Trust

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If you follow my Facebook or Twitter page, you’ll probably have noticed that I tend to post a lot of inspiring and positive articles, images and quotes. Just like the intention of this blog, I post them as much as a reminder to others as to myself.

My last post asked you how you deal with stress and all that life hands us. There are many things one can do to create a balance, but the truth is, I already know the main solution… and that is to trust the process; trust that the Universe knows what it’s doing, because it does.

This is easier said than done. We’re taught from a young age that we must have control and power over everything in our lives, but the moment we lose the tiniest bit of control, it feels like the end of the world. But we never had that control in the first place. There are times that life seems to flow and everything works out one thing right after another, but society has taught us to always want more and never be completely satisfied. So we worry and we doubt. We resist change rather than accepting and working with it. We tell the Universe (or God/your belief) “I got this!” and try and take control which only throws a curveball into what is already so nicely laid out for us.

My theory is that “worry causes reason to worry”. The more we worry, the bigger of a build-up we get of things we have to worry about. I’ve been writing this post off-and-on for a few days now, feeling a bit like a hypocrite. One moment I trust, but if I don’t get an immediate response that things are working out how I want them to, I get anxious and worry. But even if I need that reminder that things will be okay and to just enjoy the moment and trust the Universe; even if it’s a constant cycle from worry to calm and content, at least it’s a cycle and I’m getting somewhere.

The next time you’re worrying, take a deep breath and trust the process.

(Original image from workisnotajob.’s blog page, print can be found here)

When life feels like too much to handle, how do you deal?

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I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa

Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and stressed. I feel as though I have to cram too much into my days, like stuffing an already overflowing suitcase. This usually happens to me around assignment deadline time, but this time everything is piling up. I try to meditate twice a day to keep my sanity, but even my meditation sessions seem tense. With university assignments, finding a placement, dissertation; work; family; friends here and far away; my long distance relationship; Four Leaf Clover; staying healthy; sleep; etc… I just don’t seem to be handling it very well at the moment. I wish I could blog at least once a week because it is so fulfilling and allows me to feel in my element, but other “priorities” make it near impossible.

When there is so much stress raining down, it’s harder to keep things in perspective and easier to let those negative thoughts seep in. I’ve had trouble balancing and managing my time for as long as I can remember and university has made that even worse. You always give me great advice, so I’d love to know: how do you do it? How do you create balance in your life and prevent all the negativity from pouring in and clouding your days?

Gorgeous blooms: a flower timelapse

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Flowers are absolutely amazing. They are one of the most beautiful things in the world and one of the best gifts from the Earth to us. I am in awe every time I watch this video, I can almost smell the flowers as they open up. I’m so glad I caught Photojojo’s tweet about it on my feed. The video was created by photographer Katka Pruskova by taking over 7,100 photographs in over 730 hours! It contains a range of flowers including amaryllis, lilies, zygocactus, roses, gladiolus, tulips, and gardenias which are all Katka’s or her mother’s flowers. Anyone who knows me knows that I love flowers. I could sit and watch flowers bloom (preferably in a sped up process like this) for hours!

(Original images taken from Katka Pruskova’s Vimeo Flowers Timelapse video)

TinyBuddha: daily inspiration & encouragement

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I’ve come a long way since I started my blog over two years ago. Something that came into my life around the time of Four Leaf Clover that has helped immensely on my journey is Tiny Buddha. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon Tiny Buddha, but I’ve been going back ever since and it’s become one of my favorite sites. I try to read every post and find that just about each one resonates with me in some way. It often times feels as though particular articles were written just for me.

Tiny Buddha is a range of articles on different life subjects written by all kinds of people in different situations, each one with a lesson that was learned and worth sharing. I’ve noticed that days or weeks that I don’t find the time to read Tiny Buddha don’t have that extra bit of positivity for me. It’s hard to keep a cheery disposition 24/7, but Tiny Buddha makes it a bit easier. I’ve since shared it with many people and have gotten a variety of responses from enthusiastic to nonchalant. Everyone is different, not everyone is ready to accept certain changes into their lives, and the writing style from an article may not click with the reader. Either way, I felt it was time that I share this wealth of knowledge with you.

