Love and Be Well

this is the place. this is the moment. this is it.

we have so much going on around us and inside of us. it’s can be difficult to tune out all the excess noise.

if you’re privileged enough to have the resources, you can find and get the inspiration, motivation, help, and push you need to get you where you can and want to be. for others of us, it isn’t so easy.

the great thing is, we can all do our part to add to the collective of love in life. when we find ourselves and our individual purpose and our individual voice, we add to the goodness that exists here on this planet, at this moment.

as big and hard as it is to be here and do this, to live,it’s imperative that you try. we have been silenced, stifled, hurt, beaten, blocked, and made to feel guilty about wanting to be ourselves and be free. But it is our right.

tune it all out. tune out the world society. tune out the noise. tap into the love within. tap into yourself. feel. think. hear. be guided by your inner, real, true self. it’s there. open yourself to life. open yourself to the infinite possibilities that exist for you.

there is so much out there. you have a whole, entire life to live.

discover what it is that lights your spark, that encourages and uplifts you. find who it is that helps guide your light. there are teachers everywhere in all different shapes, forms, and sizes.

one of the greatest lessons you will ever learn is to not be dependent on form. be like water, flow with whatever life brings you. be at peace with yourself. you might not be what, who, or how you want to be at this moment and life may not be what and how you want, but that doesn’t matter. the only thing that matters is that you love yourself, appreciate this moment, realize that every moment is opportunity for change, and do your best to live, be, and do as you want.

we’ve been taught that it is wrong to want and desire and hope. unlearn this. want what you want. do what it takes to get what you want. dream. aspire to great things, have standards. expect the most and the best of life. you deserve no less.

give life, this moment, your undivided attention. do the things that you love, that make you smile, that make you happy. help and do what you can for others. show love, be love. shine. your light and you spirit, your potential and your beauty is endless. you are strong as hell. you are so powerful. you are a force to be reckoned with.

acknowledge and accept all of who and what you are. struggle, hurt, and pain are a part of your story. they are lessons and you can handle it all. you were made to. you were meant to.

it can be a little scary realizing how incredible and powerful and brilliant and genius and gorgeous you are. the realization of just how important and the full extent of your existence can be a bit overwhelming. but worry not. feel that, then move on. go deeper into yourself and see that you are a part of everything as everything is a part of you.

the more you grow and learn and see, the more you begin to understand that we are one. everything and everyone is connected. and as the acceptance and understanding of our unity becomes a way of life, when peace and joy, happiness and caring, goodness and creativity, freedom and perseverance, work and consistency, boldness and willingness, focus and grit, openness and calm, patience and confidence, purpose and self-discipline, will power and balance, adaptation and practice, understanding and love become a way of life, everything is right. everything is the way it should be. we have succeeded in the purpose of being here; to experience, live, be, do, and love.

love is the heart, truth, and reason. love is you. love is me. love is all.

love and be well.

AJ

Quote of the Day

“Master your internal force. Harness your internal force.” – Danny Rand, Iron Fist (Marvel)

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It takes consistent, dedicated work, every day. It takes patience, calm, empathy, understanding, and love. It is a journey, every single moment, of every single day you are given. The more you practice the better you become, the better you become the greater your experience. Show up and do your best. Get living. 

Personal Affirmation

I am limitless. I define myself.

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The only limits you will ever have are the ones you inflict upon yourself. No one can ever take away your spirit, your heart, your soul, or your light. It is yours and yours alone. People can physically infringe upon you and cause you literal harm, but when it comes to your mind and spirit, that’s all you.

Many of us are taught stifling and limiting ideals and beliefs when we are children. It is our job to unlearn those things. We must live our own lives and find out for ourselves what it is and isn’t, who is and isn’t, what does and doesn’t serve us. It is up to us to live, try, explore, think, and do for ourselves. –  AJ

Pain

Pain is necessary, suffering is not

Pursue your passions, accept your struggle. Let your pain shape you, and love transform you.” 

         – Mirtha Michelle, Castro Mármol

Pain is a tool to be used and learned from. It is meant to help us. It assists in our growth, which makes it an important factor in life. We just need to remember this, and pain itself, as well as letting go after the experience, won’t be an issue. 

Suffering, on the other hand, is neither necessary or useful. Suffering begets extra negativity that we do not need. It is what causes us to hold on. Holding onto things, emotions, ideas, and people we do not need and that do not serve us is unnecessary. We do not have to suffer. Suffering is a self-inflicted mechanism that we have 100% control over.

