I have written three parts of “I Believe,” and what I have realized is that each part reflects where I was at that certain point in my life.

From the first “I Believe,” I would like to share with you one of my favorite passeges:
I believe in dreaming big.
Because anything less will not make us become who we are destined to be.

My favorite beliefs from the second More of “I Believe”:
I believe dreaming big is not enough.
And taking action is the way to achieve my dreams.

I believe crying doesn’t solve things, but it helps me get through them.
And it is not as a sign of weakness.

The third More of “I Believe” includes some of my most favorite passeges:
I believe in limiting beliefs.
And that we all have them whether we realize it or not. 

I believe all people come into our lives for a reason.
Knowing what that reason is makes us grow.

….And now the continuation of More of “I Believe”:

I believe in smiling every day for no reason.
And that these every-day smiles will make a difference in the long run.

I believe the past does not define me.
And that the future is for me to write.

I believe in letting some parts of the past go
to make space for new dreams and goals.

I believe that simple things can lead to a great fulfillment.

I believe if I work hard every day and keep a happy attitude,
I will make a difference in the world.

I believe in love that can grow in surprising ways
if I just give it a chance.

I believe love is the most powerful force in the world,
able to conquer any obstacle.

I believe I am still here for a reason,
and it is my responsibility to figure out what that reason is.

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I decided to smile. Not just smile when I hear something funny or feel good. Just simply smile. For no reason. And I discovered that it is not easy to do all the time.

As different thoughts come into my mind and the day’s happenings unfold, I forget to smile and have to consciously decide to do so. I remind myself of a quote by Anne Lamott that “Joy is the best makeup.” With time it has become easier and the feeling of happiness returns more often.

Smile. When I catch myself and decide to smile, this second becomes instantly a happy moment. With each repetition, seconds turn into hours. And each day becomes a happier day.

Amazing how it works. Worries and fears disappear, and a happy feeling takes over. The power of a smile. It won’t fix difficult moments life brings our way, but by creating a positive attitude, it will make dealing with them easier.

So smile right now. For no reason. And let it put you in a happy frame of mind. Pass on your smile around. These are the makings of a happy day. One smile at the time.

You know the feeling when things change, our lives take a turn, and a new chapter begins.

Often it is a scary moment especially when we didn’t plan the change. Most of the time we find excitement in such places in life. We find happiness in moments like falling in love or getting married, and we find sadness at times of illness or losing a loved one.

Each experience changes us. And it changes us for life. We feel like a different person. Ecstatically happy or deeply sad. We know right then that things will never be the same. The experience has impact on everything. The way we feel. The way we think. The way we behave. And the way we look at the world.

This is just a part of  living and growing. What we learn through moments like these shapes our futures. We become stronger, more resilient, perhaps more cautious, or just simply happy about what else is ahead of us.

Where are you now? In the beginning of a new chapter, in the middle, or at the end of one? As another chapter is opening, I wonder with anticipation and excitement what it will bring into in my life.

I believe in following my heart.
Because logic alone will not lead me to full happiness.

I believe timing is everything.
And when I’m ready for something the other person may not be.

I believe that I have to love myself first.
Only then I can give unconditional love to others.

I believe in limiting beliefs.
And that we all have them whether we realize it or not. 

I believe all people come into our lives for a reason.
Knowing what that reason is makes us grow.

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Monikan headshot 2After studying many masters and successful individuals, I have realized that the way to riches – spiritual, personal, professional and financial – is through believing in and living by the principles of unconditional acceptance:

Acceptance that life is infinitely abundant and we will not run out of opportunities. Acceptance that we create who and where we are in our lives. That we have a choice how we respond in any situation. Believing in not blaming others or circumstances for our failures. Knowing that the present moment is the only one that counts. (more…)

How to Arrive at a Happy Fulfilled Place

Dedicated to my late dear friend Jon Kragness who was a strong believer in the principle of limiting beliefs.

When things align perfectly for us, we often use the saying “Being in the right place at the right time”. How do we get to this place?

Many sources state it doesn’t happen accidentally. We prepare for the arrival in different ways, although it may not be a conscious effort. We attract people and happenings into our lives congruent with our thoughts and actions. Yes we have all heard that. Based on the extensive coverage and thousands of writers and speakers advocating this principle for many years, it seems by now most of us should be on the way to enlightenment. But are we? (more…)

Monika Headshot 1I believe life is unpredictable.
And to fully experience it is best to give up control.

I believe in destiny.
And although I prepare the best of plans,
life will take its course.

I believe in happiness.
And often the key to it are detours and back roads.

I believe expectations are the enemy of happiness. (more…)