Magical Me Makeover Day 2 Questions

Day 1 of the Magical Me Makeover has been exciting!  Let’s move on to Day 2!  Here are the questions for your reflection!

What was your favorite toy as a child?  What did you like about it?  What happened to it?  Do you still have it?  What were the positive aspects of that toy?  Negative aspects?

My girl with her American Girl doll...she loves that doll so much!

My girl with her American Girl doll…she loves that doll so much!

My Favorite Animal

As promised I am going to answer the questions publicly for the Magical Me Makeover!  My favorite animal is a dolphin.  Dolphins amaze me.  They are free to roam and explore the mysterious underwater world.  Dolphins move with grace through the water in a methodic manner.  However, dolphins cannot roam freely without limitations.  They cannot stay underwater indefinitely because they need to come to the surface for air.  The need for dolphins to exit the water forces the creature to find a delicate balance between pushing the limits, and acceptance to vulnerability.

Photo excerpted from www.dolphins-world.com

Photo excerpted from www.dolphins-world.com

Magical Me Makeover Day 1 Questions

Here we go!  Day 1 questions:  What is your favorite animal?  Why?  What draws you to that animal?  What are some positive attributes of that animal?  Negative attributes?  Reflect away!

My 10 year old dog, Gracie.  She is magical!

My 10 year old dog, Gracie. She is magical!

The Magical Me Makeover Purpose

The Magical Me Makeover begins now.  Since we live in a crazy, spinning, stressful world I thought it was time to bring some simplicity back to our lives.  When I think of a simpler time I reflect on my childhood.  Maybe that is why I am a play therapist – because children have a right to live freely.  Think about it – for a majority of us as children you had no concept of work or bills; clothing magically appeared in your closet, dinner was on the table.  As a child you could be whatever you wanted – often changing your mind on a daily basis.  There was no stress.  There was no running from appointment to appointment.  I was tea time all day!

The Magical Me Makeover is designed to bring out your true loves, and then use those true loves to rejuvenate yourself.  For the next ten days I will post a question.  You can choose how you want to reflect on it – or if you even want to (you don’t have to answer all the questions – it’s not graded;).  Some people may journal, some may paint or draw, some may just think about the question.  There is no right or wrong way to do this – just like when you were a kids – anything goes!

I will post the question in one blog post, and later in the day I will post my reflection to the question for you all to see.  If anything, I hope this journey will inspire you to feel the freedom of a child – even if it is only for five minutes a day!

Here we go!!!

My ruby red slippers all ready for the Magical Me Makeover journey!

My ruby red slippers all ready for the Magical Me Makeover journey!

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!  It is 2013, and, as with every new year, it is a great time for resolutions.  Honestly, I hate the thought of a new years resolution.  So many of us fabulous human beings say we are going to change something in our life, but abandon the motivation to change within weeks of making the resolution.  How does one avoid this constant cycle year after year?  Follow these simple steps to success:

1)  Don’t set ONE BIG goal for the whole year.  When a person sets one big goal for the entire year it is a set-up for failure.

2)  Set smaller goals, like daily, weekly or monthly.  This will take you down the right path to be successful.

3)  Get a dry-erase board (or chalkboard, or piece of paper – whatever).  Write down your smaller goals.  For example, I use a dry-erase board and write down my small goals for the day (a new blog post is the last one on my list today;)

4)  Clear blocks or barriers for avoiding the completion of your goals.  These barriers are your problems and do not belong to anybody else.  Address them, face them, and get rid of them!

5)  Reward yourself.  Once you have reached your smaller goals give yourself a reward.  It can be something simple like a piece of gum or something big like a shopping spree!

Before you know it all your small goals will have added up to one big goal.  It is like a puzzle.  Take the time to put the pieces together.  If you take it slow, you will enjoy the achievement when you have completed the puzzle;)

Your Life Journey

New chapters happen everyday in our lives.  I recently had  to close a chapter in my life – one that had been near and dear to me for many years.  People change and grow apart.  Human behavior can be analyzed, but never really explained.  When you find yourself at a crossroads in your life allow yourself time to celebrate the good times, keep the good memories close to your heart, and grieve what you have lost.  Move forward with strength and courage, knowing that you are on a journey through life.  You write your story – make it one worth reading.

The place where I renewed my wedding vows with my wonderful husband on Laguna Beach.

A Time for You

The feeling of fall – or should I say winter – hit today.  As I watched the leaves tumble about and fall freely from their mother branches I thought about how fall has always brought life changes for me.  I always have bittersweet feelings about fall.  It is a time of death for the vegetation, hibernation for the animals and cold for the air.  I am often sad to see summer come to an end, and know that the cold winter is on its way.  I use the fall season as a time of reflection and change.  I met the love of my life in the fall.  I became pregnant in the fall.  I gave birth in the fall.  Each fall season I am reminded to be with myself, welcome the changes that may come, say good-bye to parts of myself that have died, and discover aspects of myself have been in hibernation.  Be the tree that releases its leaves or the flower that looses its petals in anticipation of welcoming new in time.

My pumpkin purchase last year in the fall!