Monday Mojo and Magic: Yesterday I Was Clever...Today I Am Wise

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It's a new week, a new 7 days to do things differently if I choose!

This week I'm thinking about some simple things I need to change to start a ripple effect in my life.... I'm going to stop watching the news in the morning before I go to work and put some invigorating music on instead.

I feel a week of Riverdancing in the morning coming on!

My Riverdance CD has some of the most poignant, inspirational, and blood pumping music on it.... I used to use it all the time for space clearing when the vibe in my home was feeling stagnant. It's a ripper for filling the air with a hum and a thrum that energises and makes you feel alive. A great way to get going in the morning!

Lately, I feel my brain is overloaded and overwhelmed. My energy being drained like sand washing away on the beach wave after wave. The 1000s of pieces of information that come at us every day and invade our thinking space are a phenomenal strain on our mental and emotional well-being.

I feel them numbing my vitality.

Tales of mass shootings, images of violence and disturbance blurring into a mish mash of turmoil and hopelessness (if I let them).

I like to remain aware of what's going on in the world, but for this week (and maybe ongoing for the near future), I think I can best serve myself, my class, and my community by showing up as a fully functioning, energetic, fresh, and open-hearted spirit who's not weighed down by a deluge of gloom.

I can't change the world.... but I CAN change myself, what I choose to watch or listen to, and therefore my outlook and attitude.

What are you going to try this week?

Anything new?

A simple change, no matter how small, can make a huge difference to your overall experience of life.

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Happy Monday, Daydreamers.

May your mojo and magic be with you this week!

Linda. xox

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Dearest Daydreamer - What Haven't You Done Lately?

The greatest gift you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention. Anthony J D'Angelo. Circle of Daydreams.

My Dearest Daydreamer,

It's been a little while!

I'm checking in to see how you are....

When was the last time you gave yourself the luxury of doing something special just for you?

Simply because you wanted to?

Because you love it?

And, did you do it with no guilt? Without feeling selfish and terrible for treating yourself with so much importance?

If there's one thing I've learned over time, it's that taking care of myself as if I'm a seriously important person is paramount to experiencing life to the fullest, as well as connecting with others in the most fulfilling way.

I don't mean turning into a narcissistic egomaniac who's unaware of others' feelings and lacking in compassion for anyone else... that wouldn't encourage any type of meaningful relationships. I believe kindness, empathy, and general decency are the touchstones of any life well-lived.

Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. Lucille Ball. Circle of Daydreams.

But, after 50+ years on this amazing planet, and many tutorials by the 'Universe' in the form of life lessons, I've come to realize that self-care, self-nurturing, and self-love, allow me to sculpt and maintain the best version of myself.

And, creating and growing the 'best' version of myself not only has benefits for me, but for everyone in my life. If I show up for others fully present, feeling centered and at ease, happy in my own skin; then I'm giving them more than I'm capable of if I'm run-down, tired, and worn out from trying to do too much.

Taking time-out for myself reaps so many rewards.

No woman can control her destiny if she doesn't give to herself as much as she gives of herself. Suze Orman. Circle of Daydreama.

So, what is it you love to do that you haven't done lately?

What can you do that will nurture your soul, soothe your worries, inspire your mind, open your heart, and just make you feel darn good?

I'm talking about really simple things.....

  • Taking time out to sit at the beach, watch the waves roll in, and wriggle your toes in the sand
  • Spending half an hour sitting in the sun with a favourite magazine and a cup of tea
  • Snuggling in bed for an extra hour with a good book and nowhere else to be
  • Buying a bunch of beautiful flowers to bloom in your home
  • Taking yourself off to the cinema to catch a fabulous movie
  • Indulging in a long, hot bath with your favourite bubbles and a candle
  • Spending time writing in your journal or creating something
  • Getting a manicure, a pedicure or a massage
  • Giving yourself a facial, including a face scrub, a mask, and a moisturizing treatment
  • Cooking your favourite meal or baking your favourite cake and savouring the taste
  • Sitting quietly with your pet and giving it a cuddle or a pat
  • Walking through a beautiful park or amongst some wonderful trees

Time spent doing simple things you love can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul; and give you the opportunity to replenish your inner well or 'life-force'.

The next time you're running around doing things for everyone else, stop for a moment, and plan to do something for yourself.

You deserve it - totally - and so do your 'significant others'.

Putting yourself first when it comes to self-care and nourishment leads to a win-win situation for everyone. YOU get to feel happier and healthier, and your nearest and dearest get the best YOU possible.

If you'd like more ideas for looking after yourself and sculpting the best version of 'YOU', you can get my monthly(ish) missive, 'Small Steps & Little Magicks' here. Little ideas leading to seismic shifts..... let's toast to self-evolution!

Linda. xox

PS. I'd love you to share the simple ways you put yourself first. How do you take time out to nurture your heart and soul?

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Getting To The Guts of It: Honouring Your Innate Knowings...

Intuition is her 'go to' super-power. Circle of Daydreams. Honouring your Innate Knowings

I've learned many things in my life.

