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THIS is What Morning Looks Like

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Dear Source, Mother Gaia (Earth) . . .  and any and all Entities of Light — those for the good of all concerned — thank you for another day and for being a part of it.

Thanks to my work schedule opening up a bit — AND SOME SUN (Spring IS here, whether it looks like it or not) — I think I’m actually experiencing how a perfect morning can look!

This morning I woke up with Brian at 6am, took the dogs out (who pooped immediately — yay!), and made a breakfast smoothie.  The following 2-2.5 hours were spent on the following: pet care and feed, sitting on the floor and petting the fur babies, drinking straight hot water (Does anyone else do this, or am I crazy?), watching random inspirational videos on Facebook and youtube and crying my eyes out — in a very cleansing way, starting a load and accidentally Chrome-casting Abraham Hick’s “Everything is Always Working Out for Me” on the TV — and THEN getting super inspired to blast “Aum/Om chanting on the TV” and open all of the shutters to let in the GLORIOUS SUN! (Let’s raise this house’s vibration, y’all!).

Next I’ll probably add in some of the my other favorite activities/self-care choices/to dos for the day: multiple walks (with and without pets), a bath, meditation with candles, hanging out in the library (9 books on hold for me — yeep!), trying out some Akashic record/intuitive questioning, experimenting with ideas for my business card, reminding myself how to play “If I Had a Hammer” and “Seek Ye First” on the guitar for the nursing home this Friday, some correspondence, saging the house (It still feels sad!), Zumba Fitness Rush on the Xbox 360, reading my vision, random dancing around the house, making an on-line video, yoga, journaling, and planting some seeds indoors (weather is still unpredictable here in Chicagoland!).  In the past I’ve been asked questions like: “What do you do for play?” or “How do you fill your bucket?”  — And I couldn’t answer!  I’ve re-connected with my inner child and my inner joy! (WOOHOO!)

*Now that I’ve finished typing this out I see that is QUITE a bit to play with in one day. BUT — I now have a great “play”list to come back to! :-D*

And speaking of play. . .  the one area that I have been neglecting for some time is art play.  I may dabble in that today . . .  or this week.  Yes, I consider some of the things I already do a form or art — like journaling, blogging, and creating videos  — BUT, I think there’s something special to me about playing with color, could involve coloring, maybe designing, maybe collaging.  Whatever.  IT’S TIME TO PLAY!

Are you having a great morning?  What are some ways that you play?

Much love and many blessings. ❤

Imaginative Dream

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I’m remembering my dreams again!  Let’s run with it!

I dreamt I was participating in a murder mystery dinner play — except maybe no murder, and there were two of us to dinner.  I was playing the roll of the hostess, inviting a gentleman to dinner.  I remember asking the butler what his name was and trying to remember it.  Then I was thinking about what my name should be and settled on “Teresa”, though I didn’t really like the name for it.  At one point there were a group of mostly men huddled around by the couch talking about someone who had gone missing, but I think they waved me away to get focused on my guest.  I remember my guest arriving, but I don’t remember much about him.  A little later I ended up back in an attic-y looking side dressing room.  People were changing into Halloween costumes, and I debated whether I should as well.  I remember there being some antique-ish crafts in the room, one a house, and I believe it was falling apart a bit.  I remember passing a mirror and looking at what I was wearing, a bit disappointed.  It didn’t seem very fancy (more hippy-like, as I look back on it.)  It was a single-toned tank, maybe pink or salmon, and a long sherbety, matching floor length skirt and puffy skirt.

There was another dream, but all I can remember is that there was some kind of talk/presentation with a prominent woman leading it.  There were many folding chairs in the audience, and one of the women in the audience was looking to connect with the leader afterwards.

The first dream draws my attention.  What strikes me most about the first dream is the imaginative quality of it.  It’s not real.  We were playing at the whole dinner.  This may be related to a few things: having a movie on right before bed (Brian was watching part of Fellowship of the Ring), my recognition that my perceptions are sometimes projections from my own head (not reality), and/or my continued effort to activate my imagination when creating vision in my life.

What also stick out to me are the changing of my identity (name) and the focus on dress and costume.  In the School of Metaphysics, dress was recognized as a symbol of an outward expression of self.  In this dream I was playing at a new identity and a new self-expression — and I wasn’t really satisfied with either choice! This makes sense, as I am seeking to identify the ideal image of my future profession and have also been working on expressing myself more (and now expressing myself more clearly.)

