It’s been nine weeks since I closed on my Park City Canyons Condo. I had hoped to be finished with the renovation project and moving in this week. Instead I’m grateful to have a contractor and county permit!Read More
It’s been five weeks since my condo purchase in Park City. My hopes and dreams for a quick renovation were dashed in short order. Work has not yet begun, but I’m actively using my Life Renovation Survival Tactics.Read More
Here I go again. As much as I enjoy being settled in a comfortable home, life gets in the way. After searching for a condo in Park City, Utah for over a year, I’ve just signed on the dotted line. Here are 5 Ways I Will Survive This Life Renovation…Read More
Today’s Musical Monday is inspired by the new attitude that accompanies the change of seasons. It took the song New Attitude to make Patti LaBelle a solo star at age 40…Read More
Today’s Musical Monday selection, Who Are You?, has been all over television for the past few weeks as the soundtrack for Wal-Mart Halloween costume ads. Someone has a scary sense of humor...Read More
Changes, one of David Bowie’s first songs released in the U.S., was a sign of things to come. Bowie was 25 in 1972 at the time the single was released and is perhaps best remembered for personal reinvention throughout his life....
I still don't know what I was waiting for
And my time was running wild
A million dead-end streets
And every time I thought I'd got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I've never caught a glimpse
Of how the others must see the faker
I'm much too fast to take that test
Changes, David Bowie
It’s fitting that Changes was the last song Bowie performed on stage in 2006. At the time no one knew that this performance with Alicia Keyes, at her annual Black Ball charity event, would be his retirement from live performance at age 59.
I’d like to think that Bowie went into retirement still believing in change. The concept of reinventing retirement is prevalent today. With so many retiring early and searching for a more meaningful lifestyle, the only thing certain is change!
What changes will you face when you leave your career? How will you change direction in life? What does reinventing retirement mean to you?
Former rock now country artist Darius Rucker has a new album with a lead single that could be a Life Coaching anthem. Darius (51) asks a provocative question that many mid-lifers are currently considering.,,Read More
“Where in the World is DeLisa?” is not only the name of my first travel blog back in 2005, but also a common question among my family and friends. This month marks another new location, Old Town, Park City, Utah. After living in cities like New York, London and Singapore, I’m settling into a picturesque mountain town.
While most people consider moving to be extremely stressful, changing physical locations always inspires me. I love a fresh start. Meeting new neighbors, learning new routes, even filling the kitchen with new local produce gives me a sense of excitement that is hard to create after years in one home. I would say that I see the glass half full, but I have no idea where to find a glass.
My 5 Tips for Fitting in Anywhere
1. Prioritize People Over Things
As the first box arrives, immediately introduce yourself to neighbors and ask for local recommendations. People like to be helpful and it opens the door for ongoing conversation. Invite neighbors in while things are in disarray. Don’t wait until everything is unpacked and perfect.
2. Become a Regular
Select a neighborhood bar or coffee shop, introduce yourself as new to town and once again ask for local advice. Remember servers’ names and visit everyday to establish a relationship. You’ll feel like a local in no time.
3. Keep Moving
Put yourself out there, literally. Take a walk, join a gym, garden in plain view. Get outside as often as possible to wave and talk to others. New friendships start somewhere and it’s usually by the mailbox.
4. Get a Haircut
Find a new stylist or barber who’s connected. You learn more about a community from one haircut than reading the paper.
5. Share Your Passion
Do you love golf, biking, cards, wine tasting, sailing, hiking or books? Find a local group to join. A new group of friends is waiting for you!
What feels fresh in your life? Where have you always dreamed of living? How can you reinvent yourself right where you are?
Today's Musical Monday is a salute to U2’s Joshua Tree Album 30th Anniversary tour hitting the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this week. NYC is a buzz with anticipation for the celebration of an album released in 1987. That’s staying power!
“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”
-- U2, May 1987
The Joshua Tree Album was a major departure for the Irish band after exposure to American roots rock. U2 showcased a gospel influence in I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, which ignited the world.
One of the beauties of this song is the way the fans have interpreted it. Born of lead singer Bono’s spiritual quest, it speaks to fans on many levels – those searching for love, religion or life’s purpose.
What are you looking for in life? How long have you been searching? How will you know when you find it?
“If I can be mindful here, I can be mindful anywhere.” While not exactly what Frank Sinatra sang about in New York, New York, the analogy certainly works. There aren’t many more interruptive places on earth than New York City. So naturally this is where I decided to get serious about my meditation practice.
I’ve meditated in majestic temples across Asia, but have never committed to a regular practice. It’s inspiring to turn your thoughts inward while surrounded by magnificent golden Buddha’s or chanting Monks.
It gets a bit harder to focus on being present when surrounded by 8.5 million people and the musical sounds of Manhattan.
In search of the perfect place to get centered in New York City, I wondered into Inscape (www.inscape.life) and fell in love with myself. Trying all the different guided meditation techniques was as heady as tasting my way through an exotic cocktail menu. Today I’ll try mantra and mindfulness, tomorrow relaxation and vision…
Within two weeks I was in a state of bliss and committed to a mindfulness practice that can travel with me anywhere.
In case you don’t live near an inspiring meditation center, a guide is already in your pocket or purse. Healthline.com recently rated the top mediation apps of 2017 and inspired a great dialog on the subject. If you are interested in trying a new mediation app, I recommend you check out the article and comments for a great list of options.