Travel

Traveling is one of the best things you can do for your mind, body & soul.

Think about a time you traveled to a place, a new country or even a new town near your home. Experiencing new cultures, foods & surroundings heightens you’re awareness, excites your senses and takes you out of your comfort zone and into a new and refreshing perspective. Travel will teach you to see the world, develop skills you never new you had, and give you a healthy dose about other cultures.

It is a proven fact that the health benefit of packing your bags and leaving your daily routine reduces stress increases your creativity and allows your body to reset itself.

The minute you arrive at a brand new destination, a place your mind and body has never experienced, sends an overwhelming child like awe, filling your soul with wonder and rejuvenating your energy! You are curious, ready to wander and explore, you are doing things you’ve never done before. You are learning, you have an intense heightened sense of awareness and appreciation for all around you, smells, taste & beauty!

During last few years I have had the opportunity to travel and experience some of the most beautiful places in the world, some now forever changed by a devastating Hurricane. So grateful for the friends and memories made. Never miss an opportunity to GO, to EXPLORE!

White beaches, rainforests, ruins, beautiful mountains, fascinating architecture, history of our country, tantalizing foods, interactions with locals, all leave memories etched in your mind.

All these new experiences will last a lifetime, and in a moments notice you can be transported back & relive your experience, sharing with others why maybe they should visit some of your favorite destinations!

“Wherever you go, becomes a part of you somehow.”

So get ready pack your bags and plan that next vacation!!

Where will you go?

Grace

Grace. There are many definitions for this term.

I read a post this am from a cousin and it prompted me to address Grace, maybe someone else needs to read this. Her post..”Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak, it sets you free.” #givegrace #godsplan #purpose #forgiveness Thank you Holly Closen.

What does grace me to you? How do you practice grace?

Having grace in your heart allows you to have relationship with people and their hearts, not their behavior. Grace means being kind, polite, gracious, a controlled pleasant way of behaving in all circumstances.

When we deal with people whether they are difficult or maybe we don’t share the same beliefs it’s always best to practice kindness, gentle words and a soft approach. Choosing to be hurtful, mean-spirited or saying things you know may hurt someone is easy at times, but being graceful and living with grace means you put grace before all other hurt emotions, because grace is much more important.

Everyone can reflect on a time or event in our lives, maybe a person, where we have been hurt, maybe even devastated, but forgiving and letting go of things not meant for us is having grace. No one is perfect, we all have short comings, moments of imperfections, we are human, but putting best intentions first with everyone in every circumstance is practicing GRACE!

Grace is doing what is right, not what is easy. Grace is unconditional LOVE. Grace is gratitude for our blessings, despite our circumstances. At the heart of GRACE is gratitude for all that is.

Today live with grace & feel a since of happiness, salvation & spiritual bliss.

Relax & Recharge

After a wonderful weekend of no specific plan, just enjoying time which was purely relaxing, a little trip to the garden center, replanting the front porch pots, (having your hands dirty in soil is so therapeutic) a bike ride, (fresh air in your face) dinner & conversation with old friends & a full Sunday of calm relaxation a little reading & just being, I feel recharged & ready for the week ahead!

We live in a go, go, go society and often fall into the trap of being constantly busy. We fill every hour with a task. How much can we fit in one day? Our fast paced world sends the message that being busy is something to be proud of, but ask yourself at the end of the day, “am I feeling drained” Always feeling worn-out or exhausted is very unhealthy, and can lead you to feel less productive and sadly unhappy.

Taking time to take care of your body makes it easier to recharge your mind, feel peaceful and more focused!

I’m the gal who has mad energy and find it difficult to just stop and relax, literally tuning out all busy thoughts is not easy for me, but I’m practicing downtime & listening inward to my body. Taking time to recharge!

Find a relaxation technique that resonates with you, a hot bath, a walk, a cozy corner. Then no devices just your mind & body still. Take is slow, nurture yourself, listen inward, if we do not listen to our bodies & take care of ourselves our bodies will speak up in other ways, illness, fatigue, injury, & stress! I can speak to this myself with a recent hospitalization. My body spoke loudly, I needed to make some conscious changes! If you are not well, you will not be available in body or spirit to those you love!

Lastly, know that downtime is not a sign of laziness or weakness, but a necessity. Make it a habit to take a few minutes for yourself each day. You will be surprised what you learn about yourself, getting to know yourself a little bit better allows your authentic self to speak, you will be mentally, physically & spiritually more prepared to help others, and most importantly you are valuing yourself & empowering yourself by practicing a little self-love!

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” Eleanor Brownn

Grandkids

Nothing compares to the time we spend with our loved ones. Especially for those of you who are grandparents, it’s truly a magical time we spend with our grand babies, our heart bursting with love, a patience that compares to none and an over whelming feeling of pure love and joy when they are in our arms! I must say I’m blessed to have my daughters and grands close by, and see them regularly. Seeing them and picking them up for activities makes my life fuller & happier. There is nothing quite like viewing the world through the eyes of a child and giving them your undivided attention!!

Being able to interact, play, cook, go to the park, visit their school, babysit if you will, maybe they babysit me…haha and just be together whether for thirty minutes or several hours brings so much joy to my life.