A few of my favorite posts include this one here, here, and here. You can also find Tiny Buddha on Facebook and Twitter. I often times share my favorite posts on the Four Leaf Clover pages.

(Original logo from Tiny Buddha webpage)

Release Morgan back into the wild


On the 23rd of June 2010, a young orca named Morgan was found swimming near the Netherlands with deteriorating health. The Dolfinarium Harderwijk got a permit to bring Morgan to a healthy state and release her, but unfortunately she was never released and is currently still held in captivity.

I stumbled upon Morgan’s sad story on the Huffington Post in an article titled “Free Morgan: The Ocean Wants Her Orca Back” and I couldn’t stay silent, I knew I had to share this on FLC, Twitter and Facebook.

This coming 1st of November, a court hearing will be held for Morgan to be released from the smallest captivity tank in the world and into rehabilitation so that she may swim freely once again. Please help this young orca have the possibility of living in freedom by clicking here and sharing Morgan’s story. Thank you!

(Original images from the Free Morgan Foundation website and Facebook page)

It’s been a long time coming since I’ve seen your face


It’s been months and I don’t even know where to begin. Thank you to all of those who stuck around and welcome to all newcomers. So much has happened in my life since I last posted and I hope to share most of it with you. My summer is coming to an end and with it came the enticement I needed to start updating Four Leaf Clover once again. I never left, but in the last few days, I could no longer ignore the enthusiasm and joy I felt when I thought about writing on here.

For months I’ve been wanting to share numerous songs, but I felt like I couldn’t just post a song after having not written for so long. I don’t know whose rules I was following, but I’ve decided to throw them out the window. So here I am with an uplifting and very-fitting-for-the-occasion song from Colorado band OneRepublic. You may remember them from their famous song Apologize.

This song does more than simply have you dancing in your seat. OneRepublic is giving portions of the profit from the Feel Again single to Save The Children’s Every Beat Matters campaign. The song was actually made using the heartbeats of children!

What do you say? Does Feel Again make you smile and sing along? What song always lifts your spirits? And how cool is this music video?!

(Original images from OneRepublic.net and OneRepublic’s Facebook page)

Think about it.


It seems that, no matter how many times we hear/read messages like this, they don’t stick. So here’s another reminder presented in a very clever way. There is not much to add to this post beyond wishing you good luck with absorbing this message and reflecting it through every day life.

(Original image found at StevePavlina.com)

Ban the tiger trade in China


Thanks to a retweet I saw the other day, a petition from Tiger Time was brought to my attention and now I share it with you. Please sign this petition to help put an end to the tiger trade in China. I’ve written about the devastation that tigers suffer multiple times here on FLC and it’s about time these majestic creatures start to flourish in the wild once again. Please share and sign, thank you!

(Original image from Tiger Time)

Let us fight


Wow! This video has popped up a few times on my Facebook newsfeed and I finally watched it today. I’ve somehow never watched The Great Dictator, which is the movie that this speech is from and was written by actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin. Take what you will from it. I found it motivational and thought-provoking. The reminder to show love keeps showing itself everywhere.

New year, new you: love now


I hope your new year has started off marvelously! Mine has really been something special and each day brings something new and exciting. Living in the moment makes such a huge positive difference, I wish I’d know this was the way to live from the start of my life. But no worries, I know now and am reaping the benefits. If anything, this is the biggest progress I’ve seen in myself since starting FLC over a year ago.

This year, for me (and hopefully for you, too… if it’s not already), will be the year of love. I recently read that we should approach everyone and everything with love and wondered why I hadn’t been doing this already. It reminded me of my respect post, but specifically with people.

Everyone deserves love and should be shown love. Love others, love yourself, love your life, love the world. Sooner than you know it, you’ll realize that the world has been shining its love on you all along, maybe you just haven’t been open to it.

How has your 2012 been so far? Do you live in the moment? Have you been for a long time? Do you know what the heck I’m talking about? Ha!