Category Archives: Gratitude

ARRIVEDERCI EUROPE

It’s been an absorbing and revitalizing two months. I apologize for the silence and beg your forgiveness. No excuses, simply cocooning. November in Sicily was spectacular. The island is like a country all its own. I liken Sicily to an … Continue reading

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IN-LOVE IN FLORENCE

It’s the end of a memorable stay in Florence. In 2 months, I made a few lovely new friends, picked grapes from a vine, revamped my book, encountered a porcupine, wild boar and several slippery Italian men. I moved three times, sat … Continue reading

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VENDEMMIA ITALIAN STYLE

It’s Vendemmia (grape harvesting) weekend in the garden where I’m staying in Florence. It’s been a buzz of work for those who actually work, they’ve been prepping all week for the Sunday harvest. All the tools used to pick, collect, … Continue reading

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BLOND BE GONE

After 40 days walking the Camino and 90 days in the intense Barcelona sun, my hair absolved itself of all responsibility of the past, forfeiting the old for a lifeless shade of strawberry blonde. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing … Continue reading

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FINDING MY STRIDE

Florence is the city where my heart resides…. I’ve loved the past few days following the rhythm of this place. The cobbled streets, the buildings, people and the road to my apartment along Via de Palmerino. I’m staying in an apartment … Continue reading

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FORGETTING TO REMEMBER

“The Camino whispers to your heart, gently reminding you of what you once knew made you happy.” ~ Shauna Marie MacDonald   One of the many gifts the Camino provides, is the ability to be in the present moment. When focus … Continue reading

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ARRIVAL IN SANTIAGO Day 40

My plan to reach Santiago on Sunday has been foiled. I neglected to consider one tiny-tiny detail, it’s Saturday on the Camino and all the Albergue, Pensions & Hotels are booked. Seems the other 2000 pilgrims on the Camino, learned … Continue reading

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A LITTLE PUSH TO SANTIAGO

I’m in the homestretch to Santiago A LITTLE PUSH TO SANTIAGO It’s push time on my Camino. To this point, I’ve never had much of a plan as to how or when I’d reach Santiago. It’s been more about the … Continue reading

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 GRATITUDE GROWS DAY 8-9-10-11-12

So much to share of the previous five days.  I’ve experienced physical, mental and spiritual blisters. With it, an abundance of Gtatitude has flourished around and through me.  On the lighter side, I’ve been ordered to rest in a hotel … Continue reading

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 Day 5-6-7 Camino de Santiago 

Puente La Reina   Street scape   For you M.M.    From the middle of the bridge at dawn.  Iconic bridge along the Camino   Sunrise I happened to follow a photographer. I was intrigued by the things he’d stop and photograph. He inspired … Continue reading

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PAMPLONA-Day 3-4

Identifying with the rogue horses in this video. (Sorry to use the link to YouTube,  I’m unable to add video directly from my phone) Walking to Pamplona today was a lovely experience. Only 21km and it felt easier than day 1&2. … Continue reading

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WALK WITH ME IN BARCELONA

I arrived in one piece… delayed, NOT discouraged.   

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TESTING GRATITUDE

It was a frantic Easter weekend preparing my home, luggage and life for a year overseas. April 6th: Easter Monday was D-Day. My original KLM departure was cancelled, I was rebooked on an Air Canada flight. Brimming with Gratitude, Barcelona … Continue reading

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SOUL RESISTANCE-WalkWithMe

My WalkWithMe journey has morphed into a 12 month rendezvous with Gratitude and walking. As you can imagine, I have more than enough to keep me in a frenzied state: Endless lists and suggestions on what to take, what to leave, … Continue reading

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ASSIMILATING and INTEGRATING

FIVE things I didn’t  know about training for THE CAMINO. #5 ~ People shopping or working at MEC, Atmosphere or REI, ask questions such as, “What brand of socks do you prefer and why?”  My response doesn’t exactly satisfy their query: … Continue reading

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WALK WITH ME

The commencement of training for my Camino began a few weeks back. With a mid April, start date in glaring view, I’ve stepped up my conditioning to walking several hours per day. The Camino de Santiago requires me to walk … Continue reading

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A TRICKLE OF FEAR

Now that I’ve made this declaration to walk the Camino de Santiago, I’m being tested on my commitment. Last night, I woke to my heart skipping in my chest. Not the skip you feel when Matthew McConaughey removes his shirt: … Continue reading

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LINEN AND LIES

The afternoon sun embellished the threads of my linen shirt as it dried on the rooftop clothesline. This was my chance to snap one of those ‘artsy’ photos. I raced down the stairs of my daughters apartment to grab my … Continue reading

