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Sunday reflections (18)

Waking up to a beautiful lake view this morning! Quiet and peaceful as we start another weekend of celebration. Birthdays and Father’s day! Enjoy your loved ones today!

Thank you babe for being there for all the kids, for being all this!

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Sunday reflections (14)

Relaxing. Reading. Breathing. This is my day.

Lost in the written word of others. Someday I’ll finish the stories I need to tell.

We each have a story to tell. I’m reflecting on mine today.

Somedays one just needs to breathe. May your Sunday be as beautiful.

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Honor the women

Today we honor women and the impact they have on this world.  It’s International Women’s Day.  I didn’t really know why or the reasoning behind this day so I thought I would look it up.  Here is what I found:

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.  

And I found that each year there is a theme.  This year, the theme is “Balance for Better.”  The 2019 initiative is aimed at gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and a celebration of women’s achievements, according to the International Women’s Day website.

In honor of today I want to thank all those that had to suffer to make our voices be heard.  Those that have marched, sacrificed and fought to bring the rights I enjoy every day into fruition.  I can go get a job.  I can cash my own paycheck.  I can drive a car.  I can marry or divorce whom I choose.  And so many, many more things that I take for granted because of the millions of women that have gone before me to create these freedoms.

Thank you to all the women who are still fighting oppression in countries I have never been to.  Stay strong and know that there are many supporting you and taking up your cause.  International Women’s Day is proof of how far women have come to better this world for themselves and all.  How we continue to be the heart; to be strong in the face of adversary and to rise up!  Not against others; but together.

Enjoy and honor your women today.  Take special care with the older women who know challenges us younger gals will never have to face.  Thank them.

I love these two quotes from Maya Angelou:

“You have tried to destroy me and though I perish daily, I shall not be moved.” 

“I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.” 

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Monday Musings—5 ways to start your day

This past weekend I was reading through old posts, thinking about what I have written, where I am now and how I want this blog to grow and evolve.  In looking back through some of my old posts, I found the one about how to get out of the morning funk and thought it was a pretty good list. I like lists.  I like seeing progress.  And I think I often do these items, with some modifications, and each day I am able to stay centered and fairly up beat and in a good mood (most of the time).

I have updated this and hope this list will inspire you to start your day in a positive mindset.  To build your best life, you must clean house in your mind.  You must clean out the cobwebs, get rid of the junk and generally keep it neat and tidy in there.  These are some tips on how to do that.

5 things you can do to start your day from a great place! 

  1. Start with some stretches!  Perhaps a bit of yoga.  By this, I truly mean about 5 min of stretching.  Cat, Camel, Child’s Pose.  I try some deep breathing as I sat in these poses. Trying not to think about anything for just a few minutes. Clear out my head.
  2. Journal.  Write down what you are thinking, what your dreams were about perhaps. Again taking just a few minutes and write random thoughts.  Sometimes your best ideas come right after sleep.  I try to keep my journals next to my bed for those thoughts that hit before I fall asleep but also for the start of my day.  Free flow or be deliberate, but just write.
  3. Drink a large glass of water! Before coffee! Not sure I need more info on that.  Just do it. It’s good for your body.
  4. Read. Again, just 5-10 minutes. Sometimes all I have time for in the morning is to read for this brief time.  But it helps me to start actively using my mind.  I like the “one day at time” style for this time of day.  Something inspiring, heartfelt, quick.
  5.  Make your “to do” list for the day.  Knowing what tasks you need to tackle for the day, keeping it to just a few items, will keep you focused. Being able to cross them off will help you feel accomplished.  

As you can see, I like to make lists.  I like to use a pen and paper for some of these things.  Some may prefer digital.  I like being able to cross items off my lists and see some completion.  Not all are required to start my day off on the right foot, but each day that I do these 5 things, I am better prepared and calmly equipped to tackle a new day.  

Do you have things you do to start your day in the best way possible?  Please share. 

Oh–one last tip; don’t hit the snooze!  Wake up!  Put your feet on the floor!  Embrace that you are alive another day!   Happy Monday! 

 

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Sunday reflections (2)

The beginning of a new year seems to always lend itself to new resolutions, new commitments, new strategies for tackling life. One area I’ve been focused on is my morning routine.

How do you wake up? Do you wake up to an alarm every day? Children calling for you? Do you bounce out of bed or crankily climb out, longing to stay wrapped in the covers?

I’m fortunate (in my opinion) to be a morning person. I tend to wake up slightly before the alarm. To be wide awake once my feet hit the floor. This doesn’t mean I always want to get up. I often long to keep sleeping, even though I know it’s my best time of the day. So this year I begin with a new commitment to begin each day without compliant. Without a negative thought that I’m having to get out of bed. Waking up before everyone, before even the sun can be challenging so this is a deliberate commitment.

Sundays are an easy day to tackle this as there’s no alarm for me today and I can sleep as long as I want. Having older children means I’m at a stage of life where they all sleep in usually.

This morning as I’m enjoying my coffee, reading and journaling I’m reminded to be grateful that getting up is easy. My body is no longer in the pain it was a year ago. My heart is full of love for a partner that respects me and truly treats me like a queen. My house is full of love and family.

Today, think about how you get out of bed each day. Are you grateful to be starting a fresh day or do you long to stay sleeping? Finding things to be thankful for helps keep the motivation to get up going. Being grateful keeps joy at the forefront.

Sending you positive vibes this Sunday morning. Here’s to starting a new week without compliant.

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Sunday reflections (1)

Thinking to start the new year with a different title for Sunday writings. There will still be a self care focus but thinking Sundays may just be more of a reflection or quotes and randomness.

This morning as I’m lounging and slowly enjoying my Sunday morning, I happened upon this quote and it just made me smile.

Still love Prince after all these years! And as soon as I read these words I’m singing the song. A fun way to start my week.

Here’s to getting crazy and getting through life today. 😊

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Friday’s word (29)

I was thinking of what word to use for today and it kind of started a theme in my head. Here’s the first one, to meet today’s choice, it needed to be a W word. And it’s so fitting for me as I definitely have this often.

Which led to these as well. Another word to fit the idea today.

And how fabulous would this be?! I can close my eyes and feel the wind, calm, peace… Oh if only I could fly!