Monday, April 30, 2012

Beat the kids....

Beat the kids... at this FUN game! :) The other day Thad and I found this game while out shopping, we couldn't wait to play with the kids. This weekend 3 of our kids had friends over so we had a house full and we all played this game. It was so much fun! Thad and I thought it would go by really quickly and we would end up playing several times but it lasted a good hour or so and we all had a blast! We did beat the kids, but they gave us a real run for our money! The questions are not super difficult but not super easy either, the game was educational but really fun too. Our house was full of laughing and hollering and debating and it was awesome! (Side note: this would be an awesome game for home-schoolers!) So today, check out this game, challenge the kids and Live Inspired Now!

PS: We bought this game at one of those high end toy stores but I did see it on Amazon.com too!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Build yourself UP without tearing down...

There are two ways to have the biggest building in a city, you can either tear down everyone elses or you can build your own. The same is true when building yourself! Make yourself larger than life, a force to be reckoned with by doing things that make you happy and fulfilled, not by trying to make others look small. Do not put others down in an attempt to make yourself feel better or more important. Not only does this tear down others, but it leaves you standing all alone and lonely. So today, create a big amazing YOU and Live Inspired Now!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The rest of your life...

My dear friends... you have reached the "rest of your life!" How do you want it to play out from here? Make it memorable and Live Inspired Now!!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Stop Complaining!

Life isn't happening to you, it is responding to you! Stop complaining and create the life you want to live! We all have challenges but sitting around complaining about things is only keeping you stuck where you are. You have the ability, we ALL do, to make change, create joy, experience happiness even through challenges. So today, stop complaining and start living an INSPIRED life!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Oldies but Goodies!

Download and listen to some oldies but goodies! Oh god... may I just admit that it kills me that Michael Jackson is now and "oldie but goodie!" I remember my parents playing the oldies which was music from the 50's and 60's and now I listen to the oldies from the 80's and 90's. Yikes. Well either way, it is still AWESOME music! Luckily, unlike me as a youth, MY kids LOVE the "oldies!" My daughter Mattie just this morning asked me to download Michael Jackson's Billie Jean! So today, share the oldies with your kids or just download it for yourself and Live Inspired Now!
PS... some of my other favorite oldies: Guns N Roses, Metallica, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and of course, the King of Pop Michael Jackson! Oh Oh... remember this... I WANT MY MTVeeeee!!!!!!! lol

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Play doh!!!

Oh my goodness, play doh was like my favorite thing as a kid! I love this stuff and I will let you in on a deep dark secret too.... play doh is my favorite scent!! I love the smell of play doh so much! So today, let's play with play doh! Make fun shapes, build castles, roll out a snake, or break out the cookie cutters and make play doh cookies! Play doh can be very therapeutic too; it is relaxing to sit and be creative while working with your hands! So today, grab some play doh and create a masterpiece or just have some fun and Live Inspired Now!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Accepting what is....

You know how many people say to me.... "of course your always happy and positive; your life is perfect!" Well guess what? It IS perfect but only because I choose to see it that way! I have plenty of challenges and "bad things" that happen but I accept these as part of the bigger picture and it makes me appreciate the "good things" all that much better! By traditional standards, my life is far from perfect but I truly believe that the challenges (notice I don't say problems) make the rewards sweeter! You would never appreciate sweet as much if you didn't taste bitter! So I just accept the challenges are part of life, that they make me stronger and wiser and I focus on what is positive and uplifting! So today, accept your challenges as something we ALL go through, appreciate the blessings and Live Inspired Now!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Free yourself from emotional pain......

What do you lock up in a safe? Things of value or importance... jewelry, money, important documents etc.  When you put painful memories in a safe, it does the same thing... makes them valuable or important. If you are trying to get past something painful, the worst thing you could do would be to lock it away in a safe spot in your soul so you don't have to "deal with it." This gives the event or memory a very large amount of importance and significance and is guaranteed to continue to hurt you because of the high value you are unconsciously placing on it. If you want to get over something painful, talk about it, write about it, tell you story and get it out. Take away the memories power by not holding on to it like something sacred. Allow yourself to be free from the pain associated with the event or memory to the point where it becomes your history and you can tell the story without shame, fear, pain, grief or whatever you might have assigned to it. Not only will you feel free, but you might give someone else the courage to free themselves from their painful story too! So today, clear out the safe, free yourself from past hurts and Live Inspired Now!

