Weekend Inspiration ~ Turn “It” Off!



There is no doubt things are happening, ramping up, and getting intense just about everywhere we look today. I do not believe there is any place on this planet right now not going through “change chaos”. And we are being bombarded through the media, etc…as well as our own minds and hearts becoming overwhelmed with a vast array of emotions. It can be exhausting and discouraging. That is why…I am making the suggestion for this “Weekend Inspiration” post to…


Take a break from it all and let go of the need to keep up with it. We are headed for a tough week. So, just for this weekend…


We need to give our minds and hearts a little down time…


And turn our Focus back onto ourselves, our own lives, our homes and loved ones and just let…


We need now, more than ever, to take care of ourselves, our hopes, our dreams, and our Inner Peace and Power…




Allow this weekend to be about YOU…as you “turn it off” out there…and turn it on within you…Do something from your everyday bucket list…or just concentrate on being peaceful and creating joy in your house, heart, and family…


Turn the negative noise away with the decision to…


Let Yourself have this time to replenish your Mind, Heart, Soul, and Body…we are going to need it!


And remember that the most important thing to know this weekend is…



YOU Are Important ~ Don’t Forget That



In this swirling pool of negativity and waves of uncertainty, confusion, and vitriol…it is very easy to be swept away from ourselves. It pulls on our focus and emotions…and soon we are swimming away from that which is and should be important in our own lives, our own worlds. And we begin to feel helpless and ineffectual and unimportant. But that is not the truth. Never forget…


EVERYONE matters and is an important and essential cog in the wheel of life and the world. No matter what you might hear “out there”.


It is my heartfelt wish that these words sink in to your soul today and remind you…no matter how you are feeling…that You are important and have a purpose…just by being You.


We receive such negative energy and so much static feedback in our days lately…let this be the counter message that reminds you that you do not have to believe in all of that. You can believe in YOU!



When you need to hear something different, or need to refocus…come here and read these. THIS is the truth…to keep close to you.






For Your Monday




My wish is for you to start today knowing and feeling this and take it into your week to make it a great one. Blessings and Love To All!

Weekend Inspiration ~ What’s That You Say/Think?



I was in meditation the other day working on shedding an old pattern that I don’t want to carry with me anymore. The old pattern is a familiar one…the one about “fighting with myself”. I think we all know those inner battles we have, those back and forth conversations, those silent but loud verbal wars we have with ourselves over our feelings and our right to have them. And the guilt, remorse, and invalidation we pour on them. I added this to my “Daily Bucket List”…not to fight with myself anymore. And then, in meditation, a wonderful mantra came to me and I want to share it and put it out there for anyone who may need a focus to change this pattern too.


The mantra is: “No More Fight; Peace, Love, and Light”

It is simple, quick, and catchy. I repeat it over and over again when I find my thoughts going to battle, or even when I am ramping up to frustration or anger, and it gives me a moment to refocus and take a different direction. It also replaces the “$%*&$#@^!” thoughts (you know what they are! 🙂  ) and fills my mind, heart, and soul with Peace, Love, and Light. Bam. Mission accomplished! I just changed my mood, focus, and energy and turned it to something affirming and positive. One thought at a time, one day at a time. And…an added bonus is…all that Peace, Love, and Light radiates out into the world and floods over all and…you just feel better.

When I went looking for media to add to this blog, I was blown away by some of the pictures and quotes, so I am leaving them here for you to soak up, inhale, breath in, and feel…

…and I wish for you a weekend full of “No More Fight: Peace, Love, and Light”.











A Focus To Help in The New Year



We have ushered in the New Year…now we need to find ways to navigate and manage the uncertainty, confusion, and apprehension that 2016 left behind. As expected, the New Year began with a great deal of negativity and terrible happenings. And no matter where you stand on world or political matters, it will be a bumpy ride through the next few weeks and beyond. So…what can we do to keep from feeling hopeless, despondent, or uncertain about our own lives and future?

I have a suggestion…and I hope it helps. My daughter and I have done this and work it every day. It makes a difference that keeps growing into wonderful things day by day. So, here it is…


We have all heard of and probably have written a “Bucket List”. That list of things we have always wanted to do, like sky diving or mountain climbing or traveling…that we put on the list to remind us to take a risk and do cool and crazy stuff before we die.

But…what about while we are living…day to day?

How about a “Daily Bucket List”? On this list are smaller, easier goals or things we want to do that are much more attainable in the moment…but that we forget to do when we are overwhelmed and buried in the muck of life. My daughter and I sat down and wrote a list of 5 things we really need to do for ourselves or we really want to do but haven’t made time or effort to accomplish.


One of my top 3 is to meditate more. When I keep up with my spiritual work I am better.  And for me, meditation is so important to keeping me balanced and to keep my boundaries set so I am not bothered and overwhelmed by all the “junk” floating around. It helps to keep my mind and heart clear. Another thing on my “Daily Bucket List” is to make time to visit a place I have wanted to for a long time, but never take the time. It is on my “Daily Bucket List” now, and begs to be crossed off.

