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How Ya Feeling Today?

I am absolutely loving this CRAZY energy! I have a bazillion thoughts running through my mind of where I want to go and what I want to do. To focus and align my thoughts so they don’t evaporate from my mind, I have been organizing and  revamping my kitchen and living room to make my immediate environment more manageable and cohesive. I’m feeling extremely creative with my bad ass glue gun and paint brushes by my side.

Happy Monday!

Abby Rae

Check out David Palmer’s  Daily inspirational Intentions!

I fucking love DAVE GROHL

Below is Mr. Grohl’s keynote speech at this year’s SXSW festival. It’s full of badassified thoughts and  motivation. Watch it! Watch it, NOW!

XOXO,

Abby Rae

 

Striking a Chord

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson 

~I had the pleasure of seeing Silversun Pickups this past December!  Their album “Neck of the Woods” was released on May 8, 2012, which was my 8th wedding anniversary.  “Coincidentally”, many of  SSPU’s  previous songs opened up new meanings and insights into my marriage.  It put a big ol’ SMILE on my face when I heard of the release date~ Oh, snap!! The universe is so damn awesome~

*****CHECK OUT******    *THE PIT     *BUSY BEES   *BLOODY MARY    *HERE WE ARE     

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Abby Rae

Being Here

I’m Not There

 

Although I was intrigued with the movie when it came out, I never watched it. I always knew that I would take it in at just the right moment in my life when I needed to view it. Well, last night was that time. I found myself analyzing and decoding the images and words that were portrayed. In no way do I claim to know fully the intentions of the director. I do know it spoke to the nature of my being. So many personalities combined into one~Striving to mold them into all, so as none are lost and all have a voice in my existence.  The last line, in particular, shot a lightning bolt of clarity into the core of my soul:

“When I wake I’m one person, when I go to sleep I know for certain I’m somebody else. I don’t know who I am most of the time. It’s like you got yesterday, today and tomorrow all in the same room. There’s no telling what can happen.”

 

No, I’m not there.

I’m not yet  fully here, either. I lie in the misted, vague ether of the in-between

Juggling fruits of the past with seeds for the future.

Do you know where you are?

Best wishes in your search :)

Abby Rae

 

 

 

 

 

ALL WE SEE OR SEEM

A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream? 

Edgar Allan Poe

I am a dreamer!  A dreamer’s life is blessed with the abilities to see vast opportunities among the grim and glum realities that are portrayed in the world. And yet, when the visions and dreams of hope and possibilities are left unharnessed they drown in the mind. It is then that the dreamer’s life seems to be riddled with curses.  The visions become clouded and fear-based and renders the dreamer immobile, trapped within the depths of an over-imaginative mind. 

A dream, a vision, a hope, or a wish is NOTHING until it can be integrated in the reality of the world in which we live. There must be action driven by the positive energy that created it in the first place. If visions are covered in fear, then the reality the dreamer creates will  represent the essence of a nightmare. 

Be conscious of the energy of your dreams. Focus only on the positive. Hope for direction as to where it is in your life that action needs to take place to fulfill it. Prepare for the reality of your wishes to come true.

“You know all the things come back to you!”

Dream ON!

Abby Rae

BEES ARE BRILLIANT

 

 

Okay, so the quote is waaaay outta touch with modern science but I still like it!  I’ve BEEn interested in the wee BUZZards since I found out how unbelievably skilled and efficient they were in geometry. (I dig math, okay?!)