Some I learned quickly!

Some took me so darned long to learn, I'm sure the Universe amplified things on purpose to make sure I got the point.

And how.

I was always one of the 'good girls' growing up. A bit of a perfectionist (alright...a complete perfectionist), and a definite people-pleaser.

I couldn't bear it if someone didn't like me. I tried so freaking hard to be the best I could be for all people, in all ways. (It's exhausting being a people-pleasing-perfectionist).

It took me until my mid 30s to be confident with my own personal decorating style. In the beginning I'd always wonder what others would think of my home. I went through the keeping up with this fad and that fad stage. I bought things that were supposed to be 'in' and 'on trend' even if I wasn't entirely in love with them.

I completely ignored my own decorating intuition.

My homes always looked gorgeous (I thought so anyway!), but they probably weren't a great reflection of my personality, the real me. And, I've a feeling people always felt a teensy bit uncomfortable when they visited..... as if they were sitting on the edge of the sofa too scared to muck up the perfect cushion placement.

I also used to vacuum at least twice (sometimes 4 or more times) a week, and check the dust on top of the door surrounds weekly.

Ha!!! I'm lucky to vacuum once a week and do the door checking thing once in six months now (well, maybe three!).

There's so many other more interesting things to do.

But back to my point....

I found my decorating style in my mid 30s, and I've been following my instincts there ever since. My home makes me wonderfully happy, and enriches my life. That's what matters to me most now. Plus, no-one looks awkward when they come and visit anymore. They like me, so they like my home (even if it's not their style and they wouldn't live there), because it's a part of me!

It took me a trifle longer, another 10 years or so (I needed many lessons), to transfer the use of my instincts to my life in general.

And, I learned the hard way, that for me, the most important rule in life is to TRUST YOUR GUT.

I listen to my Gut closely now, and no decision that's truly been based on a Gut feeling has steered me wrong.

Not one.

The times I have been wrong, I've convinced myself my Gut was telling me something because I desperately wanted it to be that way. But, all the while, if I'd stopped and properly checked in with my innate self, I would have known the best way to turn. At least I can recognise that now, the few times I do stuff up.

It's not a pretty word - GUT. It has grit, and bluntness, and directness about it. It's not an airy, fairy word like intuition (although I love that word too), and it means something other than following your heart (which I'm all about).

You can want something so strongly with your heart (a person, a thing, an idea), but that doesn't always mean it's good or right for you. It once took me over a year of counseling after a disastrous and damaging relationship to get my mind around the whole heart/head/gut thing.

I'm now adept at using my head and rationalising things where I need to, and I also haven't lost my belief in following your heart. But, I now check both of these up against my Gut.

Whichever way stacks up with my Gut (head or heart, or bits of both), that's the way I go.

I think being able to listen to your GUT is a gift we too often choose not to accept. It's that little (yet infinitely wise) whisper that sits right at your core. The one you don't want to listen to sometimes because it's not what your heart or your head is telling you to do. It's the true well from which your authenticity comes.

It's the essence of YOU.

Intuition at its finest.

I actually love the word Gut now. I don't need any fluffy, pretty, nice way to think about doing what's right for me. It's short, it's solid, it's always there. I can rely on it. I know it wants to keep me safe as well as happy.

My heart often runs rampantly away with dreams, wishes, and amazing desires (all of which are fine and worth aiming for). I love that I have the freedom in my life to go after these goals. Awesome!

But, thank goodness, I know my Gut will always be there to support and guide me when I lose my head. When I get completely distracted at the expense of my physical and emotional well-being.

Getting to 'the guts of it' is something that took me a long time to learn, but it's the best thing I've learned in my 50+ years on this planet.

Now, I'm always conscious of honouring myself, and keeping my relationship with my Gut healthy. I hope I never slide back into my old ways. I wouldn't want the Universe to smack me around with another devastating lesson just to prove its point again.

How is your relationship with your Gut?

Linda. xox

It's Time Daydreamer, It's Really Time...

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I Believe In.... [Monday Mojo & Magic]

When it comes down to tin-tacks... what do you believe in?

What would be your frittered down essence of belief?

I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Mary Oliver. Circle of Daydreams.

I mention mine over on my about page... but this gorgeous quote, (stumbled upon over here on Meghan's most beautiful site) prompted me to dust them off again and share them here.

I Believe:

  • In cradling gently, and letting go.
  • In a soft heart, with stable boundaries.
  • Creativity + a curious mind = awesomeness.
  • Real books beat E-books hands down.
  • Every moment is mine to make the most of.
  • Making stuff soothes the soul....
  • So does music and dance.
  • Cats have eyes that see inside your heart.
  • Hugs are good medicine....
  • So is volunteering!
  • Magic is possible, it just depends on your definition.
  • I have all I need, and it's within me.
  • The best is yet to come.

Listing my beliefs out helped me get re-acquainted with myself and the things I love... and it felt good to be me!

Happy Monday, Daydreamers... what do you believe in?

May your mojo and magic be with you this week.

Linda. xox

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It's Time Daydreamer, It's Really Time...

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