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260 Blessings–in ABC Order

12 May

And because I seem to have had some successes with ABC order…

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Gratitude for today, May 12th, 2012–10 Blessings per Letter in ABC Order

A

  1. Apples, green ones, with peanut butter.
  2. Artichokes.  I don’t care what they cost, I still buy them.
  3. Assumptions.  Looking back, they’re always hysterical.
  4. Anchovies.  Once when I was about 7 or maybe 8, my dad was SUBMERGED in studying for the Ca. State Bar Exam.  He studied, and studied..and I missed his “Magical circle hugs” and trips to 31 flavors.

I opened up the anchovies…I don’t even like anchovies…and sat at his feet underneath his desk, and I began to eat them.  I remember at that point that he realized I need more attention.   I’ve since had a deep appreciation for anchovies.  (ick.)

5. Angels.  They’re everywhere, and I’d be lost without them.

6. Art- and creative expression- the outlet in which to free the spirit of it’s voice when there simply are no words.

7. Alliance

8. Allegiance

9. Answered prayers—even when they seemingly go unanswered.

10. Anchors—in Love, in Faith, in Family, in Service.

 

B

1. Beaches

2. Birthday Parties (Birthday CAKE, especially..)

3. Balance.  Balance.  Balance.  Balance.

4. Blessings, in ABC order, at the table before meals, in conversation, or in prayer.  To count them, and feel grateful is such a powerful way to invite MORE of all there is to be grateful for INTO your life experience.  How blessed are we to have been given such a simple, nurturing tool, to use whenever we wish, as often as we feel like.

 5. Barley, my dog.  He’s 11 today. J  Happy Birthday BARLEY BEAR!  I love my fur-kid so..he’ll never know.

 6. Babies.  (I love babies so much.)

 7. Bicycling with my boys

 8. BOYS.  I think boys, young and old, are spectacular beings.  So compassionate, so loving, so tender.

 9. Baking

 10. Barbeques with friends and Family –baked beans, blue umbrellas, beach balls in the pool, and sun block…because babies burn! 

 

(Childhood melanoma is on the rise 3% EVERY YEAR.)

 

C

  1. Carrots (California grown organic, please.)
  2. Capes on little boys who are positive they have super powers.
  3. Caves-off to explore caves on horseback with my father next month—I love exploring, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to take this trip with him.
  4. Compassion
  5. Characters—everywhere, all of ‘em.
  6. Cartoons on Saturday mornings
  7. Caring friends
  8. Calm…most appreciated of course, after a storm.
  9. Carnations.  (Those flowers seem to live forever.)
  10. Candid thoughts, uncensored.

D

  1. Dogs..mine, theirs, yours and especially nobody’s.
  2. Dreams—big Dreams, Day Dreams, Dreams come true.
  3. Deliverance.
  4. Determination.
  5. Dad!  (I’m blessed to be my father’s daughter)
  6. Deer on the hill, eating wildflowers at dawn
  7. Dandelions.
  8. Divine Appointments
  9. Due Diligence
  10. Discovery—

E

  1. Ears to listen
  2. Eyes to see
  3. Envelopes with old Love Letter inside
  4. Endeavors of the heart
  5. Embraces of greatness
  6. Eleven-my favorite number
  7. Engraved lockets
  8. Enchanted hearts
  9. Envisioned possibilities
  10. Empathetic Humans

F

  1. Freedom
  2. Finish Lines
  3. Fire-flies
  4. Family ties
  5. Fleeting moments
  6. Future Plans
  7. Fairy-tales
  8. Forgiveness
  9. “Found” Signs
  10. Finger Paintings

G

  1. Go karts
  2. Gratitude
  3. Green Initiatives
  4. Gardening—in the garden, I feel Nana with me.
  5. Good Idea’s
  6. Go-Getters
  7. Green Tea
  8. Gifts from the heart
  9. Gracious Souls
  10. Gate-Keepers

