Gratitude

Liebster Award-Discovering New Bloggers

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Thank you Anna at http://goingroguedotnet.com for nominating me for the Liebster award! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to follow up on this. I was truly honored to receive this nomination. I am new to the blogging world but I have done my research and the Liebster Award is a way to discover new blogs and share some of your favorite bloggers with others. Once nominated for the Liebster award here is what you do:  (P.S. There isn’t a time limit on this that I’m aware of so take your time.)

1) Thank the blogger who gives it to you.

2) Answer the eleven questions he/she asks.

3) Nominate eleven bloggers with less than 500 followers.

4) Ask these eleven bloggers eleven questions.

5) Let these bloggers know that I have nominated them.

These are the eleven questions that I had to answer:

1) What is your favorite drink?

Water but I do love wine on occasion.

2) Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist?

Optimist.

3) Who has been the most influential person in your life?

My grandmother.

4) Are you a loner or the life of the party in real life?

Loner. I’m not comfortable in crowds.

5) What is your favorite TV show if you watch TV?

This changes depending on my mood right now when time permits I’m watching reruns of the Cosby Show and the Andy Griffith show.

6) How much sleep do you get on average?

6-8 hours or I try at least.

7) What is your favorite music genre?

I love all music but I tend to lean more toward country.

8) Do you prefer a city environment or a remote area?

Both. I love living in the country but being close to the city.

9) What is the one THING you cannot do without out?

Dreams and goals. I cannot do with them!

10) What made you decide to become a blogger?

I love to write and also wanted to share yoga tips with others.

11) If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

I would make sure my family/friends had what they needed and then I would take a vacation to somewhere warm and relax and think about how best to invest/spend the money.

 My nominees are:  To all of my nominees, thank you for sharing your thoughts and inspirations with us!

1) http://thelightjourney928.tumblr.com/

2) http://littlehappyness.wordpress.com/

3) http://spiritsunshine.wordpress.com/

4) http://nylifesupply.com/

5) http://chloemayward.wordpress.com/

6) http://jjdevotionscafe.com/

7) http://aikidonosekai.wordpress.com/

8) http://atidecrem.com/

9) http://thechrishuntblog.wordpress.com/

10) http://acoursetothefinishline.wordpress.com/

11) http://followyourdesire.wordpress.com/

My eleven questions for my nominated bloggers:

1) If you could change careers and start a brand new one tomorrow. What would you do?

2) You win a 2 week vacation, all expenses paid. Where would you go?

3) You’ve been given one super power. What would you choose?

4 & 5) You have the opportunity to create a cure for one disease. What would it be and why?

6) You could have dinner and discussion with anyone living or dead. Who would you choose?

7) Favorite movie?

8) Favorite childhood memory?

9) If you could make a living writing on any topic. What topic would you choose?

10) Why did you start your blog?

11) You have the chance to guest star on your favorite tv show. Which show would you pick?

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Missing You, Heart & Soul

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“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” Rose Kennedy

I don’t often get too personal but life tends to make it personal from time to time. 🙂 The older I get the harder holidays seem to be when you have lost people so dear to you. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful because I am such a blessed gal. I have so many amazing people in my life that I can’t even count them on two hands! The thing is some people come and pass through our lives that will never be forgotten. I like to think of them as soul mates not in the romantic sense but in the sense that they touch our heart and soul in such a beautiful way that only they can. For me one of those people was my grandmother or mamaw as I loved to call her. Easter was one of her favorite holidays. She always made this amazing bunny cake and she knew I hated coconut so she would always leave a part of it plain just for me. She was one amazing woman and I feel so blessed to have had the time that I had with her. I wrote this in remembrance of her today and I wanted to share because I know I’m not the only one missing someone today.

“I miss you. I keep waiting to feel some normalcy when a holiday arrives yet I’m looking for you. It’s been two years, technically seven but it could have been yesterday as far as I’m concerned. You learn to deal with the loss but that’s about it. I wonder if I’m normal. Is it normal to miss someone this much. I don’t know. You were home for so many years and I worry that home doesn’t exist anymore. I don’t dwell on it every day, I’m not sure I could but when I do it hits me like a ton of bricks. You’re gone. You’re not coming back. I can’t hear your voice or see your smile. I can’t feel you hug me tight. There’s nothing, nothing at all that I like about that.”

Let this be a reminder to hug those nearest and dearest a little tighter. To know that it’s always okay to remember and miss someone you love. To not take any time we get to share with our loved ones for granted. To live each day with no regrets. Love and Be Loved.

Hiking, Yoga and Wildflowers

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This is how I spent my weekend! So thankful for the warmer weather and ☀️ in Tennessee. Did you do anything fun outdoors this weekend? Please share, I’d love to know 😊 ❤️

Find more yoga and inspiration at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-PresentYoga/336705043142303 and on twitter:@bepresent100

Present Moment Contentment

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What does happiness look like to you? I think for a long period of my life I thought every day was supposed to be happy and if it wasn’t, I was doing something wrong. I figured if I’m not happy I must be on the wrong path; I must have taken a wrong turn. It’s still a struggle for me to simply be and live in the present moment especially when those moments are uncomfortable, messy or sad. But part of living is experiencing the good, the bad and everything in between. When we think of the present moment we assume that it means to be happy with our current set of circumstances. However, I have found being truly present consists equally of happiness, sadness, sickness, health, loss and abundance to name a few.

A quote comes to my mind and it’s everywhere it seems, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.” It’s beautiful and I understand the meaning behind it but I also truly believe that sometimes in the storm we don’t have to learn to dance in the rain. Sometimes we need to be still and maybe even cry with the rain. In other words, it’s not about being happy every single moment. That would be a lovely state but it’s not reality. So many times we try to force happiness because we feel guilty for feeling anything else. We put on a show for our friends and family and get frustrated with ourselves when we can’t force a happy smile or a genuine laugh. So what I want to stress in this writing more than anything is that, it’s okay. You’re okay and it’s perfectly normal and acceptable to have many different feelings and still learn to be present and aware.

The challenge becomes to be content in the present moment. Being content means we are simply aware. We are aware of our sadness, our happiness, our hurts, our goals, our failures, our successes. Contentment soothes anxiety and brings peace. Contentment allows you to breathe and gives you space to be you. When we are content we know the moment is fleeting, we know it will not last forever which allows us to cry when were sad, to laugh loudly when were truly happy, to relish genuine heart felt love.

You see, being present in the moment doesn’t mean it’s a perfect moment. It simply means it’s your moment and we’re all striving and doing the best that we can and that is enough. It’s learning to be authentic not only with others but with ourselves. Begin cultivating contentment by simply being aware and learning to feel whatever emotion comes up. Be true to yourself above all others. By accepting our journey, our pace and our truth; we begin to live each day present, content and aware.

Find more yoga and inspiration at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-PresentYoga/336705043142303 and on twitter:@bepresent100

Dwell on Gratitude Today!

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Think of one thing your grateful for right now. Something or someone that puts a huge smile on your face 😊 Dwell on that feeling of gratitude today and watch good things, abundance and happiness begin to flow to you and thru you! A genuine smile is contagious! Be the reason someone smiles today. ❤️✌️

Find more yoga and inspiration at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-PresentYoga/336705043142303 and on twitter:@bepresent100