A Fresh Start with a Positive Twist

•January 5, 2012 • 2 Comments

Once again, we are back to the beginning and it is 2012.  Each year I always say I’m determined to do this and that…but the beauty about this year is that I can actually feel change in my bones!  I am ready to make my life better and happier than ever!  I’m ready to break out of that negative fish bowl I’ve been living in!

The difficult thing is that a fresh start in life is hard to do.  Not only does it take energy, will power, determination and yes, there are probably some tears mixed in there as well.  My mission this year is not to give my life a complete overhaul, but to take small steps on the path to ensuring a happy and healthy life.  I’m hoping that any small feat I can accomplish will not only do me a world of good, but those closest to me also.

So my first efforts have been mainly focused on one thing…having a more positive attitude.  As we all know, a negative attitude can ruin a morning, wreck a day, rub off on others around you and leave you feeling like you’ve just been through the most exhausting day of your life.  Well I am done with feeling like that.  Not saying that I still won’t have bad days or get in a bad mood, but I’m combating those negative feelings one at a time because I refuse to live my days like that!  I DESERVE BETTER AND SO DO YOU!  Trying to stay positive seems like a big task to take on, but just by making the smallest changes and putting a little effort in my daily routine, I can already feel the difference.  I feel a little more energized, a bit creative and more determined than ever!

Whether you feel like you could use a dose of positive energy or not, here is just one of the ways that I’ve been blasting the negativity first thing in the morning.  I have signed up to a daily blog called The Daily Love. (This is a free sign-up by the way – click on the highlighted Daily Love to sign up).  It’s an inspirational blog full of positive quotes, stories, and videos.  It is delivered to you via email every morning and just reading a few of the items helps me to start off my day on a more positive note.  There are mornings when I don’t even have time to read much more than the title, but just seeing it in my inbox reminds me that there is a positive message being sent to help keep me on a positive track and I love that.  It’s like a silent friend helping to point you in the right direction.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up and get some positive energy flowing your way.  Trust me…it’s amazing how just a few positive thoughts can help brighten up your day!

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The Long and Winding Road

•October 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment
– Magnet from Quoteable Cards

After much thought, deliberation, time and of course frustration, I have found myself on a new journey in life.  The long and winding road that I’m attempting to take will hopefully lead me to re-evaluate who I am and what my goals are for the present and the future to come.  As you can imagine, the simple phrase of ‘re-evaluating life’ is more complicated than it looks or sounds, but I am determined to search within myself and all around me until I feel I have come full circle and found that secret that everyone is always searching for…HAPPINESS!  With that in mind, I hope to share with you here and there interesting tidbits that I find along the way which have inspired or challenged me in some way.  I will start with this amazing prose comparing life and a lotus flower. 

 

Live Like A Lotus In The Water  – by  Sri Swami Satchidananda

The lotus is considered to be a very holy and divine flower. Not just because of its beauty, but also because of its qualities. A lotus flower grows in very shallow water, usually in a muddy area. Though it comes out of the mud and mire, it rises as a beautiful flower that lives in the water without being affected by it. The lotus flower is always given as an example for one who wants to live spiritually in the world. It is said, “Live like a lotus in the water.” The lotus leaf is right in the water, but it’s never moistened by the water. When you pick it up, it’s completely dry. It never gets wet. If you throw a little water over it, the water will roll off and scatter around like pearls.

A person should live like the lotus, being in the world but not affected by it. You should always express your natural beauty, though you may grow in a dirty place. Nothing from outside should affect you.

The lotus flower turns its head towards the sun always. That means it always turns towards the light; it receives the light constantly. So you can say it’s an ever-enlightened flower.

FRIDAY FUN FACTS

•September 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

It’s Friday…which means it is time to take a long, deep breath and find all the strength we have inside ourselves, just to make it through the last hours of the work week!  To help things along, I thought reading some fun facts would help the time pass more quickly. 

TGIF everyone and enjoy the weekend!

