Category Archives: personal growth

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The Secret of Life

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When people hear your name, what “one thing” comes to mind? Continue reading

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What Happens When You Leave “NOW”

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Obstacles have meaning. Continue reading

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The Irony of Life, Part 34: Moving 3 times in 3 years

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Beware of house appraisers and insurance adjusters when you buy a house. Continue reading

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New Year: A Time to Contemplate Beliefs

Why I’m no longer the seeker I was when the story of my awakening experience (told in the Burnout to Bliss series) happened almost 30 years ago. Continue reading

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Beginnings

Discovering life purpose begins with “pick a lane,” what I mean is that the manifesting rules have changed, and we literally can do whatever we want. Continue reading

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Christmas: A Time to Contemplate Beliefs

We are here to co-create for the love of it, to have no attachment to the outcome, to surrender the outcome to God. Continue reading

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Ask the Angels and Ascended Masters

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We are surrounded by angels, ascended masters, and others who want to help us. This is a story of my personal experience. Continue reading

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More Gratitude!

Gratitude and giving thanks, a daily routine for me, makes a huge difference in my life. Continue reading

Gratitude

There was a sign in this town by a car wash for the past several weeks that said “Give thanks” as if we should do it only in November for Thanksgiving.  I disagree.   I think we should practice gratitude and give thanks every day.

One morning when I walked the trail, a guy coming towards me stopped, put leashes on his big dogs, and then stepped off the trail.  When I got close enough, I asked him if he did that for me. He said “Yes” and I replied “Thank you,” and then told him how I used to run a mile on a dirt road with a dog leash in each hand, so my dogs could run with me.

On my way home, I stopped at Walmart to get cat food and kiwis. After putting them in the car, I couldn’t see where to take the cart.  A young gal had her cart and said “I’ll take it for you.”



Every day I walk the trail (every day it isn’t raining), I practice gratitude.  One item that always comes up is being thankful for the kind and generous people in Heber Springs, AR who have helped me. 

During the first and second years, I expressed gratitude for my Fabulous Four (girlfriends in different states and Canada) who listened to me while I talked about how hard it was to live here where everything, and I mean everything, is different from Durango, Colorado.  In this small town in Arkansas, there are no organic grocers (!), technology is old (the Rx I got for my glasses was the same Rx I got in Durango in 2018!), and the climate is humid whereas Durango is high desert with zip humidity, and in Durango, I had to drive 15 minutes to get an MRA whereas here I have to drive more than an hour to get one.  Even the light here is different. 

I express gratitude for my first friend, Ron Gillespie, the man who built the house I live in with his son. He always answers my questions—not only about the house but about doctors and more.

I give thanks for the couple who brought me here, Rod and Carol Balderree.  They found a rental for me in Heber Springs when there were none in four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona) because of the Pandemic.  Rod took me on a drive pointing out things of interest, drove me to Searcy so I could buy something that the local Walmart didn’t have, and fixed some

things I didn’t know how to fix despite being the property maintenance girl in Durango when I had the triplex.

Carol showed me where all the trails were and even walked them with me. She bought some pickle ball racquets and got her friend to teach us how to play.  Rod and Carol let me go to the lake in their pontoon boat twice my first year; Carol and I swam to a big rock and back.  Carol took me to the swimming pool in the Community Center and introduced me to a class of women doing water exercises.  They answer my questions about this strange place that reminds me of Durango in 1976 except Durango had an organic grocery even then.

These are just a few of the things I am grateful for.  I give thanks constantly and I practice gratitude every day.

If you have a challenge thinking of what to be grateful for, you might benefit from reading this book about gratitude by author Maria McMahon which is free on Amazon: A Pocketful of Thank You: 9 key areas to bring joy, harmony, health, wealth & happiness into your life (see link below to get your free copy).  It’s the book I read years ago that taught me to have gratitude for everything.

Till next time,

Please be kind to everyone you meet, for we all have our hidden sorrows. ~Tzaddi

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Healthy Boundaries . . .

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Deborah O’Conner’s newsletter about Saturn Retrograde (effective into July 2013), suggests that we spend some time reflecting on what supports us, what drags us down (my words, my interpretation).  This wonderful Infographic  reminded me not only of that, but also … Continue reading

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Why Don’t They Apologize?

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Offering an apology doesn’t come easy when you’re the one who’s made a mistake or done something wrong. Yet those two simple words, “I’m sorry,” go a long way to making amends and restoring a relationship. Continue reading

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Do You Believe We Are All Connected?

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One’s ability to “trust the process” to resolve hurtful feelings of conflict with another person depends on one’s ability to trust that we are all, in fact, connected.  Continue reading

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The Piano: A Story of Answered Prayer

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Sometimes, we let go of things we loved so we can go on another adventure. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Jon Barron re’ Osteoporosis

This could be my last article because Word Press (WP) “edits” what I have written and in some cases deletes articles I have published. But if you have osteoporosis, you should read this before it’s deleted by WP. Continue reading

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Sleepless in Arkansas, Part 11: “How to Go Back to Sleep When You Wake Up at Night”

The most prevalent form of insomnia is called sleep maintenance insomnia, and it can cause multiple nighttime awakenings, so having a strategy for this situation can be helpful before it gets to be a full-blown sleep disorder. Continue reading

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Raise your vibe: Practice feeling good now!

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We get more of whatever we think about most of the time. Continue reading

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Sleepless in Arkansas:  Part 5, Vitamin Deficiencies

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Vitamin deficiency can affect not only your sleep but your memory. Continue reading

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Death Cafe in Durango

Dying and coming back to life at age nineteen was an experience that changed my life forever. Continue reading

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About Talking

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Focus on what you’re being and doing and let others be and do what they choose to “be and do.”  If someone chooses to “act out” we don’t have to respond or take offense. We can just allow them to be who they are. Continue reading

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Which Side Are You On?

The world is currently experiencing an opportunity to change for the better.  “The ugliness we’re experiencing is an educational tool for the evolution of consciousness — just as Hitler was.” We have a choice on which side to support: Evil? Or Good? Continue reading