Take Time To Be Grateful

Hi everyone and welcome back to another post.  How many of you take time to be grateful?  How many of you thank the universe, God, anyone… that you are still on this earth, that the grass is green, or that your children are healthy, etc?  Well, this is something I never used to do, until recently.  

Sometimes I forget to be grateful for different things.  I get so worked up in being perfect, or having everything be perfect, that I miss the fact that there are a lot of things to be grateful for.  Something that I have recently started is a prayer/gratitude journal.  This has helped so much in making sure that I appreciate the people in my life, the things I do, the places I see, the journey that God has put me on, and more. So how do I do this?

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How do I do this:

First I take out my devotional (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young) and I read the day’s passage.  I then take out my journal and I put the day up at the top,  and write my prayer to God.  I normally start off with “Dear God” and write; but that is a different topic…anyway on the back of the page, I take a sticky note and I write :Today I’m grateful for:  I write 1-3 things that I am grateful for that day.  This could be what happened the day before, what happened that night, the sky being blue, my child’s health…pretty much anything.  Why do I do this?

Why I do this:

Often times I feel we forget about things in our life.  We get caught up in family, friends, work, school, parenting, etc, that we forget about the things that we should be grateful for.  We should be thankful that we are alive or that we have a bed.  Writing down what I’m grateful for puts my mind into perspective that not everyone is as blessed as I am, that there are worse things out there then losing a friend, or having someone die, or failing that college exam that could get us in to a specific graduate school.  And I think we lose sight of it, so by writing what we are grateful for, we are being grounded and forced to see the good in any situation, whether bad or good; and I think that it’s amazing when you can see that.

Challenge for everyone:

So I want to challenge you all to find atleast 1 thing in each day  or each week that you can be grateful for and write it down…appreciate it and remember that there is always someone in the world who is going through something so much worse than you…there are always people who are not as fortunate as you are.

Ok that is all for today…hope you all have a wonderful day 🙂

It’s ok to take a break and breathe

Hello everyone…long time…I’ve missed you all!! So as some of you may know I took a break and I’m so happy I did.  I just really needed time to myself without blogging…I needed to focus on my family and friends and I’m glad I did.  So that is what today’s topic is going to be about because I feel alot of people are doing this, and some people are just making a fuss about it.  Ok here we go….

 

Take a Break

 

It’s ok to take a break and breathe.  I know some people feel like once you start something, you have to continue it everyday….but that is not true.  If you need a break from something to focus on yourself or whatever it is….take it.  Also for everyone who has understood why I took a break, thank you so much….I feel like the people who read my blog are really sincere amazing people and I love you all so much 🙂  Taking a break from something does not mean that you are weak, or stupid or anything like that, it just means that you need a break.  You need to take that time for yourself and that is ok.  In my opinion, I feel that it’s so important to take the time for yourself, and if what you are doing is just not making you happy, then you need to take that break and breathe. Just think about oceans…you know they have those waves that crash against the rocks, but then they take a break, and the ocean is calm and refreshing…that’s what our minds need to be like.

Ok so… Guys you have no idea how much I wanted to blog, but couldn’t because my mind needed that time to breathe and think and relax…but I am back now…inspired and just ready to create some great content for you all.

Something I’ve been thinking about a lot is “becoming a life coach.”  I have my bachelors in Psychology and my masters in health care administration, but through this blog, I’ve realized I love helping others and motivating others to live the life they want and deserve by first taking care of themselves and finding out who they are so that they can live that amazing life.  I’m not sure how to go about that, because I know that you have to get a certification…(correct me if I’m wrong, if anyone knows anything about this.)…I might also take my blog posts and make youtube videos with them as well, just to try it out. So that is it for now…I’ve also been decluttering so much that I’m in love with decluttering LOL.

Hope you all have an amazing day and weekend…and that your life is filled with beauty, hope and encouragement 🙂

Update: why there hasn’t been blog posts

Hello everyone, so this is going to be an update because i feel that I just haven’t been on my game and it’s really sad to me and I miss blogging and talking to all of you.  First of all, I want to thank all of you who have been reading my posts, who have gotten something out of them, who have been following me even when I don’t posts…You all are so amazing.  I’ve been super tired and it’s been challenging…anyway, lets just get into all of this.

 

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1.) I’ve been stressed out to the max.  We recently got a puppy…a Pomeranian husky, around 12 weeks old…and I had no idea how much work they would be to even train them. I also had no idea I would be the one taking care of him even though I wanted to wait to get a puppy.  We’ve had to put some money down and we are renting.  So my stress level is to the the max with trying to figure out how to train a puppy who destroys everything, follows me around, etc  My toddler is afraid of him, and we just got a muzzle to hopefully teach him not to bite.  On top of that, my toddler has been getting sick left and right, like usual so it’s been hard for me to try and keep him from not getting sick, and I’m working all the time with like very little sleep.  Trying to get on my computer is almost impossible since I have just about no time to myself anymore.  I’m really sorry for the lack of posts, because of all this, I just have lost my inspiration and sanity and I’m trying to figure out how to get it all back.  If any of you have suggestions, let me know lol.

