Look within!

In our busy lives, many of us probably wish to have someone hand us a silver platter to take all our troubles away. Just snap your fingers, wiggle your nose, and say some magic words, and POOF! no more trouble. We often times forget the strength that lies within our selves. To remind ourselves this is only temporary, and we will get through it. Whether it be dealing with our troubles, running a half-marathon, trying to pass a course, or any other challenge life may throw at us.

Meditation is a great way to calm our minds to find our inner strength. I’m not one to sit on the floor cross-legged for hours at a time. Instead I find other ways to meditate. It could be going for a walk or a run, while having a soak in the bath, one of my favorites was while breast feeding in the wee hours of the morning (although I’m past the breastfeeding stage with my girls).

I know most days I’d rather be in my nice warm comfortable bed instead of getting up early. Although I’d have to say my most favorite time of day is in the early morning when everything is quiet and still. Find a quiet time to reflect. If anything, start a gratitude journal. If you’re not into writing in a journal, or are like me and are very sporadic at keeping a journal, then pick up a stone to become your gratitude rock. Hold this stone in your hands for a few minutes each day to reflect on what you are grateful for. Put it in your pocket and each time you put your hand in the pocket and feel the stone, think of something you are grateful for.

Gratitude will help lead you to the path of abundance.

I am grateful for my followers and for any new visitors to my blog. I am grateful for my family and all their love and support. I am grateful for my children for the joy they bring to my heart. I am grateful for my husband’s budgeting skills to keep our family budget on track. I am grateful for my and my family’s health.

These are a few things of what I am grateful for. What are you grateful for?

Lazy Summer Days

I love the lazy days of summer. I love playing outside with my girls watching them explore the world around them. It is fun teaching them how to ride a bike and playing with the caterpillar that crossed our path. It is fun hanging out poolside or putting on a street performance for mommy.

Most of all, I love the long days full of sunshine and good times. It’s about making memories together! Get out and enjoy yourself this weekend!

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It’s time to relax!

How many people think their world is going to collapse when everything does not go according to their plans?

When life throws you the unexpected curve ball, we need to learn to go with the flow. Sometimes we think we had everything in place, then all the made plans fall apart.

The question lies, do the plans actually fall apart or is there something better that lies waiting in the foreground? Instead of scrambling, take some time to refocus your energies. Remember what you need to prepare yourself; breathe. Tell yourself you have an abundance of time; breathe. Tell yourself everything will work out in the end; and breathe some more.

The Dali Lama had a nice way of putting it. In amongst the chaos we tend to overreact. Yet when all is said and done and we reflect back on our actions, we realize we were foolish to act the way we did.

Relax, and remember to breathe. Stop rushing, and remember to breathe.

Relax and breathe; relax and breathe.

Namaste!

R n R

Often times our soles require some rest and relaxation; an escape from the everyday. My husband and I recently took a vacation without our kids, and now we feel rested and rejuvenated.

While on vacation we did not have a set agenda. We felt quite happy hanging out at the beach, or taking a rain soaked hike through a rainforest. Even when we met up with our friends, we still took our time, enjoyed some great food, and hung out at some more beaches.

Our soles felt recharged and ready to face the everyday again. I even found myself feeling calmer around my girls.

You don’t need to travel the world to find a place to recharge. It could be as simple as a quiet place in a park or your yard, or a small oasis in your own home. It could be for 15 minutes, or it could be for weeks, months, or even years.

Make the time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.