Gratitude Journal

What I’m Grateful for today ☺️

06/28/19

  • Glasses
  • Puzzles
  • Babies
  • Money
  • Pictures

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NAMASTÈ 

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Thankful Thursday

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What are you thankful for today? Who are you thankful for? Have you told him/her?

What quotes do you love? What ones have gotten you through the tough stuff? What ones have inspired you beyond imagination?

#commentbelow and share with me:)

“Working on Us” Week #4

Every Thursday, Beckie, from Beckie’s Mental Mess, blogs about the dangerously increasing issue of mental health. She includes a few questions and an image, encouraging participants to write of that which sparks inspiration. You can check out last week’s submittions by clicking the link above.

I am usually drawn to the images in the prompt. This week follows suite.

Caged

The darkness fell upon her,

Just as the sunset faded to night.

She feared these hours, most.

The voices would soon, resonate,

The secrets of her past, horrors of

Her life, and lies about her character.

Quiet Whispers, subtle and familiar,

The haunting familiarity of endless hours.

Her mistakes visited, stared her in the face.

Anxiety attacked every inch of her weakening confidence.

Insecurities surfaced, breaking her down.

The night brought her storms,

Caging her into solitude, fearful of judgement.

She struggled with facing society, functioning normally,

And do so while sensing judgement from every passerby.

Until, one day, she declared, “Enough!”

She spread her wings

And broke free.

I Can Hear Music

For every sad song, a heart is healing.

For every lullaby, a baby sleeping.

For every melody, a nostalgic feeling.

For every rock song, a soul breaking free.

For the rap music, a soul meets inner city soul.

The love longs dance the romance of a heart.

For every R & B, one is transcending into mindfulness.

For every Jazz song, a small put off club plays for laidback pleasure.

For this gift, that which meets me just where I am,

I give my greatest thanks.

Namastè

Gratitude Journal

😄

What I’m Grateful for today 

06/26/19

  • Moon
  • Stars
  • Space
  • Wine
  • Telescopes

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NAMASTÈ 

Gratitude Journal

What I’m Grateful for today 😄

06/25/19

    Inside Jokes
    Bills paid
    Staying Home
    Air conditioning
    Pizza

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NAMASTÈ

Morning ☕️ Bloggers

This morning’s dose of positivity is being brought to you by this sleepy yet adorable koala bear 🐻

Photo Credit: Pixel Anarchy on Pixel

Koala Bear Facts:

  • They’re located mostly in Australia.
  • They smell like eucalyptus and musk.

The most significant threat to koala populations is habitat loss due to clearing of forests in Australia for urban, industrial and rural development.

One Kind Planet

And this cute cake enjoying a piece of cake (🎂🍰) I would most definitely say she’s filled with raspberry filling and covered in pink buttercream frosting.

Recipe for Raspberry Cake 🎂 filling:

12 oz frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch
2 tbsp raspberry liqueur such as Razzmatazz by DeKuyper (optional but highly recommended)

Read more about this yumminess & how to make a matchable delightful buttercream frosting here=)

Listen to Me!

If nothing else, would you take time to simply give someone undivided attention? Would you actively listen to someone so he/she feels heard? It’s all the individual wants sometimes… It’s easy to do… It’s a kind gesture… And it’s worth everything to the recipient and free from you.

Listen to Me!

Listen to Me
— Read on everythingishack.com/2019/06/26/listen-to-me/

Gratitude Journal

What I’m grateful for today 

06/24/19

  • Cool water
  • Friends
  • Rocks
  • Blue Jays
  • Fruit

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NAMASTÈ 

I Give Up

Today on June 25, 2019, I’m following beside the brave and beautiful soul, JoyPassionDesire; and I’m giving up!

Say whhhhaaaa?

I’m giving up expecting others to care about my feelings when I know they won’t.

I’m giving up the fear to open up and let someone in.

I’m giving up the belief that I’m unloveable and difficult to love.

I’m giving up the downward spiral of his toxic life.

I’m giving up the caution that hinders happiness and invites doubt.

I’m giving up the belief in “finding the one”… Because life will lead love to find me.

I’m giving up the lie that I’m nothing because I’m not working.

I’m releasing all the negative voices, Vibes, and energy out into the vast unknown…

And I wait for that which my heart is speaking into my life.

The power of Law of Attraction will manifest my dreams and desires.

Filling all the empty places in my soul, with the sweetest taste of what’s meant for me.

What about you, what do you need to release? So you’re free to fly?

Let me know in a comment below,

Namasté 🙏🏼 🌟 🕉️

Gratitude Journal

What I’m grateful for today 🙂

06/23/19

  • Genuine laughter
  • Shade
  • Savings
  • Understanding
  • Sleep

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NAMASTÈ 

Imagination Plantation

Where ideas are planted and stories are born!

