The JOY of Listening


Once you notice the things there are to listen to,
you allow new and wonderful gifts for yourself.
You begin to listen without actually thinking.
When you find your mind thinking,
bring it back to listening.
Any judgments, opinions, stories, beliefs, labels
or concepts that arise might come in.
Note these and then return to listening.
Align yourself with peace, contentment, love, acceptance and JOY.


Check out the Journey of JOY Facebook page.
Give it some L❤VE.

Tree of Life Pendant Giveaway


I have been blessed with many followers from the humble beginnings of my blog just six months ago.  I was delighted on the first publication of my blog that I had five people that “liked” it.  That was inspiring enough to write a second.
I am very grateful for your support in these few months and the fact that you are interested enough to like, comment and follow. I find that inspiring and gratifying.  So thank you, all you fabulous bloggers out there for making the connection.
So, in light of the holiday season, I wanted to give something back to you by having a giveaway.  Since we are nearing the shortest day of the year and approaching “Longer Days”, I decided to have the drawing on December 21st at 11:11 PM.  The phrase “Longer Days” was coined by the husband, having lived in Alaska for a few years,  where the shortest day of daylight was about seven hours and 15 minutes.  And, we lived in Southeast Alaska where we got more rain than snow so daylight would disappear under a cover of ominous dark clouds.  I am so looking forward to “Longer Days” in the coming weeks.  Besides, then we won’t  have to leave the house at 4 PM in order to take our dog to the park for his daily run.  This getting dark so early messes with my internal clock.  We come back from the park, it’s totally dark and feels three hours later.  My body wants to curl up in my comfy bed and hibernate.
With that said . . . we are also approaching a New Year when everyone, well, most everyone, makes a New Year’s Resolution, which we all know won’t make it to the end of the year, let alone the month.  I, personally, don’t like to follow the crowds but instead I like to choose a WORD as my intention for the year.  A resolution sounds too demanding.  Last year my word was SHIFT.  I have a strong inclination to use that word again but need some inspiration.
So, I decided to have a contest with a give-away prize to the person that comes up with the best inspirational WORD for the coming year.
So what’s the prize, you ask?
I design Tree of Life Pendants and I would like to give one to the winner, or winners if there is a tie.
Here’s how to enter:
Answer this question . . . What would your inspirational WORD be for the coming year?  And in one sentence, why?
Then . . .
Follow me on my BLOG:  My Awakening Life (if you aren’t already)
Follow me on FaceBook
That’s it.
I will announce the winner on December 21st, Winter Solstice and Longer Days Celebration, at  11:11 PM.

Disclaimer:   Tree of Life Pendants are a one-of-a-kind design, handmade by me, made for you in the colors of your choice, gift wrapped and shipped.  You will be notified via email that you have won.  Prize will be mailed via USPO. 

Following your passion . . .

Meet my friend, John Demmert, a very talented Tlingit/Haida Native carver.  I’ve known John for many years and he has stayed true to what he loves to do …. carving.
He has an amazing talent for carving. His defining style of intensely detailed carvings carries on his Native traditions of the Tlingit and Haida tribes. No two pieces are alike. His works are  inspiring, therapeutic and healing, and they are for sale by contacting him at
Check out his creations on Facebook (and give him some “like” love).