• gratitude,  joy,  thankful thursday,  want to life

    Daily Rituals

    Gratitude is a daily practice If we want to get better at any activity, we practice. Learning to play an instrument? Practice to get better. Trying a new craft or art technique? Practice until you get it. Want more joy in your life? Practice being grateful. Thankful Thursday Today I am thankful I can sit here at the breakfast bar in my kitchen working while I keep up with the laundry. It’s one of my favorite parts of my Want-To Life, and I hope I never take if for granted since it brings so much joy to my life. Today marks the start of 365 tips to make our lives…

  • gratitude,  thankful thursday,  want to life

    Show Your Gratitude

    Tell others you appreciate them Some days I think I say “Thank You” too much. If you go to dinner with me you’ll notice I thank the server multiple times over the course of the meal. But you know what? I am thankful! I appreciate anyone willing to bring me food, fill my glass, and carry away the dirty dishes. They are making my life more pleasant, and I thank them for it. Today’s Thankful Thursday reminds us to take time to show gratitude and appreciation for those around us. You can watch the video or listen below, download the MP3 here, or read the transcript. This is the last…

  • gratitude,  thankful thursday,  want to life

    Grateful for the small things

    What Does Being Grateful Mean to You? To me, being grateful means I take time to appreciate all the simple things in my life: my little dog, Munchkin, who has lived to 18 years and counting, seeds that sprout and grow flowers and food in my garden, health that allows me to do the things I want to do, a home that gives me joy and comfort. In this third installment on gratitude, we’re reminded to take time to remember the small things, the everyday things, that enhance our lives. I don’t like to compare myself with others, but the narrator makes a valid point that we often overlook positive attributes…

  • motivation monday,  personal development,  want to life

    New meme, new topics

    . . . new every day! “Go for it!” is a mindset that works well for me, and I think it will work well for you too. Going for it doesn’t guarantee success, but not going for it does guarantee you’ll never know. Last week I wrote about pruning. This week I’m thinking about growing. Part of that growth is a new, disciplined approach to blogging. What does that mean for you? It means you’ll get new content five days a week. This is the schedule: Motivation Monday: you’ll see a new motivational quote and receive some inspirational insights (starting today!). Try it Tuesday: you’ll get tips or instructions or a how-to…

  • gardening,  personal development,  self-discovery,  want to life

    Prune the dead wood

    prepare for new growth If you are a gardener, you know you need to prune trees, shrubs, and rose bushes to keep them healthy. Each spring I take time to prune any dead or winter damaged branches. Today I worked in the back garden and spent quite a bit of time pruning my 15-year-old rambling rose. It’s a huge bush and soon it will be covered in hundreds of pink roses. Cutting out the dead wood will make it a healthier, stronger plant. While I was pruning, I thought about how our lives are not all that different from a rose bush. Over time, and especially as we endure and…

  • happiness,  personal development,  personality,  want to life

    Personality and Happiness

    Does your personality predict your happiness? I read THIS article on one of my favorites sites, the Greater Good Science Center. The premise is that the Big Five aspects of our personalities can predict our happiness. The good thing is by understanding those personality traits we can, if we wish, take steps to improve both our personality and our happiness.  Extraverts are happier, and so are the emotionally stable, personality researchers tell us. It also pays to be more open to new experiences, more agreeable, and more conscientious. What does that mean for the rest of us—the introverts, the neurotics, the disorganized? These are the aspects of the Big Five: Extraversion…

  • life curation,  productivity,  want to life

    Life Curation

    or How to Be More Productive If you google “time management,” you will get around 108,000,000 search results. The top few results will be articles on how to better manage time. Want to know a secret? We can’t manage time. The seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years are going to roll on by no matter what we do to try to manage them. The moon is going to circle the earth and the earth circle the sun no matter what we do. If you can’t manage time, how can you possibly get done all the things you want to get done? Curate your life. You can’t manage time, but…

  • happiness,  health,  simple living,  social responsibility,  voluntary simplicity,  want to life

    Voluntary Simplicity – a philosophical review

    The Moral and Ethical Weight of Voluntary Simplicity By resisting the consumerist impulses to needlessly upgrade and acquire, many of us can save ourselves from financial stress due to over-commitment and debt, while simultaneously freeing up time and money we can spend on non-material pleasures such as time with friends and family, as well as in pursuit of personal passions, projects, and goals. Samuel Alexander and Jacob Garrett recently published a new report for the Simplicity Institute. (Download it HERE.) As a longtime adherent of simple living, I found their philosophical discussion enlightening. I chose voluntary simplicity because it makes life easier and more pleasant. Living simply reduces the amount…

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  • bohemian,  livelihood,  self-publishing ebooks,  simple living,  want to life

    Redesign & Reboot for 2017

    New Year. New Design. New eBook. Bohemian Reflections got a redesign this month. I streamlined the navigation and gave the design a fresh 2017 look. My favorite and bestselling print of all time, Bee on a Bed of Roses, is front and center. Get your copy HERE. As you may know, I left full-time education administration in 2015. It has taken a few months, but I have settled in to a new lifestyle as community college professor, working artist, and urban farmer. The new life demanded a reboot in how I approach blogging and social media. You may notice Bohemian Reflections has a new tag line: Living The Want To Life. That…