Anything GOOD is always a good thing

I just wanted to put some GOOD stuff out there for any of you who have seen or not seen the following videos. These all hold something GOOD you can take away. I have included a little bit of everything–a movie, inspiration, a beautiful go pro ad…hope you Enjoy.

 

One of my favorites!! The Butterfly Circus If you have not seen or even if you have–check it out again. It is beautiful…the short movie “Butterfly Circus”  

 

Scott Hamilton We all know Scott Hamilton, but I am sure you do not know all the struggles he has been through. His is an amazing story of struggle and triumph that he is still living. Check it out.  

 

Jim Carrey’s Secret of Life We all know Jim Carrey & you either like him or he may make you crazy. This powerful message may help you see his deeper side & hopefully you will walk away inspired.  Video done by the Journey of Purpose 

 

Beautiful Whale Fantasia GoPro Ad: This is just a beautiful ad, including inspiration by Alan Watts, while underwater…well done. 


Lessons learned from the movie The Hundred Foot Journey

 

Screen-Shot-2014-07-24-at-4.37.55-PMI just recently took my husband and daughter to see this movie. I wasn’t sure if it would be too slow, too ‘foodie’ or what to expect. I was hoping for a simple story that had a sweet message & that is exactly what we got. All three of us left the theater feeling sentiments of sweetness and gratitude for seeing this breathe of freshness. 

I wanted to share some of my thoughts and lessons that I took away from this movie: 

 

image008-560x374The details matter in food and in life: This movie definitely makes you want to learn a little more about food and the love that goes into making such beauty. The passion these chefs had for food was brought about by loved ones, memories of childhood, walks in the woods looking for mushrooms, the sweet ingredients…it made you admire the deep love they had for something, even if it was food. Life is like that. If we can look at everything we do and find the precious in it, how beautiful life would be. 

I was just at the market and noticed a large pile of watermelons all neatly stacked together. I had to take a snapshot of the beautiful textures and colors, the beauty held within the details. When we can begin to appreciate the little things, the details, everything else will become even better.

 

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEYNever give up. Try and try again: I loved the humble, innocent personality of the young chef Hassan. He had such a desire to learn all he could, to open his mind, to try new things, to experiment, to TRY. Even though he was shamed at one point. He did not give up, he did not question his ability. He tried again.

 

 

165697H7Believe in yourself: The young female chef, Marguerite was very skilled and talented. She had a love of cooking, but she became jealous of the skills and talent that Hassan had. She created a wedge between them & was always trying to outdo because she did not believe enough in herself. 

We often allow others to make us feel small, to our own detriment. If we are always striving to be true to ourselves, we will shine and allow others to shine as well.

 

 

The-Hundred-Foot-Journey-Kitchen-Scene-100FootJourneyEventThere are others put into our lives as gifts and challenges: Hassan was definitely a blessing and a curse to the young chef Marguerite. She had a beautiful heart and was very giving to Hassan & wanted to help him. But, the real challenge came when she was outshined. She had to learn to see the gifts and challenges that were created for her by having Hassan in her life.

 

 

e8e6eff534097b97_-2.xxxlargeIn the end, it is better to always have a loving heart: Madame Mallory had to face many challenging situations with the Kadam family & she was not happy about any of them. She fought everything to her ability, but in the end she realized that what she really needed was an open, loving heart.

 

Well, I hope these small lessons make you want to see this sweet, beautiful movie. I think anyone can take away something wonderful from this movie if you seek to find it. There truly are so many beautiful things. Hope you enjoy.

-Peace to you.  Heather


Leisure–Is the time to Refresh the Soul

Summer is coming to an end and there is something in the freedom of schedules, the time spent with children playing, the constant light, the leisure that sings to my soul. I feel a bit of sadness at its coming end.

 

nap-hammock“Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation–What are they? They are the happiest people in the world.”  -William Lyon Phelps

Brigid Schulte gave a Greek definition for the word ‘Leisure’–It is the time to refresh the soul. I LOVE that! Summer is all about leisure, making memories, enjoying family, bathing in every moment of sunlight and truly refreshing the soul.

So, how can we incorporate more Leisure time into our lives?? 