H

  1. Hello’s from strangers
  2. Hugs from loved ones
  3. Holding Hands
  4. Harriett—
  5. Happiness, self-created, chosen, claimed and celebrated.
  6. Healing
  7. Hope.  I used to despise this word.  I saw it as clingy, desperate, and full of fear.  Today, I know that HOPE is what keeps us all holding on.  I know now that it was Hope that, at times, saved my life.
  8. Harmony
  9. Hula-Hoops
  10. Heaven on Earth

I

  1. Ireland.  (Someday, I’ll take the walking tour through the Castles…I’m so looking forward!)
  2. Irish Proverbs
  3. Island Get-A-Ways
  4. Insight
  5. Indulgence-in the wonder of possibility, the release of self expression, and the Spirit of the Self.
  6. Immediate recognition of a stranger
  7. Inspiration
  8. Innovation
  9. “I love you”
  10. “I AM” cards by Traci Carman

J

  1. Jesus
  2. June (Schools OUT!)
  3. Joy
  4. Jars—specifically “Love Jars”
  5. Journeys
  6. Justice
  7. Jazz Festivals
  8. Juicy Oranges
  9. Jeans that fit PERFECTLY.
  10. Jig-saw Puzzles.  (Unless I’m missing a piece.)

K

  1. Kites
  2. Keepers
  3. Kisses
  4. Kismet
  5. Kindle
  6. Kiddos
  7. Kindness
  8. Klondike Bars (I couldn’t help it, sorry)
  9. Kitties
  10. Kettle Corn

L

  1. Love
  2. Laughter
  3. Life
  4. Legacy and the option to leave one.
  5. Learning
  6. Luminous Light
  7. Lunch dates
  8. Low rates
  9. Legos
  10. Lemons

M

  1. Motherhood
  2. Marshmallows toasted over a campfire
  3. Mountains to climb
  4. Music to dance and sing to, melt into, move with
  5. Mornings
  6. Mud Masks
  7. Mellow days
  8. Mind over matter
  9. Mistletoe in May
  10. Mistakes…or rather, the fact that there really aren’t any.

N

  1. Nudges
  2. Noble deeds
  3. Nana
  4. Needlepoint passed down in dusty boxes
  5. Nightlights (Where there is light, darkness cannot exist.)
  6. Nests filled with fuzzy baby birds in Spring
  7. New Thoughts
  8. Next Steps
  9. Natural Instincts
  10. Neutral Heart-Space

O

  1. Opportunity
  2. Open Minds
  3. Orange Cats
  4. Overgrown flower gardens
  5. Ocean views
  6. Odd folks
  7. Options
  8. Old Shoes
  9. Old Books
  10. Old Souls

P

  1. Possibility
  2. Purpose
  3. Potential
  4. Promise
  5. Please and Thank you
  6. Play
  7. Peace
  8. Perfect imperfection
  9. People
  10. Preparation

Q

  1. Quick thought
  2. Quicker Wit
  3. Quail—the babies are so, SO cute in the spring.
  4. Questions..you don’t know until you ASK!
  5. Quiet.  An opportunity for a sweet escape, no matter where you are.
  6. Quitting time…or rather, knowing WHEN it’s quitting time.  J
  7. Qat.  A flower that grows from a cactus—a great word to know for Scrabble.
  8. Quarters made before 1964
  9. Quality relationships
  10. Quotes that inspire ACTION.

R

  1. Romantic gestures
  2. Reading aloud
  3. Rest
  4. Rallies
  5. Reminders
  6. Reciprocation
  7. Reflection
  8. Root-beer Floats
  9. Reunions
  10. Red Dresses. J

S

  1. Sons
  2. Sweet Dreams
  3. Sweet Tarts
  4. Sacred plans
  5. Silly Sisters
  6. Sack lunches on field trips
  7. Sure things
  8. Sunscreen….
  9. Strawberry Lemonade
  10. Service

T

  1. Truth
  2. Tails, wagging
  3. Tree houses
  4. Tire Swings
  5. Tea Rooms
  6. Tiny Dogs in clothes
  7. Teachers and Teachable Moments
  8. Trust—in the Self and in the Process
  9. Tile (on my mind as I shop for it and prepare to create a mosaic tile top kitchen island.)
  10. Treasures. 

