It’s that time of year where Holiday lists are made and  gifts are bought.   Thoughts of how to access that perfect gift is the challenge.  The intent is to make everyone happy, especially on those holidays where the perfect gift leads to hours of excitement and laughter.  And for you?  What is on your list?  I have a few amazing ideas.  How about:

 A pampering spa get away.

A luxurious room that invites relaxation and rejuvenation.

Being with like-minded women who come together to laugh and to nourish.

 An awakening of passion felt deep within your soul.

A hot jacuzzi on a cold day, with wine or tea delivered to you as you soak with a smile.

A full day of workshops featuring women who will ignite a glow in you.

  A quiet whisper to yourself , yes this is what I need, this is my time.  Join me for an amazing weekend at the Stonehedge Inn and Spa, (www.stonehedgeinnandspa.com) on March 10th & 11th, 2012.   There will be workshops to choose from, delicious healthy food, a Jacuzzi you can relax in,  order wine  anywhere in the Inn and Spa,  raffles, fun Athena’s Party on Saturday night.  Encourage your friends to join you.

  Start off the New Year number one on your list

Create your own Joy Fund,  put a little money away each week for you.  Or better yet, ask for it for your holiday present.

 You have made everyone else happy.  Now how about you?

Details on the spa weekend and registration now available on my website www.thejoysource.com.  Space is limited, register today!

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If you drew a big circle on a piece of paper and I asked you to divide it up like a pie, each slice representing how you spend your time, would there be  nice big chunks of pie devoted to REST, RELAXATION, REFLECTION, RECREATION????  When I do this exercise with people the majority have way too much time devoted to work, chores and responsibilities and not enough time devoted to the four R’s( as said in the book The Inner Game of Stress by T. Gallwey).  Where is your balance?  We all maintain a certain amount of work, chores and responsibilities but it all must be balanced with time devoted to the four R’s. 

 How happy can you truly be if all you do is work and not play? 

 How fulfilled can you be if you run from place to place with no time for rest and relaxation?

How nourished can you be if you have spent no time in reflection of where you have been and where you hope to be?

We are happier, more satisfied and LESS STRESSED if we can take the time to rest, relax, reflect and PLAY.

When do you find yourself doing exactly what you want to be doing and never wanting it to end?  When does time stop for you?

Find more of that time for yourself; happiness and joy will follow.

Registration has begun for my Woman’s Day of Inspiration and Joy on October 2nd at the Peabody Marriott.  Please find the details on my website www.thejoysource.com , last year it was a huge success, join us for another amazing day!

It really is your choice on how you see your world.   Glass half empty?  Or half full?  Take a minute to reflect on your thoughts throughout the day.  What do you focus on?  Do you focus on the positive events, thoughts, people, children in your life?  Or do you get sucked into negative gossip, anger, jealousy, and “not good enough” thinking?  I came across this wonderful Native American story and I wanted to share it with you.

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.  He said,” My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

One is Evil.  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is Good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “which wolf wins?

The old Cherokee simply replied, “the one you feed.”

Feed the good wolf.

PS Ladies!  Rooms are filling up for the March Retreat, sign up now and start feeding that good wolf!  Peace, joy, relaxation, calmness, happiness will all be yours after a weekend at the Spa with other like-minded women.