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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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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 […]

  4. […] I chose my theme for the year, creating space, I did not expect that it would enter a trial by fire the very next […]

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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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The little things

In the week since my last post: My father spent 5 days in the hospital following emergency surgery. My brother sustained a mild concussion. My in laws spent their second week out of their home in the wake of superstorm Sandy. First one, then the other of my dogs hurt a leg. My great auntContinue Reading

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  1. Nin-Carol says:

    Hugs, Tracy. You’ve had a week. But you are so right. Life is really about the little things, which aren’t little, but where we live every day. Thank you for the reminder – and for dwelling with them.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Thanks, Carol. Hugs back, and a happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

      (I’ll be giving thanks that everyone is OK at this moment!)

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What does your self-talk sound like?

How do you talk to yourself? And I don’t mean the funny or meaningless chatter as you go about your day, thinking of things you need to do or what you thought about those pictures on the internet of cute baby animals or the most recent Ryan Gosling meme. I mean the real self-talk…the kindContinue Reading

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  1. carolburris says:

    Another variation of this is very real for me this month. Would you say that to a child in your life whom you love? If we can stop and find a better way to say it to someone small, we can do the same for ourselves.

    Continually learning this lesson for myself.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Oh my gosh, that’s an incredibly powerful version. Thank you for sharing! My hope is that by us working on these things, the children in our lives will not have to when they’re adults. Your reminder fits right in with that.

  2. Sonja says:

    Tracy, it’s beautifully scary how much we are dealing with identical issues and internal changes. Just yesterday I was on the phone with a friend telling her not to be so hard on herself for not being able to influence someone into treating her better. ‘It’s not about you, it’s about her and she has to decide for herself if she’s going to change.’ ‘It’s always so good to talk to you about these things,’ she said, ‘you have such a calm way of looking at these situations.’
    ‘Well, it’s always easier to help another person from a distance, being in it is much harder. I also need to stop trying to change others.’
    And it was when I said those words that I realized I should really be as encourageing and patient towards myself as I was with my friend!

    Thank you for sharing!

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