Take Your Luggage and Leave Your Baggage Behind

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Think about it: baggage has a very different meaning than luggage. When I say that someone comes with baggage, we think of something negative, like debt, bad habits and lousy relationships. However, when someone arrives with luggage, we think happy thoughts, like a vacation.

So right here, right now, I am reframing my baggage. Yes, that’s right. I’m taking my divorces, all my annoying habits and every past event I’d like to forget, and wrapping them up in beautiful designer Gucci luggage. You know why? Because I’ve decided to embrace all that baggage that I call my life. I’ve decided to look at it differently and realize that I would never be where I am today without the mess I’ve been through. All those past detours and hiccups in the road have brought me to where I am today. Because of all those challenges, I have become more patient, more compassionate and more accepting. And THAT is worth all the baggage you can pile up on my doorstep.

I will take my reframed designer luggage and venture out into the world to see what experiences are waiting for me. I will travel down the road of possibilities and hope to see you along the way, carrying your own special brand of designer luggage.


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Hit the Refresh Button on Life

Have you ever wanted to hit the refresh button on your life?  You notice that I said refresh and not restart.  I asked my good friend, Joey, if he thought there was a difference, and without hesitation he said:

“Yes, there’s a huge difference.  Restart is erasing what you have and starting over again.  Refresh is enhancing what you already have.”

I like that explanation, so that is why I’m choosing the refresh button at this point of my life.

I have this great opportunity to go to Wallingford, England for one month.  It is unexpected, and most welcomed.  I need a time out to walk away from all the piles that are sitting on my desk.  You know what I’m talking about  – those piles you may find on your kitchen countertop, your bedroom dresser, or wherever you have found room for them.  It’s all those unread magazines you’re hanging onto, the recipes you promise yourself you’re going to try someday, and so many other unfinished projects.  We all have them.

Every day I try to chip away at that pile, but I swear that it seems to grow.  I can’t get control over it.  So now, I’m going to walk away from them for one month and clear the clutter that’s in my mind.  I want to open up some space to see what creative ideas and thoughts will pop into my head.

You may not have an opportunity to take a 30 day “time-out”, so try a 30 minute “time-out”.  Free up some space in your mind today and see what creative juices start flowing.

One technique that works for me is to actually write my “time out” on my calendar.  Maybe it’s taking that new class at the gym, or sharing an ice-cream sundae with someone special.  Try it – mark it on your calendar and stick to it.  Treat it like any other appointment.   Who knows – you just may learn something new about yourself.

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