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.
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?
Hello my sweet friends. Last week we talked about your body and how it’s important to keep it healthy. Our bodies are what we live in, and unless you are a cat, you only have one life which means you only have one body. We talked about different ways you can keep your body healthy. This week we are going to talk about our minds. As you all know, you kind of need your minds/brains…right? I mean you are supposed to use your mind or your brain your entire life; from the time you get school age, to well the time you really don’t need to use it any more. Our minds are a crucial part of our bodies, so it only makes sense to make sure that it is healthy, so that you can do all that you need to do. Today we are going to talk about 3 main ways that you can keep your mind healthy. Keep in mind, these are my thoughts, if you have any other thoughts on this; please share in the comments below.
3 tips to keep your mind healthy
Think positive. Positivity can really change the way you look at life. I know people don’t believe this, but it is true. When I am having a bad day, if I look at something with a positive outlook, it helps me see things clearer and it makes me feel better. It gives me hope in a way…and in some instances; I think that if you have hope, it can really help you stay sain. It is like if you are in the hospital for cancer, if someone tells you that it will be ok or that you are going to live to see your children get married or your children have children, it gives you that bit of hope that maybe you needed. Its helping you think positive even though you are going through a horrible and painful time in your life.
Get rid of the negatives’ around you. This goes with the first tip, you need to get rid of the negative people or things that are making you sad, however you also should embrace the negative people around you. (I will write another post about this) Having negative people or things around you can bring your mood down, and if you are in pain or in a hospital with an illness or you are recovering from something, you don’t need people telling you that it will never get better or this is your life so get used to it or whatever. You want people to bring you up and make you feel like you can get through anything. Another way to do this is to go through your social media and delete the negative people or send them a message about how you are feeling that way they know.
Read a positive book and soak it in. Reading can really help your mind. It can one: make you smarter, but also make your mind relax and be at peace. Being sucked into a good book, whether fiction or nonfiction is just a great thing to be in. Grab a snack and a drink, set the mood and read. People don’t need to know why you are doing it or why you’re reading the book you chose, you just need to realize that it’s ok.
Your mind is so important and when you realize how important, then you can start to see what you need to do to keep it healthy.
Challenge for this week:
Pick an activity, that can be good for your mind. Maybe it’s journaling, reading, meditating, doing yoga, sending a positive message to 1 person each day next week,etc…whatever you choose…do it for that whole week. See if your mind is relaxed, renewed…when the week is over…reflect…ask your friends and family if they saw a difference in you…have you seen a difference in yourself? Is your mind…less cluttered and more clear?
Remember: “Where a mind goes, a man follows” Proverbs 23:7
Hello my sweet sweet friends. This blog post was supposed to go up last week, but my son was really sick and then my husband and I got really sick, so today is the first day that I actually feel like I can write and post a blog post. So I’m sitting here on a Friday afternoon. I have my white Christmas lights on in my office, a wax warmer with an amazing smelling wax and some music. Today we are going to talk about ways to relax, or ways to your Zen. You know those days when you just need to sit back and relax, well here are 7 ideas or ways that you can do that…so if you want to read more…just look below….
Drink tea. I love drinking tea. There’s something so soothing about having hot tea, when you just need to relax. The process that you have to go through to make it…the picking out your favorite mug, picking out the tea you want to drink, putting water in it and just finding a cozy spot to sit and drinking it. This is what I love to do when I’m about to read a book or just relax with a great movie.
Utilize aroma therapy. These can be in a form of essential oils, wax warmer, candles or diffuser. Whatever you want to use to make your house or space smell amazing and feel cozy. Setting the mood can really help anyone relax and feel right at home.
Practice mindfulness. Now I talked about this before on my blog, but it’s important to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness as I have mentioned before is being in the moment. So go for a walk, without your electronics, without your phone and just take in the air. Take in the nature and just walk. Think about things, but be in the moment, because the moments that you are in, are the moments you will remember and cannot get back. Another way I love to practice mindfulness is by coloring. I just bought 3 adult coloring books and I can’t wait to use them. You don’t have to be a kid to do kid things, what’s important is being in the present moment and remembering why you are here on earth.
Explore music. I love music…and exploring new music, new bands, new artists…is amazing.
