Don’t be afraid to fly…I’m pretty sure you do in fact have wings…on your heart 💜
Don’t be afraid to fly…I’m pretty sure you do in fact have wings…on your heart 💜
So let’s talk about dieting! Errr…no wait! Screw that! Let’s talk about life!! Real life and how you can start living that and stop always being on a diet! I’m guilty! Tried em all! Well most. Gained and lost so many times! Learned a lot about healthy eating. Not a damn thing about healthy living.
Until recently. It’s actually been a life long journey getting to today. Someday we can dig deeper but right now I just wanted to share a little tiny piece of my new found wisdom because…well just because I think it’s important! Too important not to speak it now and fill in the blanks as we travel together!
So here’s what’s happening…I am starting to fall in love…with myself!! I am healing and I am growing. I am discovering that loving yourself more isn’t selfish! In fact you cannot possibly love another human in the most healthiest of ways if you can’t at first embrace YOU! My God it’s so brilliant!!! I’m not completely there…the journey is incredibly long and the roads aren’t all paved but as I’ve started to care for myself…as I begin to direct that enormous love I’ve always put out to whoever was in my path that needed it the most…back to self…I’m starting to see the most powerful impact it’s having on me. Not just mentally either! Physically I feel more whole and strong…and lighter! What? I’m not on a single stinking diet! I just get up every morning with the intention to live each moment with grace and love for the world and for myself! Today I stepped on the scale and realized I’ve lost 19 pounds! Without dieting! Crazy right? Or is it?
Imagine yourself waking up living and feeling in each moment. It’s a different way of being in your own life! Do I have hard days, sadness and fear? Of course I do! But I don’t stay stuck in it! I am free to make choices that are good for me! And we’re not just talking food here! The picture is bigger!
What do you think? Worth trying? At the very least you’ll begin to see how truly extraordinary you are! And that my friends is Your higher powers gift to you! I have stopped trying to fit in and started learning to belong. Get your self love ❤️
As I get older the number of times I utter the words “WTF” (unabbreviated of course) has increased by an incredibly large percentage! Humans…sometimes you win…sometimes you run!!
Inspired by a conversation I had with some of my co-workers (whom I adore) I’m here again…it’s been a very long time! I was going to delete all of my old posts and start fresh but…well…that’s crazy right? Because those posts led me to today…so today can be a new beginning without erasing the past. Seems about right to me!
For now it’s late…and I’m so very tired after a long day spent with family celebrating Mia’s 6th birthday…it was wonderful…just like family time always is. So if you are stopping by thank you…I’m sorry I haven’t come up with something witty or inspirational for my very first post of 2018…but I promise when I return you’ll want to keep coming back…the journey is priceless!
We call our selves special needs parents…we are…well…parents just like you…However there are differences between who we are and those who might not fully understand our life experiences. We all need to learn to live with grace.
I could make a list of the differences but I hesitate…because I don’t want to point out all of the things that make us different…not at all…what I really want to do is share this one simple truth with you and hope that you will look at the world with a new kind of knowing in your heart.
My one simple truth…until you close your eyes and open your heart you will never see the beauty that’s experienced when you are in the presence of a special needs child…or an adult for that matter. Never. Period. If you only see the moment rather than the human standing before you then you will miss out on a magic that can only be felt by a heart that embraces all. Surely you know that as a parent of a special needs child we get that the lack of a filter can make things uncomfortable for you…hell…you think it’s easy on our end? Not so much! But let’s not forget that unfiltered can have an incredible impact on the world sometimes…like the times that love, joy, and happiness comes pouring forth into the world without any holding back…a smile, a laugh, a hug…they come naturally…my words can’t fully explain it…you have to feel it for yourself.
