I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve sent out a “clean up week” newsletter encouraging you to do a little housekeeping. I used to do this at least twice a year. So, this week, it’s time to make a space, enjoy some “visual clarity,” and inspire new growth in your life.
It’s late January and our Christmas tree is still standing proud. This year, because of a delayed family party, the tree stayed up after the holidays and this week I’ve decided to keep it up indefinitely.
Today is the last day of a much-needed vacation. After a year of full-on travel, I decided to give myself the gift of downtime. No airplanes. No emails. No phone calls or meetings. Just lots of rest, daydreaming, relaxation, movies, reading good books, sleeping late, laughter, and long, lazy visits with friends.
This summer I'm falling in love with life. After a very busy year in 2012, I'm enjoying being home more, giving time and attention to the things I say I value, and deepening my relationship with myself by exploring new ways of expressing my essence and creativity.
While cleaning out old files last week I came across an article from Money Magazine about the secrets of achieving your money dreams (even on a modest income). The article focused on the strategies of people who had created a net worth of one million dollars or more. The common denominator in each success story was the commitment to pay careful attention to how they spent and invested their money. As a result, every person had acquired a high level of financial self-esteem – the key to creating and sustaining wealth.
A winter period in life is a time when we’re invited to stop and pull inward (regardless of the actual season). Like a plant that goes dormant in the cold and darkness, there are times when we, too, need to go dark for a while in order to grow.
This morning I watched a recorded segment from an Oprah Show that told the story of a woman, Angela, who prayed with a young man who attempted to rob her at gunpoint while she worked behind the counter in her office. I imagine many of you may have heard about the story. Out of fear and desperation, she begged the man to spare her life and then started praying out loud asking to be protected.