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Starlight's 12 Days Of Giving

Stacy

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"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." - Aesop  

Remember that giving can feel much more satisfactory than receiving. Being thankful and giving go hand in hand as they both serve as cornerstones toward a solitary and complete life. There are so many ways to give whether it be spreading the word through social media, volunteering your time, cooking a meal for a family in need, or even giving a monetary donation. Regardless of how you choose to contribute, don't forget Aesop's wise words...an act of kindness is truly never wasted.

This year I am partnering up with the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC for Starlight's 12 Days of Giving. The Starlight Children’s Foundation aims to improve the health and overall experience of hospitalized children and patients around the world. It has been shown that a positive hospital stay correlates directly with more positive hospital outcomes.

A person's medical battle and journey can be a long and strenuous one generally wearing on one's optimism and happiness. It is so important for children to really get to enjoy childhood even if they have a medical condition and it is so amazing that Starlight gives children the means to do so.

This year for the 12 Days of Giving, Starlight has continued to showcase various children's hospital's Christmas wish lists. The gifts that are being asked for are so simple, yet mean the world to these patients and the medical center. The center describes these wish list tools as vital in their everyday work with the hospital's patients because they are extremely effective in easing the fear of hospitalizations, procedures, and tests.

Please feel free to contribute or simply share the children's hospital's wish list as no gift will go unforgotten to these children. They will undoubtedly cherish them for a lifetime.

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Thankful On Thanksgiving

Stacy

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The winter season full of warmth, over-sized sweaters, hot beverages, and festivities has already arrived. With the Holidays quickly approaching, this year has flown by! And before we know it, the New Year will already be here! So before that happens, take some time to slow down and appreciate everything and everyone that has made a positive impact on your life.

Although being grateful everyday is important, it's especially important to share your happiness and love with all the warm hearts surrounding and supporting you during the holidays. Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I thought it would be perfect to share a few of my favorite thankful and grateful quotes with all of you. Quotes are a great form of expression, so feel free to pass on to all your friends and family!

"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone." - G.B. Stern

"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues." - Cicero

"It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy."

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." - W. T. Purkiser

The Beauty Behind Detoxing

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Gaiam Life published an article written by Deborahann Smith entitled "10 Ways to Detoxify Your Body", which provides great insight and tips for detox beginners.

Whether you're constantly exhausted, can't lose weight, have a chronic illness, or battle skin problems, among other things --- Deborahann provides a brief synopsis of how to detoxify and nourish your body using worldwide ancient cultural systems. Enjoy the article and take note on how to become a better YOU from eating well, resting, and drinking lots of water...

Burning Man 2013

Stacy

Middle of the desert. No power. No phone service. Truly the most freeing and life-changing experience! If you ever have the chance, GO.

This video captures Burning Man 2013 from an elevation of 5495 feet above sea level and over 4 linear miles from the center of Black Rock City.

A Present Moment Experience

Stacy

Most of us are probably quite aware of Eckhart Tolle and "The New Earth," from when Oprah introduced him to us several years ago. His fundamental wisdom and healing has been a gift, inspiring a new wave of positivity and enrichment throughout our world. It's been fascinating information for all of us to receive.

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I have always been on a soul-searching mission, but especially over these past two years. While my body has been healing and getting stronger, my mind has also become clearer, which has made it much easier for me to connect with my inner-self.

I have always had a strong desire to "be present in the moment;" learning how to get there, however, has not been an easy feat.

As I'm sure you can relate, with a hectic lifestyle there can be so much noise, concern and thought that distracts us from what is taking place in the here and now. While we aren't consciously permitting that noise and concern into our lives, we are actually and entirely permitting it into our lives. It's a choice and this has been a very big message for me to ponder. I choose to stop the noise, but how do I do it successfully?

