My Vision

I want to open a retreat. My current vision is an eco-friendly resort located in the midwest, where guests can enjoy peace and tranquility in an open learning environment, surrounded by nature, featuring healthy food and classes to assist in the journey. The focus would be on wellness and whole living. Those who are experiencing a divorce, new moms, on a personal journey, seeking creative opportunity, grieving a loss, alleviating chronic mild mental illness, or seeking quiet haven would benefit from this space.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

March Madness

I was a cheerleader in high school, but I've never been a really big fan of basketball. I'm more of a football gal. So it amazes me every year - the talk of Cinderella teams, folks arranging their schedule around a game, and team colors flown from flag poles all around.

Nevertheless, it is something to bring us out of the winter slumber, and I'm all for that! The daffodils and crocus bring some color during a time of chills, rain, and yet - the promise of spring.

What is bringing a little color to your winter?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Green Beer - and other odd things

Nothing against St. Patrick or his day, but green beer? Really? At any rate it tastes the same, so I'm good.

It is a good thing to have stuff to celebrate. Whether it be the patron saint of engineers, a new relationship, a couple of pounds off the scale - all these things are little or not so little reminders of the positive things in life. By adding a party, a reward, a celebration, a reason to get out with friends, we add even more value to our triumphs and milestones.

What are you celebrating?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Suicide in the Spotlight

Marie Osmond's son apparently killed himself. Amazingly, many Americans noticed - but only because Michael's mom was famous.

Are we paying enough attention to those we love? What about the neighbor next door? If we inject a little bit of energy ahead of time, can we thwart an attempt? I'm not saying that this is a solution to the world's problems, but caring goes a long way.

In a CNN article on suicide (, the author talks about how friends can help. Alexis more describes how her co-worker, "Ed", saved her life just by stopping by because he was worried about all the troubles she was facing.

There's a popular bumper sticker that says "practice random acts of kindness". It might save someone's life!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring Cleaning

Clear out the cobwebs, dust off the thoughts, get rid of the strange ads attached to my posts...

Perhaps it is time to come back to the crazy idea.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Feelings, Actions, and Characters - Oh My!

How do you know when the way you feel is based upon a "real" interpretation of an experience or if it is colored by your mental illness?

If I take that thought a bit further, what does it mean if you act upon those feelings? Are the actions real or some representation of true self?

As time goes on, and you develop behaviors based on these feelings, does this become your character?

Can reflection, therapy, etc. get you back to your true character?

Monday, April 6, 2009

It Has Been A While

Its been a while since I felt engaged at work, since I felt confident in my body, since my mother called me.

Its been a while since I drove a fun sexy car. Its been a while since my doggie really jumped and bounced around. Its been a while since someone told me I was beautiful.

Its been a while since I was married. It has been a while since I went to church. Its been a while since I played the piano.

What haven't you felt or done in a while? How does it make you feel?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

KISS - Keep it Simple (Stupid)

I need more kisses - the traditional kind and the application of simplicity in life.

My grandma reminds me every Sunday when we talk on the phone that the world is getting too wrapped up in itself. That we all need more time rocking on the porch, drinking a root beer and chatting it up with our neighbors over the hedge. She's on to something...

Many of us are "linked" electronically all over the place - crackberries, cell phones, Internet, blogs, and IM. But are we connected emotionally? Physically? Do we share energy or just electrons?

The price I pay is a sense of being in my own little world - which leads to loneliness. It's just too easy to type a note rather than stop by. But the hard way is more rewarding for my spirit.