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!

image008quotes_that_inspire_640_03albert-einstein-thanksgiving-quote de7618b374c9ecbf171081d922dddebagiving-up-on-love-quotes--hd-happy-to-inspire--quote-of-the-day--man-is-fond-of-counting-his--photosRecommended+Inspiring+Love+QuotesSayings+20225-worrying-does-not-empty-tomorrow-of-its-troubles-it-emptiesquotes-not-to-miss Love you. PEACE OUT!! Keep CALM and carry on. xoxo

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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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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