Happy Thoughts

Your happy, positive feelings will attract happy, positive circumstances. I'm sitting here wondering what can I say about this that hasn't been said thousands of times before, and I've got nothing. I think we all pretty much GET it. I mean it's not rocket science after all. If you are thinking happy, good positive, thoughts, you're going to attract happy good, positive things to you. But what do you do when your car breaks down and the repair cost is twice what is in your checking account, and the kids need new school supplies and your hours got cut at work? What then? How in the world are you supposed to have all these happy, positive thoughts when your world is basically imploding around you? I'll tell you, it's NOT easy, but it can be done. Try and find even one sliver of good in all that's going wrong. Okay, sure your car broke, but at least you have a car. Sure, buying things for your kids for school is a drain on the budget, but you have healthy, happy kids who are going to school and learning. And maybe your hours are being cut at work but you still…

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Change What You Must

Somethings you cannot change, somethings you can, so change what you must, so you can be who you want to be tomorrow. In the Serenity Prayer, Neibuhr wrote: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. These words are very wise and very, very true.  There are some things in life that happen, that we can change if we're not happy with them.  Conversely, there are some things in life we just can't change.  When it is something you can't change, just accept it and move on.  Don't dwell on it and focus your energies on it.  Let it go.  If it is something you can change, don't spend your time talking about the changes - step up and make the changes.  This is your life - make it the life you want!

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New Beginnings

No one can go back and make a brand new beginning, but anyone can begin now and make a brand new ending. Things don't always turn out the way we intended.  This is a fact of life.  We make mistakes, or other things happen that influence outcomes in a way we didn't plan.  Unfortunately, we can't go back in time and change the way things played out - unless you're Doctor Who and you have a Tardis that we don't know about. While most of us don't have a Tardis, we do have something better, the ability to start all over again and make a new beginning.  From that new beginning, we can create our different outcome.  And if that outcome isn't quite what we expected, guess what?  We can make another new beginning.

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The Past has Passed

How we were is not how we are. The past has passed. Time to stop dwelling on what can't change and focus on what can, or it never will! - Here's to the future! You are NOT the same person you were 10 years ago, 5 years ago, or even yesterday. Who you are right now is not who you were. Let go of the things that you did. That's not to say you should forget them, but don't let them control who you are today. Learn from your past, but don't live in it. Move forward and become the person you want to become.

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Good Things Come…

good things come to those who wait, but better things come to those who work for it! ;) I'm not one to rip apart an ages old saying, and i'm sure it does have some merit. Sit back and wait your turn and you'll benefit. Okay that's great, but I think if you put your mind to something and work hard for it, better things will come. Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong, but i think it's a great way to live your life. Work for what you want, don't expect the world to hand it to you on a silver platter.

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Hope and Faith

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. Hope and Faith paves the path that lead us to our goals. You are so incredibly powerful, and you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Any thoughts, any dreams, any goals, anything you want, you can achieve. You just have to believe that you can. Hope and faith are two of the most powerful tools a person can have. When times get tough and the obstacles in your life seem insurmountable, hang on to the hope and faith and watch what happens. Because with hope and faith, you can accomplish ANYTHING.

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Who Defines You?

One of the biggest challenges in life we all face is whether or not we let others opinions of us define us. Trying to figure out who you are as a person is perhaps one of the biggest challenges you will ever face. From the time you are born, there are people trying to shape you into their version of who you should be. Admittedly, those people are your parents, and they are acting out of love, trying to guide you and help you to make the best choices you can. Later as you grow and venture forth into the world, you start to meet people, and again, you are being shaped by their thoughts, their beliefs and their perceptions of the world. None of this is bad provided you listen to the most important person when you try and decide the kind of person you will become. That's yourself. Listen to your thoughts, your opinions and give some credence to what YOU want and the kind of person YOU want to be. Make your own choices - be the person you want to be.

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Going With the Flow

To get to the rainbow, you must first go through the storm. Just don't forget to DANCE IN THE RAIN!!!  The thing about rain is, it's necessary.  Like oxygen, we need rain (or water) to live.  Without rain, plants, trees and crops wouldn't grow.  But rain has a way of messing up our plans.  Well it does, if you let it.  Let it rain, but celebrate the rain - go dance in it, all the while searching the sky for rainbows. Life is like that - it gives us roadblocks and detours and problems, and I'm not saying you should celebrate those problems, but hang tight because those roadblocks, detours and problems could be leading you to something greater than you ever thought.

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Live Your Life

Your greatest power is in the life you lead. Be bold and revel in the adventure. When I first came across this quote, Bon Jovi lyrics started running through my mind. It's my life It's now or never I ain't gonna live forever I just want to live while I'm alive. I just want to live while I'm alive.  You can go through life, and you can exist.  You get up, go to work, come home go to bed and do it all over again, just plodding through life day to day with no enjoyment.  Or you can chose to LIVE.  You may still get up, go to work, come home and go to bed only to do it over again, but you can revel in it and make the most of each and every second.  It's all in how you choose to live the life you're given.  Make the most of it, find the adventure in it, live it and love it - it's your life.

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Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Don't compare yourself to others. No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you, than YOU! For so many years, my biggest hair goal (yes, I have hair goals, don't laugh) was to have hair like Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman. I loved the color, the length and the style so much. It didn't matter if the style was going to look horrible on me, or I just didn't have the right texture hair for it, I wanted it. Then one day I realized that was kind of stupid. Julia Roberts had great hair - for Julia Roberts, not so much for me. I'm not Julia Roberts and i shouldn't try to be her. What works for her is probably not going to work for me. I need to focus on being me - cause honestly, I kind of rock, when I let myself.

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