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Hello all,

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I have relocated my blog to www.kerririchardson.com. Because you were subscribed to this blog, I took the liberty of subscribing you to the new one.

You will receive a confirmation email for the subscription, so if you’d rather not be subscribed, simply disregard the note and you won’t receive new posts. If you would like to be subscribed, please click the link in the email to confirm your subscription.

I hope you’ll join me at my new home. I look forward to staying in touch!

Best,

Kerri Richardson

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I’ve Moved!

I want to thank you all for your interest in my blog over the years. It’s been great knowing you’re out there reading it! If you aren’t already aware, I’ve moved my blog to my newly designed website, and I’d love for you to come with me!

You can find my new site/blog at www.kerririchardson.com. There you can both subscribe to my periodic newsletter as well as subscribe to my new blog.

To subscribe to the blog simply click on any link on the home page, and you’ll see a subscription box in the left margin of the page. That’s where you can enter your email address and you’ll continue to get new blog posts delivered to your email.

To subscribe to my newsletter, click on the Inspiration link at the top of the site and enter your information into my Subscribe page. I look forward to staying in touch at my new home!

Love, Kerri

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Let It Flow!

My office feels incredible this morning! The energy is flowing, the air is clear, and life is good!

Yesterday, I dedicated a good portion of the night to cleaning out my filing cabinet. I went through past client files and statements and piled up notes, documents, and details no longer relevant or needed. I ceremoniously released that history through burning the pages in my fireplace and offering blessings to the clients, creditors, and anyone else affiliated with the experiences. I wished them well as I sent them on their way and offered them love and abundance as they continue their journeys. I now have only current and relevant items in the cabinet and open file folders inviting more incredible people to partner with me as they learn and grow.

I also rearranged the desk in my office, so now, instead of having a window to my right to glance out of, it is right here in front of me so I can even more easily look out at the gorgeous field across the street. By turning my L-shaped desk in this new way, I’ve also opened up the energy flow track from the door. Before, it would get abruptly stopped by my desk and all the necessary cords and wires from computers, modems, and printers. Now I can feel it swirling in easily and gently encircling me and my work space.

Today, after clients, writing, and some other work, I plan on organizing the closet more effectively, re-configuring an outlet so it’s controlled by the light switch, and smudging my office as the final touches to this magnificent space. What a way to start the new decade!

While these projects are on the bigger side, it’s so good to remember that even the smallest attention to the smallest of details gets the energy flowing better in my world. So, what needs your attention? What’s one, small thing you can do right now to address it? Well, what are you waiting for? 🙂

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This Blog Post is Amazing!

This is the most amazing blog post you’ll ever read. Really, truly amazing. Like, oh my gosh, so AMAZING.

Am I alone in thinking that the word “amazing” has become way overused? Everything seems to be amazing these days. “That’s an amazing shirt.” “I just made the most amazing cheesecake.”

Amazing, by definition, means causing great surprise or sudden wonder. It’s a bit of a stretch to say a piece of cake causes sudden wonder.

Now I’m not without fault. I throw out my own “amazing” now and then, but as I grow more tired of hearing it, I at least put forth some effort to pull a different adjective from my vocabulary arsenal. Besides, when everything is amazing, really nothing is.

Like Alanis Morissette sings in her song “One” – “Did you just call her amazing? Surely we both can’t be amazing.” Au contraire, Ms. Morissette, apparently everything and everyone can be amazing. I mean, look at how many times I used the word in this blog – 16  (including title and image, for those of you who I know will count).

Sixteen uses. Now THAT’S amazing.

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The Watch Graveyard

Does everyone have one? A box or a drawer filled with watches whose batteries have long since died? I forget about mine until I go to choose a watch to wear, always to find my only option is gold. What’s a girl to do if her outfit calls for a sporty one? Or, heaven for bid, silver? Usually I opt to go without. But I walk away frustrated.

Sure, there are worse problems in the world, but sometimes it’s the little things like this that just nag at you. Every time I open that drawer in my jewelry armoire – enter aggravation.

I remember one December years ago, Missy got the batteries replaced in my favorite watches, wrapped them up, and gave them to me for Christmas. It was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. She laughed it off, thinking it was silly to wrap them up like they were new. What she didn’t realize is that what she actually wrapped up in those boxes were thoughtfulness, relief, evidence of my really being seen by her, and the remedy for the consistent loss of energy around the dead watches. I felt like I had gotten a huge energy transfusion!

Well, my intention was to write a quick, quirky entry for my blog, but perhaps there’s a moral to this story after all. Maybe consider this a sign to think differently about the gifts you give others this holiday season. How about instead of a gift card or another candle, there’s a project you could help a loved one finish – or begin. Is there an event your Mom, Dad, brother, sister, or best friend would love to go to, and going with you would make it even more special? There’s no gift more precious than your time (and if my batteries were replaced in my watches, I could tell you the time).

