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On Being Guided + My Word of The Year

As I was reflecting on not making any new year’s resolutions, I decided to pick a word for the year instead.  I feel like picking a personal word  as a theme is a powerful statement;  It’s a way of setting the tone for what I want.  I’m committing to letting this one little word show me what I need to know this year.

Have you ever felt like you’re being ushered along your path in a certain way?  I experience this all of the time.  It’s not only a gut feeling I get about what choices to make, but it’s also the signs that appear all around me like magic.

If you allow yourself Because of that, my word for this year is: Guidance.

And I’m not just talking about the typical best-friend-or-parental-advice-type of guidance, I’m talking about guidance from my own inner compass as well.  I want to be guided by my heart and feel my way through it.  I want to be guided by signs I get from my everyday life, because those moments can often be the most powerful–sometimes the easiest and best path is what is right in front of me.

When I hear a stranger’s kind word, a nostalgic song or see a cardinal in the yard, I know there’s a message for me there; I just need to tune in to the moment and figure out what it is.

And at times, I can feel almost crazy at the uniquely, bizarre guideposts that pop up:

~ Like when I was feeling a little homesick for the US while climbing Mt Fuji and then ran into a college friend halfway down my descent of the mountain (yes, in Japan!)

~ Or when I happened to find a Nepalese surgeon to help me when I was in dire straits in a village halfway around the world.  He was trained for a short time in NYC and his brother lived only 30 minutes from me in NJ (of course he did.)

~Or how geese  fly over my head when I’m outside and having a particularly sad moment of missing my mom.  She loved geese + I know it’s her way of saying hi.

Those experiences showed me I was being seen + helped along the path I was meant to go.

Signs are everywhere.  They are my guidance.

This is going to be a big year for me.  For my art, my relationship + the dreams I’ve had–they’re coming into full bloom.  I’m going to need the support and strength of an open heart + mind through all of this, so I’m really excited about being guided.

I can’t wait to see what the universe has in store for me.

How about you?  Do you have one word that seems to call to you this year?  I’d love to hear what it is.





On Being Guided + My Word of The Year2018-03-29T20:23:13-04:00

Don’t be a drone. {And I’m not talking airplanes.}

If you live a repetitive life, it gets pretty easy to tune out altogether. Don't be a drone! Tune in to your life to get more out of your day.I was getting on the elevator this morning at work and as I was about to glaze over into my own senseless mind chatter, the man next to me started making small talk. He was talking to me in the elevator; Aren’t people usually awkwardly silent in those things?

This gentle man was holding a bouquet of flowers and commenting about how they were blooming so beautifully in his garden, that he wanted to bring some in for his secretary.  Seriously? How nice is that, I thought.  I was so grateful to him for waking me up in that moment.

I know that the repetitive motions of my daily life make me tune out.  The ease of life’s daily tasks can make it simple to go on auto-pilot day in and day out like a drone.  But does that mean I am really living?  

There are some daily tasks that I know I automatically just tune out of. Driving for one: sometimes I don’t know how I got from one place to the other.  You too?  Getting ready for work in the morning is another: Shower, do hair, apply makeup, eat breakfast, find keys, pack gym clothes, fly out the door.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

What’s scary is that if we live that auto-pilot-repetitive-life, it gets pretty easy to tune out altogether.  Just going through the motions, letting only emergencies or surprises break us out of the spell of monotony.

We end up living life mostly in head space rather than interacting with others.  The conversations become one sided and we get lost in the solitaire way of viewing things which can be very isolating.

Your life is happening, don’t miss it.

I know it’s not realistic to always! be! present!  We would have a mini breakdown experiencing every little detail of everyday, but there is a tipping point in living; what if we woke up even half way?

What if we interrupted the mind chatter, those same thoughts that lead to the same result, and really dug in to what was happening in the moment, even just half of the time.  How would that change things?

Here are 3 easy ways to tune in:

  • Start each day with a list of intentions: how you want to feel + what you want to accomplish
  • Set an alarm on your phone to go off during the day and take 5 minutes to think about what your doing + where you’re headed.
  • Meditate.  The more you practice, the more you naturally tune in.

Maybe it would put the spotlight on what we are trying to avoid, aspects of our lives that need to change.  Afterall, that’s generally why we tune out.  And addressing what needs to change can be scary.  But what if tackling those things meant a better way of life?  What if it made us happier and gave us the opportunity to actually truly enjoy our life?




Don’t be a drone. {And I’m not talking airplanes.}2018-03-29T20:23:28-04:00
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