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HOW TO SOOTHE YOUR SAVAGE BEAST or 5 SONGS TO LIFT YOU UP...

(Photo courtesy darknessclosesin.ning.com) What do you do to soothe yourself, or that part of yourself, that can get riled up and stressed out? For me, it's music. Music is the one thing that can instantly transform my mood from blah to yah, from mad to glad and from sad to "woo hoo" (yeah, that one didn't rhyme) in a matter of mere seconds.  We all have music genres that speak to us and for some of us, many genres...one for every mood. When I'm down or feeling scattered, I love positive and uplifting songs so I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you: I have a number of playlists that I keep on my cell phone and I carry a set of small headphones at all times...this way no matter where I am (grocery shopping, walking, quick excursions to the beach, etc.) I have my music to keep my mood centered and positive.  If music doesn't do it for you, find that thing that does and go to it often, be it writing (another of my f

WHAT PRICE ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY?...

(c) Kimberly's Insanity - Horsefall Beach, Oregon What price are you willing to pay to keep fear alive in your life? You may think this an odd question to ask, but at some point people actually decide to keep fear in their lives as it enters and the negativity that goes along with it, all the while knowing that doing so will cost them so much. So I ask you, what are you giving up? What price are you willing to pay? While surfing YouTube the other day I came across one of my all-time favorite songs written by Amanda McBroom entitled...The Rose.  As Bette Midler caressed my soul with her beautiful rendition, I became lost in thought and focused intently on the lyrics...maybe for the first time. The more I listened the more I realized that this is a song about fear and what you lose if you let it take over your life...you lose life, you lose happiness, you lose love. These are the verses that, when I heard them, made me sit up and pay attention to their written word:

THE KEY TO FRIENDSHIP IS AN UNDERSTANDING OF YOURSELF...

(c) Kimberly's Insanity Did you ever take stock of your life and realize just how many true and authentic friends you actually have?  The old adage goes that if you’re lucky, you can count your true friends on one hand, but that you will have many acquaintances et al, who will enter and leave your life quickly and sometimes without rhyme or reason.  I used to wonder what the purpose was of those people who enter our lives for just a short time and then came to realize that they are lessons.  Each person that has entered my life, whether the outcome was good or bad, has taught me a valuable lesson and been an intricate  part of advancing my life on its true course.  I used to get angry when I let certain people in who in turn, I felt, would use me in some manner, but then again, I was the one who let them use me so the “oops” was really on me, not on them. Each time though, I learned something about myself, about life, about feelings, emotions and value.   Each time I’ve

THE LOVE OF A CHILD...

Quite recently things have happened in my life which have left me a little melancholy and deeply missing someone who is deep in my heart. Something I try to do when I am missing someone is to count the positive and beautiful blessings in my life and the greatest blessing I have ever known is my son.  This is my ode to anyone who has ever been blessed enough to have or have had the unconditional love of a child: T o love a child is a selfless act. It sparks the moment we conceive, and lasts to the very edge of the moment we transition into death.  A word that best describes our relationship with our children? Empathy. I choose this word as it is the only one I can think of in the wide world of vocabulary that accurately depicts what I have felt since my son's inception: Empathy: * I cried when he was born and the doctor poked and prodded him; * I felt the pain during his first shot; * I cried at night when neither one of us could figure out what was wrong and why

COME FROM A PLACE OF LOVE...

(c)Kimberly's Insanity 2016 You know the childrens' movies where the fairy godmother helps someone go from rags to riches, unhappy to happy, pauper to princess? I can't tell you the number of times growing up that I wished I had one, but alas it was not my fate...lol. I have however, recently gained the guidance of one...sort of (although more likely it's an angel). Lately, whenever I encounter a situation that could  go in a negative direction, the moment just before I react I hear this voice in my head (atypical of insanity, I know, and I haven't ruled that completely out as yet...hahaha), and it says, "Come from a place of love." The voice is female, soft, gentle and comforting. It started about a month ago and at first, it seemed really odd, but now I welcome hearing it, even long for it sometimes. It stops me in my tracks and makes me re-think the way I am about to react. It has saved me from going straight to anger, from making rash decis

LOVE HER, LOVE HER, LOVE HER...

There is an amazing quote from Great Expectations that goes:  " Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you,  love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears  your  heart to pieces—and as it gets older and  stronger, it will tear deeper—love her, love her, love her!"  That speaks volumes to me.  Being a woman means being a person of a myriad of complex layers. It means thinking introspectively and constantly. It means just when you think you understand yourself, you have to figure out which layer it is that you understand and move on to the next one from there. Being with  a woman means knowing that you will never fully understand her...so don't try...that she is so worth having that you should not wonder who she is, but just be grateful that she is with you and shares herself with you, so just...love her, love her, love her.   Now, that is not to say that men don't have many layers as well because as humans we have that in common, but let's

A NEW POEM...THE HUMAN RACE...

