Some of you may have noticed the pictures of the woods that I used on the blog home page as well as the social media outlets. These are pictures that I took while my husband, Norman and I were on a walk one weekend afternoon.
Its the same place we had walked a lot of time but we have never done this trial before. My husband looked at the map and show that it wasn’t very long and the elevation didn’t change much.
At first the trail started out narrow and muddy (it had rained a few days earlier) so I didn’t have a good feeling about this trail but then it gave way to a field of ferns. I was in owe of the beauty that gave way. I hasn’t seen anything like this before, and it was amazing. It was quite other than the sounds of the birds. We were the only people on the trail; which gave me the change to get some great photos.
This was a very enjoyable trail and it gave me the reset that I needed. Its always wonderful to get back out into nature. If your feeling stressed, or just need a get away I would highly suggest talking a walk out in the woods, it will do wonders for you (atleast it does for me)
I was told recently that I was the most positive person that someone had ever met. I found this flattening and sad at the same time. It shows the lack of positvity and love in our society. Yes, I am a positive person but I haven’t always been this way. I used to let negative emotions, toxic people and drama get in my way often. I would let the lower vibration’s get in my way and I would end up stooping to a lower level. Than one day it hit me, what is the point of all this? Being negative has only brought me more negativity. Drama only give me a headache and keeps me from archiving my dreams. So in that moment I decided to change my life, for me. I got rid of all the people who brought me down, or did not help me achieve a positivity I was longing for. I change my state of mind; instead of complaining about things I was unsatisfied with. I’d focus on all the things I loved, that made me come alive. I began to thank the universe for all the things I had been given. Every time I would revert back to my old ways, I’d take a second and completely change the things I was thinking about and saying. After all the things we think, and the things we say become our reality. You have to be careful who you spend time with, you will become that person. That is why I am selective with the friends and the people I bring close to my life. The people you date, the people you spend time with are a reflection of yourself. If you don’t like what you see, there is always the ability to change it. It is never too late to be who you want to be, or to do the things that make the fire inside of your grow. I can tell you if you find something that makes you happy, something that makes you come to life, do that. Whatever your passion is spend as much time doing it as you can you can never go wrong. The life is about being happy and adding love and positivity to the world. Even if you do that by simply loving yourself. When you give out into the world it will return to you in abundance, be it be positivity or negativity. It’s easy to be negative and blame everyone else for the life you have but being positivity is taking reasonability’s for your life and taking the steps to change it. From my experiences I have found you get far more out of being positive than out of negativity. But that is the choice that every person must make for themselves.
I finished the book I was reading “Owning You Own Shadow” by Robert A. Johnson. I started to read this book because I wanted to do shadow work; I was finally ready to embrace the parts of myself that I had locked away for so long. I didn’t know how to go about doing this though, as I was really just trying to reconnect with myself. This book was suggested to me and that it would be very helpful in my transformation. What an insightful read, it helped me see things from a totally different and new perceptive; which are often times just what we need.
When you think of the shadow you probably think of something dark, ominous, and perhaps evil. In my reading of this book and in my own experiences I found this to be only partly true. When we are born, we are born whole. It isn’t until we grow and age that we understand what parts of ourselves are socially and culturally acceptable. This is how the shadow is created; we take the bits of ourselves that we deem not to be acceptable and stuff them away for no one to see (not even ourselves). We lock the door and throw away the key and that’s the end of the story….right? Wrong. Doing this in essence only makes the shadow grower stronger; and still shows it’s self from time to time. Our shadow isn’t all dark, most of the time there are traits that we hide away that are positive traits. Believing that having these traits will only hold us back in a world filled with curtly and hatred we lock them away. Light and dark cannot exist without the other; the universe is all about balance; light and dark is how you keep that balance. If this balance is not given the universe will find a way to achieve that balance. There are ceremonies and rituals you can do so that balance is given to the shadow. The shadow self can even be projected onto another be it a stranger, partner, or child. I have seen often times when lovers begin to disagree it starts out as an aggressive talk, then slowly works its way into yelling at each other. This is when the shadow is out to play (so to speak) you are no longer communicating to come to a solution for the problem. You are yelling to be heard and for everyone to know you are right. I have often said “Just because you yell doesn’t mean you are right”. When a disagreement becomes a yelling match shadows are being projected onto each other. Nobody benefit’s from this exchange, you then just carry the weight of the other persons shadow with you. I have always found yelling to be a pointless and meaningless act, nothing gets accomplished and someone always gets hurt. It isn’t until we get to know our shadow that we can become whole again; that we can express our shadow self in a more beneficial way. The path to loving yourself is not an easy one; there will be truths along that way that you never wanted to come to terms with. Loving who you are is all about first learning who you are, coming to terms with this truth, and then learning to embrace it. We all have a darkness that resides inside of us but that doesn’t mean we have to fear it, or to lock it away. Darkness is a part of us for a reason, to learn the bigger lesson, to see beyond who we think we are, so we can see who we are. Love is forgiving, love is truth, and love is kindness. We must first be gentle with ourselves so we can be gentle with others. Acknowledging your shadow self is a step toward being one with yourself again. Once you do this you will find an inner strength and a certain beauty about yourself; and this is something no one can ever take away from you. Free yourself from the cages you were taught to build….stay strong, be free and radiate love.
