A Dose of Inspiration

I am a big believer in finding and sharing things that motivate, inspire or drive others to seek even higher places within themselves. I wanted to share a few motivational, touching and inspiring videos I came across. Enjoy.

Nick Vujicic & a beautiful music video that truly shares his life message 

 

Pantene has a great commercial that inspires greatness 

 

A great commercial based on a true story about the power of someone who believes and cares  

 

Power of words 

 

Well, that is all for today. Hope you find a little inspiration in these beautiful videos.

Have a wonderful, blessed day. Peace to you.  -Heather

 

 


Lovin Summer

A list of ideas to make your Summer filled with more moments you will LOVE.

22192-1_lHave an outdoor movie–being outdoors, under the stars is always wonderful, so add comfy pillows, a favorite flick and you are enjoying one moment of summer lovin!

 

bubbles-girl-happiness-nature-simplicity-Favim.com-60466Bubbles–We just got a bubble gun & my daughter and I walked through our neighborhood forest & watched the bubbles dance, get lit up by light and enjoyed the shine. Bubble on!

 

croquetPlay outdoor games–get the family together and play capture the flag, tag, hopscotch or a new favorite of ours, “Speedmitton” Playing games is always a good time & a great way to enjoy summer together.

 

IMG_3188-SmallEnjoy some fruit lovin–fresh fruit is always a pure delight. Go out to your local fruit stand or fresh market and buy some of your favorites. I just spent $9 on the best bag of beautiful cherries. Pure Cherry Joy!

 

Kielbasa_Tinfoil_DinnerMake some yummy, heated up dishes–Build a fire in your fire pit or heat up the oven and make some yummy tin foil dinners. It is a fun shake up  from the regular bbq meals for summer cooking. Google ‘best recipes for tin foil dinners’ and you will have all kinds pull up–yum. enjoy.

 

nap-hammockTake a nap outside–lay on the lawn, the trampoline, a blanket in the park, a hammock, a tent under the stars…Take your favorite blankets and spray them with lavender or a favorite summer scent & just wrap up in a good nap. Naps are always a good thing.

 

Picnic-TimeMake a fun family picnic–enjoy it in your backyard or even in your family room on a big blanket. Pull out the basket, fill it with your favorite meats and cheeses, and enjoy building sandwiches together. AND don’t forget to TALK. Leave the cell phones behind.

 

clouds-2Watch the summer clouds go by–slow down and just look up. Leave all your worries away and see what you can find, hidden in the clouds. Be alone or gather your family around and all watch together. There is magic in the sky.

 

summer-music-400x300_400Enjoy an outdoor concert–anything outside is always a wonderful thing, so take in a favorite band, listen to a small orchestra or even take along your iPod and your favorite tunes & enjoy the splendor of sound outside.

 

stock-footage-a-woman-riding-a-bike-in-the-swedish-countrysideHike, bike, MOVE–summer is the perfect time to move your body and enjoy the warmth of the sun. I love taking a bike and feeling the wind blow my hair. I enjoy hiking to a new waterfall I have never been to. Getting outside is an adventure in itself. Go beyond what you usually do. Do something.

 

Clear Glass Square Vase 4Collect something–walk the beach and find some beautiful shells, go to a lake and find tumbled rocks, hit a thrift store and find something you want to collect. I recently put together a glass vase full of rocks I have gathered over the years & created my own “rock garden” that I displayed on my patio table. Find something you feel is beautiful and make it your own.

 

WomanWalkingOnGrassinWhiteDress900-850x522Walk barefoot–we never do this enough. My husband was just talking about mowing the lawn & I suggested he let it grow, so the rich greens will appear and the long grasses will feel lush upon our feet. He didn’t quite see my vision, but I am still hoping. smile. smile. he didn’t cut the lawn yet.

 

OpenWindowSleep with the windows open–I love hearing summer winds blow or the early morning chirps from the early bird. Leave the windows and doors open—you will begin to hear so much more.

 

girl_enjoy_summer_fields-wideEnjoy each summer day.

 


Lessons learned from the movie Seabiscuit

 

Vágta3You know, everybody thinks we found this broken-down horse and fixed him, but we didn’t. He fixed us. Every one of us. And I guess in a way we kinda fixed each other too. -Red Pollard

This movie has many moments where you see the characters learn and grow from one another, but it is their genuine care and love that truly shines through.

