General

Decorating With Mom's Christmas Ornaments

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: General | Read Time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
{Matthew, my son, and me shopping for a Christmas tree}Unlike the multitude of retail stores in the mall, I don't decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I want to experience and rejoice in one holiday at a time. The colors of Thanksgiving are the warm shades of autumn. Decorating with burgundy, yellow and orange mums along with the traditional a...
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Intentional Living Series

Intentional Living Week Five: Are You Moving Forward?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Intentional Living Series | Read Time: 1 minute, 55 seconds
{Hot Air Ballooning in Wyoming}Four weeks ago, you committed to living a more intentional life. Are you moving forward? This week I am going to recap the process, reviewing the objective of each week. Take a moment to appraise your progress and your successes. In week one, you learned about the Morning 30.  The Mor...
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General

Honoring Those Who Came Before Us

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: General | Read Time: 0 minutes, 25 seconds
Tomorrow I am beginning a new tradition in our family. As we gather together, we will take a moment to acknowledge those who came before us and are now no longer with us. Nothing overly dramatic or maudlin, just a gentle reminder that who we are today was built on the foundation of our parents and grandparents. Whatever your Thanksgiving traditions, take a moment to remember those who m...
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General

How to Avoid Stress and Enjoy Thanksgiving

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: General | Read Time: 2 minutes, 5 seconds
 My excitement level is topping the charts. This year I am hosting Thanksgiving at my home. I will not be making the annual pilgrimage to my parent's home in Florida; those days are over. My kids and grandchildren are coming for their first Thanksgiving in New York; I hope the first of many. I plan to prepare our family's traditional Thanksgiving meal with all our homemade f...
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Intentional Living Series

Intentional Living Week Four: Do You Have Your Priorities Straight?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Intentional Living Series | Read Time: 2 minutes, 17 seconds
“Good things happen when you get your priorities straight”.  Scott CaanThis past week you have been compiling your list of what you like about your life and what you don’t like about your life. Were you surprised at what you wrote down? This week we will start the process of setting priorities that will help you achieve your goal of living an intentional life.
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Life Management

Footsteps Launches an app!

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 54 seconds
I was confused. My mother’s blood pressure had been managed for years by a daily blood pressure medicine. Now it was completely out of control. Each time my mother stood up in rehab to practice walking, her blood pressure rose dangerously high. Maybe it was because of the strokes, maybe the medicine had become ineffective or maybe there was something else going on that we did not know...
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Spirituality

Do You Have a Thankful Heart?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Spirituality | Read Time: 1 minute, 26 seconds
My mother's premier Thanksgiving dish was her mashed potatoes. They are legendary in our family. She attempted to teach my sister and me how to prepare them just as she had but it never quite came out the same. Maybe it is because we were impatient or maybe it was because food always taste better when someone else prepares it. Sadly, this will be our first Thanksgiving without her. ...
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Intentional Living Series

Intentional Living Week Three: What is Working in Your Life?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Intentional Living Series | Read Time: 2 minutes, 42 seconds
 "Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking."    Wallace StevensLast week's assignment was to use your Think Time to explore three key questions. These questions were designed to help you examine multiple areas of your life. What did you discover? In week three you will use the answers you compiled last week to create a list of...
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Life Management

Three Simple Steps To Avoid Clutter

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 31 seconds
I was standing in the middle of my mother’s living room faced with the task of deciding which of my parent’s possessions I wanted to keep. My mother’s style of decorating was eclectic but leaned towards the traditional. I am a fan of Mid-Century Modern. Mom collected many lovely antiques as well as indigenous and folk art. I gravitate towards watercolors, glass and graphic designs. She had g...
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