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A Better Life includes Adventure – Zipline Fun!

zip 006My sister and I were having a craving for adventure–not huge big, crazy things–but the kind of adventure that gets your heart racing and kicks you out of your comfort zone. Physical adventure keeps “death by complacency” at bay. We both feel the call of the “wild” when we aren’t being challenged physically and emotionally. Sometimes you just need to feel the tingle of fright and jump off the tower.

Jumping off the tower is what we did this weekend. No–not bungy jumping or gliding but “zip lining.” Zipline adventures have been popping up around the states especially in ski resorts. Since Florida is deficit in ski facilities we settled for a safari zip–still great fun–just not as high or dry. Our zips flew over swampy grounds where alligators and other wet land creatures reside. And for those who find heights a bit of a challenge even 55 feet off the ground poses a challenge.

zip 012So we harnessed our torsos and helmeted our noggins and climbed the first tower where our guides hooked and unhooked our lines before encouraging that first step into air suspended only by a small wire cable. Wheeeeeeeeee…..

Each tower got progressively taller and faster and by the seventh leap we were laughing and videoing our glide through the trees. By the end–we were ready to tackle something bigger and scarier. We’re already planning a moonlight zip when the alligators come alive and night noises are scarier than the zipping!

If you consider experiential learning an element of a better life–then physical adventures are a fun and quick way to boost your feeling of aliveness. Try it!

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Law of Attraction Leaving You Lost?

Sometimes we need turbo power–that extra boost that propels us forward with velocity.  When LOA left me feeling a bit flat, even though I was aware of  how it could help me in all areas of my life, I knew it was time for a boost.  That’s exactly what I found in Bob Proctor’s program “The 11 Forgotten Laws.” Think of this as Law of Attraction Part 2.

If you’re feeling the way I was then consider letting Bob Proctor and Mary Manin Morrissey coach you through the things that may be holding you back.  You’ll have a cure for “stinkin’ thinking” and learn the secret of the “Stunning Prickly Nest.”  Another turbo blast.

I believe that gratitude gives you the awareness to see things in a new light but I had no idea just how powerful it could it be until listening to the  “Therapeutic Power of Gratitude” in The 11 Forgotten Laws.  Give yourself this gift.

Word Games – Literary Lucky Charms

stop-zb38_smallI believe in words. I believe in the power they hold. I believe in the story a single word creates.

Bouquet. Tendril. Secret. An encounter with my junk drawer unearthed a buried book of Magnetic Poetry – that simple but ingenious invention—affirmed my faith in words.

My Magnetic Poetry book—a  chunky spiral bound tome—is filled with refrigerator cryptograms and provides the perfect opportunity to tell a story. Magnetic words can be used anyone—anyone big enough to reach the icebox and with enough digital dexterity to separate the tiny words from their magnetic home base.

Precocious toddlers, stooped elders and funny kids can participate. Lovers, newly-weds and the long married have equal access. Universal in its appeal, you can love it or hate it and still partake in it.

It’s Scrabble without the stress, a crossword without the clues or hangman without the noose. The object is to embrace all of poetry’s shapes—odes and lunes and tanka and tercet. Forced to create from limited resources compels us to pare down to essentials.  It requires the sentence creator to wholeheartedly do their job.

In this game the words take center stage. I have my favorites among the magnetic options.

Summer and song and secret.

Liquid and love and leave.

I love the creativity of put-together words like out-let and song-bird.

I love vivid words like summer and plums.

I love lexis that buzz and jump and make you look twice while pretending not to.

I love Haiku and tiny tales that jump off the board and send tidal waves of Oh’s to passersby.

liquid songs pronounce

morning shower so lovely

summers secret sound

Or

teach from here you said

bruised tongue staggers over his page

dark red book blossoms


Pure expression and creative endeavor—pick up a few words today—tell a miniature story.

Alex Mandossian – Abundance Thinking Defined

Alex wants your thoughts and I do too!

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Why Confidenced is So Important

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Confidence is often the first thing we notice about someone. We might think its body parts that get attention (and sometimes that’s true) but confidence has more impact.

Confidence is the energy that tells the world you are self-assured and self-reliant.

Confidence is not arrogance.  Arrogance is about self-importance whereas confidence is about making others feel important while retaining a high level of self-respect.

Entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and small business owners need a high level of confidence to succeed. A sense of overall confidence keeps you going when faced with challenges.

Confidence is having freedom from doubt…and that’s sweet!

Work from Home — Inspiration from the Kitchen Table

My mother’s “work from home” job was as task master, chaos controller, budget stretcher and organizational mom-sailingwizard for her seven kids. She took great pride in her mothering and homemaking skills and-like many people whose careers define them-lived with a degree of anxiety that a crack in the veneer would expose her as a fraud.

In the fifties and sixties, our kitchen table was base camp for art projects, school work and holiday-cookie decorating. No matter how many crayons, paste pots, glitter jars or paper maiche mountains littered the table the whole shebang was always put away before dinner. The table cloth was wiped down and the chairs were pushed-in. Pristine.

Not so below the surface. The underside of the long, oval table, its topside rarely seen without its fuzzy-backed-printed-vinyl tablecloth, was the repository Read more

Intuition–The Decision Making Difference

The best decision making involves three elements–logic, common sense and intuition. 1108003_say_what1

Most decision making involves weighing the pros and cons related to possible outcomes. While this involves both logic and common sense it fails to consider the most critical factor-intuition.

Insight, Instinct or Intuition. Call it what you will but without involving the natural ability of our minds and bodies to indicate what’s most important we fail to honor who we are. Intuition is the barometer for what feels right and what we know without knowing why we know.

Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, examines how choices can be made in an instant and why the best decisions are often those that are unexplainable to others.

Here are five things to practice if you want to add insight to your decision making:

  1. If you regularly make a pros and cons list, practice adding a third column labeled “what I know” to prompt your inner knowing.
  2. Give yourself permission to practice and to be wrong. Information overload can easily confuse a feeling or message.
  3. Carve out quiet time. Meditation sounds like work but ten minutes of quiet, non-activity time sounds like relief. Release the pressure to quiet your mind.
  4. Practice being present rather than trying to quiet your mind. This practice works well while you’re performing a mundane task.
  5. Don’t dismiss anything you feel or hear or see or smell. Notice what comes up first. Take note of it–write down any images that flash. Ask for more clarity. Become a student.

Imagine that you already know the answer. Have some fun with this practice-don’t make it another item on your to-do list. Our sixth sense has a sense of humor, go ahead and enjoy it.
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