Presence is needed to become aware of the beauty, the brilliance, the sacredness of nature.
When is the last time you gazed up into clouds, and discovered a creative activity or type of artistic expression that is intended to be beautiful or thought-provoking.
I just returned from a little R&R in Mexico and was reminded of this presence. Truly grounding. I saw fairies, high heels (it's a girl thing), pigs, and Zeus. Captivating!!
To become aware of such things, the mind needs to be still. Every time you stop, slow down, and take time for self care it allows your mind, body and soul to nourish.
Many of us have the daily distractions such as cell phones, computers, people who are likely to interrupt our energy flow. It is vital we acknowledge the importance of stillness and meditation. This is essential to give you a peace of mind, balance and clarity.
You need to ask yourself how important are the demands of your job, housework, and recreational activities. Think about ways of changing your activities around that will give you 'timeout', while still honoring your commitments.
Ask yourself this question: How am I going to love and honor myself today?
Look up into the clouds...you have the whole world awaits!
Live passionately... what else have you got to do!
Being classy is not about being stuck up; it is about having style and taking care to be polite to others and to reflect a genuine interest in them. It is also about being confident in yourself. This article will teach you how to move through life with class and ease.
1. Choose your battles; choose your friends. Few battles are truly worth fighting. Stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves (mentally disabled, animals, children, etc). Be wary of those who appear to enjoy bickering. If someone is rude to you, either ignore them completely (recommended) or, once you have completely calmed down and are thinking clearly, explain how you perceived their actions and work towards a resolution. Never stoop to their level, and do not be hasty. Surround yourself with positive, polite people who encourage and live your classy, intelligent lifestyle.
2. Choose your words. The classy individual listens more than he or she speaks. Having a strong vocabulary is important, but do not use a word unless you are certain of its meaning. Use words to express yourself lucidly. Importantly, do not correct others when they use improper grammar. Differences in background, family life, and education cause people to speak differently, and often people use slang for effect. More than this, it is irritating and degrading to be corrected by a know-it-all. Do not insult, gossip, or slander. When necessary, voice your opinions appropriately and constructively. This encourages your audience to listen carefully when you speak.
3. Do not be a doormat. You must be courteous, but do not bend over backwards to please others. If you do, you may find yourself being taken advantage of in the future. Limit your time and availability and draw boundaries with others so that they are aware of your limits.
4. Break the stereotype shackles. More often than not, using labels in any way, whether to identify yourself or others, shows a lack of creativity, lethargic social skills, and a lack of careful observation. Give everyone respect and the benefit of the doubt.
5. Be assertive. Avoid passive-aggressive thinking; this is likely to trip you up eventually. Assertiveness demonstrates maturity, thoughtfulness, and confidence. Class requires balance, and assertiveness is a prime example of this concept.
6. Make sure your clothes fit well and that you are well groomed. Excellent presentation is half of the battle. Wear clothing and accessories which flatter your body and never wear anything you feel uncomfortable in. It is important to remember that modesty is key in earning the respect of others.
7. Avoid getting caught up in trends. There is nothing wrong with enjoying fashion or buying clothing you find attractive, but it is important to stay in control. Do not become a slave to fashion, or you may be regarded as foolish, "high maintenance", and/or shallow. The clothing you wear should enhance your personality, not create or alter it. This advice can be applied to many aspects of life in which you may feel pressured to "fit in."
8. Avoid desperate behavior like the plague This is the kiss of death for the classy person. Only desperate times call for desperate measures. Take a deep breath, be strong, and move through the situation with elegance and grace. You will be the victor for it, no matter the outcome.
9. Seek wisdom. As difficult as it can be to heed the advice of those more experienced than yourself, it is a necessary step at times. No matter your age or ability, allow yourself to learn from the mistakes and victories of those older or more experienced than you. You will win their favor and be available to pass on your own wisdom or advice.
10. Be open to personal development. Do not berate yourself, but be receptive to constructive change. In our world, change is inevitable. Be a positive and flexible part of it and show others the way as well. Face life rather than burying your head in the sand and others will know instinctively that you are someone whose opinion counts.
11. Carefully consider tattoos and piercings. Let's face it: it is easy to judge by appearance. Therefore, take careful consideration when deciding if it is a good idea for you to get visible tattoos or body piercings. Even though a person’s outward appearance does not automatically show his or her inner qualities, appearances can reflect how a person is willing to be perceived by the world. Job opportunities may be limited by such an expression.
12. Be knowledgeable and aware. It is wise to become politically, culturally, and religiously aware. Even the most basic knowledge can save a person from embarrassment and awkwardness. If you know in advance that you will be spending time with someone of an unfamiliar background, it is a good idea to do more in-depth research to avoid embarrassing faux pas.
Feel Love, Joyous and Abundance
article posted early on- Chic Galleria
No matter who you are, where you live, how rich you are or what your age is, life happens to all of us! However, we are all different and we need to find your own way.
“One size fits all” as they say, does not apply here. There are so many preconceived notions about how life ‘should’ be lived.
How to begin:
Transformation begins when we stretch our boundaries and ask basic questions: What's my role here? What do I really want? What are my passions? Where am I going?
