Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Stand Up, Stand Out

It’s sometimes awkward to be who we are—who we really are.

We might not want others to see our real selves for fear that they won’t like what they see. We might lack confidence in who we are and what we have to offer. We might want to just blend in with the crowd.

Embrace who you are—each unique aspect of you! You are here for a purpose! Stand up, stand out and stand alone, if necessary.

Know that it’s okay to stand out in the crowd.  It’s more than okay. It’s something to celebrate!

Release your fears and limitations. Live your values and use your voice for the good and true.

Be confident. Be glad that you are who you are. Be your beautiful, unique self!

Today, this week: Be you, the real you. Stand up. Stand out.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Nurture Yourself in Nature

There's nothing like the majesty of nature to alter your perspective about life. Breathing in fresh air, gazing at the endless sky, experiencing the sun and the breeze on your uplifted face and feeling a part of something greater than yourself are just some of the many gifts that come from being outdoors.

It's winter. If you live in a place that experiences cold and snow at this time of year, bundle up, put on your boots, your hat and your gloves, and get outside for a bit. Allow the wisdom of nature to speak in your ear. Allow that wisdom to center you and give you peace.

Today, this week, make time for being outdoors. Let nature speak to your heart.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: Worry and Stress Float Away

During January, many of us often talk about losing the weight we gained during the last month's holidays, parties and festivities. All of those goodies tasted great at the time, but now it's time to engage in some healthy habits once again.

We often carry around with us other types of weight, as well -- worries, fears, regrets and stresses that gradually mount onto our backs, causing us to feel heavy with burdens.

Find healthy ways to release those burdens by breathing in peaceful thoughts, making yourself a priority and talking your stresses over with someone you trust -- a friend, clergy, therapist -- who can help you work through them.

Today, this week, focus on releasing the weight of your worries, fears, regrets and stress.  Find healthy ways to set those burdens free. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sunday Sunshine: I'm Bright! I'm Strong!

We human beings have a tendency to focus on our shortcomings and to name them in our heads -- often: I'm not brave enough. I'm not smart enough. I'm not talented enough. I'm not tall enough. I'm not old enough. I'm not young enough. I'm not thin enough. I can't, I can't, I'm not, I'm not.

Don't listen to those negative thoughts. Shoo them away and don't give them space in your head any longer.

Instead, fill your head with affirming thoughts. Start by naming one thing that you like about yourself. Now name another. Then another. And another. 

You are a gifted being. Celebrate who you are and where you are right now.

Today, this week, say these words to yourself: I am strong! I am bright! I am right where I’m supposed to be!