AT HOME ASSIGNMENT: Write in a notebook and describe your ordinary life, your emotional changes, your environment, your connection to nature, family, life.

How do you spend your day? What interests do you hold while you are at home? When do you feel the lowest? When do you feel fine? What have you learned about yourself during thee times?

Be sure to date each entry so you can look back with some clarity. When you don’t feel like writing, sketch your reactions to the day, doodle. Try to enter something each day until you have filled the notebook.

To help you, we’ve designed Labradoodle covers for your notebooks to keep you inspired, happy, upbeat and heading in the direction that is most helpful to you. You can even design your own cover, using a personalized template. Enjoy your life now. It is the only one you have. Be kind. Have fun. Stay happy!

Notebooks for Historical 2020 Journaling

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Balancing Work and Play

You know the old saying, “All work and no play makes John a dull boy.”  Even when you love work, work is work.  It is possible to lose your balance.  And  contacting your core of happiness is dependent on a healthy balance of work and play, light tension and relaxation.

If you find yourself in moments of frustration or irritation, this may be a sign for you to check around you.

Describe how you have spent your recent days

    •  Who have you spoken to?
    • Are your thoughts heavy? Are you carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?
    • Are you worried about the future? about the past? Have you momentarily lost your connection with the present?
    • How many hours have you sat in front of the TV? the computer? What did you feel?
    • What did you do to express yourself? How did you feel?
    • What were you thinking that made you feel sad? irritated? frustrated?

Once you get a report on what has taken place in the last day or two, you will begin to see the balance or lack of balance that only you have control over.  Take a breath.  If you have been out of balance, try one of the following.

    • Play catch with your dog.
    • Play Words with Friends
    • Send your family a homemade gift even though it is not the holidays, a birthday, anniversary, etc. Send a gift for no reason at all! You’ll feel better.  It’s like magic!
    • Take a walk and if you have a dog take your dog along. See how many flowers you can name. Bring your camera along and take pictures to share with your family and friends when you get back.
    • Go to the park.
    • Find a few friends and play Settlers of Cattan.
    • Take a shovel and dig in the garden.
    • Rearrange your closet and get rid of the things you can’t wear anymore.
    • Watch a funny movie.

Most of all, if you have been a little down lately, chances are you have not been that good to yourself. Once you give yourself a break and balance out, your natural inclination will turn back to well-being and happiness.

Peace.

*Available at Amazon.com now:  Aunt Barbara’s Powerful Little Book of Comfort

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A Gift For Those Who Are Grieving

This audio/video book sample calms me down even though I produced it. As I listen I experience the peace that is within all of us.  I hope you will share it with your friends and neighbors, especially those who are a little down at the moment.

The audio sample reading is taken from “Aunt Barbara’s Powerful Little Book of Comfort.  I hope it will soothe the pain many may feel on this day.  Hopefully it will guide anyone who has lost their sense of happiness back to peace.  It is a 20-minute reading hosted on YouTube.com.

For those who need assistance, CLICK HERE.

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Living In The Moment Means Ability To Succeed

Here is a good example of how negative thought can develop within any one of us. Egos can take over at a moment’s notice and if left unguarded can seriously impede the pursuit of happiness.

Last evening a magazine salesman came to the door. A silent alarm was triggered within me: someone is ringing the door after dark.  I was filled with immediate suspicion. Everything I write about took backseat to fear. I heard my husband laughing and speaking to the gentleman at the door and I found myself going upstairs to get to a phone in case this salesman was not legitimate. I felt compelled to save the day!

After the salesman left, I felt ashamed of myself for not helping out my fellow man and I didn’t feel good. Even more, I felt I should remain loyal to this shame because of my reactions. I felt it would be dishonest to now turn all positive and happily get on with the moment.  My husband mentioned once or twice to let it go but I felt this strong urge to assess my reactions to a simple ring at the door.  …and I began to notice that I was defending my reactions to my husband who was now focused on a basketball game.

I didn’t realize it in the moment.  Now I do.  I was choosing thoughts that were making me feel bad.

This is one grand opportunity.  I am able to observe from a distance share about thoughts that can take hold and, left unguarded, multiplied rapidly.  Feed Me!  the thoughts pleaded.  Feed Me!  I have important fears that need protection!  I have important guilt you need to pay attention to!

And, then I stopped.  Took pause.  And I realized I did not feel good.  And I remembered that I was wearing fear.  I gently turned away from the fear and the self-guilt and all thoughts that did not make me happy.  Immediately, I experienced the familiar happiness and peace that has become more and more obvious to me.  I am living proof that living in the moment allows me to succeed.

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with you.