Isn’t the New Year the perfect time to talk about dreams??? Oh yes! Musica
Be your own little harbor.
Bubble baths are perfect for dreaming . . .
Nap with kitty . . .
Spend time with best friends . . .
Go on a date . . .
Wish on stars . . .
Spread sunshine in your own inimitable way . . .♥
Make hot chocolate for someone you love . . .♥
Get some exercise . . .
Hug somebody . . .
Write down your dreams.
I have a word to say about this one, because dreams need to come out of the clouds and down to earth before you can get your hands on them. When I moved into my first little house on the island, (Holly Oak, in the photo in the post below), I didn’t know what my dreams were. I was flailing around in life at the time (even more than usual) and dreams were just too BIG; they were like infinity; I couldn’t begin to choose one; I couldn’t even bring them into focus. I knew what I didn’t like about my life; I could go on all day long about that. But the question, “What do you want?” was almost impossible to answer. I was lucky because I ran into someone who taught me.
I’ll tell you what I learned; it’s such an easy little thing to do; you will probably read this and think, that can’t work. But what better time to go looking for your dreams (or even just remind yourself of them) than the first day of the new year! Doing this was the first step I took toward writing my first book. And it starts with the easy part: just get out a piece of paper and write down ten or twelve things in your life that you don’t like. Such as: I hate my job; I’m too fat; I’m alone too much; I hate my relationship with my brother; I hate the paint in the living room; I hate it that I don’t (fill in the blank: learn to quilt, write a book, practice the piano, learn French, get a kitty, go to England) ; whatever it is, just write it all down. Now rewrite your list but change it all to choices: I choose to have a new job; I choose to lose weight; I choose to invite someone to tea; I choose to improve my relationship with my brother; I choose to repaint the living room; I choose to get a kitty. Notice how just reading those words unfurrows your brow? Your dreams come into focus, they become smaller, easier to reach, possible; the kind of dreams that give you the life you truly want. It removes the negativity and puts in the true power of Y♥U. Voila, you now know your dreams. Knowing is the beginning. Then it’s a series of small steps: to write a book, first you get out a piece of paper; to get a kitty, look up the number of your local animal shelter . . .
Here’s someone’s dream coming true . . . A lovely little video that always makes me cry.
Vanna came out already this morning, half asleep but still more beautiful than a person should ever be in the morning … I almost don’t know why I let her live here! But she comes in handy for the correct pulling of a name, with the proper flourishes and glamour such a moment should have. Who else wears high heeled satin slippers with little feathers blowing around on the toes and no socks on a freezing winter day? No one.
She took her time, carefully going to the bottom of the hat, digging around touching them all, feeling for the “warm” one, as she put it . . . she apparently found what she wanted, and handed it over to me, before taking her tea back to bed for extra dreaming . . .
Before I announce the winner of my first book, Heart of the Home, and before we really get going on this new year, I just want to tell you what a PLEASURE it’s been getting to know all of you this last year. ♥ Connecting with you this way has been beyond my wildest dreams! Thank you for your lovely comments, for being my girlfriends, and for loving the little things in life.
Life is better with kindred spirits . . . MUSICA
Now, please help me to congratulate our winner, DEBRA (who has a daughter named AMY G. — if you see this Amy, tell your mom to check her email!) I wrote Debra this morning to let her know she needs to make a little more room on her bookshelf! When she emails me back with her address, I’ll sign her book, and off it will go!
And now my friends, off I go, back to the little awake-dream I’m in every day, writing this, our, book. I was at Beatrix Potter’s on Christmas Day!!! It was so beautiful! I am so enjoying imagining myself taking you there . . . I also designed the cover and chose a title . . . I think maybe one of you suggested it . . . someone did! Anyway, it fit perfectly, it’s called, A Fine Romance. ♥
Love you! Happy Happy New Year! xoxo