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As we rolled into the new year, plenty of people were blogging and Facebooking and Tweeting about reflections on 2012 and bright ideas for 2013. As you know from my new year’s video greeting, I didn’t spend much reflective time during the hectic holiday season. Since then, however, I’ve tried to give such contemplation its due.

New Year’s Resolutions

Like many of you, I suspect, it’s been years since I actually made a formal new year’s resolution.  I found myself making the same ones year after year with only halfhearted follow-through.  Or the resolutions I made were… Continue reading

Life Had Other Plans For Me (Better Life Theme Song)

Great day to you, Better Lifers! Today, I am excited to announce something new for the blog . . .

I previously wrote about my love of music.  Before too long, you’ll also read about my love of books.  Certain books (and a few blogs) were pivotal in my journey from Before to Now, from There to Here, and the evolution of my life on an island and blogging about it all.

I look forward to sharing favorite music, books and blog posts with you in the near future with a new Better Life series which… Continue reading

My Love of Music

Music. One of my passions. From as early in life as I can remember, my home and heart have been filled with music.

The music of my childhood.

Both of my parents played instruments as youngsters, have good singing voices and love music. Throughout my childhood in the 70’s, joyous sounds of singing and old records regularly flooded our home.  My dad even enjoyed moonlighting as lead singer in a band when he was in graduate school and I was in pre-school.  (Those were the days when a little girl could ride on the gas tank… Continue reading

Dawn of a New Day

Good morning, Better Lifers!  What a glorious day.  I hope you take a moment from your busy Saturdays to simply breathe, look around you, and smile.

I’ve been rather contemplative lately.  I just feel so FULL of Life, in a quiet, contented way.  I think perhaps my senses are becoming more finely tuned to the little things in each day that bring me peace and happiness. Combined, they can outweigh the moments of the blechy stuff – the chaos and frustrations of everyday life.

Anyway, in this spirit of contented contemplation, I awoke this… Continue reading

Better Life Book Review: A Little Book About Something Much Bigger

Hello, Better Lifers! Well, here comes another “first” for me – I’ve been asked to write a book review, which I present below. First, a little background . . .

In my About page, on the eve of my blog launch, I commented, “Although I won’t talk much about God here, spirituality is an important part of my life. My faith has deepened throughout this journey, and my soul thrives in this serene environment.” Over the next few weeks in the life of my new blog, I proceeded to write – with great response from readers –… Continue reading

Not Just A Pollyanna!

I’ve been ruminating on this post for a while. As you can tell, I try to have an upbeat approach to most things. Yet, sometimes, with these blog posts, I’ve wondered if readers ever roll their eyes or think I’m just some fluffy Pollyanna.

Background

Although I have always been a glass-half-full optimist, I believe that I’m also grounded in reality. I was fortunate to enjoy a stable, protected, happy childhood as a solid foundation from which to springboard into the world. As I entered adulthood and life brought its various experiences – good, bad and otherwise – my world… Continue reading

How Did You End Up On An Island? Part 2

If you’ve been reading along with me, you’ll know that the answer to Part 1 of this question involved opening myself up to broader possibilities and taking the leap of quitting my job as a lawyer. As I wrote in that post, my job for the next year was going to be to design an exciting new life, one that was more in alignment with my true self and how I really felt inside, now that I would have the luxury of time to sift through the clutter of our hectic lives and figure mine out!

Okay, So You… Continue reading

Those Inner Nudgings

In my About page, I noted that spirituality was an important part of my life, although I wasn’t going to talk about God much here. I feel that is a personal thing, and each person can decide what God is or isn’t, or what spirituality does or doesn’t mean for them. My view is all-inclusive, and I don’t want to alienate or exclude anyone, especially my dear readers.

That said, something crossed my path this morning that I wanted to share . . .

I read the Daily Word most mornings. It’s a little daily devotional book (that you can… Continue reading

How Did You End Up On An Island? PART 1

“How did you end up living on an island?” This question is posed to me on a near-weekly basis. The end result was a few decades in the making, so it defies any succinct answer, but I’ll give it a shot.

Where Were You Before You Moved To The Island?

After graduating law school and obtaining a Master’s Degree in Education in the Midwest, I moved to South Florida (where my parents and brother had relocated) and worked for four years as an educational/legal consultant to school districts across the southeastern United States.

Then, for a variety of reasons, I… Continue reading

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