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Graduation Gifts

Graduation Day for my oldest beautiful one is fast approaching. Some have asked if I am sad and teary-eyed. My response to that question is a resounding NO! I am so excited for her. She gets to step away from the confines of small town life with its limited choices and enter the big beautiful and limitless world of opportunities.

One of the neatest traditions of graduation is that of giving gifts. We do this for many life transitions including weddings, housewarmings, birthdays, retirement parties, and so on. There is something very special about giving to the one who is about to take a leap that allows us to feel we are helping them on their way. As she moves closer and closer to 7:00 PM on May 29th, I keep thinking about what it is I most want to give to her. So far, the list looks like this:

1. I give her the gift of love. May she always have an abundance of love to give others because the love she has for herself is absolutely overflowing.

2. I give her the gift of open-mindedness. It took me a very long time to acquire this precious item. I share it with her so that she will have the opportunity to experience so much more of life because she can see beyond her own experiences.

3. I give her the gift of intuition. Again, this is one that I’ve only recently uncovered for myself. She is already developing her gift of intuition, and it is serving her extremely well. I trust that she will learn to use it in just the right balance so as to protect herself and serve others.

4. I give her the gift of courage. It takes guts to put oneself out there for the world to judge your talents and abilities. Sometimes that judgment brings some disappointment. Other times it comes with abundant rewards. Both experiences require significant courage. Here is trusting that the disappointments will be blessings in disguise and the abundant rewards will be easily recognizable.

5. I give her the gift of inner peace. The ability to rest quietly in one’s own company and enjoy a bit of solitude is priceless. It is also critically necessary to maintaining one’s sanity and for listening to intuition. Here’s to the ability to quiet her mind.

6. I give her the gift of vision. May she always look forward to both choose and see her destiny and shape it the way she wants it to be. Looking back only attracts more of what one is attempting to leave behind. Forward focus is the only way to travel through life.

7. I give her the gift of everlasting inner beauty. May everyone who crosses her path throughout her life feel as though they have experienced a gift simply being in the presence of such an amazing person as this one of mine.

8. I give her the gift of wisdom. May all of her choices in life be guided by the wisdom of her heart rather than the rationality of her mind.

9. I give her the gift of freedom. While she will always be welcome to visit in my presence, I set her free to become her own person, establish her own family, experience life her own way without criticism, control, or disapproval from me.

10. I give her the gift of abundance. May she always realize that her heart’s desires are fully available to her simply by making her request known and feeling she is already in possession of that which she seeks.

And so it is. In a little over two weeks, she will step up on stage for the last time as a high school student. When she steps down, her life will forever be changed, and there will be no looking back.

 “….and these three remain: Faith, Trust, and Love, and the greatest of these is Love.” Enjoy life, Princess.



I woke up this morning thinking about gratitude. I hear it can really get things rolling in our lives, plus I need a big dose of it, so I decided it would be a great blog topic for my Saturday morning.
I am grateful for snow, even the fine sandy 40 MPH blowing kind. Even it contains moisture, and even it managed to get us out of school 4 hours early. It gave me an entire afternoon and evening with my daughters, which was a ton of fun. It resulted in my husband building a cedar fencepost fire in my wood stove. Nice.
I am grateful for a steady paycheck. There are lots of things I can say about my job both positive and negative, however, I get paid a pretty crazy amount of money to do what I do. Am I worth it? You better believe it. Do I always feel worthy of it? Probably not so much. Would I like to do something different for that amount of money? Definitely. However, it is cool that there are people who feel like I add value to an organization worthy of a good measure of compensation. Besides, I really do have quite a bit of freedom in my job.
I am grateful for family. I have the most wonderful man on the planet, and four absolutely gorgeous and insanely talented daughters. These women are about to take the universe by storm, and they will do it with their daddy wrapped securely around their little fingers. I am grateful for parents, brother, and in-laws who love and support me and my family in all we do. Family is just cool.
I am grateful for a body that is healthy and strong and able to think, build, dig, create, and design.
I am grateful for my small community. It provides a lot of freedom that I haven’t always seen. Heck, where else could I have nine acres with
two horses and 60 chickens inside the city limits and not be bothered by anyone about it? Most people are just grateful the the place is being mowed and cared for. They also like that I share my amazing pastured poultry fresh eggs.
I am grateful for grass, trees, flowers, vegetables, and animals plus the land that supports them. They feed my soul. They also remind me of how amazing our world is in its ability to renew and regenerate year after year. 
I am grateful for cars and gasoline because they provide a means for me to travel to other places to experience rest and view other types of beauty.
I am grateful for (some) stress because it lets me know I am alive and journeying through life.
Finally, I am grateful for a universal provider who has allowed me to be here experiencing all that life has to offer. I am grateful for his promises to grant my desires and his willingness to forgive me when I act in ungrateful ways.
Life is good. What things trigger your sense of gratefulness?

