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Here’s your sign!

I’ve heard it said that laughter is the best medicine. Robin Williams even made one of my favorite movies about that principle – “Patch Adams”.

Patch Adams

I know that things may not always be going the way I want them to but one thing I’ve learned is that if I can laugh I can change everything. The situation itself may not change, it is what it is, but my attitude changes. With my attitude change I open myself up to the situation and embrace it. Doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes still hate the situation but I stop fighting it and try to see the lesson that I could learn from it. Because I believe there is always a lesson to be learned.

Perspective is reality but sometimes get a clear perspective on your personal situation is challenging. And for those days when I can’t seem to laugh or find anything to be positive about I have great friends and family who listen and show me the way. Sometimes that way involves a swift kick and a gigantic sign but it’s always appreciated.

(I hope that the audio link to Bill Engvall’s “Here’s Your Sign” works. I love this comedy routine and goodness knows I’ve had moments where I’m the one who should be holding the sign but I haven’t tried to add audio to these posts before so keep your fingers crossed.)

Have a great day everyone and remember – make the choice to be happy and you will be!

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Strength and Vulnerability

Today, I celebrate my Mom’s life. She was one of the strongest women I’ve ever known. She taught me what it means to be strong and vulnerable. She taught me how to be true to myself without being bitchy. She taught me about the kind of woman that I want to be. The kind of woman I strive to be every day.

We lost Mom a few years ago, and I miss her every day. Today is one of the harder days because it’s her birthday. I know that she is watching over me, the rest of the family, and all of her friends, but there are some things that I continue to miss. A hug. Hearing her laugh. Listening to her advice and having her listen to my stories. I still pick up the phone to try and call her. Just like I expect to see her sitting on the patio when I go home.

I don’t expect these things to change. I’m learning to live with the hole that her passing has left in my life. And I’m learning to find inspiration in the memories and the reminders I come across about Mom as I go about my days. She is now and will always be with me, and for that I’m grateful.

Happy Birthday Mom. Love you always.

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Happy Birthday Mom!

 

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A picture’s worth a thousand words…

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I didn’t take this picture but I wish I had. The photographer did a fantastic job of capturing a moment in time that feels so real – like you could just step into it. I’m not sure who the photographer is but I had to share.

I’d love to be there right now, walking along the beach and feeling the ocean swirl between my toes. A lite breeze to keep it cool and the smell of the salty sea. Amazing. Since I’m in Colorado I’ll just have to use my imagination.

Pictures like this always inspire me because they can transport me to other worlds. And sometimes when my life gets overwhelming they are exactly what I need. A reminder that there is always beauty to be found in the world, you just have to open your eyes up and look for it!

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What is inspiration?

How do we find inspiration? Or more accurately, how do we recognize the subtle inspiration that can be found around us? Especially when we are so busy running around trying to keep up with a million different things.

Maybe it’s just me, but I routinely forget to stop and smell the roses because I’m “too busy” with a mile long To Do list. Or an activity I agreed to do. Or a crazy schedule that I never remember quite how I managed to overbook. No matter what I know that I am the only one who can change things for me and small changes are the ways I’m going to get there.

Which brings me back to how do I recognize inspiration? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary it can be defined as:

Definition of inspiration
a :  the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions
b :  the act of influencing or suggesting opinions

So what influences me? Some days a better question is what doesn’t influence me? I believe that we are all influenced by the world around us unconsciously  all the time. That is why it’s so important that we choose to focus on the positive influences.

Jose Ortega y Gassett said “Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.” I intend to focus on finding the inspiration around me. I know that it will be in small things and large things. Every day things and extraordinary things.

Lindsey Stirling

Today, I found inspiration in the music of Lindsay Stirling. Her music always takes me away to far off places and carries my heart on magical adventures. Her version of the song “Hallelujah” is beyond amazing and it was a definite inspiration today.

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365 Days of Inspiration!

So, I’m back to my blog.

