Friday
Feb182011

B in the Moment: A Reflection on 11:52

The rules were simple.  Set your cell-phone alarm for 11:52 and snap a picture in that moment- wherever you are- for one year.  It sounded like a good self-discipline building project.  I needed to complete this!  I thought I would learn a lot.  But, I had no idea how much.  


This project allowed me to capture the ordinary - everyday moments.  Who knew lunch time could be photo worthy?  I have enough to last for awhile.  I think it's these ordinary moments that people speak about when they say "time goes by so fast, enjoy these moments", or these are the "BEST" years.  I'm hoping that if I enjoy these days to their fullest I can continue to enjoy the better years to come.


It became very clear that inspiration is everywhere-anytime.  If you can connect with that moment the inspiration is right in front of you.  Not that all of these photos are super inspired moments or anything, but it was enough to realize there are NO excuses. 


Most interesting to me were the repetitive numbers.  I found myself glancing at the clock at 3:52, 8:52, etc.  It happened enough (and still does, but not as often) that I began to repeat an affirmation (I am loved, I am innocent, I am free) when I saw these times.  It's a little cheezy, but I like it.  


The photography aspect was new for me.  I look forward to learning and improving my photography skills.  As Mark encouraged me, I would encourage anyone to embark on their own reflection of time. Our cousin Noreen is going strong with 7:07.  Make your own rules to suit yourself.  For instance,  I only took a shot if I was near my phone to hear the alarm. 


Originally, I liked the song "After Hours" by We Are Scientists.  At 3:52 seconds, I thought the song was a good fit.  But, the law kept me from using it here.  Interestingly enough, it was only after watching the slideshow with music that I realized 2010 was a turning point in my life.   But, I'll save that for another time.     


Until the next project or the occasional 11:52...enjoy!


How many times can you see this guy? 


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Friday
Feb042011

B Recharged after The year of the Tiger: Welcome the Rabbit!

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Have you been spending a lot of time resting?  I have.  The cold seems to take all my reserves.  I've been fulfilling obligations then come home asap to all my favorite comforts.  Sweats, cashmere, tea, blankets, books, etc..  I've been using my bed as a work space and "go fish" card table.  I can't seem to get enough cozy.  Maybe my Mom's right and I'm deficient in some vitamin, but I don't think so. 


Here's what's happening.  1.) I'm hibernating. It's the time of year.  Winter is about stillness and reflection. We need to disengage and shut down a little so creative energy can rebuild. 2.) The year of the tiger is coming to an end.  And we're exhausted.  My goodness, I don't know about you- but I was thrilled to have two snow days! 


The year of the Rabbit is a fortunate reprieve.  We could all use this calm and collected energy.  As a wood rabbit, the mellow mood suits me well.  A little luck and less conflict sounds good too.  I'm gaming (no pun intended) on a good year for business.


So, here are some plans for B Holistic and this blog;


1.  More POSTS!  Frequent and regular posting is challenging for me, but I'd love to make it happen.  This year I'll be including 'B Pointed"  A category dedicated to specific acupuncture / pressure points and meridians that relate specifically to TCM and Qi Gong.


2. More Clutter.  More Feng Shui.  I'm looking for cluttered spaces to prioritize, organize, and customize so you can get on with your life.  Calling all BRAVE SOULS with clutter, Please contact me for a free consultation.


3. More teaching.  Dates and times TBD


4.  More workshops and presentations.  Rabbit peeking


5.  More products.


6.  An online store?!  


If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions - I'm all ears.  Until then, take it easy for a few more weeks.  Allow yourself to shut down so you can spring into action when you've been recharged.  


 


 


 

Tuesday
Jan252011

B in the moment: A reflection on 11:52

My brother Mark was the creative genius behind the facebook "9:04" photo project during 2009.  He was encouraging anyone to carry the torch.  So, on January 1, 2010, 11:52 struck my mind.  Cleaning up New Year's early morning, I knew I needed to take an 11:52 shot. 


The rules were simple.  Set your cell-phone alarm for 11:52 and snap a picture in that moment- wherever you are- for one year.  It sounded like a good self-discipline building project.  I needed to complete this!  I thought I would learn a lot.  But, I had no idea how much.  


This project allowed me to capture the ordinary - everyday moments.  Who knew lunch time could be photo worthy?  I have enough to last for awhile.  I think it's these ordinary moments that people speak about when they say "time goes by so fast, enjoy these moments", or these are the "BEST" years.  I'm hoping that if I enjoy these days to their fullest I can continue to enjoy the better years to come.


