anxiety, fear, Living Fearlessly, thoughts are things, worry, Worry Less

Dealing With Anxious Thoughts

“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you”. Dan Millman

You might be thinking the above is impossible, but I encourage you to think of thoughts in another way and it might be helpful for you.

Thoughts Are Things

We often say that “thoughts are things” and it is true. So if this is true and thoughts are just things just like a coffee cup is a thing, a laptop is a thing, a t-shirt is a thing, etc. etc.

So if things are things, we may have things in our lives, but we don’t become our things.

Instead we USE our things. We use the coffee cup to drink coffee, or water, or tea or whatever we decide. We wear the t-shirt but we don’t become obsessed with the t-shirt. We use it for a purpose and we take it off when we want to.

So if we looked at thoughts more as things that we can use for what we choose, just like the coffee cup, we can take them off when we don’t want to think them anymore, just like the t-shirt, or like the laptop we can use them to formulate sentences, paragpraphs or even entire stories!

You get the idea here. USE your thoughts (the things) for your highest good and stop using them when they are no longer serving your or causing you pain.

The easiest way to pivot your thoughts is to divert them to new ones…. just like things. If you were wearing a t-shirt and spilled something on it, you would go and change it!

So change your thoughts to new ones!

Here is a link to one of all-time favorite posts I did about changing your thoughts:

And more from my “Thougths are Things” Collection that you might enJOY and find helpful.

I hope that you found this helpful. I really enJOYed it myself and as always surprised myself while writing it. I really do believe we are just channels when we write, paint, do art, sing, or whatever form of creative art we choose. It’s fun stuff and I hope you do more of that too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day everyone!

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Gratitude

World Gratitude Day

A picture of a woman with arms open wide facing the fading sun with the words on the picture “Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. There is ALWAYS something that you can find to be grateful for…..

I found it interesting that today is World Gratitude Day because when I discovered it, I was lying in bed doing my morning reading and today I felt the need to go back to the book I am reading called “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne and it is all about gratitude and using it to create magic in your life.

In fact, I had gone to Facebook to post this picture I made this morning while reading the book… I like to do this as I see quotes that I resonate with.

A picture graphic that I made with the sun streaming through the forest and the quote “When you direct gratitude toward something or someone, you will feel it even more and your gratitude will have even more power, and create even more magic!” Book by Rhonda Byrne “The Magic”

I thought this was uncanny when after posting this, that I discovered that it was World Gratitude Day.

This is something I am working on diligently…. the art of more gratitude in my life. The magic really does work when you apply the discipline of gratitude in your life. And there really is always something to be grateful for.

I was sharing on a networking call last week my technique that I use when I have challenges and how I turn them around to gratitude. For example, I can give you one for today that uses my technique:

Last night I drained my hot tub and refilled it. Now I have an air lock that I need to fix and it is a bit frustrating. So how I got myself over the frustration (here is the technique), I became grateful for having the hot tub in the first place. I call this ‘getting behind the problem’. I would not have this problem if I was not fortunate enough to have this hot tub!

This strategy always helps me. I have used it in many ways. Another example is when my daughter was little and she was sick and up in the night. Although tired I became grateful that I was gifted a child that I could care for when they were sick. I then became honored to do so because of the gratitude that flooded my body and being.

Gratitude truly is magical and I for one, will be using it more and more and more, because the more you use it, the more you get and the more you get, the more the magic and miracles start occurring in your life.

Happy World Gratitude Day my friends and I hope that you too reach for gratitude often…. I am grateful for each and everyone on of YOU….

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affirmations, anxiety, Stress Management, Stress Relief

Hard Times Affirmations

Through heartbreak I gain inner strength
Through adversity I gain resilience
Through hard times, I learn powerful lessons

Affirmations are very powerful. Use them often and be amazed at the results that you will get!

Have a great day everyone!

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affirmations, fear

Affirmations to Help with FEAR

Here are some affirmations to help with fear and anxiety.

