Don’t Pass an Opportunity to Hear Their Story

Today proved once again that faith and love always win. Even in darkness there is always light, if you just look within 🧡 I am incredibly grateful for the people in my life, those I have known for years and those who I’ve only just met.

I met a wonderful man this weekend who braved the nasty weather to run, not because he loves to run (although I’m sure he does) but because of the friendships he makes along the way. “Sometimes peoples’ stories are ones you can’t even imagine. Don’t ever pass up opportunities to hear them”. David Ralston, 74, superhuman and amazing person.

I am forever thankful to all those stories and wonderful hearts I have gotten to know along the way and look forward to those I have not heard or met yet. 🦋🧡

Open your mind to those around you and you will learn more than you ever thought possible🧡

Choose Growth

Life is full of choices, fun ones, scary ones, big and small. Every time you turn around you have a choice to make and whether it’s as simple as what flavor ice cream you eat or whether to change careers, they are still choices for you alone to make.

So ask yourself, when you are faced with the choice to move forward in your life, to step into your true path, or stay exactly where you are, what choice will you make? Will you allow fear to choose due to possible failure or will you embrace the possibilities? Will you open the door to opportunity or will you walk past because you are comfortable?

One of many of my favorite quotes is “if your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough”. New is scary, uncomfortable is scary, change is scary but overcoming the scary can open you up to the incredible. 🧡

We have the choice to grow from our experiences, challenges and victories, and the ability to accomplish amazing things in this life if we choose to, but it’s up to us to choose. What will you choose?

I hope you have a fabulous day and I hope you choose incredible 🧡🦋

Don’t Wait. Live Now.

There is no question that life can throw some serious unexpected curve balls, sometimes at your face, that make you truly think about everything that deeply matters to you. Its times like these that have the potential to shatter your plan and make you take a good hard look at your life in a way you never imagined you would have to.

You know the moments, the ones that scare you, humble you and have you bracing for the next pitch. They take your breath away and have your mind racing at a speed that makes your head spin.

Ironically, its in these moments when we feel it’s time to profess our feelings, plan that trip, chase our dream or take that leap of faith we’ve been mulling over for longer than we can remember.

I’ve sat in those moments, one just recently, and I’ve had those thoughts and contemplated my life and all that it has been and all that it could be. My biggest take away from it, was why do we wait until these moments to choose to be the person we long to be?

We can overthink, overanalyze, over dramatize and pretend like we have forever and a day to do or say what’s in our heart, but the truth is, we have these moments, right now, Why wait?

Don’t wait to tell those you love what they mean to you, don’t wait to take that trip with your kids, or follow that dream you’ve carried with you since the first grade. Don’t wait to hit the road for your next adventure, or write that book or screenplay, or go back to school, open a business or learn to sail.

Don’t wait, do it now. We are not promised tomorrow and there is no room for regret. Say I love you, plan the vacation, step out of your bubble, and make that dream a reality. Now.

You have the choice to live this life while you live this life. Don’t wait for the curve ball, live it now and laugh til your stomach hurts, dance til the music stops, sing so the world can hear you and live every second you have – because you can.

Don’t wait to love the beautiful, exciting, incredible life you are meant to live. Live now, live every moment you have, and live it with love in your heart, grace in your step and fire in your soul.

And of course, Have an awesome day!

Start a Cycle of Kindness

One simple gesture, one helpful intention or kind word and one person’s day may be altered for the better. That one person may pass on those same good deeds to another and the cycle continues. In one day you may impact one, ten or a hundred. 🧡

This impact is just as great if you choose to not say a word out of anger, jealousy or hate. Not reacting can have the same affect as reacting. “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it”.

Choose kindness, love and respect to begin your week. Open your heart and walk with grace. Your actions or inactions may alter someones outlook for the better and in turn they may pass it on. Start the cycle of kindness, pass it on and see the change in yourself for the better🦋🧡

Self Care Includes Sleep

It’s scientifically proven that your mental health affects your physical health, and vice versa, in many ways. It’s easy to overlook and the majority of the time we don’t even realize until we show up to work in our slippers, or insomnia takes over our nights.

Taking care of yourself in all ways mental and physical is so important for your health and your sanity. And while mental breaks, breathing deep, and caring for your mind is key, sometimes we forget that sleep is the body’s natural healing mechanism. Every now and then we need to check in with ourselves to make sure we are allowing ourselves enough.

I know it can sometimes be impossible to adjust your sleep habits and it’s a vicious cycle consisting of your daily practice, what you eat, and what your schedule allows. However try to be aware of how each of these are affecting your sleep and consider that lack of solid rest may be the root of how you are feeling inside and out.

Take care of yourself because you are worth it and living as the best version of you means feeling like it.

Have a beautiful day!

Appreciate the Little Things

Appreciate the little things in this life. A laugh with a friend, smile from a stranger, hug from a loved one, quiet drive to work, warm covers in the morning, fresh coffee, long conversations, sunshine on you face and the opportunity to choose how you see things. 🧡

Appreciate the beauty that surrounds you and the love that guides you. It’s the little things that fill your heart and show you just how incredible this life can be. 🦋🧡

Have an amazing day!

Thoughts are Powerful

I had someone ask me yesterday my best tips to boost confidence. I smiled because never did I think I would be one to give out tips on confidence, and I was humbled by the question. It is true that I’ve never been more comfortable in my own skin and fear is no longer in the driver seat, but what could I share to help on those days when your confidence is shaky.

After some thought I realized I may have a few tips to share. While it’s taken a lot of self reflection and internal reworking for long term change, there are several practices that have helped me tremendously along the way. First one is music.

Music for me is a source of inspiration, motivation and joy. It’s a way to reach my soul without even knowing, and when I need to feel whatever I am feeling in that moment music is my conductor.

However to build my confidence I relied heavily on my inner thoughts and how I spoke to myself. Daily reminders or positive affirmations were key to how I was going to hold my head that day.

Start your day with an “I am” statement and repeat it over and over until all of a sudden you deeply believe it.

I am good

I am loving

I am confident

I am strong

I am loved

I am capable

I am honest

I am proud

I am going to be ok

These are powerful because your thoughts become your beliefs and when you believe you are, you will be.

Everyday brought new challenges and everyday I reminded myself who I am in my heart, and soon I would end my day with “I will” statements.

I will be gentle with myself

I will forgive

I will be grateful

I will love

I will follow my dreams

I will succeed

I will accomplish all my heart desires

And soon, I started doing all those things and my life began to shift. I still have to remind myself some days but it’s not as difficult to bounce back because the belief instilled in me of all I am worth and all that I am surfaces quicker.

Thoughts are powerful especially when we use them for good 🧡 remind yourself just how incredible you are everyday and soon you will believe it so deeply that no one and nothing can take it from you 🦋🧡