Sunday, May 31, 2009

I am so Thankful!

Oohh, Foxy Lady!! I am at my store right now working on my cousins wedding scrapbook. Something compelled me to put the movie Wayne's World on. I cannot stop laughing about how stupidly funny this movie is....LIVE IN THE NOW! LOL! What is really bad is that I have not watched it in years yet I can almost repeat the entire movie....LOL! GAME ON! Sorry. I am here by myself, enjoying the time alone, which I never get. The Saucon Valley Farmers Market went very well today. I am so thankful for Jennifer who came with me to help. We managed to get all of our fliers passed out about our open house on June 13th. And, we got a chance to meet a lot of new people. I am not sure about Jennifer, but if she looks like me....she is a little sunburned. We will call it overdosed on Vitamin E. LOL!

I just need to say that writing in my Gratitude Book has helped me appreciate so many things in my life. And, it has put me in such a great mood every single day. Watching silly movies has definitely helped. When I am not feeling happy, I put in a movie or a CD which makes me laugh or just feel good and my mood is completely turned around. There are so many people in my life right now that I have attracted through my positive outlook on life. And for once, I can actually say that I am proud of myself. It doesn't matter to me what I have as long as I have been able to be an inspiration to at least one person in my life. I am so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. I love that they remind me constantly that I have the strength and the courage to over come any obstacle. Everyone needs that encouragement once in a while. They do not judge or criticize me. Nor do they take advantage of me. I have to say that when you are going through a difficult time, you really learn who your true friends are. It is sad to see some distance themselves because of their own issues, but at the same time I am grateful that I am only surrounded by those who are as positive as myself.

May my friends realize that I pray for them daily. Their health and happiness is very important to me. Today, Jenny and I have asked anyone who would like to join us on our walk to come with us. We know that everyone wants to be healthy and sometimes it just takes a little motivation to help them along. Jenny and I want to help anyone who is willing to have an open mind to not only walk to a healthier life style, but to become positive and live their lives to the fullest. Both of us hope that we can inspire you with our accomplishments and our motivation. We both know how important it is to have a true friend. I'm gone..fine then go....go then....fine! LOL! Now for the Scooby Doo Ending! HA HA HA!

Today I am thankful for:
my friends
silly movies (Wayne's World, Happy Glimore, Liar Liar, Yes Man, Anger Management and many many more)
the power to change our mood
time alone
the sunshine
my overabundance of energy (we have time to catch up on sleep when we are least that is what my dad is too short to sleep it away!)
our group walk at 6pm
the Farmer's Market
positive thoughts
positive people
all the people who leave awesome comments under my blogs...THANK YOU!
the saying, "Man is who he believes" by Anton Chekhov (so true!)
Jenny for making my day yesterday so much FUN!
new customers
card making!
Scrapping the Music Challenge
Stampin Up!
the wonderful people I have met through my store
Jennifer for helping me today at the market..THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!
a great day today
an awesome night's sleep tonight
an awesome day tomorrow

Friday, May 29, 2009

People who have recently inspired me.....

Hello, yes it has been a while since I have blogged. I was a little annoyed during the typing of my last blog but have since gotten over it. What can I say, we all have our Goosfraba moments. Right now I am thinking about how many people I am proud of. People who have come a long way through a difficult time, people who have changed their lives around for the good and those who have reached their goals.

My neighbor went into work one day with a question about his job and walked out being the President of his own company! See what happens when you open your mouth? LOL! I am so proud of Rudy and all of his motivation, and his strive to get what he wants.

Tricia inspires me every day. With the loss of her baby, her healing amazes me. She is so strong, and her faith is incredible. I can see in her eyes that she is going to be ok. And, she knows she will be with Shane again and holds true to that. She is such a positive person and I know that her positivity helps her get through this difficult time. Love ya Tricia!!

Yvonne is my Premier Jewelry consultant who I LOVE! In recent weeks I have found out that our lives and our past are very similar. She has come such a long way and is such an awesome person. She is always smiling, always happy and upbeat and wonderful to be around. Unlike those who find happy, positive people annoying, I find them very uplifting and inspiring. She is such a wonderful person who has taught me a lot about direct sales and a lot about life in general.

These three people have touched my life so much in the last month....more than they could ever know. I feel so blessed to have them in my life.

What I am thankful for today...
people who inspire me
positive attitudes
my new, free Partylite products that were delivered today!!
Nicole, my newest PL sponsor
Heather and Matt for hosting over a $500 PartyLite show in May!!
my store
my customers
Hellertown Farmer's Market tomorrow!!
my neighbor Diane who makes me laugh EVERY DAY!
my home
my children who uplift me with every smile
funny movies