I understand that being human means that I may have fears.
Today I promise myself to let some of that fear go.
I have the courage and strength to push past
my feelings of anxiety.
I have the power in me to get rid of fear and to move toward LOVE.
I will teach my children there is nothing to fear and that life can be JOYous!
I will spread LOVE and not fear.
There is nothing to be afraid of and I trust that things work out for me.
I will not fear the people who surround me and I will send them LOVE.
Today I am braver than yesterday and each day I get stronger and stronger and fear less.
I will no longer be fearful of my life.
I will take control of the fear I feel by feeling it and releasing it.
I will not fear the chances I need to take to
succeed.
I will try one thing that scared me yesterday and I know it will get easier and easier.
I will replace fearful thoughts with positive and peaceful thoughts.
Fear has no place in my heart.
I will send out positive vibes and expect good vibes back.
Fear is weaker than me and I get stronger every minute.
I am in control of my own fear.
I control my thoughts they don’t control me.

I hope you found these helpful and always remember that the fastest and easiest way to shift any feeling is to use gratitude! By having an attitude of gratitude you can quickly release fearful thoughts and let go of the ‘what ifs’ by focusing on the Now with gratitude.

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Sunshine

Fill Your Heart With Sunshine

A ball of sunlight streaming through the trees

This morning I got up and went to the bathroom and took a moment to look out the window to the backyard. The sun was shining through the trees and I just took a minute to stop and be in gratitude for that exact moment.

I then intuitively felt the desire to fill my heart with sunshine before I started my day. And I actually felt it!

I thought “Wow, I will start my day like this more often”. I will connect with the sun and bring it into my heart and then start my day.

MMM MMM

May your day be filled with Love and your heart filled with sunshine….. have a good one everybody….

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Celery, Cooking Tips, onions

Cooking Tip – Crisp up That Celery & Green Onion

Celery stalks and a green onion in cold water

When you are wanting to use celery and/or green onions but would like them nice and crisp and fresh, just soak them in cold water for a bit.

I did this today while preparing a salad for dinner. I also like to make the salad ahead and leave some moisture on it, stick it in the fridge and let it get really cold and crisp before serving. There is nothing worse than wilty lettuce. Wouldn’t you agree? ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enJOYed my tip today and make sure you always have FUN in the kitchen and don’t be afraid to try things. ๐Ÿ™‚

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affirmations, self-love

I Am Ok & Safe Affirmations

Affirmations Are Powerful! Affirmations Work!

I love this quote by my friend Lisa Lisson, the President of FedEx Canada. She is a remarkable and inspiring lady.

We let go of what we can’t control by focusing our energy on what we control”

Lisa Lisson

Affirmation: I am safe, I am well because I always have myself
Affirmation: I am in full control of all that I can control
Affirmation: Okay life bring it on!

I hope that you find these affirmations helpful. Why not make up some of your own?

Oh and there is a link at the bottom if you would like to download 33 of some of my favorite affirmations to enJOY.

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Have a great day everyone!

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Chicken Recipes, Creative Cooking

An Easy Go-To Recipe With Chicken

The more I age and the more I blog here, the more I am enJOYing putting myself into my work or workandplay as I call it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow, on that note, I thought I would start sharing some of my creative cooking ideas here on my blog. I have shared some recipes on my MaggiesVitaminsBlog but have now decided to start sharing here as well cause this is who I am. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love cooking, thrift shopping, taking pictures, and writing to name just a few things that ignite my spirit. And I am sharing all of those things now here in this platform because that is what a blog is. It is like an online journal so PERF!

Now on to what I made for dinner last night. I love to just think about what I have on hand or what I need to use up in the fridge and then go from there. I would have fun on one of those cooking shows where you get a basket of ingredients :-). In fact, we are going to do something like this one night for fun with some friends of ours.

What’s Cookin?

Last night I had some chicken thighs in the fridge and wanted a quick and easy meal as I did not have a lot of time. So this is what I did.

I took a frying pan and put some olive oil and garlic. I then put onions (cut them any way you want) and celery and browned them a bit with salt and pepper of course. Then I added sliced chicken thighs and browned the whole thing up til it had some nice browning happening.

Chicken in a pan sauteed with garlic, onion and celery.

Next I added a simple jar of store bought tomato sauce. In this instance I used a grocery store’s personal line and it was a 4 cheese sauce.

