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Believe and Succeed in 30 Days

By: Gloria Marie


Believe and Succeed in 30 Days

Sensational Sunday

Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do.  This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life. Today on Sensational Sunday we will discuss a 30 day action plan that will help you create the awesome life you want.


“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve”

-Napoleon Hill

 Is there something in your life that you wish you could change? One year from now, what do you want your life to look like?  Using goal setting, commitment and controlling your thoughts, you can start achieving what you want.  I challenge you to try this experiment for the next 30 days.  See what happens, you have nothing to lose and much to gain.

 1. Write on an index card what you want more than anything else to create the life you desire. Spend time in silence to really give this some thought. It could be more money, a partner, a new job, a new home, or a family.  While in silence, listen to your heart’s desires. Once you decided what you want, create a single goal that is clearly stated.  Write this on the card.

2. Do not share this goal with anyone. Keep it to yourself.

3. Read it out loud every morning and before going to bed at night. Say it with faith.  Envision yourself as if you already achieved the goal. Believe in the goal and in yourself.

4. Stop any negative thoughts or fears immediately.  When a fearful or negative thought about achieving your goal enters you mind, replace it with a positive affirmation or a mental picture of you achieving your goal.  Some positive affirmations may be: I release all fears and doubts. I believe in myself. I can and will achieve my goal.

5. Be grateful for all the abundance you already have.

6. Release the “how” of how to achieve it.  The answers will come in time from a force much greater than you.

7. Do this for 30 days.

 This is a simple experiment.  It does not cost you anything and is easy to fit into a busy schedule.  However, it is not easy to release fears and negative thinking. Be vigilant and do not give up!  Stay inspired and continue to passionately believe in yourself.









Sensational Sunday – Rituals

By: Gloria Marie

Sensational Sunday Rituals


Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do.  This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life.  This week for Sensational Sunday we will discuss rituals and how they may help you to become single, happy, and strong.

A ritual is described as a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed according to set sequences.  Rituals may be part of a religious community, but, they do not necessarily have to be. Rituals have been a part of all human societies.  They are a rite of passage, a marriage, funerals, sports events, births, holidays.  You probably have many rituals that you and your family observe.  So how about being open and trying to incorporate some rituals into your life that help you feel better and stronger.

Below are some examples, but, let your imagination run wild. Maybe there are some rituals you used to perform and have forgotten about.  This is another tip for your tool box; keep them handy just in case.

1. Sweeping your front porch.  As silly as this sounds, it changes and moves around the energy by your front door.  It is a cleansing ritual and prepares you for a new day.

2. Ring chimes in the four corners of a room.  This ritual changes the energy in a room and helps cleanse the room of negative energy.  This is good for rooms that many people come in and out of or rooms that are not used frequently.

3. Take a Love Bath to increase you feminine power of attraction.  Fill a tub with warm water and place 10 -15 drops of rose oil in the water.  Light white candles around the tub.  Immerse yourself in the water, relax, and enjoy the warmth and the fragrance. Picture yourself surrounded by pink light.

4. Candles. Lighting different color candles to enhance your mood.  I light white candles for cleansing, praying, and meditation.  Green candles to increase confidence and attract money. Blue candles for calmness and contemplation. Pink candles attract love. Gold candles for good fortune and good luck.  This is just a guide; always listen to your heart for the meaning for you.

So, this week try one of these rituals or create your own. The important point is to do something that will help you feel better and stronger.

What ritual did you try?

Sensational Sunday and Mother’s Day

By: Gloria Marie

Sensational Sunday and Mother’s Day

Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do.  This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life.  This week for Sensational Sunday we honor our Mother’s and reflect on what motherhood means to you. If you are not a Mother, reflect of what it means to be women. Enjoy and honor yourself on this Mother’s Day.


My Mother was an incredibly wise, giving woman.  She did not have an easy life, but, she enjoyed life. I can still hear her contagious laughter. She was the family Matriarch and her death left a large whole in our family’s heart.  My Mother was my rock through my divorce and through the many years of difficult times I experienced.  I can still hear her saying to me, “There is always a rainbow after the storm, stay strong!”  How fortunate and Blessed I am.

Today take out your journal and write down some favorite memories you have of times with your Mother. If you were not close to your Mother, write memories of a mother figure, a grandmother or a woman you admire.  Our Mother’s are in our DNA and in our hearts forever. The chain of love is not broken even with death. Spend some time honoring them today.  They helped you become the beautiful human being that you are.


[Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome]

Christina Rossetti, 1830 -1894

Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome

Has many sonnets: so here now shall be

One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me

To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,

To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee

I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;

Whose service is my special dignity,

And she my loadstar while I go and come

And so because you love me, and because

I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath

Of rhymes wherewith to crown you honored name:

In you not fourscore years can dim the flame

Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws

Of time and change and mortal life and death.


10 Questions to Help Discover Your Passion

By: Gloria Marie

10 Questions to Help Find Your Passion

Sensational Sunday

Passion d'une nuit

Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do.  This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life. Today on Sensational Sunday we will discuss tools to find your passion and incorporate it into your life.   Reflecting on these 10 questions will help you discover your passion.

Passion is defined as a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling, enthusiasm, or desire for anything.  When going through my divorce and other difficult transitions, I realized I was not passionate about anything.  In order to survive emotionally, there was a time I did not allow myself to feel any strong emotion, whether passion or anger.  How boring is that?  We need to find our passion in life and incorporate it as part of our weekly routine.  We are here to enjoy and thrive in our incredible life.

We will begin by reflecting on the following questions and then we will discuss ways to begin putting that passion into your life!

Reflect on these questions, take your time.  It may take a few weeks before you can answer them. Perhaps write your answers in your journal.

 1. What activity would you engage in even if you never made money doing it?

2. When you dream, what do you dream about?

3. What do you like to read about?

4. What are you good at?

5. What sparks your creativity?

6. What are 5 past life experiences that left you with a sense of fulfillment?

7. What was the best time you ever had?

8. What is your favorite part about life?

9. What activities make you feel like your heart is about to burst?

10. If you could do anything today, what would it be?

Now what?  While reflecting on these answers, write down 3 things that bring you passion.  They may be small things: time with your children, spending more time reading, taking you dog on a walk or they could be larger things: learning to paint, dancing lessons, going back to school. This week, try to incorporate one of your passions into your life.

1. Start with a small thing, something that can easily be added to your life.

2. Be fearless.  Do not let your mind tell you “I should” or “I cannot”.

3. Simplify some part of your life to make room for more passion.

 Where you able to find something to be passionate about?









Affirmations for Happiness

By: Gloria Marie

Create Powerful Affirmations

“When you believe yourself to be master of your thoughts, you become so.”

-Emile Coue´


Affirmations are statements that help us practice positive thinking.  Your mind cannot have two thoughts at the same time.  You may have thoughts that follow one another but there is only one thought at a time. Affirmations help us replace any negative or undesirable thoughts with a thought that will empower us.  Affirmations can help us become strong, happy and whole. There are all types of affirmations: for love, prosperity, good health, happiness, self-love, the list can go on and on. I am a very strong believer in affirmations.  I write down affirmations and keep them on index cards or sticky notes.  I put them on my bathroom mirror, my desk, my kitchen, or where ever I spend time.  They change as I change or as my life changes.

An interesting point about affirmations is that they have been used for a long time. In 1922, Emile Coue´ published a book titled, “Self Mastery through Conscious Autosuggestion”. He was a French psychologist who developed a method for attaining health, success, and happiness through the use of autosuggestion. He did 20 years of scientific research and experiments with thousands of people to develop his method.

This is the Emile Coue´ method:

1. Sit in a relaxed position with eyes closed.

2. Repeat in a monotonous tone, the magic words:


3. Repeat these magic words 20 times in the morning and 20 times in the evening.

4. Do not think about your illness or your troubles while repeating these words.

5. Your desire must have absolute faith and confidence.

 That is it!  This is simple to do.  You do not need any special props or need to be in any particular place. What you do need is confidence in yourself and to believe firmly that all will be well.

Try it for a month.  See if there are some positive changes in your life.


Practice Forgiveness

By: Gloria Marie

 Practice Forgiveness

Big Heart of Art - 1000 Visual Mashups

 Forgiveness is probably the best practice for us to cultivate in our lives.  Anger is a negative, dark emotion. It clouds our hearts and our lives. Forgiving another person allows positive energy and love to replace the darkness.  Is anger holding back from leading a full life? What do you think you can do about it?

Sometimes just the awareness of anger towards someone is the beginning of forgiveness. It is not easy or quick to forgive.  Just sitting and acknowledging that you are angry at someone is progress.  The Dalai Lama’s says about forgiveness, “I forgive but, I do not forget”.  Forgiveness does not mean what was done to you was alright. Forgiveness frees your soul to allow more light to enter.