This brings me to a personal experience I'd like to share with you:

I was visiting my Goddaughter one afternoon and it was a beautiful day. She had just woken from her nap and of course I came into the house very excited to see her.
Gift in tow, I knelt down, asked for a hug and waited with my giant arms ready to receive. :)

Instead of walking into my arms (or caring about the gift I had for her), she took my hand and brought me outside to her backyard. We walked past all of her toys and ventured to the garden area where the birds were chirping and the flowers were growing. I asked her what she wanted to show me and there she stood pointing up at the trees, occasionally saying one of the few words that she knew at the time - "birds."

What I thought would be a very brief moment together actually turned into 10 minutes of us staying in the same spot watching the birds, butterflies, bees, trees, and flowers. In those 10 minutes, my heart calmed, my body rested and my face was adorned with a perma-smile.

My Goddaughter wasn't even two at the time and yet already seemed to possess so much wisdom. Nothing else mattered for those moments than being with her and watching everything through her pure and excited eyes. We were mesmerized by the colors of the flowers, the melodic sounds the birds created, and the majestic breeze blowing through our hair. I felt so present in the presence that she provided for me, and it's a time I always go back to when I lose myself for a minute.

Sometimes the greatest teachers are those who we least expect and the greatest lessons are the ones we never saw coming!

The moral of this story for me is:
Staying connected with who we are, while appreciating the beauty that surrounds us can be really difficult in our ever-changing world.

Therefore, we should take time each day to sit in quiet and relish in the simple yet magnificent wonders; they're everywhere and it's our own personal responsibility to absorb and appreciate them. If we do this, it can change our outlook and truly lift our hearts and this is a gift we can silently give to one another without even being consciously aware of it ourselves.

Thank you, M - I love you.
xo

The Art of Being Grateful

Stacy

Gratitude (dictionary definition):

The quality of being thankful . Readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

SK’s Philosophy:

Generosity from the heart . Kindness toward others . Encouragement . Appreciation for the simple things . Showing thankfulness through small, everyday encounters

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Feeling grateful and showing gratitude can be demonstrated in so many ways, and for so many reasons, no matter who you are.

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance” – Eckhart Tolle

As you can probably tell, I love quotes! They can inspire and give us messages that encourage thinking on a deeper level than we normally would.

This above quote says so much to me. It emphasizes the importance of recognizing the not so obvious and incorporating a basic independent nature into our lives.

To me, that means being as kind, considerate, and thoughtful as you possibly can, not just to the people that you know, but also and especially to the people that you come into brief contact with.

When you are dining out, for instance – asking and remembering your waiters name while he’s serving you for the next hour, goes a long way by showing him/her that you are grateful they are taking care of you. It also inspires them to feel happy about the job they’re doing and this kind of energy is wonderful to be a part of.

Manners matter - saying Please and Thank-you shows how much you care and appreciate the person you are asking something of. In my opinion, these ethics should be a part of everyone’s daily regime.

It’s been my experience that these simple acts of kindness foster a positive feeling of respect, recognition, and unity that will motivate one other, even if in the smallest of ways.  If you allow for your inner feelings of gratitude to shine through in your everyday experiences, everyone can feel it!

So give a random compliment to a stranger.
Hug your best friend like you really mean it.
Be good to everyone, and see how that encouragement flourishes!

Let’s continually inspire one another! 

Judgment Effects

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Judge not unless you judge yourself
— Bob Marley

I’d like to share my thoughts around controlling ourselves, as we seem to be manifesting into an uncontrollable society…

While the progression of technology has been incredible in many ways, it’s also created such a breeding ground for opinions, perceptions, and judgment. All of us are now exposed more than ever and it seems that everyone has something to say.

Why do we wish to judge people we don’t know, or people that we don’t understand, or that may be different? Who are we to cast negative thoughts and feelings toward others that we’ve never met, or haven’t even gotten to know? Why aren’t we focusing that energy on bettering ourselves instead of worrying about what other people are doing?

