Wednesday, December 14, 2011
"I think these difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever." ~Isak Dinesen
Does that include shopping for Christmas Presents! Maybe I need to focus more on the beauty of the season, I did tell the children Im going to take a day and go shopping and just get what ever I want for them. That really sounds kind of fun. Taking time to think about each kid and what they might like and then just not worrying about whether it is on there wish list or not or worry if the store still has what ever it is they are longing for. I really do want to take the anxiety out of Christmas gift shopping. It was hitting me today one of the things they wanted I cant find and I dont want to pay the inflated price for the limited addition. It just to Crazy, and I could feel that anxiety setting in. So that is how I came up with my plan, I am still hoping they wont be too disappointed.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
It could be argued that creativity is a form of prayer,a form of thankfulness and recognition of all we have to be thankful for, walking in this world. ~ Julia Cameron
Im so excited to start this day! First it is my youngest daughters birthday! Then I have a bunch of creative ideas roaming around in my head just begging to get out. So Im looking forward to start working on them! Yea happy day!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
This quote make me want to try and paint again. I can see the picture inside of my head. Right now its more of a feeling but oh to bring it to life.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
" Gratitude is the food of love-and it is the fruit of love as well."
~ Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards
Rich brought these home to me and it was such a suprise. I do so love flowers it was fun to spend time arranging them!!! One of those moments to cherish. : )
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
"Simply hang a big bulletin board in your family room and fill it with reminders of everything you have to thankful for. Add pictures of your family and pets. Tack on mementos from trips or cards from people who care about you. If the brilliance of autumn leaves make you joyful, add a few leaves to your board. If you love the funny papers pin up some cartoons that make you laugh. The point is to fill a visual center with reminders of the blessings in your life."
"If you prefer, you can set up a small table or bench and fill it with favorite things-a jar of sand from your favorite beach ,a sweet-scented candle,some framed photographs etc."
I thought this was such a fun idea I have a bulletin board in our dinning room, Im thinking maybe I will put a shelf under it and then we can also put little treasures we find that represent the blessings in our lives.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
"Thankfulness can reduce stress in your life by making you more content with who you are and what you have. If you make a habit of accepting every circumstance gratefully and assuming there is a purpose in it, you'll be relieved from the worry and anxiety that go with being resentful and dissatisfied." ~Thomas Kinkade
What an amazing thought,who would have known that having a grateful heart could relieve stress. I like the idea of accepting the circumstances that you might fine your self in. Sometimes that can be so hard but it seems that if I could do that it would open my heart up and I would be able to relax and simply enjoy this journey of life. It seems alot of times that I cant change my circumstances but I can change my perspective about them. Today I am going to try and be grateful for the crazy in my life and create moments to cherish.
Monday, November 14, 2011
I am finding the more I strive to look at life with a grateful heart the happier I am and the more content I feel with the circumstances I have in my life. Instead of hating having to get up early to take my boys to early morning seminary finding that I love seeing the sunrise and having time to write in my morning pages. I am finding that gratitude is helping me cherish the moments of my life.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
"Hold fast to the blessings which God has provided for you. Yours in not the task to gain them, they are here, yours is the part of cherishing them." ~Pres.J Reuben Clark
Counting my blessings: Warm home, Sunshine, Beautiful autumn leaves, Sweaters, Children who can make breakfast, : ), Laughter, Hope, Running water, Electricity, Washing machine, Wonderful uplifting books, Music,Time...
