September 13, 2017 Laura

Happy Positive Thinking Day!!! A good day starts with a good thought. Wake up every morning and think happy things to get your day going. To celebrate Positive Thinking Day I made a list of twenty things that make me smile. A simple trick but a trick that works – If you’re feeling a little down, think of something wonderful in your life. Gratitude is a gateway to happiness. Train your mind to see the bright side of everything.  Having breakfast with my son. Flowers. A good laugh with my boyfriend. Talking on the phone with my mom. Having a…

September 11, 2017 Laura

Building a strong and healthy mind is a key factor in leading a happy and healthy life. We must constantly be challenging our mind to expand to new ideas and new ways of thinking to keep growing. The saying goes, “Life is what we make it”, and that all starts in the mind. Here are seven ways that you can expand, challenge and teach your mind to be strong and healthy.  Read and practice daily affirmations. – Reading and reciting daily affirmations or mantras will help you train your min to perceive the world from a positive view. Journal and…

September 9, 2017 Laura

Name one person that loves budgets…I do not love budgets. I love the feeling of staying on budget, I love the feeling of being in control of my money, and I love the feeling of financial organization but I do not love building budgets. Financial organization is important in your life for many more reasons than just making the bills on time (was hoping that was the obvious one!). It also helps you feel more in control of what’s going on in your life, it alleviates some of your stress. Good money management also brings more mindfulness into your life…

September 7, 2017 Laura

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an #artthursday round-up post…I’m feeling a bit crafty! I have a secret love for sharpies so this was a fun one for me to put together and I can’t wait to give some of these a try! This list is great for some new home decor and for some gifts for loved ones for the upcoming holiday season!  “Stained Glass” with Sharpies from Happy Hooligans – These are a sure way to add some color to your kitchen. Fill with fresh flowers and place to add a little “Sunshine” in your day!  Sharpie Dot Flower Pot…

September 2, 2017 Laura 1Comment

September is National Self-Improvement Month and with a new season ahead of us it’s a great time to get setting some new goals. Here’s the top goals to set for yourself this month. *These are high level goals, over the next few weeks we’ll break them down more with tips, tricks, and ideas to soar to the top!  1. Get Fit. A healthy body is a gateway to a healthy life and mind. It improves our overall happiness and helps boost our energy day by day. Find ways to add better eating habits and healthy exercise routines into your weeks consistently. …

August 21, 2017 Laura

Why not celebrate this fuzzy, sweet fruit this month? August is National Peach Month and for good reason with all the farmers markets bringing them to the table. This sweet fruit is more than just yummy to eat, it is packed with vitamins and nutrients to help you get going each day! 1.) High in fiber which aids in digestion and helps you stay full longer. 2.) Filled with antioxidants. 3.) High in phenolic and carotenoid compounds which help prevent cancer. 4.) High in vitamin C which helps maintain healthy skin. 5.) Also high in beta-carotene which helps improve eye…

August 11, 2017 Laura

We are all striving to feel our best and to do our best. But without taking care of ourselves how can we keep doing just that? Healthy habits can be simple and easily worked into your days. Whether it’s taking some time to yourself to recharge by taking a hot bath in the evening, or calling up a friend to vent about your day, or walking down the drive to get the mail instead of driving, every little bit makes a difference in how you feel each day.  Here are 10 Simple, Healthy & Happy Habits to start doing today to…

August 8, 2017 Laura 2Comment

We’re all on a journey, each of us winding down an individual path crossing into and out of each other’s lives. This month my focus is on regaining the balance I need in my life. The balance between body, soul, heart, and mind. Naturally that turns my attention to developing myself spiritually as well to help bring all those points together as one. This month’s collection is a collection of books to bring out and deepen our spiritual sense and growth.    Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism – In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights the commonest…

August 4, 2017 Laura

To All My Past Lovers: I hope you go out there and find yourself. I hope you explore and experience the world with eyes wide open. Maybe I gave you too much, maybe I didn’t give you enough. Maybe I hurt you, maybe you hurt me, or maybe we hurt each other. Maybe we were too different or maybe we too much of the same. I hope you are learning to let go. I hope you have forgiven. I hope you have moved on. I am ready to forgive. I am ready to let go. I am ready to move…

August 2, 2017 Laura 2Comment

Adrenaline was coursing through my veins. I started my Fitbit too soon, I had to stop it. I was nervous. I was anxious. I was excited. One by one, clouds of emotions rolled over me. Here I was standing under an over cast sky on an early Saturday morning in June waiting for the announcer to yell, “Go!”. I stood still, holding my balance strong while being bumped around by runners rearing to take off just as much as I was. I was at the starting line of The Baltimore 10 Miler. Thoughts of doubt, thoughts of disbelief, and thoughts…