Perfectly Imperfect For 2017

Perfectly Imperfect. That’s what holidays are meant to be. The path of building a family is rich and rewarding. It contains the same challenges as any other path, calling for sustained effort, adaptation, resilience, strength, rebuilding after challenge, forward focus, vision, love. Here are my girls looking happy, nourished, fresh. But also funny and real. It was so cloudy in town that the girls didn’t bring their sunglasses up to the mountain. And the skiing was accompanied by a lot of falling, some challenge moments, some belly laughs. The picture is a snapshot, and the brightness of it is what I want to see when I look. I tell my eyes what to see.  I see love and happiness. 

Holidays are power packed with emotion and pressure. Enjoy the ease, ignore the ick, do only half of what you plan and savor any moments of sweetness you find. I used to live next door to one of the Seattle Times’ photographers. "How many pictures do you take at each event?", I asked him. "Oh about 200-300," he said. 

"And what’s your goal for good images?" 

My word for 2017 was Mindset. This one was a challenge during one of the toughest years I can remember for our country, world, region. But the challenges made the choice only more important. Mindset tools are essential in this rapidly shifting world. 

A reminder on my phone pinged me this morning: It said ‘Meditation/Journal’. I created the daily reminder in January (I think) and with only two days left in the year, today I will delete it. Not because I don’t do those practices anymore…no. Just the opposite. The practices of journaling and meditation have become so essential to me that I no longer need a reminder. I crave them. Through meditation and journaling, I have reconnected with what’s essential. As Abraham Hicks says, “You’ve got to vibrate slightly differently from where you are if you are going improve. You can’t keep taking score without continuing to create it as it is. To make improvement, you’ve got to reach for a different thought. "

Einstein said, “You can’t solve a problem with the mind that created it.” 

Here are tips on my own best practices for Mindset: 

Meditation: My favorite teachers for this are Gabrielle Bernstein and Dr. Joe Dispenza

Journaling: A tough practice to start, but stick with it using a ‘Morning Pages’approach. 

A personal realignment protocol: You WILL get triggered and stressed. You need a tight plan that gets you back to balance. Healthy meals, workouts, good rest, minimizing inputs. This varies for all of us. Mine is one very quiet evening, one good sleep, and two good workouts. 

Honoring the power of addiction. It's not IF we're addicted, it's to what. Recognize where it's interfering with your dreams, visions, and goals and build practices to stay strong and on track. 

Giving back to be in flowMy inspiration for a new path on this came from the wonderful book 'The Yellow Envelope'. The book brought a fresh playfulness into giving and that transformed receiving! 

Soul Tribe: Paying close attention to my 'top five'.  As business great Jim Rohn said, "You are the average of the five people with whom you spend the most time." Keep a close eye on who's on that list. 

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