Sense of Self

Practicing Self . . .

How do you practice self? To tune into and tap into your sense of self! 

Self Control

  • Take charge and be in control of you.
  • Set boundaries for yourself.
  • Make good choices and decisions for yourself.
  • Take responsibility for your choices and actions.
  • Take responsibility for your decisions and the consequences.

When you make good choices and decisions you improve, change and grow! You practice and learn and then do it all over again. If you do not like the end result then choose differently!

The best boundary you can set for yourself is knowing how to state no! In setting boundaries for yourself, you are valuing yourself. Others know what is acceptable to you and how to treat you. You matter and boost your self worth!

Self Strengths

You physical strong helps your emotional strength! You and your whole being are stronger than you think and give yourself credit for. We all are “discovering our strong”! Practicing and learning your strengths helps you build a solid foundation to experience personal growth from. Once you realize your inner strength(s) there is nothing that you cannot do! 

You self strengths include relaxation and rest as well as using your energies effectively and efficiently! How do you slow down? How do you connect to your whole being? What is your outlet; mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually!

Self Knowing

Your inner voice, the trust you have in yourself and following your gut instinct! That inner knowing and how to trust it and to voice your truth. Practice trusting what you know and believing in yourself!

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” ~Goethe 

You define your worth and you can learn to love yourself and your whole being! Your beliefs and values. Your voice to express yourself. You can and do for YOU!

It is important to teach yourself how to trust your own intuition!

I recently read an article about the inner bond that you have with yourself! I have not thought about it like that before and it got me thinking. Where was that when I lost myself a bit a few years back. Practicing that connection that you have with yourself and your personal source of truth!

Being able to find and follow that path back again and again in trusting yourself, especially when you have lost that trust in yourself! It helps you cope and be more resilient. It really changes everything around when it seems a little upside down! The trust as well as the belief in yourself and how you value and stay true to who you are. Mind Blown!

You are in control! You make better decisions and choices. You see right and wrong with clarity. You listen to yourself more than others in making those decisions and choices that serve you best! 

You tap into your gut instincts and intuitions! You tune into your inner voice. You have the ability to come from a place of love and tone down the fear better. Your inner guidance and radar system starts kicking in to better warn you!

That is Self Growth On the Highest Level!

Self Love

What do you like or even love about yourself? Your qualities and assets. Your talents and gifts.

Practice self love and self care. Practice self compassion and self gratitude.

Being honest and true to who you are! Especially in believing and in trusting yourself. Being self aware and self confident. Who you are and who you want to be? 

Self Compassion

Practicing and learning self compassion is about loving you and your whole being!

Love and compassion. Care and support. Kindness and positiveness. Forgiveness and acceptance.

Self compassion helps you cope and build resilience! You have your own back. You are your own best friend and cheerleader. You are your biggest supporter in going after what it is you need to live the life you love!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Practicing! Love to Hear What You Are Doing For You, Please Share!


Practicing Curiosity

Stretching Your Whole Being

I know I talk about being curious and exploring. I know I talk about finding your passion and purpose too.

How do you go about it though?

Some people cannot relate or identify to having a passion. It can be stressful, frustrating and downright confusing. It can make you assess your value and worth. Fact: 80% of the population cannot relate or identify a passion; 8 out of 10 people!

“I feel very grateful that I’m able to have my passion be my career, and I believe that everyone can do the same, but I feel many people don’t know exactly what it is they are passionate about. The lucky ones who do already have a head start and can begin to peruse avenues that allow that passion to be crafted into a career. For those still looking for it, I believe it’s a deep calling and it’s OK if you haven’t found it right away because life is a journey and new paths open up to us every day. We just have to create space for those opportunities to come in.” ~Leona Lewis

How do you know what you are passionate about?

Some of us are not smacked down with that lose track of time, heart racing and life expanding passion! That is okay. There are plenty of people looking and trying to figure it out though. I feel it is more about being curious and trying new things!

