There are many definitions to the word “Freedom”.
There are also many interpretations of the meanings.
A meaning often stated is “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.”
However we all interpret it differently. Why?
Because we are all unique individuals experiencing life based on our upbringing, our role models, our lifestyle, our education, our neighborhood, our friends, family, likes, dislikes, work environment, music, art; the list goes on and on. Everything impacts and influences us and our decisions and choices.
What’s important for me is not for you. However it is important to allow others to “do their thing” as long as we can respect, not judge and do no harm.
So as we enter into this July 4th celebration of Freedom – remember that.
And have fun!
On our recent travels through Budapest, Vienna and Prague, I was fascinated with the architecture – especially zeroing in on doors! At castles, churches, palaces, and in out of the way places, they were stunning.
So of course, I took some pictures.
Why am I fascinated with doors? I believe their significance for me is that we have a choice – open, close, walk by, lock, bang on, paint a bold color, or ignore.
The visible doors in life remind me that we also have invisible doors that we have built. They can hold us back or we can choose to open and step through – continue exploring, continue seeking out that which will contribute to our growth. We may think we built those to protect us, shield us, and comfort us into security. However in most cases they do just the opposite. They limit us, confine us, and stifle us.
We have a choice. Stay curious and open as many doors as you can. See the possibilities that are available to you as long as you take the necessary steps.
What doors will you open today?
With Light and Love,
One of my favorite things to do is to travel. The sights, sounds, aromas and feelings stay with me forever – inspiring me and expanding my understanding of the world.
I can appreciate and learn about the different cultures, their history, their experiences, their values and their interests. It continues to help me from being judge-mental – helps to keep my mind open to different ways of doing things – knowing that your way could be different than mine – and that is okay.
My husband and I are currently on holiday exploring Eastern Europe. We are learning so much about a part of the world which is uniquely distinct from all of our travels. And that is what is so great about it.
We are, at times, out of our comfort zone, and not just due to the time zone change.
Our daily rhythms and routines have been totally rearranged.
Does it take getting used to? Absolutely!
However the Aha moments are rewarding and the overall rich experiences are, for us, truly special and enriching.
I give thanks to be able to enjoy our travels, and find inspiration everywhere we go.
I hope you also find your inspiration wherever your journeys take you.
Bring your sunshine everywhere you go!
Over the last few days, it has been overcast and cloudy in the morning hours. The nickname has been coined “May Gray”. Since we live along the coast of Southern California, we do expect temperatures to be more moderate than inland, and yes, occassionally there is more fog and clouds. However my preference is sunshine, blue skies and puffy clouds. I have realized though that I can bring my own sunshine everywhere I go even when it is gray and overcast outside. I can radiate warmth, light, love, compassion, understanding, and good will regardless of the conditions. We forget that it all starts with our thinking! It doesn’t matter what the weather is like. You can make a difference.
So think sunshine. Feel its warmth. Allow it to radiate through you to everyone you meet. Bring your light and love. It will brighten up their day and yours. Regardless of the clouds, bring your sunshine and break through the fog.
And before you know it, the fog will burn off and sunshine will fill the sky, warm your heart and radiate LOVE.
With Light and Love and Sunshine!
I enjoy watching our flowers and plants grow and blossom in our gardens. It is amazing to see what happens when we pay attention and take care of them. What about watering our soul and spirit? Just think what would happen.
I started reflecting on this after observing our Night Blooming Jasmine growing around our house. It recently bloomed beautifully! And the scent was incredible!
Now though, it was beginning to look tired with withered blossoms. I took off all the dead leaves and branches. It didn’t appear to be growing any new flowers. We decided to increase how often we were watering as it has been dry and windy.
Amazing results! The water nourished the roots and the jasmine reacted. It started to bloom again. It is thriving and growing new leaves. All because we paid attention and took care of its needs.
Identify your needs! Water your soul! Nourish your spirit! Let your blossoms flourish!
Take the time to tend your garden, your body, mind and spirit.
You will begin to feel and be revived, refreshed, and renewed.
With LOVE and LIGHT,
Yesterday was Mother’s Day. My mind immediately went to my Mom who is now always with me in spirit. My heart is full of love, respect and gratitude for who she was, is, and will always be. The lessons I learned from her are limitless. Whether it was in what she said, how she conducted herself, her beliefs, her intuition, her guidance, her laugh, her love of life; I say Thank you!
Celebrating those we love is not only a one day a year occurrence. It is an every day feeling of gratitude and appreciation that one feels.
Open yourself to the joy of giving thanks for those you love – for them being in your life – for their impact on your being.
