Debi Payne Designs http://www.debipaynedesigns.com Where Positivity Meets Creativity Thu, 28 Mar 2019 14:30:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://media.debipaynedesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/25163508/cropped-site-icon-debi-payne-designs-32x32.png Debi Payne Designs http://www.debipaynedesigns.com 32 32 Studio On The Go… Again! http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/studio-on-the-go-again/ http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/studio-on-the-go-again/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2019 13:57:47 +0000 http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1952 On The Go Again! For those that don’t already know, my husband – Tim – and I live a very unique lifestyle.  Tim is a construction superintendent and he builds apartment …

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"Clever" doodle flower over mixed media background with the hand letter motivational saying "Trust Your Journey" by Debi Payne Designs.

On The Go Again!

For those that don’t already know, my husband – Tim – and I live a very unique lifestyle.  Tim is a construction superintendent and he builds apartment complexes.  In order for him to do that we are required to travel a lot.  By “a lot” I mean “A LOT”!  At one point we actually moved 26 times over a period of 7 years… including furniture.   (It closely resembles military life.)  I have seen my fair share of hotel rooms and short term apartments.  At one point during that seven year span my oldest son said, “What are y’all really doing?  I know you say you’re doing construction, but it looks more like you’re running from the law!”  We all had a good laugh with that one.  And NO, we are NOT running from the law!

We have our home base where all our belongs live.  We also have our ‘away’ home which is where we live when Tim is working on a project.  The kids are grown, so when we are away they man the home base and take care of things there for us.   For our away home we have basic furniture and dishes and things we need to get by.  It is our minimalistic life style.

Debi Payne Designs studio is on the go again!  This is just how we roll.

This is typically how we travel.  We have three trunks and three folding tables.  The tables are for my work space.  Inside the trunks we have (1) for clothes, (2) for kitchen dishes and household supplies and (3) art supplies.  We can do without trunks 1 & 2 (we can get that stuff anywhere), but the #3 trunk is a must-have!

Right now we are in a hotel – my least favorite part of the journey.  Hopefully next week we be in an apartment and things will be a little more settled.  Granted, this isn’t a lifestyle that most people would choose and I will have to admit that sometimes it gets a little old for us too (especially when we are moving 26 times in 7 years).  But all in all we love the adventure.  We have traveled and worked from Nevada to Louisiana and many points in-between.   We have seen places and done things that we never would have seen or done otherwise.  And through it all, I have been able to continue to follow this crazy dream of mine and continue creating art that feeds my soul.

Generally in these types of situations the husband goes and does the job while the wife stays at home.  There is absolutely no way that would work for me and Tim.  Our rule is, we stay  together… no matter what!  Sometimes that is a little uncomfortable, but we do what it takes to make it the best situation possible.  It is a great life that I wouldn’t trade for anything.  I am with the man that I love, doing the work that I have always dreamed of while filling my days with adventure and exploring new things, people and places. Not a bad life at all!

What does your journey look like?  We are all on our own journey through this amazing thing that we call life.  Do you trust your journey and are you making the most of it?  The journey for each of us may look different, but that doesn’t mean that each journey can’t be amazing and fulfilling.  I hope your journey is as amazing for you as mine is for me!

Positive affirmation that reads "Fear is only a feeling, it can't hold me back."  Accented by the doodle flower "Clever" and surrounded by a whimsical black and white border by Debi Payne Designs.

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Debi Payne Designs 2019 Calendars http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/debi-payne-designs-2019-calendars/ http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/debi-payne-designs-2019-calendars/#respond Tue, 01 Jan 2019 17:54:02 +0000 http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1943 Well here it is… 2019!  2018 was a great year and I’m a little sad to see it go away, however, I am super excited to see 2019 and all it …

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Well here it is… 2019!  2018 was a great year and I’m a little sad to see it go away, however, I am super excited to see 2019 and all it has in store and waiting for me!

