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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.

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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

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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!

<3

 

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Today is a New Day!

Even if you were not able to get to all the things you wanted to yesterday, or if you feel you did not speak or act in the highest ways, today is a new day, a fresh start.

Take your lessons from yesterday and let them guide you in your words and actions today. Though we do not want to live in the past, we may use the lessons from yesterday to make us better today, in the present moment.

Today, and every day, can be the best day of your life, if you make up your mind to let it be so!

As Marcus Aurelius said, “Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

May your day be filled with Beauty and Wonder!

In love,

Robyn <3

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“Begin Anew,” a short poem

Every day
Is like being born again.
A newness, freshness
Permeates the air.

What you were yesterday,
you are not today.
What you are today,
You will not be tomorrow.

Every moment,
You can begin anew.
Every second,
A chance to start over.

We can re-set
Our thoughts, feelings, behaviors
At any time.
There is never good reason
To stay the same,
To stay stuck in place,
Not moving forward…

We require forward movement
To grow, to feel alive,
To live with joy and purpose.

Begin living
Right here, right now.
Do not allow
One more precious second
To escape past you
Without awareness.

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How to be Happy when you get a Flat Tire!

All too often we let a small event in our day affect our mood and negatively impact the rest of our day. Why not accept that which we cannot change, and change that which we can… and have a positive attitude about it all? We’re so much happier when we do!

Check out this short video about how I chose to see getting my flat tire through a positive lens, rather than letting it put a damper on my day! =-D

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Using the Power of the Written Word to Raise your Energy and Uplift Others!

The written word can be very powerful when it comes to raising our energy and inspiring/uplifting others. We can be uplifted by a book we read, by an inspiring quote, or a mere word we see written on the side of a building. I know that seeing the word “Love” written on buildings, t-shirts, buttons, menus, or any other place, almost always seems to lift my energy and make me smile.

Knowing the powerful effect of words, I write positive words and phrases around my home to keep the energy high and to keep me inspired. I post positive statements such as “Today is a beautiful day” on the bathroom mirror with dry-erase marker, or we write a list of goals/dreams I’m working on to keep us focused and inspired. Current messages on the fridge include: “Life is Good,” and “Love yourself. Love others. Love the world.” Friends, clients, and members from my Meetup groups frequently comment on the “positive energy” in my home and say how they love all of the “inspiring and uplifting messages around.”

One of the things I love to do is write/design positive messages on small pieces of paper and give them out to “strangers.” I regularly go out into the community with other members from my meetup group (Southern Maine Random Acts of Kindness) and hand out these messages to passersby. Our messages say things like, “You are Loved,” “You are a beautiful expression of life,” or “Who’s the most awesome person today? You!”

Every step of this process is very powerful: The writing of the messages makes me feel good, because I’m writing positive, high energy words and phrases which is basically downloaded into my brain. The handing out of messages feels great as well, as most people who are given one of our messages smile or express their appreciation in some way. Some people are so touched they tear up, give us a hug, stick around to chat with us about our mission, and/or join our group!

This much is clear to me: the written word can uplift, inspire, and make the heart happy. It’s one of the easiest, most accessible tools I know of, and it can do great good in your own life and in the lives of others. A friend of mine was known at his last job as the “positive post-it guy,” as he would leave little sticky notes on people’s desks with positive messages. Likewise, a simple thank you card or a letter telling someone how you feel about them can have very positive and powerful effects.

Like everything else, words have energy; the more positive the word, the higher the energy it carries, and thus the greater the positive effect it can have on you and others. As an experiment, get out a piece of paper and write letters A-Z down the page with A on the top line, B on the second line down, and so on. Start with the letter A and write down the most positive/high energy word you can think of. Do this all the way through Z (you can use creative freedom for the tricky letters; i.e. instead of coming up with a word that begins with “X” you could write the word “eXpress.” After you are done writing a word for each letter, read through the list and feel the essence of the word you wrote down. If you wrote “Beauty” for B, feel the essence of Beauty inside your body. After you are done going through the list, take note of how you are feeling. How does your body feel? Your mind? What is your mood like?

Lifting your spirits or helping yourself get back on a more positive frame of mind can be as simple as thinking of/meditating on some positive words. Words have the power to either bring us down or lift us up. Assuming you prefer the latter, why not make use of this simple and wonderful tool today by surrounding yourself with positive statements and passing positive words onto others?

In love,

Robyn <3