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Hi, loyal readers! Can you believe we are halfway through the year! So much has occurred since January that I want to summarize the journey thus far. For me, the beginning of the year was a time when I evaluated what I learned and applied in my life from the previous year. Introspection was necessary to determine the path that I would take for this year. Hopefully, you did the same. If not, it is never too late to do it!

Took time to analyze what was productive and had positive results. Decided what needed to change so there would be a realignment moving forward this year. February was a necessary analysis inventory shift in my time, relationships, and projects. Why is this important? If you don’t, you will be overwhelmed and distraught. There have to be a balance in your life.

It must start and end with rest! I am emphasizing it because of the importance of this topic. The definition of rest in the Webster Dictionary is to cease work or movement to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. The word rest is a verb. A verb describes an action. Is it amazing that you are using action when you rest.

How so? You are allowing yourself to shift to renew and revive your whole being. Rest will replenish your thought process, your emotions, and your body back in gear. It gives you time to enjoy nature, listen to music which sooths the soul, and have the pleasure of sleep. Doesn’t that sound AMAZING? You will certainly spring back a new YOU!

Physical rest is to take moments of napping, sleeping, stretching, and even massages to remove toxins in the body. Sensory rest is to intentionally unplug for external stimulants such as cell phones, Facebook, and background noises for a determined time daily. Mental and emotional rest provides new ideas, new perspectives, and new outlooks when you schedule moments to reflect on what is going on with you. Write your doubts, concerns, and care on paper. You will be transferring it from your mind which will give you time for rest.

Spiritual rest is critical because it permits the ability to connect beyond the physical, emotional, and mental. It will give you a deep sense of belonging, love, acceptance, and purpose. How can you achieve this? Through prayer, meditation of God’s word, moments of reflections, or engaging in community affairs in your plan. Now, I do understand that this will not happen overnight. However, when taken bit by bit, your life will NOT be the Same!!

“In peace (and with a tranquil heart) I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.” Psalms 4:8

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

Hello, my loyal readers. What a whirlwind of a year, to say the least, would you not agree with me? It is the fifth month already and so much has happened. In January, I took the month to do an introspection of what I’ve experienced in 2022. I believe it is necessary to know what has been learned and gained in this journey called Life.

Introspection enables you to better recognize and understand what you’re thinking and feeling. It will promote mental and spiritual health and increase your happiness. Evaluating and analyzing your thoughts and feelings provides you with a baseline of where you are at. Your state of being assist as a compass to where you want to go in your life.

Journaling is one of the forms that has been such a treasure in my life. How? It has allowed me to pour my heart out as well as scream and cry on paper with my words. I even drawn my thoughts so I can vividly see them smile back at me. I have written about occasions that what I have experienced has made me laugh hysterically!

Going on a nature adventure may be something to consider when you want a moment of reflection. As you connect with nature, you forget everything else. This has happened to me when I visited Africa, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Guatemala last year. For the first time, I desired to pay attention to my surroundings carefully and intentionally. I saw the presence of God in all my surroundings. Priceless!

You can see the bigger picture when you go out of your comfort zone. What do I mean by that? By doing and experiencing something that brings you joy, peace, and love, you are enriched beyond measure. Learning a new language, an instrument, or joining a club are a few ideas that can generate a wonderful experience that will enrich your life. Wholeheartedly, go for it!

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and the expanse of heaven is declaring the work of His hands.” Psalms 19:1

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

Hi, loyal readers! It’s been so long since I have written to you and there is so much to tell you! Since coming back from my six week amazing journey to Africa, I have reflected on last year and what will be for this year. I want you to know that you are one-of-a-kind living masterpiece. My heart’s desire is for you to be able to succeed in ALL you put your mind to.

Because YOU are important, remember that when you give of yourself by doing these things for others, you will be change. As you practice these random acts of kindness, your heart, soul, and spirit will be uplifted in an amazing way. What is it that will do this for you, you ask? I will tell you now.

Smile spontaneously! Let others see your authenticity through your smile. Your eyes will light up and your smile will demonstrate how you feel inside. Try it often! Especially with random strangers!

Hug wholeheartedly! Give of your warmth and wonderful emotions of happiness to others. A touch of genuine healing will be given to another person when it comes from the heart.

Give liberally! Not only financially, but your time, energy, and efforts are commodities that impact others in a deep level. You will receive it back in great measure!

Laugh unreservedly! Laughter is the best medicine that calms the soul and feeds the heart with gladness and hope. Let it loose for all to enjoy and participate with you!

Love unconditionally. Life is too short. Don’t let grudges, resentment, or loss be the stumbling block for you to love. Love beyond the pain. Mother Teresa said, “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

You will be reflecting the love of God in you and through you to a world who is hurting and needing tangible expression of hope and care. Together we will make a huge difference!

“Jesus answered, The first and most important one is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is One Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the second: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-30

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

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