Getting Through the Storms of Life

FB_IMG_1425820294989We all go through storms in our lives but we also experience sunshine as well. Do you ever stop to ask yourself “Why am I having so much sunshine?” No.  We don’t usual question when we are on top of the mountain feeling the sunshine of what life is giving us. It is usually only in the valley or in the storm that we question “Why me?”

 

I recently experienced the hardest storm I’ve ever gone through. I literally felt broken into a million pieces.  In the depths of this horrific storm, I really couldn’t feel – I was sad, broken, shattered, and exhausted. Tears rolled down my face, and at times I tried to control them, but simply couldn’t. I had to allow them to flow. And in doing this, it was part of my healing.

I’m sharing this with you to impress upon you that even someone like me, who is always the positive one, always smiling, always helping others, and always the one who people turn to for healing and love, I too experience storms.  Storms happen to everyone! We are given adversity to allow ourselves to grow spiritually and to learn life lessons, so we in turn can help others who may experience the same storm or one similar.

One of my favorite bible verses is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise to the God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

When we ourselves know first-hand about a storm, we are called to comfort those with the same comfort God gave us. How awesome is that?

As I said earlier this storm shattered me into a million pieces. I didn’t know why I was in this storm. I didn’t even see it coming! I didn’t know how I was going to put myself back together again. When I got home, I fell into bed exhausted. A few hours later I received a call with the outcome of the storm. I couldn’t believe the answer. I instantly broke down and cried for a very long time. Finally falling asleep, I began to dream. I was in my room, with a million puzzle pieces scattered all over the floor. God said “Don’t worry about putting the puzzle together as a whole. I want you to focus on picking up one piece at a time.”  When I woke up that morning, I remembered what God said. I felt peace because he answered my need. I would put myself back together one piece at a time. Remember – God allows us to grow for a reason.

Waking UP with Gratitude

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”~ Marcel Proust

As I was driving yesterday to get out, let my hair blow with all the windows down and the sunroof open, I listened to the CD – “The Secret”.  I kept replaying the part about waking up grateful for today, and thinking about all the things we are grateful for.  I know I do this on a subconscious level, but I decided to do it first and foremost before setting my two feet on the floor this morning. Lying in bed, I took a deep breath and let it out. I did this several times. This got my mind focused and centered in gratefulness. I said out loud ” I am so happy and grateful for today. Thank you for blessing me with……”  I listed what I’m thankful for. I didn’t make the list long, but my major points. (smile)

I feel so happy that I started my day out this way. Sometimes I write in my journal what I’m grateful for, but this was different. This brought me to FEEL it. Give it a try!  You will be happy you did.

Love and Light,

Deanna

I Believe…..

believe2“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” ― Audrey Hepburn

I believe in SUNDAY’s. I believe today is the BEST day. For me it’s the one day I choose to do what I want to do for me. It’s MY day to treat myself. I make it special. I get up and do a long meditation, connect spiritually, write in my journal about the week including all my gratitude, and reflect on things I could have done better or handled in a different way. Sunday’s are the day I recharge & rejuvenate my inner batteries so I can be there for others for the coming week. It’s an awesome day!

Is there a day that you make special for you? Do you ever take a day where you put away work, don’t do house work, and just focus on rejuvenating your batteries?

I believe we all live busy lives – Even busier than generations before us. We want the best for our kids, so we let them do sports, music, dance, girl/boy scouts, or whatever it my be, but do we teach them to take time out and relax? We seem to be ON THE GO…. ALL THE TIME.

I believe taking time for you is so very important. It’s all about taking care of you first, before you can take care of anyone else. This is a lesson women at my age now understand. When I had small kids at home, I really didn’t get that or why it was important.

Please take time to recharge, relax and rejuvenate YOU! These are the three “R’s”. (smile)

Love and Believing Sunday’s are the bomb!

De

Reflections of Gratitude

Quotes_Gratitude1As I began this year, and as I do every year, I began to reflect on the past year.I take some quiet time to reflect alone. I asked myself what I accomplished, what did I do well, what did I do not so well, what big changes occurred, what lessons did I learn, and what was I truly grateful for during the year. I thought about friends that I got close to, friends that made a difference, business associates and relationships that formed a bond, and also people who weren’t positive in my life.

I think making 2013 and every year going forward, we need to reflect and make changes that improve our well-being and make strides towards accomplishing our goals. If we don’t, we will continue to do the same thing over and over – a cycle that repeats itself. One thing I would hate when I sat in business meetings were the meetings that kept going round and round over the same subject and nothing getting accomplished. I would always be the one to finally step in, direct the conversation, and make the decision as to what the next steps should be. I could NOT stand to sit and hear it go round and round without any action being taken! Same goes with doing the same thing year after year with no reflection or changes to improve.

I set my goals, I made my vision board, and I also began to write in my gratitude journal. I haven’t been faithful in the past to do this, but this year it means more to me.  I saw something on TV that told the story of parents who had lost their daughter who was in her 20’s to a car accident. Days after the funeral as they were going through her things, they found her gratitude journal. When the mother spoke from her heart about reading her daughters journal and how she treasured it, I began to cry. Her mother was so grateful to have the journal. To read all the things her daughter was happy for, grateful for, even for the small things her mother had done for her that her mother didn’t think anything of. Knowing that their daughter was happy in her life was what helped her parents get through their loss. They took exerts from her journal and make bookmarks with their daughters picture on top in remembrance of her love of life and her gratefulness. They used the making of the bookmarks as therapy. To date, they have sold over 20,000 bookmarks!

I will be faithful and grateful everyday – writing down in my journal even the small things.

Love and Passion,

De