Calming Your Mind:)

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Do you ever feel like life is always in full speed? You ever feel like your life’s been put on fast forward? I feel that way a lot in my day-to-day life. Life moves so fast and with such speed, it can be hard to feel like you are in control of anything. A lot of times what causes us to feel like this is when we are experiencing anxiety. A lot of times when the mind is anxious, it’s racing and trying to keep busy with thoughts that are even busier. We forget just how fast time really goes. Some days it feels like 12 hours might as well be 5 minutes. Other days feel more like 12 light years have passed before the day is over. Life is all about finding balance and peace. We all need peace of mind that no matter what, there is always going to be a quiet place within us that remains calm and in control. How do you do that? Take a look at the guidelines below πŸ™‚

1.) Assess your life! Is there anything in your life that is causing you stress or anxiety? If so, try to eliminate or minimize that source of stress.

2.) Remain calm on the inside! If you find your mind wandering off in all different directions because you can’t seem to think, try to take a nap, meditate, relax, etc. Sometimes your brain just needs time to process lots of information all at once.

3.) Talk! A lot of times if we can talk about what is on our minds we find it can help us sort out any confusing information that might be circling around in our minds. **Fact** Our brains can actually be functioning like a broken record, they can keep going over the same stuff again and again until we change the way we think.Β 

4.) Take good care of yourself! Remember that at the end of the day, you need to be your number one priority. So, if there is something getting in the way of you maintaining good health, you may want to figure out what that is and fix it.

“It is not selfish to love yourself, to take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale

Thanksgiving:)

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. -Oprah Winfrey

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! πŸ™‚ What are you thankful for today? Do you find that you are feeling warm inside because you know how loved you are? Believe you are so, so loved because that IS the TRUTH!!! πŸ™‚ You are wonderful inside and out, you have a huge heart, and you are worthy of love regardless of what people may tell you!!! Be thankful for wonderful you and the wonderful people you are surrounded by!! πŸ™‚ Today, count your blessings!! Enjoy a feast with your families, listen to holiday music, hug one another often, play games, get out the old home videos that are funny regardless of how many times you watch them, smile always, focus on the positive, let go of the negative, and ENJOY your day!! ❀ The sun is shining and let us celebrate being in America!! Bless our beautiful country!! ❀

I wanted to make this blog on the short side so that I didn’t take away from your Thanksgiving time! ❀ ❀ ❀ Thank you SO much for reading my blog, I am SO thankful to all of my readers and followers!!!! ❀ πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!! Love always and always,

Lindsea Peace πŸ™‚

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Success:) What does it mean to YOU?

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” -David Frost

What does success mean to you? To me, success is being satisfied with the life I am living each and every day! It means reaching new goals, making new friends, loving a little more each day, creating myself to be the best I can be, and making sure that I am happy with the life I am living! πŸ™‚ Success does not have to be anything huge! It can if you want it to be but you achieve success just by being a wonderful person! πŸ™‚ I want to share one of my success stories with you! πŸ™‚Β 

When I was in 8th grade I was going through a rough patch. I was being bullied a lot, I was living a very hard life, and I was awfully depressed. My grades were average but nothing over-the-top. I felt like such a failure on so many levels. I had come to school crying many more days than one and I felt so, so sad. However, I kept coming to school, I showed up every day and did my homework, I never did drugs or drank alcohol, and I kept going even when all seemed lost and to be going nowhere. Well, on January 29th, 2010 something special happened! That morning in math we all went over to the room next door and the principal was there along with my counselor and all of my classmates. My family then walked through the door and that’s when I knew something special was about to happen. They announced they were going to play a commercial. That commercial was announcing that I was chosen for the Best Foot Forward Award. My favorite math teacher was in it and was telling everyone how wonderful my work ethic was, how my dedication to my studies was outstanding, and a lot of other very positive qualities that I possessed. This award was given to one student out of the whole class for putting their “best foot forward”. I was on T.V. for the month of February on channel 12 right after the news! I had people who recognized me at church, and even out in public as the “best foot forward” girl. πŸ™‚

That story is a beautiful story about success! At my lowest point, there were still people who recognized how much I succeeded. Never, ever think that just because you feel unnoticed, doesn’t mean you actually are. You are noticed by so many people who love you and who think the world of you! Always put your best foot forward because you just never know who’s watching and admiring lovely you! πŸ™‚