(This is a page that I created in my art journal) THE HUMAN RACE (c)Kimberly's Insanity -02/2016 Get out of bed, see your face, Primp and prep for the human race; Apply the makeup to you your eyes, Work and stress until you die; Skip your breakfast, rush and hurry, They feed you fear, they feed you worry; Force a smile, choke down lunch, Play their games, take their punch; Sit in traffic, cuss and fret, Make your money, drown in debt; You're feeling like you just can't win, Yet do it all again and again. This poem is dedicated to everyone who knows in their heart that there are other ways to live and that anything we want in life is possible if we want it, know it, and live it. Define your dreams and they are but yours. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and please, if you like what you've read, leave a comment. If you have a blog or website of your own I would love to visit it. After your comment, make s

STEPS TO TAKE TO HACK LIFE...

  Just what is a life-hack you may ask. A life-hack is an easy way to either do or get around doing, everyday tasks that make life just a little bit easier. I have compiled a link-list to make your life a little easier in finding them. Some of these are really ingenious. I tried a lot of them yesterday and I really loved the one on how to replace missing keyboard feet with binder clips…I never would have thought to be that clever.  I hope you enjoy: 1.  100 Life Hacks That Make Life Easier 2.  10 Simple Hacks to Fall Asleep in 30 Seconds, Backed by Science 3.  1000 Life Hacks 4.  25 More Life Hacks For Easy Solutions to Annoying Problems 5.  Life Hacks List on Pinterest Thank you so much for visiting my blog and please, if you like what you've read, leave a comment. If you have a blog or website of your own I would love to visit it. After your comment, make sure to post your link and I will stop by and leave a comment as well. Please respect the copyright/t

I WANT A DO-OVER, DO-OVER, DO-OVER, DO-OVER...

How completely awesome would it be if we could do in life what we can do in games? When we play board games or card games with people who allow it, we can make a move, regret it and be granted a "do-over." Aside from games however, there are very few areas in life that allow this to happen. I started thinking about this concept a few weeks ago when a friend of mine said she wanted a do-over for something that happened in her life for which she didn't fully like the outcome, and I liked the concept. I began thinking about all the things in my life that, had I wanted them to turn out my way and not the way it was intended, I could have had a do-over. For instance, the obvious one would be my choice in the numbers that I picked when playing the billion-dollar lottery a couple of weeks ago. Now that I know what the numbers are, I could have a do-over and pick the winning numbers. Another one might be the way I behaved and the things I said during an evening I spent wit

EAT SOME FEAR FOR BREAKFAST...3 WAYS TO BEGIN TO GET FEAR OUT OF YOUR LIFE.

(c)2016 Kimberly's Insanity What's this, you might ask out of sheer curiosity, eat fear for breakfast? Hmm, sounds interesting, if not odd.  The more I encounter the concept of fear in others, as well as myself from time to time, the more I want to start a campaign to get people educated in the different types of fear, why we have it and how to get it out of our lives. Getting rid of fear altogether would not be wise as there are different kinds of fear.  The first is what I call "rational" fear.  This is the kind of fear that comes from our gut and can make the hair on the backs of our necks stand up. This fear is for our own protection. It stops us from doing things that may cause us harm and keeps us from entering situations that could cause irreparable harm down the line. It is what alerts our fight or flight  mechanism and keeps us safe. This was fear's purpose in the beginning. Then there is the kind of fear that I call "irrational" fear.

DO YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU?

Have you or anyone you know, ever had the misfortune to utter the phrase, "If only I had told them I loved them." The older I get the more I realize the value of telling the people closest to me that I love them, at least once a day, if not once every other day, or I may never get the chance again. I often send texts and/or emails out to everyone in my life that I love and I make sure they know I love them (of course I tell those close by, in person). Why wouldn't you? It's such an easy thing to do, takes very little time to accomplish and the benefits are priceless.  To your closest friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, children, children's children, and the rest (yes, that was a Gilligan's Island reference...lol), say, "I love you,"...three short words that mean so much to everyone involved. Also, don't be afraid to say it back to someone who says it to you. Sometimes people say it because they need to hear it and it's not only k

START YOUR DAY WITH GRATITUDE...

One of the things I love best about being a life coach is that in my research to help other people, I always end up helping myself as well. I am so grateful for all of the lessons I am learning on this wonderful journey we all take as we live our lives.  Sort of a win/win situation and that is just one of the millions of reasons I have for being grateful for who I am and what I have in my life.   The Dalai Lama states that everyday you should wake up and say, “Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” I love this. I usually say thank you all day long as I receive blessings, miracles and love in my life, but I love this ide