Create your own morning ritual for a beautiful start to your day

Create your own morning ritual for a beautiful start to your day

I created my own morning ritual about 14 years ago and it is now an amazing grounding force in my life. I started with journaling and a cup of coffee each morning for about 15 minutes. Over the years I switched to herb tea, added meditation, added a homemade green smoothie and within the last few months, professional daily writing. My morning ritual has grown to about an hour and a half. I do have the luxury of writing at home, but when I was working out of the house, I gave myself extra time by getting up earlier. It was worth every minute.

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One darn good reason to get up early!

One darn good reason to get up early!

Sometimes it's good to get up early. But given the choice for most of us, the soft sheets, warm cozy blankets and lull of sleep make it way more appealing to stay under the covers. And if it's still dark outside when your alarm goes off...it's even more challenging to get out of bed.

Here's one good reason to get up early...

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Five outside activities that will help your holidays shine

Five outside activities that will help your holidays shine

I love this time of year. Right about now I start getting that good feeling of what's to come.

And, I've intentionally scaled back so much throughout the years that now the season feels way more festive than frenzied.

Not only have I trimmed back, but I've let go of all my expectations (well most). That in itself is a great gift!

This year we are opting for a different kind of Thanksgiving. Circumstances (good ones) just worked out that Curt (my life partner) and I have the day to ourselves.

So, I'm packing a lovely simple picnic with a great bottle of Pinot Noir (exellent with turkey and cranberry sandwiches) and we are heading to the foothills of the Cascade mountains for a nice hike along a river.

It seems like the perfect place for us to give thanks for all that we have in our lives while surrounded by natural mountain beauty.

Here are four more ways to experience the beauty of the holiday season outside...

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PICTURE IT WELL: be the one who has moxie

PICTURE IT WELL: be the one who has moxie

This year switch up your resolutions. Instead of setting them based on what you haven't done like getting fit, cutting down on TV, or starting a new hobby, try this. Set them based on what you want to become. I read somewhere that the top three things women want are:

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5 easy ways to practice gratitude in nature

5 easy ways to practice gratitude in nature

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year. Filled with well wishes, lots of merry and maybe a little craziness. Taking time to feel grateful about big and little things in your life during the next few weeks is the best way to change craziness into calm and truly feel the spirit of love and giving. Here are some of my favorite ways to practice gratitude outdoors.


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10 ways to flourish this fall

10 ways to flourish this fall

Fall is my favorite season for many reasons. The gorgeous autumn colors, cool nights, and warm crisp days make it easy to be outside. I find myself naturally nesting and clearing inside and out. Insight and clarity seem to come easily, maybe because the busy summer months have slowed down and I take more time for reflection. And I always seem to find some area around the house to clear out--whether it's in the house or outside in the garden, the action symbolically helps me make room for personal growth. Exactly what the fall season is all about.

Here are a variety of ways for you to celebrate fall and maybe get a little clarity along the way.

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PICTURE IT WELL: See the abundance in your life

PICTURE IT WELL: See the abundance in your life
Experiencing abundance in your life is easier than you think. And an abundant life does not mean having more stuff or more money. According to spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, the secret is that it's right in front of you. No need to seek. Just open up to what is already there.
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