Sunday, December 29, 2013

Daily Strength Training

Growth comes into our lives sometimes in the most inconvenient times.  When things are not going our way...maybe we are not feeling supported...maybe we are overwhelmed with physical changes in our space....perhaps we are moving to another home or to a different emotional capacity...sometimes that defined space of time is very dark and difficult...challenging and chaotic...But in the midst of it all....

We are learning how to create "emotional elbow room" ...enough space for ourselves and enough space for others to interact within it along with our NEW PLACE OF GROWTH.  We are not yet comfortable with accepting our own personal changes, still adjusting...

As we are finding our way along our journey...let's be kind and gentle to ourselves....knowing that each step we take, no matter how small or how is progress....we are right where we are supposed to be...receiving STRENGTH from within, from that quiet, intimate place where our heart beats, and our spirit resides...
I look over this past year and see my GROWTH SPOTS....most of them have had one common own choice to just go with the flow and follow it to where it goes...releasing my preconceived ideas of how things need to go.  

I have grown in the midst of very pressuring, unrelenting, painful situations because of instead of reacting...I have chosen to reflect first before responding and sometimes not even responding....just relaxing and staying at rest within myself. Staying at peace is the growth measuring stick I use, not if the circumstances always change to make me feel comfortable.
There is always room for more growth...we never "out-grow" our need for it!

Lifting my glass to 2013....thanks for all that it brought me...
Lifting my glass to 2014....thank for all that is coming to me...

Enjoying the journey...thanks for everyone who has joined me along the way!!  
It will be a fun excursion tour into 2014...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Give Yourself A Gift This Christmas!

Let this be the year that you gift yourself with THE LIFE you have always wanted!

Watch for every opportunity that comes your way to blossom into something special, even if it doesn't LOOK like what you have planned!  Sometimes we miss out on the very thing that will move us into the next chapter of our lives when we resist the necessary changes that must come to thrust us forward.
Take time out during this busy season for the midst of parties, spending days in crowds of people in the mall, doing all the expected things of the season....STOP right in the middle of all of it and take a breath....close your eyes and ask yourself what you need.  It may be a brief break to catch your breath or perhaps you need to change what you are doing.  Maybe it is making a new tradition all your own...creating something that marks this moment in time.

There is no time like THE PRESENT to start living your life to the all starts with the way we think....and then what we say and then the actions that follow.  Don't get caught up in the drama around you....go within and find the peace and then move forward with confidence!

With just days before Christmas, you have the opportunity of a lifetime, your lifetime to become WHO YOU were created to be...FIND THE JOY IN BECOMING.....just take the first step...and DON'T FORGET to enjoy the journey!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ponder Some More...Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

When I have been cuddling my little Elliott as he has been ill, I was just watching her on TED yesterday..
Some of my fav quotes:

“Healthy striving is self-focused: "How can I improve", Perfectionism is other-focused:"What will they think”
"We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.”
“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”

I got her book from the library....check it out!
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Sunday, December 8, 2013

PONDERING MOMENT: Gratitude ~ Humility ~ Grace

All the TED Talks are great...and this one is thought provoking and will leave you with a sense of wonder...wondering about your own life...not maybe challenging you to live in a small space....but appreciating the space you inhabit inside yourself....CONTENTMENT AND REST.... If we do not have a peace and ease inside, our surroundings, our environment will not bring it to us.

Take some time to reflect, not on what is happening in the videos, but what is happening on the inside of you while you watch. Ponder and mull over and over in your mind, what you need to do to find what you need to discover WHO you are, then you will discover WHAT you want and WHERE you are going....When I chase my fascination of these types of videos, the BOLD font contains my reflective thoughts...they may not mirror yours...

Whatever your chosen path, choice of order to make it all sustainable, long lasting...whatever that means to you...figure it out on the inside FIRST...then it will not be such a struggle to maintain it. You are never a failure ... You are figuring out what works for YOU...and that changes in the different seasons of your life...not just because you age or your circumstances change...the seasons are defined by who you have become over time.

I first met Dee Williams when I watched the large video in the middle of this page.  I enjoy people's stories of choosing to live in a tiny space...from building their own little house to taking a closet-like space(90 sq.ft***) in of Manhattan that rents for an enormous amount of money and is smaller than one of the small bedrooms of my 1000 square foot home.

Although I would never live in a minute space, it fascinates me and helps me clear clutter of my spacious house...helping me to realize what is really enhance my life with less and not more...causing me to become more creative within the life I live, thus bringing a contentment and ease like I have never known before.  

I wanna LOVE and be LOVED...and walk in Gratitude ~ Humility ~ Grace...
I found this vid of Dee sharing and it grounded me even more....
If you do not have time for both vids, choose the first one and come back another time.

For those of you who are curious like me.....