5 Delightful Things

Hello wonderful you,

Today’s post is all about feel good articles I found around the web in the last couple of weeks that were a delight to read. I’ve made it a habit to spend a few minutes every day indulging myself in reading articles that fill me with joy. These are those every day little treasures that I love coming across that tickle my senses and inspire me.

And, talking about delightful things, below is a picture of the little piece of branch I found at my front door yesterday morning, a wink from the universe reminding me fall is here. Welcome Fall!

But, before anything, I know that there is someone out there who needs to hear this, a gentle reminder that – you matter, you are important, you are worthy and you deserve to have all that you want, desire and dream of and don’t let anyone tell you or make you feel otherwise.

Here are my 5:

  • If you’re into DIY projects, check this out, an easy to make stunning and unique fall center piece for your home. How beautiful is this and so easy to make, here I don’t do any DIY projects but I love reading about it, I get all inspired 🙂
  • Here’s a great article I enjoyed reading and got a couple of pointers on decluttering from the, be more with less, Courtney Carver “7 Notes to Help you Live with Less”, here
  • Is there anyone out there who does not procrastinate??? This is what you need to know to stop procrastinating, here
  • As the Season Turns, is a wonderfully delightful podcast for welcoming each month, here I just recently came across this podcast and really enjoy listening.
  • And, if you like home decorating, I love The Inspired Room with Melissa Michaels, here

My invitation for you today – take a few moments to read something or, listen to a podcast that makes you feel good, it will enrich your life.

Well, that’s it for today. I hope this blog post serves you and inspires you. If you have any delights you’d like to share, please feel free to do so, in the comment section below, I love comments.

Wishing you a happy, bright and blessed week ahead. Happy Fall.

Masha xo

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Journaling Opened a Way Into Myself

Hello wonderful you,

When I started journaling, I didn’t realize it then but, journaling opened a way into myself.  It gave me the way to go within, to find out about me, what I believe in, what I wanted, who I am. 

The more I sit with my journal the more I’m in love with not just my journal, but the joyful time I’m spending with myself journaling.

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Over time I’ve built a relationship with my journal, and while at times, I may not pick it up every day, I know that I cannot live without it.  It’s my go to place, my sanctuary. There is nothing that I cannot spill onto the page, it doesn’t matter if it’s just three pages of pure jibberish or, deep, childish or amazing, it feels so good to let it out. This is my magical world and I don’t have to pretend to be anyone but who I am. It’s where I can open to my deepest secrets, my deepest pains, the deepest everything within me, bring them to light so I can see beyond the obvious and gain clarity and understanding. It’s where I can record new ideas, find out what I’m thinking, give thanks, write a gratitude letter to my body, embrace change, vent frustrations, connect with my inner knowing…I mean there is so much that journaling offers.

There are many styles of journaling (but that’s for another blog) for me, I found that I love free style writing the most. It’s the greatest way to free myself from thoughts that are cluttering up my mind, gain clarity, understanding, expand my mind and play in my imagination.

Discovering our own self is the magical ingredient in our life. 

I really believe that the greatest purpose we have in this life is to get to know who we are and what our inner gifts are and journaling is the tool that opens the way. 

My invitation for you today – pick up a notebook and a pen and begin.

When you start to know your inner most self, life becomes magical.

Well, that’s it for today. I hope this blog post serves you and inspires you. I’m happy to read your comments.

Wishing you a happy, bright and blessed week ahead.

Masha xo

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Simple Things that Bring Me Joy

Hello beautiful you,

Joy is a choice, no matter what’s going on in your life, you can find a little joy every day and make your life more beautiful.

We live such busy lives that it’s so easy to overlook the simple little everyday things that bring us joy and make us happy. But, the thing is that, this is your life happening right now, in every moment, in the busy in the messy, you’re inside your life. 

Choosing to find happiness in the moments where you exist, makes your journey so much more enriched.

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Here is a list of 25 simple things that make me happy:

Taking photos with my phone.

Walking around my neighborhood.

Trimming my plants outside.

Seeing the flowers bloom on my plants in the summer.

Eating watermelon my favorite fruit.

Getting up in the morning and hearing the birds singing.

Writing in my journal.

Reading a good book.

Watching a Hallmark movie.

Our weekly family zoom time.

Shopping for food, I find such joy in picking out vegetables for my dinner.

Nourishing my body with healthy food.

Fresh linen on my bed.

Feeling the sun on my skin.

Decluttering and giving away what no longer serves me.

Having a clean house.

Walking into a clean kitchen in the morning.

Flowers on my kitchen counter makes me so happy.

Face time with my son, even if he has attitude LOL

Days with no plans.

The smell of cookies baking.

My daily cup of coffee.

Checking off items on my to do list.

The sound of rain.

The smell of fresh cut grass.

What little things bring you joy? Please share in the comments below I’d love to know.

Well, that’s it for today. I hope this blog post serves you and inspires you.

Wishing you a happy, bright and blessed week ahead

Masha xo

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2022

When You Can’t Get Inspired

Hello beautiful you,

When you can’t get inspired maybe you just need a nap

Ever get into a place where nothing inspires you, nothing gets you excited or motivated?  You try but to no avail? It’s like you’re stuck and you can’t find your way out?

