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what you said

Hi, everyone! It’s the start of Thanksgiving week here in the US, a time for food, family, frenzy…and the chaos that can come from combining those things.

I know that the holidays can bring out old patterns that you have been working to change, so I wanted to remind all of you of a truth that can be easy to lose sight of when your buttons are being pushed:

Someone's inability to hear, understand, or accept what you say does not make what you said wrong.

(You know I only know this because I learned it the hard way, right?)

With love and gratitude for each one of you,

Tracy at women making changes

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  1. Carol says:

    Great reminder. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Kel and all of our tribe at WMC.

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15 Shades of Change

      What shade of change are YOU at this moment?

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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

3 Responses to putting creating space into action

  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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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. :)

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Why New Year’s Resolutions fail…and a better way to make a change.

Note: This is a guest post that Kel wrote for Nancy Sathre-Vogel’s blog, Family on Bikes. We wanted to make sure our WMC family saw it too.  How’s your life been working for you this past year? Did you achieve what you promised yourself at the beginning of the year? If you’re like me andContinue Reading

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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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Can you give yourself permission to be beautiful?

Have you seen this post? I’ve started telling my daughters I’m beautiful, by Amanda King. That link will open it in a new tab for you, but here’s the gist: “I don’t want my girls to be children who are perfect and then, when they start to feel like women, they remember how I thought ofContinue Reading

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