Accept what you can not change, and learn to change what you can. Always be on the learning curve. Pain is your ally. 

Feel and let go. Attach yourself to nothing except Love. 

Love: A Verb and A Being

EVOLution. REVOLution. sOLUTION.

 There is a reason that these words are framed this way.

 Love is a verb. Love is action. Love is what you do. And love is a being. It is a literal, physical form.

 It is you. It is me. It is US. WE Are Love. We are the force that saves us. We are the force that creates, destroys, and makes change. We are ever evolving.

 Borders do not exist, they were created. Races do not exist, they were created. Class does not exist, it was created. Separation is not the answer, unity is. Being involved with life is the answer. Caring about yourself and others is the answer. 

 Show up, do your best, and always come back to Love. Come home to yourself. 

 

No More Complacency

Complacency is the death of personal growth. Complacency is the death of  love. Complacency is the detriment of forward motion.

It does not do to go with what has been laid out in front of you just because it is what someone else wants for you, or tells you. It does not do to follow people blindly and not read between the lines. It does not do to let your decisions be made for you without your consent or consideration.

You have to care. You have to work. You have to try. You have to do for yourself. You are responsible. You are accountable for everything you do and everything you do not do.

The way your life is, the way the world is, and the way it works is a direct reflection of you and your choices. Each of us is a part of this world and we what do and don’t do, what we tolerate and do not tolerate creates the life that we live.

It is our duty, firstly to ourselves and then to those around us, to show up. We need to show up for ourselves and show up for others. It is time that we take our lives in to our own hands. Demand more of yourself. Push yourself further. Test yourself and your boundaries. Be willing to get to know yourself, your worth, and what you’re capable of. And encourage others to do the same.

We create our realities. Let us do so with love, care, kindness, goodness, respect, and consideration for all. When we realize our own worth and potential, and live it, we make life better. Do it. Fight for yourself. Fight for others.

Do not be complacent. Decide. Make your own choices. Do for yourself and do for others. This is your time and your chance to make the most of all you’ve been given.

Soul Journey

A personal note.

The personal journey is a messy roller coaster that is ever changing. Its hard and it’s crazy, and it can be overwhelming. At the same time, that is also what makes the growth so worth it. That feeling of knowing what you came through, what you survived, and what you overcame to get where you are. That is a beautiful feeling. I’m trying to remember that.

Growth is a gift and so is everything that comes with it. I enjoy the highs and am so grateful for the beauty that is Life in all its infinite, wondrous glory. I am just as grateful for the lows. They aren’t fun while you’re there but they really do so much for us in helping to make this life what it is. That sense of fulfillment through self-care and self-love is truly indescribable. And even more potent when you realize that it was you who made it through. You had help from great guides, teachers, and influences along the way, but it was you who did the work and came out victorious.

I’m going through a phase of self-discovery and the Universe is testing me to see what I’m  really made of. Boy do I have some work to do. But all I can think right now is to be grateful. When you see life that way it really does help and make whatever situation you’re in better. Being in a constant state of gratefulness brings forth the concrete strength that lies within you. You have to work at it and it is a huge trail, but it is vital not to give in.

It is also imperative to make sure, especially this day in time when there is so much out there to absorb, to have positive, kind, goodhearted, humble guides, teachers, and inspirations to look up to and learn from. They are key to your journey. We are in full control of what we give attention to and the energy that we absorb through social media (a great perk!). Use that wisely. You don’t have to absorb bad energy and negativity. It’s always going to be there but you NEVER have to give power to it.

Stay focused on you and your journey. Do everything you can to stay within yourself and not get caught up with things that stifle, and hinder you. Feel what you feel, let whatever comes come, and let go of whatever needs to be released. We all have the innate senses to know what we need and don’t need. Be smart and work smart, not hard. Grind but do not wear yourself out. And whenever you find yourself out of alignment, acknowledge it and come back to your core.

The Source lies within you. Your Source is in your core, it is your core. Remember. Come back to your core, your center. There you will find all you need. In your core lies all the answers. In your core lies your connection to all, to everything within and outside of you. That connection is Life. That is who and what you truly are. You are the Sun, the Moon, the Stars. You are a Milky Way, a Galaxy, the Universe. Your body is temporary but You are Infinite. You everything, everywhere, and everlasting.  Remember. Love. Love yourself, love others, enjoy the journey.

