16 Apr 2017
Tags: abundance, blessed, Easter, He is risen, Jesus, lay down your life for your friends, life, living abundantly, resurrection, sacrifice, true life
God’s extreme sacrifice (of His Son) gave me true life.
Not just life after death, but life in abundance while living.
HE is the source of my joy, my life, my positive outlook, my passion, my love, my energy, my laughter, my caring, my creativity, and every other aspect of my blessed life.
I am beyond thankful (I have no words) for His sacrifice.
Thank You Jesus for giving Your life for me.
I love you with all that is within me!
May you all have a blessed Easter.
31 Mar 2017
in Living With Gusto
“It’s none of your business what other people are doing. All that matters is that you’re enjoying yourself and pleased with what you’re creating. It’s precisely your uniqueness that makes you awesome.” Jen Sincero from “You Are A Badass
WHY do we all struggle with this? As an artist, even though I believe my cards and designs are wonderful and fun and have words that people need, I see other artists whose work is recognized (or sells) better, and always, always, there is this little pang of comparison. I’m getting real here. Vulnerable. I want you to know that even an amazing, confident, sparkly woman like me does the dirty “C” thing that takes the fun out of my art and my life. It’s so useless. And inhibiting of my creativity.
There is always someone who is more ____(fill in the blank) than we are. Who gives a rip? We are more ____(fill in the blank) than someone else. So what? All we need to do is be better than we were yesterday. And, rest assured, there is enough for all of us.
So just fergit about it already!
Love and hugs,
28 Mar 2017
in Inspiration, Living With Gusto
Tags: be thankful for the good in our lives, believe, burdened, challenges, decisions, difficulties, encouragement, energy attraction, God's faithfulness, God's love, hope, inspiration, lifestyle, positive thoughts, prayer, rejoice in the good around us, strength, stress, truth
So here’s the deal.
It’s NOT always sparkle and shine in my life.
There are days like this week when I am burdened for a precious friend and feel helpless in the situation. When I am a bit tired of working, parenting alone, being this age with kids, being indoors, wanting something fun, loneliness, just the keeping on keeping on.
And there are some days when the only prayer I can form is, “Oh God, oh God, oh God!”
That is the real truth, folks. I get in those places too.
I thought maybe you should know.
I never want you to feel as if I downplay your pain. Or suggest that your difficult situation can just go away “poof”.
But I post the positive things I do because SOMEONE needs to read them.
And in my inner spirit those things are ME. They are what I do to keep doing.
I smile, I pray, I spend time being thankful, I reach out to others, I help others if at all possible….
All these things help to center me and bring the “yuck” back into perspective.
I do know that when we fill our brains with positive thoughts,
we attract more positive energy to ourselves.
And that is what being thankful is about.
That is what “speaking to the mountain” (see previous post) is about.
We actually DO have a choice in how we spend our focus/energy.
And when I’m in a funk, I choose to spend mine by rejoicing in all the good I see around me.
Being thankful for the many, many good things in my life.
And realizing that these funks don’t last forever.
Two things I know–God is always faithful, and the sun will eventually shine!
26 Mar 2017
Tags: artists, choose well, consciousness, consequences, create, creative power, doers, speak truth, The Creator, thinkers, writers
We all have creative power within us.
It’s a source wired into our spirits and it’s a part of what makes us human.
So think about this.
You are creative and you create every single day!
Your choices create consequences.
Your actions create love or hate.
Your words create life or death.
Your thoughts create power or fear.
Dear Creative One,
use your creative powers well.
I’m with you in this.
Love and hugs, Mimi
25 Mar 2017
in Living With Gusto
Tags: accomplishment, believe, believing truth, challenges, decisions, determination, dreams, empower, goals, hope, just do it, lifestyle, Living, not impossible, now is your time, one step at a time, overcomer, possibility, shine your light, strength, you are capable
Fear can keep you
from attaining something you want.
Whether you think it’s possible or not
depends on the way you see yourself.
Believe that you are capable of anything
and you will be.
Some days it feels like just getting through the day is impossible!
But don’t ya know? I make it every time, and then ta daaaa!!
It WAS possible.
Whatever hard task lies before you, take it one step at a time, and you will make it.
You can DO it!!
I believe in you, because I know you have the good stuff in you. You are glorious.
Here’s to moving forward.
