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Circles of Inspiration Handmade Jewelry by Anna Pereira

Circles of Inspiration Handmade Jewelry by Anna Pereira

Hello Everyone! First I want to apologise for not posting in SO so long…. I am going to be honest and get to the point… I had become a little discouraged with my initiative. ūüė¶¬† My intentions here were to create a ‘pay it forward’ blessings movement of which one request was to have the participant send me a brief story of their personal account with the rosary.

Many rosaries were sent out and many passed hands. I reached out to the recipients¬†from time to time to check in and some participated actively, others intended to begin¬†and others had finished their missions and passed along to the next person on the list. I would request the stories and had little success in receiving them… Others clung to their rosary and expressed they would participate … in the end everything kind of piddled out.

I was disappointed as I was inspired to create a movement that in no way benefited me financially (Actually, it was an investment on my end as I purchased the rosaries and they were sent out free and this is not a profit making blog, no ads, just a place to get inspired, find hope & believe.) The way I benefited was by being a conduit for blessings to manifest for people around the world. When the participation was not there, my energy was diminished and I backed off.

So here I am, and that is the update. Blessings Go Round the initiative has ceased and may or may not start back up… time will tell. In the end, for whatever reason I was inspired to start this initiative, I hope it did what it was supposed to do for whoever needed it ūüôā

As my inspiration leads me down different paths, I have a new venture! Last year I designs these inspirational charms as I am an artist and house wife in a different country, my opportunities are limited¬†for getting out and doing something,¬†also, limited to¬†what I can create based on available supplies. So I started doing jewelry! After making my ‘test’ ones … Everyone asked to purchase and through the holidays last year I sold several.

The Significance Of Believe In Coral Pink
They say that belief lives in the heart and not the mind. This charm combines the powerful ‘Believe’ word with pinks and corals which activate the heart center, open up our sense of trust in what we truly believe in, and cultivate more love for us to feel while our beliefs turn into our realities.
As A Gift: The gift of a coral pink ