Office After Hours

This is my small, home office, viewed from my couch after work, where I work from home.

  
I am enjoying seeing it from a different perspective, after dinner and dishes, just relaxing and doing nothing while the day light turns to night. I haven’t turned on the lights yet and like watching and feeling the transition of time changing and passing, but now it’s starting to get too dark and it feels weird to sit in the darkness.

 Let there be light.

 
When I illuminated my messy desk, I noticed that love surrounds me that I didn’t notice before. There is a heart shaped stand that holds a picture of my family. There is a glass blown heart that I received on a trip to Cabo with my BFF and there is a heart shaped frame holding a picture of me and my honey. I like this space, and like it even more now that I am seeing it from a different perspective.

What does your space look and feel like? Do you like the place where you spend many of your waking hours? What can you do to make it enjoyable? 

nAMaste BeLoveRs

Stanford Dish 

  
My BFF came to town today to spend the day with me. We decided to go back to our old stomping grounds to hike the Stanford Dish.

It was a gorgeous day and so great to be outside walking and talking and catching up.

I am thankful that I have a flexible work schedule and that my kids are now capable to get home from school by themselves.  This is a perk of having big kids, that I never dreamed of.

I am thankful that my friend took the time out of her busy life to come and see me. I’ve missed her and love how we just flow together like we’ve never been apart. Come back soon! Miss you already.
Life is good.

Gifts Not Gaps, Connection vs. Conflict

These are the words that I repeat daily in my mind and out loud with my family. 

Today my husband said the words, as if they were his original thoughts. This is a huge compliment. They stuck and mean something to him too and I loved this moment.

I sometimes have a tendency to focus on the gaps, the little things that frustrate me, instead of the gifts that my family bring to my life. I want to stay in the space of creating connections and happiness and seeing the gifted moments and living happily ever after, day by day. When I focus on the gaps, I get stuck in a negative place and I don’t like that. So this is a daily practice to overlook the gaps, to let go, and to get back to joy as quickly as possible.

When my kids are arguing with each other, I ask them if they are creating connections or conflict with one another and if they don’t answer with connections, I ask them what they can do to create a connection instead of a conflict. It empowers them to choose and to take ownership of their actions and to focus on creating peace, just as soon as possible. Our goal is to create happiness and to take care of each other, all the time. 

This is how we find and create happiness day by day.

  
Choose peace.

Choose love.

Choose gifts.

Choose connections.

We get to choose every day!!

What will you choose tomorrow?

nAMaste

  

To React or Not?

Today I practiced reacting slowly and intentionally without emotion attached to the reaction in response to events.

I practiced explaining my thoughts and considered the other person’s point of view as equal to mine. I considered  and acknowledged their intentions before reacting with mine. I created space for connections and didn’t overthink and flowed with what came our way. By not reacting and adding fuel to possible conflict, there wasn’t any conflict. I was part of the solution. a-ha.

This was a good, a-ha moment! I want to continue to practice this one. It’s harder than it sounds, especially when I want to be right. Don’t we all?

nAMaste

Wine or Work Out?

  
Tonight I chose to work out instead of relaxing with a glass of wine or ice cream. It was a tough decision, but I’m smiling now. I bet I’ll sleep better too! I put on my work out clothes this morning with the  thought of working out first thing and the day slipped away. I’m glad I still had my running shoes on after the dinner dishes were done and made my way to the garage instead of the couch. Baby steps…or actually 3.53 miles!  Yay, for the little changes.

What little changes did you get to make today?

Wishing you well. 

Goodnight. xo