I also view it as an opportunity for self discovery and the possibilities are endless! You have to nurture and cultivate curiosity for yourself. You have to try and practice and then try and practice some more. You have to have patience and time to practice and learn as well as develop and grow. You have to discover the inner YOU!

Where does one start?

By . . .

  • Getting curious.
  • Trying new things.
  • Exploring and adventuring.

What are you curious about?

“Curiosity is nothing more than the desire to explore.”

Through curiosity and exploring you discover what you like and what you do not like! You will need to get curious and try a lot of things. You will find that connection within yourself that lights you up and makes you happy. You may over time spark a passion within yourself!

Remember humility and humbleness are key! You may learn to laugh at yourself too, especially in trying new things. Play, laugh and have fun. Discover the lighter and simpler side of life through curiosity!

Curiosity is your adventure partner! Trying new things is your new sidekick. Get creative. Go on a journey of self to discover YOU!

What is your #1 curiosity right now?

  • What is speaking to you to explore, try and discover?
  • What do you want to know more about?


(Photos by RSheridan)

That One Curiosity May Lead You Where You Need To Go! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!


Fresh Air

Green Spaces

There is just something about being in the fresh air and seeing shades of green! I love escaping to the great outdoors and becoming one with nature!

A natural environment has health benefits too!

  • CRAVE fresh air!
  • Soak up the sunshine.
  • Become one with nature.

I am usually out in the great outdoors on the weekends! It is GOOD for my whole being!

I can only desk jockey for so long with all that sitting and computing! Plus unplugging from technology and taking a break from screen time is needed. I walk and take the stairs whenever I can. It is good for your whole being to be active in movement as well as stretch!

  • Walking and hiking.
  • Riding a bike.
  • Packing a picnic.

It is refreshing and freeing! You can slow down the pace and relax a bit. You can re-energize and recharge your whole being!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Get Outside . . . To Explore & Adventure . . . To Play, Laugh & Have Fun!


Creating Your Why

Ready, Start, GO!!!

Do You Create Your Why?

  • What do you need, want and/or crave?
  • Why do you need, want and/or crave “abc”?
  • What do you want to pursue?
  • Why do you want to pursue “xyz”?

You have to start somewhere, right!  Why not start by creating your why!

  • Start practicing and building.
  • Start learning and developing.
  • Start experiencing growth and gaining life experiences.
  • Start listening to your inner knowing, following your heart and believing, valuing and trusting in yourself.
  • Start creating your story, following your path and journeying along.

Do Not Wait – Start & Just GO!

Up For the Challenge

“Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.”~Chalene Johnson

Are You Up to the Challenge?

You are in control of the choices you make each and every day!

Are You Open to the Possibilities and Opportunities?

You have the power to change and for the better too! 

Are You Seeing the Good and the Positive?

Yes. No. Maybe.

I Am Up for the Challenge!

I am not sure if I was born a questioner or if it was instilled in me at a young age! It certainly has helped me in going after what I want. I think for myself and ask questions; lots of questions!

When I think about conquering today I think about two things! 

  1. Waking up excited.
  2. Going to sleep knowing tomorrow is another day to live it.

I tune into and tap into that communication, interaction and connection with myself and my whole being! It is inspiring, motivating and energizing. It is calming, balancing and grounding. I feel connected to myself, my whole being and my life!

You have to believe and trust in yourself ! Believe that you deserve to be here. Trust that you are right where you need to be. You are in control in your power of choice!

Get to know yourself to love yourself and live from within yourself! This helps you discover what you want and need in creating, loving and living your life. To do what you love and love what you do. Choose the challenge to be and to do for you!

I go to sleep at night knowing I lived a present life as well as a creative life! 

Do Not Forget To Remember Your Why

As You Journey Along . . .

  • Why did you decide to commit to these changes for yourself?
  • How will/do you feel? (i.e. emotions, feelings, thoughts, etc.)
  • How do you stay committed and on course?
  • How do you define success, gains, rewards, abundance, etc.?
  • What are your beliefs, values and truths that keep you true to who you are?

