Family, Joy, thanksgiving

Thankful this Thanksgiving

This morning I walked into the kitchen and saw my Turkey platter in the dish rack and the sun shining behind it. How beautiful. I reflected upon the lovely Thanksgiving dinner we had here yesterday. It is my favorite meal and occasion to prepare for.

My Big Turkey Platter

Every holiday that we have turkey, I bring out this platter. I love using our special dishes and such to make the occasion even more festive and enJOYable. My sister-in-law loved this platter so much, I also found one for her 🙂 I love thrift shopping as many of you know. So much JOY!

We make so many happy memories at these get togethers and it is just so good to spend time together and to appreciate each other and to honor who we are and where we came from… that is family. Not everyone makes every holiday but that is okay, we celebrate and enJOY with whoever is able to attend. And sometimes most of us are there. I am so grateful to still have all my siblings here on earth.

As with most families we get some traditions happening. Big Audrey (because there is a little Audrey) or Bubba as we call her, always carves the turkey. She is in her 80’s and still gets up there and does this. We all love it. Bubba always brings me a useful gift even though I tell her she need not bring anything. One year it was an amazing turkey cutting board with spikes to hold the turkey and a little run way for the juices. Awesome. We now use it on every turkey occasion. Bubba and I both like to thrift shop hee hee. We have many happy discussions around this and often bump into each other our favorite stores. It makes me smile every time. 🙂 🙂 🙂

The cutting board from Bubba… think how many memories have been made through its use. Beautiful!

This year Bubba brought an apron to wear and to leave for me when finished. Perfect! One can never have enough aprons, especially with many hands helping in the kitchen. 🙂

The apron Audrey brought me. One of many throughout the years.

With the cooler temperature at this time of year, it makes it even cozier and warming. We even had snow on the ground yesterday. 🙂

Our meal was wonderful of course. We had many laughs, smiles and JOYS. We listened to Uncle John tell his many jokes and I could tell that each one of us appreciated them more than ever. We all know that life is a cycle and what we have now, we will not always, so everything is more enhanced and appreciated.

I am grateful that my family, like myself, gets more and more appreciative of moments like this. In fact, these moments are sacred to me (tears streaming down my face as I type this). I watch and observe that as we get older it means more and I watch and know that my daughter and the youth will one day cherish these times more than any other. These will be the memories that stand out for them.

At the end of the evening, Don, Bubba and myself chatted about how these ARE the most important things in life. There is nothing better than being together at times like this, sharing food, laughter, and memories, with people who are comfortable to share of themselves… to tease, to laugh and to most of all LOVE.

One of the reasons I blog is so that I can share my feelings but also to record these moments for future enJOYment for my offspring and for whoever happens upon them. I hope they will be inspired and will use my sharing and writing to inspire them to have more JOY in their life and to spread more JOY in the world. It always starts around your own kitchen table first. 🙂

Turkey Rock my daughter Sivanna painted. I just LOVE it! #JOY
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Love – A Prescription for Healing — MaggiesVitamins

Love is the medicine for the sickness of the world; a prescription often given too rarely taken.dr. karl menninger One of the most healing and supportive therapies for anyone or for any condition is LOVE! And it works any way you use it… giving or receiving it. It’s a beautiful thing really. Try to actively…

Love – A Prescription for Healing — MaggiesVitamins
Joy, Life Purpose, Passion

Joy in Your Work

Who doesn’t want more JOY in their life? How about in your work? I struggle with the word ‘work’ and I think I know why…..

It’s because of a secret. The sooner one understands and learns this secret, the sooner JOY unfolds. What is this secret? The secret is that once you discover what you are passionate about and you pursue that, whatever you do around that passion will infuse more JOY into your life and work and you will no longer think of your work as ‘work’. It will now be your passion and your purpose.

