Activate Joy

How do we activate our joy?  By choosing to feel it.  We can think about something we love.  We can simply smile.  We can do something we enjoy.  We can go somewhere lovely.  We can stop to notice the beautiful colors of the day.  We can savor our food.  Activating our joy means that we…

Interrupt Yourself

Sometimes it is amazing to give ourselves the gift of an interruption.  Life presents us with interruptions all the time.  Life is always changing, always interrupting what we thought we would be doing.  Let’s explore the idea of giving ourselves interruptions. We can purposely choose to interrupt our daily schedule.  When we are feeling like we have…

Walking Is An Adventure

Walking is so good for us.  I grew up taking walks.  I have always enjoyed finding new paths and trails to walk.  Walking ignites all of our senses and moves our bodies.  Just a walk around the block can rejuvenate us.  We need fresh air to feel our optimal best. Take a walk today and…

Make The Mundane Miraculous

When we plow through our days we can start to feel like we are living on auto-pilot.  We can get bored with our routines.  Life can feel dull. When we cultivate our curiosity, we do not take anything for granted.  We are curious about every little thing we come across.  A glass of water becomes…

Don’t Worry About It

Worry is a habit.  It may feel automatic, but it is a habit.  We have learned it from somewhere and we continue to teach it as long as we worry. We think we can control things by worrying about them. We think everything will fall apart if we do not worry about it. Worry just…

Elevate Your Experiences

We can always elevate our experiences in life.  Instead of having lunch at our desk or at the kitchen sink – we can take it out and have a picnic.  Or we can put some flowers on our dining table and use the good china – yes, for lunch. We can bring a good book…

Give Yourself Meaningful Treats

Spend some time this weekend giving yourself meaningful treats.  Not just anything.  Nothing random. What is meaningful to you?  A cup of tea and a 10 minute break?  A walk in the park?  A healthy lunch with a friend?  A phone call to someone you love?  A great book to read?  What is meaningful is also…

Find Some Magic

The weekend is almost here and your assignment is to find some magic. Look at everything in a whole new way.  Pay close attention to details.  Look for unique aspects in everything. Pretend like you are seeing everything for the first time.  Let it all be new and fresh.  Look at colors and the way light…

Things Not Going Your Way?

When we feel like we have been swept downstream by some force of nature – completely sideswiped from where we want to be – it can be easy to feel like we want to fight it.  When what we see around us is not what we expected – it can be disorienting. If we fight it, we pay…

Give Yourself The Gift Of An Interruption

Sometimes it is amazing to give ourselves the gift of an interruption.  Life presents us with interruptions all the time.  Life is always changing, always interrupting what we thought we would be doing.  Let’s explore the idea of giving ourselves interruptions. We can purposely choose to interrupt our daily schedule.  When we are feeling like we have…

Be Attractive Today

When we are attractive, we attract others to us.  Being attractive is not about how we look, but how we show up in the world.  How we treat ourselves and others. Attractiveness, in terms of physical beauty, is defined by each of us.  It depends on where we live, what our customs are, and other…

Taking Care Of Ourselves Is Powerful

Taking care of ourselves is a very powerful thing to do.  When we nourish and nurture ourselves, we empower ourselves in ways that no one else can.  By caring for ourselves we build strength so that we can be more effective in the world.  Self-care gives us the foundation to be successful at whatever we…

Feeling Disappointed?

Feeling disappointed by someone else? We can only feel disappointment if we have expectations and “rules” about what is supposed to happen. Usually when someone tells us they are going to do something – we expect them to do it. But what if we did not have expectations?  What if we did not expect anyone…

Are You Ready?

