Tag: Inspiration

Celebrating life

Live in the moment

Laugh a lot

Like less and

Love more

Celebrate life

Enjoy your dreams

Dance away your sadness

Forget the madness

Share your time

With people you enjoy

Dare to be different

Hopefully not strange

Make life

More meaningful, not meaningless.

The time is now

Get out of your comfort zone

Discover a new you.

Refreshing your New Years Resolution

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Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you? Where are you going to.. do you know?

That was the theme song from the movie Mahogany starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams written several years ago. It’s still relevant even today.

When Diana Ross sang that song, I was hooked and I began to ask my younger self some of these serious life questions.

You might as well say it motivated me to change the course of my life.

Now that my kids are grown, and life is moving in another direction, I’m beginning to ask myself the same hard questions.
Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you? Where are you going to..Do you know?

Refreshing your Resolutions

What is it about the New Year which gets us all so excited?

A New year prepares our hearts and minds to rethink the past year and to make new changes for the coming year.

The old year is gone with whatever positive or negative experiences we had along the way. It’s time to wake up and be optimistic about a better and brighter future.

We pray and believe this is the year our life is going to change. For a very small percentage of people, with a real sense of purpose, they go from being a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Statistically speaking, 97% of the population make New Years Resolutions and never follow through on their intended goals.
Why do we even bother making resolutions of we don’t intend to keep it?

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It’s like running a race. Ready, Set, Go! In the beginning of the year we’re so excited to make changes. Somewhere between the starting and finish line, our goals begin to fade.

I understand because I’ve also been down that road many times and I’ve made some progress. Honestly, I’m still not where I would like to be because I’m still working on my dream.

I’ll tell you something else you already know…

Life will never change unless you decide to make a change. It’s much easier to give up rather than to keep going.

Year after year, you may find yourself in the same place you were the year before. Your New Years resolution may look like this.

1. Lose weight

2. Exercise…Join a Gym

3. Start a Business

This is merely an example, however ask yourself this question. How did my life change in 2018? What worked or didn’t work?
How can I challenge myself to get to the finish line?
It’s time to refresh your resolutions and make the necessary changes in order to succeed.

  • Keep it simple…A long list of resolutions overwhelms one state of mind. So therefore keep it short and simple.
  • Setting goals…break your 2-3 goals into workable small steps. Taking smaller steps will keep you on track. For example, if you intend on losing 50lbs this year, don’t try to do it all at once. Try 1lb a week which is workable. There are 52 weeks in a year. Even with some cheating you are sure on your way to completing your goal. Worst case scenario you lose 25lbs, but it’s still an accomplishment.
  • Day timer…Make a schedule of your goals along with your usual daily routine in the same book. This will allow you to keep a good balance between home and your personal goals without over extending yourself.
  • Be consistent…Follow through and be consistent in your actions. If you start one day and continue a month later or not at all, that will set you back. You will find yourself struggling to start again and you might quit in the process. Think about how many people sign up for a gym memberships and quit within a very short period of time. Consistency is the key to making progress that drives and motivates you to completing your goal. It’s like driving a car, if you don’t put your foot on the gas pedal, the car isn’t going anywhere.
  • Permission…Give yourself permission to skip days in between without feeling guilty. That’s your treat and cheat day. Then stay on track. The main thing is that you don’t give up and you hold on in order to accomplish your goal.
  • Visualize…See yourself finishing your race and all the perks that will come with it whether its financial freedom, free time or a great vacation.
  • The sky is the limit… This is your year to move in the direction of your intended goals for your life. Stay on track and keep moving forward. I know it’s easier to give up rather than to keep going. Tell yourself by this time next year I will be……..
  • Take action…Refuse to stand still in the same place year after year. refresh revitalize, and restore your intended goals.

Don’t live your life adding to the pile of lost dreams for another year. I know you will succeed if you do not quit. I’m rooting for you as well as myself.. Yes we can!

Season Greetings

celebrate-2953723_640Open your heart and open your eyes, watch the beauty of the season with all its magic unfold. The month of December creeps in at the end of every year with holidays and holy days.

Some of us celebrate with Christmas trees, tinsel and decorations. Yet, depending on your culture, it’s a precious celebration of your holy day. Whatever it may be to you, may you enjoy the season. 

The Hustle and Bustle

The Hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gift can be daunting. Online purchases has made shopping more convenient for people with time constraints.

Skip the trip to the mall and use the precious time you have available to spend time with family  and friends. Sip on some hot chocolate while enjoying heart to heart conversations.

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Home sweet home

There is nothing like going home after work to a warm home decorated for the season. In December, the coolness of the season gives you such warmth and enthusiasm.