Every year, I love making calendars.  For me personally I have three calendars that I work from all year long.  First, I have my birthday calendar.  This is a small calendar that I hang on the wall by my computer monitor.  In this calendar I write all the birthdays of family and friends that I need to remember throughout the year.  This is that calendar that I can quickly glance at to just simply see what day it is.

The second calendar that I have is my work calendar.  This is the Mother of all calendars!  It sits in a 8-1/2 x 11 –  2-inch binder and stays open on a part of my desk at all times.  This calendar tells me everything that I have to do in my business all year long.  It gives me posting schedules, to-do list, special projects and new product creation schedules.  In case of a fire, this would be one of the three things that I would grab!

The third calendar that I have is my art journal calendar.  This is in a mixed media book where each month I can draw and paint just for myself.  Each day I write something that happened that day.  There are also pages where I can illustrate special occasions or milestones that happened that month.  This is where I go to play and at the end of the year, it is so much fun to go through this journal and see what all happened.

Calendars are special for me and I love making them.  Along with my personal calendars I have made new calendars for 2019 and here they are!

Gentle Reminders

This year I have three new calendars in my Zazzle store.  The first one is Gentle Reminders.

"Gentle Reminders" 2019 calendar featuring the artwork of Debi Payne Designs with hand lettered saying to keep you motivated all year long.

In the “Gentle Reminders” calendar is a doodle flower over watercolor wash background accented by a hand lettered saying reminder to help you stay positive.  To see all the pages in the “Gentle Reminders” calendar, click here.

Colorful Motivations

If you love the Carnivale Fabric line that was produced in 2018, you will love this next calendar called “Colorful Motivations”:

Created from designs used in the Carnivale Fabric Collection, by Debi Payne Designs, "Colorful Motivations" is a calendar where each month features a bold, colorful design accented by a positive, motivational saying.

Each month of the “Colorful Motivations” features one of the designs that was included in the Carnivale Fabric Collection.  Along with the design is a positive saying that will help you to stay positive and motivated all year long.  To see all the pages in the “Colorful Motivations” calendar, click here.

Be Your Best Self

And finally, for those that enjoy my mixed media art, I have created the “Be Your Best Self” calendar.

Cover image of "Be Your Best Self" calendar featuring the mixed media art by Debi Payne Designs accented by hand lettered positive sayings.

In the “Be Your Best Self” calendar, each month has a doodle flower over a colorful mixed media background and it is accented with an encouraging positive saying to help keep you motivated to be your best self.  To see all the pages in the “Be Your Best Self” calendar, click here.

I am really looking forward to 2019!  I would like to wish everyone a very happy, blessed and prosperous New Year!

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It Truly Is A Wonderful World http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/it-truly-is-a-wonderful-world/ http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/it-truly-is-a-wonderful-world/#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 21:52:37 +0000 http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1933 When was the last time you stopped to think about what a wonderful world it is that we are so blessed to live in?  It seems like so much energy is …

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When was the last time you stopped to think about what a wonderful world it is that we are so blessed to live in?  It seems like so much energy is spent these days by people telling us all the negative things about our world.  What if for just a minute we turned off all the outside noise and just spend some time ourselves looking at everything that is so amazingly positive and wonderful about our world.

We can look at Mother Nature and see all the amazing beauty and bounty that she bestows on us.  How she can take a tree and turn it into so many amazing colors as the seasons change.  We can feel how she can change the hot steamy days into a brisk chill.  We can smell beautiful flowers brought to us by the clean refreshing smell of the rain.  Mother Nature touches all our senses in the most delicate of ways.

If you spend your time listening to the news you are probably only hearing negative stories and how bad everything is and how we are all doomed.  That has been going on for centuries and we are all still here so it is hard me to believe the doom and gloom any more.  So now instead I look for the positive myself.  I watch as people help each other out in the simple everyday task and events that we all go through.  I delight in the sheer joy of watching the innocence of a child.

Don’t just be a spectator

Image:  "Clear" doodle flowers

I have learned that when I stop listening to other people interpret the world as they see and start looking at it myself, I find that it truly is a wonderful world.  Thank goodness we are all capable of drawing our own conclusions to what we are seeing.  We can choose to see the negative side or we can see the positive side.  The choice is always yours regardless of what anyone else is saying.

