Keepin' It Real

Don’t Apologize!

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.

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 for 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.

And remember that I am cheering for you!

Love and big hugs, Mimi

Keepin' It Real, Living With Gusto

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“In all things give thanks.”

There is a reason the scripture instructs us to live like this. Do you know that negativity can’t live (lodge) in a thankful heart?

I had a conversation the other day with a young woman who said something interesting. She said that for some people negativity is all they know. They don’t even realize that being positive is a different choice because no one has ever shown them they can choose.

I cannot even imagine it!

Often positivity comes from being thankful. It’s pretty hard to be griping and glum when your heart is full of thankfulness.

And people! There is always something you can be grateful for! Many things actually, for instance:

Are you breathing?

Can you hear music when you want to?

Can you feel a child’s soft cheek or your pet’s fur?

Do you have a bed to sleep in after a long day?

Do you have a coin stash that is just extra?

Have you enjoyed God’s magnificent gift of nature?

Can you walk to and use the restroom unassisted?

Are you able to communicate your thoughts and/or needs?

Did you attend school, can you read and write?

Are you able to shower/bathe freely?

Are you in a home or shelter where you are warm?

Do you have something to eat?

Do you have a phone and a person you can call?

Every time I do laundry I praise God for a washer and dryer! And at night my bed feels so very wonderful I can’t help but thank God for it.

Some people actually have a gratitude journal where they write three or four things they are thankful for daily. If you are having trouble being grateful, this might be a good practice for you. Start noticing things to be thankful for.

Have fun and let me know how you do.

So much love, Mimi

Living With Gusto

Sparkle & Shine Calendar is Here!

 

 

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Hello lovelies!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Have a great day, my friends!

Hugs and Sparkles,

Mimi