Possible New Series & Updates

28 Jun

I truly believe that its not where you look for inspiration and life lessons it is all about how you look at things. I say this because for years I’ve always found little bits of advice and inspiration from movies and even the occasional TV show. (Jillian Michael’s new show being #1 on that list.) And as I watched a movie last night I thought ‘what an awesome idea for a series!’ So I’m going to start developing a series on inspirational movies/TV shows, like I have been with songs and pictures and the like. Not just inspiration of course, because I believe it is okay to take advice from a movie too. Are movies 100% real and realistic? No. Definitely not, however they can help you a lot if you let them! If you have any movies you’d like me to do than please let me know in the comments or on twitter if you like.

Update: I’m working on doing MissMikele as its own domain name and probably a new theme and logo?! Possibly?! But I definitely want to start with my own domain and some updates with the look and feel here. And I will be adding ads of some kind. However I really will try my hardest not to have them be tacky or misrepresent MissMikele and my mission in anyway. I will not advertise scams or anything else of that kind. I still have yet to figure all of the ad details out yet, but I’m sure I’ll play around with that a lot in the future anyway.

Thanks everyone! Have a great week!

GodBless,
MissMikele

Inspirational Pictures for your Weekend!

25 Jun

So I am a huge fan of beautiful photography, typography, etc you name it! So I have a large collection of great pictures and websites to find them. So to start your weekend off right I’m going to share some goodies with you!

Have a great weekend guys! Remember to be full of faith, hope and love!

God Bless,
MissMikele!

Risk

23 Jun

Great love and great achievements involve great risk. -Nepalese saying

Risk and fear of failure is something that I personally deal with everyday. But then again everyone deals with it everyday in some way or another. We all get out of bed, we all use cars or some form of transportation that could be dangerous. We all use stairs, what if we slipped and fell? So what…we do these things anyway. Because the risk is nothing compared to the reward. And for most of us the reward is basic life. But then when it comes to things like pursing our dreams, we chicken out! Why is this?

Ask yourself:
Am I playing it safe? What leaps of faith have I taken recently? Is sitting on the couch and flipping the channels doing anything for me? What is one thing I could do today to move an inch closer to my wildest dreams? Am I scared of failure and/or success? Why is that?

I know that for me, I am scared of success and failure. I don’t want to let people down but I also don’t want people to talk about me, I don’t like being the center of attention (good OR bad.) If you’re living life under the radar are you really living? Are you doing anything to really help anyone? You are definitely not helping yourself! Risk is hard, trust me I know. We’ve all been through it. But when it all is said and done and you’re at the end of your life looking back, you’ll find out that not taking risks was actually much more of a risk! If you don’t pursue your dreams think of all the people you could have impacted but didn’t because you were too scared to take that risk! I believe that is riskier than taking a leap of faith.

Don’t let that be you. Live with love, take those leaps of faith! Risk, grow, dream, learn, LOVE! It is worth it! Everything will work out, I pinky promise! :)

God Bless,
MissMikele!

What I love about summer!

21 Jun

It is finally summer! (Technically speaking anyway.) Here is my list of wonderful things about summer, and things I’m very grateful for. Make your own list and see what you can come up with!

-Beach!
-Swimming
-Watermelon
-Fresh veggies from my garden
-Finding and creating the best wildflower bouquets!
-The sun sets at 9pm! I love having more daylight!
-Reading in the sunshine
-Late night conversations over a fire and marshmallows
-Riding with the music turned up and the moon-roof open
-Stargazing (especially since no one has school the next day!)
-Working (yes I said that!)
-Road trips and visiting friends from all over
-Dresses all the time!
-No shoes! Or at least flip flops
-Little to no makeup…love it!
-Sports, hiking, bike rides…just being active and outside!
-Boating, tubing, fishing, anything on a body of water!
-Grilling
-Fruit
-Ice Cream
-More time to spend with family and friends
-Time to focus on what I love!

What are your favorite things to do during the summer? What is your favorite things about summer?

Always remember: Be grateful for what you have! And look for the beauty in every moment!