PS: Neuro Linguistic Programmers (NLP), Hypnotherapists and Strategic Interventionists like me are awesome professionals that can help you get through challenges like this. I highly recommend finding someone if you need help to free yourself from past hurts.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Juggling!

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Juggling is so much fun and it's great to entertain kids too! You can learn to juggle just by watching a Youtube video or getting instructions from Google. Learning something fun is definitely part of an Inspired life. So today... learn to juggle, entertain your friends and family and Live Inspired Now!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Don't hold on so tight...

When you work so hard to hold on to something, you forget to enjoy it! Someone told me this week that he was trying to do everything possible to move his relationship further along with his girlfriend so that they would be to the point where she couldn't leave him. He was so desperately searching for some security that he was clearly not enjoying his relationship at all and although I don't know the girl, I can guarantee she is not happy! Allow the Universe to guide you, if things are meant to be, they will be and if they are not, be grateful because better things will come. Don't be a control freak, don't hold on so hard to things that you don't enjoy them, live with love and passion, live with the knowledge that things will ultimately work out and you will be taken care of, love with integrity, love with faith and Live Inspired Now!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Share the farm!

"CSA" is Community Supported Agriculture or sometimes called a farm share. A CSA is a partnership between a local farm and the community. You purchase your farm share for the season and in return you get fresh local food, usually veggies but some farms offer fruit, meat and eggs. This is a great way to get fresh produce weekly and to support your local farms. Thad and I purchased our CSA and are looking forward to the first pick up in June! Check out your local CSA, eat fresh local foods and Live Inspired Now!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

400TH BLOG POST!!! My story....

GOOD MORNING!! I am so excited... this is my 400th blog post today! I thought I would share my story of love and how I started my blog:

399 posts ago, I started this blog because I felt inspired. I was driving down my road on a cool sunny morning and noticing how beautiful the countryside was when I started to cry. With tears in my eyes and a very huge smile on my face I was overwhelmed with a feeling in my heart that was unfamiliar. I thought it was contentment and happiness more than I usually felt, but it was actually love.

I moved to Upstate NY for my daughter Madison to attend a charter school. We bought a house in the country with 4 acres, a barn and a pond. I wanted my children to have a country home to enjoy where we could get horses and live in a peaceful environment.

After we moved here I had a party for Madison for her birthday, we had a band and tons of teenagers! (Yes, I am crazy!) It was an awesome night, a night I will never forget. Enter... Thad! So Thad was the band "Dad" who transported all of the boys instruments and equipment. The first moment I ever saw him, he had poked his head in the my door and set down an amp and went back outside to get more things. At that first moment, when I saw Thad, I KNEW we had a "cosmic connection." I had no idea what it was, but somehow I knew we were going to be connected. I just knew.

Thad and I became friends and spent the next two years flirting! We developed an incredible friendship and every time we were together, we radiated energy that was obvious to everyone else but us.

Fast forward two years... I had asked Thad for help with a child I had taken in to my home because he had become homeless. It was no longer possible for him to stay with me so I asked Thad if he could stay with him since the child was friends with Thad's son. Thad agreed without hesitation and we spent the next few months co-parenting a kid in need that didn't technically belong to either of us. Thad was one of the most kind and giving people I had ever met. He, like me, gave freely without ever considering how it might impact himself, he is truly selfless.

One day Thad and I decided to get together with my roommate and her boyfriend to go out. We went out and did this and that but fast forward to the end of the evening when we stopped at a field on a hill in Ithaca. We laid in the hay field and looked up at the stars, my head resting on his shoulder and his arm around me and we still had no idea.... we were falling in love.

It was within the next couple of days that I was driving down my country road, with the tears in my eyes, smile on my face, full of love and life and inspiration and when I got home I started this blog. I wanted to share my inspiration with the world. I wanted EVERYONE to live with passion and fullness and to feel love and excitement. I wanted everyone to realize that you don't get a second chance, you only truly live once and it is the biggest waste of life to let it pass you by. To not take risks, to not lay in the field, to not ride the shopping cart, to not admit that you are in love with someone! (Duh, I still had no idea I was in love... my heart knew but it didn't tell my head!) So I started my blog, the very first post was about laying in the grass and watching the clouds.

It wasn't until about 2 weeks later that I realized I was in love. (duh! lol) I stood in my bedroom crying and telling my roommates that "I LOVED THAD!" I could barely contain myself, I cried and laughed and just said over and over that I couldn't believe it, I was in love with Thad. He was the reason everything looked brighter and life seemed more fun and my heart was swelling with emotion. He was the reason I couldn't pry the smile off of my face. He was the reason I felt so inspired each day! He was the motivation behind every blog post thus far... each post was something I did with Thad, or really would have loved to do with Thad!

