16 Nov 2016
in Living With Gusto
Tags: believe, believing truth, challenges, decisions, dreams, empower, encouragement, goals, inspiration, lies, lifestyle, Living, now is your time, overcomer, passion, self-esteem, self-love, shine your light, strength, women's empowerment
It doesn’t matter what is being said about you.
It doesn’t matter what others think of you.
What matters is what you think of yourself!
And if you believe lies about yourself, then you will act on those lies instead of the truth.
Any words that make you seem “less than” the amazing person you were created to be is a LIE!
Those words may come from the chatter in your brain, just regurgitating things you have heard.
They may come from actual people who are small-minded and have their own agenda.
But whatever the source, you need to STOP listening to the derogatory lies and begin to speak truth to yourself.
Because when you believe lies, you think small about yourself.
It’s pretty hard to launch out of your comfortable, ho-hum, dream-draining life by thinking small.
You can barely rise to doing those things the world needs from you–your purpose for being here.
“But I don’t WANT to leave my comfort zone! It’s comfortable.”
Ummm, yeah. And it’s restricting and limiting. (Redundant, I know, going for the effect.)
And like jumping off the high dive.
But don’t you want to be the best you can be?
Don’t you want to realize amazing and wonderful things about yourself–things you never knew?
When we rocket ourselves (because that’s what it takes!) outside of our comfort zone to do those things that our heart really, really longs to do, all kinds of new worlds and information opens up to us! It could become quite an adventure–mine has!
And the wonderful thing is that our hearts and spirits become more fulfilled as we begin to venture out and try things our heart is leading us to do.
**Things the lies make us afraid to do.**
“I am not smart enough for that.
I could never go in front of people.
I really do not have the “look” required for that.
I don’t have the time for that.
No one needs me.
I’m not qualified.
I’m just a ________.” Oh how I hate that word!
The lies (excuses) are limitless.
But so are YOU!!
The only thing holding you back is you.
Stop believing lies and restricting the amazing, capable, beautiful person you are!
You CAN do this! I know, because I did.
Love and big sparkly hugs!
I speak from experience!! Seriously!
If you would like to read more, here are some older posts on the subject.
To Dream (when I jumped off the high dive myself!)
29 Oct 2016
Tags: be the light, believe, believing truth, challenges, children, encouragement, hope, inspiration, live the light, Living, motherhood, shine your light, speak truth, strength
Truly we are living in a time where darkness could threaten to overtake us. Many things are pulling at our spirits and some days it’s a huge battle to stay positive and uplifting.
If you are a parent, you know the effects of being grumpy, impatient, or dismissive to your children while you are feeling down in the dumps. It’s quite important to be on top of your feelings and communicate with your children if you are having a bad day. That is being honest. We shouldn’t pretend everything is fine if we are feeling out-of-sorts, because children are really good detectives. And, at least with my own, they will become anxious, sensing that something is wrong, and begin to act out themselves.
Unfortunately, right now during election time, anxiety and fear are on the rise. I’m not going to debate anything here, but if you have even been half awake the last several months, you know what I’m talking about. Vanessa writes about it and adds her wisdom. Make sure you visit her site to take advantage of the opportunity mentioned at the end of her post.
A discussion had taken place on Facebook. A political one (shocker!). And I found myself getting sucked into it.
My engagement in it was minimal, but the effect it was having on me was significant. I allowed it to suck me in, to take me to a place that felt very dark. It left me feeling confused, fearful and isolated.
As I stood there at my kitchen sink, washing up the last of the dinner dishes, I realized that I was giving power to this darkness by permitting it to invade my mind and my spirit.
And that’s when I felt the gentle voice of my Heavenly Father reminding me of the truth. The truth of His sovereignty and what He is calling me to be in this temporary world of mine.
He is calling me to be light.
So, when I was approached by my dear friend Deborah of Salvage Sister and Mister to join the challenge to be the light in the ever growing dark world and confusing world of social media, I didn’t hesitate to say yes!
***During the week of Nov 1-8, 8 bloggers will share their stories and encouragement to be the light in the darkness.***
The purpose of the ‘Be the Light Challenge’ is to encourage~
How to share opinions (political or not) in a Godly manner
How to guard our hearts and minds
How to deal with conflict online
Setting limits/boundaries (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Encouraging/building others up
Fruits of the Spirit
Visit her blog post for the links to other bloggers that are helping us through the darkness. I’m really glad they are doing this.
Perhaps you’d like to shine YOUR light too. Think about it.
Big hugs and sparkles and lotsa LIGHT!!
12 Oct 2016
in Living With Gusto
Tags: attention to detail, believe, believing truth, Calendar, celebration, children, empower, encouragement, lifestyle, motherhood, passion, positivity, self-esteem, self-love, Sparkle And Shine, special needs children, women on fire, women's empowerment, women's movement
Goodness this last six months has been incredibly busy. I seriously don’t know how I had time to teach full time before I retired. Of course, I’ve added three jobs since then, all of them MY businesses. And I am entirely responsible for all three. That along with raising two special needs kiddos in their teen years (and all the doctor visits involved with that) has kept me super busy.
I will catch up on happenings later. Right now I want to show you my 2017 calendar! I’m very excited about it. Instead of using a template with the borders provided like the last two years, I created all my own borders. I also decided that instead of using my previously published cards, I would design all new ones.
This year I focused on affirmations. For half of the months you have three “I am” statements to read every day. Thus you will hopefully integrate them into your spirit!