My favorite thing to do is to listen to Christmas songs  and watch the Christmas shows on the Hallmark channel while I snuggle under my special throw blanket. What a cozy feeling….

Season Greetings

I wish you all the best this season and I pray for blessings for you and your family. May God direct your path as you continue on your journey to 2019.

Remember the best gift does not come in a box. It comes from above from our God and it’s called love. Please share this gift with others who have less by giving from your heart. 

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Here is a toast to a wonderful Holiday of love, laughter and good times with friends and family. 

As a Christian I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas…

 

 

Are you failing at life?

girl-3141445_1280Have you ever told yourself you’re not going to do something and you did it again?

Well that was me about a week ago. After watching several videos on animal cruelty, I woke up the next morning and informed my daughter that mom has decided to be a vegetarian.

For several weeks I initiated and consumed a primarily vegetarian diet. I also included some seafood and watched cooking videos using vegetables in an array of dishes.

I have to admit, I was on my way to being a full-fledged vegetarian. Then hunger striked me when I least expected it.

I went to the mall and only had a glass of water that morning. Time went by and I was fine. Then in a moments weakness, I strolled into Shake Shack all the while deceiving myself I would eat a Portobello mushroom sandwich.

As I got closer to the register the smell of the food drew me in closer and closer. Then, as I began to place my order….

OMG!😲 I did it again. I ordered a hamburger. Yikes..

This is not the first time but the second on my way to vegetarianism.

In a moments weakness, I crumbled. Not only did I eat that delicious hamburger that I sworn off, but I didn’t mention it to my daughter.

🤔It’s funny how guilty you feel after doing something you told yourself that you weren’t going to do for any reason.

My daughter was so proud of my committment that I didn’t want her to know I failed. Yet, I knew she would forgive me nevertheless.

Failing in life is a lesson

Failing at anything you try to do in your life is only a lesson waiting to be learned.

There is always a hidden message from these experiences. Learn it and move on..

Giving up on whatever quest you desire is not an option.

Dust yourself off, pick yourself up and begin again.

You can choose to get stronger or allow your weakness to defeat you.

Life is a battle

Life is a battle and if you want to win that battle, find a winning team that will help encourage you to keep moving forward.

In conclusion, I am not going to tell you that I may not fall prey in a moments weakness to anything I decide to do in my life.

We all fall short. That’s what life is all about, learning and developing into the person you desire to become.

However I’m going to keep running my race no matter what challenges I face until one day I’m successful in whatever I commit to do in this life.

My wish for you is that you never give up and keep striving. Don’t let your demons get the best of you where you allow life’s failures to say you are not good enough.

Believing you can succeed is only the beginning.🤗

“If at first you don’t succeed try try again.”

Nothing but Fall

I took these beautiful pictures of the fall season before the recent snow blast that took everyone by surprise.

It was my intention to keep it for myself, however you can’t keep what really doesn’t belong to you.

The beauty of this season is beyond words.

I visited several parks to bathe in the beauty of such vivid fall colors exposed by the brightest of sunshine.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…

Fall attracts and draws you into its beauty. It captures your attention and you’re drawn into the reality of nature. A parade of colors boggles the mind. One is in awe at these Magnificent trees before it’s stripped of its beauty. Old man winter comes in like a thief in the night leaving these beautiful trees naked yet standing with such strength. There is a beauty in every season yet I have to say my favorite is fall.

The strong wind blows the beautiful leaves off the trees as they float gently to the ground. Changing to crisp rustic colors soon to be forgotten, they are swept away until they will be revealed in another year.

Imagine

diana-simumpande-197805-unsplashA fantasy world exists in my mind as I close my eyes to the complex world around me.

I imagine unspoiled rainforests with lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls untouched by the footprints of man. 

Beaches with waters as blue-green as a turquoise gem.  The grains of sand like the color of an almond.

There was a ripple of excitement which filled my spirit as I strolled along this unknown and untapped sandy beach that stretched for miles in either direction.

A desperation of freedom sweeps across my mind hoping to escape the clutches of this world filled with pain and confusion.

I struggle to find the things in this life which make life more palatable as I envision this life filled with so much inspiration.

I’m temporary released from the stresses of life that continuously invades my space.

Even for a brief moment in time, I find peace and serenity as I visualize this new colorful world.

In this moment I’m no longer bound but free to exist and focus on a world inspired by a different reality.

The purity of life seen in nature consumes my being. My senses are awake and alive using my vivid imagination.

Life could be so effortless from the limits of the concrete jungle where work and making money has kept us in bondage.