Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Looking inward


Self-reflection is the ability to look inside ourselves.
 Examining our feelings, habits, strengths, weaknesses... 
helps us gain a better understanding of ourselves 
 and empowers us to make better choices...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Picture yourself...


Picture yourself as a woman who... 
looks for the good in others,
is happy in her own skin,  
speaks from her heart,
forgives easily...

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Reality


The only thing that exists in life is love...
Anything that is not seen as love, is ego's point of view... 
Guilt, judgement, fear, blame... are all weapons 
that ego uses to strengthen itself... 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Holding on loosely



We never have to worry about losing something 
if we're always willing to relinquish it...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Soulful living


Passion is the fuel that feeds our soul.
In giving our whole heart to passion,
there is a flow of energy from it
that will never empty out…

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Love is the sweetest thing

Love her pink hair and pretty smile...



If love is the sweetest part of life, why would we pick and choose who we give it to or put up barriers to protect ourselves from it? The answer is that we're afraid of getting hurt. But haven't we already tasted the bitterness of hurt and survived (or thrived)? And unless we are completely numb, we will get hurt again. It's part of the journey. We can choose to let fear be our shield or generously offer love, kindness, patience... to everyone...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

An exchange of love



Relationships are exchange of giving and receiving... 
If one person is making all the deposits and the other is withdrawing, 
there is no foundation for trust, respect, equality, mutual love... 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A lasting bond




A healthy relationship (marriage, friends, family) is a partnership built on honest communication, genuineness, and the ability to be revealing (flaws and all)... There's nothing safe or secure about being with someone who always agrees with us or uses flattery to make us feel good... A good partner will challenge us, nurture us, and always tell the truth, even if we don't like hearing it... 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Personal growth


Life lessons are not always easy, but it's better to choose uncomfortableness over numbness. When we run from our lessons, we not only miss the gift life is offering, 
but to numb ourselves, may require closing off our hearts... 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

To thy own self be true...

My brother, mom, and I...

Many of us are people-pleasers. My mom was not. Even as she neared death, she was true to herself. She refused to let the doctors treat her lung cancer aggressively. She knew when she had enough... When I think of all the years I spent trying to make others happy because I didn't have the courage to be real, I can appreciate the strength it took for mom to live by her own convictions. I used to think she was selfish, but now I think perhaps she was wise. Years of working on my own issues with co-dependency has given me a deeper understanding and appreciation for my mom... 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Humility



The path to God is a humble one. 
Don’t bring pride along 
or you will quickly lose your way.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pursuing passion

Love this new vendor at the Farmer's Market
She has taken cookies to a whole new level...
They are not only fun to look at, but yummy to eat...


There's no doubt that pursuing passion comes with risks. But desire it so deeply that you won’t hesitate when you come to a fork in the road where you must choose between your old life or a new one. Though you may not know what adventures lie ahead, risk everything to find out. For it is only in choosing what matters to your soul, will you know how it feels to be truly alive...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Through the grace of God...


It's taken a lifetime to figure out what my soul desires... 
I am passionate about teaching love & forgiveness... 
Helping women to see their inner beauty and light.. 
Using my art, dolls, photography, words... to make people smile...  
Living a life that is simple, peaceful, and purposeful...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Serenity




It is the season for joy.
Free of desire, I am content 
to lie in the grass and just breathe 
in the mystery of life...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Celebrating love




Happy Valentine's Day to everyone... There are no words to express how 
truly grateful I am for each and every one of you except to say "thank you"
for making my life richer, fuller, more meaningful. I feel honored and blessed 
to walk this journey called "life" with such amazing people...

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Freedom



I feel myself emerging from a cocoon 
that has sheltered me for a long time.
Now that I am becoming a butterfly, 
the sun is enticing me to come and play.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Creative Healing


Creating is not just a passion, but has been a source of comfort 
 and healing throughout my journey... 



 (Written in memory of my daughter, Jody)

 As the bright little star fell from the sky,
the woman ran barefoot across the earth
to catch it before it hit the ground.
The beautiful star glowed in her arms,
inviting her to bring it closer to her heart.
She grew to dearly love the little star,
but there came a day when she knew
she must return it to the sky.
It took great courage to say goodbye.
Nowadays when the moon is full
and stars are twinkling,
the woman looks longingly to the sky 
searching for the star that shines the brightest, 
for she knows this was once her star.
And in some mysterious way, always will be.
                                      

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A pink heart

Sweet Peas... My first ones... They smell heavenly... 

Loving the pink carnations too...