 

6a015391a867e3970b017d3c40c431970c-500wiYou know, you don’t throw a whole life away just ’cause he’s banged up a little. -Tom Smith

I love this line because it is so true about different people that come into our lives. You don’t give up on those who have personal problems, who may be a bit of an energy drain to be around, it just means they need a little bit more of your strength, your hope, your lessons learned, your direction, your beliefs in what you see in them. It may be hard sometimes to continue giving, but patience and love will bring those opportunities back around & you just need to be willing to give a little more.

 

seabiscuit_the_horse-25196Charles Howard: You could be crippled for the rest of your life.

Red Pollard: I *was* crippled for the rest of my life. I got better. He made me better. Hell, you made me better.

This is the epitome of what people need: someone who genuinely cares, someone who sees the good in them, someone who will bring out the best in another.

 

SS.SeabiscuitThough he be but little, he is fierce. -Red Pollard

We all have moments where we feel small and insecure, it is in those moments where we can hide in the shadows or we can stand a little taller, be fierce and not forgotten.

 

10_seabiscuit_blu-rayWell, I just think this horse has a lot of heart. He may have been down, but he wasn’t out. He may have lost a few, but he didn’t let it get to him. I think I learned a lick or two from this little guy. Oh, and by the way, he doesn’t know he’s little. He thinks he’s the biggest horse out there. -Charles Howard

Heart is the key ingredient to true living. When you find that part of you that is real, that is true to who you believe you are—nothing can stop you. You will find your inner fire within and let it loose with the passions that reside within your heart. You will follow and you will be free.

 

 

Pollard_ConlonA interesting and sweet story about Red Pollard: While Red was recuperating from his injuries, Pollard fell in love with his nurse (who was engaged to another) Agnes Conlon. Red wrote her poems and they were married the following year and had two children, Norah and John. They lived together for over forty years.

 

seabiscuit_pollard_02A interesting fact about Seabiscuit: There was a spider monkey found at a race track & they took it with them and let it stay in the stall with Seabiscuit, it’s name was Jojo. Seabisuit also had another horse named Pumpkin, and two dogs. Most race horses would have a companion or two to keep them company.

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Charles Howard. Red Pollard & Tom Smith

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On a personal note: Horses often mirror the energy of the leader within their life. I wonder if that was part of the cause to both Red and Seabiscuit being injured and then having to heal together. I read somewhere that this really did happen. That is a beautiful part of this movie–seeing their strong relationship & the love they shared.

I hope you learned something about this beautiful movie. If you haven’t seen it, I would strongly suggest it.

I am dedicating this post to my husband–he loves this movie. Cheers to you love.

Have a beautiful day.


Go BIG by just BEGINNING

Decorative-Beautiful-Oak-Garden-Doors“Big doors swing on little hinges.”  -W Clement Stone

 

I love the idea of how little things can make big things happen. Whether it is just little by little every day. One little step toward a bigger goal. One step in the right direction of your dreams. It all begins with a little motivation, a little momentum, a little action.

Think of something you would like to do & think of something small you can do today & then something small tomorrow…and then…you are accomplishing big goals with little steps.

 

Here are a few tips and tricks:

Here is a video link of one woman & how she uses a door & sticky notes to move her in the right direction–try it out if it feels right to you. 

 

Take it One day or One door at a time. Where will today lead?

2984029909_2cc0544caaTrue momentum will begin when we begin to have a few small wins!! Create a tiny step you can do today & begin there. Once you accomplish this one little thing—you will feel a sense of Win!! That will lead to another day to begin another small step and then another…you will feel the momentum pick up and you will be on your way.

 

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Good luck in all you do and genuine best wishes for a fulfilled life. Love and hugs. -Heather


Your Storybook

tell-your-story-concept“We are all stories in the end, so make yours a good one.”

Do you know anyone in your life that every time you talk to them they are sharing the same stories?? My brother was over a couple of weeks ago & began telling his side of a fight with his wife. I had heard this same story over and over & was not about to listen to him and the energy he was carrying. I got up from the table & told him to be aware of the energy he is carrying. You can imagine he was a bit offended & shared with me a few explicit words. I know that sounds a bit heavy, but I was tired of hearing the victim, the “stories”, the same issues that continue to recur. Over 15+ years I have had countless conversations, heart felt moments, family meetings with him & I think at that moment, I was done. I invited he and my Mom (who was part of the conversation) to go outside & sit on the patio to continue their discussion, to go downstairs into my mothers apt, anywhere. I just wanted his energy away from me.