This “Daily Bucket List” is posted on the wall in my living room so I/we see it every day. It reminds me to focus on my own life and what I need/want to do to make myself happy, fulfilled, and feeling accomplished. Anything can go on this list…little things like cleaning out a drawer or taking a walk or reading a book you have wanted to get to. But things like…say something to make someone smile, or spend more time with a child, or give back to the community in some way…can also go on the list. Save the big things like write that book, or go to Italy, or zipline for the “Big Bucket List”.


The everyday list is attainable, soul warming, heart filling things to do for yourself or another. And I can tell you…it feels darn good to cross one of those off and add another. Or, for some things, I put a check mark for the day and do it again the next day and check it off again. This really does let us feel that we are focusing on our own life and making it better…one little step at a time…one day at a time. And as you do it, it gains momentum and good feelings emerge and grow day to day as you feel better about yourself and your life.


It is now…more than ever…so important that we not stop living the life we want and deserve because of the negativity “out there”. Yes…we have to deal with it and will no doubt have to make some adjustments to navigate any changes coming…but that is for “out there”.

“In here”…in our Hearts, Souls, Minds, and Lives…WE still have control over how we live, think, feel, and do. We must never forget this, and in fact, we need now to Focus even more on being our True and Authentic Self and living accordingly and shining our beautiful, healing Light into the world. In order to do that…we need to be taking care of ourselves and our Spirit.


So give the list a try…and keep that Focus on your Life and Happiness and Light. Share it and Shine it and keep yourself fulfilled so that your Light will Grow and Shine and make a difference in the darkness.


Take care of yourselves…Love and Be Loved, Be Happy, Hope…and Shine!


Monday Message ~ Repost


Good Monday Morning! And happy start to a new year and a new week. I have alot to write about for this new beginning, but for this morning, I have a repost that will hopefully help us begin to focus on what is going to help get us through this tough and confusing time. After our mid-week funnies, I will have new posts that, I hope, will help…so look for them later in the week. Today…and one day at a time…Be You and Shine! Blessings!


 I turn to the Rune’s today for the nugget of wisdom we will take with us into the week. As I draw “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum to me and plunge into the bag of stones, the Rune that comes to hand is:


Mannaz: “The Self”

Message (paraphrased): “The starting point is always with the Self. The essence is water. Only clarity, willingness to change, is effective now. A correct relationship to yourself is primary, for from it flows all possible correct relationships with others and with the Divine.

Remain modest – that is the Rune’s counsel. Regardless of how great may be your merit, be yielding, devoted and moderate, for then you have true direction for your way of life.

Be in the world but not of it. That is implicit here. And yet, do not be closed, narrow or judging. Remain receptive to impulses flowing from the Divine within and without. Strive to live the ordinary life in a non-ordinary way. Remember at all times what is coming to be and passing away, and focus on that which abides. This is the time of major growth and rectification and, as a rule, rectification must come before progress.

This is not a time to seek credit for accomplishments or to focus on results. Rather, be content to do your task for the tasks sake. This is more of a problem for those whose eyes are always on the goal than it is for those who have not forgotten how to play and can more easily lose themselves in doing the work, for its own sake. Herein lies the secret of experiencing a true present.

Balancing is called for now – the Self is required to balance the Self. Nothing in excess. Know thyself.”


from The Desk of MarDrag:

Of all the struggles we have in life, the greatest struggle is always with the Self. We have so many aspects of life that influence our thoughts and behavior, that we are constantly dialoguing with ourselves about what, when, who, how, and why. What Mannaz is telling us today is…that all of that “stuff” is not as important as the cultivating of the relationship of the Self to the Self. That should be our primary focus…because if our relationship to our Self is healthy and in Balance…then all else flows from that relationship, and flows “rightly”.

We are conditioned to think that if we just had “this”, or if “that’ would just happen, we would be content. With that as our focus, we are always looking outside and ahead of ourselves for something to make everything “right”. But that is a fallacy…for nothing can make us happy, content, and balanced…but ourselves and our relationship with our Self.


Mannaz says, “Be in the world, but not of it”…meaning…seek to know thyself with clarity and willingness to change and progress. Learn from the world around us, but do not become embedded in its confusion. Rise above the mundane and nurture the relationship with the Divine…whatever that means to us. Because it is there that we will find the answers we seek and the contentment too. And most importantly…the Balance. (Take on the task to connect or reconnect with our Spiritual exploration and work to aid us).


And finally…take on this task, and any task in life, for the tasks sake and not for the goal. It is in the doing the task that enlightenment and accomplishment comes…the goal is the reward. It is in focusing and being in the moment with our tasks that we experience the true feeling of being present in our lives…and we will not miss important clues and messages.


So the message today is…be present in every moment of every day, take life tasks on for the sake of the task and what we learn from it and how we accomplish it, and most of all…seek to cultivate, clarify, and focus on our relationship to the Self, which leads us to the Divine and Balance so that we can live our best life. Which is what we, ultimately, all seek.