Hugs for You!

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When you are hugging a child, always be the last one to let go.    You never know how long they need it. ~Author Unknown

I love the above quote because I think it applies to everyone.  When you’re the hug giver, you need to be aware of the hugee and how much, how long of a hug they need.  I am a big hugger.  I am a very affectionate person by nature.  So when I need a hug like Woodstock, I need to hug you until I let go, which, may be awhile.  Somehow there’s something special about a hug to me.  I can re-find my strength in a hug.  I can center myself when I feel hugged.  I can go on after I’ve been hugged.

Hugs are so powerful.

Have you hugged yourself today?

Shine On!

xo

 

Your Soul is Beautiful

beauty1.pngIf only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies

how very different our ideals of beauty would be.

Allow your Inner Hotshot and that sweet dancing pixie inside to shine today and always!  You are so very handsome and beautiful to me!

Shine On!

xo

 

Are You A Wild Pixie?

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I feel in every girl there lives a spirit,

a wild pixie, that if let go,

would run and dance in grassy fields

until the end of the world. 

And when that girl grows up,

that pixie hides,

but it’s always there,

peaking out behind old eyes and reading glasses,

laughing, waiting,

to one day dance again. ~ atticus

A friend sent me this photo and I just knew I had to share it with you.  For how many of us remember the wild pixie inside and let her out to play often?  Or do we hide her away?  What stops us from sharing her again with the world?  It does us no good to keep her hidden and to not allow her the freedom to be a part of ourselves.

So today, let that little pixie out!

Let her laugh, smile and hug!

Allow her to…

Shine On!

xo

A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven

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 A special reminder that change is inevitable and can be beautiful.

Let’s go back in time and enjoy the song below.  Lyrics included.

Shine On!

xo

 

 
 

It’s Fate

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“Until you make the unconscious conscious,

it will direct your life

and you will call it fate.”

~ Carl Jung

I have a friend who is studying to be a hypnotherapist.  I’ve never known anyone who is a hypnotherapist, nor have I gone to see one.  It’s been interesting to me as she has hours and hours of classes and is learning so much new information which just boggles my own mind.  When she shares an interesting tidbit she learns from her class, many times I’m simply speechless for it takes me a few minutes to wrap my thoughts around what she’s just learned.  Of course, she probably simplifies it for me which makes it easier for me to digest.  But all in all, I think that our minds are so very powerful and at work in our lives 24/7 to degrees we laypeople have never even imagined.

So when this quote popped up in my life today, I knew I had to share it.  For how many times have you just decided ‘it was fate’ that you met your loved one at the grocery store, or ‘fate’ that brought you and a friend somewhere at the same time, or ‘fate’ that you and your first boyfriend found each other again on Facebook?

Fate Fate Fate

(said like Marsha Marsha Marsha ~ from The Brady Bunch)

So…today I’m asking you…

Do you believe in fate?

Have you ever seen a hypnotherapist or know someone who has?

What do you think of Carl Jung’s quote?

I’m eager to learn more so please share with me!

Shine On!

xo

Thank a Teacher

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Take the time to thank a teacher today…

In honor of the first day of school, I want to thank all of the teachers that I had in school and all of the teachers in my life.  Being that I was a teacher at one point in my life, I always get nostalgic this time of year.  For me, the first week of school was always my very favorite as it was so full of promise, of possibility and of incredible enthusiasm (at least on my part).  A clean slate, a new beginning, a fresh start and a new year awaited every September for me and in turn, for my students.

I always began the day telling them about myself.  I also confided that every year, I gave an A to every student in my class.  So at that very moment, each of them had a 100 average in my class.  That was my present to them for showing up on the first day of school.  Many times, I’d have students’ comment that they’d never had an A before and that’s when I would begin my life lesson for the year.

I’d tell them that I believed in each and every one of them.  That this was their year!  I would only know what they did in my class so if they were ‘troublemakers’ and I’d always use the word in a dramatic stage whisper, then this was their chance to shine because I didn’t have troublemakers.  I only had great kids.  I promised them that if they behaved in my class, I would sing their praises to anyone who ever spoke less of them, but that I doubted anyone would.  For the kids in my class were always awesome ~ this was a place where we enjoyed being together and we showed each other respect.

I told them what I expected of them and how to keep their A.  I told them to do their work, come prepared and see me if they needed any help.  I would always help them and be there for them.  I called them my kids and many times, they received nicknames which they wrote on their papers as their names.

I loved teaching 7th/8th graders.  They were my favorites although I have taught every grade, even as young as kindergarteners.  I had a good time in my classroom.  For the most part, my treating them like adults worked perfectly.  I tried to instill life lessons ~ do your work, treat everyone with kindness, be responsible, respect yourself and others and tell someone when you need help (with school or otherwise).  I enjoyed them as much as they enjoyed me I think.  Most of the time we had a ball in class and they learned so much because they are like sponges when you relate to them with kindness.

I was blessed to have taught in the school I attended with many of my own teachers becoming my colleagues once I started teaching there.  I had over 10 blissful years teaching that I will never forget.  I only remember a handful of kids that I couldn’t reach for whatever reason.  To this day, I can joyously tell you that I have some of my former students Facebook friend me which just delights me.  To think that I may have touched another person’s  life in a positive way is all I have ever wanted in life!

Do you have any teachers whom you remember fondly?  Please share below in the comments!

Thanks BAngel for being my teacher and friend.

Shine On!

xo

 

Life’s Heart

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Today’s poem is a first for me in my blog, but I thought it might touch you as well.  Remember that my theme for 2014 is love and this just seems very fitting to me today.  I hope you enjoy it! ♥

Shine On!

xo

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.
~ Kahlil Gibran