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What to Love around the Internet Web

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“The Beloved Web” Piece by Me

That time again to go travel around the web of finding what inspires us to keep going in this thing we call life. Take a break and enjoy the cyber content out there that can motivate us into creating our own aspirations. What better way than to start off with a drawing I did above of a web, simply writing the words, “I Love You”. (a play on of Charlotte’s Web)

Amazing Articles!

♥ A simple short layout of how to start when you are struggling to stay on course by Zenhabits 

♥ How to live a good life that Positively Present was inspired by The Ten Golden Rules book 

♥ A new spin on how to visualize by seeing it as extreme daydreaming by personal self

Personal Self also shows a great way of how to overcome the poverty mentality 

♥ Love to learn different ways of approaching morning routines this is a great one by Pick the Brain

The Middle Finger Project shows what it means to have a really good life

How Gala wants you to keep your passion flame going when it starts to dwindle

♥ Pick the Brain says don’t worry you are exactly where you need to be!

Hawaii holds a spot in my heart since visiting a few years back and Universe Letters writes the inspirational meanings behind Aloha, which I loved using  the word in Hawaii and really should use here! 

How RuPaul has the stick-with-it-ness down by GQ

10 natural ways to increase your brain’s happy levels!  by Collective Evolution 

♥ 10 writing tips from Rebecca Solnit

♥ Positively Present gives our her ultimate book gift list to check out! I always need more books in my life : )

♥ Galactic Wanderlust asks what differentiates us between the animal kingdom

Inspirational Instagrams! 

Universe Letters– Inspiring daily messages and photographs

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Idillionaire – Inspires to conscious living

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itsmebillielee – Inspiring quotes to do what you love and representing the transgender community

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amberibarreche – artist creating inspiring messages on anything she can get a hold of

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augustwren – inspiring beautiful paintings and does a 12 month painting challenge for anyone to join

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Pondering Podcasts!

Holistic Spaces talks about how to make your bedroom feel peaceful, love the idea of adding plants!

I’m a little late to the Serial train but if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! It’s a great mystery story.

And once you are done with Serial go ahead and listen to Undisclosed who goes into more depth about the convicted high schooler, Adnan

Loved music from Jewel back in the day and love her even more hearing her on Altucher’s podcast with her conscious philosophical in the moment strive for the best message

Join the ProBlogger blog challenge! He will be stating a challenge once a month with a Facebook group to join as a way to share your blog and share others

Vantastic Videos!

Great tips on how to find a mentor and it doesn’t have to be face to face!

I’ve now decided to attend the School of Life! (through watching their videos that is)

How Maggie the Cow taught about letting go

Don’t stop, keep going and you will get to where you want to be

 

Hope you enjoyed! If you have any of your own inspiring web content to share please feel free to comment!

With TLC,

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How Money can be Your Good Friend

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Most of us have heard/read the saying, “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” But does it really not? Throughout the years we’ve been taught money is evil, that to follow your passion you need to be the starving artist.

Although a mind shift seems to be happening in that money is actually good for us. That money can treat us right if we see and treat it as good. Heck even the researchers state one of the main reasons marriages end in divorce or the cause of stress in relationships is due to money issues.

I had a difficult time creating the above piece because thinking people would perceive me as a money hungry monster. But I let this monster out to show how much love it can give us and vice versa.

I researched two grand videos from Marie Forleo, where I listed her points of having positive minds shifts about money along with my own two cents.

$ Organize your money – Don’t necessarily need to iron out every single bill like Marie does but straightening them out and placing them in an orderly fashion into your wallet can suffice! Just like they say a messy bed is a messy head well messy money can make you a messy junkie (my own words).

$ Pick up money – If you see anything lying around even a penny pick it up! Heads or tails it’s good luck as long as you believe in it! Keep this loose change in a jar then retrieve for dollars. Giving the time to acknowledge any type of money sends a message of respect to money and money to respect you back.

