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Count Your Blessings

In my life, I’ve found that when I count my blessings, I feel more present. There’s something about being in a place of gratitude with a peaceful heart that helps me to rise above the fray of life’s troubles.

So this morning I awoke to count my blessings since it is Thanksgiving. I lit a favorite pumpkin spice candle in the kitchen to allow the scent to waft through our home and bring a cheery presence.

As I sipped my coffee in the early quiet morning hours, a rush of gratitude enveloped me. I am grateful to be here today. I am grateful for my children, my family and friends. I am grateful for this precious moment of tranquility.

This is the first major holiday without my parents. If I allowed myself to wallow in the sadness, it would be a shame, so I shed a few tears that needed to escape. Then I sat quietly thinking of them. It only feels hard to deal with emotionally if I allow that to be in my thoughts. If I feel grateful for the love my deceased parents and I shared, then there’s a different perspective. For I don’t believe they are gone from my life, but instead, very present in a spiritual way. For that, I’m grateful.

So on this Thanksgiving, I extend my heartlight to yours with gratitude for our friendship. I pray you have a lovely day filled with an abundance of gratitude for the blessings in your life. Hold your loved ones close in heart. Be kind and compassionate. Shine your heartlights for all to see. May a chorus of counting our blessings be felt across the world.

Shine On!

xo

Rabbit Rabbit November 1st

Rabbit-rabbit-white-rabbit-white-rabbit!

Good morning dear friends! For those of you who know me, you know the first of the month is the signal for saying those special words in order to ensure good luck all month long! Have you said it yet?

It’s also All Saints Day on the Catholic calendar which coincides with the birthday of a dearly departed family member. It’s been many years since he passed away, but I feel his presence in my life often. As I said in yesterday’s post, I do believe in signs from the other side and have experienced many synchronicities and coincidences that are not able to be explained which reminds me that while loved ones may pass away, their essence, their presence, and their legacy remain in our hearts.

It is another reminder to me that we never know what the future brings and so I gently, but firmly, remind you to forgive, to love, to care and to shine your heartlights with much love into the world. We need more caring and kindness here and I know you are all blessed with an abundance of those very necessary traits! I am so grateful for all of you!

Shine On!

xo

As The Veil Thins

Today, October 31st, we have a second full moon in the same month which is called a Blue Moon. It coincides with All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween) which is the precursor to November 1st which is All Saints Day. Additionally, we have to turn the clocks back. What a busy day indeed!

The veil thins during this time. What does that mean? It is a time when the separation between the living and those who have passed away is thinner and perhaps we can find communication easier between us.

These last few years I have had many loved ones pass away and it has been difficult to go on without them in my life. As with anyone who has grieved, there have been times when the ache has been tremendous and the yearning for one more moment with them has been overwhelming. But at other times, I have felt peace, knowing they are not suffering anymore and are with God.

My loved ones have given me many signs that they are still with me. Often I have often felt their presence even though they have passed away. For that, I am truly grateful. While some may say these events were coincidental, I know in my heart that they were truly signs of love from those dearly departed souls whom I miss.

Have you ever had signs from those who have passed away? Please share!

Shine On!

xo

Hiding Cracked Glass Book Review

HIDING CRACKED GLASS

By James J. CUDNEY

Thank you to @jamescudney4 and @Shalini_G26 for giving me the opportunity to get an early sneak peek and read from one of my favorite authors!

Well, Jay has done it again – kept me reading as fast as I can turn the pages in order to find out what the next exciting moment in the Glass family is! Whenever I have written a book review for one of Jay’s books, I write about how I spent hours continuously reading because I just had to know what happened next. Sometimes I have ended up staying up way later than my normal bedtime just to finish his books. This one is no exception, my friends.

I wrote about the first book Watching Glass Shatter HERE which I thoroughly enjoyed! Now let’s start with the book at hand.

As the second book about the Glass family, we are already familiar with the characters which adds a deeper layer of understanding when one is reading a sequel. Each character tugs at our hearts in different ways. As a contemporary novel, Jay writes about realtime issues that can happen in any family and lets us watch as each character deals with their issues and how the family as a whole chooses to act as each event and secret unfolds.

There is someone for everyone in Jay’s novels and oftentimes I find myself exploring how I would react as Olivia, the matriarch of the Glass family, under these circumstances. What I especially enjoy is how the story unfolds with every character and circumstance only to come to a crescendo that had me on edge enthusiastically turning pages as fast as my eyes could read!

I won’t spoil the book for you, but I will give you a little heads up:

In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat and assumes it’s meant for her. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands and is read aloud, it throws the entire Glass family into an inescapable trajectory of self-question. Across the span of eight hours, Olivia and her sons contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets or find a way to bury them forever. Some failed to learn an important lesson last time. Will they determine how to save themselves before it’s too late?

This is a book you won’t want to miss reading! Pre-order today because the book is to be released on October 8th! Click below for easy access!

And…Jay, being generous Jay, gives his readers the chance for a great GIVEAWAY!

So here’s the GIVEAWAY LINK!!!

If you want to know more about Jay, aka James J. Cudney, the author (and a blogger friend of mine), look below! He’s everywhere!

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Thanks for taking the time to read my book review of an excellent author! He has published other books as well so be sure to check them out! You will definitely enjoy this book so don’t forget to click on the pre-release kindle offer above before October 8th! When you’re done enjoying it, don’t forget to post a review on Amazon or Good Reads!

Shine On!

xo

October’s Rabbit Rabbit

Happy October 1st, 2020! I was thinking of not posting my usual first of the month Rabbit-rabbit-white-rabbit-white-rabbit/ but then I started thinking that we may need all the luck we can get as we go into the Fall months with the virus, the political situation and all the unrest. So here we are!