Next time you look upon a moment with pity or embarrassment try something that’ll change your life…close your eyes…take a deep breath…and see…it’s a moment…we all have them…open your heart to experience so much more…you’ll never look back and wish you hadn’t…I promise ❤
I am trying to figure out how you get from spending your entire life…and yes I mean entire…or at least as far back as you can remember…self censoring at your own expense…how do you get from there…to self editing…to saying out loud your hearts thoughts…to be right and true and from your soul authentic…to stop yourself from stopping…from silencing your own voice…because sure there are those who will grab hold of your silence to feed their own needing souls…yet ultimately…the choice is your own…bravely exploring how to do this without exploding a million words into the universe that have been locked up inside for far too long…because you can’t just pour it all out…that seems so unfair…to those around you that you’ve allowed to control your voice…after-all…you did allow it…
So…wait…what? It’s already 2017? What in the world happened to 2016? I was just there a few short moments ago! I had plans! Dreams! Goals set to achieve in 2016! I’m not finished with you yet! Well…I guess that I am…because there’s no going back right? Now…time to focus on 2017.
You all know I’m done with resolutions. In fact I’ve never really believed in making them…but I’ve ALWAYS followed the crowd so I’d do it…I’d get excited and vocal and gather my peeps to join the resolution movement…and then I’d get bored, discouraged or flat out lazy with my life and I’d fail…again…annually…Yay for the New Year right?! Let’s toast to setting ourselves up to fail yet again!
Oooh…I sound so cynical…yulk! That’s not my intent. Actually I’m getting closer every year to the real me…and that in itself is a huge goal for me. I have literally lived my life through the eyes of others until a few years ago when I started to realize I had no idea who I was or what I wanted to be “when I grew up…” Hell I still don’t know what that perfect fit is…but I am starting to see that unless I stop being afraid of becoming…I will always only be attempting to become.
So…here we are…hello 2017! Yup…you’re right…it’s already day 5! But guess what…I haven’t been procrastinating about setting goals and intentions…I’ve actually been recovering from preparing for Christmas 2016! HA! I took some steps in the direction of my dreams in 2016 and that filled up much of my summer and well into the rest of the year. Now I have this little piece of paper that opens new doors for me. Time to sit down and write down some goals-and a plan to reach them.
What do you think? Would you like to join me? I have a pretty little journal that my son gave me for Christmas. I’m going to use it for goals, plans and ideas! Won’t be perfect. Won’t get done today. Won’t be filled with other peoples ideas for my life either! Today is day 5 of 2017…time to begin anew…time to set at least one goal and be okay with that…because that’s a start.
I hope that your 2017 is blessed beyond measure. I hope 2017 finds you grateful for the gifts in your life…may we all recognize them and rejoice in them. With that I’m sharing goal number one…wait! I have two that I can rattle off without second thought because they are filled with intention…
Here I go…thinking again! Been working extremely hard at looking within before blaming anyone or anything for what’s happening in my life. This morning I looked in the mirror and felt the slightest bit of okay with what I saw…well…okay…maybe not quite…but what I didn’t do is label what I saw…I just saw…me…?
That led to my over-thinking brain wondering why I didn’t immediately judge the woman looking back at me!? What was changing? Because I’ve reached out for help many times…and always failed to follow through. So what then? Am I actually learning to heal myself? Wouldn’t that be something?! 🙂
Words…we let them define us…the ones we speak to ourselves…the ones we seek…the ones we hear from those we love and the world around us. Words that I used to value SO SO much, well they seem to be losing their power over me! I’d like to say I’m done with that nonsense but it’s a process…and I’m a slow learner! Just ask my mom & dad…they’ll tell ya! HA
Here are some words that held great power over me…and the words I’m replacing them with:
Then: You look so thin/skinny/pretty! (This one was like magic elixir to my ears! Especially hearing them from men. It made me feel more confident, loved and recognized. Desired and sexy.)
Now: You always look so happy! (YES! Isn’t that what I’m working on? I don’t need to be skinny to be loved or confident right? And recognized? Who needs that from an outside source once you figure out who you are…when you recognize yourself…and yourself is pretty amazing most days! Sure there are days I slip into that old longing for admiration from someone but confidence comes from within. It’s a feeling about yourself…not what you need from someone else.)