Happy dreaming!  Much love and many blessings. ❤

On A Mission of Joy: 10 Ways to a Wonderful Day!

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“You are the world’s light – it is impossible to hide a town built on the top of a hill. Men do not light a lamp and put it under a bucket. They put it on a lamp stand and it gives light for everybody in the house.” – Mathew 5:15

We have to choose our mood daily.   Here are some ways to help set us up to be successful.

Joy Tip #1: A Morning Routine

Start your day off right! (NOT with electronics!)

Here are some suggestions for a morning routine:  —Review your vision, particularly your vision for the day.  —Spend time in prayer or contemplation/meditation.  —Journal.  —Do some type of movement/exercise.  Read or listen to affirmations/music.  Drink plenty of fluids (water!). Eat a healthy breakfast. Start a gratitude practice.

Joy Tip #2: A Vision

—Be clear on your vision and mission.

What’s your What? — What would you love?  Think about health, relationships, time & money freedom, and vocation/creativity.  —Take a step every day!

What’s your Why? — What can you give today?

Joy Tip #3: Awareness

Press the “PAUSE” Button!  What are you thinking? (Do you know?)  What is your attention on?  —Are you in a story?  —What kind of story do you want to tell?

Joy Tip #4: Remember Gratitude

—Ask yourself: What am I grateful for RIGHT NOW?  —Start a gratitude journal/collage/list.  Spend 10 minutes with memories of gratitude.  Make it a practice to be grateful throughout the day.  —Volunteer

Joy Tip #5: Take Care of Yourself

—Are you getting enough sleep? Brendon Burchard recommends that you ADD an extra hour of sleep every day.  Are you getting 3 meals a day? (And snacks?) Are you sitting down to eat?  Are you aware of your dietary needs? Not enough food, too much food, and problematic foods can all affect your mood! And every body is different.  Are you getting enough water? Don’t like the taste of water? Try adding fruit to your water, like limes, lemons, or strawberries!

Joy Tip #6: Fill Your Bucket

Are you getting enough play? You need to fill your “joy bucket” to help you get through those rough patches!  What do you do to fill your joy bucket? Some examples include: karaoke,   eating favorite foods, long, hot showers,  sitting in the sun; swimming,  dancing around the house; reading a favorite book, going out with friends/family, watching a favorite movie, and collaging.

Joy Tip #7: Put It “On a Shelf”

Is something bothering you? Do you need to do some further reflecting on it later? (Or never??) Put in on a “shelf.”  Some other images include: putting it in a “bubble,” in a “basket” (down the river) or (for the angels to take away for you).

Joy Tip #8: Get Moving

—Simply stand up!  Or, if you’ve been standing all day — sit down!  Stretch your legs. Sit in a different place/different chair.  —Wiggle or do the Hokey Pokey.  —Move around.  Dance around.

Joy Tip #9: Pick From Your Joy Box

—Pick: gratitude; inspirational quotes, speeches, or music; pick out your personal theme song and play it or hum it; get some fresh air; surround yourself with lovely things; do the happy memory, spin activity; dance!

—And . . .

Joy Tip #10: Laugh!

—Get some favorite memories together! (Real life or movies!)  Hold the memory in your mind until you begin to giggle. (Or if needed, let it all loose!)  Need some inspiration?  There are great clips on youtube.  Here is one of my favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bRjnUqzseU

—Are you the director of your life, or just one of the actors?  Everyone has days that test them, but we get to decide what we want to do with it!

Much love, many blessings! ❤

This is based on the presentation “On A Mission of Joy: 10 Ways to a Wonderful Day!” that I designed for a Teacher Institute Day at the FranCenter last week in Darien, IL.  If your group/team would benefit from this content, “The Vision Workshop” (Living a “Vision-Driven Life”), or similar, please contact me at terikarl@LifeMasteryConsultant.com for more details.

I’m on Fire!

I love watching inspirational stuff.  Today these two items totally revved me up.  I’m ready for rebirth.  I’m ready to express the true me!