U

  1. Umbrellas.   “To anyone chooses to rain on our parade—we’ve got umbrella’s!” ~Laura Marlowe, Author of Tommy the Throwaway Dog, and Soul Sister of my heart.
  2. Un-doing a done—not always possible, but not always impossible, either.
  3. Untamed hearts.
  4. Uncanny resemblances
  5. Unearthed treasure from within
  6. Undeniable adoration
  7. Unicorns.  (A long time ago, when the earth was green…)
  8. Up-hill Climbs.  We’re always stronger for them.
  9. Ugg Boots (warm)
  10. Unsung Heroes

 

 

V

  1. Vacations and far a way places
  2. Variety –of life, experience, ice cream and culture
  3. Victory
  4. Varandas
  5. Valuable lessons
  6. Valued mentors
  7. Vegetarian dishes
  8. Velveteen Rabbits in houses everywhere
  9. Valentine’s Day
  10. Ventriloquists’—I love this talent! 

W

  1. Wise Souls
  2. Wishes some true
  3. Walking the dogs
  4. Willpower
  5. Warning signs
  6. Windows with Dog Art (Nose prints, whatever..)
  7. Water Wheels
  8. Wind chimes
  9. Worry free days (which can be every day, by the way.)
  10. Wyland

X

(I can do it…I can find 10 things I’m grateful for that start with the letter “x”.  If I get creative…)

  1. Xi.  (I can appreciate the formality.)
  2. Xyst (I always love a good scrabble word and know many…I have no idea what many of them mean, BUT, I know there are these great words…)
  3. Xis.  (No letter of the Greek Alphabet could ever be left out, and this just happens to be the 14th one…)
  4. Xylem.  Trust me, without this, we’d have no plant-life.
  5. Xerox copies of smooshed faces
  6. Xylophones..hours of fun as a kid, and I’m sure that this instrument not only contributed to the healthy development of the right side of my brain, it  ALSO gave me a future “X” word  for challenges such as these…  Yep, I’m grateful for Xylophones.
  7. XO (That’s a kiss and a hug.)
  8. X-Factor. 
  9.     X    X

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(Totally getting creative here..)

10.  …X.  Just X.  For the versatility and fun, and challenge that X brings to OUR alphabet.  Sure, I could have said “X-Ray”, or X-Man, or (there was one more..), but I’ll just say X.  I always appreciate a challenge of my creative mind.

Y

  1. Yellow—ANYTHING!   Such a happy color. J
  2. Yard sales.  Not so much having them, but…
  3. Yarn…oh, the possibilities.
  4. You (thank you)
  5. Yearning
  6. Yes—I love “YES”
  7. Yesterday.  It brought me to today.
  8. Yen—yet another great Scrabble word.  (Scrabble is one of my ALL TIME favorite games…LOVE Scrabble.  Obviously.  That and “Taboo”..LOVE that game!)
  9.  Yearbooks-there to remind you it was real, and that you made it.  Moving around so much as a child, I was left with very few, but the ones I do have, I cherish.
  10. Yogurt—frozen, preferably.

 

Z

  1. Zebras
  2. Zoo’s like the Wild Animal Park
  3. Zippers…I’m grateful for zippers, aren’t you?
  4. Zappos www.zappos.com
  5. Zainy Critters
  6. Zanier people
  7. ZZzzzzz..(sleep..stay with me, I can do this.)
  8. Zapata’s
  9. Zee For Hair (My memory is LONG.)
  10. Zest, Zeal, and Zealousness!  Gosh, why not choose to feel completely MOTIVATED?

Count your blessings—no matter how and no matter how many.

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

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Happy 50th Day of the Year!