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EYES ON BAH-THA-LONA

Four weeks in Barcelona to write, decorate, absorb a new language, and visit with my daughter & her boyfriend. There’s not a single reason to shield my eyes from the Spanish-Splendour surrounding me… then again the day is young. Adhering … Continue reading

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NOW WE ARE GRATEFUL ~ Day 21

We are at the 21 day mark. Tell me, have you grown or acquired new Gratitude skills? I know I have. This experiment of mine, born of an impromptu speech which mushroomed into a 21 day challenge, has been a … Continue reading

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IT ALL STARTS HERE ~ Day 20

IT ALL STARTS HERE ~ Day 20 For close to 3 weeks, we have been Cultivating Gratitude for the sweetness of our lives, our family, friends, inspirational teachers, pets, co-workers, (interesting how pets came before co-workers) as well as the … Continue reading

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CELEBRATE YOUR BLESSINGS ~ Day ~ 19

CELEBRATE YOUR BLESSINGS ~ Day ~ 19 What does Celebrating Your Blessings look like to you?   Spending time with family or friends?  Gathering in a sacred space?  Going out with friends?  Enjoying the company of yourself or someone special? … Continue reading

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BEDTIME GRATITUDE ~ Day 18

While attending a conference in Vancouver, Canada, one of the speakers, Caroline Myss, had a brilliant suggestion for restful sleep, and pre-programming for a blissful day when you wake. She suggested we take 5 minutes before sleep to consider all … Continue reading

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RELEASING A GRIEVANCE ~ Day 16

Releasing a Grievance is not making you right and the other person wrong. It has nothing to do with the measure of the perceived Grievance. It has to do with YOU no longer carrying around baggage for an event in your … Continue reading

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MOVING BEYOND GRIEVANCES ~ Day 15

Humans are powerful creatures, we are born with a remarkable ability to discern our environment as well as the  people surrounding us. A small child has no issue conveying his/her needs to their parent. It may take a few attempts … Continue reading

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AN EXPERIMENT IN GRATITUDE ~ DAY 14

AN EXPERIMENT IN GRATITUDE It has been scientifically proven that your Happiness is in direct correlation to the amount of Gratitude you show. I know, I know just another study right? It seems to me you can’t go wrong on … Continue reading

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THIS OR BETTER – Day 13

Asking for and wanting a specific Person, Place or Thing is part of who we are as humans. We are set on this earth to move forward, to evolve, accomplish our goals, achieve our highest desires, to give and receive … Continue reading

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THE REWARDS OF GRATITUDE – Day ~ 12

 Better Quality of Life: The Rewards of GratitudeBy Taryn Galewind You have the daily gift of 86,400 seconds to spend as you will—and you can almost certainly afford one second for gratitude. Meister Eckhart von Hochheim, a German philosopher and … Continue reading

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IF YOU ARE GRATEFUL ~ YOU ARE NOT FEARFUL – Day ~ 11

 Today I was searching YouTube for an interesting talk for you on this the half-way point on our 21 Days to Cultivating Gratitude. Something you should know about me, I have a geeky side and I just LOVE TedTalks. I’m even involved … Continue reading

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REEVALUATE GRATITUDE Day ~ 8

Today let’s review our Gratitude List. If you haven’t made a list of what you are Grateful for, I’ll give you a few minutes…… Consider the words you placed on the original list. Do they resonate with who you are … Continue reading

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THE FIVE REALMS OF GRATITUDE ~ Day 7

Suggestions for connecting with The Five Realms of Gratitude ~ Inspired by a meditation by Davidji What is one thing you’re grateful for about your Physical Realm? Think of a part of your body you feel grateful for. Bring that … Continue reading

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AWAKENING FORGIVENESS ~ Day 6

Awakening Forgiveness inside is rarely an easy task. We mistakenly believe if we forgive someone for a perceived wrong, we are telling the person it was all right in the fist place. This type of Forgiveness is a function of … Continue reading

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PRACTICING POSITIVITY ~ Day 5

                      Practicing Positivity in your Words, Thoughts and Actions Positivity ~ is a word that has been overused in our society. Remember when you were young and you’d repeat a … Continue reading

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GRATITUDE QUOTES ~ Day 4

Good Morning Sunday….. I have to admit this Cultivating Gratitude exercise has been a surprising challenge for me. In my mind I thought writing and researching this 21 day project would be a piece of cake. Life is funny how it … Continue reading

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TAKING STOCK ~ Day 2

                                                         TAKING STOCK Cultivating Gratitude can be tricky business. Two crucial things to know … Continue reading

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