Monday, November 7, 2011
Today to cherish my day I did some cleaning. It feels so good to have tidy up from the weekend. Im always amazed at how fast the house can become dirty. I also was able to get some pants fixed for my sweetheart and a shirt ironed. I am so grateful for a home, a vacumn to clean with, and sweet children that pitched in and helped. : ) It is looking better.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
I am so grateful for Autumn it always helps me to start slowing down and rethinking what is really important. What kind of life do I want to be living, how can I reach my dreams, and be the kind of person I want to be. Time is flying by so fast, I want to savor the moments I have with my family and friends to cherish each day. Our lives are so very precious, how I want to let go of all the negative and stressful and simply relax and enjoy this journey called life.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
One way I have found to try and have gratitude ever with me is to write in a gratitude journal. It has been such a blessing in my life. The amazing thing is how it helps in changing my perspective and when things seem so hard and nothing is going the way I had hoped and planned taking the time to write in that little gratitude journal helps me realize what is really important, and how many blessing I have been recieveing. My perspective is changed and my attitude becomes one of hope and joy. Instead of lack I find my life is filled with abundance. Perhaps we can make a heaven on earth. : )
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
One of the places I would like to start beautifying is my mind. Its amazing to me how little dark thoughts and negative feelings can come creeping into the corners of my mind and before I know it they have come in and started having a party with out me realizing it. Which then begins to affect how I feel about myself and my own dear world. It can all look so dark and cloudy so quickly.
So one of the tools I've been using is my Morning pages. Morning pages are a wonderful tool I found in the book the Artist Way by Julia Cameron. Its were you write down every thing in your head when you first get up in the morning. Write it all out the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Its amazing how after doing it consistently you find yourself figuring out problems, encouraging yourself and finding ways to keep going. I've also decided to start what I call my Evening pages and what I'm doing with them is recording all the good things that happened in the day. Write down the things that I'm grateful for. Even if its been a super challenging day, I'm sure there is one thing to be grateful for if not two. : ) Perhaps I could find a lovely quote to ponder on so that I'm filling my mind with something beautiful. If everything else fails I believe I will simply write "Stay Calm,and Carry On"
I made my journals from the composition books you can get at Wal-Mart. The best time to get a really good deal on them is when they are having there back to school sales, they were only 25 cents last school year. Then I go looking through my favorite magazines and find pictures that inspire me. Then paste them on. After I have the pictures looking just the way I want them I cover my journals with contact paper to help them last longer. Ta da! I then have my own personalized journals.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
In the coming years we shall need all the charm,aplomb and philosophy we can get. It will be the task of women to keep the world from despond, to keep the prettier gestures of good living going with meager materials...We will not fail in any crisis to come. To the extent of our ability we will keep the torch of civilized home-life burning. We will create beauty with whatever materials are at hand. We will fan the embers of kindness in a brute-stricken world...We will heal and hold to our hearts the wounded, the young, the needy. It is a great privilege to be a woman today. ~ Margery Wilson 1928
Monday, February 21, 2011
I just wanted to write and share that I am wanting to revamp my blog. To have it become more of a journal a resource for me to keep all the cool things I find on the internet and to organize my thoughts. For Homeschooling and also for a desire I have to explore how to Create a House or Home of Belonging and is there a difference? I think there maybe. I would like to also explore writings from Women Writers of the Thirties and Forties how did they create their homes. Is it possible to make a home with nothing.
Just some thoughts I have been having and would like to explore more of. Im hoping you will join me on this new adventure and I did want to let you know I am hoping to make some Changes.
Friday, January 28, 2011
I've also decided to create a picture of my word of the year so I wont forget! : )
I would love to hear about your word of the year and how it is effecting your life.
I'm hoping to post each month of an experience I have been doing with my word of the year. : )
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I found this article through
Courageous Beings Blog - Karen Kindrick has some wonderful information that she shares through her blog and news letters here:http://karenkindrick.typepad.com/courageousbeingshomeschoo/
I really found this one to be so inspiring and have decided to create a word of the year myself. : )
"How to Make 2011 Your BEST Year Yet"
by Christine Kane
The regulars at the gym were joking about it early in December.
"Have a good workout now," they said. "Cuz you know what it's gonna be like in about three weeks!"
That's because all the folks who have made their New Year's Resolutions will show up. They'll stick around for a while. Then, around Valentine's Day, the regulars get to have their old gym back.
The hosts of a satellite radio talk show were discussing the most common New Year's Resolutions and the average success rate. Among the most common were Get Organized, Be More Spiritual, Lose Weight, Quit Smoking, and Spend More time with Family.
I don't know about you, but this kind of To-Do List approach to life-transformation does NOT inspire me. And it doesn't surprise me that the success rates were low.
