Trimming the Tree

Putting up a holiday tree has become a sentimental experience. Each ornament, gathered through the years, holds significance.

I’m fortunate to have vintage, glass bulbs salvaged from my grandmother’s now extinct collection, and pieces representing the birth and growth of each of my three children.

Through the years this little tribe of mine and I made it a practice to gather ornaments from our travels and adventures:

*See story below in postscript

Each year now, as the children have grown and so have I, trimming the tree with my partner is a celebration in the journey of all our lives. Strangely enough, or maybe not so strange, I determined that this year’s tree would have an added dimension of intention and manifesting. I decided that we would decorate with ornaments that followed a color theme: red, silver and black. (I had to make a deliberate trip to Salt Lake’s Modern Display in order to find the black ornaments.) The purpose behind the color theme is to appreciate, honor and manifest more of the following into the upcoming new year:

Red – increase the amount of passion in work and life

Silver – increase our vibration with the highest energy available to mankind

Black – increase the fertility and growth in all we undertake

 As I sit back and enjoy the presence of this tree in our home, it seems “right” to have utilized it for these purposes.

It evokes reflection backward with joy and forward with hope and purpose.

And looking at the lights and glow it creates in our living room makes me wonder what other people/families are feeling as they trim their homes and trees.

I took time to read about Mary Strait’s experience from her blog Strait Talk: The Strait-up Life of the Straits Family.

What about you? I’d like to hear whatever you are willing to share about your decorating or non decorating experience this year.

Post Script

(Here is the post script you’ve been waiting for! See the Bear and Dart Ornament above.)

Our first home, post divorce from the children’s father, offered us a third-floor view of a red dart lodged near the top of a tree lining our backyard stream. When an ice storm had its way with said tree, the single branch dismantled by the storm just so happened to be the very one impaled by the dart. We rescued the dart and attached it to this teddy bear for Christmas memories to come.

Rob Maximus MacDonalds Challenge

Last week I shared with you a challenge that my trainer Rob Maximus MacDonald created.  Here’s the challenge:

When in the moment of being on the edge of your best effort and energy is starting to wane, push harder. Throw down any hammer you have left and see what that extra kick does for your performance. 

I tried it. Did you?

Here’s what I netted for my efforts:

In the gym I got a new personal record for the 10 minute all out air dyne ride.

Outside the gym I put on my fastest time running 4.4 miles.

At work I published 4 soundtracks that will provide huge value to a business and ethics class I teach this fall. I put these tracks together after I was spent for the day and well after I wanted to quit. This week I’m way ahead of the game because of this extra effort.

And finally, my stinky, flooded basement is cleared out and reorganized. On a weekend when I wanted to watch a movie and take a nap I dug in and dug deep.

Here it is a new week and I’m glad I moved so many things further down the track. It is gratifying and I have more momentum than last week did. I have more confidence and contentment as well.

Thanks Rob for supporting me by pushing me.

If you missed the challenge last week, take it now.

I want to hear about it.

Here you see Rob working out with us last Wednesday, one reason I respect him is that he doesn’t send out idle instructions. He has done everything he asks me to do…and usually he does it longer and harder.