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15 Shades of Change

 

 

15 Shades of Change. Where are you in the cycle of making change?

 

What shade of change are YOU at this moment?

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The Self Care You’re Starving For

Is there something more that you need than bubble baths and a smidge of stolen peace?  “She chose to live in a way that supported the tranquility of her soul.” -Caroline Myss, Sacred Contracts I haven’t been able to stop whispering this to myself since I read it. Caroline Myss was referring to the poetContinue Reading

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  1. Great question! I’m working towards my needs … a move closer to family and the ocean. It’s taking longer than I wanted, but I’m handling the wait well, most of the time. In the meantime, I’m finally feeling like I’m climbing out of the fog and able to handle the day to day of life again.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Karen, I’m so proud of you! Both for taking those steps to get you where you’ve wanted to be for so long, and for not putting off life until you get there. Inspiring! That’s the kind of next-level self care I’m talking about. :)

  2. Brooke Wardle says:

    Hi! I love this quote! I put it on a post-it & added: “a fave quote of Tracy’s”. :) I recently met another woman w/ fibromyalgia, and she lent me a book on OVERCOMING it. While reading, a thought has come to me over & over, which is that I need to finish growing up–to move past the helplessness, etc. (lack of tranquility being applicable, too), that I’ve allowed to consume me for years now! I think my ability to overcome has to do w/ being more aware of the choices I make & the feelings I feel.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Hi Brooke!

      WOW. Just…wow. That last line of your comment just went into MY quote book. :) Because you’re absolutely right. Awareness is a key!

  3. Carol says:

    Yes! Yes! Thank you. I know that feeling, but since I’ve been pretty good about self-care (at least when I’m at home), it has felt really self-indulgent to want more. But I do want more. Not so sure I know the what yet, but I’m listening.

    I’m so very glad to know I’m not alone.

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putting creating space into action

When I chose my theme for the year, creating space, I did not expect that it would enter a trial by fire the very next day. Silly, silly me. We–my husband and I–have been ushered firmly into the “sandwich generation”. I’m writing this during a layover in Denver. Right now I’m not sure exactly whenContinue Reading

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  1. Carol says:

    Many hugs, Tracy. I’ve been there. I am there. And I am always here to talk to.

  2. I hope you have had time enough now to know what/how things will be working out for the near future. Hugs to you as you make decisions.

  3. deda1945 says:

    I am also there.
    I try to think of it as a privledge.
    I love my Mother.
    It wasn’t always that way. But not now.
    I’m the oldest of four and at this point in time the most capable.
    My husband is my rock and I thank him for that.
    Accept any and all the support if it is offered.
    Do it for you.

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Steadfast in Nature

New A new year, a new calendar, a new focus! I couldn’t be happier for a new year, and was not sorry to see 2012 go.  I spent most of last year quite sick, starting on New Year’s Eve of last year, up until about a week before this past Christmas.  In fact, the firstContinue Reading

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  1. Carol says:

    Gorgeous photos and what a wonderful way to start the year. I knew you’d been ill, but an IV! So glad that is behind you. Your phrase is perfect for you. Now I just have to figure out mine. :)

  2. Kel Wilson says:

    Thank you, Carol. It was almost impossible not to take a good picture. They had had a huge snowfall the day before and it was pristine up there.

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My theme for 2013

No matter what I did, I just couldn’t whittle down all my thoughts and plans and hopes for 2013 into a single word. So I stopped trying to force it to happen. And the words had been there all long, just waiting for me to stop trying to make them something they are not. My themeContinue Reading

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  1. I love it! Sometimes one word just isn’t enough to encompass all we want and desire for our lives. 😉

    My word this year is sing which I need to formulate into a blog post. Soon.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Thanks, Karen!

      I’m a little envious of your “sing”…singing is not something I feel all that comfortable doing, so I admire those who do! It also made me think of things that make your heart sing. :) I’ll be watching for your blog post about it!