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Anger Sharks are Swimming

Before I start I need to say.......Goosfraba. Maybe again...Goosfraba....Yes, today the anger sharks were swimming in my head, a line from Anger Management. LOL! It has come to my attention in the last few weeks that people actually get mad, annoyed, positive people. My question is "WHY?" Why on earth would the fact that a person is living their life as positive as possible, tick someone off or annoy them? Actually I know the answer to this. In therapy I have been discussing this with my counselor mainly because I was under the assumption that living positively would inspire people. While that is true to some point there is always those few who choose to look at it as annoying. Between my therapist and I we have come up with an answer to this question. It is quite simple and quite obvious. You know that saying, misery loves company? When I look at either the lifestyle of the annoyed person or maybe the fact that they are simply having a bad day, I can see that this has nothing to do with me or the person who is living positively. That annoyed or ticked off person is simply not happy. Whether it be stress, their health, something in their life that is making them unhappy, it is all because of the place that they are currently in in their own life. Misery does love company. So if you are listening to someone complain about how miserable they are and it brings you down to their level, you are right where they want you. When you are living positively a negative person cannot bring you down with them. Of course this annoys them. And, there may be a slight bit of jealousy or the fact that they may be envious that they cannot be in the positive place that you are. Then there are those who are just actually comfortable with being miserable. (You know, those who complain but never do anything to change the situation.) Goosfraba!

No matter what anyone thinks of your life, it is none of their business. And, if anyone is to complain, criticize or judge you, it will only end up hurting them in the long run. I have chosen to live my life as positive as possible. I have made choices to better myself and the lives of my children. Whether it is reading books, going to therapy, making myself healthier, whatever, it is all the perfect choice for me. Those who are my true friends have seen the change in me and have embraced the positive person I have become. My therapist has complimented on the huge change she sees in me and knows that because of my attitude I will accomplish great things and handle stress so much easier than someone who is negative. What may seem a crappy situation to a negative person, they may feel like they are drowning. However to a positive person in the same crappy situation, they can see a way to stay afloat and know better things are to come. Me, well my analogy for my life right now is this: I feel like I am jumping out of an airplane. The "AHHH" when you first jump, is over and not so bad. Right now I am floating in the air sometimes going to the right, sometimes to the left. Every once in a while I feel like I am suddenly falling fast, but it goes away quickly and I am back to floating. What keeps me soaring is knowing that I will have a soft landing when it is my time to fall and I will fall slowly and safely. My therapist LOVES this analogy. I am surrounded by so many friends and family who support every decision I make. Whether they agree with me or not, it doesn't matter. They see me happy and staying positive and that is all that matters to them.

I could sit here and say that I apologize for annoying people with my positive outlook on life...but I am not. How can I be sorry for something that I am doing to better myself and the people around me? If you are annoyed, then you need to take a good hard look at yourself. Are you honestly happy? If you aren't, then change it. Do not take out your misery on someone who is happy. It will only bite you in the butt in the long run and cause you end up alone and more miserable than before. Embrace the happiness in others and be grateful for it. They may end up teaching you a valuable lesson.

I am thankful for:
my true friends who do not judge me or criticize me
my family for supporting every decision I make
those who consider me an inspiration to them
open mindedness
being surrounded by only positive people
The Secret
my therapist
my positive attitude and outlook on life
the get-together with Jer and my families today
my neighbors
the health and happiness of my children, family and friends
all negativity being erased from me and my life
my health
my life

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Joy Within

A quote from The Secret:

It is the joy within that creates a magnificent life on the outside. It doesn’t matter where you are, what you are doing, who you are with, or what is happening around you, you take the joy with you.

I kind of touched base on this last week. If we fill ourselves up with material things of course we feel instant joy. Did you ever notice how long it lasts? Not very long. When you are filled up with joy because of the people in your life, accomplishments you have made, and the feeling we get when we give to others, that is the true joy that lasts forever. Surround yourself with people you love, people that make you laugh, those who inspire you. Take a walk in nature and admire all that is there for YOU. Send an old friend a card, help someone load their groceries into their car, volunteer at a local shelter, even if it is only for a day. Be thankful for everything in your life. You will see a tremendous amount of things flow into your life that you have to be thankful for when you are showing gratitude. And, you will feel full of joy which will last you much longer than you can imagine. Because you are in joy, you will spread that to everyone around you.

I am so thankful that my sister-in-law passed The Secret on to me. I am even more thankful that Rhonda Bryne decided to take everything she had learned and everything she knew about The Secret and put it into a book to share with the world. I am thankful for each person who is featured in The Secret for sharing their own personal experiences as proof the The Secret is real. I am thankful that using The Secret has made my life so much more positive and so much more fulfilling. I am thankful for having an open mind and allowing myself to believe in The Secret despite what others may think or say. I am thankful for my angels who have guided me down the right path and have opened my eyes to a better future. I was meant to read this book and I was meant to put it into my life. It is working for me and I only hope that everyone around me allows me to inspire them to make the same positive changes that I have.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Life Has No Limitations

This has got to be one of my most favorite quotes:

Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. -Les Brown

How true is this? I remember as a child thinking, wow I have such a long life ahead of me, what am I going to choose to do with it? Now as an adult I realize that I still have a long life ahead of me and I have a lot of things I am going to do! Your life is limitless. You can do anything you want to do, you can be anything you want to be. If you are sick, you can be healthy, if you are poor, you can be rich. Do not put limits on yourself then sit there and pity yourself. If you are thinking that there is no way you can do something....then you are right. Tell yourself instead, that there is nothing you can't do. It is all in positive thinking that gets you to where you want to be. And remember the blog a few weeks ago.....key word.....BELIEVE. If you do not wholeheartedly believe, nothing will work for you. Start writing down the things you want or wish for. Write down your dream job, your dream vacation, details of your dream partner. If you believe that you deserve your dreams come true and focus on the fact that we have no will see amazing things happen! Good luck!

