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Daily Prompt To Motivate You into 2014

48300774_“the object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. it is that we should have a new soul” G.K. Chesterton

48443961_The New Year is an excellent time to move beyond what held us back and dragged us down.

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Write a good one!

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How you see your future is much more important than what happened in your past. ~ Zig Ziglar

1480689_666669953374138_1243743884_nOn the 1st of January 2014 something very rare will happen.  We will start the first day of hte New year with a New Moon.  This almost never happens, in fact, 19 years ago was the last time we had a New Moon on a New Year.  A New Moon  is all about new beginnings and fresh starts.  This year we can truly wipe the slate clean and start the New Year, A New You! 

Make 2014 your year!  Good Luck

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66893836_Laugh, DREAM BIG and have FUN this NEW YEAR!

48445914_Remember that you don’t have to wait for next year to make every day great!

66896666_Now the year is over

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a new beginning starts!  Happy New Year

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48857819_Feliz Año Nuevo (para ti RoSy!)

In any language…

Happy New Year!

Cheers to 2014!

Shine On!

xo

Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? You can choose to by anyone, alive today or someone gone long ago. If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/prompt-new-you/

Friday’s Burro

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One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.  The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.  Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.  He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.  They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.  At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.  A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well.  He was astonished at what he saw.  With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing.  He would shake it off and take a step up.  As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
MORAL :
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!  Shake it off and take a step up.
I saw this on FB this week and just had to share!  Sometimes we feel like a burro who’s fallen down a well, but there’s a way out!  Reach up and USE what’s gotten you down to pull yourself!  Accept the help that comes to you and climb up!  You can do this!  Here’s my hand ~ let’s go!

Shine On!

xo

Dad’s Flag Day

FLAG1Today is Flag Day for those in the United States.  June 14th, marks the celebration of the birthday of our flag ~ a reminder of the love of freedom, liberty and justice for all that our country stands for and that our flag embodies ~ it is a day to proudly fly the American Flag.

And for me, it is a reminder of my Dad, who proudly flew the American Flag from our porch’s flagpole.  It was my Dad who showed me how to roll the flag and put her away.  He carefully never let her touch the ground and when she was battered by wind and the elements he carefully folded her and disposed of her properly.

It’s funny because I’ve never really remembered how reverently he treated the flag until now ~ and it brings to mind that at his funeral, we were blessed to have the help of the Navy to make it a military funeral which he would have loved.  At his request, he was even ‘piped over the side’ by a friend ~ just one of the few nuances to his service that those who attended experienced.

Which brings me to the Daily Prompt as I think this moment of recall counts ~ today I realized how strongly he felt towards the flag and the USA.  I never really thought about it until now, but as clear as day, I can still see his daily ritual of putting the flag out in the morning and taking her in at night and if she were left out, she had to have the porch light illuminating her.  I’d bet wherever he is now, he’s the one in charge of the flag!

Father’s Day looms this weekend and the first anniversary of his death comes shortly afterwards.  It’s been a long year without him ~ full of struggles, tears and conflicting emotions.  In fact, it simply doesn’t seem like he’s dead sometimes because I can trick myself into thinking he’s on one of his biking trips.  But then of course, when I have to continue to take care of everything for his business and my parents’ affairs, I know he’s gone.

I didn’t have an easy relationship with my Dad.  It was fraught with turmoil.  But I’d really appreciate seeing him again standing on the porch unfurling the flag proudly today.  He was very proud of his country, proud to serve her and proud to be a Navy man.

Long May Her Flag Wave!

Shine On!

xo

Daily Prompt: In Good Faith

Describe a memory or encounter in which you considered your faith, religion, spirituality — or lack of — for the first time.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/daily-prompt-faith/

Change your thinking!

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~ ~ It’s not about what happens.  It’s about perspective.  I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.  ~ ~ Michelle Sedas

The above quote tugged at me today and I knew I had to share it.  I thought it may be as helpful to you as I found it to be for me.  For you see, I’ve been stretching out of my comfort zone for a second week, eating the frog shall we say (don’t know what that means?  CLICK HERE!)  and trying to continue Inner Hotshot University Have you been trying to stretch a bit too this week?

