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!
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
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,
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.
21 Jan 2017
in Living With Gusto
Tags: appreciating beauty, artwork, attention to detail, beauty, creating beauty, creation, lifestyle, Living
Where do you create or write or work or dream or plan?
Do you have spots of beauty in your home or workplace?
We are created in God’s image and I know He loves beauty.
Just look at His creations!
Our eyes and spirits need beauty because we are created to appreciate it.
I believe we are wired to desire beauty around us.
(Perhaps that is why so much emphasis is placed on how people look,
when what we need is to get out into the gorgeous world!)
In Genesis, after God created the world and it’s creatures, He declared it “good”.
And then He created His most amazing and wonderful masterpieces when He created humans.
And declared them “very good”!
God has given us such beautiful colors, shapes, textures, paintings, composites, structures, and bounty in the world and people He created.
And we are like Him. We all have the ability to create.
We create every single day.
We create with our words, our facial expressions, our touch, our work, our problem solving, our love, our art….
we can make places more beautiful.
Give yourself spots of beauty around your home and place of work.
Make your environment beautiful. It doesn’t take much!
Sometimes a plant, a picture, and something that reminds you of a precious time or memory or person is all you need.
Let’s all agree to bring beauty into our world wherever we go.
Because our world needs it.
Love and big hugs, Passionista Mimi
14 Jan 2017
in Living With Gusto
Tags: attention to detail, find joy all around you, gratitude, lifestyle, Living, shine your light
Have you ever had one of those days where you were just filled with joy? Today was that kind of day for me. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful 30 degrees! Almost shirt-sleeve weather! I had to go grocery shopping, which I detest! But I had decided to treat myself with flowers. And wouldn’t you know? There were tons of FUSCHIA-dyed mums!! So of course I bought one bunch. They were perfect for me. And I rescued some poor, bedraggled Alstromeria lilies that were marked way down. For about $8.50 I bought enough posies to make all these bouquets. (Don’t mind the Christmas trees you can still see in the background. I HAD to stop and smell the roses–er, mums!)
On to the produce section. The grapes were tiny, about the size of my little finger nail! Another lady and I were exclaiming about it. They were the size of raisins already!
I moved on to the lovely section that holds cauliflower, broccoli, celery, red cabbage, four colors of peppers, and numerous other colorful items. I asked the produce guy, “Don’t you just love working in the produce section?” He looked at me a teeny bit funny as he shrugged his shoulders. What’s the guy to say? So I clued him as to why he should like his job! I said, “It looks so nice, and it’s all so colorful and pretty!” He agreed that when it looked nice it wasn’t so bad. Lol
These are exactly like what I bought. I love their rich colors!
Around the corner at the onion table I struck up a conversation with the lady cleaning the potato bin. I asked her if onions last better in the refrigerator. Well, she keeps hers in a box in the cabinet. And then she imparted this AMAZING bit of information!
In the spring, whether they are in a store, in your cupboard, or on the counter, onions will sprout and so will garlic. Period. In the pitch black or constant fluorescent light. In the spring–when nothing in their environment has changed–they will sprout.
WOW!! I was just in awe. I said to the lady, “That is just crazy! It’s like God sends them a memo or something! “Ok onions and garlic. You may not know it yet, but it’s spring. Time to do your thing!” We had a chuckle over that. That just made my day. I told her thank you for teaching me something today. (Any day I learn is a great day!)
I couldn’t help humming as I went along with my shopping. All those little things added up to make my heart overflow! And I am so grateful for my sight so I can celebrate God’s wonders in the flowers, veggies, and fruit department! I’m also thankful that people don’t seem bothered when I talk to them. (I kind of do it a lot. Maybe they are just being gracious.)
I must have had a smile on my face as I walked through the store because people kept looking at me. I’ll bet they wished they knew my secret. 🙂
And now you do! Here’s to a joy-filled life!
Love and big sparkle hugs, Mimi
02 Jan 2017
in Living With Gusto
Tags: lifestyle, live with gusto, rock2017, surviving, thriving, you've got this
Sorry, guys. This one’s for the Passionistas. But feel free to rock YOUR 2017 too!!
Love and sparkles,
21 Dec 2016
in Living With Gusto
Particular Passions~Blog for Passionista At Large
Naval Admiral William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater last week and spoke to the graduates with lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training. I’ve posted a link to his amazing Commencement Address at University of Texas at Austin 2014, written in an article from Business Insider:
Honestly, this article is a bit hard to read.
We all wish life could just be “easy” for a while.
Let me tell you, there will ALWAYS be hard stuff if you are alive.
And YOU have the choice to be
BITTER OR BETTER.
There are many good words here.
My favorite was from #9:
“If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan—Malala—one person can change the world by giving people hope.
So, if you want to…
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16 Dec 2016
in Words To Help
Tags: believing truth, celebration, challenges, children, decisions, hope, inspiration, lifestyle, Living, motherhood, overcomer, special needs children, strength
Today my friend’s situation reminded me of the need for this card. There are a bunch of things pressing in on me and my brain is in a tizzy (southern expression for going crazy).
*I’m trying to get a seat belt installed before heading south. I had to cut it because my son became entangled in it, it retracted, and there was no other way to get him out. My auto tech guy had torn my van apart in order to access where it has to be installed, only to find out that I received the wrong seat belt from the dealer where I’d ordered it.
I’m crunched for time here. The seat belt cost $100 and now I have to drive 20 minutes to return it. And order another one, which would come in next Tuesday or Wednesday! Or try to find one. Have I mentioned I’m crunched for time?
*I may need new tires too because mine aren’t grabbing all that well in the snow. AND it’s supposed to snow/sleet on the day we are scheduled to leave. Ugh!
*I am working tonight, and while that is generally a fun time, I have been running for months and just want to be home. Tomorrow is another day of running. I’m getting kind of pooped. And honestly, doing this alone is sometimes overwhelming.
*I have a ton of wrapping to do before I leave. Because I haven’t even been home, this has mounted up. Not to mention the laundry, packing for a week, dishes, trying to keep growing teens fed….. I just want to stay home one full day!
The list is adding up, besides all the Christmas-y “to dos” that are the usual. Programs, gifts, decorating, and such.
SO I am practicing what I write about. I am taking a deep breath. I am trusting that things will all be finished, and I am believing that my Father has it all under control.
I do NOT want worry to steal from this most miraculous season. Last night I was crabby with my kids. That’s not how I want to spend the next week! I want to celebrate this season by relishing in each precious moment with my children and my family. These times pass so very quickly, and honestly, people are what it’s all about.
I’m also looking for alternative solutions:
I can wrap my presents when I get to my family’s house.
I can stay off of Facebook so I have more time.
I can choose the most important things to do first, instead of doing 6 things at once like I usually do.
And the money? Well I know that will work out. And I am working tonight so that will help.
I know from experience that these things do actually smooth out. So right now?
I am choosing to revive my inner warrior and banish the worrier!
What about you?
I am wishing you a very blessed and calm Christmas season. It is fast approaching, and I hope you can enjoy it to the fullest. That is MY plan.
Love and blessings and big sparkle hugs!