What I am thankful for today:
the power to do anything
a warm sunny day today
getting a lot of things done today
my kids
my hair cut tomorrow
Makenna's smiles
Gavin's silliness
Jamie for letting me know that she is ALWAYS there and always making sure I am ok
long walks with Jenny (our therapy sessions LOL!)
all the people who uplift my spirit and continue to be an inspiration to me
Tricia for being one of the biggest inspirations to me with her courage and her strength.
the blooming flowers in my garden

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stop and Smell the Roses

I played The Secret Memory Game this morning and this is what I got:

Remind your children constantly, through your words, that they are unlimited – that they can have anything, do anything, and be anything they want. Remind them to speak of what they want and to focus on that. When they say they don’t want something, ask them what they do want. Always bring them back to what they want. Embrace each of your children as the unique being that they are, and rejoice in their freedom to express themselves. Allow them to learn their own lessons, and know within yourself that everything is unfolding for them perfectly.

I love that there is a way that we can instill The Secret in our children. Of course they still need to learn the difference between material things fulfilling them verses what honestly gives inner happiness. We as adults need to show them the way. If we fill our lives up with material things thinking that those will keep us happy, our children will have the same beliefs. Our children need to see that it is the simple things in life is what matters. Ever hear the saying, stop and smell the roses? To me it means, take time to look around you and see all that is here for us. All that nature has to give and yet nature asks for nothing in return. Stop focusing on the every day stresses and realize that we are the ones who chose our lives to be as stressful as they are, whether it be by our choices or our attitude. Remember that children are little sponges and they feel and see everything that we do. Make it a goal to ask your children what they are grateful for so that they focus on the happy things in their lives. Let them know that they have a wonderful future in store for them and that you will be there for them every step of the way.

What I am thankful for today:
my children
their excitement over the little things in life
the ability to teach them that they are unlimited
my PartyLite show on Saturday
inspirational quotes
our freedom
each and every new day

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Sign From My Angels

The quote I received this morning from playing The Secret Memory Game:

The truth is that the Universe has been answering you all of your life, but you cannot receive the answers unless you are aware. Be aware of everything around you, because you are receiving the answers to your questions in every moment of the day. The channels those answers can come through are unlimited. They could be delivered in the form of a newspaper headline that attracts your attention, or overhearing someone speaking, or a song on the radio, or signage on a truck passing by, or receiving a sudden inspiration. Remember to remember, and become aware.

For most of you, you already know that music is a very big part of my life. I am about to share a story with you that you may not believe or even understand.

A couple of weeks ago I was struggling. I found that my positive outlook on life was slowly turning negative and something needed to change. I had read an article some time ago about how our angels try to contact us. Some of the ways are through signs, people we meet, and music. After reading this article I started to open my eyes a bit more and to hear things that I think I was ignoring. At work I turn on the lights and then the radio. Every day for about a week there was a song on that I had never heard. I am pretty good at ignoring the radio at work but for some reason this song seemed to stick out like a sore thumb. It seemed to be on ALL the time! I could not fully understand the words and they never seemed to say who sang it or the title. So, one night during a class I decided to search After listening to a million songs (at least it seemed like a million) I found it. I looked up the lyrics then to read something that opened my eyes very wide. It was everything I have been feeling inside for a while now but was not ready to face. Of course I started to ball and head for the bathroom. The song was definitely a sign from my angels saying that I need to change my life and that change was totally ok. The song is Where I Stood By Missy Higgins. I have to tell you, once I had the realization of what I was hearing over and over again, I have not heard the song.....not even once. So listen and be aware, have an open mind and believe. You never know what your angels are trying to tell you unless you are really listening.

Where I Stood by Missy Higgins:
I don't know what I've done
Or if I like what I've begun
But something told me to run
And honey you know me it's all or none

There were sounds in my head
Little voices whispering
That I should go and this should end
Oh and I found myself listening

'Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don't know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
'Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood

See I thought love was black and white
That it was wrong or it was right
But you ain't leaving without a fight
And I think I am just as torn inside

'Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don't know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
'Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood

And I won't be far from where you are if ever you should call
You meant more to me than anyone I ever loved at all
But you taught me how to trust myself and so I say to you
This is what I have to do

'Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don't know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
'Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood
Oh, she who dares to stand where I stood

What I am thankful for today:
signs from my angels
dinner with my family tonight
my children
knowing that change is ok and GOOD
a sense of peace
The Secret for turning my life around into a positive one
my friends
my family
Jamie for always telling me she is there and how much she loves me
Jenny for giving me confidence
Buffy for reminding me how strong I am
my sister-in-law for just being her
my mom for always being there for me
Diane for always 'checking up on me' she calls it pestering...LOL!
my happiness
a long, healthy, happy future

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Quote of the Day

The quote that I received today via email was:

It's not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it's who you are.

