The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

I’ve decided to participate in Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge. I think it will be a great way to push me and get me actually writing verse posting cute & happy pictures.

This will be a bit of a challenge for me because, this year has been pretty hard on me. It’s been a 180, from where I was a year ago today. I’ve lost many friends, partly on my own accord, and some over differences in life choices.

I also parted ways with the man I was dating for the past 2 years.

This may be the perfect opportunity for me to tune in to my experiences without feeling as overwhelmed about the situation and a chance for me to confront repressed negativity. I guess write it all down, get it all out?

This doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a ton of good stuff that happened, though.
Join me in reminiscing?

Day #1; Best trip of 2009:
(I’m a day late, oops -I promise I have good excuses)

In February, I had recently been laid off from this recycling/ebay weird job place I was working. I had already planned a trip for a week to visit R while he was training at Ft. Knox. It ended up, that I stayed in Ft. Knox with him for close to three months.

In retrospect, this was the best part of 2009, I needed at that time to get away and look reflectively back on a lot of friendships and things going on at home. I felt at the time, that our relationship was really blooming into something amazing. We stayed in a hotel suite that was very small, a bed, tv, bathroom, kitchenette. I began writing letters to friends, verse IM or E-mailing people. I saw tons of awe-inspiring nature though a lot of hiking. I met the most inspiring, driven people I have ever met in my entire life. Lots of reading, cooking small meals without an oven. I saw snow for the first time in my life. I made a great lifelong friend, who I talk to almost daily for support in life. I developed the utmost respect for anyone who serves this country.

This was after a field exercises and they were cleaning them all.

Crawling around, tanks are WAY WAY smaller inside than you would EVER think by the size of them.

There isn’t enough words or time to sum up that entire trip. It’s certainly something I won’t ever forget. It feels good to look back and remember the good times.

A farm labourer with a sick wife, asked a Buddhist monk to say a series of prayers. The priest began to pray, asking God to cure all those who were ill.

‘Just a moment,’ said the farm labourer. ‘I asked you to pray for my wife and there you are praying for everyone who’s ill.’

‘I’m praying for her too.’

‘Yes, but you’re praying for everyone. You might end up helping my neighbour, who’s also ill, and I don’t even like him.’

‘You understand nothing about healing,’ said the monk, moving off. ‘By praying for everyone, I am adding my prayers to those of the millions of people who are also praying for their sick. Added together, those voices reach God and benefit everyone. Separately, they lose their strength and go nowhere.’

There comes a point in your life when you realize: Who matters, who never did, who won’t anymore, and who always will, so don’t worry about people from your past, there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future.

I went with my good friend Kent to the gun range today. It was really fun. I was terrified of the guns at first, but you warm up to them fast. Now I want a bunch of guns!

Full Moon Dream Boards


* A dreamboard is a collection of words and images of what you want to invite into your life; it can be done in any way with any thing. It can be simple or complicated. It’s up to you.

“How do you make a dreamboard?”

* However you like, this project is totally yours. Create your dreamboard on bristol board (poster board) with magazine images. Create it on the computer. Use Polyvore or Mosaic Maker and Flickr photos. Paint one big word on your bedroom wall. Pin images on your bulletin board. There is no way to get it wrong. How great is that?

“Are dreamboards and vision boards the same thing?”

* In many ways, yes. The main difference is that dreamboards are directly tied to the cycles of the moon. This connection to the rhythms of nature helps us tap in to the rhythm of ourselves.

“Why make a dreamboard?”

* Putting our intentions into tangible form helps both us and the Universe get really clear on what it is that we want. The Universe responds to what we put energy into. Let’s put our energy into our dreams!

“Why on the full moon?”

* There is power and energy in the full moon. It represents the full strength of what is possible in the nighttime land of dreams. When you make your board on the full moon, take a moment to focus your attention, to say to yourself and the Universe, “This is what I wish to manifest this month.

Why not the new moon?

* The new moon is also a very good time to make a dreamboard. It’s a time of beginnings, of planting seeds, and we will be incorporating that energy into our dreamboards. I will be posting a reminder on each new moon that it’s time to start gathering materials for your dreamboard, looking for inspiration, noticing what you’re yearning for. Then we will launch our boards to the full moon’s powerful energy.

“Do these things actually work?

* Dreamboards are guaranteed to tune you into your own tastes, preferences and desires. As you get clear and focus on what you want to invite into your life, it is truly amazing how these things begine to show up. One month I had chosen an image of a hawk to represent the kind of focus that I wanted to bring to my work. Imagine my surprise when days later I looked out the window of my very “city” home to see a hawk in my neighbour’s tree. I’ve never seen one before or since. Amazing things can happen.

Ars moriendi (“The Art of Dying”) is the name of two related Latin texts dating from about 1415 and 1450 which offer advice on the protocols and procedures of a good death, explaining how to “die well” according to Christian precepts of the late Middle Ages. It was written within the historical context of the effects of the macabre horrors of the Black Death 60 years earlier and consequent social upheavals of the 15th century. It was very popular, translated into most West European languages, and was the first in a western literary tradition of guides to death and dying.

There was originally a “long version” and then a later “short version” containing eleven woodcut pictures as instructive images which could be easily explained and memorized.