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New Year Inspiration

"Your playing it small does not serve the world." - Marianne Williamson

 

Ending the year with a renewed sense of belief is powerful. Not just any kind of belief, but the kind of free, faithful belief a child has.

In an effort to maintain the childlike belief of Christmas & progress into 2017 with that amazing energy, I look back at a post I wrote at the beginning of 2016. It was one of the best pieces of writing I did and something that refueled me over and over throughout this year. A line from it also inspired the name and focus of this blog: ALL GOOD THINGS. With that, I share with you again my New Year’s Dare and nudge you to tap into your dreams with childlike abandon and ask. . .


What will you dare to do in 2017?

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2017- I DARE YOU.

I dare you to make a change, or not. I dare you to take a step, or not. I dare you to do exactly what is right for you. Whether you move or stand still does not matter. I dare you to not be burdened by what you "should" do, but instead live in the space of what you are meant to do. I dare you to get quiet enough each day to listen to what your heart is whispering and bravely obey that. I dare you to trust so much in yourself and have so much belief that you say thank you before you can even sense blessings are coming. I dare you to completely accept yourself for who and what you truly are & honor your deepest desires - one small step or maybe one huge leap at a time. I dare you to do this without concern for the results or attachment to the outcome. I dare you to be fully immersed in the joy of just dreaming your dreams and trusting all will work out just as it should because it always does. I dare you to find fulfillment in new & surprising ways. I dare you to allow yourself to explore & enjoy each moment of life. I dare you to stay open, be soft & flexible & trust so that when outcomes do not look the way you expect them to you can still see the beauty in them & learn, grow & be thankful. I dare you to believe that everything will be okay, maybe even be better than okay. I dare you to believe that life might even get so fabulous it completely blows you away. I dare you to believe all good things are coming your way. Yes, all good things. I dare you to believe each and every moment of your life is beautiful. As U2 sings: "It's a beautiful day! What you don't have, you don't need it now. What you don't know you can feel it somehow." I dare you to trust that feeling. Cheers to each beautiful day of 2017!

Here's to enjoying your life & All Good Things my friends!


❤️Mary

 

P.S. - Creating change begins with taking action. Take the first small step towards the life you want to have in 2017. Begin writing down what you dare or maybe just what you dream to do this year. Get really brave and even share it in the comments below. I'd love to know what your dreams are and cheer you on! No ideas yet, no worries! I'll be back next week with tips to help you get started in small, manageable, invigorating ways. Believe me, the world wants to see what's in your heart come out into reality!

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Year In Review

"Find time and space to reflect, look forward and create a self-love and confidence in yourself that will carry you through all of the good and bad days; it will truly be one of the best things you do for yourself."

2016 was a year that strengthened my happy muscle. Not because it was easy. No. 2016 was full of surprises. It threw a whole bunch of stuff my way, good, not so good and all sorts of things in between. No matter what it has given me, I've tried my best to make the most of it and focus on the good. After all, it is my belief that our lives truly are full of All Good Things! That's why I'm dedicating the final All Good Things post of 2016 to moments that made me smile.

Even the unpleasant moments, as hard as they can be to go through ultimately lead us to lessons and positive transformations if we allow ourselves to truly change and learn. Creating and keeping a positive outlook can be one of the most comforting and empowering uses of our minds. When we practice this perspective we feel happier, more alive and soon we notice life opening up in the most beautiful ways.

In order to enjoy our life we have to be wiling to do the work to make ourselves feel good. A fun way to do this is through remembering the good times and trusting there will be more to come.

 Just gathering these moments in one place makes my heart soar. And, I hope it'll inspire you to do the same thing for yourself.

So I encourage you to practice this outlook for yourself as the year ends. Go back through your year and write down one thing each month that made you feel happy. It can help to have your phone close by. It may have some fun pictures you've taken that can jog your memory. I promise you this will be better than anything Facebook can put together for you.

The moments that have meaning matter because of the meaning we bring to them. Allow yourself to see all the good things in your life this year and more will flow to you into 2017!

Wishing you a Merry everything and Happy always!

Here's to enjoying your life & ALL GOOD THINGS my friends!

Xoxo,

Mary

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What Do You Believe?

