Category Archives: Inspiration

Write The Story

My sister gave me a book called write the story. We are randomly picking a story on Sundays and sharing it on Thursdays. The Story we picked is “The main character witnesses a crime.”

We must include the following in our story: Christmas, almond, paisley, lion, pipe, scream, fade, french horn, inflate, maple.

I’ll work on it this week and post on Thursday. I think it would be fun if others want to join. I’m not sure how to do the link to other’s pages, but if anyone wants to join in I’ll try to get it figured out by Thursday.

Joyce

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Get Off the Couch and Find Something Interesting!

Can’t wait to check these off. This will help me with my goal to get out of the house!

Traveling Grandma

Greetings!

Recently, I was facilitating a meeting around getting some activity into our lives – and doing it a bit differently.  It is easy to say “I’m going to get off this couch and get moving!” and an entirely different matter to turn off the TV and actually DO something.

Looking for something different and unusual can be motivating – so I searched for some ideas that would be a little different than taking a stroll around the neighborhood.  Here are some ideas around my neck of the woods – if you don’t live near Portland, Oregon, how about searching “unusual places to go in ________” (fill in the blank) and let me know what you find!  (This posting is also available under the Day Trips tab).

Unusual Places to Go

In or Near Portland, Oregon:

1.  Ranier Oregon – Largest captive Sloth preserve in the world. No sloths…

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Be true to yourself.

 

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. -Richard Bach-

Being true to yourself revives inspiration. I have learned after numerous cycles of making drastic changes, switching jobs every five years and changing relationships that chasing the next shiny object, starting over with something or someone new isn’t necessarily the best answer. The excitement is short-lived. When the newness wears off, the feelings stir again, and the cycle repeats. Instead, I realized that making small tweaks along the journey makes all the difference.  Embracing new experiences and making even minor changes can take me from feeling like I am in a perpetual rut, stuck running the hamster wheel of life to being inspired again.

I discovered my feelings of discontent, much like a two-year-old child tugging at my skirt,  would not be ignored and would continue to haunt me until I listened and took action. The call to action was to be my authentic self or as some call it unapologetically honest standing in my truth. For me, it was recognizing that although I had a beautiful life, it was okay to feel out of sorts and that and even though my life was ideal, it was perfectly acceptable to feel something was amiss.  It was okay to want something different and to go one step further and do something about it.

I remembered a comment a friend made about repeating patterns in a relationship and that until you learn whatever lesson was being sent your way, that pattern would continue to repeat itself.

Without a doubt, I have a pattern of boredom and oddly enough contentment is the catalyst. I discovered that if I felt stagnant, the road back to Pleasantville was barricaded. To move the barrier, I had to figure out where the feeling was coming from and what part of my spirit wasn’t fulfilled. I am happy to share that in my experience a full life change may not be necessary and that it is possible to move from a mundane life to an inspired one with subtle modifications like learning new skills. For me, I just have to keep growing and learning, or I feel like I am stuck on a hamster wheel repeating each day over and over like Groundhog Day. I believe we are not meant to be static. We have to learn new things and seek out challenges that keep us growing and evolving. Mahatma Gandhi – Live like you were dying but learn like you were to live forever.

Doppelganger

Daily Prompt
Doppelgänger

 

Curled up in a chair in the hospital room, I watched the “me” laying on the bed sleep for several days. The feeling of being pulled towards the ‘me’ on the bed came and went. I was never more hopeful than the last time it happened. I was within inches of my body when the sensation ceased. I grabbed for my body but, before I could reach it, I was back in the chair, frustrated but hopeful. That was the closest I had been to rejoining. I could feel the will to live.

Why am I separated? What is keeping me from waking? I thought back to all the movies about people crossing over. It didn’t make sense. Wouldn’t I be the one having experiences that would keep me from wanting to come back? There was no tunnel, no light, and no departed loved ones helping me to cross over. There was just me the observer watching my body sleep. Could it be that there were three of us: the observer “me” stuck in the hospital watching my body, the “me” recovering in the hospital bed, and a third “me” visiting Mom and Jim in heaven refusing to come back? I remembered my friend Vicky telling me about our different layers. I just remembered a few: the physical, astral, casual, celestial, and etheric. Or something like that. I think she said the etheric is closest to the physical so that would explain why I can still feel sensations that happen to my physical body like the defibrillator and the patch. She talked about the astral being the closest level to the spirit plane; maybe I was in my astral body. Maybe this “me” floating outside of my body was something altogether different. Something Vicky doesn’t even know about. I was so frustrated and confused. I couldn’t think of anything else that would keep me from wanting to wake up other than being with Mom and Jim again.

I watched as friends and co-workers stopped by with flowers and quick stories about what was happening in their lives and how they missed me and prayed for my recovery.

I walked around the hospital in observer mode for what seemed like days. I walked past the staff… unseen. Only a few patients could see me. I assumed they were on the edge of death. I sat with an elderly woman as she pointed out the relatives filling her room to help her cross. I couldn’t see any of them but said pleased to meet you as she introduced each member of her family that had passed. I was hoping that not seeing them was a good sign that I was more rooted with the living than the dead. I spent most of my time in the children’s ward telling stories to the few that could see me. I tried not to think about the fact that if they could see me, they might be dying. I couldn’t remember stories from my childhood, so I made some up. I was sure on some level they knew I was different from the staff. I hoped they wouldn’t ask questions. Questions I had no answers to.

