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YOU Matter - A Five Day Expose`Of Your Significance (Part 5) Do Your Surroundings Reflect Your Worth?

If you'd like to catch up on the previous 4 parts of YOU Matter, you can check them out below...

YOU Matter - Part 1
YOU Matter - Part 2
YOU Matter - Part 3
YOU Matter - Part 4

Let's get on to our final (and my personal favourite) YOU Matter - Part 5!

Do Your Surroundings Reflect Your Worth?:

Welcome to Day Five of YOU Matter!

It's our last day of diving into the many reasons why YOU matter, and your absolute importance as a worthy human being.

Today I'm going to chat about one of the things most dear to my heart.


Your home is the external validation of YOU. It's the one place you truly get to let your personality run rampant and feel completely at ease.

It's there to support and nurture you as you go about your day.

It has a simple strength and power to contribute to your life and how you feel.

Are you making the most of it? Are you creating your rooms in a manner appropriate for someone who matters (YOU)?

Do you treat your surroundings with the respect they deserve as an extension of YOU and your own worth?

“Wherever you live is your temple if you treat it like one.”

The Importance Of HOME:

As you know if you've read The Creed, I believe creating a home that nurtures our soul is a vital part of creating a life well lived. It doesn't matter how big or small, old or new, makeshift or stay put, trendy or kooky your home is.... what matters is, that for the time you're there, you feel safe, loved, nurtured and comforted.

Yes, home (wherever or whatever that may be) is only a physical space, but I think that having a place to belong, and a place you feel welcome and happy is paramount to emotional well-being.

I don't think it's coincidence that even primitive men and women who lived in caves painted on their walls and decorated them. As humans, most of us seem to have a yearning for making the space around us pleasant to be in.

As someone who matters, you deserve your home to be the most supportive and nourishing soul space it can be.

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to. Charles Dickens.

You Are Enough Without The Stuff:

'Things' can become a big part of our lives. We become attached to them, and sometimes 'fill a void' with them. I've moved over 25 times in my life (mostly after I started university), and I currently live with my partner in a small unit with minimum space. I've learned over the years that too much 'stuff' is not conducive to a mindful life, and sometimes even masks and papers over whatever unhappiness I may be trying to deal with at the time. I have items I adore and would never part with, and that's okay. But I've also parted with some items I was supremely attached to for various reasons..... some of which became evident after counseling for a particular type of trauma.

Stuff is interesting, intriguing and encapsulating. In itself, it has no power what-so-ever.... and yet we give it power by transferring feelings and emotions to it. It's way too big a topic to get into deeply here, but suffice to say, you deserve more than being controlled by your stuff (in case that's how you're feeling).

Here are a few fabulous articles from Leo (this guy rocks when it comes to de-cluttering and what sits behind it), about how to deal with clutter.

Rules for getting organized and decluttered - from Zen Habits
Using gratitude to cure the impulse to buy more stuff - also from Zen Habits

“Discover sacred space in the midst of the ordinary, and realize that the ordinary has been extraordinary all along.”
(Victoria Moran - Shelter For The Spirit)

An Homage to HOME - The Creed:

I mentioned The Creed above, and in case you haven't read it yet, here it is reprinted below. I believe it's worth reinforcing/summarizing all the things I believe 'home' is. None of these things conform to any trend or third party ideal of what your home should be. It's all about YOU.

YOU are worthy, and therefore you deserve a home that expresses your worthiness in a way that speaks to you.

The Creed - an homage to HOME.

I believe HOME is so much more than just a shelter... it is an extension of the soul, a representation of the people within, a repository of personality.

I believe HOME is a safe, nurturing, supportive and happy place, where all who abide there feel 'loved' and 'free'.

I believe HOME is a soft place to fall, a welcoming place for family and friends, an incubator of dreams.

I believe HOME is not held to anyone's standards but our own. There are no expectations, no 'we must keep up with the latest fads', no feeling bad if we don't have lots of money to spend on it.

I believe HOME is a melting pot of ideas, emotions, laughter, pets (cats anyone?), people, books, colour, music, conversation, scents, tastes, texture, pattern.... what-ever it is that makes your house a HOME for you.

I believe decorating HOME is more about the 'gut' and the 'heart', than what's 'in' and what's 'out'.

I believe HOME is the champion of our unguarded moments.

YOU deserve a champion, and you have one within your grasp... it's up to you to make it your own.

* Here's 'The Creed' in a printable version.


You can download this version, along with the image quote and affirmation featured in this post by clicking on this Day 5 YOU Matter freebie (no strings).

