20 Apr 2015
in Living With Gusto
Tags: accomplishment, believe, believing truth, decisions, lifestyle, Living, passion, strength, women's empowerment
“Integrity” it the first word that came to mind when I saw this quote. And of course it applies to my business as well as my life.
*be good towards people
*be knowledgeable about your business
*be great in how you teach and share (and do business)
*be exceptionally dependable and trustworthy
*be good at havin FUN
I doubt many people ignore me now, but for many years I felt quite nondescript and non-important. I decided that I was the one to make myself feel important, and so set about changing my mindset. I’ve come to value my gifts, strengths, and personality…and play them to the hilt! :)
I encourage you to do the same. I love my life. And I hope that you will love yours too.
A couple of sources I’ve used are:
and How To Fascinate. There are many others around that will help you find your strengths and then tell you ways to maximize them.
Keep on keeping on, dear ones.
Love and hugs, Passionista
07 Apr 2015
Tags: behavior, belief, decisions, encouragement, lifestyle, love, now is your time, passion, strength, unconditional love
I read a wonderful blog post today
from Vanessa of At The Picket Fence.
I believe it’s at the heart of many damaging behaviors–
which most surely become weapons,
cutting to the very heart and soul.
My own insecurity led to attention-seeking behaviors….
people pleasing….and very “loud” body language
(because I wasn’t permitted to voice negative emotions,
and besides I might offend someone and then they would be mad at me–heaven forbid!)
Insecurity seeps into our lives because of many reasons, but I’d say the key issue is the feeling of “not good enough”.
Which leads us to lash out in anger.
Seek to establish control.
To strive to please.
To engage in self-defeating behaviors.
Things I’ve worked hard to remove from my life.
My “ah-ha” moment came years ago when I realized that the only person I needed to please was God. He alone had the purest love and intentions for me. Humans all have an agenda, realized or not. We perceive and receive others through that filtered agenda. Bottom line?
Our belief programs our behavior!
When I let go of others’ opinions and focused on my behaviors, I began the journey to freedom. Not without setbacks and “playing those old tapes” which programmed unhealthy behaviors, but definitely toward emotional healing!
I have learned that my only competition is myself and my focus is now on changing for the better, every day if possible.
We really can’t change people unless they decide to change themselves. Sometimes our own positive, accepting behaviors toward them will encourage that change. But if it doesn’t, we still have a choice, as Vanessa states.
Choose wisely, my friends, for we hold
the power of life and death in our words and deeds.
Read the whole post Vanessa wrote. She states it perfectly.
Thank you Vanessa, for your inspiring words today!
Rock your world, peeps!!
Hugs and love, Passionista
12 Mar 2015
Tags: born to shine, shine your light, the world needs you
Oh my goodness you need to shine your light and share your life with the world!! We NEED you and your amazing self! Every single one of us–yes, that’s YOU–has a special, unique, and utterly awesome LIGHT within us and so many either don’t realize it or hide theirs under the bed, in a box, or the closet, or whereEVER it is they’ve decided it belongs. No way!! Don’t be afraid of your light. It’s a gift to you and to the world. You are someone who can make a huge difference in your world. YOU are someone amazing and delightful and powerful. So go for it!
YOU were born to SHINE!!
20 Jan 2015
in Living With Gusto
Tags: creating, doing what I love, jumping off the high dive, living the life I love, love my life, new creative endeavor, Soar, this is the year
So here’s the deal….
I’m living the life I love NOW!! Right now.
It’s absolutely amazing (albeit exhausting!).
It’s taken a long, at times very difficult, seven-year adventure to be here, but as I reflect,
I am so blessed and excited and I know that this year I will indeed SOAR!!
I’m sitting here in my amazing office
where the magic happens,
making card designs, envisioning them on the walls of people everywhere,
bringing encouragement, joy, light, power, and faith to those who look at them.
It doesn’t get much better than this (unless, of course, I get to SPEAK into their lives, lol).
Whoooeeee ready to jump off that high dive once more!
Yes, this is my life these days. I just keep on jumpin’. And hey, this is a card you can buy! Cool, huh? Just click on it.