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl
Some stories are so good they are worth retelling. Last year I feel like I lived my very own version of a Christmas movie. The entire year was filled with experiences that renewed my faith, hope and sense of belief. One of the most touching and powerful parts of my story can be found in a post I made at Christmastime that year. I'm dedicating this week's All Good Things to the magic of the holidays & sense of belief that can carry us through all the waves of our lives and ultimately lead us to All Good Things! Enjoy my friends!
Post from 2015:
What do you believe?
I believe in miracles & love & synchronicity. I also believe when someone we love passes away their soul gets bigger in some way, and they never really leave us.
This Christmas I was given a gift that confirmed my faith in miracles, love, synchronicity & the power of our own beliefs. My mother who passed on 5 years ago spoke to me. How? My dad was given a copy of an essay she wrote in 1991. He was told "The Vine", a publication she used to write for frequently, wanted to republish her essay in this year's Christmas edition. My dad then chose to pass my mother's words on to my siblings & me as a Christmas gift, along with a handwritten letter of his own. This was not just special because it was an essay about Christmas from my mother, it was very special because it was exactly what my heart was wishing for. Sadly, somehow my family had lost all of her writings and teachings over the years. For a long time I didn't think it would be possible for me to ever find her work and finally learn what she had taught so many others. In 1991 I was a young teenager who really didn't pay much attention to my mom's work, at least not the way I should have. 2015 has been a year of allowing myself to believe again. I remember saying to myself just a few short weeks ago "If my mother wants me to have her work she'll find a way. God (the Universe/Source, whatever you choose to call it) always provides us all we want and truly need." I made that wish and said a prayer of thanks. Then this Christmas this gift appeared. It was brought right to me. I didn't even have to go looking for it. The lesson: Miracles do happen. God provides. Synchronicity is not something to be ignored. And, love is definitely the most powerful source in the world if we just allow ourselves to truly BELIEVE. Shared with love and hope that this renews your spirit this Christmas season and allows you to believe with the faith of a child. After all we are all children of God.
❤️ Mary
The message of this post is even more heartfelt and true for me this year. Thank you for relieving a part of my real life, magical Christmas movie with me. My wish for you is that it touches you somehow in the way it touched me. May you be filled with steadfast hope that every moment of your life is working for you and leading right exactly where you need to be to have the desires of your heart fulfilled in the most magical ways possible.
Happy Holidays my friends!
Here's to enjoying your life & ALL GOOD THINGS!
XOXO,
Mary

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Create More Than You Consume

 "It is in giving that we receive." - The Prayer of St. Francis

"What's the best gift you've ever received?", I asked my husband recently. I asked him on a few different occasions just to see if his reply would change. It was consistent each time. He said, "The 40 things you love about me list and the jar of happiness."  Homemade gifts. Actually the most simple gifts I've ever given him topped his list. Not the expensive, fancy ones. Not the trendy ones. The gifts that came straight from my heart and reached out to his were the ones he loved the most and still loves - each day.  You see, these gifts truly are the kinds of gifts that keep on giving.

So, I began to think about this more myself. What gifts have I been given that mean the most to me? I began to write them down:

  • The letter I received last Christmas from my Dad. (There's a super special story behind this. A special ALL GOOD THINGS post will be made soon retelling this story from last year.)
  • The homemade engagement ring Brian made and used as part of his proposal to me
  • A Christmas ornament my sister made for me when Brian & I hosted our first family Christmas at our house
  • A picture that was passed on to me from a stranger after a show
  • A thank you note from the parent of one of my former students
  • A hand-drawn picture/quote in frame
  • A doll hand-sewn and created by my mom. Her home-made version of a Cabbage Patch Doll using my very own baby clothes when she couldn't afford to get me the one I wanted.

This is in no way a complete list. I have so many favorites and my heart is filled over and over again by them. Not so much because of the physical gift itself, but rather the intentions & energy given along with that gift. It is felt each and every time I see or even think of these gifts. You see these gifts keep giving. They lift me up. They remind me of how I've been loved and what others love about me. And, that's why they are magical, powerful and timeless to me - just like love.

It is with that thought that I offer you the idea of taking the time to create a gift. Not being afraid to give simply this holiday season. A gift that comes straight from your heart and reaches to another. It can be as simple as writing a list out of 30 (or 20 or 10 or 70 or 5, the number really doesn't matter) things you love about the person you're making the gift for. Just giving this list would be a great gift. You could decorate it, frame it, or write it out on fancy paper or just keep it plain and simple. If you want to make it even more fun, keep breathing life back into it. Give the person your gifting a copy and keep a copy for yourself. Then on any given day tell this person to pick a number. This is fun to do via text. When they respond you can text back the item you listed that you love about them that is next to the number they chose. This is a super fun way to be playful, thoughtful, stay connected and remind those you love of just how awesome they are on any day - something we could all use more of.  It is my belief that we are put on this planet to love and inspire others. This is one simple way we can begin doing that. And, it is basically how the list of 40 things I love about Brian works and continues to be a heartfelt and fun gift each and everyday. Try it out with someone you love and watch how the love and joy you share with one another grows.

So, in this season of gift giving, free yourself from the hustle and bustle of the of the holiday shopping crowds and cozy up with some pen and paper. Write down the reasons you love the ones you do. See what happens. Start by making the list just for you and then see where it goes. Perhaps it'll turn into a gift for your loved one, or maybe it'll just warm your own heart thinking so positively of them. Maybe it'll help you write a card out for them that you can attach to a gift you bought or made. In any case, you'll end up happier and brighter, which is in itself a gift to others.

So, now I want to know...
What have been the best gifts you've received?
Do you have any ides for homemade or simple gifts that you like to give?

Let me know! Share it and this post with others. We all can use a little help from time to time. And who knows, it just might be the words someone needs to hear today!

Happy holidays and happy every days everyone!

Here's to enjoying your life and ALL GOOD THINGS my friends!

XOXO,

Mary

P.S. - Instructions for a creating a jar full of happiness will be posted soon.  More ALL GOOD THINGS to come!

 

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