Svaha Spirit Series ~ Monument Valley

Scott ventured to Monument Valley, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico for the first time several years ago. They say touring through the Valley is best by horseback. Scott chooses his passion, the motorcycle, to make the trip. He came home the first time with a very different outlook on life. It is where he would like to have his ashes spread when he passes from this world to the next, it meant that much. A spiritual quest for a man on a motorcycle, awesome! He continues to go back year after year to be recharged spiritually. I would like to go and see the beauty for myself to see how it might affect me spiritually, just not in the heat of the summer on a motorcycle. I’ve been told it’s one of the most beautiful breathtaking spiritual places on earth. It is definitely on my bucket list! I think spring time would be most beautiful.

Monument Valley ~

Photographs taken by Scott Wellenbrink


Friday the 13th ~

A Friday occurring on the 13th day of any month is considered to be a day of bad luck in English speaking cultures around the globe.  We have had three this year!  However in Greece and Spain,  Tuesday the 13th takes the same role.  The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobiaParaskevidekatriaphobia is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a phobia of the number thirteen.  Say that three times really quick!

Today some people will be so paralyzed with fear they won’t get out of bed.  Others will refuse to fly, buy property, or even sign a contract.  All because it’s Friday the 13th, and they’re freaked out.  It’s been estimated that  in the U.S $800 – $900 million is lost in business on this day because people are not themselves.  Add the hysteria related to the H1N1 and we are basically at a stand still!  I have a Silpada Jewelry Party tonight so I will let you know if I feel the curse when it comes to sales!

Symptoms can range from mild anxiety to full-blown panic attacks.  The latter may cause people to reshuffle schedules or miss an entire day’s work.  I am aware of the day but have never changed anything because of it.  Have you?

When I was doing research for this there was endless amounts of statistics and reasons why everyone is freaked out.  Here’s the short answer, you get back what you put out.  So by thinking something bad or negative is going to happen to you today, because of age old superstitions, it probably will.  When we generate negative energy around us it attracts negative energy.  Think about what is positive in your life and that positive thought is sent out in the Universe.  That thought creates a positive energy and it changes the way you think.  Trust me it works!  At least try it!

LEGEND HAS IT: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary. There are 13 witches in a coven. Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.  Many buildings don’t have a 13th floor.  If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil’s luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names).  Tracy Westerholm…15 phew-ff !!  If you wouldn’t mind emailing me if your name has 13 letters I’d appreciate it !!  Just good to know, but not to worry if you do, I’m not really buying it BONNIE JOHNSON! LMAO! (maiden name is the same, lol) I still love you!

On a positive note~ The date is also well-known in the motorcycle community.  Since 1981, motorcycle enthusiasts and vendors gather every Friday the 13th in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. This tradition started on November 13, 1981 by Chris Simons as a gathering of approximately 25 friends.  The event has grown substantially, with an estimated 100,000 people attending in August 2004, as well as music bands, vendors, a bike show, etc.  That’s more like it!!

If you are a triskaidekaphobe or a paraskevidekatriaphobia you need to think positive thoughts and you will change the negative energy to positive energy.  Really simple!  Think negative, attract negative.  Pretty easy for those of us who don’t share this phobia.  Those of you who are struck with fear today need to regain control of your thoughts.  Concentrate on the positive!!  You can do it !! I know you can !!

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Midlife, Crisis or Awakening?

I have been thinking a lot lately about midlife.  Why, you ask, when I’m only 30-ish! (cough, choke, spit)  If asked straight out I don’t lie about my age.  I never have.  (I just become a low talker)  I am quite the opposite actually as  I usually admit to being the age I will be next.

We need to stop associating ‘midlife’ with ‘crisis’.  Why is it that when we finally start to feel like ourselves again that we have to classify this as a crisis?  Should it not be midlife celebration?  I don’t know about you, but it is for me and my circle of friends!Midlife Celebration!

We go through our 20’s where we think we know everything.  Well, at least I did.  My way or the highway!  We have the world by the tail.  We have few responsibilities with the exception of school and a part-time job.  We have freedom to do what we want, when we want, where we want, with whom we want.  Pause for a moment here and just daydream a moment with me.  Read slowly….What you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want!  Did you giggle?  Smile at least?  Nothing wrong with remembering your past as long as you aren’t living in it.

We enter into our 30’s with more knowledge of what life is all about.  We hopefully have a job that has the potential of developing into a career.  Most of us have a partner and start to think of marriage and having a family.  We learn the importance of compromise.  But with that comes less time for ourselves and our life goes out of balance for a time.

We quickly reached our 40’s.  I must have had fun because man that went fast.  We have confidence in our opinions.  We have more freedom as our kids become independent.  More me time.  We start to find ourselves again and it feels incredible!  I just don’t see how this is a crisis.

Men buy sports cars, motorcycles or boats because they used enjoy them before they were required to trade them in for the mini van.  Compromise.  Women start to spend more time with their friends because that is what they used to do before their family took priority.  We start to live again.  We accept more, we say no and we don’t concern ourselves with the small things in life anymore.  We enjoy ourselves again without the attitude or desire of knowing it all.  It is a blessing to enter the second half of life with a carefree attitude.  We learn to embrace every moment we are given.  We have learned to live in the moment and  not judge.  We love,  we grow as souls, we appreciate everything the world has given to us to explore.  We finally GET IT!  That my friends is an Awakening not a crisis!

TracyThe Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles by Marianne Williamson ( Great read!)