Posts Tagged ‘the daily love’

Moment2smile Ducks

3 Ducks enjoying the day during my bike ride.
Random Creek. -Munster, In

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
– Lucille Ball

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body.”
-Golda Poretsky

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.”
-Deborah Day

You ever get to the grocery store and know that you are forgetting to pick up something. You cover every aisle from produce to toilet paper but that nagging voice is still saying you have forgotten a highly important item like hot dog buns. You drive home, put the groceries away, start on dinner and *&$*$& you realize that you have indeed forgotten the said item and try to decide if you can go without it for tonight.
This happens to me quite frequently. I personally blame sugar and ADD. No worries though, I have learned to conquer this challenge with my beloved lists. Thank God for lists. They organize my days and make me feel very accomplished. Oh the glorious goodness that I feel when I check something off my list. I try to be realistic with my lists, because I find if I have too many items still left on it at the end of the day, it pops my positive bubble. I learned to narrow it down to a few things and throw in a couple of things that I always get done, like brush my teeth or feed my child. That way I maximize my productivity aura.

I noticed the other day though that my lists were filling up with the day to day chores. I was talking to a close friend of mine who was speaking about how she had felt swallowed up by all of the things she had to do in a day. Her days had filled up with all of the to do’s that she felt like there was no time for her. In fact who was she anymore? She couldn’t remember. I thought you need to put your self on the list. And then that nagging voice who forgot the hot dog buns started saying to me that I should take my own advice. Damn voice.

I looked at my recent to do lists and noticed they had been filled up with taking care of a bunch of people/things, except me. I know this lesson. I talk about it a lot and yet, there I was doing the same thing. Where had my bike rides gone? I am sure I have talked before about my excessive love for my polk-a-dot bike(PolkySpot). It is one of my many favorite past times, one of those activities that clear my head and make me feel sane. And then the pedal broke. In my defense, I tried to fix it. In fact, it went on the list. I googled and watched youtube videos but none of it worked, and there Polkyspot sat. Then I had to move the bike out of the way to make room for the camping gear, and the pedal got thrown into the back of my car(A scary place where there maybe a secret society of gnomes living happily and I would never know about it. Shudder at the thought.). Long story short, Fixing the bike got put off the list and a shocking thing happened, the list filled up with other things. Oh there are always other things. If you let it happen, you can easily get swallowed up by the to do’s and forget the you’s. See what I did there? I rhymed, impressive…

I decided I needed to be put on the list. Here is the thing. If we do not make time for ourselves we start to feel run down, our energy is being used but not refilled. Eventually you collapse or walk around like a shell of yourself. Life seems that much more difficult when you are running on fumes. However, if you make the time for yourself, you not only work more efficiently, you teach others to respect your needs and their own.

So what did I do after thinking about all of this? I attached the new pedals to my bike and went for a ride. 30 Seconds into it, I was out of breath. I thought to myself, “I should not have had that last piece of birthday cake, and man I am out of shape!” I happened to look down and notice that polkyspot’s tires were in desperate need of air! Eureka! I rode to the gas station, filled the tires up and took off. It was amazing what a difference adding the air made. Not only was I able to breath but the bike ride was fun. Maybe that last piece of birthday cake wasn’t so bad. Taking time for yourself to reenergize is just like making it a priority to refill the tires. You may feel like you do not have time for a fill up because you have other things to do, but you will get much more done and more likely enjoy the process if you make sure you/your bike are properly taken care of. Imagine that. Going to add learning this lesson again to my to do list.

Enjoy your day (o:


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Moment2smile Visions

Glitter left over from Vision Board Creating (o;

Well folks here we are. The Monday after New Years. Time to start taking action. Time to see what we are made of. I have spent a lot of time talking about following your dreams but today I want to focus on action. You are co-creator of your life(hint:This is not intended to be a silent position). Now I know this can get a bit overwhelming when you want to go from point A to point B and point B seems so friggin far away. It is ok. Breathe in. Breathe out. And just Listen. If it were right next door, it would not be a challenge. It would not be worthy of your goal. You want some thing? Go get it. Do not let false beliefs stand in your way. If there is an obstacle, cross it. This is the moment where you are going to stop settling. No longer are you satisfied with the “thank you for participating” ribbon. You were born to be your highest self. You a want to place!

You have built the foundation. You have taken the time to see what patterns you had that were not helpful and then kindly gave them the boot. You have dug deep and listened to that inner voice and know it well. You have reconnected with what your passions are. Fabulous start! Now is the time to move. Dreams are not going to come to you while you sit on the couch, no matter how positive you are. You want them? Go after them with endurance! You thought I was going to say with a vengeance? That has its benefits too, but often when we go charging toward something, we use up our energy quickly and fizzle at the first obstacle. This is less than ideal as there are sure to be many obstacles that help us grow along the way. If we fizzle at a pit stop, then we run the risk of getting stuck there.

The moral is: Take it one step at a time, but most importantly take the next darn step. It is about making small changes, little by little that turn into big beautiful noticeable change. Think of it like a snowball rolling over and over down a hill. It starts out small with a little momentum, but with each roll, it grows and becomes more substantial. This is our goal. BE THE SNOW BALL (o; When you hit a bump, say excuse me, take the lesson and then keep on rolling. Let’s just see what kind of an impact we can have in this year. Let’s just see where we end up and what we can achieve when we put our heart, mind and actions into it.


Further resources on this topic, here are some blog posts by Gabby Bernstein and Mastin Kipp. They are fabulous! Check them out when you get a chance.

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