Take that FIRST Step

Hello Friends! Can you believe we are already two weeks into the New Year?! I don’t know about you, but I truly needed a FRESH START! A New Year with the opportunity for New Dreams, New Goals, New Beginnings. 2012 was a truly challenging year for me in so many ways. I finally took the risk to change my profession, I had my heart broken, and I lost one of my dearest friends.  But with the challenges, the struggles, the heartache… I learned valuable lessons:  I took time for myself and I began to see things in a new light, with a new appreciation. One of my intentions for the New Year is to put my energy very deliberately into moving forward.  Taking those steps to make the changes, reach the goals, and fulfill the dreams I envision for myself.  And often times, fear of the unknown or of change makes taking that first step scary, difficult, challenging. But as this inspiring quote reminds us, “SOMETIMES THE SMALLEST STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ENDS UP BEING THE BIGGEST STEP OF YOUR LIFE. TIP TOE IF YOU MUST, BUT TAKE THE STEP!”

Take THAT Step

So, regardless of what your goals and visions for this New Year might be: Believe in yourself and TAKE THAT FIRST STEP, even if it is a baby step! Keep your eyes, your heart and your mind open and your feet moving forward AND you will find what you need! Wishing you all a beautiful Monday and a Wonderful Week ahead!

monday motivation

I am truly blessed to have an amazing group of friends and loved ones who inspire me everyday! Last night one of those dear friends sent me a beautiful message full of hope and encouragement; and so I thought I would share a similar message with all of you!  Don’t you love that Monday holds so much potential? Wishing you a bright and brilliant week!

COURAGE my Love

Our lives are inevitably faced with periods of transition, adversity and challenge…that is what makes Life, Life. It is at these crossroads where you must decide to live your truth, to face your fears, and to create positive change for yourself.  Deciding which path to take on that journey can be extremely difficult and often times feelings of fear, sadness, or uncertainty take hold. I find myself in a transition period professionally, personally and emotionally; and that feeling of “not knowing” can be overwhelmingly scary. Today I am struggling to let go of something that has been a big part of my life recently, but I know in my heart it is not meant to be. So, to all of you who also need a little extra strength today….We are Beautiful Fierce Warriors and we can overcome any adversity. Listen to your heart, follow your truth, fill your soul with courage and you will find the strength to live your dreams… COURAGE MY LOVE!

monday motivation

winter storm in NYC | personal photograph, kindly credit this site if used

Today’s post was inspired by my dear friend Mary Catherine and by new beginnings.  She left yesterday to begin a new adventure in New York City, and while I could not be happier for her, it is also very bittersweet to think I won’t be able to run down the street for a chat and a glass of wine, call her up for impromptu dance session, or meet at our favorite coffee shop on Wednesday mornings to catch up. I am so proud of her strength, her drive, and for bravely listening to her heart and following her dreams. As Goethe says, “boldness has a genius and power and magic in it.”  Go forward and be bold sweet friend…You deserve all of the wonderful, magical things that await you in New York.  And as for me, I am already planning my trip to the City to properly celebrate this amazing new chapter in her life!  Wishing you all an inspired Monday full of power, courage and light!

monday motivation

I was reminded by a dear friend today the importance of accepting and facing challenges. I have no doubt, that maintaining balance and peace are imperative to living a happy and fulfilled life. But, truthfully what would life be without challenges to help us grow, re-evaluate and become stronger?  Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body, and challenge brings truth to the heart. So even in the midst of a difficult time; face the challenge head on, embrace the emotions you feel, and release your fears so that you may move forward bravely.

awe + appreciation

personal photograph | kindly credit this site if used

Being that we recently observed Earth Day, I felt inspired and humbly reminded of how truly awe-inspiring and breath-taking our world is.  Be gentle with the Earth, take delight in its many pleasures, and remember to open your eyes and discover the beauty in every new day. Wishing you all a beautiful Monday!!!