- Elvis Presley

Love that! I have never been one to care much about what a person has or how much money they make. I love knowing what makes a person tick; their interests, hobbies, their personality, etc. Material possessions and money are things that may not even last forever. I am content with having a roof over my head, food on my table, and my health. Most people know that I am a very simple person. My passions are my photos, my garden, poetry, animals, nature, music, family, friends and so on. These are the things that are important to me. I could care less if I even have a car or furniture to fill my home as long as I have the use of my legs and a roof over my head...I am good to go. I can walk anywhere I need to go.

I get more happiness when I get to read a book to my child or accomplish a layout in my scrapbook than I would going out and purchasing something on sale that I really do not need. Notice how many woman have so many pieces of clothing in their wardrobe or all those pair of shoes? We only wear about 30% of the wardrobe we have, so why do we need so much? Why do men have to own over 1,000 movies? Seriously how often do they watch them?

I honestly believe that some people have this compulsive disorder where they HAVE to have instant gratification. Only problem with that doesn't last more than about 10 minutes. So I say to myself every time I go to spend money, "Do I really need it?" If the answer is no then I do not buy it. It really doesn't matter how much I want whatever it is, I know the happiness it brings is only short lived.

I have all that I need to survive and all the love that will carry me through good and bad times. And, although I may not have a lot of material possessions, I have all that I need to make me completely happy.

I am thankful for:
my children
my family
my friends
my pets
my memories
my scrapbooks
my gardens
my home
my health
my children's health and happiness
family get-togethers
my happiness
my life

Saturday, May 16, 2009

To My Friends

This blog is dedicated to all of my friends. When I say my friends, I am not saying my acquaintances or those people who claim to be my friend. My true friends will not judge me or ever say "I told you so." They will also not criticize my decisions or focus on my flaws. I have chosen to blog today a lot of awesome friendship quotes that I have found online. May each and everyone of you feel as blessed as I do. I am very lucky to have as many true friends to go through my life with. I love you all!

"A friend shares the good times and helps out by listening during the bad times."
---Molly Oliver

A friend loves at all times."
-- The Bible: Proverbs 17, 17.

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else."
-- Len Wein

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success!
-- Doug Larson

Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you."
-- Elbert Hubbard

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
-- Abraham Lincoln

"Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher."

If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I would not follow, I would be at the
bottom to catch them when they fall.
~Source Unknown~

When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there.”

"True friendship isn't seen with the eyes, it's felt with the heart."

"A true friend is someone you can disagree with and still remain friends.
For if not, they weren't true friends in the first place."
By Sandy Ratliff

"True friendship is based on trust, honesty and sincere generosity of our hearts."
By Song Park

"The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can
grow separately without growing apart."
By Elisabeth Foley

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
Bernard Meltzer

The best part of life is when your family becomes your friends, and your friends become your family."
---Danica Whitfield

"Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. "
~ Elbert Hubbard

A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
~Author Unknown

A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself.
~Frances Ward Weller

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.
~Barbara Kingsolver

Jesus once said, you judge a tree by the fruit it bares but he also said, Judge not lest ye be judged. The more modern version of bible puts it this way: As you judge others, so shall you be judged. Either way, it means be careful. Judgment is a double-edge sword.

Let me ask you this... Are you a true friend? Or are you only their for people when it is convenient for you? Do you criticize and judge? If you do, you may want to ask yourself, "Do I like the way it feels to be criticized and judged?" I am sure your answer is, "No". Here is a poem that I found that I absolutely love. May you find the inspiration in the poem just as I did.

Do not judge me my Friend!

Do not judge me, my friend for if you do so

You are judging yourself more than you know.

If our beliefs vary from one another as we live

This does not mean we have nothing to give.

We do have the love of our Lord and his Son.

And when we accept him our journey has begun.

We must dwell on things in common we share.

We should not fall into the trap where we point and stare

At a brother who does did not come to Jesus in the same way

For the roads that lead him to our lord may have been through clouds of gray.

If we cast judgment and do not attempt to understand his heart and soul

We are the ones who have not yet reached our spiritual goal.

That is to love and to give of ourselves through his holy name.

For it was by love that to Earth our Lord Jesus Christ came.

Try, therefore to understand and be slow to criticize

For if you judge your brother this could lead to your demise.

Let your faith ring out like a bell by the way that you live

And do not cast judgment but never fail to give.

Give to your brother from your heart love that’s pure

For one day, you shall find yourself standing at Heavens door.

And when you do, I pray you will know God’s wonderful grace.

As he looks back ore your life, your footsteps, he’ll trace.

He will see the times you have forgiven others

He will welcome you in to meet with heavenly brothers.

If friends are considered the flowers in our garden of life then I am to say that I am blessed with the most beautiful, immense garden there is.

