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There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. ~Ralph H. Blum

Let’s all make it our chief mission to get through this holiday season feeling blissful and energized instead of stressed and frazzled. It’s simple, really. Immerse yourself in gratitude. I love setting aside November to practice gratitude. What better way to prepare for the season of giving than to focus attention on the countless ways we’ve been blessed.

I love autumn for the way it illustrates beauty within change. This shortest of seasons is a transitional period, offering time to renew and define what you want to embrace and expand, and what you’re going to let fade away like a summer tan. October is our month to center and ground before the bustle of the holiday season sweeps us toward a new year. Take extra time to meditate or simply enjoy your own company. Start practicing the recipes you save for this festive time of year.
August will forever remind me of harvest time, the culmination of an investment of energy, effort and faith. Growing up in the northeast, autumn was a time of reckoning for farmers, co-creators with the earth, and
the natural world. The entire process of farming, from preparing the soil and planting seeds to harvesting parallels our
existence.
The sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now recognized from July 3 to August 11. A period marked by lethargy, inactivity or indolence. Source: Dictionary.com

Welcome to the dog days of summer. Perhaps like me, you’ve used this phrase for years without knowing the origin or meaning behind it? The dog star rising with the sun during the hottest time of the year makes dog days a fitting name for July. Dogs seem to agree, as my standard poodle perfectly demonstrates lethargy and inactivity once the sun is high in the sky. My horses are no fonder of exercising in this heat. Early morning and full moon rides seem the only humane time for a ride

In honor of Father’s Day, let’s celebrate the men in our lives along with their yang energy. Thankfully, I was blessed with a dad full of yang. Active, energetic, fast moving and outgoing, he was a driving force in every situation.  His lessons were subtle and spiked with humor. His wisdom fueled by wit. He was patient and kind with me through every stage while I was growing up. Even when I missed a turn and sailed his Buick over a steep embankment he didn’t lose his cool.
Can you believe we’re nearing the halfway mark of 2018? Time moves quickly in our fast-paced world, but this year seems speedier than usual. I’ve been loving this deliciously mild spring, with its May flowers and gentle breezes. The longer days make it easy to get lost in nature. Soon the sun will show its summer face; and, with it, pesky insects and scorching rays will be the norm. Enjoy as much outdoor time as possible this month, before the heat is on.
“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” —Sitting Bull Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”

—Ancient Indian Proverb

Spring, glorious spring. The very name of this season suggests it’s time to shake things up, make a fresh start, release things that no longer serve us, and get growing! Even the birds seem to chirp with more gusto during this celebrated season. During these next few months, as nature makes its grand entrance, transforming our world with rebirth, we’re more able to keenly feel the positive effects on our mood and motivation. Spend some time in nature and see if you feel more hopeful and inspired about the possibilities for March and beyond.
As we all step into February, still clinging to those New Year resolutions, holding fast to our lovely holiday feelings and beginning the journey into 2018, you might find yourself thinking about love, sweet love. Isn’t that what February is all about? There is so much emphasis on romantic love, chocolate, roses and heart shaped candy, that if you’re single you may feel out of the mainstream.
A brand new year is like a clean slate. It’s an opportunity to take what we’ve learned from the past and do better in the future. On the heels of the gift giving season, positive changes are a gift to yourself that only you can give, and receive.  Do you make resolutions at the beginning of each New Year? If so, how long does your resolve last? Does it stay strong all year long, or over time, does your dedication slowly wither out? If you fall into the latter category, don’t beat yourself up too much; it’s very common for resolutions to fall flat.