“You are never at the end, only the beginning of something new.”
– Marc Meyer
It is very inspiring what we can discover through hard times. We just have to be open to receive the messages within the challenges of change in our lives. Positivism, gratitude, empathy and progress should be our main focus to figuring out each of our lives.
Ship life for me pulls in wild thoughts sometimes. As my life changes and evolves for the better, I realize that I am filtering out the crap and making more room for a better life. I have learned to relax through meditation. When I do meditation, the thoughtless moments I create for myself are just as valuable as the visions that follow. It is all about settling down and listening to what your heart is trying to tell you. The best part is most of my visions will come true if I do everything in my power to make it happen!
I saw 2 very important visions on one of my final nights on the cruise ship:
I am laying in bed, because that it all I can do and I decided to listen to some music. At this point I was getting a little better but I still felt really bad. I was listening to some sad music to push out a few negative feelings. It always works and I was pleasantly surprised with the thoughts that followed once the negatives had left. I was envisioning my success as a motivational speaker. It was not to kids with this one but I know from the bottom of my heart that kids is where my speaking journey begins and may even stay.
I was envisioning speaking in front of thousands. This was a vision I have had many times before. My parents were there. They were there because I promised both of them, before they pass to the next life, when I make it big in my speaking career, they will be there in the front row to see it. My parents are very healthy and I do have time but when I see them in my vision with everyone else it makes me incredibly happy. My parents supported everything idea I ever had, agreeing with it or not. They started out guiding me in the right directions then letting me go to fall and fail and live my life. The best part is every time I need them they are ready to help me. The funny part is I call both of them for everything and every time I struggle with whom to call first. It is something my heart can’t decide so I just switch off each time!
I think about this one speaking moment of my future often but what came through my thoughts next was amazing and brand new. I was envisioning, unprovoked, about going home for Christmas. Standard thought for sure, as I know my mom and dad would miss me otherwise. This was very different. I was not alone! I was holding hands with a little girl. I was telling my family to take any money they had intended to spend for me and make sure they all get her something instead! It was weird that I could see this very clear. There was no attention on any woman or mother to this vision, it was just me and this girl. Shortly after that, my thoughts jumped and I was envisioning asking teachers for play dates, and then it just got more random from that point on. I never have been able to picture this again as clear as I did but I hope in time the world will tell me what this means.
There are many good things in life we can go after: Our hearts, our visions, our goals, our gratitude and much more. Listen to the positivism within yourself and you can live the most rewarding life ever. There is so much more of this world to discover outside your living room and deeper within yourself, but it is up to you to go after it!
I have been challenging myself with writing. I have been speaking out with a more positive lifestyle. Through my journey I have also been inspired to read more as well. It all connects. You read so that you are inspired to write, you speak what you wrote to inspire others and you network with others for more things to read.
This month for me is all about reading! I will set a goal to read at least 20 pages every night for the month of May! Does not sound like much, but that is good because it is my goal! I encourage you, if you are not an avid reader to set some goals to read more. If you read a lot already, set some goals to read even more. Reading is the start of your inspiration, it feeds your heart and mind with new knowledge and great ideas of your own.
With my no sugar, eat better, exercise more month, at an end, I would say it was a success and I lost 22lbs. The really great part is I got myself into better eating and exercising habits for my future as well. I suspect the weight to be coming off still but not as quickly, now I have some reading to do everyday!
Have a great weekend everyone!
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
We grow up with people who teach us right and wrong. When we get older we get to decide right and wrong for ourselves. The older we get the more most of us struggle with changes or new things, most of the time we are forced into the changes. Ultimately if you have an idea in your head or your heart, don’t keep it there. Let it out, explore it, share it, DO IT!
No matter how right or wrong you are there will always be people to love what you are doing and people who oppose. Even when you are doing the right thing you will be criticized for how you are doing it. We live in a world where people are quicker to tell you what you are doing wrong then to see what you are doing right. I fall victim to this too. In my aggressive attempt to be positive it is ironic that I will see the little bit of negative among the positive and focus on that. I am making every effort to change that, as to how, perhaps that will have to be in another blog post. But, you know what? We all see everything different from everyone else. This is what makes us original this is what makes us human. We can choose to see negative or we can choose to see positive. We can choose to be negative or choose to be positive. We can choose to respond negatively or choose to respond positively. So I say if your heart says go for it, you should go for it with every bit of effort you have. With determination you are going to learn to plow thru those negative critiques and recognize the ones that may actually be helpful. Take your path, listen to those that agree and support you, let it feed your heart and make it stronger to also listen to those that don’t really care and oppose you. Just remember let your heart be your final decision not your head.
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“As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.”
Well some of you never saw that coming did you? I decided to challenge myself. William Shakespeare, a poet and a play writer, has inspired many through the years with his elegant twists of words and well written plays. I was never a huge fan of Shakespeare as I could never understand what he was saying. However, now that my reading and writing are improving I may have to take a gander at his work more now.
In the suns brightness of our powder filled days, the coming of winter is upon us. A cozy fire breathes just as we do and loves necessity is not just the breaths we take with words but the steps we conquer with our hearts. Fire full of snow is no fire as love with only words is just a story without your actions. There is love in words but there is lasting love within your feet as you step ahead.