 

FACTS TO GET YOUR HEAD BUZZING ‘BOUT BEES…

 

~Bees do not see the color red but they can see ultraviolet colors

~~A queen bee chooses the sex of her offspring

~~~Honey bees are not born to make honey: they are taught by their elders

~~~~Been around for 30 million years

~~~~~A honeycomb is made of hexagonal cells with walls that are only 2/1000 inch thick, but support 25 times their own weight

~~~~~~Bees pollinate an average of 15 billion dollars in crops every year

~~~~~~~Bees dance to communicate

~~~~~~~~Bees are super-smart at math and can calculate angles

~~~~~~~~~The hexagonal honeycomb shape is a reflection of this ability, as it is the most efficient use of space for them to store food

~~~~~~~~~~Honey is the only food made by insects that is eaten by man

~~~~~~~~~~~Honey has everything in it to sustain life, with an added antioxidant that promotes brain functioning

~~~~~~~~~~~~Human brains have trillions of glial “glue” cells that form a honeycomb pattern that nourishes and protects neurons

 

 

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

 

In honor of All Saints Day, I am showing gratitude to  my Catholic heritage  by sharing with you one of my favorite saints, Saint Kateri Tekawitha, who was just recently  canonized (fancy word meaning the big wigs in the church feel she is worthy of being called a saint) on 10/21/2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Kateri  is the first Native American Indian to reach sainthood; she showed extreme courage and bravery in what she believed and gave great dedication to the environment and the sick. Her story has fascinated me, since I was a young girl.

My mom, grandma, and I went into Saint Louis city to visit my Uncle Jim , who was in the Kenrick seminary (fancy word for a college where you learn to become a priest). While we were in the gift shop, I spotted  the book, Kateri Tekawitha, Lily of the Mohawks. My grandma bought it for me and I read it all the time. I think I even brought it to school for show-and-tell!

Hearing the news of Kateri’s sainthood, this October, put a huge smile on my face. It brought back a flood of memories of my grandma , who is now gone and my uncle, who recently passed away in September.  As I grew older, and more rebellious of my Catholic upbringing, I often debated with them on the teaching and dogma of the church. It drove my mother CRAZY!  I’m sure they are giggling, as I write this…

I am beginning to accept that in my questioning of my beliefs I do not have to completely shun and rebel from them, either. Although I am, currently,  not a devoted Catholic, I find that my faith is still heavily rooted in Catholic teachings and prayers: I love reading about saints and angels, I still pray numerous Catholic prayers, almost daily, and when I do go to church, I get overwhelmingly emotional and almost always have tears.  It is a part of me. It seems as though I cannot escape it, no matter how hard I try to run away…

 

Be Strong. Be Courageous.

Abby Rae

 

What It Really Means To Be A Catholic

 
 

Bubbles!

I stayed up way too late the other night watching The Code on the Science Channel. For some reason my brain gets hungry for information late at night. I started watching The Code and was blown away (ha!) by the bubble artist and his explanation of the conservation of space that bubbles inherently possess. Check out the video, even if you’re not a number or shape freak, the bubble formations are incredible to watch!

Be Bubbly,

Abby Rae

KINDNESS COUNTDOWN

Kindness

Upon completion of my last Probability and Statistics test, with my brain nearly fried, I cruised over to Facebook-land for some much-needed, non-thinking activity.  A HUGE smile crept up on my face, as I read on of my friend’s posts.  She is at the closing of her time in her 30′s and had written a “TO DO” list of items to accomplish before she hit the debilitating age of 40 ;)

She stated that she realized she would most likely never complete many of the items before her birthday, so she gave her list a new direction. Instead of trying to accomplish pie-in-the-sky, self-absorbed goals at this time, she is choosing to do 40 random acts of kindness before she blows out her candles on the eve of her birthday next month!!!

She started her KINDNESS COUNTDOWN today in the drive-thru at Starbucks, by buying the lady’s coffee behind her~ I just imagined how shocked and appreciative the unsuspecting recipient of the “FREE” coffee must have been.  Ya, I teared-up a bit, I’ll admit…Kindness just warms the hell outta my heart ( It’s my Cancer Moon for any astrology nerds out there).

I love how my friend flipped her “ME ME ME LIST”  into something that everyone can benefit from and my thoughts began to wonder~~ I wonder what other random acts she has in store? I wonder how many people her kindness is going to spread to?  and how many of those people will continue to spread the kindness they received? Will they show gratitude? Will they shrug it off?

 I WONDER!!

<3 and Kindness,

Abby Rae

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