Why Resolutions Don't Work
The reason most resolutions don't work is that they address only one level of your life.
The DO level.
It's the DO-HAVE-BE model.
It goes like this: "I will DO this thing." (i.e., Lose weight) "So I can HAVE this other thing" (Self-Esteem) and I can BE this thing. (Confident.)
The average New Year's Resolution doesn't address the core of the issue:
The "BE" level.
The best order for creating positive change in your life is the BE-DO-HAVE model. This means you start from the BE level. When you begin changing on the BE level of your life, then the DO level and the HAVE level follow more easily.
When you start only on the DO level, then the blocks on the BE level will often become the obstacles you can't overcome.
How to Tap into the True Power of your Intention
Several years ago, my friend Kathy and I decided that, instead of making resolutions, we would pick a word that would guide us throughout the year. It would be our touchstone. It would remind us of living our lives at the BE level.
This didn't mean that we didn't take action. It meant that our actions were inspired from the BE level. In fact, I took more action than ever with this new approach!
For several years now, I've blogged about this inspiring way to begin the year. The response has been huge. So have the success rates! I regularly hear from people who have created big changes in their lives because they focused on one word.
How to Choose A Word
Look through the list below. Get quiet and listen to your Wise Self. Pick a word.
Then, hold that word in your mind throughout the year, and let your word guide you to take action.
Here's an example:
Let's say you're one of the many people who would normally choose "Get Organized." You're tired of chaos and clutter. So, you think, "I need to get organized. That'll be my Resolution."
But then you read this article. You decide to try this new approach.
You sit with your clutter. You spend a few days pondering words. You realize in an "Ah-Ha!" moment that you hold on to lots of things. You're scared to let go.
So you choose the word "Release" because it inspires you in a bigger way than "Get organized."
So, every time you approach your clutter you remind yourself of that word. "Release," you say softly. You start to let the clutter go.
Eventually, you realize that you're still holding on to lots more than just physical clutter. You realize that you hold onto resentment at old relationships. "Release," you remind yourself.
You realize that holding on is affecting your diet and health. "Release" applies to some of the extra weight you've gained as well. Throughout the year, you can see clearly how much you hold on. "Release" is your touchstone. It grows you throughout the year. It becomes your guiding force, not your harsh standard.
Your clutter became your teacher simply because you shifted your intent towards it. This wouldn't have happened if you'd opted only to "Get Organized."
What word to choose?
Many people know immediately which word resonates with them. For others, a little contemplation is required.
As you read through the list of words, see if one stands out. It's tempting to choose four or five, believing that you can do it all! (Or that you're so messed up, you can't possibly narrow the mess down to one!) I recommend that if you can't choose just one, choose no more than two.
One is ideal. It gives you focus. If you master that one word, you can choose another one in June.
Note: Click here to download a powerful journal writing tool that I created. It's called The Word-of-the-Year Discovery Tool. Give yourself the gift of connecting your hand to your heart and write about what you want to create in the coming year. This tool works! I promise!
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Sunday, January 16, 2011
There is something so wonderful about curling up with a really good book. One of my fondest memories is of my mother reading to us on those cold winter evenings. The fun thing for me now is to build a fire in our woodstove and then watch the orange flames dance around during our own story time.
Even if you don't have a fireplace or a woodstove it can be fun to light candles and stringing up white Christmas tree lights they can add a bit of magic to your evening story time ritual.
I've decided to have January be the month of light. So I've been seeing how many ways I can bring light into our evenings.
I would like to share with you some of the fun books we have been reading this Month:
For my two teenage boys~ The Lonesome Gods by Louis Lamour
Then my eleven year old girl~ Little Maid of Virginia by Alice Turner Curtis. Very sweet little book we read it together and thoroughly enjoyed.
For my eight year old boy~Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
The magic tree house books have become a family classic. We have been reading them since the older boys were younger. Its fun to now share them with Loch.
Then for my three year old~Everything but the Horse by Holly Hobbie
very endearing and charming artwork it is going to be one of our classics : )