That was my explanation of Shakespeare’s quote. Not too shabby I would say! Basically what I have interpreted from his quote is that you cannot fuel a fire with snow. Likewise you cannot achieve true love with only your words. His creative writing even though it is hard to interpret, amazes me. There are so many ways to convey the same idea to people and there are so many ways to receive that idea. The same with love; There are many ways to love and to show love and there are many ways to receive it and to be grateful for it.
If you are interested in where this was from you can check out “Two Gentlemen Of Verona” Act 2 Scene 7.
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I hope that everyone knows what a free spirit is? It is all about being yourself and listening to your heart, and someone with a unique attitude or lifestyle. Always listen to your heart and positivism will flow through your life so easily. Can you imagine a world were everyone is being themselves and thinking from their heart, being a free spirit? Can you imagine a world where everyone excepts everyone else’s differences? PEACE!
Peace a free spirit and positivism start with being ourselves.
Do the things you want to do. If you want to sing out loud in the shower DO IT! If you want to go to a movie and can’t find someone to go with, go by yourself. If you want that weird t-shirt buy it and wear it as much as you want. You want to color out side the lines, play a game you love but you are no good at, try an exotic food, write a book, start a blog, or anything, DO IT! All these things are messages from your heart to your mind. What do you have to lose by listening to these messages from within and acting on them?
Embraces your personality and your looks. They are yours and no one else. Originality is beautiful. You can call yourself weird and annoying and love every bit of it! I guarantee we all do things that label us as weird or annoying to others, but that does not matter. Our heart will always tell us to do them more or to stop. Just listen to your heart. Media has such a heavy influence on our personality and looks just stop listening to it. If your friends are telling you that you need make up on or that you need to stop acting like you are, THOSE ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS.
Being yourself you will attract two great kinds of people. People that have similar interests and people that respect your interests. When you find people with both traits those are called best friends, significant others, or siblings.
Go out and find yourself, find peace and feed your free spirit. Positivism will fill your heart then your mind and then your body. You will resonate that positivism to others and those two kinds of people will find you and you will find them. Love your life and find those that love you for it. Find your free spirit.
“You are never at the end, only the beginning of something new.”
– Marc Meyer
“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”
I don’t think I even need to explain who Oprah is! This quote can certainly be written more in the positive sense but I think the value of the negative connotations prove more positive on your thought process in the end.
When you value what you do the world will value who you are. If you want the world to see who you are you have to see you for who you are first. This makes perfect sense. Give yourself respect. Have pride in who you are. Have faith in your successes. Look into the mirror and stare at your own perfect beauty. The love you show for yourself will resonate within those around you. Never change who you are in the eyes of others, only change through your own hearts desires. Be original and stay original, it will follow you. Love yourself, love others and love will follow you.
Have a great weekend, be original and do what makes you smile.
“The sexiest thing in the world is being really smart……being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is crap”
-Chris Ashton Kutcher
Take everything you know about Ashton (his first name is actually Chris) on screen and take that out of context when you read this quote! Now I don’t follow celebrities and frankly I don’t really listen to things they say. My friend Amy showed me this video of a speech that Ashton gave at the Teen Choice Awards and it blew my mind. The quote above is what stuck out the most for me. Society has really done nothing to promote intelligence as attractive. If you think about it you are attracted to the things people do and say, so we are naturally attracted to intelligence. Guys, you can have your makeup covered gals with their designer revealing clothes, I search from within for my attraction. I am not at all saying getting dressed up how you want and putting make up on is a bad thing. I just prefer natural beauty and beauty from within. I mean I’ll never turn away from a girl with a beautiful smile, that is my weakness. Ok, before I get off track, intelligence is so important, I am not talking book smarts I am talking about life smarts. Good communication is something I coin as smart and attractive. Confidence is smart. Knowing what you are doing where you are going and the desire to continue to learn everyday from all parts of your life is what I believe Ashton is referring too. In an ever changing world, continued learning is very attractive.
Being thoughtful is really about putting yourself in other peoples shoes, respecting and understanding what is going on. Showing some compassion for what is happening in other peoples lives outside your own. Being generous has many definitions of course but I believe being generous is simply sharing what you have with others. It could be money, coffee, words of wisdom, new knowledge, or anything!
You can hold a life style to always want to learn more, to care about those around you and in your life, and selflessly give people all you can from your life and that is simply the most sexy anyone can be. Looks do not go farther than caching your eye, it is everything else that captures your heart!
It is important to always be yourself. Not everyone will agree with you but at least you can show some thoughtful understanding for their views. Have a great weekend everyone.
Here is the video I was talking about.
“No, silly. I’m being brave. All you got to do is be scarier than whatever’s scaring you.”
Be brave. There are a lot of things in life that we second guess doing. All you need is that extra bit of confidence to step past the threshold of your challenges. When you find yourself scared to do something, or say something to someone, or be around something, just think about why. Why are you scared, what is holding you back? I encourage you to listen to those positive voices in your head, try everything, and take risks. Stand tall and scarier then everything that scares you. Listen to your heart, it is never telling you what you are scared of, it is giving you the passion to go after what is meant to be.
This post is in memory of my buddy Zeal. He was a Rex mix rabbit formally named Thumper. I only had him for a short time but the poor guy passed on a few days ago because he had an enlarged heart and it just gave out on him. It is a sad notion for someone or something to pass on because their heart was too big. Zeal is taking a trip to the carrot fields above, a world where a physically bigger heart is excepted.
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