What I am thankful for today:
finding these awesome quotes and this poem
my friends and their amazing friendships
time to be alone but never feeling alone
the sunshine
my positive attitude which keeps all negativity from me
my health...still have not been sick since reading The Secret!!
people who bask in the light of life
making so many accomplishments....all by myself (it is a huge reward)!
Egg McMuffins (an every Saturday morning breakfast)
butterflies which symbolize so much for me and my life
sunsets, with each one I am that much closer to achieving my goals
knowing that I have a lot to look forward to and a great life ahead of me

Friday, May 15, 2009

Crappy Situations and No One To Blame

I found this quote the other day that I feel like sharing. It was: One who has no goals has no where to go. That is so true. If you do not have a goal, where are you heading? I set goals for myself daily. Most of them are chore lists, or inspiring lists, such as my mood, or whatever...

I used to not do this and never felt like leaving the couch. Partially because I had no motivation nor did I set any goals. Some of the reason was because I was stuck in a situation that I didn't want to be in. Guess who's fault that was...mine. Little I did I know that at the time. I now know that WE are in control of our lives by every single choice we make. Whether it is to date a man who really isn't worth our time, spend that cash on going out to eat (again) but now have no money for our bills, working at a job that we cannot stand, stuffing our faces with greasy fattening food and calorie filled lattes down to not thinking positively and starting our day off on the wrong foot. IT IS OUR one else's. We make the choices. No one sits there pointing a gun to our heads saying, "You must take this crappy job or eat those damn hot wings!"

If you find yourself in a situation that you are unhappy in maybe you should write down some goals. Find a new direction to take and start thinking about the choices you make. Don't worry about why or how....just do! Your goals can be simple and do not have to be huge material items. If you are sad, one of your goals could be to end the day in a smile. It is that easy. If you are staying in a crappy mood, then that is your choice. I was crying for a very short time this morning. Then I had two friends write to me and made me crack up. Both of them gave me some inspiration to change my mood. Yes, sometimes we all need a little help from our friends, but isn't that what they are there for? We are not in this world alone.

Today I say, get off the damn couch, eat some fruit, re-evaluate your problems, pay your debts before splurging on unnecessary things, and damn it...SMILE! Life is too short to be miserable.

What I am thankful for today:
My friends who are there for me every second of the day
Yes Man
long walks
my store
Jim Carey
Nature's Promise Organic Chocolate Cookies
Healthy Choice's Steamers
Jillian Michael's Book Master Your Metabolism
the power of CHOICE!
the power to change your life!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sleepiness, Positive Attitude and Gratefulness

"I feel pretty...oh so pretty...." I need to sing this to myself to make me laugh. Today I am feeling very sleepy. Between sleeping wrong and waking up with my back in pain and my cat meowing at 6am....I am very sleepy today. I had quite a few weird dreams off an on which make me feel like I worked in my sleep. Ever feel that way? LOL! Despite the aches and pains and the tiredness, I feel pretty ok. Makenna and I are watching the move Bolt for like the 10 millionth time. I wonder what it is about certain movies that put children in a trans. And, make them want to watch it over and over again. This is a very cute movie though and I can see why the kids love it. I love Makenna's excitement at certain parts of the movie. She gets that evil laugh about her. Wonder where she got that......LOL!

Lately I have been feeling some resentment and some anger off and on. Thankfully I feel happy most of the times. Recently I have started going back to counseling. I feel that I need to work through the resentment and anger so that my kids do not feel that from me. Yesterday I went and of course I always leave feeling really good. I talked through my issues and felt a sense of relief. My counselor said last week, that she is very happy to see how well I am doing off of my medication. Last time I saw her was back in September. I was so thrilled to hear her tell me that she sees me as a much more positive person with a great attitude about life. Back in September, I was definitely not this positive. When she asked me what had changed, I told her that I read the book The Secret. Her eyes lit up and she smiled. She has read the book too!

Before I left she asked me what I am doing on a daily basis to keep my positive spirit. I mentioned that I have been walking every day...or almost everyday..which we all know that exercise is wonderful for the mind, body and spirit! I also mentioned that I was writing in my journal every night before I went to sleep. I told her that writing what I am thankful for every day makes me feel so spiritually fulfilled. It makes me appreciate everything I do have. Which I know I have a lot to be thankful for. The therapist was very pleased with what I do daily to stay positive. Everyone needs something to keep their spirits up. It may take a little to find what works for you. But I highly recommend it!

What I am thankful for today:
A wonderful therpapist
long walks
my Grateful Journal
5 months off of all medication...YEAH!
my children
the rain
keeping up a positive attitude even through ups and downs
heating pads and advil
my home
my pets
my store
my customers
each and every new day

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My Week

Instead of writing about my daily teachings I have decided to just write....LOL! My week has been a good week so far. I went to dinner with Heather on Monday night. It is not often we get a chance to see each other. We went to Panini's which was very good! Sitting with Heather, we engaged in conversation about life. She has not read The Secret however she pretty much lives her life that way anyway. Heather is not one to complain and keeps a positive outlook on just about everything life brings her way. Just like me, she tries to find the good in every situation.

