A Handwritten Note

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I woke up this morning, took a glance at my phone and turned it off. Yesterday was not a pretty day at work, so this morning I took some time to manage my state. To let go of yesterday and stand firmly in today.

I sat down and wrote the Morning Pages. I learned about the Morning Pages one year ago, and this morning, they helped clear my mind.

The Morning Pages are handwritten in a notebook and I noticed something as I was writing. I had to pause and think how to correctly spell some of the words. The ‘i’ and ‘e’ rule of grammar ran through my mind. While typing, spell check takes care of the misspellings and I’ve obviously become dependent upon that.

I kept writing. The pages aren’t supposed to be perfect. They are called the Morning Pages because they capture those ‘first thing in the morning thoughts.’

Maybe you journal. If so, I encourage you to continue to do so. Writing by hand is a gift. The up and coming generations aren’t learning cursive writing, but cursive writing is a beautiful thing. I write encouraging notes to friends and mail them at random. The note blesses them and me, because they always point out the handwriting.

If you would enjoy a handwritten note, just send me an email. (Letitgocoach@gmail.com) Include your name, mailing address and an area where you need encouragement, and I’ll mail you one. There’s nothing quite like receiving a handwritten note.

Wait For It

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I forced myself to stop Blogging.

When I challenged myself to post a Blog a day in December, over time I hit a stride. That groove of posting everyday became a daily ritual, but was it fulfilling?

On into January, I was still posting everyday, but began to slow the pace. After posting The Mindless Activity I made the decision to stop for one week. That’s not easy once an action becomes ingrained.

It was as if I had created a new daily habit, but I don’t wish to become a daily Blogger.

I thought about it everyday, but told myself to wait. I’d hit the pause button and let the Blog ideas go. I knew from past experience not to pause too long. It’s very difficult to come back to it, with that struggle of paused to restart.

Some wait too long and don’t come back. That’s not for me, but I do want to hit a stride that works. Timing means a great deal while writing. To wait for that stillness, that deafening silence once the dust settles from the day or the week. Even if it drops to once a week, I’m going to wait for it.

The Mindless Activity

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The best ideas occur while showering.

They used to form while vacuuming, but this house doesn’t have any carpet, so the vacuum isn’t used often. While washing dishes is another good mindless activity.

These are things we do without thinking. They don’t take concentration, so the mind has room for an idea to surface.

In my case, I was showering when the idea popped into the forefront of my mind. The idea was not new. I’ve done this same idea 15 years ago. It doesn’t have to be new to be good. The great thing about doing it 10 or 20 years later, is what I learned the first time.

With age comes wisdom.

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With age also comes hesitation.

My daughter and I have had an electric dishwasher in every house we’ve lived in. They never get used. There’s something about using your hands that releases the idea. The best ideas occur when we’re not thinking. Dreams of the heart don’t leave, they get buried.

Maybe this explains my love for the Chemex. Using my hands to bring about the first cup of coffee. Look around and see what you can do with your hands. We’re not looking for new, because God always starts at the beginning. What’s on your heart that’s waiting to begin?

Use your hands in a mindless activity.

Defy All Logic

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When I’m being a Virtual Assistant during the week and need instant inspiration, I pull up Pinterest. It knows what I like and displays a soothing meme within seconds. Gotta love that stalker algorithm. 🙂

Pinterest is good to me and for me.

I saw this and it resonated.

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When I have an idea and begin thinking logically, soon the idea is easily dismissed. Here’s what I do to stay away from logical thinking.

I pray/ponder the idea for three days.

Wait for peace to become an anchor.

Lay out the steps and start doing.

Create or gather the material needed to bring the idea into reality. Hold on tight as I step out in faith. (That is the scary part) My God is not big into logic. When He calls my name to do something, He knows it’s gonna be done to the best of my ability. (Even scarier part)

The most important thing I do is what I don’t do. I don’t tell anyone, except my daughter, about the idea. I don’t seek advice, or encourage opinion about it. When I have a good idea that makes me nervous, it’s already planned.

Live a life that’ll defy all logic.

Because I’m Happy

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There’s no more Christmas decor on the coffee bar. I took it down and packed it away yesterday. The Christmas tree is still standing. Not quite ready to give up the ambiance of the tree. It gives the room a cozy glow.

There’s not a lot of rules in my life.

I bought flowers today for no reason.

I don’t need a reason. Did I put off packing away the decor? No lovely, I was still enjoying it, until I wasn’t, and that’s when it was time to pack it away.