If your a grandparent what’s your favorite activity? How do you spend time with your littles? Taking a walk? Reading books?

As a young momma and now Nonni I can’t imagine anything in this world that could bring more joy to my world than these three amazing grandchildren, and my gals!

Ps…my arms and lap will be just a bit fuller this May when I welcome grand baby number four! I am ready and waiting to meet this little guy & love him to pieces and so are his cousins.❤️

Our Past

When we think of our past, we are transported to a hodgepodge of memories and experiences some good, some bad. The events that happen to you help shape the way you feel and interpret the world.

We are influenced heavily as we look back to childhood forward by the people and environment around us. Your morals, values, your outlook on life, your happiness, & how you view success or failures. How you communicate & love.

If you were subjected to a volatile, sad, unstable childhood you may hold onto insecurities and difficulty trusting and feeling secure. The same is said for a person from a loving supportive thriving childhood, the world may seem scary and cold. Both difficult in their own way to overcome.

The hardest thing you can do is change these patterns and ideas that shaped you into who you are today!

Thinking back to my childhood, being raised by an extremely strict Mom with strong values ingrained in me the motivation and desire for success, but also am incredible pressure to be the best. Straight A’s etc. I found sometimes very hard to live up to. Although my mom difficult at times, her love for me unwavering, so losing her at age twenty five so painful as I missed many formative young adult years with her. Yes I hold onto this loss, but live as I remember her.

I am thankful we lived a busy life, I was exposed to culture, travel & family friends that appreciated wonderful food & music in warm loving environments. You could say I was raised by a Village! I have early memories of my Aunt playing Jazz cleaning her house (I still find joy in doing the same) & visiting Palm Springs with dear friends spending time in their pottery shop~yoga~hiking. Visiting my Aunt in Illinois and baking cookies all Holiday traditions set by generations before me that I take pride in carrying on! A feeling in my soul & these memories ingrained as a part of me, who I am as a person.

Your past has played a significant role in where you are in life at this very point and time. The key is to not let those past experiences completely define who you are as a person but enhance it! You can change your perception of any negative behaviors instead of letting them define who you are and how you see the world.

Be aware of what’s holding you back from your full potential, whether, regret, anger, low self-esteem, or just an overwhelming fear of failure. So many times we find ourselves stuck here. Don’t be stuck~overcome and move forward!

Your past does not define you. Release the past, stand firmly in the present, and prepare to step confidently into the future!

Friendship

After finishing lunch today with my dear friend of many years and her daughter, I am reminded of just how important friendships are in life. I value and cherish the friendship I have made whether very old or new. Some friendships began in childhood, some through nursing, cancer diagnosis, kids or just life adventures, all a blessing. I want you all to know you add to my life in so many ways, friendships are the LOVE and JOY in the recipe of LIFE!

We all have a need for deep true friendships, bonding and acceptance. A place to be ourselves, to take off the mask (or game face) if you will and be raw and genuine. Loved and supported in happy times & held together in difficult sad times.

We as humans have many different love languages, and the reality is we cannot grow and invest in our friendships without investing our time. Investing your time whether lunch, dinner a phone call or text tells your friend you value them and they are important to you. You care how they are doing. You care about what’s happening in their lives. True friends love, listen, forgive, have fun, do not judge, they are available, honest flexible & positive! In order to have healthy vibrant friendships you much make a commitment to consistently invest your time.

As I left lunch today I thought to myself, I am beyond blessed by the many friendship I nourish & celebrate daily.

Friendships are one of the most important elements of your life. Besides supporting each other, friends make life richer, fuller and more rewarding.

“To have a friend, and be a friend is what makes life worthwhile.” ~Unknown

Dreams

Today I was thinking about goals and dreams. How we think and speak of our goals and dreams, is in fact half of the reality in assuring success. If we speak of our dreams and goals as facts, it allows us to believe in them!

I think back to nursing school for myself, and I knew in my heart from an early age I wanted to be a nurse. When I set out in pursuit of this goal I had two girls very busy with cheer, diving school etc. I knew it would not be easy, but I did not let my ego or self talk allow fear of failure in seeing my goal and dream come true. I thought of myself as a nurse. I told myself instead of sixteen weeks of school I only had sixteen classes left. Friends would say “I don’t know how you do it” and I would say because “I’m determined passionate and committed to becoming a nurse.”

Every goal and dream begins in your heart and mind. You must see it, talk about it, plan it and believe in it!

You must believe in yourself and turn off all self doubt, excuses and fear as to why your dreams and goals won’t work. Start telling yourself why they WILL, and see what happens. It’s easy sometimes to feel overwhelmed or scared, but just at that moment take a leap of faith…if it doesn’t scare you then it’s not challenging you!

Your mind is very powerful and can deliver everything you want through the power of positive expectation! What you tell yourself about your goals and dreams is absolutely key to achieving their reality!

So take a leap of faith, pursue your goals and dreams and tell yourself this is going to happen for me. Can you see yourself in a new career, moving, writing a book, owning a bakery, whatever it is. YOU can do it! I promise you!!