Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Question Of The Day


Last year was defined by change and hard work and tiredness. We spent a good deal of time getting settled and working on making our house a home. It was certainly a productive year but not a very playful one. I have different expectations for 2018. I'd like to build a garden, take road trips, explore our city, volunteer, keep working on my drawing skills and maybe even learn to play the keyboard. I'd also like to meditate on things, explore my spiritual side, release negative energy, connect with the earth, and focus on keeping myself mentally and emotionally healthy. I want this year to include words like calm, balance, connection and exploration. My goals are simple but joyful.

How about you?

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  1. Get all rooms painted

    fix some various other house problems

    get a riding lawn mower (I'm tired of killing myself in summer)

    rule the wor... you didn't see that

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    1. By all means, Adam, to ahead and rule the world. I won't squeal on you :)

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  2. I love connection......it's what life is all about for me these days. Happy New Year!

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  3. My goal is to do only what I want to do!

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  4. Hi Martha :))
    I LOVE your goals! :) As you know, I especially love the spiritual and gardening goals. :) I chose two words for 2018 that I am really REALLY going to work hard on: UNDERSTANDING and NON-REACTION. Understanding is all about giving myself a break and allowing myself to feel every emotion without apologizing for it. (I often fall into the trap of saying "I'm sorry" when I feel something negative). I know I'm allowed to feel it! Ugh...past experiences....anyway...Non-reaction is a big one for me. I've often described how I seem to mentally, emotionally and physically take on the emotions of others around me. Like...when I'm out and there are some idiots doing dumb things, I can feel that negative energy and it makes me sick. The other day Alex had a problem with a company that was causing him a lot of misery and I actually got a stomach ache when he told me about it. I always said I'm "over-empathetic" but I guess the word is "empath". It can be good when it's good, but when it's bad, I really suffer. So I'm trying exercises to practice NOT reacting to other people's moods and energies. It's tough though, but I need to put some kind of protective field around myself or I'm a puddle of emotions! :)

    Oh...and eat more cheese lol! :)

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    1. Those are such great words, Rain. And both very challenging for most people. Non-reaction is especially difficult to work towards. But I believe that you can do anything you put your mind to. I am very empathetic, so I totally understand what you mean. Here's to a great year for you! I hope you meet all these goals. And more cheese sounds awesome LOL

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  5. I don't consciously make goals yours are great.

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  6. Your goals sound great - similar to mine actually except I gave away to my kids both a piano and a really nice keyboard, when we moved and downsized. I spend an hour or more in the morning before I get up reading spiritual metaphysical books and then meditate about a half hour and i'm good to go for the day. I also found a technique that keeps me "anchored" as much as possible for me at this point, in the present moment - that is where the miracles happen because u have to be present and aware to see them. So my goal is to be more present of everything in my life so I can receive the presents.

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    1. I LOVE your mornings, Sandy. And I love those types of books. I have a small collection of them. Do you have any particular favourites? I haven't started meditation yet but would like to. It's something I know would be good for me.

      I like your goal! Excellent choice.

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    2. i was going back and looking at your "questions' and realized i never came back to reply. Believe me I can give you a mountain of a list - I've been collecting metaphysical material since the late 1970's ...starting with jane Roberts Seth Books and wow, Ruth Montgomery and Cayce but then it really took off later -...everything from a Course in Miracles to ...Joel Goldsmith ....of course Wayne Dyer, Deepak - all of these before they became mainstream before Oprah ever had them on. Also Louise Hay - way back in 1985 I met her at a church of religious science, when my mom had cancer. She went mainstream and became a huge voice in the metaphysical community...and then there is so many more...lol.

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  7. Great goals. All the best to you in reaching those goals.

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  8. Sounds like 2018 is full of promise for you. Great goals. I especially like the garden aspect because having your hands in the soil is a great bridge to all the spiritual goals. How fun to do a little traveling, too. Got any ideas where to go yet?

    As a family, our goal is to get the folks settled in town in either their own home or one of ours. Then we need to prepare their house on the river for sale. Personally, I have two more rooms to paint, tub-surround walls to knock down, rebuild and tile. I also want to get my art supplies organized and get my studio up and running again.

