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Gratitude 

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
People always post about how they are ‘so thankful’, ‘so grateful’, ‘so blessed’, etc., but are they really? Or are we just saying it and not mentally checking within and spending the time to truly BE THANKFUL for what we have in our life? 

I am going to get a little personal. I had a breakdown this morning. Luckily my kids were not around to witness it. I just broke down and sobbed on my floor. I tried to figure out why I am feeling this way. I sat down and did some reflecting. I also did some meditating on my new Headspace App I mentioned in my previous post. Today’s session was about stop trying to push things into happening, just stop trying and it will happen. There were examples like – if you are trying too hard to fall asleep and trying to get comfortable you cannot, but at some point you drift away when you are not thinking about it. 

I then was flashed back to a time a few months ago when the word “Gratitude” was staring me in the face quite often. I would see it in an e-mail, I would see it on a social media post, but I never stopped to think it meant anything to me. Today I dug more into the word Gratitude and what it means. It made me realize that I need to practice this more. I always try to focus on the next “best thing”. I need to stop and live in the moment, and enjoy what I have. Just live and BE. 

I felt pulled to share this with you this morning. I hope you have a great day!

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Metanoia: the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life.

I struggle with my world being shook when certain events happen without warning. What I mean by this is, any time some sort of change happens that interrupts whatever routine I have going on, my mind goes scattered and I get very off track.

When this happens, usually life as I know it gets altered in some form . Meaning I have to readjust and recreate a routine that works for me again. The past month has been like this, which explains me disappearing off of here for a hot moment.

So lately I have been making positive changes to my daily routine in hopes to create a new lifestyle. A better lifestyle. This does not mean the one I had was flawed. Throughout our life I feel as though we are constantly evolving. I am evolving, so I readjust as I feel necessary.

Currently, I am studying chakras, and crystals. I am still just on the first one: The Root. I have also begun practicing meditation using an app I discovered called Headspace (found in the Apple App Store if anyone wonders). To study the chakras, I am reading a book titled “Wheels of Life:A User’s Guide to the Chakra System” by Anodea Judith, PH.D.

I know this isn’t what I originally based this blog on, but I am trying not to bother myself with that and just let it all flow out. I am learning to take care of myself mentally as well as physically, because while it is good to do unto others, sometimes other do not do unto you. You cannot pour from an empty cup. I am learning this lesson, and working on it.

I am in the process of transforming my mind and soul. I want to learn how I tick, and what moves me. Life is such a mysterious journey. I want to uncover all it’s mysteries that I can while I have it. So maybe this wasn’t a book review. Maybe I just need an outlet, and my fingers lead me here.

UPDATE: I switched to a more modern chakra guide! I now am using Chakra Healing by Margarita Alcantara.

 

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Absence

Just wanted to pop in and let ya’ll know I didn’t forget you! haha 

I have just been pretty busy with life, and also my kiddos and I had the stomach flu 😦

New content soon!

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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What would you think of yourself 10 years from now if you got a glimpse of the future you? This story urges you to think about your lifestyle and the choices you have made along the way to where you are in the moment.

For those of you who have not read this yet, here is what the back of the book reads:

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, Nick, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over: She is actually thirty-nine years old, has three kids, and is getting divorced. That knock on her head has misplaced ten years. Now Alice must piece together the events of the lost decade, and find out if it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She needs to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse — and how to start over…”

This book was easily addicting. I finished it within 6 days, but very well could have sooner if it weren’t for ya know work, my kids, errands, LIFE. After each chapter I kept needing to know more, to find out what happens next to discover more about Alice, her life, her sister Elizabeth, will she get back with her husband, or won’t she? Even learning more about Frannie! I enjoyed the excerpts of Elizabeth and Frannie’s point of view. I really think that pulled the story together rather nicely. I feel as though I were reading three different stories, and eagerly wanting to know more about the characters’ lives. The author did a great job making the reader feel the confusion Alice was feeling. I was entirely pulled into the emotions of these characters, and in the end it makes you ponder your own life and what differences you can tell from the version of yourself from a decade ago.

What I thoroughly enjoyed about this book was the discussion questions at the end in the Readers Guide. I took some time to sit and write a response for myself for each of the 13 questions. It really helps you if you’re wanting to sit and take in all you have just read. There was one pretty fun question that I would like to share my answers on because I found it amusing. One question asks ‘The film rights to the book have been sold to Fox 2000 – who do you think would be good in the lead roles?’ Don’t judge based off my responses, because I didn’t give this too long of a thought! haha

*Alice – Natalie Portman; Nick – Bradley Cooper; Elizabeth – Anne Hathaway; Ben – Seth Rogan; Barb – Goldie Hawn; Roger – George Clooney; Frannie – Cloris Leachman; Gina – Linsday Lohan; Madison – Abigail Breslin; Tom – Asa Butterfield; Olivia – Aubrey Anderson-Emmons; Dominick – Hugh Jackman*

To wrap this up:

Did I enjoy this book? Yes, I did.

Was it a book I feel I need some time to let sink in, or do I think I will be reflecting on it for the next week?  I will think about the characters and the personalities I have of them formed in my head for the next few days, but I wouldn’t say I will be reflecting on them for the next week. This was a great book, I enjoyed it, I don’t regret reading it, and there were lessons to take from it.

Would I recommend this book?  Yes. Especially if you find yourself questioning who you are lately.

I hope you enjoyed reading this! Feel free to reach out if you would like to discuss this book more in-depth!