“The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, JOY or passion.” ―Terry Orlick

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If you are unclear as to what you are passionate about, ask someone who knows you well to share with you the following:

When you are talking about a subject and your eyes literally light up and you become more animated. This may sound too simple to be true, but it is very true. As a Life Coach for many years, I have seen this exact display of passion and purpose in the eyes of many and it always is a direct hit to what a person is passionate about.

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Life Coaching, Life Purpose, manifesting

Possibilities Really Are Infinite & Endless!

Since becoming certified as an Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach, I have opened up even more to the concept of Infinite and Endless possibilities in life!

I absolutely LOVE to help people with creating lives that they LOVE! I love helping people thrive and to squeeze every drop of JOY Juice out of their life.

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We are amazing creators here on earth and we can design magical lives if we so choose. Yes we can!

In my coaching practice I am able to help people to identify what is important to them and to define and declare their hopes, dreams and their wants. And then we work with the tools in our tool kit to make this happen. Tools like working with our thoughts and our beliefs. Tools like putting our focus and attention on the things that we do want in our lives and taking the focus off of what we don’t want. And tools like telling new stories about what we believe, what we think, and about our life. All of these tools are super powerful and effective. And when we become personally empowered we feel soooooooooooooooooo gooooooooooooooooooood!

If you would like to have a complimentary conversation with me to see if Life Coaching might be something you would like to consider, feel free to reach out and we can set up a time to have a discovery chat. It would be my pleasure to serve you in this way.

“There are only 3 things that can make your dreams come true: your thoughts, your words, and your actions.”

― Mike Dooley

Magic & Miracles, miracles

Miracles Are Natural

You are a Miracle. YOU are Miraculous. Life itself is a miracle. Nature and how it works is a miracle.

Have a miracle mindset. Expect miracles. Miracles are as natural as the air you breath. Refuse to have low expectations of what you, as an all powerful divine being, are capable of creating.

Miraculous healings happen every day! Babies are born every day showing us the miraculous potential of creation. The sun that comes up and rises every day is a miracle.

A Beautifiul Sunrise over sea with Albert Einstein Quote about Miraclese
faith, Life's Challenges, trust

14 Years Ago Today My Life was Forever Changed

Today is my late mother’s birthday. I will forever remember this day in the year 2005. It was the day that I found out I was pregnant. This was the biggest surprise that I have ever had in my life, and the best surprise of course. 🙂

I was absolutely shocked the day I found this out and it seems like it was just yesterday and a thousand years ago at the same time. It has been such a JOYous journey. Of course there have been the ups and the downs, but the JOY has been immense.

Sivanna was born premature at 32 weeks weighing 3lbs 15 oz. I can still see ‘my little bird’. She was so tiny and we fed her with a syringe.

This whole experience makes me think of two things:

1) Vulnerability

2) Faith & Trust

Not only was my little girl so young and vulnerable but so was I. I felt fragile and my whole world as I knew it changed in that moment when she was born. What I thought would be a JOYous time was actually a very fearful time and I had to have Faith & Trust and that was not easy. One thing that really helped me through this time was a voice that spoke to me one night before I even knew that I was pregnant, but was pregnant… The voice said “Don’t worry I am coming and everything will be okay”. I will never forget the night I heard that energetic voice while gazing at the stars from my hottub. Those words were a catalyst in my getting through the 39 days of Sivanna being in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) until I brought her home.

Another thing that helped me was her Dad who would say “Honey, some day this will just be a memory”. And that turned out to be true.

Me holding my little bird

When I look at this picture and into my eyes I see the fear and yet I see the strength that got this woman through this to what is now just a memory. There were so many great lessons through this struggle and I appreciate every one. I believe in life the greatest trials lead us to the greatest JOYs.

I am forever amazed and how tiny her hand was. A sight I will always remember. That tiny little hand now makes art, scratches my back and also holds my hand. ❤

I am also grateful for so many things in my life. I am grateful for my daughter Sivanna Rose. I am grateful for the amazing health care that we received in this beautiful country. I am grateful that that fearful time is indeed now a memory and I’m excited. I am excited for another day on earth. I am excited for what lies ahead for myself and my family.

