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Lately, I’ve been dropped into the world of architecture. Architects design the plans that are the blueprint for homes and buildings. They assemble all the elements… your chosen location, your local laws regarding construction, and your needs and dreams for the plan of your home.

There is something interesting about this process… Every project has multiple solutions for creating the desired outcome. Architects are experts at surveying the big picture, visualizing solutions and identifying the one that BEST suits the situation. Architects are not only creative, but practical… they have to produce results. Choosing the best solution is what makes them effective.

I was wondering the other day if we could apply the same logic to designing our lives. We have all been in a place where we need to create change, but are unable to start. It seems daunting…

Lets apply their process to our own journey… Starting with your dreams and desires, work backwards and identify behaviors and activities that could help move you toward your goal. Get into the details of it… What are the long-term and short-term activities that will lead you in the right direction? Write them down, even better make a technical diagram of what they look like physically. Add pictures and drawings to illustrate your path. What comes 1st, 2nd, etc. See them on paper in a format like a blueprint or flow chart, use big arrows and be specific. Look for multiple solutions on your chart. Meditate on the possibilities. You will eventually see the best choice. It will be clear on paper and in your mind. Choosing this solution will EMPOWER your journey, and it will feel PEACEFUL.

Becoming an architect in life is brilliant! It’s like your blueprint for navigating change. You know where you are going and how to get there.

What are you waiting for? Your new life is waiting…ūüĎ£

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Today I saw a white feather floating down over my head in Times Square.¬† ¬†Anyone who has visited New York, knows that this area is full of people and usually very loud, crazy and more than a little dirty! (…especially in the summertime) ¬† It was such a magical moment and I took a mini-break from my busy day to observe its presence.

When I see a feather, it makes me think that someone above is watching over me and always brings a smile to my face knowing that I’m not alone in any given moment. ¬†It’s easy to become so absorbed in our days and lives, that we never look up to see the beauty and magic in the world. ¬†Nature is always communicating with us, reminding us that we are connected to each other, as well as, a higher source of guidance. ¬†Feathers can remind to you be “light”¬†in your heart and to see the “light” in your everyday surroundings.

Practice the art of being “light as a feather” in your day, see what happens to your own heart. ‚ô• ¬†

When was the last time you heard someone referred to as a “Master”? ¬†I think about this mostly when it comes to golf. ¬†You know, the Masters Tournament… ¬†All those professional golfers coming together to compete at the height of their game. ¬†They have honed their craft to a point that it becomes mastery.

What happens when you’ve reached the master level? ¬†First of all you have to take a look at what it takes to become a master. ¬†I have a personal theory that masters are created where skill, experience, and passion come together. ¬†This perfect combination of qualities brings to life a higher level of expression. ¬†It’s really a pleasure to watch a master at work, they are so present…¬†

When masters practice their craft for a long period of time, they become artists.  They place their own personal spin on the technicality of their work.  They have studied, experimented, and honed their craft so expertly that their creative mind takes over.  It breeds a new and ultimately unique level of achievement.  Experiencing mastery as it becomes art is a beautiful gift.

How do you experience mastery in your life? ¬†Who do you see as a master? ¬†Appreciate those around you who display mastery and encourage them to become artists…‚ô•

Have you ever thought of how choice affects your life? ¬†Think of all the decisions you make consciously or unconsciously on a daily basis. ¬†Imagine them all creating a bigger picture… ¬†This becomes your reality. ¬†We are all constantly choosing our lives… ¬†

That is a little hard to hear, right? ¬†I mean, so many times I’ve heard people describing events that supposedly just “happened”. ¬†I always wonder what choices were made prior to that moment. ¬†I especially think of this when I encounter someone who has extraordinarily bad luck. ¬†I mean, seriously, they get the whammy! ¬†Mostly, I’m seeing the end result of a series of choices, some conscious, some unconscious.

