Monday, March 08, 2010

Follow Your Bliss

"The first step is to find out what you love -- and don't be practical about it. The second step is to start doing what you love immediately, in any small way possible. I've seen what happens to people when they get to do what they love. They light up. They glow. They have a kind of energy that's wonderful." ~ Barbara Sher

My favourite Five this week:

ONE. Our local birds have begun dusting off their spring song repertoire. To my great joy, they've been practicing in my backyard.

TWO. I'm currently reading French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. I've marked two lines (among others) with a pencil for further pondering. Mireille talks about needing to learn how to be the master of our pleasures as well as our restraint. I can see being master of our restraints (being disciplined in things), but I don't think I've ever thought about being in charge of my pleasures. Perhaps she means we ought not let them be so happenstance but be more mindful of what we like and enjoy, not just what we say no to.

The other line I've marked says, "If you can't name your pleasures, chances are you've surrendered too many of them. It's time to start cultivating." 

THREE. I'm enjoying -- ever soooooo slowly -- the dark chocolate someone gave me the other day. Smooth. Silky. Rich.

FOUR. I was very happy to get back to my exercise class this morning. I had to skip a couple of classes last week, and my body and I missed it. I can hardly believe I'm saying that, but I did! So, yes, exercise is one of my favourite five this week.

FIVE. I was just sitting here, thinking about what else to write down in this quick list. Of course! I just remembered. I've been invited to present a workshop this coming fall at our Writers Conference here is Alberta. And guess what they've asked me to speak about --- blogging and having a web presence as writers.

I have to admit, I'm pretty excited about it. I'd been wanting to teach some workshops on something and here comes the opportunity right to my door (well, actually to my e-mail box). Funny thing, having this real live goal to works towards now has given me the incentive to dust off a few other writing aspirations and start making them a reality.

On that note, I best be off.
I hope your face lights up today with things you love to do!



  1. interesting I too love to teach...and write and blog so teaching about creative blogging is the best. I have some handouts if you are interested from the class I taught.

  2. Hmmm, lots to think about here. Congrats on a wonderful opportunity to do just what you love!

  3. Such wisdom. Taking your newly-found knowledge and making practical applications. Nice. Have a great week! It's beautiful and sunny here today after two days of clouds and rain.

  4. Hmmm - you've given me something to think about now! A

  5. We admire your restraint with the dark chocolate. Our human staff does not have that kind of self-discipline when it comes to chocolate!

    However, our human staff has no restraint when it comes to serving us, either, which is fine with us. We'd say they already know what they love - cats - and have been doing something about it as much as possible ever since. Our Food Dude even has more love to give to cats in a sanctuary. He says Love Expands.

  6. 1. I love the birds that are coming back, also.
    2. Very intersting. I just might go and read this book.
    4.You go girl!
    5.Congratulations! Tell us more about this.

  7. Love your list. I read that book sometime ago and needed to be reminded to savor what I love. I missed exercise last week too, it was so good to get back to it last night. Why do we do this to ourselves?

  8. What an honor to teach that writer's class! I know you will be a good teacher. Writing is one of the reason's I enjoy visiting this blog.

    Now I am going to go think about what I like to do. Hope you treasured every bite of your silky dark chocolate.

  9. i love your 'five'.

    great advice from the french lady.
    have wanted to read that book,
    but just hate diet books...wonder

    have fun at the conference!

  10. Good morning Brenda!

    Ahhhh at long last after a long, long winter we get to think S~P~R~I~N~G!
    ~snow drop flowers poking through the ground
    ~Bunnies in our yard eating old clover
    ~The sweet song of the cardinal and the robin in the morning mist
    ~The promise that comes with Easter soon to be here!
    ~swtching from heavy coats to lighter jackets!

    How are you Brenda? I am sorry I have been MIA. I am so glad thought o be back in touch with you.
    GOD Bless!
    Your long ago pen pal :)

  11. Congratulations on being invited to do a workshop! It must be such fun to help teach others...

    Gentle Spring hugs...


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