Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lovers of Life...


"When lovers of life get ready to dance, 
the earth shakes and the sky trembles."

Rumi

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Lilacs and Love Letters...


"You can't always tango through life. 
But you deserve more Lilacs and Love Letters."

Unknown

The Power of Decision...


"Making a decision is only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamt of when he first made the decision."

Paulo Coelho

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Learning...


"There are some things you learn best in calm. And some in storm."

Willa Cather

The Surrender...


"Weaving in and out of lives, I have come to know the letting go 
as the surrender of that war between my roots and wings."

Macrina Weiderkher

Learn To Do the Same...


‘Well, child, you may do whatever you like with your suffering,’ Hanneke said mildly.

‘It belongs to you. But I shall tell you what I do with mine. I grasp it by the small hairs, I cast it to the ground, and I grind it under the heel of my boot. I suggest you learn to do the same.’

Elizabeth Gilbert
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

You are the Messenger...



"If you want the message of love to be heard, 
it must be sent out."

Mother Teresa

A Moment. A Day. A Life.


"One moment can change a day. One day can change a life. 
One life can change the world."

The Buddha

Legendary Women...


"Legendary women are the women 
who have chosen to be themselves."

Angela Gwinner

This is for all the beautiful legendery women out there...

The Mothers. The Daughters. The Sisters. The Lovers.

And for all the beautiful women, learning the courage to become.

That legendery woman.

Much Loves, Angela.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Those Really Good Days...


"And the days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expecations, 
I have really good days."

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Find your Gratitude today...

Those are always the best days.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Go... Dream Big...


"Go. Dream big. 
Dare to ask the universe for what you need to support you."

Lissa Rankin

I dare you, to take the dare...

Much Loves,

Angela.

That Someone is You...


"You are waiting for that magical day when someone makes the connection and recognizes who you really are. Maybe they’ll first catch the sparkle in your eye. Or perhaps they’ll marvel at your insights and the depth of your spirit. Someone who will help you connect the dots, believe in yourself, and make sense of it all. Someone who will understand you, approve of you, and unhesitatingly give you a leg up so that life can pluck your ready, ripened self from the branch of magnificence. Well, I am here to tell you, your wait is over. That someone, is you."

Mike Dooley

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gardens and Women...


"Gardens should be like lovely, well shaped women. All curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves."

H.E. Bates

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To Be So Human...


"I am not in search of sanctity, sacredness, purity. 
These things are found after this life, not in this life. 
But in this life I search to be completely human. 
To feel, to give, to take, to laugh, to get lost, to be found, 
to dance, to love, to lust. To be so human."

C. JoyBell C.

Wine For the Soul...


"Gratitude is the wine for the soul. 
Go on. Be drunk."

Rumi

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Gratitude...


"Gratitude is not just a word. 
Gratitude is a way of life."

Unknown

Adventures and Tea...


"Would you like an adventure now, 
or would you like to have your tea first?"

J. M. Barrie
Peter Pan

Coffee. Garden. Coffee.


"Coffee. Garden. Coffee.
Does a good morning need anything else?"

Unknown

Random Thoughts... Live as if...

Friday.

And I believe I can simply only look back at this week with gratitude. And wonder.

And then more gratitude.

It was a week ago, a Friday night like tonight, and I sat down, poured myself a glass of wine and started writing. For myself.

Yes, that is a daily ritual, but last week, I felt myself in a different sense of writing, a different clarity. There was a different energy in those thoughts I was putting to paper. I can't say I was in a different sense of thinking. Maybe better said, I allowed myself not to think, or to over think. I simply allowed myself to write. Without putting any thought to it.

And maybe it wasn't quite "writing" as I am in this moment. It was more like mapping. Writing out an intinerary or an agenda (how harsh a word...) as though I were on a journey. I know where my starting point is, I know where I want to go. And as a Sagittarius by birthright, I love the journeys and the travels. I also (sometimes) love the little detours and unexpected side roads of those journeys too. And even when it is not what I expected, I am starting to learn more and more to trust, those too, are all for a reason. I'm learning to declare the destination, and start walking towards it, but to let life steer the way. I am simply learning to trust. To trust myself. And to trust life.

But last week in my writing, my mapping, it was all so clear. The start was clear. And the destination was clear. And so everything I wrote in between was very clear as well.

I had a conversation earlier that day with one of my clients... Explaining to her, on a business but also personal level, what I mean when I say, "Live as if... Work as if..."

And those that know me well, also know my conversations when I start on that philosophy of mine. They are best spent over a good cup of coffee, or yes, a glass of wine. But it just might be better if I save that conversation of writing with you, for another day.

However, I know there was an energy and an echo of that conversation with my client, that was still resonating with myself that evening.

The "intinerary" that I wrote was about the portfolio of clients that I am building with one of my projects. About the successes my clients are experiencing, and hence, the personal successes that I can experience through that. I take my work personally. Passionately, and personally. So I feel it right to call a professional success, a personal success as well. It was about who my clients are, and where my clients are. Literally, that itself was not only a mind map and a heart map, but also a worldly map.

