Affirmation, Gratitude and Paying Attention

Here is Vlog #56 that goes with today’s Blog may you feel joy, laughter or just a little bit more hopeful.

Today’s Affirmation; I, _________, (insert your name here if you are willing to pay attention) choose to pay attention to what I am doing, when I am doing it. I shall do my best to stay present, focused on the task at hand. It is within my ability to keep my mind on what I am thinking and feeling, so that when I open my mouth to speak, the words reveal my true nature of being compassionate. I pay attention to my emotions, since my emotions are energy, it is my plan to direct my emotional energy with forethought so that my emotions are under my wise counsel. When I pay attention to what I need, my entire being feels acknowledged and whole. I value my needs as if they were the needs of a child and put me first so that I feel paid attention to. I feel loved unconditionally when I listen to and acknowledge my needs. Thank you for meeting your needs today. Thank you for being here with me today. I Love YOU. :~)

an image of a person walking with a dog and the person mind is full to too many thoughts while his friend the dog has no thought or is representing being mindful

I love it when I am mindful!

Today I am grateful for all the wonderful friendships that I have in the 3 dimensional world, as well as the online world, since there are people who I get to connect to easier because of the Facebook Chat that I may not get to connect with other wise and it helps to stay connected to old friends too, for being able to enjoy being alone as for much of my life I was uncomfortable when I was alone, now I totally enjoy my quiet alone time as if it was a raging kegger and for my ability to follow my heart, even if my head thinks my heart is crazy, experience has taught me that my heart is smater, wiser and also started to beat in my chest before I even had a brain. I would love to hear what you are grateful for today? Thank you for being here on earth with me today. Thank you for listening to your wise heart. I Love You. :~)



Affirmation, Gratitude and Improv

Today I am grateful for creating my vlog spontaneously today.  So instead of writing what I am grateful for and the affirmation first I just naturally spoke my words, it felt exciting.

Here is my first impromptu vlog

Thank you for your time.  I Love YOU!  :~)


Affirmation, Gratitude and Sameness

Here is Vlog #41 where I read the words below, may you find joy, laughter and confidence.

Today’s Affirmation; I, Stephanie, (insert your name here if you like) choose to direct my attention to everything I have in common with each person I meet. Every person on this planet is 99.9% the same as me, so all people are truly related to me! My heart swells with energy each time I connect with the heart of another human being. So today I make a conscious effort to connect with the hearts of the people who cross my path, by wearing colourful clothing, smiling, being patient when I am standing in line, witnessing every single human soul I meet today as a small child just wanting to be loved, creates in my heart a compassionate perspective from which to go about my day. How do you create compassion in your heart to share? Thank you for savouring the moments of your life today. I Love YOU.  ❤  :~)

an image with a deep purple background, and white words the an image below the words of a ying/yang symbol and two people connect in mind heart and spirit. The words on the image read Divine Union is a much more sacred dance than we are told. It begins with how we think about each other. The Universe is listening to our every thought. When we first align with divinity through mutual appreciation we allow the Universe in where the mind and ego often close the doors. Appreciation, above all else opens all our channels.

Connecting at the heart with another human is necessary to me to have the fullest human experience possible.

Today I am grateful that my back is on the mend once again, it seems the issue my back is having is related to my menstrual cycle so that is making my life much more interesting and keeping my focus, on keeping up with the self care, of morning exercise as I took two mornings off and my back pain returned, LOL LOL LOL Self Care Rules! For trusting that by paying attention to my body, my emotions, the amount of rest my being is receiving, the choices that fill my grocery cart and the thoughts my mind repeats, that I will be rewarded with continuing good health, just by being present and for acknowledging the successes that have brought me to where I am today, so that more often than not I find my self in a state of appreciation. Thank you for joining me in joy today. Thank you for acknowledging your successes. I Love YOU.

A few photos of the Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair where Robert Cerins and I had a booth last weekend. :~)

an image of a lady standing in a retail vendor booth next to tables with black table cloths, there are three ladies looking at the 7 cases of earrings, each case has about 120 pairs of earrings hand painted and tempting. :~)

Getting to connect to all the people that come into our booth makes my heart soar with delight. :~)


Affirmation, Gratitude and Sauerkraut

Today’s Affirmation; I, Stephanie, (insert your name here if you like) have a responsibility to the energy that created me, to use my energy to be an asset to my family, my community and my world.

I have an opportunity today to be kind. I have the ability to slow myself down so that when I speak my words are compassionate.