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
(Maya Angelou)

Today's Take-Aways:

  • Your home (no matter if it's rented, transitory, makeshift, old, new etc) can be an expression of the real you.
  • You can create a home to nourish and support your wellbeing and soul.
  • Little changes can go a long way.... a candle, flowers, a snuggly blanket, a corner to call your own, music.
  • You are worthy of a home that makes you feel happy.
  • Your home is no-ones but yours and the others who reside there. Whatever makes you feel good, is what is worth doing.
  • Simplifying things means you have less to look after and more to notice (you can see things clearly).
  • YOU matter, and therefore so does your home - you deserve a home you love.

A 'HOME' Affirmation:

To finish, here's a lovely affirmation to say whenever you want to feel comforted, safe, and loved...

A 'HOME' Affirmation.

That brings us to the end of our 5 day 'YOU Matter' expose`!

If this is your first stop, and you'd like to catch up on the other 4 days of 'YOU Matter', you'll find them here:

YOU Matter - Part 1
YOU Matter - Part 2
YOU Matter - Part 3
YOU Matter - Part 4

I hope you've found something useful and inspiring within the 5 days to help you realise just how significant and deserving you are. I look forward to seeing you here on the Blog where I'll continue to write about self care, self awareness, self love, and home inspiration (along with daydream inspiration and enchantment)!

Until we meet again,

Warmest blessings, big hugs, and a wink!

Linda. xox

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YOU Matter - A Five Day Expose` Of Your Significance - Part 3

Welcome to Day Three of this 5 day expose` of why I think YOU Matter!

Click the links below to check out Days One and Two if you missed them. The videos alone are well worth it in my opinion!

YOU Matter - Part 1
YOU Matter - Part 2

Let's get to it...

Are You Making Joy A Priority?

You treat you friends and family well because you love them and want the best for them. They matter, and so you prioritize and attend to them.

However, as YOU also matter, I'd like to ask 'How often are you prioritizing yourself? How often are you paying yourself attention? Doing for yourself the things that bring you joy, just as you do things for others?'

As someone who matters, (and as you're the only person who has absolute and direct control over YOU), it makes perfect sense to prioritize yourself first and foremost. Treating yourself with reverence, respect and compassion means you're better equipped to live your best life, and by association help others live theirs.

It's a win/win all 'round.

“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.”
Diane Von Furstenberg

I'm a big believer in the 'life truth' that taking action before you feel like doing something leads to great results anyway! Starting to de-clutter or beginning a work project you've been procrastinating about is always the hardest part. If you wait until you 'feel' like it..... you'll never begin.

There is never a right moment. There can always be an excuse.

BUT, if you take a leap of faith, and trust that once you start it will all be okay, it's amazing what can happen.

I think treating yourself as though YOU matter (when you don't feel like you do), sits very well with this concept.

Loving yourself more, doing for yourself more, nurturing yourself more, being gentle and compassionate with yourself..... begin, and you will start to feel like 'more'.

Basically, if you don't already think YOU matter, act as though you DO matter, and you'll start to feel as if you do! 

>>There's a lovely activity further down the page to help you with this. It has a downloadable sheet to go with it. If you carry it out, you'll be well on your way to loving yourself more! <<

Ways To Act As If You Matter (Because YOU Do):

For me, one of the best ways to serve up self-respect and self-love, is to make sure I get enough time to nurture who I really am. Time devoted to tending my inner flame and spirit. I'm not talking religion here (although for you, that may fit beautifully), I'm talking about those moments that bring you joy. The ones where time flies by and you get lost in the flow of what you're doing.

I'm also talking about taking time to pamper, nurture, and plain old take good care of yourself...

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.

But, after nearly 52 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.

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'.

YOU matter.

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.

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

The Big List Of Little Loves:

Anyone else here love making lists? I'm a list maker - big time. I love making lists about all sorts of things. It helps get my mind sorted, and feel more in control. Sometimes I finish a list and cross everything off, and sometimes I only get a few things crossed off.

But, there's nothing more satisfying than putting a line through something on a list I've been meaning to do for a long time.

(I'll let you in on a secret.... Sometimes I put things on the list I've already done just so I can cross them off and give myself a mental high five!)

Today we're going to be making a really important list.

This list is going to form the basis of an ongoing activity that's going to help you squeeze more moments of joy into your life.

I think it may be one of the most important lists you ever make.

Before you start, you're going to need a sheet of paper (pretty paper would be wonderful), some pens or textas, a pair of scissors to cut the paper up, and a pretty storage box or envelope.

You may even need more than one sheet of paper if you think of lots to write. In fact, I'm going to ask you to think of 100 things (if you can), so I'm hoping you need many sheets of paper!

