Be yourself. Fully. Entirely. Without fault. With flaws and imperfections.
Never, ever, compromise who you are by pleasing those around you. You’re the one that gets the pleasure of being with yourself always, every day. So make sure it’s the ‘you’ that’s unapologetically themselves. Because that’s the best you!! Don’t tip toe around others, trying not to make a splash. Express yourself exuberantly!! Dance and swim to your heart’s content. It’s your happiness and you’re in charge of it -so choose to be happy!! :)
When I first started my website, I created a business plan. In this plan, I depicted my purpose, my mission statement….even my friend helped me incorporate all types of questions to reflect on. What are my readers’ needs? How do they assess the world around them? What are their desires? And most importantly, what do I want them to take from my writings?
Over the past year, I have strived to inspire, spark passion, & incite you to ask questions about yourselves…I’ve given advice & shared my stories & experiences with you.
I certainly do NOT know all of the answers. However, I am clear in my understanding of what my purpose here in this life is –I am meant to be a messenger. I do my best to share each lesson that I’ve learned, & in turn, I hope that it helps & aids you in each of your journeys.
I aspire to be a catalyst for your inspiration & passion; I do my best to encourage your self-realization & I always have my words come from a balanced, positive, loving, & gentle place within myself. Through what I write, I become more self-aware & continue to learn more about myself & the world around me.
I thank each & every one of you for your many kind words, your support & your love, & most of all, your consideration & awareness for what I attempt to express. This has become such an incredible, healing, & creative outlet for me & I hope to continue to motivate & encourage you in all of your endeavors. <3 :)
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
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
Your dreams shouldn’t debilitate and incapacitate you. After years and years of working towards realizing and completing your goals, shouldn’t we be willing to sprint towards the finish line when we’re within earshot of them? Dreams shouldn’t be feared when we’re so close to achieving them. But sometimes they can be –they can be really scary and frightening because we’ve struggled all this way. What if it’s not everything that you hoped it would be? What if you don’t think you deserve it? What will you do afterwards?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, is in my collection of favorite books (I highly suggest it!!). Within it, one of the lessons that are taught is this: “People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them.”
When we have worked so hard and long towards reaching our dreams, sometimes when we see it within our grasp, we tend to let it go because we don’t feel that it’s ours to attain. But it is! It is YOUR dream after all, isn’t it?
Over the past 10 years, I’ve struggled with finishing school –I’ve been taking classes to transfer to a 4 year college. Life hit me with one situation after another –some veered me off course, but others sent me back to where I needed to be. I’m SO CLOSE to transferring to a 4 year –I’m within grasp of it; and now to be completely honest, I’m freaking out quite a bit over here.
We have our ups and downs with our dreams for exactly this reason –it’s a test to see if we REALLY and TRULY want it. Are we willing to work towards it? Are we going to put in the effort it takes to get to where we want to be? Dreams are dreams for a reason –they’re a journey of time, patience, passion, and dedication. Fulfilling a dream shouldn’t be the frightening part but maybe the conclusion and ending of that dream is what is truly terrifying –having to find a new one.
Having myself so close to where I want to be is just….overwhelming. I’m excited. I’m terrified. I’m happy. I’m despondent and distressed. And I’m stunned and dazed. I have self-sabotaged myself SO much over this and I’ve realized that it’s not for the reasons that I had once thought. It’s because I’m afraid of what comes after this –it’s the unknown part. But that’s okay! I don’t think we can truly and fully experience life without having that little bit of fear –it’s when we tell ourselves to let our faith in our dreams be bigger than our fears –that’s how we endure and attain our dreams; that’s how we push ourselves into the unknown –to go and find a new dream.
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.”
Just in case you didn’t know. But it’s cool! ;) Don’t stress! Mondays are a chance for a fresh start to have an amazing week!!!! Enjoy the day! Embrace it. If there’s ever a moment when you feel like you’re fading into negativity, catch yourself, take a breath, and think of something that will make you smile. :)
What’s your positive affirmation today? Make it your choice everyday to remain full of love and hope and positivity. Embrace the day and don’t let negativity and anxieties take over. You are given everything that you need each day. :)