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Finding Me in ease in 2014

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My one word for 2014 - Ease (read all 6 entries…)
learning some key lessons that I missed growing up

it is making life easier – and that will lead to ease. very happy today. very happy.

my garden is beautiful. I never could have imagined it before.

Go to San Francisco by June (read all 3 entries…)
Looking impossible. But I will keep trying

My calendar is filled until mid-July. Maybe late June. We shall see.

host a summer solstice party in 2014 (read all 3 entries…)
This is upcoming in 2.5 months!

SO, I had better get on it. My daughter will be home 2 weeks after this so maybe I wait and make this her coming home party.

Will decide. Maybe a dinner for solstice and a party for her.

That’s the ticket.

make a home (read all 27 entries…)
I have a kick-ass home!

I love love love my new home. More work. More home. Gorgeous home.

I love every view corridor within it. I love ever point of view in it.

I love my new home. I love how comfy it is even as it is spacious.

Cozy, yet grand. Cuddles, yet soars. Oh so full of light everywhere!

Lovely outdoor spaces, too.

It needs some tlc from me, but it is SO HOME~~!

Say "no" every time i feel like it and not feel guilty (read all 5 entries…)
This is hard. If I say no I still feel guilty.

Saying no is still hard.
When I do, guilt is there.

Why is it so hard for me to advocate for what I want?

C’mon! Let’s do this!

use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without (read all 4 entries…)
amazingly using all the food in my refrigerator!

OK. I have always had a bad habit of overbuying and then not using all of my food. Today, I had to fill the fridge, and buy some cleaning pads because – ta da! I had eaten all of the food in my fridge and my copper pad was non-existent any more.

I know that for most people this is a no brainer, but for me, I am always not eating the food that I have to eat.

How did I do it? I had to go away for six days so I ate down all of the fresh food that I had and then took the rest of the fresh food with me to keep eating healthy food (put in hotel fridge and brought my nutria-bullet to keep making healthy smoothies in the AM and PM) and then when I came home, I didn’t shop for 5 days. Mind you, I had to really troll for food, but in the end, it was easy to eat out of the entire pantry/refrig leftovers/freezer. I have so much food in there.

I just came back from food shopping and realized I hadn’t shopped in three weeks. Though I still do fresh veggies and fruits each day in large quantity, I was able to make things last and stretch.

When I went shopping, I was so happy!
I knew I needed everything and that made it easy for me to “refill” the fridge. I just know that i can do this again – make this cycle of a 2-3 week stretch work well for me. I bought proteins to either freeze or refrigerate for the same stretch.

Be god on Wednesdays... (read all 3 entries…)
OK…I am going for this one!

I loved it when the brilliant 43t cohort came up with it. I don’t want to be god on any other day than Wednesday, too!

How spectacular. I need this right now. I love you for coming up with this! Thank you. You are brilliant.

Gratitude & Happiness (read all 23 entries…)
grateful and happy...

that today worked out well for llama.


ode to ora lee

all good.

be courageous enough to be vulnerable (read all 9 entries…)
I have put myself out there with my friends

I am willing to be honest now. Say things. Respond. Open up. Not be afraid that someone won’t like what I have to say.

So I just say shit.

My truth. My honest response. Not disrespectfully. Just honestly. It is so wonderfully freeing! I love this.

dream BIG (read all 9 entries…)
My project is a big dream and today

A woman said…if it weren’t for your project and this other one, we would have been no where. I smiled. She said why are you smiling? I said, I started the other project 7 years ago. It is good to hear that my BIG HAIRY BODACIOUS IDEAS that no one believes are feasible when I start – are the very things that matter.

YES! YES YES! I do DREAM BIG and I cannot forget to be daring.

Attend lectures and readings occasionally (read all 4 entries…)
I signed up for a great talk

But, didn’t get there. Other life events closed in.


My one word for 2014 - Ease (read all 6 entries…)
My Friday.

Ease. and Stress and getting things done. This weekend – I promise – ease!

Meet David Letterman (read all 10 entries…)

You are going to retire. Don’t do it! I haven’t had my fill.

When am I ever going to see you.

Sorry I suggested you were getting old. It isn’t true. You are as good as it gets.

respond not react (read all 2 entries…)
I have been reminded of this daily

And responding feels so much better!

Breathing better in responding.

All easier. ease.

My one word for 2014 - Ease (read all 6 entries…)
my weekend


Step up and deliver. Stop being afraid. Be vulnerable and just show up and do it. (read all 3 entries…)

I did it. I stepped up. I delivered. I am not afraid. I am absolutely doing it! YES!

make a home (read all 27 entries…)
I chuckle re-reading the entry...

Still the master and the office.

I plan each weekend to do them

but something better keeps showing up

Relaxing, friends, books, journaling, walking… all better things than getting the office unpacked!

Get my credit score to 800 by next June (read all 11 entries…)
I checked the two of three reports

They are clean and all is good

Haven’t run the score because I know it was good enough to get a great mortgage!

Will run the score soon.

Give it a few months to make mortgage payments on time.

Celebrate my successes in positive ways (read all 16 entries…)
One foot into the celebration

We had an event that was critical to have a first success

We did succeed.

I promised to buy the first round

I did.

It was a first step.

tell my daughter - everyday - how much she means to me (read all 29 entries…)
We skype

it is good to see her

she covers her head with a blanket

because the government there has turned the heat off for the year

and it until her hair dries

she is too cold

and I smile

as she shows me the purse she wants

i laugh. i laugh.

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