If you want to see the world in all of its majestic, you have to be present.  Go outside and experience nature.  Become involved with other people.  Don’t just listen to what others are saying, become a part of it all.

 Image:  Positive affirmation featuring "Clear" doodle flower

This amazing world that we live in is filled with abundance and opportunities.  It is our job to see it for ourselves.

 

 

 

 

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Either you believe that dreams can come true or you don’t.  If you don’t, there is nothing I can say that can change that and I’m not even going to try. 

 It took me a really long time to figure out dreams.  I knew that I had plenty of them and more than that, I knew that I wanted them NOW!  I can’t tell you how many times I felt like a failure because my dreams hadn’t come true.  One day as I was sitting and thinking about my dreams I had one of those really big, slap-me-up-the-side-of-the-head, ah-ha moments.  I was thinking ‘I wish I was an artist’ and I heard that little voice in my head say, “but you are”.  Then I thought, ‘but I want to have my art on products in stores’ and I heard that little voice say; “but you do”.  Then I thought, ‘I want to be known for my art’, and once again I heard that voice say, “but you are’.

At this point, I was totally confused.  If my dreams had come true, why was I still dreaming them?  What was going on?  The shock of the reality of what I was realizing in that moment did not at all match what I had been thinking.  After giving it a lot of thought I realized that I had a vision in my head of what the dream would look like when it came true.  That vision went something like this… on a single exact moment I would all of the sudden be an artist.  In that single moment product with my art would just appear in stores everywhere.  At the same time there would huge celebrations everywhere with parades in the streets and fireworks in the sky announcing that Debi Payne was know for her art and everyone, everywhere was here to celebrate.

 Well maybe my vision didn’t go exactly like that, but it was pretty darn close to that.  But I didn’t think it would be like “poof” all the sudden my dream has come true.  Boy was I dead wrong about that!  As I sat that thought, I slowly realized that everything that I had dreamed of and wanted had already come true.  All of the sudden I felt like the car salesman that keeps trying to sell the car after the customer has said they wanted to buy it.  He is so wrapped up in “trying to sell the car” that he can’t realize that he has actually sold the car.

Embrace the Subtilty of a Dream Coming True

Image: Cherished doodle flowers over watercolor background

Once I realized that dreams coming true really don’t resemble something along the lines of the Big Bang Theory, I could then slowly recognize the subtlety of my dreams actually coming true.  Although the parades and fireworks would have been fun, not having them didn’t make my dreams any less true and real.  Instead, what I needed to do was recognize that through the delicate sprinkling of all the little bits and pieces of what I wanted, my dreams had actually, in reality already come true.  Things in our lives may not happen the way that we envisioned them, (which is probably better for us), but it is more important that we recognize that they have happen and stop focusing on how they should happen.

 Image: Positive Affirmation feature Cherished doodle flowers

With the new perspective that I have, I now see that every day, in some little way all my dreams are coming true.  It is through those little daily insights that I now can see and realize how very close I am to being able to say that, yes, all my dreams really have come true.

 

 

 

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Has Life Got You Feeling Overwhelmed? http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/has-life-got-you-feeling-overwhelmed/ http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/has-life-got-you-feeling-overwhelmed/#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:18:37 +0000 http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1914 We all have those moments, (or even days) when we are feeling overwhelmed.  We all have so many things going on in our lives and there seems to be so much …

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We all have those moments, (or even days) when we are feeling overwhelmed.  We all have so many things going on in our lives and there seems to be so much coming at us.  Some days it feels like the entire Universe has all the sudden slipped into some strange, unannounced and unpredicted warp speed.  We have schedules that seem impossible.  People that are intolerable, and you feel like if someone throws you one more ball to juggle, you are going to drop them all.  That is just life and we all have times like this.