There is a sweetness to life that 
can only be experienced through the heart. 
A hardened heart lives among the thorns 
until it softens with forgiveness...

Friday, February 10, 2017

Waking up to life


My love, your heart has been asleep for too long.
Numbing your sorrow has disconnected you from your joy. 
Though your heart may ache when it opens, your bruises will heal. 
You came to the world to have the experience of love. 
Love means taking risks, getting hurt, and loving again. 
When you let yourself feel things deeply, even if it's pain,
you will know what it is to be truly alive...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Watching things blossom

The herbs are happy in the Earth Box... 

Watching the lavender blossom...

Love the smell of fresh rosemary...

 Apple, ginger, and rose scented geraniums... 
A barrel overflowing with mint

It is your season for joy. 
Life wants to take you places so beautiful that
you haven’t even dreamed of them yet.

Be sure to leave behind all the pieces of the past 
that won’t compliment the beauty of what lies ahead.

Don’t diminish your experience by trying to plan the journey.
Your soul hungers for something beyond what you know.

     The moment you say “yes”, your old life will vanish 
    and your new one will dazzle you with it’s splendor…

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Freedom



When you surrender everything,
there will be nothing to lose.
When you have nothing to lose,
you will no longer be afraid.
When you are longer afraid,
the world will belong to you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Gratitude

Doing some window shopping yesterday


Thank you God...
 for helping me design a life that is sweet and kind,
for teaching me what's really important,
for all the teachers you’ve placed in my path,
for helping me to see the world differently,
for softening my jagged edges,
for filling my life with inspiration, hope, and love,
for the gentle nudges when I’ve gotten stuck, 
for letting me fall when I’ve needed to,
for the blessings, as well as, the lessons...

Monday, February 6, 2017

Taking flight


To soar above the clouds,
we leave behind all the things
that weigh down our wings;
guilt, blame, 
old resentments, 
unresolved anger,
fear, self-doubt,
unworthiness,
the past...

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Lessons of the heart




When it comes to lessons at the heart, sometimes our greatest teachers are the ones that have hurt us the most... I've had the opportunity to learn this lesson many times in my life… Today I'm going to share a little piece of my story… Some of you may know that my daughter Jody, died in 2006 from an accidental drug overdose, but the part of the story that most people don't know is that the day before my daughter died, she went to a doctor who had been writing her prescriptions and asked him to help her wean off them...  She had recently gotten engaged, felt happy, and even talked about having children in the future... The doctor told her that she was not ready (it's all documented in his notes)... Instead of helping her, he wrote her the prescription that led to her death... Not only was I left with a shattered heart, but I had to make a decision about him... And I did... A decision that has always sat "right" in my soul... I won't give all the details except to say that I pressed charges and he got off with a slap on the wrist. But regardless, I knew I had to find forgiveness for him, for myself, and for others... I couldn't allow blame rent space in my heart, otherwise my heart would harden... The truth is that Jody's gentle heart and sweet spirit attracted lots of enablers into her life... Prior to Al-Anon, I was her biggest enabler... After Jody's death, I was left to put together the broken pieces of my heart... Because I made a conscious decision to mend my heart with love, compassion, and forgiveness, all that remains of the past are cherished memories and a peace beyond understanding...

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A soft heart





Love is not about choosing who give our affections to... 
It's about living with an open heart... 
A free heart of judgement and grudges... 
The hardest people to love are our best teachers... 
When we love them too, we will know what true love is...

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hearts wide open




We have all experienced hurt in our lives. If we didn't know how to resolve the pain, we put a wall around our hearts as a way to protect ourselves from getting hurt again. 
Though we may see ourselves as open, caring people, when there is a wall, you can be sure that there is a guard standing near by. Every hurt we've shoved away needs to be examined. If we avoid, minimize, or deny these experiences, we will not be able to build bridges... Instead we will seek "special" relationships... We will attempt to control or avoid... We will convince ourselves that there is something wrong with others... We will use judgement as our sword... 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Forgiveness is the answer


Unresolved guilt is not only a burden that we carry, 
but in our attempt to rid ourselves of it, we project it unto others. 
However, blame only makes things worse. 
Now that we have attacked our beloved brothers and sisters,
the guilt we were already carrying, becomes even heavier. 
And being in a position where we have to use justification 
as a way to ease our conscience, only makes things messier.
The way we can lighten our load and clean up the mess, 
is to forgive ourselves...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rolling with the tide


It feels good when the sun beams warmth and comfort 
into our hearts, but it’s the gray days of uncertainty 
that we are given the opportunity to learn important lessons 
about faith, compassion, and surrender...