I clearly declared my professional and personal passions. And that my clients are found in each of these.

A fashion designer. A jewellery designer. More clients in the world of interiors. A winery or two and then some. And a skin care line. Just to mention a few.

And I even went so far, as to name and declare a few of those that I would like to see as my clients. Those, that I would like to do magic for. And I simply sent out a wish and a prayer, that the perfect others, we'll find our way to each other as well. Those perfect others, that I can do good for, and that are good for me as well. That we both add abundance and goodness and purpose to each other and our intentions.

Well, consciously or subconsciously, I simply carried on living as if... And working as if.

Today, a week later and a glance over my shoulder, the magic didn't wait for me to arrive, magic came to me.

One new client with interiors. And another new client as a jewellery designer. But not just "a" jewellery designer, rather "the" jewellery designer that I had written down. With an exclamation mark.

And needless to say, they found their way to me. I didn't call, I didn't write... I simply lived as if. And I worked as if. I so to symbolically speak, cooked the meal, set the table and cleaned the house as if company was coming.

There was no expectation. But there was also no question. And there was no doubt.

And that's the secret, of the secret's secret.

Cook the meal, set the table and clean the house. Company is coming.

So, here's me in gratitude and in a state of wonder and all the more trust. With all the more gratitude.

It's all unfolding, just as it is meant to unfold.

I simply have to keep walking towards that goal, towards that vision. Not forcefully, but trustingly. And as if it's already there. Because it is already all there.

And for some reason, I just needed and wanted to share that with you. To remind you... Declare it. Speak it. Trust it.

And promise me, live as if.

Much Loves,

Angela.
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A Love Story...


A true story. And a love story.

"You know, love is a great place to spend the rest of your life."

Howard Attebery
These words, were inspired from a true story. A beautiful story.

And you can read that story here...

This is not just about the love we might have once had, or the love we hope to have.

This is about the bravery to love. The dare to love. The purpose to love.

And to be honest, it all starts with our own love story.

For and with ourselves.

I hope this message, this story... I hope it finds its way to whoever needs it most right now.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Femme Fatale...


"Femme Fatale. 
A woman of certain standing, of certain wisdom, and with certain knowledge of the world in which she lives. Femme Fatale is a woman who knows how to turn her life's experiences to her advantage."

Marlene Dietrich

The Fighter in You...


"When life knocks you down, 
calmly get back up, smile and say, 
'You hit like a sissy'."

Unknown

Smiles...

I know there's a fighter in all of us.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Be an Encourager...


"Be an encourager. 
The world has plenty of critics already."

Unknown

Let's do this one together...

More Encouragement. And more Courage.

It could be the start of beautiful wonders!

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Will You Believe?


"The moment you doubt whether you can fly
you cease forever to be able to do it."

J. M. Barrie
Believing is a power. Doubting is a power.

And you always have the choice, of what you give your power to.

Yes, in the words of Peter Pan...

"The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it."


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Kind and Fierce and Brave...


"May my heart be kind, my mind fierce and my spirit brave."

Kate Forsyth

I am Me...


"I am me. I am who I am meant to be. I am my past, my present and who I want to be. I am not anyone, I am all three. I am a work in progress, and a destiny. I am who I choose to be. I am me."

Unknown

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Your Thoughts...


"Nothing binds you except your thoughts. 
Nothing limits you except your fears. 
And nothing controls you except your beliefs."

Marianne Williamson

Let it Come to You...


"Everything comes to us that belongs to us 
if we create the capacity to receive it."

Rabindranath Tagore

I Have Learned...


"I have learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I have learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I have learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you will miss them when they are gone from your life.

I have learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I have learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I have learned that you should not go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands, you need to be able to throw something back.

I have learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I have learned that even when I have pains, I do not have to be one. I have learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

I have learned that I still have a lot to learn."

Maya Angelou
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Think Like a Queen...


"Think like A Queen. A Queen if not afraid to fail. 
Failure is simply a stepping stone to greatness."

Oprah Winfrey

Full of Wonder...


"Look for the little wonders of life today."

Angela Gwinner

Look for the little wonders of life today.

Because that is when you find the magic.

The magic in those little wonders, that we often forget.

And often neglect.

Make it your purpose, to discover things today.

To see them with new eyes, as though for the first time.

Or even as though for the last time.

Things, that have already always been there before you.

And even within you.

Be on a treasure hunt today. Find those wonders. Everywhere.

And in everyone. Yourself included.


And don't forget to smile, and say thank you.

For each and every wonder.

Because that's when it begins.

Wonderful happens when you realise, life is full of wonder.

And more importantly, that you too, are full of wonder.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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A Thought Away...


"Wherever you are, at whatever age, 
you are only a thought away from changing your life."

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Monday, April 7, 2014

Intuition and Consciousness...


"You cannot live by feelings and emotions. 
You have to live by your intuition and consciousness."

