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Inspirational Art of the Day – Circle of Life

 

We are all part of this earth. All interconnected meant to love each other, appreciate our surroundings, give it thanks and grow like everything else. 

I’m afraid though at this time it is questionable. More than ever I feel this urge to help in whatever I can through action. Whether a simple smile to someone, highlighting another’s work or attending an activism group.

I feel tides are changing to get us into the deep sea, forcing to see our reflection. That we must not keep on the way we are doing at the present moment. That our world is fragile needing us to protect and serve it.

Many risks are attacking us like waves wanting to crush us. But we must rise, swim with hope and take action. Like they say after the rain comes a rainbow. At times things have to fall apart in order for us to truly see what needs to be put together to complete the puzzle.

If we don’t then I feel we will be destined to perish, settling into dust, into nothingness in space.

I wanted my illustration to have a feel of connection between us humans (all races/gender), animals and nature. A guide of how each elements is important to the cycle of life. One missing piece like the bee, can be the collapse of it all.

This video below gave me tingles, leaving me with a sense of urgency. We must not let humanity fail. Like the video states what will save us is, love. Love of strangers, love of the future and love of the truth. Love does make the world go round.

Found a source in which you can make or become part of a local activism group to stand up for our rights and create rights for all living things. Stats have shown taking action locally will have a greater chance of your voice being heard to where collectively combined all these groups can make a grand impact for change.

 

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Inspirational Drawing Lettering of the Day – Unity

With recent talks of building a wall, sending and turning away less immigrants, I found it my duty to draw about this. To truly live successfully is to live with love for one another, not division. More than ever we have become divided.

Our true colors are showing and many do not like these colors. When will come the day in which we will no longer see color? Or that every color in the box is needed and appreciated so we can live in a colorful vibrant world.

Can you imagine being in just a white stark world? One dimensional? God created us all for a reason. To live to appreciate each of our uniqueness. For this uniqueness to play a part in this intricate world.

Wouldn’t it become dull when seeing everything the same? The action we can take now is to show love and kindness to the people we come across no matter what race, religion, gender they are. Send a postcard, note to someone you know is hurting or scared right now. Participate in the next action steps.

Elizabeth Gilbert one of my favorite people recently posted actionable steps to take on her Facebook page and also follow her on Instagram to follow the steps along the way. Grace Bonney from DesignSponge is another follow to receive actionable steps along the way. Please have a read/follow and act on any if possible.

Sending love and actionable love your way.

 

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Drawing Poem of the Day – Princess and the Pea

My Drawing Poem of the day

Thoughts can be overwhelming and at times so confusing you do not know what is true or not. This is the time to sit up, be still and listen to your inner self. And asking be it in the form of prayer or just asking asking to yourself can help answer your questions. If these thoughts are a way of reaching your dreams, don’t have them sleep away.

 

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Adios 2016: My Visual Survey of 2016 and wishes for 2017

 

Following up with Gala Darling’s post about her visual survey, I have answered back in visuals as well.

Many have stated this year as glad to be over due to being dreadful, upside down, sideways, topsy turvy and so on.  But it’s important to also note the good as well as the bad. To question how we can grow from it or how we grew from it and what we can do next.

Many highs and lows in my life, growing can be as they say growing pains. But we need this in the process to become our fully grown beautiful self.

The beginning of this year I was living alone and now I am sharing a new home with my loving man. We have had our ups and downs by adjusting to our quirks but in the end I have learned and loved so much from it.

So here we go with mine below and in Gala’s words if you wish to do a summary visual, “have fun with it. Add questions in if you want! Post your answers on your blog or Facebook, or even email them to your friends!”

2016 SUMMARIZED IN ONE PICTURE… 

Up and down and all around

AND… 

seeing the light but seems so far away and tiny to enter into

MY BIGGEST INSPIRATION IN 2016 WAS…

OPRAH!!! With her Super Soul Sundays to Supersessions I have learned and been enlightened

HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE REMAINDER OF THIS MONTH…

reminiscing and enjoying our current mother nature

MY 2017 VIBE…

not caring what others think, be confident and attain my dreams/vision

HOW I FEEL ABOUT MYSELF…

loving myself

HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY LOVE LIFE…

Joy, laughter, united, only eyes for each other

MY CAREER GOALS…

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HOW I WANT TO DRESS ON A DAILY BASIS…

AND LIKE THIS…..