After dinner we went to Border's. Honestly I never go in that store. I was looking for The Secret and the other things that go along with it. I have been writing in my Grateful journal every single night. On one page is the things I am grateful for today. On the opposite page are my grateful intentions. Ever since I have been making this my night time routine, I have been feeling very happy and fullfilled. It amazes me that doing such a simple task can have such wonderful effects. You do not need a journal to do this...just use a piece of paper or a notebook. In Border's I had to ask the clerk where I would find this book. The clerk laughed and said, "For over a year now this book has been on the Best Sellers list, so you want to look in that section." I looked at her and said, "Well, I have been referring this book to everyone I, it will probably stay there for a while...LOL!"

Do you know that my New Year's Resolution was to pass this book to 10 people. Well I have passed it on to way more than that! Here is my list of the people I passed the book on that I know have read it and are living their lives in a much more positive way.

1. Buffy
2. Jenny
3. Sherry
4. Terry
5. Jamie
6. Kathy Y.
7. Kathy
8. Kirstin
9. Donna
10. Amy W.
11. Melinda
12. Mark
13. Wendi
14. Diane (who is learning it through me)
15. Todd (who is also learning it through me)

And, most have passed it on as well. I have seen a GREAT change in every single person. If you apply it the way you should and BELIEVE, your life will change too. I am so proud of myself for taking what I learned and passing it on to so many wonderful people. I am even more proud of them for having an open mind and allowing The Secret to change their lives.

The rest of my week so far has been good as well as Monday. Yesterday I got a wonderful card from Jamie....knowing that I had sent her one as well. Well, she got home and there was her card! We ended up sending each other a card on the same day. We are so good like that! Last night my free stamping class had 6 of us there. It was a very fun class. I will not go into too much detail but there was a LOT of laughing. And the technique was awesome! Makenna and I were outside yesterday morning and this morning. She is doing awesome at her scooter riding and helping Mommy in the yard. I transplanted some of the plants from my house to the little flower bed at my store. Not sure that they will 'take' this year but they will next year for sure.

Jenny and I were able to get 3 walks in so far this week....thank you clear sky! Don't get me wrong, we have already walked in the rain. The rest of the week is going to be a great week! Why, because I am going to MAKE it one! Next week is going to be even better because I will be receiving over $450 worth of FREE PartyLite products! WHOO HOOO! And, each night we get a walk in, the skinnier I will be....LOL! Since March I have lost about 10 lbs. and am down one clothing size. I am excited! All you need to do is THINK POSITIVE! Wonderful things WILL happen!

I am thankful for:
my Iris's which are in FULL bloom!
being in a size 10 on the way to a 6!
Jenn, my sister-in-law for giving me The Secret
all the people above for having an open mind
everyone who inspires me
my stalking neighbor (and best friend) Diane....LOL!
the nice weather
the SUN!
Jamie for being the bestest friend ever! I am so blessed to have her.
Jenny for keeping me on track and making me laugh and becoming one of my best buds!
Selfless people
long walks

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ask, Believe, Receive

The Daily Teaching Today:
Ask, Believe, Receive-just three simple steps to create what you want. However, very often the second step, 'believe', can be the most difficult one. And yet it is the greatest step you will ever take. Believing contains no doubt. Believing does not waver. Believing is absolute faith. Believing remains steadfast despite what is happening in the outside world.

When you master believing, you have mastered your life.

Now that I read that, I am running out an purchasing a big word BELIEVE. I already have the word FAITH. I know it is faith that carries us through difficult times. Believing we will get through them and have a much brighter outcome is what we need to focus on. I believe that no matter how hard my life may feel or seem to someone else, that good will prevail. You, must believe that as well. Do you believe that you deserve the best life has to offer? Do you believe that the best can happen to you? It is not hard to ask for what we want once we know what that is. Believing that we will receive what we want seems to be hard for everyone.

In this new chapter in my life I believe I am a stronger person than I have ever been before. I believe that I have a great future in store. I believe that my business will boom. I believe that my family and true friends will be by my side every step of the way. It is times like these that you truly learn who your friends are. Thank you to everyone who has inspired me to be the best I can be. Thank you for positive thoughts, your laughter and smiles, and helping me to believe in myself. I have honestly never been happier than I am right now. I feel like I am soaring.....THANK YOU!

Today I am thankful for:
my friends
my family
my strength
my happiness
believing that all things are possible
the sunshine
time to plant in my gardens today
my full class tonight
honest people
people who inspire me
knowing that if my life were to crumble around me, I still feel inside that I have everything I need to survive.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Your Life is a Mirror of You

A couple of weeks ago I meant to blog about a Daily Teaching that I had read. It was one that I brought up to a friend of mine this past Saturday. Because I remembered about it, I decided to blog about it now. It was something to the affect of: Your life is a mirror of you. Everything that surrounds you is because you have attracted it into your life through your thoughts. If there is negativity, it is because you think negative thoughts. If it is positive, it is because you think positive thoughts.

