Tag Archives: Positive

A New Approach to Wellness

I am always looking for ways to get fit and healthy.  I found this book while browsing Barnes & Noble.  What caught my eye was “30 Days to Turbocharged Habits…the Life You Deserve”.   Creating heathy habits can be a real challenge because let’s face it, Life Happens! 

The book follows a process of goal setting, not just diet and exercise goals, but life goals.  It all makes sense when you begin to wrap your head around the concept.  Wellness isn’t just about being in great physical shape, it’s about addressing yourself as a whole person.  It’s figuring out what is important to you and making those things priorities.

Day One is about identifying priorites.  It contains “Homework” that makes you take a good honest look at yourself and the things that are most important to you.  This can be a challenge  at first but once you begin writing things down it just flows and you begin to focus on what’s most important to you.

The next 29 days are set up in a similar way and address all the things that make you YOU.  I am very excited to see where this leads and how these “exercises” will help me to get to the place I want to be.

Give it a try for yourself, and stay tuned for more updates as I work through the process.

Have a beautiful day!!  ~Pamela

 

Patience, Passion, Turn it Over

Do you sometimes find that believing in yourself isn’t as easy as it sounds? The past couple of weeks have challenged my belief in myself and the power of positive.  The other day I had an “ah-ha” moment and these are the things that made me realize that I can achieve anything I set my positive mind to.

PATIENCE is the key to everything.  All great things take time to happen.  It’s very easy to loose faith when we are trying so hard to reach a goal that doesn’t  seem to be happening fast enough.  When that uneasy feeling comes along as a result of things not happening quickly, take a deep breath (or two or three) and refocus on the outcome you wish to see. 

PASSION is the driving force behind your success.  Let your passion fuel your day and power your belief in yourself and your dreams.

TURN IT OVER to the Universe (or whatever your belief) and let things go.  Stop worrying about how long it may be taking to see an outcome and start living as if you have already achieved your goal.

My passions are Massage Therapy and helping others to believe in themselves.  Starting out is never an easy thing to do and it makes you question yourself sometimes.  A friend invited me to join her for a guided meditation recently and the invitation couldn’t have come at a better time.  I made the time to go and this week the ah-ha moment happened.  I realized that I was allowing an old recording to sabotage my success.  Through this meditation I was able to re-center and ground myself so that I could let go of the old “stuff” that plays in my head sometimes.  The result was amazing!!!  I woke up this morning to a phone call from a client looking to book an appointment.  About 20 minutes later I received another call for an appointment.  My client today had such good things to say about her last session and was open to trying Gemstone Therapy today.  I could see through her body language that she truly believes in her choice to make Massage Therapy part of her wellness plan. This reinforced my passions, belief in myself, and validation of choices I have made.

Patience, Passion, and Turning it Over works every time. Change the frequency of the recording to a positive and bring the change you need to live your dreams.

Have a beautiful weekend!  ~Pamela

Fill Your Well

We don’t always notice how much we internalize over the course of a year.  All those little things that we experience and never realize that they are trapped somewhere inside our mind and impacting our physical and spiritual being.  Over the course of three years I have chosen to “Fill the Well” by going to Costa Rica and becoming submersed in nature and a simpler lifestyle.  While I realize that this may not be an option for everyone, the point of my story is to find time to be with yourself in nature.

Three years ago I hesitantly booked a trip to Costa Rica last minute with friends.  I thought that it would be a once in a lifetime trip and decided to go enjoy ten days in a beautiful country.  Much to my surprise I fell in love with the Nicoya Peninsula the moment my feet hit the ground at the little airport in Tambor.  The energy of this place embraced me in a way that I had never experienced and made me feel so alive and even more positive than usual.  I call this overwhelming positive energy a “Life Grab”.  A Life Grab is something that sticks with you in such a positive way that you can’t turn it off ~ kind of like getting a song stuck in your head.

I make this journey with myself every year now and use the time to recharge my battery and ground.  For me, spending time on quiet beaches, hiking in the jungle, or just relaxing in a hammock are amazing tools to let go of the things that hold you down and provide clear focus for the coming year.  I find that journaling becomes much more fluid and positive in this environment which is very healing to the mind and soul.