We learn so much from those around us. We are born into one family – however we create our own families as we go through life.
Choose wisely. Surround yourself with like minded people who nurture your soul and lift your spirits. They do not have to always agree with you, however they will always be truthful and honest in stating their beliefs. We need that openness and honesty to assist us in making better decisions and gaining a richer perspective on life and living.
Let Love and Loving thoughts guide you every day in every way.
I often receive what I call “messages from the Universe” while I am out and about. We all do when we are present, in the moment and take the time to reflect.
The other day on my daily run alongside the golf course down to the beach, I came across a golf ball in a bush. I or my husband usually pick them up and offer them to golfers playing that we encounter on our way home. This particular golf ball had a smooth surface, the brand was Zen, and it said on it that it was balanced!
Wow- What a great message! I often find that during my runs I see, hear and feel things that are exactly what I need to see, hear and feel at that moment.
Being a Libra, I strive to have harmony and balance in my life. At times, not easy, however at this stage, I am able to devote more conscious awareness to be in that state.
I realize that not everyone can say that. Life happens. We get busy with work, school, commitments, obligations, the shoulds, and so many other things.
I would like you to reflect on where you are right now. How do you feel? Are you spending time taking care of yourself or are you constantly and continually serving and giving to others? It is important to be of service and help others. However, one needs to take care of oneself first in order to truly be capable of giving. Taking care of ourselves comes in many forms. High on my priority list are: Positive self talk, daily affirmations, gratitude, exercising, healthy eating, getting rest, spending time in nature, contributing, accomplishing, nourishing my being with inspiring and uplifting words.
Find your balance! Be aware of the shifts in how you feel and what you can then accomplish.
Find the messages in your surroundings. Be present and aware. Be open to receiving the exact message you need to hear.
Have a joyfilled and balanced day!
What’s in your closet! Amazing what you may find. When was the last time you took a closer look at your possessions – the clothes, the shoes, the handbags, the never worn items still with price tags, the cosmetics, the jewelry…. The list goes on and on.
Last week my blush & highlighter broke into pieces. Okay, time for a new one! I searched online for the brand and item – however it must have been discontinued. Not as easy for me to buy a new one on online as I have found the colors sometimes are different than what appears on my screen. Did I want to actually go shopping to a real brick & mortar store? Not really. So what did I do? I went shopping in my closet! My closet? Yes!
For those of you that do not know, I have worked in the cosmetics industry for many years. Therefore I have received samples, gratis, trial sizes, full products, palettes, etc. More than I could use. I have gifted many friends through the years with baskets full of goodies and donated more to charities. However, I definitely have kept some for me. Especially items I know I will eventually need to replenish. The biggest challenge has been using it before an expiration date.
I was so excited to find several blushes and highlighters in my stash! Mission accomplished! And I even had a bonus result. I was able to toss the expired items, recyle some, and REFRESH my current products with some newness. I even felt refreshed – happy to have found what I was looking for, and pleased that I was able to clean out the old – things that no longer served me. Some of which I didn’t even remember I had.
REFRESH is the 3rd R in my book Reflect Renew Refresh – The 3R’s for an Inspired Life. It is a weekly journal filled with photos, quotes and affirmations to motivate, encourage, support you in your life’s journey.
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Wishing you peace, joy and love,
As the seasons change and signs of Spring appear, it seems the perfect time for Reflection.
Taking the time to reflect is the 1st R in my book – “Reflect Renew Refresh” – the 3 R’s for an Inspired Life!
Before we can move forward, we need to assess where we are, what has transpired, and where we want to go.
For the last few days, I have been more quiet, more reflective, and somewhat staying to myself. I am looking at my routines and rituals, my likes and dislikes, my preferences and desires. I am reviewing what I would like to change up and what I definitely want to continue.
I am looking at what is working (right thoughts, words and actions, exercise, healthy eating, rest, spending time with my husband, being out in nature, pacing myself).
I am also looking at what needs to shift (spending more time reading, meditating, pursuing new and contributing to existing consulting clients, marketing my books, identifying charities and support groups to work with).
Take the time to reflect and jump start your Spring!
By taking care of yourself first, then you will be able to be your best self and can help others.
You may think that is selfish!
And that is okay – because It’s important to take care of yourself first. Many years ago, when I was in my teens, a dear friend said to me ‘If you do not take care of yourself, who will?”. That statement startled me, however has stayed with me and helped me to this day.
I give thanks for this incredible journey of Life! I do not want to take anything for granted.
So after my Reflecting, I can confidently move forward to Renew my commitments and to Refresh my spirit.
Happy Spring Rebirth everyone.
With Light and Love,