Category Archives: happiness

Beauty Begins the Moment You Decide to be Yourself

Beauty doesn’t come from physical attributes. It doesn’t depend on your figure, your hair, your face, or any of those things.

I know it’s cliche to say “beauty is within”, but it really is. So stop for just a moment and think about that. If beauty is within, what does that mean? And how can you project what’s inside of you, so that people can see your true beauty?

The answer is LOVE. Love of self. Unconditional love. The love that we were created with, shining through in a brilliant light and force of energy.

Love.

Love is beauty. Shine today!

All Is Well

A lot of times I think about things I want to do, and I place a condition on them. I’ll do X when Y happens. And then I realize, Y may or may not happen, and I can do X now. Whatever X is.

Don’t set limitations on your life. If you are given inspiration to do something, then just do it.

So many people say, “the time isn’t right. I have to wait until my bills are paid off, or I have a better job, or the kids are in school, or out of school.” But the truth is, you can do whatever it is right now. The only one putting conditions on your actions is you.

Every time I do that, then stop and realize I don’t need to wait for one thing to happen before I can do another, I set out to do what my initial idea was. And you know what? When you do it, everything else falls into place.

We don’t have to have all our ducks in a row to accomplish a goal, or to take the next step in a relationship, to start a family, to apply for a new job, or move to a new home. There are no conditions in life. We have Free Will. And we need to remember that.

So whatever it is you’ve been thinking about doing, but were putting off ‘for the right time‘, just go do it!

You’ll be amazed at how wonderful life is when you live it.

Anything Is Possible

Anything is possible.

It’s a fun statement full of hope and magic. Although some people would rather live by what’s probable than what’s possible. Part of this comes from fear of change. Reaching for the ‘possible’ can mean reaching outside of your comfort zone. It can mean taking a risk, testing your faith, capabilities, or knowledge. It is often much easier to live in a world of what we know and are comfortable with.

That darn comfort zone! It’s our worst enemy.

Is there something you want but felt it was out of your reach? Maybe you don’t feel qualified for a particular job or task? Or like some unfortunate souls, feel you’re not worthy? Who establishes your worth? Who establishes your qualifications? Who says you do or don’t need that enough to warrant your having it?

You do!

Your life isn’t up to anyone else, it’s up to you. If you’ve given the control of your life away to someone else, then it is fully in your power and right to take that control back. It’s your life, not theirs. What is possible in your mind, that you haven’t tackled, tried, or reached for yet?

It’s time. Take the first step today to do the possible.

Turning Point

Every moment brings an opportunity to experience life anew. Every day carries the potential for transformation and growth-for adopting a fresh perspective, making a different choice, or taking a new path.

Be thankful

I choose to make today a turning point day. Whether the changes I make are large or small, each one propels my growth. I discover more about myself, how Spirit works in and through me, and how to express my divine nature in meaningful ways.

I step out in faith to experience life more fully. I am confident and excited as I venture into new territory and embrace this turning point of my life.

I May Not Be Perfect

But parts of me are pretty awesome.

In fact, none of us are perfect, but I believe that we all have something about us that is pretty awesome.

What is your awesome? Where do you shine?

What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing?

These are your awesomes.

I’m happiest when I’m writing, reading, making crafts, creating in nearly any form, and spending time with those I love.Dan's wedding

What makes you the happiest?

Nurture your awesome parts and feel your life flourish in joy and happiness.

Success is doing what you love, and loving what you do. Be successful. Be awesome!

The Color of Life

We recently went to Stanley, Idaho for the weekend. What beauty! The weather was great, the sky was blue and color was everywhere.021small

Autumn is my most favorite time of the year, and I think it’s greatly because of the color of the season. The leaves turning to crimson and gold and falling in huge piles.

I remember jumping into gigantic piles of leaves when I was a little girl and getting lost in them. It was so much fun.

The world is full of color and fun.

Change is good…but dollars are better!

My Grandma Rutledge used to always tell me, “change is good”. I can’t truly say if it’s good or bad, or simply change.  I’ve had so much change in my life in every area, I wouldn’t know what to do if suddenly nothing changed.

So maybe change is good.

But recently I uttered those words, and a man in the crowd said, “but dollars are better”. It made me laugh.

Part of change is the ability to see things from a different perspective. And sometimes, that’s all we need. A new perspective.

What can you change in your life by just looking at it differently?

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How to Fly

“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” ~ Trina Paulus

Change

If you stop and think about it, we are all caterpillars, aspiring to something greater. But at what point do we become brave enough, or impassioned enough to leave the old behind and take flight? To let go?

Fear is the greatest hindrance in our lives. It’s not so much that we will fail, it’s the fear of failure.

Experience teaches us that falling down may hurt, and so we are careful to avoid falling down. And yet, there are times when we fall. It doesn’t kill us, it doesn’t render us incapable of walking ever again. It might bruise or scrape our knees, but we get back up and go again. That’s our wings-the power within to get back up and go again, to fly!

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What is holding you back in your life that you need to let go of?

To what great adventure will you fly to when you spread your wings?

Think of the endless possibilities that lie ahead for you. Age, circumstances, finances mean nothing. This is your time. Leave the cocoon and fly!

The only one standing in your way is you.

Still Here!

I’ve been absent, but I’m back. I’m sorry if you’ve missed me. ‘ve missed you and it’s time to get back on track.

I moved, and things were in storage for a long time, but finally settled in to my new home. And I’m a home body. I love making my home comfortable and snuggling in.

Do you ever feel like there’s a time, maybe not from anything in particular, but that you’ve just returned? Maybe you’ve been ill, or just ill at ease about something, not feeling yourself, perhaps a little lost or in a daze? And then one day everything seems to be back to normal. And you think ‘finally, I’m seeing things clearly again.’

Sometimes we’re in a job or relationship that takes the spark out of our eyes and the spring out of our step. It tears us down instead of building us up. And then something happens, and that negative situation is now in the past. And you begin to see clearly again. And your heart sings a little tune you had long forgot.

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playing in the fountain

Your joy is always there, but sometimes it gets buried in the shadows and we have a hard time finding it. Find your joy! Make your splash in life, see Claritin Clear!

Chocolates, anyone?

“Life is like a box of chocolates.” We are all familiar with this great line from the movie FORREST GUMP, which reminds us of the uncertainties we all face.

Each day brings new wonders, challenges, successes and failures. While we cannot foresee what the day will bring, there are ways for us to maintain our balance in life:

  • Meditation

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    a morning rainbow
  • Reminding ourselves  ‘not to sweat the little stuff, and it’s all little stuff’
  • Finding the goo in each event
  • Laughing
  • Smiling
  • Counting our blessings and being thankful
  • Journaling
  • Exercising, swimming, yoga
  • Living a healthy lifestyle
  • Helping others, being of service
  • Telling someone you love them
  • Going for walks or bike rides, taking in the fresh air and comforting elements of nature
  • Listening to music

What’s your pressure point? And what do you do to relieve it?