It’s day 12 of the first 12 days of 2018 and for the 12 day reboot. I’m happy to say I stayed true to what I intended to do. I stood my ground and completed each day diligently. It feels good and for the 12th day we get to end it on a good note!!!! For today, it’s all about gratitude. Let’s give it up for all the wonderful things we have in our life. For starters, we can talk about just how lucky we are to be alive in this era. I mean, I’m talking to a wide range of people and getting my voice heard while sitting on my sofa in Paris. That’s amazing! I am thankful and grateful for so many things, but I would have to say the thing that tops my list the most is growth. I have come so far since starting this blog and I have to say, I am so happy to be in such a different place then I was a year ago. It feels amazing.
Smell is the theme for day 4 and I gotta say, it’s kind of a big deal to me. I cannot stand bad smells, like ever and I’ve always been very conscious of my own smells. But in this case, it’s more in reference to smelling the beautiful scents that surround us, with intention. Perhaps you have some essential oils that you can diffuse. Or maybe you can buy some flowers and have a sniff. Some things to keep in mind are how you feel after smelling certain scents. For instance, lavender promotes a restful sleep, while vanilla lifts your mood, and orange boosts your mood. My personal favorite is ylang ylang can help soothe an overactive mind. What’s not to love? So folks, get to sniffing…mindfully.
I am officially going to say it’s fall. While I do love this season, I think it has to do with growing up in New England. I was very lucky to witness the leaves change from green to yellow and brown. I used to dislike raking leaves, but now I see the true beauty in even that. The changing of the season is always very spiritual for me. It’s a time to reflect and recalibrate. Look at what you’ve been doing and where you’d like to go. I lie to take a step outside of myself and really look at what’s going on. Almost like spring cleaning, but in life. It’s really therapeutic and I suggest it to everyone.
One technique I like to do is wake up with the sun, sit near a window and watch it rise. Sit silently, close my eyes and reflect. Sometimes it’s nice to have a friend with you, family member, or significant other. The extra energy really adds something special. It’s a very sacred thing, but watching the sun rise is just so amazing. If you try this technique, I’d love to know, feel free to comment about it below.
Lately I have been on a search to find my bliss, my genuine, true, whole hearted happiness. Everyday I have been working on meeting that place and figuring out what exactly it is that will create and sustain my happiness. I have read countless books, listening to tons of lectures, and watched several movies on the subject. In the end, one conclusion I have come to is this; being happy takes work. More work than being sad, so whenever I have a happy moment, I consider it a victory. This photo, is a representation of my winning in a moment and found an instant to just be happy. The photo below, is happy too, because for me the color yellow is happiness. Keep smiling folks. 😉