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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday's Wisdom


Do you ever have times in your life when you have a "feeling" that you were meant to do something, to go in one direction when your head told you to go in another direction?
When I am faced with a moment like this - I believe that it is important to stop, be quiet, and listen to what my heart tells me. 
If we continue to do the same things that we do each and every day - why should we expect anything to be different in our life?
Be open to do something different in order to have a different outcome in life!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Saturday's Inspiration - Don't Look Back

 Remember the good ole days?  Yes - you DO was so easier then right?
Well - it is important to remember the good and the bad from the past but the most important thing is to not let the past paralyze you from living in the present!  Take all the good memories from the past and let them become actions of your present and your future and just make sure that you not miss the wonderful opportunities coming your way be hidden because you are so lost in thinking about how good it was in the past!

Enjoy today - be thankful for the past but just remember how great tomorrow will be!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday's Update

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In the meantime - I would like to leave you with this inspiration for Friday!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thoughts for Thursday



It is often said that goals are the roadmap for life.  I happen to believe this is so very true.  Imagine yourself on a very long road trip.  If you do not have a "plan for travel" and have not mapped out your drive how in the world will you ever get to your destination?
Having a life goal is much like having a road map for your trip  -  If you do not plan your goals how will you ever achieve them?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Words for Wednesday

 How often do we get so involved in our job that we do not take time off to refresh our soul?
Never forget that you deserve to have some need time to do something just for you!
Go to a movie, read a book, or even take a trip!  It doesn't have to be an expensive trip - it could be a day or two away from your normal day to day life.
Plan something special today - even if it is just a day off of work!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Thoughts for Tuesday - Where did my motivation go?

Yesterday was a MONDAY...all day long!

I had a tough Monday.

I seem to have misplaced my motivation on Monday...don't you just hate that when you misplace something?

As I have mentioned before - I am facing a possibility of being "right sized" by the company that I work for in the near future.

Now let me say - I.LOVE.MY.JOB...absolutely love it so it is a hard pill to swallow considering that I may not have it much longer.

No wonder I lost my motivation today...right?  I mean who wouldn't ...right?

So - I had a little pity party for about 5 minutes and realized that I truly have so much to be grateful for...and what is the best way to find that lost motivation?  By being GRATEFUL!

I try each day to list at least 5 things that I am grateful for but I had been remiss in doing it lately.  Once I started jotting down what I am grateful for - I was able to find my motivation again.

Try it...and see if it doesn't work for you too!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday's Wisdom

Do you ever find yourself in a quandary where your heart says one thing but your mind says something else? 
Are you faced with a decision today where you know not which direction to go in?  Are you waiting for your head to agree with your heart?  If so - do you find yourself paralyzed to take any action at all because you are waiting for your heart and your heart to agree with one another?
I think too often times we do not listen to our heart when it speaks to us and as a result the path that we end up traveling is the path of least resistance. 
Which path will you take today?  Will you follow your head or your heart?
“Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.” – Unknown

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Simple thought for Saturday

There are some days that it seems like we are standing still and not making much progress.
Just remember to each day strive to make a forward step even if it is a simple baby step!
All progress is good progress no matter how large or how small!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thoughts for Thursday

This has been a roller coaster of a week - professionally speaking that is.  Once again I find myself faced with
uncertainty in regards to my job - the 3rd time I have been faced with this in two years.
It is so not a pleasant position to be in but I must remain positive and focused.

I think that each thing that happens in our lives happens for a reason.  If I find it my turn to walk away from my job I must remember that there is something better out there for me!  Opportunity is right around the corner.

BUT...if all else fails - EAT ICE CREAM!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday's Thoughts or why you should have a Bucket List!

"Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try."

~Mary Kay Ash~

The first time I read this it made me stop and think.  WHY?  Why do we not try and do everything possible to achieve those goals and dreams that are important to us?

Because of this one inspirational quote I decided to start my very own "Bucket List"...a list of things that I want to achieve in my life.  Now while I may have a lofty list of things that I want to do at least it is a roadmap of things I would love to achieve - or better yet - music that I would like to play in my lifetime.

I have often heard that if you do not have a roadmap of life - you may never get to where you want to go.  My Bucket List is my roadmap of life!

#1 on my list?  To visit all 50 states.  I have about 13 more to visit and my plan is to visit 4 of these 13 remaining states this year!  A big goal?  ~nah~  Just part of my roadmap of life!  I want to play my music!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day - 2013

Today is the day "dedicated" for us to honor our fathers although in my mind each and every day is a day to be thankful for the fathers in our lives.
I was quite young when I lost my dad to a massive coronary - he died just 10 days after my 14th birthday and it is a loss that I still feel to this day.  He was not there at the door  to "greet"  my first date, nor was he there to walk me down the aisle.  He never had the opportunity to hold his first grandchild nor to play ball with him or to take him fishing.
I know that he is up above watching over us and I only hope that he is proud of the person that I have become!
I love you and miss you every single day Dad!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Saturday's Wisdom - Don't Give Up!

