Wisdom Wednesday: Taking chances

Wisdom Wednesday: Taking chances The older I get the faster life seems to go.  This life of mine, how quickly you have started to pass, each day, each year, each second. Did I take any small or big chances on a daily basis? Yes, a few,  but enough to write a really good chapter in a book…I wonder? I let fear hold me back. I make up stories in my mind about what could go wrong; am I going to be uncomfortable, will I look silly? There were so many moments and times I did not push myself to just go with the flow. It took experiencing my husband having such little time to realize how time truly matters, and with that time, taking chances makes it memorable and more precious than before.

I have decided to end these “stories” and stop allowing them to hold me back from actually living and making amazing memories. Time is going to keep passing and it is up to each of us to make that time meaningful and full of fun so that we can look back on life and say that we have truly lived. Each one of us is connected to this world and each one of you, them, her, him, everyone. Our chances inspire others to take chances, our chances lead to opportunities we never thought possible. Sometimes a chance my not be by choice but literally by chance, and those chances can become beautiful creatures in their own right.

We have been given this intricate, complex mind and the ability to think and take these chances; chances that are big like signing up for a marathon or helping end world hunger; or chances that are small like deciding to have dinner with friends versus eating on your sofa while watching TV in PJ’s. A chance could be picking up an instrument and getting to the point where you play at an open mic night, it could be submitting your poetry or artwork to a local event or online contest. It could be starting a blog, taking a spontaneous trip, or saying “hello” to a stranger.

There may not be a perfect moment for something and maybe it won’t be as great as you thought, but at least you took that chance. What do you want your legacy to be? Your life is like a book of stories, chapters, sentences, moods, characters. You have the chance to make it an interesting one. Don’t regret what you can choose. Take that chance today, go out of your comfort zone and just DO it!

Wisdom Wednesday: Be Beautiful Like Yourself

Words Of Wisdom

You are beautiful like yourself. Not like anyone else. Your beauty lies in who you are, your unique qualities, and your spirit.  Radiate this beauty from the inside out! For just that moment when you find yourself comparing your being to others, remember that you are truly beautiful, not like anyone else, you are beautiful just as YOU!

A friend of mine from work told me part of a poem the other day after  mentioning to him that I wanted to work on not comparing myself to others. It goes a lil something like this,

“You are quite the beauty. If no one has told you that before, know that right now. You are quite the beauty. There is joy in the way your mouth dances with your teeth. Your smile is a sign of how sacred your life truly is.”

Find the whole poem here:  “Closer” by Anis Mojgani

Display Your Jewelry in Style

Display Your Jewelry in Style

Displaying your jewelry can be fun and easy without breaking the bank! Using thrift store/flea market finds, dishes that you love, or even checking out stores like Marshalls and Home Goods are all great places to start! Check out how I display my jewelry and some places where you can find similar items!

Display Your Jewelry in Style

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Wisdom Wednesday: Talk about your joys!

Wisdom Wednesdays: talk about your joys!

Doesn’t it sometimes seem like we put a lot more energy into the negative, giving it power, then talking about the joys in our lives?  Of course we all have problems, some more than others, some a lot more than others. We can acknowledge our problems without allowing them to take over our mind and overshadow the joys. Easier said than done, I know. But can it be possible to let the joy be your speck of light that pulls you out of the dark tunnel? I think it is. We can look at the glass half full versus half empty. We can be resilient.

I googled the person who wrote this quote, Rita Schiano and she is a motivational speaker in my very own state of Massachusetts. She talks a lot about resiliency. Through her numerous books and workshops she helps  people develop and tap into the skills and attitudes necessary to help them overcome  barriers, build resilience, and live a flourishing life. I suppose one way she thinks about being resilient is to focus on the joys in life.

What Being Resilient Means to Me…

Don’t give up, push through and do what it takes to bounce back from any situation.

Acknowledge and then let go of situations and events that you can not change. Give yourself a break.

Know that you are stronger than you think you are.

Remember that time passes and feelings will pass too. Think about that saying,  “This too shall pass.”

 Happiness is a choice, choose it always. Do you want to live your life with a half empty glass or half full?

When you find yourself thinking and doing a lot of talking about those problems, sure you have to let it out sometimes, but then let in the joys. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to brag about the joys in your life. A joy in your life may be a joy in someone else’s life and you can share that joy together. A joy in your life may remind someone of the joy in their life. Talk about your joys to someone right now, this very second and help remind yourself and others what these joys in life are and what they can look like!

Below is a glimpse of some joy in mine…..Sunlight through the window, my gorgeous, loving, just like his mom dog who I swear I gave birth to and laugh about it everyday because I secretly wish it were true!

Share in the comment stream your joys, it may bring joy to someone else, you never know! The joys in my lifeWisdom Wednesdays: talk about your joys!

Inspirational Quote of the Day

You Are Exactly Where You Need to BeMy husband and I just watched the movie, About Time, with Rachel McAdams and not gonna lie, we were bawling our eyes out. Not from sadness, but from being so inspired by the joys and happiness that one can create in life. Each moment can be looked at as the best moment in the world! And if you believe that you have arrived, then you are able to stop rushing to get to wherever you think you are supposed to be, and you can finally enjoy the ride.

Here is how I want to live as if I am exactly where I should be…..

1. Be proud of myself every day for just living and being ME.

2. Smile at people as I walk by, just because I can!

3. Be thankful for it all….even the first sip of my warm morning tea.

4. Instead of comparing myself to others, list in my mind all my unique qualities, skills, and interests!

5. Think about how precious each moment is.

Comment below on how you are going to live your life as though you are exactly where you need to be, and help me add to my list. 

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