I encourage you to find that place which allows you to recharge and in essence “Fill Your Well” with positive energy.  This is the most rewarding thing you can do for yourself and those around you.  It doesn’t have to be an exotic location, it can easily be found in the peace of your own backyard or a nature trail in your area.  Take the time to be with yourself and nature…you’ll be happy you did 🙂

Have a beautiful day!  ~Pamela

A SMILE can make your day better

Have you ever noticed someone smiling and wondered why?  Was it a thought or memory, or maybe a familiar scent?  Could it be that they are just happy with life at that very moment?

Take a moment and jot down three things that make you smile.  They can be simple, silly or complex but think of three things and write them down.  Fold that piece of paper up and tuck it in your wallet.

Three things that make me smile are:

1.  Seeing my Gram’s face light up when I walk through the door.

2.  The sunshine on my face.

3.  Receiving a random message from a friend just because they were thinking of me.

We all have things and people in our life that make us smile.  Seeking these things out can make us happier AND healthier.  Smiling forces the negative out and makes room for positive.  By relaxing the mind and body, smiling can help boost the immune system.  Smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin which all make us feel good.

That piece of paper that you folded and put in your wallet…when you are having a difficult day take out that piece of paper and give yourself a smile.

The most important thing about smiles:  They are good contagious and should be shared with the world often.     Have a beautiful day and SMILE!!

What do you do when Things Fall Apart?

If your world is anything like mine, you have those times when it seems that everything is falling apart.  You know those days or weeks when 24 hours isn’t enough time in a day to get done all those things on your “to do list”.  The last thing you want to hear is that things will get better….but the reality is they will if you believe in the power of positive.  I am learning that when things fall apart it is usually the beginning of something new and amazing.  Allowing things to fall apart enables us to move on to better things because we can clear the clutter of whatever has been holding us back and move forward.

2014 has reinforced that things need to fall apart sometimes to allow us to grow.  The end of 2013 felt overwhelming and I found myself second guessing many aspects of my life.  But as the new year unfolds I am so grateful for having the courage to keep reaching for my dreams.

My dream of becoming a successful Massage Therapist is truly coming true and so many amazing opportunities have been presented to me in the first couple of weeks of this incredible new year.

I have chosen to make this my year of growth and giving back.  My leap of faith will be completing intensive training in Oncology Massage.  This leap will be the beginning step to being able to provide cancer patients with peace, comfort, and the positive they need to win their battle.

What leap will you take this year to make your dreams come true?  If you have been thinking about it please share in the comments and know that you are not alone in your journey.

Have a beautiful day and a 2014 full of positives!

~Pamela

Oh the Holidays…

Remember when you were a kid and the Holiday season was filled with joy and excitement?  The Sears Christmas catalog would arrive and you couldn’t wait to pick out all the things you wanted Santa to bring you.  Making cookies with Mom and decorating the tree…mmmm can you smell the cookies baking?  Such a beautiful time of the year when you are a child…

As an adult I have been guilty of dreading the holiday season.  It often feels like there is not enough time in a day to accomplish everything and the pressure to shop for perfect gifts is daunting.  Scheduling times to be with family can seem overwhelming and impossible.  There have been years that my house hasn’t seen one decoration because I knew that I would be traveling from house to house only to arrive home and realize that I would have to take it all down.

This year I have decided to see the holidays through the eyes of a child again.  The tree is up and decorated and in honor of my beautiful Mom who always made Christmas so special the Snowbabies village is almost complete.  Each gift is small but comes from the heart and I can’t wait to have a house full of family and friends enjoying good times.

The best part of this season is time with the people who make our lives beautiful. It’s a time to be cherished, enjoyed, and most of all grateful.

What can you do to make the holiday a peaceful time? Take a moment to just be…be present…be grateful…be happy!

I wish you all a joyous holiday season filled with much love!

~Pamela

Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is the one day every year that we consciously give thanks for all the good in our lives. Being thankful every day brings all the good the universe has to give into your life. It opens doors to opportunities and makes life a little bit easier and much more positive. If we all practice a little gratitude daily it will make our world a brighter, more positive place to live.