Bullying for instance has become such a problem among kids and the ones being victimized are hurt so badly they end up with serious depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues with some even opting to commit suicide. It’s so awful there aren’t words and it’s becoming more and more common and out of control.

Can’t we all just get along and keep our opinions and judgments to ourselves? We need to recognize that none of us are perfect, but that all of us deserve love.

That’s not to say that there aren’t ruthless, horrible people out there who deserve what’s coming to them. That’s the karma that they’ve created for themselves; but judging one another, no matter what the reason, is toxic to our minds and bodies. It’s a force that breeds negativity for not only the one who’s being judged, but more importantly for the one who is doing the judging. We all need to seriously think about that and take control of our own individual behavior.

Judgment breeds contempt and contempt harbors pain that most of us don’t realize we are creating within ourselves. It’s like a poison that infects our mind, body and soul in very harmful and unconscious ways.

If we could each acknowledge our negative thoughts, opinions and criticisms – that would be such a great starting point.

From there, we can then turn those negative thoughts around and in a way that helps us to better recognize why we each feel it’s necessary to attack others.

That will then help us to change into a much more loving and unified world. We can help one another and inspire one another through positive thought and recognition. But best of all we can start to understand, change, and love ourselves in a way we never realized before. We can literally be personally responsible for trying to end the madness that’s developing out there, while creating a much happier and more evolved us.

I’ll end with these thoughts and practices.

Before rushing to conclusions about anyone at all, try thinking about why you feel it’s necessary for you to do so.

Ask yourself some key questions:

1. Do I know this person and even if so, have I walked in their shoes?

2. Why is it that I feel so strongly about sharing my thoughts about this person?

3. How will I feel about myself if I share my thoughts?

4. How will I feel if I don’t?

5. How will I feel if I change my thoughts into a more positive approach?
 

If you feel inspired, these are some wonderful books that have helped me along the way:
 
You can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay

Living with Joy – Sanaya Roman

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra

A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle

 

Individuality Defined

Stacy

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Individuality (dictionary definition): 

Distinctiveness . Uniqueness . Character . Self-Expression

SK’s Philosophy:

Beauty Comes from Within . Intentions Matter . Be True to Yourself . Be Good to Others . Create Good Karma . Pay it forward . Love one another . Follow Your Own Trends . Feel the Freedom to Express

Within this post, I wish to explore the many facets that make up one’s own unique individuality, while hopefully inspiring you at the same time.

We are all individuals. We are all different from one another – we have different styles, behaviors, thoughts, expectations, expressions, etc. That’s part of what makes life so interesting!

We shouldn’t neglect our own originality; we should define, embrace and nourish our own individual style and we should feel free to compliment one another along the way.

What I’ve learned is that in order to truly express the freedom and character from within ourselves, we must start with feeling happy about who we are and allow that to resonate from the inside out.

Only when we love ourselves, can we truly be happy for others and clearly see the beauty that surrounds us.

There are so many ways to exude how we feel and one of those ways is through fashion.

Every woman owns that one dress they may only pull out for special occasions, but secretly wishes she could wear everyday. Simply slipping on that perfect dress and having that completely transform one’s attitude and mood is a meaningful expression of individuality.

Clothing can be an amazing outlet to accentuate our beauty from within, while also showing off our divine bodies. 

Playing dress up and creating a style that’s all our own provides a fun outlet to build confidence and feel comfortable in our own skin.

Originality, creativity and the ability to show our true colors will not only change someone’s perspective of you, but can also change the perspective you have of yourself.

Try something new! Why not add some flare to a t-shirt you’re wearing by pinning a broach or layering it with another t-shirt or a scarf…create your own trend!

We all have insecurities and doubts, but if we can nurture our souls and understand what makes us happy, we can combat those negative thoughts.

Remember, you are your own worst critic.

There’s no need to get caught up in what others are doing – just be who you are and express how you feel inside, without fear of being unique.

There is only one you, after all!