Monday, December 19, 2011

The Holiday Season

It's a time of cheer, love, & happiness!! At least, it is for some or maybe even most. There are those who dread this time of year and do what they must to make it through December. It's just that Christmas has become so commercialized that the option to bow out of the chaos is so tempting. I'll admit my favorite Christmas memory involved pj's all day, seafood for dinner, movies, games and a cozy fire. LOVED IT!!  I plan to have many more like it in the future. :-) 

Whether it's old traditions or new ones, enjoy!  Happy Holidays!  Rocking Christmas Lights

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Stay Passionate

"You can't wait for something exciting to happen before you decide to be excited" Joel Osteen

For my blog post today, I want to share what made me happy today.  I'm not sure if it's ever happened to you but sometimes I spend so much time working on the dream,  I lose the excitement about the dream!  Know what I mean? The level of passion fluctuates and I ask myself, "do I continue or just find something new to do?"

Well while I was pondering this question, I was flipping through channels, and I heard Joel Osteen say "Stay passionate about life!"  His message revived me. The Universe reminded me that on this journey I won't *feel* excited about life every day. However, that's why I need to keep my goals and dreams in front me each day to help me focus on the destination when the journey makes me weary.

So my friends, stay encouraged! Stay focused and stay passionate! And to borrow a quote from my cousin: before you let go, remember why you held on in the first place!

When you get a moment, please watch. Let me know how it speaks to you.  (the message starts at 1:29)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Right here..Right now

In the December 2011 issue of Southern Living, there's an interview with Maya Angelou. The writer asked her "how do you celebrate the season?"  Her response: "I try to see every day as a celebration.  I wasn't promised November the 10th.  Nobody has sworn to me that I'll be around December 25th. No. So every day I awaken I am grateful. My intent is to be totally present in that day. And laugh as much as possible."

What does it mean to be totally present?  With our sometimes overloaded lives, how do we start to be present in every moment?  I first heard this concept as a grad student at the University of West Georgia in their Psychology program.  It was here that I was introduced to terms like transpersonal, humanistic, and existential suggesting that there was a deeper and more intimate way to experience life. And, Maya Angelou offered the key word that was heard over and over again: intention.  Intention is synonymous with purpose, goal, and aim.

That says to me that you have to make a conscious decision to be present--look at people when they're talking to you, stand outside to feel the sun and the breeze on your skin, etc. But the simplest way to begin being present is just to do ONE thing at a time. All of you is attending to one thing creating a fuller experience and it adds to the quality of your life!! :-)

But don't just take my word for it. Read what others have to say and begin to practice being present in your life:

5 Steps for Being Present by Michael J. Formica

5 Lessons about Being Present: Freedom is Where My Feet Are by Erin Lanahan

Practical Tips to Practice Being Present by Nneka

Friday, November 11, 2011

Your Life's Theme Song

What a wonderful life I've had!  I only wish I'd realized it sooner.  ~Colette

Do you know how wonderful your life is right now? Despite where you are, where you've been, or even where you want to be, your life is wonderful! Your fate could have been so different. Yet, you're alive and you have the chance to do whatever your heart dreams!

Take a break and list your blessings. After you've taken some time to think, choose a song that would be the perfect theme music for your life today!  :-)  

Hmm let's see for me it would be New Attitude by Patti LaBelle   LOL

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wherever You Go, There You Are

"So much of what we think will make us happy, simply doesn't.
Of course, the idea that happiness comes from within is nothing new. Two thousand years ago Seneca cautioned that though you may 'cross vast spaces of sea' in an attempt to escape the stresses of your life, you will fail to find peace or happiness there because 'your faults will follow you withersoever you travel' as 'you flee along with yourself.' "~~Lisa Rivero

The above is a snippet from this article:

Growing Up on Purpose-Freedom from having to get what you want 

One point in this article is the message we've heard so many times before: happiness is not something that you find. It's something that you create. So, why do so many of us get stuck in "looking" for happiness? I'll stop now and say that this may sound contradictory to yesterday's post because I used the word "pursuit". However, I meant pursuit in the sense of striving. Pursuit in the sense of seeking ways to create your own happiness. Ok back to our regular show :-)

So, why do so many of us get stuck in "looking" for happiness? Ms. Rivero suggests that we're asking the wrong question. Rather than asking what do I want in order to be happy, we should ask what do I want to be. The answer to the last question will lead to a happier more fulfilled life, therefore giving us the freedom from having to get what we want. Makes you think, huh? :-) Well read the article and give me your take on it. I'll continue discussing this article in another post.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hot Pursuit!

Quote of the Day

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.  ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin

You have to catch happiness yourself! :-) Love it! Too many times we are waiting on something to happen or someone to come into (or even leave) our lives before we can experience  happiness.

If I've learned anything, it's that you have to take responsibility for your life. No one owes you anything. Don't get caught up in what you think people are supposed to do for you. We have a lot of expectations of family, friends, government entities, and places of worship.  Ultimately, this life's journey is between you and God.

Be active in your own life! Try SOMETHING! :-) Start your pursuit to catch happiness!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Enduring Happiness

Lately, life has pushed me to expand my interests more. I've been exploring possible new career fields, healthier ways of eating, reading more books, just getting outside my norm. Then today,  I read this article that suggests that we can make happiness endure by cultivating new interests. Maybe there's some merit to the idea. :-)  I've definitely felt better! 

Ford is even getting into the live life to the fullest philosophy with their new commercials. Their new slogan? For those who live life for a living. 

