Change has been brewing in my soul for quite some time. I’ve waited, ever patient for ‘good’ to happen, blossom, bloom, transform within. There’s a feeling of transformation happening and I’m glad to finally see darkness turn to light. ‘Better things come to those who are patient and the best things come to those who don’t give up.’ So, keep on believing in yourself, your dreams, stride on .. beautiful things in life don’t come quickly, they come once the seed is planted, the cocoon formed .. it only blossoms when ready. ❤
“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ~ Rumi
Let’s help make this happen! Do you remember “Reading Rainbow?” Did you watch this show or watch it with your children/grandchildren? With a little help from everyone, we can bring Reading Rainbow back! And make it accessible for every child .. everywhere! Oh and you must watch this through to the end .. please share/re-blog, donate and spread the word! Together we can make a difference! ❤
What does that mean you say? Often times, in the busy bustle of life we forget ourselves, putting the needs of others ahead of our own. Is there something you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t? Going to a yoga class, taking that walk in the park, having tea with a friend, going for a swim? Being gentle with yourself is essential to self-care. If you’re the kind of person who does nothing but go, go, go .. take a few minutes to breathe, meditate, closing your mind off from the societal noise. Is this new to you? Yes? Well, think about and commit to setting aside 5 minutes out of your day .. just for you and add onto that time. I’ve never been one for meditating, but it’s something I want to try. Is there something new you want to try but haven’t taken the leap? I say, take that “leap of faith!” Go for it! Be blessed with what you have, but always be open to new experiences. Life has much to teach us if we’re open to learning! ❤
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh
My mother passed away 2 1/2 years ago. She was a wise courageous strong woman who lived by her convictions and wasn’t afraid to say no to life, or pursuing her dreams. She was an amazing single mother and I owe so much to her. She continues to inspire me, even though she’s physically gone, her vivacious spirit lives on and can be seen in the wonders of mother nature, whether it be a blue dragonfly or a monarch butterfly coming by for a visit. I’ve been told I am blessed to have the spirit of my Mom so close. Whenever I am stressed or worried, she’ll come to me in my dreams, reassuring me I am on the “right” path and to not give up. I dream’t of her last night and today I got some wonderful news. This goes to show, never give up on the spirits of loved ones passed .. the more open you are to receiving their energy, the more so there’s an opportunity for them to “visit.” Before my Mom passed away we spoke of what we’d like to come back to earth as .. she said: “Butterflies or my dog ..” .. so as I watch my dog Nola play, I laugh and smile .. knowing my Mom is never far. I miss my Mom, but am happy knowing she’s here with me in spirit. Hug and tell those close to you, you love them because you never know the next time you may have that chance. ❤
“We must be beacons. We must walk into every situation shining the light that is within us, rather than taking on the apparent darkness that surrounds us. Others may turn away from it, but that is their choice. They will be affected by our light regardless. And more to the point, we will be living from our true self. We will be training ourselves always to be giving, never to be taking, to be shining, rather than to be soaking up. This is how the universe operates. This is how we are meant to operate. We walk into the room with our fulfillment intact, knowing that no one possibly can add to or take away from who we are and what we are.”
How can you reach out to others?
❤ Jeff Kober
Listen to your Soul even when your mind is trying to tell you otherwise. Hope is the one thing that remains even after everything else has disappeared. Love is also the one constant, it speaks to your soul, it is the voice within chiming and ringing out, when all else feels lost.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” — Helen Keller ❤
“I believe in a thing called love ..” Yes, I do. The simple act of telling someone they’re loved, can go a long way. If everyone each day, did something to “pay it forward” .. the world would be a better place. This can be as simple as, saying “Good Morning” to your neighbor, holding the door open for a person shopping, bringing someone a bunch of flowers, sending a family member a card to cheer them up. The act of ‘Paying it Forward’ does not need to involve $$ .. Often the best gifts, come from the heart. What can you do to make someone’s day? Is it bringing a friend/family member going through chemo/cancer treatment lunch? Visiting someone in the hospital? Caring for your neighbor’s pets while they’re away? Giving a new mom some respite time, by sitting with their baby during nap time? Volunteering your time in some way? Take a moment to think on it, and then act! Sending extra love and TLC out to those in need ❤
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
— Robert A. Heinlein
Are you a troublemaker? What sort of creative ideas do you have? Are you going to change the world? How are you going to change the world? Pay it forward .. What brings you joy? .. ❤
~ Happy Saturday: Some food for thought ~
The photo is of my sweet Nola smiling upside down, prepping himself for his ‘morning belly rub’ .. yes, each morning before getting up, he’ll roll over onto his back, glance at me with a quirky smile and say .. ‘I’m ready!’ .. He is ‘love’ walking .. ❤ Here are some of my favorite quotes .. sometimes, others are able to "say it best" ❤
Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection ❤ Yakov Smirnoff
I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom ❤ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that ❤ Linda Ellerbee
A day without laughter is a day wasted ❤ Charlie Chaplin
With love, enjoy your day, make sure to do something to make the day beautiful!