 

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  • A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  • The Eiffel Tower shrinks 6 inches in winter.
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women.
  • If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.
  • A language becomes extinct in this world every two weeks.
  • Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair
  • Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
  • It takes approximately 6 months to build a Rolls Royce… and 13 days to build a Toyota.
  • The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  • Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.
  • Charlie Brown’s father was a barber.
  • 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
  • Montpelier, Vermont is the only US state capital without a McDonald’s.
  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
  • Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
  • Peanuts are used in the production of dynamite.
  • Bob Dylan’s real name is Robert Zimmerman.
  • Leonardo De Vinci invented the scissors.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • John Lennon had a strong affection for cats, actually having owned as many as six at a time.

A Final Farewell To An Old Friend

•July 22, 2011 • 3 Comments

Last Sunday, the time finally arrived…the day that I would bid farewell to Harry Potter.  It seems like only yesterday that I read the first book and caught the widespread fever of what the world of Harry Potter had to offer.  To properly bid adieu, I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 3D, which I felt was well worth the extra few bucks it cost at the theater.  I won’t give away any of the movie details, but I will say that it was an end filled with both bliss and sadness at the same time.

For me, the Harry Potter movies are films that I can watch over and over and I never tire of them.  They relax me when I’m stressed and make me feel better when I’m sick.  They have acted as a constant companion to me during the times in my life when friends have been scarce.

I knew it would be bittersweet to see the last movie, just as it was to read the last book.  In the end, I feel fortunate that JK Rowling created this extraordinary place where people can get lost…if only for a little while.  For those who haven’t embraced the Harry Potter phenomenon, I highly recommend taking a chance with it.  I promise that it will not disappoint.  It’s rare to find a book series that never gets boring, is full of surprises and constantly pulls at your heart strings all at the same time.  Books are a wonderous thing  – ink printed words listed on a blank page can evoke more human emotion than we sometimes feel in our daily lives.  As dramatic as that may sound, I honestly am amazed by literature.  I am one of those people who actually believes that the pen IS mightier than the sword. 

They say all good things must come to an end, but I have a feeling that even with the books finished and all of the movies released, the world of Harry Potter will live on.  Just as these stories have come to my rescue time and time again, I too will not let their legacy fade away.  Whether I re-read the books, watch the movies, or visit the theme park, Harry Potter will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Poetry – Words with a Heartbeat

•April 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

April is National Poetry Month and as most of you all know, I LOVE poetry.  It is a genre of writing that I’ve been drawn to since an early age and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to explore it, write it and appreciate its magical mark that it can leave on the soul.  It is common for different people to read or take in a poem and interpret in their own individual way.  Something that moves me to tears or makes me laugh might have a completely different effect on someone else.  That is one of the wonders of poetry! 

In honor of poetry month, I wanted to list a few of my favorite poems for you to read.  If you are new to poetry or if it is already one of your preferred reads, I always find it interesting to see what other people enjoy and I think you will too.  Some of my most beloved works have been recommended to me by people I know.  Whether poetry turns out to be your cup of tea or ends up leaving you cold, at least you can get a taste for some of the types of poetry that has been scribed through the years.  Poetry is truly an amazing way to make words come alive. 

(Please note: Click on the name of the poem to be directed to the webpage with the poem written on it.  For copyright purposes, I didn’t write the actual works on the blog).

An Author Worth Reading

•March 21, 2011 • 2 Comments

In the past few months, I’ve felt that I have finally gotten my groove back when it comes to books and reading.  I am always searching for new books and new authors to try, but for some reason last year I just didn’t get around to reading that much.  Now, being back in the saddle, I have been reading like crazy and loving every minute of it.

I always have people asking me which books I think are worth reading or who a good author to try is and I usually have a running list that I recommend.  This past week, I read a newer book from an author that is always on that list, and it reminded me of why I’m faithful in recommending his works.

His name is Paulo Coelho.