You can also use this downloadable list template to make it easy!

Let's go:

I want you to think of as many things as you can that are only little, but are things you LOVE, ADORE, REVEL in doing.

Simple little things that give you pleasure.

For example:
♥ having a coffee with friends
♥ sitting under a tree in summer reading a favourite book
♥ having fresh flowers in your room
♥ smelling and eating freshly baked scones
♥ drinking a glass of ice cold milk
♥ going for a leisurely stroll
♥ reading the newspaper
♥ completing a crossword
♥ stretching luxuriously
♥ day dreaming on the sofa
♥ taking a mid afternoon nap
♥ flicking through a favourite magazine
♥ sketching or drawing
♥ building a sandcastle
♥ finding shells on the beach
♥ looking for feathers
♥ playing cards with someone
♥ feeling a summer breeze against your face
♥ watching a butterfly
♥ going on a lazy drive and visiting shops you love
♥ patting your dog or cat
♥ going to the movies
♥ drawing or painting whatever comes to mind
♥ playing a board game with your family
♥ getting into a warm bed in the middle of winter (I love my electric blanket)
♥ listening to the crickets chirp on a fine night
♥ playing in the sand at the beach
♥ rolling down a hill
♥ swinging on an old tyre attached to a rope
♥ seeing spring blossom start to come out
♥ digging around in the garden
♥ eating chocolate
♥ running your fingers through a tin filled with buttons
♥ changing the cushions around (that's me all over)
♥ dancing - anywhere
♥ making a 'spider' (lemonade and icecream - yum)
♥ listening to your favourite music
♥ tickling your children
♥ riding your bike on a beautiful day
♥ swimming on a warm day
♥ karaoke..... whatever tickles your fancy and is something you LOVE (or used to love).

These should be small things that don't cost much (if anything) to do or experience. They can be things you can do at home (or in the garden), and things you do outside your home. They can be things you used to do when you were little or a teenager, but don't do anymore (but you know you loved them back then).

It doesn't matter if they're crazy things (like getting dressed up in a weird costume and having a party with your grown up kids), or things that others wouldn't find 'soothing' (like playing Dungeons and Dragons with a group of fellow enthusiasts)... this is about YOU, and the things YOU love.

Now, I want you to write them one by one on your paper. Leave a space between each one and write them fairly big, because you're going to cut them out.

The orderly among you might like to rule your page up first (or you can use this pre-ruled and downloadable page), and then write your suggestions in the boxes. It'd be great if you could come up with at least 30, but 3 times that much (and more) would be great!

You might write a heap, then come back later and write some more. And, then later on again some more etc.

I'm really serious about this. Get down as many as you can. Stretch and challenge yourself.

This list is what I call your 'Big List Of Little Loves'. It's a list of all those things we love to do, but many of us don't find time for. Things perhaps we used to do, but just haven't for years. Things we maybe did in a past part of our lives, but don't seem to squeeze in enough now that we're super busy and all grown up doing super busy and all grown up things.

Once you've written them all down, I want you to cut them up, and put all of them in your pretty storage box or a nice coloured envelope. (Or you can leave them all on your downloadable sheet and choose from there if that's easier)

Now, the fun part!

At least twice a week, (but daily would be even better), I want you to pull a slip of paper out of your box or envelope (or choose one from your sheet), and then make a space in your day to do it. If it's not possible that day, I want you to write a time in your diary, or scrawl on your calendar, and commit to making it happen as soon as possible.

I truly want to emphasize this.... commit to doing it by putting it in your calendar if you don't have time right at the moment.

Make an appointment with yourself - and keep it!

In fact, I give you permission to use your 'little love slips' multiple times a day if you so desire. Take a lucky dip and do whatever comes out! Keep a journal about what you do and how you feel about these things. Share some ideas with your friends and get them to do it. Paste your little love slips into your journal when you've completed each 'mission'.

The idea is to have fun!

When you've completed your activity, you can tick it off (if it's on your sheet), or maybe glue your cut out words in your journal or on a 'I Deserve This Because I Matter' inspiration board!

Most of these things don't take a huge amount of time. They can be dropped into your morning, lunch hour, coffee break, or evening. If you prioritise your own joy, you will make a space to carry out your latest prompt!

Let me know how you go. It would be wonderful to hear what you get up to.

Today's Take Aways:

  • Prioritize your own joy to create a WIN/WIN for everyone!
  • The more stress and overwhelm in your life, the more you need to make space for YOU time.
  • Fitting more joy into your day may only take a moment, but can have lasting effects.
  • Try to treat yourself to simple pleasures on a regular basis....little, often!
  • Having FUN is important, and you need to make room for it.
  • Taking time for yourself is nothing to feel guilty about.
  • Print your 'Big List of Little Loves' freebie and commit to using it (or your own lovely slips of paper)!