Now obviously we cannot decide who our family members are but we can decided if we are going to find the good in them or concentrate on the negative qualities they have. Because once again, you cannot change a person. A friend, is one who we attract though the way we are and the way we think. I used to have tons of 'friends' who I used to think, "Why is this person trying to consume my life? or Why are they so negative?" I used to have friends who took advantage of my niceness and willingness to please everyone. The entire time I was friends with these people, I was very negative about myself. I remember feeling lost if I didn't have people who 'needed me'. Not knowing, I was attracting these needy self centered people because of the person I was. My life was a mirror of me. They drained me completely and exhausted me to the point of really not liking myself.

In these days, I come across so many people who love to laugh, are very positive and strong. I seemed to have lost contact with those who are negative and needy. Looking at the people who are now in my life, they are reflections of myself. Now, I like what I see. Changing your thoughts can really make a difference in who we attract into our lives. Take a long hard look at those who surround you, are they reflections of you? And, are you happy with what you see? Are you constantly complaining about the way things go in your life? Or are you satisfied with every new day? It is all the way you think that puts us in the positions we get into or are currently in. Step back, and take a look at your life and start putting everything into perspective. EVERYTHING is brought to us through our power of thought. It is your choice, are you going to start thinking positively or continue to complain and bring more things to complain about into your life?

Today I am thankful for:
everything that is currently in my life which is a reflection of me
my friends
my family
the power of positive thoughts
my strength
my courage
my day off today
dinner with Heather tonight
promoting out to PartyLite Team Leader in June
being down one whole clothing size!
walks with Jenny
a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Negativeness Will Multiply!

Daily Teaching today (Saturday May 9th):
Anybody who thinks negative thoughts about someone else has those negative thoughts return to them multiplied. It doesn't matter how many people are thinking negatively about someone; if that person is in joy those thoughts can never reach them, because they are on a different frequency. Instead, all the negative thoughts will multiply and return to the people who were thinking them.

No-one else can bring negativity into our lives though their thoughts, unless we allow our frequency to lower to the same negative frequency as theirs.

Only thing I have to say about this is, so this is why negative people no longer come into my store....I must be on that high frequency where they cannot reach me. YEAH! And, you'd better watch those thoughts and all of those complaints. It really will bite you in the butt someday.

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

I am thankful for:
Being a mom
my children
being on the highest frequency
Buffy for teaching me some awesome things today and for engaging in some great conversation!
Jenny for bringing us lunch and going on a long walk with me last night.
warm weather
Having the time today to watch Anger Management and to make 4 cards!
a good night's sleep tonight
Mother's Day tomorrow
dinner with family tomorrow
my day off tomorrow
leaving work early today
faithful friends
positive energy, positive people, and positive attitude
my strength (thank you Buffy!)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Judgement and Appreciation

My Daily Teaching today was:

If you want to attract appreciation for what you do, then move through your life appreciating and complimenting others. If you find fault with another, then you just brought others finding fault with you. If you judge another, then you just brought judgement to you. And if you appreciate others, you will bring appreciation to you. You have to make the quality dominant in you first, before you can attract it in your outside world.

Wow! I read this and thought, this is so true. I can read people very well. If I hear someone always having issues and complaining, they always seem to have more issues and more to complain about. And, they never seem to be very appreciative of the good that they do have in their life. Do they? Maybe if they would concentrate on the things they have to appreciate, the things they have to complain about will start going away?

In my own life I have stopped complaining about people on the road. I have started to appreciate and become more aware of the nice drivers who allow you to go in front of them or actually do use a turn signal. I have been thankful every time I do not have to wait too long to pull out onto a busy street. I started appreciating all that I saw good out on the road. Guess what? I cannot tell you the last time I had to wait to pull onto Main Street (unless I am with my husband). It has been clear for me for months now. I cannot tell you the last time I got in back of someone who didn't use their turn signal. I also do not remember the last time I had to park more than 5 spots away from the store. The other thing I see in myself is that when I get behind someone who is driving slowly, it doesn't bother me. Now my thoughts are: "There is a reason why this car is in front of me going slowly right now. Could it be to save me from getting hit by another vehicle, or hitting a child crossing the road? Could it be because ahead there are deer crossing the street?" I no longer allow slow people to get me angry because God and the universe have a reason for EVERYTHING. There are reasons we get stuck behind people like this. And, if we get angry and pass judgement on people, we will bring more people to judge us. We will have more people angry at us.

So my words of wisdom when you get behind a slow person is....deep breath...say Goosfraba, and realize that this person could be protecting you from danger ahead. (Chances are you were already on the path to being late because you were rushing through your morning routine.) And if you want to stop getting angry, start appreciating. Like me, you will notice a big difference in the way your life starts to go. The driving is only one example of the amazing things you can do to change your life and go down a positive path. Happy trails!

Today I am thankful for:
Angels on the road
my van

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Beliefs vs. Truth

Playing the Memory on The Secret and this is the quote I got...

'Human beings are made up of two things; their beliefs and the truth. When you let go of your beliefs, you will see more of the truth. The greatest human beings who have ever lived, had the courage to let go of beliefs, and they became the truth. They showed us the way.'

