Scavenger Hunt for a Queen

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When my children were young, I loved to surprise them with scavenger hunts. While they played outside, I wrote creative clues and hid them. Each clue led to the next clue and the next, until at last they discovered the hidden prize.

It was fun to hand the kids the first folded slip of paper and then watch, with delight, as they searched and reasoned their way through the clues to the prize.

A few days ago, I enjoyed figuring things out as I realized I was on a unique scavenger hunt of my own, arranged by the Divine, a scavenger hunt for a queen.

Scavenger Hunt for a Queen

The Scavenger Hunt for a Queen Begins

Preparing to leave the house to run errands, I picked up a store catalog that arrived the day before in the mail. I intended to toss it in the trash, since I had no intention of shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond that day. On a whim, or perhaps because of a Divine nudge, I opened the catalog at random and glanced at a page.

An image immediately caught my eye. The cute mug featured a gold crown with a pink heart and the words, “Queen of Everything”.

I smiled. Queen is my symbol this year, specifically the queen chess piece. Anytime the chess piece or a crown or the word queen pops up, it’s a gentle soul reminder for me. Since I’d be near Bed Bath & Beyond, I made a mental note to stop by and check out that mug, IF I had time.

I didn’t yet realize that the scavenger hunt for a queen had begun.

Scavenger Hunt for a Queen

An Enchanted Clue

One of my errands involved exchanging a shirt at JC Penney. Customer service is located upstairs, meaning I got to ride the escalator to the second floor. Parked near the base of the escalator, a large poster type sign snagged my attention. The words read:

Enchanted

Disney Fine Jewelry

Let your happily ever after begin at JC PENNEY

I walked past, with a laugh, and then circled back around. Enchantment is my word for this year. Ever, Ever After is my song. My awareness raised, I paused to consider the meaning of these synchronicities. I believe everything happens for a reason, even turning to a random page in a catalog and walking right by a large “sign”.

Within 30 minutes I’d seen a representation of my symbol, my word and my song for this year. Enchantment was underway.

I browsed for a moment, at the fine jewelry counter. Not surprisingly, the jewelry in the Enchanted line sparkled with silver, gold and diamonds, in lavish fairy tale themes. I felt the stirring within that let me know something bigger than running errands was unfolding.

Scavenger Hunt for a Queen

Scavenger Hunt for a Queen

Do What You Love

Upstairs, as I quickly made the exchange, I allowed wonder and curiosity to expand. Thoughtful, I almost missed the next clue, as I walked to the down escalator. Arranged on a narrow table, next to the low wall overlooking the escalators, the framed print caught my eye.

The gold and silver words, within the simple gold frame, read:

Do What You Love

Is it crazy to get teary eyed, while on the top floor of JC PENNEY? Oh, I knew now that something magical was happening. Standing there, snapping a quick photo of this clue, I first thought the words, “scavenger hunt”. Clues were leading me to an as yet unknown prize. I opened wide to Divine guidance. Did I want to play? Yes! Yes I did.

The kingdom I am building this year has as its foundation that very desire expressed on the print. Doing what I love is central to my being at this point on my journey. I am shifting and growing as what I love shapes me and guides me, step by step. I didn’t need to purchase this little framed print. Clue received, I excitedly acknowledged the scavenger hunt for a queen.

Scavenger Hunt for a Queen

The Rest of the Clues

In rapid succession, the rest of the clues arrived. Purchasing that Queen of Everything mug now became a priority.

Pulling into the parking lot, at Bed Bath & Beyond, the last word in the company name suddenly struck me. Beyond carries much meaning for me. My life is lived on the edges, beyond fear, beyond limiting beliefs and beyond playing small. This blog is called Cindy Goes Beyond to remind me of my daily intention to live an extraordinary life. How appropriate to discover the queen mug in this store.

At home, as I brewed a cup of peppermint tea, I checked Instagram. Two posts popped up in my feed. One featured a single image, without words. The second one featured words only. Both resonated with me, encouraged me, made me smile.

Scavenger Hunt for a Queen

Scavenger Hunt for a Queen

These two clues suggested that the scavenger hunt for a queen truly was intended for me. The simple crown graphic signaled “pay attention”. The post following it contained words I needed to receive. Good things are coming. All that I am doing, all that I am building, all that I am dreaming of, felt blessed with those words. Keeping going, Queen, good things are coming.

