Focus words have become the rage and I imagine the reasoning behind choosing one varies, but for me, my focus word represents strength, hope and most importantly, purpose. It fuels every goal, dream and wish that I have for this year and beyond. Many good, strong words were considered, like love, abundance, joy, creativity, freedom, fierce, fearlessness and so on. Their spirit resonated with me, but none felt quite right; the connection or kinship wasn’t there. They were too bold, almost overwhelming in scope. So I did what one of my mentors taught me to do when facing a choice: I got quiet and listened.
I’m not gonna lie, folks, I’m really pumped up about today’s post. Since launching A Mindful Migration, I’ve made some new buddies, including the totally awesome, funny and fellow book aficionado, Jana from Jana Says. Every month, she hosts a Show Us Your Books link-up where you can share what books you’ve read the previous month. I read every single post in the link-up last month and it’s not an exaggeration when I say my reading list is now bigger than me! And I love it! I am so grateful to connect with other readers who love books as much as I do and offer such great recommendations.
Ahhhh… l’amour. February means love is in the air. Or not. To be fair, I always say I have a Valentine, even if he is furry, has paws and might be a feline. Okay, he is a feline but he is still my Valentine! Max is not fussy, which makes him a great Valentine, but he also steals my credit card to buy me a gift since he’s a bum cat without a job. Yup, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂 Of course, whether your sweetheart is a feline or human, you can still give high-impact and low-cost homemade Valentine’s Day gifts without breaking your piggy bank (or stealing your sweetheart’s credit card).
I can’t believe we’re already saying farewell to January. It’s always such a strange month to me. It both moves slow in comparison to the hustle and bustle of December, while also disappearing faster than Max can gobble a bowl full of kibble. It seems like I never accomplish everything I intended, but that’s life, right? Having plans and to-do’s, then being flexible enough to adapt to change and opportunity. Sometimes I am really good at this and other times I can be a bit stubborn about change. Work in progress, thy name is Tanya.
The largest Powerball jackpot in history probably seems like old news today, but it led to a huge money mindset a-ha for me that I’d like to share with you today. Let’s journey back to a couple weeks ago: the record-breaking Powerball jackpot was the talk of the town. People daydreamed about what they would do if they won, while others scolded us for being stupid and wasting money on lottery tickets and false hopes. I generally don’t play the lottery and you can likely guess the couple times I did — when the jackpots were huge. I always bought my ticket with no expectation of winning and went merrily on my way when I didn’t. But this jackpot was different.
Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. A man who did so much to advance the civil rights movement, and I wonder what Dr. King would think if he was alive today. Would he be surprised that nearly 50 years after his assassination that there was still so much unrest and work to be done? I’m not sure if he would be surprised but probably a bit sad and still 100% committed to seeing equality.