Happy New Year

Wow! Its been a whole freaking year. As I look back on the last 365 days I feel overwhelmed yet accomplished. What a year this has been! 

Let’s rewind… 

My body took a hit mentally and physically in the last few days in 2014. Not only did I go through the strenuous process of selling our home in less than a month, my husband was diagnosed with a serious illness and my cousin was murdered during the holidays. As much as I wanted to quit and give up, I was determined to use my anger and sadness as motivation. After my husband’s diagnosis we decided to live a more purposeful life. Although circumstances tried to break me, nothing was going to stop my plan, my mission! 

My stress was at an all time high on moving day. Everything finally hit me once I got on the plane. I had one of the worst migraines in my life that day. My sons first plane ride he spent taking care of mommy 😦  Getting off the plane we had like 10 bags between two and a half people. I was wheeled out in a wherlchair so you really shouldnt count me. (Thank God for airport workers!) 

The first month in Cali we spent looking for a place to live and sightseeing. We planned this time to be used a vacation and exploration of our new home state. We rented a storage unit near our first hotel to store the items we did not need to lug around with us all month. We ended up staying at about 5 different hotels in cities all over Southern California. Thankfully, both my husband and I had income and savings during this time. 

Of all the places we stayed we did not feel as “at home” like we did here. California is a beautiful state and I’m sure esthetically we couldnt have made a bad choice. We choose our location based on pure intuition. While staying in the last hotel we stopped for lunch on the main road nearby. After eating we drove by an apartment complex that had flags waving with a sign that read “XL patios, 2 spas, 2 pools, & a Gym” we decidedly to check it out. 

After some major interjections from our spirit guides we were approved for the apartment and moved in the same day. Which meant no more hotels! However, it also meant we were starting all over, sleeping on the floor, and away from friends and family.  

We hit many financial roadblocks due to the relocation and to be honest, we are still catching up. I’ve learned to live my life minimally and simplistically. We still haven’t gotten a microwave and probably won’t anytime soon. But our furniture, appliances, and toys have all been replaced. But we decided a while ago -home is where we are! 

We are happier and closer than ever. Life has meaning and is filled with joy. More travel is on the forecast for us in 2016. We have plans to get our son a passport so the sky is truly the limit. 

As we are hours away from the New Year and I sit and to write in my new planner, I wonder, what can happen this year? 

I guess I better be careful what I plan for…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

DREAM, ACHIEVE, & REPEAT 💫

Finding Peace Through Meditation

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For those of you who don’t know already, meditation has many health benefits. Studies show that meditation can heal by resetting the nervous system. In fact, people with Fibromyalgia and Psoriasis have been using meditation as a form of treatment and it has shown significant improvements. Most people meditate to clear their minds and get rid of unwanted thoughts and feelings. I know several people who meditate regularly. My husband has tried several times over the last two years to get me to meditate. He has a daily routine. At first I’ll admit I thought he was just going through a phase. But it stuck. He loves the feeling after.

He uses the more traditional technique, called Transcendental Meditation. Which uses a mantra (word or phrase) to calm his internal thoughts. If you are a beginner to meditation, experts say TM would probably be best to try first. This may be true, but it doesn’t work for me. I guess everyone is unique and our minds operate differently as a result.

The primary reason for me starting to meditate was to relieve physical and emotional tensions in my body that often causes my migraines. I have seen many doctors over the years and have been given numerous prescription drugs. Muscle relaxers, anti-depressants, and other painkillers do not work without incapacitating me. Thankfully, I can honestly say I have seen a vast improvement in my condition since starting meditating a year ago. It has definitely helped to reduce my stress level and lower my anxiety. Surprisingly, my memory has improved as well as my patience. Most importantly, my spirituality has grown, and I have become more grateful of my life in its current state.

From personal experience, positive thinking, a noise-free environment, and an open mind are all you need to start meditating. If difficulties arise early on, try to focus on your breathing instead of a phrase or Mantra. Take deep breaths to help you concentrate and achieve balance. Each breath can help connect you to your higher self. Surprisingly, even if thoughts are running in my head non-stop, I can still focus on my breath and get back to my “safe spot” and/or happy place. Another way to meditate is to focus your attention on different body parts. Start at your feet and go up the legs relaxing the muscles as you continue. Next, go to the stomach and chest. When finished, you will end at the top of your head. The goal is to go through the body’s seven chakras. Essentially this technique is called a chakra alignment meditation. However you decide to meditate, just know that it will help calm your entire body and create serenity. Lately, I have been very conscious of my posture, therefore I like also to take this time to strengthen my back and core when inhaling and exhaling which can actually help keep you centered.

Remember to do what works for you. Keep at it! Try every day until it feels comfortable or more natural, even if it’s 5 minutes a day.

Peace & Love 🙂

Find your light!

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.~2 Timothy 1:7~
In my opinion, inner strength comes from self-love, wisdom and purpose. If you don’t believe you can do it, then no one else will. In my life, I’ve had to fight through some of the roughest times mostly by myself; it’s in those times that I’ve felt most powerful. Something dynamic happens when I’m faced with adversity- I like to think I work well under the pressure. My best decisions are made with my gut and intuition. Even though there are times when I feel like I’m weak or helpless, deep down I know that I have the power within me to get through any situation. In most cases, I research the hell out of something until I find a solution -like a true Virgo.

Having faith is also so important to me for my inner strength because it’s my direct connection to God. Too many times, I’ve been faced with circumstances that made me feel like I should give up. Each and every one of those times, I’ve had faith to remind me who I am. God gave us the gift of free will. We may not always have the power in certain situations, but we do have the power in terms of how we respond to them. We all tend to have more control than we give ourselves credit for.

Fear of being unsuccessful, alone, or unhappy can stunt our growth- but it’s all within our power to change. I encourage anyone who has ever felt this fear to push through and don’t be afraid to find your light. Use your voice. Don’t shy away from being in the light because of fear of the unknown. You have to live your life like there is no tomorrow.

Do what makes you happy. Whatever that may be, make sure it’s in your life daily or as much as possible to fuel you. For me, it’s my family. My husband and son are so important to me that I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. I have other passions and interests, but nothing comes before those two. Everyone is different. It is important to remember that no path is the same. Everyone should live life the best way they know how.

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