Balance Your Life With Routines And Rituals…

With the obesity epidemic on the rise, many people are concerned about their health and are eager to eat right and exercise more. Unfortunately, for many of us this is easier said than done. People today lead busy lives. Many people are running from work to a child’s sporting event, or this meeting or that meeting and don’t feel they have time to breathe, let alone follow a normal routine or hit the gym. Yet, a routine can be just what you need. Many people break their regular routines when they are busy, thinking they will get more done and feel better about themselves. This thinking however, often backfires and may leave you feeling and out of sorts. In reality, you can feel more alive when you balance your life with routines and rituals.

exercise

Routines and rituals keep us grounded and help us perform better. Routines are habits that give structure to our daily lives—brushing your teeth, a morning cup of coffee, organizing your calendar, a daily walk, visiting the gym, or eating dinner at the same time. Routines help keep us organized and on track, although they do require discipline and will power. Rituals, on the other hand, are a little different. They are more celebratory in nature and include, going to church, praying, meditating, attending a wedding, or celebrating a birthday. “Rituals connects us to community and to society in general. Routine reinforces our sense of control over our every-day lives.”¹ The bottom line is we need them both to feel balanced. When one or another is missing, we can feel off and feel like something is wrong.

meditating

For years, I’ve had a morning routine that included a walk outside. Well for some reason the other winter, I became little lax with my walking. Walking is  part of who I am, so when I miss going a few days in a row, I really feel off. Walking is uplifting to me and gives me energy for the day. I find the sounds of nature soothing too, so it is no wonder I wasn’t like myself. Funny how simple routines can keep us in balance.

walking in nature

In my book, Wholey Cow A Simple Guide To Eating And Living, I talk a little about self-care and how important it is in our lives. Routines and rituals are a from of self-care, and are something we all need. They can help re-energize your body, provide activities for enjoyment and feed your spirit.

Hal Elrod, in his great book, The Miracle Morning, gives us a set of daily practices that he calls S.A.V.E.R.S. When done daily, he claims they will change your life. Give these routines and rituals a try to help balance your life and feel more alive.

Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S:

S= Silence: Take at least 10 minutes to be silent. You can just sit still, pray, or meditate. This time is important and gives you some time to just be.

A= Affirmations: Use positive phrases to affirm your goals and aspirations. (e.g. I am positive, I am a hard worker, I am a caring person, I am loving, etc.)

V= Visualization: See yourself as having already achieved a goal. Picture yourself already having accomplished a task. You can use a vision board with drawings, or pictures of certain items, or can just envision them in your mind.

E= Exercise: Set aside a minimum of 10 minutes each morning to do some sort of exercise, whether it is walking, yoga, biking, stretching, etc.

R= Reading: Set aside at least 10 minutes each morning to do some sort of reading, preferably read some thing that is inspirational. This helps set the tone for the day and establishes a positive mind-set.

S= Scribing: (Journaling) Set aside at least 10 minutes to record some positive thoughts that came to you from reading, meditating, praying, etc. This allows you to record your thoughts and generate ideas, etc.4

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Reference:

¹ https://www.huffingtonpost.com/rhoda-p-curtis/routine-and-ritual-two-pi_b_1113845.html

² Elrod, Hal. The Miracle Morning. ©Hal Elrod International.2014. pg. 53-81

Wake Up To Your Purpose And Live!

“Follow your passion. It will lead to your purpose.”
—Oprah Winfrey

At one time or another, you’ve probably had someone tell you, or maybe you at least heard, that we all have a purpose in life. But what does that really mean and how do you find it if you don’t know what it is? That’s a good question, but can be hard to answer. Some people seem to be born knowing what they want to do, as they have a gift for music, are artistic, love math, or have some other calling. Other people however, have a harder time pin-pointing their purpose, but over time may figure it out by trying different things, or having different life experiences. Still others may keep searching and wondering, while working and living their life.

guitar music
guitar music

Last year, my husband and I sold our granite countertop business of 20 years. I can’t tell you how many people have asked us, “How’s retirement going?” Retirement? This to me is an odd question. What is retirement anyway? I know it means different things to different people, but most people associate it with not working and really living the life.  I don’t know about you, but that seems contradictory to me. Can you have a happy life not doing anything anymore? I know there are plenty of retired people who are happy because they keep busy doing things they enjoy. There are others however, who retire and are miserable because they feel they no longer have a purpose.

happy
happy

Dan Buettner, in his book, The Blue Zones, describes regions around the world where people live to 100 years of age and beyond. These people live a healthy life-style with plenty of activity and incorporate a diet of healthy whole food. “In one such region, located in Okinawa, there is no such thing as retirement. In fact, there isn’t even a word for it. Instead, there is one word Okinawans live their life by: Ikigai, (icky guy) which when translated means the reason for which you wake up in the morning.”¹ You’ll find some of these Centarians fishing, teaching karate cooking for the family, etc. They really are living their life, by living their passions.

