Archive for January, 2013


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I love Randy Pausch. He is the author of “The Last Lecture” and this is one of the many great lessons in that book.

Sometimes we work really hard at something and it doesn’t materialize quite as we envisioned. Instead of looking at it as a failure, look at it as a lesson needed, learned and ready to be applied into your life whenever the need arrises.

It is sad to see people give up at the first obstacle that shows up, or the second, or the third. Obstacles are there to bring our very best out! We have all the inside parts to deal with whatever we wake up to every day. Do we find and use those parts to help us?

It is indescribable the feeling of finishing what we started and doing our very best all the way through it. When we stay focused,  discouragement may knock at the door and yet, we refuse to open it. When we have a goal that was originally a dream, it drives us to places we never been, doing things we never done before and experiencing joy we didn’t know existed on this planet.

Enjoying the journey along the way is key!

Now days, I stay the course, I do my very best in all I do (it guarantees zero regrets…that peski question “what if?” is gone from my vernacular) and giving up is not an option. Sure after all I did, sometimes I didn’t get where I wanted to be, however, there are many lessons on that trail and I take every one of them to better my mind and heart, to make me stronger and wiser and to help me find joy in the simple things.

Tenacity is a good thing, it keeps us going! Stay the course. Love much and live life with passion, intensity! Find a good road and keep on going!

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

 

 

 

Bite #3 Be Positive!

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Choose to BE POSITIVE!

When life throws us a curve ball, we sometimes get down on ourselves and have a hard time going forward. You know, those days that have nothing good planned or are lonely and sad, or it just stinks to be you.

I was raised to be a very negative person. There was a cloud in every blue sky and it carried rain, there is a danger in every adventure and it is going to find you and there is a down side to every good news. So I looked for those things everywhere I went, in everyone I met and in everything I did.

Whew! I am so glad I changed! Life does have storms and we do go through them. We can prepare for the storm and have an umbrella and rain coat in hand or we can simply dance in the rain! Yes, we might get wet…so what? It dries!

What we think is what we say, do and feel. Look through your thoughts…are they positive, loving and kind? Do they hold a grudge, revenge and anger?

To look at things positively is a big switch to most people (I was one of them). We don’t realize that our words will tell on us. So, listen to what is coming out of your mouth. How do you usually answer or handle these simple things?

Answering someone’s question of how are you?
“Oh, I am fine I guess…” or “I am doing great! How are you?”

Looking at a hard situation with a loved one
“Well, I hope it turns out, but you know the odds, it doesn’t look good…” or ” Well, this is unexpected, lets look at options and do the best we can with what we have.”

At work, when the day is going pretty rotten
“This day sure is a hard one, I give up! Nothing is going right and I am sick of it!” or “Yeah, this day didn’t start how I wanted it to, I am going to do my best to get it to turn around and end on a good note.”

You get it. Do I sound unrealistic? Maybe to some, however, I can tell you that when I started watching my words I was horrified of what came out of my mouth, in my own voice. So I changed.
To be positive it takes effort, and when you start doing it seriously, your days become brighter and better.
I started small. I started watching how I talked about myself first. It was harsh. I changed that. Then how I spoke to my family…wow! That was an awakening moment! Still working on it, getting better each day…then the world…and as I changed at home, it was easier to change outside.

So, look for the good in things, until it becomes second nature. Speak the good you see someone doing and give thanks for everything you are blessed with. It will change your world!

Have a positive day!

Bite #2: Let Go!

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Things happen as we go about living. Some are pleasant, some are plain, some are positive, some are negative, some are down right painful and some are scarring.
It is up to me to decide to let go and move forward.
Whatever anybody says to me, it might be surprisingly hurtful and I might want to own it. It is not mine to own. The pain, the judgment, the absurdity of the words spoken, the hate, the viciousness or the low self esteem…it is not mine to keep.
If it is from upbringing, change how you raise your children for their sake. There is something better out there, you just have to look for it and find it.
If you believed everyone that ever told you a mean thing, stop listening to the wrong people.
If you told yourself over and over that you are not a good person. Stop talking to yourself until you have something good to say.
If you think the world hates you…got news for you, they are too busy with their own stuff to put that much time and energy into your life.
Whatever it is that is keeping your heart in pain and sorrow, anger and frustration, revenge and judgment…let go!
Give it to God, ask Him to take it away. He will. You do have to ask Him to help you. He will not intrude, He only comes into our lives when invited. Allow Him to perform miracles in your behalf.

What is not of light, of love, of peace, of joy, of courage, of happiness, of abundance and of good, is not naturally a part of you. Give it up!

Life is too short to be miserable and too grand for us not to live up to our potential.

Look for the good and the bad has to leave. Bring in the light and the dark room becomes bright.

Holding on to bad events, not forgiving someone is “drinking poison hoping someone else dies.”

Let go and step into a brighter happier path.

Join me?

As kids we believe and accept everything as truth, especially the negative things about ourselves. Interesting enough, the good stuff needs to be repeated over and over to stick. The negative needs to be said only once and you own it.
When someone says you are pretty, it makes you feel good and if you hear it again, you probably will believe that you are pretty.
If someone close to you says you can’t do something, we accept it as truth, they are right, you can’t. Therefore, sometimes we don’t even try.
We create laws in our mind (which is the most powerful thing we have, the power to choose) and we live the rest of our lives by those laws.
If we had a good childhood, we should embrace most of those laws and lead a happy life.
However, if we had a tough childhood, we can and should change how and what we think, do, feel, say and dream.
I had to learn that I am precious!

– There is no one like me in the whole planet.

– My body is an incredible thing. There is no pump that can pump as well, as long and as regularly as my heart…there are no lenses that can adjust, focus and take the image to my brain as my eyes…there is no computer that can work as intensely and with so many commands as my brain (keeping me alive takes thousands of commands to keep my body functioning, 24/7 without upgrades, downtime or new programs) …there is no messaging system that works as well as my nervous system to carry all the messages, to each organ, limb and brain. The things the human body does are absolutely incredible! And…we each have one.

– I have the ability to create my life in my mind. I am what I spend time thinking about. The power to be whoever I want to be is within me!

– I am continuing learning. What I do with that knowledge is up to me.

– I have a heart that feels, a mind that thinks and a spirit that desires to live instead of surviving the day.

– My life has a purpose, I found it after searching for years. We all have a purpose.

– I am capable of loving deeply and of being loved. That is something sacred to me.

There is more…as we go about our lives, we forget to be tender with ourselves. When we neglect ourselves, nobody else will tend to our needs that only we know exist.

So I made the conscious decision to acknowledge that I am precious and I should handle myself with care.

Meet Sarah

me

I am a entrepreneurial/creative stay at home mom of 4 kids, two are moved out and the other two keep me plenty busy.

I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and moved to the U.S. when I was 17 years old.

Things that I enjoy doing…go on dates with my husband Kurt, spend time with family and friends, read, learn, I am a beach bum at heart, absolutely love to travel, cook delicious meals and desserts, quilt, and I really like to find joy in everything I am doing.

Life is never supposed to be an overwhelming thing that we survive every day. Life is meant to be enjoyed, shared and lived to its fullest!

One bite at a time.

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