Paulo Coelho is a writer unlike any other that I have found.  He writes with a depth that most authors do not dare speak of.  His characters are always unique and face real life obstacles of love, faith, temptation, sex and self-examination (just to name a few).  Each piece of work is a story or fable that leads you on a journey of ups and downs, usually ending with a feeling that you yourself have learned something or have discovered something amazing about yourself. 

I won’t give a lengthy description of his background, but if you are interested in learning more about him, click here on his name. Paulo Coelho   He is a very amazing man with an impressive background.  As an author, he is on the very top of my list of recommended reading.  Each book you read will transform you in some way, I promise you that.  So if you are looking for something to read that will be unforgettable, try a book by Paulo Coelho.  It will have more of an impact on you than you could possibly imagine.

Click Here for a listing of Paulo Coelho’s books 

Click Here to view Paulo Coelho’s Blog (which is also listed in my blogroll)

ME-POWERED

•March 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

EMPOWERMENT – this is a term that has been rapidly spinning through my mind the past few months.  I’ve been constantly asking myself…Is it a word or a feeling?  What does it mean?  How do I get it?  What do I want from it?

The dictionary defines empowerment as increasing the spiritual, political, social, or economic strength of individuals.  When I think of empowerment, I basically think of it as an open-ended achievement.  Do I think I will someday be completely empowered with no room for improvement?  Obviously not.  But recently I have had this overwhelming feeling that empowerment is something I’m looking to obtain, knowing that I will probably be spending the rest of my life searching for the right formula that will give me that ‘I DID IT’ feeling.

So what has caused my recent obsession with this concept?  In many ways, there is no straight answer to that question.  Part of me would like to say my current life situations, the age I am at, the investigative scientist in me…but then the other part of me thinks that becoming an empowered person has always been instilled inside of me.  Even if there wasn’t a term for it or a clear definition, I have always wanted to prosper in the areas that matter to me most.  Like family, my career, my intelligence and my ability to be self-sufficient.

Life is obviously a roller coaster of ups and downs.  This I have become well aware of the past few years.  It is a difficult process to try and better yourself when there is so much negativity in the world today.  All you read about, hear about and see on tv are people having to face financial problems, deal with illnesses, fight in wars, cope with loss and work till their eyes roll back in their heads just to make ends meet.  No matter what is happening in the world though, I’ve come to realize that most people struggle with something every day of their lives.  Whether it’s stress, some sort of hardship, loneliness, illness, heartbreak, etc…  And I will happily admit that I am one of those people.  Of course there are things that I battle with every day and I’m sure most of you reading this do also.  But recently, I have decided that I need to take a stand, step back, and say ‘enough is enough’ to myself.  I had to find out the hard way that letting the negative in, only allows for more negative to be created.  Which is a vicious cycle that I no longer want to be a part of.  With that said, I really had to ask myself the question though, that whatever my circumstances, am I still the person that actually believes ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE? 

Of course I am!  Which is why I’m taking on the task of empowering myself and the aspects of life that are most important to me.  Whether it be through knowledge, risk, travel or new experiences, I want to empower myself to be the person I have always wanted to be and live my days in a positive way.  Time is of the essence when it comes to life and I do not want to be one of those people who wake up one day with a list of ‘I wish I would of’s.’ 

I am under no illusion and am completely aware that this transition will not happen overnight or probably even in my lifetime, but just knowing it is a positive change within myself that I’d like to ignite, makes me feel EMPOWERED!  I’m very fortunate to have extremely intelligent and supportive people in my corner, who I know will always help facilitate this journey.  It has taken a long time for me to dig my way out and get back on track with who I am and what I want…so now that I have those puzzle pieces in place, I’m looking forward to finding out what I can actually accomplish.

I know that my new quest for empowerment will in no way send shock waves of electricity to each and every one of you and change your outlook on life.  But I do hope that in some little way it has inspired you.  Whether it is a small skip or a huge leap, any movement in the direction to a more positive sense of yourself can only bring more positive things into your life and to those lives around you.

“Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.”   

 – Ralph Waldo Emerson