WHEN I’M FEELING UNSURE, I’LL REMEMBER TO CHANNEL THIS…

my inner fighter, my inner universe, my inner mother nature

AND THIS….

I WILL SPEND MORE TIME……

traveling

AND…..

reading, cuddling, my safe-haven

HOW I’M GOING TO ROLL INTO 2017…

with love

HOW I’M GOING TO FEEL AT THE END OF 2017…

in charge and conquering my dreams/visions in a colorful life

This was a ton of fun! And in Gala’s ending words, “If you end up doing this too, please let me know — I’d love to see your answers.”

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My Halloween Inspirational Poem Drawings

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Inspired by the month of Halloween and following the #Mabsdrawlloween Instagram Challenge, I drew from a prompt along with a poem. Now that Halloween is over I’ve decided to showcase all the pieces below to give out a bit of inspiration and that anything is possible. Enjoy!

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The Scarecrow that Did

Don’t stay stagnant like a tree
Break from the ties to be free
Don’t be scared to let out your crows
For what makes you is your highs and lows

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My Sinister Goblin

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Ms. Vampire

Fill me up with red beating blood
Until I brim over like a rushing flood
I crave to live this hunger forever
To seek life is my only endeavor

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The Witch and her Witchy Pup

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Jacklyn the Pumpkin

She was called many names like Jack-o-Lantern
Because of her almost toothless wide grin
And her extra large hazel yellow eyes
But she kept growing up to the skies
The ones who terrorized her now live in despair
For she blossomed even when life seemed unfair

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The Love of Wolfmen and Wolfwoman

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Frankenstein Operation

His name is Frankenstein
But of a different kind
He broke loose from the injections
Free from a false bubble of protection
Not to be made into someone else’s dream
His true self was redeemed

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Childhood Halloween Memories

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The Mask

She would remove her mask
Every single Halloween night
But this time would be the last
Her true self forever shined bright

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The Haunted House Down the Street

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The Dancing Duo

The rats danced around the candle light
When all were asleep at night
Their shadow hovered over like a creep
But they kept moving their nimble feet
They were as quite as can be
For they never even let out a peep

 

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Runaway Tree

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9 Lives

She celebrated Day of the Dead
In remembrance to all her cat lives
While some have one life they dread
Each new season she revives

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Two Creatures

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Her Tombstone

She stumbled upon a grave
In horror she read her name
Past memories came in a wave
From now on she wouldn’t go on the same

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Dorothy

And I end with a drawing and quote of Dorothy since she can be categorized as a cult costume. My dog and I even dressed up as the part this year. Hope you all had a great Halloweeen month and to many more!

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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!

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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!

 

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How a Flower can give Power

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Flower Power, My Carnation Piece

Flower Power. Do you feel power when seeing a flower? Do you give power to the flower for it to grow? Flower power has been a term many have used over the past decades but do we ever stop to really think how flowers make us feel?

These stunning plants give us beauty as we walk along the sidewalk, as we gaze over the stretched land driving to our destinations, in the center of our table, our neighbor’s front yard. Do we stop to smell the roses, to thank mother nature for creating this beauty for us to enjoy?

I explain further as to how and why flowers give us power and to the world itself.

Flower is a good Feng Shui. It is recommended to have fresh flowers inside the home to give liveliness inward to outward. Lately I’ve been following this recommendation. I find carnations do the best for me. They seem to live the longest in a vase. Inspired by their willingness to thrive I created a piece about this flower (above).

And if you head over to Holistic Space you see a list of seasonal flowers to use around your home throughout the year.

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My backyard sunflowers

Not only do flowers do wonders inside but thrive well outside, giving you a reason to step out more often than not. I was lucky enough to have sunflowers grow in my backyard just from leftover spilled sunflower seeds from my bird feeder. Last year I had over a dozen but this year was just one. From a dozen to one it still had me be in the moment by looking at them in awe. Try to have a bird feeder not only will you might have flowers grow from it but will have birds coming near and far, making you appreciate life itself.