So back to the question…

Retirement? We made a conscious choice to sell our business, so we could do other things. I am too young to retire anyway and don’t believe in the concept. I am a Certified Health Coach and recently wrote a book titled, Wholey Cow A Simple Guide To Eating And Living.

Wholey Cow A Simple Guide To Eating And Living
Wholey Cow A Simple Guide To Eating And Living

I like to cook, bake muffins, exercise, write and inspire others. I am currently working on offering programs to help others to live a healthy life-style.

What is the reason you wake up in the morning?

If you don’t know, start by asking yourself a few questions:

  1. What do you really enjoy? Do you like music, entertaining, cooking, reading, connecting with others? Think about the things that really make you come alive?
  2. What can you do to live more authentically? Be yourself and don’t be swayed by what others like or do. You are unique and important. Make your own decisions.
  3. What is your intuition telling you. We all have an inner knowing. Trust in that wisdom.
  4. What are you waiting for? Take the first step to move forward by taking action. Whatever it is, just begin.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:
¹”Black Hole Focus.” Optimize. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 July 2017.

Create A Wabi Sabi Life…

While we all have heard the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” isn’t it funny how many of us look for perfection in so many things? From finding that perfect home, perfect car, perfect mate, or perfect job, people always seem to be striving for perfection, especially in our Western culture. The Japanese however, have a different concept in regards to beauty and perfection—wabi sabi, or “imperfect beauty.” So what exactly is wabi sabi?

According to the article, The Wabi-Sabi Self, by Jessie Sholl, “Wabi Sabi has its roots in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and is sometimes explained by using the example of a well-loved teacup, made by artist’s hands, cracked or chipped by use.

Such traces remind the observer that nothing is permanent—even fixed objects are subject to change.”¹ The cracks and chips are seen as an asset and are prized, instead of making the cup seem, old and broken. Author, Leonard Koren, tells us that “wabi sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental. Some examples would be an asymmetrical heirloom vegetable, crow’s feet, frayed sleeves of a favorite sweater, exposed brick, variations in the grain of wood or stone, or a first draft of a book.”²

In the United States, most of us have grown up in a world of ideals with the media constantly influencing our thoughts of perfection. We strive for the best job, ideal body, perfect weight, etc., and often times, if we don’t have them, or can’t achieve them, we beat ourselves up, sabotage our well-being, or cause ourselves and others, unnecessary stress. While we all have things that we don’t like about ourselves, many of them are things that we can’t change, like big feet, curly hair, a large framed body, or wrinkles. We need to remember instead what Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art,”³ so embrace your laugh lines! They are a snapshot of joy!

I recently finished writing a book. This was a new endeavor, so while I was excited and inspired, I also felt a little overwhelmed at times and had some anxiety during the undertaking. After the editing process, I still noticed some errors and kept beating myself up, trying to get the book and layout just right. After awhile, I realized I could make changes forever, but even some of the best books out there aren’t perfect and contain mistakes. While oversights can happen, it doesn’t make the whole book or project bad. It just shows our human side. So I sent my book off to print, realizing it was my first book and probably wasn’t perfect and probably never would be. I reminded myself that it had a lot of useful information and a good message for us all, which is why I wrote it in the first place. It’s called Wholey Cow A Simple Guide To Eating And Living and can be found on Amazon. I hope you check it out.

Here is the link.

Maybe we should all embrace a little Japanese wisdom and let some of our desires for perfection go. After all, what is wrong with being more authentic and accepting ourselves and the things the way they are? Choosing a wabi sabi life might just make us all a little happier.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Reference:

¹ Sholl, Jessie. “The Wabi-Sabo Self.” Experience Life. January/February 2014.