The Busy Epidemic is A major problem—we are addicted to being BUSY—busy on our phones, our schedules, our kids schedules, work, getting our Facebook time in, meals, cleaning, not to mention our favorite television shows… Time is an important issue for most of us, especially in the West. We save it, spend it, waste it, we never have enough of it. The concept of ‘time famine’ has become a familiar slogan in both academic literature and the popular media. 34% of people feel rushed all the time, with 61% never having any excess time and 40% saying that time is a bigger problem for them than money. Time has a vicious habit of slipping through our fingers, leaving us with the feeling that instead of being in charge of our own time, it is driving us. We are not just busy at work, we are busy everywhere. While people squander about a third of all free time (more than 14 hours a week) in front of their TV screens, they spend significantly less time on the activities they themselves consider as most pleasurable, like socialising and outside activities. (positive psychology.org.uk)

CHeck this OUT!! 8 things you may not know about BUSYNESS in the U.S.   The U.S. is Stressed Out—Commuters experience greater levels of stress than fighter pilots and riot police. More than one-third of all working adults get fewer than 6 hours of sleep a night–that’s over 40 million people with sleep deprivation. Check out the rest of these statistics at http://www.crossway.org/blog/2013/09/infographic-americas-busyness-epidemic/

 

 

142731154A Leisure Solution:

Create spaces of free or leisure time into your schedule. Brigid Schulte calls this “time serenity” or “flow”  Sometimes, oftentimes work can take over every aspect of your life, so if you set in place sections or breaks in your schedule, you ensure that you are taking some necessary time for you.

Increase the quality of your leisure activities—in your down time, don’t spend all your precious time plugged into the television or wandering through Facebook. Find activities that are truly relaxing, enjoyable, tap into your creativity, or may just infuse you with the joy you need. 

Watch your energy levels–if you are feeling drained by a work project or too much noise, too much of anything, take a break–a real break. Step away from the situation, grab a snack, breathe in some fresh air, take a walk. With higher energy, everything is better.

 

stock-footage-a-woman-riding-a-bike-in-the-swedish-countrysideSome ideas for leisure activities taken from Real Simple magazines “What would you do with Extra Leisure Time?”

Take a Nap: A recent sleep study conducted at the University of California at Berkeley showed that a nap at this hour restored subjects’ learning capacity, making them better able to process information at 6 p.m. In contrast, the learning abilities of non-nappers plummeted. In the Berkeley study, subjects napped for 90 minutes. However, research from Harvard University shows that just 30 minutes is enough to clear your head.

Spend time alone: “Being alone lets your brain refresh itself. You’ll feel best if you turn off the bells and whistles you are conditioned to. And avoid screens. Vegging out in front of the TV or some other electronic device still keeps your brain active.”

Get Out of Town: You don’t have to spend two weeks in Italy. Just a quick getaway “relieves the pressure of a day-to-day routine,”—Even check into a hotel for one night. Even on a short vacation, other people take care of you.”

Go to a spa: If you can book your massage on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday morning, there are perks beyond the free tea. “Spas are quieter and have more appointment openings,” says Susie Ellis, the president of SpaFinder, a global spa resource.

Make a wish list: Write down all the activities that you long to do more of―whether they’re things that make you happy, relaxed, sane(r), or all three. Rank the items in order of importance to you, then pick one or two to focus on.

Consider this: Devoting more time to what you love can help you get more done overall. Says Neil Fiore, Ph.D., a psychologist in Berkeley, California, “Research shows that to be productive and creative, you must make time for recreation and relaxation. Trying to skimp on them hurts your motivation and often leads you to procrastinate.” Plus, being a little selfish will keep you from becoming burned out or cranky.

Real Simple has another good article Make More Time For Yourself:  http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/time-management/step-back-second-10000001815333/index.html

 

happy-people-job-opportunitiesWhat Successful People do: Forbes had an interesting article ’14 things successful people do on weekends’ Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio, 2012) and What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend (Portfolio, 2012), says successful people know that weekends are actually the secret weapon in professional success. “You need to hit Monday ready to go,” she says. “To do that, you need weekends that rejuvenate you, rather than exhaust or disappoint you. Cross-training makes you a better athlete, and likewise, exercise, volunteer work, spiritual activities, and hands-on parenting make you a better worker than if you just worked all the time.” Here are the 14 points: 1. Make time for family and friends  2. Exercise is the perfect opportunity to clear your mind and create fresh ideas.  3. Pursue a Passion “Successful people make time for what is important or fun. THey make space for activities that add to their life balance.”  4.Vacation  5. Disconnect. 6. Volunteer 7. Avoid Chores  8. Plan–Successful people plan their month and year because “if you get stuck on short-term lists you don’t get anything big accomplished.  9. Socialize  10. Gardening/crafts/games/sports/cooking/cultural activities  11. Network  12.Reflect–Truly successful people make time on weekends to appreciate what they have and reflect on their happiness.  13. Meditate  14. Recharge

 

I truly hope these ideas help you tap into the Leisure Time you seek, need, and hopefully, will make time for. It’s a good thing for you and those you love. Cheers to you. 


