Saturday, December 18, 2021
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Incredible romantic love with many – from the very first to the one who has my heart forever.
Deep love of music and dancing from a family who taught me to have fun.
Eternal love of learning and growing.
True love and appreciation to have seen so many amazing places in this world.
The love I found in expressing myself in words.
Love of the beauty I see in kind people.
The greatest of all is at last, feeling true self love.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Each time I moved, I got rid of as many unwanted and unneeded things as possible. But always, within a short amount of time, they would creep back in. Gifts from family, purchases that I really didn’t need, items I thought were too sentimental to part with, etc. All of it, just stuff.
I started reading more about minimalism and how it is much more of a mindset than a physical activity. Decluttering and organizing are ways to manage your belongings but it doesn’t help to improve your inner environment.
For me, looking at a clean, sparsely decorated room feels peaceful. Now it was time to take this to a new level. I wanted that feeling in all areas of my life, not just my home. I wanted to feel that way with work, my relationships, social interactions – everything.
Downsizing: To reduce or decrease in size.
Minimalism: A style or technique that is characterized by simplicity.
When I looked at the definitions of downsizing and minimalism, the word that jumped out at me was Simplicity. That is what I am after. It doesn’t have to be small; it just has to be simple.
I have been slowly inching toward being more deliberate in how I live my life. Evaluating what brings purpose and joy to me right now and what does not.
Henry David Thoreau said - "the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it".
Now, in my 60s, life is more precious than ever and I want to make the most out of this amazing time in my life.
As with most new things, I am starting small and taking it easy. I don’t need to rush; I want to be thoughtful about this new lifestyle.
I am noticing that the more changes I make the better I feel and the better I feel the more changes I’m ready to make. I love how it all works together.
Something as simple as turning off the notifications on my email feels like a victory.
Every day I am on the lookout for another area to simplify. Is it a plant that needs repotting or a shelf that has gotten too cluttered? Whatever it is, I just take care of it.
All the little things add up to the big things in your life. It doesn’t matter how much you have as long as you have room for what really matters.
Monday, October 25, 2021
It was a beautiful spring day and my friend was coming for a visit. We decided to go to Estes Park for the weekend. We talked as we drove up the mountain, he asked if this was where “The Shining” was filmed. It was a glorious day - blue sky, beautiful scenery and a perfect way to begin our trip.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
My early experiences were in making up stories for the lives of my dolls and the make-believe places that they lived. I would take inspiration from the books I read and create an entirely new story.
I was in Junior High when my English teacher asked if I wanted to write a short article for our school newspaper. Even though I was writing in my diary almost daily, it never occurred to me to write something that someone else would read. The thought terrified me.
With a lot of help and encouragement I wrote about some of the civil rights events that were going on at the time. What I realized was that writing it down and sharing it helped me release some of the anxiety I was feeling.
Over the years I continued to write – diaries, journals, short stories and even the beginning of what I thought might turn into a book someday. I didn’t want to share any of that, those were my deepest thoughts and feelings.
Writing gave me the confidence to express my true self without worrying about criticism or praise. I was able to let my feelings flow from the pen to the paper and it always felt like a relief to let it out.
Do it for yourself
As I began to share some of my writing with my family and friends, I received a mixed response. Some offered support and others were very critical. Neither felt satisfying. Going through that made me think about why I was really doing this. Did I want acceptance and acknowledgement or did I just want the outlet?
Like anything else, I needed to try some things on to see what felt right. For me, writing was a very personal expression and I learned that if I would just do what made me happy, that was all I needed.
Ten years ago, my daughter suggested that I start a blog. It sounded interesting but I had a lot of apprehension about sharing anything publicly on the internet.
I was such a private person that I wasn’t even using social media yet. After giving it some thought, I decided to dip my toes in to see what it felt like.
Blogger offered a free, easy way to get started, so I decided to give it a try. If I didn’t like it, I could just stop and take the blog down.
At first, I published very short, generic thoughts and comments. I had always written long-hand so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this new electronic format.
I liked that I could see what posts people were reading and where they were from. It fascinated me that I could connect with people all over the world through my simple blog.
As I became more comfortable with this new medium, I explored some of the avenues that were available. I could write reviews of products and services, articles for magazines, even eBooks if I wanted to. The internet provided so many resources, the options were endless.
Then I saw a post asking for guest bloggers with Sixty and Me. I wondered if this was something I could do. It was an opportunity for me to write about issues that mattered to me and share it with a community of people my own age.
