Still Crushing on Karma

Can I just tell you I’m still totally Crushing on Karma! I mean how could I not be :) Here are 20 more ways to indulge yourself in the arms of Karma.

  1. Explore- Spend some time in an unfamiliar neighborhood you might just find the perfect coffee shop.
  2. Visit a friends church-  And keep an open mind.
  3. Say it Out Loud! – Instead of just thinking it use your voice. Speak up and be heard.
  4. Truly Listen – When you ask someone a question listen to their response. Don’t worry about what you are going to say next. Truly Listen, they actually might have something interesting to say.
  5. Believe in Something! – Be it miracles, magic or unicorns, everyone needs to have something to believe in.
  6. Let yesterday and tomorrow go – You are HERE right now!
  7. Don’t waste anything.- Be it resources, time or knowledge.
  8. Say “I Love You” to someone you love-  Those 3 words never wear out and there’s no such thing as too much love!
  9. Result-based thinking isn’t the only way – Do something without knowing or caring about the results.
  10. Teach - Share your knowledge with a friend without expecting something in return.
  11. Relax – Sometime you have to put the check-list away and just chill.
  12. It’s never too late - Try out a hobby or activity that you thought you might be too old for.
  13. Accept Criticism with Grace- Take a step back. Take a deep breath. Don’t react, listen instead. Learn from what you can and leave the rest on the floor. Rise above and say Thank You.
  14. When in doubt just be Nice! - Being nice is always better than being mean.
  15. Stop Blaming Yourself – You have the power to change your day just by changing your mind.
  16. Be Still- find a park, sit and close your eyes. 
  17. Make the Time- Make the time to be with your friends and family. Make the time to stop and help someone else. Make time for the little things that matter.
  18. Share a Meal- Cook dinner for a busy family member or friend. When we share a meal it not only provides nourishment for our bodies but also our souls.
  19. Say Hello! - Introduce yourself to that person you always see around town.
  20. Give the gift of reading - Donate those old books collecting dust on your shelf to your Local Library.

Eye Candy for the Soul…Crushing on Karma

 

Here’s some eye candy for your soul. 20 more ways to have a Crush on Karma! We all need a reminder from time to time.

  1. Cheer some one up! - We all have a bad day from time to time.
  2. Accept without judgement- This is definitely a learned behavior (at least it is for me), but once you start putting it into practice it starts to become second nature.
  3. Be spontaneous- Being totally predictably can start to be a bit dull. Sometimes you just have to get out there and “just do it” (Yep- I just quoted Nike!)
  4. Pick up the phone and call someone- Get Connected and reach out.  It’s crazy, because I actually use my phone more for checking emails, facebook, instagram and texting more then I actually use it for making phone calls.
  5. Take a deep breath and breath- You’ll find it does wonders.
  6. Sing!!When you’re in gridlock traffic, sing your favorite song and smile at the cars beside you. I bet they’ll smile back :)
  7. Write “you’re beautiful” on the mirror before you go to bedI promise you it will bring a smile to your face in the morning when you are brushing your teeth.
  8. Tell your kiddo they can do anything they want- And be sure to actually mean it!! (they can tell when you don’t)
  9. Do something that scares you- The adrenaline rush will be like no other!! And hay, you might find out that it’s not that scary after all.
  10. Someday is not a day of the week- If you’re procrastinating or avoiding doing something ask yourself WHY? Then decide if it’s worth doing and cross it off your list.
  11. Buy a cup of coffee for a friend or co-worker- It’s amazing how the smallest gestures can sometimes mean the most.
  12. Do something just for fun! - Stop putting the fun stuff off till later, ‘cause you and I both know that later never comes.
  13. When flowers are blooming share!- Leave some in your neighbor’s newspaper mailbox or on their front porch.
  14. Make someone laugh- And don’t forget to laugh with them. Laughter is a beautiful thing.
  15. Spend a whole day unplanned- Rather than rushing around to get somewhere or get something done open yourself up to the world around you.
  16. Go green- Join a community garden. It’s a great way to get a greener thumb, learn about your local veggie vanities and make some friend.
  17. Pick up trash – Clean up and pitch in. We all have to do our share. 
  18. Hold the elevator- I’m sure we’ve all experieced running late and having the elevator door shut on us just as we get there. Stinks doesn’t it. Put your best foot forward and extend a small kindness to others. Next time it might be them holding the door for you.
  19. Write a handwritten note- Sometimes an emails just doesn’t cut it. And don’t forget how nice to get something in the mail other then bills and junk.
  20. Speak with kindness.- Make every word count! Someone once told my daughter that “Feelings are like puppies, be gentle.” and this has totally stuck with her.

