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My Afternoon With Maria Shriver

 

Thanks to a couple of friends, I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Maria Shriver.  Myself and over 300 other guests including the young women who make up the student body at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, located in the beautiful city of San Diego, California.

My Afternoon With Maria Shriver

The event was held on the spectacular grounds of the all-girls Catholic high school.  The Academy of Our Lady of Peace has been educating young women for the past 135 years.  Maria herself attended an all-girls Catholic high school and during the Q&A session she reminisced with the student body about why she too would roll up her uniform skirts (it’s a Catholic school thing).

My Afternoon With Maria Shriver

She was inspirational and endering that afternoon, I could’ve have listened to her speak for hours.  Maria spoke about her newest book and No. 1 national bestseller,  “I’ve Been Thinking…Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful life”.  This book will resonate with anyone who is looking for guidence, enlightenment, and insight.  The lessons she has learned along her life’s journey she compiled in this book.  Maria shares prayers, and inspiring quotes to help get us all through what she calls The Open Field, a place of acceptance, purpose, passion, and joy.

My Afternon With Maria Shriver

I love that she ends each chapter with a prayer and they all start with “Dear God…” Maria has said that the reader can put in any words they want. “I practice Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism … if you want, you can pray to the tree in your backyard, or it could just be a moment of silence. It’s more than religion —- it’s inspiration and counsel.”

Maria sees every person on earth as a architect of change.

She defines that by:

“People who challenge what is”.

“Imagine what can be”.

“And have the goal of moving humanity forward”.

 

Learn more about Maria’s Architects of Change program.

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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10 Things To Start Doing For Yourself


10 things to start doing for yourself

1. Spend Time In The Present

Stop dreaming about when and if and enjoy the right now!  Time goes quickly (it’s already February!).  This, right now is the most important time of your life, go out and seize the day…and the night!

2. Be Grateful

Keep a gratitude journal bedside and every evening write down the things you were grateful for in that day. Every morning set a quiet time for yourself where you can reflect and recall the good in life and reread the items you were grateful for the previous day.  Gratitude will help you to focus on all the good in your life even if your life is far from perfect.

3. End Toxic Relationships

This can be a very difficult painful process.  It can be scary and overwhelming especially if it’s a long-term relationship or friendship.  Toxic people thrive on control and it is likely that they learned this behavior in their own childhood.  There comes a point in every toxic relationship when you realize you give more of yourself emotionally and receive no emotional support back.  It’s time to cut the strings and let that relationship go.

4. Do Things You Love

As Confucius said “do what you love” and Maya Angelou who said “…pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”  When we do what we love we are more likely to be healthier, happier, and far more successful than those who do not.  Do little things daily that you love and bring you joy.

5. Start Forgiving And Then Just Let It Go

It’s important to work through your feelings of why you won’t forgive yourself or why you hold a grudge against another in order to truly forgive.  Once you do this you can release all the anger and hurt inside.  One of the hardest things to learn is to forgive, not just yourself, but to forgive others.  It is essential to let go of the past and to move on.

6. Don’t Procrastinate, Get On With It

Do you put things off until all you do during your waking hours is think about what you need to get done? STOP! The solution is simple write down on a piece of paper 3 steps that will help you complete the task at hand then do one step at a time until it’s done.  You can’t look forward to the future if there are things holding you back.

7. Spend Time With Nature

Breathe deeply in the beauty of nature.  Walk barefoot and feel the energy of the soil/sand under your feet.  Spend time getting in touch with your soul.

8. De-clutter Your Space

Clutter is bad for your health, the more “stuff” that is around the more one feels out of control of ones life and stresses.  Clutter is anything you have that is not adding value to your life, it is bringing you down energetically and psychologically.  Donate 1 thing everyday for 30 days (you’ll be surprised at how simple and easy this is to accomplish).

9. Check Out Of Social Media One Day A Week

A break from social media is good for your over all mental health and well-being.  We’ve all read about the negative effects that social media has on us.  Take a day off every week

10. Trust Your Heart

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” ~William S. Burroughs.  Follow the voice of your heart and intuition, the answers to your questions are all within you.

Take care of yourself, first!

Start Doing these simple things!

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

 

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Gift Guide: The Best Friend

Your Best Friend is always there when you need her, rain or shine, no matter what time of day or night.  You call and she comes running to your side.  The holidays are the perfect time for you to let her know just how much she means to you and how much you appreciate her!  You know they say it’s better to give than to receive, so who is more fun to buy for than your best friend?

Gift Guide The Best Friend

Shower your best friend with a gift(s) that she will love (and you will, too) in this Gift Guide! (more…)

10 Fun Things To Do During Fall

Favorite Fall Home Decor

Yay!  It’s finally Fall!

Favorite Fall Home Decor

While some people can’t wait for summer, I long for it to be fall all year-long!  The leaves are finally falling, there is a crisp chill in the air (not so much in Southern California, but hopefully soon), and I’m decorating my home for this glorious season!  I love the ease of fall decorating; soft cozy blankets, faux pumpkins, and cute pillows make it simple to bring autumn into your home.  Lately, I’ve been scouring the internet for some new decor and I’m so excited to show you what I have found. If you fall in love with any of these items like I did, you can buy them right from the affiliate links (FYI, I will receive a small commission). (more…)

Look Who’s Calling? Part 2

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM3

Every year my family attends a huge reunion during the summer, and this year I’m one of the co-chairs.  Everyone who is attending lives all across the United States, so I will be doing a ton of texting and making countless phone calls to get everything and everyone organized.Look Whos Calling Part 2

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Friday Five ~ Last Minute Fathers Day Gifts

Father’s Day Is Only 2 Days Away!

Here are my top 5 last-minute Father’s Day gifts…

Friday Five last minute fathers day gifts

 

  1. Mr. Beer Long Play Ipa Craft Beer Making Kit

  2. Kenneth Cole Mens Stainless Steel and Diamond Watch

  3. Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua Men Eau De Toilette Spray

  4. Catskill Craftsman Guitar Shaped Cutting Board

  5. Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Don’t forget to get the special men in your life a gift to show them just how much you care.  And more than anything else hug them tight and tell them how much you love them!

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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Friday Five ~ A Week In Review

Happy Friday!

Friday Five Surfer

The week started off great with a walk on the Huntington Beach Pier.  The surfers were out and so were the hoards of people fishing off the pier.  The mornings have been full of June gloom which makes for perfect walking weather.  Where is your favorite place to walk on gloomy mornings?

friday Five - start with breadAs much as I try to stay away from bread I just can’t help myself!  So when I saw this sign at my local coffee shop I knew it was a sign… Insert smile!  What is your favorite thing to start the day with? (more…)