Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Monday, January 21, 2013

What's going right in your life? Monday Raves


Wouldn't it be nice to start off Monday thinking of all the things that were wonderful over the past week?  What we focus on we get more of, so I think Monday morning is prime time to set the tone for our week by focusing on the good that is already here or that we are anticipating.

A rave is just taking time to notice and get excited about the wonderful things in our lives. If you are new to raving either check out my first raving post or go check out Lola Jones, I learned raving and much more from her.

Here's my list for the past week:

1. I was able to enjoy a field trip with two of my children at a great science center.
2. I spent some much needed time at home.
3. I had some inspiration and started some new stories.
4. I was able to open a tricky file and get it to work correctly and there was no hair pulling involved.
5. We got to have our granddaughter for the weekend and my kids had so much fun playing with her.
6. Our giveaway from our HVAC business is going super.
7. The headaches are gone!
8. My tax prep is going smooth and easy.
9. Long weekend!  Four days for us.
10. I get to have my kids and our granddaughters pictures taken today and I'm anticipating lots of fun and beautiful pictures.
11. The birds are singing outside my window this morning.



Raving is more fun when you share it with someone. I would love to hear what you are raving about this week. To prove it, I'm giving away one of my Angel Card readings (see service page) to one of my commenters during the month of January. I'll put everyones name in random.org and choose a winner to be announced here around February 1st. Then I'll email the winner with the details. If you like my Facebook page in the box on the right side, and let me know in your comment, I'll put your name in twice. 



Friday, January 18, 2013

10 Ways to Get Your Smile on Today

Sometimes, we get busy and we forget how wonderful life is. We get out of the habit of smiling and enjoying the little things. Let's take some time to smile today. Here's some ideas to get your smile going:

1. Just go to the mirror and smile at yourself, even if you don't feel like it. Maybe you'll even laugh when you see your reflection. That's bonus points.
2. Look at humor pins on Pinterest.
3. If you have a pet dress them up in funny clothes, take pictures and post on Facebook. If you don't have pets, dress yourself up in funny clothes, take pictures and post on Facebook.
4. Check out the Bizarro Blog comics.
5. Go to a public place and just sit for 10 minutes and smile at everyone that walks by.
6. Think about the people you love most in the world.
7. Watch funny cat videos on Youtube. If you don't like cats, watch funny dog videos on Youtube. If you don't like dogs, I can't help you. Just kidding, there's always Jenna Marbles.
8. Close you eyes and think about your best day ever.  Who was there, what were the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, etc.
9. Give a gift to someone: a stranger, a friend, yourself, whatever you feel inspired to do.
10. Listen to your favorite music or some new beautiful music
                     This is a wonderful piece from one of my twitter friends, Richard Maddock.

I hope you smile a lot today and everyday! I'd also love to hear what makes you smile. To prove it, I'm giving away one of my Angel Card readings (see service page) to one of my commenters during the month of January. I'll put everyones name in random.org and choose a winner to be announced here around February 1st. Then I'll email the winner with the details. If you like my Facebook page in the box on the right side, and let me know in your comment, I'll put your name in twice. 

Designer Blogs is in the process of switching this blog over to Word Press. I'm sure it'll all go smoothly and it'll have the same url www.dailyalchemy.com, but if you can't find it, I'll put up links on my Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages. 


Monday, January 14, 2013

Let's have a Rave!


Let's have a rave! No, not a crazy drug party. Let's take a moment to rave about all that's going right in our lives. There's always something new that we are desiring, but the best way for us to get ready for some new thing, is to enjoy what is right here in front of us now.  I learned about raving from Lola Jones, and my family and I have ran with it. We rave in the mornings on the way to school and at the dinner table. Some people make a gratitude list, which is great and similar, but to me it's a little higher up the vibrational scale to rave rather than being thankful. Don't get me wrong, both are great. Any excuse to focus on what's good in our lives is wonderful.

