the need to rejuvenate

by WizardOfWords on January 22, 2015

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I have spent the month of January at a wine resort in the South Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. I chose Spirit Ridge for this retreat because of its remote location and serene setting.

I took this shot from the plane window on a recent trip. It symbolizes the spirit of rejuvenation to me.

I took this shot from the plane window on a recent trip. It symbolizes the spirit of rejuvenation to me.

Being here has made me slow down and actually have a relaxing vacation, versus the fast-paced trips I am usually engaged in with my work and research as a freelance writer and author. We have now been here nearly three weeks and the idea of going home doesn’t appeal for a number of reasons:

1. The weather. Although it hasn’t been as warm here as is usual for the month of January, it has been considerably warmer than my home province of Manitoba.

2. The scenery. The Okanagan Valley is a tremendously beautiful place at any time of year, with its mountains, valleys, lakes, vineyards, and orchards.

3. The pace. Osoyoos is a sleepy haven for Canadian snowbirds from the Prairies who just want to escape the chill of winter and enjoy some fun and beauty while they’re at it.

4. My need for rejuvenation has not yet been fully fulfilled. I am happy, relaxed, and at peace. What will it be like to go back to the stress of trying to build my brand and further forge a path for Chocolatour in the niche of chocolate travel?

What does it mean to rejuvenate? Words that had initially come to my mind were:

to rescue, to rest and relax, to retreat, to renovate.

Other words lists in the definition on my online dictionary include:

to give new life to, to reclaim or recondition, to regenerate or revitalize, rehab, to reinvigorate or renew.

It seems they all apply in one form or another.

Have you gone through a period of rejuvenation? Are you in dire need of one?

What have you done to successfully rejuvenate yourself or your spirit?

I look forward to the discussion, and to joining you back here next month in a revitalized, reinvigorated, and refocused state of mind.

 

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setting goals for 2015

by WizardOfWords on January 8, 2015

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Happy New Year to all!

This amazing image welcomes you as you make the ascent to the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa

This amazing image welcomes you as you make the ascent to the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa

Right now, I’m sitting at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa in Osoyoos, BC, enjoying 4 weeks of rest and rejuvenation. I learned long ago to listen to my body, and it’s been telling me to get out of my usual environ, and just chill. We’ve been here 5 days now and I’m finally starting to feel the effects of this peaceful and serene setting. I therefore feel I’ve already achieved goal number one for 2015.

Here’s the list of goals I’ve set for myself for 2015:

1. To get more in tune with my spirit and let it guide me.

2. To continue to market my expertise as a chocolate writer and speaker.

3. To expand my network in the world of artisanal chocolate.

4. To establish chocolate travel as a new niche for women and lovers of fine chocolate.

5. To forge strategic partnerships that will enable me to achieve the above goals.

Those are the primary goals I have set for myself in 2015. With your help and support, I will achieve them.

Please like, share this post, and if you haven’t already, please subscribe to this blog and/or to my chocolate travel blog. Thanks!

And now, please share with me one of your goals for 2015, and how I can help you achieve it. And then please join us back here the week of January 19th for our next new post.

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10 Most Important Things I learned in 2014

December 23, 2014
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2014 was a year of mixed feelings for me. My husband was critically ill from June through July, and I almost thought we were going to lose him. But he recovered, and the second half of 2014 was filled with much joy. As this is the final post I will be writing for this blog […]

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air travel with a cat

December 13, 2014
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Posts on this blog are generally related to books, virtues of life and the writing lifestyle. I generally save topics of travel for my travel blog. But as I’ve been travelling a fair amount lately, and have a multitude of posts in the queue, I’m posting this travel-related post here with hope you can help […]

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thankful for my friends

November 28, 2014
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With thanks and gratitude being top of mind this week because of the celebration of US Thanksgiving that has just passed, it made me realize how grateful I am to have terrific friends–and friends who love to travel! Sure, I’m fortunate to be able to travel the world for chocolate. But it wouldn’t be nearly […]

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Can you write a book?

November 16, 2014
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I was surprised when I heard Shelagh Rogers, the host of CBC’s “The Next Chapter” literary program, tell an author she was interviewing that she “could never write a book.” A person who spends much of her time interviewing authors and reading books believing (and admitting) that she doesn’t have what it takes to write […]

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augmenting the author’s income stream

November 8, 2014
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I’ve been a freelance writer since 1993. Although freelancing is challenging, and you have to weather the storms of either too much work at once or the dry spells when you have virtually nothing on the go, if you plan ahead, you’ll get by. But for the past year, I’ve pretty much been making my […]

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book review: Being Grateful, Being Thankful

October 14, 2014
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As we just had Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend, and the American Thanksgiving holidays will soon be upon us, I felt a quick review of this new e-book by Sarah Butland of Nova Scotia, Canada, would be appreciated by all. Being Grateful, Being Thankful: Appreciate Everything to Be Happy For Even The Rain Brings Rainbows is […]

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the messy baker — book review

October 2, 2014
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I met Charmian Christie a number of years ago in Toronto at a PWAC conference. I immediately liked her warmth, sense of humour, and smile. And over the past few years, I’ve loved receiving posts via her Messy Baker blog. Now … I’m able to enjoy some of those favourite recipes in Charmian’s new book, […]

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the importance of greeting cards

September 18, 2014
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When is the last time you mailed someone a physical card of congratulations, thanks, or support? People who know me well know that I love to send and receive cards–of all types! I have a drawer in which I have various categories of cards that I send out to friends, family, and colleagues when the […]

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