It’s been a while since I wrote and I am trying something new. I’m going to take you on the journey I am about to embark on. I am tired of the negativity that I have found surrounding me so I’m going to spend the next 365 Days finding things that inspire me. I hope that you find some inspiration to brighten your days as well.

Here’s to an amazing year and the little blessings of hope, love, and inspiration we find all around us.

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Love this quote and it's just the sort of kick in the ass inspiration I needed today!

Snow day in Colorado

All the kids in town are excited for today’s snow day. Since I had to be an adult and go to work it wasn’t as much fun for me. But I made it to and from work in one piece. Thank goodness. Of course tomorrow I’m going to need skis to reach the office. 

Tonight, I’m grateful to have a warm place to stay and food on the table. My kitty cats are snuggled up next to me and I’m sipping warm apple cider. It’s been a good day. What more can I ask for on a snowy winter’s night? 

Credit to the artist because I love it! 

The Undertaking of a New Action Brings New Strength – Richard L. Evans — The Seeds 4 Life

There is no denying the power of practice and the power of dedication. There is no denying that with consistent effort, we can all make progress. Every single time we step up to the plate and try our hardest to achieve our goals, we are making ourselves stronger. By never giving up, we are reminding…

via The Undertaking of a New Action Brings New Strength – Richard L. Evans — The Seeds 4 Life

W.O.O.T.

First day of a new year and I am inspired to get back to this blog. I’m working on lots of different projects and my plans for 2017 and beyond are growing. But I’m excited. This is going to be a great year and I am going to be grateful and celebrate all the blessings that I receive every day. 

This time of year there are always quotes floating around to help those who look for them find inspiration. The image above has stuck with me the last few days so I’m taking it as a mantra and meditating on it. At least for now.

In my efforts to be fierce and brave I’ve come up with a word of the day plan. I’m not sure if it will continue to be daily words or if some times the words will linger. Who can say what the year will bring? 

                            Today’s word:  W.O.O.T.

I don’t remember where I first found this acronym but it is appropriate for today and the fresh beginnings, adventures, and opportunities of 2017. So what does W.O.O.T. mean?

                            W – Willingness

                           O – Optimism 

                           O – Objectivity

                           T – Tenacity

I am willing to make the choices and changes that will take me closer to my goals. I remain optimistic that my dreams are attainable. I believe in myself and am objective, realistic, and inspired to make 2017 a phenomenal year. Finally, I have the tenacity to keep moving forward. I may only take tippy toe baby steps but I will continue on the path to reach my goals and live my dreams. 

I hope you will join me on this journey around the sun. And I hope that all your hopes and dreams come true this year as well.

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Sunday night and I’m at a loss for words. I can feel them fluttering, swarming, pounding, and writhing about my brain but getting them on the page seems like an impossible task tonight. So I’m going to find a new direction.

Today, I was going through old boxes of mostly junk, as I continue on my declutter my life project, and I found some old poetry. Poetry I had written years ago. Really bad poetry. Hell, I’m not even sure it is poetry.

It reminded me that I don’t have to be perfect to be creative. I feel like we get in our own way sometimes. In my case, lots of the time, and that is a disservice to ourselves. I can be creative and successful. I am creative and successful. Not because I’m a published author. Or because I’ve written the next great American novel. I haven’t. I may never do those things.

I was reminded today that it’s okay. My poetry, bad or otherwise, is one more step on my path. It’s an opportunity to reminisce about days long past and consider where I want to be in the future. Today’s find is a time capsule without directions. I don’t remember what I was thinking or feeling when I wrote it. And I didn’t leave any other notes. This could be a piece I was planning on expanding or a random scribble made during a meeting.

I’m going to share this random piece of whimsy because I feel like it deserves some sunlight after being stuffed in a box for who knows how long.  

A flash of diamond nestles black.

The silver pearl sparkles, glows.

Historians watching, guiding bright.

Travel on the crimson pathways.

Onyx becomes amethyst while soft mist wanders light. 

Who knows – maybe the sparks of a new story will be found as I consider this filament of meaning from days gone by.

 

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