A Personal Blood Moon!


It’s official, I’m going to have to start a “Guest Host Posts” section!  This wonderful blog was written by my teammate (and instructor extraordinaire) Rose Lariviere.  Rose can be found on Twitter @ITSM_Rose.  

Lunar Eclipse – April 15th, 2014.

eclipseA lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon. (Wiki)

After reading this I began to speculate on just how amazing it is that the entire universe works together to occasionally align itself. We know that true joy and success in life requires balance.  Sometime we glean these lessons from the wisdom of others and sometimes we learn from the painful consequences of not having the right balance.  At least twice a year the entire universe works to align the Sun, Earth and Moon and this year that triggered a provoking thought.   How often to I officially take stock and align the critical elements of my life?  How much more could I accomplish if I did?

When viewing a lunar eclipse the moon will take on a deep copper red color and has been tagged as a “Blood Moon”.  We can consider our business, relationships, health,or take any one area and determine what needs to be aligned or come under control. Every lunar eclipse will be a reminder to align and calibrate once again.

blood moonFor me it is time for a personal “Blood Moon”.  I have decided to use this time when all of the heavens come together to calibrate to take inventory of my own life.  Time to look at where I am now, who do I want to be and what can I do to create the alignment in my life that will energize, spark, adjust, and prepare me to fulfill a greater purpose in this life than I would have otherwise.

What are the critical elements of your life that could benefit for a personal “Blood Moon”?

I am off to ponder mine and to get started.

It’s Lisa again; asking Rose if she could write a post for me was one of the things I did these week to try to add some balance to my schedule so this blog is so fitting.  TY Rose.

Until your next trip to LisaLand…Happy Calibrating!


Go Outside and Play

As I sit here typing this on the “computer that lives in my purse” I think again, “I’m so glad I live in the future”.  I consider myself a pretty Early Adopter of technology (and social media) and I really appreciate how much it has enriched my job.  And how so many other tech advancements have enriched my personal life.

But, when I look at my friend’s 3.5-year old daughter, who has had her own Kindle since last Christmas (13 months!) it makes me thankful that I am of the “last outside generation”.

We HAD to go outside to play, there was nothing else to do.  We only had 3 channels on the TV!  I grew up with parents who placed value in saving for college over buying us fancy toys.  So, while there was access to gaming in my teenage years, that wasn’t an option in my family.

mybikeMy childhood was filled with dare-devil stunts on our bikes (look ma’ no helmets), pick-up ball games in the empty lot across the street from the house, jumping on Kelly’s trampoline, swimming in the pool until we were prunes, and laying out in the backyard with Crisco for my “suntan lotion” and lemons washed into my hair.  On rainy days, it was cards, Monopoly, treasure hunts and books.

Those “non-tech” activities taught me skills that I’m not sure how many kids are learning today.  Including, but certainly not limited to;

  • Fear nothing
  • Use your imagination, you can create any world you want
  • Read books, you can escape to any world you want
  • Organize games – if you are enthusiastic, your friends will follow you anywhere
  • etc. etc.

I can’t even begin to speculate how the hours, and hours (and hours!) of Monopoly and strategy games assist me in running our business….

Alright, I acknowledge that this somewhat sentimental ranting is possibly a by-product of getting older…but I know this, I am so very thankful that “go outside and play” was one of my Mom’s top mantras. (Followed very closely by, “did you put your toys away?” and the perennial, “have you made your bed?”)

And I’m glad that it’s stayed with me.  That I still really enjoy swimming in the ocean, walking on the beach, a pick-up game, riding my bike (and scooter), playing cards, reading books, etc. etc.

So if you are feeling stagnant, unimaginative, or just tired / old, here is my advice: “Go Outside and Play”!

Until your next trip to LisaLand…Happy Playing