I'll see you soon for Day 4 - a pivotal point in this exploration.

Linda. xox

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YOU Matter - A Five Day Expose` of Your Significance - Part 1

Welcome to Day One of YOU Matter! (Make sure to get your free printables at the end of the post!)

It's time to get to grips with how significant, important, and valuable you really are.

I decided to write this 5 day expose` after my own battles of 'mattering' and 'enoughness'. I'm much kinder to myself, and content with who I am now. I've ploughed through some very traumatic times, and felt as if not a single person would miss me if I were no longer here. As if my going would not even be a blip on the radar screen of the world.

But, now I know that's not true.

And so, I'd like to share my thoughts about why YOU matter as well.

You Are Enough - And You Have Special Gifts:

Even if you feel alone. If you're feeling 'less than'. If it seems no-one cares and you're basically invisible..... take it from me.... you are NOT.

If you're feeling as though you're somehow not good enough for others, your partner, or the world in general..... take it from me... you ARE.

More importantly, how do you feel about yourself?

What are your strengths?

What are you good at?

What are the special qualities that make you, YOU?

If you're interested, there's a lovely quiz you can do over here (I've had to do it as part of my teaching career a few times). Once finished, it will detail your personal strengths and the character traits you can use to further a positive and rewarding life for yourself.

We all have our own particular strengths, and using them brings opportunity to empower ourselves and extract more satisfaction from life (according to the VIA Institute). Rather than concentrating on what you may need to improve, think more often about what you're really good at, and you will create your own upward spiral of thought and action.

An article agreeing with this sort of phenomenon, is this one by amazing Leo Babauta. Entitled 'Unconditional Acceptance of Yourself', its focus is treating yourself with the same respect and unconditional love you give to others. Read it, and consider where you fit.

“You are special and worth being cared about, loved, and accepted just as you are. Never, ever let anyone convince you otherwise.”
(Alex Sanchez)

Your Special Gifts Are Needed:

No-one else is quite like you. Whilst we are all of us human, and all similar in so many ways... each of us is also unique. We each have our own special gifts. Do you know what yours are? 

It may be you're good at listening to others and making them feel heard.

Perhaps you're good at arranging flowers, painting, cooking, writing, looking after pets, making smoothies, reciting poetry, knitting, origami, driving, growing plants, thinking outside the box, making people laugh, karate, playing the guitar, giving a neck rub, singing, decorating, smiling, being positive, organising your desk.... it doesn't matter how big or small..... we are all good at something.

When you hear the word 'gift' you may think this 'thing' needs to be seismic in its magnitude. It needs to be earth-shattering and world changing.

I believe, your gift can appear to be infinitesimally small, and yet still be of the highest value. You don't have to be famous, rich, super-smart, or have your talent recognised by the masses to have a gift. Being able to soothe an anxious child is a gift. Being able to sit quietly with someone who is grieving, is a gift. Being the person who's able to be a cheerleader for other people is a gift.

Your gift may never be celebrated or held up by others and publicised, but it's no less of a gift because of that.

And, furthermore, if you love doing something, but don't view it as a 'gift', I think you should be out there doing it anyway. The fact you're doing something you love, and therefore nurturing yourself and spreading your joy around via your very attitude, is a gift to those around you. Happiness is inspiring!

“Use what talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those who sang best.”
(Henry Van Dyke)

What Is It You're Passionate About?

It's often said that we should all be following our 'passion', and that is how we can 'matter', and bestow the world with our special gifts. I agree with this.... I think doing whatever it is that your heart loves to do is so important. And, if you can turn your passion into your work and make a living from it, life is pretty sweet. However, I've noticed there are 3 issues that often arise from this train of thought.

1. What if I can't make a living doing whatever it is I love?
2. What if I actually don't know what it is I'm passionate about?
3. What if I'm passionate about many things, and I can't choose just one?


What If I Can't Make a Living Doing Whatever It Is I Love?

1. It's pretty darn common for people not to be able to make a living doing what they truly love. Not everyone who loves playing tennis can parlay it into a career. Not everyone who adores to paint can sell enough paintings to support themselves adequately. The great author Barbara Sher, talks about this dilemma quite a lot. Her solution is the 'good enough' job. A job you can do to 'bring in the money', that then allows you to pursue your passions the rest of the time.