What would your life be like if you were doing what you love, with the people you love, in places you love? It's called a passionate life and there is a simple, effective way to discover your passions so you can create that kind of life. Combine purpose, awareness and dedication to guide your future. Strategy is a necessity for victory in personal life and business. Focus on something greater than yourself and bring integrity into every aspect of life. Investigate your ideals, ethics, principles, then learn to cultivate the passion and the clear thinking which will lead you to your highest goals. Be clear about your methods.
“Be victorious. When we recognize our desire to matter, to make a difference, when we are in touch with the yearning in our hearts and souls to be a contribution to life, we want to be worthy of that charge. We become more aware of our talents, the possibilities that we have to make a difference in the lives around us whether in small daily actions or in large strokes. We feel a part of the world around us and want to do our part to make it a better place. We start to develop our gifts and remove the blocks to being the best person we can be”.
If you feel you compromising, use these three steps to restore your integrity!
Step One: Create a Life Purpose statement that gives clarity about your beliefs, vision and desires.
Step Two: Ask yourself: When your 95 years old, what will you want to say about your life?
Step Three: Identify where you are not being truthful in your life.
Your mission is not where you currently are, but where you want to be. Be sure to write all of these things down in the present tense—claim it!
How do you know whether you’re on the right path, with the right person, or in the right job? The same you know when you’re not: You feel it.
Each of us has a personal greatness- and because yours is as unique to you as your fingerprint, no one can tell you want it is.
Be mindful on purpose
The past has NO power and the future has NO presence
Below are a few quotations that you will find inspiring. I encourage you to write these down and keep the words within easy reach. Incorporate the philosophy of a Positive Thinking spirit and there will always be little beams of sunlight in a cloudy sky.
Each of us makes his own weather,
determines the color of the skies in
the emotional universe which he
~Fulton J. Sheen
It is never too late to be what you
might have been.
Our minds can shape the way a
thing will be because we act according
to our expectations.
Happiness does not depend on outward things,
but on the way we see them.
When one door of happiness closes,
another opens; but often we look so
long at the closed door that we do
not see the one which has been
opened for us.
"There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge; both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought."
Well, it is and that means you !!!
Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her 'beauty tips.'
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.
BECOME MORE OF YOURSELF...CELEBRATE YOUR GREATNESS!
Live Passionately, what else do you have to do!
After 7 months… I present to you the unveiling of my venture.
Welcome to my new online store! Thanks to CafePress.com, I am now selling a number of products from my DEFINING DIVA© collection
This line was created for ALL 'GIRLFRIENDS' ...It's all about our Defining Moments in our lives.
It gives me great pleasure to introduce the most magnificent Artist that I have had the pleasure of working with. She is the brilliance behind every one of these "DIVA's", without her on this journey, this venture would not have been this successful!
I will be forever GRATEFUL!
Introducing my 'Sex And The City' Gal... My Friend...'Nathalie'
I was born in Venezuela and after living in several latin-american countries due to my father´s job. We came to live to Uruguay (a small country at the very south of South America and my parent´s home country) when I was a teenage and my sister a 9 years old girl.
I loved drawing right form the start, my favourite birthday presents were always colours and all types of painting devices. At the age of 14 I started attending private art classes and continued to do so until my college years.
I studied industrial design but soon realized my passion was graphic design and illustrating, I worked in an advertising agency for several years until I decided to become a freelance graphic designer and work from home, one thing lead to another and soon I was switching form graphic design to being an illustrator, I still do some graphic design though but I mostly illustrate. I have clients all over the world which is a very enrichening experience, I guess with my experience in living in many countries and travelling so much with my family helped me to get along well with all kinds of people which sure is an advantage in my type of job.
Right now I live and work in a beautiful home in the outskirts of the city, together with my husband and my 9 months old baby
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What a profound reminder... I received this message from one of my Girlfriends (Sista) today.
I liked it very much! Hope you will too.
Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to 'cut back the calories'. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible!!
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Who wants to be a millionaire' on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to even schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!
We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'
When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask 'How are you?' do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi?
When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away. ... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.
'Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!'
Be open to the lessons …walk through life open to self improvement that which is best to help you evolve.
Control you own destiny
Is it going to be easy…is the path going to have no obstacles…
Yet, they can be overcome.
If things go wrong, you hit a dead end-as you will- we all do
It's just life's way of saying time to change course.
If you ask the life quest… Not… Why is this happening to me?
But… What is this here to teach me?
You will move forward, grow and enrich your spirit.
"It takes courage to demand time for yourself. At first glance, it may seem to be the ultimate in selfishness, a real slap in the face to those who love and depend on you. IT IS NOT! It means you care enough to want to see the best in yourself and give only the best to others.” ~ Shale Paul
Successful people, maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. They are constantly proactive in the pursuit of their chosen objectives.
Donna Cardillo once said, "It's easy to be negative and unmotivated, but it takes some work to be positive and motivated. While there's no off button for those relentless "tapes," there are things that you can do to turn down the volume and shift your focus from the negative to the positive."
Be mindful on purpose
The past has NO power and the future has NO presence