L.I.F.E.

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L.I.F.E. Living – Inviting – Feeling – Engaging.

While the new year approaches it brings a time of reflection, looking back on the past year remembering the roller coaster ride of life. Some of you may see the wonderful aspects of the year and others will see where they have fallen short. Did you fulfill your resolutions last year or did they peter off within the second week? Sometimes the most positive people feel like they have failed. Failed their friends, their family or even themselves.

Today as I spoke to a wonderful friend this hit me and I wanted to share with all of you.

Life isn’t if we succeed or fail, Life is way more than that.

Life = Living – Inviting – Feeling – Engaging — Living our life to the fullest, Inviting others to join us, Feel each and ever emotion, Engaging in our spiritual self —  Our life is full of energy, love, and light. We may trip, stumble and even fall flat on our face but that is all part of living,  learning and growing.

Failing is when we believe that we are are not worthy; feeling as if we are not worthy of learning and growing — Not worthy of the love we are given by all – Not worthy to try..That is when we fail, when we give up or not even try at all.

WE are strong WE are WORTHY of all that comes our way good and bad because we are human and we will have obstacles. When we come to this obstacle we can crawl under it, we can leap over with both feet off the ground,  or we can climb over one leg at a time. Failure is when we don’t give the opportunity a chance, we give up before we even get it a try. Life gives us opportunities to learn and grow. We are worthy of doing so.

WE are God’s Children HE is always WORTHY and HE is in each and everyone of us so give into LIFE. Enjoy your opportunities and never think of yourself as a failure.

 

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On the way to a Christmas Program I was in awe by the beautiful sky, the blue clouds that lined the deep blue sky. The mountains breaking through the bare trees was a must see. I truly can’t describe how remarkable it was. All I could do was just take it all in and Thank God for the remarkable view. The Christmas Program was perfect and it reminded me once again how very blessed we all are.

Christmas is not only over commercialized, been changed to meet others needs; the day may have changed, the traditions muffled but in the end there is only ONE true reason why Christmas exists today.

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God gave Mary a child and Jesus was born. Jesus was born, gave us Faith, Hope, Joy and LOVE! He died for our sins and blessed us with more we can ever imagine.

So on December 25th every year I celebrate God’s gift to us all. I celebrate the “Christ”mas Spirit…Not santa clause but the TRUE spirit. The spirit that lives inside each of us. The spirit that gets closed out throughout the year by the hatred, the greediness, the ugliness of the world.

The ironic thing is, if we celebrated “Christ”mas everyday and have acknowledged Jesus as our savior we would always feel the Spirit. For the Spirit never dies, it never goes away..It is always there with unconditional love waiting to be noticed once again.

Without Christ there would be no “Christ”mas so today I Thank God for Jesus! For giving us hope, joy and love to all of us!

May each and everyone of you be blessed today and days after. I pray to all of those who are lost that you will be found by Christ’s light.

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

Hugs, Love and Prayers,
Vicki Manuel​

 

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S.A.D.

Originally posted in 
E Vero Magazine

 Do you suffer from…? 

S.A.D.

You are not alone. S.A.D. is common but can be managed.

I do, but I never knew it even existed until recently. I also never made the correlation until I went back to school and learned how to listen to my body.  I am not the only one that suffers from this and if you are a woman you are more likely to get it than a man would.

I suffer from SAD. Not sadness like an average person goes through, but Seasonal Affective Disorder. The definition from definition.com defines it as this: noun – recurrent winter depression characterized by oversleeping, overeating, and irritability, and relieved by the arrival of spring or by light therapy. Abbreviation:  SAD  Origin: 1980–85
4 – 6 percent of the population has S.A.D.s it is 4 times more common in women than men. The further north you go the greater chances of you suffering from it.
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Do you live in the moment?

Chatting with my niece last night, praising her on how her and her brother truly grab the world by the horns. Everything they do they put their whole heart into it and succeed. This is what she replied back, and I wanted to share with you.

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Next time you are faced with an opportunity are you going to grab it by the horns or are you going to allow fear and doubt get in the way?

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10
7 Go thy way , eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. 8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. 9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do , do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest .

Hugs and Blessings,

Vicki 

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Without change where would you be?

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Good day my friends!

If you are like me, change is difficult. Learning new habits, getting out of our comfort zone, admitting we were wrong, and it takes a lot of work and dedication.  But, I must say my friends when you are growing in a positive, loving and caring way the outcome is so worth it!

Inspirations and Quotes to help you along your way. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Ephesians 4:14-15 (NKJV)
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
― Albert Einstein

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu

“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
― Maya Angelou

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
― Barack Obama

“If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”
― C.S. Lewis

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Dr. Seuss

It only takes one different task a day to get you to your destination. What will you do today differently than you did yesterday?

