Greetings om this cold Monday morning♡
For the last Motivation Monday of Jan. 2017, I’ll leave you with some simple words that also helped me maintain some peace this weekend: it can be scary but it can also be beautiful.
Have you ever watched a spider spin a web? Not me, I’m a self proclaimed arachnaphobe & a dangling spider is part of my worst nightmare (go ahead, you can laugh). There are times, however, that I admire a full web(empty of course), & it’s delicate perfection. It amazes me how the spider takes the time to spin its own web with material from its own body, taking the time to weave it with precision. A timely & difficult process, yes, but the dedicatiom required to accomplish the end result is inspiring.
As human beings, we go through difficult experiences, someyimes painful, always challenging, propelling us to do things that may seem scary to get to our beautiful end result: us becoming our best versions of ourselves. We build our strength & look back at our path with appreciation for the work we put put in to get where we are. The process may be scary, it may push us to deal with tight corners or tricky positions, just like the spider spinning its web, but in that comes the beautiful outcome. We will have knowledge from the lessons learned that we need to progress through our lives with a clearer perspective, prepared to accept the results of the work out in.
I still have a fear of spiders, yes, but I definitely have a better appreciation for them (espcially in the summer when they catch the flys & mosquitos). Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ♡☆
Thankfully we have made it to the end of the week & the weekend’s here! Happy Feel Free Friday! Today’s, I want to share with you a quick inspirational about the concept of endurance. One of the toughest things to do is to keep working towards your goal when the process is nothing like what you thought in you head. Still, your heart is in the right place but the obstacles & tough times have you feeling unsure & like you ought to give up. It’s not perfection of the process but rather working your way through to reach the goal.
So as the New Year began, I was ready to get back to my gym schedule after being off from work & recovering from a stomach flu. “Yes,” I said, “today will be the day!” That was the first week of January & things were swamped at work. Usually my lunch breaks are when I do my workouts but being so busy I was only able to get to the gym twice in 3wks. Trust me, I felt it. Stiffness in the joints, tension in the muscles, & I was feeling way less flexible. So this week, I made sure I took my breaks to get to the gym & made it 4 times this week.
Worried mostly about my flexibility, I was apprehensive at first in yesterday’s Yoga class. Thankfully (& surprisingly to myself) I was able to get into the positions and hold them for longer periods & better than I expected 🙂 In particular, the Pigeon pose is sometimes challenging, not to mention the King Pigeon pose (as seen below; I tried to get my own picture but without a tripod it’s very challenging to do on your own; this picture is close to how I actually held the pose). Let’s just say the King Pigeon pose was always a struggle for me. I could barely get my back leg up. But yesterday, I not only got my leg up, I reached around & held my foot! And held the pose on the both sides! I felt good about it to say the least. There were moments of struggle, moments where I had to readjust because of knee pain & lost my balance, but I still managed to stick it out & & my body felt great when I was done. Not only that, but my Spirit felt more balanced & I felt a large relief from the week’s stress.
When the class was done, the message of not being hard on one’s self, came to mind. The importance of encouraging yourself through tough positions in life is crucial to helping yourself getting through some tough moments. Whatever it is you’re going through, stick it out through those tough momemnts because the silver lining will only appear of you keep pressing on. You got this!
Have a great weekend! See you soon♡ Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ♡☆
“Remember diamonds are created under pressure so hold on, it will be your time to shine soon.” – Soper Agbelusi
Greetings my loves!
It has been a while since I did a Thoughtful Thursday post. I missed you all yesterday for Wellness Wednesday (my apologies; the busyness of the day got the better of me). In the spirit of Wellness Wednesday, here’s a thought for today: anxiety comes when you focus on the unknowns & fear the outcomes. Life is truly a journey, so take one step at a time & embrace the process. Focus on the How & celebrate your successes♡ Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ♡☆
Happy Monday to you all on this misty day. Plain & simple today’s a reminder to Be at Peace. Just as with confidence, love, calmness, & everything else we seek, it starts from within. If we want it, we must be it. Have a great day & see you for more on Wellness Wednesday ♡ Love yourself & be yourself Peace & Love ♡☆
Flashback to a good oldie!
