Direction or Destination?

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“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” ~ William G.T. Shedd


Right now is a terrific time for planning.

2015 is almost upon us, and as the Captain of our own ship we get to choose where we will sail next year.

Some of you might already have a specific destination in mind.

Terrific. Beautiful. Wonderful. When you have a destination decided you can pull out your maps and chart the best course to take you there.

But what if you can’t decide on a destination?

Often, if we choose a direction, the destination will reveal itself. And that destination may be one we would have never thought of for ourselves. Yet fate will lend us a wind that drives our boat towards a new harbour, or we’ll meet a sailor in another port who urges us on to a place he’s recently visited that he’s sure will suit us, or an event will catch our eye, or a smile will capture our heart.

Direction can be enough. A broad idea of where we’re going.

We’ll head north.

We’ll go back to school.

We’ll work to get our debt down.

We’ll concentrate on improving our health.

Once we have a general direction we can choose a few specific small goals based upon that direction.

We’ll develop momentum. Our sails will fill and we’ll be on our way. Direction decided, ultimate destination as yet unknown. A grand adventure!

Sailing Adventure by Beth Marcil

Sailing Adventure by Beth Marcil

But what if your boat isn’t seaworthy?

Two choices here. You can stay in harbour and work to get that boat back in shape for your next voyage. Which might be later in the year, or even the year after that. You might also choose to sail on a river or a lake closer to home, and just cruise for the scenery, or the memories. If something goes wrong you’ll be close to shore and to help.

The other thing you can do is go sailing in your imagination, your meditations, your dreams. Just because the boat is broken, or trapped somehow, doesn’t mean you can’t captain your mind and use that for your next adventure.

I dare you to dream a little for 2015. Think about destinations and directions. Choose a course, get your ship ready, and then set sail…

Monday Morning Pledge


“The beginning is always today.” 
~ Mary Shelley

There’s a great energy in the air for positive change and growth right now. And momentum can be created from the humblest of starts. This week I encourage you to take a pledge with me, to enable that change, and to get your life back on track. You don’t need to do anything major – just a few small consistent acts of self care. Feel free to omit or add in any points to customise the pledge for yourself. Don’t put pressure on yourself.  Just think about including some of these points daily and some of these points just once during the week.

Here we go…

Today is a new day, and the start of a new week. Everything can change for me this week. This can be the start of something wonderful.

Just for this week, starting today, I pledge the following:

To nourish my body with wholesome food.

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To nourish my mind with some time for learning or culture.


To drink enough water.


To stretch and move my body.


To get at least one early night.


To take one small step toward something important to me.


To spend some time in nature.


To connect with a friend.

Friends enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the kitchen

To speak kindly to myself.

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Wishing you movement forward, magic, and miracles.

Much love to you, Nicole xx