Let’s say you were on a mission to unveil the deepest desires of your heart…where would you start?
I would begin with some reflection to get to know my own heart.. Still reflection and also reflection in action. And also by making time to learn the word of God as I reach inside of myself is also mandatory. Why? Why is it mandatory you ask?
It is mandatory to read the word of God because one of the biggest weapons the enemy has is ignorance… He does not want us to know how powerful we are. Reading takes away ignorance and creates understanding!
In the past, before I began developing spiritual awareness and a relationship with God and accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as my savior.. I didn’t have much faith in what was inside my heart…. I have found so many reasons to enjoy knowing the Lord in my life and the regular miracles he performs and the light he brings to my dreams is a wonderful benefit he has given me in exchange for me giving him a chance. Pretty unfair trade if you ask me… He gives me so much….
So let’s say through this process I am able to identify some of the desires within my soul.. I can envision future happy times with my own family, I can picture great career success, I see myself walking down the ocean shore with my love… I see great things ahead for myself.. And I believe that it’s all there for a reason and that things will appear during the correct time and season.
Seasons come and seasons go and all the while I can choose to be happy for no reason and I think… I think… From one season to another, one thing that’s important to do is to better our earthly circumstances along the way by practicing healthy and honest habits.
How can someone expect the Lord to bless them when they are not even in action towards their goals? Wake up each day and show up. Find somewhere to show up and give 100% effort. Even if it is not the truest desire of your heart at this moment, you have to make the most of the opportunities you are given to expect to be able to succeed with more responsibility. Plus, being in a humbling position is a wonderful time to fine tune your habits that will allow you to sustain your success when you do get increased dominion.
You feel me?
Along the way,
Stay patient and pray.
Stick up for your beliefs.
Faith shall pave your way.
Stay honest and true
Good things are ahead for you.
As I prepare for an upcoming flight, I begin to pack and wonder how much I will need to take with me. One of the things I find cumbersome about a trip is having to pack more than one bag. One for my clothes, one for my personal items, and one for carry-on items I may take. The airlines have done their part to help me limit what I can take by charging me for anything beyond my two carry-ons. Once I get to the airport, I have to stand in line and check in my bags, as I fumble for my license, my ticket, and my wallet as I pull my luggage behind me. All in all, this extra effort of packing and organization does cause extra stress on a person when they plan for a trip. My love of travel is sometimes exhausted by the extra steps I have to do – and I am grateful I don’t travel on a daily basis.
I then begin to think about the same stress one may experience by carrying emotional baggage. It is bad enough we have to struggle with extra bags on a flight, let alone struggle with some form of baggage on a daily basis. Are you carrying around a bunch of excess mental baggage which you don’t really need to carry? To truly enjoy your life, you need to travel as lightly as you possibly can in order to make better distance (journey in life). Mental baggage will slow you down and prevent you from reaching your goals just the same as a heavy physical load. By baggage, I mean hurt feelings, anger, jealousy, worry, etc. Carrying these things in your heart will do absolutely nothing to change your situation even if you were put in the situation by unfair treatment. Worry, will not help you. Worry won’t change the bad situation which is exactly the thing that you need to do. The time that you spend worrying is time which would be better spent on applying a solution to your problem. The test of a real winner is the way that he or she responds to adversity. How do you respond? Do you allow the situation to overwhelm you and take away your effectiveness, or do you regroup and rebound? Complications and negative emotions only cloud the mind and impair good judgment. You need to keep your mind free in order to be ready to deal with the problems and issues that you face. Too many mental issues prevent you from focusing on the tasks at hand at the precise time that they need your undivided attention. You can sometimes afford to step back when things are going well but the time immediately following a catastrophe is the time that you need to be at your best. Why deny yourself of clear thinking by holding on to something you cannot fix or change? Why do we sometimes live inside our mental reality and very little in the reality of the present moment? Because we cannot let go of the past or the moments that hurt us. In order to move forward and open our lives to the possibility of new beginnings, we need to detach from the past and stop allowing it to influence your experience of the present moment. The mental baggage offers nothing of value, but only takes you away from experiencing the beautiful being that you are.
Your life is a gift from God. This journey of life that we have been given does not need to be stressful or full of worry. We should embrace each day with a positive and focused mind and a readiness to make a difference for the better.
Do your best to start eliminating the baggage that is weighing the beauty of you down. Lighten your load and enjoy your life. The world awaits the BEST of YOU.
Just a few days left in 2012. I hope this year has been one of growth in faith, love and knowledge for you. Did you break out of your comfort zone and find a new branch of creativity? Did you endure a commitment of betterment? If not, 2013 may be your year. Many choose the New Year as the time to turn over a new leaf. Smokers pledge to kick the foul habit. Some decide to change to a new and improved lifestyle. Habitual spendthrifts decide to mend their ways. And most of us, who eat unhealthy food, make it a point to eat healthier. The New Year symbolizes the birth of hope, and the renewal of life. While it is quite worthy to improve your life in ways that are positive, consider making changes in how you interact with others, especially the younger generation. Your positive impression will help to shape the future. Children yearn to learn from us.