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The Kramer Chronicles, Part III: The Reunion

Wow. I can’t believe it’s been almost six months since I’ve written. Well, as promised – here’s the next installment of The Kramer Chronicles. The Reunion piece has taken a different form. It was my intention to share stories of Kramer, Missy, and I coming together again when we moved to Boston, however, we’ve experienced a reunion of a different kind.

Less than four weeks after saying goodbye to our dear companion, Kramer, Missy calls me from work. “So, I got an email from a woman in the accounting department.” Instantly my mind started racing. Did they make a mistake in her paycheck? Are we getting some bonus cash? OK, maybe I should stop trying to guess in my head and just listen. “What about?” I said. And the rapid ramble began.

“Well, it seems her cat had kittens and she brought some of them in and I went down to see them and they’re so cute and they’re only six weeks old so they can’t leave their mom yet and there’s one who has a beard like Kramer did and I know it’s really soon, but they’re soooooo cute and we should really go see them together because what if maybe the beard is a sign and Kramer wants us to welcome a new kitten into our lives. I dunno. What do you think?”

That’s not what I was expecting at all with an email from accounting. My initial reaction was No way! Too soon! I am still missing Kramer big time and how dare we even consider replacing him like this. Plus, after taking care of a sick cat for so long, I was spent. I needed a break. So I hemmed and hawed and finally agreed to just go see them.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking – like I’m not going to come home with one if I go see them. Well, you’d be wrong. We came home with two – adorable sisters who love to wrestle, cuddle, and play together. Their names are Kiva and Kaya. Check them out below – how cute are they? Kiva is the calico one (on the left) and Kaya is the gray and white.

The Babies

This is when they were just bitty babies.

Not only have we been reunited with Kramer in the spirit sense (I see and feel him around me often), but Kaya has so many traits and idiosyncracies similar to Kramer, I’m convinced he sent these babies our way. While it took some adjustment to the new little ones much sooner than we had planned, we are so thrilled to have them in our lives. And thanks, Kramer, for coming back to us in many different ways.

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Kramer Abu Richardson Silk: 1994-2009

It’s with a very heavy heart that I write this update. On Friday, May 22nd, around 1 PM, our beloved Kramer’s spirit was released. In a ceremony honoring his wishes communicated to us through an animal intuitive, we surrounded him in love and beauty. It was a gorgeous, sunny day – Kramer’s favorite for being outside together. We arranged the chairs on the deck in the way he wished, placed a beautiful rose bush my parents gave me near us, and had soft, guitar music playing.

Kramer basking in the sunshine

Kramer loved to bask in the sun. Here, he's stopping to smell the... well... plant.

After the veterinarian arrived to administer the humane euthanasia, Missy and I took a couple extra minutes with Kramer, holding him and telling him how much we love him, and how free his spirit was going to fly now without the weight of his ill physical body. The vet then joined us and I sat in the chair he wanted me in, with his favorite blanket on my lap, and placed him on it. Missy knelt down next to him to be close to his sweet face (again, his wishes), and placed her hand on his side, petting him. I placed my hand on hers and closed my eyes, sending Kramer messages in my mind, “Be free now, baby. Fly free.” Repeating this over and over like a mantra, I hoped to calm my energy for him and to help him transition with light and love.

The process began, and less than a minute later, I felt Kramer’s body ever-so-gently get heavy on my lap and in our hands. He slowly moved from a seated position to laying, and a huge wave of peace came over me. The gentle and loving veterinarian and her technician stepped inside to give us time with our boy. We each kissed his head and thanked him for all the gifts he has given us. Finally, I looked up and said, “Don’t forget to stay in touch.”

For most of the afternoon, the overriding feeling we both were experiencing was peace, which was so incredible. We were so thankful that we listened to his requests and created such a beautiful setting in which he could transition. As nighttime came, sadness overtook, as I guess we should have expected. We know that sadness will be with us for quite some time, but it doesn’t take away from the relief we feel that he is now free. We just need to allow ourselves to grieve as often and as long as necessary.

Having made the appointment in advance due to how weakened he had become, the three of us spent extra quality together time in the back yard the night before. Kramer decided to venture into the neighbor’s yard, and, for the first time, stepped up into their beautiful labyrinth. How incredibly fitting. We know he wanted to let us know he was ready for his peaceful journey. He’s a pretty amazing cat. Here he is the night before:

Labyrinth

Because he had been sick for a while, we knew this day was coming. While it doesn’t make it any easier, we are so incredibly grateful for the gift of being able to consciously walk with him to the end of his physical life and do all those things together that most people wish they could have done when a death is sudden. We love and miss our handsome man so, so much. Thanks to all the people in our lives who knew him, loved him and played a part in his almost 15-year journey.

It’s my intention to finish the Kramer Chronicles, but I make no promises as to when the next installment will come. I feel like it could be very soon or it could be a while. I’m just going to honor where I’m at each day.