Don’t let people talk you out of your happiness.

I love you just the way you are.

If you are lucky enough to find joy in the course of a day.. keep it to yourself..

At least until you find the courage to radiate, illuminate, and enjoy your life.

No matter how. No matter when.

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Skip through the streets. Watch netflix on repeat. Eat kraft dinner. Swing in the park. Start a blog!

Whatever it is that makes you smile, makes you giggle, makes you dance in the streets.

Whatever it is that makes you levitate, makes you beam, makes your heart skip a beat.

Don’t let people talk you out of your happiness.

The world needs your joy. The universe needs your light.

It is time to silence the happiness critics in your life.

At least in your mind. Forever in your heart.

We all need your unique, quirky brand of happiness.

Now. More than ever. Be brave. Stand tall.

I love you just the way you are.

Shine on beautiful one. Shine on!ūüíę

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Inspired by Jenna's post on The Wishing Well.

New beginnings.

New beginnings. Fate. Destiny. And back again.

New beginnings. Full of fright. Hope. Trepidation. Excitement. Fear. And back again.

New beginnings. Lost footing. Found fortune. Rainy nights. Full moons. Sun drenched days. And back again.

New beginnings. Rough. Tumble. Joy. Sadness. Sleepless nights. Hazy mornings. Overwhelm to underwhelm. And back again.

New beginnings. Lost dreams. Found love. Outstretched hands. Yearning heart. Radiant mornings. Restless nights. And back again.

New beginnings. Fate. Destiny. And back again..ūüíę

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Be here now. Be happy now.

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99% of blaming, worry, and rumination is a figment of our imagination (aka our ego). Remove the barriers to your joy. Trust this moment. Release judgment. Be still. Let go.. Happiness is patiently waiting for you.

Change your life. Five minutes at a time.

Are you tired of doing the same old, same old?

Are you ready to end the repetitive cycles in your life?

Is it time for a change?

But ….. ¬†you….. ¬†don’t….. ¬†have… ¬†time…

Enough with the excuses. Little changes can make a big difference. They add up. Start small, end big is my mantra. It can be yours too.

Begin the transformation process with a daily habit. Something that you do automatically – without thinking.¬†Start with what’s right in front of you. Literally in the palm of your hand.

 

Put your phone down. Look up. For five minutes at a time. Set a timer. 

Program your phone to beep randomly throughout the day. Every time you hear it beep Рtake a full on tech break. (Five minute intervals thoughout the day.)

A spa session for the mind. A hello to the world moment. Time to breathe deeply. To stretch fully. To grab reality by the horns. Out of the fog of facebook into the clarity of reality. (Five minutes at a time.) Move your body. Raise your voice. Feel the firmness of the ground beneath you.

Wink at a stranger. Give the cashier a high five. Drink a tall glass of water with gusto. Anything and everything that brings you back to the pulse of your life – this present moment. (Five minutes at a time.)

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Sketch out your dream house. Create an innovative recipe. Write in your journal. Do five push-ups. Leave positive affirmations on post-it notes for strangers. Imagine your ultimate vacation destination. Do something different. Be someone unexpected.

This is where the magic happens. Right here. Right now.. Try it. Be fully present. I dare you. Double dare you. Put your phone down and let the transformation begin! ūüćÉūüĆŅ

You hold the key.

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You can change the world Рone gentle, uplifting thought at a time.

Start here. Right here. Right now. Be still. Breathe in gratitude. Be thankful for this very moment. Start small. Notice your passing thoughts. Let go.

Awareness empowers.

Say¬†today’s date out loud. Notice the exact time it is right now. Look up at the sky. Wink at the clouds.¬†Stomp your feet on the floor. Smile out loud.

Slowly bring yourself back to this moment.

Grab onto¬†your coffee mug.¬†Inhale the sweet scent of the tea you are drinking. Feel the warmth of each passing breath. Feel the texture of the clothes you’re wearing. Wake up to sound of your own voice. Whisper. Sing. Shout it out.

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Dance a little dance. Stand up tall. Anything and everything that shifts you from outer space to inner spirit. From not enough to overflowing.

Transformation begins deep in your soul.

Come back to yourself. Back to the grace of your magnificent spirit. Into the beauty of your incredible form. Feel the rhythm of your beating heart. Sense the pulse of life itself.

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Everything you need to change the world already exists within you. Everything you do matters. But you have to believe it to see it. Feel it to know it. One gentle, uplifting thought at a time.

You hold the key.

Who are you?

Self-awareness is the starting point for personal success. Until you know who you are, how will you know what motivates you!

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Reawaken your passion for work and life by reflecting on “Who you are“.

  • How would you describe yourself in one word?
  • What are 3 of your strengths?
  • What are 3 of your challenges?
  • When do you feel most alive?
  • What is your favourite movie? Book?
  • What is your dream job? If you could do anything and get paid to do it, what would that be?
  • If you could have 5 minutes alone with anyone (dead or alive) who would that be? What would you ask them?
  • Do you prefer being indoors or outdoors?
  • What is (was) your favourite subject in school?
  • If you could own any car, what would it be?
  • What character trait is most important to you?
  • What makes your heart sing?
  • Do you prefer spending time alone or with people?
  • What is your favourite ice cream?
  • Are you a morning or a night person?
  • What is your favourite song? Band?
  • Finally… How do you define yourself at the very core of your existence?

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Positivity is a conscious process.

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When you notice the blessings in your life (big or small), miracles do happen. One conscious thought. One mindful emotion. One deliberate action. One positive vibe.. at a time..‚ú®

A miracle is a shift in perception. A Course in Miracles

Are you a highly sensitive person (HSP)?

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Knowledge is the first key to empowerment.

Do you experience more stress than the average person? Are you overly sensitive to external stimuli. Chances are, there is nothing wrong with you or your coping strategies. Stress and sensitivity are highly correlated.

Instead,¬†your brain¬†may be more sensitive to stress than the average person.¬†You may in fact, be what Dr. Elaine Aron has coined “A Highly Sensitive Person” (HSP).

Brain scans show that HSP’s have “heightened activity in empathy-related brain regions”¬†including the anterior insula (insular cortex), highlighted in the brain scan below.

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The intensified response of highly sensitive people (HSP) to stress is not a choice – it’s biological. HSP¬†brains are wired differently than the average person. This fact has¬†been clearly supported by scientific research.

Self Test: Are You Highly Sensitive?

  1. Are you easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby?
  2. Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?
  3. Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows?
  4. Do you need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation?
  5. Do you make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations?
  6. Do you notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art?
  7. Do you have a rich and complex inner life?
  8. When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy?        

Source: HSP Self-Test                                                                                            

Acceptance is the second key to empowerment.

The challenge is for most HSP’s is to acknowledge their heightened emotional sensitivity, understand their unique emotional needs, and finally to employ distinctive strategies for coping with stress.

Stress Management Resources for HSPs

  1. A Guide to the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) by Dr. Judith Orloff
  2. Coping Strategies for the Highly Sensitive Person by Dr. Ted Zeff
  3. How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Dr. Elaine Aron
  4. Highly Sensitive People in the Workplace by Janine Ramsey
  5. With Care, You and Your Sensitivity Will Flourish by Deborah Ward

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Cherish your sensitivity. It is your superpower.‚ú®