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Five (5) Years Ago

Found in my reader this week.

“Setting Me Free”
by Beth Hart
Thank you to Miss Beth Hart
©tjtaylor2013
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Let Your Soul Giggle

* This post is dedicated to a new friend, a new reader of LBB.~   ** Please See Below

I like being mindful of all the wonders in the universe.
Maybe I have been whittling down risks lately because of some misguided fear of taking a risk with my heart. The safety factor in place. 
Safety in not venturing beyond or outside of my comfort zone.
No risks taking involved there.
While reading another blog about the blogger’s adventures on his weekend meanders. It woke me up. 
Hello.
Summer is over here in North America.
But also means my favorite season of the year is coming upon us.
 
I have been forgetting..
By being so caught up in just living I have forgotten that when we look upon the Universe with an open heart we allow our inner wanderer…. well…to wander.
The adventurer within us awakens, we make choices of which paths to follow.  
Making the most wide awake choices for our lives while watching to be mindful that we are not whittling down the choices out of fears just so that we are living without risk.
This cannot be loving the living of life to its maximum potential. 
 
Admittedly, there are times when living life isn’t about loving life quite so much. 
Thankfully for me these times have been few and short-lived enough that seeing the light in the storm again was fast & forth coming. I know this is not necessarily true for everyone. And I certainly do not mean to minimize this is any way.
Finding that light sometimes takes practice, which I mean in terms of utilizing skills and tools on a regular routine so that if and when that light starts to dim you can find the candles you need. In the dark. Quickly.
It absolutely is about finding those things that will allow your soul to giggle again and bring you back into the full brilliance of your life. 
 
When this happens in my life I hear my spirit calling me out. 
I feel my spirit almost screaming within my soul, typically its that call out for a revival. 
For a ‘revival’ in my world I pull out all the stops. I lift the lid completely off my tool box that over the years I created, it holds the tools I need that help soothe my soul, heal my heatbreaks, and repair my mental wounds.
Candles included at no charge.
I start looking for the right tool, for the right job. 
 
,My Spirit
Takes Flight
I am hopeful
and I am free;
To express
To Explore
To begin
To be Me

( from my journal  12 February 1999- Seattle Washington )
 
Having a tool box filled with skills that can saw right through shadows that tend to try to diminish living in brilliant light can lessen the impact of those shadows. 
The shadow might still will be there, but you will have found that favorite set of candles, and you can begin lighting your way back to where the light shines again, without assistance. 
 
Tools & skills are the necessary component for any job, and lets face it, living is a full-time job. Why not have a tool box full of life skills and tools? 
 
 I have had this list in a journal since the mid 1990’s when my health took a nose dive into a shadow that took me out of the equation of loving living life for four years. I began to fight my way back without any toolbox created initially…. Building as I learned.
I had to start collecting tools on the fly. 
 Lessons were learned, and looking back at old journal writing in recent days I have been reminded so beautifully that said tool box of mine that I gave moved with me twice is still filled to the brim with expensive & customized tools. I paid a lot in my life to earn them. I should use them.
Filled with the life lessons that became my mental tool box that help me stay grounded.
 
I thought since I was in obvious need of the gentle reminders lately that sharing them out loud would help create a permanent mind-set for me. A mind-set that when I see the light flickering warning of a pending storm that I recognize it right away. Before all the brilliance is dimmed completely. 
I do well to remember and go directly for my tool box. 
So I am sharing. 
  • Pace Yourself:
The first and most important thing to be mindful of is relaxing all muscle tension; taking deep and slow cleansing breathes. Let go of all body tension by practicing relaxation techniques (the Internet has a plethora to choose from)
Re-examine and reflect on any stressful circumstances with a relaxed body so your choices are clear. 
Let go of any stress you have no control over. Change how you think about it, maybe change your expectations. 

 

  • Create & Strengthen your mental muscle. 
Be real about your personal needs and wants for yourself, while also expressing them to those important in your life-where applicable.  Don’t settle for less.
 Turn your limitations into your dreams and hopes.assets.
Get outside of your own head. 
Look at life through some one else’s eyes and their perspective.
 Have empathy for others, so you may empathize with yourself.
Remember there is never just one way to do something. We have the choice to choose from many. 
 
  • Make Work & Pleasure a balance. 
Have a GOOD time loving your life.
Be active in your days, doing what feels good to move your body.
Make your work enjoyable, not dreaded.
Reflect on what things you know will bring you pleasure,
 And Do them.
Eat & sleep well. Don’t sweat it when you cannot. 
Keep connected with people you enjoy. And/or animals.(domestic or otherwise)
 Make an effort to open yourself to new friendships. 
I have said it before and it’s worth repeating; I am meeting the most amazing people these days.
Finding and making new friendships is the quite possibly the most priceless of tools to have inside that tool box. It might even be said it is a skill. 
 
* * I recently became friends with a woman whose name is Donna. I want to share here how this “amazing” woman blew me away. Her kindness of friendship in reaching out to me by taking a moment to share what she was thinks about my writing still leaves a smile in my heart today. This friend knows the skill & art of making friends, and nurturing friendships. I have a sense she knows how important this is.
She made my soul giggle with delight,
This post is for her.  Thank you so much Donna (from FB)
 
Open yourself to new friends. New possibilities. 
 