Hugs and Blessings,

Vicki 

www.vickimanuel.com

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Hopes and Dreams

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Hello my friends! 

What are you hoping for today?
Are you all stressed out, worrying about the small details?

Here are some tips for you. 

~ Focus and pray on the outcome
~ Allow God to guide you the way
~ Hang on to your faith, your beliefs, and bull doze your way through the obstacles
~ No matter what, count your blessings
~ Hold on tight because you are in for a ride! 

When the time is right you will have an amazing destination. When you get there thank the Lord, count your blessings and take the time to breathe it ALL in!

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

May your hopes and dreams become reality. May your day be bright. May you love like you have never loved before. 

Hugs and Blessings,

Vicki 

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Wow! They made the news!

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As I sit here “doctoring” my cold with essential oils creating a “t-shirt tent” (placing oils on neck and chest; pulling t-shirt up over nose, & inhaling) and web surfing I came across this news segment from February! I am so thrilled to see essential oils making the news once again!

Click here to watch the news segment — The mommy health trend of oiling away illness

Plant healing has been around since the beginning of time; it is about time we get back to the “natural” way of healing. We were gifted everything we need here on earth to help us survive; we just need to open our hearts and our eyes to see what is staring directly at us. Modern medicine is great for serious conditions but we have come to accustomed to the “quick” fixes that half way work and could cause more harm than good.

There truly is an oil or oil blend for everything! The oils have defiantly changed my my medicine cabinet and the way I approach my everyday life from PMS, colds, headaches, stress/anxiety, weather blues, weight loss, digestion issues to my everyday cleaning solutions.

Young living oil is being shown here, I prefer to use doTerra Certified Therapeutic Grade Oils.
Spreading the news of alternative ways of loving our body as much as our body loves us.

Hugs and Blessings,

Vicki
If you would like more information please contact me.
http://www.vickimanuel.com/essential-oils.html

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Are we a walking commercial?

Just be the guiding light within you
Just be the guiding light within you.

When did our life become an advertisement board instead of living life to live? Wearing the right clothes, saying the right thing, having the right haircut? Having the right dialect? Exaggerating your talents with smoke and lights?

What happened to just being you, walking and talking from your heart, being a walking example of God’s law without the bells and whistles?

We are not any better than the next, some may have different talents, different missions, and a different purpose; does that make us wrong? NOPE! It just makes us unique, just like we were meant to be! Those with the same passion build a team and work together, become a tribe. But, in the long run we all have the same mission, to do the best we can at that given moment.

So who am I? Just me, a daughter of the King being guided along in His path. Providing my love to all those who enter this path even if it is just giving a smile, a wink, a hug, advice or just a listening ear. I don’t have bells and whistles or smoke and lights; it’s just me, my tribe and God leading the way in His light and glory!

So for all those who are trying to “fit” in or “be” someone you aren’t STOP!!

I leave you with this, it is impossible to “fit” a right-handed glove on the left hand! You are beautiful and bright just the way you are.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”    ― Dr. Seuss,

Hugs and Blessings to you!

Romans 8:28 
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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Today’s Health Tip – Stretching

Have you seen this video? I am in awe of those who can participate in gymnastic type dance; those who can contort their bodies in positions that just don’t seem to be possible with grace and poise. They become so “rubber band” like; but even a rubber band breaks. So how does stretching benefit our health? 

In researching this I found some interesting tidbits:

1.  The Mayo clinic states NOT to stretch cold muscles –  before stretching, warm up with light walking, jogging or biking at low intensity for five to 10 minutes. Or better yet, stretch after you exercise when your muscles are warmed up.

2.  Dr. Oz states to stretch first thing in the morning

There is defiantly some controversy on when you should stretch but they all agree that stretching is important.

Benefits:
increases circulation
improve flexibility
improves range of motion  
increases strength
increases endurance
increases jump height
reduces stress

* remember your heart is a muscle, so when you stretch your body muscles your heart is also getting a stretch. 

So, have you stretched today?

Hugs and Blessings,
Vicki 

If you would like to read more:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/stretching/art-20047931?pg=1

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21489011/ns/health-fitness/t/stretching-may-offer-extended-benefits/#.U6nKb_ldWSo

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/7-deadly-habits-you-need-break-now

 

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Today is YOUR day

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Only you can choose to make a difference; if it is a change in yourself or for others. When you are ready to make the difference your life will automatically start changing. Lead with your heart, be kind to all and bulldoze your way through obstacles that surface. 

As Dr. Seuss said

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!” 

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

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