In this Issue:
Unusual gift ideas
The theme of 'Beginnings' may seem more suited
to a newsletter for January. However, this card has been coming out regularly
for me in my daily meditation practice, so I decided to follow that lead and
see where it takes me. Before I settled on that I looked through all the past 'December'
pieces I have written over the years since I began writing this in 2007.
Sometimes I find an article in the 'back issues' that feels very current and
relevant and I choose to share it again.
This time my experience has been totally
different. How interesting! I felt that I didn't recognise the writer of those
words in earlier years, that I had changed so much. I plan to review the past
year for myself in detail before I write to you in January. So this is just the
beginning of that review process in a way. There have been many endings this
year as well as beginnings. Not always a direct correlation, though often there
is - the ending of my contract of employment on 31 May meant that from 1 June I
was self-employed full time for example.
The ending of the series of 'Magic Carpet Ride' workshops for this year with
the event on Saturday 21 November, means I am already reviewing and planning a
fresh programme for next year. My revitalised website is now live - which meant
saying farewell to the old self-built, organically grown (and rather creaky!)
one that I have nurtured over many years. Thank you to everyone who has already
given me constructive feedback. Just this week I have added a recorded audio
introduction so you might like to pop in and visit to hear that if you are not
familiar with the way I work as a life coach. (It is on the Welcome Page, just scroll down to find it.)
The death of my cat Sparky in September is still very poignant for me - and, we
are now ready to welcome for his successor, who will be the seventh in our line
of resident feline companions. In fact there will be two, as we have decided to
offer a home to two rescue kittens, females as they may be less likely to
stray, and we hope they will keep each other company as well. Not to mention
the fact we both love sitting with a purring cat on our laps. My apologies in
advance to anyone reading here who is not a lover of cats, as you will be
doubtless be treated to a photo or two over future months - especially if we
are linked on Facebook.
As I write, I can think of many other examples of 'beginnings' in my life over
the past year. For some reason this painting came to mind to illustrate this
piece: the title is "Into Flight". I chose that as I can see a
pattern of feathers. Feathers beating as if just about to generate the energy
needed to lift the bird off the ground into the air. The energy I feel when new
beginnings are blossoming into results that I could not possibly have foreseen
before I took the leap, made that step, dared to break out of the tight bud.
There is a risk in naming these paintings that
others will be held back in their own idea of what they see in them, so feel
free to think of it as something totally different - in fact I would be very
interested in hearing from you if you would like to share that. Equally, the
orientation I have chosen is just one possibility: it could be the other way
up, or landscape aspect, again with two possibilities. Or at any number of
different angles - there is no 'right' or 'wrong'.
For you: suggestions for your meditations or
- Looking back over the past year, do any beginnings stand out as
- Any endings?
- If you make any sort of artwork (including doodles - listen to this if you dismiss those as a waste of time!) -
choose a piece to look at, turn it in all different directions and see what you
- Alternatively, do the same with anything in your environment around you - it
could be a photo or a painting, or just as easily a practical every-day item
like a pen. Look at it, really look at it, touch it, feel the texture, smell
it, shake it and listen for any sound it makes - and write about what you
experience. (Obviously the shaking depends on the type of article, but I won't
give you a health and safety warning here.)
If you are wondering what the last two questions
have to do with reviewing your year - one answer is nothing really, just a
piece of fun. Another answer is everything - choosing to really look, to truly
see and feel what is in the immediate range of your senses can bring forth a
new awareness of everything else in your life and unexpected insights can
Unusual gift ideas
This month I decided to put together some ideas
from the very many creative and entrepreneurial friends I have. Many of these
can be ordered on-line, though you may need to check on delivery times if you
are in a different part of the world, and some are 'virtual' gifts.There are so
many I can't possibly list them all - and if I haven't included you, please
don't be offended.
* Mini Mojo Bags from TheWillowsRaven - Sheila has other items on her Etsy shop,
and also virtual offerings on her main website.
* Plant Ally and Tree Wisdom Cards (and Christmas cards too) from Lisa McLoughiln
* Made in Cornwall Directory - for a treasure
house of beautiful products all made in Cornwall have a browse here. (I am a
member but have not yet submitted an entry for the directory).
* Extraordinary paintings, prints and cards from Fleur Barnfather.
in the House of Dreams - creative adventures for dreamers and writers by
Jenny Alexander. Jenny
has written many books, and I bought this a while ago when I attended a
workshop with her. It will be my companion on a forth-coming railway journey to
London. I could have mentioned a whole library of books. I thought this was a
good one for all my creatively dreaming friends here.
Well, I have spent an enjoyable half an hour (or - looking at the clock - more
like an hour!) finding these links for you and need to stop now to finish this
to send to you for the end of the month/beginning of December.
A reminder that the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Cards are a gift that can be
used every day of the year and always provide inspiration - as I share almost
every day with my friends over on the Dare to Blossom business page on Facebook. This year there are the paintings
such as 'Into Flight' mentioned above, plus greetings cards of many of the
paintings plus a range of photographic cards. Here is the most seasonal of
those, a shot taken in our garden a few years ago on a frosty morning. Wishing
you all the joys of the coming season and may any potential stress pass
effortlessly away over your head.
As always, please feel free to comment below with your thoughts and comments.
If you would like to own a set of cards to
explore their power for yourself please visit the dedicated page.
Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my
Until next time, when we will be entering into a new year of magic and
potential for 2016,
PS The working title for my new programme for
2016 is "Rediscover your Fire and Focus" - with provisional dates for
workshops in West Cornwall already penciled in - watch this space or on
Facebook if you would like to know more.
PPS The Dare to Blossom at Home workshops will still be available to book for
you and your guests, check that option out here.