Affirming what you want is an act of self love. Affirmations allow you to consciously decide who you are and what you want. They are always said in first person. When you say these out loud, feel them in your heart. If you are feeling resistant, DO NOT LIE TO YOURSELF. Start with something believable for YOU. If not, your subconscious mind can and will throw a huge fit.

I create these affirmations/artwork when they feel true to me, trusting the right person will see it at the right time. I encourage you to create your own and above all HAVE FUN!

Mindfulness for teenagers
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Be mindful

Mindfulness for teenagers

Ive been practicing more mindfulness lately. To me its a necessity.

Its easy to get overtaken by thoughts and emotions, but with practice it can be just as easy and automatic to be present with each task.

Just for today, notice your thoughts and how they make you feel. Thoughts can just be thoughts if we allow them to be. It’s when emotions kick in and we start telling ourselves the old familiar story that things start to get tricky.

If and when you find yourself in a panicked state, ask yourself, what am I believing about myself or this situation? Is it really true? Even if it is, will focusing on it resolve the problem?

Write down your findings or share them below. 🙂

Freedom quotes
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[Day 30] What I learned from (completing!) the 30 day challenge

Freedom quotes

Today is the 30th and final day of the blog challenge. I reached my goal of posting something every day for the entire 30 days.

My prompt for the day:

What impact did the 30 Day Magic Up Your Blog! Challenge have on you? What did you learn about yourself, blogging, and sharing? Would you recommend this challenge to others? What did you like? What would you like to see done differently?

Even if I had to wake up at 3 in the morning to make a post, I made the commitment to write something and share it every single day.

I learned (again):

  • When I focus on one task at a time, I can complete it fairly easily.
  • Resistance to change is natural for me (and pretty much everyone else), but it doesn’t mean I should stop doing it.
  • It also doesn’t mean I should push myself through something when I’m just not feeling it.

I realized I enjoy and want to start sharing more personal posts. This challenge reminded me of my deadjournal/diaryland/melodramatic days (all public online journaling sites) and how much I loved just writing my heart out (rather than “how-to” articles). Sometimes sharing my life, without bulleted points and perfect structure is exactly what someone needs to read. It’s kind of amazing when I think about it.

I would highly recommend this challenge to anyone who wants to:

  • Deepen their connection to themselves/their purpose.
  • Deepen their connection to other amazing peeps.
  • Help others through personal storytelling and sharing.
  • Get better at writing.
  • Learn how to write on a regular basis.
  • Drive traffic to their website.
  • Have fun!

The top ten things I am most grateful for:

  1. I feel like I honed my writing voice even more.
  2. I let some fears (of it not being perfect, of upsetting someone, of not “delivering enough value,” of sounding “full of myself” go).
  3. It helped me remember why I write – it always makes me feel better.
  4. It helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  5. It helped me connect with incredible women.
  6. I feel blessed that these women took the time to stop by and read and comment on my posts and I enjoyed reading and commenting on theirs too.
  7. It helped me create some content I’m really proud of – I found myself saying “I’m a really good writer” and not just saying it but feeling it and owning it. In fact I realized, it’s the one thing I truly deeply love doing.
  8. The entire challenge was a huge act of self-love. I allowed myself to be open to what wished to be expressed through me and didn’t hold back. I asked for help. I knew it was what I needed to do and did it.
  9. I learned that posting the link to my post in a group brings people to my site much more effectively than simply posting to my facebook wall.
  10. My imperfections create potential for greater connections – in other words, I don’t have to wait until I’m feeling perfect and life is dandy to write something meaningful.

Also: I would love to participate in this challenge again 3 or 4 times a year. I loved it!

Special thank you to Amethyst Mahoney for creating and beautifully executing this challenge. And to all the women who participated. I’m looking forward to doing this again!

Comments? Share them below!

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[Day 29] 7 quotes for finding HOPE

It’s Day 29 of the blog challenge which means the 30 days are coming to a close. I have loved writing every day. I have loved the questions and the emotions, thoughts and changes they’ve stirred up within me.