 Life is meant to give us challenges.  It is through those challenges that we grow and learn.  However, as in most cases, the biggest part of any challenge we face in life is just getting through the challenge itself.  As always, you have a choice.  You can either let the situation consume you and push you along as you fight it or you can find a way to work with the situation and make the blows a little softer and perhaps just learn something new.

Image: Cheerful doodle flower with watercolor background

How to Handle A Challenge

Before you can effectively deal with any difficult challenge you must first prepare yourself.  After all, YOU are the key factor in any challenge you are faced with.  When it looks like the situation is starting to get out of control, call a time out.  No matter what the situation is, even if it is with another personal, walk away for just a minute.  To outside or just go to the bathroom.  Go someplace where you can be alone.  Take several deep breathes and calm down.  If you can’t calm yourself first, you will never be able to calm the situation.  Even if you can’t walk away, find a way to calm yourself down.

 After you have taken some time to just calmly breathe and clear you mind of all the noise and chatter, go back and try again.  Remember that there is always a solution to every problem, you just have to be willing to look for it.

 Over the years I have learned that the reason some of my biggest challenges have gotten so out of control, was simply due to my hard-headed need to control all the elements of the situation.  I don’t really know exactly what changed my thinking on this.  Perhaps it is the simple fact that I just got tired of fighting.  Whichever the case may be, I did learn that the best way to control any challenge or situation is to just stop trying to control it.  Once I stopped trying to control everything and start working in the flow it, life got so much easier.

Image: Cheerful doodle flower affirmation

 

Once I learned to stop controlling every situation and I learned to work with it, I was amazed at not only the results I got, but what I learned.  In most cases the results that I got by working with the situation were far better than they would have been had I done it the way that I thought I should.

 Sometimes, you just have to learn to let go!

What are you trying to control? 

 

 

 

 

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Do You Let Procrastination Rule Over You? http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/do-you-let-procrastination-rule-over-you/ http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/do-you-let-procrastination-rule-over-you/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:00:14 +0000 http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1909 I remember when I first wanted to really start my art career, it seemed liked I was struggling with procrastination almost every day.  Now that I have my art career going, …

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I remember when I first wanted to really start my art career, it seemed liked I was struggling with procrastination almost every day.  Now that I have my art career going, it seems like I am struggling with procrastination almost every day.  You would think that this would get easier, but for me, it hasn’t.

Actually, that is a good thing!  I have learned that through my times of procrastination, those are also the times that I am learning and growing.

 I think that there are two reasons why people procrastinate, (1) they just don’t want to do it or (2) they are afraid to do it.  In my case, it is usually the later… fear.  For me, that fear usually comes from not before having done the thing that I am trying to do.  Each time I start with a black piece of paper I am about to create a new piece of art.  I usually have an image in my head of what I want to draw, however there is always the fear that it want turn out like the image in my head.  That is the point where my procrastination usually kicks in.

Image: Charmed detail closeup

How do you overcome procrastination?

I have heard many people talk about how they overcame procrastination.  In every case, although the journey for each was different, the bottom line was always that they just gutted up and did it.  We all have things that we don’t like to do, but we know we have to do them for one reason or another, and so we just gut up and do it.  The same is true for fear.  When fear is the reason for your procrastination, you just have to gut up and do it.  It is the only way I know of to overcome fear. 

As for me when I start a new piece of artwork and that ‘ol nasty procrastination, (aka: fear) creeps in, I have learned to recognize it for what it really is.  Then I can move forward.  The back and forth between my fear and my desire to see results can often be quit the battle.  In the end, I am always determined to never let fear win.  Once I learned to embrace the battle, it became much easier to win.

Every day is a fresh startImage: "Charmed" doodle flowers over mixed media background

What have you been procrastinating about?  Remember that every day you are given a fresh new start.  Just because you were procrastinating about doing something yesterday, doesn’t me that you can’t get it done today.  For whatever reason, NOW is a good time to get it done so that you can continue to move forward.