² Roberts, Gretchen. “Wabi Sabi Your Life: 6 Strategies for Embracing Imperction,” Whole Living. October 2010.

³ Sholl, Jessie. “The Wabi-Sabo Self.” Experience Life. January/February 2014.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Are one of the lucky ones who received a dozen red roses, a box of chocolate or another flower arrangement on this special day?

I hope so! If not, make sure to treat yourself. Valentine’s Day is all about love and there is nothing wrong with giving yourself a little self love. Many people are good at taking care of others, but when it comes to taking care of ourselves it can be another story. This is especially true for women. Women tend to be the care givers of the family and frequently put the needs of others in front of their own. This is unfortunate, as in order to take good care of others, you need time to renew your own body, mind and spirit.

There are a quite a number of ways to practice self-care. It can be as simple as choosing something you like doing, such as going to a movie, concert, or shopping. Having a manicure, pedicure or getting a massage are some other ways to treat yourself. You could also take some time to make yourself a nice, healthy meal or indulge in a special treat. There are many options.

Speaking of a special treat, here’s a good one to try this Valentine’s Day, or another day.

Chocolate Berry Tart

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups  ground walnuts or almonds
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

For the ganache

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Whole Foods 365 brand chocolate chunks.)
  • 1/2 cup mashed strawberries with 1 tsp. of honey

For the topping

  • Assorted fresh strawberries and blueberries

For the crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, pulse walnuts to make a flour mix. Add the salt and shredded coconut until finely ground. Melt together coconut oil and maple syrup and add to flour mix and coconut mixture. Pulse until coarse crumbs form.

Transfer dough to a greased 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Using your fingers, evenly press dough in bottom and up sides of pan.

Bake in center of oven until golden and firm, about 12-16 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, at least 1 hour.

For the ganache

Place chocolate chips or chunks in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, just bring the milk to a boil. Pour hot milk over chocolate and let stand 1 minute, then stir until smooth and creamy. Stir in mashed strawberries.

To assemble the tart

Pour warm chocolate mixture into cooled tart shell. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, and then arrange the berries on top as desired. Chill for at least one hour or until set and serve. Note: I put my tart in the freezer for awhile to speed up the process. 

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

Live For Today, Take Strides For Tomorrow…

Happy February!

It is hard to believe that we are already into the second month of the new year. How are you doing with those new year’s resolutions? I know not everyone makes resolutions, but many people like to set goals for themselves to keep on track especially for a new year, month, or week. While goal  setting is  a common practice, I recently read an article that gave an interesting spin on the topic.

In “Forget Setting Goals. Focus On This Instead, James Clear, Writer, Entrepreneur and Behavior Science Expert, talks about focusing on systems instead of goals, which I found interesting. He states that “we should commit to a process, not a goal. When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.”¹ For example, let’s say you are interested in losing 20 pounds. If you focus on the goal of losing weight, you can easily get off track and stress yourself out. If you focus instead, on the process of incorporating more healthy food in your diet, such as vegetables, fruit and whole grains each day, it is much less stressful and easier to achieve.

In business, sales people often have a monthly goal to achieve. If they focus on the number, again they may easily stress themselves out. If instead however, they focus on the process of making sales calls and stick to it, they will have taken the rights steps towards achieving making sales and signed agreements will follow.

Although I think it is good to have goals, I do agree that it is better to focus on the process, no matter what that may be. We must all remember the saying, “A Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” and make sure we take it.

Following are 3 reasons why we should focus on systems instead of goals from the article:

  1. Goals reduce your current happiness. When working towards a goal, we often say we are not good enough yet, but will be when we reach the goal. In doing this, we are postponing our happiness. Again—We need to commit to a process, not a goal.
  2. Goals are strangely at odds with long-term progress. (e.g. Someone who is training for a marathon, may be committed for months, but when it is over, often times they stop. This is also true with many fad-diets. While some people may lose some weight while on a diet, when they go off, there is often times a “yo-yo effect,” as people tend to go back to their old way of eating, instead of choosing healthy foods. It is better to eat healthy and not be concerned about immediate results. Results will come with a life-style change of eating.
  3. Goals suggest that you can control things that you have no control over. We can’t predict the future, nor is it guaranteed. We often try to plan out where we will be and when we will get there, but have no idea what circumstances will rise in the mean time. It is better to build feedback loops. Feedback loops help build good systems. They allow us to track certain variables that show where we are at a certain points in time. (e.g. Food journals, Website stats, etc.)²

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

¹Clear, James. “Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.” Entrepreneur. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2017.
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230333

²Clear, James. “Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.” Entrepreneur. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2017.
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230333

New Year, New Beginnings!

