Sunday, January 15, 2017

Positive Thoughts for the New Year


Glad you're here today!

Hope your  year has been going great so far!

Just to help keep things on the right track for the new year, I'd like to share some positive thoughts with you using quotes and  pictures.

Without further adieu, here they are: (Enjoy!)

"Every moment is a fresh beginning."-T. S. Eliot
 (A robin symbolizes new beginnings.) 

"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."-Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy."-Unknown

"Life is beautiful. Enjoy the ride."-Mitch Koppel

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."-Rumi

"Life is as sweet as a cupcake."-Unknown

"Kindness matters."

""Life is so much easier with a sense of humor."-Unknown

"Think happy thoughts."-Unknown

"Dwell on the beauty of life...."-Marcus Aurelius

"Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective."-Doe Zantamata

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia."-Charles Shultz

Important note: Starting next month, February 2017, "The Art of Positive Living" blog will be only on the first Sunday of each month, and starting this month, the "Spirit Photographs" blog will be only on the third Saturday of each month.

Positive thought: "A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are."-Unknown
Thanks for visiting! Until, Sunday, February 5, 2017, Becky

Sunday, January 1, 2017

People Living Positively

A big welcome to you, and to the new year, 2017!

This is the time of  year many of us make our resolutions, and one of mine every year is to live my life more positively.

This past fall, I got to visit with a woman I know who seems to live a positive, fulfilling life.

Her name is Vonnie.

I didn't realize how talented and creative she was until she took me on a tour of  her yard.

She makes beautiful pieces of art out of found objects.

Seeing these cute pieces makes you want to run home and make something!

She even has a mini-farm, complete with real chickens.

After going on her tour, (The tour was longer than I've shown here.) one could even sit on one of the benches, contemplate nature, and listen to the water from the nearby creek peacefully flowing over the rocks.

Not only is Vonnie creative, but she's also a success coach and an aromatherapist. She even started, and is the leader of a local business networking group. She stays active, and seems to really enjoy her life which includes her husband and son.

She's such an inspiration to be around, and is a great example of someone who is living her life positively, and is helping others to live positive lives, as well.

There are some other people I'd like to mention that inspire me to live more positively-

I really admire another talented, creative woman, a graphic designer, that I often work with. Although she has a serious, chronic illness, she is still a successful business person. She has a wonderful sense of humor which I believe has helped her live a more positive life.

Without her encouragement, I think that I would have had a more difficult time achieving the business goals that I have set for myself.

Another encouraging, positive person in my life is a psychic that I sometimes call. She helps me get back on the right track when I need some advice. Genuine psychics are great because they know the truth of what's really going on with us mere mortals! The bottom line is this, whenever I talk with her, I feel greatly uplifted.

Also, there's an older man who works at our local convenience center (garbage dump) who seems happy whenever he sees me, and he always has something positive to say. Boy, if you can be pleasant while working at the garbage dump, there's hope for all of us!

Finally, Pastor Joel Osteen is great! He has such a positive message for all of us on how to live happier, more fulfilling lives. Not only is he a minister of the largest Protestant church in the United States, but he is also a successful author of several empowering books.

Greg and I were lucky to see Joel at one of his recent book signings at our local book store. He was just as nice in person as he seems to be on his television show.

These are just some of the people that I know that tend to live positive lives. Their positive attitudes spill over from themselves which helps other people.

In this new year, let us resolve to become the best that we can be, to make the most of ourselves. We may not be a creative artist or a great speaker, but we are all talented and creative in our ways. We need to find that talent and use it, not only to benefit ourselves, but in so doing, to be a blessing to the world, as well.

"Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works..."
-Matthew 5:16, ESV

Want to be a better you in the new year? If so, just go to Mike Dooley's "Love Your Life 30 Day Project" on TUT. It's free!  See the website link below, and scroll down to find this project and sign up!

Positive thought: "Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."-Zig Ziglar
Thanks for visiting, Until Sunday, January 15, 2017, Becky