Want to share your success story? Please do! Write me a message on Facebook or comment below! πŸ™‚ Β 

“A successful [person] is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at [them].” -David Brinkley

Compromising in Tough Situations :)

“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” -Anne Frank

When someone hurts your feelings it can be hard to understand why. There are small arguments where people forgive one another within a matter of a couple hours. There are other arguments that occur that never get mended and they eventually end an entire relationship. It is always sad when something or someone so special, that meant so much to you doesn’t work out. Regardless of what people tell you, “Oh, losing people is just a part of life. You’ll be better off without them.” losing people is never easy. Whether we are talking about a friend, family member, or relative, letting go isn’t easy at all! Perhaps, we can change the amount of times we let a person go or leave a person’s life forever, whatever the reason. When we get angry we are usually upset because we want someone to agree with what it is that we are telling them. Is it possible to help someone see your point of view without getting angry? The answer is YES! Try a couple of the techniques listed below: πŸ™‚

1.) Identify the problem. Where is the source of your argument? What is it that you want this other person(s) to see? Really try to have a clear idea of what you are trying to explain.

2.) Establish your sense of being. Calm yourself. Stay in the moment and focus on nothing else! You need to dedicate your attention to whomever you might be talking to. In other words, limit your distractions.

3.) Keep an open mind to what the other person is saying. We all like to have our way but you will help your case by keeping an open mind to the other person’s thoughts as well.

4.) Be willing to compromise. If we are willing to compromise we allow flexibility in our final decision. Compromising isn’t about a winner and a loser, compromising is making the argument a win-win situation for all people involved! πŸ™‚

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” -Oscar Wilde

Masterpiece :)

“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

I am going to tell you something about myself. You may find that you can relate. If you can, that is awesome!!! πŸ™‚ If you can’t, no worries, just enjoy!!! πŸ™‚ From a young age I always tried to find the beauty. Regardless of what it was. Whether it was helping a friend look on the bright side of a bad day, or going on a field trip that I didn’t want to go on. I always felt like there had to be beauty somewhere within the sadness, within the pain, within everything that hurts, there has to be some inspiration that comes with it! As I grew older I went through difficult times with bullying and such but I always tried to look on the bright side which was that, they weren’t calling me names because I was wrong, they were calling me names because that’s how they felt about themselves. Not that it made what they did excusable or right, but it helped me cope with being… different. In the past year or so, I have to come to the realization that I look at every individual in this world, every piece of scenery, every little detail that I see with my eyes as a masterpiece! My reason for telling you: To help you see beauty! Even in the darkest of moments, there IS light! You will sometimes have to search hard to find it, but it is ALWAYS there! πŸ™‚ I too have had my moments of darkness, I still do have those moments, everyone does. But, whenever I do have those moments, whether it be a moment of sadness, truth, intimidation, hurt, etc.,etc. I remind myself that even that emotion alone is somewhat a masterpiece itself. Try to imagine a painting, or drawing of what a picture of anger might look like. Probably pretty intense, maybe even scary. It’s just a different way to view the world. Point being, YOU are a MASTERPIECE! And the best part is that you get to create yourself. Life is all about creating special you! You get to choose every color, memory, sequin, sparkle, etc., etc. that you are made out of!!! Tell yourself, “Each and every day I am going be the best I can be and I am going to create a person I am proud of!” Just remember, when you are done this beautiful life, you want to be the best person you can possibly be and more importantly be proud of who you were and who you are! πŸ™‚ Β Here are a couple questions to ponder: πŸ™‚

1.) At this moment in my life, what do I need in order to feel good about where I’m at?

2.) How might others view me? Am I proud of the person I show to the world?

3.) When I am mad, do I choose to resolve my anger? Have I let go of any grudges I might be holding onto?

