Susan Craig

Live, Love, Learn……Every story is a journey

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Remember Reading Your Way into Another World?

Do you remember the first time you read a book or a series that put you into another word, and made it real for you?

Hobbit houses in hillside.
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Maybe for you it was the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, or maybe it was the Harry Potter series, or if you are older, maybe even Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys. All of these books created a world different than our own, where we could live for awhile.

steaming cauldron with hand holding wand above it
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Even the humble middle-grade mysteries of days gone by… Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, or the Rick Brant Science Adventure series… transported readers to an alternate reality. A place where parents were cool, and rich. Where teens had more freedom and more adventure than happened in the real world.

These days epic fantasy is a genre description, requiring wizards, magic, a mysterious force, or entire races of non-humans. But the old books I’ve mentioned were fantasies as well. I have it on good authority that real life was never like in the books.

Whatever your entryway into the world of imagination, gratitude is due to those who wrote the incredible worlds we have come to love. So today I am saying thank you to all those who share imagination with us. It is a great gift to be given.

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.” 

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Until next time,
–Susan.

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Three Secrets to Coping with Change

We all have to cope with change. We transition from childhood to adult life, from singleness to relationship, from youth to age, from job to job, from house to house, from place to place. We go from sickness to health, from school to the real world of work, and from work to retirement. For most of us, I suspect it would be fair to say that our lives are always in transition of one kind or another. And we know that coping with these changes is not always easy. So today I offer you three secrets for coping successfully with all kinds of change.

Old woman with infant
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Let go of the past

1. Leave the  past behind. Let go of the things you used to have, and the places you used to go, but keep the people. Making new friends does not mean you must abandon the old ones.

Embrace the present

2. Do what needs to be done. Focus on NOW. Try not to make comparisons with what used to be–for better OR worse. Accept your new reality and do your best in it, even if the situation is only temporary.

Autumn leaves on a dirt road.
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Be kind to yourself

3. Don’t expect perfection all at once. Give yourself time. Every transition brings with it a learning curve and an acceptance curve. It takes time to navigate and accept new circumstances. Persevere.

Words "and breath" on neon sign with green leaves in background.
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These three secrets will help you move gracefully through all kinds of change, be it minor or major, easy or difficult.

Until next time,
Susan Craig.

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Photography–Misty Morning

Misty morning photography is a special pleasure of mine. The world beyond your own little space just drops away, and your focus has to be on the things near to you. Sometimes, I think, we need a misty morning for our lives as well, when the outside world and its cares fade away and we focus on those closest to us and see the beauty there.

old fashioned porch swing on a misty morning

Until next time…
–Susan.