If you want to get ahead, wait for growth

It’s easy to think of Fall as a time of letting go (we’ll look at that next time), yet it is also a time for planting for the future. Ok, here in Arizona Fall is like Springtime yet for many places this is the time to be thinking ahead to what you would like to have growing in the Spring. Planting bulbs with anticipation of the Spring knowing that all winter you will see no signs of what you have planted.

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Fall is in the air

Fall is in the air (even if the temps don’t show it).  As I was walking outside the other morning, that reality hit me. There is a feeling of Fall in the air, yet the heat of summer is still a reality. This can create some dissatisfaction because you can feel that Fall, shorter days, etc., are happening, yet you are living with the reality that the temperature is still high and Summer isn’t done with us yet.

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What is your relationship with discomfort?

Since this month is all about pondering, here’s what I’m pondering today, as we desert dwellers work and live through yet another hot summer day after a long string of hot summer days: What is your relationship to discomfort? Does the heat of summer carry a lesson for us within? Do the extremes of this season give us an opportunity to learn how to be in other seasons of discomfort? How do YOU move through seasons of discomfort?

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The cost of falling

Growing up I didn’t think my dad was superman, I thought he could kick superman’s butt. I would watch him swing a sledgehammer like it weighed 2 lbs and knock down walls with what seemed like great ease. As an adult I have traversed the Grand Canyon with him multiple times, and I get to watch him toss the grandkids over his shoulder and carry them around the house like it's nothing, playing and running with his grandkids and knowing the wonderful memories he is creating with them.

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Are you reluctant to promote yourself?

I was part of two great conversations yesterday about reluctance around self promotion, letting people know how amazing your program or services are along with sharing with others something you want to celebrate about yourself. I know I have fallen into that place many times in my life. I can talk about someone else’s gifts and offerings but when it comes to sharing how what I do makes an impact on others I just shut down.

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Come ponder with me

I am sitting here looking for inspiration for this week’s noticing after a weekend with two mass shootings.  There are many more eloquent than me writing amazing things about change, hope, pain, injustice and love.  All I’m wondering about is you.  How are you?  What does the reality of violence, unpredictability, deep love and kindness do to you? 

This is a time to stop and ponder. 

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Playing with words

This week I’m trying another video. Our theme this month is all about “Play” and so I’d like us to consider what happens when we play with words. For example, what other words do you think of, or what feelings do you have when you hear the words, “Summers in Arizona”?

Let’s play with those words and expectations!

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Summer Scavenger Hunt

In Arizona, summers are our winters. We are inside our homes and work spaces much more. This means it a great time to look at your home or work in a new way. I use the Summer season to clean out drawers, rearrange furniture or switch whole rooms. Sometimes you know something feels off yet it’s hard to see your home in a new light, so I would like to introduce you to the five elements in Feng Shui and challenge you to a scavenger hunt in your own space.

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Play

I love watching my granddaughter play in the splash pool in my back yard.  One time she had her doll and wanted it to have a boat.  She must have tried 7 different things before she found something that worked.  Each time she had a story attached to what was happening and she was just delighted.  Last night her mom gave her an inner tube that was just a bit bigger than she was and said if you lay on top of it you will find it relaxing.  Well that started an entire series of the tube flipping and all of us laughing as she figured out how to balance on that tube.  Once she did, she felt amazing and confident.

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