Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sea Watching at Vinoy Park Beach

Florida is heating up and so the beaches are filling up.  We went for a little walk and sea watching in the evening time as the crowds dissipated.  The weather was perfect, not too hot and trees provided some shade.  We watched sail boats cruise around and inhaled the salty sea air, the perfect mind rest.  The beach has volleyball nets to play in the sand and palm trees close enough to tie a hammock to, it's a spot we enjoy visiting.

Vinoy Park Beach, St. Petersburg, FL
Vinoy Park Beach, St. Petersburg, FL

Vinoy Park Beach, St. Petersburg, FL

Vinoy Park Beach, St. Petersburg, FL

Vinoy Park Beach, St. Petersburg, FL

I encourage you to seek balance in nature.  The high vibration of nature lifts us up by helping our bodies find a healthy, energetic balance and where there is balance, there is health.

With love,

Monday, February 5, 2018

Healing Session: Forgiveness

Hello dear ones!

As most of you, I too have been on a journey of self rediscovery and healing.  And today I would like to touch on the topic of forgiveness, an important part of healing that holds us back.

When we think of forgiveness, we tend to think that forgiving is condoning the hurt, pain and hardship done unto us, and we fail to realize that forgiveness is nothing like that.  This holds us back from healing our emotions, our mind and soul, and ultimately our physical body.  Remember, that negative thoughts and actions will eventually affect the physical body, you can feel an acute episode of that when you get stressed out for the day, it literally gets your body out of rhythm.  In my experience not forgiving is thinking you are punishing the other person, but really you are punishing yourself, and it took me years to come to that realization.

Forgiveness is not for the forgiven, it is for you.  

Forgiveness does not mean you approve of the behavior, it does not mean you allow it to continue and it does not mean you are taking the blame.  What it means is that you are releasing the negative string that tied you to that person and you are releasing the negative energy that was no doubt holding you back.  Remember, while you are hurt and upset at the person day in and day out, they most likely aren't even thinking about you, but you give them such power over you.  So forgiveness is taking your power back and keeping yourself whole.  Why allow negativity to fill your heart when all it does is steal your joy and peace?  Not forgiving is holding on to the toxic energy that doesn't affect the other person, but it affects you.

Photo by Silvestri Matteo on Unsplash

Forgiveness does not mean we have to hang out right after.  Forgiveness is a process, and I am not saying it's easy, but if you want yourself back you will have to lift off the burden that is weighing you down.  Depending on the situation, it could take a while to process and forgive, and you want to make sure you have yourself ready for if and when you decide to let the person back into your space.  At times, having that person back in your space too early can bring on your past triggers and stifle your forgiving and healing process, so make sure you are truly ready.  Some situations are just very painful, but without forgiveness real healing, whether physical or emotional, cannot take place.

Forgiving is loving yourself.

Often, the one person we forget to forgive is ourselves.  We are harder on ourselves than others and hold ourselves to an unrealistic standard.  We make mistakes, but who doesn't?  Learn to let go and be willing to see things differently.  Forgive yourself, learn from your mistakes and do better next time.  Don't be so hard on yourself, this is a tough one for me too, but realize it's okay to let things go.  You will be presented with opportunities to do better and be kinder, choose love over self punishment, it will serve you better.

All my love,

Thursday, January 18, 2018

An Evening at Fort De Soto Beach Florida

A lot has happened since my last post and as I was browsing through phone photos, I came across these from last August that are too beautiful not to share.  Plus, it is winter time and it's cold across the country, including Florida with last night's low of 32F in St. Pete, so the beach photos give us something to look forward to this summer!

This was an unexpected trip to the beach and a beautiful time as you will see in the photos.  The views were breathtaking and as we got there after 6pm, the beach only had a few visitors left, which cleared out shortly after our arrival.  Aside from the birds picking at shells and other critters, the beach was ours to enjoy.

I didn't want to go in the water, but rather browsed around and watched schools of little fish in the shallow end.

Fort De Soto Beach Florida

Fort De Soto Beach Florida

Fort De Soto Beach Florida

Fort De Soto Beach Florida

Fort De Soto Beach Florida

Fort De Soto Beach Florida

Fort De Soto Beach Florida

With love,

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Break from Social Media

Hello my dear ones!

Lately, I have been taking a break from social media and the blog, I find it important to follow your heart and take the breaks it asks for.  Life is much more calm and less mind-cluttered when there is a healthy balance with social media, there is less distraction from the things that matter.  Placing my energy where I need it the most has been the best thing for me (still learning to do this all the time).

The reason I started this blog in the first place was to be able to express my creative side, inspire others to do the same, and make a little difference in this world.  When life is challenging, it gets hard to be in that artistic zone and so it's important to know when to take a break and get back to it later.  It's okay to just stop for a while.  I have been in the process of healing my body and it gets tough some times, but knowing that this too shall pass, I am excited for all the new beginnings and life living events to come.

I like to see life as one big event, the good and bad are indifferent in a sense that they are all important on growing our soul.  We are all right where we need to be this very moment, and living knowing that, everything is much easier to take.  Learning your lessons, graduates you to move on to the next thing, and so this is the way I am learning to see the world.

What have you been working on?  Send me a link or tell me in the comments section, I look forward to knowing you better!

With love,

Monday, January 30, 2017

Life After the 30-Day Purge Challenge

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You have taken the 30-Day Purge Challenge and now what?  (For those of you unfamiliar with the Challenge, see the post here.)  Often people, myself included, get rid of things only to fall back into old habits and buy more stuff to fill up the space.

Here are some tips to get you started on keeping your home lighter and more comfortable.

1. To keep down the volume of your wardrobe, for every purchased item, donate/sell/giveaway an item you already own.

2. Using velvet, space saving hangers will allow you to hang up more items and the velvet will prevent your clothes from slipping off the hangers.

3. Throw away or use as cleaning rags clothes with holes and rips that can't be fixed.  Items with bodily stains or odors that can no longer be washed out should be tossed.

4. Sort your garments by color and by type.  This will allow you to see how many of each item you have in the same color.

5. If you need another round of purging your home, take the 30-Day Purge Challenge again until you reach your desired results.

6. Buy only the items you plan to use and need right away and not some time in the future, because let's face it, chances are they will only collect dust!

7. Invest in quality not quantity.  Quality items will last a long time, yes they cost a bit more, but imagine having to buy the same item over and over because it keeps breaking or gets damaged easily.  This also means less items going to the landfill.

8. Realize that things of this world, in this case material things, only bring temporary happiness.  Do you notice the constant need for more stuff, the latest gadgets?  It just never stops, and the commercials are everywhere, including on billboards, television, websites, apps and magazines.  It's time to focus on memories, turning off the TV and spending time with loved ones, and also to be more of service to others as it's much more fulfilling.

With love,