If the fall season is known for one thing it is probably change. The temperatures fall and the days get shorter. All living things prepare for transition to the colder climate. Autumn marks the end of summer but with all endings, there are new beginnings.
The Drink Wine and Giggle gals are preparing for a transition as well. We are going to say so long for now to our virtual girlfriends and let the universe guide the ideas we’ve expressed for the last few years into the lives that may be inspired. The DWAG gals are saying goodbye for now as we transition toward new beginnings along our journey through life. Continue reading →
This post is the first in a new series called Girlfriend Lifeline. Whether it’s to accompany us as we navigate the twists and turns of our life journey or to celebrate the milestones and the simple pleasures along the way, friends are our lifeline. Friends offer what we need, just when we need it, whether that’s healing or humor, a listening ear or loving advice. Continue reading →
In our last post, I described an activity called Blueprint Your Life. The idea is to have the rest of your life (roughly) mapped out by year on a timeline or blueprint so that you can literally plan for the big things you want to accomplish in your life.
As Lynne and Julie will attest, I am the ultimate planner, so having a blueprint for the rest of my life sounds logical but admittedly arduous. Actually doing this activity made me realize that my blueprint will always be a work in progress and that the best way to proceed is to simply get started. Continue reading →
In our previous post we talked about the benefits of journaling, how it can clarify our thoughts, enable us to learn from our experience and help us get to know ourselves better. In this post, we’ll share what we learned through the simple exercise of journaling about the past week.
I wrote two pages in my journal reviewing the previous week and all I can say is my mind obviously needs a lot of spring cleaning. Like a closet full of random items that spill out every time the door is opened, a hodgepodge of thoughts spilled out of my mind and onto the page. Events that unsettled me at the time appeared funny in my journal. Strange experiences appeared poignant. Journaling was an honest and illuminating conversation with someone who really wants to help me become a better person.
For the most part, my journal reflected thoughts of gratitude for my life, doing the things that were depicted on my vision board that I created a few years ago when I still packed my lunch, put on my corporate hat and commuted to my 9-to-5 job five days a week. I really am living the life that I dreamed of having. The thoughts on the page weren’t all pollyanna, however. I also expressed anxiety over not doing enough of “X” or feeling guilty that I was doing too much of “Y” until it hit me that worrying is human nature. No matter how “perfect” my world is, I can still find something to stress over. For me, journaling is a reflection of the good in my life and a deflection of the anxieties I feel.
Maybe it was the week we chose to journal, maybe it was that time of the month but what came pouring out were thoughts tainted by the past. These days I try hard to keep my thoughts positive and focused on creating what I want as opposed to what has happened that I wish had turned out different. Anyhoo, my learning is to use a journal to capture thoughts and ideas that give my dreams depth and breadth–whatever it takes to make them feel real and possible.[subscribe2]
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.
~ Oscar Wilde
In our book Drink Wine and Giggle there is an activity called “Diary of a….” where we encourage you and your girlfriends to journal. Journaling is not a frivolous exercise. Charles Darwin kept a journal to capture his thoughts and observations. In the sketch below from 1837, you can see how Darwin theorized the diversification of species from a single stock that he marked with the number “1.” Or maybe Charles just decided to draw a Charlie Brown Christmas tree… Continue reading →