It’s too hot

…to go out and play. Actually, to go out and do anything at all in the afternoon.
I don’t even have the energy to walk over to the beautiful pool at our imageapartments.

I’ve been staying indoors, daydreaming about running away to cooler climes, watching a new series (to me) on Netflix and getting a lot of writing done.

And that’s great news for me. After wondering where I was going to find the motivation to get back to work on my book, I woke up two days ago and did a word count. I was excited to realize that I was  more than halfway there! Since then I’ve been adding a couple of thousand words a day. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s NOT a train!

imageSpeaking of trains – the Netflix series we have been enjoying is “Hell on Wheels.” It’s a down-and-dirty Western about the building of the Trans-Pacific railroad in the wild west. It’s a bit more realistic than I’d like – I have a weak stomach when it comes to bloodshed, but I look away.  The lead actors are engaging and very sexy. Can you say “smoldering?”  The costuming, hair and makeup are wonderful and the series is deliciously character driven.

We also enjoyed Lillehammer with Steven Van Zandt (of both Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band and The Sopranos fame). In the series a mob guy gets a new identity and a relocation to Sweden – where his darkness and chaos are a stark contrast to all that freezing brightness and order.

And speaking of that, freezing sounds good right about now.
XO Donna


Time…is on my side

image“You don’t take action because you are motivated…you get motivated by taking action.”

I never would have thought that was true, but I learned differently during this move. I had to do so many things I didn’t feel like doing, and it took longer and ran later than I wanted. But I was hustling like my hair was on fire, and “shit got done!”

Have you ever noticed how we can drag our feet on something, but when we finally get in gear, magic happens?

It’s been two weeks since the moving van pulled up in our driveway. We feel more settled, more organized, and we love living in this smaller space!

Large windows and patio doors make for a nice bright inside/outside connection.
Even with all of this rain. A pretty view doesn’t hurt, either. Sitting on our patio in the evenings, a pair of birds I’ve never seen before have come to harass us. I’m thinking Scarlet Tanagers, a male and female.

And the best part is that we can be at any number of cool places within 15 minutes! Yesterday evening on our way to dinner we explored some of the back-roads that lead down to Lake Austin, and I gotta tell ya, it’s as beautiful as any of the roads we’ve ridden anywhere else in the country.

Now that I’m not driving 10+ hours a week, or working on our old house all of the time, I am motivated to finish my book and to start sewing again.

One of the young women I work with laughingly says, “Chillin’ like a villain.”

That’s me, love.
XO Donna

Attitude of gratitude

Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.”  Jack Canfield

Some days are easier than others. I got out of bed this morning later than I should have in order to wake-up “gracefully.”  Instead,  I had to jump up, make the bed, inhale some yogurt and fruit, shower, grab paper-work and be out the door to make an appointment. I called to check that it would be okay to be 10 minutes late. “Yes, come on in,” they said.  After that, I had to hurry to the next appointment. And then stop at the store. Now, two hours worth of driving later, I am finally at home in front of the keyboard and feeling relaxed.  And grateful to be writing.

I have been focusing on gratitude for the last two weeks. A dear friend gave me a book to read, and I have been reading it in between clients at work, and a few pages at bedtime each night. I have been feeling and seeing changes in my life already! 

Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.”  Tony Robbins

The other thing I have been focused on is “intention.”  Rather than complaining about what you don’t want, or don’t have, pay attention to what you do want in your life.  When you’re taking motorcycle safety classes, they teach you, “Don’t look where you don’t want to go!” I personally like things to be framed in a positive way, so I would restate it as, “Look in the direction you want to go.” On a Harley, things happen fast.  In life it can take a little longer, but if you focus on where you want to go, and what you’d like to create, and have, you will get there.  However, if you are always focusing on what you don’t have, what you don’t want and how you don’t want to feel…you’ll be stuck.  And stuck just ain’t sexy! 

wooden open doorGratitude opens the doors to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You open the door through gratitude.”    Deepak Chopra

Back to the book I have been reading – it’s an old book, published in 1925.  It is The Complete Works by Frances Scovel Shinn,  a compilation of four of her famous books on the Law of Attraction.  Her thoughts and ideas  have been called “essentioal guides that help readers find prosperity, solve problems and have better health.”  They opened the door for many, many of the self-help and motivational teachers and books that came after her, including some of my favorites: Zig Ziglar, M. Scott Peck, Wayne Dyer, Shakti Gawain, The Dalai Lama, Tony Robbins and a best-selling book on the topic; The Secret.  All teach that we are magnets…and choose what we attract, both consciously and unconsciously. 

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”  Meister Eckhart

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my blog. I am so grateful for you!

XO Donna