God Bless!
MissMikele

Fun Friday: Inspirational Songs

18 Jun

Sometimes I’m just in a weird mood. There isn’t much that can get me out of it either. But about 99.9% of the time singing inspirational and fun songs at the top of my lungs (especially in my car with the windows down and moon-roof open) usually makes me feel so much better.

1. Blessed- Martina McBride

Side note: Pretty much anything by Martina is amazing and has a great story/message behind it. So if you’re not familiar with her music you should check out her other songs!


2. You Are Loved- Josh Groban


3. The Worlds Greatest- R. Kelly

Something about this song just makes me want to put it on repeat and sing!

4. Haven’t Met You Yet- Michael Buble
This song is just amazing! The video is adorable and it inspires you not to give up on true love!

5. Unwritten- Natasha Bedingfield

6. We Live- Superchick
This song just makes you think in so many different ways. It makes you grateful for everything.

Have a good weekend!

God Bless!
MissMikele

How to Have a Lovely Day

16 Jun

I found this picture online months ago and it really struck a chord with me! It is truly inspirational and lovely. Help others and you will help yourself in return. Be positive and smile, love life and it will love you back! Don’t let today be “just one of those days” grab it and make it wonderful no matter what! Make up lovely fairy tales in your head if you must. Always picture the true life you want to live, don’t settle for second best, and then that dream and vision will become a reality if you let it.

Have a Lovely day guys!

God Bless,
MissMikele

Where I’ve been!?!

14 Jun


Sorry darlings! It has been a crazy end of week/weekend around here with work and family stuff. So this was my first ever missed “Fun Friday” post! I’m so sorry! However this Friday I will definitely be back with another one! I’m also thinking about starting some sort of Monday series but I’d love to hear you’re input on exactly what I should write about? Fridays are usually for inspirational links and jazz like that, Wednesdays I try to stick to a longer, organic post, so what should Mondays be about?! Leave my some ideas in the comments!

On another comment response note…I’ve been trying to spend my time more wisely lately, which includes trying to finish up the 4 or 5 books I’m currently reading all at once and finding new inspirational books/authors to read. So I would LOVE to get some suggestions from you all, who’s your favorite author? Both fiction and non-fiction? I am definitely not afraid of the self-help genre or the religious genre so don’t hold back! Oh and I have an insane weakness for American and Irish chick-lit…and classics like Austen. But I really want to hear your favorites so please share! Have a great, blessed week everyone!

God Bless!
MissMikele

Follow Your Passions

9 Jun


This is advice that I dole out to anyone and everyone who will listen! I know in our days of getting a good education, getting a good job, being all safe and secure in a 9-5 and then settling down to a big house and 1.8 kids is what we’re told to do growing up. Or at least most of us are “encouraged” to take that route. I know I always have been, my grandfather even told me when I was in Jr High that I should become a plumber or electrician because that’s where the real security and money is. Umm…yeah sorry Gramps but I’m WAY to girly for that stuff! Yes I can build stuff and I am very handy around the house, however I don’t think I’d trust myself in those areas…too clumsy and I know I’d hate it!

There was once a study done by Yale in the 50s. They kept track of 100 people from the graduating class (probably mostly men, but that’s not the point!) Out of these 100 I believe all but a few became millionaires after 25 or so years. But the funny thing was, I think it was around 90 or so of them didn’t take the traditional route after graduation, they all chose to follow their passions, which for most this meant starting their own businesses. So years later, ALL of the people who followed their passions had become millionaires, yet the ones that took the square route were less lucky. Yes some of them may have become giant CEOs with private jets, but I can guess they probably weren’t as happy at the others!

Why am I bringing this up you ask?! Well I love to make things and be very crafty. So yesterday I picked up 2 books at the Library about crafting businesses, because I was also born to be an entrepreneur so these two blend really nicely for me. In these books they profiled people like Grace from Design*Sponge and Holly from Decor8 as well as countless others who had a knack and passion for creating pretty things, and ran with it. Now both of these women have HUGE sites with thousands of readers, they now have ad revenue coming in, they get to work for themselves and set their own hours and income. They can sell their stuff, some are getting book deals (like Holly who is writing her book from EUROPE!) The thing is, when you follow your passion, you don’t have to have a set out plan, at least nothing really strict and rigid. Because one thing often leads to another, something even bigger and better than you can imagine! If you can believe in yourself and have faith in your talents and passions, magical things can happen!