Here’s the picture 😀

4 Simple Rules:

Write me a short paragraph about what’s happening in this image.

Create a pingback to this image.

Tag three bloggers.

Reuse this same image 🙂 Let’s see how many stories can come from the same one.


Photo Credit: Pinterest

First 3 Contestants

Namastè 🙏🏼

Weekend Writing Prompt: Translation

Sammi Cox’s weekend writing prompt is Translation😀

Henretta was sitting in the library, hoping not to be noticed. Her big green eyes and sunset colors hair made such nearly impossible.

She sat, diligently scribbling Anthropology Chapter 31 notes; when she was hit with a paper airplane.

It read:

Saçların deniz kenarında bir yaz gecesi gibidir. Gözlerimi senden alamam.

Güneş gibi ateşlisin.

-Razia

” What on earth?” She thought to herself, ” How am I suppose to read this?”

” It’s Ariabic!” Razia shouted from across the room. ” The translation would say: Your hair is like a summer’s evening by the sea. I can’t take my eyes from you. You are hot like the sun.”

Henretta was embarrassingly hot from his attention.

It never ever fails.

Namastè☀

Gratitude Journal

What I’m grateful for today;P

06/22/19:

  • Songs that speak to situations in my life.
  • Knowledge
  • Opportunities to help others.
  • My daughter’s father.
  • Squirrels

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NAMASTÈ 

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Weight, whether physical, mental, or spiritual, can become damagingly heavy. If not handled with care, the damage will spread to every other part of the body.

I was on the phone with a friend, a few days ago, and he said, ” You sound better, like as if you attended a funeral of a loved one who is no longer seriously suffering. It’s a sound of relief.” What an epiphany. I am relieved.

Depression is an illness in and of itself. There’s so much that it encompasses that; sometimes, it’s difficult to differentiate between it and the toxicity of another person (particularly one who’s active in our lives!).

Over and over, I gave chances. Lots of people, like me, do. There does come a point, though, that we say enough. It’s the point when there’s nothing left to give. It’s the point when the whole idea just feels painful. It’s the point when everything said sounds like a personal attack. INFJs are such giving people. They give entirely too many changes.

When I’m done, I’m done. The chapter had ended. The door has been closed, locked, and sealed. The weight has come off. Those who love you, would try their best to prevent you from feeling so weighed down…

That’s my thoughts on the matter anyway.

Namastè☀

Dare To Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!” 

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

NAMASTE☀

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3.2.1 Quote Me! – Knowledge

Thank you so much, Beckie, for tagging me to participate in the 3.2.1 Quote Me Challenge 😀

I always enjoy these (but I’m obsessed with quotes 😂😂)!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the individual who tagged you.
  2. Post 2-3 quotes related to the chosen word.
  3. Tag 3 other bloggers to participate if so wishes.

Knowledge Quotes:

“The Seven Social Sins are:

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.

From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.” 

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” 
― Albert Einstein

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” 
― Oscar Wilde

I tag Sadje, Darnell, and Ellie.

Gratitude Journal

I’m going to create a Gratitude Journal so I intentionally and consistently focus on the good in my life. Please feel free to add your contributions in a comment below.

06/21/19

  • Sunshine
  • Coffee
  • Fridays
  • Tampons
  • Pamprin
  • Incense

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NAMASTÈ 🙏🏼

Nova’s Wise Words Wednesdays

Every morning, remind yourself that you are a unique design. No one before you, currently, or after you… Will ever be you!

You come with a special combination of characteristics, abilities, and gifts. You come with things that only you can give, teach, and contribute to this world.

It’s vital you remember that 🌈💚.

NAMASTÈ 🙏🏼

Working on Us- Week 3

Unfortunately, I missed Beckie’s “Working on US “, last week ; however, I plan to catch up. Here’s where you can read more about week 3.

This week, she posted a few thought – provoking questions and this beautiful photo.

A rainbow is symbolic in countless of ways. First, it’s a sign of beauty after a nasty storm. It’s a gift after my endurance through tears. Every rainbow I’ve ever seen has silenced my mind and provided a warm glow in my heart.

Secondly, it’s a significant sign that represents my LGBTQA+ Community. This is apart of my identity. It’s a collection of colors that represent groups of individuals. This minority community withstands so much grief and hatred simply because we’re different. The rain is a constant heavy down pour.

Finally, the colors represent psychological significants to the viewers. In addition, rain reminds me of renewed life. Water isn’t a bad thing; it’s actually essential to all living things. It quenches the thirst of our earthly friends, plants, and crops. It reminds me of nature’s way of providing needs to all that it contains. It reminds me that tears wash away some of my pain, and it allows for room to grow. My tears release hormones that previously had been absent.

Here’s the psychology of color.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Guh

Sometimes we’re not ok.

Sure, this sounds like a complete 180 degrees, in aura, than that of my previous post, because it is.

