enjoying the moment

Noticing Life

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The other day on a podcast I heard that the host, as part of her daily routine went outside to sit and enjoy nature with her first cup of coffee in the morning. She just sat and noticed things and took some time to meditate on nature. This sounded so glorious and so peaceful. So, the last couple of mornings I have done this. I have decided that every morning possible I will go out with my tea and just sit and observe nature in my backyard garden space. If the weather is rainy, I will pull my chair up to the window where I can still sit and meditate on nature and notice.

Today as I sat noticing I saw that the light comes through the bottom of the fence at a particular time of morning. I noticed that beautiful sunshine comes through the small gaps in the fence boards. I noticed that a very large bird sat on the top branches of a very large tree, the bird looked like the star on a Christmas tree. It had a very loud call as well. As if it were saying “Good morning! I am here!”

I noticed a squirrel running along the narrow top edge of our fence, then it was joined by another squirrel and they chased each other from the fence to a tree, to another tree. What fun they seemed to have as they effortlessly hopped from branch to branch, playing a fun game.

I noticed all of the different sounds the birds made. Everything from a loud squawk, to a morning dove call, to light flute-like twittering from small birds. They all were in a morning concert together, greeting the light of the day, starting their morning with a song.

I noticed the branches with buds of flowers or leaves about to burst into life. I noticed the color contrast of the beautiful trees against the bright blue sky. I noticed the wind rustling the branches and leaves gently in the breeze. Their swishing sounds adding to the morning song.

When was the last time you sat and just noticed? It seemed to me this morning that there is almost a second world out there that we are not always aware of. I second kingdom of animals and nature that we only see in passing out of the corner of our eyes. But it is so very magical when we sit and notice.

Have you noticed life today?

Your Sources of Joy

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Allowing is a really amazing word. When we allow ourselves to feel joy, to find the good in life, to find the good in lessons that we are being taught every day through our actions we can feel true bliss. What are your sources of joy? They can be the simple pleasures in life and they can also be big milestones of achievement. I believe every source of joy is valid and worth spending time reflecting on. Here are a few of my sources of joy.

  1. Family

  2. Friendships

  3. Creativity

  4. Food

  5. Baking

  6. Reading

  7. Spirituality/Universe

  8. Nature

  9. Travel

  10. Tea/Coffee

I will elaborate more on these in a later post, but first I would love to hear your list of 10 sources of joy. What are they? I would love to know! Please comment below or send me an email at: info@thecheerychef.com

Thank you!

With lots of love,

Trista

The Path to Joy

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The photo of the path above reminds me of the many paths we would go down growing up. We were so blessed to have lived out in the country with lots of areas to roam around in. Along the path we would often need to clear away branches or most often brambles or blackberry vines. That’s what I loved about those days of wandering through the forest. There was always something new to see, to discover and along the way you would gently clear away anything in your way. I know that this is a key to our lives as we go along the path to joy. The path is not laid out in front of you perfectly, there are obstacles to clear away, but just as in this photo, there are always bits of light, bits of joy peaking through.

This is the reason why I am creating materials for a program that I call The Path to Joy. I will run this program through Patreon with materials, workbooks, videos and more on a regular basis that you can subscribe to. If you would like to hear more, you can sign up to get updates on what is available to help you navigate your path to joy here:

https://mailchi.mp/106f620d5b5c/thejoyfulpath

I am so excited to work on creating this program. Many of the materials will be out by mid-late January, 2019. I look forward to personally helping you clear your path to joy in many ways!

With lots of love,

Trista

The joy of letting go

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With all of the amazingly wonderful events that have happened in my life recently, I have experienced the absolute joy of letting go. This is a new experience for me, because I love to plan, set goals, make lists and work on lots of things every day. This has been the way I’ve operated for quite a long time. Now that I have changed my story and really stepped into lots of amazing, new, different character traits along my path I am discovering the power of making dreams come true in a different way than I had before.

On the wall of my office I have lots of visuals of places I want to travel to, things that I’d love to experience and more. I do see these images and writings often, but I don’t deliberately look at them for long periods of time. I once read in the book “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain that it is not necessary to look at your goals and visuals every single day for them to be part of your world and to show up in amazing ways later on. She describes how goals that she wrote down many years ago have now materialized, as she looked back at pictures she had cut out or goals she had written down and put away.

I was so intrigued that many things had come to pass this year on my vision boards, goals boards and also on a list of 100 goals that I had written down around a year ago. I was amazed to see that I had accomplished 16 of those goals already! I hadn’t looked at that list in over a year! Some of those include:

-replacing our old deck

-going to Puerto Vallarta on a family vacation and visiting with my friend and her daughters

-re-doing my website

-study personal development

-do a community project (charity bake sale next week)

I was so amazed at how much I had accomplished by simply writing down those goals and setting my mind to it. We can create so much more joy in our lives than we can even comprehend!

I also realized that goals that I wrote around a month ago and posted were already coming into my reality. The most amazing one I found was that I wrote on a post-it for a 2-5 year goal:

“Partner with coffee/pastry people in a co-owned high end shop.”

I was amazed when I thought about what had just happened. I have just started to work at an amazing organic farm in a kitchen with other wonderful chefs and kitchen staff using beautiful local ingredients in a lovely farm store/deli/pastry shop. So, that goal really came to be quite quickly.

Never doubt that you can achieve so very much more than you have ever imagined. It really is all possible. Write down your dream list of 100 goals, post pictures, get inspired! This joy of letting go is real and it is such an amazing experience.

I had a very different approach this time to achieving my goals. Of course I made the lists and did the tasks and many other material things like that. However, I also made a very important choice. I chose to do things along the way that were really fun and creative. If I don’t have client work to work on, I work on a fun creative baking project to build on my skills and have a great time doing it. Building joy and fun into your day is part of the creative letting go process.

I’d love to know from you:

Have you written down your list of 100 goals?

Do you have visuals of your dreams?

Please comment below on this and anything else you’d like to chat about in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you also at: info@thecheerychef.com

With lots of love,

Trista