Celebrate the SEAson!

20161211-blog-photo-new-fontsThree nights ago, the first flurries of the season swirled around in the air, illuminated by the street lights as they danced in the darkness.

I stopped for a minute and let a few snowflakes hit my face like cold zaps of electricity.

Earlier this month, I held the little hands of two of my nephews as we walked around a neighboring town in search of very elusive candy canes, mirroring how we walked around the week before at a local tree lighting. Later today, I’ll get to hold those little hands as we visit a hometown tradition at a local park.

Yesterday I opened our first holiday greeting card of the season (from my cousins M, J, A, and B) and put it our new card display on top of our television center.

A friend gave me a candy cane last week, and I savored each taste of that peppermint sweetness.

When I come home late, I take my time walking in so I can enjoy the sights of our lighted snowman and candy canes, of our red and green laser lights shining along with swirling candy canes on our house.

I take a picture every day of our perfect tiny 2-foot tall real table top tree, decorated in white and blue lights with tinsel and special ornaments.

As we drive around town, I take in each holiday display that I see while keeping track of the trees for the upcoming Operation Christmas Tree Hunt for 2016 with Agents 101 and 202.

We begin Secret Santa at work tomorrow, and I’m excited to give my Santa all of the trinkets I’ve been collecting with clues to throw her off as to who I am. Likewise, I’ve been finding the perfect little presents for people in my life who are so deserving of gratitude.

I listen to my favorite seasonal songs every day. Each song brings back a wonderful memory or two while simultaneously creating new memories with 2016’s cosmic time stamp.

I’ve been quoting my favorite Christmas movies…”Hello, everybody? I should say it?” “Fra-Gee-Lay…it must be Italian!” “Ho HO ho…You are a sad, strange, little man!” “SANTA! I know him!” “You smell like beef and cheese.” You get the idea…

December has been a difficult month for me over the past few years, and there are times this year when it’s been a little trying. However, I’m appreciating every little thing this season, more than I ever have.

The wonder is outweighing the struggle, with joy and peace winning.

And it’s the damndest thing…

I’m actually loving each and every moment of this warm December.

I hope you are, too.

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 4/30/2016

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And just like that, April is over. One-third of the year is behind us, but I believe the best is ahead of us. I’m feeling a little more grounded this week, more focused and more positive. I love seeing the beautiful cherry trees in bloom, as well as the leaves sprouting and the clover growing. I already need to mow the lawn, which is a sure sign that spring is doing its thing. The goldfinches have changed to their vibrant yellow summer feathers, and the house finches are as red as ever. It’s a great time of year, one of my favorites!

Today’s blog photo gives a clue as to some of my exciting plans for the summer, which I can finally talk about since the reservations have been made. Sometime during the week of August 14, I WILL be sitting on the James Joyce Balcony at Bewley’s Oriental Cafe in Dublin. The cosmos (along with a special spirit) are leading me there with a mission, and there will be a lot more coming about this amazing journey.

Hope you enjoy some of these interesting links I saved for you this week!

11 Reasons Why The Beach Will Always Be My Happy Place – shared by a friend, it’s a little jumpy but I agree with all of the reasons

Soul to Soul // On #39 – Love Stephanie Watanabe’s bucket list!

When Something Has to Change – by Megan Forrest

Putting Work In Its Place – by Kate Keifer Lee and recommended by Austin Kleon, another great outlook

33 Powerful Ways of Overcoming Fear…Right Now – there are a few fears I hope to will overcome this year.

8 Reasons Why We All Need to Unplug And Get Outside More – stop reading this right now and go outside! Seriously!

The Ultimate Road Trip: A Proposed Superhighway Between London and New York – can this be real?

Song of the Seashell – by fellow blogger Linda at Spiritual Dragonfly

and finally,

MotivateMe! Podcast Roadtrip hits the road next week!  Follow my friend Lynette and her MotivateMe! team as they travel to all 50 states this spring! Best wishes to Lynette, Chelsea, and Cassie!

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 12/26/2015

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And just like that, it’s Christmas past.  I have been doing a lot of reflecting and preparing for the new year, anticipating great things and creating a vision for myself.  This week’s roundup of links include several sites to prepare for 2016, including my favorite from Susannah Conway.

In the coming week, I will be sharing my own reflections about 2015, as well as my word and vision for 2016.

I hope you have the chance to spend the last days of 2015 making memories with people you care about, and that your heart is filled with serenity, peace, and excitement for a new year.

Susannah Conway’s Unravelling the Year Ahead – 2016

Danielle Dowling’s “Make It Happen Yearly 2016”

Reflection Worksheet from Holstee

Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges – one a day for the new year

Journaling Exercise: End of Year Reflections

A Year With Rumi (not free but worth checking out)

Deepak Chopra’s Personal Goals for the New Year

If you ever doubt that you can make a difference, see what Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Rob Bell and Glennon Doyle Melton accomplished in less than 48 hours with The Compassion Collective…and why not make a small donation like I did?

You can never see too many Surfing Santas

The White Envelope – put this idea in your 2016 December “To Do” file!

2015 Highlights from Nomadic Pursuits

Xavi’s Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs recipe from my friend Keith over at The Kitchen Palatable

What makes a good life?  Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness – a Ted Talk from Robert Waldinger (thanks Cortland for sharing!)

2015 Best of Star Wars Light Show – worth the 5 minute watch! Awesome!

and finally,

Danielle LaPorte’s #Truthbomb App is free through 12/27/15 (tomorrow).  Get it now!

Looking forward to sharing my reflections and vision with you this week!

Until next time,

Jill

 

Sea My Christmas Wish For You

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So.  This IS Christmas.

My retrospective of what I have done this year is forthcoming.

But today, today is for making memories.

I hope your Christmas is a good one, and I hope you have fun.

My wish for you is an endless abundance of peace, love, and joy.

Merry Christmas, my friend.

With much gratitude for your support and encouragement,

Jill