The Secret to Having a Great Day

Hello wonderful you, How are you? Hope all is well, and you’re great!!!

Let me share a little something that I’ve been doing for a long time now, that’s made a huge difference in how I feel and in how my days unfold. 

And that’s having a morning ritual/practice that supports me throughout the day. 

I used to wake and immediately turn on the news, check emails, social media…In addition, all that annoyed me and stressed me out the day before and the day before that, I carried over and kept on playing and replaying in my mind over and over again. By the time I got to work, I was wired, stressed, depressed and anxious and that’s how I started my day.

Today I start my day meaningfully, with a ritual/practice that serves my highest good.

Focusing on me first thing in the morning helps me to be more mindful of how I nourish myself throughout the day, paying attention to my body, mind and spirit.  It puts me in a different mindset, one that makes me feel calm, happy, and energized.

My morning routine opens my heart and creates a positive energy flow that continues for the rest of the day.  I’m stepping into the day with intention, purpose and gratitude.

Here’s what I do: 

My #1 rule for my practice is that, I do not allow any thoughts that are harmful to my wellbeing to show up in my mind and no cell phone, social media, emails etc. before my practice.

I give gratitude for the day, I thank my God, thank all of my celestial team and I invite them into my day with me.  I give thanks for my life, thanks for this great amazing day, this grounds and centers me and fills my heart with joy.

I journal three pages, “morning pages” I adopted this practice after reading Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way.  I write whatever comes to my mind, no prompts, just my own thoughts.  This helps to get the gook out of my head, it’s a decluttering of my mind, and now I’m free to think more clearly and creatively.

I say a few affirmations.  I declare that this day is great and that I am healthy, amazing, strong powerful…my affirmations change as I need.

I also give myself a little pep talk, I am capable.  I can do anything.  I am smart.

Then I light a candle and I smudge myself with sage to remove any unwanted energies, and I say a little prayer.

The secret that I found to having a great day is in how I start the day, because the energy I start my day with is how the rest of the day follows. Focusing on me first thing in the morning sets me up to be more mindful of how I nourish myself throughout the day.

Starting the day with the focus on you, on how you feel and what you’re thinking, is how you can honor your wellbeing.

You don’t need to do what I do, I’m offering you my practice as an example to draw from, an invitation to create your own. You’re welcome to use mine or not, but do something, even just a couple of minutes of focusing on your wellbeing will make a difference in how you feel. Give yourself a hug every morning and tell yourself some affirmations that make you feel good. Read a passage from your favorite book. Light a candle…Do something that will benefit and elevate you.

Taking positive steps towards a healthy, happy life is your own responsibility and your choice. 

I invite you and encourage you to start, if you’re not already, start your day with a routine that honors you and is sacred to you. You deserve to care for yourself in the best way possible.

I trust this serves you, oh and BTW I’d love to know how you start your day.

Much love and blessings xoxo

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

Treat Every Day with Awe

Hello wonderful you,

How are you? Hope all is well, and you’re great!!!

I’m taking it easy this weekend, happily chillin LOL. This past week I came across this quote by Maya Angelou, and I love it, it’s so in alignment with how I want to live every day, so I thought I’d share it with you.

My thoughts:

Treat every day with awe, and feel the grace it offers.  Because, every day is new, holding new gifts, new opportunities, new beauty, new mountains to climb. Where we’re invited into the gifts of new surprises, new doors opening, new adventures to be had.

Treat every day with awe because, every minute holds the opportunity to make new choices, of letting go of old thoughts that keep us locked in the same place and don’t serve us, and picking up new thoughts, ones that elevate us, honor us, recognize our beauty and worth.

Treat every day with awe because, every day is here and when it’s gone we cannot bring it back.

And because every new day is our gift.

Leave a comment, I’d love to know your thoughts.

Have an awesome weekend!

Blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

Monday Love Note

Hello wonderful you,

I’m sinking into a moment of gratitude for these flowers, appreciating their beauty and just simply being grateful that they’re gracing my home. 

I felt so bad yesterday when towards the end of the day I remembered that they were still in the back seat of my car from the day before.  I put them in water and gave them some love and attention and within a couple of hours they perked up and look so beautiful in my kitchen, and I’m so happy and grateful.

Imagine what can be if we gave some love and attention to ourselves? 

So, this week my nurturing of myself will be on my thoughts. I’ve decided to pay close attention to my thoughts and allowing only those that uplift me, weeding out those that put me down, say I’m less than, and rub me of my natural worthiness and amazing-ness.

