Weekly Words of Wisdom – IF

Weekly Words of Wisdom: I is for IF – What IF…? And IF only…

We spend a lot of time as humans wondering how things might have been different IF we had only… Or we keep ourselves from moving forward by worrying about what would happen IF…

Sometimes it’s appropriate to consider the IFs. When we have a decision to make we might consider “If this, then that…” And based on the scenarios we conjure up we can choose our best direction.

Well, a little IF can go a long way, my friend.

IF can hold us in the past. When we cling to “if only” statements we innocently remain in a loop that prevents us from moving forward. Logically, we know the past cannot be changed. We can, however, change the way we think about it. We can work towards acceptance and maybe even forgiveness for ourselves and others. And in time, we come to terms with ‘what’s done is done.’

IF clings to future outcomes. When we are resistant to change we may imagine the worst case scenario. We shy away from putting ourselves out there because – what IF? What if I fail? What if I’m not accepted? What if this plan flops? Any of those scenarios could very well pan out and IF so, so what? We grow and learn and keep showing up. Whatever will be will be. (Que será, será.)

As IF you didn’t already know this. Thanks for allowing me to remind you this week.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – HEART

Weekly Words of Wisdom: H is for HEART – Today I want to honor you and that great big heart of yours.

For all the times you opened your heart and let someone in, only to be hurt in the long run.

For all the times you cared for someone else’s needs more than you honored your own.

For all the times your heart ached because a loved one was hurting.

For all the times you followed your heart and made the best decisions possible at that time.

For all the times you found joy in the midst of sorrow, picked yourself up when the going got tough, and continued to love with all your heart.

To you and that great big amazing heart of yours, I send love and gratitude. Thank you for being an example so others know what it looks like to lead with your heart.

This world needs more hearts like yours, my friend.

Lots of love,

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – GROW

Weekly Words of Wisdom: G is for GROW – If you’ve been around me for a while you probably know that I love to grow sunflowers in our backyard. They are quick and easy to sprout, and I’ve learned through trial and happenstance that they require plenty of personal space to grow.

Kind of like us humans. We all need personal space to grow.

When I first started planting sunflowers, I followed the directions on the seed packet verbatim.  When the seeds sprouted and were 2” tall, I would thin them out – saving only the strongest looking sprout and discarding the rest. {Gosh, I hated doing that.}

Anyway, the results were always big tall sunflowers – grown to their full capacity because I had given them plenty of room to spread their roots and flourish.

I was planting sunflower seeds a couple of years ago and I guess I was feeling a little lazy because I decided, “You know what? I’m just gonna’ plant these and let them all grow together in one big bunch.”

The results were different and the crop was much smaller with leaves that weren’t as big and vibrant. They had grown in their cramped quarters, but weren’t able to grow to their full potential. They were surviving but not thriving.

Kind of like us humans. We all need personal space to grow.

Are you surviving in cramped quarters? Do you allow people or situations in your life to stifle and hold you back? Or are you thriving with plenty of wiggle room?

Spread out a little, my friend. Give yourself some room to GROW.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – FIRE

Weekly Words of Wisdom: F is for FIRE – Astrological signs are divided into four different elements (fire, earth, air and water), and today we’ll talk about the three FIRE signs: ARIES, LEO and SAGITTARIUS.

If your sun sign is in one of the fire signs, you are most likely assertive and energetic. It’s easy for you to take a stand and speak up for what you want and what you think is right. It’s important for fire sign people to move their bodies! Using body movement and exercise as a healthy outlet for anger and frustration would do them a world of good.

Aries loves being noticed and appreciated. If they aren’t being appreciated, they feel sorry for themselves. (We all do that to some extent, but Aries is a bit more extreme.) Aries feels better when they move their body.

Aries – your life lesson is to learn how to apologize, and to not take things so personally. Good luck. <3

Leo loves being the center of attention. They are creative, and love to plan big events and gatherings. Don’t bother offering to help, they’d rather do it their way.

Leo – your life lesson is to learn to be comfortable in the limelight, and to allow others to help sometimes.

Sagittarius loves to laugh and have a good time. They are blunt and to the point. They tell it like it is whether you like it or not, and it’s cool because you always know exactly where you stand with them.

Sagittarius – your life lesson is to learn how to be blunt, bold and speak up for yourself. Also, learn your limits on indulgence.

In astrology we use these general characteristics as guidelines to validate and understand who we are. We can also feel more compassion toward others who exhibit these personality traits, simply by knowing they are Aries, Leo or Sagittarius.

 Are you a fire sign? Do you know someone who is?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – EFFORT

Weekly Words of Wisdom: E is for EFFORT – Humans are funny when it comes to getting stuff done. We put forth our best effort, and sometimes we try so hard – we try really really REALLY hard – and before you know it we’ve crossed the line between effort and struggle.

Effort feels empowering.

Struggle feels defeating.

It’s like trying to swim upstream, you know? When we swim against the current, not only are we fighting a losing battle, but we will be absolutely exhausted if we ever get there.

Recognizing when to lean in – or when to surrender – takes practice.

Knowing “when to say when” is an acquired skill.

What would happen if you surrendered to a current struggle? Can you relax a little and loosen your grip for a particular outcome? Like a challenging yoga pose, can you soften into it a little and find effort without struggle?

Effort feels empowering.

Struggle feels defeating.

Sometimes the answer is to just stop trying so hard.

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