I then cooked and simmered this for about 30 minutes to make sure the chicken was thoroughly cooked and the flavors melded.

The chicken, onions, garlic, and celery simmering in tomato sauce.

When it was time to serve I made it work for everyone. Fresh boiled potatoes for my hubby and these were the first ones from his garden. He was excited to try them. It is so rewarding when you grow your own food and it is so nice to see many people doing this these days.

Don’s potatoes from the garden….

And as for my daughter and I we had some pasta.

So there you go… a simple dish that you could add any type of veggie to like peppers or mushrooms etc., pick a sauce of your choice and serve it however you like.

Bon Appetit!

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grace

By The Grace of Life…..

There are many definitions of ‘Grace’ but to me, Grace is about honoring my soul and letting it flow through life. It is a divine expression of who I am and I know that my soul in eternal.

I like to think that I am in the playground of life, expressing myself, with Grace, and flitting like a butterfly, from moment to moment.

In life, Grace leads us to precious moments that often come through life’s trials, tribulations, and heartaches but is not to be taken lightly.

For example, one often learns the preciousness of life’s gifts through grieving the loss of loved ones. Things we once took for granted become even sweeter and more precious to us. This is a form of Grace.

Grace is the ebb and flow of all of life. It is the wind that blows through and dances with the branches of the tree, it is the sun glistening upon the water, it is the energy in these words as I type them, it is the gentle rain that bounces off a tin roof…. it is all of that and more….

Grace is the flow of life and the dance of the soul.

When we are open to the Grace of Life, we feel and experience life. We open our hearts to deep, deep, levels that are profound. We then truly ‘live’ and are ‘alive’.

What if we took our darkest moments and allowed them to show us the Grace of Life? What if we used them as catalyst to show us how Grace has moved us and then perhaps we would better understand why we ‘feel’ so much. We then might become enamored with our passion and our feelings and our zest for life.

I for one, now see how all of life’s moment’s both painful and JOYous have led me to Grace. Grace is life being life. Grace is life flowing through and for me.

Grace is the wind in the wings of the soul and it is a beautiful thing….

In closing, I hope that you too, enJOY the Grace of Life and that you allow life to flow through you through all of the moments, in good times and bad, and that these moments enhance your sweetness of life.

In Grace and with much LOVE to all,

Maggie

Side Note: After writing this piece I realized that Grace and Gratitude MUST be tied together because it just seemed like it should be. And they are. After Googling, I found this and thought “WOW”… “We can gloss over the meaning of gratitude as simply โ€œgiving thanksโ€, but Gratitude is derived from the Latin word โ€œgratiaโ€ which means gratefulness โ€“ but also grace or graciousness depending on the context. … There is true grace in Gratitude:”

That got me thinking and is a whole other blog post ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day my friends!

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Life's Beauty

Fly Little Butterfly…. Fly

My girl starting High School “Fly Little Butterfly …. Fly”

My baby girl started high school today and it was a beautiful morning for the first day of school.

I took this picture this morning before we left for her first day of high school.

The droplets of water were so beautiful on these flowers that some call weeds, and the sun was making itself known in the background. I love the gifts of morning.

When we got to the school, the sun was shining on the school and I thought “how nice”. It felt like the sun was shining my girl on to to the next phase of her life and my beautiful butterfly was transitioning.

The High School with all windows lit up with sunlight and the reflection of the blue sky on this day in September.

After dropping Sivanna off on her first day of school, I went to my car and I cried. I had so many emotions. I was excited for her and knew that she was excited. I was happy for her to be going back to school… period as her last day of regular school was Friday, March 13th.

I was happy for this feeling of new and of the excitement, but also for the feeling of a normal September morn when kids start back to school. I knew that she will remember this time as an important time in our history.

I then headed for a hair cut and while I was getting my hair cut, I delighted in my mind and smiled in my heart, as I heard the greeter welcome the customers as they came in the door.. “Morning”… “Morning”. And I thought was a beautiful sound that simple greeting is….

Yes, it is morning… a new morning… another day….. Morning… Morning …. Morning.

And so it is…..