With all of the calendars out there – detailed lists and check off notes – we can get a lot done.  But with our dreams, those things we long to do more than anything, we put them off.  We somehow manage to take care of others, do our job (whatever it may be at the moment),…

Forgiveness Is A Loving Choice

When we believe someone has hurt us, at first it can cause big waves in our lives.  It can feel confusing and disorienting.  Sometimes our whole world feels like everything is upside down. It may take a minute, but we will get our footing back.  We will get back into the flow of life.  The…

Store A Mental Picture In Your Heart

Let’s slow down today.  We can really look around for the beauty in our lives when we slow down.  Let’s take a couple of mental photos when we see something wonderful. Life can go so fast.  With everything we feel we need to get done – it rushes by us when we do not slow…

Accept Yourself As Is

  Having a wide array of emotions is a part of who we are.  Life would be very flat if we only felt and expressed our happiness.  Life is a full experience – sometimes it is joyful and sometimes it is less than joyful.  And that is all okay. Sometimes we may think that to…

Don’t Get Distracted

We can easily get distracted.  There are so many things competing for our attention all the time.  It can be easy to get sidetracked from our goals. Sometimes being distracted is okay – maybe even helpful.  When we are looking for a solution and we just cannot seem to find it – sometimes it takes…

When Things Aren’t Going Your Way

We all have days when things are not going as we planned.  We have days when we just do not feel like ourselves.  We all have days and times when we feel a little out of sorts. What can we do?  We can take a deep breath.  We can slow down.  We can take a little…

Healing Sounds Of Water

Listen to the sounds of a stream.  Listen to the water running over the rocks.  Listen to the water bubbling and rushing. Water makes music.  In all forms.  Raindrops fall on a metal roof.  The ocean tide flows in over the sand and then back.  Even water from the faucet makes a unique sound. The…

Reset Yourself

I know it is early in the week, but we can reset any time we want.  All we have to do is interrupt our usual daily schedule.  Stop to admire a sunset.  Take a lunch break at the park.  Take the long way home.  Take your time and enjoy any moment. Reset your mood any…

Think Good Things

People call it a lot of things – karma, law of attraction – but it is true that whatever energy we put out into the universe finds its way back to us. When we put out things that are not loving, we see more things that are not loving.  When we complain, we get more…

This Is Your Reminder To Adventure Out

This is your reminder.  Your weekend is coming up.  Remember to plan an adventure.  Remember to plan to enjoy your time.  Remember to relax and give yourself a break. Set some great intentions for rest, rejuvenation and refocus. Everything else can wait.

Are There Rules To Personal Growth?

Personal growth is not a one way street.  It is not one way or the other.  Our growth goes every direction we can think of.  It is not from point A to point B.  We take, what feels like, two steps forward – then we take a step back. Sometimes it feels like it goes…

What Are You Looking For?

What we see depends on what we are looking for. When we are worried, we will see more of what we are worried about.  When we are stressed, we will see more stress.  Whatever we are thinking about will show up in our lives.  We get what we think about.  We see what we are…

Set A Good Tone For The Day

The first things we think of in the morning can set the tone for the whole day. Make an intention to have good thoughts about loving things first thing to set a good mood for a good day. If we don’t direct our thoughts, our thoughts will not always work in our favor. As soon as you…

It’s Better To Be Content

Contentment is not about feeling happy all the time.  When we do not feel happy, that is okay.  Contentment is about accepting all of our feelings, all of the time. If the sky was always bright blue, we would miss so much.  We would miss gorgeous sunsets, beautiful storm clouds – all kinds of interesting things that…

Get Unblocked

What is blocking your view?  What is blocking you from having a clear look at what is in front of you? Are you too busy to move to a different location where you could see better?  Are you too tired?  Are you too overwhelmed?  Too stressed? Take a deep breath and realize that whenever we…

Don’t Let Fear Slow You Down

Originally our fear had a pretty amazing function – to keep us safe.  We have developed a concept of fear that reaches far beyond that now though.  We feel fear in many situations where there is no apparent danger.  There are a number of reasons for this – we have learned about fear from many sources. …

We Can Make Life So Difficult

We can make life so difficult.  It is really very simple – love yourself, do what you love to do, be around people you love to be with, and share love.  Be kind, be nice – especially to yourself.  Take excellent care of yourself.  Have a world of compassion and love for yourself. Embrace the…

Worrying About The Future Today?

When we worry about the future, we are not living in our moments.  Our personal power is in our moments.  That is the only time we can actually take action and do something to help ourselves.  We cannot be fully effective when we are worrying about the future because our attention is off of the present moment. …

Are You Making A Big Deal Of It?

