Thursday, June 30, 2016

What Can Turn Into Glorious Success

What Can Turn Into Glorious Success

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Sometimes we want to give up soon after we begin a project or maybe even in our healing process.  The idea looks and sounds great, but when the time comes to take the action needed, the effort wanes and without momentum there is no movement. 

I like to explain this in a manner that can be visual.  Imagine pushing a boulder slightly up hill.  To get started, you need an extraordinary amount of effort and patience which sometimes feels exhausting and perhaps even worthless.  However, once you get started and persist in your actions, you will begin to see that this boulder starts to move.  When this boulder begins to move, all you need to do is keep up the momentum that you started to ensure that change or movement continue to occur.

Just like anything in life such as starting a business, going to classes at school, or the process of healing; they all require effort to build momentum, but, once you build momentum and persist in your actions, you will be heading towards success in your life. 

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Wake Up to Live! New Beginnings

New Beginnings

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New beginnings, what does this mean?  

Every morning I wake up, I hear my breathe, my eyes open, and I see my surroundings; that symbolizes a new beginning. When I make a pot of coffee, and watch the water drops drip out of the peculator; that is a new beginning.  It is not the coffee I had yesterday; it's not the same water I had yesterday.  The drops from the peculator are new to the day. This symbolic analogy may mean nothing to someone else, but in my mind, I can see new beginnings all around me.

New beginnings all around us.

The cherry blossoms in the spring time. The sprouting of a seedling.  The sun rising over the mountains. The birth of a baby child. A robins eggs. The caterpillar emerging from its cocoon. The bud of a flower that finally blossoms. The daily shedding of skin cells. The growth of new leaves on a birch tree. Even the new growth of hair on my head.  

Being receptive.

Being receptive to the new beginnings all around me, somehow makes me look at life in a new perspective. What I experienced in my past--whether it was yesterday or ten years from today, I can take it with me and carry it all day and into my future, or I can stay in the present, see the new beginnings each day, and know that I have the efficacy to create life.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Wake Up to Live! When You Nurture the Whole Woman

When You Nurture the Whole Woman

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Maya Angelou's teachings.

Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014), an incredible women, poet, civil-rights activist, and author spoke extraordinary words for us to live by.  She had a kick-ass attitude with a forgiving and compassionate heart.  She encouraged us women to support each other, to take action where we can, and to accept the things we cannot change. She said the keys to success in life was about remembering to laugh, liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.  Not always something simple to do, liking ourselves, for instance, when we experienced a tainted and traumatized past.

Understanding the difficulties of making change.

Maya Angelou was a woman that was action-oriented, yet she understood the difficulties of making change. She said, Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation which is not nurturing to the whole woman. So if you are living in a bad situation, such as a relationship or a job, perhaps it is time to move on. 

Nurturing the whole woman.

When we don't nurture the whole woman, illness may form.  Mental health problems, anxiety, stresses on the body begin to tax us in various ways. Our thoughts begin to get cloudy and distorted.  When you realize these things are happening, you start to understand that you are neglecting some areas in your life.  It is time to start nurturing the whole woman with reflection, self-care, self-acceptance, and self-love.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Wake Up to Live! What Happens If You Don't Take Action

What Happens If You Don't Take Action

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Passion isn't enough.

Many of us have a passion lurking inside, but that passion needs to move into action.  Passion is great, however passion is not enough.  It's the same analogy as having a great idea.  We ALL have great ideas, but if that idea remains in the mind, nothing happens.  We need to take our passion and our ideas and move into action to see results.

What holds us back from taking action?

Fear is the reason we don't take action and it comes in many forms such as indecision, doubt, stress, procrastination, and nervousness. It's not that we are lazy.  We are afraid to fail; we are afraid to succeed; we are afraid to be seen as anything less than the person we compare ourselves with.

Make a promise.

When you make a promise to do something for someone, do you stand by your word?  Most times we do for others, but somehow we tend to neglect ourselves.  Is this like you?  I know it has been me many times.  It is time to make a solemn promise to yourself and take action to create your passion and to transform your idea into something tangible.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wake Up to Live! How to Gain Something Better

How to Gain Something Better

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Fear of change.

When there comes a time in your life that you know you need to make a change or you strongly desire to change, don't be afraid to change. The fact is that you may gain something better.  Yes, you may feel as though you are losing something significant and that tug inside your heart always gives you the feelings of heaviness, doubt, and, perhaps even, insecurity. However, in the end, and when you look back in hindsight, you will see that taking those steps to change were the right steps in that moment.

Take a chance.

We cannot predict what our outcome will be for certain as we anticipate it to be, but, when we take a chance to live a life of authenticity, we can feel the pride and say, at least I tried.  You remove the regret.

Monday, June 6, 2016

When You Dig Deep For Strength

When You Dig Deep for Strength

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It takes a lot of courage and will to dig deep to find strength you never thought you had, but I know you have it when you need it.