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Axtell Park 8th graders’ act of kindness warms hearts

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Recent story was just brought to my attention.

A couple of 8th grade, young women, decided to make a difference in the lives of their fellow students at school.

Take a look at this video:

A Simple act of kindness gone viral.
The story was even picked up on a local news station.

http://www.ksfy.com/story/24208837/axtell-park-8th-graders-act-of-kindness?autostart=true

 

What can you do to pay it forward?

There is power in a sticky note.

Help me share their story.

 

Many Blessings,

Shay Wheat

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Notes of Gratitude

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Great idea from http://amysmartgirls.com/2013/12/five-ways-to-give-back-this-holiday-season/

Use your sticky notes to touch the lives of loved ones leading up to Christmas and/or New Years.

Send us your pictures and reactions, we are happy to post on them on the site. Let’s get creative!

Blessings,
Shay

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The Heart is the 1st point of reference

Heart vs Mind

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The Heart is the 1st point of reference

 

“The Heart is the 1st point of reference -NOT THE MIND- Heart transmits to the brain, brain takes action. Remember this route.”

 

Are you aware of, or know people who pretty consistently say “I have to think about it”, or “I don’t know”. Do you know why they say those things? I know why…because they haven’t checked in with what their heart has to say about it.

The heart is an amazing mechanism not only for the physical body mechanics but also emotionally. Sadly most of us are in our heads so much we miss what we really want and desire. Thus the reason why “I don’t know” comes up so much.

Great, so what is really happening?

According to the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, “Our brain is continuously processing signals… This input is then transmitted to the brain… In the brain, signals are received in categories. Thus the processing of sensory input begins with specific regions in the brain separately deciphering each message. Subsequently, multiple types of sensory input are integrated, thus allowing the mass of information to be interpreted into an appropriate (motor) response.”

In everyday language: Transmissions (like those from the Heart) go to the brain, then the brain takes action.
However, people are doing their best to rework this dynamic.

Why?
1. Not want to answer the question
2. Not want to hurt someone’s feelings with what they really feel and thus give a middle of the road, non-committed answer
and/or
3. Don’t want to or have forgotten how to check in with themselves and how they feel, (perhaps it is because they have been people pleasing for years and have lost that part of them along the way).

How to Remedy and check back in with the Heart to restart this correct pathway?
It’s all about getting out of your head and into your heart.

Right now put your hand on your heart. Do you feel it beat? Take a deep breath in for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, breathe out for 4 counts. How does your heart feel now? Did it feel tight, expanded, erratic, full, calm? Make a note of any thoughts, feelings, emotions that come up around this.

You can also get out of your head and back into your heart through meditation. There are many traditions and ways to meditate but it really doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply sitting in a quite area, either sitting on the floor with your legs crossed or sitting in a chair with feet flat on the floor both with a straight spine. Hands in your lap, or on your knees. Now breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, breathe out for 4 counts. Do this starting out for 5-10 minutes. If any thoughts come to your mind simply push them aside and focus again on the breath. Do this daily. You will get better at quieting the mind with meditation repetition and thus allowing a deeper connection to be made with the heart and what you feel vs what you think.

Now next time you have a question come up and you want to say “I don’t know” or “I have to think about it” take a moment to do your 4 count breathing, check in with the heart and answer from that space. What you feel vs what you think.

Happy Breathing & Heart Connecting!

Shay Wheat

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What others think about you ISN'T important...what you think about yourself means EVERYTHING!

What others Think vs What you Think

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What others think about you ISN'T important...what you think about yourself means EVERYTHING!

What others think about you ISN’T important…what you think about yourself means EVERYTHING!

 

Sticky Note of the Day: “What others think about you ISN’T important…what you think about yourself means EVERYTHING!”

When in our developmental cycle of growing up do we learn that other people’s opinion of us is more important than how we feel, think and see ourselves? If you look at a baby or young child they are so happy and excited to learn and discover new things about themselves and their environment (oh look, at toe!)  that they really don’t seem all that interested in what we (and others) think about them finding their toe.

However somewhere in that growing up process we “Learn” that we are to put others thoughts, feelings, and desires above our own. We stop listening to our Gut and our intuition and start “people pleasing”.

WHY!!??

What does that do for us? Where has it taken us? Granted I am not saying do things out of spite just to hurt another but if you truly want to (or not want to) do something why not go after it. Why do we feel like we don’t deserve our dreams because it may inconvenience someone else for the time being?

I feel it is time for us to Stand Up And Lead ourselves again. Discover new things and create new experiences. They don’t have to be huge and drastic but why not go to the beach one weekend, perhaps by yourself because you have had a internal feeling or “calling” to go. You are always in choice and you always have options. It is time to stop making excuses and FIND A WAY to make it happen. Ask friends and family if they can watch the kids for the day or a few hours even. Save your Starbucks money for a week and use the money for gas to make that trip to the beach.

W.I.T.=Whatever it Takes

W.I.T. to start believing in you again and not allowing that gripping hold of what others MIGHT be thinking about you. You have one life to live so why not start living it! The time is now. Make it happen. I believe in you. You have the means to change your life. The real question is…are you ready?

I look forward to seeing you on your own “beach” whatever that may mean for you.

Much Love,

Shay

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Find out what you do well then find a way to do that for the rest of your life.

What do you do well?

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Find out what you do well then find a way to do that for the rest of your life. Sticky note for today:

 Find out what you do WELL then find a way to do that for the rest of your life.