$ Give yourself a reality check – Many other countries get paid squat an hour compare to our hourly wage. Think of all the things you do have, even the simple things like a roof over your head, clean water, and food. This is giving gratitude to what you have which in turn can give you more.

“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more.” – Oprah 

$ Bring Your Own Luxury – Instead of going to a restaurant for a nice dinner have it done at your own place by using any nice plates, candles and music. Or instead of going to a spa place how about drawing up a nice bath with bubbles, salts, candles and music. Creating a luxurious environment can make you feel like you are living the high life.

Get an ATM Machine –  ATM also known as “Automatic Transformative Mantra”. Any time you make a check or pay a bill say, “There is always more where that came from. Basically say feel good statements about money to yourself but feel it in your bones away from scarcity.

$ Create a fun fund – Make money fun! For example this money can be for a date night, traveling or just buying yourself a little treat. You will start realizing how money can pay off in a fun way towards your experiences in life.

$ Build your money knowledge – Watch and read up on money through blogs, sites, videos, podcasts, seminars and books. My favorite book is Rich Dad Poor Dad which had me start my first big investment and my favorite podcast to create wealth is Smart Passive Income.

$ Spread the wealth – Give back. Even if you don’t have much, give a dollar to the next homeless person you see or invite your friend/family member to a cup of coffee. There are many online charity groups to donate of your choice. Marie personally donates to the charity, KIVA loans that change lives.

Bonus points (from me personally)

Write a check to yourself – Jim Carrey did it and it worked for him! You can print out a check template here. Keep it in your wallet and don’t forget to look at it every once in a while to remind yourself that you deserve and will receive this money.

Check your account – Look over your account statements and transactions. I used to dread this by avoiding it all together which lead to overdraft fees due to my lack of knowledge and denial about my money. But the more you check the more you will feel at ease. And when checking your numbers say to yourself, “my money is overflowing.”

$ Set up automatic payments – Not only does it decrease bills in the mail but decreases your worry about making these payments. Creating a trust between yourself and your money.

Let me know your thoughts of these points or if you have any tips on how you spend your thoughts about money!

 

With TLC,

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9 Love Notes to Send to Yourself and to Others

I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is while you’re in the world. Words by Elton John that travel straight to my heart. Words are powerful that can make us turn a 180. I’ve set a challenge to send love notes to my loved ones and possibly to strangers. I list a few that I have and am trying along the way.

My goal at the end of it all is to discover how or if it improves/impacts our lives. I hope you can join me on this challenge as well, would love to know how it goes and what ideas you all come up with as well!

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  1. Sticky Note It – Whether it be on your bathroom mirror, your bedroom door, a desk, a computer, stick it down with a simple written message to how you hope their day goes, how you feel about them or a good quality about them. So far I’ve seen/heard appreciation after sticking it to my boyfriend especially with this one above!
  2. Chalk it out – Buy or create a chalkboard to write an inspirational quote or just a hello message. In my previous home, I painted a part of my entry wall with chalkboard paint. Just need a set of chalks and you are set! This created a community activity that my roommates and I enjoyed updating along the way. chalk-board-rev
  3. Dry Erase marker it – These are easy to use, come in different colors and a no fuss clean up with a damp paper towel. Write a colorful message that can color their day!
  4. Self Portrait – Draw yourself or others and write down qualities that you or they embrace. self-portrait
  5. Text it – Not just any text but a good morning text. I give daily morning texts or I receive one from my man which makes me feel wonderful. How about a step further where you also send to family and friends? Just the other morning I received a text from my friend Visa that read, “Good morning and hope you have a great day”. Just this simple text had me start off the morning with an extra smile.
  6. Journal it – Write what you are grateful for and or write what you are grateful about others and share it by sending a picture of it to them.
  7. Draw a feeling – I read about a husband who drew him and his wife crying and holding each other tight in their car after a miscarriage. Draw what you are feeling or an experience that you or others went through and share it.car-couple
  8. Email signature–  You can reach many with your email. What better way than to spruce up your signature. For the last couple of years I have added a picture next to my signature and try changing it up every month. This month it’s of two owls snuggling. I’ve received feedback such as, love it, made me smile and made me laugh. This makes an impact that can reach many. Signature-screenshot
  9. Email letter –  Instead of a handwritten letter, how about writing a letter by email to your loved ones. I send emails to my close friends similar to how we wrote letters back when I was in school. Soon you start a back and forth communication through email letters!
  10. Now your turn! Are there any other ways you let yourself or others know how much they are cared about? Comment on this post, would love to hear it!