Yogi Bhajan

Speak and Listen...


"Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. 
Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you."

Unknown

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Mind and The Heart...


"The mind may tell us what not to do. 
But the heart tells what must be done."

Joseph Joubert

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Let it Be...


Today, let it be.

Gently. Lightly. Beautifully.

Today, let it be.

Simply, let life be.

A response. A wonder. A happiness. A gratitude.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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No More Waiting...


"If we wait until we are ready, 
we will be waiting for the rest of our lives."

Lemony Snicket

The moment we begin, is the moment we are ready.

And when we begin, everything falls into place.


So what are we waiting for?

Begin. Now.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Past. Present. Future.


"The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present. 
And I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."

Audrey Hepburn

Take Time and Make Time...


Weekend Thought...

Take time. Make time.

For you. For life. For a cup of tea. For a nap.

For a walk in the woods. For a bath. With a glass of wine.

For a something on your list, that you've long wanted to do.

Take time. Make time.

For a dear friend. Or for making a work of art.

For writing a love letter. Especially to yourself.


It is time.

To make time. To take time.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

When God Created Mothers...

For all the Moms and Mums and Mothers...

I remember reading this, when I was a child.

“When God Created Mothers"

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?" She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands.... no way."

It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded.

"One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word."

"God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow...."

"I can't", said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick... can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger... and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower."

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed.

"But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure."

"Can it think?"

"Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

"There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model."

It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."

"What's it for?"

"It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride."

You are a genius, " said the angel.

Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there.”

Erma Bombeck
When God Created Mothers

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Dreams are Illustrations...


"Dreams are illustrations... 
From the book your soul is writing about you."

Marsha Norman

Don't Forget Your Dream...


"Don't forget your vision. Don't forget your dream."

Angela Gwinner

Walk towards it. Feel into it.

Keep it looking in that direction. As if to say, "I'm on my way.

And I'll be there in a bit."

Walk towards it. One small step. And another.

And with each step you take, your vision, your dream...

Will take a step towards you.


It's not about the chase.

A chase is always fear and fret. Hunt and prey.

It's about falling in love with each other.

That's how you create a relationship with your vision, your dream.

So that your vision, your dream, can fall in love with you.

Falling in love. And walking towards each other.

"Don't forget your vision. Don't forget your dream."

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Discovering and Creating...


"The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek therefore, not to find out who you are, but seek to determine who you want to be."

Neale Donald Walsch

Words I agree with. And that is why I am sharing them here.

But also words, I disagree with.

I believe that it is a dance of both discovering and creating.

Sometimes it is the discovery, that inspires the creation.

And sometimes it is the creating, that unveils the discovery.

But I also believe, it always a choice.

We have a choice of discovering, of learning.

We have a choice of creating, and determining...

Who we are. And who we want to be.

And maybe that is the deepest secret of life.

Awakening the to fact, that we always have a choice.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Someday...


We all have a "someday" list.

And one day, there is no more "someday".

Today, is the perfect day to turn "someday" into just that.

Today.

I'm daring you to make a checklist of your "somedays".

And start living them, one by one.

What are you waiting for?


Much Loves, Angela.

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Dare to Change Something...






Dare to change something today.

Whether it's drinking a tea, instead of a morning coffee.

Whether it's taken a different en route on your way to work.

Or maybe daring to wear that dress, you haven't yet dared to wear.

Or simply daring yourself to do just that. Dare yourself.


There is something liberating in change.

It enhances our courage.

And it all starts. with just that smallest change.

That one thing, we often take forgranted. Or underestimate.

That little change, that we often think won't make a difference.


Well, let me tell you. It does.

You might not see that difference today. And maybe not tomorrow.

Maybe you'll never know the difference it made.

But it does. It does. It does.

It does all makes a difference.

And in a small and gentle way, you are changing a world.

Your world. Our world.

It all begins with change. That small personal dare.

Dare to change something today.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Believe in Yourself...


"Believe in yourself and all that you are. 
Know that there is something inside you 
that is greater than any obstacle."

Christian D. Larson

Kindness...


Word of the Day... Kindness.

"Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear 
and the blind can see."

Mark Twain

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Live Your Dance...


"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane 
by those who could not hear the music."

Friedrich Nietzsche

The Question of the Day...


"The great question that has never been answered, 
and which I have not yet been able to answer is, 
'What does a woman want?' "

Sigmund Freud

Smile of the day... Question of the day...

Does anyone have an answer?
 
Much Loves, 
 
Angela
 
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Our Desires...


"Our desires are our possibilities."

Robert Browning

PS. I like to think they are our purpose too.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

For the Ladies...


"You are The Dutchess of everything today. 
You have every reason to strut. Do just that."

Maya Angelou

For all the Ladies out there, today.

Go on. Strut. You have every reason.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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The First Day...


"Today is the first day of the rest of your life."

Unknown

Welcome to today.

Today, this day... It is a once in a lifetime day.

Let's live it, beautifully, gratefully, passionately, awake and aware.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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