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What a title to live up to!

About Alana - what are the key elements you should know in order to move our relationship to a higher level?

I am driven - always have been, by whatever seems to be the next good thing I can do, something that is within my sphere but would look like a big stretch to others.  Sometimes these tasks take a few years - like the Zappa Quilt or MastersNet and Doctoral Net which I now have six years in and no end in site.

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Civil Partnership Photos

80 people joined the weeklong event from three continents - what a party it was!  Our families flew into Dublin and Margie and I treated them to some splendid Irish sightseeing on the way down to Kinsale - then all hands on deck to help decorate the tables etc.  The "real" service was held in Cork at the chapel like room used by the civil service, followed that night by the Irish meeting the Americans taking over a restaurant for dinner.

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Happy Valentines Day 2011

For all my friends near and far - a video celebration of life, love, joy and laughter!

Happy Valentines Day

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May 7th: Three Ways a JigSaw Puzzle is a Metaphor for Life

May 7th: Three Ways a JigSaw Puzzle is a Metaphor for Life

How do you break from work, from life, from stress?  One of my favourite ways is by working on jigsaw puzzles.  They allow the mind to wander, and maybe I watch an episode of Doctor Who as well.  It has been during these sessions that this week I have been building the metaphor that our lives are like a jigsaw in three main ways - see what you think...

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Gratefulness and a Wonderful Partner

I read a poster once in a school district office that the most important decision we make in life is who the person we partner with will be.  My life partner, literally the love of my life is Margie Milenkiewicz and, as the shaker song says - I just kept turning until I came round right.

For her constant love and support I am so grateful it is more like awed. I could only wish for every person in the world that they could experience the joy of the type of companionship we share.  So as I launch this new site on my 64th birthday - Here's to you Margie - without you none of this would be the same.

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We have control of our happiness (bit by bit)

I subscribe to daily emails from the Hicks - quoting Abraham from a variety of seminars - they are the only emails I read everyday as most cause a lift in my spirit.  In other articles I will update the focus wheel play I have been doing and the power of their meditations - esing into living in paradise right here and right now - sound good?  All of us can do it!

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What is Reality? Thoughts to live by

Hi everyone, 

This is an ongoing and growing list of great thoughts which should prove to be inspirational for any of us who are following the trail to health and wellbeing through working with the concepts inherent with the law of attraction.  If you don't know of the work of the folks on the science and nonduality circuit - it is their voices that start this list.  I hope some of these bring a smile!

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Feeling 10 Years Younger through the Power of Mind

Feeling 10 Years Younger through the Power of Mind

The first half of a two part video, based largely on the work of Deepak Chopra into how to improve the quality of life as we grow chronologically but wishing to maintain the flexibility and zest of youth. We all want to build greater happiness, recapture youthful flexibility and strength, etc.  It all starts with the power of our minds.

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Want to Feel 10 Years Younger? Get two kinds of Rest

Want to Feel 10 Years Younger? Get two kinds of Rest

This is the second video based upon the work for a class on feeling 10 years younger. What is the purpose of rest in this equation and how can it help us feel younger, happier and full of well-being and zest? Two kinds of rest are the key: restful awareness and restful sleep.

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Redefining Work by Redefining Motivation

Challenge, Mastery and Making a Contribution - that's it!  As with all RSA video's this one is a bit long winded but if you hang in there you will learn something.  Love the way Daniel Pink bases the ideas on research.

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Journey to Optimal Health Using Action Research

My story is a great one and I tell it here so that you may believe it is possible to come back 15 years in health, vitality, and youthfulness. This time last year I felt like I was at least 60 years old. You know the signs: stiff, sore, aching much of the time, no longer feeling like I wanted to move much. As luck would have it we went back to the United States for Christmas and I was up against seeing my family.

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Three things to remember when bike riding in Ireland

So you think you may be interested in a biking holiday in Ireland? Good choice! Ten months of the year (all but December and January) you'll find great touring and if you keep these three cautions in mind you should have a fantastic time. This article addresses the three variables that we have found to make the biggest difference in the quality of our time on the road: Irish topography, the weather and the typical Irish fare.

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The journey to optimal health: On bikes and blackberries

I passionately believe in celebrating! Every time in every way that we make small steps forward (kaizen in Japanese) we should celebrate our advances. That is what I am doing today.

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Bike Riding For Fitness

The latest update on my own "creating the life you want" journey is how much fun I am having writing my bike. We then added a couple of months now, starting slow, moving on to a relatively short trek to Sandycove, and eventually, this last Saturday, a 12 mile ride from here to Ballinspittle. Bike riding in Ireland is not about distance, it's about hills. But bike riding for me is about my journey to optimal health. When a person is interested in reinventing their life, it can only go so far as their health and energy allows it. 

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May 14, 2017: Cerbere' France

May 14, 2017: Cerbere' France

We all get to live this life the way we want - that is, the way we want within the constraints of life as we see and experience them.  What travel does is open us up to a different understanding of those constraints because we immerse ourselves in someone else's, often very different world - and then we learn things.

Cerbere' is a small (2K? population) French town on the Mediterranean just 6K from the border with Spain.

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Travel to Two Cities: Helsinki and Tallinn

Often traveling to two cities offers a greater understanding of both through the comparison and contrasts the visitor experiences. Such is the case with Helsinki, the largest city and capital of Finland and Tallinn in Estonia. Travel affords deep reflective practice for those who may be reinventing life. As we look forward to new paths in life, travel is great to remind us of the change in life over time. Helsinki and Tallinn offer the visitor such times.

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Traveling to Two Cities: A Comparison of Vienna and Budapest

At several places in the world there are comparable cities, the comparison of which makes both more interesting for the traveler. In this first of a series of three articles I will compare and contrast Vienna and Budapest. A short 2 1/2 -hour drive, or three hours by train, will take you from one to the other. The leisurely traveler can choose to go the distance on a cruise down the river Danube.  Both cities are well worth seeing, and the comparison makes them more so.

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Autumn in Kinsale, Co Cork, Ireland

Have you ever been to a Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland? If you have, you know that is a medieval fishing village, yet also a yachting community that straddles small-town rural village Irish life and an international cosmopolitan environment. Kinsale enjoys the best of many worlds. Our population varies between maybe 3000 in the dead of winter when most people have fled to warmer climates, to 10,000 or more in the height of summer when everyone is in residence and all the tourists have descended.

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Cruising the Mediterranean

Enjoy a few shots from our recent trip - cruising allows people to relax and lightly dip into a number of locations.  Here at Reinventing Life Enterprises we mixed it with time for strategic planning.

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