Letting Go

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear.  She let go of the judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go.  She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go.  She let go of all of the memories that held her back.  She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.  She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.  She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

Poem by  Rev. Safire Rose

In Between

Photography by Terri Pouliot

In between.




In between.

Waiting….for the real spring to show up

the opportunities to appear

your big break

In between.

Not a place of comfort for most people.  I’ll be the first to come clean and confide it’s not my happy place.

We need to gently remind ourselves during these seasons of in between

this is where the real magic happens!

All winter long,  nature must rest and ‘toughen up’.   Germination is taking place even during the most brutal winter months.

Trust the process.  ‘In between’ can be a place of rest, renewal and preparation.

It is not the time to retreat back to bed with our favorite yoga pants and comforter.

Consistency is the thing.   Keep writing, lifting, painting, creating, eating healthy….whatever it is that you are working toward.

In between is only temporary.

Spring blooms will be soon be strutting their stuff!




Welcome Spring

Photography by Tracy Sheppard

“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
― Anaïs Nin

Welcome Spring!

I’ve missed you so.

A season filled with renewal and beginnings. Beauty and bloom. Spread your arms wide and welcome new beginnings.

A season of growth, renewal, hope, and rebirth.

Photography by Tracy Sheppard


The Thoughtfully Designed Life © must carefully attend to all areas of living.

To focus primarily on the physical while ignoring the spiritual creates discord.  To feed the mind while disregarding the physical leaves us unhealthy

Tending to only one area of life creates uneven growth and a life without harmony. Balance is essential.

Spring is a wonderful time to intentionally clean up areas of life that have become stagnant and unyielding.  Purging those areas that are unproductive or unhealthy.  Getting rid of old thoughts, habits and activities that no longer serve us.

Photography by Tracy Sheppard

Saying Goodbye To Summer

Saying Goodbye to September

As we approach the Autumnal Equinox, the skies become a deeper and crisper blue. The early morning reveals a glistening coat on the trees and grass, which quickly melts into tiny droplets which glisten with the waking sun. Everything is more intense. A sense of urgency is in the air. The wildlife and all of nature senses impending change.

Such is the ebb and flow of life. Our bodies contain this same natural time clock. When we move with the seasons, with natural ease, we have harmony and energy. When we force our bodies to perform way beyond what they should; we experience revolt. Our bodies strike back ten fold. As does nature, when defied.

Exercise and physical activity should always provide a sense of vitality and enjoyment. Anything else is futile; damaging really. Forcing our bodies into punishing circuits will only result in pain and joint damage. Moving in a way to maintain strength, agility, flexibility and balance are essential to graceful aging.

We each have different levels of physical ability. Challenging our bodies gently, to provide growth and strength, is key. The goal is not to punish and annihilate our muscles and skeletal structure.

Strength Training, Science has proven we don’t need to train to failure to see muscle growth. Weight training is essential if we don’t want to see muscle atrophy as we age. By the way, this begins as early as our 30’s!

Cardiovascular Training. Our hearts and lungs need regular aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, for at least 20 to 30 minutes per day. Hiking, walking, bicycling or sprinting, are all wonderfully enjoyable activities. Getting outside is a bonus. Nature provides a natural stress reducer.

Any activities that keep you moving and you enjoy are wonderful. Dancing, Swimming. Skiing. The list can go on and on….Just find something you love and do it.

We tend to sit too much in front of computers, television and in general. Be an active participant in your own life!

Photo from my backyard this morning…no filters.