Instructions for Life are literally everywhere –

 Dormancy is defined by, “A period in which a plant does not grow, awaiting necessary environmental conditions such as temperature, moisture, nutrient availability.”
My brain is my garden and my thoughts, the seeds. I can plant them all day long, but if I don’t tend to them they’ll never grow. Some seeds lay dormant, until we give them life, and some are ready to grow right now! Some will sprout and flourish, and others will never touch the warmth of the sun. And of course some seeds need to be planted immediately, while others can take their sweet time – sound familiar? 
Sooo… it pretty much blew my mind this morning when it hit me – instructions for life have been planted all around us… literally ❤

Live the direction you want to go –

Are my thoughts and actions aligned with the direction I want to go… Am I thinking like the person I want to be? Am I surrounding myself with like minded people? Do the places I visit have doorways to my visions and hopes? If I want happiness… Do I believe that I am worthy? Am I reminding myself that life is short? Am I eating, sleeping and seeking it out in everything I do? Or am I just watching things pass by and only talking about it again… 

The biggest limitation in my life is myself –

The biggest limitation in my life is where I place the emphasis on myself. Me. The reality is, I need to be willing to accept life’s changes in order to accomplish things. It’s my own thinking and expectations that say “Hey, your ducks aren’t in a row, give up – melt down – freeze – you’re screwed.” We all know Life isn’t perfect, right? We need a spoon, but life hands us a fork… or nothing at all. So now what? Choices… we all have them… if we say we don’t, it’s because we don’t like the ones available… we can stay the same, give up, use the fork, or find an alternative. (That’s my experience) Either way – Nothing changes, if nothing changes. I think life hands me what I need, when I need it – whatever it may be.
❤  It’s going to be a great week – be Love.

#NoMatterWhat

“Maybe so, Maybe not” –

Ever since I read this Chinese Proverb it has put a spin on everything happening around me. It’s all about perspective and how we choose to react. Life is made up of endless possibilities – it’s my own thinking that places boundaries on how far I can go with them. Try to remember that when something happens, there is always another side and be willing to make it your own. Either way, how I choose to perceive something and move forward is my own… “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see” ❤ 

Chinese Proverb —

 A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to break one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son, still recovering from his injury. Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

When in doubt – Bake a lot of cookies.

If I want to do something – I have to start, and if I want to make it a “thing” in my life – I have to continue – every day. So yea… simple right? I mean truthfully it is – especially when I choose to be present in the moment and participate in my life. Do I have off days? Of course, but even those days are manageable now too.

Sweets haven’t always been my thing, but I’ve been craving warm chocolate chip cookies for a while – homemade ones. So I thought to myself, You can’t bake… go get that pre-cut dough it works, but … no. This time I wanted to make great cookies – crispy edges, cooked through and soft… chocolate that’s all melty and stuff — but I wanted to put love and life into the ingredients. Why? No idea, I just did… and I’m glad I went with it. I didn’t realize I was going to get so much more out of baking some cookies. 

The kitchen is my favorite place… I’m either in it and cooking something or nearby and cooking something… it makes me happy, plus I think about food all day — I think food brings people together in many ways. I absolutely love sharing a meal with friends and family. I’m starting to realize that there are little opportunities for life lessons in my favorite place too, which makes me really excited and happy. Then I start thinking, maybe it’s time for a fresh look on the walls, and instantly I realize this is good… I’m living and day dreaming again – (I am just baking cookies right?) 

I’ve definitely tried making cookies in the past, but it always seemed like so much work and I was never happy with the results. To me… a good cookie recipe (with a plan) is priceless and I didn’t have one up my sleeve. And since sweets haven’t always been my thing, I’ve never been motivated enough to figure it out. Until now… (why? I had no clue… yet). The first few attempts looked like cookies, but it was clear I still needed some practice — ok… a lot of practice. After a few more tries I finally had the results I was looking for and I was super happy. While I was enjoying the cookies, I started to replay the tape… It’s funny how life gives us opportunities to work on ourselves. We don’t always see it because sometimes it doesn’t look like what we think we need. Other times we may miss out because we get caught up or we ignore it (it’s not the sign you’re looking for anyways, right?) I mean…baking cookies has life answers? I finally surrenedered to the recipe and I ended up accomplishing something that has eluded me for years. It’s hard to believe that I was frustrated enough to walk away from the idea of achieving baking success… over a cookie.

This time around my attempt at making cookies was different, and it wasn’t the ingredients or the location… the difference was in me. I learned that the biggest hurdle starts with my attitude, and that each time the cookies didn’t turn out “good”, I could still find something that I liked about the “mistake” ones to enjoy. I found that repetition gets things done and builds confidence – it also produces amazing cookies if you don’t give up. It gave me the opportunity to ask for help and to dream big about reaching my goal. For me, all of this is huge because I followed through. I had a goal and I achieved it — eventually I was baking my version of a perfect cookie. 

I’m grateful that my desire for a cookie didn’t subside, especially after all the chocolate I ate while trying to pacify the cravings. This time around baking gave me the opportunity to learn more about myself and provided me with a boost of confidence as I move on to whatever life throws at me next. (It also gave me some damn good cookies)

Do the tough ones…

Those things that I keep rolling around in mind – the ones I’m saving for the right moment or person (as if it’s guaranteed)…the ones that can quickly become “I should have” or “why didn’t I” — regret. Those things… I’m going to do those things today ❤