Do It…Do It…

“What you are afraid to do is a clear indication of the next thing you need to do.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


There are times in life that, out of nowhere, comes clarity. The fog lifts, all questions are answered and FEAR is replaced with peace.  I have had a bit on my mind these past few weeks.  Exciting opportunities can allow FEAR to creep in, just as much as unknown outcomes of future events.  Although I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, there are still moments FEAR can take control.  When FEAR comes knocking, there are two choices:

  • Allow FEAR to take over 


  • Face Everything and Rise

Never let FEAR get the best of you!  Face Everything And Rise!  Take a risk and try something new.  Believe in yourself and your talents.  Trust in the greater plan and embrace the unknown.  Believe that everything happens for a reason…


Face Everything And Rise…

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!


When it comes to life’s challenges, I choose to embrace Emerson’s quote and allow myself to step into growth…:

“What you are afraid to do is a clear indication of the next thing you need to do.”

What are you waiting for?  Get out there and DO IT!

As Always…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



Your Soul Knows The Way…

The unknown can be an exciting adventure. At the same time, this mysterious place can be extremely scary. Not knowing what the future holds means we must trust and embrace the unknown, leaving our life in the hands of the universe. It is during these times that we allow the universe to be our guide. As difficult as it may be, take a deep breath and trust…

One thing is for certain, the unknown will always bring lessons. We learn lessons and gain knowledge from each situation life offers. Some are beautiful lessons and some are painful. Regardless, they’re all lessons that encourage us to blossom and grow.

Embrace the uncertainty…

Welcome the unknown…

Trust your soul, it knows the way…

Love Yourself… Embrace Yourself… Just Be You


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Seven Steps to Love: Recovering from Self-Hate

Once again, Shelly has written a powerful post about healing and Self Love… Thank you Shelly for your beautiful words…

As always,
Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Love is Stronger

On my blog at various points, I have written about how for many years, I unconsciously struggled to love and accept myself and as a result, I often got stuck in patterns of self-loathing and self-hate. (You can read more about this here, here,here, and here.)

When I realized that I struggled with this and that it often fueled my patterns of anxiety and perfectionism, I was shocked. I knew that self-hate was not good for me, but I did not know how to heal this problem.

My self-hate often felt like an addiction or an automatic response to certain triggers in my life. I became aware that it was some sort of coping mechanism that I used, although I did not fully understand what I was using it for. Because self-hate felt like a kind of addiction, I became interested in researching recovery groups like AA…

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Take a Leap of Faith!

Mother Nature’s magic is always present, if we just take a moment to be still, observe and listen.  I happened to meet up with this fabulous critter, while working in the Italian broccoli patch.

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At first, she was shy and not thrilled that I invaded her dinner time.  I would aim the lens in one direction and she would move her head in the other direction.  It became a bit of a hide and seek game.  Being the competitive soul that I am, I put on my hat of patience, for I was determined to photograph her!

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This stunning grasshopper quickly realized that I was not going away and began to relax a bit.  Granted, she continued to eat the young broccoli leaves, never offering me a single bite!

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“Oh…you’re still here…”
As I zoomed closer, I was drawn to the stunning detail of her body!  Based on her legs, it was a given that much of her time was spent in the gym!  What a powerhouse!!

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After some time, I felt she was becoming restless.  I wanted her to be able to finish her meal, so I thanked her for her time and bid her farewell…

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Until we meet again, my friend…
Mother Nature has so much to teach us.  This beautiful grasshopper reminded me of many valuable life lessons…  I was a giant in her eyes, yet, she appeared fearless.  She remained present, when she could have easily jumped away.  She encouraged me to always take a leap of faith and trust my intuition.

When you have an encounter with this beautiful green creature, take a moment to thank her for her lesson and reflect on her teachings…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



Stand Tall and Hold Your Head High

I become completely giddy over sunflowers!  As difficult as it is for me to have a favorite flower, if forced to choose, the perky sunflower would be my one and only choice!  I would hands down choose a bouquet of simple sunflowers over a dozen roses any day.


Sunflowers are filled with positivity, spreading seeds of happiness wherever they GROW.  Regardless if they are planted by the human hand or a critter’ s paw, they rise throughout the season, to shine brightly, holding their head up high, never contemplating their shadow.  What an amazing lesson we can learn from this sunshiny friend.


Like the sunflower, we all bloom in our own time…

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Beginning to Blossom…
Bloom Baby, Bloom!
Stand Tall and Be Free!

Always remember to…

Stand Tall

Hold Your Head High


BLOOM where you are PLANTED

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Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…