Appreciate What You Have ~

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IMG_4459My glass is always half full! I consciously look for the lesson in unfavourable circumstances and can usually pop my head above the swirling chaotic clouds to see the sun-shining bright in the distance. If I do get swayed to the dark side I don’t stay long. I allow a few streams of tears to flow and move forward. My girlfriend/therapist Tannia and I have a one day limit to wallow in any unpleasantness and then we “suck it up buttercup” laugh like hyenas in heat and take a step forward. I am grateful for so many things in my life

Starting today…

~ Appreciate what you have ~ Focusing on what you have instead of what you don’t will immediately bless you with gratitude.

~ Focus on what matters ~ Health matters. Your body is a gift, we are all miracles of life.

~ Decide what your purpose in life is and go for it ~ What makes you most happy? If you are not doing it, ask yourself why? If you have fears, face them! Step out of your comfort zone and see how exhilarating it can be. “Fear is the Thief of Dreams” ~ Gandhi.

~ Take on challenges that scare you ~ Nothing we experience in life is a waste of time. We live and learn with each life experience growing and unfolding along the way. Change is good, healthy even, if you step back and view it from a positive perspective. When a door opens step through it and see where it takes you!

~ Find balance ~ If you work too much, learn to play. Take time for yourself and give your time to things that make your heart race, and cork pop!

~ Love your body enough to take care of it ~ You’re beautiful! Embrace the skin your in! You can scar it, stretch it, burn it, mark it, tan it, and peel it, you are always in it, so you might as well take care of it and learn to love it! If you don’t love it, why should anyone else.

~ Treat others the way you want to be treated ~ Be conscious of your attitude and your actions. Karma has a way of finding those who don’t play fair. Always remember ‘this too will pass’ good or bad. Life is a circle and what goes around comes around…eventually!

~ Set a good example ~ If you want to empower others in your life, you need to start living the most empowered version of yourself first. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. Dream BIG! Believe in what you want so much that it has no choice but to become your reality. And don’t ever compare yourself to anyone else, stay focused on your own journey and leave footprints behind.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world!” ~ Mahatma Gandhi 

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Three Days of Love

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Santa TracyThree Days of Love...December 20-21-22, 2012!

Friendship ~ Gratitude ~ Oneness. Pledge to join the global celebration of love and kindness at Three Days of Love. Share your expressions of love by uploading videos and photos. (I did) Then join the live global webcast on Dec 20-22 @ www.birth2012.com. I think we could all use a little unity right now.

I signed the pledge along with Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marianne Williamson, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Don Miguel Ruiz and Shepard Fairey to name just a few.

“I Tracy Westerholm commit to share words and actions of love on Dec.20, 21 & 22, 2012″ My signature was number 14312 ;) I also posted a picture of my heart tattoo on my wrist as a reminder of the love I have in my life. I am all about sharing and giving love as you all know so I won’t be stopping on the 22 :)

Svaha ~

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This is who I am…take it or leave it!

I have been questioning my writing style lately, which is really just my opinion but it is also more often than not what’s going on in my life. Not all writers express their true life through their written word, it depends on what type of writing you do. Musicians write lyrics that we can all relate to at some point in our lives, romance novelists take us away from our day to day to live in bliss for a moment suspended in time, bloggers write about what interests them and the list goes on.

I wear my heart on my sleeve and if you look at most of my posts, they reflect just that. Sometimes you may have to read between the lines, I certainly wouldn’t throw anyone under the bus but lately I’ve been seriously considering changing how open I have become. Too late? Better late than never? hmmmm. My quandary!

I’ve been on my own for awhile now, and have considered my writing therapeutic in the process. I have always had plenty of time between relationships in my past and believe its necessary to redefine who you have become before you put yourself back out there. I have recognized some profound changes in who I am and what I think of myself. That alone I think has been worth it!

When you meet someone who you find intriguing, you naturally want to savour the process and take things slow in getting to know each other. Unless of course it’s just about sex, then who really cares about their opinion on…anything! (I’ve not met that guy yet! lol) You don’t just want to put everything out there in one big pile. That is one of the best parts of meeting someone, letting a little bit out each time you’re together. The anticipation of making you wait elevates the excitement!

When I meet someone new the conversation eventually leads to “What do you do?” I suppose I could leave out the blogger part and just divulge that I am a ‘Silpada Rep’ but more often than not without even thinking Tara Cronica rolls off my tongue and I can’t get it back. Too much information is not always a good thing when you want to date someone.

When I started the whole writing process I decided to be an open book with my life, I had nothing to lose. It felt right. Say it out loud and hope for the best! That all seemed fine and dandy when I didn’t care what anyone in particular thought of me, not that I reeeeeally care now but 10% of me kinda does.

Tara Cronica has been my therapeutic outlet, like running but with words. I write, or run, chew on the words or thoughts for a while to be sure their mine, and I usually come up with a solution to my quandary! My solution this time…continue being true to myself, use my authentic voice to share my opinions and thoughts about life and love, don’t create circumstances that go against myself and be open to change.

