Do Good, be Grateful, live Strong Evanalife

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Doing good, does good

When we assess what we do everyday by how much of it “does good,” perhaps tomorrow will be our second chance. Since life is but a passing flame, why not choose today? At the end of each day, write down some things you did that did well/good (contribute to the common good), things you can do better and some things you need to work on. This will prepare you for the next day in a more aware and in-tuned way.

When we’re more “in-tuned” with ourselves, we’ll create better thoughts, be able to organize our lives more efficiently and make better decisions that lead to positive results so that we can become amazing role models for others. To do this, one must have an open mind and faith. If we keep focus on what connects us, believing in ourselves has to come from belief in God first, because faith is authentic when it comes from our core. With faith coming from within, we will never be without.

I recently heard of a couple who witness something out of the norm at a wedding, The couple witnessed a pastor changing his approach to the Wedding ceremony. As so often the bride and groom are gazing into each others eyes with love and admiration, the pastor asked them to look at their hands. He said that a marriage is not about what you see in each other, what you see is not what you get, because it’s what you DO in the years ahead that determines what you see in each others eyes.

Doing good  – does good = growth of good vibes

Doing bad – does bad = loss of energy

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Living With Him

by E. Lang

 

True happiness comes from within,

gratefulness has a deeper kin,

give thanks to him.

 

There are times that we feel we cannot win,

then somewhere deep inside us,

tells us: “What’ll it hurt, throw out a grin!”

 

A smile is contagious like a spreading of fire,

but this one does good and not bad of desire.

Make time for a rainbow for all to see:

the beauty, the wonder, endlessly,

 

For humans small and tall and of all abilities

including those who crawl,

in chairs, in crutches, in hospital beds,

in countries so poor they can’t afford meds.

 

Life isn’t meant to be suffered in guilt and sin,

when we live with him, that is our win!

 

Gratefulness comes from deep in our heart,

the place we aren’t apart,

the place that connects us all,

surrender it all to him.

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Your best Self

Make a clear mental image of your best self, then use this self to guide your decisions in life. it’s easy to get caught up in the daily routine, deviate from your path and forget what truly drives you.

Be aware of your purpose, create your own mission and make sure it’s reflected in all you do in your daily life. This activates passion, hope and optimism.

Imagine your best self 10 years from now. What are you doing? Who is around you? What do your relationships look like?

Capture the most important elements from that image. Describe, draw, write and discuss it with a friend.

Analyze what you gathered. What does your ideal self reveal about you? What’s most important to you? Do you live your values or just talk about them?

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How do you see yourself?

We all have the potential to become our best selves. What you see is how you live, and what you think is how you live. How could you change your thinking to benefit others? Once you start changing your perspective, everything turns to gold.

 

Keep shining brightly,

Evana.

 

Bubbles and Waves, Clouds and Rain – Evanalife

“Order Life well in every single act.” ~ Unknown Author

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 Bubbles, Clouds and Rain

~ by E.Lang

 

I lived in a bubble,

far from the rubble

of a country going so wrong,

‘been easy to tell stories

of a new countries glories,

but not so much the sad song.

 

I remember when little,

in the closet with riddles,

read stories and fairy tale books,

as I sat there I lived in a magical place,

with daydreams and fantasies hooked.

 

My memory is fading ,

as new thoughts invading,

my drive to push fiercely ahead,

my life is a story, a poem in its glory,

and thoughts so very unsaid.

 

I finally figured it out,

though so many years it seems,

but now there’s no room for doubt,

my path that has been laid out,

It all feels like a dream.

 

Graced with priceless experiences all my life,

joys, happiness and gains –

struggles, set-backs and pains,

and through it all,

I love the rain.

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I read a quote about rain.

how it comes from a cloud and gathers together –

until it comes comes back apart in many tiny pieces.

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It’s such a shame,

how there are so many people,

that aren’t seeing it so plain,

that you only have to go inside

to see a reflection of what’s outside.

 

We might get stressed and depressed

and need to expel our hell,

we’ll need to let it out and vent,

once it rains, it’s heaven sent.

 

Rainbows come from tears,

the soul cries out for years,

but when the timing’s right,

it’s the most beautiful sight.

 

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Talk Waves

As I sit here at a local restaurant in the village I live in, I notice again as I have so many times, how I truly love to hear people’s chatter. Being a water lover, I like to relate just about everything to water that is relaxing. I hear a chatter, a murmur and all the sounds coming together as one. To me it resembles the mesmerizing ocean waves that keep rolling up gently to shore.

Listening to the chatter of people takes me back to the time I was just a little girl in Germany sitting on a chair or bench with my Father and his friends at a local cafe. The table they sat at was called a “Stammtisch” which means “rooted table.” I remember sitting there and listening to people just as I am doing now, except I’m not in Germany, my Dad has passed on and it’s 35 years later.

As an artist, I have many creative interests. Helping people learn about themselves and what possible creativity they can dig out and unleash in themselves is important to me. Of course it makes sense that I have a deep yearning to grow, to progress and to live up to my potential, but what does that really actually mean? Potential to me means when someone not only finds what they love doing, but is also actively creating the time needed and using it! The more we work on what’s in us, the closer we get to who we are.

