Sunshine Giveaway

 

 

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Instagram pals, I am always so touched by your kind words and encouragement.  I LOVE seeing your life as it unfolds on Instagram – the imperfect, the raw, the beautiful.  Thank you.  Just thank you.  Your beautiful life inspires me and it fills me up every day.

Because you constantly brighten my day, I have a little sunshine to give back to you!  This sunshine necklace is made by Dogeared.  I love Dogeared because all of their pieces have meaning, you all know I’m a sucker for that sort of thing.  They’re tasteful, simple, and  graceful.  This Sunshine necklace is 16″, gold dipped, and handmade in the U.S.A.  It’s perfect for a friend who needs a little bit of cheering up or for yourself as a reminder to let your own light shine – because, as it says on the tag, the simple truth is a little sunshine goes a long way.  Could you use a little sunshine today, or do you know someone who deserves a little sunshine?

 

Here’s how to enter:

+Follow me on Instagram: @findmimi

+Share the post on Instagram with the hashtag #MimiSunshine (every post counts as an entry)

+Share the love and tag a friend on Instagram (each tag counts as an entry so tag lots of friends!)

+Come check out the giveaway on Instagram for more ways to enter. :)

 

The giveaway will end on July 28, 2014 and I will announce the winner on July 30, 2014. Have a bright and sunshiny day!  XOXO

 

(This giveaway is not sponsored by Dogeared. I personally paid for this necklace and am personally giving it to one of you.  :)  On that note, I wish I could give you all a little something because you’re all so wonderful and full of rainbows and all the things beautiful, but mostly because you deserve it for just being you and if you were standing right in front of me I’d probably just hand it to you. Now head on over to Instagram before I run-on all over your face again.)

Life In Little Squares

We’re struggling in our relationship right now. You’re cranky, and difficult, and rude at times. I’ll find a way to lead us out of this, Boy-O. I hope I’m doing a decent job of showing my love through my frustration. I loves you, no matter what. #celebratelife

Life In Little Squares

My boy and I made cookies and gosh darn we’ll have cookies tonight and tomorrow and the next day, if that means I bake them all one-handed. My cuddly babe wants my arms and he’ll have that too. We all just have to adjust a little bit to make it all happen. It may take longer… but the love, oh you guys the love. I won’t have it any other way.

Style In Little Squares

Dress the way you WANT to feel not the other way around. 4 weeks postpartum means I adjust the way I dress a little bit.
Top: Ross (inexpensive for the spit up and button down for easy nursing).
Jeans: #Express
Belt: J. Crew
Necklace: #Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Tory Burch
Mamas, we don’t need to compromise our style because we have babies, just adjust a little bit to make it work for you.

Life In Little Squares

Loneliness. It’s been keeping my heart and mind hostage. I feel trapped and it makes me feel guilty and ashamed… but I’m struggling and surrendering to the season. Because the more I try to fight it the worse it makes me feel. And so I had a Fat Boy and put on my pj’s and watched crap tv because I need a break. And then he snuggled into the crook of neck and I was slapped in the face with humility. There’s always something to be thankful for. And truthfully, I’d rather be a little lonely than not have my arms claimed all day and all night by this tiny being. #celebratelife

5 Ways To Start A Journal

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Journaling.

A couple of years ago my therapist strongly suggested I keep a journal again.  A habit, she said, that not only helps reduce stress but also initiates balance and positive change in one’s life.  I may have felt a bit duped after that session.

But you know what?  She was right.

I’ve kept a journal for most of my life, especially during my teenage years, but only got purposeful in my writing about two years ago per her suggestion.   I’d encourage everyone to keep a journal.  While I won’t claim that it will fix all of  your problems, the insight that you obtain is invaluable and, at times, surprising.  Writing about your experiences helps your brain to process and problem solve effectively, it keeps your brain dumped (therefore leaving more room for the important stuff) and organizes your thoughts.  It’s a great way to brainstorm, to keep your motivations on the forefront, and to learn from yourself.  What a gift.  It’s also a great way to document your life and your personal thoughts.  With the help of social media, we’re already really good at documenting our lives.  We document EVERYTHING these days, wouldn’t it be great to do the same thing without the added pressure of getting Likes or Comments?

