Don’t Take Things Personally

One of my most difficult life lessons ❤️ Believe it or not the way people treat you is not always about you. Many project internal emotions, ones that they don’t understand themselves, onto the closest people to them.

For most my life I always felt there was something wrong with me when this would happen. What did I do to make someone treat me poorly or twist my intentions? If they truly understood me they would know I would never intentionally hurt anyone.

I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that it’s not always about me, and with this, my heart is softer. I address these situations with much more kindness, compassion and understanding. I am careful with the way I respond and walk away if it’s necessary for my own peace.

One of the Four Agreements: Don’t Take Things Personally. People struggle everyday with their own internal battles and you just don’t know where the fear, hurt or insecurity is coming from so don’t judge, just be kind 🧡🦋

Give a Little Happy

Yes ❤️ You have the ability every day to make someone feel appreciated and loved. You have the ability to leave them smiling with their heart full. You have the power to give happiness to another. How amazing is that? Try it and you’ll be surprised how the reward in return is greater than the gift 🧡

Have a beautiful day 🧡🦋

Be the Pebble

I’ve been telling my mom since I was a kid that I was going to be on Oprah and change the world. I was always the dreamer and she knew it. She’d laugh, shake her head and smile and say “you know if anyone can, it’s you.”

Back then I thought in order to do that I’d have to find fame, recognition, and do something huge that everyone could see. I had big plans in my head, big goals I could see, but could never quite find the path to get there.

While there are many lessons in this journey of mine, the one I almost missed and I would say, most important, was that to change the world, all you need is a smile, a kind word, a grateful heart and an open mind.

The ripple effect…one pebble can change the water, one small act can change a moment, a mindset or even a life. You have the ability to cause that effect everyday the second you open your eyes. It’s a beautiful realization and a beautiful way to live 🧡🦋

Choose to be the pebble and choose to change the world. Have an amazing day!

Be Inspired

Feeling inspired by the people in my life who follow their heart, their dreams, never give up, believe in the good, and who support me always, love me no matter the day, and prove to me more times than they know that anything is possible 🧡 I’m so blessed to have each of you in my life for so many reasons.
 
Every one of you have touched my heart in a special way and motivate me to be the best version of myself🦋 So much that today I wrote out the outline for the book I was meant to write because of each of you ❤️ Thank you!
 
Have a beautiful weekend and a happy Easter!be inspired

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!