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My front yard rose bushes

I planted pink roses in my front yard that bloom through out the year. They have sustained both droughts and floods. Rose have a delicate beauty to them but just below the petals is a thorny stem. The same could be said for us.

Most of the time to get to our inward delicate true self we put up walls and barriers that we force people to get on over to reach the beauty. Can go even further to say that life in general is like this. If you really want something then you will find a way to get over the wall. The wall is there to stop the people who really don’t want it and the ones that do to make the win that much sweeter.

But just like any other plant you need to provide tender loving care. Stats have shown the most successful plants that thrive are from caretakers that talk to them. When you talk to your plants you emit carbon dioxide in which they need to live. But there is something deeper than just chemicals, mentally when we talk out loud to someone or a plant we feel good afterwards and who knows the plants may too.

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The last flower piece I’ve done as of late is a daisy. A simply drawing with a simple short rhymed poem. Grow bright like the daisy, don’t die away from laziness. Flowers keep growing each and every day even if its just a minuscule.

In our own lives we need to remind ourselves to keep growing, keep learning, keep doing, keep making a step into making our dreams true. Cultivate it, feed it and see in awe how it grows.  In my life I set up reminders to write at least twice a day if only for 15 minutes each. A reminder to draw if only a quick outline, to meditate in the mornings, to read a chapter from the bible at night, to exercise, etc. All this doing/growth I feel points me to the sunlight, to the right direction in blooming into my full potential.

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Fill Yourself with Unlimited Powers (Used Leftover Carnations)

My dad’s favorite flower was the bluebonnet. I remember how he would light up talking about it, plant them every year and stop by the side of the road to see them. I wish I’d given him bluebonnets to him as a gift to enjoy. Giving is one of the most powerful medicines. From a vase of a dozen roses to jut one wildflower, give it to someone you love for no real special occasion other than to show them you care.

I end with a handful of Instagram profiles who emit the flower power. Check them out by clicking on their photo posts below!

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10 Ways a Dog can help you Appreciate Life

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I have gradually increased my drawing series that entails my dog somewhere in the piece. Throughout the years she’s had me stop to smell the roses….literally.

The past 8 years with her has given me more compassion, more understanding, more inspiration and more love. I truly believe she was meant for me as I was meant for her.

For all that she has done for me, I thought I’d show appreciation by having her in some of my drawings and writings. For this post in honor of her and to all dogs, I’m showing my drawings and photos of her along with 10 ways she helps increase enjoyment of life and how you can follow these steps in your own life as well!

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♥Stretch

Every morning she stretches her little legs and neck as soon as she sees me get up from bed. It’s a good routine to have, getting ready for the day, giving your body a good feeling and mentally knowing you are capable to seize the day.

♥ Massage

My dog loves massages, can’t get enough of them! Whether it’s a face massage, ear massage, leg massage, belly massage she doesn’t care as long as she gets physical affection. So have someone give you a massage like a loved one or a massage parlor. Let yourself get pampered, you deserve a treat and don’t be afraid to ask for one like my dog, she has no shame.

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♥ Greeting 

When returning home, as soon as I get close to the door I can hear her squeal with delight. She jumps all over me covering me with kisses. Next time you come home to your loved ones give them an ecstatic greeting even if it’s just an excited hello, how was your day question to your roommate. They and yourself will feel good about it.

♥ Walking 

It never fails every day she wants to go on a walk. It’s a routine we have that’s twice a day, in the morning and evening. Exercise gets your blood flowing, releases those feel good endorphin. So get up a little earlier and go on that walk, your body and mind will thank you.

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♥ Stare into Nature

Whenever she’s outside in the backyard or during a walk she’ll just plop down and stare out into nature, taking it all in. We have a big field out behind my suburban block and at times we will just sit in the grass both staring out into the vast beautiful sky. She had me do this alongside her, never really taking much thought of my surroundings until I had her.