What do you think, will you join me in some self nurturing, celebrating your own amazing-ness? Leave a comment, I love to know.

Have a wonderful week. Blessings.

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

Tips to Make this Week a LIttle Easier for You

Hello, wonderful you. How are you? Hope all is well, and you’re great!!!

I’ve been thinking about how much pressure I’ve been putting on myself these past couple of weeks to be creative, to get things done, to not let time go by unnoticed. To finish reading, to write a blog post, to shop, to prepare, to go to appointments, to post on social media, (and BTW you can follow me here) until it finally dawned on me that I’m totally stressing myself out with gogogo and dododo and not taking time out to just be.

So here’s a thought for you:

Make your life a little easier this week and let go of having to be superwoman, things do not have to be perfect, you don’t have to finish every single project on your list. Prioritize. Cut yourself some slack. Perfectionism is overrated. It’s ok not to know everything. 

Remember you, remember to take out time to nourish and refresh every single day, if something you planned is not working out perfect, that’s ok, maybe it’s not meant to. 

Say ‘no’ to one invitation and instead take that time for you. Relax.  

Take daily breaks to just be quiet, if you’re working give yourself a mental break, go outside and have your lunch alone, eat your lunch in a park, in a restaurant by a window and watch all the people walking by.  If you’re in a safe place, close your eyes for a few minutes and breathe in deep. 

Give yourself a little pampering, get a cuppa, put your feet up you can do the laundry later.  Take a bath, light a candle, infuse the water with essential oil scents that are calming for your senses, like Lavender and Eucalyptus.  Give yourself a social media break and spend that time instead in quiet bliss.

Once or twice, or however many times you want, get take out so you don’t have to cook.

Listen to soft music, dance in your living room, read something uplifting. Fill yourself with positive vibes.  Say some positive uplifting affirmations.  Give yourself a pep talk, you can do it, you’re amazing, you’re strong and powerful. 

Do something every day that makes you happy.

And make things a little easier for yourself.

Let me know what you think, leave a comment, love to know.

Have a great, wonderful week ahead. Blessings.

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

A Little Monday Love

Hello wonderful you,

It’s Monday, it’s a brand new week filled with brand new possibilities waiting for you, and I just wanted to stop by and remind you of the importance of your own self-care.

My self-care is my #1 priority on my to do list.  Here are 7 tips that are part of my self-care that really make a difference in how I feel and how I see myself.

Attending to my self-care is what helps me to cope with challenging times, and helps me to live every day at my best. It feeds my soul.

What do you think? I’d love to know.

Have a wonderful week ahead, blessings.

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

Stress Buster tip that Really Works

Hello wonderful you, hope all is well and you’re great!!!

Today I want to share with you my, go-to, stress buster method.

My number one priority is keeping myself healthy, nourishing my body, mind and soul with love, joy, and living stress free.  This is my responsibility and my commitment to myself, and as hard as I try to live stress free, it creeps in, because life happens, and as you probably know stress is a killer, and it can trigger a host of health problems. 

Over the years I’ve used different ways to manage stress naturally. What I’m sharing with you today, is a simple but a very effective way to relieve stress. It’s been a great stress buster for me, it only takes a few minutes, and really calms my body and mind.

When I feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, annoyed, just having one of those days that can totally stress me out…I breathe in calm and breathe out ahhhhhhhh.

This is what I do:

I stop for a moment, close my eyes and mindfully breathe in as deep as I can, and as I am breathing in, I’m thinking to myself – I  a m  c a l m – I am inhaling calm into me, and as I breathe out, I think to myself – a h h h h h h h – I’m exhaling out of me all the stress, I’m letting it out of me. I’ll do this about three times, sometimes more, and with every deep breath, as I’m breathing I feel my body relaxing, and I feel myself filling up with calm and releasing out of me all the stress and tension and whatever else I’m carrying in me, that is not serving my wellbeing.

Breathe in – I  a m  c a l m – breathe out – a h h h h h h h . . .

You can do this anytime, whenever you need to, as many times as you need. (do this only when in a safe environment, not while driving 🙂 )

You are the powerful creator of your reality, you can mindfully remove stress from yourself, and fill yourself with calm.

Intentional deep breathing to release stress and regain calm, is one way to cultivate and stay in optimum health.

I’d love to hear what you think, what works for you, leave a comment let me know.

Have a wonderful calm weekend.

Love & blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021