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What thought would I have to think right now to feel great?

This is the question that has been occupying my mind last night and this morning. Every time a sense of overwhelm creeps in I pause. “What thought would I have to think right now to feel great?” In an instant my perspective, my day, my body changes. I am focused and forced by the question to see my options of other thoughts and of other ways to feel.
I know questions can be one if he most powerful mood, emotion and life changers- but it’s rare for me to find one that works so universally. If this life is ours to create, the foundation, the blueprint starts with these questions.
Take some time right now while reading or next time you start to feel stressed, annoyed, even physically sick and ask yourself, what thought would I need to have right now to feel great? What do you hear? What thought are you led to?

Abundant living comes from recognizing, seeing, and embracing the abundance that is already ours. Any thought can be yours. Your wealth of thoughts abounds. Enjoy it!

I would like to offer deep thanks to Cheryl Richardson for bringing this question to me and to Louise Hay for bringing it to her. It has opened up a whole new world for me! I hope you enjoy it too!

Intention and Resolution Questions for 2013

Ever since I began a daily spiritual devotion I have gained greater clarity with each passing day and year. It is comforting to come to New Year’s Day with a peaceful heart and the ability to articulate clearly what I desire to contribute and be in the coming year and years. My goals are attainable but make me stretch. My vision is exciting. My plan to accomplish these things is enjoyable! I hope that you too enter into this year with excitement, passion and clarity!
My affirmation for myself and you is that this coming year is the best yet! That 2013 is filled with deeper love, greater growth, more abundance and joy in every day!

While we all have ways to establish our intentions for the coming year, below is an outline of questions that were sent to me and that I have found useful and enjoyable at this turning of the year. I hope you do too. I toast to you!

1. What do I truly value?
*My primary goal is:
*I want to be _________ kind of person
*How do I want to feel each day?
*What do I want to experience in this life?
*Where does love fit in to this picture for me?

2. Personal Mission Statement
*What is my goal for my daily practice?
*Share that goal with someone else.

3. How can I express myself and my goals in my life?


In Advent this is the week dedicated to Joy. A whole week where we consciously, prayerfully and merrily seek to find the bliss of being alive- fully alive. Yet I know pastors everywhere struggled to incorporate such joy with the sorrows of the news as we all did ourselves. How can you live in both […]

Happy Thoughts


Wrestling with an angel


Accepting that you’re not there yet


Running during your lunch break


Seeing the end of a long stretch of work




The tradition of live nativity scenes


Having to trust in God


Being divided as you grow another business


Accepting this


Sneaking yoga under yellow-leaved tress


Embracing Social Media


A deep clean to your office


A deep clean to your most recent proposal


Getting a handle on things


The sound of a chime calming you instantly


Reading a funny book


Old barns among pastures


Just keep moving forward


How life can take on different hues with different mindsets


Riding the roller coaster of emotions


Your favorite piece of jewelry


New, crisp business cards


When you put the dream away and start getting dirty working


Actually kissing the ground and smelling the earth


Daily exercises




The science behind motivation


Examining yourself


Leading with your heart


Falling in love


Everyone being your teacher


Not always being happy


Dressing up to fly


Who knows where we’ll be in five years


The depth that is before you


The meditation of scuba diving


Stopping my avoidance of pain and bracing myself for it


Dancing and singing at the top of your lungs


Summer Camp


Being Chaplain of a sorority


Joy being a catch-word of the season

You, a friend in life and over the page










































Happy Thoughts

Meditation to ease into sleep
Clean sheets
Family traditions
Hot spiced apple cider
When someone lays on top of you
Pecan pie
Wives that want your attention all the time
Coming up with Happy Thoughts together
Being the little spoon
Fried Oreos
Pea coats
Hot tubs
Husbands that make you laugh
Laughing until you cry being just what you need
Well worn holey t- shirts
Good friends
Smooth skin
Bundled babies
Deep leather couches

Bottled up joy

And so it begins. The excitement, the joy, the freshness of the season has arrived. Just when things are starting to look drab, when days are a bit cold, and daily routines taste a little stale it has come. I love this time. I love it because it starts with thanks and ends with love and in between is filled with movies about miracles and cookies and a twinge if not a bucketload of belief in the good of humanity. Its as if I have been given a Christmas gift early. Drops of joy that are bottled up and distributed adding a glisten to every moment. Its the excitement if seeing old friends, of giving and getting. Of photo cards coming into homes and a recognition of each other as siblings. More candles are lit than other times and its more culturally acceptable to simply be happy. Yes. It’s all wrapped up for us again this year in the rituals, the songs, the lights. And it all makes me overwhelmed with gratitude that seeps out in tears and makes me fall to the ground in worship of this Life. My blessings this Thanksgiving are too abundant to count. But I know just like looking at clear winter sky studding with more stars than can be counted that its not about a quantitative measure but our submission and awe as we recognize that we are a part of and able to enjoy such majesty.