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♥ Alone Time

There are times she’ll sneak off into her dog bed in my bedroom or go under the bed/table. As if saying this is now my alone time please let me be. We all need those times to ourselves to refuel, process our thoughts or just be. I suggest do a little meditation or just sit quietly on your bed breathing in and out with all the gadgets out of sight.

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♥ Naps 

My dog snoozes on and off through out the day. After her siesta she is ready to go once more wanting to play. More than 85% of mammals sleep short periods through out the day. But us humans find ourselves running overboard without our full night’s sleep. A short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance. So take that nap when you can. I’ve fit it in during my lunch break at work in my car. If that’s not possible for you find another time bracket after work to fit it in.

♥ Play Time

A good toy doesn’t last long, soon stuffing is coming out of it because she’s tugged at it or chewed it to pieces. She let’s me know when I’m working too much and wanting me to take a break to play with her. I reluctantly do so but grateful afterwards because she had me laughing the whole time. So play with your loved ones, like a game of frisbee, pool, anything that gets your adrenaline pumping.

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♥ Cuddle Time

Not only does she stretch in the mornings but she also comes up to my face nuzzling next to me. When falling asleep she prefers to sleep at the foot of the bed near my feet. But in the mornings it is our cuddle time. Make that initiative to cuddle with your loved one, if you don’t have someone sleeping next to you, then give a family or friend a big ole long warm hug.

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♥ Listen

She might not understand me but she looks at me intently as I rattle off my thoughts to her. Yes I talk out loud and to my dog even though she probably doesn’t understand me…although we don’t know 100% if she does or not! Next time you’re having a conversation with someone, have the intention to really listen to what they have to say and not just wait for your turn to talk. You might just learn something new and they will see your are genuine and vice versa. You’ll feel good that you gave your full attention.

Comment if you have or will try any of these! And if you don’t have a dog…think about getting one soon! 😉

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♥♥ Bonus

And when you fall, fail, find yourself falling apart, find a way to get back up and keep on going creating your own foundation because our dogs sure do!

And I end with a video about a man and his dog, an unwavering love. (warning sad but is a must see)

 

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How to Get Luck in Your Life

Drawing of Lucky the Dragon by Me

Drawing of Lucky the Dragon by Me

Above is my drawing I did for St. Patrick’s Day. I wanted it to be of a fairy tale mystic feeling using a dragon sleeping on a bed of four leaf clovers because how much more magical is that!

As the day came to an end, I thought of all the stories and myths behind this day. I feel that we can be lucky in all of our lives. We do not need to find the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow or a four leave clover to have luck.

Luck is within ourselves waiting for us to find it and bring it forth. One way finding your luck is meditating to be still to where you can find your innermost needs that your heart has been yearning for.

Another way is to write down what lucky incidences have come your way that day. Where it feels like a serendipitous/ah ha moment coming together too perfectly to be a coincidence.

Just recently I had a lucky moment during the SXSW festivities here in Austin,TX. My coworker and I decided to walk around during lunch to take advantage that we are located downtown where it was all happening. We stumbled upon an event that my coworker had heard by mouth that morning about it being fee and free cappuccino. We couldn’t say no to…yummy coffee!

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SXSW Event – Speaker – Chris Guillebeau

I had no idea what the event was for when all of a sudden I saw their slide show about an author who was going to speak about finding what you were born to do. It all clicked it was Chris Guillebeau who has been interviewed by some of my favorite people like Marie Forleo. Sure enough he soon stepped on stage at the event and was talking about his new book, Born for This. I couldn’t believe we were hearing him speak for free and not only that he handed out a handful of free books that he autographed himself. Come to find out he was originally to speak earlier but he had to be moved to a later time, the time I happened to be there. This was a truly magical lucky moment.

Me receiving my free autographed book - Photo by Rafael Marquez

Me receiving my free autographed book – Photo by Rafael Marquez

So write down, take a photo or draw your lucky moments that you “stumble” upon and feel free to share with others! It’s like a leprechaun steering you to your pot of gold just need to look out for the signs!

I plan on writing a review of this book after I am done reading and next week to showcase all the free SXSW festivities that I attended!

 

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