I appreciated the different topics and viewpoints on the website and decided this was something I wanted to do. That was 6 years ago and it has been such a wonderful experience.
What was important to me was to continue to stay true to myself. I found my voice in the world and now it’s all about enjoying the journey.
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Whereas, if I can release control or resistance, even slightly, I can begin to see the beauty of how everything fits together.
Synergy – that perfect cooperation of things coming together to become greater than the sum of the individual components.
Perhaps, that is where the concept of fate or destiny comes from. When that thing that you’ve always wanted seems to magically appear in your experience and you’re sure that you did not have the power to create it.
What you did have, is the power to allow it.
The more faith you have that all is well and working out exactly as it needs to will increase the momentum of what is in the process of becoming.
By simply giving something the time and space to grow, it will become the best version of itself.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Almost every day, I sat out on the balcony to have my coffee, I loved watching the birds and even saw flying/jumping fish, but no dolphins. Every time I saw even the slightest movement in the water, I would look a little harder, hoping to see them.
Just a few weeks before my move, I was feeling sad that I had not seen, even one dolphin anywhere. My mind went back to something I had heard at a Law of Attraction workshop. That you need to focus on what you want, not what you don't want.
Be Open to the Possibilities
Within 24 hours, I saw dolphins everywhere. People sent me cute dolphin emojis on messages and emails, I saw pictures of beautiful dolphins swimming on the internet.
Enjoy the Unfolding
It was also a great reminder that I can't control things, but if I can relax and let go, everything will come to me in the perfect way and at the perfect time.
I play this little game whenever I am feeling shortage of any kind and I am still surprised and delighted at how quickly it manifests.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
There were so many unknowns that business as usual didn’t seem realistic or even possible. I started to think about ways that I could be comfortable and still stay safe with so much fear and confusion going on around me.
As I spoke with family and friends, I could see that everyone had a unique approach to this unprecedented situation. Some were trying to work around the virus to maintain as much of their normal day to day lives as possible and others wanted to ignore that it was even happening.
Very quickly, I realized that how I dealt with this was entirely up to me. So, I went into planning mode. I wanted to find a way to transition to a new normal and maybe even find some joy.
First, I needed to assess what I would require for extended periods of lockdown. As I did my inventory, I realized that I had very little in the way of food on hand and an excessive amount of travel supplies. After so much traveling, I had enough shampoo and toothpaste to last 6 months.
Since it was still winter in Colorado, I thought of it as getting ready for a big storm. I didn’t want or need to hoard supplies but I did need to have food in the cupboard.
It reminded me of when I was a girl and mom could make a few pantry staples and one piece of meat stretch for several meals. How well she managed really inspired me. This was a great chance to get creative and do some things differently.
I never enjoyed grocery shopping, or any shopping to be honest, and now it was much worse. I started checking into delivery options and found that I could get everything I needed delivered to my door, it felt like a real luxury. That is something I will continue long after the crisis has passed.
Also, there was an unexpected surprise in having someone else doing my shopping. As supplies fluctuated, I would sometimes get substitutions for items that I would not have tried otherwise.
I started to appreciate how well I was able to navigate through this strange time. Feeling very secure with my home and food supply my attention turned inward. I began thinking of how I would spend my time.
Previously, I would have been traveling all over the world for work and pleasure but that was not going to be possible, at least for the time being. That was a big concern for me. How would I adapt if I was confined to one place, not able to jump on a plane whenever I wanted?
I began thinking of all of the wonderful trips I had taken and trying to remember details of each adventure. I had moved so quickly from one place to another, now was a good time to reflect on those journeys and what they really meant to me.
Being in one place for an extended period of time was growing on me. It was nice to wake up in my own bed every day and not have to worry about check-out time or flight schedules.
I was cooking more and even started sourdough baking which is something I used to do when my children were young. I discovered a lot of the simple pleasures that I didn’t have time for before the pandemic.
For me, staying in was a relief, I didn’t have to go anywhere or do anything that I didn’t truly want or need to do. I’ve never liked crowds, so not being able to attend events felt like pure freedom. I could do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
Little by little I started experimenting with this new way of life and found so many hidden gems that I would never have thought would be possible. I have loved slowing down and really taking time to look after myself. What I discovered is that you can find joy even in isolation.
How have you coped during the pandemic? Were there any unexpected benefits from a change in your lifestyle? Share your story and join the conversation.