This year I am thankful for my amazing family, true friends, and good health both mine and of those around me. I am extra thankful to the special person who invited me to practice gratitude daily…it has changed my life and made me a happier person!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! ~Pamela

What’s in YOUR Backpack?

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Have you ever had a conversation with someone that just sticks with you?  On Thursday I had a beautiful talk with a friend about the power of positive.  During the conversation she made a really great reference to a “backpack” and stuffing stuff.  I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with others and elaborate just a bit.

We all have our own backpack filled with stuff that we “stuff”.  It’s a great place to hide things like hurt feelings, loss, sadness, broken promises, and the list goes on.  You know all those things that we choose not to deal with that weigh us down.  Our backpack can become such a heavy burden if we don’t go through it every now and then and take out the garbage.

When was the last time you went through your backpack and decided to lighten the load?  You have to power to make life lighter and easier by unloading some of the things that weigh you down in life.  It’s scary because even though this weight makes us weary it also serves as an unhealthy security blanket that we hold onto for comfort.

I challenge you to clean out your backpack in these days before Thanksgiving.  Make peace with the burdens you carry and fill your backpack with light and love.  Positive is so much easier to carry than negative.  Be grateful for the things you do have and surround yourself with people who inspire you.

Have a beautiful weekend! ~ Pamela

The Happy Jar

I saw this today and thought what a great idea.  Fill a jar with good things that happen during the year and on New Years Eve open the jar and read all the good that happened throughout the year.  What a great way to start a new year, filled with all the positive thoughts of the previous year.  How often do you reflect on the bad or negative from the previous year and hope for a better year to come?  Why not try reflecting on what a great year it was and look forward to all the good you will see in the coming year? It’s not to late to start filling a Happy Jar…

Have a beautiful day! ~Pamela

 

Our Elderly are a Treasure

Our elderly are an amazing source of positive energy and a link to a time that we will only read about in books.  They lived during a more simple time before technology became what it is today.  Life wasn’t always easy for those we now consider “old”.  They survived World Wars, The Great Depression, and living without the conveniences we have today.  They found ways to be happy and were grateful for what they had which,  in some cases, wasn’t very much.  The stories they have to tell will soon be left only to history or lost forever.

Wednesday is my day with Grandma and her friends in assisted living.  We call it “Spa Day” for Gram.  I give her a hot bubble bath and massage and then we enjoy lunch together.  This time spent together is so precious because I know that she appreciates everything that is being done for her.  More importantly, she appreciates the time we spend together.  Time is such an amazing gift.

I am always entertained by the people we eat lunch with.  It’s a main dining room where all the residents gather to have meals.  It’s been about 4 months now that I am there every Wednesday.  The joy I have when the faces light up as I walk into the dining room is a gift I will always treasure.   One woman said to me “It’s so nice to have youth at our table.”  I felt blessed that I could bring as much joy to them as they do to me.  I now stop at several tables to say hello and chat for a moment with those who greet me.  The whole time I see my Gram beaming with pride and making sure that everyone knows I am her granddaughter.

This week was especially interesting because a new resident decided to join our table.  He introduced himself and there was some small talk amongst the table until he felt comfortable with everyone.  He began to tell me his story and I found it fascinating.  Originally from Columbia he came to America 47 years ago to have a better life.  He lived in many places before meeting his wife and settling in Albany.  I grew up in the US and am always amazed when I hear stories from people who have come from other countries for freedom and “a better life”.  This gentleman spoke of Columbia, Venezuela, Cuba and Central America.  He had beautiful stories to share and I am blessed to have been able to sit and listen to them.  It’s hard for me to imagine growing up in some of these places, having been blessed to grow up in a country where I have the freedom to speak, follow my dreams, and not live in fear.

Our elderly are a true blessing.  They are human beings who need our compassion, attention, and patience.  The best part of my week has become my visits with Gram and the beautiful people she resides with.  I go about the rest of my day feeling a little lighter and happier.  Most of all, my time with the elderly has taught me patience and gratitude and is a gift I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Take the opportunity to spend a little time with a grandparent or elderly neighbor in the coming week.  It will benefit you both and become a memory that will always make you smile…and even giggle a little bit.

Have a beautiful day!  ~Pamela