Living by Design Tips

Expressing Gratitude, V20, #25

Expressing Gratitude, V20, #25

Expressing Gratitude by Leslie Sann Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings ~ William Arthur Ward If you are feeling low down and stressed out why not Lift Up with one of the...

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Making Yourself a Miserable Sandwich? V20, #24

Making Yourself a Miserable Sandwich? V20, #24

Making Yourself a Miserable Sandwich? by Leslie Sann JOY: the kind of happiness that doesn't depend on what happens. David Steindl-Rast First a Story: Two men sat down to lunch. The first man opened his lunch box, took out his sandwich and said, “I can’t believe it!...

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What Do You Want? V20, #23

What Do You Want? V20, #23

What Do You Want? by Leslie Sann If you don't know where you are going, any road will do and you probably won't get there. Most of you know that one of the themes throughout my writing is the power tool of moving from victim to victorious. Something to note is that...

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Mrs. Magoo Strikes Again! V20, #22

Mrs. Magoo Strikes Again! V20, #22

Mrs. Magoo Strikes Again! by Leslie Sann You are here to solve problems from a loving consciousness. ~ John-Roger Where is it? I was cleaning up my kitchen and was unable to locate the organic cotton bag I used to drain yogurt to make whey as my new fun food thing is...

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Insurance for the Journey, V20, #21

Insurance for the Journey, V20, #21

Insurance for the Journey by Leslie Sann Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead. ~ Louisa May Alcott We are sometimes afraid to ask for what we...

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A Story of Grace,  V20, #20

A Story of Grace, V20, #20

A Story of Grace by Leslie Sann Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to it. ~ Ramana Maharshi It had been dry here in the Midwest of the United States for quite some time. The trees thirsty, the soil hard and cracked. I had my hammock up...

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Are You Designing Your Life? V20, #19

Are You Designing Your Life? V20, #19

Are You Designing Your Life? by Leslie Sann "Rather than default, live by design." We are entering the third week of the Calm Down Lift Up Together program. We are working on our visions by defining the future we are choosing to grow into. I'm gratified by the...

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A Treasure Map! V20, #18

A Treasure Map! V20, #18

A Treasure Map! by Leslie Sann “When our inner vision opens, our horizons expand.” ~ Louise Hays In a recent newsletter I suggested you create a Living Vision. This week I’m encouraging you to make your vision even MORE powerful. Over the next few weeks, begin to look...

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Different Than What You Imagined, V20, #17

Different Than What You Imagined, V20, #17

Different Than What You Imagined by Leslie Sann "Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose." ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross There is a story about a man who was in an area where the river was about to overflow....

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Do You Have Vision? V20, #16

Do You Have Vision? V20, #16

Do You Have Vision? by Leslie Sann A vision without action is a day dream.  Action without vision is a nightmare. ~ Chinese Proverb Here we are, in the midst of corona chaos and social unrest. Yay! We get to refresh the page and look at the future anew; if we choose....

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Another Way to Pray, V20, #15

Another Way to Pray, V20, #15

Another Way to Pray by Leslie Sann Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.~ Carl Jung I’d like to suggest an unconventional way to pray, it’s called creating a Living Vision. The definition of pray: (verb) to make a request to a god or...

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By Your Design, V20, #14

By Your Design, V20, #14

By Your Design by Leslie Sann We are all in this alone together. ~ David Allen 23andMe is a company best known for providing a direct-to-consumer genetic testing service. It is based on the foundation that all of us are linked by a shared thread — DNA.  Genetically we...

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Life Happens: Now What? V20, #13

Life Happens: Now What? V20, #13

Life Happens: Now What? by Leslie Sann Sometimes things in life happen that allow us to understand our priorities very clearly. Ultimately you can see those as gifts. — Mariska Hargitay “The Corona Phenomena” has shaken us out of our complacency, disturbed our comfort...

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May the Force be with You, V20, #12

May the Force be with You, V20, #12

May the Force be with You by Leslie Sann Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. ~ Yoda By the way, I heard they found the guy who started all this Corona Chaos. His name is Ah Choo. Okay I know you are...

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Care as Important as Cure, V20, #11

Care as Important as Cure, V20, #11

Care as Important as Cure by Leslie Sann Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.Our children will thank us for it.~ Abdu Sharkawy Recently I attended a professional seminar with the focus on grieving. We were shown a movie, A Good Death, that I found touching as...

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Go Home, V20, #10

Go Home, V20, #10

Go Home by Leslie Sann There is no place like home. ~ Dorothy Most of us are sheltering in place which essentially means staying at home. We are being told to go home. Home is considered a sanctuary —  a place of refuge.      Home to me is a place of peace. I carry it...

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Building Immunity, V20, #09

Building Immunity, V20, #09

Building Immunity by Leslie Sann Optimal functioning of the immune system, it turns out, is dependent upon feeling good. ~ Marcey Shapiro In Chinese medicine they believe in building up your chi (life force energy) so that it is stronger and more resilient than is the...

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It Doesn’t Matter, V20, #08

It Doesn’t Matter, V20, #08

It Doesn't Matter by Leslie Sann Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. ~ John C. Maxwell There are all sorts of reasons flying around for the experience we are having. A TED talk suggested that the more we encroach on the animal kingdom, the...

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Choosing to be the Calm in the Midst of a Storm, V20, #07

Choosing to be the Calm in the Midst of a Storm, V20, #07

Choosing to be the Calm in the Midst of a Storm by Leslie Sann Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts. ~ Dr. Abdu Sharkawy  Life is doing what it does, yet again. This time we are ALL facing the same situation, and we each have the same choices. How are we going to...

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Which People Are You? [V20, #06]

Which People Are You? [V20, #06]

Which People Are You? by Leslie Sann I used to be Snow White, but I drifted. ~Mae West Life is neutral. Our circumstances are impersonal. The personal part is how we participate. How we choose to relate to the situation. The way we interpret an occurrence is the...

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The Elephant and the Ant [V20, #05]

The Elephant and the Ant [V20, #05]

The Elephant and the Ant by Leslie Sann Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. ~Wayne Dyer Insanity is holding onto thinking that doesn’t match reality. Then we argue with reality because it doesn’t...

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Problems are Good for You [V20, #04]

Problems are Good for You [V20, #04]

Problems are Good for You by Leslie Sann You are here to solve problems from a loving consciousness. ~John-Roger The above quote landed in my inbox and I wondered, can life be that simple? In hindsight, I see my life has been a series of problems that I, based on...

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Crunchy [V20, #03]

Crunchy [V20, #03]

Crunchy by Leslie Sann I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton Life IS upsetting and that is a GOOD thing. How else can we grow and expand? When the snake is shedding its skin I...

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Breathing Into Peace [V20, #02]

Breathing Into Peace [V20, #02]

Breathing Into Peace by Leslie Sann I keep trying to catch up with my breath while my breath patiently waits for me to slow down. ~ Martha Ringer Conscious breathing is a powerful, soothing influence. We use the breath to call ourselves present into peace. Calming...

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Willingness [V20, #01]

Willingness [V20, #01]

Willingness by Leslie Sann Willingness opens the door to all life's possibilities.~ Byron Katie Here we are at the beginning of the year — an arbitrary measuring device. How do we make good use of it? What do you want to create this coming year? Big things? Little...

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Sour Milk [V19, #21]

Sour Milk [V19, #21]

Sour Milk by Leslie Sann Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.~ Raymond Lindquist​ Have you ever gone through your fridge? Opened a container and found it moldy and stinky? Disgusting yourself with what you were holding onto? Shocked at seeing what you've...

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