A few things to inspire LOVE

I am going to make this post short and sweet…full of good things. A few things I LOVE & want to share with you…enjoy!!

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I LOVE America’s Got Talent & my little family gets caught up in the wonderful acts, so last night there was one beautiful act that stood out for me…enjoy the beautiful music.

 

 

I also fell in love with a book called Of Love and Sea Glass by Donald Verger. Here is my favorite image from his book. It reminds me how LOVE is made up of so many little things.

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LOVElife_bloomFULL_webDoodling–Who doesn’t LOVE some free time to just doodle. To sit & swirl the ink, to make patterns, to have some quiet time, to let your mind wander. Just google ‘doodle ideas’ and let your mind play. Get out a sharpie and enjoy! (Image by Sashe)

 

 

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I also LOVE memories. I just had a birthday over the weekend & my husband took me and our daughter up to a lodge & then we went hiking. I tried to be intentional in making our hiking experience memorable. Usually my daughter just whines and complains, so when the whining began I began to tap into my inner child & made our hike like a ninja warrior training of jumping obstacles, log balancing, bouldering and puddle jumping. We tried touching the many butterflies that played and danced all around us. We marveled at the trickling stream, the beauty all around. We even named the hike our very own, “Fairy Hill” because of the beauty and wonder we enjoyed. The experience turned into amazing memories that we will always cherish. Be intentional with every moment, every day. 

 

 

mariannewilliamsonquoteI also LOVE quotes. Here is one of my favorites by Marianne Williamson. There are so many beautiful quotes, but this one seems to always remind me of inner fears, playing small & that no matter what happens we were made for amazing things, to shine, to become brighter.

 

 

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WHAT ARE SOME LITTLE THINGS THAT YOU LOVE? 


Tips to Wake Up HAPPY

I wanted to share some great tips I came across in Oprah’s newsletter: 31 Days to Waking Up Happy for Life. There are some great tips here, so take a minute & take it in!! Great tips are always a good thing to share. Enjoy!

I just picked out 15 of my favorites—there are 31, so check out the rest at  http://www.oprah.com/spirit/How-to-Wake-Up-Happy-Happiness-Research

 

 

woman-sleeping-skin-625km1120131. Catch Some Zzz;s–the Right Way. Turkish researchers found that people who tend to sleep on their right side have mellower dreams, with themes of relief, joy, peace and love. They also report feeling better rested and less dysfunctional during waking hours.

 

 

young-woman-walking-on-path-in-city-park2. Soak Up Antidepressant Rays. Step outside for a half hour, or so, if you can. The morning light—especially from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.—may be more effective in curing the winter blues than late-afternoon or evening light.

 

 

7-Starry-645x4843. …Just Don’t Forget One Thing. On the sunniest days, we squint; and squinting can make us angry, explains Daniele Marzoli, PhD, a psychologist at Italy’s University of Chieti-Pescara. Since mood and facial muscles are linked, your face signals to your brain that you’re irritated (even if you weren’t…initially). To make matters worse, the tetchiness flares up almost instantly, explains Dr. Marzoli. Luckily, this one has a simple, fast-acting and potentially elegant remedy: sunglasses.

 

 

hello-17744. Remember to Just Say Hello. It’s a simple greeting, but science reveals that social interaction can help us live healthier, happier and longer lives. Join the campaign that demonstrates how a small gesture can make a big difference.

 

 

c7315ee402ac996e_0601-w660-h441-b0-p0--eclectic-bedroom5. Get your heart racing…and his, too. Schedule an a.m. tryst, and you’ll not only feel more vital and alive but also more bonded to your partner for the rest of the day. Testosterone levels are highest in the morning. Having sex then also boosts your levels of the love hormone, oxytocin.