 

When I hear a crowd of people,

I hear the ocean waves,

I hear their voices high and low

like tides throughout the bay.

 

I feel at home in the waves,

they keep me safe and soothe my soul,

I find comfort here with people I do not know,

but I am here with all of them,

as a part of a whole.

 

I believe that all of us can do so much more, and as the saying goes: “If you do what you’re meant to do, you will set the world on fire.”

“Alone, but yet together, we all depend on each other.” ~ E. Lang

Share your gift,

Evana.

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Evanalife on Relationships ~ Live Victoriously

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Live Victoriously

~ By Eva A, Lang

 

Every day,

be the best person you can be –

to yourself and to others.

Ask yourself: “Am I creating joy?”

 

Find ways to put others first,

make their day brighter

and treat them as if it was the last day

you see them.

 

Every difficult situation in life

carries potential value –

believe this,

then begin looking for it.

 

The more you get lost

in something bigger than yourself,

the more energy you will create,

feel and share.

 

Keep shining brightly,

Evana.

 

“Think of bad thoughts as a river of tiny ships passing, let the ships pass that will not nourish your soul.” ~ E.Lang

 

…Relationships

 

All relationships carry influence on our relationships with those closest to us.

Whoa…did I just use the “R” word?

This time, peeps, it’s about other types of relationships as you might expect. In this post, I will touch on many of our “other” relationships that have a connection with our more/most intimate relationships such as our significant other, family and friends.

Heather Moody, our Environmental Science teacher at Siena Heights University told us once that with every choice we make in life, we experience unexpected connections and sometimes even unintended consequences. Even though she was referring to the environment and our practices, this can easily translate to our lives.

In this post, I will touch on our relationships to things, our bodies, change and our minds.

…Relationships to things

Every morning upon waking, we share a relationship with our alarm clocks. We set them, depend on them, maintain them and sometimes threaten them. Some of us even blame and abuse them. Our relationship with time management can be quite challenging, especially for those that are extremely creative. Distraction is wonderfully welcome to our souls yet disrupting to our schedules.

Of course there are different types of distractions, those in which family or friends ask for help and those in which our soul is screaming for attention. Other things in our lives are our computers, pens, plates, food, our clothes and our cars to name a few. Think about how you relate to all of these things throughout your every day and practice awareness on your thoughts. Weed out the negativity, frustration and disappointment and seek instead thankfulness and gratitude.

…Relationships to our bodies

After several decades of carrying our bodies around, eventually our bodies respond to how we relate to it and with A.G.E. aka age, our bodies change as they begin to have different needs.

What? Wait – all the while we’re taking care of our kids, our bills, our appointments, etc. now, our bodies are beginning to communicate more to us, so does that mean that we’ve been denying that it’s talking to us all along? Yes. We’ve been ignoring, dealing with and pushing our body cries under a rug (at least some of us), so don’t ignore what your body is telling you, because believe me, it’s not recommended to wait for it to SCREAM.

Life is life a garden, practice planting good seeds through investing in good thoughts. Pull your weeds regularly. ~ E. Lang

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Relationships to Change and practicing Mindfulness

Changes are always certain as long as life exists

” All things take place by change from how they are to make new and everything that exists is in a manner the seed of which will be. Pain is not evil, it is human and necessary. Enjoy life by joining one good thing to another and try not to leave even the smallest intervals between.”

Change is clearly one of the most challenging obstructions in our  lives. Each and every time a change happens, all things move. With changes in life we are thrown off our tracks and must relearn, regroup, reflect and regather ourselves. As long as ones perspective stays positive and faithful that there will indeed be value in terms of learning and progress, lessons will be learned and wisdom will be gained. During the process, we try to fight without reason, until we learn. When we learn a new life lesson, it can be quite amazing, almost magical because then we grow stronger, start fresh and try harder to be a better version of ourselves.

Healing from Change

As I find, the most important things in life are the simplest: Faith in God, spending quality time with family and friends, self-care, healthy rituals and regular routines that encourage our best self to thrive. When we finish a chapter, we must begin again. In order to begin again, we need to evaluate our current situation, adjust and get back to the basics: when you are stressed: Be grateful for God, family and healthy habits!

Breathe: be aware of your breaths as your chest rises and falls. Take deep breaths and hold it for a count of ten, then slowly and controlled, let it go out again. Be grateful for the air we breathe!

Eat: be aware of what you eat, our modern diet has changed drastically and more and  more people suffer from celiac disease, allergies and food sensitivities. As you are putting foods in your mouth notice the textures and tastes of these foods, eat slowly and controlled. Allow yourself ample time to eat. Be grateful for food!

“Our body is like a garden, only put good foods in it to nourish and cultivate good bacteria, practice to be mindful of what you think, eat and do, and do it all with love and gratefulness.” ~ E. Lang

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Mindfulness

The age of Mindfulness didn’t just get here by surprise, nor did it pop out of a cracker jack box, we’ve been going against nature in our way of life in a gradual but steady and exponential way in the culture we live in. Other cultures have been practicing mindfulness for centuries. The closer we are to nature, the closer we are to our true selves. All the while we are trying to keep up, keep going and improve our lives, the improvement starts with us and us alone and always needs to come from within our core. Faith, hope and love carry a deep connection for this to happen and are necessary. Peace happens when we are one.

