I have found myself recently becoming, what I would call, more spiritual. Although this is all relatively new to me, I would not call myself religious. When I think of that word images of a hot incense filled church come to mind. I do not like that. I was never comfortable in church, even though we only went periodically when I was little, there was always something about church and God that I just didn't 'get'. I have read many books about religions, Buddism, Tao, Witchcraft, even Astrology, but none of them have really gotten me to say or feel like "Yes, this is it, this is what I have been waiting for in my life, this makes SO much sense to me"!, so on I read, and think and dream.
So, what has changed. Is it that I'm older? Or maybe that I've just come to a place where I need it so badly that I'm willing to believe? I'm not sure, (but I don't think it's the latter). I think that this 'idea' or 'belief' has always been in the back of my mind as a viable reason or meaning to the world. I have always believed in this, I just haven't ever really practiced it or given it the awe inspiring devotion that I now believe it deserves. So what or who is it that I am now willing to give my time to, my passion, my adoration, my faithfulness to....

Pure and Simple

Simple or too simple? I'm sure there are a LOT of you out there that agree (and disagree) with this. Honestly, I think that "energy" is just the word, but the feeling and the meaning that I believe this word carries for me is what I think most think and feel with their chosen word be it God, Buddha, etc. Listen, I'm not trying to get anyone hot under the collar, this is just the way that I think right now.

Anyways, I really think that ENERGY is what is EVERYWHERE. It's what everything is made of, it's what everything is surrounded by, it's what makes things happen. Energy is Karma, it is God, it is the Universe, the air, our thoughts, dreams, and more.....

What do you think?

Saying, Mantras, Quotes, Inspiration

I love a good quote, an inspiring passage to make you smile, get you off your a**, keep you motivated, show you the way, help you grow and understand, or just to make you think. I have them all over my house. They're written in journals, taped onto the walls, everywhere I think I may just need to see them. So here is a small collection of my favorites, and I will add more when I find them, or need them. (I'm not certain of where some of these quotes come from, sorry about that)

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream”. Vincent van Gogh

"people say that I'm a dreamer... but I'm not". (from the movie Dinner with Schmucks - super funny!!)

"You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?" George Bernard Shaw

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einstein

"You have 2 choices in life; you can choose your thoughts, or accept them from an outside source"

"you must be polite with yourself when you are learning something new" Eat Pray Love

"Our language has so many words to choose from, when you pick words that show respect for other people's feelings, it says a lot about you." - Mama Berenstain from The Berenstain Bears

Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy. Napolean Hill

"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice " off of a friends facebook page...

Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. It's the mastery of fear. It's about getting up one more time than we fall down. - Arianna Huffington

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.—Sidney J. Harris

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.—Dale Carnegie

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. -- Billy Graham

"practice learning to hear the message, or you'll end up learning the lesson" I heard Cheryl Richardson say this last night on Hay House Radio



Being the 'beginning' of a new year for me (September being my birthday and all). I thought that I should have some sort of a goal for the next year.

I want great goals (doesn't everyone?) I want to see amazing results, I want to feel fantastic, I want my life to change, I want it all!

I will try to put my goals into nice neat little groups (us Virgos tend to be organized)

I will finish!
Haha, this is sooo easy to type. Let's see, I will finish by November? I plan to do school work every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9am till noon. This way I can still walk my boys to school and pick them up for lunch without guilt! If I calculate this right... I have 140 chapters left, at 3 hours per day, 3 days a week.... that means I need to do between 4 and 6 chapters a day to be all done in November. Can I do it? This means, I will officially be a Nutritionist, Relaxation Therapist, Stress Management Therapist, and have a Buisness diploma! Whoop whoop! That would be a great way to get back into the world after being a stay at home mom for 7.5 years!!!!
O.K. Goal Set!