You have to navigate yourself in order to direct yourself down the path to go after what you really want! 


(Photos by RSheridan)

No One Will Give It To You, Except YOU! You Have to Claim It and Own It!


Flowing

How To Practice Going With the Flow

Letting Go . . .

The two hardest aspects of going with the flow for me are letting go of control and letting in the unexpected!

Why is it so hard to let go of control? I know some of it has to do with human nature. That surrender and then release. Let alone just let go and go with the flow more! 

Really try to not just FREAK OUT! Especially when life throws you a curve ball!

Do we hold on to things? Physically, mentally, emotionally. All that stuff we think we need and cannot do with out. All that stuff we think we need to be attached to. You have to know when to let go, especially if something is not working for your or serving your best interests! 

Letting In . . .

I really try to take away the practicing and the learning with letting in the unexpected! Being curious instead of anxious. Tuning into your surroundings and what is taking place around you. Being in the present moment and focusing in on the task at hand. Knowing when to pause or even stop to reflect instead of just reacting!

Listening to your inner voice and letting your heart and intuition guide you!

Embracing change is not an easy process! However, the little changes slowly turn into major changes and life transitions.

Being . . .

The greatest lesson I have learned is allowing people, things, situations, etc. just to be at times! Sometimes trying to control just backfires. I feel so much better about myself and my whole being is happier and healthier! 

I use to think in terms of what is right and the need for perfection. Letting go of the ego and the attitude. Now I think in terms of how to be a kinder and more patient being! Embracing a little humbleness and humility.

Stop the limiting beliefs, the blame game, the pity party, the self defeating self talk, complaining, excuses, etc., etc., etc. You limit your personal growth and gaining life experiences.

You CAN DO! Especially when you come from a place of love and from the heart instead of letting your mind take control over you. Being in the present moment helps too. You cannot live in the past or long for the future. Living your life is about journeying along and being open to the possibilities and opportunities that you are presented while on your path!


(Photos by RSheridan)

How Do You Practice Flowing? Love to Hear, Please Share Your Thoughts!


Bird Curious

Watching the Birdies

Anhinga

This Anhinga was funny to watch doing its bird dancing!

Grebe

Love the circles these birds make in the water.

Heron

Gator

There is a balance between the birds and the alligators. A nesting bird in gator territory has built in security in the gators keeping away egg thieving bandits like raccoons and opossums.


Catching Some Rays! (Photos by RSheridan)

Are You Bird Curious or A Bird Watcher? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Losing The Moment

Practice Being

Technology as well as social media has changed how we experience the moments and make memories!

I was watching the news recently and saw a story about how photo bombed the Mona Lisa is with everyone taking selfies of themselves with her.

  • Are we not seeing what is right in front of us?
  • Are we missing those moments?
  • Are we truly experiencing?

I am all for arm chair experiencing!


Take a Seat, Relax and Enjoy!

When I can experience it in person though I want to soak it in! I know I am guilty in losing focus when I have my camera in hand. I know I miss out and lose the moment when I have my camera in my face. I know I need to put my camera down and just be in the moment!

  • How do you engage, but not lose the moment?
  • Do you connect or disconnect?
  • Do you attach or detach


Focusing . . .

We all need to feel like we belong! I think about instant gratification (i.e. likes) and positive reinforcement (i.e. comments). I think about the attention seeking and self absorption. I think about the addictive nature of technology and social media. We are driven by that need for connection and to experience!

We end up craving the New! and the latest and greatest in technology and social media applications! A constant stream every second. It can become overwhelming as well as exhausting! 

How do you go about it though! Is it to experience? Or Do we spend more time thinking about how other people will perceive your experiences? The reality versus a digital representation!

  • The sharing of experiences and moments.
  • The sharing of milestones and memories.
  • The sharing of your greatest someones and sharing the love.
  • The sharing of joy, happiness and pleasures.
  • The sharing of laughter and friendship.
  • The sharing of everything in between, like beauty, fashion, home decor, gardening, etc.