Happy New Year!

Hope you enjoyed your holidays and had some quality time with family and friends. I sure did. It was nice to enjoy the down time and relax and think ahead. Although some people like to reflect and reminisce about the year gone by, others look forward to the new year and new beginnings. The start of a new year is a great time to commit to making changes in your life, whether it eating healthier, exercising more,  changing jobs, joining a church group, or getting involved in a new group to build some new relationships. You have plenty of choices and decisions to make. Why is it with all these good intentions,  so many people fall short, especially over time?

Unfortunately, our society often expects change to happen over night. This however, is not always possible or realistic. Change takes will power, commitment, and the formation of a new habit. In fact, according to the January/February 2016, Experience Life article, Build Better Habits, by Brian Johnson, “Good habits are the key to success, because when you have them in place, you don’t need to negotiate with yourself all day long about whether you’ll work out or eat right. The most successful among us have figured out how to use willpower to create habits that work so well that we practice them without ever having to exert our will.”¹

What new habits would you like to put in place for the new year? Now is the perfect time to commit to them. Make sure you write them down and the benefits you will receive. Keep your list in a place where you will see it often, such as your refrigerator, your desk, or night stand. That way it will remind you of the new habit you are working to establish.

Following are some Key Points to Establishing a New Habit from the article to help you out:

  • Unlock Your Keystone Habit—Identify one habit that will have the greatest impact in your life and master it whether it is exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, organizing, etc.
  • Know Your Why—Make a list of benefits you will receive from installing your new habit (this is the WHY). If you remember the why, you should be able to endure how to get there.
  • Make a 100% Commitment—When you decide to do something, you need to really commit to it and make it non-negotiable. This way you will stay on track.
  • Practice Daily—You need to practice your new habit daily. Track your progress on a calendar and stick to it. Obviously there will be days when you have to miss. (i.e. If you are sick, or have some special event you have to go to, etc., but just start back in with it the next day to keep on track.)
  • Make it Easy—Start out small and build from there. (i.e. If your goal is to walk every day, start with 1 mile versus 5 miles.)
  • Embrace the Process—It takes 30 days to establish a new habit. At first it might be hard, but as you get further along, the task gets easier and easier. After awhile, you most likely will be looking forward to doing your new habit instead of regretting it.²

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:
¹ Johnson, Brian. “Build Better Habits.” January/February 2015 Experience Life magazine.
² Johnson, Brian. “Build Better Habits.” January/February 2015 Experience Life magazine.

Renew Your Mind , Body, And Spirit Wtih Daily Rituals…

Baby it’s cold outside!

I know it’s December and I live in Minnesota, but I always have a hard time adapting to below zero temperatures. Brr! It just doesn’t seem right to me. I am a summertime gal and love warm temperatures and sunshine, so it probably never will.

Thankfully–I have an upcoming trip to look forward to. Nothing sounds better to me than a warm breeze, sunshine and the calming ocean. I hope you have an opportunity to take a warm vacation get away this winter too.

Speaking of the ocean—I recently read something interesting about the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches some 1800 miles from New Guinea to Australia in the Pacific ocean in one of Brian Johnson’s Philosophers Notes on the book, The Art of Peace. “Earl Nightingale, on a visit there with his son, noticed how the coral polyps on the inside of the reef, where the sea was tranquil and quiet in the lagoon, appeared pale and lifeless, while the coral on the outside of the reef, that is subject to the surge of the tide and power of the waves, were bright and vibrant with splendid colors and flowing growth and asked why this was. ‘It’s very simple,’ came the reply, ‘the coral on the lagoon-side dies rapidly with no challenge for growth and survival…while the coral facing the surge and power of the open sea thrives and multiplies because it is challenged every day.’”¹ It is funny how that works, but is true for most organisms in the universe and humans, as well. While we all need challenges in our lives to grow, sometimes they can cause stress overload.

