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Tuesday
Oct162012

3 Tips to Feed the Possibilities

Sitting by the river brings me peace, energy, and connectedness. Each season feels different. With fall's arrival, the river is noticeably changed. Today the water is fierce as the waves move swiftly with a sense of purpose. The sun moves in and out behind the large, white fluffy clouds.  The clouds regulate the changing light and temperature between dark and bright, cool and warm. The wind makes the grasses and leaves rustle loudly. I'm surrounded by the intensity of movement of the water, foliage, clouds, and wind.

In experiencing this gorgeous fall day, I am noticing internal changes including thoughts about action and possibilities that mirror the landscape before me. I feel a renewed sense of urgency and direction.

What I've noticed is that several things in addition to the change of seasons, have encouraged me here. They included visiting new places, reading books, and adding a few more "yeses" to the plan. If you are feeling like it is time to be energized, perhaps one of these ideas will help you.

3 Tips to Feed the Possibilities

1. Feed the Soul - No matter how much we love our every day spaces, there is nothing quite as enervating as getting out and changing our scenery. It doesn't take much. It can be for an hour, day or longer. I recently had two, day trips that infused me with energy. I visited new places, enjoyed beautiful surroundings including the ocean and changing fall colors, and appreciated the company of special people. I returned from those days rejuvenated and ready for “next.”

2. Feed the Mind - Reading is a wonderful way to solidify ideas, stretch the mind, and stimulate possibilities. I recently finished Gretchen Rubin's new book, Happier at Home. By the way, she'll be our Ask the Expert guest featured this December. I just began reading Still Procrastinating? by Dr. Joseph Ferrari. He was one of the fabulous speakers I heard at the ICD conference in Chicago. Both books are rich with ideas that have sparked me to begin some new projects.

3. Feed the Engagements - Many of you know that I'm a huge advocate for bringing "no" back into the mix. Boundaries are important. When we over-commit, we can become resentful, overwhelmed, or both. I am very careful about choosing my "yeses." While I don't like to miss opportunities, being stressed out I enjoy even less. With this new season, I am feeling ready and open to introducing more "yeses" into my vocabulary. The openness to possibilities and opportunities fills my being with hope and excitement.

How about you? What feeds your possibilities? Come join the conversation.

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Linda,

Your tips are great! So true about #1, feeding the soul. I often have to make time in my schedule to walk to the lake with the dog, drive around and see what's new/happening, especially in a small town!! ;-) Balance of work and play is so essential to our well-being and happiness.

Have a happy Wednesday :-)
Cheers,
Elisa

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElisa Cashiola

Elisa- Thank you for your kind words. Yes! Feeding the soul...so essential to our being and health. I miss walking our dog, Norton. He always gave us a built in reason to get out, get up, and be outside. He was the built-in balance maker. Now that he's gone, we've had to find other ways to introduce that balance. It's wonderful that you have the lake and your four-legged friend to help.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Feeding the soul is on my vision board for the first time ever. And it landed there after - as you suggest - I took a retreat. No phone, no internet, rustic camping and lots of time in nature, writing, thinking, reflecting. Thank you- beautiful insights; I'll be sharing your post in a minute so more can read and reflect.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersue west

Sue- Your wonderful no-tech retreat sounds incredible. And from there you discovered something essential to include in your life....nourishing your soul. Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom with us.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, thank you again for your insightful tips. Feeding the soul is probably the one that I tend to overlook the most, but I've been working on it. It's amazing how refreshed you can feel if you just get away from it now and then. Even if it's just for a moment. I am making a concerted effort each day to take that time to rejuvenate. Thank you for the book recommendations, too. I'll have to check them out. Have a beautiful day!

Peggy- So great to connect with you here. I've enjoyed getting to know you on Twitter. How terrific that you are making it a priority each day find ways to replenish your energy and self. What have you discovered? Anything you'd like to share?

If you end up reading either of the books I mentioned, I'd love to hear your thoughts about them. Come back any time to share.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

This post is, Oh-so-Linda and I'll be sending everyone I know to read it. Then, I'm sending them to your beautiful Pinterest boards which are a delicious feast for the eyes and soul. You are such a breath of fresh air. I love reading your posts and spending time with you (even if it's only online)

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeralin Thomas

Geralin- You sure know how to make a person feel good! Thank you for your lovely, supportive addition to the conversation. Since you and I have talked "Pinterest" extensively, you know that I'm a huge fan of collecting gorgeous images to organize and share. Yes...this organizer is also a collector. Can we call it "organized clutter?"

I always enjoy our time together too. While we mostly "see" each other around the social media circles, it's such a treat to see you in person, like our recent time together at the ICD conference in Chicago. Love your wonderful energy!

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda:
Your message this month was so tender and insightful. Especially regarding "letting go".

November 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter"Sam" (Ca)

Wonderful to have you join the conversation, Ca. I'm so glad to hear that the letting go thoughts resonated with you. Letting go of things, people, places, situations, thoughts that no longer help us thrive, can be very challenging. When we are able to do so, amazing growth can occur.

November 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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