Mar

20

Growing Your Inner Garden

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Since this place is called Through the Tulips, I thought, when I received the following email from SparkPeople, that it would be perfect to share in my own ‘garden’ of life- which is what this place is all about. (More on that later)

Growing your inner garden

In order to grow anything in a garden, a lot of factors must come into play–properly planting the seeds or flowers into the soil, watering, weeding, fertilizing, and ensuring adequate sunlight. Are you tending to your own goals in the same fashion?

 Getting that new job takes determination and positive vision to make that dream a reality. Do you believe in your abilities? Believing is a wonderful, powerful tool but it takes more than that. You’ve got to fight the elements, take good care of yourself, and dig down deep for courage in order for your seeds to be cultivated into success.

 

“Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

I ask you, what seeds are you planting in YOUR garden??

Mar

19

What Have You Done Today….

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Those of you who know me, know that it’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of the NBC television show The Biggest Loser.  I watch not only the American version, but also the Australian version, and am inspired by the transformations that occur in the lives of the participants.   I consider it to be one of the biggest sources of inspiration for me taking off 82 pounds of excess weight that I’ve been carrying around for far longer than I’d like to admit.   This year, I plan to reach the goal weight that I’ve been working so hard to achieve.

The theme song to The Biggest Loser (U.S.) is a song by Heather Small that I first heard years ago on the Oprah Winfrey show-   it’s called  What have you done today  and the words are nothing short of inspiring.

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It’s never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Still so many answers I don’t know
Realise that to question is how we grow
So I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending
I am on my way
Can’t stop me now
And you can do the same

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It’s never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

We need a change
Do it today
I can feel my spirit rising
We need a change
So do it today
‘Cause I can see a clear horizon

I read earlier that success creates success and I believe that to be true. Each time we accomplish something, especially something that we’ve strived for, or were maybe fearful of in the past, it makes it much easy to accomplish the next time.

I can’t tell you how many times in the past that I would be defeated in something before ever allowing myself to try- just the thought of certain things overwhelmed me, and I can’t became more the rule than the exception. It was the excuse I used for many things in life- but no more.

Even when I’ve had to take baby steps, instead of leaps and strides, I’ve done that- and taken pride in knowing that the momentum is forward, and moving forward is progress.

I’ve noticed that the more I accomplish, the more I want to accomplish, and realize that the only thing limiting what I’m capable of is ME. How often are we our own worst enemy?

I remember last year vacationing in the Czech Republic (Prague) with my parents and Marcel. I’d started working out and living a healthier lifestyle at the beginning of the year, and our trip was in April. I remember standing at the base of the Charles Bridge at the location of Prague Castle, and how it towered over the city, and we were walking to get there. I remember thinking to myself, that I could ‘never’ get to the top of that hill- that it was just too high, and that I didn’t think I could make it.

I remember pausing and telling myself that those negative thoughts were exactly what was holding me back in life, and that IF I didn’t try, I’d already failed. It didn’t matter if I got winded, or even tired, but trying was the important thing.

What I wasn’t counting on, was just how much those few months of exercise had done for my physical condition. I breezed up to the top of that hill, overlooking the red clay rooftops down below and found that I wasn’t even winded.

I had tears in my eyes at the sense of accomplishment, and also wondered how many times my self defeating attitude had held me back in the past. Never again.

There are many things that we can do each and every day to be proud of, and even if it’s something as simple as turning off the phone and computer and spending time with our loved ones instead of answering emails and taking phone calls- it’s something to be proud of.

So tell me- What have YOU done today to make you feel proud???

 

My Gratitude List for March 19, 2009.

Today I’m Grateful For:

  • The sense of accomplishment I feel after working out, and pushing myself.
  • Sitting outside with Marcel and Mister M. this afternoon, and soaking up the sunshine.
  • Great deals for some of my favorite products at the supermarket.
  • Being invited to join a new promotional group for a certain product.
  • Ground almonds and hazelnuts, which is more delicious than any peanut butter.

Mar

18

A Little “Me” Time

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I didn’t have the opportunity to spend here today that I was hoping. The weather was great, plus I had on my Domestic Goddess hat, which meant taking care of the little things that keep the household running smoothly, such as cooking dinner, grooming Mister M. etc.

As I type this, Marcel is in the living room watching the soccer match, which affords me a little quiet time to do what “I” want to do, without giving him the feeling that he’s being negelcted or abandoned for the computer. Not that he feels that way often, but men do have a tendency to feel neglected if we become preoccupied too long with other activities when they are around.

He’s a wonderful man though, and I adore him, plus love spending time with him, but even with all that being said, I still love my “ME” time, and I know you do too, even if you may not be so quick to admit it.

It has been a gorgeous day here in Neverland. It started out a bit on the foggy side, but it wasn’t too late before the sun appeared and the temps rose a few degrees. It was beautiful. I’m hoping for more of the same tomorrow so I can spend some time working outside getting ready for ‘spring planting’.

I noticed earlier today that the daffodils are beginning to bloom, and I saw several carpets of purple and white where the crocus were in bloom. It was gorgeous, and brought a smile to my face- this is the season for new beginnings, which brings so many ideas and thoughts to mind.   

More on those at a later date….

 My Gratitude List for March 18, 2009.

Today I’m Grateful For:

  • Marcel, for doing the dishes, and also for taking care of a phone call that I needed to make, but he made it for me instead.
  • Sue- for the book that she sent me on the Azores.
  • Mister Mistoffelees, for actually making it through a grooming session and not biting or scratching me.
  • Being able to catch up with Sarah for a little while today.  I’ve missed her.
  • Facebook, for reconnecting me with so many wonderful people from my past.

What are YOU grateful for today??

Mar

17

Welcome to the Garden

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Welcome to my garden.  Right now, I guess you could call it a secret, since only two other people know about it besides myself, but I hope that won’t be the case for long.

Please excuse the mess as I get things organized here. I’ve been blogging for a long time now (almost five years), but having a space that I can truely call my own is new to me, but I hope to make it a ‘home’ very soon.

I have much to share, including all about the name I’ve chosen for this space, but that will come in good time. In the meantime, feel free to share with me what you’d like to see in this space, if you have any sort of thoughts or ideas, I’d love to hear about them.

Before I go, I’ll share that this will be the space where I share my general outlook on life- my gratitude lists, things that encourage and inspire me, in hopes that someone else will be encouraged or inspired themselves.

 

“There are two ways to spread light; to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton

I challenge you today to ask yourself- what YOUR mirror reflects. That reflection says more about who you are than you may think.
 

My Gratitude List for March 17, 2009.

Today I’m Grateful For:

  • New spaces to share pieces of myself.
  • Sunshine
  • Lights that shine in the form of amazing people.
  • The way the sunshine feels against my skin.
  • Family and friends, who brighten my world far more than they realize.
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