Of course what we grow up believing is what we are raised to believe. Basically it is our parents beliefs because we are too young to know any different. Now that I am older and have let a lot of my beliefs go, I am learning the truth about life and who I really am. I think it is absolutely necessary to be open minded as we go through life. If we are stuck in our beliefs, how do we grow and allow ourselves to find truth? I think this quote was a very good one for everyone to read. I know so many closed minded people who seem stuck in situations that they cannot seem to get out of. So many of them cannot get their beliefs go to see another possibility. Open your mind and your heart....and you will see there are a lot of possibilities out there.

I am thankful for:
endless possibilities
an open mind
my full class tonight
salt (in which I will use to kill the slugs once this rain stops)
Melinda (her positivity is awesome!)
Jenny (for being so smart and funny!)
my store
finding the truth

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Patience, Thoughtfulness and a Goosfraba Moment

Driving to the post office this morning before work, I drove past the church that is on my street. There were a lot of cars parked there today I thought....then I remembered.....

Today was the funeral for baby Shane. Shane is the baby I have blogged about recently. Shane lived to be one month and 4 days old. At first, I got the lump in my throat and the tears in my eyes. Then, I remembered how positive his mother has been through this entire situation. Her written obituary that she emailed out just amazed me. She has got to be one of the strongest people I have ever met. She knows that she will be with Shane again and keeps that in her mind. Although there were endless tears, she always sounded strong, knowing that there is a light at the end of this tunnel. She is a very big inspiration to everyone around her.

I have seen many good and bad things throughout my life. I have come to the conclusion that we are meant to go through some trying times and we are meant to have those amazing moments too. It is how we choose to deal with the bad that allows us to either move on or stay stuck in a depression or a rut. This particular situation makes me realize that there are people out there that have such horrible situations going on. And, it makes me thankful for the life that I have. Now I have to ask myself, do I really need to get angry at the guy who chooses not to use his turn signal? Do I really need to get upset if there is no milk in the fridge? Do I have to let the fact that I only got 3 hours of sleep affect my entire day? My answers are "No" to all of that. It isn't worth letting the little things ruin your day when things could be so much worse.

I got to the post office and there were four people ahead of me, two which were sending out about 25 large boxes to Iraq. After about 5 minutes, two of the people in front of me got angry for having to wait and they left. What was going on in my mind is, "Ok, so you may be a little late for your day today...but do you really need to leave huffing and puffing?" The ones that were holding up the line were the ones sending out all of the boxes. I started a conversation with them about Iraq and how awesome I thought it was that they were doing this. The line behind me was about 7 people long. I wondered if the two that used to be in front of me even knew the nice thing that these people were doing...or if they would even care. Then I pictured the line of cars at the church waiting for Shane's funeral. All I could think of is, someone is burying their baby today and you are getting angry for having to stand in a line. What happened to people's patience? Why is EVERYONE in such a hurry? When it was my turn the couple walked out the door thanking everyone for their patience. I seriously do not know if they even knew that the two behind them left in a huff. Why has life gotten so crazy? What makes anyone think that they are more important than everyone else? Are we not supposed to be equal in God's world?

I sent out my stuff and left..still smiling although I was annoyed. Those two ahead of me needed a big GOOSFRABA moment. To me, life is what we make of it. I try to see the good in everything. It is a shame that people ruin their lives rushing everywhere, being angry over stupid things, and being so inconsiderate. Thankfully I do not run into too many people like that or I would be SCREAMING GOOSFRABA not caring what anyone thought. However, someone may have me arrested for being a crazy lady...LOL!

What I am thankful for today:
the movie Anger Management
finding the good in every situation
knowing that I have a good life
the farmers market tomorrow
my overabundance of time
considerate people
giving people
thoughtful people
my PartyLite starter show closing today!
my free PartyLite products
my PartyLite paycheck!
my friends
my family
a good night tonight
Crossroads Pizza
Jenny for going with me to Crossroads after our awesome walk!
Toasted Almonds (I only had one!)
A great day tomorrow!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

If Today Was Your Last Day

I have been listening to this song now over and over again. I absolutely love the words. Instead of blogging much today, I feel that this songs says a lot of how I am feeling and a lot of what I believe. I hope it becomes an inspiration to you as much as it has for me. The song is called If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback.

My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day’s a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day
and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
If today was your last day

Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live like you’ll never live it twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life

If today was your last day
and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce of memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are
So do whatever it takes
‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life
Let nothin’ stand in your way
Cause the hands of time are never on your side

If today was your last day
and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?

Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce of memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

Today I am thankful for:
This song
going to the Nickelback concert in July!! WHOO HOOO!
taking Bryce to school today
the Hellertown Farmer's Market this Sunday
National Scrapbook day tomorrow
for the courage to live each day as if it was my last
the warmer weather today
getting the gum out of Makenna's hair (Goosfraba!)
Marryann for helping me on Sunday
Diane for watching my store on Sunday
Mom for taking Makenna to Faith's Birthday party tonight
Dad for allowing me to borrow his tent
my jeans fitting better....size 6, here I come!
eating healthier
drinking more water
walking with Jenny
people who inspire me
songs that inspire me
my new customers
a good day today
a great nights sleep tonight