Beauty Shines

 

beautyNo beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. ~ Unknown

I have seen the beauty in your words dear friends.  I have seen your beauty shine through your posts, your comments and your smiling faces.  Never allow your beauty to dim, for you shine like the brightest stars.  Thanks for visiting here with me and shining your special light in my life!

Shine On!

xo

 

 

 

 

 

So, what do you want?

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“Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.” – Oprah

I love this quote by Oprah ~ by midweek sometimes our energy can begin to lag, so I thought this was a great Wednesday picker-upper!  The key to success is in knowing what you want as the rest of it can fall into place once you know that key piece.

Do you know what you want?

Today let’s choose a goal to focus our energy on ~ one that we can concretely know when we’ve achieved it.  You’ve heard of manifesting, haven’t you?  Let’s pick something fun to focus our energy on, a goal that makes you smile when you’ve achieved it.  It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be something that you can achieve and see the results!

Come do this with me ~ write below a small goal for yourself.  It always helps to write it and let others know so that we can cheer you on!  If you’re in the mood to share, please do it below in the comments!

I’ll start ~ my goal is to finish cleaning the basement in my house.  We started 3 weeks ago and I want it done.  So my goal is to have it done in 2 more weeks.  There is almost 20 years of accumulation down there that has to be weeded through and thrown out.  For me, I like to save things so it is hard for me to part with objects that have sweet memories for me.  But it’s time now to let go and allow the energy of good working objects to find a new home.

What about you?

Shine On!

xo

 

 

Love Your Body

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I can only speak for myself here, but the most extraordinary experience happened to me last night and I felt the need to share.  I was telling someone yesterday that I’ve endured more than 15 surgeries in my lifetime with at least one more on the horizon which I have been putting off because I know the energy I need to extend in order to have that surgery, not to mention the upset my being in the hospital and not being able to be a Mom in our household causes.  I know that every time I have surgery, there are costs incurred that insurance doesn’t cover.  I know that I lose brain cells, that I endure pain and suffering and I have a long road ahead to recover.  It’s no wonder I’ve put off this last surgery (hopefully last!) for more than a year.  Obviously it’s not a surgery that I need to have done immediately, otherwise I would just bite the bullet and have it now.

So as I laid my head on my pillow last night, I was thinking about the next surgery that is directly due to my breast cancer diagnoses from 2001.  As I was thinking about it, it occurred to me how much my body has endured ~ and I’m still here.  I started thinking of all that my body has endured for me ~ all of the surgeries I’ve experienced and how my body continues to recover albeit slower these days and how grateful I am to my body.  I thought of the endless 6 months of poisoning chemotherapy which took my body down to its barest being, the daily shots, the intense 6 weeks of radiation, the eternal testings that required still, and all the traumatic experiences that have occurred so far in this lifetime.  I thought of how most people who meet me now, have no idea of what I’ve endured in this lifetime because my body has been such a great healer.  Sure, I have gained pounds that I regret, my body shape is not ‘normal’ anymore and I wish I had the svelte body I picture in my head instead of a scarred one that I see in the mirror.  But the fact remains, my body has done so much for me and I regret that I haven’t ever thanked her properly.

So, closing my eyes, I simply thanked my body and with my mind, I gently hugged my body, really lovingly hugged my body.  Appreciating all that she has endured so well for me to be able to keep going, baby steps, through my life.  Many people live without ever experiencing a surgery, their bodies never having to recover from being mangled and here my body has been through the wringer (no kidding!) and she’s still here, ready for me to get up every morning, feed her a bit of coffee, pet the cat and write my blog (after hugging and kissing my family of course!)

It occurred to me in that instant that I’d never properly thanked her for healing, for being and for enduring so much.  I know some of you may find this a strange post, but have you ever stopped for a moment to thank your body for helping you to ‘be’ you ~ for taking you where you want to go, for functioning without a thought, for breathing without you having to direct its movements?  When you think about the majesty which is your living, breathing body, it’s just amazing.  We don’t stop often to remind ourselves to breathe, do we?  Our bodies seem to just go on automatic pilot and do it for us.  But what happens when it’s not automatic anymore?  Or when our bodies feel dis-ease?

I guess I just wanted you to take a moment today, close your eyes and wrap your spirit around your physical body ~ hug yourself, hold yourself and give thanks for your body.  Don’t berate your body for being overweight, not good enough or any other negative thought you may have about it.  Just breathe in and be with your essence of your body.  Hug your body like you would a sweet child who needs comforting.  Quietly sing its praises for all that it does for you each and every moment of the day.  Feel gratitude for your body and how it serves you, tirelessly all the days of your life.  Refrain from criticizing your body and praise its beauty.  You may be pleasantly surprised how it responds!

Shine On!

xo

 

Keep Going

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 It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

Good morning!  Happy beginning of the week!  I just want you to know that I am here for you.  I am your biggest fan!  You can do anything you want ~ take baby steps ~ but don’t stop!  Just keep going!  Your ‘to do’ list of goals is ready to be crossed off, one action at a time!  Let’s begin, on your mark, get set, go!

Shine On!

xo

I Will Remember You…

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 Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.

~ Mitch Albom

What is it you remember about your loved ones who have passed?  How is it that you want to be remembered when it’s your turn?  I recently heard that you are only remembered for 3 generations after you die.  As it was explained to me, your friends and family remember you, the generation below you (your children) remember you and perhaps their children remember you (or at least remember hearing stories about you) and if you are so lucky to have the generation before you still living, perhaps they will remember you.

It seems sad, don’t you think to be forgotten so quickly.  So how is it that you can be remembered?  I love the quote above from one of my favorite authors.  Love.  Be love.  Touch hearts, minds and people with your goodness.  Golly, imagine if our wealth was measured by how much we loved and how much we were loved.  Wouldn’t our lives, our planet and our world change for the better?

How amazing would our existence be if we all just strive for love!

You are love.

Shine On!

xo

 

 

Look Up! An Angelic Cloud

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We took a drive last night and got caught by a small bridge opening up ~ so I hopped out of the car to stand on the bridge while we waited for 3 boats to go through and took this photo.  What an amazing sky we experienced and this iPhone 5 photo doesn’t begin to do justice to the rainbow colors in the sky.  But you get the peaceful beauty of the moment, don’t you?

Shine On!

xo

Beautiful You!

dahlIf you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. ~ Roald Dahl

To me, you all look lovely and you shine like the brightest stars in the sky!  So please, smile at those around you today.  Fill up the world with your peaceful beauty and good hearts!  And, as always…

Shine On!

xo