I’m so thankful that y’all are along for the ride. Are you ready to take a jump? TAG–you’re it!!
10 Jan 2015
in Living With Gusto
Tags: accomplishment, challenges, decisions, dreams, encouragement, hope, inspiration, lifestyle, Living, now is your time, passion, strength, Wild Sisterhood
This has been an amazing year for me in so many ways! One of those ways has been to jump off the high dive (yes, another one) and tap into my creativity in ways I never envisioned. My
EmPOWordment©Cards by Mimi have been reaching into people’s lives in a way that thrills me! Yay! Let’s hear it for empowering and encouraging!
Debbie Phillips, the amazing founder of Women On Fire, gave us these words during a live chat this year.
Another way I’ve grown is to become much more confident and aware of the fabulous person I am. Perhaps that sounds conceited, but really, it’s just the voice of realizing how wonderfully made we ALL are, and proclaiming it! It’s become my mission to help other women attain that same sense of awareness and confidence.
Do YOU need this gentle reminder?
One of the things that helped me to focus, grow, and embrace ME is that I joined an online group called Wild Sisterhood. This is a very creative bunch of women led by Jen Saunders from Australia. The ladies in this group are encouraging and offer all they have to help a sister out. She is offering a special rate to join. There are so many things you receive, besides the support of online sisterhood (free e-classes, gorgeous computer wallpapers, printouts, and graphics that nourish your soul).
If you are ready to nourish your soul with wildness, inspiration, & sisterhood and step into your power with a tribe of Wild Sisters cheering you on every step of the way, click on this link and read about it!
Read more right here!
A GIFT FOR YOU!
AND if you enroll I will gift you with a complete package of my Mini Posters!!
Mini Posters fit into a business-sized envelope. There are 32 of these, and they are the smaller, flat version of my 5×7 cards! These are great for bolstering self-esteem, rewarding great effort, empowering and encouraging! Place in lunch boxes, on your mirror, in your office, drop on a co-worker’s desk, on a bulletin board, etc., etc., you get the idea! A $10 value!
*Once you become a member of Wild Sisterhood comment to me and I’ll do the rest!
*I am receiving compensation on my own membership when you join. So thank you in advance for helping a sister out! It’s something that will be good for your soul!
May you have a wonderful day, and let me know what you think!!
Big hugs, Passionista Mimi
01 Jan 2015
in Inspiration, Words To Help
Tags: believing truth, encouragement, hope, inspiration, lifestyle, light, now is your time, richer life, strength, truth, wounding
I have precious friends who have gone through some really hard, hard stuff this past year. Some of it will take a while to heal from. And while people say that kind of thing will make us stronger, it still hurts like all get out.
I found this quote by Rumi that made me consider the wounds we receive. When reflecting on the wounding in my own life, I realize that because of the circumstances that created the wounds, and because of my own healing through them, I am able to give to hope to others. I am able to give some ideas of ways to endure through to healing. I am able to not only let the light of truth into my spirit through those wounds, but to let the light back out to others. And for that, I am grateful.
My own wounds have indeed given me a richer life toward helping others, as preposterous as that sounds. This may seem a strange post for the first day of the new year, but it’s my experience that as we heal we grow. And if we are going to live our best lives, the healing must come. It’s a hard enough life and navigating through it with only part of a heart is awfully difficult and can be very treacherous.
So, dear wounded warrior, let the light of truth, hope, and love in and may you heal.
Here’s to a great year ahead, with blessings,
lots of wonderful friends and love,
Love and hugs, Passionista
30 Dec 2014
in Living With Gusto
Tags: constant effort, Don Charisma, Obstacles, resistance
“It’s the constant and determined
effort that breaks down
and sweeps away all obstacles.”
Claude M. Bristol
Don Charisma “harvests” quotes that I enjoy reading, and posts them on his blog. This one speaks loudly to me! Check out his site:
(He’s an amazing photographer too!)
Thanks, Don, for once again giving me something to ponder.
Y’all go visit him, and give him a shout-out from me!