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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Where am I now? What have I learned?

I have great people in my life, and I am very thankful for them being here. Greatful for every moment we have shared and will share together, no matter how long.

Some people just come and go. Some come back. And some I know will stay forever. I have learned what great friends are and how to be one. It is so worth living another day, and having the time with the loved ones to share each other’s happiness and sorrows.

Either in memory or in life, everyone has changed me in some way, whether they and I realized it at the time.

And now I’m sill looking forward to each precious moment with everyone who will share my life with me, creating more memories and hopes for the future.

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.

I smile listening to my thoughts, realizing I am happy. I have stopped searching and awaiting the perfect moment to start living. I just am.

I decided that being and doing the best I can every day is enough to be happy. Yes, I can be better and do more, but that doesn’t stop me anymore from enjoying who I am now. And this all started with listening to my thoughts. Thoughts of dissatisfaction and disappointment that I have not accomplished more. That I don’t have my own perfect family. That I don’t have more money. That I don’t have my own successful company.  These thoughts diminished many happy moments I experienced and anything that I did accomplish. How sad.

All through my life experiences, introspective thinking, getting in touch with my feelings, meditating, listening to motivational programs, and setting goals, I missed finding the way to fulfillment. It has been a long journey to arrive at the happy place. Between struggles to achieve my goals and fears of not being able to reach them, I have found peace.

I have learned to be aware of the vast internal life. Each thought is a sound inside, creating happy or sad feelings. These are the sounds of life. I choose the happy sounds.

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…)

Monika in PinkHow I Feel About Love

If it was my last breath,
I would want to feel yours on my face.

If this was my last minute,
I would want to taste your kiss.

If I had five minutes,
I would want your body wrapped around mine.

Given an hour, day or years,
I would repeat my life with you.

Breath at the time, I want to feel you in all of mine.

I found peace in one breath at the time.
I found happiness between each one.

That’s all there truly is.
Breath after breath and how I feel in between. (more…)