I have had to search, reach, stretch.

I’ve allowed myself to let go.

I’ve given myself permission to share more.

I’ve made peace with the unknown.

Today I want to share 7 quotes for finding hope. For those days when you’re not sure what to do, when you don’t know what you want or who you are anymore.

For the times you need a little reminder you’re not alone…

depression help quotes

Love is the absence of judgment

Wild geese quotes

Jane Goodall quotes

Albert Camus quotes

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quotes for hope

Which quote sings to you most today? Why? Leave me your comments below.

God's love for you is constant
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[Day 24] God is not your mother.

God's love for you is constant

Day 24. Today’s Topics:

1) Recovering from religion or the religion you grew up in

OR

2) Helping others recover from bitterness due to religions and even “spiritual” communities that are very fundamentalist.

Just gonna go with what came through when I pondered these topics. Short and to the point. Possibly offensive. But all I’ve got right now.

Your concept of God – your relationship with the idea of God – is much like your relationship with your parents. You see God through this lens.

You expect God to punish you when you screw up.

But God’s not punishing you, you’ve only learned to punish yourself.

You expect to be rewarded, but the only person who can reward you is you.

God is not doing this to you, you’re doing it to yourself.

God, goddess, the universe, loves you no matter what. But are you loving yourself? Are you allowing yourself to feel the consistent, non-condemning love God has for you?

You are strong.
You are capable.
You are beautiful.

And it’s about time you started seeing yourself that way.

Comments? Leave em below.

I am limitless
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Limitless (affirmation)

You can be, do or have anything you want.

Use this positive affirmation to remind yourself that whatever unpleasant circumstance you are in is only temporary.

Your mind and emotions are extremely powerful and there are no limits on what you can create.

You are amazing.

I am limitless

Want more affirmations? Go here.

Always worthy
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Always worthy (affirmation)

First, happy birthday to me!

Second, today’s affirmation was inspired by one of my clients. I love coaching because it’s just as much a learning experience for me as it is for those I work with.

We talked about the need to constantly do do do in order to be and feel worthy. And how even then it’s not enough.

So use this affirmation often to remind yourself you don’t have to prove your worth.

You are already worthy right now.

Always worthy

And for more affirmations go here.

p.s. This is a photograph I took of the first sunflower blooming in our garden.

D.H. Lawrence quote
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D.H. Lawrence Quote

D.H. Lawrence quote

I thought I’d switch it up a bit this week and share one of my favorite quotes with you. Which also happens to be a beautiful affirmation.

The first time I saw this D.H. Lawrence quote was in a calendar I bought in Denver while visiting my sister.

Here is an expansion of the quote:

“We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human race, my soul is an organic part of the great human soul, as my spirit is part of my nation. In my own very self, I am part of my family. There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters.”

When I read this I experience a vastness and presence I can only describe as absolute beauty.

Accompanied by a feeling of safety. Serenity. Infinity.

What comes up for you when you read it? Please share with me in the comments section below.

Hear me roar
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Being bold (affirmation)

You are courageous. Know it. Own it.

And use this affirmation often.

Hear me roar

Looking for more affirmations? Go here.

Affirmations for self-love
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Being grateful for who you are (affirmation)

It’s easy to love yourself and your life when things are going well.

But we tend to forget this when we aren’t being who we think we should be.

It’s so important to have love and compassion for ourselves in each moment, but especially in our darkest moments.

You are always lovable.

But that love has to start with you.

Affirmations for self-love

For more affirmations, go here.

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Feel your feelings (affirmation)

Many of us bury our feelings or push them aside saying we’ll just “deal with it later.”

And then we don’t.

And then we have a meltdown.

This is to remind you to feel your feelings as they come up. They are here to teach you something. And to help you in some way. Have compassion for yourself.

Don’t judge your response to a situation.

You have ever right to feel what you feel.

feel your feelings

For more affirmations, go here.