Monday Motivation

“I’ll fight for my future long before I hope for it.” – Madison Stewart

Take your life into your own hands. Do for yourself. Make a way or create a way if you can’t find one. You will never have what you don’t work for. It is work living. But never forget that it’s all worth it. You create the life you want. You are who you decide to be. You go where you choose to go. The power of controlling your path lies within you. Utilize it. While you wait and hope for what you want you’re letting others have control of you. Don’t give it to them. You have to be active in living your life and doing and being as you wish. When it comes to people and the way they treat you, only what you allow will happen. What you accept will determine your reality. Fight for your right to be here and shine. You deserve to be here, use your voice, give your best, be your best, and to have the best.

“Do you. Be You. For You.”

How I Really Feel

Author’s Note: This is a long word vomit. It goes by my thought process so there really isn’t any type of flow. But yeah. Enjoy!

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I do not wish to be remembered. I want the way I live my life to be remembered and continued. A life full of love and happiness. My “life is my message”.

I want to make people feel good about themselves and I want the people that I surround myself with to do the same for me. Life has so many incredible facets. Some good, some bad. It can be so sickening to think about all the bad things in the world. Hell is not a place beneath our feet, but it is all around us in the evil that exists. The great thing, despite that fact, is that Heaven is here too. All around us. The Earth is part of Heaven, I mean just look out of your window at all the magnificence around you, wherever you are in the world. Beauty surrounds us. Heaven is a baby’s smile, a toddler’s laugh, in that older couple walking hand in hand toward the end of the street, in my sister and I laughing and being goofy together, in my parents sharing a loving kiss on a daily basis going their separate ways to work, in the kindness of a stranger that suddenly decides to be a blessing to the stranger standing behind them in the grocery store by paying for their few items, in a random person smiling and waving at you from across the street.

The good in this life far outweighs the bad. I think about all the love that people have, for each other, for their passion’s, for the Earth, for animals, ect. It’s all so wonderful and amazingly powerful. Life is just plain beautiful. Beautiful in the fact that we struggle, each and every day, we fail, we fall short, and yet, we endure. We live on. We fight to live another day. We live to fight another day. We fight to try again tomorrow. Yes, in time we may be forgotten, but our lives are not in vain. Whether you know it or not, there is someone that cares about you, about your life, about your happiness. People may not believe that, but I can personally say that it is true. It is true because I care. Everyone deserves a wonderful, happy life full of love and enjoying every beautiful moment. I genuinely want that for every person living. There’s no possible way for me to be able to physically help everyone on the planet that needs it, but if I can let the world know through writing that there is at least one person in the world that does care about them; I want to do what I can so that they know. I want them to know they are loved.

I believe that imperfection is perfection. I believe that because in our being imperfect, it makes us who we are. And we are beautiful in all our individuality. You are who you are. There is no other person like you in the world. You are unique, special, talented, smart, amazing, wonderful, everything a good person can be. If someone can’t see that in you, that’s their problem, not yours.

Life is about Love, Experience, Happiness, and truly Living. Some of us may not be alive that long to be able to truly live and enjoy these things, but that is just one of the many things that is beyond us. I feel that is something we must all realize because whether we accept it or not, it is true. There are things in this life that are beyond us and just not meant for us to understand. We need not understand everything, we just need to live and let live, love and let love, and just be happy.

I hope that we move on from this destructive path that many people are heading down and come together. It is possible and I pray that we can begin to move to a level of oneness that humanity has never known before. I’m not saying every human being will be all happy-go-lucky, gung-ho, everything will be perfect with unicorns pooping rainbows and burping skittles, that will never happen. But I do believe that many of us, if not the majority of us, can unite and stand in harmony, peace, happiness, and love. This can happen. I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime, but I hope it will happen eventually. We can start paving the road to that beautiful place. We can start by beginning to love and respect ourselves, then love and respect others. By harboring good, positive vibes and energy and spreading those things plus love, happiness, kindness, goodness, being loyal, being trustworthy, and being honest, we can get there. Struggle is needed to progress, learn, and become better, so that is always to be expected. We just need to stop taking life so seriously, enjoy what we have, and let go of all this petty crap, negativity, and hate. Life will be better for us now and for the generations to come.