I need to practice being more! Soaking in and savoring being in the present. Immersing myself fully and completely. I feel better when I am focused on the present moment and not letting my mind wander off somewhere thinking about everything else I should be doing!


Practicing Being More . . .

I am all for enhancing the experience, however; do not lose the moment!

  • Take in the joy and the happiness from the experience.
  • Take pleasure and celebrate the experience.

“One study showed that the mere presence of a cell phone when two people are talking interferes with feelings of closeness, connection and communication.”

Are we still social creatures that like to connect with others or is there a new way to connect? That face-to-face connecting and looking into their eyes and watching their body language. That closeness and connection in being with another human being!


Connecting . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

Does Technology and Social Media Connect Us or Act as a Barrier between Us? Love to hear your thoughts, please share!


My Top 3 What’s?

Focusing On . . .

What Are You Practicing To Focus On?

What Makes You Happy?

Practicing balance!

  • Work/play life.
  • Spending time with myself and my greatest someones.
  • Health and wellness and happiness.

Practicing self love and self care helps you in so many ways! Passion and happiness. Health and energy. Living from within!


Practicing . . .

What Lights You Up Inside?

  • Doing what I love and sharing it with others.
  • Stretching my comfort zone in trying new things.
  • Traveling, adventuring and exploring.

Coming from a place of love by following your heart! Loving and being loved. Fulfilling your whole being in goodness and positiveness. Being true to who you are and living an authentic life!


Shining . . .

What Makes You Shine Your Brightest?

  • Being mindful and present throughout the day.
  • Finding the good and the positive each and every day.
  • Learning to go with the flow more.

Building a solid foundation to live a life you love! Creating . . . Dreaming . . . Craving . . . Desiring . . . Following your loves and passions!


Building . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Doing What You Love and Drives Your Passions! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!


Beach Combing

Strolling the Beach

Seashells by the Seashore

Coral

Waves


(Photos by RSheridan)

Enjoy A Little Piece of Paradise! Where is Your Favorite Place to Stroll? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Playing To Your Strengths

Practicing . . .

Practicing a strength daily is a great practice to instill for your whole being!

  • Turn weaknesses into strengths.
  • Reduce overall stresses.
  • Become a better version of you.
  • Tune into and tap into your full potential better.
  • Control and take charge of your power and energy.
  • See the good and the positive more.


Practicing . . .

In practicing you can focus in on what you are looking forward to and/or what you are grateful for!

  • It helps increase mood and overall happiness.
  • It boosts self confidence and self esteem.
  • It elevates kindness and reduces stresses.
  • It improves communication and connection with yourself and others.
  • It increases optimism and decreases pessimism.
  • It gives a sense of engagement from within to radiate out.

Focusing . . .

Focus on your signature strengths and build additional signature strengths as you practice and grow!

Do you know your signature strengths? What do you do well? Skills and abilities as well as gifts and talents.

Do you know your weaknesses that you want to turn into signature strengths? What skills and behaviors do you need to work on and improve?

  • Communication
  • Diligence and Initiative
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Judgment and Integrity
  • Reliability and Dependability
  • Persistence and Persuasive
  • Resilience and Discipline


Focusing . . .

In having different types of strengths you have the ability to deal with different situations! 

  • You feel more confident and competent.
  • You feel less anxiety, stress and tension.
  • You improve your ability to think strategically and problem solve creatively.
  • You increase your engagement and energy.
  • You can enhance your experiences.
  • You can learn your potential from strengthening from within yourself.

You DO have something to offer yourself and others!

Discovering . . .

I am all for “Discovering My Strong” each and every day!

I am not “ON” and certainly do not see the good and the positive each and every day! However, I can set my day to have as good of a day as possible! I am able to clear my mind and shift perspective. I am able to shift gears and increase or decrease my energies.

Remind yourself of your strengths! What can you learn? How can you grow? Remember to focus on what you can learn to experience personal growth!


Discovering . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Lifting YOU Up! Here’s To Practicing, Focusing and Discovering. Here’s to Strengthening YOU! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!


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