Seek Bliss Out - Beth Sawickie

Make a Shift – Boost Your Bliss

Seek Bliss Out - Beth Sawickie

It was late Saturday afternoon and I was BEAT!

I was up early and made it to a 9am yoga class – a major accomplishment for me.  When I realized I was up and functioning and had time to make it there – almost instantly all the negativity/doubt started swirling in my brain. All the reasons why I wouldn’t make it there on time or shouldn’t go popped into my head.  And I was tempted to believe them like I used to do.

I won’t make it – I’m going to rush around and be late.  The dog still has to go out before I leave – that’ll make me late. I haven’t put away laundry so I’m not sure where my clean yoga clothes are.  Oh heck – I’m not even out of bed and there’s all these things stacked against me – I “could” roll over and go back to sleep for a bit… then wake up AFTER yoga class and be pissed at myself.

Then I said to myself – Hey! Wait a minute!  Are all of these negative things absolutely true?  Um… no, they’re not.

So then I made a game out of it and stomped those suckers out!  Swooshing each negative thought off my mental touch screen like silly app pop-ups!

Then I asked myself – What did I need to do so I could leave ASAP?
Let dog out, get dressed, grab water and GO!
So I did, and I got there with enough time to breathe for a few minutes in the car… let my energy mellow out.
Then I headed in… to what was an absolutely fabulous yoga class!

I CHOOSE Bliss!

Next I went and got my eyebrows done.

I didn’t realize just how out of control they were until she brought out the scissors – yep – the SCISSORS!  And she trimmed away like she was giving me a regular ol’ hair cut!  YIKES!

I looked in the mirror after all the pluckin’ and trimmin’ – Another moment of Bliss 🙂

I went home feeling fabulous and ready to dive in to my work for the day.

Work for the day included watching/reading lots of training about how to best communicate my message to others.

And writing – lots! I have a course in the works about moving from Blah to Bliss.  (it’s based on my “Get Back on the Feel Good Train” book which you can get free HERE.)

When I’m in the zone, things just flow – and boy, did they!

Fast forward to later in the day.  My “friend” had come to visit (that time of the month).  For me that usually means feeling exhausted for a day or two.  Just wanting to crawl up on the couch and binge-watch TV shows while I eat anything “bad” in the house (chips, ice cream…etc.).

I had kicked butt with work earlier – exceeded my planned to-do’s 🙂

I was feeling crappy – cramps 🙁  I popped some Aleve, scooped some Ben & Jerry’s out of the pint – I scooped it so I wouldn’t sit there and eat the WHOLE thing at one time.  And, btw, it was the new flavor – “The Tonight Dough”!

And I turned on “How To Get Away With Murder” which I’m behind on.

I got through about 20 minutes (and the scooped ice cream)  and I peak outside – WHOA!  – totally nifty clouds out there!

One of the things that makes me happy is Sunsets – Live Paintings in the Sky I call ’em.  I love watching them and photographing them.

So then, much like yoga this morning, I had the tug-o-war with myself over whether or not I was going to choose to do something that would boost my bliss or stay on the couch with Ben and Jerry.

It was a tough one…but… the TV and ice cream would still be there.  This OOAK (one of a kind) sunset would not.

Besides, I KNEW that being outside and watching the sunset would bring a big smile to my face.

Heck, a stunning sunset is enough for me to forget I have cramps for a while 🙂

So, I decided to Choose Bliss (again!).

Here is a little video I recorded for you that shows the sunset…

Bliss Booster Action Steps

  • Step back, breath and ask yourself if you feel happy with what you are doing/thinking?
  • If not, what can you do – right now – to move yourself towards Bliss? What can you do that would make you feel good right now? Take a moment to breathe in and out slowly, close your eyes, clear your mind and let the answer come to you.
  • Now, say buh-bye to the hum-drum and go Boost Your Bliss!

And go grab your “Blah to Bliss Toolkit” HERE.

Now over to you….

Share with me what YOU are doing to Boost Your Bliss today!

Let me know in the comments below 🙂

 

Sunset Glow 7 by Beth Sawickie

Sunset Stroll – Feb. 23rd – Whitesbog Village

It was COLD! Darn COLD!  Mid-20’s with a wind-chill in the mid-teens.

I was planning on heading out to yoga… then Doug sent me a text “some really interesting cloud formations out there”…

That was it… I was going on a Sunset Stroll in this frigid cold – and takin’ the dog with me!