When you’re heart breaks, especially an #INFJ, these emotional swings are severe. Everything is so deep… And so intense…

Right now, I’m not ok. I’m not. I’m experiencing a great sense of abandonment.

My birth mother left. My adoptive mother disowned me. My husband committed suicide. My ex pushed me away. Another disappeared and got married. Another forgot who I was and has seemed to so easily let me go. I feel it’s a great struggle to remember self value when you feel so thrown out by so many. I feel it’s so hard to trust when I don’t know who’s going to stay and who’s going to abandon me.

I’m not sure what to do with this. It’s scary because I though I’d never be back in this position.

((((Big sad face))))

Mind Distraction

I’ve kept my mind focused on the good things around me. It’s become semi-normal again. I’ve picked up the hobby, puzzles, to work in the hours after dark, honestly the hours that remind us all of our skeletons. These require so much focus, especially with more pieces per puzzle. Each piece has a unique shape, and as they begin to connect, the outline of the pieces is created within the puzzle.

There’s a bigger picture of my life. I’m not too say which pieces belong, and which do not, which will fit and which will not. All of that’s been decided. I must live, embracing what I can connect, and accepting that which is yet to be connected. There’s reasons why things happen as they do, though sometimes we truly feel what we lose is a loss.

My daughters and I have had great fun thus far this summer (unofficially yet)! We’ve met many friends. We’ve exercised and enjoyed watching wildlife. We’ve visited the Zoo and enjoyed yogurt. We’ve been to see a movie, and more is yet to come.

Here’s a few I’ve finished. They’re digital.

Namastè

Monday In Reflection

I sat on the playground bench and watched my girls play. Shortly after arriving, a young little dude and a little girl arrived, with an older man.

Within a half hour, we were chatting about life and kids, safety, and stupidity. It felt wonderful to be in the moment, in the conversation, and feeling genuine laughter.

After you’ve been deprived of something for so long, it’s almost euphoric! My focus was on nothing but my daughters, right there at the playground. It was really nice.

Let yourself be in your moments. Try and trust your process in life, that things happen as they’re meant to and you CAN still feel peace and joy.

Namastè

50 Reasons to Love Singlehood

I can’t remember ever, wanting to be single. EVER. As of today, I’ve made it long enough to declare such is true, I’m embracing this chapter of my life, for all its worth! As I should, right, because being single is a full of things to love!!

I bet reasons you’re not even considering 😉

Here’s 50 Reasons to Love Singlehood

  1. You don’t have to share your love if you don’t wish.
  2. All popcorn at the movie, is yours.
  3. No one is stealing the blankets (This is a big one!).
  4. You always get to choose the movie on movie night.
  5. Vibratory satisfaction is std free.
  6. You can sit in every moment and not have a thing of which to worry.
  7. Your schedule is yours to fill.
  8. Reading is a great pastime.
  9. Exercise helps burn just as many calories as sex.
  10. You can treat yourself out, ice cream, movie, whatever.
  11. There’s no other opinion to consider when making decisions.
  12. You can stop at any moment and take a photo of a sunset or sunrise.
  13. Bubble Baths
  14. High heals with red lipstick
  15. Save gas from driving.
  16. No one to make you cry.
  17. You can buy yourself flowers.
  18. Lunch date with girlfriends!
  19. Coffee on the porch swing.
  20. Comedy show on a weekend evening.
  21. Volunteering for a good cause.
  22. Less stress.
  23. No disappointment.
  24. You won’t second guess yourself.
  25. You can pick up a new hobby.
  26. Continue another hobby.
  27. You will always get your coffee order just as you like it.
  28. Flirting is fun.
  29. Nature is full of wonder to watch.
  30. There’s always a stranger who could become a friend.
  31. Binge watching on Netflix.
  32. Gay men best friends.
  33. Toilet seat is not an issue.
  34. Not sharing space with anyone.
  35. You won’t have money arguments.
  36. No checking in or checking up on/to someone.
  37. There’s lots of interesting people to talk to.
  38. Bath and Body Works
  39. Total Freedom
  40. No under blanket farts.
  41. No swap meets or car shows.
  42. Powerful feminine songs on blast.
  43. You own your bathroom and dresser drawer space.
  44. Crushes are unlimited
  45. No jealousy about a female in his life.
  46. You learn what you actually love, like, dislike, and hate.
  47. You’re independent.
  48. Not needing to shave as often.
  49. No one will hear you fart.
  50. Self Fulfilling Prophecy

NAMASTÉ



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8 Books About Self-Love To Transform Your Mental Health – TheFab20’s

The Best Books On Self Compassion. We live in a world where we are constantly striving for more and more. We look around and see people our own age achieving remarkable things. So if you struggle with self-love (we all do sometimes!), here are the best books on learning to love yourself.
— Read on thefab20s.com/best-books-on-self-compassion/

Profound Thoughts

With every eve, there comes a tomorrow.