So how can we thrive, yet deal with the stresses of our lives? According to Dennis Waitley, in his book, The Psychology of Winning, “One of the best ways to develop adaptability to the stresses of life is to view them as normal.”² While some of us would rather avoid stress, it is a part of life and we need to learn to deal with it. We can also try and maintain balance in our lives by practicing daily rituals, such as exercising, that help renew your mind, body and spirit. Twyla Tharp, in her book, The Creative Habit, says “When you stimulate your body, your brain comes alive in ways you can’t simulate in a sedentary position. The brain is an organ, tied integrally to all the other systems in the body, and it’s affected by blood flow, neural transmission, etc.”³ By exercising and moving our bodies, we not only help de-stress our brains, but stimulate our creativity and promote well-being.

Some rituals can help prepare us for the day, while others can give you a break from work, or daily activities, and others may help you relax into the evening and prepare you for a good night’s sleep. Some examples of rituals include: meditation, walking, working out or exercising, reading, yoga, massage, going to the movies, prayer, date nights, and more.

Many of these can easily be incorporated into a daily routine, while others can be added weekly, or monthly. Matthew Kelly, best selling author and speaker, reminds us we must feed our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual self to become the best version of yourself. 4

How are you doing?

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Reference:

¹ Brian Johnson’s Philosophers Notes—The Art of Peace. http://www.entheos.com/philosophersnotes/notes/all/The Art of Peace, pg. 2

² Brian Johnson’s Philosophers Notes—The Art of Peace. http://www.entheos.com/philosophersnotes/notes/all/The Art of Peace, pg. 1

³ Brian Johnson’s Philosophers Notes—The Creative Habit. http://www.entheos.com/philosophersnotes/notes/all/The Art of Peace, pg. 4

4 Mathew Kelly: Becoming the Best Version of Yourself. Beacon Publishing, 1999. CD.

Sometimes You Have To Make Your Own Sunshine…

I don’t know about you, but I start to get a little down when I haven’t seen the sun in a few days. If you live in Minnesota, like I do and it is December, it is bound to happen. Our winter months can get a little long and drawn out. Unfortunately, there are plenty of dreary days this time of year, so sometimes you have to learn to make your own sunshine.

sunflower-sun-summer-yellow

The other day was a one of those days. I was feeling a little off with another cloudy day.  I went on my usual morning walk, thinking that would help, but the fresh air wasn’t enough to shake my mood. After sitting by my computer for a few hours, I still felt the dreariness outside and knew it was time to do something to change my mood.

I decided to put on some good music and grabbed my hula hoop. I don’t know why, but I just love my hula hoop and I knew a little movement and music would put a different spin on things. Sure enough, after hula hopping for 10 minutes or so, I felt a lot better. I decided a little more exercise would do me good, so I got on my elliptical machine. I could’t believe how much better I felt after 30 minutes. It is amazing how a little exercise can change your mood. Exercising releases endorphin’s in your brain, which make you feel good. In fact, “endorphin’s are chemicals that act a lot like their medically engineered counterpart, morphine. Runners have credited them for their feel-good effects for decades.”¹ Endorphins are released when you push your body to do more.

hula-hoop

Besides exercising, there are plenty of other ways ways you can make your own sunshine, when you are feeling out of sorts.

person-jusmping-at-sunset

Following are a few examples:

  • Go for a walk
  • Go to the gym
  • Crank up some good music
  • Drink a cup of tea
  • Jump rope
  • Go for a run
  • Make some cookies
  • Yoga
  • Hula hoop
  • Treat yourself to a coffee drink
  • Get a massage
  • Do some jumping jacks
  • Go bowling
  • Go to a movie
  • Jump on a trampoline
  • Snow Shoe
  • Cross Country Ski
  • Skating

The important thing is find something that you and enjoy and go do it.

music-and-exercise

If you are one of those people that suffers from seasonal effective disorder, you might want to get yourself a sun lamp. Sun lights simulate day light and provide a full spectrum of natural light, which can be very helpful for some people. I purchased a desk lamp from the Sun Box Company about a month ago and would recommend it.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

¹ @runnersworld. “How to Achieve a Runner’s High.” Runner’s World. N.p., 20 Apr. 2016. Web. 04 Dec. 2016.
http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/how-to-achieve-a-runners-high

Use Morning Rituals To Unstick Your Life…

We’ve all heard the saying, “I’m stuck in a rut,” but how many of you have experienced the feeling? I’m pretty sure everyone has, at least one time or another, myself included. You know the feeling where you just feel out of sorts, not yourself, or just plain old BLAH? While most people attribute this feeling to outside circumstances, like not liking their job, a relationship, not making healthy food choices, or not accomplishing this, or that; the truth is it often has more to do with our inner being, and not being balanced in all areas of our life.

