Happy Humpday Hotstuff! Today’s post has a dash of everything to jazz up your heart-space, your mind and your wardrobe! Ready? Let’s get started….
For the past few weeks I’ve felt a beautiful shift and the urgency to go even deeper in my Spiritual life. I feel like a Spiritual Sponge and want to soak up new teachings, ideas, tools and practices in order to keep growing and understanding my true purpose and what God has planned for me. I believe we are a “work-in-progress” until we take our final breath and there’s still so many old mindsets from the past that I wish to overcome and concepts that no longer serve me and my highest good. Woohoo for outgrowing old mindsets! It’s a liberating time as well as a challenging one and many times, we get bogged down in the complexity of it all. I often judge myself and over -analyze what I’m thinking. But, the truth is…it is all quite simple. We need to just open our hearts, be like a little innocent child and then just LISTEN. Have you felt what I’m describing?All of these concepts are brilliantly taught by one of my fave Spiritual teachers, Marianne Williamson. She has a gift for articulating profound Spiritual principles into easy-to-comprehend teachings to apply to your life. I recently watched older episodes of her appearances on the “The Best of The Oprah Show” on OWN and I highly recommend that you do yourself a favor and watch it! Life-changing. I have read many of Marianne’s books and they are the type you need to read every few years. I wanted to share this beautiful Morning Prayer from her book, ILLUMINATA. If you struggle with getting your day started right and then continuing to come from a place of Love VS. Fear throughout the day, I encourage you to print this out and read it every morning:
I give this day to You.
May my mind stay centered on the things of spirit.
May I not be tempted to stray from love.
As I begin this day, I open to receive You.
Please enter where You already abide.
May my mind and heart be pure and true, and may I not deviate from the things of goodness.
May I see the love and innocence in all mankind, behind the masks we all wear and the illusions of this worldly plane.
I surrender to You my doings this day.
I ask only that they serve You and the healing of the world.
May I bring Your love and goodness with me, to give unto others wherever I go.
Make me the person You would have me be.
Direct my footsteps, and show me what You would have me do.
Make the world a safer, more beautiful place.
Bless all Your creatures.
Heal us all, and use me, dear Lord, that I might know the joy of being used by You.
Here’s a candid video sharing my thoughts on not beating yourself up if you have negative thoughts– because they can actually be a GREAT MOTIVATOR!
Quick style tip to keep in mind when you start shopping for new fall items: Rock patent leather preferably in the Burgundy, Wine + Red family! Either a great jacket, boots or handbag will jazz up your wardrobe for Fall 2012!
Please invite your girlfriends to join the Style Sisterhood! We are all growing and getting more fabulous together.
Walk Tall. Be Unapologetic for Your Fabulous-ness.
Are you a worrier? Or are you a happy girl, naturally? Of course, at different seasons in our lives we may tend to be one over the other. Really, we all have so much to be happy about in the grand scheme of things, but why is it we so often battle with unnecessary worry which drains us of energy, vibrance and joy. When I’m worried, I feel as if I have a dark cloud over my entire life. NO THANK YOU! Bring on the blue skies and sunshine please! Which sounds better to you? HAPPY(adj.) enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment. WORRY (v.) to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret. It is truly a conscious choice to stop worrying and choose happiness.
P.S. You girls who have won the AHP limited-edition EP, my hubby wrote a song on this very subject called “Nothing But Blue”- Enjoy!
There’s been lots of talk of HAPPINESS lately and Oprah’s even launching a “Celebrate 30 Days of Happiness” campaign to get us all focusing on our happiest moment of each day. I love this and I’m joining in! I have to admit, I’ve been pretty lazy with my journaling and this is exactly the kick-in-the-bootie I need to get back to it. I know myself and I am much more peaceful and joy-filled when I write down happy moments and things I’m grateful for. Some people think journaling is just a venting session and a cathartic vomit of the negative junk in our heads. Ok- yes, someday’s that is what’s required to keep our sanity, BUT for the month of August– let’s all join Lady O and celebrate the things that make us happy. I want to see some comments below and on Facebook saying YES, I’M IN TIFF!
Here’s my A’s to Shannon’s Q’s:
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I’m sad to say this friday is the last full SOS Summer Swag Bag Giveaway. It has been such a blast giving away such awesome products and helping promote these fabulous companies! We will have a few more smaller giveaways with great books from SOUND WISDOM plus a few surprise goodies from me! Make sure to check in on the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY and make comments. This has been such a fun way for us all the get to know one another better and strengthen our Style Sisterhood.