Ok, but why am I writing about choice today? ¬†Because, it’s possible to manifest all kinds of happiness, joy, and beauty in our lives by being conscious of our choices. ¬†Not just the big choices, but the little ones too. ¬†Try an experiment for this week. ¬†If you are trying to welcome something into your life, think of how you are going to do it. ¬†Now, each day, choose to do something that will lead you closer to your dream. ¬†See how that series of choices affects your world. ¬†Be patient. ¬†Let me know how it goes…

Building a life based on choice is so empowering! ¬†Experience it for yourself…‚ô•

Today is a gorgeous day in Brooklyn. ¬†It’s completely clear and the sky and water are the most beautiful shades of blue… ¬†Especially the water. ¬†It’s that perfect combination of green and blue.

I rode my bike to the Brooklyn Bridge to sit in the sunshine and have coffee. ¬†I positioned myself in front of the carousel which was full of little kids! ¬†There must have been some event happening, because I was suddenly swarmed by 2-year-old little boys and girls. ¬†My God, they are so cute and so funny. ¬†It was a bit like being swarmed by bees, but in a good way. ¬†What I noticed most about them, is they smile and laugh with their entire body… I mean how can you not be hypnotized by such beauty!

They must have been handing out balloons for this event, because they were flying all over the place. ¬†The colors painted such a pretty picture against that brilliant blue sky. ¬†Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a little boy running along with a red balloon. ¬†He suddenly let go of the balloon! ¬†The wind took it and it floated over the railing and down to the water. ¬†Oh dear, his face… first it was total disbelief, then came the sadness. ¬†I looked at him and said “OH, NO”! ¬†He clouded up and rained just like a storm. ¬†His Dad, was quickly by his side, comforting him and telling him it would be ok. ¬†It was so sweet to watch.

What happened next is another example of magic in the Universe. ¬†That balloon, floated up from the water, back over the railing, directly across the walkway and into the hands of the little boy! ¬†I swear on my grandma’s grave! ¬†OMG… I mean, I started looking around. ¬†Did anyone else see that? ¬†It was fantastic! ¬†The little boy’s face was just pure joy. ¬†That moment was right out of a movie. ¬†It was, in my mind, a complete example of heaven on earth. ¬†I sat for a moment, so humbled by this beautiful sight.

Letting go of a balloon is a lot like losing something you love in life. ¬†The instant it happens is so heart wrenching. ¬†Seeing this on a child’s face is a perfect example of how we, as adults, feel on the inside. ¬† What if letting go is for the greater good? ¬†Maybe we’ve been clinging to something that needs to be released. ¬†What if letting go will actually free you to RECEIVE what is really yours? ¬† Just like the red balloon that found its way home to the little boy. ¬†‚ô•

I was out to dinner with a good friend the other night.  We were discussing a series of events that had transpired in her life since I last saw her.  Her description of the journey made me think of a really fun ride at an amusement park, thrills and laughs at the same time!

Have you ever thought of life as an amusement park? ¬†Think of the park itself. ¬†It’s got something for everyone. ¬†There are games, parks, water features, food, shopping, benches… and of course the RIDES!! ¬†I am a big fan of the rides. ¬†The roller coasters are my favorite. ¬†They have unexpected twists and turns, big highs and deep valleys, ¬†speed and slow motion. ¬†I recently rode the famous Coney Island Cyclone. ¬†It did not disappoint! ¬†I loved every minute of it and I smiled for days afterward.

Life can be like a really fun ride… There are some highs and lows and a lot of little twists and turns, but the end result of the journey brings a smile to your face and a fond memory of the trip. ¬†Start looking at your journey in this way. ¬†Add some new adventures if you seem to be missing the fun. ¬†‚ô•

I was out with friends the other night to see an off-Broadway play.  Broadway plays are performed in the big theaters that hold 500 seats or more.  Off-Broadway plays are performed in smaller more intimate theaters all over the city.  Visiting these theaters is sometimes as good as seeing the play, as many of them are full of great architecture and character.  