    Most important is to deep breathe, trust that all will be well and remember to relax. As the Guy keeps telling me, shoulders do not belong up around the ears; relax!

    Oh, and I am definitely getting out to Massachusetts to see my daughter and family.

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    1. We are hoping to take a tropical vacation but not sure if it'll be financially possible this year. But we will definitely take roads trips to neighbouring areas and explore our own city. Perhaps get away for a weekend if an extended trip is not possible.

      It sounds like a busy year for you, with some great goals. I hope it all works out well. That art studio sound exciting!

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  9. My goals are to dance more and keep writing.
    Have a very playful, creative, and fun year, Martha.

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    1. Sounds wonderful, Robyn! We should also dance a little more :)

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  10. My goal is simple - survive the next surgery and recover to get back to a normal outdoor life!

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    1. That's a great and important goal. And I wish you luck with it!

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  11. i loved your goals ,simply perfect i must say!

    i never made any yet (so boring) but now i feel need to have some just to make my existence more visible and vibrant

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    1. Thank you, Baili! I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for you and your family.

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  12. If I may, Martha, I like a few of yours. You have unofficially become my mentor. Thanks.

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  13. All wonderful...thanks for sharing them!

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  14. Those are good goals. I just want to be easy and flexible.
    Otherwise I just might give up on my goals. I do have several
    goals I schedule to do each week. I try to keep fit and healthy.
    I want to explore new activities. I'd like to be organized with my family genealogy.
    I want to take more photos and organize them so I'll know what to do with them. Maybe I'll
    try cooking.
    If I make progress in about a third of my goals I'll consider it a success.

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    1. Those sound like great goals! I hope you have fun while carrying them out. That's most important.

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  15. Finish my degree and get a job. Get to a healthy weight and feel great.

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  16. My goals are to declutter and spruce up some rooms with a fresh coat of paint.

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  17. You are so disciplined, I know you'll do a good job on your resolutions.

    I found last year that the more I tried to improve, perversely, the worse my behavior was. I seemed to be my own worst enemy. So this year - no resolutions. It's an experiment in reverse psychology, I guess :)

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    1. HAHAHA! I loved this comment. Share what the outcome will be!

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  18. I don't tend to have goals, I do my best to spread a little happiness and kindness ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. That is wonderful, Jan. The world needs happiness and kindness!

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  19. Honestly, no set goal for 2018.

    I just jumped in for the fun, and I'll see
    where that takes me.

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    1. Sounds great! I hope it's a wonderful journey for you.

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    2. It's been great so far.
      I love shooting videos.
      But man, 2018 is whooshing past!

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    3. It is! I don't know where the heck January went :/

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  20. I'm wishing you joy, healing, and lots of positive energy throughout the year, Martha! I'm glad that 2017 is behind me. It had some wonderful highlights, but some definite lowlights. This year I'm focusing on being more accepting of things that happen and not being so anxious and frustrated when I can't control things. Haha ~ Like you can control things.

    We're going to be in Hawaii in less than three weeks, and I keep going over the false ballistic missile warning that went out this morning. I keep trying to imagine how I would have reacted ~ I know the Waikiki area so well. We really need to remember how wonderful life is and how important the people (and animals) in our lives are. I had to hug Terry extra hard when he got back from playing pickleball today. Sending you more hugs!

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Louise. We get sidetracked by other things and forget how precious life is and all living beings in it. This year I'd like to stay more focused and appreciate these things.

      How wonderful about your trip to Hawaii! I hope you have a great time. As if you couldn't! LOL

      (That false missile warning was tragic. I can only imagine the panic and fear it caused.)

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  21. Getting all of my new books and short stories released for this year, and/or writing/editing them

    Getting my older books redone so they can be put under their own ISBNs and my publishing imprint.

    Get my #teenblogger book to Ellen.

    Figure out what I'm doing with my jewellery company.

    And that's just some of them.

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    1. Sounds like a very busy year ahead! Wishing you well on all your plans!

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