The New York Times published an article on April 5, 2014 titled, “Portraits of Reconciliation” with photos by Pieter Hugo and text by Susan Dominus. It was an extremely moving article on the power of forgiveness. They went to Rwanda; 20 years after nearly a million people were killed during the country’s genocide. There is a national effort in Rwanda toward reconciliation. Groups are counseled over months with the objective that the perpetrator formally requests forgiveness from their victims.  The text and photos are remarkable.  One common theme among the survivors was that they felt more peaceful after they forgave the perpetrators. They felt peace in their hearts.

There is a lot of power in Forgiveness.  Is there someone you are ready and would like to forgive? Follow these tips.

1. Be gentle and loving with yourself.  Think of the image of a deer, gentle and loving.

2. Be patient.  It will take time.

3. Take small steps.  Start with something or someone that may be easier to forgive. Gradually move on to larger, more difficult situations.

Did you give it a try?



Ten Books for Motivation and Inspiration

By: Gloria Marie

Sensational Sunday

Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do.  This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life.  This week I encourage you to find an inspirational book, I have listed ten books, to read each morning or each evening, whichever time you can reflect on the message.


 Ten Books for Motivation and Inspiration

 This blog is all about empowering you and helping you gain inner strength.  This is a constant challenge. Some days may be great, other days we may have trouble just putting one foot in front of the other.  Since the 1970’s, I have always kept a daily inspirational book by my bedside. The book would provide a short quote or positive story.  Sometimes I would read it in the morning for motivation.  At night, if I had trouble sleeping, I would just pick it up, open up a page and begin reading.

This week, try to find an inspirational book that motivates you.  It may be religious or more self-help oriented.  This is another “tool” for your tool box of practical steps to take when you need a little more encouragement or a little more support.

Here is a list ten books that I have used.  Maybe one of these will “speak” to you.

1. “Positive Thinking Every Day: An Inspiration for Each Day of the Year” by Norman Vincent Peale.      I started reading his books, at my Father’s suggestion, when I was 10 years old.

2.  “The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have” by Mark Nepo.

3.  “Jesus Calling: Devotions for every Day of the Year” by Sarah Young

4. “The Way is Within: A Spiritual Journey” by Ron Rathbun

5.  “Words to Live By: A Daily Guide to Leading an Exceptional Life” by Easwaran

6.   “Christian Mystics:  365 Readings and Meditations” by Matthew Fox

7. Ave Maria Press has a wonderful series of books called “30 Days with a great Spiritual Teacher”.  Each book provides a month of daily readings from one of Christianity’s most beloved spiritual guides.

8. “Around the Year with Emmet Fox” by Emmet Fox.  This has been on my nightstand since 1977 and I still enjoy reading it.

9. “A Year of Miracles: Daily Devotions and Reflections” by Marianne Williamson

10.  These are a deck of cards.  “Power Thought Cards: A 64 Card Deck” by Louise Hay

Did you find a book that touched you? Motivated you?






7 Day Program to Positive Thinking

By: Gloria Marie

Sensational Sunday

Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do.  This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life.  This week for Sensational Sunday we will work on positive thinking.

This is a wonderful article on Positive Thinking.  It was sent to me by Coach Ayisha from the Universal Coach Institute.  I love #5, Recognize/ Reevaluate/Restore.


“Enlightenment” Your 7 days program to Positive thinking

I’m sure you have a bright idea hidden somewhere in the back of your mind that you just can’t wait to test out. Of course you’re not the only one with the bright idea. So what motivates you to churn those creative or even inspiring juices to its utmost flavor?

It’s always best to set up a personal goal where you can accomplish the most in record time, maybe like mowing the lawn in an hour before the big game on TV. A correct and positive attitude in whatever you do will make things easier, and even enjoyable.

Here are some tips to make it through the week even if you’re just sitting in your favorite couch. An idea takes time to form in your head and is always at work while you are busy sitting.

Having a bit of positive thinking can help you realize things that are never thought possible.

1. Take passionate action towards living your life by design. Talk is cheap. Action = deposits in the bank of a passionately authentic future. Without it, passion is void.

This is a perfect example where dreams are made of where you start by tinkering with your mind, then with your hands. And if the idea weakens, you can always go back to it later until you finish it.

2. Commit to yourself as well as those you love to create powerfully a life you can love. Instead of reacting, commit to creating from your heart and soul, out of love rather than fear. The American Dream will always be there, but a dream will still be a dream without motion. Be amazed as the transformation begins.

3. Recognize and embrace the thought that each moment is perfect regardless of its outcome. Every time you hit on something that may appear too extreme, why not give it a shot and see if it will work. You will be surprised to see if there are other ways to get the task done in time. If you are not pleased with the outcome, decide to use that moment to learn from and make the appropriate shift.

