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Simply Me

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I’ve learned that I will always be a little too much to some people.

Too soft, too hard, too innocent, too powerful, not enough or too many rough edges…always something.

I may even be told to be quiet, to not bother getting involved, to just relax and not say anything, to not make waves. 

But I’ll continue as I am. I’ll apologize for the mistakes I make and for hurting people unintentionally, because that is who I am. If I apologize for being me – I’m allowing the spectators to douse my fire with their criticisms.

I can handle the discomfort of standing out, but not of cowering in shadows.  

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.  Lao Tzu


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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. 

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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

Walk Through Fire

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“Too often the people complain that they have done nothing with their
lives and then they wait for somebody to tell them that this isn’t so.” 

“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”

Charles Bukowski

When fear shows up, it’s a good thing – embrace it. It never shows up when you’re playing it safe. Jump in with both feet – adventures await. So take risks.

Put down the burden of your aloneness.

Taste the ashes of emptiness on your tongue.  Know that if you let it, you can taste sweetness just as easily.

Spend time letting go – once and for all. 

Are you capable of easing into the conversation that awaits you?

The stairs can take you up. The doors are ready to open.

Courage will be your wholehearted participation in life. 

Don’t think this life is meant to be lived alone. 

Just stand still long enough for spirit to find you.

Alis Volat Propriis – She Flies With Her Own Wings

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It hasn’t always been easy, has it?

The ebb and flow of life. Feeling like more ebb than flow. 

The fickleness of love – given or received. 

The spiritual cuts and bruises. 

We all fall, but it’s in the rising that we conquer the dark beast. 

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The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do –
determined to save
the only life you could save.
 Mary Oliver 

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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The Illusion of You

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Do you ever think about what you have to do and be, in order to relate to others as you are right now?

We all create illusions for people in the beginning – hopefully as we get to know them we become more and more of our true selves, but what if we feel we can’t?

What parts of yourself do you have to erase, dumb down or put on hold? What parts do you need to turn the volume up on or shield in order that others may feel safe or that they can relate? What role are you playing? What costumes are you wearing in order that you may go about in this world?

Conversely, do you ever think about what others need to do for you in this same way? Would you want them to continue?

Do you really want to be always concealing or exaggerating your true qualities in order to connect with others? Is the effort worth the cost to your soul?

A genuine connection in all your rawness should be at the heart of all your close relationships. If you need to hide parts, it isn’t a true connection.

“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit. ‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’ 

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

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