19 Feb

Am I really 12 days behind schedule?   Ok, I can explain…

It’s been an exciting time!  Over the past 12 days, I’ve spent precious time with thousands of Southern California students, Appeared at the AEF Authors Festival, Lead 3 Assemblies, visited 17 classrooms, and created 525 Love Jars with 1st-3rd graders — we had one SPECTACULAR Valentine’s Day-Week! View photos in the Reading is Fundamental of Southern California (RIFSoCal) Newsletter HERE.

    60 Blessings for Today

The 50th Day of the Year

For Soul Nourishing Opportunities:


1. AEF Authors Festival

MY Thanks to the Alhambra Educational Foundation for the invitation to read my best-seller, “What Love Is A-Z” to multiple groups during this special celebration of literature.  We had so much fun!  What a *phenomenal* group of dedicated educators and staff–it was a privilege to participate and I look forward to seeing you again next year!  *Special Thanks to ASB President “Ashley” for her assistance and support during my visit.

2. FAB (Film Advisory Board Award)

“What Love Is A-Z” was nominated and won the Tribute for Excellence in Children’s Literature from the Film Advisory Board (FAB), and I am so honored!  My abundant gratitude to the board for their recognition and acknowledgement.

3. 525 Children, OH MY!  (That’s a LOT ‘o Love!)

This was a magical day–there is no other way to describe the joy, connection, celebration, friendship and LOVE that filled the air at Middleton Elementary School in East Los Angeles this past Friday!

Our youth need us now more than ever before–children deserve to feel empowered, know that they are loved and treasured just the way they are, and be reminded of just how big of a role they play in our lives now, and in the future.

Without them, what have we got exactly?

My abundant gratitude to the dedicated LAUSD staff, teachers, personnel, parent volunteers, RIFSoCal, Sandi Marvich (NuSkin), Kimberly Reid, Laura Marlow (Author of Tommy the Throwaway Dog) and most of all, to the STUDENTS, for making this day, and this life, simply magical.  You are LOVED beyond measure! 

4. My work with CCHR Florida

This organization is lead by Earth Angel, Laurie Anspach in conjunction with the CCHR Florida Youth Group (a small army of powerful young leaders who are changing the world one hug at a time).  Right now, you can purchase a copy of my book, “What Love Is A-Z” through their site, and 100% of the proceeds will support their powerful mission to serve, empower, and educate the population while exposing psychiatric violations against adults and children.

To learn more, please click the link…need support for yourself, a family member or a friend?  Call their National Hotline.  You are never alone–thanks to CCHR Florida.

5. For my team, who makes everything I do possible–we’re not meant to do it all on our own, and good thing too because, who would want to? 

For the Writers Quotes I heard along the way…

6. “I love deadlines; I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by..” ~Douglas Adams

7. “There are two kinds of writer; those who make you think, and those who make you wonder.” ~Brian Aldiss

8. Asking a working writer how he feels about his critics is like asking a lamppost how he feels about dogs.” ~Christopher Hampton

9. “No tale tells all.” ~Alexei Panshin

10. “We write to taste life twice.” Anais Nin

For the Questions the children asked me this past week during Q&A that made me laugh, think, smile, reflect and even cry… (I love being a Children’s Book Author–have I mentioned that?)

11. “Do you ever yell?”  Ask by a first grader with ponytails and pink fingernails..

12. “When I grow up, will you buy my book?” Asked by a 3rd grade boy, who planned to write a book about cars.

I told him I’d only buy his book if he promised to autograph it for me.

13. “Will you come back every Friday?” Asked by a 2nd grader who thought it would be a great idea to do Love Jars and book readings each and every Friday.

While I whole-heartedly agreed that there would be no better way to spend our Fridays, I let the child know that I’d have to run that idea past the school board…

14. “Do we get a copy of your book?”

Thanks to RIFSoCal, I was able to answer, “Yes”.
Thank you, RIFSoCal!

15. “Do you ever take kids home to your house?”

No…but trust me when I say I want to!

They are just so cute…
For the gifts my family gave from the heart for Valentines Day–one of my most favorite Holidays:

16. Flowers…

(I realize they came from the neighbors yard..he’s little…he meant well.)