I’ll admit that at first seeing the blank pages is a bit intimidating and daunting.  It will get easier. Soon the blank pages will mean possibility and the prospect of something wonderful to unfold.  You will love filling those pages with words – your words.  It may seem a bit self-serving or even narcissistic to write what you’re thinking all the time, but tell me when was the last time you allowed your mind the opportunity to roam without judgement or an audience?

So if you’ve wanted to have a journal and don’t know how to get started, here are a few ideas to help you get started:

A Gratitude Journal:  This is pretty simple, write what you are grateful for.  If some days the only thing you can come up with is ‘The Air I Breathe’, that’s ok!  What you write or how long your list is, is not as important as being able to take a moment to appreciate the good that is surrounding you.  Yes, especially the air that you breathe.  Believe it or not, the ability to notice and acknowledge positivity takes practice.

Describe The Room You Are Sitting In:  Use as much detail as you can.   What can you see?  Does it make you feel anything? What would you change about it if you could?  Do wish you to be somewhere else?  Why?  What can you hear, smell, touch?  If you could, would you improve your surroundings?  How?  This one may seem a little silly but the purpose is to be present in the now and reactive to what you can control physically. It will hone in on a few things  you can affect, if you wanted to.  For those who suffer from anxiety or for those moments when you’re overwhelmed, this is a great practice and a fantastic de-stresser. I’m totally serious.

Make A List Of Things That Make You Feel Good:   The more the better but be sure to keep them simple.  It could be things you do every day like making your bed or getting dressed.  Maybe you enjoy taking a walk, aromatherapy, reading, the smell of laundry, a really hot shower, etc.  Write all the things that fill you up.  For bonus points, come back to your list and do at least 3 of these Feel Goods every day, and when you’re having a crummy day return to your list and do a few of your items.  You’ll be surprised at how quickly and simply you can turn your day around.

Happy Memories:  Write down memories you don’t want to forget.  You can do this monthly, weekly, or even daily.

Set Your Intentions: Intentions will help you take control of your life. It’s the starting point in achieving goals and dreams; it directs you and guides you. Think about all of the categories in your life – relationships, spirituality, financial/business, personal, etc. – and ask yourself, are my relationships where I want them to be? What could you do to improve them? That sets your goal. Creating an intention means creating a barometer for how you will conduct yourself to achieve your goal. Think of it as an arrow, you have to point it in the right direction to hit your target. After you set your goals ask yourself, how can I conduct myself so that I have the best chance of achieving my goal and honoring myself?

For example: I want to be better at keeping in touch with friends. Goals: Send a text asking them how they’re doing today; this week, set up a FaceTime or Skype; this month, send a card or a gift of appreciation. Intentions, when corresponding with them I will: Be glad to hear from them and be sure they can tell, be understanding at all times, respond with a smile and be sure to tell them how much I love talking to them, set a date to see them or set up our next call. (What my intentions support is my target to be better at keeping in touch with friends. It not only lets them know that I’m thinking about them but also that I respect them and their time, and appreciate anything they’re willing to give me. It will also hopefully make it easy for them to want to keep in touch with me too. The bonus is making them and myself feel good during the process.)

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The best thing about keeping a journal is that there are no rules; be free and enjoy it. Definitely do not impose pressure on yourself to write in it daily if that’s not your style.  Nothing will kill the enjoyment faster than unnecessary pressure.  Write when you can, even if it’s every few days or once a week. Soon it will become routine and then a habit and then, hopefully, your journal will become an old friend you look forward to chatting with. :)

If you already have a journal, what are some of your favorite writing prompts?  Please share for all of us to see!  :) Have a good day!

XOXO

 

Life In Little Squares

#CelebrateLife does not mean “Enjoying every moment”, it’s the opposite of that. It’s knowing that the highs and lows won’t last forever, it’s making the most out of what’s right in front of you (even if sometimes it’s simply knowing it will soon come to an end and appreciating that), it’s not imposing pressure on yourself to Carpe Diem and instead it’s simply enjoying what unravels in your day with eyes wide open, it’s throwing a harder pitch back at life when it throws a curveball in your direction, its dancing with your eyes closed if you get the chance, it’s laughing loudly during the ups, and understanding that imperfection is beautiful. Frankly, not all moments in life are meant to be enjoyed, discomfort is not always a bad thing. But you’re standing through the good or the ugly. Stand there long enough and you’ll see the seasons change. It’s quite remarkable.