 

 

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Prove Them Wrong http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/prove/ http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/prove/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:00:18 +0000 http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1904   For many of us it all started at a very early age… people telling us what we should do with our lives.  Most of us have had a dream of …

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For many of us it all started at a very early age… people telling us what we should do with our lives.  Most of us have had a dream of doing something only to have someone come along and step all over it telling us all the reasons it won’t work.  While at the same time telling us what we should be doing instead.  This drives me crazy!  I delights my soul every time I have the opportunity to prove the wrong simply by continuing on with my work and accomplishing my goal.

You don’t have to make a big deal of it or use the tacky lines like “I told you so”.  They know and they see that they were wrong.  What is funny is how they all the sudden change their tune and they become your biggest cheerleader by saying things like, “I knew you could do it”.  When all you can hear in your head is them telling you what they wanted you to do. 

This happens to anyone that has a dream.  It really isn’t a big deal and if you are a fighter for your dream you quickly learn how to dismiss these people and you get over it and just keep moving forward.

Prove Yourself Wrong

 

The person that is much harder to deal with is yourself!  When you set out to accomplish something and you start hearing the pesky little voice in your head that starts telling you “you can’t do this” or “you need to do something else instead”.  That is much harder to deal with.  I know because I face that pesky voice just about every day.  It seems like every day, in one way another, I am doing battle with this voice.  Either it is the, ‘I can’t do this because I don’t have enough money’ or ‘I can’t do that because I don’t know how’.  In one way or another I am constantly having this battle.

When I find myself in one of these battles I pull out the biggest weapon that I have, my sword, also know as my pen.  When they say that the pen is mightier than the sword they are telling the truth!  Yes, I start writing.  I write out the entire scenario of what is going on and what I am dealing with.  Yet I don’t write about it as it is, instead I write about it as if it has already happened.  I write about how it turned out even better than I expected or wanted.  I write about how easy it was to do and how much fun I had doing it. 

The biggest thing that I write about the situation is how grateful I am for the situation and how well it turned out.  Along with my gratitude, I write about how happy it makes me feel.  It has taken me a while to figure this out.  However, I have found that when I am in a difficult situation, if I will stop, take 15 minutes and write about the desired outcome I want and express my gratitude for this desired outcome, everything in me just makes a slight shift and I find that I can easily move forward usually with astounding results.

Some days I find myself going into my journal several times throughout the day, overcoming obstacles and visualizing and writing out my desired outcome.  Where on other days I find myself just writing about my gratitude and joy for how well the day has gone.  Either way I just keep writing.  I keep my sword sharp and full of ink!

Don’t worry about what others are telling you, focus on what you are telling yourself.  If what you are telling yourself is keeping you from moving forward, pull out your mighty sword and go to battle.  Soon you will be slaying those dragons and seeing yourself living the life you once dreamed of.

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Are You A Morning Person? http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/are-you-a-morning-person/ http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/are-you-a-morning-person/#respond Tue, 23 Oct 2018 10:00:17 +0000 http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1899 There was a time in my life when I was not at all a morning person.  I dreaded waking up in the mornings and I was miserable.  As soon as I …

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There was a time in my life when I was not at all a morning person.  I dreaded waking up in the mornings and I was miserable.  As soon as I would wake up my mind immediately went to dreading all the things that I had to do.  I didn’t want to go to work.  I didn’t want to be around certain people.  I didn’t want to do this and I didn’t want to do that.  Mornings were such a terrible time for me and that was reflected in my grumpy attitude.  I guess I thought that if I was going to be miserable, everybody else could be too.  I didn’t like it, but that seemed to be who I was and there was nothing I could do about it.  Boy, was I wrong!

 The worse part is that I had surrounded people that not only condoned my behavior but they even reinforced it.  They would just stay out of my way and let me continue.  Or they would make excuses for me like, “oh, she’s just not a morning person, she’ll get better this afternoon”.  That didn’t help me at all.  Enabling someone’s bad behavior usually never does help, it only makes it worse.

How to Become a Morning Person

 

Over the years I got tired of being my grumpy self and started to look for ways to be more pleasant in the mornings.  What I wanted most of all was to just wake up happy.  I tried little things, (most of which didn’t work).  Then one day I finally figured it out.  I didn’t have anything to look forward to.  I would go to bed at night dreading the morning and having to get up just to do a whole bunch of things I didn’t really want to do.