This night was all impromptu. ¬†My friends called last-minute to ask if I would join them to see this play written by their friend. ¬†I immediately said yes and our adventure was under way. ¬†When we arrived at the theater, we took the “sketchy” elevator to the 4rth floor. ¬†The doors opened to this cozy living room with deep couches and an antique bar. ¬†After a glass of wine, we all entered the room that held the stage.

The play itself was dark and heavy, but even though there were no big sets or props, we were all instantly transported into the world dreamed up by the author.  It was amazing to see this snippet of another world created in the simplicity of an old theater.  As the play finished, we all acknowledged the great acting and writing.

Stepping out to catch the elevator down, the unexpected happened.  The elevator was out of service, so we needed to take the stairs down to the street.  As my friend opened the door to the stairs, I saw the most intricate and beautiful staircase!  It was an iron cylinder with spiral, marble stairs wrapping their way down around it.  WOW! I mean it was amazing.  I spent the good part of the next 20 minutes trying to capture it with my iPhone camera.  The detail and design were so unique.  Even the aging process of the marble, iron and brass came together to make so much beauty.

This lovely, old staircase made me think that life is unexpected. ¬†Around the corner of your everyday routine, there can be so much magic and beauty, we just have to appreciate and share it. ¬†Remembering to stop and appreciate the unexpected things that appear on your path in life is another way to live in the moment and really cherish life. ¬†The next time you encounter the beauty of something unexpected, stop and absorb its magic…¬†‚ô•

You know sometimes in your life everything seems to fall into place? ¬†You are just witnessing the events and following the chain. It seems as though all is right in the world. ¬†This is called Flow. ¬†Flow is like being in a river, moving with the water, it feels effortless. ¬†I love going with the flow…

What about the times in life when ITS NOT FLOWING? ¬†You know, you’re stuck. ¬†You are in a rut and every best effort you put forward leads to a brick wall. ¬†I have had my share of “no flow”. ¬†It’s frustrating! ¬†How do you rediscover your flow? ¬†Honestly, it’s a mystery to me.

The most important thing to remember when you are out of flow, is to keep trying… try EVERYTHING. ¬†Say yes, to all kinds of invitations, opportunities, people, jobs, and events that you would otherwise decline. ¬†It’s possible that the flow you are looking for is with you already, but you are looking in the opposite direction. ¬†Look around, change the glasses you’ve been wearing to examine your situation and your ¬†world. ¬†Be aware of what’s new in your old situation. ¬†You’ve got to have faith that flow will return to you.

Wait and see… being open to the new, might just drop you right back into that flowing river!¬†‚ô•

So many books have been written about living in the present moment. ¬†You can explore this concept from many different perspectives just by visiting your book store. ¬†Everyone seems to have a different viewpoint on the method for living in the now. ¬†I have a really hard time living in the now. ¬†My schedule has me thinking so far ahead, that I completely disregard what’s happening right now. ¬†So, I miss a lot of things.

For me, living in the now, means choosing to do less. ¬†We’ve talked before about the schedules that run our lives. ¬†Sometimes, I go through days where I am scheduled every hour until I go to bed. ¬†This makes me crazy, and always leaves me anticipating what comes next. ¬†I’ve come to appreciate the quiet moments in my life, because they allow me to be present. ¬†I notice the little things that I might have missed, if I was working my schedule.

I always notice the beauty of nature, the leaves and flowers, the sky, the light as it changes through the day. ¬†I also notice people, how they interact with each other. ¬†I see them show love through action, by holding someone’s hand, giving a kiss, greeting with a hug. ¬†When I experience these little glimpses of the now, I feel peaceful and loved by the universe, and also very present. ¬†It reminds me of the gift that life truly is, if we only stop to experience it. ¬†‚ô•

What is your method for living in the now?  How are you going to change your routine to experience more of it?

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