Bunny bunny and counting sheep

There’s a British superstition that if you say “rabbit, rabbit” the first thing on the first day of the month you are ensured to have good luck all month long!

Years ago our friends Debbie Cook (a Woman on Fire, of course) and Bob Linton introduced us to that good luck charm, and we quickly adopted it!

Since then my husband Rob and I never miss a month and even put our own twist on it by saying “bunny, bunny” on this first day of December and on every first day of the month.  Thought you should know the important strategies I live my life by … 😉

Like us, you’re most likely wrapping up your Thanksgiving weekend and I hope you had a warm and wonderful one.
Around our Thanksgiving table on Martha’s Vineyard were my husband Rob, Holly Getty, me!, Edward Beck, Ellen Wingard and Robert Joerger.

Ours ended up to be an easy and very sweet holiday here on Martha’s Vineyard with great friends, walks, naps and amazing food, even though it was one of the first times I’ve not created Thanksgiving at home.

With all the losses, stress and travel in my life lately, I made the tough decision that we would eat at a local restaurant instead of a feast at home.  We had a ball so it was a good lesson about how much more important the people around the table are than the food!

Still, we had plenty of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie and I slept like a log all weekend.

*This week’s Pinspiration*

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The best way to see what tomorrow brings is to sleep through the night. Need help sleeping? Women on Fire has you covered in the latest spark. www.womenonfire.com

Sleeping through the night was a welcome relief from my pattern lately where stress and sadness has taken its toll on my sleep.  Did you know as many as 70 million U.S. adults are affected by disrupted sleep?

In today’s SPARK! I want to share an excellent report by a close friend of mine Belleruth Naparstek on An Epidemic of Sleeplessness.

I’ve wanted to introduce Belleruth to you for some time. (And monthly members will hear even more from her in the future.)

She is a psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer and an inspiration for creating a super successful business by following her heart. Thirty years ago, she started out by recording audio cassettes of guided imagery to calm her cancer patient clients.

Today, her company Health Journeys provides guided imagy for every disease, affliction, ailment and stress you can imagine.  I’m a regular listener of her CDs and I know some of you are too.

A lack of sleep can lead to serious health consequences, weight gain and jeopardize your safety.  So when Belleruth wrote a report on just how to get a good night’s sleep and offered it to us, I jumped.

In this report, you’ll learn:

  • Which teas to drink to promote your sleep
  • The fruit to eat before bed to help you sleep
  • The most effective item in your bedroom to ensure a good night’s sleep
  • Why you shouldn’t turn on lights during the night and what to do instead if you have to get up
  • Which helps more for a good night’s rest: rising early or late in the morning?
  • And lots more about getting a full night of zzzzz’s.

When you click on the link for the report, it will ask your name and email and invite you to join Belleruth’s list. I encourage you to join so you learn not only about best practices for a good night’s sleep but you’ll also see all the resources Health Journeys offers for you, your family, friends and clients.

Belleruth also is the author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, an award-winning book that explains why imagery is a best practice for posttraumatic stress.

Listening to her audios has made a huge difference in my life for my peace of mind, health and healing.  And I know it will help you, too.

And, finally, I want to share a book you might like by another friend of mine Marianne Schnall, author of What Will It Take To Make A Woman President?

Two weeks ago a number of Women on Fire members gathered in New York City to celebrate the release of Marianne’s book and to hear expert panelists on the topic of a woman becoming president.

Women on Fire members in New York City celebrate the release of What Will It Take To Make A Woman President? by Marianne Schnall. From left: Janina Serden Sebesky, Jan Nolte, me, Jenifer Madson and Eva Tenuto. (Photo by Amanda Chu)

During the panel, Marie Wilson, founder and president of The White House Project, suggested women join “circles of courage” to inspire and support each other to increase the chances of support for a woman president.

In the audience, we all smiled at each other, knowing that is exactly who Women on Fire are. We are circles of courage that lift up and light up each other to live our dreams.

So “bunny, bunny” to you and a good night’s sleep to us all.  And, maybe, just maybe someday soon there will be a female U.S. president!

Wishing you a terrific week ~