After figuring this out I started to plan things that I really wanted to do the next day.  It actually worked.  It seemed like the more good things I had to look forward to the happier I was in the mornings.  Then the more good things I planned the less time I had for the things that I didn’t enjoy.

Now I wake up in the morning not only happy, but now I am so excited.  Instead of dragging around grumping about my day ahead, I race to get dressed to I can get my day started doing all the things that I enjoy. 

 When I didn’t have anything to look forward to, an alarm clock would barely wake me up and when it did I would just keep hitting the snooze button trying to delay the inevitable getting up that I so dreaded.  Now, I can’t remember the last time I even used an alarm clock.  Now I get up when I want to, which is usually way earlier than in the past.  There is nothing like waking up early in the morning and having only good things to look forward to.

Image: Bird, doodle flowers & whimsical sun with Life Question

 

 

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Nurture What Is Good For You http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/nurture-what-is-good-for-you/ http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/nurture-what-is-good-for-you/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:00:56 +0000 http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1894   I suppose we all have things that we like to do, even knowing that it probably isn’t the best for us.  However, without giving it much thought, we continue doing …

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I suppose we all have things that we like to do, even knowing that it probably isn’t the best for us.  However, without giving it much thought, we continue doing them.  What if you stopped doing the things that aren’t good for you and started to nurture that which is good for you?

I know a lot of people that are really good at procrastination.  They have worked many years growing, developing and nurturing their skill for procrastination.  Yet, I can’t help but wonder how well their finely tuned skill of procrastination has served them.  I can’t help but wonder what they would be like if they started nurturing productivity more that procrastination how much they could accomplish.

What are you nurturing?

 

It is a good practice to take a good hard look at ourselves from time to time and really think about what we are nurturing in our own lives.  Are you consciously nurturing healthy eating habits or are you just settling for whatever is easy and handy?  When you look at your relationships are you nurturing toxic relationships that keep you tired and drained of energy, or do you have relationships that are supportive and make you feel good?  Most of all, what thoughts in your mind do you nurture?  Are your thoughts negative and filled with worry and doubt along with self-loathing that keep you suppressed and unhappy, or do you have positive thoughts filled with faith, gratitude and positive reinforcement that keep you energized and happy?

 Perhaps it is time to take inventory of all the things in your life and determine if it is good for you or not.  Then spend time nurturing the things that are good for you.  The more you nurture the things that are good for you, the less you will experience the things that aren’t.  A good habit is to spend a little time each day nurturing the things that are good for you.

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Generally, we all have people in our lives that we may not choose. For example, there is that precious co-worker that drives crazy on a daily basis. Or perhaps it is that family member that you can’t help but wonder how the two of you ended up in the same family. Those are not the people that I am talking about. The people that I am talking about are the ones where you have a choice as to weather or not you interact with them and allow them to be a part of your life. Those are the people that you “choose” to have in your life. Hopefully you choose people choose you. Of the people that you have chosen, how many of those people have actually choose you?

That is where it gets a little tricky and it may require a little thinking. Of the people that you choose, are they there when you need them as much as you are there for them when they need you? Do they support you in a positive and loving way as much as you support them?

Who do you choose?

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All relationships are give and take.  The thing that seems to help relationships work is when this give and take is equal for both parties in the relationship.  I have had relationships where I choose the person yet they didn’t really choose me.  It didn’t take long to realize that relationship was more for their benefit and not equal at all.  That didn’t work for me, so I slowly and peacefully moved away in a manner that they hardly noticed.  By doing so, it opened up more time and space for other people that did choose me.

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Choosing the right people to be in our lives is very important.  We can either choose people that will support us and help us grow or we can choose people that hold us back and suck the life out of us so that they can use us for their purposes.  I hope that you will take inventory of all the people in your life and choose the people that love and support you in all that you do and that you can love and support them equally in return.

 

 

 

 

 

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