In the article, The Real Reason You’re Stuck In A Rut, author, Elizabeth McKenzie, tells us, “What it really comes down to is this: how you are living right now is not in alignment with your true self. It’s not authentic to you.”¹ This reminds me of a “rut” I was in the other winter. For years, I’ve had a morning ritual  that included a walk outside. Well for some reason that winter, I became little lax with it, and I could sure tell! Walking is really part of who I am, so when I miss going a few days in a row, I can really tell. Walking is uplifting to me and gives me energy for the day. I love to listen to the birds, or the other sounds in nature, which I find soothing. Otherwise– I listen to something inspirational while walking, so it is no wonder I was feeling a little off. Funny how simple routines can keep us in balance.

walking-in-nature

Twyla Tharp, in her book, The Creative Habit, writes “I can’t say enough about the connection between body and mind; when you stimulate your body, your brain comes alive in ways you can’t simulate in a sedentary position.”²

yoga_balance

Hal Elrod, in his great book, The Miracle Morning, gives us a set of daily practices that he calls S.A.V.E.R.S. and claims they will change your life when done daily. “When you change your inner world—your life—then your outer world—your life situation—will improve parallel.”³

Following are Elrod’s Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S from his book I wanted to share:

S= Silence: Take at least 10 minutes to be silent. You can just sit still, pray, or meditate. This time is important and gives you some time to just be.

A= Affirmations: Use positive phrases to affirm your goals and aspirations. (e.g. I am positive, I am a hard worker, I am a caring person, I am loving, etc.)

V= Visualization: See yourself as having already achieved a goal. Picture yourself already having accomplished a task. You can use a vision board with drawings, or pictures of certain items, or can just envision them in your mind.

E= Exercise: Set aside a minimum of 10 minutes each morning to do some sort of exercise, whether it is walking, yoga, biking, stretching, etc.

R= Reading: Set aside at least 10 minutes each morning to do some sort of reading, preferably read some thing that is inspirational. This helps set the tone for the day and establishes a positive mind-set.

S= Scribing: (Journaling) Set aside at least 10 minutes to record some positive thoughts that came to you from reading, meditating, praying, etc. This allows you to record your thoughts and generate ideas, etc.4

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Reference:

¹ Mckenzie, Elizabeth. “The Real Reason you are Stuck In A Rut.” The Huffing Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-mckenzie/success-and-motivation_b_4179483.html

² Brian Johnson’s Philosopher’s Notes. The Creative Habit. http://brianjohnson.me/wp-contentuploads/The Creative Habit. pdf pg. 4

³ Elrod, Hal. The Miracle Morning. ©Hal Elrod International.2014. pg. 51, 52

4 Elrod, Hal. The Miracle Morning. ©Hal Elrod International.2014. pg. 53-81

The Sun Is Always Shining Behind The Clouds… 

I was outside walking this morning and just had to take a picture of the sky. The clouds were pretty cool looking and the sun looked like it was just ready to break through. It happened to remind me of the following quote…

“The Sun Is Always Shining Behind The Clouds.”
—Unknown

clouds

I don’t know about you, but I love that quote! It is a simple reminder that there will always be good times and bad times, and that neither of them will last forever. While we all may get depressed, or down from time to time, we just need to feel it and then move on. While this is sometimes easier said than done, we can always take control of our mind to make it happen. Carol Dweck, in her book, Mindset, talks about two specific mindsets we can take on. The first is a fixed mindset where you”believe that your qualities are carved in stone, which creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. The other is a growth mindset where we see failure as an opportunity to learn, to grow and become a better person.”¹ Which mindset sounds better to you? I am going with growth.

Why not embrace our failures and weaknesses and look for that silver lining?

Oh—and make sure you get out and enjoy today’s sunshine that busted through those morning clouds. And… if you get a minute, check out Brad Paisley’s song, Behind The Clouds. It should definitely lift your spirits!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

¹Brian Johnson’s Philosopher’s Notes—Mindset “http://experiencelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Mindset.pdf. pg. 1, 5

²Paisley, Brad. Behind the Clouds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr2OLQDBHL0