I haven't always embraced my sensitivity to life, to its amazing beauty and metaphorical lessons. That I could pick up a leaf and clearly see the four seasons reflected in its colors, textures and decomposition must have meant I was somehow less "strong" than others. As I grew to understand myself a little deeper, I realized the unique gift of discernment with which I'd been blessed regarding the way Nature speaks to me.
Some would glance at this oak leaf resting in my palm and see a leaf. I see the cycle of life, with no beginning and no end. I see the light lime shades of spring, the full blown deep greens of summer, the gradual fade to autumn tans and browns, and the wearing away of its surface into a crackly, crumbly silhouette of its original self.
This leaf was one of many, yet part of the whole, giving shade from the heat of a sweltering summer sun and providing a hiding space for insects and animals who sought shelter within its camouflage. And soon, as disintegrating dust, it will return to the earth, enriching the soil where it falls, giving life to the ground that sustains the tree from which it fell. Its life doesn't end, but continues on in a different form, perhaps with a greater mission: one leaf with a divine destiny, a greater purpose than decoration or adornment, part of the collective whole, as are we.
As I ponder this leaf gently cupped in my hand, I observe there's no struggle about its future. It doesn't scheme or worry about its purpose or destination; it just is. So I'm reminded, in the simplest way, to exist in this moment, letting the seasons come and go, adapting to my surroundings without fear, to have faith, and to find gratitude for all that was, that is, and is yet to come.
Can you tell how excited this girl was have her first teeth check up? She really was excited, despite the fearful smile in this picture. She actually jumped up and down with excitement to go to the dentist😂 love how cute they are and how excited they get over such things. #bestillmy ❤️ #eveelisemoody#truejoy#sparklingteeth
"When mind, body, and spirit are in harmony, happiness is the natural result." - Deepak Chopra
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( H O P E ) | definition : the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. ✨Hope is what causes us to get up again when we've been knocked down. It gives us fresh wind in our sails when all we can see and feel are grey skies. It allows us to choose to believe in the very thing that everything contradicts. It's real. It's a choice. It's just a thought away. We all have storms, tough days, trials and opposition but how you choose to navigate them is what will set you apart on the other side. It's real. Hope again friends. 🌬💦🌊⚡️✨ •
My little friend.... you are already one. Time flies. Our amazing surprise and wonderful gift last year. Born in Hawaii, but landed in all of our hearts here in The Netherlands. We'll always love you beautiful smiling sunshine and we'll be forever grateful to your birthparents for your gift of life. I love our little dates when we go out on the town and can't stop laughing because we have so much fun together. Keep them coming! Because they are the best fun ever! #friendstime#truelove#truejoy#notababyanynore#bigboy 💙#grateful#cuddlingmommy
Re-stocking a very empty fridge after the hurricane... (not shown are carrots, celery and bunches of bananas!)
So much has happened before, during and after Irma. The depths of gratitude I've been experiencing are beyond anything I could've imagined. Though we were just 10 miles west of the eye, we were blessed to have had as little destruction as we did. My roof was trashed but my home still stands. I was without electric for 11 days but had running water for showers, and we also had a place to sleep at night. There was plenty to eat, good company, gas to fill my tank. With no business to run, there was ample opportunity to be still and to find gratefulness for everything, to witness the amazing grace that flowed all around me.
Even now it's difficult to express the changes I feel... there is only going forward with a new appreciation for this gift of earthly life, for the here-and-now, for the blessing of and lessons from that storm, and for these precious moments. Thoughts regarding the impermanence of material things make me smile with an understanding I never had. There's a peace inside me, and a powerful but gently-moving current of strength that was missing before. Time is of the essence - and yet, time means nothing. I guess what I'm saying is every moment matters to me, yet I realize now there are endless moments to be lived and enjoyed. There is an eternity of lifetimes within my soul; this is but one, and I'm brought to tears, still, at that revelation. Cali and I send you our love this day and always.
Kristina can't decide whether to continue with her ballet class or not. Her reason is ballet is a lot of hard work while if she stays in the class, it's chillax, meaning more playtime 😀 I told her that this is an opportunity to develop her God-given talents and she understood ❤️ At an early age, kids have the tendency to take the easier route but we as parents need to guide them in making decisions. #speakwithlove#parentingfour#truejoy
1 year ago, at around this precise moment... I became Mrs. Miguel. It has been such a wonderful year, filled with so much love. I made the best decision of my life marrying you Oliver Alexander Miguel! You are the man of my dreams; you make me smile, laugh, blush, roll my eyes occasionally...but most of all you bring me immense joy and are such an amazing and godly leader. I will love you forever and always! Can’t wait to celebrate more years filled with this agape love! ❤️❤️#1year#timeflies#truelove#truejoy @oli.thoughts
Do you ever feel empty of joy and peace? True joy, the kind that doesn't switch on our off like a light, when situations change. True peace, that is unnatural given the circumstance. Go to the God of hope 💜
✨See that smile?! Last night was worth ALL the years of hard work and sacrifice to prepare myself to receive the greatest gift! I'm so grateful to all my friends and family that could join me in my endowment session. Thank you to all of you who have supported me on my journey ❤️#endowment#lds#complete#truejoy#livingintentionally
People want to be known. Some of the BEST conversations I have ever had with people is when I ask them about the thing they love whether that's their hobby, family or work. Their eyes shine when they talk about what they are passionate about. 😍 It's amazing! You can never go wrong when you ask people more about themselves. Photo by @alli__illa #ellijanephotography