It has been raining like crazy on the West Coast this weekend. Hope everyone affected by the storm has stayed safe and dry. I thought I would share 5 of my favourite quotes to brighten up a grey day. As you may know, I love combining my 5 favourite motivational quotes with beautiful photographs I take throughout the world. Happy Monday Everyone! Enjoy!Read More
As you know, I love sharing stories of people who have impacted my journey. I was saddened to find out that a beautiful soul, Zach Sobiech, lost his battle to cancer yesterday. Zach was only 18 years old when he died but in his short time he embraced life to the fullest. His passion for life, love of others, and contagious joy touched my heart as well as those of many others. His legacy will live on. As Zach said in his documentary, "It's really simple, actually, just try to make people happy."Read More
Aloha! I’m back. Hope you all had a great couple of weeks. I had a refreshing vacation in Maui.
If you want to get inspired, you should visit the Hawaiian Islands. They have changed my life; they may change yours. We all have places that empower us. The Hawaiian Islands do this for me. Maui has a special place in my heart; it is where I originally came up with the idea for my blog. So, I thought I should use my holiday as a chance to reflect on my blog, past and present.Read More
Mara Glatzel is a self-love coach + author of the Body Loving Homework e-course. She works with women who are ready to create the lives they want — and deserve. Her blog — Medicinal Marzipan — has inspired thousands of women to heal their relationships with their bodies, and treat themselves with relentless compassion. Catch up with her on facebook, twitter, or join her body-loving mailing list for secret swapping and insider news.Read More
I'm excited to share this personal post with you about how I learned to embrace my body. I hope you enjoy it! Also, check out my interview with The Gold Zebra as I'm featured as blogger of the week starting today.
The journey to stand taller ( i.e., stand/walk tall means to be proud of yourself and confident of your abilities) started with a purchase. A few years ago, I bought the prettiest pair of high heels. The best part about them is they are four-inch heels. Now I know, you are probably thinking, “Arianna, WHY are you sharing your purchase with us?!”Read More
Here are some inspiring words to start your week! My youngest sister got me this poster as a birthday present and I absolutely love it! I am so thankful for this beautiful present that I have it hanging in a position to see it while I am writing.
This poster's words help. Proof: I finished my very rough draft for my NaNoWriMo book. Wohoo!! 50,000+ words in a month = DONE. I got my badge for finishing too ( see it in the sidebar).Read More
Jessica Larsen is a word-wrangler, story-seeker and general lover of wonder + whimsy. She loves green smoothies, summer evenings, and motivational movie montages. She is actively pursuing a life of inspiration, adventure and truth. By day, you can find her giving legal and policy advice to the Government. By night, she is a cape-wearing online superhero who writes, pontificates and inspires over at www.sparrowandsea.com and Hello Wordsmith. Thanks, Jess, for sharing with us the lessons you have learned throughout your life! Keep writing, smiling, and sharing your story!Read More
My birthday is coming up this week. In the past couple of years, I felt like a failure around this time of year because I was reminded of milestones of adulthood that I hadn’t yet achieved. However, this year my outlook has changed and I am embracing the day!Read More
I know many people who have said they want to write a book but don't know how to start or what to write about.
My advice: JUST START WRITING! If you need help, you should read "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. She encourages people to get up every morning and write three pages by hand. Even if you have nothing to say, just write out "I have nothing to say" for the three pages.
I know this challenge may be hard, and there will be days when you want to quit; but, keep writing! I would appreciate your comments and participation, as it is always easier to keep going when people are on the journey with you. But this challenge is one with myself; I have a lot to say and want to get it down.Read More
I have to share this short film, called "Validation," that my uncle showed to me a couple days ago. You have to watch, as it is such a beautiful and touching film! I will be sharing my thoughts on this film in an upcoming post; until then, please enjoy and reflect on "Validation."Read More
One of the best mantras that I have incorporated into my life over the past several years is what I call “Coffee, Talk, and a Walk.” (c)
If you are stressed, need to sort out an issue, or just want to feel even better overall, I suggest you take part in this mantra as well.
Some of my happiest and most favourite times involve these three things. You can do this process alone or with others.
Let me break the mantra down for you, “Coffee, talk, and a walk.”Read More
Water is an essential part of my life and a great teacher to me.
I cherish going to the beach, as it empowers me. You may have guessed this through the theme of my blog. I look at the mighty rocks on the shore that stand firm despite the waves which persistently crash against them. The intensity of the tide will vary; and the rocks will be shaken, depending on the water’s strength.Read More
The song “Crazy Dreams” by Carrie Underwood resonates with me this week. When you have an idea or dream, it may seem crazy or unattainable at the beginning. However, just because the idea may seem far-fetched, as the song reminds you, the dreams will come true.Read More
This has been a question that has been on my heart recently: Why do I spend countless hours sharing my thoughts and experiences through blog posts?
There are many reasons why I write my blog, but one of the main ones is due to building relationships with my readers. I'm blessed to have such amazing readers! Thank you for listening to what I have to say and sharing your stories.
I received such a sweet email yesterday from a reader who is letting me post her comment. It reinforced why I write my blog.Read More
I am very honoured to be nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by a fellow blogger and one of my loyal contributors, Anne Sikes (My Like Uncut....Almost). Thank you Anne for the nomination! It means so much to me. If you haven't check out Anne's interview on perseverance on my blog, you should check it out here. If you have not visited her blog, you need to do so. She is such a beautiful person! I'm blessed that she reached out and contacted me. I love hearing from my readers :)Read More
Do you ever feel like you are mentally swimming in quicksand? Well, you have two choices: you can sink, or you can keep swimming.
I often struggle with a fear of failure when it comes to achievement, but I persevere. I try to stop negative thoughts dead in their tracks. The importance of squelching negative thoughts fast was brought home to me recently after admitting to my family and close friends that I had been dealing with feelings of failure.
What does this term “being a failure” mean? I have two university degrees – one undergraduate, one graduate - and I’m on my way to a wonderful career. How could I possibly believe for a second that I could be “a failure”?Read More
I'm a 55-year-old mother of three grown children, and a grandmother of one. I was born in California, raised in Texas, and my first husband and I travelled a great deal throughout his 20-year Navy career. He passed away in 2001, and I remarried in 2006. Currently separated from my husband, I'm living with my two grown daughters and my 10-year-old granddaughter in northwest Florida.Read More