Something to SEA: Free Thanksgiving Printable

thanksgiving-printableThanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year, is coming! To add to your festivities, I created a free Thanksgiving printable for you.  It is sized for 8 1/2 x 11.

You can download the .pdf file by clicking here.

If you right click on the image above, you can save the .jpg image to your computer.

I’d love to see how you incorporated your free Thanksgiving printable into your festivities this year! Please feel free to leave a comment with your picture below.

Enjoy,

Jill

Looking Back: Day 8 in Photos – Goodbye, Ireland, and Thank You!

Monday, August 22, 2016: The time has come to say goodbye to Dublin. I didn’t take many photos, but here are a few to sum up our final day. If you click on one of the pictures below, it will turn into a gallery which you might find easier to view.

What did Ireland give to me? A whole hell of a lot…

I returned with over 2,000 images and even more memories.

I returned with an overwhelming sense of calm and a joyful soul.

I returned with a deeper understanding of human behavior, of James Joyce and his literature, and of what it would be like to live in Dublin.

I returned with a sense of accomplishment and awe. I still can’t believe I actually did this.

I returned filled with gratitude for every single moment I enjoyed. I am immensely thankful for not only this experience, but also for my traveling companion who joined me (by choice!) on this awesome journey.

I returned with my spirit guide still at my side. SHE has given me clarity and assurance, and continues to guide me towards my focus, which is finally clearer than ever.

Part 1 of my mission from the universe has now ended, but part 2 has already begun: writing a novel.

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I believed I could, so I did.

How about that?

*** All photographs that are a part of this gallery were taken by me, Jill Ocone, on August 22, 2016 and are copyrighted. However, since there’s nothing all that Earth shattering here, you have my permission to steal these images and claim them as your own!

SEA What I’m Thankful For – Day One

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We are approaching my favorite week of the year.  Thanksgiving is, and has always been, my favorite holiday.  To honor this very special week, I am going to write each day about something or someone I am thankful for.

For day one, I am thankful that my husband and I put ourselves first for once.  Last week, we lived life by our terms and were able to escape with each other.  I limited my technology use and checking of social media, and instead, focused on the present moment while taking in what I saw, what I heard, what I smelled, and every possible detail of where I was.

Our escape was one of the most peaceful weeks I have had in several years.  We were able to live in the present, in the future, in the past, and in a fantasy world like no other.  We laughed a lot and made so many memories.  It was the best time we have ever spent with each other, despite the terrible pain and fatigue caused by a severely active Lupus flare (yes, Lupus is like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates…on any given day, you never know what you’re going to get.)

Based upon what I’ve seen and read since I’ve returned to reality, it was a good week to unplug.  So much hatred, judgement, terror, fear, anger, arguing, hypocrisy.  Everyone is right, yet everyone is wrong.  I agree with everyone, yet I disagree with everyone.  It’s quite the societal paradox at the moment.

There’s an episode of “Family Guy” where Peter Griffin says,  “Well, sir, while I may not agree with what you say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”  Various forms of this quote has been attributed to Voltaire, Oscar Wilde, and others.

To kindly put it, to those spending so much energy and time arguing, remember that we are all in this together.  We have the right to our own opinions and to state those opinions.  However, we have to remember to respect the opinions of others, even though they might be vastly different from ours.

Take care of each other.

Elizabeth Gilbert sums it up much better than I can in her post from November 17, 2015.

By focusing on gratitude and unplugging, perhaps you can have a more positive peace of mind while taking in the sights, sounds, smells, and wonders around you, ones you might not notice if you are scrolling through your Facebook feed or writing an anger-filled comment.  It’s a great week to do so.

Choose gratitude.  Choose to live in the moment.

I’m so glad I did.