Random dreams, beautiful blooms & entwining them into daily life

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When I was a little girl, I went to visit my grandparents in Poland and one of my grandma’s had a house in the countryside. Past the house, the farm and the stables, she had an amazing, huge wild flower garden. It made a lasting impression on me and I’m sure it’s had a huge impact on my desire to one day have a similar garden of my own.

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I love flowers so much. There’s just something about them. I’m fascinated by them. I have so many possible careers that I would be happy with. Some follow the line and are obvious based on my degree choice or my writing background, but others are more random, like the idea of working in a flower shop. Can you imagine going to work every day, surrounded by one of the world’s most gorgeous and natural creations?

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Either way, if I ever get a job like that or not, I know that one day I will be a gardener of my very own flower garden. For now, I can wish and dream and make do with little pots of plants on my window sill and enjoying other’s gardens.

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Do you have any random dream jobs like this stored away in the back of your mind that you’re reminded of every once in a while? Do you make do by having bits of that dream in your life here and there? I’d love to hear about them!

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I was away for a little while and I came back to these beauties blooming all around. Spring is in full swing here in Switzerland and I wanted to share a little of it with you. If only I could share the beautiful scents with you, too!

P.S. Tulips are one of my absolute favorite flowers! What are yours?
P.P.S. Happy Earth Day :)

Help put an end to the Cove’s dolphin slaughter

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When I first heard about the Cove a few years ago, I could hardly believe it. Dolphins are one of the most loved animals in the world, how are so many of them (around 20,000) getting captured and brutally killed every year?!

For those of you who have been visiting FLC for some time now, you know I don’t support the harm of any animal and oftentimes find myself wondering how we brought our world to this point. Having said that, we can make a difference.

I hear people say that “petitions don’t make a difference”, but having been signing petitions for so many years, I know that that is simply not true. You can take a quick look at my victory tagged posts to see for yourself.

Please join me in signing this petition to President Obama, Vice President Biden and Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States asking them to help stop the slaughter in Taiji, Japan. The main reasons for the Cove are to collect dolphins for the entertainment industry as well as for the meat industry (often mislabeled and full of toxic mercury).

They need 1,000,000 signatures by April! Please sign and share to help them reach their goal and help finally put an end to this slaughter. It only takes a few seconds, but can make a huge difference. Thank you so much!

(Original image from takepart)

Optimism is the key

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“In my ninety-plus years, I have learned a secret. I have learned that when good men and good women face challenges with optimism, things will always work out! Truly, things always work out! Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

There are times in life that it’s really easy to get discouraged and find yourself in a funk that’s hard to get out of. Lately, I’ve been finding myself in this funk off-and-on quite a bit with a variety of different topics.

With lots of trial and error, mostly throughout the years, I’ve finally come to the same conclusion as the one in this quote.

Optimism is the key! No matter what life presents to you, optimism makes it so much more bearable.

I have a few phrases that help me get through the rough days and one of them is “worry causes reason to worry”. Worrying does nothing good, whatsoever, so why bother with it? Our thoughts are very powerful, why risk the chance of making your worries turn into your reality?

I’ve found that not only does being optimistic lead to good outcomes, but it leads to better outcomes than when I worry or am aloof about something.

Plus, being pessimistic makes people seem so negative so it affects all those around us and brings them down, too. I believe that being optimistic allows you to be more you. Optimism allows you to relax and trust and let go of that fear of what will come.

I’m sharing this with all of you today because I wish I’d realized this a long time ago (although I’m really glad it didn’t take me 90 years!). Life would have been so much easier! Sure, I slip up and let pessimism cloud my thoughts, but then I remember that being pessimistic just adds to all the negativity that is already in this world and which is oftentimes what brings me down in the first place! Why be part of the problem when it just takes a change of mind to be part of the solution?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject! Did you realize that optimism is one of the very important keys to happiness a long time ago? Did you have an epiphany or did you gradually realize? Have you tried being optimistic and not had positive outcomes? Let’s start a discussion in the comments below!

(Image clickable to source Mormon Modern, found at The Look-Up Collection)

Finding gratitude in this new year

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Today I am thankful for… New Years/new beginnings, snow, good food, my comfy bed, my past adventures, the sun, my cats, reading, meditation, etc. These are a few of the entries from my gratitude journal that I started at the beginning of this year (funky drawings included!).

I’ve been wanting to start a gratitude journal for years and I have, but stopped, and started again, but stopped again. Until this year. I decided that since I spend quite a lot of my time on my iPad, especially in the evenings, that maybe it’d be easier, and I’d be more likely to keep a gratitude journal, if I had it on my iPad. So far, so good! I was even able to find an app that allows both writing and drawing. While I wish I could have stuck with my paperback journal, it just wasn’t working for me.

After watching this video from Marie Forleo, I decided to choose one subject per day that I’m grateful for with five things in particular I’m grateful for about that one subject. This way, I really take time to think about what I’m grateful for and it boosts my mood.

I can’t say with 100% confidence that it’s thanks to my gratitude journal, but so far… 2015 has been really good to me. My main goal this year is to allow myself to be happy. I say allow, because I feel that I (i.e. my thoughts) often get in the way of my happiness and I don’t want that to prevent me from optimal happiness for the rest of my life, so I’m trying to break the cycle now.

Either way, whether my gratitude journal is helping me in the long run or not, the fact that I go to bed a little happier each day, is totally worth it!

Let me know!: Do you keep a gratitude journal? Do you express your gratitude in other ways? Do you think it helps or would help with your overall happiness? Did you make any resolutions this year? If so, what are they?

Snowfalls lead to magical forests and beautiful walks

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For the last week, I’ve been blessed with a winter wonderland and what seemed like non-stop snow falls for days! Now if you don’t know this already, let me tell you… I looooove snow! It makes me feel like a little kid from the moment I see my first snowflake in the very first snow fall. When I was younger, I’d open my window and just watch the snow fall until my fingertips got too cold to keep the window open. I’d make full use of snow days by building snowmen and igloos, admiring snowflakes’ intricate designs and I’d even pretend I was a wolf in the snow (did anyone else do this?). I haven’t had a proper snow like this for years so I made sure to be out in it as much as possible this time around… I don’t know when I’ll get another snowy season like this again, gotta make the most of it! I took long forest walks, admiring every twist and turn and the absolute beauty the snow bestowed onto the canopies and sprinkled down onto the ground below. I felt like Lucy in Narnia! There’s just something so magical about snow.
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I hope your 2015 has started off wonderfully and that it will be full of so much love, peace & joy!