A Poem: Phenomenal Woman

I read a poem recently and it quickly became one of my favorites so I thought I would share. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did ❤

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
–Much love, Callie ❤
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A Few Important Quotes from ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’

“I came to the startling realization that if there really is no reason to do anything, then there is also no reason not to do anything; that in the face of the inevitability of death, there is no reason to ever give in to one’s fear of embarrassment or shame, since it’s all just a bunch of nothingness anyway, and that by spending the majority of my short life avoiding what was painful and uncomfortable, I had essentially been avoiding being alive at all.”

“There is nothing to be afraid of. Ever.”

“Dogs don’t sit around and worry about their career. Cats don’t think about their past mistakes or wonder what would have happened if they’d done something differently. Monkey don’t argue over future possibilities, just as fish don’t sit around wondering if other fish would like them more if they had longer fins.”

“We feel bad for feeling bad. We get angry about getting angry. We get anxious about feeling anxious. What is wrong with me?”

The one small thing you can do to get you from where you are to where you want to be

Good morning all ❤

I’m almost finished reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, and I can honestly say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s simple and to the point, and in this post I’m going to share one of my favorite ideas from this book to help you reach your goals:

Tracking 1 trait.

The Compound Effect is all about how the little things add up. So, for example, say you wanted to run a marathon but you’re totally out of shape. When you think about the challenge ahead it can be so utterly daunting that you decide not to do the marathon all together, and then you’re probably going to go sit on the couch, watch mindless tv, and eat chips.

But, if you use The Compound Effect of tracking one trait, then you will be able to tackle any challenge. And this is how you do it:

1.) Decide on the goal you want to accomplish. It can be anything. Do you want to eat healthier? Read more books? Run a marathon? Increase flexibility? Spend more time with your partner? Pick out something you’ve been wanting to do for awhile, but that kept getting pushed to the back burner because you weren’t sure where to even start, or that the goal seemed to big to conquer.

2.) Get a piece of paper and start tracking that singular trait. If you want to eat healthier, then keep a food journal and be meticulous about what you write down. If you want to be better with your finances, track down where you’re spending your money… write down every cent that you spend. It’s simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. People get lazy. Don’t be lazy, if you’re going to track, then really track your goal. If your goal is to run a marathon, then decide to track your workouts. This way, at the end of the week you will be able to look back and see the habits you kept that week, and if it moved you further or closer to your goal.

Try this for thirty days and see the difference in your life.

One of my favorite passages from “The magic in your mind”

Gooood morning all ❤

I used to feel funny about reading multiple spiritual books. I wondered how many I would need to read to feel like I “got it”, whatever it was. That feeling of peace, possibly, where everything just flows. But then I read a great quote that said something like “people say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing- That’s why we recommended daily.” I love that soooo much because I think we do need to remind ourselves of all the good that is in the world. We need to remind ourselves that we are so much more than our ego, and capable of things far beyond our wildest dreams. The passage I added below is from a great book called The Magic in Your Mind by U.S. Anderson. Here it is:

“The sphere of effectiveness that the conscious mind has over the subconscious is this: by it we can choose consciously to become the sort of people we would like to be. We can become courageous and energetic and loyal and trustworthy and full of love and kindness and tolerance by the simple use of our conscious conditioning methods, by concentrating our attention on the things we would like to become, by allowing these impressions to seep down to subconscious levels via our imagination. If we do this continually and with regularity, sooner or later we begin to act and think in just the way that our consciousness is focused upon.” -pg 167

Here’s an extra one:

“The reconditioning (of your mind) can be done only by yourself, and it takes great concentration and continued effort; but there is always the great consolation that in the end you will be the master of your own life.”-pg 166

You are not the story in your mind. That is just past events masquerading around as if it is who you are, but you are so much more than that. You can decide right now to be the person you want to be. To be happy, outgoing, funny or whatever you choose.

Waking up everyday and asking yourself “what is the best version of myself I can be for the next 24 hours” and then living in that altered state will change your life greatly. If you wake up and do that everyday, just watch how much your life will change. Stop thinking of the things you dislike about yourself. Focus on who you want to be, live in that state, and watch the magic happen in your life. Do this each morning, and I guarantee your life a year from now will look vastly different than it does now.

 

Much love–Callie ❤