 

DIY Monster Crafts for a Kid’s Birthday Party

 

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Crafting always takes me into a moment of being present, being peaceful and just having fun. This crafting project was for my childhood friends son’s 1st birthday party. We are pretty much like family so I jumped right in saying yes I could help.

But to be honest after a while I was telling myself I don’t have time, pushing it aside to the last minute. I don’t know why we at times push away things that can bring us the most joy. At the end I discovered I had a lot of fun with it and next time I’ll make it at the top of my list.

The theme of the party was monsters, cute monsters that is. I was in charge of the photo booth display/props, monster masks and monster cans for a ball tossing game.

I listed the supplies I used along with how to steps in making these projects. Enjoy!

Overall Supplies

Scissors, streamers, poster boards, tine cans, ping pong balls, markers, string, print out of monster eyes and mouths, a banner, hot glue gun, foam paper, construction paper, ping pong balls, fuzz balls, fuzzy sticks, and felt letters.

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Photo Booth Display 

I grabbed a a handful of streamers in different colors snipping the edges with scissors to give them more depth and be playful. Then looped them over the string that would have them hang. As I brought them over I twisted them to give a little movement.

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For the banner that went across the streamers, it was a made out of felt which I found at Target, along with felt letters with sticking in the back to mount onto the banner. You can find any type of banner to hang across the streamers at your local party store or here online is what was similar to mine.

I then cut out extra monster mouth and eye printouts to paste onto thin colorful strings (you can find at a Dollar Tree).  To have the printouts give a more sturdy backing I pasted them onto extra pieces of foam boards.

Photo Booth Props

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For props I googled images of monster mouths and printed them out in color, gluing them onto neon colored poster boards for a sturdy backing and then onto doll rods with a hot glue gun. You can find these doll rods online, your craft store or even Dollar Tree store. I also used the poster boards to cut out shapes to write sayings such as “My Monster” and “AAAHHH”.

White poster board works great so you can use colored markets to make it pop and outlining the edges of the shapes with black marker gives an extra touch. But also neon bright colored poster board works as well when just using a black marker.

♥ Monster wearable masks and feet

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The mom wanted masks for the kids to wear around the party, genius idea! To make it easy to wear by not having the kids to wear it over their eyes, I made them into like a head dress where you wrapped it around your forehead.

I used foam paper to cut out the shapes of the head mask (rectangular shape), hot glued googly eyeballs, and fuzz balls/sticks to look like antennas/monster ears. I poked holes on the sides of the masks to place a thing string on each side through and out to where you tie it from behind. You could also use those stretchy elastic cords here or from Hobby Lobby to have them just pull over their head.

For the feet I used foam cut outs that were already pre-cut into shapes of feet that I found at the Dollar Tree. If wanting to do them your own you can print out a shape of a monster foot that you find online and trace it onto the foam to cut out. On the big toes I placed fuzz balls and drew circles onto the feet giving them a wort like look. The cut slits and made a hole in center for them to slip their feet into.

♥ Monster Ball Toss Cans

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I collected cans along the way to make this project. These particular cans were wet dog food cans that I use on a continuous basis. My dogs eat this stuff every day so needless to say it was easy to accumulate. Other cans easy to collect can be beaned/vegetable cans, soup cans or anything that you feel you use a lot of.