Then: I get so jealous when I see you talking to other men! (Yes! You must love me more than anything and value you me as a person! You must worry that you’ll lose me!) Double up on the pathetic on this one…I haven’t always been wise 😉
Now: I trust you! Hall-the-freaking-lujah!! Because if you are a trustworthy person that knows your self worth and the value of being honest and true…jealousy feels like crap! It feels like you can see yourself but the other person is blind to your devotion…and guess what…that’s not YOUR problem! It’s theirs! Know your value…be trustworthy…that is staying true to you.
Then: You always take care of everything! What would I do without you? (Ugh…no words)
Now: I respect you! You are so strong! (Yup…all along…all those years of taking care of and tending to…of getting up and showing up…One strong a** goddess right here! And that strength earns respect! All those years of self sacrifice were bringing you today! WOOP WOOP! You are a warrior princess that wears her crown over her heart!)
Then: You always know how to make me happy! (Of course I do…I would sacrifice everything so that you are happy. It is my strongest attribute! It is what I do…what I was born to do! I am nothing unless you are happy! I cannot be happy unless you first are happy!)
Now: Happy looks fantastic on you! (Yeah that’s right baby! It’s time to start remembering that if you can’t begin within…if you are not happy…then you’ve got some work to do! And don’t think for one minute that it’s someone else’s job to provide this elusive happiness you seek. Nope! No sir! Not gonna happen! You and you alone must figure out what in this world gives you joy, peace and utter contentment…another words…happiness! You deserve the time it takes to figure that out…and then to go out and freaking make it happen! Whatever it is…own it! Rejoice in it…just take a deep breath and bask in it’s light & beauty…oh man that feels pretty stinkin’ great…am I right? Just say yes!)
Gosh I could go on…I really could…I look back and think about all of the insignificant words or things that used to be so important to my survival and self esteem…wow…wasteful right? But don’t look back with regret…regret would mean I didn’t learn…I didn’t grow…I didn’t need each and every moment and word at the time they happened or were uttered. And that’s not true…everything happens as it should…when it should! That’s why 50 is the new 30! (at least in my world!) I’m fast approaching the big 5-0…time to step up the self love and explore new opportunities! Time to take it back! Time to work on self!
There are three precious words that hold space…and they need to be spread far and wide…our world needs love…love for all mankind…today my final words to you…
I love you
I used to always say yes to every new product that came out…no researching…nothing! I just believed everything I heard!
These days I am more cautious. I take a good hard look at who is telling me about this new product and then I Google the heck out of it 🙂 After much research I decided to buy a membership to Melaleuca. I have heard so many good things and researched even more so I went for it. After all…I pay my annual membership fee to Sams Club right?…why not an online shopping club with healthier products…even if they weren’t healthier…the idea of being able to shop online was VERY appealing to me…Walmart & Sams Club…while great places to shop tend to make me break out in hives at the thought of dealing with the crowds! lol With comparable pricing…it was worth the $1 membership fee to see what it’s all about!
Anywho…I have to tell you about the shampoo and conditioner I bought about a month ago…I’m super impressed! I have fragile hair…thin, fine and short! The length and thickness come straight from my favorite salon in the form of extensions! Extensions are expensive…VERY! I work hard to take care of them and spend a lot on products to preserve their lifespan. So I have to tell you…this shampoo and conditioner…I already know that I’ll add at least 6 months to the life of my extensions! They feel amazing! And my real hair is getting healthier every day!
I’m no scientist. I can’t tell you what’s in it or why it’s working so well for me. I’m just a gal that likes to try new products and if I hate them I’m going to tell you! On the flip side…if I love them you’ll be the first to know!
Well that’s my little 200 word count share for today…if you want healthier hair (Bonus healthy extensions) you’ve got to give this stuff a try!
Love…Mary Reinventing ❤
Link for all you researches out there like me that just HAVE to know more! http://www.melaleuca.com/marymcintyre