Practice deep breathing. So this can be hard for a lot of people, and I admit that I’m still learning to do this, but practicing deep breathing can be very beneficial and can calm you down. So something to try is to just take 1 minute and just do some deep breaths. And once you are comfortable with that, you can take that up to 2, 3, 4, or 5 minutes. Another way to do this is to meditate or do yoga.
Ok for all those girls out there…do a manicure or a pedicure. I love these. I get all my things together, grab a good chick movie and just sit and do my nails. It’s so soothing and just feels great in the end.
Positive thinking and Affirmation. This is something that I think people should do on a daily basis. You should always think positive and have an affirmation or a mantra that you say. My mantra is “she believed she could so she did,” and also “I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see.” I’ve talked a lot about these as well, but I live by these, and I love them. So I encourage you all to find a quote, an affirmation, a positive thinking saying that you either came up with on your own or found and remember it. It can really help your life.
Well, I hope that you all had an amazing week last week, and that this week is great for you as well. And something I wanted to say…Obviously with all the news and everything…be aware of what is going on, and maybe take this time to reflect on things that are happening in this world. So til next time.
I’m sorry for the lack of posts and for not responding to comments. I took a break so that I could get better and my family could get better and I could get sleep. I work outside of the home so I needed to get well rested and it’s been really hard. But while I wasn’t blogging, I was still writing up posts, and planning what I wanted to say and talk about on this blog. Please leave any topics you feel you want to read about. This has been a great break for reflecting and just getting through some personal, spiritual demons, I guess you could say.
Hello my sweet sweet friends. 2016 was a year full of sadness but also happiness. But one of the most important things for me was that it was about finding myself. Learning who I am has really changed the way I think about different things. Today I’m going to share 6 main things that 2016 taught me. If you wish to know…..
Stand up for yourself.
Happiness starts with you, not with someone else
Finding yourself is the best journey ever!
There may be bad days, but there is something positive in everyday
Putting your all in something you are passionate about…will pay off in the end
Have faith in God and let him lead your life, emotions, everything
This year has taught me to stand up for myself. Sometimes I can just let things go and be shy and not say what I’m really feeling, and that’s not good. So this year has taught me that I need to stand up for myself and not let people walk all over me. It’s a great feeling when you don’t let people walk all over you and you take pride in knowing who you are.
This year I learned that happiness starts with me…not with someone else. If I want to be happy, I have to do things that make me happy. Fake it til I make it. Learn what makes me happy and do it, and not care if others don’t like it. When I do things that make me happy, then I feel good about myself and things just turn out ok.
Finding myself was and still is an amazing journey. I took this whole year to find myself. Find out what makes me happy, what makes me sad, what I like, etc…and it and still is amazing. I’ve learned more about myself than I have my whole life, and I can’t wait to continue this journey in 2017. I’ve learned that other people’s opinions don’t matter. As long as you are happy, then that is what matters. The hard times I went through, the good times, were worth it and have made me a better person inside and out.
There may be bad times, but there is something positive in everyday. Things are going to happen, trials will come your way, but if you can say or write down one positive thing that happened that day, then you will see that there is a brighter side to the madness of your life. I’ve learned to just be grateful for one thing each day and by doing that, I’ve started to see that the sun will always through the clouds.
Putting your all in something will pay off in the end. This year I put my all in my blog and I love where it’s gone and where it is. I love sharing self care, self reflection posts and encouraging content because I feel that it can really help someone. I’m so grateful for the amazing comments I have been receiving and I do want to thank you all for making my blog amazing. You all are apart of it. Everyone who comments, who reads, who shares, who follows or whatever, is apart of this blog and I couldn’t thank you all enough. I love reading and replying to your comments and I can’t wait to see the growth in 2017.
Last I learned to continue to have faith in God and let him lead every part of my life. God is truly amazing, and by having faith, you can really see things happen in your life. My life verse is “I will walk by faith, even when I can not see.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
So that is what 2016 taught me and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.
Question of the week:
What is one thing 2016 taught you? Share in the comments below, and if you liked this, comment, share and follow to know when I post. Have a great week and New Years 🙂
P.S. For the new year, if you comment, like or follow, I will send you a free PDF challenge, that I created for 2017 for January. Just leave a comment with your email address if you would like to receive a free gift for the new year. It’s a self care challenge to get you started with the new year. 🙂