Love and sparkle hugs, Mimi
26 Feb 2017
Tags: believe, believing truth, brain, choose your own path, decisions, discover who you are, dreams, empower, goals, hope, inspiration, know your own truth, lifestyle, Living, passion, self-esteem, self-love, shine your light, strength, women's empowerment
So really. Why would you follow in the exact footprints of someone else?
Me saying, “Seriously?”
They do not have YOUR unique qualities, gifts, abilities, and desires, and you don’t have theirs.
Should you fashion your life after what other people say? Should you let what is important to them be what guides you?
Perhaps to some degree, if they are people you love. But when it comes to achieving what you truly desire in life, I believe that you need to be the one to determine what is most important to you.
And please, do not let people’s opinions of you alter your course one bit! Know your own truth.
YOU are the one to determine
the kind of person you want to be.
What you wear, how you talk,
what your goals are,
the things that fulfill your heart,
what kind of job you want,
the kind of a person you want a relationship with,
where you want to live, how you run your home,
what books you read,
how much schooling you obtain……
these should be things of your choosing and should not be dictated by the choices of others.
Of course I am not discounting the wise counsel of people. We all need help with decisions and lifestyle issues.
I’m referring to giving up yourself
in order to follow blindly.
Or relinquishing your desires
because someone thinks they are silly.
Or not wearing something you love
because no one else does.
Or not truly honoring your heart and spirit
because others criticize you for it.
You have a brain, emotions, intelligence, reason, values, morals, and common sense.
Use them to figure out, and pursue, what is valuable to you. Mark your own path, and
Write your own script for your life!
As always, I thank you for visiting. I’d love to know what you think!
Love and sparkly hugs,
21 Feb 2017
Tags: accomplishment, believe, believing truth, challenges, decisions, dreams, empower, encouragement, goals, gratitude, hope, inspiration, joy, lifestyle, Living, now is your time, overcomer, passion, self-esteem, self-love, shine your light, strength, women on fire, women's empowerment
Oh darling, don’t you know that who you are is the most amazing and fabulous gift to the world? Who you are is full of wonder and possibility. You deserve to be loved and fulfilled in what you do. I know it’s tough many days. I know some of you are not in an ideal situation. I know some of you feel as if the ground is swallowing you up and closing in over you.
I know because I’ve been there. And it took action and big steps (in little baby steps) to get me out of that hole. But I am here to tell you that YOU can start today to change your situation. There are people who will help you.
Do not try to do it alone. I know, precious one, that you feel as if you must be strong and do this life thing (as hard and unpleasant as it is) by yourself because that’s who you are. Well, you only limit yourself when you limit your possibilities.
Start talking to people. Start saying what you want and need. I promise, lightning will not strike you. Start asking for help. Start with someone you trust and get them involved in seeking help you and ways to improve and/or get out of your situation.
You are NOT alone! You do not have to suffer in silence. There ARE solutions. I know. I found them.
The biggest thing is to start realizing how valuable you are. How much the world needs your special, unique gifts and love. Start telling yourself the TRUTH–that you are amazing and have wonderful abilities and gifts for this world.
Start seeking ways to BE who you really are. To pour out your beautiful spirit and shine your gorgeous light.
Because darling, you are perfect, just as you are! Never apologize.
Love and sparkly hugs! Mimi
07 Feb 2017
in Living With Gusto
Tags: accomplishment, believing truth, celebration, challenges, children, decisions, encouragement, hope, inspiration, lifestyle, Living, love, motherhood, overcomer, special needs children, strength, women's empowerment
Having children with special needs is such a challenge! But one thing I’ve learned….it keeps us TOTALLY dependent on God. No way can I be “in control” because in the blink of an eye, our life could be in shambles.
There are days my prayer has been, “Oh God, oh God, oh God” because I just didn’t have words. Didn’t have energy to formulate words. It was all I could do to breathe and take care of my children (I am their only parent). Some weeks (months) every.single.day is a challenge. Like pushing a locomotive up a steep mountain.
And then, thank God, we will get a reprieve and I can at last take a deep breath. And I just sit. And sit. And let God fill my mind, body, and breath. And He brings healing to my emotions.
Because there is no doubt about how emotionally draining it is to watch your child hurt, or be disappointed because of physical limitations, or become emotionally so out-of-sorts that all day is a battle.
Or how physically and emotionally exhausting it is to be making hard, frustrating, impossible decisions for the duration of several days.
