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How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep July 13, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance.
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Grumpy gusDuring the day . . .

* Rise and shine at the same time.

* Get some exercise.

* Cut out afternoon caffeine.

* Limit alcohol.

* Don’t go to bed hungry.  Don’t go to bed stuffed.

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Go to bed at the same time each night . . .

Having a schedule (e.g., 11 – 7) helps your body transition from wake time to sleep time.

As does following a certain routine.

An hour before bedtime . . .

Snoopy5* Turn off the computer, TV, and other tech devices.  No blue lights before light’s out.

* Get things set for the morning ~ put out clothes, plan or pack lunches, set up coffee, etc.

* Let it go.  Put anything circulating or percolating through your mind on your To Do List for tomorrow.

Keep a notepad by your bed for Late Breaking News and Worries.

Follow a bedtime ritual . . .

* Put on your PJ’s.  Dim the lights.  Plump the pillow.

* Turn down the thermostat.

* Do some light stretches, yoga, meditation, visualization.  Write in your journal.

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Once in bed . . .

* Don’t read anything too “compelling.”

* Allow your thoughts to settle down.

* Let go of the day’s cares and worries.

Still awake?  

Mickey-In-HammockPractice self-hypnosis ~> Imagine walking down the stairs one step at a time . . . 10 steps . . . counting backwards . . . 9 steps . . . from ten . . .  8 steps . . . to one . . . 7 steps . . . getting . . . 6 steps . . . sleepier . . . 5 steps . . . and sleeper . . . 4 steps . . . with . . . 3 steps . . . each . . . 2 steps . . . one . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do you nod off as soon as your head hits the pillow?  Or does it take time for you to settle down before you head off to the Land of Nod?

Eating & Sleeping July 11, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance.
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Eating . . .

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And sleeping . . .

Two great ways to punctuate
And recharge our days!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Keep On Rolling! July 7, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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170px-Maes_Old_Woman_DozingWe walk

on shaky ground

 

Life as we know it

can change

in an instant

 

But we can’t let

an uncertain future

stop us in our tracks

 

Like the Mighty Mississippi . . .

we’ve got to Keep on Rolling!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

A Summer Bucket List July 5, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.
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Watch Fireworks * Stay up late * Look up at the Stars * Ride a roller coaster * Hike Mt. Everest * Visit the Farmer’s Market * Picnic on the Beach * Buy a Watermelon * Host a Seed Spitting Contest * Cannonball into the pool *

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Bake Bread * Swap Books * Dance under the stars * Plan a Date Night * Make Friendship Bracelets * Whip up a big batch of Margaritas * Do Tequila Shots * Grill Pizza * Camp out in the backyard * Toast marshmallows * Make S’mores *

Sail paper boats * Fly a Kite * Go to the Drive In * Eat corn on the cob * Go hiking or biking * Write love letters to your favorite Pen Pals * Play miniature golf * Clear clutter * Visit a museum . . . and let it all hang out *

Go on a nature walk * Plan a scavenger hunt * Play hopscotch * Eat breakfast for dinner * Run a marathon * Make popsicles or ice cream sandwiches * Plan a sleep-over and movie marathon * Paint a picture *

Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s on YOUR summer bucket list?

Picture-In-Picture Dreaming June 23, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance, Magick & Mystery.
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IMGP3885While dreaming, I “woke up” in our home on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay and heard BFF say, “You might not have water aerobics today.”

Through the blinds, I saw nothing but blue sky and sunshine.  “Why not?”

“There’s an odd cloud formation tap dancing over the water and it’s headed this way.”

I opened the blinds more fully.  My brain went to Full Alert when it saw a tornado the size of Kansas waltzing toward us.

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Oddly enough, I wasn’t scared.

Just determined.

I wanted to grab the camera and snap the juxtaposition of black storm funnel against the bluest sky I’d ever seen.

220px-1719_Tales_60Halfway across the room, the wind caught up with me.

The air grew dense.  I felt as if I were wading through water . . .

Making no headway.

I kept at it

trying

to get

to the other

side of

the room.

A task fraught with the same degree of difficulty as trying to reach the top of the staircase in one of M.C. Escher’s creations.

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Relativity is relative, eh?

As the wind shook the foundation, my perspective shifted.