2.)  Also, I’m trying to figure out if I want to upgrade and have my own website or start a business or both…I’ve really been wanting to do that for a long time, but haven’t been willing to spend the money to do that, so if any of you have any good tips or ideas on having a website or starting your own business or even having no support and all and how you decided to do it, or anything like that let me know because I want my own website, I love talking about self-development, self-awareness, health, yoga, all of that stuff and I love sharing my experiences, tips and everything with all of you.  My husband doesn’t believe in the whole having your own business, website, anything so I’m on my own in all of this…I have no support from anyone,they all think it’s a waste of money and time and no one really succeeds in doing that so any encouragement or help or tips would be amazing 🙂  I don’t have many followers but I haven’t been blogging consistently either so that is ok with me and very understandable, and will come in time I know.

3.) Topics…are there any topics you would like me to talk about?  Anything that you would love me to just discuss, maybe have like a daily theme or something?  I’m trying to come up with inspiration as well…just want to add you guys in the loop and see how my audience felt about what you wanted to see on my blog.

That’s it for now…hope you all have an amazing week and I will hopefully have a post up soon…God willing 🙂

 

4 Tips To Create a Space You Love

Hello my sweet sweet friends. Sorry it’s been so long, but I live in the northeast and we just had that horrible snow storm, and we have so much snow, it’s ridiculous…anyway… Have you ever wanted to work but just didn’t feel inspired? You wish that you could just have that one place, that office, that room, that you could just let all of your creative juices flow, but you don’t know how to get that? Ok well that was me and I’m so excited to say that I have created that place for myself.  I’m going to share my 4 tips on how to create that space for yourself, because we all need a space where we can go and meditate, be alone,work, create, etc.

Lets get started…..

4 Ways

  1. Find a space/room-So you want to find that space or room that you can make your own.  I took our 3rd bedroom that we weren’t using.

  2. Brainstorm the look-So after you find the room, you want to brainstorm what you want your room to look like, feel, etc.  I wanted my space/office to feel peaceful and calming.  I wanted to be able to meditate, do yoga, be inspired, but also have a sitting area, but in that, I wanted my desk so I can do all of my work.

  3. Lay it all out and decorate-This step you want to lay out your space/room and decorate. Declutter if need be, start putting things where you want them to go.  So for me, I got a light blue shower curtain with palm trees on it to remind me of the beach and used it as the focal point for my desk, then I put my desk up against it, I then took an ottoman and put it up against the wall underneath my window, and put a white pillow and a blue blanket on it.  I then found this little stand, that I put next to the ottoman and put a silver plate on it, decorated that with flowers, my pens and a beachy candle.

    In between my stand and my ottoman, I have this little basket that has my bible, devotional, notebook and a pen.  Beside my stand, I have my rocking chair, and on the floor in the middle of my ottoman, my stand and chair,  I have this beachy type rug…that way I have a sitting area. I then have a brown stand across from my rocking chair for my pictures and extra things, and then I have my desk.  I also have white lights, flowers and candles everywhere, and an essential oil diffuser.  And then near the door, I have my yoga mat so that I can do yoga whenever I want. 

  4. Appreciate -Now you can admire and appreciate the work you took to make your room, space, or office yours and enjoy it. You now have an inspirational space that you can let your creative juices flow into.  I love my space, it smells amazing, it’s peaceful, it’s calming, and I can just relax and do work if need be.

So there are my tips on creating a space you love. Be aware of the space you want in your life because a messy space equals a messy mind.  If you are feeling like you are confused a lot, or just irritated, or feel claustrophobic, take a look at your space and see if it’s messy and needs a little makeover.

 

Question for the week:

 let me know in the comments if you have a space for yourself.

Disconnect to Connect

Hello my sweet sweet friends.  How are all of you?  I’m doing pretty good myself. How many of you feel like you don’t have time to spend with your significant other?  How many of you keep hearing “I need you to spend time with me, why don’t you get off  your phone and spend time with me, if you don’t start putting me as a priority, this relationship is over?”  I know I have, and I’m telling you, it’s not a great thing to hear. Recently my relationship has been so much better, and I’m going to share with you some ways and tips on how you can make yours better as well.

If you want to learn more….continue reading…..

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  1. Get off your PHONE!!!  This is a big one for so many people.  Most people have a phone and most people are on their phone from the time they get up in the morning, to the time they go to bed…this was me…and when I realized how much it was hurting my family, I changed.  Now when I have the time to spend with my husband or my family, I put my phone on airplane mode, I turn it off or I put it in another room…this way I’m not tempted to look at it, and no one can contact me in that amount of time.  Your relationships are important, and  you have to be willing to do something about it.

  2. Go for a walk.  You have no idea how much just going for a walk with your significant other or your family can really help you connect with them.  The fresh air, the closeness, just helps you bond and spend the time together.  If you do have to take your phone, just play music…that’s all you need…you don’t need to text people or to call people, just play music and enjoy your family.

