Monday, June 25, 2012

Vision Board

This year has turned out to be a crazy one for me.  So much has already happened and so much more is yet to come.  It's amazing to think half of the year is almost over and in a few months we'll be near the end.

I had heard of the whole "Vision Board" idea from Oprah many years ago but a friend of mine recently reminded me of it.  After thinking about it for years, I finally created one, a vision board of my own.  I had 4 things on my vision board, 2 of them have already become reality and the other 2 will hopefully be checked off soon.  It is truly amazing what you can accomplish if you just set your mind to it. I'm SOLD on the whole Vision Board idea. I always found it intriguing but I gotta say, after trying it myself, I am amazed at what positive thinking and strong will can do.

Everyone must create one!!!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Oh what a life

Life is ever changing, constantly evolving, continuously surprising and seldom what you expect it to be. A friend recently told me he had learned that in order to be happy, he had to lower his expectations!  In all my short term goals, that seems to be the most appropriate and sound advice.  It simplifies everything.  But when you think 10/20/50 years down the road, that seems so .... sad!

Expectations are the substance in life. Expectations make relationships worthwhile. Expectations fulfill you in ways you would otherwise be dissatisfied. Why then do relationships (friends, family, colleagues) get so complicated? Why do people, more often than not, feel the need to lower their expectations? Why is there a constant need for saving yourself from disappointment?

I have had my share of experiences, disappointments and heartbreaks. I have learned from them and hope to continue doing that.  It makes me a little more cautious each time and forces me to keep my guard up. At the end of the day though, I'm an emotional fool.  Heart is ALL that matters to me.  I will do anything for a person with a good heart and nothing can make me accept a person with the opposite of that.

Perhaps there is a middle ground?  Do what you feel is right, don't expect anything in return and hope for the best? People in your life are the ones that make life full.  Without people, life would be empty. Without expectations, relationships would be empty.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

30. Stop being ungrateful

Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.

STRONGLY BELIEVE IN THIS. I am so utterly grateful for all that life has given me and continues to bring my way.  Even on the worst of days, I have a ton to be thankful for and I completely realize that there are many less fortunate in the world so I am definitely happy to have all that I have and thankful for all my blessings. 

Going through each item on the 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself list has given me a great insight into all that I was already doing and all that I need to do to make 2012 the kinda year I want it to be : )  Now off to ACTUALLY DO IT!!!!!

29. Stop focusing on what you don't want to happen

Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.

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Love this one!

28. Stop worrying so much

Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

Another thing that seems to be fading with age. I remember when everything used to matter so much more in life and life always seemed too dramatic and too complicated.  The best is when I talk to the hubby about any kind of worry I may have and he makes me realize how trivial everything is really.  Nothing is the end of the world, everything works out : )  The only thing in life that made me wish I was a boy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone

Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.

Ok, Will do : )  I have been pulled in many directions lately and found myself always short on time.  Had to prioritize and cut down in order to make everything fit my schedule.  So, I agree, can't do everything everywhere for everyone. 

26. Stop blaming others for your troubles

Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

Each person is responsible for their own life and choices and paths and results.  You are to blame and you are to be applauded for what your life is made of. I definitely take responsibility for all that is ME!