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The Heart of January: Spun


Welcome to my monthly collection of interesting articles, books, and resources plus a mini-monthly review.

Outstanding Articles & Books

I’ve been reading Joyful Wisdom, Embracing Change and Finding Freedom by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

30 Days to Bold

If you would like to gain more confidence and clarity in your life, consider 30 Days to Bold, an interactive online course with life coach Tess Marshall beginning February 18th.  Learn more about Tess and her course in my article Gently Lean Into Fear.

Letting Go: Share Your Story

Has there been a time when you became too attached to someone or something, but later found the strength to let go? If so, my friend Alex Blackwell of The BridgeMaker is inviting you to share your story and receive a free autographed book. You can find more details and submission guidelines here: Letting Go: True Stories of Hope.

The Heart of January:  Spun

Writing a brief monthly review helps me to celebrate my accomplishments and stay focused on what really counts.  Sharing my review may inspire you to be more intentional too.

The configuration of this month made me feel like I was spinning in several different directions, sometimes at the immediate beck and call of others.  I had to set my writing goals aside as other priorities loomed large, primarily home improvements.  But it’s all part of the bigger plan to simplify my life.

I learned:

  • How old stories can spin you around in unconscious ways, especially when you feel ungrounded already.
  • How to get back on track by asking for help from a trusted adviser.
  • How to drop the unimportant – like looking at the numbers.
  • To reconnect with the purity of my intention as a writer.

I accomplished a great deal this month.  I wasn’t able to accomplish everything, which gave me the impetus to explore how to eliminate the unimportant.

Flavor of the Month:  Spun.

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How was your January?  What did you learn this past month?

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  1. jean sampson

    January was FAST! And that is happening more and more the older I get. Time speeds up and before I know it, classes are over and a new series are beginning. I learned that I can count on myself to do the right thing without even questioning it. I needed to make 2 apologies (one in public), and I made them gladly without an ounce of defensiveness. That feels like growth to me. I learned that I can count on myself to come from love—at least in situations where I have NOT acted in a thoughtful, loving way. I screw up, but I clean up! 🙂

    • Hi Jean,

      How funny! I though January was the longest possible month. I’m impressed that you can apologize so gracefully. I’ve screwed up a few times this month too and it helps to have this reminder not to be hard on ourselves but just clean up! Thanks.

  2. Jean thinks that January was fast. To me it was slow! Nov-Dec of last year zipped by and then time slowed down and expanded. Maybe because of my new word, Wait. I don’t know. Seems like I had a lot of inner challenges this month. With the girls moved out and my empty nest, there is not much hubbub in my life, so deep things have been burbling to the surface. At the same time, I am absolutely loving my empty nest life. So maybe the theme for me this month is transition, or new beginnings.

    As always, I love your end of the month reviews, and thanks for including one of my articles. I’m going to go read all the rest this afternoon!

    • I’m with you, Galen – I thought this was an incredibly long month. I appreciate how you are staying the course with this big shift in your life and all that is bubbling up due to the extra space. I’m glad you are loving it too.

      Enjoy your afternoon reading!

  3. PS, I love the book you are reading. One of my favorites.

    • I loved Mingyur Rinpoche’s first book, The Joy of Living. In fact, it’s one of my meditation “bibles”. I’m surprised it took me so long to read his second boo, the one I mention here. I agree with your evaluation, it’s equally fabulous.

  4. Thank you for the shout out Sandra.

    • You’re welcome, Karol. I was impressed by your no-negativity challenge. It would be wonderful to inspire more people to get on board.

  5. January is eventful for me. I’ve tasted death and fear but the flavor that stays most with me is my gratitude for being alive and being strong enough to stand straight (well, almost …those bruises hurt you know!). As always, I learn something almost on a daily basis. I had some wonderful times talking to friends and meeting some, in addition to happy times at home. Really couldn’t ask for more. 🙂

    I love this idea of yours – a wrap up. Such a great way to sit back and survey!

    Hugs, Sandra. You’re always a bright spark in my life.

    • Hi Vidya,

      I’m so glad you are safe. Talk about spun! It’s a big shock to have a traffic accident, but you are handling it so beautiful. I’m so moved by how you move directly into gratitude for the preciousness of this life. I’m happy your life feels so full and that you are learning everyday. But, of course, this is because you have such an open, receptive, and loving attitude.

      I appreciate your presence here.


  6. *Spun* is a wonderful word! I feel like I have lived more in one month than most of last year (a feel of heart expansion and depth of presence). I chose a 2013 intention of collaborate with love, which meant I honored creative expression with many different people…connecting in ways that are new and different (and fun)…so for me, it is interesting to now move in to the energy of love that February brings…I cannot imagine what will unfold. Or what life will look like one month from now!

    Thank you for mentioning my article. It is one of my personal favorites…as long as I (we) trust love, there is no limit on possibility!

    • How fabulous, Joy! To live more in one month than a whole year, now that sounds juicy, and all with a dash of love. Your “report” makes me smile. I’m so happy for you.

  7. Thanks so much for the link love, Sandra–you have wonderful readers 🙂

    January provided an epiphany about the way I write, which in turn led to two important breakthroughs in my current project, breakthroughs which will impact future projects, as well.

    Thanks again for your One Word project, too. I chose “Manifest,” and it is happening, it’s really happening!

    • Meg,

      That’s so exciting on all fronts! A breakthrough in writing I’m suspect was unexpected but a pleasant surprise. And, manifest… that’s why we’re here, each in our own way. I am so happy for you.

  8. Hi Sandra! I have just discovered your blog via the comment you let on a forum site about moving from to WordPress. org. Could you please advise me what best is? I was thinking of moving, but I am kind of afraid, and then I thought of making my own domain,but not sure which are the advantages / disadvantages of this stuff! I would appeciate if you email me. Thank you!

    • Hi Natalia,

      It’s all explained in this guest post I wrote:


      Good luck!

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