  3. Take time and talk.  You may not think this changes things, but it really can.  One night, I just talked to my spouse about everything.  We talked about what we wanted to do with our finances, where we wanted to be in 5 years, how we could connect with each other, etc.  It helped us grow closer together and figure out what we want for our family.  We talked about our fears, and accomplishments, and everything…so talk things out.

So knowing all of that, I just want to help you realize that if you disconnect from the distractions and the technology, you can connect with the people who are important to you on a deeper level.  You can really build that relationship that maybe you never had before. This all has to do with mindfulness and self reflection and awareness.  You may not think that this has anything to do with mindfulness or even awareness…but when your relationship starts to change because you are taking the time to make it change, then you will see the awareness that I’m talking about.

Challenge for this week:

This week, anyone who comments, I want you to take one day and disconnect with whatever is taking up your time with your family, in order to connect with them on a deeper level.  This could be…turning off  your phone for an hour to spend time with your children, this could be turning off the television to spend quality time with your spouse or turning off your phone for your spouse, if that is what takes up your time…whatever it is..take one day and disconnect from it and connect with your family.  I’m telling you…it makes a huge difference.

Importance of worship

 

Hello my sweet sweet friends.  I’m going to talk about something that is important to me as a Christian and I feel that others could relate to.

disclaimer…if this is not your cup of tea…it’s ok…feel free to not read or go and read my many other non christian posts…however…if you choose to comment, please no disrespectful comments.  I’m saying this because this is not a place for that, if you have a different belief than me or anyone else…keep it to yourself…or comment in a way that is respectful to everyone.  Thank you and I hope you enjoy.

If you would like to know more about this…keep reading….

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Worship is important. I just want to share what God taught me this morning in my quiet time with him and maybe this can be a comfort to someone out there. How many times do we go through life and forget about God? (Ref. Revelations 2:4) The one who created us, the one who first loved us? God should be the first person on our minds everyday…but is he? I’m guilty of this too. We go through life and just forget him…we download the next best app or we download the Bible on our phones instead of going into his word directly..we ask a computer call Siri for everything but we don’t ask God… why? I want to change that in my life…do you? Are you forgetting God in your life? You know…We need to long for him…we need to be humbled and give him our full attention each day. Even if it’s for 5 minutes…dive into his word, meditate on what he’s done for you, (ref. psalm 143:5), pray if you are hurting, pray for those who are hurting….worship him, he will meet you where you are. 🙏🏾and as we do this, as we fill our minds and lives with his presence…let people see his love through us. We are created to worship, we are his sheep and he is our shepherd…as we worship him, as we hear his voice…as we seek him…we follow…we allow him to direct our lives and to bring us peace.

 

I hope this meant something to someone.   I do have a post coming about toxic people and learning from them…but I need to do something before I can do that…if you want to read about something, let me know.

My top 3 ways to make Quiet time for your soul-Part 3 of the Mind, body and Soul series

Hello my sweet sweet friends. Hello anyone who is new reading my blog, hello all who love reading my blog and are returning for another inspiring post. How has everyone’s week been so far?  Mine hasn’t been so bad.  I have a sick little boy, and we still have our winter weather, but other than that, things are going really well. So we have talked about the mind and the body, and today we are going to talk about the last part of this series…the soul.

        Interested….continue reading………

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I’m going to be real with you all, this part was really hard for me.  I just was not sure what I wanted to say about your soul…so it took me until today to write this last part of the series.  But I’m going to share my top 3 ways to make quiet time for your soul. Hopefully  as you all read this, you can look at  your life and maybe deciding whether you need to make time to quiet your soul.

1) Journal or bible journaling-I have this journaling bible.  I got it off amazon about a few months ago. At  first it was just something that I liked because it was new and I thought it was cool but then it started changing me. It was like this light turned on in my soul and I just started craving it. I wanted to take my colored pencils, my highlighters, my stickers, all of my craft supplies and create a picture of the scriptures I read.

As I started to do this, I noticed how much I loved it and needed it in my life. I would sit down after my son went to school or when he went to bed, put on some music, and light a candle and I would spend quite time not only with God but also with my soul. Going back to my childhood years and being creative while also emerging myself in the word.

Now maybe you feel this isn’t for you and that’s ok. The point of this story is that you  need to fill your soul with what makes you happy. Journaling works the same way as does studying the Bible. 

2) Meditate-I have talked about mediation before on my blog but again this is a great way to have quiet time with your soul. It’s a way to remove the distractions from your mind for a few minutes and focus on the now.

3) Read– reading is great for the soul. It just takes your mind and soul to a different place and you don’t have to think about any problems or concerns you have. You can read, go into another world and educate your soul. 

Now I can’t tell you what will make your soul happy, that is something you need to find and discover on your own. You will know what that something is, because you will crave it and you will feel happy when you do it.

I hope this made sense and that this series made you think. I also hope that you find what makes your soul leap, shine,sparkle….happy.

 

So those are my top 3 ways to make quiet time for your soul. In the comments below, what are ways that you make quiet time for  your soul?