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guitar

“Fall down seven times, get up eight.”
-Japanese proverb

I’ve been trying to play the guitar proficiently since I was in high school. I’ve had four teachers scattered over the years. I’ve read books and studied YouTube series. At several points along the way, I put the guitar down and walked away, too frustrated to keep hacking away at it. I even sold my only guitar at one point. For a long time, I’d make incremental progress but never enough consistently to feel like I was getting anywhere. Have you ever felt that way about something?

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2014 Word of the Year

IMG_2536As many of you know, every year, instead of creating a list of resolutions to make (and then shortly thereafter break) each January, I find a word of the year to focus on. I’ve been doing it maybe five or six years now – it’s not my original idea by any means; I’ve seen lots of people who embrace this tradition. It’s a powerful one so I encourage you to try it.

One of the reasons I like the word of the year concept so much is that it’s not much to remember. I really don’t have space in my brain for a new list of things to be mindful about every year. So I give myself one word. It becomes my mantra, my meditation, my touchstone. And even then, sometimes I go weeks without thinking about my word. But when I come back to it, I always find I have a deeper understanding of how that particular word plays out in its many forms in my life.

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Hashtags or Hashbrowns for Christmas

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Twas the night before Christmas
The topic was stress
Two bloggers were writing
Their posts still a mess…

  

To: Karin@Let’sGrowLeaders
From: Regina@CreativelyConscious
Re: Christmas

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Hey Karin. Merry Christmas! Can I stop by and bring you some breakfast?

  

To: Regina@CreativelyConscious
From: Karin@Let’sGrowLeaders
Re: Christmas

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Thanks, but I’m on a deadline.  #toobusy #nostresseating

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True Gifts

gifts“The only true gift is a portion of thyself.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don’t know about you, but the holidays are such a peaceful, relaxing time for me. I find that I simplify my schedule, breathe deeply and appreciate all the amazing moments that happen this time of year.

OK, I just laughed so hard at that first paragraph that I spat water on my keyboard and fell out of my chair.

I know that for most of us, this time of year means more items on our to-do lists, additional deadlines and a frenetic pace that leaves us exhausted by the time January 1st rolls around.

Now I get that almost none of us can give up a certain amount of material gift-giving.  But I think we sometimes forget how much those intangible gifts really mean to the people around us.  So without trying to add to your obligations, here are a few true gifts I think we can all manage:

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10 Things I Took Away from NaBloPoMo

keyboardSo my month of daily posting is over. For those of you who don’t know, I was participating in The National Blog Posting Month Challenge, otherwise known as NaBloPoMo. The challenge is to write and post a blog entry every day during the month of November. I made it 25 out of 30 days. Not bad for a first attempt.  It’s been a good month generally and it was definitely a learning experience.  Some were new lessons, some were reminders of things I already knew but could use some reinforcement. Here’s what I took away from the month: Continue reading → 10 Things I Took Away from NaBloPoMo