Make the Change

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When I look back on my life a year ago, I am moved to tears by the gratitude I feel for some much needed change. For years I took a backseat in my own life. I accepted the circumstances and allowed myself to play the victim. At some point, I knew enough was enough and every intention and choice I made purposefully moved my life in a different direction. I am beyond happy now. Until I could picture myself feeling elated and peaceful, there was no way I would bring that image into reality. I had to want it enough to believe it was possible which then led me to find a way to make it possible. 

Remember, where and who you are today will not be the same as where and who you will be a day or even a year from now unless you are too afraid to make a move. The same behavior and repetitive negative thoughts will only lead you down the same road. If you want to explore new, exciting ground then you have to take the first step in a different direction. Don’t wait any longer. Do it today!

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Could It Be That Simple?

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After some really hard work, my inner voice has taken on a brand new tone. As I sat back in my pool float today, I actually heard these words inside my own head. “Relax kid. Enjoy your life”.  So that is my mantra for the week. We spend years pondering our purpose in life. Perhaps it is more simple than we ever imagined. Love hard, speak easy, be kind and enjoy the precious life you’ve been given. Have a blessed day.

Sometimes I Forget

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Sometimes I forget what it’s like to feel happy in a room filled with smiling people. With so much conflict and protesting recently, a night out at an awesome concert felt really good. As I looked around at the genuine joy on people’s faces, my eyes filled up with tears. This is the way it’s supposed to be I thought to myself as I wiped away a tear with the cuff of my sleeve. I thanked God for that moment and that I was mindful enough to experience and enjoy it.  Sometimes I forget that we make life so much harder than it needs to be. We complicate the very relationships that are meant to be beautiful by destroying them with our ugliness. Sometimes I forget what peace feels like but last night I felt it. I remembered and I am grateful.

What Are You Grateful For Right Now?

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Let’s face it, I’m not so sure people have been feeling very thankful lately. Sometimes our ability to feel gratitude is dependent on how well things are going for us at a particular time. The truth is, the times you are feeling your worst are the times you need to reach out and find at least something everyday you can be thankful for. Today, I am grateful for the blogging community. The way we respect one another’s views while at the same time challenging one another to think about something differently makes the world a better place. Thank you for the loving, inclusive group that you are. My heart is full. What are you grateful for today? 

What Makes YOUR Heart Smile?

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It is unbelievable how one bad attitude can affect an entire day. I really didn’t want to crawl out of bed anyway today but when I came out to the kitchen and told my son he had to take his shorts and shirt sleeves off, he was furious. That’s when the day started to spiral downward. My mood was falling out from underneath me and I was feeling aggravated, all because I expected him to wear winter clothes on a cold day. Once I got home from driving him to school, I checked into Facebook to find an adorable picture of my two month old nephew. That’s all it took to remind me of all the beautiful blessing that came into my life over the last year. Sure, things can take a turn for the worst. Sometimes we can have a bad week or maybe even a month, but when I look at all the wonderful things that have happened over the past year, the bad things seem to melt away. They will never entirely disappear but they are so much smaller sitting next to the things that have been so amazing.

Last night my husband and I had a conversation about whether our glass felt half empty or have full. Although we couldn’t agree on the interpretation of which was positive and which was negative, there is no doubt when I tell you my heart is full, I am feeling fully blessed despite the days that left me feeling worn and empty.

Find something to focus on today that makes your heart smile. What is that something for you? I’d love to hear about it. Let’s share something good today.

Land Ho!

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This week we hit a major landmark. It’s been a really tough, stressful school year in this house but we are officially halfway through the school year once we get to Friday. This is a reminder that everything does eventually pass. The important thing is not to get swept up in the tumultuous current and let it carry you so deep that you cannot escape. Believe me, I know because I am standing here soaking wet, barely able to catch my breath. The experience, this stress has changed me in ways I am not proud of. It has stirred up an ugly place that I don’t care to revisit anymore. New year. Fresh start and time to put the ugliness behind me now. Nothing is worth your sanity, your health or your peace of mind. The toughest part about being a mother is the inability to separate from our children. I don’t necessarily mean physically but rather mentally and emotionally. I take this job very seriously and how they turn out, what they become is a direct result of the kind of job I do. I know that is not entirely true but it’s hard to convince myself otherwise.

Happy Monday! Find something to be happy about and focus on that. It feels so much better to be happy and our thoughts do make a difference. Choose good ones.

When Will Time Run Out?

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I was walking to the car with my husband when he casually asked, “how much time do you think I have, 10 years, 20, maybe 30? It really ripped at my heartstrings. Sometimes I become so consumed with the everyday little things that I forget tomorrow is never guaranteed. It seems like time goes by in months instead of minutes these days. It’s all a blur. In the blink of an eye, one year is over and a new one’s beginning. It saddens me to think how much time I’ve wasted on things that really don’t matter. Today they might seem like big things but in the scheme of a lifetime, they are not important at all.

Today, keep in mind that there’s no way to know how much time we have left. Live like there is no tomorrow and love everyone in your life like you may never see them again. Focus on what really counts and remember, every single moment is truly a gift.