A few days later, Thad called and asked me to lunch. At lunch he asked me if I also agreed that we had an amazing chemistry and that we just click when we are together. (Oh my god, I almost died! It was too hard to contain myself! Here I had JUST figured out that I loved the man, and here he is, like a dream come true, telling me he "like likes" me! WOW!) I asked if we could discuss it in the car because I was feeling so overwhelmed and the hostess was staring at me. So we sat in the car for quite some time and talked about the amazing connection we had and what great friends we were and that we were super attracted to one another. I WAS SO NERVOUS!!! So we agreed to go on a date that Saturday coming up. (We had gone out several times, but it was always as friends, so it never counted as a "real date.")

We spent the entire week texting, talking, facebooking, emailing non stop until the big date on Saturday. He picked me up and that was it...... we have never been apart since! Our date was so sweet, we went to dinner then to the grocery store that we raced shopping carts at. He challenged me to find the correct spelling of the word "roux" in one the cookbooks and stated that I would "win a kiss" if I had the correct spelling! Well I DID find it, I DID spell it correctly and I knew... our first kiss was only moments away. I was nervous but thrilled! Then we went to "our spot," that hill where we snuggled in the hay field a couple weeks prior. It was there that we shared our very first kiss.... the kiss that I "won" fair and square! OMG... I was so nervous, I could feel my heart pounding just a little bit more than I could feel his heart jumping through his chest! It was magical. We kissed and hugged and talked and talked more and finally he brought me home. I was completely and hopelessly in love and we decided that very night to change our facebook statuses to "in a relationship!" (Sign of the times! lol)

When Thad got home that night, he sent me a message and told me "Heather Jane Deaville, I LOVE YOU!" I didn't want him to wait til morning to hear it back so I texted him and told him I loved him too! 4 months later we were engaged to be married, 4 months after that we were married!

We are so blessed to share a true love that is exciting and beautiful, full of passion and romance, we have dedicated our lives to making one another happy and to raising our kids together. WOW... I love that man so much!! He truly in my inspiration!

Thank you for reading my story! I am so grateful to have fans, friends and family that read my blog. You ALL inspire ME each and every day! I am grateful for your feedback and support, your love and kindness, your continued encouragement and your friendships! I love you all!

Thad, thank you for being my soul mate, my best friend, my amazing husband, my co-parent, my partner, my conspirator, my hero and for always being the inspiration in my life! I love you!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Be courteous...

Be a courteous driver, allow another driver to merge in front of you or pass you. There are always so many people in a rush, getting frustrated and causing problems on the road; don't add to it, lead by example and be courteous and Live Inspired Now!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Money has no value...

Money has no value except what you can trade it for and you are trading it for feelings not things. What emotions are you trading your money for and is it worth it? Many people say they want to buy a home but what they might really be buying is the feelings of security or significance or even feelings of love and connection. It is important to know what you REALLY want... nobody truly wants money, they want security for their family, or adventures and excitement, or they want to feel important and accomplished, or freedom to spend more time with their spouse. Align yourself with what you truly want so you are not asking for the wrong thing, don't wish for more money, wish for the actual feelings you want once you have the money. So today, think of money as a tool to achieve what you want and Live Inspired Now!

PS: I highly recommend the book; The Little Money Bible by Stuart Wilde. It is a very quick and easy read that teaches a better perspective on money!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ignore Negativity...

Negative influences are everywhere.... IGNORE them! Focus on positive people and situations instead. There are plenty of negative and positive things in the world... why not put your energy and time into the positive? So today, if you are faced with a negative person or situation... just ignore them and Live Inspired Now!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Trust who you hire...

Yesterday I was at the gymnastics studio with my kids and while I watched and waited for them another parent was complaining about the instructor. He was complaining that they were still using the trampoline after only 10 minutes... I think he expected his 3 year old (on her first day in gymnastics) to start doing back flips immediately. I laughed a little to myself and thought about how we should trust the experts we hire! We pay good money to hire instructors for our kids, plumbers for our pipes, repairmen for our appliances; why would we question every move they make. If you hire an expert, allow them to do their job... otherwise you should just do it yourself. Nobody likes to be micro managed and in fact, people LOVE it when you show them you have respect for their abilities, knowledge or aptitude! So today, if you have done your research and found an expert, allow them to do their job and Live Inspired Now!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th!!!

