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November’s Mantra: I AM GRATEFUL!

Happy November my lovelies. How often do you practice gratitude? I try to practice gratitude daily. With Thanksgiving approaching and the horrible aftermath the East Coast is facing with super storm Sandy, it’s an appropriate time to step it up a notch. Therefore November’s Mantra is “I am grateful”.

Being grateful is a key to happiness. Being grateful lets you see what you have in a new light. Gratitude brings importance to the small things in life, opens the door to new possibilities, and brings optimism to your current situation.

At this moment what are you grateful for? Say out loud the first three things that come to mind. I am grateful for the roof over my head, my mom and my creativity.

How I will practice gratitude this month…

  1. I will make a gratitude list and add to it daily
  2. I will start to make a gratitude scrapbook
  3. I will devote 5 minutes when I wake up and before I fall asleep to meditating on gratitude
  4. I will write hand written gratitude letters to people dear to my heart

How will you practice gratitude this month? What are you grateful for today?

I am grateful for you my darling readers. Have a fabulous day… love and light, Emily

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May’s Mantra: Have Fun!

For the last couple of months I have had a monthly mantra. For March, Life is not a to list. For April, Let it go! And May’s mantra is Have Fun! This seems perfectly fitting for all of the exciting adventures I have planned. Friday is my last day of work, then I’m off to Costa Rica, then Vancouver, then Bay to Breakers in San Francisco and then I head to Bali in June. Lots of exciting things coming up and May will definitely be a month of fun activities!

Quit your job, buy a ticket… check & check…

Costa Rica… we will meet again in 72 hours!

Then Vancouver with my Mum…

Bay to Breakers in San Francisco…

And I’m sure I will have many days hanging out with friends, picnicking, basking in the sun and drinking wine…

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April’s Mantra: Let it Go!

Can you believe it’s already April?!? Where’s the time going?

Last month, inspired by The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I introduced the idea of a monthly mantra. April’s mantra is LET IT GO. As I write this I am still not sure how to let go. Hopefully by the end of the month I will have a better idea.

My plan to LET IT GO…

  1. 3 week gentle cleanse
  2. Restart my yoga practice. I vow to do a downward dog every day and go to 2 classes a week.
  3. Purge & go through my belongings. I plan on going through all of my material belongings and having a yard sale at the end of the month.
  4. Forgive and let go of the pain others have caused me. This is a hard one. I am going to write letters to the people who have hurt me, done me wrong or that I have ill feelings towards. I will not send the letters. It’s just an exercise to express how I feel.

Please feel free to join me this month with letting go. Or let me know any other useful tips on letting go. Wish me luck. xoxox.

 

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This is her life.

THIS IS THE GIRL…

THIS IS HER APARTMENT…

THIS IS HER CITY…

THIS IS HER MANTRA…

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Life is not a “to do” list

Happy March my darlings. Can you believe it’s already March!

Last week I posted about slowing down and enjoying life. This thought has resonated deeply with me, maybe it’s due to the fact that I am currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. From the instant I picked up the book I have been inspired. If you haven’t read the book, read it! “Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus.”The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.”

I have decided to have a monthly mantra; a goal or a group of goals that I wish to work on for the month. Inspired by the idea of slowing down and enjoying the moment, the mantra’s for March are: life is not a “to do” list, stop & smell the roses and enjoy the simple things. 

Life is not a “to do” list: I love love love lists. Not only do they keep me organized, but they keep me sane as well. I have lists for everything. As soon as I am feeling a little overwhelmed or stressed I make a list. It’s just my thing, something I do. I jam pack my weekends with “to do’s” instead of just enjoying the time off and going with the flow. Crossing items off my list brings me joy, but I am so eager to cross items off my list that I am beginning to question my obsession with list making. When is enough, enough? It’s time to slow down and enjoy the moment.

Stop & smell the roses: this goal/mantra goes right along with list making. I am so eager to get to the next moment. I vow to stop and smell the roses literally this month, if there is a rose I will smell it!

Enjoy the simple things: the simple things bring me the most happiness; a walk on the beach, an amazing yoga class, good conversation, reading and drinking coffee in bed on a Saturday morning.

 

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Safe Harbor

Lately, I have been repeating this mantra to myself… “good thoughts or no thoughts” whenever a negative thought comes to mind. As I repeat this mantra to myself the below passage from Eat, Pray, Love comes to mind. There was a time when I read this passage 20 times a day….

“So I’ve started being vigilant about watching my thoughts all day, and monitoring them. I repeat this vow about 700 times a day: “I will not harbor unhealthy thoughts anymore.” Every time a diminishing thought arises, I repeat the vow. I will not harbor unhealthy thoughts anymore. The first time I heard myself say this, my inner ear perked up at the word “harbor,” which is a noun as well as a verb. A harbor, of course, is a place of refuge, a port of entry. I pictured the harbor of my mind – a little beat-up, perhaps, a little storm-worn, but well situated and with a nice depth. The harbor of my mind is an open bay, the only access to the island of my Self (which is a young and volcanic island, yes, but fertile and promising). This island has been through some wars, it is true, but it is now committed to peace, under a new leader (me) who has instituted new policies to protect the place. And now – let the word go out across the seven seas – there are much, much stricter laws on the books about who may enter this harbor.

You may not come here anymore with your hard and abusive thoughts, with your plague ships of thoughts, with your slave ships of thoughts, with your warships of thoughts – all these will be turned away. Likewise, any thoughts that are filled with angry or starving exiles, with malcontents and pamphleteers, mutineers and violent assassins, desperate prostitutes, pimps and seditious stowaways – you may not come here anymore, either. Cannibalistic thoughts, for obvious reasons, will no longer be received. Even missionaries will be screened carefully, for sincerity. This is a peaceful harbor, the entryway to a fine and proud island that is only now beginning to cultivate tranquility. If you can abide by these new laws, my dear thoughts, then you are welcome in my mind – otherwise, I shall turn you all back toward the sea from whence you came.

That is my mission, and it will never end.”  Eat, Pray, Love… Elizabeth Gilbert

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