Lifespotting!

Reminding you of the beauty of life through moments…

Don’t Just Dream It, Do It…

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There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say,
‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.’
Then they put the box away and bring it out
once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.
These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box.
It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line,
to hold them up and say, ‘How good or how bad am I?’
That’s where courage comes in. 

Erma Bombeck


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Set Fire To Your Old Self

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Durga – Invincible, Radiant, Powerful, Supreme, Divinely Feminine and Destroyer of Demons

Dear Old Self,

I’ve set fire to you – destroying the old demons – you’re not needed here anymore.

Making way for change and grace. A choice to grow and be strong. 

The New Self is like that – destroying all that isn’t needed to create a powerful, loving, supreme woman. A woman who is going to make a difference in the world. 

It isn’t enough to connect with my soul’s deepest desires. I have to act. My choices have to align with my desires or I risk it becoming a daydream that never unfolds into precious reality.

It isn’t enough that I know my yearnings, I must fully live the life that I know only I can.

True revolution comes from true revulsion; when things get bad enough, the kitten will kill the lion. Charles Bukowski

Evolving Into Greatness

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Everyone has greatness in them. There is nothing humble about shrinking small so that others around you can feel bigger. 

Believe in yourself and in the power of who you can be.

Love yourself for the person you are now. 

Shed the old. Allow the new to embrace you. Evolve. 

Whatever you want to be or to do – do it today. There are so many tomorrows for everything else. 

You’ll never know your strength until you face your greatest weakness – and your only choice is to be strong. 

Dancing the Flame

When compassion fills my heart, 
free from all desire, 
I sit quietly like the earth. 
My silent cry echoes like thunder 
throughout the universe.

Rumi


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Who We Are

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We may be wired for struggle but we are also worthy of love and belonging.

Worthiness is sacrosanct, doesn’t matter what our stories were in the past, will be in the future or is in this moment.

As kids we were deeply sensitive, vulnerable, defenseless and highly imaginative – we needed all of these parts so that we could cope and grow and know that it would be okay if we were ourselves.

Negating and denying ourselves is like looking into a distorted mirror and thinking we’re seeing a crystal clear image.

When we come across good friends who love and support us we start to see cracks in our perception of self – maybe, just maybe there is way more to us than we are seeing.

No matter what kind of devastation we’ve suffered – this is the truth that remains.

The Best Moments Of Your Life…

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“I’m recording one second of every day of my life for the rest of my life…” Cesar Kuriyama

How wonderful to record moments of your day, but also to ensure you’re doing things worth remembering and capturing. Makes it harder to just drift or put off til tomorrow…

I know some people who are great at doing short stream of conscious thoughts on video. It gets the viewers thinking and you’re recording bits that you can look back on as a reminder of the time.

What would you do to memorialize moments of your day – how would you do it?

I hope you’ll share your thoughts below or just get out there and make something you’ll want to look back on when you’re 80.

Have a great week.

Before I Die I Want To…

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This is such an important question for all of us. Before I die I want to                                                            .

Most of us either put blinders on so we don’t have to think about death or obsess on it to the point of excruciating pain. I love that Candy Chang not only put it out there for her community but used it as a way to beautify her neighborhood. What she found was a wall filled with answers that made her smile, laugh and tear up.

The Before I Die campaign has spread world wide. Take a look to see if it’s in your city. Perhaps this will serve as inspiration to set one up for your own community.

What is the one thing you would want to accomplish before death? I hope you’ll share your thoughts below.


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Very Inspiring Blog Award

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I received notification that the lovely Meghan at: 20SomethingMeghan has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I am really honored to know that others are inspired by my posts here. Just knowing that I have made someone smile or feel understood makes my day.  Thanks again Meghan.

I hope that by shining the light on positive moments, I can help in some small way.

To complete this honor there are a few rules for the nominees:

1.Display the award logo on your blog
2.Link back to the person who nominated you (just click the link above)
3.State 7 things about yourself
4.Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them
5.Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 Fun Facts

  1. I love coconut ice cream and mango shakes
  2. There is nothing wrong with raspberries and dark chocolate for dinner
  3. I love music and dance – did ballet until my teens
  4. When I play with my niece, we pretend to be cats:) – I love my cat
  5. I like doing impressions of Batman =)
  6. Wearing superhero tees and jeans are my fave outfit
  7. I’m a total geek – in case #5 & #6 didn’t tip you off

Bloggers I Admire

In no particular order…

I hope you’ll visit each one as they all have something unique to offer.

  1. Gen Y Girl
  2. Friend Nature
  3. The Commonzense of Saint James
  4. Only Here Only Now
  5. Almost Fearless
  6. Pretty Shiny Sparkly
  7. Inside The Travellab
  8. Daisy Yellow
  9. Cupcakes and Cashmere
  10. Camino My Way
  11. Creative Guru
  12. The Still Mind
  13. GlobetrotterGirls
  14. 20SomethingMeghan
  15. The Peche


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I Love Me…I Love My Hair…

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As I travel through this life, I am endlessly creating myself. 

I was told some time ago that people have a tendency to criticize more often than we give compliments (10 criticisms to 1 compliment, if I remember correctly) and that I had a tendency to skimp on much-needed compliments.

We don’t do this out of any malicious intent but simply because this is our learned behaviour. We seem to work from the perspective of merits earned rather than love and compassion.

When I sat with this and really thought about what I was putting out – I realized this was true for me. I had to question how often was I unintentionally taking away rather than giving love. Not my shining moment but at least I could change it for the better.

Recently, I started to question my self-care routine – what could I do better, more of etc. Being grateful once a day, or a perfunctory approval of myself in the mirror does not equal true self-love.

We can all do with less of the constant criticisms and more of telling ourselves all the wonderful things we love about ourselves. A pat on the back for something well done, appreciation for the body we live in, the time we gave to a friend in need…the list goes on. It doesn’t hurt and who wouldn’t want to feel really good on a daily basis? Don’t we go out of our way to give our friends compliments, do little things that lift them up? So why not prioritize ourselves with that same loyalty.

It’s time to elevate our game – self-approval throughout the day may just be the happy pill we need – lift ourselves up first before we can do for others.

If you need some help, you’ve probably seen this little girl already, but now you may want to change your perspective and see it as a lesson to take away instead of ‘awww, isn’t she cute’.

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. James Allen


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Zen Moments

Small fleeting moments can seem insignificant on their own but, together can create the fabric of our lives – all of a sudden we smile, feel grateful and think back on memories that tell much bigger stories. 

This video tells of such moments – pleasures. I hope you’ll all cultivate many pleasures throughout the year. 

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