December, 2009 Archives


Hopes, Dreams and Resolutions for 2010!

Happy New Year! For many of us, when we think of the New Year, our minds turn to our hopes, dreams and resolutions for the upcoming year. Today Darryl and I celebrated the end of 2009 and welcomed 2010 with about a dozen friends, by going snowshoeing in the Swan Mountains of Northwestern Montana. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Nature at her finest, I too found myself reflecting back on 2009 and contemplating the magic of 2010. Each year we get the present of another year. So far in my life, I’ve had 51 of these sparkly presents wrapped… Read more.

Mindset over Misfortunes

2010 is already here in some parts of the world, but for me…simply hours away. As I sit and reflect, I look into my mirror of 2009, and staring back at me, this is what I see. Roadblocks, trials, and failures have been my most cherished possessions of 2009, as for they are the reasons I have been so driven to be the change in my own life. They are the reasons I have not given up on my search for the answers. They have allowed me the privilege of surrounding myself with wonderful like minded authentic people that also… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Adarsha Shivakumar

There’s No Place Like Gnome

During the last few weeks as I’ve been posting photos and sharing stories from our small town, several on-line friends have compared our life here in Bigfork, Montana, to that of a Currier and Ives postcard. Just a few days ago my friend Del Williams told me that I “live in a Hallmark card”. She’s right. That description fits our little mountain town perfectly. For years, this sleepy little mountain town has been decorated with 2′ tall wooden Christmas gnomes scattered throughout the town. My son has wanted one of these gnomes as a holiday present for the past 10… Read more.

All I Want For Christmas…

This week in honor of the Christmas holiday, we asked….. “All I want for Christmas is…… “ As I was writing this blog, the song “All I Want For Christmas” came on XM Radio in the background. I had a hard time not writing “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth”, but no one included that in their response. 🙂 Still, the serendipity of this old song coming on just as I was writing this made me smile. Here are the responses we received from a bunch of interactive peeps that we recommend for you to follow…. Read more.

Radiating Warmth on A Cold Winter’s Night

by Edie Weinstein Home from a wondrous Winter Solstice Event created by a group of talented folks that are part of a community called Common Ground Fellowship. In less than 6 weeks from a meeting held in the suburban Philadelphia home of Joni, as a few of us sat around her fireplace, sipping tea and seed planting, we moved from idea to full out delight in the form of a ritual that we called En-Lighten Up! Held at the Ethical Society in Rittenhouse Square, we gathered to honor the shortest day of the year and welcome in the light in… Read more.

Our Favorite Holiday Memories

This week we asked the question…. What is your favorite holiday memory? Just reading these response made me smile and relive some of the most special moments of the holiday season. I hope they make you smile too. Here are the responses from some amazing peeps…. (that are ALL great peeps to follow!) Aboundlessworld– Seeing my family in Shanghai 🙂 GlobalPilot– Gathering around a piano with my family to sing Christmas carols (when I was a kid). KellyTirman Taking my daughter to see Santa for the first time. ErinBassett Going to look at Christmas lights as a family. stacerz02 Pretending… Read more.

Your Mission: Love Fully!

We live in the most technologically advanced times in our history, we can send people to the moon, invent iPhones, yet our world seems to be in a state of chaos. These are indeed intense times: war, terrorism, uncertainty, as well as technological advancements, and material wealth. Yet we are also plagued with great “soul poverty” and a famine of inner fulfillment. Often losing sight of what is real, and truly important. My message is simple: LOVE NOW! Growing up on 4 different continents, and seeing the reality that people from diverse walks of life live daily has deeply touched… Read more.

Celebrating Differences

Just a few days ago I wrote a blog called “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things”. The blog included my personal favorite things as well as a list compiled from contributions from 100 friends in my social media family. This blog spurred conversation with my immediate and my extended family that brought up some very interesting stuff. My husband and I discussed this blog when he was out of town, before I posted it. It was a cold wintry day in Montana and Darryl asked me if I had the fire going. I told him that I didn’t,… Read more.

Happy Hanukkah

During this beautiful festival of lights, may you always remember the light that you are in this world. May the blessings of the season be with you and those that you love. With love and hugs from our family to yours… Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Holidays from Gail

From our home to yours, Happy Holidays!

Winter Wonderland

Many of my Twitter friends think that we live in a Hallmark card, as our small town in Montana is a very picturesque place. Today was such a magical day that I decided to share it with you in photos. (And, if you make it to the end of the blog, there’s a musical present for you… or you could listen to it while you read through the blog and view the photos.) As is the tradition in our family, Darryl and I reserved this day to find our Christmas tree. We left our home on Flathead Lake and headed… Read more.

These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things…

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things…. (From My Favorite Things, from The Sound of Music) Last week Chris Brogan shared some of his favorite things on his Facebook page. Many friends read it and shared theirs too. From that simple exercise, I discovered that If you really want to get to know someone, ask them to share some of their favorite things. In the spirit of deepening our relationship, here are a few of my favorite things……. Read more.

Give The Gift of Memories

No matter the person, no matter the occasion, but best present you can ever give to another is a beautiful memory. Whether it’s wrapped up as the experience of a walk in the park, baking Christmas cookies together, playing board games as a family, a handmade scarf or snuggling by the fire, the best gift is the present of your presence. In my last blog post we brought you suggestions for free holiday gifts for this season. As you know, the vast majority of the suggestions involved giving of our time. I have received numerous email messages asking me to… Read more.

Plugged Into Our Source

By Rev. Edie Weinstein Recently I had a revelation by way of a strand of wiring, a battery and a piece of electronic circuitry that provides education, entertainment and a portion of my right livelihood work. I was sitting at my trusty laptop computer, busily typing an article and noticed that the screen went dim. Now, I know that there are times when my eyes experience fatigue from hours of concentration without a break, but this was something entirely different. I observed that the plug which connects the computer to the battery was slightly dislodged. The moment I fit it… Read more.

The Great Give

Hello to all of you wonderful friends at Inspire Me Today! My name is Lindsey and I run a little piece of cyberspace called a GreatFull day. There I try to blog about what makes my days great and full. Along the way I hope to inspire others and create good. I think that life is a celebration and each day is full of wonder and deserving of gratitude. Every year at this time there are always so many giveaways. It is a perfect time to thank readers, customers and friends for their support. Like many others, I wanted to… Read more.

The Best FREE Gift in the World- YOU!

Each week we ask our on-line family for their input with our question of the week. This week we asked: With the holidays fast approaching and $ being tight, what’s the most meaningful FREE gift you can suggest? Please be creative! As you might expect, the answers were deep, insightful and filled with love. By far, the overwhelming majority of responses recommended spending time and sharing love with others. Many suggested the simple gift of being present for someone you love.  Others offered handmade gifts made with love through writing a letter of appreciation, a poem, a song, sharing recipes… Read more.

How Can We Best Serve You?

Happy Tuesday from beautiful Montana. We woke this morning to a light dusting of snow that just set off the brilliance of the mountains against the dark colors of the evergreen forests. Knowing that there are times in our day when we all need a little inspiration, I’m including a photo for you taken from my office this morning. As it turns out, today was one of those days for me where I needed inspiration. I started my day dealing with a lot of financial stuff- changing accounts over from one bank to another, changing our merchant account and just… Read more.

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