Some of my raves for this past week are:

1. My dentist said my teeth were good and I had less gum recession than last time they measured.
2. My eye doctor said my eyes were healthy and I had a better prescription than last time they measured.
3. My breast thermogram had improved a LOT in three months. (Can you tell I had all of my yearly doctor check-ups last week?)
4. My kids were healthy, happy and doing great back in school after the holidays.
5. My blog has gotten a lot more views lately. (and I'm fairly certain no more than half of them are from me)
6. It's been almost 6 months since I sent in my first submission to Woman's World, so I know I'll hear something back soon!
7. I got a new car! Woot!
8. I've got 2 picture books being editing, almost ready to submit.

What about you?  What do you have to rave about this week?  We can always find something. Sometimes I just rave about how I love having running water and indoor plumbing. Seriously, a good meal, a great friend, a comfortable place to live, cell phones, the internet, there's a lot to rave about.

Love & Miracles,
Michelle

Raving is more fun when you share it with someone. I would love to hear what you are raving about this week. To prove it, I'm giving away one of my Angel Card readings (see service page) to one of my commenters during the month of January. I'll put everyones name in random.org and choose a winner to be announced here around February 1st. Then I'll email the winner with the details. If you like my Facebook page in the box on the right side, and let me know in your comment, I'll put your name in twice. 



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Can Changing Your Hand Writing Change YOU?

Does our penmanship expose our personality? Handwriting experts would say yes. I just saw one on a news show analyzing the signatures of the staff.  She gave some pretty good insights and then told them not to change some good aspects of their signatures because it could change them. Wow! But could it go both ways? If we change how we write, could it change aspects of our personality? Could we become better people simply by changing how we write?

Vimala Rodgers thinks so. She has invented the Viimala alphabet which I stumbled upon on Facebook a few days ago. (Note: When I randomly stumble upon similar advise in a short period of time, I take notice.) She has written books and teaches classes on changing your handwriting to change your life. She even has a testimonial from Louise Hay, one of my favorite authors. You can see most of the letters styles and the meanings behind them on Vimala's facebook page.

Vimala's alphabet is beautiful, but it may take a little while to learn it.  I decided, perhaps, I should start with some small changes in my signature and see what  I notice.  My handwriting as a whole is not pretty and my signature is unique. Yes, that a nice way to say it looks like it was written by a gorilla, (no offense to gorillas). Here's what my current signature looks like:




In order, to make a quick change, I decided to add the M and the D from the Vimala alphabet and make my signature more legible and underline it once.  My main line of thinking is that my current signature reflects someone who could be in a witness protection program, someone who wants to not be seen.  It makes sense because I've always been an introvert, but I am an author and I want people to see me, remember me, and want to read me books once they are published. On the news show, the expert said that underlining once calls attention in a good way. Underlining twice is too much and smacks of desperation. After a few pages of practice, here's my new and improved signature:



It needs some work, but I think its an improvement.  Hopefully, I won't get a call from the bank. What do you think? Would you change your handwriting in order to change your personality?  Do you think if our personalities changed our handwriting would naturally evolve with it? 

I'd love to hear what you think.  To prove it, I'm giving away one of my Angel Card readings (see service page) to one of my commenters during the month of January. I'll put everyones name in random.org and choose a winner to be announced here around February 1st. Then I'll email the winner with the details. If you like my Facebook page in the box on the right side, and let me know in your comment, I'll put your name in twice. 