Well read the article and tell me what you think. How to Make Happiness Endure

 Quote of the day:

As I go through all kinds of feelings and experiences in my journey through life -- delight, surprise, chagrin, dismay -- I hold this question as a guiding light: "What do I really need right now to be happy?" What I come to over and over again is that only qualities as vast and deep as love, connection and kindness will really make me happy in any sort of enduring way.   - Sharon Salzberg

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Here's to Mothers!

Good morning!
I hope everyone is doing well. Got an early start to my day. Enjoying a cup of coffee with cinnamon toast and cream cheese! Yum!! The highlight of my morning  (besides actually waking up lol): there was a bird perched outside my window. Lovely! I got lost in the beauty of the moment--listening to her song.
Ahhh it was peaceful and all was right with the world....

Then the phone rang. My doctor's office reminding me of an appointment. The alarm went off which I've strategically placed away from my bed forcing me to get up to turn it off (or hit snooze). On the way, I stumped my toe. Dropped the phone, it fell apart.  My original choice for breakfast was my favorite--some Kashi cereal. You guessed it--the milk had spoiled.

I went back to the window to find that bird that lured me into thinking her song was the start to a BEAUTIFUL day! >:-|  Of course she was gone. And the phone rings again. "Good morning, baby! You alright today?" my Mother's voice :-D Ahhh it was soothing and all was right with the world...

Here's to Mothers who have the amazing power to bring happiness in the smallest gestures! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happiness is Music!

It's Saturday! You're alive! The sun is shining! Celebrate and enjoy some "happy" music!

Open Happiness

Walking on Sunshine

Little Wonders


No Turning Back

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Enjoying The Journey

Good morning! Well I woke up to a cold crisp day!  Loving this weather! When I rolled my garbage can out to the street, I noticed trashed in the street in front of my house. So, I picked up the trash, got my morning paper, and looked up and there was my house.

You're thinking "ooookay, it wasn't like it was going to move. You knew it was there." But I really looked at it and you see it on TV but it happened to me. As I stood there, my life journey to that moment just flashed through my mind. I was reminded of all that God has brought me through. Thinking of how His grace, favor, mercy, and love have kept me through the years. Oh and I can't forget His peace! There is nothing in this world like peace of mind!! Wouldn't you agree? :-)

Standing there as the cold wind blew all around me, I was happy. Happy and grateful that I've had the opportunity to be a homeowner, to see a dream realized, and to have my family and friends enjoy my home. You know I've learned that happiness is attached to something deeper and not to material things. Being connected to the Creator and knowing that you are connected to all of creation is happiness--for me.

Everyday I nourish and work on that connection because it is my lifeline. :-) Now I don't feel happy everyday.  Nevertheless, my desire is to have more good days than bad. As simple as it sounds, it took me 30+ years to  finally truly understand this quote and I invite you to begin to embrace it [if you haven't already ;-)]:   

"Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it's too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow." ~ Paul H Dunn

Peace & Blessings always

Soul Sunday

Ah Sunday! It's a beautiful day here in south Georgia! I have a bowl of Kellog's Crunchy Nut and a cup of coffee--a perfect start to my day! ;-) Yes it's almost 2pm but I slept in today.

I'm watching Soul Sunday on OWN. It's interesting so far. The show I'm watching now is about a guy who believes he sees angels, demons, auras and ghosts. (Wake up with Jonas Elrod)  He was struggling with his gift. So, in order to understand it and to hear what God was saying to him, he went on a vision quest. It's a tradition in Native American culture. Hmm I can't fully describe it but you can read more about it here:  Vision Quest Link

Lesson? People get to happy in different ways. Oh and the tribe that is helping with his vision quest has no word for "goodbye" or "religion" in their language. Wow....

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wonderful quotes I read today

The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why you were born.-Kim Shabazz 

Nothing is ever put in our path without a reason. ~Iyanla Vanzant
You will be with you more than anyone else in this lifetime. Please make it a beautiful, loving relationship.~~cheryl richardson

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Enjoy the moment

I felt amazingly happy today! :-) Actually, this wonderful feeling was the motivation for starting this blog.  I was trying to find the reason why I felt so good but instead decided to just enjoy it. Ever notice how when you attempt to analyze and define moments, they seem to diminish? So, I'm doing less of that now. Much appreciation goes to Oprah!  I've been watching Oprah's LifeClass this past week. Has anyone else been watching?  I've really experienced some awakening moments. I tell you I have cried through every class. :-) Thank God for DVR because I will be watching them again for sure.

My life has been a roller coaster ride these past 2 years or so and I have truly truly learned so much. There was a lot of pain, depression, confusion, doubt, loneliness. Praise God I was able to find the blessing in the darkness. And that blessing was my truth--straight with no chaser! lol  That's why I can say yeah--I think I'm happy now! I'm loving life, loving me and loving my spiritual relationship with The Creator!   Oh if you're interested in the LifeClass, the link is under the e-Highway to Happiness below. cute right?

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I’m Trinka Polite! Georgia native! Aunt Extraordinaire (at least I think so)! Lover of divinely delicious food! Servant of God and I gratefully accept my calling as counselor, poet, and speaker. My mission? 

As a counselor, it is to empower you to access your full potential and live more authentically!

As a poet, it is to share words to inspire love, deliverance from hurtful situations and encourage a renewed relationship with God.

As a speaker, it is to provide a dynamic experience which will actively engage you and your group in learning and growing.

My professional background includes over 14 years as a Career Counselor providing education planning and career guidance.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and National Board Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychology.  My publications include After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground—poetry collections focused on spiritual awakening and growth.

On a more personal note, the southern lady that I am loves to cook (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and have fun with my family!  Are there any two things that bring more joy to a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the south)? Lol 

I hope we stay connected because new ventures are on the way to enlighten your mind and to partner with you to chart a course for your success!  

Peace & Blessings!


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