It’s the first week of a brand new month, in a brand new year and I should be full of enthusiasm, ready to write the next chapter in my life – but instead I’m hesitant.

I know I’m feeling this way because I have high hopes for 2012 and in order to achieve my new goals, I’m asking myself to take an even BIGGER STEP out of my comfort zone than I have before. So for the past few days I’ve been trying to give myself a little positive encouragement.

The term attaboy is often used to express encouragement, approval or admiration. Coincidentally, it’s also a song title on Yo-Yo Ma’s latest recording: The Goat Rodeo Sessions.

For me, this music is pure magic. It has the power to lighten my mood and alter my physical state, so that I can use my imagination in a positive, constructive way. (Note: A book I read recently said that stress is the result of using our imagination to think of negative outcomes).

It’s not surprising that the word HARMONY means both ‘tuneful sound’ and ‘internal calm’. So if you’re feeling on the same wavelength, you might consider finding some new music that makes you feel harmonious.

Go ahead and watch this video for Attaboy and see for yourself.

The Night Circus is magical

An ode to the book The Night Circus

Perhaps it was Toronto’s cold weather and grey skies, but last week I really needed an escape from the reality of the November gloom and my nasty head cold. Ironically, it was a nocturnal world of black and white and shades of grey that was able to transport me out of my funk. The Night Circus, the new novel by Erin Morgenstern is a magical story that lifted my spirits. Sure it has all the right elements every good fairy tale should: magical powers, cruel parenting, a battle to-the-death, and true love, but the reason why I voraciously consumed this book is the author’s delicious use of language. As I read it, my stuffy nose could smell the scents of caramel and cinnamon that wafted through the circus air.

Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?