The Prize

The clues in all scavenger hunts lead to a prize. For my children, simple treasures such as a favorite snack or a small toy like silly putty or a dollar bill were their rewards for unraveling the clues and searching diligently.

What was my reward, in this scavenger hunt for a queen?

I sipped my tea, in my new mug, and allowed the answer to my question to arrive as a string of thoughts. I felt watchful anticipation and the warmth of Divine delight, as I reasoned things out.

Is the life I desire the prize? No, that’s not it. The “prize” is deeper than that, bigger than that, and not easily defined. I am the prize, or rather, who I am, who I am becoming, is the prize. The clues given to me, on this enchanting scavenger hunt, all point to me recognizing who I am and what I am here to do. Remember who you are, they seem to say.

I am the Queen of my own life, the Queen of Everything that I touch, the Queen of the Kingdom I am building.

The region near my heart expanded as I received this prize, the gift of knowing absolutely who I am.

One of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes came to mind, as a final confirmation that I interpreted the clues correctly. On this scavenger hunt for a queen, I am well on my way to my throne. I held my head high, took a deep breath and adjusted my invisible crown.

Scavenger Hunt for a Queen

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An Enchanted World

I currently dwell in that overlapping space created by the remaining weeks of 2018…and the alluring possibilities of 2019. It’s an enchanted world, which serendipitously, aligns perfectly with my new word for next year. Most of my gratitudes today flowed from this sense of enchantment.

An Enchanted World

An Enchanted World

I’m grateful for memories that pop up on Facebook. A quote from Thomas Moore appeared, one that I saved several years ago. Moore’s book, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, is the source of the words and a must read as I enter the new year. I was charmed by the book when I first read it, long before I knew that “enchanted” would be my word for 2019.

The queen chess piece, next’s year symbol, has appeared daily since I received that image. However, the words “enchanted” or “enchantment” have appeared less frequently, albeit often enough to capture my attention and warm my heart with anticipation. Seeing Thomas Moore’s beautiful words set the tone for the day, and promised so much for the months ahead.

An Enchanted World

Creating a Mood Board

One of my assignments in a 30 day blog challenge is to create a mood board on Pinterest. The purpose is to select images and colors that draw me and inspire me, and connect to my desires for the blog. I have two blogs, so I started with this one, pinning photos to a private board that I named Mood Board for Cindy Goes Beyond.

As I thought about what Going Beyond means to me, and what I want to offer to others, I realized I was drawn to the colors turquoise, green and blue. Suddenly vintage Volkswagen vans began popping up in my searches. I love the idea of creating a new logo featuring a vintage…think hippie…VW van. That imagery works for me on so many levels!

An Enchanted World

Living Life Beyond the Edges

I’m grateful for the exercise and I’ll be developing this idea further. For now, I played around with the colors and concept, using Canva to try out various fonts with VW vans.

The van represents adventure to me, going beyond my boundaries, exploring the world, and freedom. I’m excited to see where this simple exercise ultimately leads me.

An Enchanted World

Cranberry Vanilla Tea

I carried a mug of hot tea into the creative studio, to sip on as I completed computer work. I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but a display at Natural Grocers appealed to me on this cold, overcast day. I couldn’t resist purchasing a holiday blend tea.

Creating my own enchanted world means I bring in the magical elements that are crucial for me. Hot herbal tea is my drink of choice, and one I indulge in every afternoon. The cranberry vanilla tea was delicious, fragrant and the perfect antidote to a gray day.

An Enchanted World

Do You Like What You See?

As I “woke up” my laptop, Microsoft randomly selected a background photo for the screen’s wallpaper. I was immediately transported back to Italy, as an image of Venice appeared.

How perfect. I’m thinking today about creating, living in and engaging with an enchanted world…and Venice appears, with its gorgeous canals and bridges. This city has to be one of the most enchanted places in the world.

Across the top of my computer screen, the words appeared: Like what you see?

Tears filled my eyes and I got goosebumps. The Divine might as well have posed the question, and may indeed have done so.

Yes…yes I like what I see, and not just the lovely photo on my screen. I like what I see in this enchanted world, and I love this big, bold, enchanted life.

“Starting from the premise that we can no longer afford to live in a disenchanted world, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life shows that a profound, enchanted engagement with life is not a childish thing to be put away with adulthood, but a necessity for one’s personal and collective survival.”

It’s necessary for my survival. Bring on the enchantment.

An Enchanted World

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