Often times we never know the impact we have had on the lives of others. -tM
Having someone to lean on: exquisitely rare. -tM
Sometimes to experience an expansion of self you have to connect to others. Intimacy and love allow you to become more then what you are by inclusion. -tM
It doesn’t really change does it? However, sometimes our approach does. Always remember that every challenge is an opportunity for growth. Creative thinking and a desire to rise will get you places perhaps even you had never imagined. -tM
There is something easy about summer loving. Its intensity and passion are met with ephemeral ease. Perhaps that should be our approach to love all of the time, moving with it in transience, bending as it bends, paying attention to the seasonal shifts and the moods that follow.
Summertime, when livin’ and lovin’ is easy. -tM
Perhaps that is because we all experience love from our own unique perspectives. Perhaps it is because we are all damaged in different ways.
We should stop trying to make love into what we think it should be, it’s a higher state of grace that hopefully lives in everything that you do. -tM
The communion with nature is so immense that any words used to describe its sanctity fall short.
The other day I took my shoes off and walked through the grass. I needed to feel the soil beneath my concrete treading feet, and in that moment, I felt time dissipate, it was like never, and like always. I need to faithfully nurture that connection to creation; where nothing is waiting. Sometimes when nothing is waiting we find everything. -tM
Love itself isn’t complicated, it is the relationship that we have with ourselves that is. When love comes to town, what is your approach? Do you embrace its flame or do you extinguish its light in the name of self-sabotage? -tM
I unexpectedly saw a friend the other day after many years of distance, and all the while we were catching up, I began to appreciate how even the simplest relationships carry with them countless layers. And just like that I found myself immersed in what once was, what is, and what could have been. -tM
People tell us who they are all of the time. It is up to us to decide whether we listen and acknowledge their truth. -tM
I love that foreign films explore the human condition and psyche indirectly. Any kind of catalyst for introspection is good. Don’t you think? -tM
“Perfectionism is an excuse of being insecure.” -Paul Rudd
I was watching Actors Roundtable a few weeks back when someone quoted Paul Rudd and it made me think about perfectionism in its entirety.
Perfectionism may start out as the above, and it may continue to show its face in such form throughout ones life depending on ones approach. However perfectionism can also be about aesthetics especially in design. It can also mean practice to master an art or subject that one is passionate about.
I guess I realized that in some cases yes, perfectionism has been about hiding my insecurities, yet in other cases it had/has nothing to do with insecurity.
I think it all comes down to this: setting high standards for oneself is totally acceptable, it is what you do with those high standards that opens up the possibility of insecurity that is driven by perfectionism. If you are constantly disappointed and blaming yourself for being less then perfect, well then, I am in total agreement with the statement above.
At the end of the day it all comes down to perspective and approach, but then again, maybe I am not a true bona fide type A perfectionist then.
What are your thoughts on Perfectionism? Do you agree with the statement above? -tM
Simplify your day. Make a conscious effort not to plan too many things, finish one task before you move on to the other, and be in the moment.
Make Nutrition a Priority. Make sure to feed and nourish yourself with good foods for your particular body and its needs. The gut is the fuel for our entire engine and if that is not working properly neither can you.
Sleep Well. Lower your lights and turn off your devices at a certain time every night. Find what works for you in terms of letting go. If there is a ritual you would like to add such as a hot bath, a soothing shower, or perhaps meditation for a sense of closure on your day it is important to do so.
Notice Your Thoughts. The reality is that there will always be stressful situations, however it is within our control to be able to vary our response to such outside factors. We can either add intensity to them or in turn reduce there effects. Remember that the degree of stress is a perception and that everything is temporary.
These are paraphrased suggestions by Dr. Pratima Raichur with a few additional thoughts.
I was drawn to these photo’s because they reveal a face not so hidden by layers of make-up and Photoshop magic. I appreciate the lines and graceful bags under her eyes, the shadows of light and dark.
I think North America is in dire need of a beauty refresh. I don’t know how we got here, but we did, and it is a sad as well as ugly reality. Somehow in this process of liberating ourselves as women we have also allowed ourselves to be confined and even chained to this youthful, perfect face.
There is nothing wrong with looking like you have lived. I find the living face an incredibly beautiful and graceful face.
Perfectionism is a myth, an excuse for being insecure. It’s time to go inward for many reasons, great things always begin from the inside. -tM
Photography: Porter Magazine
Even though we have become a secular society where Sunday’s are no longer “God’s” day of rest, where businesses are forced to remain closed and family time is a requirement (boy do I remember how boring a Sunday could be as a child, quoting Morrissey as an appropriate reference “Everyday is like Sunday, everyday is silent and grey” because that is exactly how it felt, dull, grey, and boring; lazing around all day trying to amuse oneself with play and fascination). Anyway, I digress…
As an adult, I find that I still hold onto those lazy Sunday’s as a way of life, a space for letting go, and connecting to what matters and to those I love. I consciously take it slow on a Sunday. It’s become a way of life. It is a day that I reserve solely for myself and for things that matter to me. It is my day of rest.
How about you, how do you spend your Sunday? -tM
Such important work to be done in each life. It is my personal belief that there is always reason for the toil. -tM
“Thinking of each individual friendship as its own love story can help us evaluate our own needs and behaviour.” -Philip Ellis
It’s always important to take a step back and reflect, no matter what the situation, friendship, or circumstance. -tM