When we struggle against something, we create more of it.  When we make a big deal out of something, it becomes a big deal in our lives. Often we make a big deal out of what other people think of us. People are going to think what they think.  We can only control ourselves.  Everyone…

Road Trip!

Day trips can be a lot of fun.  Especially when we start out with an open attitude.  Sometimes things do not go exactly as planned.  It’s good to have an open mind so that we can adjust as needed.  Just because something does not go as planned does not mean it is “wrong.”  It is…

Organize and Simplify

Getting started can be a little challenging, especially when we feel overwhelmed by all of our stuff.  But, it will stay overwhelming until we do something about it. The first key of getting organized is to take inventory.  We see what we do have already.  This can be very helpful – many of us hoard,…

Gratitude To Change Your Life

We often hear the advice to make a gratitude list, keep a gratitude journal, or to simply take time out of our day to be grateful.  Why? When we consciously take time out of our day to be grateful, we are looking for things to be grateful for.  When we are looking for something, expecting something – we often get…

Magical Mondays

It’s Monday morning and we all know what that means. Or do we?  Have we all bought into the Monday morning mania?  Have you bought into the old story that Monday morning is supposed to be manic and crazy and exhausting?  Have you created that story in your life? Monday morning could mean a whole…

A Cloud Watch

Puffs of clouds on a blue sky.  Clouds of all shapes and sizes.  White clouds, dark gray clouds.  So many clouds to see. Look up today and do some cloud watching.  Let any stress you may be experiencing just float away.  Pay full attention to the clouds.  Let yourself be immersed in them.  Watch them…

Our Thoughts Are Like Investments

We are constantly creating our realities through our thoughts, our words and our actions. What we do today has an effect on what happens tomorrow.  What we think has an effect on tomorrow. If we think today that we are so far behind, why even try….  then tomorrow will feel the same. If we think…

The Best Time To Get What You Want

The very best time to act on something that you want is right now. That may sound fundamental, but how often do we wait for the “right” moment?  We plan things out in our heads – over and over – but that’s as far as it goes?  The right moment is now.  The right day is…

Be Willing To Take A Step

If something seems too big, too daunting – just too much to handle right now – for today, for this moment – just be willing to look at it.  Just be willing to see it honestly.  Just be willing to begin to look at ways that you can possibly change it. Just be willing right…

Lighten Up And Find Some Peace

When something bothers us, annoys us or gets under our skin – we have a challenge.  Sometimes we call them “problems.”  I like to call them, “challenges” instead.  Words have power and just using a lighter word can be very helpful. Using lighter words can be the first step in helping us find peace. Let’s say…

Setting Intentions

Intentions are at the very heart of creating what we want to see in our lives. We can set intentions any time – intentions are like resolutions.  Intentions are conscious choices that we make.  Making conscious choices is powerful. We can set intentions whenever we would like to see change in our lives.  We can…

Personal Growth Is Personal

Our personal growth is very personal.  There is no one way that is right for everyone to grow.  We all do it at our own paces and in our own times. When we have a major realization about ourselves or life – we start to live in a more loving way and we are very…

You Are Doing Your Best

Look at you – doing your best every single day.  No matter what you are going through, no matter what is going on around you – you are always doing the very best you can in any given moment.  You deserve some credit.  You deserve a trophy. We all have challenges.  Things happen and they…

Make The Choice To Be Optimistic

Being optimistic is a choice we can make.  When we are choosing to view life from a point of optimism, we wonder what wonderful thing is going to happen next.  We fully embrace all of the things that happen in our lives as learning experiences. When something good happens, an optimistic thinker will believe it…

Make Space For Something New

When we find our lives cluttered and busy, we can take the time to clean them out and make room for something new.  Something more peaceful, something more enjoyable. Literally take the time to clean out something.  It can be a drawer, a box, a room or a whole house.  Whatever you choose.  Take the…

Explore New Places

When was the last time you set out with no plans and no expectations of where the day will lead you? When was the last time you took a road trip – or a city hike?  When was the last time you grabbed a jacket and an umbrella and just went with no idea of…