The Real You

October 29, 2015
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“To be authentic is the highest form of praise.
You’re fulfilling your mission and purpose on earth
when you honor the real you.”-Oprah

I have been thinking about this quote often since I read it. Be you. Don’t try to be your neighbor down the street, or the perfect mom at school drop off, or the kick ass career woman your best friend is. Just be you. Maybe you are a combination of all three of these woman. But maybe you are just you. Beautiful, smart, funny, outstanding you. Be authentic. Be yourself. Because if you let yourself shine, I know that the very best, most authentic you will be a force to be reckoned with. xo

Watch with Glittering Eyes..

October 28, 2015
Inspiring quotes, positivity, mindfulness
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Pure magic. I try to find my favortite few words of this quote – and I fail everytime. Every Single Word is inspiring….

“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes
the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets
are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don’t believe in magic
will never find it.”

This reminds me to fully live every single second of every day. I never know what magic I will discover next – a gentle breeze, my baby’s laugh, a puppy kiss, or stillness…all moments that might be missed if I forget to watch with glittering eyes.

What if you’re not sure you believe in magic? Open your eyes, open your heart because it is there. And I could say, “oh well, more for me!” But really there is plenty to go around. So Pish Posh! Just believe. You”ll find magic. I promise.

Open your glittering eyes, my dear…

Buon Giorno!

October 27, 2015
capuccino, italian way
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Buon Giorno! My heart is in Italy today. Only the Italians make their coffee an artistic event – they will look at you like you are crazy if you ask for “un caffe to go”. Coffee is meant to be enjoyed, talked over, experienced.

I remember when my family was racing to get to the Vatican for an early morning tour. We stumbled into the nearest cafe to get “un cappuccino to go” – so we could jump into a taxi and guzzle it on the way. Lesson #1 in the ways of the Italians ensued: even the taxi drivers wouldn’t let us in the cab until we’d finished our coffee. “Enjoy it!” they said, the vatican would still be there when we were done. So my family and I sat on the Spanish Steps right beside the taxi stand until we had enjoyed our morning cappuccinos – and each other – in the proper Italiano way. Fully and expressively.

My heart is in Italy today:)

Lifetime of Adventure

October 26, 2015

Inspiring quotes, positivity, mindfulness, alice in wonderland quote

Ah to be that mom. That mom that we all remember from our childhoods. Whether it was your own mother, your aunt, a friend’s mom, a grandmother, she was – she is wonderful and magical and passionate…and fun. Brownies for breakfast, glitter in your hair, going on a lion hunt – she is spontaneous and always ready for adventure!

That’s the mom – that’s the woman – I want to be today…

Go Get A Pumpkin for Goodness Sake!

October 23, 2015

halloween decor, fall pumpkins

Guys. It’s October 22nd. If you haven’t had a pumpkin spice latte yet, or bought some pumpkins at the grocery store (even better – Pumpkin farm!)…GO. Now! Do not collect $200. Just go.

Also, make these:

Apple Cider Cocktails

It’s Friday! Yahoo!

Feel It All

October 22, 2015

Inspiring quotes, positivity, mindfulness, zooey deschanel quote

“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.”

~Zoey Deschanel

Amen, sister. Amen.


October 21, 2015

sunrise, sunset, lake life

Sunrise or Sunset? How can you tell? And does it matter? To be honest, I can’t remember which this is. I know I took it when we visited Lake Arrowhead a few weeks ago…and I want to say sunset….but I’m not sure.

Sunrise…sunset….both a time of color and change…one of awakening…one of turning in….equally beautiful and important. A favorite time of day, and God’s most obvious canvas. Although He leaves just as beautiful works of art for us constantly throughout our day. Just look up, or down, to the left, or right – there is a masterpiece right in front of you. Waiting to be noticed, appreciated…waiting for thanks.

Surrender To What Is…

October 20, 2015

Inspiring quotes, positivity, mindfulness

Life is a journey that ebbs and flows. We try so hard to be in constant control but that need for control is setting us up for failure. Take a deep breath in and know that where we are, is right where we are supposed to be. Exhale and release the stress and anxiety. Right now… this moment……Surrender to what is.

So many things don’t go as we’ve planned. We fail, we hurt ourselves and those we love, we lose sight of our dreams. So much time is spent thinking about what could have been. What if I stayed in that relationship? What if I got that job? What if I had taken that chance years ago? We will never have the answers to any of those questions, so why do we waste precious time thinking about the past. Let go of what was-it’s freeing.

Have faith in what will be. There are bright, beautiful things ahead. Have faith in what will be.


What if Worry Didn’t Exist?

October 19, 2015

Inspiring quotes, positivity, mindfulness

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom, Author. Clippings from My Notebook.

I love this. What a sentence. What a straightforward, in your face reminder that worry solves nothing. Worry only creates a void. A deep dark stupid pointless void that’s only purpose is to stop you from getting where you want to be. What in the world could we accomplish today if we never gave in to worry?

There is literally nothing in this world more inspiring than watching someone you know go after their dreams with wild and uncaring abandon. Be that person today. Inspire someone..

…With wild and uncaring abandon.

A Twist on Gratitude…

October 16, 2015
Inspiring quotes, positivity, mindfulness, gratitude quote

Gratitude by definition is simple: the state of being grateful; thankfulness. This image shows how just a shift in our way of thinking gives us a way to be grateful for all things. Life is all about finding a way to see the positive. What you put out Into the universe comes right back to you. Practicing gratitude is one of the easiest ways to do this. Be grateful for all that life gives you. You will be amazed how being thankful daily brings more joy and happiness into your days. I challenge you to start your day by writing down three things you are grateful for, it only takes a moment, and it will make you feel uplifted and blessed. Let’s put so much sunshine and positivity out there that we can’t help but receive the same in return. Xo