Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday VIDEO Spotlight - Procrastination vs. Opportunity






What is procrastination? How do we know when we are putting things off when we do not need to?

-Cerise









Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Mom Sees Herself Through The Eyes Of Her Children



I came across this story and it touched me so deeply. It brought tears to my eyes. I found it so loving, beautiful and powerful that I just needed to share it with you here.  Every woman deserves to feel beautiful. Every woman deserves to love her body. To hold her head high. To lift her face to the sun. To step out of the shadows. I invite you to be that woman!

This loving story was originally posted on http://bridgettetales.com






Flipping through the pictures on my phone, I see it.

My first reaction is shock. Who took this hideous picture of me?

Self-loathing and disgust swell up and threaten to bring me to tears.

Just as I am about to hit delete, my boy walks in the room.

“Do you know anything about this picture?” I ask him.

I turn the screen so he can see it. He smiles huge.

“I took that of you in Tahoe,” he says. “You looked so beautiful laying there. I couldn’t help it mom.”

“You need to ask me before using my phone to take pictures,” I say.

“I know,” he says. “But mom, seriously, look how pretty you look?”

I look at the picture again and try to see what he sees.

My daughter walks over and takes a look.

“That could be a postcard mom,” she says smiling. “Your so beautiful. I love it.”






I take a deep breath.

This is exactly what I needed.

My default mode is to see and focus on the flaws and imperfections. I’m starting to see a bit more.

I still see my dimply, fat thighs.

I also see a mom collapsed on the shore that just explored the lake for hours with her children.

I still see chubby arms.

I also see the arms of a mom that just helped her kids across the rocks and hot sand so their feet wouldn’t hurt.

I still see a fat woman wearing a black dress bathing suit to try to hide her weight issue.

I also see an adventurous mom that loves her children something fierce.

Like many women, I have struggled with my weight most of my life. It’s not something that will ever go away for me. I don’t have a naturally slim body. Never have.

Right now I’m the heaviest I’ve been in 10 years. Yet…

I have not let my weight stop me this time. I am wearing tank tops, sundresses and bathing suits in public. I’m running around playing with my kids this summer and I sometimes even feel attractive.

Yes. You heard me.

“I feel pretty. Oh so pretty. I feel pretty, and witty and bright.”

Well…not exactly. But something like that.

Is it because I’m getting older? Is it that I have more to worry about than just how I look? Or maybe it’s because my kids look at me with such adoring eyes.

Really, it doesn’t matter.

I don’t hate my body anymore.

That’s huge for me to admit and hard to even wrap my mind around.

I’m not giving up on exercising and getting healthy. Those are things I will continue to strive for because I want to be around awhile.

Right now though, I just want to love my body where it is. I want it to be OK to see myself the way my kids do.

Thank you kids.





Happy Zodiac Birthday HOROSCOPE For The Week Of July 30th to August 5th!






Is your birthday between July 30th - August 5th? Be sure to visit EE on your special day to check out your HappyZodiacBirthday Horoscope! Remember to share this page with your friends and family who may also be celebrating a birthday this week!

Happy Birthday!!


JULY 30TH-2014 
Do not allow the frustration of others to switch up your mood. today is your day, love and live it the way you want to.

JULY 31ST-2014
Be the star you know you are. Living life waiting for it to happen is one way to get things done, but you are truly just leaving it up to fate. Instead of waiting for things to unfold there is another way to get things done and that is what you will be doing this year. You will planning your future and getting things accomplished.

AUGUST 1ST-2014
Be happy and proud of who you are. People like you and want to get close to you. Give them a chance without be guarded and you will truly make some new friends.

AUGUST 2ND-2014
Be bold and free. People will appreciate your energy and character. Some may be haters, but really who cares. At least they are seeing something in you to be envious of.

AUGUST 3RD-2014
You will feel as if you are at a crossroad this year. Many opportunities will be presented to you. Explore each one and do not accept any of them if you feel the least bit leery.

AUGUST 4TH-2014
Nobody knows you like you know yourself. Do not allow others to dictate to you what you should or should not do. Listen to your heart and follow your own mind. Doing so will get you a lot farther.

AUGUST 5TH-2014
Sing and dance. Enjoy your day and the rest of the year, because you may experience a bit of anxiety you will still get through the year in fine condition.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Your HOROSCOPE For The Week Of July 28th






Aries (March 21-April 19)
This week when someone upsets you, try not to allow it to affect you in a negative way. If you feel that something needs to be said in order to correct the situation then certainly speak up, but it would be best to use a calm tone.

Taurus (April 20- May 20)
You will soon have to do the process of elimination. You will be shedding what is no longer useful to you. So that means clothes, shoes, friends, furniture etc. Do not fret because what you will be getting rid of will be within the course of nature, meaning it will be written in your stars. Have a yard sale and you just might meet new and interesting people.

Gemini (May 21- June 20)
Do not give into peer pressure, and no matter what age you are it still happens. Do your own thing and if others are doing something that you really do not want to do whether it is bad or not, simply say decline. You should never do something that you do not want to do just because your friends or family feel you should.
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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
Speak up for others who are not able to speak up for themselves. Your voice will have an impact this week that other voices will not.  

Leo (July 23- August 22)
People will show you love, and they will do it out of the blue. Do not second guess their genuinely kind intention, because being suspicious of them will just ruin the mood.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Jealousy is something that cannot exist in a healthy relationship of any kind. Get rid of it and you will not feed into the illness of humanity.    

