I consider the season that my journey is in, and I'm very comfortable in knowing what "heart matters" to me. I'm not driven so "easily" by the opinion of someone else.
With that stated, and in fairness, I'm also not the young 21 year old girl either, who at one time cared
about the voices that surrounded her journey.
A 21 year old, who had a very different lens, and a very different view of the road before her. That alone allows me "now" to not draw lines in the sand, or determine what others should do or not.
That alone allows me to not "judge others"
I have a huge project, that I'm reminded of every time that I look in a mirror. My hope is that the grass of others is very green, but there is so many things that creep in my own yard, that I'm constantly pulling weeds, with a heart that desires instead to "plant more flowers"
This village is a gift, I share what encourages, what inspires, what is not so easy. I share words to consider and to reflect. I define my journey, by "this day" and by the road hopefully before me, as one traveling with "An Artist's Heart".
Why those words... An Artist's Heart
For me, it speaks volumes, it means that as an Artist, you are constantly creating from the thoughts within, and you release what "is lodged within", what is seen within. For most artists, they are filled with Hope of what can be.
The Freedom in that, is that in this village, Helping Build Bridges Across, started as a simple share from a joyful place. Those same words that began in "2014" revisit my heart often, of why this "online journey began."
To learn how it started, please visit the ABOUT page which is added to but began "April 2014", consider those words of where it began, and for those who have traveled quite a distance with me, consider all that has happened between "Then and Now."
As a woman of Faith, I believe my steps are ordered, and I don't have it all figured out and before my chapter closes, I don't know If I ever will.
I do recognize the priceless treasure of a New Day, and that each day someone was not afforded that gift. For me that's priceless, and my garden continues "Planting seeds of Gratitude.
I know "My Why"
My garden started as a joyful "hike" and continued through "painful places" which included a decision to do something with those places, and that was not easy. The focus continues, working, planting seeds of Gratitude, that have the potential to grow for a lifetime. That is a treasure to this heart.
Now, this village has become a Fulfillment, a Work that is bigger and more than about me, and including I don't know where it will go, and I don't know where it will end. I do know, I will "continue forward"
I live daily grateful to my Creator, a relationship, that reveals "beautiful" is located in every day, and yes there is "painful places" but this village is for us to "exercise" in those places, to soar above them. Again "multiple times" an exercise.
Challenges, Distractions, Hurtful, Painful Places will travel along the journey.
THE EXERCISE is to FOCUS on what "Heart Matters", exercising Gratitude, exercising Peace.
Like the Eagle, "by choice", Soaring above the Storm.
Did Anyone Say Easy?! I believe the words were Focus and Exercising in what "Heart Matters"
"From a Heart that Knows, Gratitude Robs Regret"
This is shared for the one, for the heart who already knows the answer, yet you still choose to ask the questions.
This is for the one who chooses to overlook what you already know. Everything is not for everyone, but then there is that which is a special delivery "just for you".
What you choose to do with it will always be completely up to you.
A heart that shares what is lodged within, is often described as the heart of an artist. Where it travels and who is connected to it
is always God's Business.
Making Gratitude Contagious is always the intent
Excuse Me; Respectfully this is for "You"
This hits close to home because it reminds me of the "same conversations", the same cycle with those very close to me, who never seem to understand "what really matters". The same issues, the same conversations, it really is a Merry-Go-Round. No matter how many ways you say it, share it, listen to it, like a butterfly, whatever is shared, it is captured for a brief moment, and then flies away, and then the cycle begins again.
No, I'm not an expert, and No I have "not mastered" this but what I have done is "exercise daily" and that has allowed my muscles to become stronger; Spiritually, Mentally, Physically and including holding the reigns on my emotions. It does not mean moments don't challenge my journey, it means my muscle is stronger and my Reflex overrides my emotions of nonsense "most times"
I will continue to allow the Merry-Go-Round cycle, because I do care, I do love those who are close to me, and maybe it is just venting to a trusted source and from my end, it will not be judged, it will not be retained. A listening ear allows a release to the one sharing. Including, who knows where a "trusted ear" for me, will be needed for the road ahead.
I'm not naïve, I recognize that Words are easier said, than taking actions but that is Why I, Why others should consider "exercising" the Peace within. Exercising "daily" on what "really matters". NO ONE SAID EASY, it is a choice, it is an exercise.
What can I do with this Merry-Go-Round Cycle?!, I can take it and share it, knowing that a Heart will hear it, and do something with it. I know that in this process it will be shared, and those seeds will continue to Grow. That is truly a blessing. That is taking something and doing something with it "that matters", at least for this heart, I Am Grateful.
Excuse Me; Respectfully this is for "You"
Why the same questions?!, and Why the same cycle?!, when most who ask already know the answer. Respectfully, change is not an easy road, "for most of us" and truthfully the option in some cases, is not really available, it is the moments that are overwhelming and God Knows what is really needed, including "who" is a "trusted ear" that will not pass judgment, or look for an opportunity to blast someone else business, that may be just enough, but at some point does anyone recognize, as a new book opens, it will also will surely close. That is what allows for "some" to exercise Gratitude Daily.
Respectfully, these words, this image "for some" will be enough to allow reflection, will be enough to begin the work, a moment for change, for the work to make a change. These words will penetrate reflection and the work will begin with a local church, or "trusted" professional Help. It will begin a Change, "for some".
