Only by its own…

Only by its own roots does a tree stand tall and only by its own light does the sun shine brightly and bring life to our world. So it is with you – only when you’re trusting, loving and rooted in your true Self will the life that is your highest potential begin to manifest. Only when you are walking on the path of your highest potential will you ever be able to shine brightly and bring light to the darkness in others.

– Anon

From my daily love newsletter today

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Be Positive

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I found this on pinterest recently, which led me to this blog. I couldn’t agree with it more! So, in light of a positive movement with Leopard and Lavender here are a few things I am LOVING now…

  • My sweet little three year old telling me “You are the best mommy ever”
  • The recent snow days that allow my family to stop and just be instead of always having somewhere to go or something to do
  • Reese Witherspoon’s instagram and her recent girls trip to Napa…gotta love time with your girls.
  • Jessica Murnane of OnePartPlant. I heard an interview with her on jesslively.com and I love how she explained why she says she eats a “plant based diet” instead of using the words vegetarian or vegan.  Take a listen here if you are interested.

In the realm of thought, there are two main categories: thoughts of love and thoughts of fear. Every single moment, we choose between the two. If I think with love, then I am more likely to behave lovingly and to attract love from others. If my heart is closed, I am more likely to act out of fear. Fear-based behavior tends not to look like fear but like anger or jealousy; it elicits reactions from others that reflect my fear and not my love.

Marianne Williamson from Oprah.com

THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS

 

 

I found Kate Northrup a while ago through MarieTV and I am gobbling up all the information she has on her blog. I love this particular one about slowing down and living in the moment, and I just love the title.

WTF America?.

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I just finished reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I think it is officially one of my favorite books ever.  I read a few reviews on Goodreads about it after I finished it and it seemed like each person found something totally different in it. I am not even really sure I can put into words what my take on it was, I just know it spoke to me and I already want to go back and read it again.

“You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear”

“I make art, sometimes I make true art, sometimes it fills the empty places in my heart. Some of them. Not all.”

From The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Just after my father passed away I found the site The Daily Love through Oprah’s show Super Soul Sunday. It actually is a daily love e-mail, and I have loved receiving it. I often sign up for things like this and then after awhile its overkill, and I opt out or delete it daily. This has not been the case for this site. Each day I find a little nugget of information that helps me in some way. It’s like it is reading my mind!

Lately, I have been particularly fond of the daily affirmations at the bottom of each email. I have always wanted a mantra, or saying that I knew I could always say to get centered and calm, but that has actually not been that easy to find. I think it was because I was looking for a one size fits all saying and sometimes I need several sizes to fit the way I am feeling. Each time I find one I like I write it down in my notebook that I have around me almost all the time. Here are a couple of my favorites recently from the daily love.

I feel the love of those that are not physically around me.

All that I need will come to me at the right time and place.

I trust my inner light and intuition to guide me.

and a little one that I use when I am feeling off or down that I heard from Danielle LaPorte

Stop! This is not the way I want to feel.

 

Redefine Success

What’s the old saying “It takes 7 days to create a habit”? I may be off on that a little, but you get the picture. I suppose with the new year there are an influx of goal setting and life changing articles out there so I have seen a lot floating around about habits of successful people.

Now, to me “successful people” can be defined in many different ways. The term success in itself is simply to accomplish your goals. Success can be measured by the big picture: relationships, career, financial freedom, travel, etc. but it’s the small successes that I think sometimes get undervalued. It seems to me that success sometimes triggers a bit of anxiety in some, because its usually thought of in terms of the big picture as in “I am just not where I thought I would be in my life right now.”

What people don’t think about are the smaller day to day successes. For some it could be finalizing a huge project at work, or getting your child dressed without a huge tantrum, for other’s who could be going through hard times it could be just getting out of the bed that day and getting some fresh air. WE are our own biggest critic, and it’s very hard to hush that voice in our head when sometimes it is so damn loud. Be proud of your every day triumphs and soon those big successes will fall into place.

So, back to those articles about tips of successful people. The one thing I keep seeing over and over is this… they wake up early! Talk about a tough habit to put into place. Not only does it say this in almost all articles about this topic, but they also have a daily morning routine to kick start their day. I have to say I am still in the process of working on this habit, I am at least up before 7:00, but getting any routine done other than catching up on Real Housewives and drinking coffee hasn’t really happened yet. I do feel more productive on the (rare) days I get up early, make a plan and even exercise, so there is obviously something to it, but for now I am a work in progress. Maybe I will try the 7 day thing…