Inspiration


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What is your current living situation like? Do you love where you live?

How does your home environment affect your daily life?

What is one thing you could do today to improve your immediate living circumstances?

Way back in February I knew change was imminent… The Shoebox era was coming to a close… Here is what I wrote about my upcoming move long before I had any idea what it would actually look like… a solid testament to the wonderful ways of manifestation.

“I’m getting ready to move – again… It’s become almost like an annual migration. Like a gypsy, or a bird, or a butterfly… The seasons change, the energy shifts, Arianna gets new wings, new ideas and off she goes again.

Each time I move I learn more about myself, more about my place in the world, more about others, and much, much more about the value of my environment. I’ve experienced a wide, wide variety of living arrangements. I’ve become flexible, adaptable and significantly more adept at knowing what I works well for me and what doesn’t.

I’ve lived alone. I’ve lived with MANY. I’ve lived with men, women, boyfriends, sisters, couples, family, friends and new faces. I’ve had pets, plants, and views. I’ve lived in warm houses, cold houses, trailers, cabins, apartments, college dorms, studios, bottom floors, and top floors. I lived in California, Alaska, British Colombia and Maine. I lived in Ecuador for a month above a jazzercise and a mini-market, with a roof-top kitchen and out-door concrete laundry basin. We washed our clothes under puffy white clouds with expansive views of the city, sharp green mountain peaks, and endless skies.

I’ve been blessed by abundance, serendipity and wonderful connections. Moving has felt scary and exciting, daunting, doubtful and energizing. It has always worked out.  And generally in ways more wonderful than I could ever have imagined.

“The Shoebox” era is coming to a close… In the next few months – by July to be specific – I will be entering a new phase. I want to live in a house. I like living with others. The right roommates. I want to share a home with one to a few who are fun, respectful, healthy, active, communicative, open-minded and willing. I want big windows, bright sunshine, open space, a user-friendly kitchen, a bath tub – a private bathroom would be great! So would a big closet (s). I want cats and a dog (s), a garden to putter in – tomatoes, peas, carrots and squash, herbs, and berries.  I want quiet, peaceful, relaxing, friendly, and comfortable, shared cooking and meals, cleaning duties and chores. I want a fireplace and skylights. Quiet and safe – a nurturing, restorative, easy place to call home.

The Berkeley Hills? Carmel? Monterey? The North Bay? San Francisco?

Where will my next home be?

I love being able to walk out my door for a run or  hike. I love hills and views. I love south facing windows and well-built homes.

I’m excited for the unfolding…  and look forward the change. Thank you!!!”

In July I actually moved. From The Shoebox to The Dream Boat. It’s not in Berkeley or the North Bay, San Francisco, Carmel or Monterey. It not in San Diego or any of the other places I thought I might land. It’s in Big Sur. Can you imagine?!!! Here I am… I had no idea!!! And its perfect!!!

The Dream Boat: On the coast with a peek of the ocean, walking distance to work, hills and views and hikes out my door. Gorgeous big windows. Many. Brilliant sunlight. Abundant. Open space. A lovely little kitchen and a perfectly petite bathtub. It boasts a superb sleeping loft. Cozy and spacious. There is giant redwood deck and earth just calling out to be planted. It is almost everything I asked for and more.

I love it!!! I’m still in disbelief that Big Sur is home. I wake every day in awe that this is where I live. Perfectly, exquisitely grateful for my current abode… I feel so blessed!!!

…Thank you. Thank you. Thank you…

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Disclaimer: I’ve been so deeply immersed in the magic of life I’ve neglected my posts!!!I’m back in ACTION!!!

In May I spent a week in New York with a friend. Weekend 6 was at the Beacon Theater – What a GORGEOUS venue!!! Geenen Roth and Dr. Andew Weil were two impactful speakers. I enjoyed the conversations on body image, body dysmorphia and eating disorders as well as healthy aging and integrative medicine.

There is NO correlation between being thin and being happy!!!

Geenen Roth reminded us that what we resist in some way defines our life and that the way we eat is the way we live.

How you do anything is how you do everything!!!

Dr. Andrew Weil reminded us that we do no have a healthcare system, we have a disease management system.

We spend more than any other country, we pay more and we have less to show for it.

Health is a personal responsibility!!!

Dr. Weil’s definition of Integrative Nedicine:

1. Healing self – the body has a system for healing it’s self down to the DNA molecules.

2. Human beings are whole persons not just physical bodies.

3. All aspects of lifestyle are important to consider.

4. The practitioner/patient relationship is central to healing (That relationship has been destroyed by for-profit medicine).

Weekend 7 zoomed by so fast I could hardly catch my breath.

Did you know that an estimated 120,000 people die per year from medical errors?

Julia Cameron – a favorite author of mine – spoke about the practice of morning pages.

The body is a perfect bio-computer.

If you are eating artificial, chemicalize food you will have an artificial, chemicalized life!

When was the last time you enjoyed a family meal?

What we eat is influenced by who we eat it with.

Where is your food coming from? How many miles has your food traveled to get to you?

Howard Lyman – The Mad (Vegan) Cowboy

If you are a part of the herd all you ever see is the asshole of the guy in front of you.

I deserve to have an AMAZING life!!! I accept it!!! Now!!!

Happy. Healthy. Prosperous. My life keeps expanding!!!

In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you take, but how many moments take your breath away!

– Author Unknown

Have you ever heard of Dr. Mercola? How about Brian Tracy?

Dr. Mercola advertises “the world’s most popular natural health newsletter.” It is chock full of all sorts of tips and information. I noticed one particular article today by Brian Tracy that discussed attitude. I had never heard of this man so I Googled him. It looks like he is a SUPER coach and specializes in helping you achieve your personal and business goals. Have you heard of him? I went ahead and signed up for some of his emails and will keep you updated…

The article that caught my interest was entitled Four Steps to a Super Attitude.

