Iowa Lady Loves The Ocean

Iowa Lady Loves The Ocean

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A New Year ......


It has been way to long since my last post. I never meant to be away this long. With the Holidays and dealing with being sick time just seemed to fly by. I think I finally have things back on track. I am feeling better. Slowly getting back my energy. Trying to get back to somewhat of a normal life. I guess this is normal. Or it's my new normal. Things have changed alot. My eating, my sleeping, my life in general. The dr. said it's a life style change you have to make to be able to cope with your illness. Now that I have accepted it I am finding it much easier to make the necessary changes. I am eating so much more healthy. Feeling better and more energetic. Taking my medicine religiously. And getting more and better sleep. It has all made a big difference.

So here we are at the start of a New Year. I have made no resolutions this year. I know what I need to change. I didn't write it all down. It's inscribed in my brain. I have very good intentions to improve my life even more in 2006. I deserve to be happy and I deserve to be healthy. But it's up to me what I accomplish in 2006. The last year has been a big wake up call for me. For alot of reasons. I am not going to review the year in detail. Let's just say I have had a health scare, and I have had several major losses and I have changed alot. I hope it's for the better. I think I am well on my way.

I hope to get back on track here. Posting on a regular basis again. It's a good release for me. So with that said I will stop here and plan to come back again tomorrow.

Ciao for now
~ Diva

Live Simply Good



On this journey here is some words of wisdom to take with you.

Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbors mow.

Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it is okay to tell them they’re pushing.

Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there.Each moment has a richness that takes a lifetime to savor.

Taste your food. God gave it to delight as well as to nourish.

Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set.They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.

Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.

When you walk with someone, don’t think about what you’ll say next. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.

Quit planning how you are going to use what you know, learn or possess. God’s gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be clear.

Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive.Rest isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow, and now. Now counts.

Create a place in your home, at your work, in your heart, where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.


Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age or condition.

Talk slower. Talk less. Don’t talk. Communication isn’t measured by words.

Take time to think. Action is good and necessary, but it’s fruitful only if we muse, ponder and mull.

Listen to the song of a bird . . . the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.

Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.

Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.

Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.

Make time for play . . . the things you like to do.Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.

Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself right now.

When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop! Ask yourself why you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve your self-understanding.


Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to create the universe, can you do any better?

Learn to stand back and let other take their turn as leaders. There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.

Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.

Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.

Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one.

Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and efficiency.

The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first.

Take time to read . . . the Bible, poetry, great books. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.

Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.

Work with your hands. It frees the mind.

Once in awhile, turn down the lights, the throttle, the invitations. Less really can be more.
Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do. . . but often it is the best.


Take a walk. . . but don’t go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.

When things are in chaos and you are in a frenzy, ask yourself: What is right about now? Chances are, you already know what is wrong.

Just remember to take time, enjoy and make Life Simply Good!