It became very clear that inspiration is everywhere-anytime.  If you can connect with that moment the inspiration is right in front of you.  Not that all of these photos are super inspired moments or anything, but it was enough to realize there are NO excuses. 


Most interesting to me were the significance of the repetitive numbers.  I found myself glancing at the clock at 3:52, 8:52, etc.  It happened so often (and still does, but not as often) that I began to repeat an affirmation (I am loved, I am innocent, I am free) when I saw these times.  It's a little cheezy, but I like it.  


The photography aspect was new for me.  I look forward to learning and improving my photography skills. As Mark encouraged me, I would encourage anyone to embark on their own reflection of time.  Our cousin Noreen is going strong with 7:07.  Make your own rules to suit yourself.  For instance,  I only took a shot if I was near my phone to hear the alarm. 


Interestingly enough, it was only after watching the slideshow with the right music did I realize 2010 was a major-fate-changer.   But, I'll save that for another time.  


I thought "After Hours" by We Are Scientists, at 3:52 seconds long was a great fit.  But, the law kept me from using it here.    


Until the next project or the occasional 11:52...enjoy! 







 


 


 


 


 


 

Thursday
Nov252010

B Grateful this Thanksgiving: My Top 25

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I AM grateful for...



  1. My family for the constant, unconditional exchange of love and support

  2. My Husband for keeping it real, keeping a roof over our head, and having coffee ready EVERY a.m.

  3. My Children- I believe that somewhere they chose me.  I'm baffled BUT grateful.  I'm thankful for the JOY they bring on most days.

  4. Health body and mind.  It's truly amazing that our bodies work as well as they do.  It makes me realize how crazy it is to complain about the minor ills.

  5. My senses.  To be able to hear, see colors, smell, taste, and feel is a luxury.   

  6. Food.  When I stop to think about how grateful I am about food, I realize how little I practice mindful eating.  Something I'll be working on.

  7. Indulgences.  Chocolate cake donuts - I appreciate you.  Mindfulness here helps with the "everything in moderation" mantra.  

  8. The Sun and the Moon.  Maybe this should be first.  

  9. Weather.  I'd prefer to have more nice days.  But, I really love crummy, gloomy days.

  10. Chicago!  

  11. Friends - old and new.  Friends could be after the Sun and Moon. 

  12. Berwyn.  I love Berwyn - even old Berwyn.  Without old Berwyn there wouldn't be any charm.

  13. B Holistic - I'm so lucky to have the connection I have with long term clients.  I love them.  They love me.  I'm grateful.  I feel so privileged to connect with new clients.  There's so much meaning there.  It's over if I EVER take that for granted. 

  14. A.G. My business counselor.  He believes in me and he's not family.  That means something! Seriously, I am so grateful to have a mentor that's patient and understands my full time job (#3) but also keeps me thinking, thinking, thinking.

  15. Grandma's.  Grandma's are probably the most wonderful and loving people on this Earth.  I love my Grandma's SO.  And, a special shout out to the ones who babysit for love.  Thank YOU!

  16. My Dad. (R.I.P.)  Thanks to you I'll always turn the volume UP when the Stones come on the radio.

  17. My Bose Radio...the one I inherited from Dad.

  18. This Blog.  I'm especially grateful to A.B. because she convinced me to start it when I had no idea what it was.  I look forward to the day when it can be monitored daily.  

  19. Readers of this Blog.  You deserve your own line.  Thank You!

  20. Inspiration.  I realize inspiration is everywhere, but not every moment could be filled with the utter bliss of inspiration.  I'm grateful for when it occurs.

  21. America and the soldiers who fight for our freedom. 

  22. Opportunities.  Similar to #20.

  23. The lights, modern plumbing, and heat.  

  24. Nature and it's simple, profound beauty.

  25. Life and all of it's wonder.


Happy Thanksgiving.


Monday
Jan262009

B an OX: Happy Chinese New Year

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 The Chinese New Year is a big day for celebration in China.  2009 is the year of the Earth Ox.  According to the Chinese zodiac the Ox type are dependable, organized, and have a strong work ethic.  They approach difficult tasks systematically and have strong ethical code.  They are fearless and believe in a careful, methodical approach to solving problems.  They are patient and loyal, expecting loyalty in return.  They are very calm but a force to be reckoned with if crossed.

This could not be a more appropriate year for an Earth Ox president, considering the job he has ahead of him.   With the difficult times ahead all of us must exhibit OX like qualities and plow through the coming years with dignity, courage, and good will.  With this positive power we will come out ahead and prevail a much happier, content, and grounded nation feeling connected to those around us and the world at large.  Happy New Year.