Absolute Abundance

 http://waltzinghorses.blogspot.com/2012/05/absolute-abundance.html  Recently, there was a moment that I experienced the difference between the beauty of abundance and Absolute Abundance....more

Gratitude Mondays: What do you have an Abundance of?

We are excited to start our new weekly program… ...more

From Covered Wagons to the Chicago Skyline: A Celebration of Mothers Past and Present

The other day I was wondering about my great-grandmother and the land she came to Illinois to Homestead with her husband and eight kids. I have a photograph of the family in my office, all seated in their finest clothes around a buffalo hide rug. Mid 1800s. She looks like she could kick your ass if you were good enough for an ass kicking. If not, she’d just turn her boney Yankee shoulder to you and you would understand for the first time what it is to be on the receiving end of disdain. I wanted to know about my mothers. Especially this one. I wanted to know what she was like outside this photo. So I called my mother. ...more
Hey, Laura! Did someone say COVERED WAGONS?!?!?! I've got my Sunbonnet on and I am so there. ...more

Grateful to Saturday

I ended Friday with a bit of a broken heart. It was a balance of professional disappointment and personal heartache. There are invitabilities in work and home for all of us, lately they just seem to be throttling closer and closer to home in such a way that I get it—I can’t control it....more

7 Minutes in Heaven

The most common complaint I hear? "I don't have the time." I have news for you: You need to make time! I'm only asking you to take 5-7 minutes a day. I'm talking about meditation. Once you start doing it on a regular basis, you realize how much more time it seems you have. It’s an interesting phenomena that 7 minutes of chilling out can shift your perspective of time....more

Climate Crises…. It's Not Just Our Planet

Whether you know it or not, there’s a climate crises going on inside our bodies. Our bodies are such profound instruments that we too often take for granted.  We have the most remarkable tools at our finger tips, yet we don’t USE them.  Our feelings are our own spiritual barometer.  They let us know instantly the state of our mind and body....more

A thank you from all mothers

In the early 90’s we hosted a Russian dentist, Galina Raguzina -we are the same age; she spoke no English, I spoke no Russian. Yet we could point to a word in the Russian/English dictionary and recognize exactly what thought the other was referencing. She asked to wash some clothes and when I took her down to the washing machine she carefully looked up the words “a thank you from all mothers".....raising both hands into the air (also the word “lazy” followed by a laugh)....more

Attitude: From Negative to Gratitude

Despite the occasional temporary setback, my life is good, and I’m grateful. It wasn’t always that way, however. At 18, just after I left for college, I was essentially orphaned, and have had to go from no education or support to finding a purpose, supporting myself through a PhD, and developing four businesses to do that. I also recovered from an abusive marriage, and now have been happily married for 23 years, and in successful private practice since 1978. Before I could succeed, I needed to learn to support myself emotionally as well as financially....more

At Least They're Healthy

Two days ago, in some sort of unnecessary frenzy to get out to consume the fresh, warm (hot) air of spring, we hatched a plot to take our son to the petting zoo. The petting zoo, no longer a deemed a 'petting zoo' (a relief for moms who don't want their children's delicate digits nipped off by ill-tempered donkeys), was more of a 'farm', where animals could be observed, from behind the safety of wire fencing, in their 'natural' habitats....more
You never know what could happen tomorrow and I guess that is why we  must make time to cherish ...more

Blog Excerpt: Reflections and Gratitude

This past weekend was a bit difficult for me emotionally because of the warm weather…unexpected for Chicago at this time of year. I realized that as crazy as it sounds, this is a trigger for me. I love this weather, but when I’m out and about, especially if I’m by myself, I have a tendency to “people watch.” People watching is not harmful in itself, but when I begin that ...more
 @SunbonnetSmart.com Oh thank you so much Robin...tears are falling...happy tears. :') Grateful ...more