Shine bright like a diamond

The other day I could tell my daughter was feeling frustrated. She had dance practice and her teachers were harping on her again. I told her to accept the criticism, practice, and then show her dance teachers that she can be a rock star.

I feel in today’s society, we seem to take criticism hard. We are so used to having everyone lie to us that we are all perfect. In sports, each kid now receives a medal or a trophy of some sort for simply participating. Instead, we should embrace the criticism to learn and grow from our mistakes.

Not everyone is gifted. For some of us have to work harder to achieve our dreams. There are dancers who struggled and we criticized that have blossomed into the beautiful swan. Even Michael Jordan had to work hard to become the basketball star he became.

When we have a dream, we need to remember to keep moving forward toward our goals. It’s one foot in front of the other until we reach the finish line. No matter how much we feel like lying down on the ground and want to give up, we must persevere toward the finish line. In one of my last half marathons I ran, I felt like doing just that. I was over the half way marker when my legs felt like they wanted to quit. I had to will myself forward and ended up walking the last 6 km. I ended up with a new personal best on this race.

I leave you with this quote from Rihanna’s Diamonds: 

Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond 

Find light in the beautiful sea, I choose to be happy

YOLO

I love receiving my messages from the universe. Here’s today’s message.

Some things should just be done for the fun of it.

Not because they are inexpensive, practical, organic, logical, fashionable, modest, brilliant, green, expected, proper, spiritual, thinning, fattening, prudent, or GMO-allergen-smoke-chemical free.

 TUT – A Note from the Universe

Sometimes we just need to take the leap and follow our hearts.

#YOLO

Tiny little dots

 

Have you ever looked closely at a comic picture? The picture is made up of thousands of tiny dots. Up close it doesn’t look like much, yet step back and view the whole picture, and the scene comes to life.

Life can be like this too at times. Often we are so rushed that we end up only looking at each tiny dot on its own. We forget about the back story and we forget about the other dots that make the picture whole. We are quick to make judgements based on appearances alone.

Everyone is woven together into one big picture. Each of us is a dot in the masterpiece of life. Together, we make a beautiful piece of art.

Picture courtsey of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Lichtenstein

The recipe for world peace!

This post I wrote 4 years ago is even more true today. We need to now, more than ever, seek peace, love and light. We are all human. If you look at each person on the inside, we are all the same. 

Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace.. -John Lennon

 

We are all one. We are all the same. We all strive to be acknowledged and to be loved.

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.” – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu puts it so elegantly. Why are we trying to fix those around us when it is us ourselves who are need of fixing. Look deep within yourself for change and watch how the world around you changes as you change yourself.

I noticed this when I returned from maternity leave at work. Certain people had left our group and were replaced by more calming people. After having kids my attitude had changed. I did not feel as stressed, and I had learned that you need to be flexible with your expectations when something out of the ordinary arises.

We teach our children from a young age to love one another and to share; yet as a society we have a difficult time doing that. Let’s set our differences aside and first learn to love ourselves, then portray that same love outwards to the rest of humanity. As the Bible and many other religions say, “Love thy neighbor as you would love yourself.” – Matthew 22:37-39.

A Happy Ever After

True happiness cannot be bought. It cannot be amassed at the sacrifice of others. True happiness is found within one self.

You cannot change another person to be happy. You cannot force another person to be happy. They must look inside to find their own happiness.

Everyone has a dark side. As much as everyone has a light side. The ying and yang seek to balance one another.

There will always be a battle between good and evil. What we must seek is the balance between the two. 

Everyone can find their happy ever after if they are willing to seek it out.

Dare to be different, Dare to be yourself

http://youtu.be/VUoXtddNPAM
I was introduced to the song, Little Boxes on the Hillside, as a teenager and recently started to here it again. It is a powerful song about conformity written in the 1960’s. This song can still apply to us today. Perhaps we need to write a new verse. 

All the people with their smart phones

With their heads bent quickly texting

All the people made of ticky tacky

And they all look just the same

It feels as though we are all drones living a life made out of ticky tacky all looking the same with our heads down stuffed in our phones. We are all told by some invisible “they” about how we are excepted to behave. We no longer think for ourselves. The ticky tacky is sculpted daily. We search social media looking for answers and dreaming of what our lives could be. We forget we are in charge of our life. We need to put down the phone and live and experience life instead of “liking” how other people live their lives. 

Dare to be different and choose to shape your own ticky tacky. Dare to be the person you are meant to be.

La Vida Loca

I haven’t blogged in quite a while as I’ve been living a vida loca.

The summer started out with a BANG! My husband quit his day job to focus on growing his BBQ business. We thought we’d ease into it nice and slow. Yeah right! Instead we jumped into the deep end and have been treading water ever since.

Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for how well our business has been doing, and I’m excited every time Ryan tells me we have a new event or he made a new contact.

One thing I have learned over the course of this summer is it is important to take time out for yourself and your family. Our house has certainly not been spotless, and some nights dinner consists of sandwiches and snacks. Even if it is simply a few minutes here or there where you sit down and put up your feet for five minutes.

Some people fail to realize the effort that goes into running your own business. They think you have all this time to fit in side projects and do your day-to-day housework. They fail to realize that you may have gotten up at 6:30 am to put a load of meat on the BBQ before ushering your kids to swim lessons. They fail to realize you had to respond to a few phone calls and emails. They fail to realize you still need to run to the next town or city to stock up on supplies. If you simply get these few tasks done you feel like you’ve achieved a great day. Not to mention that you still need to be a parent and spend time with your kids. The wife works full-time and needs to be a mom and a helper with the business. Often times whisking the kids to bed then helping package BBQ. Not to mention working the Farmer’s market on weekends and helping to cater.

We make a great team. Yes we have our moments, yet we help each other to persevere through the tough spots so we can reap the rewards.

As mentioned, our house may not be stellar. Our lawn and yard may not be perfectly manicured. Projects that need to get done around the house may take a little longer to finish. That is my vida loca.

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