With every storm, a change in growth.

With every tide, a single drop of water will first touch the sand.

Every rainbow has all seven colors,

Every year all twelve months.

There isn’t a year that misses a season,

Though they’re not quite as they use to be.

There’s absolute events in this journey of life, ones we

Just come to expect…

But, why when it comes to happiness and trust,

Love and relationships… do we question the universal design?

It’s human to error

But it’s maturity to learn …

And wise to keep learning…

Maybe one day, we’ll fall back into synchronization

With the expectations of natural events…

And we’ll all live in peace.

Namastè

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Would You Join Me

Hello beautiful souls!

I know you question your beauty. I know sometimes you feel down, depressed, and don’t know how to get out of that ” funk”. It seems, at least in my life and those close to me, this season has arrived. There’s endless tears, good God the tears are endless… Painful, streams, hot… The cries of hearts that one can no longer carry. I’ve been going through this myself and with friends lately.

So, would you please join me in lifting up prayers, and sending out positive vibes to the universe right now.. Whether lighting candles, prayer, whatever way that suits you… There’s so much grief… And I’m sure just as much among us that we don’t know about…

Good karma, an act of grace and kindness… Believing in one another… Supporting one another. We all could use a blanketed prayer of good fortune. Would you please join me in doing this? Nothing formal… No specifics in how or when…

Thank you!

Namastè 🙏🏼

Tuesday Greetings

Good Morning Wonderful People 😀

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted. I’ve been reevaluating my life and future since this recent big change. It scary, slightly, because I felt my sense of direction has been removed. In a way, it has. Change rearranges our lives… And introduces us to new opportunities.

I had such a message sent to me yesterday, that’s inspired me to write a love story.

” If I ever saw an angel, it was in your eyes, for this I will sweep you off your feet and make God regrethe left an angel behind.”

Maybe if I do this, I’ll feel some healing. I’ll know someone has the love they deserve, even then some. LoL, does that make sense to anyone else?

Ok, my girls and I are off to do laundry and back out to the creek! 🙂

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Namastè 🙏🏼

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The Door to Our Mind

Our minds are powerful places.

Though most wouldn’t recognize the fear, in order to accept it, they prefer not to be… Lots in their thoughts.

I said just that two nights ago. I’m afraid of being in my head…

But, I didn’t understand why. Why do I fear thinking about what’s in my head? Do you understand why that is, for you?

There’s lots in there… Tons of useful knowledge, slideshows of births and weddings, vacations and birthdays. There’s flashbacks of children and reunions, rejoicing, and surprises.

There’s mistakes we’ve made, and that’s just as necessary. There’s images of moments that created a great deal of pain. There’s moments that were dangerous and dark.

We all hold all such things in our minds. What about any of them creates fear?

Are we incapable of facing truth?

Are we unable to process a situation in such a way that can lead to growth?

Are we unaware that no situation has power over us, unless we give consent?

Are we incomprehensive to the memories themselves, that we can’t sort emotions from facts?

When I laid on my bed last night, I asked myself such questions.

What about the memories with him, do I miss?

What lessons can I learn?

What’s the truth of the situation, the actual truth?

What concent am I giving my hurt and mind?

Emotions can cloud reality, because they’re just as powerful.

But, emotions waver and change….

Truth does not.

That’s what makes a journal through your experience necessary… Every. Single. One. The truth is in there… You just have to be willing to see it.

Grimm Prompts

I started watching the 6 sessions of #Grimm, last night. I desperately needed out of my head; this show accomplished that and then some!!! I thought these beginning few sentences, of each episode, quite intriguing. Anything spark your creative juju?

These are Season 1

Episode #1:

” The wolf thought to himself, what a tender young creature. What a nice plump mouthful….”. – The Brothers Grimm 1812

Episode #2:

“She looked in the window, and then, peeped through the keyhole; seeing nobody in the house, she lifted the latch.”

Episode #3:

” She’ll sting you one day. Oh, ever so gently, so you hardly even feel it. ‘Till you fall dead.”

Episode #4:

” There she paused, for a while thinking… But the temptation was so great that she could not conquer it.”

Episode #5:

” Out they scampered from doors, windows, and gutters, rats of every size, all after the piper.”

Your Belief is Your Crown 👑

I think one of the most powerful human capabilities is belief. It literally can change a life.

It saddens me how easily it’s influenced, how quickly it’s changed, and how destructively it’s destroyed.

It saddens me how challenging it is to regain, especially within oneself.

Belief is an avenue to identity… A building block in confidence.

It’s a sense of direction.

Individualism in it’s radiant beauty.

It’s something, I feel, we all should practice..

Frequently &

Unapologetically.

NAMASTÈ