It is my responsibility to communicate my needs in ways that make it easy for the people in my life to help me, meet my daily requirements.

The best way I have found to share my needs is to take a deep breath, imagine the person being overjoyed to meet my request with an open heart and then speak my words in a tone of voice that is easy to listen to.

Then it is important to me to be able to meet the needs of the people in my life with an attitude of gratitude of being of useful service.

So when I am asked to meet the needs of my loved one, I repeat a silent mantra of gratitude for being needed. Thank you for being here today with me, as I need you. Thank you for meeting your needs in a compassionate way. I Love YOU.  :~)

Today I am grateful for getting my sauerkraut done yesterday evening, when the sauerkraut was finished there was just one head of fresh cabbage left over after 35 pounds of cabbage was what there was when I started, this time the flavour of the sauerkraut is turmeric, cumin, and coriander with poblano and anaheim mild chili peppers, for starting to write affirmations for people who need them again, to bolster their confidence, help them find their inner joy and lead them to their personal well of unconditional love of life and for my sauerkraut stomper that Robert Cerins and his father Robert made for me to pound the love into the sauerkraut and the water out of the sauerkraut (as you can see in the image below that there is cabbage floating in the juice that the salt and pounding released from the cabbage) my stomper is pictured resting on the water bath ring of the crock in this photo. Thank you for stopping by to see me today. Thank you for appreciating someone today. I Love You. :~)

an image of a sauerkraut crock that is full to the top before the weights are added you can see the poblano peppers in between the cabbage, you can see part of the sauerkraut stomper, which is what the cabbage is pounded with to release the water.

This is the sauerkraut I made Sept. 27th 2016. The piece of wood on the water trough of the crock is made of maple my husband Robert Cerins and his father Bob made it for me. Gratitude Dance!

an image of a sauerkraut crock that is filled up ready to ferment the crock is brown the sauerkraut juice is a bit yellow from the turmeric i added there is cabbage pieces floating on the top on the cabbage juice

The water you see in the image was released from the cabbage itself through the action of salt and pounding the cabbage in the crock.



Affirmation, Gratitude and Connectedness
Today’s Affirmation; I, Stephanie, (insert your name here if you like) develop my self worth by meditating on all I am capable of doing. I focus my mental energy on building me up today. I reassure my heart by refeeling emotions like joy, safety, connectedness and by reliving times I have been useful to the people I love. My ability to believe in me is in my capable hands. I entrust my mental health to me, I practice thinking thoughts that instill in my entire being a sense of mastery. Some of the mantras I say to my heart are; I Think Before I Act Or Speak, Calmness Is The Most Beautiful Jewel of Wisdom, I am safe to speak my truth, I am empowered when I listen to my intuition, I tell my truth to the people I Love, I Love My Life. When I fill my body, Mind and Spirit with encouraging words, phrases, emotions and thoughts I feel competent, when I feel competent I am productive and when I am productive I feel complete. Thank you for connecting with me today. Thank you for speaking kindly to yourself today. I Love You. :~)
an image with a light blue background, there are five hands all in the centre of the image covered in a red heart that is radiating love to all hearts, lines going out from the centre showing the movement of love and the word Connectedness at the top

Feeling the connectedness of my world creates in me a feeling of contentment. :~)

Today I am grateful for getting to make sauerkraut later today, Hooray, once I am done with finishing up creating earrings (there is 68 pairs in the finished pile so far Woo Hoo) my writing and vlogging commitment my appointment with 35 pounds of cabbage shall start, for being able to think before I act or speak, as in a situation the other day when a receptionist asked me if I would put off an appointment for Robert Cerins for dental work, in the past I would have wanted to make her happy and just said yes of course that is ok, but the other day I was thankful that I stood up for Robert Cerins by saying please call Robert and ask him, I felt proud of me, growth is good and for my new hair cut as I am enjoying that my hair does not get stuck in my armpits or strangle me in my sleep and it does not get tangled like my hair did when it was long. Thank you for joining me in joy today. Thank you for standing up for you and your family today. I Love You. :~)

Here is what the sauerkraut will look like when I put the lid on to let the sauerkraut sit for at least 4 weeks maybe 6.

an image of a full crock of sauerkraut, the crock is deep brown and in the centre of the image is two ceramic weights that hold the cabbage down when the process of frementation takes place.

This is what sauerkraut looks like when it is closed up to ferment for 4 to 6 weeks.


