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Hey All!,

I was just having a thought this morning and thought that I would share with you what I was thinking.

I am finding, over many years now, ways to make life better. I first started looking into changing my diet and lifestyle back in 2009 and committed to only raw foods for several months. Then, life happens, as it always will, with the passing of my dad. Since that time things have been such a roller coaster for food, eating, and trying to regain a healthy lifestyle. sometimes things go great, and other times, no so much.

What I am find is enlightening and something worth passing along, I think.

Life is a balance, not a juggling act. When it becomes a juggling act, I need to find the thing that is making things weeble-wobble, and lay it down.

Balancing life can be a challenge and a daily event. But, this is what I am learning that I would like to share with you.

I am finding that the more I learn in life, no matter what it is, either about healthy lifestyle, eating, nutrition, having better relationships, careers etc., that you will really begin to "know" something once you begin to teach others. I have learned so much more just from teaching someone else. It really writes things on my heart and in my brain. Makes me think of how much more I could learn, know and teach to others and finding better ways to do thing.

Also, I have found that I learn more from giving than focusing on myself. Oh, true enough, there is time needed to learn for myself and research things for myself. However, when you branch out and let yourself go and learn more to help others, there is so much of a reward, a fulfillment, and desire that burns a passion inside of me to do more, almost a driving force.

Another thing that I have found is that when we let our attention focus on negative thoughts, negative people, or any negative energy, I cease to grow and be able to develop or teach or live. I don't give attention to those things any more. The burden of negativity weighs me down to a harmful level. No one can live without negative things creeping into our daily life though, this is life. It is my response or lack of response that keeps me bubbly and happy. What I mean is, I am more in control of those things when they do creep into my life and do not let it take a hold of my day, deal with it and move on, just don't spend all that much time with it any more...and things keep growing and changing and blooming. Weeds come up in every garden. Pull those little guys outta there, and let your garden grow!

And, I have found that really, my life and life style can be worth so much more by giving back to my community in some way. I can live my daily life, daily regimen, live perfectly so that I am optimal health, but what does it matter if I do not give back to my community. I may even be able to share with my family and help their lifestyles be better. Oh, but how much better and how much farther growth will be for our home town, our country, environment and world. There is a song that comes to my mind from my childhood and a phrase from it says, "it only takes a spark to get a fire going". Are you a spark in your community? Are you spreading the wealth of knowledge that you have?

I hear all the time from friends and others that things would be different in there life if only things would change. I have said it myself, we all have. But,Isn't this statement just a little nuts? It seems perfectly logical when we are in the middle of a situation that we do not know how to deal with or that is just to hard to bear. In other words, a time when we need to whine about life. Don't whine! Change! We are not victims of circumstance.

I don't want to be remembered in this life for the hard times that I had or what I persevered through. Although, as a hopeless romantic, it sounds like something though doesn't it? I want to be remembered for the lives that I touched in a positive way and that I left something good on this earth that others can benefit from, and that it helped to change my community and my world. Am I reaching for the stars here? Does it sound a little lofty and unrealistic, maybe. But I am standing tall reaching for something, and not waiting for life to come to me!

How are you reaching the stars? I hope it is with both hands and with a smile on your face, a song in your heart and with love.

You can be the change today!

Blessings to All!


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Comment by HippyDaisyChick on September 8, 2014 at 6:03pm

Thank you Kat!! You are so welcome. I am glad that my post spoke to you.

Comment by Kat on September 6, 2014 at 5:04am

These are remarkably empowering words! Such a thoughtful essay that is really a true mission statement. Your words resonated deeply with me. Thank you for sharing and expressing, so eloquently, thoughts that elighten and inspire me.


Comment by Mara Burke on March 15, 2014 at 12:25pm

Thanks for sharing, everything you said makes sense. There's a saying I've heard, but don't know who said it, that goes "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land among the stars." Keep reaching!

Comment by HippyDaisyChick on March 6, 2014 at 4:54pm

Love you Penni, Thank you for taking time to read my thoughts!

Comment by Penni on March 6, 2014 at 6:43am

Beautiful share - love you EJ xoxo

Comment by Mae Jardine on March 4, 2014 at 2:04pm

Sounds like your journey is going well, HDC.  Enjoy  : )

Comment by Lucy Provost on March 3, 2014 at 9:28am

"Life is a balance, not a juggling act. When it becomes a juggling act, I need to find the thing that is making things weeble-wobble, and lay it down."

Brilliant! I think you are saying exactly what I needed to hear this morning as I contemplate all that I need to accomplish today, this week and this month. Your ideas helped me shift the focus from stress and achievement to a fundamental, centering one of what can I let go of to make this more of a balancing act and less of a juggling act. I can continue to take care of myself first and foremost, by giving myself nourishing food, by checking in with myself to see what I need during the day, by considering where I can make changes in my attitude and thoughts about my life, by giving back to others. Thank you for that amazing analogy!

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