Chicken Soup and Tissue

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, taking care of family, and working the daily grind sometimes we find sitting;in front of a bowl of chicken soup with a box of tissue. Now if I looked at this from my daughter’s perspective she would be beaming from ear to ear, grateful for the extra time off from school, and all of the work that comes with it. So I suppose at times like this it’s all about perspective. What do we do when life throws us a curve and we have to change our plans?

If your like me you go down fighting. I usually try to work feverishly in my office with hand sanitizer, and sprays until it becomes very apparent that my body is like “woman would you just quit already”! So this week I am taking the my daughter view on things and as I nurse myself back to health. While I ride out the viral crud bugs I am going taking advantage of the downtime to do the following:
1. Catch up on reading those really cool blogs I usually don’t have to time to read.
2. Taking a moment to do some business planning (I know it’s bad…I can’t help it I’m a grown up).
3. Finally, but most important take some time to cuddle with the ones I love who make me feel so much better when I’m sick.

So the morale of the story is life is still life whether your planning the perfect holiday or it’s just another day. The challenge is all in our perspective. If life throws you a curve ball that may require some chicken soup and tissue or some other form change you can do one of two things. You can sit around and be really upset that things aren’t going your way. This won’t help and will probably hinder you in the long run. Or you can make simple adjustments so you can roll with the curves. Now this may be inconvenient but, you’ll find life much less stressful when you chose to make adjustments. This season I’m rolling with the curves and taking it in stride. So this season take it easy on yourself and have a child-like perspective to make you smile with each and every turn.

Don’t Make a Resolution

It was just another day working at my computer when I was staring out my window. As I got lost in the moment I realized Thanksgiving had just passed and how fast Christmas and New Years was approaching. So with that frame of mind I started thinking about making a New Years Resolution. Ah yes, you know how it goes you get think of all the goals you set this year but did make, assess which ones are most important, and then put them on a list. For some it may be to take a vacation, others lose weight, or maybe find love. What’s important is we resolve to accomplish this list. That is what I really want us to think about.

My gorgeous forest preserve backyard view out my window.

My gorgeous forest preserve backyard view out my window.

If you could indulge me for a moment, I would like you to have a look at the view out of my window (the picture is up above). Now while you look at the photo think about what really inspires you? Next consider what is it that you have been wanting to do but haven’t done because of your fears? Next consider what did dream of doing when you “grew up”? Ok now I want you to stop looking at the view out my window and focus for a minute, if you can. If you were unable to answer any of those questions it’s alright you can feel refreshed because you took a moment of pause just for yourself. But, if you did answer at least one or more of those questions I encourage you not to make a resolution this year but to commit to your passion. Am I saying it’s bad to want to resolve to be more organized, get fit, or do any of these things to better ourselves? My answer is a resounding NO. What I am saying is often we make our New Years resolution ,year in and year out, without listening and giving precedence to our hearts true desires. Often we settle on our New Years goals because of our  adult sensibility or because we do what is familiar and safe. I know because I did it for years before starting my studio. So that’s why I am giving you permission to be wild, get crazy, and go out on a limb. Don’t Make a Resolution for 2013 instead live on the edge and commit to your  hearts passion! -Cicely