Here’s a video I made for you of the stroll:

And here are my energy enhanced photos from the stroll:

I work with my original photos to bring through them the awesome energy I felt when viewing the sunset.

While trying hard to keep my little truck on the ice-covered dirt roads, I stopped to capture this frozen bog with the sliver of blue-blue sky just over the pines.

“Cold Winter Frozen Bog” – buy prints, cards and gifts HERE.

Frozen Bog Feb 23 by Beth Sawickie

I had visited Whitesbog the day prior when the temps were around 15 degrees warmer.  It was a sloppy mess!  Not today – everything was again frozen…

Ice on the dirt road by Beth Sawickie

The sun finally peaked out from behind the clouds…

Sunset Glow 3 by Beth Sawickie

 

Then the sun totally burst from the sky – sending it’s golden rays to dance across every surface.

“Golden Hour Sun Star in Winter” – buy prints, cards and gifts HERE.

Sunset Glow 4 by Beth Sawickie

Being out in nature is something that I do often.

It helps me to connect back to myself and the energy that runs through all things.

Enjoying  nature is something that has helped me move from ‘Blah to Bliss’.

What is something simple that you do to help keep yourself feelin’ good? (share with me in the comments below).

Behind me, the sky glowed pink while the bare trees were aglow in the ‘golden hour’ sun.

“Golden Hour Frozen Reflection”buy prints, cards and gifts HERE.

Sunset Glow 5 by Beth Sawickie

As the sun set, the colors it threw into the sky became more vibrant.  This is the color cast in the Eastern sky, reflected in the frozen bog – enhanced by the energy I felt while viewing it.

“Frozen Sunset Reflections”buy prints, cards and gifts HERE.

Sunset Glow 6 - Beth Sawickie

The Grand Finale of this Live Painting in the Sky was this burst of hot pink shooting through the clouds and reflecting on the bogs below.

“Hot Pink Frozen Sunset”buy prints, cards and gifts HERE.

Sunset Glow 7 by Beth Sawickie

The color was slowly fading from the sky.  Soc and I were FREEZING!  Seriously – the tips of my fingers hurt really bad from being so cold.

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We headed back towards the car and I shot one more photo of the road leading out of the bog system.

The color reflected in the icy tire tracks reminds me of the DeLorean in Back to the Future 🙂

“Winter Sunset Road Glow”buy prints, cards and gifts HERE.

Sunset Glow 8 by Beth Sawickie

I slowly made my way through the icy dirt roads and puddles when Doug showed up!

He had made it to the bogs just in time to catch the sunset.

Here is his BEAUTIFUL photo from the night:

Sunset, Feb 23rd by Doug Venner

Be sure and visit Doug’s website: www.DougVenner.com

and give him a “Like” on Facebook:  www.fb.com/dougvennerphotography

Thanks for joining me on this sunset stroll!

You can find more “strolls” HERE.

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Pitcher plant after a rain by Beth Sawickie

Pitcher Plant Bloom After A Rain

It was late may, just after a rain and this Pitcher Plant Bloom looked beautiful sparkling in the emerging sunlight.

Pitcher plant after a rain by Beth Sawickie

Prints, cards and gifts of this photo are available HERE.

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Feather Mandala 1 by Beth Sawickie

Feather Mandala 1

Feather Mandala 1 by Beth Sawickie

Prints, cards and gifts featuring this feathered mandala can be found HERE.

I LOVE feathers!

And I am just thrilled with how this mandala of feathers turned out!

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The inspiration for this mandala came from a photo I took of a Cayuga Duck.

It was a brutally cold winter’s day.  Doug and I just found out about this little pond filled with LOTS of waterfowl.

Of the hundreds of ducks/geese there were a few of these Cayuga Ducks.

I was totally in awe of their colors – and how the light made them just sparkle and glow!

Here he is:

Mallard Mix Duck by Beth Sawickie

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Love is natural mandala by Beth Sawickie

Love is Natural

Love is natural mandala by Beth Sawickie

Love IS natural.

Love is our natural state of being.

Prints and cards of this “Love is Natural” Mandala are available HERE.

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This is the heart-shaped ivy leaf that inspired this mandala. I found growing amid the cold, cold, winter air. A sign of love amid the cold and desolate winter.

Heart shaped ivy leaf by Beth Sawickie