The Most Effective Way To Do Anything, According To Amelia Earhart! [Monday Mojo & Magic]

Welcome to Monday Mojo & Magic!

How are you feeling this Monday?

Some days (often Mondays), I put off the things I really know I should be doing... but just cringe at the thought of tackling.

Sweeping out the shed.

Washing out the rubbish bins because they're cultivating a rather interesting smell.

Cleaning the tea stained mugs.

The most effective way to do is to do it!! Amelia Earhart. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

But, I also know, that the most effective way to get anything done is first of all to simply start.... and then let the momentum keep me going.

I don't have to be in the right mood, wait for the sun to shine, or expect inspiration and motivation to strike in a moment of epiphany (rarely happens in relation to cleaning the bins).

Amelia Earhart was a pioneering aviator and an author. She was the first woman to to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and she received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment.

Clearly, she was not one for procrastinating or waiting for things to happen.

She created her own momentum and propelled herself forward through an astonishing life full of admirable achievements.

Browsing her accomplishments on her official website is quite eye-opening. The woman was a powerhouse full of passion.

I wonder how she went with the tea stained mugs and the smelly bins?

I also wonder if Nike knew about the quote above when they coined their famous 'Just Do It' slogan!

This Monday morning I'm reminding myself that things won't get done by themselves, and the best way to get to the end is to 'just do it' and begin. (Then I can start using my sparkly clean tea mugs all over again).

Happy Monday everyone!

May your mojo and magic be with you this week.

Linda. xox

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3 Powerful Symbols I Use For Visualization...

3 Powerful Symbols I Rely On. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

Do you have any special symbols or visual cues that have special significance for you?

I have 3 symbols, and I use them as part of my mental rehearsal and visualisations when I need them.

Each symbol has special meaning and carries a specific intent.

An Arrow:

This represents being able to fly cleanly and swiftly in a chosen direction, as well as being able to 'let go'. It also reminds me to keep setting targets (goals) to aim for! If I miss my target, there's always another arrow in the quiver (as long as I'm looking after my mind/body/soul properly)!

A Feather:

This represents being kind to yourself. Creating a soft, nurturing place to gently fall. And, cheekily tickling seedlings of hope and possibility to life. It also represents being able to lift myself up and support myself when I'm down mentally, emotionally, or physically. As well as, being able to float lightly along remaining as positive as possible.

A Wheel + Leaves:

These represent a saying gathered from a series of books written by one of my favourite authors. The series is called 'The Wheel Of Time' and is written by Robert Jordan. It's a much loved fantasy series with many fans, and spans some 14 volumes. One saying used by certain characters within the stories has always rung true for me.....


'The wheel weaves, as the wheel wills'.

To me this speaks to the way the 'wheel of life' keeps turning and throws up situations and circumstances we sometimes have no control over. Things happen. Life is sometimes not fair. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. Sometimes we don't know what life has in store. But, how we respond to the things that happen to us, (sometimes seemingly at random), is something we all have the capability to control if we wish.

Repeating the saying (like a mantra), helps me accept the things I cannot change, and take action to improve or adapt the things I can if required. It soothes and calms me when I need to take a step back and just breathe.

I visualise the wheel as a wagon wheel or just a simple circle with beautiful leaves entwined around it. I love leaves and trees, and to me they represent the growth we experience as we deal with all those things 'the wheel' churns our way.

We're beings capable of amazing depth and change, and the wheel and the leaves together are my way of remembering that no matter what happens, I will find a way to deal with it.

Altogether...

Overall, these symbols are something I sort of combine in my mind to form a type of compass!! All 3 help me stay true to myself and my course. They help me head in the right direction if I need to change, and find my way back if I get lost!

My visualisations act as my compass. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

Do you have any special symbols or motifs that have special meaning for you?

Linda. xox


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Who and What Really Matters? [Monday Mojo & Magic]


'Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.'
(Buddha)

This Monday morning, I'm thinking about who and what really matters in my life....

Who and What Really Matters? Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com

My Mum, who was just starting to feel a glimmer of her old self again after triple bypass heart surgery late last year, had a fall a few weeks ago.

She fractured several ribs and crushed a vertebrae in her back, and spent 3 weeks or so in hospital. She's just come home (literally 30 seconds around the corner from me) and is still shaky and frail. I love her so, and it sobers me to realize at 87 years of age, this woman who has always been so energetic and full of life for her age, is starting to really slow down and is in pain much of the time.

Then, earlier this week, a dear friend received the news that her own mother, the same age as my Mum, is suffering from a nasty form of cancer.

It's reminded me how short life is.

Yes, 87 years is a long time, but the years seem to fly more quickly the older I get, and time now seems measured in moments more than it ever has. If perchance I were blessed to live as long as my Mum has so far, it still means much more of my life has passed than I have left.

Of late, life has also seemed to grow exponentially stressful, overwhelming, and demanding.

Small things pile on top of bigger things, on top of even bigger things, and the load seems extreme.

Time for me to once again take stock.

Breathe.

Step back and consider from a calm perspective.

To let go of the people, activities and tasks making the important moments seemingly part of an ever muttering and mumbling crowd clamoring for my attention.

Time to re-focus on my gratitude practice, and prioritize the things, and more importantly the people, that add true meaning to my life.

I know if I don't care for myself first, then others in my life get a paler version of me, and I fail to give myself the compassion and kindness I deserve as much as anyone.

I want the best me to show up for the time I spend with my loved ones.

I want the best me to stand in the classroom when I'm teaching.

This Monday morning, may you return to what and who really matter (including yourself)...

... and may your mojo be with you, and your inner magic shine through once again.

Linda. xox

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You Don't Have A Soul.... (Introducing Monday Mojo & Magic)!

Dearest Daydreamers,

Welcome to my inaugural Monday Mojo & Magic post!

Over on my original blog of years ago, I used to have a regular Monday slot called 'Monday Mojo', and I'm bringing it back with a little magic attached!

I plan to make Mondays a time for a micro burst of inspiration... a lovely way to start the week with some mystery, intrigue, a stimulating question, or a beautiful quote.

I also get to add each post to Microblog Mondays as appropriate!!

Here's the first one...

You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. C.S.Lewis. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com.au

I'm a big fan of C.S. Lewis, both his books for children (which I devoured when I was a youngster), and adults. I spent many a lovely hour on the other side of the lamp post in the land of Narnia, and his adult book 'That Hideous Strength' is still an intriguing read whenever I re-visit it.

I also love many of his quotes, including this one...


'You don't have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body.'

For me it's a simple reminder that there's more to all of us than meets the eye. The depths of the human soul cannot be pigeon-holed. We are, each of us, more than our physical parts; and more than we could ever explain.

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Happy Monday!

May your mojo be with you and your magic come alive. Circle of Daydreams. www.circleofdaydreams.com.au

Linda. xox

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