Sleep-deprived, worry-filled, and constantly searching for solutions can totally wring a person out!
But oh, God is able! The video below is amazing and so uplifting.
Mandisa sings her song Overcomer with clips of people who have overcome some extreme physical challenges.
I equate the physical with our mental and emotional challenges. It’s not an easy journey (Wait, what? It’s gonna be hard? Hey, I didn’t sign up for that!!!) But a journey that I hope will bring God glory. Because the glory is all His.
Anything that I’ve accomplished with my children has been while He was holding my hand, speaking into my spirit (sometimes I didn’t want to hear Him–la la la la la!), and guiding my every move. Because I was useless. Incapacitated.
In spite of that, and because of Him, my children are amazing miracles. But that’s a story for another time. Enjoy the video. You will be hooked!
Thank you so much for stopping by. YOU are the reason I write.
Be kind and share with someone who could use this. 🙂
Love and sparkly hugs,
01 Feb 2017
Tags: celebration, children, encouragement, find joy all around you, gratitude, inspiration, joy, lifestyle, Living, motherhood
“Joy” is one of my favorite words.
Even when life is a disappointment or a trial,
we can still have a consistent joy.
I believe that joy is that which runs deep in our spirit,
and it flows from gratitude and appreciation,
and the ability to recognize and cultivate them.
Sometimes having joy requires
making the choice to take it easy.
Breathe. Enjoy. Relish. I love that word “relish”.
By definition it means…
great appreciation of something,
or enjoyment, gusto, liking, loving, savor, zest, and taste.
I have “great appreciation of”, or relish, those moments of pure simplicity….
like evenings, or unexpected snow days, at home
with my “treasures” (better known as my kiddos),
birds chirping after a season of cold silence,
that flash when the sun breaks through after long periods of cloudy sameness,
oh, and the first lick of chocolate cake batter from the bowl.
Perhaps the simple things are the big things in life after all.
Did you know you can teach yourself to recognize them?
Of course, that means being purposeful about it
and being aware.
Looking for those precious moments of pure gift.
Actually seeing everything around you.
Yes, there is a lot of ugly.
And yes, it means we can’t be numb,
and when we open ourselves it can sometimes
be the gateway to emotional pain.
But without allowing ourselves to sense and see,
we also delete from our lives the gifts of joy we are given on a daily basis.
Sometimes we have no choice because we are overwhelmed by life.
Many times we do more….we fill our lives with unnecessary busyness,
often trying to please others with agendas that aren’t in our best interest.
I’m learning what matters most to me (what a process!)…
being with my children, conserving my energy so I can be “present” with them
(and learning what “conserving my energy” means, when I used to believe I had a bottomless reserve!),
choosing carefully when to meet with people,
not sacrificing my important priorities because others want me to.
Wow, it’s taken a very long time to reach this place!
I used to absolutely run ragged doing all the “shoulds”.
I’m so thankful I have learned to choose (most days).
It’s funny how all the unnecessary stuff begins to fall away
and we are left with the things and
people who matter most.
The people we treasure, the acts that feed our spirits,
and the laughter that connects us and supplies endorphins to keep us going!
I wish for you, my friend, the choice…that you may relish–with JOY–your life and the people who fill it.
Just look at the joy!
May you be blessed with JOY and abundance of the simple things in life!
31 Jan 2017
in Living With Gusto
Tags: believing truth, grief, inspiration, lifestyle, Living, love, missing you, sister, sister love, strength
One year since I kissed you goodbye
and watched you leave us.
My heart hurts in missing you.
My arms long to hug you.
My soul needs to talk with you.
I love you with all my heart, sweet sister.
Your leaving taught me two very important things:
1) To celebrate myself.
To wear the crazy tiara, or as you did, hot pink leathers, and be a biker babe–or whatever I want to.
To have fun, party now,
and do not worry about what others think.
To enjoy that I am just a bit different
from most people.
Life is very, very short,
and it really doesn’t matter what others think.
It’s MY life, and I’m going to live it to the fullest!
2) To love even more fiercely than I do.
To speak even more truthfully.
To stand firm and not waver in the face of obstacles.
Because, I only have a short time to make an impact on people’s lives.
I’ve gotta get my truth out there!
Thank you for being an example and teaching me important things.
I’ll miss you until the day I see you again, little sis.
You have my heart. Your big sister.