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Tidbits for the New Year

Tidbits for the New Year

As 2019 wends its way into our lives, I like to think about what themes I would like to manifest. But I also like to “slow into the year,” leaving room to see what new energy or ideas present themselves.

So for this post, I offer some little tidbits that came across my radar recently that may prompt further thoughts or plans or…just be the little inspirations that they are.

# A friend sent me an article on the Pantone Color of the Year–Living Coral–which states the reasons they chose the color–because it was “animating and life affirming” and because it symbolizes, among other things, an “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” I succumbed and bought my 2019 calendar notebook in Living Coral.

# In another article, about how Deepak Chopra (who is working on his 89th book!) spends his Sundays, I learned that he meditates, does yoga, drinks coffee, takes long walks with his wife and practices “body and breath awareness” while asking himself, “How can I have the most joyful day?”

# The Gratefulness “Word for the Day” website offered the following quote from spiritual thinker Meister Eckhart: “And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

# Similarly, Elizabeth Gilbert in her Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear offers a gentle approach to inspiration…just be curious. “…if you can pause and identify even one tiny speck of interest in something, then curiosity will ask you to turn your head a quarter of an inch and look at the thing a wee bit closer. Do it. It’s a clue…See where curiosity will lead you next.”

# And I love the name of a new magazine I encountered: Yes!

And so I enter 2019 with optimism, joy, hope and a belief in the magic of new beginnings and their unfolding. I wish you the same! Yes!!



8 thoughts on “Tidbits for the New Year”

  • I always enjoy the Pantone “Color of the Year”. Living Coral (Living Color!) is a great name although we may not see much coral in the future. and who doesn’t love and respect Meister Eckhart?

    • Love your play on words! And let’s hope we can preserve the coral in our world, in both real and symbolic terms.
      Happy 2019!

  • Love this blog, Lynn! Though not as consciously, I, too, find myself thrilled by little mysteries, and raindrops, and the scent of a meal that will soon be savored. I am grateful for the little moments and opportunities that come my way. And, more and more, I am noticing the synchronicity of events unfold as you run into the person you were thinking about or light a candle (glassy baby!) that loops you into a sense of well-being. thanks for your thoughtful words and lovely photos/drawings.

    • I love your descriptions of how little sights or scents or synchronicities can bring light, mystery and quiet enjoyment
      into our day. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • I love the list you’ve put together Lynn. I find it to be full of clarity and highly relatable and most of all comforting. I love lists. They are magic to me whether it is a list of things to do or a list of thoughts or examples. With regards to Pantone’s color of the year, living coral, I have a friend who paints with coral in all its many hues, not just her lovely works of art , but also her walls and cabinets. She wears coral often and the reflection from her garments lights up her face. Whenever I go to visit her, I am bathed in her coral light, and feel her joy.

    • I like lists, too. And I love your observation of how coral is a mainstay in your friend’s paintings, surroundings and wardrobe. It is uplifting!

  • Did you draw the pillow Lynn? You are so talented!
    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing! Now i’m a follower!

    • So glad you’re a follower, Fara! Thanks. As for the pillow, I didn’t paint it. Rather, I used an I-Phone app
      called Waterlogue on it.

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