  • Make a personal plan of action.

Take time to be alone with your reflective thoughts. Think, examine, summarize, and discover all your options before you decide. 

Then plan. Then execute. 
If your light in your loving life begins to dim, have that tool box at the ready. Know without much thought the candle needs to be lit, and tbat know where exactly you have your candles stashed for emergencies. 
 
Remember this gem my grandmother use to say ” every storm runs out of rain.”
Do something every day that feeds your spirit.
Make that something be what puts a giggle in your soul today.
©tjtaylor
 

Blog-Keeping; Not To Be Confused With….

…..housekeeping.

Not to be confused with the domestic kind, so don’t go away. It is not what you think.

There will be no need for any outside help for this Blog Keeping project  I am not talking about housekeeping on this blog. And though there will be some re-arranging to do I will not require you to move that heavy over-stuffed sofa a dozen times while I decide where it looks best. Not this time. 

It has long been my intention to use my maiden name for a book I am writing, and anything else that will follow. I have become of the mindset just recently of another project. so the timing of this bit of Blog-Keeping is more than appropriate.
  Blog-Keeping 101… well that would be for this blog, my Barefoot Baroness Blog.
 2013 started out for me as a new year with new beginnings in many ways. Realizing how quickly time can pass, and yet again how it slows unmercifully down at times. I know now is the time to make some much-needed changes. Before I know it a year will have come and gone. It happens s fast.
One the new beginnings for me is changing my pen name that I write under here at WordPress. This will be true for any where my name will appear. I have been given as a gift this beautiful copy write signature widget below. I love the look of it and it feels professional. The fonts are almost like my own hand writing which was purely accidental, and makes me all that more smitten with it,

So….Let me introduce to you my new name “old” name. This would be me, the original.
I would like strike that. I would love to thank my dearest & “Bestest” friend from the UK;  Gerry who has his own blogs “restawyle”  & “Writing Hell” (see links below) along with two other blogs he & I are partner shipped in. (Bring Them Home & Cyklopps Rides Again.)
Signature 2013
  Those who know Gerry know him to be a kind and generous man. This gift of my new copy write widget is evidence if his generosity and kindness. This little beauty did not design itself and though its above my know how I do know at least the work that went into creating this, and it’s not slight.
If you have not met Gerry please look into his blogs and the wonderful blogger you are missing.
Because Gerry has written two novels each  in a 30 days time frame during  the last two Nano seasons (2011 &2012( while also winning Nano two years in a row I look to him for support and inspiration in all that I write. It does not hurt that he is also my best friend I have had the blessing to meet here at WP.
Thank you so very much My Kind Gerry for your absolute generous and thoughtful gift.
You certainly know how to make a lady smile.
I thank you my friend for your unconditional loyal support, and your patience.
(Gerry’s links to his fabulous blogs)
If you are looking for something different you need to look no further than Gerry’s blogs I promise you will be delightfully entertained & possibly held captive by his stories.
I am.

CyKlopps28

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://geetoni.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/now-taking-your-requests-2/

 

 

 

 

Signature 2013

Invitation to Passing Notes. Part 2 of 2~ Come play

Below is the  part of the content in part 1 of 2. If passing notes strikes a chord join in please.

To see part 1 and to read my note I am passing, go to my post @

https://tonij.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/1097/

I realized that while having so much fun playing by passing notes and trying not to get caught I left off a rule. A good rule too. I should have passed this note of mine on to at least 3 other people who have no idea we are meeting like this again. For many of us this is the first time since finishing school.

I also found this cool site on note passing..er.. on How to Pass a Note in class Thought it would add another elemental interest.

http://www.wikihow.com/Pass-Notes-in-Class

[tongue in cheek she says: “So to be in complete compliance and to add more volume to the notes being passed I am alerting three mates to join in the fun. I cannot wait to see their notes being passed and will keep my fingers and toes crossed that the boys coach does not catch anyone.”

Okay my 3 mates who I’d love to get in trouble with are……drum roll please….

http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com/

http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/

http://dailysweetpeas.com/

And I have to add one more because I know this person would be a blast to hang out with.

http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/

So my dear mates get writing straight away and start passing them notes around. And plueeeezzzeee do not get caught! If you do you must eat your note before you will soon begin to sizzle and all evidence will go up in smoke!  Have fun!

Remember getting in trouble for passing notes to your friends and they back to you? The teacher always intervening and disrupting the pass?

If so, and you were somewhat a fan of passing notes read on. If you have not passed notes in class before you are in for some cyber delight of the same thing. If you were one who was not so much into it and waffled back and forth as long as you are not going to be turning anyone of us in, read on.

It’s the cyber version for adults, or ahem.. kids that are still growing up. Like me. And then there is the awesome opportunity to write. Like you or I need any excuse but its fun to change things up a bit every so often. And this does, this did, do that  for me.

The directions or How to:

In your notebook, (remember notebook paper, wide or college ruled. Your choice.  And then list the following:

1.What is your name?

2.Blog URL?

3. Write: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

4  Favorite quote?

5,  Favorite song? (at the moment)

6.  Favorite band/musician/singer? (at the moment)

7.  Say anything you want

©tjhelser 2012