 

Yesterday I had an amazing meeting with 2 leaders making a difference in our school system. One was telling a story about a young woman, from a tough neighborhood and school that had been receiving D’s and F’s on her report card in high school. Their organization had gone in with a health program and the on-site coordinator and this young woman really connected on a mentor-mentee basis. It was in that class that the student received A’s across the board. This program was assisting students to find out what they did well and encouraged them to go after their dreams. This student ended up getting a scholarship after a panel interview to go to culinary school.

How POWERFUL is that!

What our school system deemed as a child who was below average in school found something, was encouraged and guided toward the thing that she was passionate about and she went after it!

What do you do well? What are you passionate about? What would you do if time and money were no object…what would you be doing tomorrow? What is your hobby? What would you be doing the rest of your life if you got paid for it or not? Whatever that is (and you may deserve to practice “dreaming” again) do it, start it, pick it back up again, do it in your free time, in your spare time and who knows…it may just become your new profession.

Dream BIG my friends!

Shay

 

p.s. Take a look at HealthCorps and the wonderful things they are doing!
https://healthcorps.org/

 

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Make Things Happen!

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Make things happen note There comes a time when you have the gut, intuition feeling of

“It’s time to Make Things Happen!”

No more sliding through life, no more slouching around, no more “waiting”. 

It’s Go Time!

That time is NOW!

It reminds me of the saying “If your ship doesn’t come out to you, swim out to it.”

Yep, that is where we are now. I feel it. Do you?

I have been interacting with more and more people lately who are also feeling this driving force to take action, to change what they have been doing, to strive after their passions and just “KNOW” that all will fall into place. Granted it is scary, it is outside our comfort zones but it “feels” right.

Last year was a Year of Experiences for me, this year is a Year of Prosperous Opportunity. It is amazing how the simple act of setting an intention, sharing it with those around you, those of influence and affluence, will end up in an amazing snowball effect that you could not have possibly imagined. However it will never happen if you don’t start to take some action. MAKE THINGS HAPPEN! It’s time. There is no better time than right now to get that snowball rolling. Just pick up some snow, be at the top of a hill, create a ball, then get it started on its path. Now that you can visualize that in your minds eye, how does that relate to the “real world” right?

snowballSnowball-That’s your idea, your intention, your thoughts and dreams, your passion. Resting there in your hands. An inanimate object with no force acting upon it currently. Just sitting there for you to admire and look upon.

Hill-The launch pad, the starting place. It’s where you stand, right here, right now.

Snow ballStart the rolling process- Taking your idea, your passion, your intention and putting it into play in the world. Allow it to interact with others. Share it with those around you, share your passion, share your vision, explain it so they see what you see so they can share it with those around them & explain it as you have done.

That is Making Things Happen.

I’m not saying you must roll your snowball down the hill today but I am urging you to pick up some snow, hold it in your hand, grab some more snow and start to build your snowball.

I am excited to hear about where you are in the process of Making Things Happen.

Enjoy the Ride!

Shay

 

 

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From 16 yr old Ashley Monroe: My Message to Everyone at My School: ‘You’re Beautiful’

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I recently saw this AMAZING post of a young woman who is making a difference in her school by simply using Sticky Notes and a wonderfully positive message…see orginal post here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ashley-monroe/my-message-to-everyone-at_b_2563941.html

From Ashley Monroe.
16-year-old from Massachusetts

This is a picture of something I did at my school last year. I wrote out 1,986 sticky notes. Each said, “You’re beautiful,” and I stuck one to every locker in my entire school.
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It was almost unbearable to listen people put themselves down every day. They would say things like, “I’m ugly” or “No one likes me.” To me, that wasn’t the truth. For at least one day, I wanted everyone to know that someone thought they were beautiful.

It took me over 6 hours to write all of the notes, and an hour to stick them with the help of one other friend. It wasn’t my original plan to tell people that I had done it, but word got out after I had been called to the Dean’s office. They found me through the school’s video surveillance system.

After being sat down in the office and explaining everything that had happened, there was talk of a possible 3-day suspension from school. When I went back to my classroom, my teacher asked me what they said, and I told her. This is how the rest of the students found out. Throughout the entire day word of the possible suspension circulated, and a group of students came together and formed a petition. They passed the petition around school.

In the end, it had over 600 signatures, from both students AND faculty.

It amazed me that people would do that for me. For one day, I truly felt beautiful. And for one day, I managed to make every other kid in my school feel beautiful, as well.

A few days later, after the incident was not as new, a complete stranger approached me. What she said to me was shocking.

“That day, I was planning on killing myself. I had given up completely on society, but because of you I didn’t. You gave me hope. Thank you.”

What’s more amazing than that is the fact that today she has become one of my best friends.

Thank you Ashley for being a leader in your school and for changing the lives of many.
You are the epitome of a “Stand Up And Lead” Leader.
Much Love,
Shay

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"You are so worth it, go for it Today!" - Chris Teehee

Inspirational Notes and Inspirational Quotes – July 19, 2012

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Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Today I challenge you. I challenge you to step into the sunshine, to “Go for it” as the sticky below from Chris Teehee suggests. You are worth it and the world deserves to see you shine. It is when you shine that you unconsciously give others the power within themselves to shine as well. It is a ripple effect that starts when you decide to Stand Up And Lead for yourself, for the power and passion you have within to make a difference for you and thus the world at large. It starts with one, why not you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I heard this from a good friend the other day and I loved it so much that it truly deserved to be on a sticky note. :-)

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Inspirational Notes and Quotes – July 10th 2012

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“The only journey is the journey within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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Inspirational Notes and Quotes – July 3, 2012

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” Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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