Enjoying the Gift of Nature

How often have you taken the time to really notice the beauty all around you? I find myself truly amazed at how the simplest of things can be such a gift when I bother to take the time to notice. A sunrise, sunset, snow, water, hilly terrain, flowers, animals, just to name a few things that can take your breath away. Every chance I get, I take my camera and appreciate what's around me. I know I tend to notice it a lot more than the average person (to my kids' dismay - they get tired of hearing about the sunsets...lol) I do tend to find myself behind the camera lens a lot and it's such a passion of mine that I can't imagine NOT doing it. It's a part of me. It's who I am. It's what I do. And I love it... I'll be sharing more of my pictures on here from time to time. Just remember, beauty is all around us and the gift of nature is a gift that can be enjoyed again and again. You only have to take notice...

Today we've got something a bit different for you. From time to time, I will be opening up to guest posts from some others to share different views. Today's guest post is from my good friend, Glen. He will be sharing on here in the future, and today's post is just a taste of what's to come. He has an interesting take on things and I look forward to sharing his writing in the future! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hello, I'm Glen Gearhart. It's an honor to be asked to do a guest blog on Angie's Motivational Musings web site. In the following story, you'll see that I haven't quite arrived when it comes to keeping a positive attitude. It takes work and it takes time. Many out there are eaten up with bitterness and it is so easy for that to rub off on us. We fail, but failure WILL lead to success if we do not let ourselves get discouraged and give up. Annoying People You've met them. You've had the distinct displeasure of having to deal with them. It seems they instinctively know just how to get under your skin. Well, today was my day. I posted some ATV parts for sale on St. Louis Craigslist last night and today I got this terse email from someone who must have felt like he was a moderator or something. You know the type. He complained that I mistakenly put my "crap" in the motorcycle section. So I checked and told him that in fact, they were listed in the ATV section and I asked him why he was wasting his time looking at my junk. This made Mr. Lemon even more agitated and he responded by calling me a retard. Hmmmmm.... By then, I was starting to get a little hot under the collar too. His writing didn't indicate he was really that bright and certainly not smarter than me. He didn't use a "your" in place of a "you're" for instance, but we know smart people don't get abusive for nothing. I thought about jacking him up, but then I remembered that it's only 2 days to Christmas. I remembered the spirit of the season and the reason for it and so I decided I should take the high road and respond by saying: "Merry Christmas! May you get all the good things you deserve." But as I was typing it up, try as much as I could, I just couldn't get my fingers to put in the word "good." I guess I'm just not quite in the Christmas spirit yet.

happy pile of clothes So, it's been almost a year since I've written here, and what a year it's been. It's gone so fast that I honestly don't know where the time went. I've ended up living on autopilot again, and losing sight of what I'm here to do. I've had more trials this year than I'd like to admit but as usual, I've overcome them. It's interesting... Time keeps ticking away and I'm not much closer to living my dream than I was last year. Probably further away since I'm starting once again. But I'm not going to beat myself up. I wouldn't look down on anyone else for letting other things get in the way and putting this on the back burner but it's second nature to be hard on myself for doing it. Not this time. A very good friend recently told me that I'm way too hard on myself, and I took that advice to heart. I took a good look at what I've been through, and how I've come through it. If I were looking at my story through someone else's eyes, I would be amazed at what all I've been through and still accomplished. So, what if I took a year off from my blog? I moved into a new home, took on a lot of extra stress, fought through a pretty intense bout with arthritis and accompanying fatigue, ended up with a new puppy and am going to be a grandma. Oh, and that's aside from working a full-time job. So, some slack is officially cut. I am happy just to be alive and where I am. I do realize this. I know how truly blessed I am and even though I sometimes forget how blessed I am and get caught up in the self-pity associated with stress and overwhelm, I do know how incredibly blessed I am. And that's where the magic is... Yes - Gratitude. That's the sweet spot. So, with that being said, I'm grateful to be back in the groove again. No matter how rusty my writing may be. More slack is officially being cut. This year will be the year of less planning and more doing. And the next chapter begins...