The weather is turning cooler here making it feel like Fall has arrived, not only by the date, but by the weather indications. The brisk chill in the air is a lovely change as we begin a new month.

There are many people struggling these days with all different challenges. So may I remind you that I’m here for you and you are not alone. We walk through life’s journey together, aiding each other when needed, companionably without fear.

Keep shining your heartlights my friends!

Shine On!

xo

Where Will September Lead You?

The chill in the morning air has me excited as my favorite season emerges – Fall! There is something so exhilarating about the Autumn season for me that I feel invigorated with a fresh chapter on the horizon! Do you feel the same way?

The leaves are beginning to turn their jeweled tones of ruby, garnet and gold before they fall to the forest floor. The fresh start of a new school year (even though I know it’s an altogether different stressful year) still beckons me with an effervescence of a new beginning and all that it signifies.

I realize that we have many difficulties in real life with climate changes, earthquakes, political unrest, fear, the virus and all that we are experiencing. I have yet to meet anyone in 2020 who has not had struggles and I am not so naive as to believe that I can close my eyes and magically make it all better for us all. But what I can see clearly is the importance of grounding ourselves in nature by knowing who we are innately and staying centered in our thinking, our behaviors and our relationships. To be like the ‘little weed in the desert – wind blows one way, it goes that way and vice versa’ is not helpful. But nor is being so staunch in our beliefs that we are not open to listening to others.

Because listening is a key factor these days. Listening with an open heart as those around us are heavily weighted down with stressors helps. Sharing with trusted souls and connecting with heartlights are ways to bring healing energetic light to our world for we are all in this together. It is not an easy time for any of us at this juncture, but I always believe that Fall is for new beginnings so I am open to where September leads me. Are you?

Shine On!

xo

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

While I’ve never been in the military, I have had many family members who were and many friends who are/have been. Supporting those who protect us has been a special part of our family legacy.

I remember when I was young, my Dad wore a POW/MIA bracelet. As I recall, it was a silver bracelet with the name of a soldier engraved on it in block letters with a star sticker. I was fascinated by what it meant to wear that bracelet as he explained its significance to me.

I wanted a bracelet too so that I could pray for this soldier to come home, to be found and reunited with his family. Even back then at a tender age I believed in the power of prayer with fervent hope.

Unfortunately, neither my soldier nor my Dad’s were ever found as far as we know and in the shuffle of many moves, I don’t even know where the bracelets are. But I distinctly remember wearing the bracelet and its significance to me.

I have attended military functions and said a prayer for those who weren’t able to be there with us. The solitary candle lit by the empty place setting in remembrance for them always brought tears to my eyes for that symbolism.

So today I ask that you take a moment to remember the POW’s and those who have gone MIA (Missing In Action) and have never returned home to their families. It is heartbreaking for me to imagine not knowing what has happened to your loved one.

God Bless and Shine On!

xo

9/11 We Will Never Forget

It’s been 19 years since that day that changed us all. In remembrance, as you prepare for bed tonight…on this day 19 years ago:

♥️ 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights.

♥️ 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning.

♥️ 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift.

♥️ 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for their morning patrol.

♥️ 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift of saving lives.

💔 None of them took a breath past 10:00 a.m. on September 11, 2001.

For the many more who died from illnesses related to being there that day, let us never forget. That day, this piece of history, changed the entire world forever.

For those who lost loved ones, please know that we keep you all in our prayers. We remember your loss and we send prayers to you and your family..

So please as you lay down to sleep tonight, tell your loved ones how much they mean to you, snuggle them all a little tighter, and THANK GOD for all of your blessings. God Bless.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET

Shine On!

xo

Missing Mom

Missing Mom

If you are someone who had a good relationship with your Mom, you may understand how I’m feeling today.  My Mom passed away over a month ago and while in my heart I know she’s in Heaven, I miss her.  There’s an emptiness in my life lately because she was such a huge part of my life.

She has visited me in various forms to let me know that she’s here with me in spirit.  For those that understand what I’m saying, perhaps you’ve had similar experiences as well.  I’d love to hear about them if you’re willing to share so please feel free to write in the comments or reach out via email if you’d prefer a more private conversation.

Grief is a funny thing isn’t it?  It sneaks up on us from time to time in the most surprising ways.  My Mom liked Talbots clothing so when I received a catalogue from there, I thought of what Mom might like and then it hit me.  I don’t need to buy Mom anything because she’s not here on this earth anymore.  Tears sprung to my eyes and for a moment the bereft feeling hit me hard.  I wiped the tears away and then sent up a prayer to her.

Then the other day I had a question and knew my Mom would know the answer.  Sadly, I realized I can’t ask her and that I probably would never know the answer to that particular question because she’s not here.  Again, the tears fell.

I’ve learned that losing a loved one and the grieving process that follows in order to heal takes time.  It’s not easy as you may know from experience.  Unexpected memories pop up at times that can bring up a fresh round of tears, but in time with healing, we can fondly remember the good times and be grateful for our loved one’s presence in our lives.

For we carry their presence in our hearts as the legacy of who they were stays alive in the memories of those who are still here.  Gone but not forgotten.  Isn’t that the way we are remembered?

Shine On!

xo

What’s Your Piece Of Good News?

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” — Anne Frank

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.

The good news is that

you don’t know how great

you can be!

How much you can love!

What you can accomplish!

And what your potential is!”

~Anne Frank

I saw this quote today and felt like I had to share it with you!  How incredibly inspiring Anne Frank was even under her dire circumstances!  I recall reading her diary when I was in school and it reminded me of how strong we can be when we have no other choice!

So since it’s Monday and the start of a new week (and the start of school for some students), I thought I’d send a little bit of inspiration to you!

Happy Monday My Friends!

Shine On!

xo