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Getting past the storms to Pure Joy

As I lay in bed, listening to the storms in the early morning, that have finally come to relieve us of our 100 degree July days, i think about the storms of our lives. How do we survive? How do we move forward each day in the storms? I know with each storm comes green grass, flowers and new growth. So here are some of my thoughts for moving past the storm and into the light!

1.  PRAY – only when we begin to awaken do we realize that we were asleep. Sometimes we need to be alone to reflect on life, take time to pray and take care of yourself inside.

2. SMILE – as much as possible, whether life is joyful or not, a smile will lift your day as well as others. You can change someone’s day, as well as your own with a simple smile. You are always free to do what makes you smile because a smile shows the true depth of your soul.

3. ATTITUDE- be positive, never allow a bad day to change your mood. Don’t look at what you’ve lost, look at what you have.

4. GRATEFULNESS- focus your energy on what you have in your life, not what you have lost. Remember there are others with much less than you.

5. SHARE – your happiness with others, through your actions and your words. You will never regret helping someone else’s life.

6. COMMUNICATE – talk to others and release your worries and anxieties so that you can move past anything that is weighing on your heart. Then you will be able to move beyond it to a brighter life.

7. HAPPINESS- can be created in your present, don’t think it’s something you’re planning for your future. The happiness you experience each day is determined by the love you share. Be yourself, it’s the best way to be happy.

8. GOOD FRIENDS & FAMILY- are worth their weight in gold, treasure those healthy relationship and trust in their love for you.

9. FREEDOM- to walk away from negative situations, be in tune with your feelings, don’t question your gut just walk away for your happiness. One of the greatest freedom is not caring what others think. If you worry about what others think of you, they own you. Be your own self.

10. TEMPER – your anger, words can hurt so much deeper than physical pain, stop and think before speaking in anger. You are always in control of your thoughts, be confident and kind, not mad and insecure.

11. CHANGE – something you don’t like, if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Let go of the need to always be right and you will change to be happy.  Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful. Sometimes being open to change will allow a magnificent event to come into your life.

12. DREAM – about what you want to be, then go do it.  Good things come to those you pursue it with happiness and love. What you believe has more power than what you wish or hope for.  You become what you believe. Be open to dreams, hope and joy.

13. FORGIVE – yourself and others, it takes time and patience, but you can heal emotionally to create love in your life.

14.WEALTH – can’t by happiness, it’s nice to have material things, but don’t loose track of the things money can’t by, those are the true treasures in life.

15. LAUGH – because life will never be perfect, but it is wonderful. Don’t try to control everything, relax, breathe, let go, live in the moment and laugh.

16. KNOWING YOURSELF – is truly believing and living as yourself. With so much social conditioning and pressure in our society, we can forget who we are. Stay true to yourself in all situations.

17. BLESSINGS – fill your life, learn to see blessings in everything. The close parking spot, the unexpected call from a friend, the food before you, the smile of a stranger, or the hug of a loved one, embrace every blessings and share them with others. Satisfaction is not always the fulfillment of what you want; it is the realization of how blessed you are for what you have

18. PASSION – in our lives is important, discover what you are passionate about and do it. Whether it be crafting, fishing, dancing, reading, cooking or meditating, discover it and summerge yourself into it to give your life passion

19. EMBRACE – people, situations and life as it comes…storms or bright days. Each day has a lesson for us to learn. Always learn the lesson and grow.

20. LOVE – it’s all you need, time spent on worry and hate sucks your energy. Center in love and know that you are loved, write your own love story every day. John and Paul had it right…the love you take is equal to the love you make.

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What are we running to?

Oh My! Has it been that long, I actually started this blog post 10 days ago and got side tracked…sorry.

I was fortunate to watch a movie last week called “Race to Nowhere”.

It was eye-opening, it was reassuring and it was sad all at the same time.

When my daughter and son were in grade school and high school, it was a priority in our home to eat meals together and have down time. I remember my daughter’s fifth grade teacher response when I questioned why she never seemed to send work home. She said, I work them hard enough when they are here, they need to relax and play when they are at home. What a wonderful and wise teacher!

Our children do need to express their creativity – they need to unwind – they need to de-stress.

A Race to Nowhere talked about all the academic and athletic pressures our young children feel today. One parent said “These children are losing 7th through 11th grade years” – WOW! What kind of society are we creating, what are we teaching our children. If we put pressure on them in grade school and middle school to “keep up with the Jones” they will learn that they have to fit into the model of what society expects of them. Not everyone is an AP, honor roll student with three sports and music lessons to boot. And not every parent is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt look-alike. And we shouldn’t be. We are each uniquely created by God and we have to teach our children to embrace that!

I’m sad because I don’t want our children to learn the pressures of the world and unravel. Our children need flexibility and creativity and non-judgmental opportunities to be themselves. We should be accepting of them where they are. Should we encourage and give them support to be their best – YES, absolutely. But not to the point of anxiety, lack of sleep, stomach disorders, etc.

My son qualified for three AP classes his freshman year and my husband and I said, choose one and one sport. It’s more important that he was well-rounded and socially balanced. We wanted him to adjust and enjoy his high school years.

And guess what – he did incredible in high school and was accepted at a great college. My daughter had the same high school experiences, balance – with faith activities, golf and academics. Again, wonderful college experience too!