And Mom, I send you Happy Heavenly Birthday wishes. It will always be special to me that your birthday was the day I found out my life was to be forever changed with the gift of a daughter of my own.

My Mother and I sometime long ago. She died in 1993. Interestingly my daughter’s school is in the background here.
Life's Musings, My Life

A Note to My Younger Self

Here I am at 53 years old and I have had many life’s experiences and I look forward to many more. Life has a way of softening you as you go along. Or maybe hardening for some but for me I feel softer. I sure am not the woman I was 10, 20 or even 30 years ago and I’m glad. 🙂

If I could write a note to my younger self, and I can, lol this is what I would say:

Dear Maggie

I remember when you were a younger version of yourself and although you lacked confidence throughout many times of your life, there were times when you thought you knew it all. It is interesting for me to see this as I now know how little you knew. 🙂

Some tips I could offer the younger version of you would be:

  1. Be Kind. The world needs more kindness and compassion. Especially be kind to those who have been around in life longer than you have. They have had more time to experiences life’s up and downs. They have had more hurts, heartaches and loss and it wears on a person. These people need extra kindness and less animosity and judgment. Be kind.
  2. Be Gentle. “A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles”. William Hazlitt Being gentle is a virtue worth living by. Gentleness is a form of love expressed that softens, that opens, and that shows compassion. Practice gentleness on a daily basis.
  3. Let It Go. Let go of all of those ideals that do not serve you. Especially the need to be right and to know it all. Instead be open. Be inquisitive and be willing to listen, to really listen.
  4. Don’t Personalize Things! If you really want a fast track to peace, don’t personalize anything. You have no idea what another person is going through, a stranger or kin. Just love them within your heart and mind. So many heartaches have come from people assuming things were said for a certain reason or intended to hurt you. Just let that stuff go. It matters not. Know in your heart that you are okay and that are made of love and will return to love. You have been the one hurt and you have hurt others. Let it all go and turn to Love. And remember when people hurt you, they need extra love. Anyone who is in that much pain that they would hurt others needs more love. You know you’ve been there. 🙂 Stop the madness now.
  5. Forgive. Forgive often and forgive quickly. The sooner you forgive others and yourself the sooner you give the gift. The gift of for*give*ness. Give it often. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you” Lewis B. Smedes … Free yourself sooner than later. 🙂
  6. Be YOU. Don’t wait your entire lifetime to be YOU. Your job is to be you. You were born perfectly YOU for a reason. 🙂 YOU are the gift to the world. Let that gift be opened and shared with the world. Lead by example. Show the way for others and encourage them to be themselves and to wear their uniqueness like the jewel that it is.

Well dearest little one, I could say more but I think this is suffice for this blog post today. Go now and be that best version of YOU that you are learning to share with the world so freely. I hope others are inspired to be themselves and that they go throughout their day today in JOY and Love. Blessings to all…

beauty, Life's Musings

See Beauty Through The Words of Anne Frank

A quote by Anne Frank

I am at my cottage enJOYing the fall and the peacefulness of this quiet time of year out here. I was putting away the camp journals and was delighted to find this note I had put in the box that holds the journals.

What a fantastic reminder I thought, especially that this reminder came from Anne Frank. If you do not know who Anne Frank was, I found a blog post online that explains who she was. Here is the link.

I remember reading this book when I was a young girl. I find it so interesting to see that Anne was the exact same Life Path number in numerology that I am. A 30/3 or a 3. Threes are known to be optimistic, have large amounts of creative self-expression, great communicators, and are uplifting to others. This definitely describes Anne. Imagine that she could write a quote like this when was in hiding during the Holocaust.

Anne’s words remind us that we can always find beauty in life, We can always find the goodness. We simply need to look for it.

I hope you enJOYed this reminder about life as much as I did today. Blessings to all!

Oh and if you want to learn more about Numerology and the reports I offer, here is a link https://www.maggieholbik.com/numerology.html