I’m in that place now, been here for a little bit, I call it my ‘lull place’. I used to look at it as something that was setting me back, I would feel very anxious because I felt like I was wasting precious time but now, I’ve come to realize that we all experience ‘lull’ it’s a natural part of creativity and growth and you know what? you can’t rush it, it will take its own time and I see it as a blessing. 

While in this ‘lull place’ I’m in the midst of transforming into something greater and that is very exciting. 

I’m not sure what this new something greater is but, I am waiting and letting go of what I feel has finished with me and opening myself up to what’s starting to show up for me and I’m looking forward with curiosity and awe.

In the meantime I think I’ll take a nap 🙂

Well, that’s it for today. I hope you feel inspired. Please let me know if you’re in a lull place how you handle it, I’d love to know.

Wishing you a happy, bright and blessed week ahead

Masha xo

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2022

Celebrate the Little Things, They Matter

Hello beautiful you,

I set a goal for myself to get healthier and to lose weight and I was really excited and all, I knew I could do it, I held onto the, yes I can do it mantra every day but, soon I wasn’t doing it, I lost motivation, inspiration and I lost belief in myself and gave up.

The thing is that, to achieve a goal you have to stay focused on it, and I wasn’t. And also, I forgot the most important thing that I needed to succeed, I forgot to celebrate myself along the way.

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No matter what your goal is, you’re not going to do it in one big giant step. It’s really all the little steps you take every day that gets you – to – there, to – success – and you need to celebrate them.

When you celebrate something you’re making it a positive experience, you’re blessing it. When you’re celebrating the little steps along the way, they become your ‘wins’ and that’s what’s keeping you on course, holding your goal in front of you and you’re staying focused.

I wasn’t recognizing the things I did every day to reach my goal and let me tell you, that’s a big deal because it’s not always easy to do the work. Celebrating keeps me going especially during those days when I feel my efforts are small and mundane and that I’m not making any headway. But, I am, every little thing I do are my daily ‘wins’ they’re powerful and meaningful, they are what’s getting me to success.

What happens when you celebrate the little ‘wins’

You’re acknowledging yourself, you’re encouraging yourself, cheering for yourself, you become more confident and more sure of what you want.  You become empowered and stay motivated, you believe in yourself. By celebrating your daily efforts you’re making your goal visible, and every time you give gratitude you’re blessing the whole journey. Those everyday steps you take towards your goal are powerful actions, they are your ‘wins’ to the finish line.

How to celebrate your little wins

How you celebrate your little ‘wins’ is up to you but, for me, what makes the biggest impact is writing them down.  Seeing my wins written down gives me hope and encouragement, it empowers me and helps me to feel more self-confident – I CAN DO IT. So, every day I list what I did and I thank myself for the effort, even if I did just one little thing, it’s something and I’m celebrating myself for it. And on days when I did nothing, I don’t look at it as a failure and I’m not giving up, I remind myself it’s a process and it’s OK.

My invitation for you today is

Have a goal, commit to it. Create a plan, and celebrate all the little ‘wins’ along the way, they are powerful, they are the stepping stones to achieving your success. Celebrate yourself, feel the joy and inspiration – you can do it!!!

What delighted me

From Decorator’s Voice 15 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer here

Now these are the kind of snacks for dinner I love here

Well, that’s it for today. I hope you feel inspired, feel free to leave a comment, I love comments.

Wishing you a happy, bright and blessed week ahead

Masha xo

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2022

5 Ways to Self-Care Yourself

Hello you,

To make positive changes in your life you have to start with you. Making yourself important enough to take yourself off the back burner and putting yourself in the front, is essential to your growth and wellbeing.

When I first started to intentionally put myself at the top of the list, I was really afraid, I didn’t want anyone to think I was an egomaniac or that I wasn’t a nice person. I also thought it was selfish and that something bad would happen to me. I’ll never forget the first time I said no to my friend when she asked me to go with her to the mall. The second I hung up the phone I wanted to call her back and say yes, even though I really didn’t want to. Slowly I made myself important enough to put myself first, to honor myself, to think of me, and that opened the door to finding myself. Finding out who I am, what I liked, what I wanted, what my dreams were.

Taking great care of yourself should be a part of your every day because you are the one most important to you, yes you can make others important in your life, but, YOU, you are most important and I can tell you this, that when you will start to cherish yourself, you will be amazed at the person you will become.

There are lots of ways to give yourself some self-care, here are just 5 that will make a difference in how you feel.

5 ways to self-care yourself:

  • Show yourself some love
  • Make some space for yourself in the day
  • Give yourself a pep talk
  • Eat what is healthy for you
  • Read something inspiring

Self-care to me means giving myself what I need to blossom and live my best life.  It has helped me to elevate my thoughts about myself, find my true self and deepen my relationship with me.

So, here’s your invitation, live each day with intention and make time for yourself, you’ll be glad you did.

What delighted me

Good advise from Be More with Less, note to self, here

Did you know certain food can have mold in them, worth reading here

9 phrases to repeat to yourself at the end of the week here

Well, that’s it for today. Hope you feel inspired, I’ll see you next time, feel free to leave a comment, I love comments.

Wishing you a happy and bright week ahead.

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2022