I know it’s not easy to choose to stretch out of your comfort zone, but I will tell you that it’s well worth it!  Everyday I continue to try to say yes to opportunity which was my commitment last week.  I’ve also tried to allow others to be themselves and to just work on myself.  In other words, I’m trying to be my own cheerleader and not look to others to praise me.  Does this happen to you?  It’s a bad habit that I”m breaking, but it’s a work in progress ~ kind of like me!

So what have you been working on?  Do you need any help?  Want a teammate?  I’m ready to give you  a hand, applaud you with my own 2 hands and lend you a wing until you remember how to fly with your own two wings!

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

When the going gets tough, the tough get going and change their perspective!

Come along with me!  The best in life is meant to be!

Shine On!

xo

Inner Hotshot University!

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Inner Hotshot University!

Happy Friday Y’All!  Are you revved up and ready to ROAR?  Now don’t hide from me, I’m not asking you to cure cancer today.  I”m just asking you to think of one thing that you can do to stretch out of your comfort zone a bit.  Just one little baby step or even a big huge step if you’re ready!  This is your life journey ~ I’m just here to help you take that step.

Anyone can participate ~ and please do!  Pass it along!  This is just for fun!

RULES:

1.  Commit to something outside your comfort zone.

2.  Comment below to tell us you’re participating!

3.  Share your commitment for the week

(or if you don’t want to share, just tell us that you’re participating)!

4.  Next Friday, we’ll compare notes on how it went!

5.  Check FB The Presents of Presence Click here!  for inspirational posts during the week.

6.  Know that we are rooting for you!  You’ve got peeps!

So I’ll start ~ it’s only fair, right?  Ok, so my stretch out of my comfort zone for this week is that:

I’m going to say YES to opportunities that come my way! 

Now let’s be clear here, I won’t do anything illegal, immoral or against my will (nor should you)!  But I’ve gotten comfy just doing what I want to and what I feel like doing which isn’t always a good thing.  For example, I’ve wanted to try Zumba and I have a friend who’s invited me to take a class with her numerous times, but something always comes up.  This past week, I awoke with a migraine on Wednesday and had to cancel.  Although I really wanted to go, I think that sometimes my mind plays tricks with me and gave me a migraine because I feared looking foolish in front of a class because I would be new and wouldn’t know the steps.  In my fear of feeling foolish, I missed out on an opportunity to try something new, to giggle a bit, to get a bit of oxygen pumping with a little cardio and to enjoy time with my friend!  Does this make sense to you?  Have you self-sabotaged before and not even realized it?   Am I the only one out there?

Because the younger me, wouldn’t have worried about looking foolish, I would have just jumped at the chance to dance and burn calories!  I liked that Inner Hotshot who wasn’t afraid to try new things!  So I’m going to go for it this week!

So what’s your Inner Hotshot going to do this week? 

Remember you can either commit to doing one thing like trying something new (like a Zumba class) and/or you can commit to a change in your life (like saying Yes to opportunity)!   Make sure it’s something that stretches you out of your comfort zone and puts a little fire in your belly!  Since this is the first week, just enjoy the change in thinking.  Don’t worry about what you choose ~ we don’t care here ~ we just want you to stretch your wings a bit ~ put a little Spring in your step!

~ Get back that Inner Hotshot ~

Shine On!

xo

P.S.  I just saw the Daily Prompt and thought I’d include it as it’s a bit similar ~ with all of your Presents of Presence peeps by your side cyberly, you are guaranteed not to fail!  So now what are you going to do?

Daily Prompt: Too Big To Fail

Tell us about something you would attempt if you were guaranteed not to fail (and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet).

