Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

Who Needs a Theme Song?!

Earlier this week, a good friend who is one of my beta readers for Book #2, told me I need a theme song. Something to inspire me and pump me up when I am feeling like I am struggling, when I am floating in a sea of self-doubt. In other words, daily… 🙂

She sent me this beautiful song on my phone and I fell in love with it. Now I definitely need to see The Greatest Showman!

What a beautiful and uplifting song!

What is your anthem this year??

Other choices in the running for my theme song for the year…

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

Required Reading for the New Year

A new year should always bring a brand new stack of books at your bedside…

on the coffee table…

in your purse or backpack…

If any of these titles inspire you, go ahead and click on the italicized title. I linked them to their amazon page to make your shopping easier! 🙂

Even though I refuse to set resolutions for 2018, I will be reading Get It Done by Sam Bennett. There are always projects on my back burners and never enough time in a day. Any advice or tricks are appreciated!

I do want to clear space in the coming year – space in my home, space in my life. I am tired of spending what little down time I have running errands and doing chores. I believe that clearing the clutter in our lives and the shoulds from our minds will go a long way towards helping me to free up time, space and energy for my more creative pursuits. So, A Year to Clear and Your Spacious Self are on my to-be-read pile.

M.J. Ryan is a favorite of mine. I reread This Year I Will every January! If you have ever had a dream you wished to pursue, a habit you wanted to break, or a change you wanted to bring to your life, THIS is your book!

This year, I plan on adding The Happiness Makeover to the queue. Another M.J. Ryan!

Another book that I am hoping will help instill the tiny changes that lead to bigger ones – Just One Thing.

As many of you who follow my blog know, I have issues with anxiety and depression. I have added How to Train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness to my reading list for the new year. I am hoping to learn how to incorporate mindfulness into my daily life as a way of keeping the mind-gremlins at bay!

Sometimes my anxiety and depression get in the way of me being social or trying new things. I am hoping Year of Yes may inspire me to change that!

I came across 10% Happier on my Facebook feed. It looks like it could help those of us who can’t seem to get our of our own way.

I bought You are a Badass last year and never got to it. Definitely, needing the lessons in this book in my life. Self-doubt destroys so many dreams before they ever get off the ground.

I fell in love with Cheryl Strayed’s writing in Wild.

This new gem landed on my search feed recently and immediately went into the cart. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar is a completely different approach to her very own brand of magic.

Speaking of magic… I can never get enough of this wondrous book! Big Magic is an inspiration. This is another book that I love to dip in and out of whenever my creative spirit needs a boost.

 

Church of Small Things landed on my radar last summer and has been on my kindle wish list. It asks if our ordinary, every day lives are significant? Is it okay to be content with the “small” stuff – working in an office, being a stay at home mom? Is it okay that we do not all run out and have wild and grand adventures and invent space travel?

Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me screamed at me from the suggested reading list on Amazon. Sometimes the universe drops the subtle act and just throws a book at us.

Simply Tuesday: Small Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World… Again, the universe’s not so subtle nudge.

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of this Wild and Glorious Life jumped off the screen and onto my kindle by sheer virtue of the title.

I actually came across this gem in Michaels while Rob was looking at paintbrushes. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself is on the top of the pile. I think learning to free ourselves from the limits of our habitual thoughts is something we all need to do.

What can I say? I love Shauna Niequist. This lovely book, Cold Tangerines, is a breath of fresh air. Ms. Niequist has a way of looking at the tiny incremental moments of every day life and making them extraordinary – a skill I long to cultivate in my own life.

Another Shauna Niequist book that is on my to-be-read pile is Present Over Perfect. As a long-time sufferer of my own inner critic, I can honestly say that getting over the need to be perfect (or at least appear to be!) is a life-skill that I need in my life.

Again, with the inner critic… Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Loving Yourself seems like a wonderful teacher to add to my collection.

There are a few books I read every year. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg is one of them. I can think of no better book to make you long to put words to paper. The trick is to put the book down long enough to actually do the writing! 🙂

The Encore just appeared on my radar last week. Just in time to make it to the must-read list for 2018! The inspirational story of an opera singer who survived a double lung transplant, not once but twice. I think whenever I start to feel as though I can’t do something, I will need to pick this up for a swift kick in the butt!

Well, that should keep me busy, at least for a few weeks! What are some of the books on your reading list for 2018??

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

365 Days to Fill

Every new year brings the same questions… What to do? How to fill those 365 days and make them count…

Letting Go in the New Year

I have not been over to the WordPress Reader yet today but I am sure there will be many posts about New Year’s resolutions and starting fresh. That is my favorite part of January 1st ~ a clean slate, 365 unfilled days to write as I choose.

That is also the scariest part of January 1st… 365 empty days stretched out ahead of me that should be filled with inspired acts and wise words. (No pressure, though, right?!)

I read on Facebook earlier this week that you have to first let go of what is not working for you in order to make room for anything new. I think this is excellent advice, though I admit it is most difficult to follow.  We must clear our hearts and heads of the negatives, the mistakes, the missteps, the trial and error that did not work for us in the past. Without doing this, you don’t have the space and freedom to bring forth a new way of thinking and being.

Whew! That came out sounding pretty new age-y, huh?! 🙂

But it is true.

It is scary enough to consider a new year as a blank book to be filled by every thought and action you are going to have in the days and months ahead. But to face that prospect while still lugging around the garbage we collect mentally and emotionally throughout the previous year is just asking for trouble.

How can we expect to get in shape and lose weight, when we are mentally bashing ourselves for every cupcake we consumed in 2012?? How can we face the thought of yet more rejections in our creative life, work life, love life, when we are toting forward all the dread and frustrations from the last year’s attempts at publishing, promotion, life long happiness?

The answer is – we can’t!

We have to clear our hearts of the pain from past attempts and failures to make it possible for the seed of anticipation and excitement to start to grow there. We have to make room in our lives for something new and different!

So the book did not find an agent last year? Time to revamp the query letter, perk up the synopsis, network with more writers, try a different approach. Maybe it is even time to look into self-publishing.

So you didn’t make the time last year to learn to cook, work with that new camera, travel to a foreign land, beef up your savings account, try your hand at day-trading… Whatever it was that you had on your resolution list for 2012 that did not become reality, forget about it! 2012 is over. You cannot go back and make it happen last year. BUT you can make it happen in 2013.

If those dreams and goals are still stirring your heart, try a different approach to fit them into your life this year. Take a giant step and actually sign up for that class that you have been eyeballing in the local continuing education catalog. Sign up with that personal trainer and commit to getting in shape.

Whatever your dream or resolution, that is the key word… Commit. Commit to yourself, commit to your life and living your dream. No one else can make it happen. This is your year!

But first, commit to letting go of what has not worked for you in the past. Let go of negative self talk and mental bashing for the things you did not do last year, for the attempts that did not pan out, for the resolutions you broke by January 2nd.

This is a new year and you have 365 days to fill in as only you can.

What will you do with them?

A Special Christmas Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are usually rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week and to celebrate this wonderful season of giving, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

OOPS!

I am so very sorry for the crazy pile of emails and posts that landed on the internet this afternoon from my blog!! Had a bit of a snafu!

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