This week we’re getting ready for Halloween – the official celebration. Being a resident of Pumpkin Capital and home of the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, I sometimes feel like Halloween is anti-climactic after all the pumpkin mania around the festival. The festival parade is always great fun because everyone gets in the spirit of things and dress up to march down Main Street. The costumes ranged from babes in arms as tiny pumpkins with orange diapers to cartoon characters, movie heros and heroines, and everything inbetween. One little girl had on a Dorothy costume and it made me think of the costume I made for my daughter when she was 4-years-old. She had a blue gingham dress with white long sleeve t-shirt, white tights, and short red boots to complete the look. It was tough, but I convinced her red sequined shoes didn’t fit the dress code to go trick or treating on a cool Minnesota evening. I was already having to the wage the battle of fashion statement vs. practical temperature considerations. Fortunately, she was only going to the 7 houses on our cul-de-sac and wasn’t out for more than half an hour at the most. I hope you have a wonderful Halloween and approach it in the spirit of childlike fun and playfulness. In years past I have dressed used my creativity and came up with a full costume. Sometimes I just wear a funny hat. Remember, simple is fine. The point is to have fun. Whatever you do, I wish you a holiday full of treats for your body, mind and spirit.
Suggestions to inspire gentle changes and make simple shifts towards creating your hand-crafted life.
Read a poem.
A friend of mine is a wonderful body worker who gives deep tissue massages. She is part of a networking organization with lots of tradespeople who would benefit greatly from a massage for their aching muscles. Yet, she was not connecting with potential customers who would clearly benefit from her services. I suggested she start answering the “what’s in it for me?” question the next time she had the opportunity to talk with a potential client. These tradespeople rely on their physicality to perform their job properly. Would they ever neglect the proper maintenace of tools or equipment? Yet, they are neglecting a priceless component of their livelihood by not keeping themselves in top working order.
Do you know to answer potential customer’s question “what’s in it for me?”
Good copywriting can help you craft an answer answer to that question.
The past four days I’ve been experiencing the beginning of a new era. I’ve reached my 59th year. I’ve celebrated 58 birthdays since this picture of Little Mary was taken. Notice the bracelet and necklace. I haven’t changed a bit. I still have the jewelry and the bright blue eyes; although my hair color varies slightly I am wearing it almost that short these days. I like to think that I still look at life with that same wide-eyed wonder.
I choose to believe that I possess a combination of Diva and Destiny infused with a great deal of Creativity with which to accomplish my goals whether it’s meeting a deadline, practicing a yoga pose or baking cookies. Yes, I have to admit that there have been times where this wild ride called Life has been so turbulant I’ve encountered some challenging circumstances. But there have been some equally amazing events as a result. I’ve learned how much I can do to further my own healing. I’ve learned how resilient I am. Every incident became an opportunity to grow and contributed to the person I am today. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Awaken to Your Authenticity Workshop is an opportunity to discover a new way of thinking and learn how simple shifts can create significant changes in your life. Give yourself permission to play and invite your imagination along as we explore ways to balance obligations with opportunities to have fun!
Wed., Oct., 7, 2009, 9-11:30 a.m.
Bella Luce Skin Care and Healing Arts, 2014 Palmetto, Suite A, Pacificia, CA
$40 includes play materials, refreshments, and raffle ticket for a special give-away.
Workshop facilitated by Mary E. Knippel, Creativity Mentor. Space is limited! Sign up today with Pay Pal
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