4.) When I look at myself through a mirror, am I proud of the person looking back at me? If not, what do I need to do in order to feel better about that individual?Β 

***You are amazing and we are all smart enough to look at ourselves, and know what we need in order to feel great!***

“If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page.” – Mark Houlahan

Achieve and Accomplish Great Things! :)

“Never underestimate your own strength. You were born for a purposeΒ and are blessed with the power to achieve it.” -Leon Brown

What have you accomplished in your life? Achievement’s definition changes with each and every person! Accomplishment and Achievement go hand in hand. When you accomplish something, big or small, you are achieving greatness and that is what life is all about! πŸ™‚Β Β Everything you do takes effort and the willingness to achieve! As long as you get up every day and at least try to live your life with as much vigor and zest then you are achieving! πŸ™‚ Β I feel it is very, very important that we keep reminding ourselves that we are always achieving and accomplishing every day when we wake up and greet the world! Β πŸ™‚Β You could make it a goal to tell yourself, “Today I am going to achieve and believe in the most positive ways I can!!” Just by telling yourself that, you give your brain positive thoughts to think about. Accomplishment is one of the greatest gifts that YOU can give yourself! There is no one who can accomplish something for you, you must conquer achievement yourself. We all need people who believe in us! Whoever is in your life, know that they want to see you thrive! I find that the most beautiful people that I have met in this world are the ones who believe in the power of themselves and others! πŸ™‚ Believe that you CAN do great things and you WILL!!! πŸ™‚ ❀ Here are a few helpful bullet points to remember when thinking about all you’ve accomplished and achieved, and all you have left to do! πŸ™‚

  • Believe in yourself! Learn to love everything about yourself! Even on bad days, tell yourself that you are NOT the bad guy. As much as you feel like you’re the bad one, you’re are not. In fact, you are beautiful! Tell yourself, “It’s a bad day, not a bad life. I am not a bad person, I am a beautiful soul.”
  • Set your goals high! Set reasonable and valuable goals! Really try to set your sights high! The reason I say this is because a person should never run out of things to achieve. If you have run out of things to achieve, it means you haven’t set enough long-term goals for yourself! You can always start small and then grow with these goals! It’s just a helpful way to categorize your dreams so that they don’t get too overwhelming!
  • Surround yourself with positive and lovely people! One of the biggest inspirations in our life is the people who are in it! So, really think about who you have in your life. If there is anyone discouraging you, re-consider their importance in your life. You need a happy heart! ❀
  • Have Faith! Whomever you pray to, whatever faith you may practice, just have faith! πŸ™‚ Remember that things work out the way they are supposed to so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t getting immediate results. It takes time! Have a little patience and just enjoy the ride of life! πŸ™‚

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement! Nothing can be done without hope and confidence!” -Helen Keller

Respecting and Loving Others :)

“The respect you give others is a dramatic reflection of the respect you give yourself.” -Robin Sharma

Being respectful and loving those you care about can be very challenging. But it IS something that we accomplish many, many times each and every day! I have so much respect for the people I interact with! Whether it’s via Facebook, in person, over the telephone, or even texting someone, respect is key! Respect and Love go hand in hand. You can’t love someone without caring about them and being respectful of their wishes. Unfortunately, people do not come with instruction manuals on how to relate to them. It’s all about getting to know one another! There are many ways to love and respect people! One of the main principles to loving someone is wanting the very best for them! πŸ™‚ Love takes a lot of hard work and effort and has to be worked on every day. No relationship is ever totally complete. That’s not to say there are not very successful couples! There are many people who seem to have it all put together and worked out. But even the happiest of people have to work very hard. Relationships are ALWAYS a two way street. Both people must work at a relationship in order to be successful!Β Think of love as a scale, it requires balance. You are one side of the scale and the other person is on the opposite side. And BOTH of you have to work at finding the emotional balance. So much of our lives are based off of our interactions with others πŸ™‚ People are amazing! You should want to respect others, because not only does it make them feel appreciated, it reflects the person you are! Being respected is wonderful! It opens up the door to so many possibilities, some you may not even be aware of yet! When you are in doubt think about these important points: πŸ™‚

1.) Always have the other person’s best interest at heart! In other words, always try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Try to think about what might be causing them to act the way they are. Maybe things are uncomfortable or awkward. Switching points of view or changing your perspective could really help you learn how the individual needs to be treated. Perhaps you will learn something you didn’t know before.