For the background, I used colored construction paper and cut it to the width and length of the can then glued it with hot glue gun. Then used googly eyes, gluing it to the center of the can (some cans have one big eye or three small eyes, just have fun with it)! I used the fuzzy balls and fuzzy sticks as hair on top and cut ear like shapes from the foam board as well.

For the mouths you can draw them in or print out monster mouth images to glue below the eyes. The lids were so the cans could be stacked up onto one another if the kids were going to toss the cans down with a ball. I found these lids at the grocery store in the pet isle or you can find them here. Also ping pong balls were used for the kids to toss them into the cans.

In the end the party was a monster success! So go ahead and make a fun theme out of the next party you have scheduled, you’ll not only have a blast at the party but will also love creating it!

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With TLC,

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Thankful Crush Tuesday around the Web

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I went across all media to find what I thought were some of the best posts this month. Posts that inspired me and hope in turn will inspire you. It’s a great way to show/practice thankfulness by highlighting the people in our lives who make an impact and to share it with others. Also suggest to write/draw out what you are thankful for as I did above for I find it ups the happy feelings!

Beautiful Blog Posts to Read

  • Leo Babauta, ZenHabits gives you clear steps and advice on how to go about your life in Zenful ways. This month he talked about how to meditate which I have been trying to do every morning starting off small for 3 to 5 minutes.

He also writes about getting organized which is something I intend to do more of this year. He does a great job of breaking it down into smaller easier steps.

As well as having your goals and resolutions made into rules with a clear action plan next to each and how to implement them.

  • Zenpencils creates colorful comics based off an inspirational quote, poem, passage, speech, ext. The latest post was about one of my very own role models, Jane Goodall.
  • Gala Darling showcased wonderfully one of her role models, RuPaul Charles.        

“Yes, you can focus on the darkness, it’s there, and you can focus on light. But one will bring you joy and one will bring you pain. It’s your choice.” — RuPaul                                                             

 “If you have goals and the stick-with-it-ness to make things happen, people will feel threatened by you, especially if your goals don’t include them. They believe that if you take a piece of pie, then that leaves less pie for them. Seeing you follow your dreams leaves them realizing that they’re not following theirs. In truth, there is unlimited pie for everyone!” — RuPaul            

 “People like to play small, but you are an extension of the power that created the whole universe. You have to be conscious. And once you understand that, that’s when you can really have a party.” — RuPaul

Also love her moon rituals, this month is for new moon magic stating how to go about getting the most of this New Moon Capricorn to your advantage.

  • Universeletters wrote about expecting the unexpected, when sometimes you will not feel the best even when trying to be positive but it’s o.k., let it be and keep going.

She also writes about Taylor Swift of how her latest song can correlate to our lives, I love Taylor Swift! 

Perfect Podcast Episodes to Listen

Smart Passive income success story about a speech pathologist doing her own online business.

Michael Hyatt explaining the top tips of having your blog take off successfully.

James Altucher interviewing one of the Sharks from Shark Tank, Daymond John of how he rose to the top and his latest book of embracing being broke to reach the top.

Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Check In

@OhJoy – A blogger, designer and mother

@pufflingspaintings – Illustrator that draws magical creatures with a story

@dallasclaytonIllustrator of magical monsters with positive messages

@elenastreehouse A mother and an illustrator using mixed media 

Vantastic Videos to View

Steve Harvey is the man even with his contestant pageant mistake, we all make mistakes! Here he talks to his audience from the game show, Family Fued. He doesn’t have to but gives a moving speech to the audience about taking the jump, to live, and not stay standing at the edge of the cliff never knowing how it could be to really live your life.

Panda enjoying the snow in Washington D.C. which is beyond adorable!

Guided Meditation I use in the mornings.

 

 

With TLC,

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