Excuse Me; Respectfully this is for "You"
For some, the roots are much deeper, and if that is "you" there is no shame in that. Please, get the help you need, not later, not tomorrow. Now... Hopeline: 1-800-442-4673
A confidential conversation is always a great start, and including local recommended resources will keep "you" moving forward.
Please do what is "best" for YOU. This is not about They, or what someone else would do. Respectfully, this is shared for "You"
Excuse Me; Again, Respectfully this is for "You"
How Long do "YOU" choose to carry the weights?!
God Knows the Heart. God Knows when no one else gets it. Respectfully, you did not pass by, stop by or connect "by chance". Yes this was written and shared just for "YOU"
#MakingGratitudeContagious is always the intent
Words that in my heart speaks volumes.
When my life changed “in an instant” on September 7, 2016, it included a grieving, healing process, and a moment that tattooed my heart forever.
A tattoo can be a beautiful thing because it travels with you. A tattoo reminds you of what was beautiful and at the same time what really matters for the day, and the road ahead. It allows “for some” to locate the beauty of each day.
Present-day, my perspective, my view has changed or a better word has been “added to”, to carry along, to carry forward.
Change is a part of life’s journey, it is not once changed, or shifted, it is a constant change. I choose to receive those things that can be an asset for the road ahead and for those who surround my life. Those I know and those I encounter along the way…
What is Precious, What is Priceless, and What really matters “daily”?
For those who don’t know the story of “Living In My Truth” and care to know. Simply visit the village.
My story is not required, I respectfully recognize that we each have our own story but when someone shares, “in my opinion” it is important to know the intent of why they do what they do. Again just me, I offer the open door to know “the why”
Knowing someone’s Why allows insight on Why they do what they do and if it fits your own vibe.
Having many conversations, you quickly realize how we “all” can so easily get lost in things that really don’t matter, or hold enough weight to rob us of our peace, to rob us of a new day that is a gift.
For some, we recognize that someone was not afforded that gift “this day”
No one hits the mark every time, that includes me, I can easily get distracted and centered on nonsense. It is easy to get distracted by things that don’t really matter, that bring stress and overbearing thoughts of nonsense.
How easy it is to go round and round on all the “decisions” that have been made, that is existing in yesterday. No matter the super-hero of the Heart decisions that no one can ever change.
Tomorrow, filled with uncertainties, concerns, cares, and anxiety on the known and unknown. The things shared and personally kept near are in
“Tomorrow” and what can we do with it today?!
Again robs us of the gift called “this day”
Now, words are not magic, to know something, to share something doesn’t make it easy.
That is Why knowing “our why”, and knowing “our intent” allows us to make choices that serve us healthy within this new day.
Exercising daily in any activity becomes a Reflex. My current exercise is a calm spirit.
For me that means taking hold of what matters, taking a pause “when not if” things challenge my day. Challenge of Thoughts, Concerns, and real issues that show their face.
From the Calmness allows me to “lookout” at them and not allow them to encompass me, choke me, become a weight.
Each new day I ask my Creator...
What can I do with This or That?!
I release My Anxiety, my Cares
I Seek Wisdom for all that surrounds me because this road is bigger than me
I’ve traveled enough miles to know how “days” can be robbed stuck in yesterday, and or worried about Tomorrow. In the scheme of things, I Do Not Control either.
So I Exercise
I Do What I Can Do “this day”
I include “Devotion” in my Day because I Know My Why
And I’ve decided to “Embrace, Be Grateful” for This Day
Because I Know My Why
I’m Respectful of the Those Who No Longer Have that Choice
This village brings Fulfillment to my Heart but I’m not obligated or sponsored by anyone. I share that because there really is no agenda, there is a Flow Out from the Heart, that returns Flows In and Blesses Me
Until Next Time, continue to write great write pages with the gift afforded you of a “new day”
For those who want more…
Book: Live Heart Inspired
Vlog: “In An Instant”
Was, Is and Always Will Be The Intent
Take a photo?!
Have you ever considered when taking a photo that we are capturing a moment, one that will hold memories for a lifetime and can
never be recreated again.
That in my opinion makes it valuable.
It is priceless.
When I was younger, their always seemed to be "that one or few", always with the camera, requesting for everyone to come together to take a photo, and I use to make it my business to run away if possible, thinking I don't want to
be in any photos
My view is quite different today.
Take a photo?!
My view is quite different today, I will gather, I will get in the photo and some are not the greatest looking photos especially when others post them everywhere. However, It is what it is and I'm grateful to those who understood the value of "taking photos", "capturing memories". I did my share of taking them also, I just chose to not be in the photo or video. Which again, I love to do now.
Now it doesn't matter, anytime, anywhere. You want to sing a song? Hey lets sing. You want to do a dance routine? Lets do it. The point is when you live with awareness that we possess a precious gift call now, "this day" and recognize that "no one promised us that tomorrow will look the same" It changes our Focus, for some the perspective is to allow the day to start and end with what really matters.
Take a photo?!
We all have the have to and obligations but they don't have to possess us. For most, we do all we can and to maintain peace within we have to let go, table those things we have no control over.
This is never about being easy, this exercise is daily, and it is about choosing our Focus. Our Focus always determine our view.
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is always the Intent