2.) Remain calm! Maintaining an over all pleasant manner will help you in the long run. Although we all have moments where we lose our temper try to remember that feeling angry or upset is only temporary and that those feelings do pass eventually. None of us like being yelled at or argued with so try to keep a positive outlook on the not-so-positive situation.Β 

3.) Try not to judge. I know it is natural as a human being to judge. However, when we judge we are not allowing ourselves to love the other person. ❀ Love is really about learning to accept all imperfections about a person and still loving the person they are. When we learn to put all judgment aside then, and only then, will we truly conquer the love goal! πŸ™‚

4.) Eye contact! When we look at people in the eye we are giving them the impression that they ARE important! And we all love knowing that what we say and talk about matters! In simple words: Be someone who cares! πŸ™‚

5.) Apologizing (if necessary) is very key! When we say, “I’m sorry.” we are letting the other person know that we respect and love them enough to move passed whatever the problem is. You CAN work through any bumps in the road if you just have patience. Life is about learning and growing and experiencing new experiences! No one is perfect, but we can always improve the beautiful people we are! πŸ™‚

“Respect people’s feelings! Even if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it could mean everything to them.” -Unknown

Happiness :)

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.” -Unknown

Being happy is wonderful!!!! Don’t you think?!? I’ve never met a person who didn’t love being happy! πŸ™‚ That’s not to say I haven’t met sad people too, but even a majority of the sad people in this world long to be happy! Happiness feeds the soul in an unusual way!! No matter what you might be doing or what might be going on in your life being happy is always a fantastic feeling!!! πŸ™‚ What do you do in order to be happy?! In other words, what makes your heart sing? My wish for you is that you find who and what makes your heart sing and then fly away with that feeling ❀ You are worthy of happiness, NEVER forget it!!! πŸ™‚ Believe in your ability to enjoy life! Sometimes we can get stuck in a rut and it can be hard to get out of that spot. We all go through times in our lives where we’d probably like to just curl up and not greet the world with a smile but life ALWAYS gets better!!! It may take some time, but life is beautiful and we must embrace it with happiness πŸ™‚ Here are some happy and helpful guidelines to lead you to happiness: πŸ™‚

1.) Listen to your heart! When you feel empty or sad, really, truly listen to what your heart is telling you! You will never go wrong listening to your own heart ❀

2.) Pamper Yourself!! πŸ™‚ Do things to help you enjoy the beautiful life you have been given πŸ™‚ Remember this: You were put in this world for a reason and a purpose! Let nothing ever change the smile that you wear!! You are important, special, and amazing! Don’t ever settle for anything less than beautiful!! ❀

3.) Spread the Word!! Tell people something happy!! πŸ™‚ Give someone a reason to smile!! πŸ™‚ There are so many millions of reasons to be happy but one of the most beautiful reasons is to be wearing a big, happy smile that someone else gave to you!!! πŸ™‚

4.) Ask yourself the simple question, “Am I happy?” Do you have what you need in order to feel satisfied and loved?

5.) Surround yourself with happy people!!! πŸ™‚ Surround yourself with the doers and the dreamers, the lovers and the believers!! ❀ One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that someone is happy because of you! πŸ™‚

6.) Do what makes you happy!!!! Participate in healthy activities that make you a happy individual πŸ™‚

7.) REMEMBER YOU ARE LOVED!!! ❀ ❀ No one has the power to take away your happiness unless you give them that power!!! Don’t let anyone take away your smile!! Smiling is the most beautiful gift you can offer the world!! And, smiles are free!!! πŸ™‚

“Happiness is not something that you get in life, happiness is something that you bring to life.” -Wayne Dyer

Simple Kindness and Care :)

“If you have to choose between being kind and being right, choose being kind, and you will always be right.” – R. J Palacio

Are you one of those people who questions whether or not you’re being kind enough? Or if you care too much? Those are questions that are very normal because I think we question kindness in general. What is being kind? What is kindness? It’s simply the act of caring. It’s lending a helping hand, giving someone a hug when they are down, taking your friend out to coffee when she or he needs to talk, etc. Kindness can be shown directly and indirectly. Have you ever had someone just smile at you and your entire heart warmed up because it just made you feel that much more happy and loved? So much of the time people will use unhealthy ways to try and fulfill needs of theirs. A lot of times people will drink alcohol or rebel against the law, just to try to fill their need for love with dangerous and unhealthy acts. Why though? Why do we resort to things that have the potential to kill us? Why not resort to the loving acts that cost no money, that are stronger than any hard liquor? Hugs, kisses, smiles, candy, drawing, writing, coloring, walking, running, etc,etc. There are all sorts of beautiful ways to feel loved and cared for. We live life now a days where we spend so much time in front of the T.V, or texting on our phones, or playing on the computer that we tend forget the life that is right around us πŸ™‚ Family, friends, nature, smiles, hugs, etc. Those all have the potential to turn our lives around!!! Make it a personal goal to spend at least one hour a day doing quality caring and kind acts! They can even be within your own home! You don’t have to go spend money on cake to make being together worthwhile. Play a board game with the kids, snuggle on the couch, have a heart to heart conversation with your loved one, etc. Anything that requires human interaction πŸ™‚ I think you will find that your heart feels warmer, happier, and healthier when you make the effort to spend time with the people you love! ❀ Here are several helpful tips to help categorize all this information:

