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19 Mar 2010 How did life surprise you today?
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Hearthstone Inn

Hearthstone Inn

Well, as happened in week 4, life’s surprises presented me with an opportunity to do something on my list, so I took that opportunity in the moment and postponed what I had in mind.  In fact, the weekend surprised me twice with synchronicities so you’ll have to tune in next week for Part 2!

I love to stay at Bed and Breakfasts.  They are typically charming, quaint, & have such homey ambiance.  Love it! 

Well, last weekend my husband and I went for a weekend getaway with my sister and her husband to an event they were attending in Wilmington, Ohio.  The two of them planned the entire thing.  We were just along for the ride!  We understood we were heading into a small town and so we didn’t expect much in the way of accommodations, dining, or ambiance.  Boy were we wrong!  Not only was were the accommodations lovely, dining outstanding, and town charming, they also unknowingly provided activity #35 on my list… staying at a Bed & Breakfast that I had not been to before.  Not only had I not stayed here before, I didn’t even know I was going to be staying there!  Way fun.  Week 8 of Project Celebrate 50!…done!

Hearthstone lobbyWe pulled into the covered driveway to the Hearthstone Inn in Cedarville, Ohio, between Dayton & Columbus, and were enchanted.  We then met Ruth, the Inn owner, who was such a thoughtful hostess.  We fell in love with Ruth and her Inn.  We plan on returning and we also talked about working on planning a retreat to be held at the Inn.

 

Idlewyld Bed & Breakfast

Idlewyld Bed & Breakfast

Which makes me think of this by the way.  I just finalized the plans for my June wellness retreat being held at Idlewyld, in Lakeside, OH,  June 4-6, 2010.  Come as a couple.  Come with friends.  Come alone and devote the weekend to nurturing yourself & renewing your spirit!  Daily walks, meditations, drumming journey, vision board/pj/wine party, journaling, bach flower remedies, joy bracelets/bookmarks, secrets to decluttering, & much more!

Ruth and SueI digress…back to Hearthstone Inn. Ruth suggested we try dinner at a cute, trendy bistro for dinner called the Sunrise Café   in the nearby town of Yellow Springs , an artsy community about 10 minutes away.  Dinner was excellent…fresh, organic, made from scratch food.  And Yellow Springs was delightful.  We went back to Yellow Springs in the morning to stop in at some of the fun shops.  Stayed tuned till next week to find out what I found from my list at a local shop!

You really should plan a getaway here.  It was relaxing & delightful!  And Ruth will take great care of you. 

So…did life surprise YOU lately?  Makes me think of that song by India Arie called a Beautiful Day..love the words. 

India Arie

India Arie

A Beautiful Day

Life is a journey,
Not a destination,
There are no mistakes,
Just chances we’ve taken
Lay down your regrets cause all we have is now

Wake up in the morning
And get out of bed
Start making a mental list in my head
Of all of the things that I am grateful for

Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes new dreams new ways
I open up my eyes and
I open up my mind and
I wonder how life will surprise me today
Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes new dreams new ways
I open up my heart and
I’m gon’ do my part and
Make this a positively beautiful day

La la la la la la la la la (x3)
It’s a Beautiful Day (x3)

Life is a challenge not a competition
You can still smell the roses and be on a mission
Just take a moment to get in touch with your heart
Sometimes you feel like you’ve got something to prove
Remind yourself that there’s only one you
Just take a moment to give thanks of who you are

Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes, new dreams, new ways
I open up my eyes and
I open up my mind and
I wonder how life will surprise me today

Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes, new dreams, new ways
I open up my heart and
I’m gon’ do my part and
Make this a positively beautiful day

La la la la la la la la la (x3)
It’s a Beautiful Day (x2)

Let’s make this a wonderful
Let’s make this a powerful
Let’s make this a Beautiful Day
It’s a Beautiful Day

Life is a journey,
Not a destination,
There are no mistakes,
Just chances we’ve taken
Lay down your regrets cause all we have is now

SO…how did life surprise YOU today???