Sunday, 24 February 2013

Forgive - 52 Weeks of Colour


A Thought for the day.....

Sing your song, someone somewhere needs to hear it. You came out the other end of your trials or you may be coming out of what seems like a very long tunnel, you need to let go, and forgive yourself. The lessons that you learnt along the way are not just to keep to yourself; you have seen the miracles that can happen every day, be the miracle in someone else’s life.

Quote 
The days come and go, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away. ...Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Scripture 
"your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." Matthew 6:8

What life lessons about forgiveness do you have to share to encourage someone else?

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Gratitudes - Sunshine




Sunshine  
Feeling the rays of sun on my skin, closing my eyes and imagining I am somewhere tropical...

What are you grateful for today?

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Health - 52 Weeks of Colour

A Thought for the day....

The future is waiting for you - don’t be afraid to live in your present, ensuring that you take the steps to keep your mind, body and spirit healthy will enable you to walk in your gifts.  You can do it one step and one day at a time...to someone else in this world you are a miracle. 

Quote 
Being curious is like giving yourself a present whenever you want one. ...Unknown

Scripture  
"He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him." Psalm 91:15

What are the first steps you need to take to ensure that you get on the road to improved health? 

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Creativity - Creating in Faith

What will you create to make the world more Awesome?  

We were all born to be creative in some form or fashion.  We were created for a purpose and in turn we have that inner drive to create.  However you choose to express it is entirely up to you.  When I was younger growing up there seemed to do two types of people.  Those who did 'proper jobs' where you could earn a living, like in a bank, office or school and the others who were 'Artists', who didn't seem to make any money and were typically shown as messy, spontaneous, reckless, and disordered.  My view of the world was that you became an adult and worked hard doing a job you didn't like and then had children and worked even harder to give them the things that you never had.  It's what my mum and dad did and they were my reference.

Deep inside though I knew I wanted to be different.  I wanted to be among those artists who did what they loved to do, shared their passion, inspire others and who also made a living.  I remember standing on my balcony of our flat as a child, and singing at the top of my lungs a song that I had made up, about the dispair of an eleven year old trying to make it in show business.

My singing sessions were tolerated by my parents and the neighbours, though my little brother always made fun of me.  As I grew up and went to college I started singing with a group of friends, and later went on to do musical theatre, and in my 20's started painting and drawing on a regular basis.  It still didn't seem like something that you could do full time and get paid, and I always kept them as hobbies, feeling the push to do more, express more.  I now try and immerse myself in creativity and whether or not you want to make a living at it there is something about taking part in a creative activity that impacts on your state of mind and  general health and well being.

By allowing yourself to be creative you are able to go on an adventure of the imagination, soaring to new heights of possibility.  We cannot leave it to chance either, there is no way that you could leave your materials on a blank canvas without doing anything come back and find they have created a masterpiece, you have to show up and that's where the miracles happens.   Creativity doesn't happen by accident and neither were we made by chance.  As you go about your day take time to think of one thing that you find really challenging and try and approach it in a more creative way and see how it turns out.  If you want some more encouragement, check out this young man called 'Kid President. You will also find some more really inspiring talks on TED about creativity.
 


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him Colossians 1:1


Leaping into the Unknown?

 

It is always a great idea to take a stock of where you are, where you are going and where you want to be.  This is key especially if you have set some goals, and dreams that you want to see fulfilled.  We are coming to the end of February and if you take your eye of the ball you'll turn round and see that Christmas is not far off and you won't know what you have accomplished.

I am not about to give you any tips or hints about the 'Top Ten Things' that you should be doing to maximise your time, or the 'Amazing Systems' you need to have in place.  All these are useful tools that you need to put in place in order to see any change.  You do need to be expanding your mind, reading and learning from those that have gone before.  But I think that you already know all this.  My guess is that you've been holding yourself back for one reason or another, or haven't quite come to terms with the fact that you really are able to make changes to your life and you've just been waiting for permission to take that step for whatever reason!  Sometimes you find making those changes harder than you thought, you come across rocky ground and suddenly those old way of doing things really does look appealing.


Taking the leap
As I sat thinking about the things I needed to do, I realised all those plans that I had got excited about at the begining of the year, things I wanted to learn, experiences to put in place, I realised they seem to get lost in 'stuff'.  I had taken my eye of the ball and drifted down a different road, and I could walk away from my dream and continue down this road or do a U turn and get back on track committing myself to something that will bring me closer to my goals.  Generally speaking I feel that I have quite a good sense of direction and can work out where it is I need to be, but every now and then you find yourself drifting, and loosing sight of things, but you have to learn to pull yourself back into check.  

This year one of the things I wanted to learn was how to work the video camera so that I could start showing some of the processes I use in my art.  I had all the excuses ringing in my ears as to why I shouldn't and  What I decided to do was just to go for it anyway.  Once I worked out where I needed to have the camera placed, and what angle looked better the only thing to do was to press record.  I didn't have to worry about anyone else seeing it, it didn't have to be perfect in anyway, all I needed to focus on was what I was learning and the new doors that open when we acquire new skills.

What has to change is our approach,  know what you want to do, acknowledged the fear of not maybe knowing exactly how things are going to turn out, but go for it anyway.  I took the leap and didn't worry whether the videos came out the way I thought they should come out, but just wanted to have fun and knew that I could learn the necessary skills.

We often stop ourselves from doing something because it doesn't turn out the way we feel that it should, despite it being our first time, feeling that we should immediately be the experts.  We begin to compare ourselves with others and wonder why our efforts don't look like theirs,  forgetting that the more you practice the better you get, and the more skill you ultimately acquire until it's the way that you envision.

With that being said, with no one stopping you but yourself don't let another day pass by without doing something that will get you closer to your dream.  

What is it that one thing you should just take that leap and do?

Blessings for the weekend!


Thursday, 14 February 2013

Gratitudes - Sleep

 

Sleep
A good night’s sleep gives me the start I need for the day and allows me to fill it with challenging activities...

What are you grateful for this week?

Love....

Do not loose hope in true love.....it is what God wants for you!

I hope you had a blessed day, make sure that you spend time loving yourself, and treating yourself as the treasure that you are!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Courage - 52 Weeks of Colour


Thought for the day.....

Don’t allow the past to keep you from moving forward, things can change, situations can change, you can change. Once you decide what it is you want to do you have to have courage, determination and focus. It doesn’t come over night, it is showing up for you each and every day until you achieve your goals. You are not alone, each day millions of people around the world have decided that they too will take a step into living their best life.

Quote 
Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in Sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. ...Meister Eckhart

Scripture 
"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven." Matthew 18:19


What steps do you need to take to start to live your best life?




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