I love to perform in amateur theater, for instance. I don't get paid to perform, I do it for the excitement, the challenge of portraying other characters, the escape, the friendships..... and my day job allows me to keep my life on track whilst I do this and other things I love! Fortunately I like my day job too, but there are many things I'd love to get paid for that I never will. So, I do as many of them as I can anyway!

What If I Actually Don't Know What It Is I'm Passionate About?

2. I think this question sometimes comes down to definitions or ideas about what 'passion' means. I don't think passion means all consuming, heart-stopping, never ending excitement. For me, it's whatever brings me joy in the moment. The place my mind goes to when it's free to wander.... the things I'm most curious about.

Media, movies, TV, the internet, they all tend to over romanticise and embellish the whole 'passion' thing (from my point of view).

Find what you enjoy doing the most, and just do that!

What If I'm Passionate About Many Things, And I Can't Choose Just One?

3. The wonderful Barbara Sher also has much to say about this topic. She labels people with multiple passions as 'Scanners.' I've read all the info she's written about it, because I'm a Scanner myself. When I finally understood the way I am is completely okay and valuable, I stopped feeling guilty about not having my 'one true passion' the way I'm 'supposed' to.

I'm passionate about many things... reading, singing, writing, interior design, de-cluttering, research into mental wellbeing, animals, teaching, and so much more. I spend hours and hours researching things I'm curious about. I'm often awake in the wee small hours contemplating my current obsession.

This video, is especially for those of you who may be Scanners.

At 11.33, you'll hear some of the most important words I think any of us (including non -scanners) may ever hear.

“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.”
(Hunter S. Thompson)

What If You Feel Like You're Too Different?

What if it's your differences, your quirks, your sheer uniqueness that make you feel as if others don't think you matter? How do you find your own center and know you're true worth when you feel others are ignorant of who you really are, misunderstand you... may even be scared of who you are? (Ignorance often breeds fear. The unknown can be scary!)

Rosie King talks about what it's like to be 'different' in a world that values conformity to a certain 'norm'.

What If You Feel Like Hiding Who You Are?

What if you are actually hiding who you are? Perhaps you've spent years pretending to be someone you're not?

What if your closest friends and family don't know what's at the very core of you, and you're afraid to disclose your innate self to them.... to anybody?

Morgana Bailey speaks of why she finally decided to stop hiding who she really was, and how 'hiding' affected her life, and possibly the lives of others.

**Here's a lovely list of 100 ways to 'start loving yourself right now' by a vibrant soul called Gala Darling! I love Gala's site, and her exuberant, lively, un-censored writing. She's only young (compared to my 50+ years), but she has a wise head on her wacky shoulders. I challenge you to do as many of the things on the list as you can!

What If You Feel Like You're A Noticeable Nobody? An Other? An Anomaly?

What if you've felt, ashamed, hopeless, or anxious about where you fit in the world? Whether you're enough? After all, says Thandie Newton, the 'self' likes to fit. To see itself replicated. To belong. So when the 'self' feels like an 'other', an anomaly, rejected... it can be crushing.

In this Ted Talk, actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her "otherness" — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. She speaks of how she came to respect her 'self' and to live from her 'essence'.

“You can make life very simple or very complicated. Some people try to be what others want them to be. Others try to be different just to stand out. In both cases, they are changing themselves to impress others. Neither of these paths has a heart. Just be true to yourself. It’s that simple.”
(Mike Stutman)

We All Matter - We Are All Worthy As We Are:

The United Nations has a comprehensive declaration written because as human beings, we MATTER. We all have rights, we all have basic tennets that are not privileges, but expectations.

It's quite beautifully written for a document of this kind, and well worth the read. You can download the PDF by clicking on the image below.


Take-aways From Today:

I'll see you soon for Part 2!

Linda. xox

PS. I've added this post to Open Slather over on Alicia's lovely blog.

PPS. If you'd like to read more of YOU Matter, you can find the completed series below:

YOU Matter - Part Two
YOU Matter - Part Three
YOU Matter- Part Four
YOU Matter - Part Five

“You have a unique gift to offer this world. Be true to yourself, be kind to yourself, read and learn about everything that interests you and keep away from people who bring you down. When you treat yourself kindly and respect the uniqueness of those around you, you will be giving this world an amazing gift... YOU.”
(Steve Maraboli)

The Mini Jumpstart To YOU Experience:

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Thoughtful Way-finding + The Garden of Gratitude...

Once or twice a month, I send out small yet mighty notes of encouragement and support. These emails include way-finding directions, cheer-leading, and ideas to make your journey better one step, one fork in the road, and one magical moment at a time. Free access to The Garden of Gratitude is also yours as soon as you subscribe.