You hear everyone say “Adopt don’t shop” but when it comes to adopting a pet who really adopts who? As a child when I went to adopt a cat, I was so excited that I got to pick it out. I remember hearing “The cat will choose you, you won’t choose it” being 8 years old I didn’t understand this concept. Now that I am older however, I understand this quite deeply.
When my husband and I first got our house I told him “We need a dog, a house isn’t a home without a doggy”. So soon after that we found a local rescue that saves dogs from high kill shelters; and looks for people to give them a furever home. When we got to the shelter I fell in love with this old jack russell; I believe she was 9 or 10. Her name was Abby, her fur had turned gray with just a few spots of brown remained. She loved to cuddle which was right up my alley. My husband said that she would probably pass away soon since she was so old; so he discouraged me from adopting her. Then he noticed this little doggy that wasn’t paying attention to anyone; he was just lying in the sun happy to be a dog. His name was Norman; he was this little brown doggy. Part Chihuahua and part Pug which they call a Chug. He loved getting pets and belly rubs. We walked Norman around, and played with him for a little while until it was time to leave. The whole way home my husband and I talked about the two doggies we saw. I was still stuck on Abby girl, and he was stuck on Norman. I told him my concern was “What if Norman loves you more since he found you and not me?” He chuckled a little bit and said “He will love you just fine, you’re a great mommy”. Needless to say after a few days of talking we decided to adopt Norman.
We have had him for about 3 years now, and he is my little lovebug. Norman has really saved me from myself in so many ways. It’s funny how dogs do that to their owners; they teach us things we didn’t even know we needed taught. I would be lost without Norman, he is more than a companion he is family. I am a crazy dog mom, and probably to overprotective and always make sure he is happy. Norman teaches me patience, and shows me that unconditional love can be pure and true. Norman doesn’t expect me to be anything else than what I am. He doesn’t yell at me when I don’t have money to go out, he doesn’t get upset if I say something wrong or make a mess. He doesn’t care about anything that our society claims to be important. As long as I walk him, feed him, and give him love that’s all that matters to him. Dogs are incredibly special beings. They are the earth angels sent here to save us from ourselves.
I really do believe that animals choose their owners, that there is a connection between them before they even meet. I know for a fact that me and my dog Norm have a past life connection. In mediation I saw that in another life he was a protector of mine, he was fighting to keep me safe and was killed. He came back to me to protect me in this life. He is a mama’s boy and is very protective of me. We actually protect each other; I give him a safe place to sleep and live. I protect him from the dangers of the outside world and in return he keeps the house safe. It’s the pack mentally; we protect each other, feed each other, and we are loyal to each other. If only more humans could learn this lesson. It could be one of the most important lessons you can learn. The best things and simplest things you cannot be bought. They are earned and not given away freely.
Who am I? This question most of us ask ourselves at some point or another in our lives, and very rarely do we know the answer. Most of us only have an idea of who we are or who we want to be.
So let me introduce myself. ….
I am a soul that is wildly on fire with all the beauty this world has to offer. With all the love and happiness that can be found by simply being your true authentic self. I am a lover not a fighter; sent to this earth to show all that compassion and softness are strengthens not weakness. I am a lover of animals, and truly believe they come into our lives to save us from ourselves. I’m a daydreamer, optimist, and light worker. I am a barefoot walk in the grass; I am gazing up at the stars at night. I am everything I choose to be, everything I wish to be. I am centered, grounded and whole. I am an empath and a medium. I am thankful. I am blessed. I am an angel card reader, and Aromatherapist. I am a photographer; I love to capture the beauty of life. I am a wife & a mother to a fur baby. I am love, I am peace, and I am joy. I am a writer; writing about things that I am passionate about and things that make my heart come alive.