Look at Kandee Johnson for example, in her ‘Go Get Your Dreams and My Story’ video she tells us all of the things she’d been through. Which is a lot and more than I could imagine! She also inspires you to follow your heart and do what sets your heart on fire and makes you feel alive. This is so true! Go do it!

My one advice for people following their passions: Figure out what you love to do, and what you are naturally at least semi-good at, what makes you feel alive, then go for it. But don’t limit yourself to being just a “clothing designer” or just a “horse trainer”. The thing with following your passions is, you usually end up becoming an entrepreneur in the process, and sometimes being an entrepreneur is a huge part of your dream already (like mine.) So the key is to never ever put yourself in a box. As humans we are always growing, and the best business advice I’ve gotten so far was from Ali Brown “Design your business around who you are.” If you are always growing and changing that means your passions and business will be too! Maybe not in huge ways but in small ways its inevitable. So go with it, grow, change and embrace it. Remember you can only fail if you give up!

Please visit these links, watch Kandee’s videos, go read and learn about other people who have followed their dreams and then go out and DO! Take action. Believe in yourself and the dreams God has given you. When he closes one door, he opens another, and it is often way bigger and more beautiful than the one before it! He will never give you more than you can handle, I promise. If you follow your dreams you will never truly regret it I promise!

God Bless,
MissMikele

Choose to be Happy!

4 Jun

I know this is so hard to do some days. I hate those days when you really just have no motivation, or you’re stressed by money or health problems, or family/friend drama. It is tough, but one thing I’ve learned in the last few years is no matter where you are you need to be happy now. Yes right now!

The reason I’m saying this is because I know that life just sucks sometimes. But no matter how stressed I am about money or family or anything else, if I can’t find at least one small thing to be happy and grateful for right now, then years down the road when I have plenty of money, I’m married and living with the love of my life, I get to travel and do the things I love everyday…I know I still won’t be perfectly happy. Why? Because it isn’t in my mind and thoughts to choose happiness! When we encourage ourselves to find the silver lining of every situation we are unstoppable! If you can be somewhat happy now, think of how happy you’ll be when you have achieved your dreams! But on the other hand if you don’t have a spirit of happiness now, years from now even if you “have it all” you’ll still be depressed and negative, you’ll still be wanting more. You’ll catch yourself saying “Oh I can’t wait until my next vacation.” “I can’t wait until my kids are older and can take care of themselves more.” “I can’t wait until I can retire!” Blah Blah Blah…you get the idea!

Do you really want to be one of those people who are never truly happy no matter what they have? We all know people who just can’t be grateful for what they have, and I don’t know about you but I hate to be around them, it’s just depressing!

So today do yourself and the others around you a favor and choose to be happy no matter what!

God Bless!
MissMikele

A Little Motivation and Inspiration from Jillian Michaels

2 Jun

Losing it with Jillian

So this may not be my usual Wednesday post-this should be a long inspiring or advice article. However I just watched this earlier on Hulu and I can’t stop thinking about it. I actually took out my journal while I was watching it and wrote down the quotes that Jillian and others said and tips I saw during the show. This episode made me laugh and cry, it was truly an eye opener for me. I’m a pretty healthy person, granted I don’t train THIS hard but I am a tad on the health freak side. But my family usually isn’t. This show opened my eyes to how I should push them to be better, not just healthier but better in every area of their lives. One thought I had on my mind the whole time was to tell someone everyday (or better yet tell everyone you love EVERYDAY) “I believe in you-you can do anything you want and I will be here to support you.” I wish someone told me that everyday! Also as Jillian says “Why choose failure when success is an option?” Amen! I am not accepting failure as an option anymore. If it doesn’t work out it wasn’t meant to be, failure is when we give up and choose to bow out.

Lets make this a movement! Don’t choose failure, choose success! It IS possible! You can do anything you set your mind to! And tell someone you love today that they deserve better and they can achieve it! Assure them that you will be there for them every step of the way to support them.

God Bless!
MissMikele

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