First this:

The genius of this man had me laughing, crying, and completely inspired!  The beauty of his uniqueness, creativity, and integrity with living with his truth completely blew my mind.  I’m going to be my own Demitri Martin!  Thank you to my friend John McGleam for responding to one of my goofy Facebook posts and inspiring me to start my day off with a bang!

And then this, too:

(Check out Dressing Your Truth on-line to get started!)

I’ve started watching the free videos, and I intend to take this all of the way.  Thank your, Dr. Christine Madar for planting this seed!  (And again, amazing subconscious connection work here.  I was inspired to tell Dr. Christine again how much I love how she presents herself with her dress, and she told me how to do it myself!)  I was already noticing ways that people have dressed and done their hair, and I’ve reflected about what clothes and styles I gravitate to.  Today I’ve started developing some images and some steps, and I’m ready to start my metamorphosis!

Here’s to all of you.  May you have a completely amazing, grateful-for-being-alive type of  day! ❤

Great Darkness and Great Light

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In the School of Metaphysics we study ourselves.  I am quite a study!  Recently I’ve become interested in my highs and lows.  I laughingly attribute the duality to my Gemini moon, but I’m curious about it.  How can I go so quickly from such a soaring high to such a deep low?  I know that I have immense potential as a creator, and I would like to understand my ebbs and flows a little better,  to ride the waves — instead of trying to tread water and then flailing in the extremes.  I’m looking forward to receiving my Creative MInd report when I attend the Genius Code Spiritual Focus session next month in Windyville.  I hope it shines more light on this.  To be continued. . .

Do you experience something similar?

This song always brings me back to paradise:-) :

And of course this one . . .

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A New World

I had a regular sub job today, and I felt really good about it, even excited going into it.  It was a teacher’s assistant job, and I spent the day in a couple rooms.  The actual job wasn’t particularly extraordinary and was thankfully low-key.  The teachers were super nice, the school was beautiful, the students were fairly responsive to direction.

However, I decided to take more advantage of my experiences and opportunities today, and THAT made the difference.  Usually I notice all of the neat things in a classroom, and I make a mental note.  Today I wrote them down.  Sometimes I feel like I should an urge to make a connection with someone, and today I did — two!

And I followed the day with great conversation with a friend and with some mind mapping, blog listening, and a Society for Intuitive Research Meeting!

Here are my Marvelous (Top) 12s today for creativity —  and today, mostly inspired!

1. I saw a girl with two braids, one running across the side of her head, and one a regular drop from below.  Such creativity!

2. A great fact family game with white boards and dice!

3. Even/Odd poster visuals.  Ev  en     Od d   Genius!  And side-by-side columns with numbers and construction paper squares to represent the difference!

4. P.I.E.  in an actual pie chart standing for persuade, inform, and entertain!

5. A thermometer with color bands along the edge.  Tell what “color” the day is by matching the temperature number with the color!

6. Egg final product design.  It was used for locations, starting with town, then state, then country, etc.  Progressively larger eggs, all pinned together at the top.  When you rotate the eggs out from each other, it makes a beautiful flower-like design!

7. Storyboard flip strip.  I’ve seen this before and need to use it!  Fold a piece of construction paper in half, split the top half evenly into 4, and cut those.  Creates a great flip up strip for any subject!

8. Created a mind map on a white poster board with “Ideal Life” as the seed idea.  Still a work in progress . . . more on this later.

9. Spoke with a teacher about swapping business.  We may possibly team up and do small group reading groups together, too!

10. Learned a little about clearing up your space with herbs — my living space could definitely use a spiritual uplifting! 🙂

11. Maybe I’ve found a possible passion — interviewing marvelous people and writing their stories!  I met a marvelous social worker who seems to be a creative and borrowing genius! I knew I had to tell her so!  A couple of her many claims to fame are her sound wand for getting attention and her mini stars for positive reinforcement.  When I saw that she liked Have You Filled A Bucket Today?, that sealed the deal!  I stopped by her office when the day was over and had a lovely chat, swapping information, talking about changing times, and mourning societal changes from preventative to reactionary.  I love getting to know people and creating connections!

12.Participated in a long dialog with others at our SIR meeting about personal acceptance and expressing who we really are.  This has been on my mind a lot lately.  Do you also ever wonder: if people knew all of me, would they really love me?

Hiya! What have you created lately?

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