No Place Like Home

Although I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with extended family over the weekend, I am happy to be home. After arriving home from my grandfather’s memorial, we celebrated my mother’s birthday with immediate family. Now I am composing this post on the 45-minute drive home.

I look forward to my dog bombarding me as I walk through the front door, much like Dino did Fred. I look forward to seeing my teenage son who could not make it to dinner. I am also looking forward to snuggling up with hubby in own bed. It’s good to be back in my own familiar environment. As Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”

Signs of Spring (Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge)

Signs of Spring

Mauve helicopters in the hangar replace winter’s crystal buds.


Plants in the ground, plants in the ground,   lookin' like Spring with my plants in the ground.

Plants in the ground, plants in the ground,
lookin’ like Spring
with my plants in the ground.


Both photos taken with my iPhone 5S.  Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge.  Week 1: Nature.

Radical Change

Sometimes we need a little change. My mom always used to say when she wanted to change her luck she would change her purse.

This was me a few nights ago.

This was me a few nights ago.


Sometimes we need radical change. I know when I want the energy in my life to shift I have to do something more.

This is me in my daughter's kitchen this afternoon.  My hair has grown down to my waist.

This is me in my daughter’s kitchen this afternoon. My hair has grown down to my waist.

Yesterday I got a “wild hair,” so to speak, and decided to do something radical.  So I made an appointment with my daughter for a haircut.

This is the braid I frequently wear.

This is the braid I frequently wear.

It was not my original intent, but I will now research how to donate my braid.

This is the braid I frequently wore... now detached.

This is the braid I frequently wore… now detached.

Here  is the finished product.   My daughter is a talented cosmetologist.    And I do feel my energy has shifted.  Mission accomplished!

Me tonight after a radical change.  Feels great!

Me tonight after a radical change. Feels great!

Spring Cleaning

Last night I dreamed that I was in a house full of random furniture for which I had no room.  Try as I might, I couldn’t figure out how to maneuver the furniture so that it would all work together in the house.  I always heed the symbolic messages I receive, so as soon as I remembered the dream I began researching.  

The dream book to which I usually refer indicated that there are things in my life that need clearing.  I immediately thought of all the things I need to trash, give away, or organize.  Because of my accident in November, I am still unable to do what  would be necessary to handle all of this, so I did the next best thing.  I hired somebody to come help me get these projects I’ve been putting off done.  

Granted, the job isn’t done yet, but knowing I have a plan makes me feel better already.  I am planning exactly what I want done, so the job can be completed efficiently.  And silly as it may sound, I feel good about the fact that I am listening to my subconscious and handling the matters that are lurking in the corners of my mind.  This will keep my physical space clear, as well as my mental space.  




Hoping Spring Has Finally Sprung

Although we have certainly had warmer days already this year, I heard something tonight that was music to my ears.  As my son and I got out of the car, I heard frogs singing from the nearby creek.  We stood outside and just listened for a few moments.  I am hoping spring has finally sprung.   

If you’re going…

If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

I chose this quote earlier this week. Ironically, nobody needs it more than me on this Wisdom Wednesday. Traumatic stress can be a real rollercoaster. Today I will ride it out, knowing tomorrow will be better. I just have to keep moving forward.

The Ultimate

Today’s prompt on the WordPress Daily Post is Money for Nothing. It is essentially asking bloggers to describe their ultimate job.

I only respond to these prompts occasionally, but this one really struck a chord with me. In fact, my sole purpose for beginning this blog was to begin working toward my ultimate job. My blogs’s title, Help Along the Path, is what I see as my life’s purpose. My current job fulfills this purpose to a degree. But the prompt asks to describe our ultimate job.

In my ultimate job, I help others realize their dreams by walking alongside them as they overcome obstacles, such as fear or a feeling of being stuck. By helping my clients discover what they really want, assisting them in designing a plan of action, and holding them accountable, I help them reach goals they didn’t initially think they could.

As I begin working toward my ultimate job, a full-time career as an Elite Life Coach, I am utilizing the same process I will use with my clients. I’ve already clarified what I want. I have devised a plan of action, and I am putting it into place. Friends are holding me accountable to agreements I’ve made with myself (one of which is posting on this blog daily).

As I embark on this journey, I look forward to the day when I have the freedom that being self-employed affords. (And I have been self-employed, so I understand what this really means.) I also look forward to watching others achieve their wildest dreams… and helping them along the path.

Welcome to Life

During a particularly tough time in my life, I was having a conversation with my dad.  I told him that I felt like I was just making it from crisis to crisis.  I had already grown accustomed to hearing my father telling me, “It’s going to be all right, Baby.”  So his answer was a bit of a surprise.

He said, “Welcome to life!”  He said it without an ounce of negativity.  It was as if he was congratulating me for discovering the key to something wonderful.  And in a way, I was.

What I learned from his response, was to look at what I had once perceived as problems in a different light.  I had always thought of myself as resilient and resourceful, so I began to think of crises as opportunities to exercise my problem solving skills.

While I still experience events in my life that I would not have chosen from the infinite possibilities out there, I have learned to maintain a positive outlook and enjoy each day regardless of what it holds.  So rather than living from crisis to crisis, I live each day as it comes and find the good in every one of them, deal with what needs to be dealt with, and then let it all go until the gift another day arrives.