Bonnie’s Svaha Spirit Series The Power of Vulnerability was the icing on the cake for making me decide to continue down the path I started on…

I will continue to let myself be seen, love with my whole heart, practise gratitude and joy and know without a doubt that I am enough! This is who I am, take it or leave it! :)

Coping With Stress


We all have times when we feel stress in our lives.  It’s just a part of life.  I am probably the least stressed out woman I know, but it still sneaks up on me occasionally.

I thought it might be nice to share some wisdom from one of my favourite books, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach on the topic of stress.  Here is a list of ways to cope with stress directly from the book.

Cultivate gratitude
Carve out an hour a day for solitude
Begin and end the day with prayer, meditation, and reflection.
Keep it simple
Keep your house picked up
Don’t over schedule
Never make a promise you can’t keep
Allow an extra half hour for everything you do
Create quiet surroundings at home and at work
Go to bed at 9 o’clock twice a week.
Always carry something interesting to read
Breathe – deeply and often
Move – walk, dance, run, find a sport you enjoy
Drink pure spring water. Lots of it.
Eat only when hungry.
If it’s not delicious, don’t eat it
Be instead of do
Set aside one day a week for rest and renewal
Laugh more often
Luxuriate in your senses
Always opt for comfort
If you don’t love it, live without it.
Let Mother Nature nurture.
Don’t answer the telephone during dinner
Stop trying to please everybody
Start pleasing yourself
Stay away from negative people
Don’t squander precious resources: time, creative energy, emotion
Nurture friendships.
Don’t be afraid of your passion
Approach problems as challenges
Honor your aspirations.
Set achievable goals
Surrender expectations
Savor beauty
Create Boundaries
For every “yes” – let there be a “no”.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Remember, happiness is a living emotion
Care for your soul
Cherish your dreams
Express love everyday
Search for your authentic self until you find her

We could all use a little reminder of these suggestions now and again.  So there you go.  I’ve just reminded you.  You’re welcome.

Now get out there and don’t worry; be happy!

Gifts Are All Around Us

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Happy Boxing Day
The big day is over.  Phew!  All the rushing around, Christmas baking, shopping (unless you are boxing day shopping today) and gift wrapping is now behind us for another year. Yesterday was a day of abundance for most of us; abundant food, drink, family, friends and gifts.  Gifts in every shape and size and monetary value, but the intangible gifts are the most touching and valuable to me;  like the gifts of laughter, love, friendship and family.

Our lives are often so full of stuff; modern conveniences, material possessions and unnecessary luxuries that we tend to forget or miss the real gifts that surround us every day.  Of course I am grateful for all of the wrapped gifts I received this Christmas, but I would like to see the spirit of gratitude continue for us all each day of the year.  Sure, gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness in response to receiving something whether it’s a gift or an act of kindness, but I believe we can choose to feel gratitude everyday regardless of our situation or circumstances.  I read somewhere that the feeling of gratitude has the same vibrational energy as love and I believe it.  They feel the same don’t they?

To me it’s all about feeling good.  Look for things to feel good about and grateful for and you cannot help but find yourself in a wonderful frame of mind.  When you consciously choose to focus on life’s blessings, they will suddenly appear everywhere for you.  It is the law of attraction at it’s finest.

In the relatively new field of “positive psychology,” researchers are studying the science of thankfulness. In The Psychology of Gratitude, Dr. Michael McCullough of the University of Miami and Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, show how participating in regular, deliberate appreciation improves almost everything. By having their research participants keep weekly or daily gratitude journals and practicing self-guided exercises, the researchers discovered their participants slept better, exercised more, increased positive emotions, had more rhythmic heartbeats, progressed toward personal goals more quickly, and helped others more often.

Speaking of gratitude, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our regular readers who have been so supportive of our Tara Cronica since her inception this past year and to say welcome to our new readers.  We are so grateful to have you all join us here.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

Svaha!

Bonnie

The Net of Gratitude

The Net of Gratitude
Giving thanks for abundance
is sweeter than the abundance itself:
Should one who is absorbed with the Generous One
be distracted by the gift?
Thankfulness is the of beneficence;
abundance is but the husk,
for thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives.
Abundance yields heedlessness;
thankfulness brings alertness;
hunt for bounty with the net of gratitude.
~Rumi ( Mathnawi III)

As a woman with ever fluctuating hormone levels  I’ll often find myself in different moods on different days.

Ideally, I want to stay in a great mood all the time.  Who doesn’t!   I’ve noticed that when I’m in a great mood or a great frame of mind good things come my way.  Honestly!  I’ve been experimenting with this lately.  If  I’m in a great mood I always get a parking spot right near the door!  Funny!

I’ve learned a little trick recently to help pull me back when I’m on the edge of any dark moods.
I ask myself what I’m grateful for right now.

I usually start out with the small stuff  like;  “I’m grateful I have a warm car to get around in” or “I’m so grateful for this tea I’m drinking.”  Things like that.  If I’m feeling particularly blue it may be only a few things in the beginning.  What I’ve noticed is that I immediately start feeling better.  The clouds start to lift and before I know it I’m in a great mood again.
And I realize that I’m in control of how I feel in every moment.  I can choose to wallow or blame or I can use this simple exercise and feel great again.

As Rumi said above, giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself.  It just makes you feel so good and then when you feel good you always get the best parking spot!
Bonnie

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