Embrace the seasons

 

seasons_bannerHow amazing is it that the world around us transforms every 3 months.

There’s the scorching heat of summer,

The magnificent colours of fall,

The bitter coldness of winter,

and the welcoming rebirth of spring.

I’m not going to lie, I live for long glorious hot summer days spent in with friends at the beach. But why is it there are only certain things we do when the weather tells us to.

Summer is the season that always seems to go too fast, it’s the one filled with the most adventures, exploration and good vibes. Everything is just perfect when you’re in that moment of laughing with friends over ice-cold cocktails after you’ve spent the day learning how to surf whilst topping up that everlasting tan!
When that sun sets on the horizon and that orange glows, breathe it ALL in and I promise you summer will always be inside you.

The dreaded passing of our summer adventures into fall doesn’t have to occur if you continue to create new ones!
The beach is still there, the ocean might be colder as the days start to get shorter but the healing powers of the salty shore and the charming shells can still be collected.
Explore on road trips with friends out to the forest, hills, countryside and look around at how this transformation provides an awe-inspiring backdrop to your next Instagram photo, if you don’t believe me just look at Boston, Massachusetts during the fall!

The feeling of isolation during a cold, bitter winter doesn’t have to be as dark as the sky looks!
Light those fireplaces, not for warmth but for the added coziness of inviting your closest friends round and slowing right down! That cup of hot chocolate can be made on the stove whilst listening to the rain pour down on the window. Be thankful that you’re inside in your warmest pj’s and let your mind and body re-set. Read those books by the candle light and sip that perfected mulled wine.

By the time spring comes round, you’ll be feeling re-energized and refreshed!
Open those windows and let that slightly warmer, fresh air through. Watch the gardens defrost and start to bloom with new life! You’ll be inspired to do the same, shake of the winter stillness with a spring clean in your home and starting turn those soups into salads. Summer is almost here . . .

Embrace

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Let’s embrace this crazy, wonderful ride….

Right now, stop and take one deep breath in and out, look around and tell me what you can see, feel, hear and smell.

Is the sun shining or has the rain come out to play?

Are you wrapped up in a big warm blanket or is there a gentle breeze on your skin?

Is your favourite song playing, people laughing or a baby crying?

Is the aroma of freshly grounded coffee awakening you or is the delicate smell of a scented candle drifting by?

Now think about where you are with life right now…..right this moment, think of your family and friends, your job, your daily routine, your upcoming plans.

How do you feel?

Whatever emotion has been stirred, whether its joy, contentment, unsettled or sadness you need to know that is the right emotion for you right now.

Let’s be ok with it.

It should be embraced, feel it deep within, let it rise and if it’s not what you want to feel, make a cup of tea, look around and work out what needs to change.

You are on the right track, believe in yourself, right this moment and if there is something minor or major that needs to change, be adjusted, eliminated or added to your life then let’s take one step at a time to get yourself feeling your best, fight through the struggle on the bad days and smile from your heart on the good.
Keep on embracing all the feelings, the people and situations your coming across, they are all part of your path, embrace every single moment.

You are doing great, embrace it all.

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Trust in the universe

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Deep magic occurs when you take a deep breath and go within yourself.
It happens every meditation session no matter how small, every single yoga class and each word you write in your journal. You’ve just got to take the time and reflect, feel the magical energy that’s stirring and most of all begin to trust in the universe.

The universe knows what’s coming your way and it could be nothing of your dreams but it’ll always be something more powerful, beyond what you could ever imagine.
I know each day you struggle its hard, all too much some days and the tears are unstoppable but it’s all part of the process, the universe is prepping you, its making you strong, it’s clearing what no longer needs to be in your life and is taking you to the next level The tears are cleansing your soul, your new grand adventure is coming.

When you take that deep breath, take another and then just one more. I can tell you you’ll start to feel something stirring, listen to the silence, feel your soul peacefully welcoming you back and feel your gut saying “trust me, we’ve got this, please relax, the universe and I have you”!

You can surrender, release the worry and rush with each deep breath.
Let it all be, what’s mean to be is coming and what’s not has gone by.
Stop being impatient my dear every day is a new step on to the right path, just breathe, laugh, let go and trust in the magic of the universe.

Gratitude: What I Know For Sure.

GRATITUDE; ˈɥratÉȘtjuːd/noun
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, recognition, acknowledgement.

After reading Oprah Winfrey’s book “What I Know For Sure” last Christmas I made the change! There were a number of points I haven taken from the book and happily recommend it to anyone who listens, but this one part in particular hasn’t faded from my mind.

In one chapter Oprah spoke about her Gratitude dairy that she has written for a number years, decades even! Three things she’s thankful for each day. Seems easy doesn’t it? I thought why not give it a go myself! So as the first day of the New Year approached I got out my new diary, loving the atmosphere and celebration of a brand new beginning, the excitment of 12 whole months ahead of me! I was ready to begin!

As my journey commenced it really opened my eyes to how much beauty there is around in every single moment of our days! I felt more happier, excited and colourful even! Sure there might be days were you feel like nothing’s going your way and there’s a big dark rain cloud hovering over you, but did you notice the hug your mum gave you this morning? The nudge your dad came in to give you to awaken you in time for work? That smile the person at your local coffee shop gave you? The bus driver who saw you running towards him and waited? The person who held the lift door for you as you hurried in? That “rainbow” on your kitchen floor has the afternoon sun hit the glass window? The smell of your neighbours garden flowers as you walked by? The beautiful butterfly that also joined in? The uncontainable happiness, excitment and joy your dog has when he sees you approaching the front door? The joke your brother told you at the dinner table? The softness and comfort of your own bed and pillow at the end of the day?

We all rush through our days self absorbed and forget to look around, stop and smell the roses as they say! We countdown the days to Friday afternoon, the weekends with our family and friends but what’s wrong with RIGHT NOW? This very moment we’re in, our friends and/or family sitting next to us watching the TV, reading their book, staring at their iPhones, sharing stories of their days and  laughing amongst each other. These are the true moments that need be cherished, we need to show our gratitude for the fact they are all still with us, healthy, happy and safe!

The universe works in mysterious ways and everything we come across in our lives is there for a reason. Good or bad we need to be thankful for the lesson it teaches us, something’s might not even have a meaning or lesson behind it but it provokes something in you. Why is that you and your best friend connect closer than your other friends? Why did you fall in love with your partner and not anybody else? Why was it that you got every green light in peak hour traffic? Was it to keep you out of an accident? Whatever these reasons are we’ll never know but let’s all take a minute just to say thank you!

Thank you for allowing me to wake up and face another beautiful day which someone else didn’t get gifted with today.

Thank you for the friends and family I laugh, share and cry with and the fact that I’m not facing my journey alone.

Thank you for the fresh air, warm home and food that I have been fortunate to have knowing the fact that there are some out there who will never get to experience this.

And here’s to us starting on our Graitude journey to pause, take in and see the beauty around each and everyday!