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Everyday Balance~

The days are gone looking for a few moments of calm and cozy in our chaotic life, we are seeking an overall life balance – looking to live a life that is just enough. 

We are more aware than ever of the importance of environmental preservation and requiring more transparency in our surroundings.

 This Color Collection combines the softness:

*Quaint Peche, Interesting Aqua

*Filmy Green with the grounding hues of Gray

*Naval which fulfills our desire for calm and balance every day.

Navy and crisp white is such a classic look. There’s something so sophisticated and elegant about the contrast between these two colors, and the designer has really nailed it in this foyer. Sheer navy perfection!

Peace Harmony & Happy Painting!

XO Cheryl

 

#ThrowbackThursday

** Just a little side note – Penny Marshall (Laverne of Laverne & Shirley) was best friends with Paul and Artie. She and best girlfriend Carrie Fisher (Star Wars Princess Leia) was partying with them at Paul apartment when Penny asked them to sing a song (which they had not sung together in years). Penny took credit for both of them singing on this night in Central Park! Lol

Tips To Being Happy

think happy be happy~Simply try it. A little effort can go a long way in increasing happiness. There are plenty of experimental studies that have found that simply trying to be happier could actually elevate your mood and well-being. 

~Make happiness your number-one goal. People who are happy choose to make happiness among their top goals in life, according to psychologist Tom G. Stevens, Ph.D., author of You Can Choose to Be Happy. Learning good self-management skills, interpersonal skills, and career-related skills along with choosing to be in environments and around people that increase your probability of happiness. 

~Linger in those tiny little, positive moments. “Our brains are wired to scout for all that’s bad — the brain is like velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones. This “negativity bias” causes the brain to react intensely to bad news, compared to how it responds to the good news. But we can counter the brain’s negativity bias — which triggers us to form stronger bad memories than good ones — by appreciating and lingering on those tiny, positive moments.” – according to Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness.

~Choose mindfulness. The secret to happiness could be as simple (and difficult) as becoming more mindful. Meditation — a practice that anyone can do, anywhere, so long as they’re willing to sit and try to silence the mind — is thought to be a happiness-booster. I used to think that this “meditation stuff” was . . . excuse me for saying — bullshit! But, I have been using meditation since 2003. It was actually prescribed to me by my holistic doctor out of Madison, CT. The best tool I have found to calm my mind — no bullshit!

~Smile your way to happiness. The secret to boosting your mood could be as simple as making yourself smile. Fake smiling, on the other hand, results in the worse moods and withdrawal from others. It really is that simple, you create a happy environment when you’re smiling at people instead of frowning or showing a face of anger. Smiling can change our brain. Let’s say you experience a positive situation and you see a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. This means that neuronal signals travel from the cortex of your brain to the brainstem (the oldest part of our brains). From there, the cranial muscle carries the signal further towards the smiling muscles in your face — And you have a smile!

~Practice compassion. Want to increase your brain’s capacity for happiness? “Compassion is the most transforming energy in the universe with all the ingredients that everyone longs for; the embodiment of kindness, of caring, of loving. It is a skill that can be enhanced with practice, it’s not impractical or touchy-feely but a courageous state of mind and heart, with far-reaching consequences in terms of how we experience ourselves, the world and reality” (Mindfulness at Work). Try meditating on compassion.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

~Dalai Lama

 

 

Do Whatever It Takes . . .

Are you willing to do “whatever it takes” to leave a legacy?

We all want to be remembered, to feel that we’ve contributed something to the world. Your legacy is putting your stamp on the future. It’s a way to make some meaning of your existence: “Yes, a world of the future, I was here. Here’s my contribution, here’s why I hope my life mattered.”

Provide a family history Researching your genealogy is a wonderful way to let your kids and grandkids understand where you and they came from.

Give to charity Another way to leave a legacy is by contributing money or the equivalent to a charitable cause that reflects your values.

Write a legacy letter Think about everything you’d want to tell your loved ones and your survivors if you knew you didn’t have long to live then put it all in a letter to them.

Prepare an ethical will An ethical will is the logical extension of a legacy letter. With an origin going back to centuries of elders orally conveying their values to the next generation, an ethical will lets you share the meaning of your life, beliefs and life lessons.

Or, do what I’m doing – Write a Book! Yup, I’m writing a book about my life and all the stories of my Mother, how her humor helped me to find the gifts of each struggle in life. 

Peace & Harmony

XOXO Cheryl