“A separation from nature is a separation from ourselves.” ~ E. Lang

Evana.

Be grateful for Life and celebrate your blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to Rise Higher with Evanalife…

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu

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The Art of Patience

It is so easy to get distracted in todays world, so often we can get caught up in doing extra things that weren’t on our agenda for the day. Although these are also things that need to get done and the world around us wouldn’t be as organized, however, sometimes we need to let those things go to someone else and learn to perfect the Art of Delegation! This is just as important for a manager and/or leader of a company as it is for a mother or group leader. Since I have so many plans for this blogsite, perhaps I can find someone that could work with me on it.

Creativity grants us the first verb of the bible: “In the beginning, God created…” It’s time to Begin to Create

Are you creative? Well, it turns out that all of us have the potential to a great imagination. Take it from the anthropologist Agustin Fuentes who said: ” People pigeonhole creativity as belonging to a single individual or a group of geniuses. They don’t realize that each and every human has this incredible capacity to imagine and to change things. Auto mechanics can be amazingly creative – so can people trying to stretch a paycheck to the end of a month.”

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In addition to helping people learn about what they might enjoy creating with art, my next step with Evanalife is to begin interviewing artists, musicians and writers to learn more about how they got into doing what they love doing. What happened to spark their interest? How old were they when they first discovered their passion for the art and how do they market their masterpieces so that they can continue to practice what they love? These are just some of the questions I will be asking.

Would you like to learn from other artists? Most creative people are even more inspired when working alongside another artist and Evanalife is here to make sure that creatives can learn and hear from each other. If you or someone you know would like to be featured in my new Evanalife Artists/Authors and Musicians Spotlight, feel free to e-mail me at evanalife@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Your Art?

 

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Life, Art & Wellness

Art is the expression of human creative imagination and is typically produced in visual form such as painting and sculpting, however, others such as music, literature and dance also serve as art forms. Furthermore, one could say that life itself is an art. Just as a trapeze artist, one must maintain perfect balance in order to get through tough situations and these situations are impossible without faith & family.

People need to constantly work on maintaining their own balance by making adjustments in response to changes in their lives such as relationships, work, kids, education, health and wellness. When faced with a difficult situation, one must ask oneself: “How does my response to a change effect my life and those around me?”

“Whenever someone creates a work of art, they are changing the world inside them and the world around them by serving as a messenger of  expressive, inspirational and influential art.” ~ E. Lang

As we live in a world in which wellness is becoming a vitally important and growing field, experts agree that mindfulness is necessary for humans to thrive in our increasingly media saturated, busy and loud time. It used to be that people would escape to the country to leave all the noise and settle into a more relaxing, revitalizing and regenerating place and state of mind.

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Today’s world is packed with expectations, demands and responsibilities and a person may find it difficult to see a clear path. One can detect anger, pride, vengeance, hate, despise and frustration reflect in many of the voices and opinions we hear on a daily basis and these opinions are put on a pedestal instead of on a privately kept paper or discussed in a confidential area with another person.

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Art, Nature & Creation

Nature is the first thing that inspired me to write. It was out of my own nature to write as a young child and I’m tapping into that same nature to continue my path in writing. When we take a walk in nature, all of our worldly life takes the back burner position and troubles are left far away. It is a time when we shut everything else in our heads off and let it all go and be as it is.

Jen Sincero from the “Badass” Series of books said :”You must find a way to stop the dancing squirrels in your head.” There is always more to nature than we can completely understand and numerous scientific studies have proven how vitally necessary it is for us. Nature is peace and there is peace in nature, naturally.

Since most people nowadays are being consumed by activities on screens, experts have found that it takes two weeks in nature to get all of our screen time out of our system. When we are lounging more than moving, sitting more than standing, bending down to see screens instead of face-to face communications, our human trait of communication is put down in value and if real communication is being undervalued and those that do are more frequently distracted because of being taken away from these devices, who is going to make decisions, manage a team or lead people?

Check In: It is always good to have a daily “check-in” with yourself. Ask yourself :”How am I doing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?” What percentage from 1 to 100 can you rate yourself? Keep a journal, maintain your balance. It is good to think about how you are doing outside and inside and think of yourself outside of yourself to do this.

Art appreciation and creating art inspires change in ourselves and those around us. It radiates “newness,” change and motivates us to do more art. It helps us feel less restricted in what we can do, encourages us to have passion, excitement and drive to do those things that we need to do to feel alive. All brilliant ideas come from the creative ability to have an open mind and “create limitless” ideas to solve pressing worldly problems. When we let our creative side out, we are taken back to a child-like state that sees the world in awe with endless possibilities and infinite hope for a brighter future.

No matter what kind of art you choose, take a walk in nature, close your eyes, breath in and be glad in your life, the best is yet to come!

Do something amazing today,

Evana.