Thomas Jefferson said: I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
I don't believe in luck... everything that happens is neither good nor bad, it just is. Some times things seem great but turn out to be bad. We have all heard stories of people who win the lottery but then lose everything. Or people who are heart broken by a love then go on to find the TRUE love of their lives. Luck has nothing to do with it!
It all has to do with living life to the fullest, going with the flow of the Universe, accepting reality for what it is and knowing that even through challenging times, better things will come! So today, make your own luck with perseverance, kindness and a positive attitude and Live Inspired Now!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Be KIND to the wait staff....

I cannot believe that some people are so rude to waiters/waitresses and other service providers. There is a saying that says if someone is nice to you but rude to the waiter, he is not a nice person and I agree! Be extra nice to your servers, they are usually working very hard for very little. Always treat other people with kindness, never treat anyone as if they are lower than you because they are not and always tip well. So today, be very kind and polite to your waiter, leave a great tip and Live Inspired Now!

PS... you never know another persons battles... never judge, always be kind and leave a positive impact wherever you go!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Indoor water park...


Thad and I took the kids on a mini vacation to an indoor water park! Thad had to go away for business, so rather than missing each other, we all went! The kids and I are enjoying the pools, slides, lazy river and tons of other activities, then tonight when Thad is done working he will join the fun! So today, hit the indoor water park, or at least plan to in the near future and Live Inspired Now!


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Small kind words.....

"Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart." Today, speak small kind words to someone... compliment your waiter or clerk, send an uplifting message to a friend, tell your kids how special they are, or just tell your dog that he looks cute! Kind words go farther than we ever actually realize. So today, speak small kind words and Live Inspired Now!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Give your favorite book......

We all have the "one book" that really impacted our lives, it was just so good and we recommend it to everyone. Today, head to the bookstore and purchase a few extra copies and share them with friends! I do this all the time, sometimes I get them back, sometimes I just tell the reader to loan it out to another person and keep it going. One of my favorite books is Stephen Coveys "7 Habits of Highly Effective People," I have passed that book out to so many people! So today, go buy a few extra copies of your favorite book and pass them out to friends and Live Inspired Now!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

To those of you who celebrate it... Happy Easter!!! To those who don't... Happy Sunday! Whatever you do today, have fun, enjoy the company of friends and family and Live Inspired Now!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Zentangle...

Never mind the food coloring, today try and "zentangle" your Easter eggs! Zentangle is an art form of creating beautiful images using repetitive patterns. It can be very relaxing and fun! So today, grab your black sharpies, create some stunning zentangle hard boiled eggs and Live Inspired Now!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Magazines...

Magazines are an awesome way to learn about something you are interested in! There are literally thousands of different magazines available on every subject matter in the world! Subscribe to a magazine today and get monthly reading material dedicated to your favorite topic and Live Inspired Now!
PS... magazines are a great resource for finding inspirational words and pictures to add to your vision boards; as well, kids love making collages from magazine pictures!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Adventure Time...

Take an adventure! Last weekend Thad and I went on a fun adventure, we woke up at 3:45am, left 15 minutes later and drove to Massachusetts and purchased a convertible! It was so much fun! Sometimes adventures just happen too, if you get lost when out driving, consider it an adventure and notice new things and places. Take the kids on an adventure through the woods and look for trees to climb or vines to swing from! FUN stuff!! So today, go on an adventure, have a blast and Live Inspired Now!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wild Canadian Geese

Ya' know whats cool about wild Canadian geese? They mate for life, they are loyal and dedicated to one another and I think that is super cool! Part of an INSPIRED life is actually being committed to those you are committed to. Don't make commitments that you don't intend to keep, make special people in your life feel important, stand by your spouse, support and encourage them. Be an advocate and cheerleader for your companion if you have one and Live Inspired Now!
PS... Thad... I LOVE you!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Lollipop Moments!

So I watched this video on Ted.com: Lollipop Moments and it INSPIRED me to be a lollipop fairy today. Besides handing out lollipops, I gave them to our students as well so they could do their own social experiments. We handed out lollipops to other students, co-workers, strangers and I even asked the kids to pass them out to people they didn't really "care for." I will update you tomorrow as to how the kids made out! Watch the "lollipop moments" video, pass out some lollipops, emerge as a leader and Live Inspired Now!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fool's!!!

Have a super FUN April Fool's Day! Play some pranks, tell some jokes and Live Inspired Now!