My daughter is concerned the tree may still be standing in June. It won’t last that long, but it’s still drinking water, so it looks good. It brings me joy, until it doesn’t and I’ll let it go.

My first thought was how bare the coffee bar looks without the decorations, but then I saw one of my favorite signs.

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When I saw it, I wondered if people had to look for reasons to be happy? Are they spending more time looking at reasons not to be happy? Some people are more comfortable not being happy. They’ve been unhappy for so long it feels normal, and they don’t know how to feel any other way.

Focus on what’s wrong, or find what’s right.

There doesn’t have to be a reason. It’s a choice. When my mind begins looking for reasons to be happy I simply respond, because I’m happy.

Better Than Good

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A simple question we’re often asked is, “How are you?” How do you respond? Your response determine’s how you feel. Rise above the feeling of ‘okay’, to good. If you feel ‘good’, say, ‘great’ and on up. Be better than good.

An excellent read by Cristian Mahai, When Okay Is Not Enough.

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You Be You

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In Walk like Wind, I wrote about my hesitation of being tall. That’s what I was really getting at with yesterday’s post. Wearing the boots make me even taller, but I’m embracing it.

We are each uniquely made, so we don’t have to try and be different. We already are.

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I came home to a vase full of sunflowers sitting on the table. I saw these the other day at the market and thought about buying them for my daughter. They have always been her favorite flower, but now that she’s 20, I thought she may have outgrown them and didn’t buy them.

Her father had the same idea, and he bought them for her. There’s still that little girl inside of her that loves them. Where’s that kid inside of you? What do they still want to be? You’re not too old and your time hasn’t passed.

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It’s time to embrace that unique quality and you be you.

Wear the Boots

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Believe in yourself. Sounds good, right?

That’s where it all begins. What we think of ourselves is how we perceive ourselves. To those who feel they have no control over their life? You control every thought, word and action.

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Let’s get started.

I wore my cowboy boots today.

It’s been at least a year since wearing them. I became comfortable in other shoes.

Go ahead. Take a look at what you’re wearing from head to toe. It even matters what you’re wearing underneath the clothes.

How do you feel?

How you feel is how you represent.

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I used to wear this pair of Luchesse’s so often, I had to have them serviced every year. You don’t throw these away. You have them rebuilt.

I held many excuses not to slide these boots on again. All of my boot-cut jeans were worn out. I didn’t have the right socks. They are dusty and need a good polishing. At least they didn’t need servicing, but it was from lack of wear.

Found jeans on sale and bought them. Told my daughter I needed socks and she gave me my favorite socks for Christmas.

Starting today my darling, I will wear the boots.

Believe in Yourself

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I’m happy for the New Year, but then it was pointed out, it’s a also new decade. I’ve been on this earth for five decades and heading toward six!

A fellow Blogger left a comment that he had already missed an opportunity this year. It’s an event that occurs every New Years day where he lives, and he didn’t participate.

There are no missed opportunities.

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People are under the misconception at this age, life is coming to a close. They say, “Start planning for retirement.”, but what am I retiring from? Life? I have no plans for retirement. I plan on encouraging people until my last step home.

Someone may have told you, “You’re too old.” That’s not true. That’s their perspective and it doesn’t define you. A lot of people don’t want to have a successful life and they don’t want you to have one either. As long as you have breath in your body, you have a purpose.

There are no missed opportunities.

If it’s truly meant for you, it’ll come back around. I’ve seen it take 10 to 20 years to come full circle, and at this age, I’m ready.

First, you just have to believe in yourself.

Get After It

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Last August, I went to the beach.

It was a business trip offered by one of the companies I work for. The company chartered a boat with a Captain to take us fishing. It was the inspiration I needed for this year.

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My daughter.

Captain Wes explained how it works.

He cast the lines and we had to watch the tip of the rod. If we saw it bend, we were to grab the rod and pull hard. That embedded the hook and then we had to reel it in fast. Captain Wes would see the rod bend and yell at us to, “Get it, get it, get it, get it, get it!”

I still hear him yelling at me.

I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! Captain Wes reminded me that fishing is similar to reeling in anything we want to achieve.

Yesterday, I saw this mug and bought it for afternoon tea. You know I don’t need one more mug, and it wasn’t even about the mug, but what it said on it. I need to see this everyday.

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You know that dream you hold in your heart?

It’s time to get after it.