Happy Feel Free Friday! Going through old notes & writings, I came across a Morning Daily from Jan. 20th, 2015 that still stands true for today. This was before my blog, before I was posting them on FB & before I had Instagram (wow how times have changed; I don’t think I was even calling them Morning Dailies yet)! As we go through life, we eventually learn that what is passed can always hold new lessons for our present day. There is no shame in examining that. But our present holds so much in store for us, why waste the time worrying about what has gone or what you don’t know about tomorrow?
As true as my write up was then, is as true as it is now:
“Just breathe. Feel life flowing through you with each inhalation and exhalation. Be thankful and grateful for this moment of breath and embrace that u have a new day to live, a new chance to do better than the day before and without pressure. Be gentle with yourself and allow the process of progress unfold. You will be amazed at the result. Peace and love♡♡♡”
This came as a reminder for me as well, that even though we can learn from the past, to flashback & remember, it is importance to embrace the here & now. Live in it! Love in it! Find the joy in it!
Have a great weekend everyone! Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ♡☆
Today’s Wellness Wednesday post is pretty straight forward: take care of yourself. If you don’t do for you, then it will be very hard to do for others. Sure, we know selfless giving is a way to give without the expectation of anything in return, but what about what you give to you? We make time for so many other people & commitments. We exhibit what I like to call the Glue Syndrome, where we keep things together for everyone else, but we forget about ourselves (I am truly guilty of this). We have to make that time so that we can replenish our resources & give our best. Someone reminded me of this the other day, that in order to give our best to others we need to also offer the best for ourselves.
With that being said, when’s the last time you really gave back to you? When was the last time you told yourself I love you, gave yourself a hug (for real), or looked in the mirror & said something kind & loving to yourself? I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do this as often as I should, but I make the effort if even just one word of kindness to myself a day for a few seconds, to encourage & fill myself back up with what is required so I can continue to give it others. It definitely takes practice, but hey, we’re worth it, right?
Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ♡☆
I hope you’re all keeping warm this morning (wow it’s bitterly cold today)! But nevertheless we are here & grateful for it 🙂 One thing about Winter is that it’s a season for taking time to build & regroup. It’s a season to store up & prepare for the newness of Spring. Whatever it is that you are taking the time to work towards, don’t give up! It will manifest when the time is right.
As January has hit the mid week, some of us who practice New Year’s resolutions, this is around the time that momentum slows down & we start to fall off track. This is especially true if we haven’t done much to meet the goals we have set. Instead of getting down on yourself about any shortcomings or setbacks, look at it like this: when things don’t go as planned, reset & try again. Maybe there need to be some tweaks to your plan that can help make things run more smoothly. Maybe you need to scrap it all together & make a new plan. This weekend I thought about how I missed the gym for the last two weeks. I went one day to a class but work was so busy I just couldn’t get away. Of course, I felt bad, like I’m never going to do this the way I see it happening in my mind. Then I caught myself & reminded myself that the important work is from the inside. Thinking of all the meditation I’ve been doing more lately, I felt better knowing that I was doing something good for myself, & not only what I had planned.
So today, I encourage you to Love yourself through it all & readjust where need be. There’s no shame in that, especially when you’re being honest with yourself & those around you. Have a happy Monday! Peace & Love ♡☆
Greetings & Happy Friday!
Live your Life!
The end of the week is just a few hours away! Today’s Feel Free Friday is short & sweet, following up on the last point in the 3-point theme for this week. Live! We have forgiven, we have felt & examined our feelings, & now we can Live! The freedom of living our lives is crucial to the human experience & in that we can look past the barriers & bars we trap ourselves in to emotionally & spiritually & Feel Free to Live!
