It’s Friday

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It’s Friday! This week has been a good one and I am grateful it has flowed so effortlessly . What are you grateful for right now? I’ve spent a week dedicated to focusing on everything that is good and the result is truly amazing. Every bone in my body is smiling and the word peace has taken on a more significant meaning. 

Be excited to wake up each morning! Look forward to your day and what lies ahead. It could be something so amazing it could change the entire course of your life. Be open to everything and believe something wonderful is coming your way. Be happy. Love. Laugh and be the reason someone smiles today. 

Monday Inspiration

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It’s Monday, a new week, a fresh year. Ask yourself, how am I feeling today? Are you excited about getting on with living your best life? Who decides if it will be a good day, a horrible one? How can you make the choices that will leave a smile on your face when you sit down with your family to eat dinner tonight?  Stop repeating what doesn’t work for you. You are meant to be happy and it is so important to remind yourself that you never get a single day back. Don’t waste this one getting caught up in the little things that really don’t matter. Live today, laugh often and be happy.Let this Monday be the start of a great week ahead.

Today…

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I feel like I’ve been split open and stuffed with sunshine. Tahereh Mafi

I love this time of year! This seemed like the perfect quote for today. May everyone feel the joy and magic of this beautiful season.

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.

Embracing Calm

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I am in heaven tonight. I am sitting here in the quiet watching the dancing flames inside my fireplace. I made a promise to myself today that despite the crazy going on all around me, I would be calm tonight. I know it doesn’t sound like too much to ask but in the middle of the last week of school before break, calm is not something that comes easy for me. It is in these peaceful moments of solitude that I feel like I am home. This is my natural state, this is the way I am meant to be.

What makes you feel calm?

You Don’t Live There Anymore

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This is a post I wrote a while ago but now that the holidays are approaching, I think it is worth sharing again. Don’t ruin reality with expectations Buckle up, sit back and just enjoy the ride.
Repeat after me: You cannot re-live the past. One more time. You cannot re-live the past.
Sometimes, a moment in time touches me so deeply that I want to repeat it. I tell myself this ridiculous nonsense that if I go through the same motions, I will feel the same feelings. 
I was looking back at old pictures in Timehop and some of those pictures brought me back to days I was truly happy. Year after year I try and recreate those moments and deep down its just impossible. That moment, the one thing that makes me completely happy is dependent on too many things I cannot control. If it involves other people, it is dependent on their attitude, words, mood. You name it. I have to let go of holding onto to an idea and trying to stretch it from the past all the way into the future. There’s too much that happens along the way and expectations, well, we know what they do. They disappoint almost every single time. It’s so much better to start with a clean slate and just let life unfold. We can’t manipulate or control it. We can’t grab onto it to make it last longer than it will. We can’t undo it or redo it. No matter how hard we try, I try, it will never happen the way I will it to.
If something is good, enjoy it with every ounce of your being. Be there completely and let it imprint on your mind and heart. If something is bad, be there completely too. Feel the pain and feel it completely. Learn the lesson and move on. Don’t look back too often and don’t squint to see what’s up ahead. Just be wherever you are.
Repeat after me: Stop trying to re-create the past. You don’t live there anymore.

A Monday Surprise

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It’s no secret I am a fan of random acts of kindness. I was washing my floor a few minutes ago and I looked up to see someone walking up my driveway. It was a neighbor and friend delivering me a delicious donut from my favorite shop. What a great way to start the day. It’s always so special to find out someone thinks enough of me to do something kind. Now it’s time to pay it forward. Make someone’s day today. I am grateful someone started my Monday off on a good note. What better way to start the week?

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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It hit me today. Christmas is in 3 weeks. This is one of those times a year I love the most. Food, family, games, presents and of course a nice long break for the kids from school. I know many people feel stress but for the most part, I notice people are happier and kinder. Maybe it isn’t them at all and it’s just that I feel happier and am able to be kinder. Whatever it is, it’s a magical time and I am grateful it’s here. What do you love about this time of year? 

A Quick Trip Home is Good for the Soul

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I cried my way through the Nutcracker. As I sat in my seat and watched both my 18 and 5 year old niece up on stage, my heart just about exploded with pride. There are no words to describe how grateful I felt to be sitting there in that moment. I miss so much living away from everyone and when I can be there for something important, I am filled with happiness. I got to hold my new nephew in my arms for the first time and stare into his beautiful eyes. Yes Kim, these are the things that are really important. I reminded myself over and over again how blessed I am to be part of an amazing family. We may not be perfect but we fit together perfectly. 

Remember what counts. At the end of the day, count your blessings. Close your eyes and envision what makes your heart come to life. Focus on that, every person and everything else you absolutely love. Let your heart be full.

How Big Is Your World?

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It’s been quite a whirlwind the last few days. One thing that is apparently obvious now is when my focus is small, my world becomes smaller. It’s so easy to get caught up in the things that cause me agonizing stress. What I focus on multiplies and there are some things that should go away and never grow in size. 

By nature, I tend hide away. In the midst of my quiet little world is a very loud voice that stifles my thoughts of everything that is good. It is so important to keep things in perspective and to spend the precious time I have truly enjoying this wonderful life I am blessed to live. Hiding away does not make the world go away. In fact, I see now how debilitating separating myself from life can really be. We are meant to be happy. We are supposed to laugh and surround ourselves with friends and family making precious memories with every step along the way. 

Sometimes to step out of the dark, we need to move to a place of light. Nothing will even change by wishing on a star. We need to squash the negative reoccurring thoughts, we must limit our time around negative people and we need to do whatever it takes to feel good. Be happy, don’t dwell on the things you cannot change and do whatever you can to find your own little slice of peace. Don’t allow anyone or anything to rob you of the happiness you truly deserve. Go now and find your happy. Live it, celebrate it and spread it around. You do make a difference. You are the difference.