Limiting Beliefs

Yesterday I stumbled on a blog post about limiting beliefs. I tend to think I am totally on top of this area because I have given so much time and attention to the concept of affirmations, positive thinking, visualization, and law of attraction stuff. Yet after reading the post, I realized that limiting beliefs can hide in the crevices of our lives, lurking just under the surface, and then sprout up like bind weeds to choke the life out of our garden of productivity and positive thinking. I of course had to take the opportunity to analyze my own situation yet again to see what might be holding me back.
What I found was not just one or two things, but a really biggie and several lesser contributors. The way I identified my limiting beliefs was by first asking myself, “What isn’t working for me right now?” “What is not as good as it could be?” Those are pretty easy questions to answer: finances and career.
Next question: “What are my perceptions about these two areas of my life?” Again, pretty easy to answer.  I am carrying way too much debt and it feels like I am trapped by it. I have conditioned myself to believe that debt is bad, but I have debt, so I am trapped or imprisoned. I am also “stuck” in a good-paying job and I can not see a way to escape it and move on to something new and more engaging because of obligations to support my family and pay my debts. I have often complained that my job is one in which I am held responsible for things over which I have no power. My office has been refered to as a windowless concrete cell void of life and nature.
Hmm….I am starting to see a trend here. Trapped, imprisoned, concrete cell, stuck, powerless, obligations, escape…all words that imply a very negative situation. Some of my previous blog posts have talked about my craving freedom. I apparently have a limiting belief that my life has somehow imprisoned me and that I have to fight to break free. Everything is a struggle against something that appears to stand in the way of my freedom. Heck, I even feel like I need to break free from the confines of limiting beliefs!
In order to turn things around, I am creating a new belief that says every part of my life, every experience, every debt, every encounter, every person I meet is a powerful step leading me to the next level. I am free to choose. I am free to get up and move. I am free to experience life and everything it has to offer. I am free to make an abundant living doing the things for which I have love and passion. I am free to change directions at any time.
Some lesser limiting beliefs I discovered: “There’s never quite enough of (whatever) to satisfy me so I must binge and hoard while it is available.” This one explains the living paycheck to paycheck scenario and constantly adding debt. It also explains my food fetish. This has now become, “I always have abundantly more than I choose to consume. I give away so much more than I desire to consume for myself.” This applies to money, food, time, and more.  
Another one is that I am not good enough, cool enough, smart enough, talented enough, dedicated enough, focused enough……… be accepted by the people who count….the cool and powerful people. I often think others find me dorky and annoying. Why the heck do I care what they think? Better yet, WHY do I think they find me annoying and dorky? Maybe they feel insecure around me and I misread their withdrawal as avoidance. New belief: I love myself and I am “abundantly more than enough” in all areas of my life.
What limiting beliefs are lying just below the surface in your life? What’s keeping your amazing garden choked back from being its most glorious beautiful productive self?
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