Libra (September 23- October 22)
People who are know-it-alls will try to give you advice. Follow their guidance if you feel they have solid advice, however, if they are rude and obnoxious or dismissive it would be best to hold your tongue and not respond to their ignorance but at least hear what knowledge they have.    

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)
Dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s. Being thorough this week will pay off next week.

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)
A fantastic person with an easy going personality will come into your life or day and make an awesome impact on it.

Capricorn (December 22- January 19)
Hold our tongue and hold your corner. Do not allow conflict to erupt from a situation that could be handled with logic as opposed to emotion.

Aquarius (January 20- February 18)
Give a little more and you will get so much, much more. Especially in the areas of family and love.

Pisces (Feb 19- March 20)
Got a habit you are trying to kick? The willpower will kick in more by next week.




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday VIDEO Spotlight - The Empty Pickle Jar






A magnificent example of the importance in keeping one's life in balance.

Enjoy!







Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Happy Zodiac Birthday Horoscope For The Week Of July 23rd - July 29th






If your birthday is between July 23rd and July 29th be sure to visit EE on your special day to check out your HappyZodiacBirthday Horoscope! Remember to share this page with your friends and family who may also be celebrating a birthday this week.

Happy Birthday!!


July 23rd -2014
Sadness is a state of mind. Inspire yourself through thinking better thoughts and happiness will be your state of mind.

July 24th-2014 
Do not worry about yesterday. Lift your head up to today and let nature takes its course on your path to tomorrow.

July 25th-2014
Having thoughts of travelling? Go for it. Check out the last minute trips on the travel sites and pick an all inclusive trip to somewhere you have never been! You will love! Or in the alternative go camping in the wonderful world of Canadian summer.

July 26th-2014
Give yourself a break. If you are too hard on yourself then you will get stressed out faster. Take it easy on yourself and when outside stress hits it will not get you down.

July 27th-2014
You will be thinking about how to help save the planet, animals or people. Take your thoughts seriously and get involved if you are not already. Helping others helps yourself too.

July 28th -2014
Feeling like you need to take better care of your health? Start today! Your birthday is a better day than any.

July 29th -2014
Do what you can to get things done in a timely manner. Procrastination will only make you feel regretful later.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stop The Negativity - Please!






Let me say right now that this post may turn out to be a rant, because I am a bit upset. And yes, I do realize that if I were allow it to turn out that way, it would be completely contrary to the point of the message behind this post.

*Deep Breath*

I have to say that I am really bothered by people who find a way to cast shadow on every positive message or post.  This happens all of the time on Facebook.  Today for example, someone wished Prince George a Happy 1st Birthday and immediately there are negative comments. Either about their personal disdain for the Royal Family, or comments about the lack of spotlight on starving children around the world, or the crisis in Gaza. I mean. C'mon!!!

What is that about? Why?!?!?  Why can't a post just be about that sentiment.  If someone (in this case) takes the time to acknowledge a milestone of a first birthday of a BABY - why can't that be enough? It was on that person's heart to send good energy to that precious child. Let it be just that. Why feel the need to muddy it up with the darkness in your own heart?

Who cares if you don't personally like the Royal family?  What does that have to do with a sweet innocent baby celebrating a 1st birthday?

Starving children around the world, and the dying children in Gaza - are horrific tragedies.  But, again, what does that have to do with this baby?

Are we saying that because horrific things are happening around the world that we should not celebrate a birthday? Are we saying that because there is suffering - there should not be rejoicing in the good things? Are we saying that we cannot celebrate, embrace and show love until every single person on the planet is well?

Wouldn't that be lovely.  Do you hold to that standard on your birthday?  Do you carry that with you when you go out to ring in the New Year?

I mean, c'mon!!!!  Yes! It is awful that wars, and illness exist. It is a travesty that children get caught in the crossfire. Clearly I am not saying that we should not give proper attention to that.  However, does that diminish every single good moment in life? Is that not then evil winning over good?

Sounds a bit counter-productive to me.

And then there are the people who will say - there are children all over the world having a birthday today - but because they are not famous, we don't wish them a Happy Birthday.  True.  To a point.  I'm quite certain that each one of us do indeed wish anyone around the world a Happy Birthday, whether they are known or unknown.  If you happen upon a stranger, and discover it is their birthday, do you not then offer them well wishes on their day?  Does that mean that if we are aware of a 'famous' person's birthday we should not also wish them a Happy Birthday, if we are so moved?

And if we are not moved to do so. That is fine.  Fabulous.  But why do people who are not moved to share in the sentiments, feel the need to poo-poo the ones who are?  This happens every single day online.  You see a post, you do not share the sentiment of the post, and rather than just scrolling past it and moving on with your day, you feel the need - the necessity - to stop your life - and spread negative garbage all over that particular thread.  WHY?!?!?!

Have we not yet learned about rebound energy? Have we forgotten that what we put out there comes back to us - ten fold?  Have we forgotten that if we purposely go around dumping our garbage on everyone else, that surely goodness will not come our way?  Have we forgotten that it is our Divine duty to embrace one another, even in such a simple way as wishing one another good will?

It is my great hope that each of us will take the time to remember how it feels when someone takes time from their day to send us good thoughts or energy. How nice it is to have our special moments in life acknowledged.  And how easy it is to extend love to our fellow human beings.

Please remember, to treat others, the way we, ourselves, would want to be treated.

With that, let me wish you the absolute best in whatever milestone you are celebrating today!

Love and Light

-Laura