Posted by: Shanie Matthews | April 10, 2011

April 10th is National Siblings Day

Happy National Siblings Day!

As the proud sister of twin ladies 12 years my junior, I express much love and gratitude for all of the craziness, fun and interesting lessons that they have brought into my life.

Love you girls!

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | April 9, 2011

Inspiring Photo of the Week

Nature’s Snow Balls

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | April 7, 2011

Inspirational Quote of the Week

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

Henry Miller

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | April 7, 2011

Free Teleconference For Women to Help Unlock Our Highest Potential

If you’re a female and have been looking for a little help in connecting with your highest potential, check out a free teleconference going on this Saturday at 9:30 am Pacific Time.

According to Feminine Power Global Community, this teleconference is for us ladies for a specific purpose…”Something big is happening for us as women.  We’re on the brink of an evolutionary shift with the potential to alter the course of history. Millions of us around the world are feeling a calling to reclaim the feminine, and in so doing, to awaken our authentic power to co-create the future of our lives and shape the future of our world.

You may be experiencing it as an impulse to evolve yourself, to realize the potential of your creative gifts and talents and to make your greatest contribution. You may yearn for deeper experiences of love, intimacy and connection and feel a longing to come more fully alive. You may even intuitively sense that you have a unique purpose and a critical role to play in shaping the future of our world. And you may well be right.”

I signed up. What’s to lose? A global collaboration of positive female energy can’t do anything but assist in moving forward. Here’s to achieving our highest potential!

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | April 6, 2011

Healing the Hurt; A Poem

Your heart is aching
And so is mine
Despite our intertwined love
We have caused hurt to be done

But it is true that time will heal all wounds
And communicating our wants and needs will too
I know that our love will help us move beyond our shared pain
Because, as they say, this shall pass too

And with its passing we will learn
And we will grow
And we will become better people
And better partners

Believe in us
I do

I love you.

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | April 2, 2011

Inspiring Photo of the Week

Patagonia Atardecer over the Lakes District

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 31, 2011

Affirmation of the Week

I inspire joy in my life.

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 30, 2011

Where does the Responsibility of Happiness Lie?

Have you ever wondered why happiness sometimes seems out of reach? Maybe your husband or wife hasn’t been doing what you need? Maybe the children haven’t been well-behaved enough? Maybe friends haven’t called?

It’s easy to get caught up in these thoughts of why…why isn’t this person doing this action? Or saying to ourselves “_________(fill in the blank with your choice of name) just isn’t making me happy!”

Who is it in life that makes us happy?

The crazy reality of the situation is that it is ourselves that are responsible for our own happiness. We do not find joy from the outside world. We do not find happiness in how many toys we buy. Contentment is not found within the arms of a career. The truth of being happy is found in the way we embrace life. Or as described in the great book “How to be Happier Day by Day” by Alan Epstein, “Happiness is not external; it is not a function of what one does or does not do. Happiness is in the attitude that one brings to everything one does. One, in effect, creates happiness.”

It may be a little scary at first to think that we are the ones that are responsible for our own happiness…but on the other side of the coin, it is liberating too.

So, how does a person set along the happy path of life? It isn’t doing one thing. It is an accumulation of the small things really…

Here are three ways to instill more happiness in your life:

1. Stay clear of putting expectations on others. Depending on others to make us feel loved or special is a sure bet in feeling disappointment. The next time you feel sadness because you aren’t receiving the external response that is craved, turn to you. Take pleasure in knowing that you hold within yourself the ability to be happy, and give yourself the gift of positivity. For example, if you feel no one is listening and you need to talk to someone who cares, find a therapist you connect with, if you’re feeling melancholy and sad, join a laughing meditation circle, if you feel anger is writhing to escape your inner depths, practice calming tools such as yoga.

2. Be happy for yourself. All emotions have a place in our lives. So it is important when we feel sadness, anger, frustration, etc, that we take the time to acknowledge the feeling, understand where it comes from, and work through it. When we try to be happy because of other people, we offer up our power, also giving them the position of taking happiness away. When we take charge of our feelings, we are making ourselves happy, which puts us in control of our emotions.

3. Practice clarity of mind. Whether it is walking in the woods and concentrating on the beauty that surrounds you, meditating in a comfortable setting, or practicing a centering exercise like Qigong, it has been scientifically proven that bringing our mind to a place of quiet — i.e. stopping the flow of thoughts — increases blood flow to the vital decision-making portions of the brain, making it easier to make good choices.

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 29, 2011

Happy International Sister’s Week

Wishing all women a wonderful and happy sister’s week. Whether related by blood or friendship, a sisterly bond is a beautiful aspect to a happy path in life, and something that is incredibly worthy of celebrating.

Thank you to all of the amazing women that have helped me along my journey of life. Each one of you makes my life sparkle. I love you sisters!

Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 26, 2011

Inspiring Photo of the Week

Golden Light of Love

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