And guess what else, they both were offered great jobs before graduation and are contributing members of society. My daughter teaches 8th grade social studies and is an amazing teacher, (SO PROUD OF HER). My son is a computer software developer and loves working with his clients.

The stress of 6 hours of homework, maximum sport overload, activity craziness did not bring them to this point. A loving, accepting, nurturing family and friends did.

As adults we know how time goes by too quickly.
We know that one day are babies become children and our children become adults.
Why do we want to add to the rush?

I recommend watching Race to Nowhere and really contemplating how you are raising your children.

Then take them out to the park and throw a Frisbee with them! Enjoy the beautiful spring!!

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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday

Well as inspiration goes, you can’t be more inspired , relaxed and balanced than with yoga.

I’ve practiced yoga on and off for over 20 years…anyone remember Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness yoga video in the 80’s!!? Well that’s how I was introduced to yoga and I loved it!

Nowadays, I usually just grab some yoga from Comcast OnDemand’s Exercise TV or a routine I put together to help stretch my stress areas of hips and shoulders.  However my baby sister is in town before she leaves for Shanghai, China with her family to teach for two years.  Well Toni is a dedicated yoga-ista, 4-5 times a week before leaving her home in Colorado, and she was looking for yoga in the Frankfort area. So last night, we planned on a 6:00 AM yoga this morning… yeah, I did say 6:00 AM!!

But the 6:00 AM session of gentle yoga was wonderful – you can check out the yoga studio at Yoga for You.

The gentle breathe in and out, relaxing postures and kind fellow stretchers helped to start the day balanced and filled with inspiration.

May your Friday begin a weekend of balance, and if stress finds you, may you breathe in slowing and breathe out and release all the tensions of the day.


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Emotional exercise today

Physical exercise can wait – emotional exercise is more important right now.

As I pack up my mother’s home, I lay exhausted and think, “I didn’t even go for a walk today”. I know I got a lot of bending, lifting and moving accomplished but nothing I could really “mark” in my exercise log. Then I thought, STOP – BREATHE – LISTEN

My mind is racing with what else I can get accomplished for my mother before I leave tomorrow, drawers to empty, garbage to pull out, closets to clean—STOP. Then I looked at the corner of my laptop and there it was. I first scanned the time, it’s after midnight, its’ Sunday…then I saw the date. It’s April 17th. Four years ago today, I lost one of the most lovely, fun, giving men in my life. My father was called home after a battle with lymphoma. I miss him everyday. So many at the funeral were kind and honest with their words “It doesn’t get easier, you just get use to it”.  So true those words are. If you have ever lost a loved one you understand them all too well.

I realized I need to take some time, walk his house and say good-bye. Good-bye to the memories he graced my family with at the table, playing cards, learning new games, sharing dinner, laughing…oh how he could laugh. I miss the fishing trips on his boat into the Gulf of Mexico, the sunset at their beach deck and dolphins gracefully swimming in the inlets of the bay, I even miss the times he took me golfing on the most challenging course I’ve even played (don’t go into the ruff for balls, less the alligators see you). Memories. Emotional. Spiritual. Love.

Sunday is a no physical work day – no exercise, no moving, no packing. Today we honor Dad, we say good-bye to the last home he lived in, the home he loved in the winter of his life.

May you all take a moment today and each day to remember our loves ones in a very special way.
May you be blessed with memories that outlive our earthly lives.
May you find peace in knowing you have been loved.
May you enjoy the emotional moments in life.

St. Donald Herbert, pray for us.

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A Change of Heart

Today is Ash Wednesday, which begins Lent for Christians around the world. As Catholics process forward to receive ashes on their forehead, they are challenged to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” This can be very difficult for some. Sin is alluring, it’s deceptive and draws us in.

Friends gossiping about someone…do we stand up or do we join in?
Inappropriate jokes…do we laugh or do we express that it’s not funny?
Sunday mornings…do we ignore the alarm or do we head to church?
Office cooler talk…is it degrading someone or lifting co-workers up?
Is there a vise that is hold on to you…do you give into temptation or resist?

Lent gives us 40 days to look deep within and listen to what God is calling us to change. He wants us to spread His Good News by how we treat the least among us. We have a love within us that can penetrate everything we do. We only use a small portion of our brains each day, I think we also only use a small portion of our hearts each day. There is so much love inside of us, waiting to be spread to others. Simply ways will beget enormous effects. So let’s begin simply…Stop whatever you are doing and listen to your breath…be thankful for breath. We have so much to be thankful for…breath, sight, mobility, family, friends, health, homes, food, freedom…add your personal thank you’s here….

Lent does not have to be about “giving up” as many people get in the habit of doing each year. It can be about “changing heart”, if you have given up chocolate every year, what about this year giving out thanks.

Simply each night before closing your eyes, tell the Lord three things you are grateful for from your day…or
Write with a dry-erase on your bathroom mirror each day at night with one thing you are thankful for (what great messages to wake up to)…or
Tell one person each day how you are thankful for them in your life…
Simple. And I guarantee it will change your heart.

Open your heart during these 40 days.

Let the love set deep inside expand and be shared.

You will discover the true riches of life beyond your imagination!

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