Dear December

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Dear December,
Thank you for greeting us with the smell of rain still in the air. I know your season is all about new beginnings and letting go of the old….wash away our insecurities with your downpours and cleanse our souls and minds. Please whisper reminders to me of keeping my life in balance -my finances, my emotions, and my relationships. Let my creativity flow from your crisp winds full of pine and soil. Allow my communication to be clear and unobstructed. And most of all, let my loved ones and myself enjoy your beautiful winter as much as we can with all you have to offer us.
Love always, Monique <3

Thanks and Giving

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Happy Thanksgiving my beautiful friends. This is the time of year when families get together and thankfulness and gratitude are more out in the open. Be grateful for what you have every day of the year! Make it count and express it!!! Today of all days, if you are eating delicious food and you’re with family, know how lucky you are -there are those without what you have. So regardless of how much your family members drive you bat-shit crazy…remember that these are the souls that will teach you your greatest spiritual lessons. Recognize the need for patience, understanding, dignity, boundaries, and love today. And keep in mind that yes, we are obligated to love everyone but there are some that we must love from a safe distance. <3

 

Be Your Own, First

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How many times have your relationships not worked out? We could be here a while I know…
Now that you’re thinking about it, do you see a commonality?
In all of my experiences and relationships, I take personal responsibility for my part in it. Yes, I may have been cheated on and had my heart crushed multiple times and yes, it was awful and terrible. Yet in all of these instances, the one consistency is ME.
Learning to love myself was one of my greatest lessons in life thus far; it’s a relationship that you have to work on continuously. In retrospect, a lot of my relationship issues were caused from not loving myself enough. I stayed in relationships because I was too scared to leave; because I didn’t want to hurt the other person; because I didn’t realize my self-worth; because I didn’t know I deserved better. The majority of relationship problems stem from miscommunication and perspective. The tricky part is that our perspective is widely affected by our self-esteem. How can we view and treat others with respect and love if we don’t respect and love ourselves first?
That’s why learning to love yourself is the first step to accepting love from others. We can only receive the love we think we deserve. You should come to the realization that you deserve a love that fills every inch of you; a love that makes your heart smile and persists and thrives even in times without light. But first you need to learn to fall in love with yourself. <3

The Universe Doesn’t Make Mistakes

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When the world seems chaotic and everything seems off, it’s often difficult to give in to the idea that we have very little control over the Universe. We must surrender that need to control every little part around us and accept that there are just some things that are beyond our reach. During Mercury Retrograde, when it seems so apparent that the world has gone nuts and your thoughts seem to go haywire…use this as a humbling experience. We are such a small part to this extraordinary life. Just flow with it. Thankfully we can go back to “normalcy” today-Wednesday. (Honestly not soon enough…. I’ve had it….)

Excerpt from Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss.

Agreeable People

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Surround yourself with amazing people that can equally see how fantastic you are! We’re all mirrors of each other -teaching and learning more about ourselves. So find people that reflect your inner you and will appreciate and acknowledge how beautiful you are inside and out. ♡