17. Two words: Sees Candy.

This has to be what Heaven tastes like.

18. Homemade cards, with coloring that runs ever so slightly outside the lines in an obvious display of concentrated effort on behalf of well intending child.

Children are what love is.

19. For Love Letters.

20. For Heart Shaped Rocks.  They make excellent Paperweights.

For adventures and the folks you meet along the way:

21. For the man in East LA, who couldn’t speak English, but understood I need directions–he grabbed a napkin and pen from his glove box, and drew me a map, and then sent me on my way with a smile and a nod.

22. For good (and very brave)  friends who help drag homeless drunk people and their belongings out of the street while everyone else drives by, narrowly missing his legs (thank you, Catherine–you’re an Earth Angel).

23. For the kid ahead of me in line who didn’t have enough money to pay for his Subway Sandwich.

Love shares, knowing there is always enough.  God bless the people in line who offered to contribute.

24. For One Way Streets…or rather, for the fact that I have survived going the wrong way on these streets more times than I can count.

I guess what I’m really grateful for here is my survival…

25. For safe travels…I’ve done a lot of traveling during the past 12 days, and I’m grateful to be home, safe and sound.

For Sunday Mornings

26.  The Quiet

27. The snoring dog at my feet as I type

28. The scent of fresh cinnamon rolls

29. The coupons that wait patiently in the center of the LA Times

30. Hot tea with Honey and Mint Sprigs from my garden

31. Mismatched Fuzzy Socks

32. The hummingbird who stares through the kitchen window…what is he looking for exactly?

33. Free time to meditate, engage in pilates, and open my heart space

For Sunday Plans, loosely unstructured–

34. Bike Rides to the park

35. Sidewalk Chalk

36. Thank You Notes

37. A visit to our Monkey at the Moorpark Zoo

38. Raspberry Frozen Yogurts

39. Time to gather clothing donations for Tuesdays pick-up

40. For the fact that I love my life the way I do–I see any plans, no plans at all, and the plans the fall in mid-flight, all as blessings.

41. For my personal Truth, Beliefs and Feelings, and for the freedom to respectfully share them without consequence in the United States of America.

Newt Gingrich frightens me.  I realize he has a purpose–we all do–

but still, he scares me a little.

A man who believes that our countries poorest children should be mopping our floors, is likely a man who should be…mopping our floors.

K, I feel better now.

42. For Women who bend the rules a little in the name of greater good.

It’s been said that no well-behaved woman has ever made history.

43.  For how good this feels…

44. For the dedicated and unparalleled educators and faculty members of the LAUSD.

Let us honor those who teach to serve the children and the world.

45. For free-will.

When you hear bad news (and there’s plenty of it floating around these days within the sound bytes of life), don’t ask “God, why?”; instead ask, “God, how can I contribute to the solution?”
You’re here on purpose, there are no mistakes, and it’s all unfolding in divine order. Please do not look away–instead, look within.

Please, please, do not play small.

46. For gratitude in and of itself

47. For the healing effect this soul food called “Gratitude” has on my life

48. For the blessings that roll through me as naturally as breathing

49. For the ability to express myself in words, so that I might never burst…

50. For the 50th Day of the Year–so far, I am LOVING 2012!

60 blessings today–we’re nearly through, yet I could go on and on.

For what we must always remember:

51. Our potential is limitless.

52. All things are possible with Love.

53. We were created to shift the world..each of us, in our own magnificent way.

54. We were created to raise our voice, and the vibration of humanity.  There is no mistake that you or I are here right now.

55. The answers are inside you–all of them.  The hardest part about that is being quiet long enough to listen…but it’s worth shutting up for.

56. We are each one whole part of a bigger whole.

57. We were each created for greatness–each meant to contribute something, or some things, that no one else on earth could possible offer.

I swear…

58.  To forgive is to set yourself FREE–love yourself enough.

59. We are each perfect, just the way we are.

60. There is no more powerful way to shift your perspective, and your life, than to count your blessings.

What are you grateful for today?