Are you an optimist?  Or do you see the darker view of your world? Do you believe it will all work out?  If it doesn’t go in your favor, is your glass still half full?  Or are you running on empty always?

  I have been doing a lot of reading lately about positive vs. negative emotions.  The importance of feeling good, being joyful and content as a way to live your life.  I am fascinated with all the books out there and what I am learning.  Indulge me, if you will in some thoughts that could be life changing for you.  In his book Authentic Happiness, M. Seligman gives us details on Barbara Fredrickson’s theory on positive emotions, and it goes like this,

“Positive emotions broaden our abiding intellectual, physical, and social resources, building up reserves we can draw upon when a threat or opportunity presents itself.  When we are in a positive mood, people like us better, and friendship, love, and coalitions are more likely to cement.  In contrast to the constrictions of negative emotion, our mental set is expansive, tolerant, and creative.  We are open to new ideas and new experience.” 

WOW! YES!  Be positive.  It makes sense.  Do you want to be around someone who is crabby, negative, and angry?  Those who talk hurtful gossip…UGH..just walk away.  Don’t surround yourself with negative people; it can deplete you of joy and happiness.  Create your own social circles with those who encourage, love and uplift.  Find the part of you who is grateful, blessed and content.  Live your life through this lens.  The world suddenly seems brighter.

Seek Joy.

Joy. Stillness. Laughter.  Relaxation.  Rest.  Come join me at The Joy Source’s Women’s Retreat  on March 12th and 13th.  The Spa is delightful, the Inn is wonderful, and the company will restore your spirit.  Space is limited.  Sign up today.

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Let me start with an excerpt from one of my favorite books “The invitation” by Oriah,

When I turn my face away from the longing because of my fear of being the fool, I must work to cover the cracks in my resolve to abandon the heat of my desire.  But my soul is too aligned with life to give up.  Late at night when I am too weary to push away the longing, she comes looking for me, begging me to simply be with her and my fear of her.  I can hear her, a small, insistent voice asking me to remember that desire lived brings ecstasy of falling more deeply in love with my own life every day.  And in the moment of this remembering, no risk seems to great.”

Falling in Love with your own life every day.  Imagine that.  Taking risks to make your life exactly how you want it to be.  Happy with your choices and no regrets.  Of course there are choices we wish we didn’t make, or roads we took that looking back were not the best, leave all that behind you.  Now is the time to make your life everything you want it to be.   How?  Start with ….

Who Surrounds you?

Choose your friends wisely.  Positive uplifting people can make all the difference.  When you are with inspiring people, you too become inspired.

Your Career?

Is it time to take some new classes, read some books, attend seminars to get you excited about your profession?  Or is it time to take a risk and find one that you truly enjoy.

Your Partner?

Do they nourish you?  Love you?  Fulfill you?  Are you more joyful with them, or without them?  Seek to be with your true soul mate, if you have already found him/her…you are blessed indeed.

Hobbies?

What fuels your passion?  Sports? Scrapbooking? Reading?  Creating?  Find it.  Engage in these activities regularly.  Just because you are busy doesn’t mean you should give up on what you enjoy most.  Make the time to do what you love.  If you don’t find the time, no one else will find it for you.

Create your life how you want it to be.  Love yourself.  Love your friends.  Love your Life.

Do you need a day for yourself?  A soul nourishing day?  A positive day to be with like-minded women who are also on the journey of wellness and joy? 

That is exactly what I thought of when I planned ” A Women’s Day of Inspiration and Joy” for Sunday, September 12.   I chose the speakers with great thought; I want them to excite you to live your best life.  I want them to encourage you to dream BIG.  We all need a day just for us.  Sometimes we are not even sure we really want to be there (as we are driving there)  and we think of a 100 other tasks we could be doing that day…  and once we are there, at the event, we are sure we are in the right place.  In fact we are so sure, we had wished we invited our closest friends and family members who would have also enjoyed it.   Think of the fee to get in, $65, as an investment in YOU.  You are worth it.  You deserve it.  A day to you.  You can meet new people.  Or not.  You can put your raffle tickets in the basket to win really cool gift baskets.  Or not.  But the one thing you will get is a day to yourself, sit back , relax and soak it all in. 

 There is something magical in the air when a group of extraordinary women gather.  The energy in the room will renew your spirit and nourish your soul. 

Come join me in this most magnificent day!   Registration is happening now and ends on 9/3/10.