Archive for March, 2008

The “Real World” is pretty great

March 31, 2008

Hi again,

I’m just back from a fantastic weekend with Tony in my spiritual home in Connemara.  We are both 40 around this time, and we took the opportunity to get away together.

Well, it was wonderful.  It was fantastic to get some time together with no responsibilities, no kids schedules, ssshh – no kids!!!

We came back to the “real world” yesterday, but do you know what?  The real world is pretty fantastic.  We came back with batteries re-charged, and with lots of new ideas and new energy to make our lives and our businesses work better. 

So basically a weekend of concentrated Special Moments has contributed to me feeling great in my everyday life, and that’s what the whole purpose of the Special Moments exercise, the Special Moments philosophy and mindset is.  Life happens every day – even rainy Mondays – I live in Ireland, so we get more than our fair share of those!  Mind you, we talk about them all the time, so I think we feel we have more of them than we actually do! 

Better – The Theme for my Forties

March 27, 2008

I am fast approaching my 40th birthday.  As you know, Tony reached this milestone (for milestone read excuse to kick our heels up and celebrate, and also to take stock, of course!) last week.  Its my turn in a couple of weeks.

I found the theme for my Forties.  Its a song by Tom  Baxter called Better.  It’s on his new album, and if you haven’t heard it, make it your business to find it.  Its fantastic.

This weekend my mam is coming to babysit, and Tony and I are headed off to spend two nights in our favourite place in the world – Ballinahinch Castle in Connemara in the West of Ireland.  It will be a weekend filled with Special Moments – time to relax, celebrate and dream – Yahoo!!!

Thank God for Candles

March 26, 2008

Today was a tough day. The kids are on school holidays and they are wrecked after the party we had 2 nights ago. They are bored and cranky. If I’m honest – so am I!!! 

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I love candles because I use them as a reminder to tune in to the present moment, to the Special Moment that is happening just right then (or now!!!). Last week I called to a candle maker in a local village called Moth to a Flame, and I bought myself a beautiful sky blue candle. Today, that candle saved the day!

I lit it, put it in a tall glass vase and placed it in the centre of my kitchen table and left it lighting for the day. Every time I saw it it reminded me to take a deep breath and focus on the positive, to turn my attention to the present moment.

Candles are one of the best reminders of Special Moments I have come across. It must be something to do with the ritual of lighting a candle. It almost designates the time the candle is lighting as special time.

The Special Moments philosophy is a habit, a mindset, a way of looking at your life that really enhances your enjoyment of it and elevates your levels of feeling good. Like all habits – diet and exercise are ones most of us are familiar with – they can fall by the wayside very quickly if we take the focus off them. Reminders are necessary to get us back on the path to feeling great.

Light a candle and put it where you will notice it often – it works, and it makes the ordinary moment seem special.

A Fantastic Dip Recipe!

March 25, 2008

There is a dip recipe that I got from a children’s cook book here in Ireland.  The book is called Yummy and its by Aoileann Garavaglia.  The dip is the only thing I have made repeatedly from the book, but boy has it come in handy so many times, and it is just DELICIOUS!!!  It has contributed to countless Special Moments over a drink with friends for us, so I want to pass it on to you:

200ml creme fraiche
200ml thick mayonnaise
1 crushed clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 dessertspoon ketchup

Mmmm… delicious served with tortilla chips and vegetable crudites.  Has never failed me… Enjoy!!!

Aren’t Birthdays Great?

March 25, 2008

Yesterday was a special day in our house – hubby was 40 years young.  Well, we spoiled him royally and he thoroughly enjoyed his day.  He always loves his birthday – he really feels his birthday is his day, and he always really enjoys it.  Watching him enjoy every aspect of his day is like a crash course in how to live the Special Moments philosophy!

 Last night we rounded off the weekend’s celebrations by having some friends and neighbours in for a drink.  It was really lovely to invite people to celebrate Tony, and they were all delighted to get the opportunity to come and wish him well. 

As an aside, I often would love to invite people over to visit for a meal or a drink, but it seems like too much work.  I’m sure I’m not the only one. 

Well, this time Tony asked me, for once, not to go overboard with food and preparations and to keep things really simple, and since he was the birthday boy, I had to do as I was asked!  I tend to start off saying I’ll keep it simple, and then it just gets out of hand.  I love cooking, but I end up tired and I don’t have energy left to enjoy the evening!

Last night, I succeeded in just spending about 45 minutes on food preparation.  I kept everything really simple, and it worked brilliantly!  My mission now is to keep up this trend, and to ensure that simplicity is the key to making Special Moments! 

Its my birthday in 3 weeks, and I am really enjoying some time to focus on how I want things to be different, and what I would like my next decade, my forties, to be like.

They say life begins at 40 – well I’m all on for that!!!

Early Morning Thoughts

March 24, 2008

I am sitting in my kitchen at 5.30 am.  This is NOT normal for me!!!  My dog was barking so I got up to let her out and I started looking at email – you know how it is.

Anyway, its a lovely time here.  The whole house is asleep, and besides the thought that I will pay for this in tiredness tomorrow, I am really enjoying it.

Today is a special day here.  It is my hubby’s 40th birthday.  Actually it has been his birthday weekend!  We have been having celebrations with friends and family.  His family had a party for him yesterday, and it was fantastic.  Everyone – and he has a large family – was there to celebrate with him.  He loved it, and I felt delighted and proud to be his wife.

Today, we – me and the kids – get to pamper him and give him our gifts.  We have also decided to have a party for neighbours tonight, to mark the milestone of 40 years of living and loving – and boy is he doing both well!

Today will be a special day, choc full of Special Moments and I am delighted to be making and experiencing them with and for a wonderful partner in life.

I’m back to bed now for a couple of hours shut-eye – otherwise I’ll end up falling asleep in a corner at the party!