20 Reasons to Have a Crush on Karma

Karma. How does one give and receive good karma? How do you keep the circle positive? These are some of the questions that tend to cross my mind on a daily basis.

This year I will be embarking on a creative journey to create and explore my enduring Crush On Karma.

So to get us started and stretch our karma building muscles here are 20 reasons how you too can have a Crush On Karma:

  1. Stop and smell the flowers. – No Seriously, I mean it! A little whiff can really lighten your mood.
  2. Treat Yourself. – A cup of your favorite tea. A 10 minute break sitting your eyes closed. A small piece of chocolate.
  3. Smile at a Stranger. – It cost you nothing and you might be surprised to find that not only does it brighten up someone , but yours as well.
  4. Practice Patience. – Take a deep breath and count to 10.
  5. When you are in a bad mood, smile. – The simple outward act of doing can inwardly change and shift your mood.
  6. Spend a whole day giving compliments. – They feel just as good give as they do to receive.
  7. Start a conversation with a stranger. – Just start with HI!
  8. Celebrate your mistakes. - We all make them. The real trick is to learn from them. 
  9. Expect nothing and welcome everything. - And you’ll never be disappointed.
  10. Practice Compassion. – It’s the thread that connects us with the other members of the human race.
  11. Talk to your plants. – It can actually be quite therapeutic and they’re great listeners and will always  keep your secrets :)
  12. Give with out expecting anything in return. - Pay the toll for the car behind you! It actually a lot of fun and you might be surprised at the jolt of energy you’ll receive.
  13. Make a new friend. – You know, that person you see everyday at work or school but never talk to. Invite them our for a cup of coffee or dinner.
  14. Don’t hold grudges. – They’ll just weight you down.
  15. Remember what you’re grateful for.-  First thing in the morning is a great way to start your day. 
  16. Dance with your kids. – Heck, dance with yourself!! It gets the heart pumping and is an instant mood riser.
  17. Remember the past but let it go. - Learn from your past but continue to step forward into yourself.
  18. Stop your Negative Nelly in her tracks. - When you catch yourself having a negative thought, close your eyes and breath it away.
  19.  Your perception on life is your reality – So remember to be positive!
  20. Try to learn something from everyone you meet. – There a lessons for us to learn from everyone we just need to know how to look for them.

think differently!

Lately I feel like my eyes have been glazing over with the mountains of sameness that I’ve been encountering. All this sameness has been driving me crazy and I’ve been feeling this strong urge to pick up and run the complete opposite direction as everyone else.

I definitely don’t want to be doing things the same as everyone else. Not like in my early childhood when it was so incredibly important to “fit in”. I want to be different. But, doing things differently can be harder then you think. It’s so easy to get swept-up with the herd and get caught in a groupthink mindset. I think we all feel the pull to belong and fit in with our peer groups. Often we feel that to be successful we have to do things this or that way just because that’s what everyone else is doing. And really it’s no surprise that so many of us feel this way. I mean my goodness, we are social creatures and are biologically wired for group cohesion. I think sometimes we doen’t even realize that we’re subconsciously following the social norms.

Thinking differently takes a real concisions effort, but if you are confident in your vision who gives a sh!t what everyone else is doing!? 

I’ve been relishing in the freedom of thinking differently and I’m starting to get really excited about a new personal project that I’ll be launching early next year. It comes from the heart and will be a year long exploration of living and loving out loud, with a bit of mischief thrown in just to keep things interesting. 

on my desktop :: karma goddess

Karma. Mine and Yours.

I’ve talked about trust, karma, and how hard it can sometimes be to do the right thing. But what about when you make a mistake and unintentionally do someone wrong? What then? How long do you carry the guilt? And what if they choose not to forgive you?

We must keep in mind that we are all just human, and take some comfort in knowing that each and everyone of us makes mistakes. The real test is how you handle yourself when you do and the lesson(s) you take away and carry with you. Sometimes the only thing you can do is apologize. Then it is up to the other person to either accept or reject that apology. I think as a society we tend to discredit and easily dismiss that admitting you were wrong is hard for all of us to do. It takes a lot of courage, can be humiliating and you sometimes run the risk of even being ridiculed. I think that we also tend to forget that the person doing the apologizing is hurting too.

Having compassion has to go both ways and I believe that how someone handles the situation is their karma, and how you react is yours. Forgiveness can be very powerful and freeing. So, we must remember to forgive others as well as ourselves. That’s the only way you’ll ever find inner peace. This karma goddess collection I made is a reminder to be gentle and trust in the good that is within.