Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Thursday, December 30, 2010


1.  Make 2011 the year you follow through!
2.  Invigorate body and mind: exercise until your spirit soars.
3.  Other people may have opinions about where your life is headed, but only you have the power to prove them wrong.
4.  The path to fearless living goes straight through the roadblocks, not around them.
5.  Seek out foods that sustain, nourish, and warm you.
6.  Creativity goes beyond sheer artistry; it take courage to express your ideas.
7.  Disagreements offer invaluable insights. Don’t avoid them- study them.
8.  To truly detoxify your lifestyle, think about what you can add in, not just take out.
9.  The coziest homes aren’t merely filled with stuff; they’re designed to bring people closer.
10. An ending doesn’t have to be sad. It’s the only way to begin something new.

may 2011 be a magical year for everyone, thank you for crossing my path on this journey

(10 Thoughts by Terri Trespicio- Martha’s Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine- Jan/Feb 2011 issue)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Living in balance

 Living in balance can be a challenge in our day-to-day lives, but during the holidays, balance is needed in order to truly experience the spirit of the season all the way through the New Year.

How do you consistently create balance?  The answer is simple but the living of it requires focus and attention.  Here is the “how”—
Being in the present moment But what does that mean, really?

Being in the present moment doesn’t mean that you don’t plan or don’t look at the effects potential actions might bring. In fact, being in the present moment requires both of those things. It also means that you look at what is right in front of you and take it baby step by baby step to make your way to your goals.  When a stressful or urgent situation comes up, look at what is right there in sight—what opportunities are there for you to see in that moment. Being in that present moment will allow you to take action that recreates balance step by step.

For instance, say, you have a big “to do” list, and you are waiting in a long line to finish your holiday shopping. Instead of taking yourself out of the moment and worrying about all that you have to get done (getting more and more stressed and frustrated), take yourself back in the moment and remind yourself that balance is right there, now. You may find that you can then enjoy a couple of children in line laughing and being playful .  Or you might find that the elderly woman in front of you needs assistance and you are able to help her. You might notice that something you have been looking for is in a display right next to you in the checkout line.  Funny, sometimes, how being in the moment can work out, and it does bring more balance to our perceptions and experiences when we see that each moment has those opportunities for balance.

wishing you a balance, peace, and joy as we wrap up this holiday season.
(pun intended, she smiles)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

just a note and something new

Just a little note for all of you who are getting my blog posts via email… be sure and check the site, I make updates to the sections each week. The first post for any week is done after all updates have been made. I hope you are enjoying the blog, it is fun to do.

Let me know anything interesting you have that I could post…anything you would like to see more about.  Also, you can make comments for the posts directly on the site, it can be done anonymously without having to log into any other site or sign up for anything.  Just click the comment icon at the bottom of the post, make your comment and choose “anonymous”.  (Some have written their name at the end of the comment to let me know who it was.)

And… guess what? I have a new site, or actually, Jesse does. It is called BernerTails, and is still in the early stages. It will be simple posts of stories from Jesse and any of his friends I can get to contribute.  With that thought….

I am looking for any stories you have about your friends (canine or cat) I would love to have a picture of your pet(s) to post. Especially if they are one of Jesse’s park or neighborhood buddies.  Just email, snail mail, or hand it over personally.  Jess has two friends posted there now Tosha and Chole.

To access the site and see it you can get there two ways
click on his picture on the side bar of my blog

have a wonderful day and see you soon.


If you are seeing this blog for the first time... welcome! all the above goes for you too! would love to have stories for the DogBlog, suggestions for this blog, please join in and have fun.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Seeing your time pass...

      Have you ever wonder where the time went, what did you do with that time you didn’t notice pass you by?
     Well, I do, a lot, actually I use to wonder. Several years ago, I got an idea from my childhood days of my parents putting stickers or marks on a calendar of all my accomplishments and goals. 
      Thus, began my sticker book.
      In a calendar, either a small wall, mini wall, or pocket planner,  I have a series of daily, weekly, monthly, projects and goals in mind and have a sticker for each one. I keep a legend of what each sticker stands for; every time I complete or accomplish one of these I get a sticker on my calendar.  At the end of the week, month, or year you can look back and see what you have done with your time.  I even have stickers for “pajama” days, special days and events. I think this is a great idea for everyone. Little stickers are getting harder to find; so, I have a series of miniature ink stamps that I may have to use one day. However, for now I love those colorful fun stickers.
     There have been many times I have done something that I would have procrastinated…except for wanting to see that sticker on the page.
    You can even have a secret prize for yourself for keeping the calendar going all year.
     If you hang your sticker calendar on the wall at your computer, desk, or anywhere you will see it daily,  you’ll be more likely to keep it going… plus, it also shows everyone just how busy you really are.  :)

     Perhaps you can start a “sticker” chart for the New Year for goals and things you want to accomplish. Have fun with this and if you have any questions, comments, or ideas of your own I would love to hear them and even share with others if you allow.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Earth Pilgrim: Making Your Own Pilgrimage to Transform the World

At this time of year when most are looking inward, preparing to make annual resolutions, just thinking about the world and our lives, I thought I would share a person I recently discovered: Satish Kumar. In his book Earth Pilgrim: Conversations with Satish Kumar, Satish explains that sacred Earth is a gracious host to all pilgrims – and asks if we are prepared to be gracious pilgrim guests, rather than mere tourists.
    The interesting thing about this book is that it doesn’t have a beginning, middle and an end, like most books – but the conversations have a circular nature. Ideas and themes emerge, disappear and return. Through these conversations Satish present a pilgrim’s worldview of ethics, aesthetics,
spirituality, economics and politics.

The following is an excerpt from the first chapter: by Satish Kumar

     What is the difference between ordinary everyday life, and being on a pilgrimage?
For me, there is no difference; life itself is a pilgrimage. To be a pilgrim is to be on the move, physically, mentally and metaphorically. Life is a pilgrimage because life is not static. Life has no ultimate objective. Life is to be lived in every moment. The meaning of life is in the living. As a pilgrim I discover the mystery, the magic, the meaning, the magnificence of life in every step I take, in every sound I hear, in every sight I see.
      To be a pilgrim is to experience life as an endless and eternal process of being. Life is not a product, but an ever unfolding process. The moment I think of the word ‘pilgrim’ I imagine ‘movement’, ‘process’, ‘unfolding’, ‘flying’ and ‘flowing’. To be a pilgrim is just the opposite of being a tourist! As a pilgrim I care less for road-maps and more for the map of the mind. A tourist is travelling to arrive at a place, whereas a pilgrim finds fulfillment in the journey. A pilgrim embraces the unpredictable, the unplanned, the temporary, the ambiguous and the provisional. A pilgrim is an eternal guest.
   Guests do not bind themselves to a place, however joyful, comfortable and nice that place may be. The nature of guests is to love and leave. As William Blake said,

He who binds himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise.