Simplify ❤︎

“Our life is frittered away by detail — simplify, simplify.” ~Henry Thoreau

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Today we practice SIMPLIFYING — looking at our daily life, our priorities, possessions, activities, commitments, habits, thoughts and actions — and taking the time to reevaluate, gracefully letting go of what no longer serves us and establishing new intentions. When we simplify, we release unwanted expectations and stress and open up to increased freedom, joy, and inner peace. As Steve Maraboli states, “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” What, where and how can you simplify? What would make your life lighter and easier? What can you get rid of? Where can you make adjustments to allow for more breathing room?

Take a minute to personally reflect.

Here are 3 practical tips to help prioritize and simplify: 

Look for soul stops. Even on your busiest days, set aside several 5 minute breaks to pause, tune-in, pray, and meditate. This helps redirect thoughts…

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Public Display of Affection ❤️

Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness is now available! This soulful collection contains one inspiring story for each day of the year from over 275 authors, and I’m beyond grateful to be part of it! My personal contributions include Public Display of Affection (p. 230) and Grand Rapids of Love (p. 270).


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We all deeply desire to love and be loved. Please enjoy an excerpt from my piece, Public Display of Affection. ❤️

Leaning against the chain-link fence, my high school sweetheart and I held each other close and shared a tender kiss. During this blissful embrace, Mr. Sheets, my guidance counselor, gently tapped me on the shoulder and stated, “No P.D.A. at school. I want to make sure we don’t make any babies around here.” He smiled, patting my back. “Now get to class.”
Mr. Sheets always looked after me, making sure I stayed on track. At least once a week, he intentionally found me on campus to have a chat. He knew I lived with friends as an independent teen and he aspired for me to graduate, pursue college, and thrive as a successful adult. This man truly cared for me, and I soon considered him my mentor. He encouraged me to dream big, challenged me to work hard, and motivated me through our weekly conversations. In an affirmative voice, he always responded to my requests, “Let me see what I can do.” Mr. Sheets consistently modeled a healthy public display of affection. I trusted he always had my back.

Who has inspired you? And who do you inspire? We all make a difference. Full circle moments synchronize as I allow myself to be an instrument of Divine love and kindness, just as Mr. Sheets demonstrated for me.

Thank you all for your love and support in reading Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness. May you be on the daily lookout for goodness, and for the joy moments that fill your heart with love and inspiration! 🙏🏻

Blessings,
Heather

P.S. Enjoy our blog post tour and meet other amazing contributing authors! 😊

November 21
Vijaya Gowrisankar – https://vijayagowrisankar.wordpress.com/
Kathy Torgerson Damas – www.BeLightHealth.com
Nicole Donovan-Wells – www.earthsoulmedicine.com
November 22
Giuliana Giuliano-Melo – www.giulianamelo.com
Alisa Auger – alisaauger.com
November 23
Phoebe Pinney Fazio – http://phoebefazio.com
Valerie Vestal – https://www.facebook.com/valerie.vestal.5
Isabella Rose – bellarosehealinghands.com

Root Down To Rise Up. 🌲

May you be grounded and grateful. Root down to rise up. 🌲 Be an open vessel for Spirit to move. When the root is deep there is no reason to fear the wind. Inhale PEACE, exhale GRATITUDE.

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Root down to rise up. Humility initiates gratitude.In fact, the root word of humble means “ground or earth.” To be humble, then, is to be grounded, which naturally leads to a more calm, present state. We not only feel more grounded in our own selves, but also in our connection to others. When we are humble, we feel less compelled to control everything or to prove ourselves to others, which makes it easier to settle down inside and to have more inner peace. When we rest in humility, gratitude naturally follows. What are you grateful for? The power of gratitude never wanes. Say it when you feel and believe it. Say it when you don’t. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. When the root is deep there is no reason to fear the wind.


“The forest is your friend. It tells you that all is well. Look around. See…

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Fly Like An Eagle!

What’s your vision? Imagine there are no limits. You have all the time, space, resources, wisdom, and support you need. All things are possible! Use your all-seeing eye, look to the Light, receive guidance from above, expand your wings and soar! ❤️

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The EAGLE represents strength, vision, freedom, hope, fearlessness, leadership, spiritual wisdom and insight. The eagle is the only bird with a third-eye-lens which enables it to look at and fly towards the sun — the Light — flying above all other birds, soaring to new heights!

What’s your vision? Imagine there are no limits. You have all the time, space, resources, wisdom, and support you need. All things are possible! Use your all-seeing eye, look to the Light, receive guidance from above, expand your wings and soar!


The Eagle Story

Someone once told me a story about a wounded eagle who was rescued by a farmer. He found the bird in one of his fields, and so took him home, tended to his wounds, and then placed him outside in the barnyard to recover.
Strangely enough, the young eaglet soon adapted to the habits of all the barnyard chickens. He…

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Veterans Day 2007 🇺🇸

I can’t believe it has been 10 years since George passed. ❤️ Honoring ALL who have served and those currently serving to defend our freedom. 🇺🇸

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Reflecting with a grateful heart on this Veterans Day, I want to especially thank my step-father, Major George Dvorak, for serving 21 honorable years in the United States Air Force. He fought as a commanding bomber pilot in WWII, served twice as a Prisoner of War, and also returned to fight in the Korean War. I thank him most, however, for teaching me the invaluable life lessons of unconditional love, grace, and forgiveness. With an open, vulnerable heart, I share our story to demonstrate the power and possibility of forgiveness and healing.


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FORGIVENESS is full of heart opening, honesty, humility, and vulnerability. I have found that those who forgive freely are those who have been forgiven much. “Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.” ~ Brene Brown

Experiencing true forgiveness, whether deserved or not, opens the heart to hope, healing, and freedom. What relationship or situation has taught you…

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