Designing A Life You Love

October 12, 2015
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#TheHopeBlog || www.messagesofhope.com || Illustration by Patricia Alix -Villa of www.fancygirldesignstudio.com in SingaporeAs we all begin a new work week today, I ran across these wonderful illustrations created by Patricia Alix-Villa.

The words in the one above started me thinking:

Am I consciously designing, little by little and step by step, the life I want to live?

I have to say, for many years of my life, I did not, consciously, design a life I would want to live. I let spontaneity and the needs of others rule.

Today, I AM mindfully designing the life I love…and want to live for the rest of my years, but it’s taken me a long time to get here.  I am in the process of de-cluttering and moving into a much smaller [ 750 sq.feet! ] home that puts me across the street from the place that brings me the most joy, the place where I can watch the sun rise over the lake by crossing the street and ride my bike to the bird sanctuary 1/4 mile away.

This makes me happy!!

Are any of you de-cluttering and living with less? Are you designing the life you want to live, a life you will love?

If you are, friends and readers, I’d love to know, in the comments, what you’re doing, how you’re doing it and what made you decide to do it. Your story is as important to me as it is to everyone reading #TheHopeBlog. You never know how – or when – or where – your words will have an impact on someone else’s life, but for sure they will.

#TheHopeBlog || www.messagesofhope.com || Illustration by Patricia Alix -Villa of www.fancygirldesignstudio.com in SingaporeSometimes, it’s easy to forget what this illustration says, below, when we’re not mindful of designing the life we want to live, right?
#TheHopeBlog || www.messagesofhope.com || Illustration by Patricia Alix -Villa of www.fancygirldesignstudio.com in Singapore
And I’m adding this, because I just love this illustration of Patricia’s.
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Have a beauty -FULL week ahead!

Thank you for being. I appreciate YOU.

Leslie
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You are Beautiful Just The Way You Are

October 5, 2015
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This pretty pink illustration says it all for me today. I hope you will really take its message into your heart, as I have, despite all that is going in my life right now:

You are incredible,adorable, lovable, wonderful, powerful, perfectly beautiful, just exactly the way you are….and I would add: inside and out, always.

I believe words, read into our minds, have the power to heal, do you?

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Leslie 

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What Helps You Live Happy?

October 2, 2015
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www.messagesofhope.com || FB/MessagesofHope1 || INSTA/Messagesof_HOPE || Twitter: Messagesof_HOPE Life doesn’t always take us in the direction we want it to take us, and sometimes it can be really hard and throw us way off track.

When that happens, as has happened to me recently due to my Mom getting very sick and having to go into the hospital after major surgery and then into rehab, I search for ways to get back, as fast as possible, to what brings me joy.

One of the things that brings me joy is color.

Another thing that brings me joy is writing.

Another thing that brings me joy is expressions of creativity in illustration, so I decided to combine my loves today and find illustrations about ways to live happy.

Just writing this post, reading the words on these illustrations and making these pretty, colorful collages to share with you has improved my own happiness quotient by 50% already today!

I hope looking at them and reading the words in them help you find ways to live happier today, too, no matter what you might be facing.

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And, if you have a little more time, here are links to two posts I read that really helped me.

The first one is about what you can do to live happier, based on the neuroscience behind happiness. Please don’t miss reading this, I think you might find it really interesting, too, as the author shares why certain actions really can make you happier, based on what happens to your brain chemistry when you take those actions.

http://bakadesuyo.com/2015/09/make-you-happy-2

and this one has beautiful, colorful graphics [one is at the bottom of this post] and lots of good tips

http://the greatist.com/grow/how-to-be-happy-long-term 

Please let me know in the comments how you get back to your center of happiness and balance when you’re having a rough stretch in your life, either here in the comments or over on:

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Thank you!

Have a blessed day.
In gratitude.

Leslie 

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