Visual Quote: Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated

In honor of Christmas, I thought the best way to celebrate Jesus would be to share his message:  The Golden Rule.  If we all lived by this rule, the world would be a much more peaceful, loving place, and much suffering would be eliminated.  I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 🙂

Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 NIV

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Visual Quote: The gift of Creativity

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I love, love, LOVE this quote from Julia Cameron!  It reminds me that all of my interests and talents are a gift, and I should make more time for them.  They were given to me to help make the world a better place, and the greatest contribution I can make to the world is using the gifts and talents that were given to me.

In Julia Cameron’s book, The Artists Way, she writes about the connection between creativity and spirituality.  It is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to make more time for their creative self. 🙂 

I believe that God is the true creator of all works of art (photography, music, books, dance, painting, etc.).  When we allow ourselves the freedom to let our inner artist flow through us, there we discover our authentic self.  When we nurture our creativity, God works through us and it may seem the works are created effortlessly.  Using our creativity provides us with a sense of peace, love, joy, and fulfillment, and it is the way to authenticity.  We are all born with creative talents…we just need to spend more time discovering ourselves to unleash that talented artist within us.  So, take some time today and go create something!  You’ll be glad you did. 🙂

Visual Quote: We Make a Life by What We Give

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Happy Wednesday!  ‘Tis the season for giving!  Yesterday was Giving Tuesday — a global day dedicated to giving back.  We all give of ourselves in some ways every day, but how often do we recognize all that we give and how it makes us feel when we give?  How often do we give out of love vs. out of guilt or obligation?  When we give out of love, it feels so great!  When we give out of guilt or obligation, we are not being true to ourselves and it only causes us stress and resentment.

I want everything I give to be done out of pure love, so I have set a challenge for myself to keep a giving journal for the month of December.  Each day this month, I’m going to track what I give, state whether it was given out of love or obligation, and note how I felt when I gave.  I am hoping this challenge will push me to give more out of love every day and spread a whole lot of love in the process.

Have you ever kept a giving journal?  I’ve never done this before, so any ideas are welcome!  Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Visual Quote: Thankful People are Happy

Happy Wednesday!

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If you choose to be grateful, then you choose to be happy!  As I’ve often said, the attitude of gratitude will always bring happiness.  Have a wonderful, Happy Thanksgiving!!!  May you appreciate and enjoy the blessings surrounding you today, tomorrow, and always! 🙂

Visual Quote: You were born to STAND OUT

Happy Wednesday! 🙂

This week’s visual quote is just a simple reminder to embrace who you are and don’t be afraid to BE YOURSELF today and every day!  You are unique, and that’s what makes you so precious.

Thank you to Dr. Seuss for these wonderful words of wisdom:Stand Out FINAL

Visual Quote: Enjoy the Little Things in Life

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Happy Wednesday!

This quote is a good reminder to slow down and appreciate the little things in life.  Life goes by so fast, and if we don’t stop often to fully experience the moment and appreciate the little things, it will pass us by.

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of my oldest daughters enjoying the wonders of nature together.  It’s a picture I have always treasured because it represents love, sisterhood, and the joys of being a child and appreciating the beauty in nature that we adults often take for granted or are too busy to see.

Heaven on earth happens in moments, but it can only be experienced when we are fully present and in a state of gratitude.

I wish you many moments of “Heaven on Earth” today! 🙂

Visual Quote: Today is a gift

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Happy Wednesday! 🙂

This is my favorite line from the movie Kung Fu Panda.  It is a great reminder to focus on the present moment and make the most of it.

Yesterday is over and there is nothing you can do to change it.  Tomorrow hasn’t happened yet, so there is no need to worry about it.  But right now…this moment you are currently in…is a GIFT!!  We all need to recognize and appreciate that.  Heaven on earth happens in moments, but only when we are FULLY present.  So wherever you are and whatever you are doing right now, be ALL there and give it 100% of your focus.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