Deciding that I couldn’t wait for my body to pull me back in, I took a running start and leaped onto the bed falling backward. I hoped the momentum would shove me back in my body. Instead, I went through my body as well as the bed and ended up on the floor underneath. I stared up at the bed frame and mattress. “I’m in hell, I thought. I’m sure of it. I’m doomed to watch myself for eternity.”

My next strategy was to lie on the bed. If I were a fragment of the Kate on the bed, maybe I could connect. Perhaps I would see what she was seeing, see what was keeping her from returning. I crawled out from underneath the bed. I’m sure I could have just risen through it, the same way I fell through it. It just felt normal to crawl Continue reading

Archaic

Today’s prompt:
Archaic

Your work is your signature. I’m not sure who said that, but I saw it on a t-shirt last week. I agree with it wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, it seems archaic.

I’m experiencing just the opposite. I’m finding it harder to find team members that    take ownership or accountability. Instead of having confidence in the result, we  need 1/2 dozen signatures signing off on the final product because no one wants to take ownership or accountability.

I’m curious if anyone else is experiencing this.

 

Honor Yourself

DbZPNATU0AEp7o_I love the quote from Brenden Dilley in the image attached.

I’m sure most of you have heard people use an analogy based on the opening lines of the airlines’ “how to survive a crash” speech. It’s probably going off in your head now. “Put your mask on first and then assist your child or the person next to you acting like a child.”

The “put your mask on first” applies to your daily life as well as when you are waiting for “the oxygen mask to fall.” Just as you are no help to your child if you are passed out because you didn’t get your mask on time, you’re not as helpful to your family if your energy is spent and you are exhausted.

If you can afford it, I highly recommend regular massages. If you can’t, there are so many ways you can pamper yourself. Draw a nice lavender bath, take a walk in the woods, meditate or listen to a guided meditation, go to lunch or dinner with a friend, or just block out time to read a book from your favorite author. Better yet, take a nice long nap! I’m pretty sure the world will keep spinning if you don’t get X done today and you take a few moments for you!

Mallet

Today’s daily prompt Mallet reminded me to be mindful of watching for signs that I am repeating patterns. Do you ever find yourself saying “why does this keep happening?” When I find myself thinking What the? Again? I take a moment to see if there is a pattern. If there is a pattern, I try to figure out if there is a life lesson that is trying to hit me over the head like a mallet until I get it.

 

Mercury in retrograde

Mercury-retrograde

  • March 23 to April 15

I’m happy we are past Mercury in retrograde. I was telling a friend about the recent communication issues I have had as well as electronic issues. She mentioned Mercury was in retrograde. What?

Very interesting. The link above explains it better than I can. I am glad it passed. My wallet can’t handle another issue. My hot water heater and the heater to my house broke in the same weekend, both requiring replacement. Has anyone else experienced issues?

 

Amazon Best Seller!

I’m so excited that my free e-book Dog Inspired Lessons (for Humans) is ranked #1 in two categories on Amazon! It is #1 in Spiritual Healing and #1 in Motivational Growth and Spirituality.  Thank you for all of your support!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X3V8HCV

Amazon #1 Motivational & Spiritual comboIf you are a dog lover, this book is for you! Anyone that has a dog in their life knows they are all the better for it. Grab this insightful free book of dog-inspired lessons for humans and learn how easy it is to mirror your dog’s ability to let go, love unconditionally and live in the moment.

In our busy, work-filled lives, it’s easy to forget the simple things: love, loyalty, forgiveness, kindness, and faith. Some people will spend years searching for these vital elements, but author and animal-lover Joyce Kostakis found them a little closer to home: in her beloved dogs, Cooper and Max.

I have no doubt that each pet that shared their lives with me was God-guided into my life. It is perfect that dog is God spelled backward, it gives a dual meaning when I share the dog guided inspirational tales (tails) that taught me profound lessons in love, living in the moment, gratitude, and the power of forgiving and letting go.

I made a decision to apply the lessons learned while watching Cooper and Max interact on a day to day basis. The result was positive. I feel emulating them as taught me how to be a better person. It has taught me to be a better friend, coworker, sister, wife, and a pet owner. I decided to write this book to share my insights as well as provide a few photos to give you a smile in the process.

The book may be free, but the lessons are invaluable. Cooper and Max’s stories will melt your heart and change the way you see the world. Their loyalty, trust, and ability to live in the moment will inspire you to let go, enjoy life, be present and cherish every moment. This quick read will leave a long-lasting smile.

Dog Inspired Lessons for humans provides big life lessons with heart-warming photos that show us dogs aren’t just man’s best friend—they can be man’s (and woman’s!) best teacher too. Cooper’s ability to leave an abusive past behind and trust again will inspire you. Max’s pure joy and capacity to live in the moment will bring out your inner child.

Before you know it, you will find yourself recognizing these small blessings within your fur family, and your life will never be the same.