For the other six months I have given written statements about you. I truly enjoyed creating this calendar. I know it will make a difference in your self-esteem and also in that of the females in your life.
It’s a great gift for friends, daughters, granddaughters, nieces, ANY person who could use a little reminder of how amazing and capable they are–which means all of us!
Visual reminders are the best!! And then when we say these words out loud? Oh yeah!! Way to start believing them. We can reprogram our brains to think the truth about who we are, instead of listening to the lies we tell ourselves.
The pages are easy to write on, which is important in my book. Glossy on the picture and matt on the calendar. Perfect!
The squares marking each day are a bit over 1 1/4″ square, large enough to jot your goals or achievements down. Great for marking progress each day!
Size is 17″ by 11″ when open so it can tuck into a small space. But it will make quite the visual impact! Place by your bathroom mirror to give you a message every morning, or in your office or work area so that while you are daydreaming you’ll be reminded of WHO you are!!
I really hope you will add one of these to your life because you deserve to be told how wonderful you are on a daily basis! If you’d like to purchase you can go to my shop on Etsy.
Have a great day, my friends!
Hugs and Sparkles,
18 Aug 2016
in Living With Gusto
While reading one of my favorite blogger’s posts this morning about a book called The Happiness Dare, I was inspired to take the Happiness Test.
Read Kariann’s post to be inspired too and then take the test here to find out what floats YOUR boat.
I was not surprised AT ALL to find that I’m a “Relater”!! Everything I do and am passionate about has to do with people. It’s the reason I’m a speaker of truth and that I create my Empowordment Cards! My secondary is as an “Experiencer”. I love to take in everything through my senses (sometimes a bit overwhelming!) and enjoy making experiences for others. I call myself the Creator Of Experiences (or COE) of Passionista At Large. On my wish and dream list is organizing retreats and events for women!! It WILL happen!
I felt like this was something you might want to investigate for yourself. I’ve just ordered the book and can’t wait to read it!! Let me know what YOU find out in the comments below. It’s really very interesting. And take the dare. I am!
Love and big sparkles,
08 May 2016
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Particular Passions~Blog for Passionista At Large
My thoughts on being a mama (at age 48, no less!):
1~ I never wanted to be a mother. God had other plans. I wouldn’t change it for anything.
2~ Being a mom has totally changed me. It will. Nothing will ever be the same. You will never be the same person you were. It’s a good thing.
3~ I became a REAL warrior the day I became a mom.
4~ Though I didn’t birth my children, my love is as strong and encompassing as if I had.
5~ Though I loved my children from the day they came to live with us, I remember clearly the moment I fell “in love” with them. That feeling made all the sacrifice and hard times possible.
6~ Being a mom keeps me really, really close to Jesus! It also helps me understand God’s love for me.
7~ Motherhood ain’t for sissies! It’s…
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02 May 2016
in Living With Gusto
Tags: accomplishment, awaken, brain, challenges, choices, decisions, fully alive, goals, inspiration, life choices, lifestyle, now is your time, numb, overcomer, self-esteem, strength, women on fire, women's empowerment
It seems we are always hearing how important focus is to reaching our goals and bringing our desires to us. However, sometimes our focus is totally off. We work hard, do what we think we should, spin our wheels, and run faster on the hamster wheel, only to remain stagnant.
Why do you suppose this is? Well, one possibility is that when we are determining our focus, our brains are actually numb. If you want to read a funny story that illustrates this point, go here.
While somewhat “asleep” we are fully intent and focused on carrying out our daily lives, getting to the “other side”, even attempting to achieve goals or dreams.
Sometimes, our minds and hearts have become numb and we are making decisions based on survival, rather than fully living.
I’ll share with you 5 reasons I think we become numb, and 4 ideas of how to awaken in my article here.
I hope you will read it and take to heart the joy of living fully alive!
Love and growth!
05 Apr 2016
in Living With Gusto
Tags: abuse, believe, believing truth, challenges, decisions, dreams, empower, encouragement, goals, hope, inspiration, lies, lifestyle, Living, motivation, overcomer, self-esteem, self-love, strength, women's empowerment
You were created for a purpose
and are amazing,
YOU were born to shine!!
Do you believe that? Or do you struggle to believe that you were born to shine because instead you believe lies about yourself? Perhaps lies like you are stupid, unlovable, you will never amount to anything, you are ugly, or you are worthless.
If so, these lies are the result of believing negative things you have felt or that people have said about you. Many of us have done that and are now full of hurt and feel broken.
So what do I mean when I say “lies”?
Lies are thoughts or the words and actions of others that cause us to behave in a self-defeating or destructive way. Lies are limiting because they create FEAR and hold us back.
I describe fear as
Firmly Encouraging and Allowing Rubbish.
When we listen to all that rubbish going on in our brain it’s impossible to be our real, true selves. Most likely we haven’t been taught about how thought processes work so we continue to believe rubbish about ourselves. It piles up over the years until we have a whole ton of garbage that weighs us down. My goal is to help you, in a simplified way, understand how our thoughts can work against us.
The lies we believe during our formative years set us up to believe lies as adults. By the time we become adults we are firmly entrenched in this belief system which affects how we consider ourselves.
Belief Determines Behavior
So how do we change our belief system so we can change our behavior?
Find out how by reading my article here.
If you’d like to read my first post on this subject (because it’s one that is dear to my heart), find it here.
May your life be blessed as you incorporate these ideas to help you live with fullness and freedom from the fear that binds.
Love and big hugs along this journey,