Monday, December 31, 2012

Girl On Fire

My girls and I have a theme song for 2012 that we have been singing at the top of our lungs for the last few days.

Even if you are staying in tonight enjoy the images and farewell the year

Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Smile is the Prettiest Thing You Can Wear

Ring in 2013 with easy ways to feel beautiful from Tiny Budda

#1 always works for me.

1. Smile. As the quote goes, “I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.”

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2. Be there for someone who needs you even if there’s nothing in it for you—give without expectations.

3. Make a sacrifice for someone you love.

4. Admit a mistake, even if it’s hard to say you’re wrong, and work to make amends.

5. Share your struggles, putting your ego aside, to make someone else feel less alone.

6. Create something that helps people. A song, a blog, a support group, a non-profit—anything that inspires.

7. Help a child feel good about him or herself.

8. Tell someone what you appreciate about them, even if you feel vulnerable.

9. Forgive someone without needing to hear the words, “I’m sorry.”

10. Create positive energy around you by thinking positive thoughts and acting with positive intentions.

11. Sit with reality without judging anyone or anything.

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12. Accept someone for who they are instead of trying to change them to who you want them to be.

14. Notice something simple but beautiful in the world around you.

15. Acknowledge the beauty in others instead of feeling threatened or competing with other 

16. Be the change you want to see in the world, as per Gandhi’s suggestion.

17. Tap into your personal power and do something that makes a difference in the world.

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18. Find strength in a challenging moment. It’s not easy to do, and you deserve credit for it.

19. Talk kindly about the world around you instead of gossiping or complaining.

20. Forget yourself for a minute and do nothing but listen to someone who needs it.

21. Measure a person by their best moments, not their worst.

22. Give yourself the same courtesy—focus on the good you’ve done, not the mistakes you’ve made.

23. Take the high road when someone hurts you instead if being cruel or catty.

24. Make someone laugh. A smile can literally melt stress and pain away. How beautiful of you to do that for someone else!

25. Make someone cry—tears of joy that is. People want to feel moved, inspired, motivated. Never underestimate the power of touching someone’s heart.

26. Keep an open mind instead of sticking with a judgment or assumption.

27. Love what you’re tempted to fear.

28. Be the voice of optimism when the people around you need it badly.

29. Show humility when your accomplishments would make it easy to stand above people.

30. Handle rejection or failure with grace. It’s far more easily said than done—and it sounds so cheesy and cliche—but accepting loss gracefully makes you a true winner.

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31. Show unbridled enthusiasm for something that excites you. All children are beautiful, and I think their unadulterated joy has a lot to do with it.

32. Hear what someone means, not just what they say. Anyone can nitpick. Not everyone actively works to be understanding.

33. Imagine a world where people know peace, and do one small thing to create it.

34. Honor the values that matter to you. Showing integrity is the first step to feeling good about yourself.

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35. Accept and love yourself, just as you are in this moment.

We all have moments of weakness—but they’ll only define us if they far surpass moments of kindness, compassion, love, and strength.
Being beautiful doesn’t mean adhering to some picture-perfect fantasy, or living every moment that way. It means realizing this moment is a new opportunity to be who you want to be, and making the effort to seize it.

How will you be beautiful today?

This was originally published in 2011.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Love You Till The End

My love and I are kissing 2012 goodbye
and like all great love stories it has a wonderful ending...

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Friday, December 28, 2012


At this time of the year do you look back,
 to the future
 or up?

Has the last 12 months been your best?
Did it bring what you yearned for?
Have you achieved your dreams?

For me its been a year of magnificent highs and devasting lows.
Of learning how to get back up again each day and keep going.
Finding composure through chaos.
Learning how to find your voice when you are at the end of your rope and then swing off it.
(Still not sure if it was the right choice but sometimes something has to give and sometimes you need to be heard).
Of sitting back and waiting for the rollercoaster to stop and then pick up the pieces again.
Of being truly uplifted by people's generosity of spirit, wisdom and love.  
(They are the people you hang on to).
And welcoming others in who push you to be better, do better.
Of grieving for a loss in your life that you could never have imagined but still having to battle it every day.
Of making sure you find something to laugh about
(it's what gets me through - and champagne, the good stuff).
Of finding yourself in a parallel universe while life around you goes on.... and it does just that.
Life goes on.
As it should.

At some point we are all tested.
All I can do is hold on tight and smile.

So that's my 30 second pity party.
Sure the year has been tough but it happens and sometimes you really do have to suck it up and just keep going.
I am not the only one who had a year that went haywire and it's been nothing compared to others.
It's also taught me alot about myself and you know what -
I am actually OK.
In fact I quite like myself.
And I am happy with that.

And I am not one to stay down for too long or be too serious so as the last line from My Best Friend's Wedding goes
"by God there will be dancing"
(or something like that).

And that's what I aim to do next year.
Only stronger, surer and wiser.

Do you have a 30 second pity party to share?
You might like yourself even more after it.