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Monday’s Random Refill: Blue Volvo, Purple Rain April 25, 2016

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When the news was received last week about Prince’s death there were many of us who were transported back in time to the place they heard his music and to the people they were with when they heard it. Memories sparked, feelings resurfaced. For me it was the feeling of utter joy that washed over me thinking of his songs, like a backdrop to the events of my teenage youth.  It wasn’t until this weekend when I turned on my car radio to Purple Rain just as the rain started to fall from the sky that I remembered the details of an event that happened so long ago.

It was the summer of 1984. Three of us were bored and one of us had keys to their mom’s car. Two of us had met boys at summer camp and the one with car keys was game for a road trip. So like all smart sixteen year girls we sneaked out of the house when everyone was asleep and drove from our Seattle homes to Lake Oswego, Oregon. A three hour drive one way, if you’re curious. We went there and back in six and a half hours. This quick turn around meant we only met up with the cute summer camp boys for less than a half an hour.

I barely remember the guy, but I remember Prince. His Purple Rain cassette blaring from my friend’s mom’s Volvo. Us three girls singing from the top of our lungs only half aware of the grave trouble we could be in. We definitely went crazy, we certainly were nuts. This is a wild memory from my mostly tame youth. A memory I will cherish.  A memory thirty two year later that makes me smile and at that same time say, “What in the hell were we thinking?”

Thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for taking risks, not being afraid to be unique and for gifting us with your music that will always, always take me back to that time when I thought I was indestructible.

Hi,  I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2008 or this is your first blog stop.

Interested in life or spiritual coaching or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

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Monday’s Random Thought: Ice Cream with Dad April 18, 2016

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Another heart picture captured by a friend who knows my affinity to heart rocks. Grateful for this week’s snapshot created on Laguna Beach in California. The artist and the photographer having no idea their inspiration would fit right in with a story about a girl whose daddy loved the beach just as much as he loved ice cream.

Some of my favorite memories of my dad center around pie and ice cream. When I was little he would take me to the Little Coney at Golden Gardens for a hand-dipped ice cream cone. As we walked the beach and marina hand-in-hand eating my vanilla treat, I was in heaven. After my parents’ divorce I remember pie at Denny’s. Talking about life at college, my new boyfriend, the books I was reading, savoring the blackberry deliciousness, I know this was dad’s heaven. I recall being really happy during those one-on-one times with dad. I have a clear picture in my mind of him being happy. Being happy wasn’t always the case for dad. Diagnosed and labeled with mental illness the man had dramatic ups and downs. I would say trips out for dessert were definitely ups.

My oldest sister has similar memories of dad taking her and our siblings out for hot fudge sundaes at Kebos. When she reached out to me last week she mentioned that dad’s birthday was on Sunday the 17th and asked if I would like to go out for pie or ice cream to celebrate. Dad would have been 89. He died almost fourteen years ago and I couldn’t think of any better way to honor him.

Over our hot fudge sundaes we shared stories that were new to the other. Being nine years my senior my sis has different restaurant names, different adventures and knows another version of dad. Our stories share a similar thread of a dad who loved his kids, sunshine, learning, waitresses and of course pie and ice cream. This thread that connects us sisters swapping stories, reminiscing, celebrating our papa, is simply a thread of the love of a little girl for her daddy. Mental illness, divorce, death, none of them strong enough to break that connection.

Hi,  I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2008 or this is your first blog stop.

Interested in life or spiritual coaching or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Sacred Time April 11, 2016

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In the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author urges the reader to create no matter what the outcome. What you produce is not necessarily always sacred. I realized, just because you think it’s sacred. What is sacred is the time that you spend working on the project, and what that time does to expand your imagination, and what that expanded imagination does to transform your life.

We can think we are doing nothing or wasting time when we aren’t doing something “productive”. I love Gilbert’s perspective, it speaks to my heart. Our time creating something or nothing is time well spent. Creating a meal, a picture, a letter, a rose garden, a blog or anything that comes from your imagination, and curosity, that place of desired good intention is 100% sacred.

Will you spend your time tapping into that place that is waiting to be opened? That place in your heart that is ripe with sacredness.

Hi,  I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2008 or this is your first blog stop.

Interested in life or spiritual coaching or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: The Light April 4, 2016

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Another heart captured in nature and sent to me by someone who knows I will smile. Just like hearts are found in nature so is light, everywhere.

My dog snores as the sun comes through the window, making a patchwork of light on his dark fur.

As Buford is bathed in radiance,  I remember the prayer request on FaceBook this morning, the candle still burning in the kitchen. When a prayer request comes my way I respond by imagining the ones in need bathed in bright-warm-glorious-light just like the sunshine now warming my dog’s body underneath the window.

If I can, I also respond by getting out the matches. I light a candle. Envision more light. Invite God to do what She does best. Heal and shine.

Light heals. Light gives us strength to say, Hey, I could use some prayers today.

When I am lost, I ask. Then I walk toward the light. If the sky is dark, I get out the matches.

Hi,  I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2008 or this is your first blog stop.

Interested in life or spiritual coaching or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)