“In it for the long haul….at least for now.”

The words above summarized a good friend’s thoughts about her job, after weighing the pros and cons of her current position. “For the duration…at least for now”.

That phrase stuck in my head for days. The little voice in my head just wouldn’t let it go. It’s the same little voice that urges me to make New Year’s resolutions, which I rarely do. But I’ll admit it got me thinking. What in my life could be described the same way? Was I just coasting with some things, waiting for something better to come along? Was I sticking with easy things, not taking the next steps to make some things more meaningful?

We all get into ruts sometimes, go on auto pilot, don’t spend enough time being conscious and mindful of what we’re doing and why. So, okay little voice, I have a New Year’s resolution this year.

I promise I will explore where I am in my life, prioritize the importance of things I’m doing, make lists and determine what changes have to be made, especially in my ‘at least for now’ column. I am going to give myself more time to think and dream and reflect, and imagine the kind of life I want to live ‘for the duration’.

Happy New Year!

Falling for Fall

Poor Autumn, stuck between summer and winter. We spend half the season mourning the end of summer and the rest dreading the approaching dark cold days of winter. What keeps us from being in the moment, enjoying the glories of Fall? There’s so much to do and so much to celebrate. Three months is a long time to waste. Wake up and smell the pumpkins!
 
Enjoy a fabulous fall weekend!
 
 

Hold on to Your Baby Feet

Beach days might be a thing of the past for this year, but it’s still sandal season. Just back from a walk across town and I saw lots of summer sandals. Unfortunately, not as many summer feet! Ugh! It must be hard to relive wonderful beach days in your dreams at night  when the cracked skin on your heels is leaving scratch marks on your legs…or someone else’s.

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We take such care of the little piggies all summer and boom! we forget as soon as the life guard stations are put away. It’s easy to maintain your soft summer feet as well as your summer mindset.

First night you can, plan a Bed Camp tune-up. Run a warm scented bath, put on your favorite playlist, get your favorite book or magazine and slowly ease into the bubbles. Let yourself soak and soften. Before you get out, quickly rub your heels with a pumice stone, rinse and wrap  yourself in your largest fluffiest bath towel. Bit of cream everyday will do wonders to help you keep your summer feet without weekly expensive pedicures! And a warm bubble bath will help your mind anytime!

It Takes Me 23 Hours to Awake Refreshed

I have fought my body clock for years and, for much of my adult life, didn’t get enough sleep. I just wasn’t tired enough, or ready, to get to bed at a reasonable hour. And I really didn’t want to. I love the quiet peacefulness of the night. Take away my clock and I will stay up two or three hours after midnight and wake up mid-morning…not at all reasonable for someone who has to get up early in the morning!
Finally, I’ve found a solution to getting enough sleep and waking refreshed. Though it takes me 23 hours of preparation, it’s working for me.
See my latest article posted today on Huffington about How This Night Owl Copes in an Early Bird’s World.
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Do You Love Your Job TOO Much?

It’s wonderful to have a job that you love. One that makes you happy and productive, with talented people you enjoy working with. A job that springs you out of bed early and pays you well. One that you don’t mind staying late for, giving up weekends for, hanging up your shoes for. One that is more satisfying than a good book, a creative hobby. One that reliably substitutes for family and friends and the potential for a romantic life. One that has taken possession of your life and soul and time and identity. Wait a minute….what?

If some things ring true, see my latest post – Do You Love Your Job Too Much? on Huffington

 

T-Time

T-Time. Not the kind you need clubs for. I’m talking about refreshing tea that is flavorful and iced and always seems to be in my hand during  the hot days of summer. We need to drink lots of fluids but water doesn’t satisfy the taste buds. Tea has enormous possibilities, as I’ve learned over the years. Look beyond the household staples and find a good decaffeinated tea to start with and be creative.

To my basic decaf tea, I’ll sometimes add a sprig of fresh rosemary to the brew. It’s savory and holds up to summer meals. Or, for a bit of citrus flavor, instead of adding a lemon or orange slice, I’ll pick a few leaves of lemon verbena – pictured below – from a plant in my courtyard and add it for a subtle bit of flavor. So delicious for a mid-afternoon respite. Mint, rose hips, lavender with chamomile…the choices are endless.IMG_3004

Lately, I’ve been brewing mint tea in bags. What a burst of flavor! This morning, I added green tea to the mint bag. I find green tea a bit bland, but appreciate its healthy attributes. Putting green tea in the mix is like hiding vegetables in the lasagna for the kids! It’s good for you, it’s in there, but it’s overshadowed by the primary flavor.

A good decaffeinated tea with lots of character won’t keep you up at night or dehydrate you and will eliminate or diminish the need for sweeteners. Who needs sugary soft drinks?

When I put the kettle on for my morning coffee, I fill it to the top to have enough boiling water to make the day’s iced tea. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to make it.

Visit your farmers’ market and local tea shops, or grow your own herbs and spices, and open your taste buds to some new and interesting combinations. Enjoy your T-Time. No clubs needed.