 

carryThere is definitely an energy that people carry & often times the stories we tell ourselves and others, is like a heavy bag filled with negative energy that we carry around. When someone gets offended, hurt, in a fight with someone, they begin to pull out items from their bag, items that are from the past, items that they need to hold onto to feel solidified or justified in the “story” they share or tell others & even themselves.

 

 

1524756_816129571735525_1582158071_nYOUR STORY

What would your storybook be like?

Would it be a heavy story filled with others constantly hurting, past hurts that need forgiving, lies you have told yourself, not finding the love you need, continuing to surround yourself with people that don’t lift or build, self-loathing, self-limiting, lots of villains??

OR Would your storybook be a story of overcoming obstacles, moments that may have been hard, but you came out stronger, you learned, you continue to grow, you seek higher places, people who lift you…

I want you to truly look at the stories you tell people—is it always gossip? What kind of energy does it hold? Do you feel good when you are telling others about yourself, do you feel drained by friends and family, do you feel good about where you are, or do you need to go a little deeper to work on the story that is your life.

Look at the different chapters of your life–do you focus on the negative, hard moments or have you been able to see them as learning and growing moments.

Are there things you would do differently–let them go, be gentle with yourself, begin to see those things differently within your mind. Let go of regret, let go of missed opportunities—it is all in the past.

From this moment on you can think of things you would like in your life—write those dreams down and begin to take a small step towards having those things in your life. Don’t ever give up on possibility.

 

Story_bookWrite. Journal. Doodle. Create images of the story of your life…see if you notice a pattern, the same stories that play in your mind, things that make you smile, moments that you love, the little things that make your story yours. Work on going forward in your life and not getting stuck with a big bag of “victim” on your back.

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Even Coldplay’s new album “Ghost Stories” has amazing drawings with details from the bands life. Check it out and see the details held within the album booklet. coldplay-ghost-stories-poster-400x470


Share your Light

I wanted to share some good thoughts from a movie I recently watched called Living Luminaries. I hope something stirs your soul.

 

“God is the electricity and we are the lamps.” -Marianne Williamson 1+FEAT-Herme虁s-Parfums-Jour-dHerme虁s-@-Ryan-Mc-Ginley-9-468x417

“Your mind is like a wild horse that takes you wherever it wants to take you.”  -Don Miguel Ruiz1180_1wild_horses_running_photo_6889a_copy_2

“Tend to your garden (your mind) every day because if there is a bad seed that gets put into your mind and you believe it, you believe that lie, that lie will begin to grow. As soon as you are able to stop that wed and not feed it, those lies will diminish and go away.” -Don Miguel’s Son810609f0d4952e582929ecc7190d59a3

“Happiness is a decision I must make.” -Marianne Williamsondancing woman sunset sunshine happiness prezent moment now

“Anger is an emotion that often covers up fear. I believe we grow in two ways: pain or insight.” -Michael Beckwithcareer_happiness

“If we ever want to be happy we have to make sense of suffering. That there is something in the suffering that adds to the meaning of life, that helps us learn and become the best version of ourselves.”  -Matthew Kellydsc_3644_183066638_large

“Plato said if you attune your life to a higher value (beauty, love, truth, freedom, justice, peace) all the rest will come to you because they commune together and then happiness will follow.” -Professor

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“The better journey is not the journey to success but the journey to significantly making a difference.” -MK

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“Nurture your basic goodness, then widen it’s horizon”journey-of-life

“God sent us to this earth to realize and experience faith, hope and love, and to share that with as many people as we can.” -Robert SchulerSpread-The-Love

“Self-love is understanding that you are a unique expression of infinite potential. Self-love does not mean that you are better than anyone or less than anyone.”  -Beckwithtumblr_ma7cgn9dNs1ry2xw8o1_500

“I am bringing forth the gift of me, the deeper one who is deeply connected.”artleo.com-6677

 


Celebrate your Father

In America this week it is Father’s Day, so I wanted to put on a great tribute to Father’s everywhere!! 

Take a minute and check out this beautiful video that celebrates Dad. Enjoy.

 

Have a beautiful week with your Father. Make it memorable.


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