Joy Folder” and wait for me to come and quietly resolve them. Putting problems in there makes them comfortable patiently waiting for me to arrive. This folder sometimes include things like a letter from the IRS. That seems to scare them when in most cases I find reading the letter over there is an easy answer to what it all means.

Patience promotes better health. That means it reduces anxiety and helps keep blood pressure under control. Making patience a heart healthy habit that sustains us. I like the sound of that.

Final thought: Where have you demonstrated patience today?

Quotes on patience:
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Saint Augustine

“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow-that is patience.” – Author unknown

“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.” – Ralph Marston

“Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.” – Barbara Johnson

Beacons of Light being honored

National Lighthouse Day honors and commemorates a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and security for boats at sea.

On August 7, 1789, through an Act of Congress, the Federal Government took over responsibility for building and operating our nation’s lighthouses. The government recognized the importance to ships at sea to find safe harbor during fog and storms. Over the years, lighthouses have saved many ships, and an untold number of lives.
Throughout maritime history, Lighthouses have shined their powerful, sweeping lights through the fog and storms, allowing ships of all kinds to find their way back to port during inclement weather. With the advent of radar and GPS technology, lighthouses have taken a back seat in guiding ships to port. However, they remain the universal symbol of safe harbor to ships and communities that rely upon the sea for their livelihood.

The last lighthouse I saw was Point Arena in Northern California. I did not climb up inside as my mother wasn’t able to climb the steps with me.

Lighthouses no longer shine a beacon of safety and security but we can be that beacon of light? Spreading joy and hope to those we find in need. I am…a beacon of light.

Have you been a beacon of light for someone you met or know? I hope so. We can all shine our light and raise the vibration in our community.

Quotes on Lighthouse:

“We are told to let our light shine, and if it odes, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” Dwight L. Moody.

“A fallen lighthouse is more dangerous than a reef.” – Proverb

“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save, they just stand there shining. – Anne Lamott

I am…using my voice

Recently I wrote a letter to CVS. For two reasons the manager at a local store requested we let Corporate know how the store is understaffed. And two I experienced this first hand. There was only one cashier and she was also the manager. So guess what, I had a long wait in line to make my purchases. The cashier/manager was very apologetic about the delay. Oh, and did I mention it was Black Friday when there could be extra shoppers so more staffing might make sense.
I got a nice letter back stating they are immediately looking into the staffing situation. It had a real signature so I figure someone actually read my letter. Additional feedback was that my input will help their efforts to ensure my future shopping experiences are more pleasurable. How CVS has a commitment to service and that they appreciate the opportunity to address my concerns. As a token of their appreciation for my bringing this matter to their attention they enclosed a $5.00 CVS gift card.
Bottom line: I do hope they address the staffing issue at my local CVS. And I am happy I used my voice.

It feels like I live at the top of the world

I know I don’t but I feel closer to the sky. In April of this year I moved from the SF Bay Area to Cool, CA. From sea level to 1700 feet elevation. The last part of trip is up Highway 49 to Cool. The road levels out and space seems to open up with fields. There are no more big hills to climb. The sun shines brightly and I feel closer to the clouds. My heart sings. A smile comes over my face as I take in a deep breath and look skyward. I live off Highway 193 where I do some more climbing to the street where I live. Now though I am among trees, lots of deer and some wild turkey. It is very peaceful place to be. There are several horses and Hazel the donkey down the street. Though I don’t hear her bay. I haven’t seen a bear yet but they are around. Someone in our area left their kitchen window open to find a bear eating the dessert left on the counter. Rule is to keep all doors and windows shut at all times and our pets inside as well. During the hot summer days deer spend the day under the deck at the back of my house.
I feel it is the communing with nature that frees my spirit and makes me feel alive. More in tune and a feeling of feeding my soul. Here is a picture of deer that says peaceful to me. So is there something that makes you feel like you are living at the top of the world?
I am serene

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How to participate without extra expense?

