Hi there & Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone is doing well and feeling great! I am excited to share today’s post with you. As promised, I am focusing on song lyrics this month and creating a quick, snippet of inspiration based off of a line or verse.
I heard a little of “The Makings of You,” by Curtis Mayfield the other night and I’ve been listening to it since that day. Beautiful song! For all you lovebirds out there, I recommend playing it for Valentine’s Day. It might score you some extra love points. You can thank me later.
I am inspired by the lyrics, “these are the makings of you, it is true, the makings of you.”
Your presence excites me
The thought of you makes my heart pound
And when I see you, I anticipate the moment that you acknowledge me and say hi
You are wise and kind and gentle with your words. Your affection cannot be duplicated
Your gaze of admiration makes me giddy and vulnerable all at the same time
You have that effect on me
I want to know all about you
How you think and why
You embody love, humility, strength and wisdom
You make me better, not just me but everyone you meet
“These are the true makings of you”
Go in peace and find somebody to make you feel giddy and vulnerable all at the same time.
Welcome February…the month of love! This month we will shift our focus from spiritual wellness to emotional wellness. We will dive into our thoughts about love and acceptance of self. We will explore the possibilities within self-forgiveness while creating a stronger mental image of who we are and what we are capable of.
I brainstormed the following points during a creative writing session at the Pink House in Charlotte NC.
I pray your heart will open to the possibility of maybe…
My thoughts are inspired from a verse within the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver.
“Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine….”
Most often pain is the point that brings people together.
Maybe we can share our story and get inspiration from each other.
Maybe I will tell you of my deepest fears and hope that you will still love me.
Is it okay that I confide in you and express what is truly on my mind or I could just sit in silence while you share your story.
If we lean on one another maybe we both can be healed, or maybe we should release all expectation and appreciate the things that we do not know…..
Could we agree to meet at maybe?
For months I spent countless hours praying, researching, developing and consulting to include the right content that would make my program memorable and successful.
In spite of my efforts, there were things that I missed. I failed to include some important factors, which turned out to be a major misstep for me.
The program that I am referring to is my wedding and subsequently, my marriage.
September 18, 2010 was supposed to be the beginning of a life full of wedded bliss for me. In spite of the time spent planning and preparing, things didn’t quite turn out the way that I envisioned. Yes the ceremony took place and it was beautiful but the marriage didn’t last.
In hindsight, more time should have been spent understanding what I needed in a spouse and what would be required of me in order to have a successful marriage. Although I believe wholeheartedly in redemption, I can honestly say I consider this to be one of my biggest missed opportunities.
Can you relate? Have you ever exhausted all of your efforts and energy working on a ‘thing’ that didn’t turn out right? Are you tired of starting a project but never seeing it through to completion? Like years in the past, did you set goals for 2019 but have no idea how you’re going to accomplish them?
I believe that all things start from within and now is the perfect time to start fresh. In order to properly set my intentions toward success in 2019, I am dedicating three days to fasting, prayer & meditation, visualization and affirmations.
I invite you to join me.
Beginning January 14th, we will spend the first 20 minutes of each day with scriptures, affirmations and guided words for visualization that promote success, empowerment and completion.
I will post the affirmation cards on Sunday, January 13th at midnight. If you’re in, comment on the post or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You owe it to yourself to finish what you’ve started.
Let’s do this!
Starting the New Year with renewed perspective. “It’s not always about what you do. Oftentimes it’s about how you do it.” Here’s to a year of saying yes to yourself and no to what you simply don’t want to do.🎉
” We carry the message in many small, subtle, but powerful ways. We do our own-recovery work and become a living demonstration of hope, self-love, comfort and health. These quiet behaviors can be a powerful message.” – The Language of Letting Go (Melody Beattie)
The best way to make an impact on others is to be a living demonstration of the message you want to communicate.
Many talk about self-love in public but fail to demonstrate it in their private lives.
A thorough self-love routine can include pampering and relaxation but more importantly it should involve setting boundaries, making time for self and doing things that promote positive mental and physical health.
Setting boundaries is how we demonstration our love of self to others. If we’re constantly saying yes, over-extending ourselves and repeatedly putting the needs of others ahead of our own, we’ve failed to establish necessary boundaries in our lives. The problem with always being available and always saying yes is that you eliminate time to be still and self-evaluate. If you’re constantly chasing everyone else’s needs you could miss those internal signals that alert you when things are going wrong internally.
The best way to set personal boundaries is to ask yourself a few questions?
- How can I peacefully co-exist with myself?
- How can I balance my desire to help others with my obligation to care for myself?
- How can I make the most impact in the shortest amount of time?
Answering these questions will help you create an action plan to lead a more balanced life.
Prayer: Today I am thankful for a balanced life. I am thankful for opportunities to serve others and myself. I acknowledge quiet moments of reflection and I value the self-love and empowerment contained in those moments. Thank you for opportunities to release co-dependency and to embrace self-love. By doing this I will be of greater service to myself and others.
My name is Melissa Rivers and I am a Peace Coach. My mission is to help entrepreneurs and individuals manage conflict, make brave choices and take action to achieve their goals. I’ve been in business for myself for nearly four years and I’ve successfully helped dozens of clients achieve their own personal measure of success.
Like many others, I’ve made some pretty lofty goals for 2019. The most important one for me is to do more of what I love.
I think after my divorce, cancer, job loss and a handful of other setbacks, my focus shifted from hope and expectation to survival. Survival is necessary but there has to be a healthy balance between obligation and enjoyment.
My obligation for 2019 is to show up for myself and to do the work for my clients. Enjoyment for me comes in the form of writing & blogging. There’s definitely more of that coming this year.
So, I will end this year with a declaration: I make room for intentional enjoyment in my life!
Here’s to a year filled with bold, confident and powerful prayers. Intentional declarations of progress, growth and opportunity. Resources to be a blessing to others and invitations that will set you in the presence of Kings and Queens. May your focus be consistent and intentional, may your actions be deliberate and kind, may your opportunities be often and abundant. May you find peace in all you search for and may you empower the good in yourself, others and life. Release anything that no longer serves you, add all things that give you positive vibes and love!
So this is one of the images on my Love Board. Yes, I have a Love Board, mainly because sometimes I can be full of myself and forget the ultimate goal is to demonstrate and receive love that represents those things that are important to me and my smoochie😍. My Love Board is a compass to help keep me on track.
Anyway, I thought this ad for razors was the perfect image to place in the center of my board. To me it represents the core factor in maintaining a happy and healthy relationship. The ad simply says, “love is never letting stubble come between you.” Stubble represents lack of communication for me. Oftentimes it’s those things that are left unsaid that create the biggest issues. We may think that we’re protecting our loved ones and saving our relationships by keeping quiet, but in actuality we’re making things worse and creating new problems.
What’s your stubble? What do you believe is the biggest love killer? Drop a comment and let me know your thoughts.
Here’s to no longer allowing stubble to stop your love!🍸
“They deserve my specificity” -Kofi
Gratification is one of the most peace fulfilling prophecies alive today.
When we give thanks for the people in our lives, it automatically generates peace, love and wellness in our areas of influence.
Oh but something extra special happens when a man who holds the key to a woman’s heart specifically acknowledges all the wonderful and unique attributes about her. She could be wife, sister or close friend. She immediately feels at ease, protected, vindicated and valued. She is at peace.