Happy Thoughts

Writing and reading by candlelight

The anticipation of glittery Christmas Parties

Pumpkins as decorations on desks

To do lists on white boards

Always having colored pencils nearby – just in case

Morning Chai Tea

Tall skinny water bottles

Offering someone who is always upset a cup of tea

Growing up

The physical manifestations of our emotional problems


Living in clean spaces

Creamy- Creamless Tomato Soup

Morning skyscapes

Listening to your intuition

Doing what has to be done, with a smile

Being fearless when everything is on the line

Parts of life being like a spa

Diving deeper into yourself

Always going the extra mile

Letting go

Holding on

Dreaming big

“One step at a time”

Welcoming winter with blankets and warm drinks

Finding the things you left in your winter coat pocket from last year.

Simple kettlebell exercises

Routines and rituals

The ease of eating out

Being almost there

Imagining two months from now – what will you be occupied with then?

Reverse Warrior

Aligning your heart and your mind.

Using smart phones to their full capacity


Happy Thoughts

The clicks of fast typing

Opera station on Pandora


Parents getting into technology

Fresh Expo markers

Feeling prepared

Realizing stress is a choice

Learning how to choose what you want to feel

A comfortable and cozy bed

Norwex cloths

Clean spaces

Organizing all your files

Hearing from an old friend

Consciously focusing on joy

Moving into the space you want to inhabit

Joy at being alive

Little figurines of yoga poses

A mirror by your desk to help you affirm yourself

21 Day Meditation challenges from the Chopra Center

Creating rituals around the things you need to do every day

The rhythm of the seasons

Vanilla Spiced Chai Tea

Finishing a Program

“Yea, I’m pretty great”

Moving furniture around to create a new feel

Accepting and feeling your personal power

Stopping to be in awe of how it all has worked out for the best

The anticipation of the holidays

Asking God to dress you

The thought of going back to school

Dreams of future yoga studios

Visions that you have of yourself

The back and forth of living and seeking peace

Helping other people

Friends who you can speak about the Divine with

Honoring the goddess that lives within

Random hidden dancing to get you out of a funk

Getting things done

Setting a time for time that you don’t have to do anything

How a lesson will keep presenting itself until you get it.

Music that brings you into the state

Being in the presence of a master

Reality Check

Today I need a reality check… Here it is….

1. None of my “problems” are life- threatening.

2. I have the full function of my body, mind and spirit.

3. I woke up to the love of my life today.

4. I came to a job that pays me to do things I love.

5. I have work to do that contributes in meaningful ways to others.

6. I have the ability to make a new cup of tea at any moment.

7. I am finishing my dream class and closer than I realize to becoming more of who I desire to be.

8. There is clean air abounding around me.

9. I am in warm and comfortable clothes that make me feel the way I want.

10. I have a future that is brighter than I can imagine at this time.

11. I am working at a computer – a gift and tool so many don’t have access to.

12. I am never want for people or supplies to make my job easier.

13. In moments I forget these things, I have dozens of wise and wonderful people I love who can and do remind me of them.

Happy List

Favorite pictures framed on your desk.

Bird accessories for your desk.

A garlic heavy meal

The crust of fresh artisan bread

Perfectly cooked rice and beans

Taking time to nurture yourself.

Affirmations in the shower

Affirmations in the mirror

Thanking your bed every morning before you get out of it

Taking a moment to thank your roof

Your favorite sweatshirt

Learning new life skills

Seeing your judgments of others are really what you have to work on

Feeling Safe

Audiobooks for daily walks

Helpful people

The growing pains and awkwardness of going beyond your comfort zone

Grocery shopping at night.

Making the right, although, hard decisions.