Cling On Moment

Cling On Moment

This year one of my clients decided to have an ugly sweater contest as part of their holiday celebration. I no longer own a Christmas sweater. What was I to do? I considered borrowing my mother’s sweater vest but forgot to pick it up when I visited her on Sunday before the event. The night before the party I got out my bag of holiday socks as I figured I would wear a pair at the party. Then I had a “cling on” moment. I remembered seeing a commercial on TV for dryer sheets to prevent socks and other clothing from clinging to each other. Thus an idea was born to pin my holiday socks on one of sweaters. I made my own ugly sweater. It turned out pretty cute and I was participating without any extra expense.

A fellow in the office used a clothes pin to attach his Christmas stocking at neck of his sweater. His name was on the stocking. Another clever idea. His won 2nd place. No, I didn’t win but I did participate in the fun.

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Expect the Unexpected

On Stage with HookSlide

On Stage with HookSlide

 

Here is what happened when I went to see Joan River’s almost sold out performance at Fox Theater (1300 seats)in Redwood City Sunday afternoon. I originally had a ticket for her Saturday night show (purchased in April) but I wanted to attend Deborah’s Palm fund raiser on the same night. So on Sept 16th I exchanged my ticket for the Sunday show and ended up with a better seat.  5th row sitting in the outside aisle seat. Hook Slide an amazing a cappella group was performing before Joan. They did two numbers and then 3 men from the group left the stage except Jon Pilat, performing on his own. He makes these vocal percussion and booming bass sounds. Another member, Mayank Thanawala came out into the audience and started talking to me. He asked if I was enjoying the show. I said “yes” and then he asked if I would help when Jon finished performing. I said “yes”. The next thing you know he is singing to me and I am up on stage, sitting center stage in a white folding chair while all four men are singing to me. I had so much fun singing along, moving to the music.  They also had me get up and walk towards stage right then back to sit down. One member, Bud Anderson, even sat in my lap for a couple of seconds. After the show some people in the audience were applauding my performance and telling me I did great. I asked a fellow cleaning up on stage if they tape the show and he said no. Then he said he thought I was a plant because I was so much like the gal last night. No tape of my performance but I do have my memory. Oh, and Joan was very funny.

p.s. I can confirm it is true, stage lights only let you see the first row. The rest is blacked out. Thank God the front row was smiling.

pps. I heard from Mayank and he also said everyone thought I was a plant.

Conversation Starter

animal medicine cards

I had a tea party last month and I include a time for sharing after we eat treats and drink tea. Last year the party was in January so we shared the word that expressed our focus/intention for the year.  This year I used a set of animal medicine cards to start a conversation.  Everyone held the cards in their hands, shuffled them and then picked one. Each card has a message written under the animal. The photo I included as part of this blog is of a hummingbird.  Part of hummingbird  message is “Be Joyful”. After reading their message my guests would tell us how the message relates to their life at this moment. We all found the messages to be uplifting.

The author of the Medicine Cards says the cards are used as an advanced tool for achieving personal growth and balanced living. Is there a tool you use for personal growth?

I had a totem painted on my drum

Last year in November I took a class and made my own drum. We used Mexican cowhide. This year I decided to have a totem painted on it. I picked the turtle/tortoise aTotem on my drums my totem.  I thought about the eagle but my son had a land tortoise for several years.  I took care of her when she was first born and was with her the day she died. Her name was Rocket. So I am honoring “Rocket” by having a tortoise painted on my drum.

Here is the meaning behind Turtle as an animal totem:

Turtle is a symbol of longevity, endurance, persistence, and the continuation of life (sometimes against incredible odds). 

It is also a powerful totem for protection because you can withdraw into your shell. Which makes it is an amazing self-defense mechanism.

Affirmation for Turtle Medicine – “I am open to moving with the flow of life that I will find fulfillment.”

How I started your day on an up note

I am…starting my day on an up note.

I was looking out my front door as I heard construction workers arriving next door. What I did see was a hummingbird flying around the yellow flowering Hibiscus by my front steps. It kept flying around the bush and then it landed. I wondered why it would land then it started feeding two babies. When she flew away I tried to take a picture of them but didn’t to get to close. Plus finding their tiny nest was hard as it blends in with the branch. Let’s just say seeing them was an uplifting way to start my day.

Did you know that Hummingbird’s mission is to spread joy? Since hummingbird came to me this morning maybe my message is to give thanks for the beauty in the world and that I am a part of it.

Nest on lower branch with babies

Nest on lower branch with babies.

Have a blessed day.