April-May 2018

writer12Whew! I’m back. I’ve combined April and May’s letters because well, life happens and knocks us off track sometimes. Let’s get back on track.

I may have told you this before, I read educational material in the morning, and before bed I read for entertainment. I love books – I make no apologies. In April, I started reading Goals! by Brian Tracy. We all have goals, but what I’ve learned from Tracy’s book is how to actually set them and achieve them. Tracy takes you step-by-step through the process. Before reading this book, the idea of goal-setting always seemed abstract, however, the first step of the twelve steps Tracy outlines to determining your true goals requires asking yourself these questions: What do I really want to do with my life? What do I really want for myself in my heart of hearts? You may answer that’s easy, I know what I want. I thought I did, until I had to write it down. There’s something about seeing my wants and desires in black and white. It makes them tangible. It also puts them out in the universe. I have to own them. I feel a responsibility to make them happen.

According to page 64, the first three keys to goal setting is that goals must be clear, specific, detailed, written down, measurable, objective, and time bounded with schedules, deadlines, and sub deadlines. So, I gave it a try. I wrote my specific, detailed, measurable goal with a deadline on a piece of paper and taped it to the wall by my bed where I would see it every morning and night. Guess what? It worked! I achieved my goal. Now, I realize all my other goals may not come to fruition as easily as this one did, but using Tracy’s process coupled with good, old-fashioned persistence, gives me a pretty good chance of succeeding. Give it a try.

In case you’re wondering, I’m currently reading Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah before bed. Firefly Lane is the story of the friendship of two women, Tully and Kate, that starts when they are teenagers and lasts for thirty years. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors, and I am enjoying the book.

This Mother’s Day was bittersweet for me. I miss my mom dearly, but as I started to think about her and the things she said and did, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Mom always said that when she passed her children would sit around laughing about the things she did. I called my sister and that’s exactly what we did. One day isn’t enough to express appreciation for all that moms do; so, Happy Mother’s Month to all the moms out there!

What is Art? How do you express your creative side? Draw? Play an instrument? Write music? Sew? Crochet? Knit? Act? Write? Design jewelry? Style hair? In a new monthly series, I’ll interview artists who express their creativity in different ways. In June, I’ll feature Kia Parada and Chris Warfield. You’ll find their interviews and pictures of their work in Lemon and Honey. If you’d like to be featured, you can reach me at thesqueezedlemon50@gmail.com. C’mon. Show us your definition of art.

Now that we’re back on track, I’ll see you next month.

Wishing you sunny days,
Brigitte

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