If children live with….
Criticism, they learn to condemn.
Hostility, they learn to fight.
Ridicule, they learn to be shy.
Shame, they learn to feel guilty.
Tolerance, they learn to be patient.
Encouragement, they learn confidence.
Praise, they learn to appreciate.
Fairness, they learn justice.
Security, they learn to have faith.
Approval, they learn to like themselves.
Acceptance and Friendship, they learn to find LOVE in the world.
Let 2013 be the year of making a difference in the heart of our future….
God Bless you Always.
So I think I’ve tested God enough times and I know that he is there for me. I think I have learned enough in the past few years that it’s time. It’s just time to believe that I am meant to do what I feel I am meant to do.
Could I be a better case of taking my own advice? Well now I am. I’m giving myself the gift that I have been sharing with so many others on this journey back to me. ”Listen to your heart!” “Follow Your Dreams!” ”Be Yourself!” Okay. Thank you Shannon, I am. Ha
A lot of you may have noticed a lot of online activity recently related to fashion and my clothing line! Exciting isn’t it!! I’ve been fortunate to have really amazing interactions around my fashion and art that has given me the experience of feeling PURPOSE. When I purchased my sewing machine in 2006, I became interested in garment design and production and have involved myself in the industry ever since that time. Learning more and more as time passed. I have also been growing as an artist and a woman. When I first began I LOVED LOVED LOVED the connection between using my hands to create the beautiful things I could visualize in my mind. Anyone who can relate.. You know how amazing of a feeling that is, it makes me believe in miracles.
I have been given the opportunity to begin again, If you ever get this opportunity I suggest you embrace it– because not everyone gets this chance to be renewed.
So perhaps you have seen what I’ve been doing recently and wondered to yourself “Hmm what is Shannon up to now?” Well- let me take a few minutes to share. I’ll make a bullet list to keep it laser. Hmmm Laser.
- Planning a fashion and art show with book signing and music in Downtown Colorado Springs late February, Early March
- Designing a new collection for the show and creating online order forms for customers to place orders
- Custom garment projects for clients along the way.
- Purchasing more equipment to include more embellishment options!
- Giving myself another chance.
- Uploading tons of images to Pinterest of my artwork and my fashion to share with the world my talents! http://pinterest.com/captainshannon/
- Updating this site to be clear on the garment production services I am offering to my clients!
I’ll be real with you- I’ve been afraid to give this passion another chance until about a month ago. I used to have so many excuses and run into challenges that I couldn’t get past and it was very frustrating. I’ve had to take some time to get over that.. and when I wrote my book I hung up a story that had gotten in my way so many times… and it’s on the shelf now hahaha (it feels SO good… ) It’s hard to describe just how good it feels to have an open heart
I know we wake up in the morning and we do the BEST we can in that moment. We say, I’m going to give it my all today! and then sometimes things get in the way and we just don’t have the conscious awareness as to why. I have spent the last 3 years cleaning out cob webs and bringing resolution to the past.. and I can see clearly now what I am to do. I have an opportunity to make a dream come true and when that happens for you, just believe. Just keep moving forward and give it everything you have. It may not be perfect, the way I’m doing it now.. but I’ve held back and I haven’t shared and I’ve kept to myself because of FEAR… and now I’ve stepped into faith and I’m making tremendous strides forward! Seriously!
So pray with me One day at a time, everything is going to be just fine. And your garment design projects, call up my request line
Thank you xxoo
Getting everything organized and ready to coat the canvas with Gesso
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It is a fact of life that everyone longs for love, and nearly every one grows up imagining the ideal mate – a true individual who stands out amongst the crowd – someone we cannot live without and who feels the same about us. When this person doesn’t show up in our plan, we may begin to put doubt in our minds that love is real and it can be found. And even though the thirst for true love is deep rooted in our hearts, we may fail to believe that it exists, we lack the confidence that we deserve it, and the means by which we can find it regardless of the past.
Some will say – “You need to love yourself first before you can love anyone else.” I tend to agree with this, but I also believe if we want to experience the true intimacy we desire, we need to be taught to love aspects of ourselves–again and again–by the people around us. Through real models of love. In as much as we want to control our own destiny, the humbling truth is that sometimes the only way to learn self-love is by being loved-precisely in the places where we feel most unsure and most tender. When that happens, we feel freedom and relief-and permission to love in a deeper way. No amount of positive self-talk can replicate this experience. It is a gift of understanding, not of resolution.