On Monday, we examined the importance of forgiveness & how it promotes that inner healing from hirts & disappointments. It prepares us to look closely at our feelings & on Wednesday, we looked at how to examine & let go. We looked at how to neutralize the negatives with positives so that we can live life with more balance. Clearing our slates, today, we look forward to Living! Focus on the things we can do, the dreams we want to reach, the people we want to give to, & all that our life’s purpose has in store for us! What have you been putting off for some time that needs your attention? Where have you been wanting to go but don’t seem to have the time or money? Whatever it is, start making those plans & let Life Flow!
I hope you all enjoy your weekends! See you again soon! Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ♡☆
“How can I forget there’s just one life & so much to do. Let me choose the best things to do & start to do.”Chetan M. Khumbar
Back for another Wednesday 🙂 This Wellness Wednesday, we explore Feeling: how long should we stay in our feelings? When it’s a positive feeling, then we should embrace that as much as possible. Find ways to maintain it, like having a good conversation with an old friend or continuing onnin what made you feel great! And speak on it! Put it into the Universe & let it flow! Let it touch others arpund you & flow right back into your own vibration. What goes around comes around!
When the feelings are negative, then we have to find ways to let positivity absorb them. There’s absoultey nothing wrong with being angry or sad as such feelings can be very well justified. If someone has hurt you or someone close to you has passed away, you lost your job or had a fight with your spouse, it is very understandable that one would feel down & out. But how long do we stay there?
Over the holidays, my daughter & I were heading out on some errands & a driver behind me proceeded to beep me through every stop sign. Not sure what was going on & thinking maybe my trunk was open or something, I stopped & got out. Then I saw his angry face & asked him what the problem is, only to find out he was beeping me because he feels I didn’t stop at the stop sign (I did). Long story short, my daughter was angry as she felt the man wasn’t waiting his turn & shouldn’t harass us while driving. Agreeing with her, I also let her know that staying angry won’t do much now, especially noting that the situation is over & we probably will never see the man again. I let her know as well that the more we stay angry the more it builds & spills over into other life areas & that won’t do us any good. We talked about examples of this how to counteract hate with love. She understood. Understanding that anger can be justified, doesn’t have to linger & can be neutralized into something positive.
All in all, there really is no time frame for getting over neagtive emotions or down feelings. It’s all in how we handle them day to day. When the down feelings out weigh the joy & peace, we inadvertently bring more of that into our lives. Let something positive transform these feelings into something that will lift us up & not bring us down. Watch a funny show to give you the laughs. Have a tickle fight with a loved one. Make a special meal & enjoy it. Take the negative and let something positive absorb it & find the gratitude in everything.
We have the power to choose how we feel & where it takes us. What feeling will you choose today? Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ♡☆
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”-Jalaluddin Rumi
Welcome to another week & to the second Motivational Monday of 2017:-) The theme for this week’s motivation is to Forgive, Feel, & Live. Today, we look at Forgiveness. Something known but always good for a reminder. We often forget to do this when we feel jilted or hurt, but the greatest power that encourages healing is to forgive: yourself & others.
What in your life requires the healing touch of forgivenes? As human beings we tend to think we are giving the person or situation power over us because we are giving them or it forgiveness. We think we are allowing a pass for the hurt they or it caused, that there is a freedom for the pain to be done again or that it is of no consequence. But, forgiveness is not always for the person or situation you give it to, yet, it is always for you. It gives you the freedom to examine the hurt & decide to let go. Release the tension & let it go. I know first hand this can be very difficult to say the least. As much as I am a forgiving person, sometimes it is sticky, especially when the hurt runs deep. And this goes for forgiving yourself too. In times when we have done something unfavorable, we must be forgiving of ourselves too so we can see & learn the lessons in order to move forward. You will definitely regain your Peace once you do♡
This flows into the Feeling, which we will explore more of on Wellness Wednesday. What we feel: how long should we stay in our feelings when we are upset?
So today ask yourself: what needs forgiveness in your life? Whatever it is, I encourage you to face it & forgive it. It will do wonders for your life! Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ♡☆