21 Positive Thoughts Each Morning

What do you think of when you first wake up in the morning? I run through what I need to do and all those thing I really do not want to do. I know I am not alone. Most of us don’t want to get up. Most of us don’t want to start our long day ahead. Our first thoughts in the morning are the stepping stone for our attitude, feelings and energy for the day a head. Trying positive thoughts and be thankful for a new day. See how it impacts your entire day. Let us know. . .


21 positive morning thoughts:


1. Thank you for this gift of a whole new day. I am grateful.

2. How can I best serve the Universe today?

3. Amazing things happen to me every single day.

4. I am excited to see what happens today!

5. I dedicate today to love and kindness.

6. I am going to give this day my very best, so that I may rest my head with deep satisfaction tonight.

7. I have everything that I need right in this moment.

8. I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

9. I will honour myself by showing up powerfully in my life today.

10. Love, joy and peace are my natural state.

11. Today is dedicated to fun!

12. I see the world with grateful eyes, and it fills my soul.

13. I will listen to my inner voice today and allow it to guide me.

14. Life is easy. I let go and go with the flow.

15. I am here to be my own unique expression of consciousness.

16. Let me make the world a better place by shining my light today.

17. I have all the time that I need to do everything I want to do.

18. I will make time to touch base with the present moment all throughout today.

19. My life is a miracle.

20. I see the world through eyes of awe and wonder.

21. I carry peace and stillness in my heart as I go about my daily activities.


Marathon bombing day of terror was the luckiest day of my life

My daughter Katie started sprinting, so excited that she was about to finish her first Boston Marathon. I had been running with her, but my legs were too tired for me to keep up. Just a minute earlier, we had paused for a few seconds to say hi to Marissa and her family. Marissa is a young girl battling Leukemia, and Katie was running to raise money in Marissa’s honor for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Katie had her hands raised in the air to celebrate her achievement when the first bomb went off right in front of her.

The force of the explosion knocked her off her feet. Terrified, she ran back towards me, and then the second bomb went off right in between us. There was so much smoke we couldn’t see each other. The police officers stopped all the runners so I couldn’t get to her, and she was trapped between the two explosions. Talk about panic. Neither of us knew if the other had survived. Her mother and aunt, and a group of her friends were watching and we didn’t know if they were OK. And how many more bombs would go off?

Fifteen minutes went by before we were able to make contact on our cell phones and I told her to go to the Marriott. When I found her there, she was trembling, scared, dazed and confused. A few minutes later her mother and aunt found us, and we somehow found our way out of the city by walking 3 miles to the nearest operating MBTA station.

I can’t believe it was two years ago today that those bombs went off. When I think back on that day, I recall the terror my family went through, but I also think about how it was one of the luckiest days of my life. Too many victims and families are still dealing with far worse consequences than what we endured. Our only injuries were some tiny shards in Katie’s leg. Had we not paused to say hi to Marissa, we both would have been right next to the bomb explosions. So many slight changes of events could have made things far worse. I feel gratitude.

Katie is in college in South Carolina, but I will be back out on the marathon course this Monday. If you happen to be out there, or hear about the marathon in the news, stop for a moment and not only remember the victims, but think about something good that has come out of this tragic day.

Share your thoughts about how the marathon bombings impacted your life or thinking in the comments below.


Why you Need to Love Yourself more, and how to do just that!

We all can use more self-love and it not only benefits us, but everybody else in our lives!!

A short video review on film, “You Can Heal Your Life” based on the book by Louise Hay.

Learn an easy and powerful exercise use that can transform the way you see yourself and move your life in a more joyful and positive direction! <3


Don’t let Fear Hold you Back!

So many of us live stifled by our fears. What if, instead of identifying with our fears and letting them rule us, we looked at them from a detached perspective and assessed their validity?

It is a misconception that our fears are meant to hold us back. Rather, our fears are meant to help us get more clear on what we want and how we want to live our lives. Our fears are meant to be looked at, acknowledged, and faced head on. This is the only way to live a truly empowered, fulfilling life!

Look at yourself and your life. What fears keep coming up for you? What fearful beliefs are holding you back, preventing you from doing what you really want to do and from living the life you really want to live?

Are you afraid of failure? Of uncertainty? Of being judged by others? Look at why you are fearful, then take bold action in the face of your fear, and you will see that your fears are merely beliefs that hold no actual power over you. In fact, our fears only have as much power over us as we give them!




Enough with “Naughty or Nice”: Enterprising Parents Develop Alternative Christmas Product Encouraging Lasting Kindness

Arik and Amelia Cardenas are parents of two toddlers. They looked for a Christmas product that supported their values. When they didn’t find one, they created one.  They want to produce the product in time for this Christmas and have turned to online crowdfunding site Kickstarter for help.

Dallas, TX (WEB) April 6, 2015 — When Arik and Amelia Cardenas’s three year old daughter got excited about Santa for the first time last Christmas, they had mixed feelings. On the one hand, preparing for Santa’s arrival brought back warm childhood memories.  But her interest made them pay more attention to the messages surrounding the holiday, and they didn’t like what they heard.

“It gets dressed up in cheery music and colorful drawings, but there’s a lot of negativity and threats surrounding the Santa story,” says Amelia. “He’s watching kids all the time, checking his naughty/nice list. That message, aside from being a real bummer, also doesn’t equip kids for the really sticky moral dilemmas: the kind that happen when there isn’t anyone watching.”

It also puts the motivation in the wrong place, says Arik. “The naughty/nice story teaches kids to be ‘good’ to get an outside reward (presents) or to avoid an outside threat (a lump of coal). But the best motivation comes from inside. You can call it a moral compass or an internal code of behavior. It’s what makes for good human beings, and we consider it our obligation as parents to help our kids develop it.”

The couple searched for a Santa-themed product that promoted those ideals. When they didn’t find one, they made one. The result, The Spirit Post, combines an illustrated children’s book, a plush toy owl, and a story that encourages children to look for ways to spread kindness (and Christmas Spirit) every day.

Arik and Amelia believe that by focusing on kindness daily, kids will develop a habit that lasts a lifetime. “The big weakness in using threats and rewards to mold kids’ behavior is what happens when those threats and rewards go away,” says Amelia. “Come Christmas morning, the naughty/nice story loses all its power. The kids get their presents and go off into January without any lasting moral guidance. Our goal with The Spirit Post is to help make kindness part of kids’ moral fabric. When that happens, kids will do the right thing no matter who (if anyone) is watching, and no matter what they stand to gain or lose.”

The duo hope to fund an initial run of 5,000 The Spirit Post packages for delivery this Christmas. They have turned to Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding site, for help. Through the site, “backers” can pledge to donate funds to independent creative projects. It’s an all or nothing proposition: Arik and Amelia have set a $117,000 funding goal. They have 30 days to reach it. Per Kickstarter rules, if they don’t, they get nothing.

“It’s stressful for sure,” says Arik. “But also crazy exciting. We’re really proud of this product and what it stands for. We hope we get the chance to share it with people.”

The Spirit Post Kickstarter project runs through May 6. If the funding goal is unmet, no funds change hands.

Those interested in supporting the project should visit to learn more.

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About Arik and Amelia:

Arik and Amelia Cardenas are high school sweethearts who live in Dallas with their 3 year old daughter, 20 month old son, and 2 pups. Arik is a photographer and stay at home dad; Amelia is an immigration lawyer. They are big on questioning the status quo.