4. Dwell completely in a place of gratitude. Learn to utilize what you have in your hands and make use of it in the most constructive way. Slipping into neediest will become less of a habit when you repeatedly shift towards gratitude, away from poverty consciousness.

5. Use a Passion Formula of Recognize/Reevaluate/Restore in place of the Shoulda/Woulda/Coulda whirlwind. The former is based in increased knowledge and abundance while the latter focuses on scarcity and lack. As you face people or tasks that may seem harder than scaling the summit of the Himalayas, allow yourself to realize that the task is just as important as giving out orders to your subordinates. You would rather be richly passionate!

6. Keep humor at the forefront of thought, laughing at and with yourself when possible. You may find yourself quite entertaining when you loosen up! I am yet to see a comedian ever go hungry even though his jokes are as ‘old as great-grandma’. Life has so much to offer to allow you to mope around in self-pity. Humor is very attractive, very passionate: life-giving.


7. Believe that you are the architect of your destiny. No one can take your passionate future from you except for you! Create your life authentically. As long as there’s still breath in your body, there is no end to how much you can accomplish in a lifetime. The concept of thinking big is all about enjoying your work, which would lead to celebrate a discovery that is born within your hands. Watch everything flow into place with perfect, passionate precision.

Can you share one way you incorporated this into your life this week?



Use Powerful Positive Words

By: Gloria Marie

Tip #12 Use Powerful Positive Words


 Words are powerful and carry energy. Positive words will create positive energy around you and there is research to prove this.  When we say something out loud, we are putting it in the Universe.  What types of things do you want to put out there?  Positive and loving?  Or negative and mean? If you are going through a transition and want a happier, peaceful life, the chances are probably pretty good that you want to be more positive and loving.

The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto is a fascinating book on the power of positive thoughts. Dr. Emoto, a Japanese scientist, used high-speed photography to photograph frozen water.  When photographing water that was exposed to the words, love and gratitude, magnificent crystals in snowflake patterns appeared. In some experiments, he wrapped a piece of paper with the words, love and gratitude, and beautiful crystals appeared in the water.  The words, thank you, also formed spectacular crystal patterns.

Dr. Emoto also photographed water using the words; You fool, You make me sick, I will kill you.  In these instances, no crystals formed.  The colors in these photographs are dull and almost muddy looking.

Our bodies are made up of up to 60% water.  About 70% of the Earth’s surface is water-covered. Just think of the implications of Dr. Emoto’s revolutionary experiments.  By the power of our words, thoughts, and feelings, we can change the peace within ourselves and the peace in the world.  The words, love and gratitude, were so powerful and produced amazing crystals in the frozen water.

Start today; become aware of your word choices.  Begin incorporating the words love and gratitude into your life.  Use these words when you speak to your children, your family.  Write a thank you note of gratitude to someone. “Feel” these words when you wake up in the morning and when you go to sleep at night.

How did you incorporate the words love and gratitude into your life?







Mindfulness In Nature

By: Gloria Marie

Sensational Sunday Mindfulness In Nature

Every Sunday the Single, Happy, and Strong Blog will have an exercise for you to do.  This is a wonderful way to start a new week; to reflect, grow, and begin a shift in your life.  This week for Sensational Sunday we will practice mindfulness in nature.


Mindfulness Through Nature

 “Keep close to Nature’s heart, yourself; and break away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean from the earth-stains of this sordid, gold-seeking crowd in Gods’ pure air.  It will help you in your efforts to bring to these people something better than gold.  Don’t lose your freedom and your love of the Earth as God made it.                                                                      -John Muir

If we can learn to be mindful, living in the moment, peace of mind will be attainable.  The present moment is tolerable. Leaving in the past with regret or the in the future with worry, creates stress and anxiety in our life.  Being mindful takes practice.  Just like anything, the more we practice the better we become at it.

As John Muir so beautifully said, “wash your spirit clean from the earth-stains”. I always find that spending some time outdoors, in nature, I forget my worries and I am completely present, mindful.  So today, go outside! Take a walk.  You may not have mountains or woods nearby, maybe it is the beach, a lake, or a park.  Maybe you just put a chair outside your door and watch the sunset or the clouds in the sky.

1. Breathe, reflect, and really pay attention to the sounds, the smells, and the small, intimate, beautiful aspects of nature.

2. When you return home, spend a few minutes reflecting on the words that described what you experienced. Tranquil. Serenity. Magnificent. Peaceful.

3. Write these words on paper.

4. Next time you are feeling tense remember these words and the feelings of peace that they invoked in you.

What words did you use to describe your time in nature?  Where did you go to spend some time outdoors?