August 2008

My brilliant friend Lizzie shared this with me! Have you ever heard this acronym?






Are you making choices in your life from a place of fear or are you choosing from faith, from a place of passion, from trusting in the Universe and in the Divine?

Can you step out of your fear and acknowledge the many resources that are available to you right now?

Favorite new website!

The Big Green Purse Shopping Principles

1) Buy less.
2) Read the label.
3) Support sustainable standards.
4) Look for third-party verification.
5) Choose fewer ingredients.
6) Pick less packaging.
7) Buy local.

While scanning through I also noticed a David Bach book I hadn’t seen before…

Go Green, Live Rich

I feel inspired to up the ante… to notice how I’m spending my money…

Where are your dollars going?

Do your spending habits reflect your values?

Are your financial activities congruent with your stated beliefs?

Are you willing to consider others and the planet when you spend money?

What can you do starting today to implement more value oriented purchasing?

In the last few weeks I’ve joined in prayer with Unitarian Universalists, chanted with Kundalini yoginis and wiggled and jiggled NIA style. It has felt good to practice with the divine, to stretch my mind and move my body. I want more…

What are your personal places of worship? Do you have a favorite class or group? What do you do to take care of your body? How do you nurture your spirit?

Camden, Maine

How do you capture sweet summer moments? Do you enjoy recreational activities? Outdoor meals? Do you spend time with family? Friends? Do you enjoy nature? Are you able to relax and immerse in this dynamic season?

What would your ideal summertime look like? How would it feel? Where would you be? Who would you be with? What can you do today to create more of this now, today, wherever you are and whomever you are with?

Where o’ where has our sunshine gone?

Big House

My Petite Garden Abode

The charm of my quaint camper, the feeling of luxury camping, diminishes with day after day of cold rain… Summer sun please grace us again with your soft and tender rays.

I love my current arrangement. It is nurturing, cozy and communal feeling. I love the consistent companionship. It keeps my mental monsters in check. However, after multiple days of gray, wet 50 and 60 degree rain, I long for a room of my own. A warm, bright, quiet space with a big bed piled with soft blankets and pillows. A closet to store my belongings. A bathroom with a big soaking tub and a window with a view. I am enormously grateful for what I have and am reminded that they are appropriate only for summer. Fall and winter are right around the corner…

Harkness Preserve – Rockport, Maine

John, Mary Jane and Miles the Black Golden Doodle

Harkness Preserve

I had set aside this Sunday morning with a plan to attend church. At the last minute, I lost my gumption and decided I wasn’t up for going alone. Church attendance requires company, a friend to make it an adventure, to chat about it later, a social, and connecting event… Instead I enjoyed a quiet, gray, wet morning inside. This afternoon, after yet another nourishing lunch provided by John and the appearance of the sun, we piled ourselves along with Miles into the car and walked the small and forestry trail at Harkness Preserve. This lovely and restorative day was finished with more food a la chef John. My body, mind and spirit are being nourished here in sweet Camden.

Thank you John and Mary Jane for sharing your beautiful home and your beautiful selves with me. You are truly angelic beings and I feel so grateful to have been graced with your presence in my lives! XO

I’m uber-excited. More learning – personal and professional.  I’ve signed up for a certification as a Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. AND Courtney is doing it with me!!! Yay!!!

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