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/daily-prompt-too-big-to-fail/


Back to Your ‘Self’

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Hi Everyone!  I’m reblogging a post from Ellie at Invisible Sun today.  In order to help each of us find our Inner Hotshot, I think we need to find our way back to ourselves and Ellie’s post is just the ticket to help you start!  Please enjoy and make sure you click on her link so that you can subscribe to her blog!  Thanks Ellie! ♥

The Art of Finding Your Way Back to Your ‘Self’

http://blog.myinvisiblesun.com/the-ar-of-finding-your-way-back-to-your-self/

While getting settled in our new home, I stumbled across a bin of memorabelia I’ve been lugging around since I left my parent’s home when I was 18.  Stuff like yearbooks, awards, pictures, letters passed in the hallway, report cards, and a few projects I did along the way were tightly packed in this time capsule.

Eventually I came across a report that I did in 4th grade on the State of New Jersey, and I immediately noticed many qualities about my work.  My cursive handwriting was impeccable, stylized and artistic.  (Ahh, the lost art of cursive writing!!)  The report had beautiful presentation, with lots of colorful, detailed drawings of various images relating to New Jersey.

Now that I have kids of my own, I could clearly see that this was impressive work for a 4th grader, and my teacher thought so too as he gave me 4 A’s on the project.   After viewing my work from the perspective of an older, wiser version of myself, what immediately came to mind was my mom telling me just a couple of years back that my elementary school had mentioned to her on several occassions that I was very artistic.  I then began to retrace the years in my mind, and realized there were so many clues along the way to validate my talents, interests and passions but for whatever reason they were not pursued.

Why didn’t I continue on a path to pursue my passion for art and presentation?  Where did I get off track?  Why did no one, myself included, pick up on the recurrence of these clues?  Instead, I went on to study Finance in college, feeling unfulfilled by a career in Financial Services.

Interestingly, since being at home raising my kids, I have ventured into several creative endeavors.  I opened a small boutique for the home in Reading, Massachusetts, and I launched Invisible Sun in November of 2011.  After having a chance to explore creative opportunities, returning to a career in Financial Services is so far off my radar at this point.

Finding this report and launching myself back to a younger version of myself shifted my perspective of myself today and how I should guide myself (career-wise) into the future.  It was an absolute validation that my passion for art, creativity and presentation was present very early in my life.

The source of our creative expression, our purpose and our passions resides in the essence of who we are, and it is my belief that the essence of who we are is in its purest form when we are children, before external factors influence our behavior, gel our limiting beliefs, taking us farther and farther away from who we are.  The exercise of making a reconnection with an earlier version of yourself can truly short-circuit you to the essence of who you are.

One way I stay connected is by keeping a picture of myself as a little girl on my desk.

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As you try to reconnect with the essence of who you are to, ask youself some questions:

  • What did I love to do as a kid?
  • What was my favorite subject in school?
  • Where did my interests gravitate?
  • Did something come along that mesmerized me?
  • What did people compliment me for?
  • Who were my friends?
  • What attracted me to those friends?
  • What what did my friends and I love to do?

As you look at your answers, ask yourself if you still feel a strong connection to yourself as a child or is there a disconnect?  If there is a disconnect, try to pinpoint the stage of your life you may have gotten off track.

If you’ve been lugging around bins of memorabilia like me, dig them out!  Reacquaint yourself with an earlier version of yourself.  It’s like coming home, and once you open up the ‘vault,’ you’ll find yourself peeling back more layers every day.  I liken the process to loosening up the soil before planting a new plant.  Sure, it takes time and energy to unearth the essence of who we are, but it’s a interesting journey worth taking.

Another great way to help unearth your ‘self’ is by listening to music you listened to as a kid because it will bring many great memories to the surface that will offer you more clues!  I’m always amazed by how I can still recall lyrics to songs I haven’t heard in decades.

Let me know how it’s going for you, and if you have any other tips about how you’ve made a reconnection with your ‘self,’ leave a comment!

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Hopefully you’ve found something that clicks for you!

Tomorrow’s the day we begin to stretch out of our comfort zones!

Do you know what your baby step is?

Shine On!

xo