1.) S-M-I-L-E!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It is one of our greatest gifts in this world!!! Smiling can change our entire day!! A smile has the power to make a bad day, good; a sad heart, happy; an acquaintance, a friend; etc,etc. Never underestimate the power of your wonderful smile!

2.) Keep an open heart and an open mind.Β Do not become bitter because of sour moments that aren’t worth remembering! You have the power to give! All of us do! Don’t shut out the world because you are afraid of being hurt! Instead, let that be your incentive to love even MORE! Mother Theresa has a beautiful quote that says, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Β 

3.) Love often, hate less!! Love as much as you can! We can always find a reason to hate, but in the long run loving is healthier AND it takes less energy to love someone than it does to hate them! True fact πŸ™‚

4.) BE KIND AND CARE!!Β πŸ™‚ All of us are fighting our own battles! You never have any idea of what some one else could be going through! Who are we to judge? A battle cannot easily be fought alone! We need the support of each other to survive each and every bump in the road that we stumble across in life.Β 

No one gets out of this world alive. In other words, we all die eventually so love as much as you can while you’re here. ❀

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Theresa

Possessing Courage While Being Yourself :)

“Find the courage to let go of what you cannot change.” -Unknown

***Β Please note that these are only ideas and/or concepts. These ideas are completely subjective and do not need to be agreed with or followed.***

Can you think of a time where you had a moment of courage? Maybe it was deciding to take the high road instead of doing what you wanted to do even if it meant leaving behind a life you wanted. Or maybe it was sticking up for someone who was being bullied even if you hardly knew the person. When we have courage, we are being our best self!Β We are following our heart instead of our mind. We may find it easier to listen to our mind instead of our better self (our heart).Β Our mind is our biggest controller. You know that expression “Mind over Matter” well it’s kind of the same concept except this time it’s “Heart over Mind”. πŸ™‚ It can be hard especially when we are trying to fit into a certain stereotype. A stereotype is the following: AΒ widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. From a very young age we start to create ourselves all based off what we see others doing. When you were 2 you probably started copying words or phrases off your parents, you watched certainΒ interactions being done with others, etc. Then when you turned 5 or 6 your whole world changed because you went to school and you were introduced to 10 times the amount of people and with that, you were also introduced to many times the amount of interactions that you perhaps copied and learned from watching others interact. And since that moment in time you have had to learn how to distinguish yourself from others and how to establish your own sense of “self” without letting others interfere with that process. Being yourself is one of the hardest challenges you will ever face in life. Influence is key in living.Β Here are a couple key concepts you can read in order to help put this all in perspective: πŸ™‚

1.) You will spend your whole life creating yourself. In other words, you will spend a lifetime changing and expanding into a different person because we are constantly changing and change is beautiful! Never be afraid to change and try new things! Change can be beautiful and can change your life in the most magnificent ways! (Healthy, responsible, and reasonable decisions only! πŸ™‚ )

2.) When you are in the position of making a tough decision, really try to see all sides of the problem before you attempt to solve and find the solution. Example: When you look directly at a cube, you may assume it’s just a square. It is only when you move or change your perspective that you realize not only are there 5 more sides but it is a 3 dimensional object.

3.) DO NOT conform to the ways of society!!!Β So much of our influences come from the media! So, when making healthy life decisions, question everything! What you read, eat, buy, watch, listen to, etc, etc. Imagine who we would be if we were not so influenced by so many different sources! Influence is great, you just need to ask yourself, “Is this going to have a positive or negative influence on my life?” Β 

4.) Have the courage to be yourself! You are an amazing individual in this world so don’t ever stop growing and transforming into the beautiful person you are meant to be! πŸ™‚

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=define%20stereotype%3A (stereotype definition)