"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touch down."
Ross Perot

You can do it...take that step and you too will achieve your goals!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Fabulous Friday

There is just something so special about Friday - especially this Friday!  I can not quite but my finger on it but it just feels so right! 

Maybe because it is the end of a crazy...crazy work week?

Maybe because it is the beginning of what promises to be a great weekend?

Maybe because it is just simply FRIDAY!

Whatever you plan for this glorius day - make it count.  Live your day today to the fullest because afterall - it is FRIDAY!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thoughts for Thursday - Forgiveness

Just today I came across this quote:

Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
- A Course In Miracles

Those are some very powerful words from a very powerful book.  This particular book is not for everyone.  It is not a light hearted read but it is a deeply profound, inspirational and uplifting book that will open your heart and soul to acceptance.

Acceptance of who you are and what you want to be.

It has been many years since I have read this book (not one that can be read just once) but it once again crossed my path today.

There is another book that I read while completing the "Course" and it was Marianne Williamson's "A Return to Love - Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles".

If you are looking for a life changing read - either one of these books will be a great starting point.

Today - The Course reminds me that forgiveness of myself is the first step in becoming the person that I long to be.  I want to love myself totally and completely but first I must forgive myself.

Today I open my heart to forgiveness

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday's Wisdom - Love yourself

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Over the years I have heard people who comment about how they are looking for that person who would "complete them".  Let's face it - back in high school and college - many of us said that.  If only we could find that one person.

My question is why can't we we happy with who we are?  If we are not happy with who we are today how can we expect someone else to make us happy?  It MUST begin with us.

A favorite quote of mine is this:

When two C's come together - yes - they will make a whole...but just think how incredible it would be if two O's came together as one?  The sky would be the limit.

Start your day today by loving yourself first.

End your day today be realizing that you do complete yourself and that you special!

Monday, June 10, 2013

When the Student is Ready - the Teacher will come

I am a firm believer that things are presented in our life at exactly the right time.

When this showed up in my inbox yesterday - I took notice.  The timing was perfect and the words inspirational.

I knew that I just had to share with you today!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Raindrops keep falling on my head

This morning I woke up to the gentle sounds of rain.  All I wanted to do was just cuddle up and listen to the sounds outside my window.

I love rainy days...especially rainy days when I do not have to be somewhere!

I am sure that you are reading this and wondering why I am so excited about rain...but let me tell you a story...

Here in Texas we normally do not get rain from June until September.  It may spit on us a bit but it is rare that we get a good soaking so this morning's rain was a true treat!

During my morning walk I was quickly reminded about how much I  enjoy that special time after the rain ends.  There is a very special fragrance after the rainfall.  Everything smells fresh and clean.  There is a crispness in the air that just begs one to stop and enjoy the beauty of the moment.  I even stopped this morning to watch the leaves on a tree when the wind did its magical dance.  The raindrops fell in harmony with the wind.  It was such a peaceful moment.

You can not help but feel like all the negativity has been washed away by the rain and leaving only goodness and positivity in its wake.

Next time it rains where you live...take a walk and enjoy the glory of the cleansing rain!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Inspirational Board

As one who believes in goals it probably should come as no surprise that I also have an Inspiration Board.

What is an Inspiration Board you ask?  It is a board that provides something of a visual list of goals.  I imagine my inspiration board as having pictures of places I would like to visit.

It would have pictures of Alaska, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Glacier National Park, oh gosh - the list could go on and on and on.

While I have plenty of "inspirational" places I would like to travel to- let me show you a picture of my Inspiration Board:

Can you say EMPTY!!!!!  Pretty sad isn't it?  I haven't yet placed one thing on my board! 

Now this is what I would like my board to look like:

Starting an inspiration board is easy.  You just need to have the following:

A bulletin board
Push Pins
and lots of pictures of things that inspire you!

It could be a travel board, it could be a recipe board, heck - it could be a board of pictures of all the different pair of shoes you would like to buy!

Make it your own!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Inspiration for Sunday

 In order to make a dream come true - you must first have a dream!

Do not be afraid to dream because then and only then can a dream come true!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Today is a Special Day!

Today is a special day for the blog - this is blog #400!

Since I strive to make each day better than the day before I want to surround myself with positivity.  It is only appropriate that today's post is about being positive!

Thank you all for sharing dreams with me by reading this blog!  May you know that you too can make a positive difference in another person's life!