I will do more!!
Haha, again, easier to type then do. I have decided to set aside Wednesdays for my photography. It will give me a break from school and, honestly (and hopefully) if I schedule it in, I may actually do it more often. As for more specific photography goals, I would really REALLY love to get some of my shots into (and win) some fantabulous contests! This means tho, that I need to get out there and take some FANTABULOUS shots. (it also means I need to know what contests are out there and what they are looking for in order to go out there and kick ass!!!). Wow, that just turned into a bit more work then I though....
But oh so worth it no? I have signed up to receive a ton of emails regarding photo contests, so hopefully that will end the hours of internet searching on my end.

oh yes, the house. I have decided quite recently that I AM NOT SUPERWOMAN, nor do I want to continue to try to be. Therefore I have 'given up, given in' or whatever you want to call it, and will only be interested in cleaning the house on Friday's. (of course sweeping, and dishes and such will be done when it's needed, I'm talking about washing floors and the overall cleaning of the house). There. Done.

With all of these Schedules for myself, I am also going to be doing a lot of reading. (Not just fiction either, although I have gotten into books A LOT - thank you Eat Pray Love!, I am also talking about self improvement books) I have started reading "be your own life coach" by Jeff Archer ( a teach yourself book) and am doing this chapter by chapter with Chris (my man). We have always talked about getting a mentor or coach to help us with our dreams and ambitions, but could not fathom the money commitment. 12$ and 1 hour later, I left the bookstore with our new mentor/life coach. I can't wait to do this as a couple. We are doing this together, taking notes, keeping up with each other, helping, etc. After just the first chapter I must say I am learning a lot about myself and Chris! I am also reading another great GREAT book (actually I have it on iTunes not in an actual book). It's called "The Art of Extreme Self Care " By Cheryl Richardson. If you are a women, a mother, a sister, daughter, wife, or even a man. If you have any type of issue with your own self care. READ THIS BOOK. I have had it for months now, and actually kept meaning to do her chapters one by one every month, but thought to myself... no, I can just do them whenever I want.... Ha, it doesn't work that way... I am now as of September 1st going onto chapter 2. I will do a chapter a month until my next birthday and hope, along with the life coaching book that I will see the 'real' me and learn how to live a better life!
(along with these self help books I will probably keep watching periodically The Secret, listening to Bob Proctor (awesome) and more. A good friend of mine told me to get "Power of Intention" by Wayne Dyer (another great guy) - I have one of his books and love it.

Oh wait, here's a link to follow. If you, like me, love these types of books, movies and positive things you NEED to check out HayHouseRadio This is the most amazing radio station I have found to date. You will recognize a ton of names and will find yourself feeling happier then ever. Check it out...

Now I've lost my train of thought....

oh yes, Goals.
1 - schooling
2 - photography
3 - housework (not really a 'goal' but more of a reminder to slow down and keep it simple)
4 - self improvement
5 - health


I plan to workout everyday... hmmm, a little vague. Ok, I plan on doing one of two routines everyday:
1 - 20 minutes of spurt running (Run hard for 30 seconds then jog/walk for 1 minute) as well as 20 minutes of light yoga.
2 - 20 minutes of jogging as well as 20 minutes of spurt exercises (sit ups, lunges, etc...)

I also plan on taking all my vitamins everyday without exception. I take Vitamin C every morning, Vitamin B and Omega 3's at Lunch, Calcium with dinner (along with Vit D in the fall and winter) and probiotics at bedtime.

I am also reviewing my grocery habits and costs. I am thinking of joining a group that will deliver organic and locally grown fruits and veggies to your home every week. I don't care for the waste of gas, but think that the variety and fact that it's locally grown are a great idea if only to at least try! I'll keep you informed on how it goes...

wow. I mean WOW this is a lot of stuff. I'm going to sign off for now in order to take this all in. It's going to be a great year don't you think?

Learning and Growing. Can't wait.

Oh ya, I also plan of keeping up to date with my 2 blogs every Sunday night (this is tv night so if it just doesn't mesh then I'll change it to another 'slow' tv night... we'll see)...