Thursday, January 19, 2012


Well, I almost got to surprise you all with our new bands - which I've been heralding for least six months now. The unveiling I had planned for tomorrow will now have to wait until February 15th. I received an email from our suppliers on Monday morning (I'm only now coming to terms with the news), that the entire order had been printed on the wrong side of the bands :(   So, once again I leave you with an image of the new, improved, dakbands.....and hope that once they arrive you'll be sharing them all over the place.

And here is a photo from Facebook that a friend posted to my wall.....

and here is my version.......

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Resolution 12

I recently came across an article about a really cool site that encourages people to make public declarations of their New Year's resolutions. But instead of making the resolution about yourself, you make it other centered, service oriented. It is called Resolution 12. Did I say this is really cool? And would it be too obvious if I pointed out how kind all these resolutions are? How many dakbands are involved here!

I wanted to share my New Year's collage, because it lists my resolutions, which, are pretty much other centered, but I forgot to take the picture :( So instead I am going to share some resolutions I'm inspired to make for each of my children.....

For Brennyn,
I will support and join you on your journey to be healthy and fit ( in fact I love the accountability of doing this together). I will encourage you to make wise choices, listen to your heart, and to be gentle with yourself. I will be here for you whenever you need, regardless of the circumstances. I will tell you I love you everyday, and if I can't speak with you, I'll be thinking it.
For Kohen,
Wow, things have changed so much for you already this year. Congratulations on your new job as a professional geologist! This year I will do my best to support you, from a distance, however you may need it. I will watch you grow and transform, and celebrate every success with you. I will offer you my insights and guidance, probably even when you want them least, but it will always come from a place of unconditional love.

For Garrett,
I will hold you, protect you, and love you unconditionally. I will do everything in my power to ensure your needs are met, you heal from the past and are able to grow into the amazing person you are. I will work on my patience, learn whatever it is I need to, to support you. I will cherish your love, creativity, and imagination.

For all my other family and friends, I will do my best to be a good friend, to encourage you, support you, and join you on whatever parts of your journey we can share. Most importantly, I hope to model kindness and compassion and serve you in some way that enriches both our lives!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

My New Chapter

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

Edith Lovejoy Pierce -

We are only a week into the New Year, and already I wonder where it has gone. No wonder there are people that actually study our perception of time, and how that relates to our happiness. I'm not quite ready to take that test, but I sure as heck have the sense that time is moving more quickly as I age become wiser. But I digress, my focus today is the mystical power of the New Year to inspire us to search for the good, no, the best, in ourselves, and others. Last year I rang in the New Year in silence, at a spiritual retreat. It was quite literally transformational. This year, I was asleep when the New Year arrived, which I hope is no way indicative of what lies ahead :) 

New Year's Day however, was a soul enriching treat. My dear friend Carolin (who blessed me her Heart Cards last year) and I walked the Central Park labrynth (in Burlington) in a windstorm, made New Year collages, drank red wine, and relished the first chapter of opportunity. She also gifted me with her newest creative inspiration, Pause Cards. Similar to her Heart Cards, only much, much smaller (each card is just a couple of centimeters by about 6 centimeters), they are meant to inspire moments of pause, reflection and conscious thinking. I have been using them to write with. Each morning I close my eyes, choose a card, and then write about whatever that card means to me at that moment. It is such a lovely way to start my day. 

Pick a card, and begin your chapter:

Happy New Year.