I let go of the desire to capture the events on my camera, but I did want to see what was happening.

Confined inside the house looking out caused frustration to mount.  I felt constrained by my limited vantage point.

Where is Escher when you need him?

With that thought, a “picture-in-picture” screen appeared in the upper left corner of my dream . . . expanding my perspective to encompass the action unfolding outside the walls.

Awesome!

Settling back to watch Movies on Demand, I saw the house lift off its foundation and begin its ascent into the cosmos, no doubt inspired by Dorothy and Toto’s wild ride to Oz.

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We twirled and whirled in the vortex until . . .

the house

tired of sailing

through the stratosphere

sans mast

settled back

down

on

terra firma

with a slight bump.

As we rejoined the land down under, the picture-in-picture screen provided expanded perspective . . . a balloon’s eye view.

Hot-air-balloonLike a stray leaf tired of waltzing in the autumn breeze, our house drifted back to earth and settled itself in the middle of a basketball court.

Great.  BFF’s been wanting to play some hoops!

Aah . . . that’s better!

No witches were harmed in the shooting of this dream.

Life Is Riddled With Potholes June 2, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Donald-Duck-LazyLife can be bumpy at times.

As the path unfolds before us, it is often riddled with potholes.

When worries threaten to capsize your boat . . .
When angry bees are buzzing in your bonnet . . .
When you’re all shook up . . .

When your shock absorbers can’t handle one more shock . . .

* Don’t push the stream.
* Relax.  Breathe.  Repeat.
* Take it one day at a time.
* Don’t drive past your headlights.

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And don’t forget ~> life improves with laughter.

Donald-Duck-Diving“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”  ~ Henry Ward Beecher

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

The More The Merrier, But . . . May 14, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance, People.
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The more the merrier, but . . .

The bigger the group, the harder it is to get around and talk to everyone without missing something or someone.

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“Hey, where’s Linda?”

As conversations merge and shift, with incomplete threads whipping about in the wind, edges blur and the end result may be just out of focus.

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That’s why it’s important to take time to recharge your batteries after a gathering of the clan ~ it restores clarity.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

A Walk In The Woods April 13, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Nature.
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Florida is NOT all Sun, Sand, and Surf . . . it’s also the silence we sense between each echoing splash.

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It’s water and rocks and islands of pine shading soil from sun.

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Florida’s ancient roots trace back to Africa before continents shifted from where they were to where they wanted to be.

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If continents and trees are open to change . . . who are we disagree.

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Just be . . . and let the future unfold.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Maintaining Balance March 21, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.
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Sometimes feelings are “off kilter” because the thoughts we’ve attached to the “what is” are not balanced.

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We tell ourselves stories about how others “should” act (or how the world should be) and then get upset when reality doesn’t meet our expectations.

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If we change our thoughts, our emotions and feelings follow suit.

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Our “upset” dissipates into the ether.

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Stepping into the role of detached observer allows us to let things be as they are while maintaining our balance.

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We learn that we are stronger than we “thought.”

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Attending a Car Show in the NOW February 23, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Donald-Duck-DrivingCars are BFF’s thing, not mine.  But this year I agreed to go to the International Auto Show in Tampa.

Attending the show became an exercise in mindfulness ~ a chance to practice acceptance of the “what is” . . . no matter what.

A chance to remain firmly grounded in the present moment . . . no matter what.

Donald-Duck-BaseballNot judging everything as “good” or “bad.”  Just going with the flow of the NOW.

No constant commentary streaming through my brain.  Just watching and observing.

No extreme highs and lows.  Just acceptance of the “what is” in the moment without resistance.

I accepted and released each moment as it arrived.  I remained awake and aware.  I dealt with situations without boredom or fear clouding my view.

I saw opportunities, not obstacles.

For example, getting there an hour “too early” gave us a chance to walk around the waterfront and enjoy a sunny morning.

Mickey-OKI remained “OK” with anything tossed our way without wasting time and energy deciding whether it was “good” or “bad.”

And, as a result, it was ALL GOOD!

Aah . . . that’s better!

In like vein, the parable of the Chinese Farmer reminds us of the benefits of adopting a “Maybe Mind.”

Related post: How to Become a Luckier Person Overnight (Raptitude)

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