Making my Life a Vacation

or bringing the principles of Disney home

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Last week my family and I went to Walt Disney World for the trip of a lifetime. We had such a wonderful time! The weather was perfect, there weren’t too many crowds, but we were all a little sad when it was time to leave. I may or may not have cried a little as we headed to the airport.

My guys were a little confused by my longing to stay instead of going home. But really, who wouldn’t want to stay?! At Disney World I was treated like a princess. Everything was taken care of for me, and everyone just wanted me to have fun. I didn’t have to cook, or clean, or do laundry. I didn’t even have to drive anyone anywhere! If I wanted something, I only had to ask and the cast members would do everything they could to make it happen.

Compare that to my house (more…)

Traditions!

they either comfort you or stress you out

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This year (next week, in fact) we are taking a family trip to Disney World as an early Christmas and a “Yay we survived deployment” trip. As a result of this big trip, the rest of our Christmas celebration is going to be pretty meager this year.

So I started thinking; if Christmas this year is not about the gifts, and if it is just the three of us in my little family, what will make it special? How will we know that Christmas day is not just another day that we don’t have to go to work?

That’s where traditions come in. Traditions are an important part of our family holidays. They help create a sense of specialness and they serve as an avenue for creating lasting memories for us and our son.

The traditions we have developed as a family are a blend (more…)

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours… Now turn off your screens and go make some memories with your family. It’s all about your experiences so go have them and we will meet up again on Saturday.

Many blessings,

Alane

Why are you still reading? You’re missing your life!

; )

The Shot

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Sunday was an interesting day for me. I was driving home from a great weekend presenting at a retreat. I was driving on the freeway to pick up my dog from the boarding kennel when I noticed a guy crawling under the guardrail towards the freeway. I thought it was strange, so my gaze lingered. And that’s when I saw (more…)

Love Yourself

Have you forgotten how to love and nurture yourself?
This guide, which is my gift to you, will help you remember!

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As women, we generally spend most of our time taking care of other people; our co-workers, our bosses, our spouse, our clients, our pets, our kids, our friends…doing things for them, or the things they want us to do, because we love them. And life continues rolling along while you bring joy to those around you.

Until that one day… (more…)

The Comfort of a Tomato

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I made a simple salad today, and it really wasn’t a big deal. Except it was to me.

I was slicing a tomato and I felt so grateful for it; you see I picked that tomato–and there is something magical about picking and eating a tomato that was home grown in a back yard garden.

Before you think I’ve gone off the deep end,
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Changing Perspective

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My heart is so full of joy since I’ve decided to get back to the things I love.

For example, I went for a walk with my dog today; something I have to do every day. And that was the problem. I would think, “I have to walk the dog.” And then I would walk him with a mindset that it was a chore, and I had to do it before I could get on to the next thing on my absurdly large list.

But today my mindset was different. I wanted to walk. I loved my walk. I explored a new trail, and I took the time to really enjoy my walk.

I listened to the birds overhead and the critters skittering about in the underbrush and dead leaves.

I really looked at the trail and noticed (more…)

Collecting Experiences

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Cleaning out this week has made me realize that I am tired of material things. More accurately, I’m tired of an abundance of material things, because if I am really honest with myself I can’t always ignore the call of a cute pair of shoes, or (especially this time of year) all of those beautiful stacks of papers, notebooks, folders, and journals that are on sale for the new school year. (I simply can’t resist a brand new beautiful journal–but let’s face it, this sparks joy in me, so–to a point–I think it’s okay to stock up when things are on sale, right?)

Whether or not something sparks joy is my new gauge for deciding if I must buy something (like those beautiful pens in bright rainbow colors) or not (like the shoes that were cute, but they didn’t have great arch support, and they didn’t look amazing on my foot).

But I think that from now on, (more…)