“I always wanted to know, and I always used to daydream, about what it would be like to stand on a really big stage and sing songs for a lot of people, songs that I had written…Daydreaming was kind of my No. 1 thing when I was little, because I didn’t have much of a social life going on.” –Taylor Swift.

Exhausted from a few weeks of intense activity, I gave myself a day off to do nothing yesterday.

I literally sat on a deck and stared at the mountains before me, took a nap, then got up and returned to the deck to view nature. The solitude felt blissful.

For a few hours, I simply daydreamed. Everything I wanted suddenly seemed fun and possible. Downtime felt more productive than all the proactive “doing” around my business and part-time jobs that help keep me social while writing my books.

When I lived in New England before moving to Arizona, I would call these regroup times “jammie days.” I would pray the Fed Ex man or a surprise visitor wouldn’t arrive at the door mid-afternoon and see me still wearing pajamas!

This type of respite felt extra special and cozy during snowy winters. In Arizona, staying inside on a sunny day feels a bit strange, yet most of us year-round residents do that in the summer to avoid the excessively high heat!

Something special happened during my recent self-imposed retreat when I awoke this morning. All my dreams and wishes suddenly became very clear. Obstacles appear removed, and I felt on-purpose. My vision board appeared more like a movie reel with life in motion versus a static poster with pasted images on it.

I stepped into action, knowing my next steps. The blocks that had deterred me suddenly made sense. Opportunities I had previously pursued no longer fit into the bigger picture of my life that emerged while daydreaming.

The new puzzle pieces were starting to fit together.   I began seeing who the “right” people are that I want in my life and business.

All sorts of intuitive nudges prompted me to reach out. I emailed a business acquaintance from Boston who knew and respected my work and a new person here in Arizona with solid entrepreneurial success. With their complementary expertise, the finish line towards my goals feels real and attainable now.

The day off was not the only thing that refueled me; it was the renewed commitment to living the life of my dreams.

I am curious how the Universe will support the daydreams I release to it today!


I wish I could share them with you, but for now I am going to honor this:)

Native American Legend

“If anyone desires a wish to come true, they must first find a butterfly and (without touching the beautiful, fragile creature) whisper their wish to it.

Since a butterfly can make no sound, it cannot reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all.

In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and granted.”

To new levels of freedom,


I took the above photo at Butterfly Wonderland…A rainforest experience in Scottsdale, AZ, where the graphic of the Native American Legend referenced above was also posted.


Share this post

  • Kimberley says:

    Very nice! Thank you Gail!! Much love
    To Us all!! All a well!!!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Kimberley: One of the joys of living in daydreaming-mode and staying open to all of life’s possibilities is receiving surprises. Receiving your note was one of those…how nice to hear from you after all these years. Keep dreaming BIG. Love, Gail

  • Marj says:

    Daydreaming and believing in Magic has always returned me to knowing I am in charge of inspiring my Creator and vice versa to bring fresh new visions, opportunities and action into being.

    Thank you, again, Gail, for reminding me to rest and dream!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Marj: I love your thoughts about magic and knowing you are “in charge of inspiring my Creator and vice versa.” May all your NEW dreams that emerge from rest come forth:) Blessings, Gail

  • Cynde denson says:

    Beautiful Gail. Here’s to living fully in the present and dreaming the future with equal gusto!

  • Sharon hildebrandt says:

    Daydreaming…..a must in our lives. Great blog, Gail! Thank you….

    Love your photo at the Butterfly Wonderland. It is such a wonderful place to visit.

  • YES!! Downtime, quiet time with nothing to do is absolutely vital to our journey as humans. To rest body and mind so spirit can soar… or not as it pleases. To allow ourself to fall in rhythm with the Earth’s electromagnetic pulse is healing and healthy. We must remember we are human beings, not robots, and we must simple allow ourselves to BE. Get off the treadmill of life doings and listen to the wind, watch a plant grow or the clouds pass, dig in the earth…..allow our days to be guided by heart and the mystery of Spirit, not knowing exactly the future.
    Your butterfly is a Monarch, fitting for sending your highest wishes! Sometimes I think the butterfly takes a message of our quieter heart’s desire vs. our mind’s worries which the Creative Powers of the Universe hears & heeds: 2 12 hour work shifts cancelled but I spent the past 3 days working in my garden making it prettier : )
    Took this from This fascinates me. A scientific basis for something seemingly very spiritual!
    “Do you feel generally happier and more peaceful when you’re out in nature, away from noise, traffic jams and neon lights? It is not just that you left the city behind. Or that you’re a person who likes nature. In nature, your body more easily tunes into the Earth’s frequency and can restore, revitalize and heal itself more effectively.
    The Earth behaves like a gigantic electric circuit. Its electromagnetic field surrounds and protects all living things with a natural frequency pulsation of 7.83 hertz on average….
    This frequency circulates in the cavity bounded by the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere, surrounding the Earth at a distance of about 60 miles. We can think of it like the Earth’s pulse or heartbeat.
    Interestingly, 7.83 hertz is also the human brain’s average alpha frequency. Among the 5 main categories of brain waves, alpha waves, which stand in the middle of the scale, induce relaxation but not quite meditation — a state where we begin to tap into the wealth of creativity that lies just below our conscious awareness.”

    Keep giving and gifting yourself with this wonder/wander time! Prayers and love to you Gail. Hugs, Flo

    PS–THE HUMMERS ARE BAACK!! Yesterday!! Put up my feeder last night!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Flo, for all the deep sharing and the scientific backing of the benefits of downtime. Every time I take a day to “be” my creativity is reignited and I get back in the flow. Nature is such a gift–as is solitude. Enjoy your new hummingbirds–they’re a symbol of JOY, which is my word for 2017:) Love, Gail

  • >