Love and Miracles, 

 Michelle





Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Don't Apologize for Who and Where You Are

 
 I grew up in a trailer and I am not ashamed of that, nor can I think of any reason to be. I now live in a very nice brick large house  and I am not ashamed of that, nor can I think of any reason to be.  In fact, I'm just as happy in the house as I was in the trailer and every place I've lived in between, except for the fact that I get happier every day and that's not because I keep moving to nicer houses. In fact, I think it's quite the opposite. Don't feel bad for what you don't have in life or someday you may end feeling bad for what you do have. That goes for material processions and the non-material circumstances, like health, love, beauty, etc.
     If you guessed that the person most needing this message right now is the author, you're probably right. I just bought a new vehicle and I thought I'd post a picture of Nali on Facebook.  (Yes, I name my cars and talk to them, which made it kind of tough to let go of Flexie, my old car, but our family has intended that she will be owned by a wonderful family who will love her like we did very soon.)
    My next thought, maybe I shouldn't put her picture on Facebook. My friends might think I'm bragging or that think I'll get over my head in debt, etc. Maybe I could explain to them that we got a wonderful deal on this car, as I sometimes feel compelled to do with our house, but really it's just crazy. I'm tired of thinking I should worry about what anyone else thinks of who and where I am and I'm not going to do it anymore. I hope you won't either.

Love and Miracles,
Michelle

P.S. If your buying a car or doing anything else that requires the right frame of mind, I suggest Jeannette Maw's Blog Post on mental discipline. I opened it while I was waiting in the dealership for the salesman to give us a price and an offer on our trade-in. It put me in super mood, while I waited and my hubby and I had the best car buying experience EVER.  And we got a great deal and a sweet ride, so there!

P.P.S. (Sorry, I can never do just one P. S.) I'm thrilled that my blog is going to be all prettied up very soon.  I'm having fun here now and I couldn't create the look I wanted so Courtney at Designer Blogs is doing it for me. She sent me the mock for my header last night and it was so perfect, I teared up. I'm super excited to see it all done.

If you've given up apologizing for who or where you are, I'd love to hear about it.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

What Would Happen If We See With God's Eyes?

     Once I heard a woman describing how she was standing in a checkout line at a store, next to a woman who had been disfigured by fire. She turned to put her items on the counter and when she looked at the woman again and she was perfect. All of the lady's burn scars were gone. This woman had the gift of seeing the perfection that existed within the burn victim. This made me wonder, how wonderful would it be to see everyone as God sees them?  Not to see the scars, the extra weight, the wrinkles, or the fashions disaster's that might cause me to judge. What would it be like to only see the perfect light of God that lives within each of us when I looked at someone?
    I began to intend for this to happen and I asked myself more questions.  How fun would it be to see everyone as God sees them? How would my interactions change if this happened?  How much bliss would I feel?  Would others be able to sense that I saw God in them? What would our world be like if we all saw everyone as God sees them?
    I assumed that I would see everything like I was Shallow Hal. In this movie, Shallow Hal saw everyone for the true beauty with in them.  Some who were really pretty appeared ugly and lots of nice, but unattractive girls appeared gorgeous. I figured I would see everyone as gorgeous movie stars, because I believe we all have God's light in us somewhere, even if we try to cover it up. Heavy people would be thin. Everyone would have smooth, peaches and cream skin.  All of people's flaws would be gone in my eyes and I would see them as the beautiful beings that God sees them as.
   One day, I was feeling quite blissed out from meditation and I went to Walmart to do some shopping. It happened! I saw everyone in this store as the radiant creations that God must see them as. Here's the twist: they were't any different. They all looked the same. They still had crooked noses, missing teeth, polyester pants, etc, but guess what? They looked beautiful! Glorious! Just as they were. So in order for me to see people with God's eyes, the way they appeared didn't change to my idea of beautiful, I just saw them as beautiful they way they were. I had the best shopping experience of my life. People were nice, I found everything easily, the lines moved quickly and my check out clerk was a doll.Yes, I was in Walmart.
   I don't always have this experience, but I know how to create it now and it's my intention to make it a habit. In fact, that's my main New Year's Resolution for 2013; to see myself and others as God sees us as much as I can.
    I hope you get a chance to see yourself as God does, because I can say for certain that you are more beautiful than you could ever imagine.

Love and Miracles,
Michelle

 
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