I am a firm believer that we each get to choose how we want to experience our life. Throughout every day we can react unconsciously, or we can choose to respond consciously.

Tracy suggests that we are responsible for our attitude and to achieve the greatest levels of success choose a great one!

When life becomes challenging, are you able to focus on the future rather than the past?

Can you let go of the past and instead focus your energy on how you want things to be?

When you encounter difficulties can you put your attention on solutions rather than dwelling on the problem?

Tracy reminds us that solutions are inherently positive and problems are inherently negative.

Be solutions-oriented and you become a more positive and constructive human being.

Can you look for the positive?

Can you have the mindset that there are gifts inherent to every set of problems?

Can you approach the world assuming the bigger the problem the bigger the gift awaiting you?

Can you find the lesson?

Can you assume that wherever you are, in whatever situation you are in, it is exactly the right place?

Can you see your challenges as opportunities to learn and grow?

You are completely capable of choosing your experience, of consciously creating a positive mental attitude and of achieving whatever level of personal and professional success you desire.

Check out www.briantracy.com and www.mercola.com for more inspiration!

Good luck!!!

Twelve Secrets of Highly Creative Women is a great book that inspires creativity, connection and collaboration. It suggests that to live out one’s creative potential it is imperative to know what one wants.  What do you want? What do you want from life? What do you want to create? How do you want to live your life? What do you value? What are your priorities?

Can you relate to any of these Postive Priorites listed in the chapter Living in Abundance?

1. Time for creative exploration

2. Fulfilling work

3. Encouraging partners, friends, and community

4. Personal growth experiences such as psychotherapy, body work and workshops

5. Nurturing living spaces

6.  Good health including nutrition, meditation, and exercise

7. Continued learning opportunities

8. Self-protection from negativity and toxic people

9. Reflective time such as vacations, health spas, and retreats

10. Spiritual practices and beliefs that support their process

11. Independence in action and thought

12. Solitude as needed

13. Inner security and centeredness

14. Connection with nature and the arts

15. Activities that stimulate inspiration

16. Balance

Are any of these on your priority list? Would you be willing to make more of these a priority in your life?

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Do you LOVE where you live?

How long have you lived where you do? Do you LOVE it? What are your living arrangements like? Is it your HOME? Or is it just the place where you are living? And the location? Is it your HOME town? Do you feel inspired and energized by where you live? Do you find comfort, joy and reassurance or do you long for somewhere else?

I’m getting ready to move – again… It’s become almost like an annual migration. Like a gypsy, or a bird, or a butterfly… The seasons change, the energy shifts, Arianna gets new wings, new ideas and off she goes again.

Each time I move I learn more about myself, more about my place in the world, more about others, and much, much more about the value of my environment. I’ve experienced a wide, wide variety of living arrangements. I’ve become flexible, adaptable and significantly more adept at knowing what I works well for me and what doesn’t.

I’ve lived alone. I’ve lived with MANY. I’ve lived with men, women, boyfriends, sisters, couples, family, friends and new faces. I’ve had pets, plants, and views. I’ve lived in warm houses, cold houses, trailers, cabins, apartments, college dorms, studios, bottom floors, and top floors. I lived in California, Alaska, British Colombia and Maine. I lived in Ecuador for a month above a jazzercise and a mini-market, with a roof-top kitchen and out-door concrete laundry basin. We washed our clothes under puffy white clouds with expansive views of the city, sharp green mountain peaks, and endless skies.

I’ve been blessed by abundance, serendipity and wonderful connections. Moving has felt scary and exciting, daunting, doubtful and energizing. It has always worked out.  And generally in ways more wonderful than I could ever have imagined.

“The Shoebox” era is coming to a close… In the next few months – by July to be specific – I will be entering a new phase. I want to live in a house. I like living with others. The right roommates. I want to share a home with one to a few who are fun, respectful, healthy, active, communicative, open-minded and willing. I want big windows, bright sunshine, open space, a user-friendly kitchen, a bath tub – a private bathroom would be great! So would a big closet (s). I want cats and a dog (s), a garden to putter in – tomatoes, peas, carrots and squash, herbs, and berries.  I want quiet, peaceful, relaxing, friendly, and comfortable, shared cooking and meals, cleaning duties and chores. I want a fireplace and skylights. Quiet and safe – a nurturing, restorative, easy place to call home.

The Berkeley Hills? Carmel? Monterey? The North Bay? San Francisco?

Where will my next home be?

I love being able to walk out my door for a run or  hike. I love hills and views. I love south facing windows and well-built homes.

I’m excited for the unfolding…  and look forward the change. Thank you!!!

What are some things you value in your home environment? Do you live alone or with other people? Do you live in the city? In town? In the country? In a suburb? A neighborhood? A development? Do you have a yard? A driveway? A garden? Do you have pets? Kids? A partner? Do you cook? Clean? What is your ideal arrangement? If yours is not ideal, what can you do today to make it more optimal ?

A few weeks ago I got the crazy and spontaneous idea to run my second marathon. As friends have lovingly pointed out I am not generally of the methodical sort. I tend to operate more like a butterfly flitting from one passion to the next, one beautiful moment to the next, one brilliant bloom to another. But training for a marathon is methodical. And I LOVE it!!! I’ve mapped out my days, my mileages, my regimen. I’ve set weekly goals and am racking up my miles. I feel good. I feel GREAT!!!! And in just a few short months – May 31st to be exact – I’ll be dancing to the 26.2 mile beat of the San Diego Rock N’ Roll Marthon!!! Anyone care to join me?! 😀

Are you a runner?  Tips? Techniques? Equipment recommendations? Places to run in New York City?

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