Of the people you know, who sees and appreciates your true self? Who isn’t too afraid of your passion and zest for life, or too envious of your gifts? Who has the generosity of spirit to encourage you toward greater self-expression and growth? If you know of someone like this – consider them gold. Practice leaning on them more, and giving more back to them. They are, quite simply, the true way to learning and accepting love. They are what I call relationships of inspiration, and we usually need to build these relationships into in our non-romantic lives before we find them in our romantic partners.
Our search for love is a journey toward intimacy, and we shape that journey by the roads we choose. In your quest for love, the best–sometimes the only way to experience it is to find it through our most vulnerable self. But don’t lose yourself along the way by pretending to be someone you are not. Just BE YOURSELF. For only the true self can be creative and only the true self can feel REAL LOVE.
Have you ever had a dream where you find yourself running away from someone or something, and you can’t find a safe enough place to hide? Yet, if you were awake and coherent, you would be able to list at least a thousand places you could hide in easily.
Have you ever told yourself that when you come into big money, you will buy this and that…and that and this, but when you DO come into the money, you spend on it on everything EXCEPT the thing you really wanted or needed?
And ….How many times have given solid relationship, legal, business, rational, or work advice to someone, only to find yourself totally clueless and lost when found in the SAME situation at a later time?
As I perceive it – it is all an issue of perspective. Sometimes when we feel under pressure, stressed, or emotionally wound-up with so many other things, we fail to look at the bigger picture. We become prisoners of our own minds to the extent that we fail in situations that we should have conquered. It is natural to lose yourself in a moment, but never allow any moment to control you to the point it blinds you of your perspective. We should strive to view all aspects of our life with a view from above. With the enhanced view of all the angles, you have a competitive advantage and more power to handle any situation with ease.
This also relates to how we see others and ourselves. If you have a problem with anybody, get in their shoes and look through their eyes, THEN look at the situation through the eyes of God (your inner conscience). If you forget where you are or where you are going, go up high in the sky and look down at yourself as if you were God. Your map will then become clear to you. Only when you look at yourself from an outward or upward view…will YOU also become clearer to YOU.
Recently I was sharing conversation with my family at the breakfast table. We were recalling tales of when we were young. Someone brought up the time I misplaced my ratty, bedraggled stuffed dog I called Peaches. I was 6 at the time. The closer it got to bedtime, the more nervous I got. Peaches and I had slept together every night for the past 3 years. Although I was sad, somehow I managed to get some sleep. We found Peaches a few days later in the hamper. I was so happy, I cried. I remember telling my Dad that I wasn’t afraid to sleep without Peaches. It was just that I slept better when she was with me. Who was I kidding?… Oh the fear, discomfort, unease…of not having Peaches by my side. I think we all have had our share of thinking that we need these small tokens of comfort to keep us safe. As an adult, I might have a small anchor that keeps me grounded – a thought, a prayer, a memory, a rosary in my pocket. My hope for myself , though, is that these small anchors are always pointing me towards the One who really saves, who really protects me from what can really, truly and deeply harm me. No matter what my arms cling to in the dark, my soul always clings more tightly to God. I trust and give all my fears to him.
If I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you. No but seriously, did I ask for it? Did I just share something important to me and you just launched into telling me what you think about it? Hmm maybe you could get yourself off your mind for a minute? If you really care about me- you can show me by asking me about my WHY.
As I become more and more focused- I am experiencing new realizations all the while. One of the more recent has been awakening to the phenomenon of being at the receiving end of totally unsolicited advice! What a poopfight!
It’s like two monkeys throwing their “I’m right” and their “me, me, me’s” back and forth at one another for no reason whatsoever. To me it feels like uneffective communication, it feels selfish, it makes me doubt what I am doing in a relationship with a person who is pushing their opinion and experience on me with out asking anything regarding what I have just shared.
It’s giving me a new perspective on relationships that do work, because I am noticing that it seems to be going one of three ways.
- I share something important to me and within a short time, I’m completely in the position of listening and probing someone else for more answers about whatever it is they have chosen to turn the conversation into. – I am not even thinking about this because there is a somewhat even exchange and great flow to my interactions with someone. – I am sharing something important to me and someone decides to throw up their stupid opinions all over what I have chosen to share with them.
You know in the last few years I realized that I couldn’t please everyone, couldn’t be liked by everyone, couldn’t be friends with everyone… I’m okay with that. As I point my compass in a very specific direction, things on the auxilliary and periphery become so much more clear. Focus leads to clarity from what I have learned.
I’ve reached a place where I understand how to be of service to others through actually caring abut them and asking them questions. It’s not scripted, it’s from the heart and it’s beautiful. Everyday that goes by I am being blessed with more courage and discernment to bring my efforts into alignment and flick off the people who have been holding on for less than admirable reasons.
I am an honest, vulnerable, certain and focused woman. I believe that friendship is about encouraging one another and growing together!