GET TO STEPPIN’ SISTA

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TGIF!  I want to end the week with an inspiring passage from an awesome book, Shift Happens! by Robert Holden, Ph.D.

One step is all it takes to find your bridge– one “YES”, one act of courage, one radical thought, one shift in perception, one dare, one prayer, one moment of forgiveness, one apology, or one phone call. Remember, you are the alchemist. The world mirrors your intention, your trust, and your faith. Either you can wait, or you can start walking.

Unless you choose happiness,

you will wait forever for it.

Unless you bring a new intention,

the outcome will be the same.

Unless you let go of your past,

you will not see the present.

Unless you drop your defenses,

you will never reach safety.

Unless you first commit to her,

you will not see her beauty.

Unless you first commit to him,

he cannot be the one.

Unless you are ready to love,

you will not find love.

Unless you give up your ego,

you will not discover your spirit.

Wishing you a weekend full of fun and refueling! Dance across the living room to an old Madonna song. Take a bubble bath and sing at the top of your lungs like Julia Roberts did in Pretty Woman. Pick up a bouquet of your favorite flowers. Watch the squirrels play in the backyard. 

Do whatever it is that makes your Spirit happy.

Love, Tiff

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WHAT ARE YOU AFFIRMING THIS WEEK? [Special Sunday Affirmation]

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If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that Sunday is usually designated to lifting your spirit and setting your mind toward a successful week ahead. Today, I would love for you to write your own affirmation and share it with the community. Comment below…your affirmation could be just the inspiration another sista may need this week.

Here’s mine:

I WILL RELEASE MY FAITH AND IGNORE ANY FEARS! 

The definition of FAITH: Complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

Synonyms:  Belief – Trust – Confidence

 

Please share your affirmation.  I would love to hear!

 

Wishing you all a FAITH-FILLED week.

Love, Tiff

MOTIVATION {Sunday Eve Affirmations}

Hey Soul Sister!

“Motivation” sets the tone for this week’s affirmations because I’m not feeling super motivated today.  Just keepin’ it real.  We all have those days when we want to curl up on the couch, turn the phone off and neglect our obligations.  That’s when my fave terms come to mind and I turn to my tool box for help….”Buck up Tiff” +  “Mind over matter, girl”!   It’s just one of those days and maybe it’s that adjustment period to the time change and wanting to go to bed at 6pm this past week. Who feels me

Join me in getting more motivated this week!  We have the power!

This week I will….

  1. Be integrity driven, not emotionally driven.
  2. Believe in myself more than ever.
  3. Choose the side salad instead of the fries.
  4. Put a muzzle on the Negative Nellie in my head. She sucks and has nothing good to say anyway!
  5. Rock some sparkle + bling because I’m worth it!
  6. Listen to my gut + stop ignoring it.
  7. Start each day with a prayer of gratitude.
  8. Have more fun + wear a flirty dress.
  9. Walk in L-O-V-E not fear.
  10. Surrender, take a deep breath and then exhale.
  11. NEVER GIVE UP!

God bless all of our service men and women who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe!

That’s all I’ve got.

Love, Tiff

Prayer, Positivity + Patent Leather

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:

Dear God,
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.
Amen.

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.

Love Yourself.

xo, Tiff

TIFF’S TWENTY TIPS for a happy life… take it all with a grain of salt~

1. Cut the crap…keep it real

2. You get what you give…you want respect, give respect

3. Make learning a lifetime pursuit

4. Be present..the past is o-v-e-r

5. Be flexible & open minded

6. Keep an attitude of gratitude

7. Create a vision board…keep your goals & dreams in plain sight

8. Words are powerful…be mindful of what you say

9. Exercise & move your body

10. Learn the power of saying NO

11. Do the right thing and take the high road

12. Giving & helping others is like a natural anti-depressant

13. Always keep believing in yourself no matter the circumstance

14. Do not compare yourself to others

15. Ignore other people’s drama. What you focus on expands~

16. Admire your strengths and embrace your weaknesses

17. Do the thing that scares you!  It will instantly banish the fear~

18. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. A different perspective is always a good thing~

19. Prayer is powerful and can be done anytime, anywhere~

20. NEVER GIVE UP!!!

If you have a great tip, please share and inspire others!  Post a comment below~

Do you live a life WELL LAUGHED?

You can have all the money in the world, but without your HEALTH…you can’t enjoy it!   Let’s join together in bringing awareness to health & wellness initiatives in our communities!   My own personal mission is to give teenage girls the tools they need to live happy, healthy, empowered lives.  These girls are the Mothers of our future and I feel I have a responsibility to educate them on healthy eating choices, the importance of exercise and how to nurture their Spirits.

I am honored to be one of the five bloggers chosen to be part of THE LAUGHING COW: Live A Life Well Laughed Project.   We had a blast on the day of taping and I was surprised with a chance to try out the curriculum I’m developing for an EMPOWERMENT DAY CAMP!    Teens are the toughest crowd and I have to admit I was a tad nervous, but totally in my element and the girls were very receptive!    I am so grateful to Bel Brands for giving me this opportunity!

This project gives The Laughing Cow & Mini Babybel cheese lovers a chance to help families live a healthy lifestyle.   With your help, The Laughing Cow will donate up to $500,000 to health and wellness initiatives.

How you can help families with your snacking:
Through July 15,  go online and enter the UPC code found on the outside of  the packaging of The Laughing Cow Wedges or Mini Babybel.   Every time you enter a code, $1 is donated to wellness programs!  Visit www.LifeWellLaughed.com to learn more about how your snacking can support communities.  Join us in celebrating a “Life Well Laughed!”

HOW DO YOU LIVE A LIFE WELL LAUGHED? 

Please share your exercise, lifestyle, health & wellness tips with me!  I would love to add your tips to my curriculum.   Simply subscribe to the blog and post a comment below!