  2. Carol says:

    I love your phrase. That’s my problem, people keep suggesting these powerful possibilities and I have to choose just one? Last fall I was thinking about “balance” – but seen as a hexagon, not just two sided, and then Karen’s “sing” works for me on so many levels as does your “creating space.” One of these days I’ll know what is the right one.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Thanks, Carol. Hey, maybe since all these powerful possibilities are tugging at you, you shouldn’t pick just one. What about spending some time on each of them? See what a couple of months with balance or sing or creating space feels like for you. Perhaps the reason you can’t pick one is because each of them has something for you.

      • Carol says:

        Yeah, I’ve pretty much come to the same conclusion. It is typical of me to be in the midst of half a dozen books, projects or just about anything else at once, so maybe this fits, too. :)

  3. […] I tried to come up with a single word for 2013 and like Tracy, found it difficult.  I ended up with a short phrase that captured a way to refocus my days. The […]

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Getting Started: Do It Now! (part 3 of 3)

This is the last in a series of 3 posts about how I finally fulfilled my dream of making painting a part of my everyday life.  In the first post, I wrote about spending time alone.  In the second post, I wrote about the magical and practical benefits of writing wishes, dreams, and intentions down on paper.  Today isContinue Reading

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Getting Started: Write It Down (part 2 of 3)

“The unexamined life isn’t worth living.” -Plato In yesterday’s post I wrote about the first step I took to bring about positive and lasting change into my life, spending time alone. There were three important steps I took that I believe were instrumental in bringing about REAL change into my “stagnant pond” of a life.  The 3 pebbles I tossed into my stagnant pondContinue Reading

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  1. […] life.  In the first post, I wrote about spending time alone.  In the second post, I wrote about the magical and practical benefits of writing wishes, dreams, and intentions down on paper.  Today is the last post in the […]

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Getting Started: Spending Time Alone (part 1 of 3)

Note: This was originally posted at The Dao of Doing, the blog Kel and Tracy started to document what happened as they added something they loved to their daily lives. Kel wrote about how her life used to feel like a stagnant pond in an early post (Ripples). She then documented the steps that ledContinue Reading

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  1. […] I wrote about the first step I took to bring about positive and lasting change into my life, spending time alone. There were three important steps I took that I believe were instrumental in bringing about REAL […]

  2. […] my dream of making painting a part of my everyday life.  In the first post, I wrote about spending time alone.  In the second post, I wrote about the magical and practical benefits of writing wishes, dreams, […]

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rebuilding a life

Growing up, going to school, marriage, giving birth, all these things are the building blocks of our lives. But what happens when you realize that you aren’t happy with the structure of that life? What if that structure you built is taken away from you? I was left with these questions a few years ago.Continue Reading

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  1. […] in our lives that is distraction free.  In my life and that of my co-creators, we have experienced the amazing, self-perpetuating impact this can have.  This is our way to provide this experience to […]

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How I accidentally accomplished something big…

…or, that one time I got rid of over a thousand things. You might remember that Kel set herself a goal of getting rid of 500 things in her home. I never set a goal like that, but I found that rearranging my office to better suit my needs naturally led me to go throughContinue Reading

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  1. Nin-Carol says:

    Yes! A mindful home. That’s exactly what I’m working toward. Thank you so much, Tracy!

    And, it’s funny. Between the beautiful woman post (I’m working, um, procrastinating, on my own beautiful woman post right now. It’s the next tab over on my bar) and this one, you’ve nailed where I am right now. I’ve gone through my closet so many times but I’m only now really *getting* it – and getting rid of the perfectly serviceable things that don’t really fit (I don’t really fit a size exactly) or make me look washed out.

    Maybe in another year or two, I’ll have this part of it whipped into shape. :P)

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      I think it’s like an onion. (Shrek was right! LOL!) We think we got it, but there’s more to do. I keep finding more to go. I’m glad I’m not doing it alone in the world!

      I’m particularly glad to hear you’re going through your closet as you are. I think not quite fitting a size…and yes, I hear you!…or feeling flattered by the things we wear is somehow grating. Not as painful as a cheese grater, but over time just as eroding to our selves. Dang it, since when was there one size and shape of women? Since NEVER.

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