Affirmation, Gratitude and King Apples

Today’s Affirmation; I, Stephanie, (insert your name here if you like) take pride in all I do today. Whatever action I am taking today I realize that when I focus on the task at hand, I feel centred. By paying attention to what I am doing today, I am staying present, which is the best gift I can give myself. My mind is calm when I am busy doing a physical job, that leaves my mind available to process the emotions going on in my life at the moment. When I am able to allow myself the time to pay attention to my work and take pride in my duties I feel grounded. When I am assembling earrings or sharing a relaxing session of Reflexology/Reiki I imagine people feeling better, I visualize oxytocin being released in their bodies and I picture them being surrounded by the golden light of unconditional love, so I feel connected to source energy, my clients energy and to my spiritual energy. Thank you for the moments you were with me today. Thank you for taking pride in all you do. I Love YOU.   :~)

an image with a background that looks like a stary night and a young lady Flying through the air with love and adventure in her hands represented by her right hand holding a heart and her left hand holding a cresent moon.

Taking pride in all I do creates in me a feeling of loving lightness. :~)

Today I am grateful for a new hot drink I discovered called Barley Cup it is made of Chicory, Rye and Barley and that is it, no sugar, no caffeine, no weird flavours just a yummy comforting taste of chicory, here is a link to their site, for getting to go to the We are Buzzing at Merridale, Celebrate the Bee event today starting at 4:00 Robert Cerins painted a painting for the event and the money raised tonight goes to help protect the bees of our valley and for getting to buy some King Apples from Halk’s Farm at the Duncan Farmers Market last saturday the apples are just a little sweet, bigger than a mans fist and King apples grow on the farm where I was raised, King apples are winter apples and I love them. Thank you for being here today. Thank you for sharing what your favourite hot drink or type of apple you love. I Love YOU. :~)

an image of a human hand holding a King Apple

King Apples giant, yummy bundles of crunchiness.


Affirmation, Gratitude and Sustainability

Today’s Affirmation; I, Stephanie, (insert your name here if you like) do my best to care for the planet today by eating local organic food from farmers I know, trust and love. I go and pay for bio-diesel at the office of Cowichan Bio-Diesel Coop where I get to see Alannah Klopper then I go to pump the #biodiesel at Cowichan Petroleum Services, it feels great when there is an oil spill and I am burning bio-diesel. My commitment to having a small footprint even reaches into my daily washroom experience where I wash my entire body with a wash cloth covered in Dr. Bronners peppermint soap that leaves my skin all tingly, then I just rinse out the cloth in the bathroom sink, saving about 15 to 25 litres of water a day six days a week then on the day seven I take a bath or shower. I am capable of making choices that benefit myself and the planet at the same time.  Thank you for caring for our planet today. I Love You.  :~)

an image of some drops of bio-diesel in water with an image of a car with a leaf coming from the exhaust pipe and the words believe in a better way Cowichan Bio-Diesel Coop

Buying the fuel for my car from Cowichan Bio-diesel Coop is healthier for me, all bicyclists and the planet too. :~_

Today I am grateful for being able to donate a ponytail, to be made into a wig for children with cancer #hairdonation as yesterday when my friend Susan Murray came over for dinner, she cut my hair off in a ponytail, which helps me with my goal of cheering up the planet, (as some child hopefully will feel happier with a new wig) for getting to clean up the outside of our home today in the continuing progress of readying the house for sale as there is a bit of wood and recycling to tidy and for having a savvy husband Robert Cerins who picked out three new skirts for me (that fit perfectly, I might add LOL) the other day when we went shopping he found me a black velvet #LizClaiborne above the knee skirt, a long royal blue wool skirt made in Canada by #JoideVivre and a long brown skirt that will keep me warm in the winter, all at the local #SalvationArmyThriftStore in Duncan, BC one of my favourite places to shop. Thank you for the time you were with me today. Thank you for letting me know your favourite Thrift Store. I Love You.  :~)

an image of a 13inch long pony tail with an orange hair elastic and a black background

Thirteen inches of my hair in a ponytail to be made into a wig for children with cancer. :~) #hairdonation

an image of a black velvet Liz Claiborne skirt hanging from a hanger

This was the first skirt Robert Cerins found for me! It will be perfect at the Christmans shows we are doing. :~)

an image of a blue wool skirt made by Joie de Vivre

This is the second skirt Robert found for me it is made of wool and also made in Canada by Joie de Vivre!

an image of a brown skirt hanging from a hanger

This long brown skirt will keep me warm at the fall and winter Duncan Farmers Market. :~)


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