my fortune So... It's now 2013. Now what??? Most people are into New Year's Resolutions. Not me. Resolutions tend to be a setup to failure. I'm looking at it as a renewal this year. A time to reflect on my life thus far and a time to figure out what the hell I want to do when I grow up. The problem with this??? I'm almost 50. Wow. Actually, I'll be 48 this week but it's close enough. It's time to step into my true self and quit standing on the sidelines. I've tried this before but always ended up with a severe case of the what ifs with a heaping helping of the monkey mind questioning my every thought. So, this year, instead of resolutions, I'm going with reasons for change. Resolutions are made to be broken and figuring out the reasons you're ready for change is coming at it from a different place...from the heart. When you know why you want to make a change, you'll find it much easier to make that change. And for me, I've got lots of reasons for change. 48 in fact. One for each year on earth. Time to reassess where I've been, the role it's had in who I have become and where I go from here. First step... Starting to write again. That starts today. So much to write about and so many blessings I've kept to myself. I saw a quote recently about our desires not being of our own choosing and it's our responsibility to live out our dreams instead of suppressing them. And so all of these things I've held inside for fear of whatever and whomever are coming out. I'm stepping into me. Warts and all. I am who I am and you know, it's not too bad! I have an uncanny knack for seeing things that others don't see until I bring it to their attention. And that's a blessing. Or a curse. It's all in the way you look at it. So, instead of once again setting myself up for failure with doing what I want to do, I am doing SOMETHING today. And that's good enough for me. And for anyone who happens to still be reading, thank you for being interested. I know I'm rusty with the writing but I'm easing up on myself this year and not going for perfect...I'm just going.

Hey, folks. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's been a while. I really ought to go through the archives and see how many posts I've written that started with, "I'll bet you're wondering what I've been up to" or "It's been a while," etc... I could probably write a book just with them! Over the years, I've changed tremendously. Since I originally started Motivational Stuff (the old website with all the motivational stuff on it before people really seemed to WANT motivational stuff,) my life has changed so dramatically in some ways, and in other ways, has remained at a stand still. Until recently, that is... So many times I would write something and not post it for fear of offending someone or possible confrontation. I would try to hide from who I am and just spew what I thought people wanted to hear. I found excuses not to write. I let the Shiny Object Syndrome take over, followed with a bout of Excusitis. I closed the Motivational Stuff site years ago because it was too much work and expense to keep up with when I wasn't getting any return from it. I totaled up my expenses for a year from all of the domain names I purchased here and there, hosting, etc... and then beat myself up for not taking action with any of them. Ideas I've got... Initiative and follow through, not so much. It's always been a self-worth issue. Just never feeling like enough or as good as. It's plagued me since my early years in school. I have done so much clearing work lately that has allowed me to find the roots of those issues and finally start to release them. I may write about it here, or save it for a book. Who knows what I'll do next! I feel the need to release lately. Release the gunk in my life. Release the old, negative stuff that I've allowed to hold me back from being the truly amazing gift I can be to this world. Just as everyone is. Releasing the "shoulds" and replacing them with the "I AMs" losing the judgment about who I am and what I should do and how thing should be and just embracing the true self that I am. And it's about f'ing time. Weird's the new normal. And I'm embracing my weirdness. My uniqueness. My quirkiness. My "me-ness." How about you embrace your "you-ness" and step into your true self? Question your thoughts. Those voices in your head that tell you that you can't or you shouldn't or you aren't. Are those REALLY your thoughts? Or are they someone else's thoughts that you've accepted as your own personal truth? Shouldn't do something? Says who? Is that thought REALLY something that belongs to you? If you ask yourself, "Why?" and the best answer you can come up with is, "Just because," then it's probably not YOUR thought. (I find these especially around money - which seems to have been the bane of my adult existence.) I would hear my parents' voice coming out of my mouth around money issues. I couldn't seem to get rid of those pesky limiting thoughts. I've found that questioning if a thought is truly mine, and if not, choosing to release it as my own truth (through some clearing energy work,) to be an effective way of getting to what I truly believe and want for my life. It's an ongoing process, as I'm finally stepping into the me I know I can be. Being a better version of myself. Growing daily so I can be a better contribution to this world around me. Sometimes I don't feel like blogging. Honestly, I'm sick of the layout of the blog. I have found other themes I like and then get caught up in the minutia of working on trying to get it changed without having to invest further (because my money's better spent on things like, oh, let's say, keeping the utilities on and food) so I use that as another barrier to moving forward. So, I uncover another issue, and then I work on it. It has kept me very busy lately, along with work. So that's what I've been up to lately. Reinventing myself as the true me I'm meant to be. I could have blogged about my adventure but I didn't. It would have been interesting reading, I'm tellin' ya! Just suffice it to say, I'm shakin' things up. More to come.........................
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