 

 

good-posture6. Don’t Stoop Around. Depression is a slump—literally and figuratively. Erik Peper, PhD, a professor at San Francisco State University, found that bad posture may only strengthen a vicious cycle of sadness and depression. It’s another artifact of the brain-body link:We act how we feel…and we feel how we act.

 

 

walk-feet7. I am going to call this—THE HAPPY WALK. Put One Foot in Front of the Other—in a brand new way. Researchers found that people who strode down the street (long steps, arms bouncing) for three minutes felt “significantly happier” than those who shuffled (small steps, slumped shoulders, looking down).

 

 

NO-DIET-SODA8. YIKES. Don’t take your Drink Lite. Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, may kill “friendly” gut flora associated with better moods. It also blocks the mood-moderating chemical serotonin (although effects were not noticed in people who had not had a history of a mood disorder). Together, these findings might help explain the results of a National Institutes of Health study: People who drank four or more cups daily of diet soda/diet iced tea had a 30 percent increased risk of depression compared to nondrinkers (more aspartame, higher risk).

 

 

exercising-best-and-worst-states-ftr9. Get Down and give me 20. You’ll likely find that your fitter self is more resilient to slights, pressures and disappointments. Aerobic exercise increases the “fight-or-flight threshold,” says John Ratey, MD, in his exercise science book, Spark—by relaxing muscles, boosting mood-moderating neurotransmitters (like serotonin and dopamine) and reducing the body’s stress response to the hormone cortisol.

 

 

pepmnt110. During Rush Hour–Pop one of these. What helps a frustrated, worn-out driver (besides vanishing traffic, of course)? Researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia found that pumping peppermint-scented air into the cars of ticked-off commuters helped decrease anxiety and fatigue. Stash a bag of peppermint candies in your glove compartment to help you keep your cool during a hectic commute.

 

 

21dmc11. Give your Mind a Short Leash. “A wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” wrote Harvard University psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert in their study on mental presence. They found that people arehappiest when their minds are in the present moment (yet another reason to meditate)—but that our minds are only in that state about half of each day. The three times we’re most likely to be “here” and happy: when exercising, in conversation and (especially) when having sex.

 

 

gift-giving12. Busy something for someone else. Researchers at the Harvard Business School, the University of British Columbia and the University of Liège found that purchasing anything for someone else—as long as it’s within the very affordable price range of $5 to $20—makes you happier than buying the same item for yourself.

 

 

Screen-Shot-2014-07-06-at-8.24.17-PM13. Find your Flow. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, reminds us of the reason to keep knitting scarves or writing short stories. His research has shown that immersing yourself in an activity (especially one you find pleasurable) can trigger a state calledflow. “The more flow you bring into your life,” Csikszentmihalyi says, “the happier you’ll be.”

 

 

14273115414. Open one of these before bed. What do happy people do? Read! But really, really happy people read these books that open their minds—and lives.

 

 

a-goal-without-a-plan-is-just-a-wish15. Dangle a Week-Carrot. Look, the world of happy moments doesn’t have to end just because the workweek must be spent wearing real clothes. Happiness doyenne Gretchen Rubin, creator of the Happiness Project and author of bestsellers Happier at Home and The Happiness Project, says, “Give yourself a reason to anticipate the coming week: Plan lunch with a friend, or a movie outing, or a trip to an office-supply store—or am I the only one who loves to go to office-supply stores?—and when the Sunday blues hit, remind yourself of everything fun that will happen.”

 

Hope these tips send you on your way to a little more HAPPINESS. Make sure you check out the other suggestions. They are all great. Peace to you.  -H


Don’t let it get you!

I am dedicating this post to my sweet husband, who has been STRUGGLING with his work. This post is for you, to remind you to NEVER give up & to not LET IT GET YOU!! Love you.

Have a beautiful day!

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Are you hiding out?

lost-in-your-cell-phoneIt may be more important to click with people than to click our phones on.

I think in our current society, it is hard for us to reach out and connect. We are connected to our phones. It is easier that way. We don’t have to make eye contact, we can pretend we are ‘busy.’

It doesn’t have to be much, genuine eye contact and a simple smile, our world will be better for it. I don’t know about you, but I definitely find moments where I hide out on my phone because it is easy and convenient. We find safety, entertainment, and even some connection. Phones aren’t bad things, as long as we also don’t forget to be present & connect with those right in front of us, passing us on the street, standing across from us on the train…give a smile, a hello, a simple gesture of connection. The world needs it!!

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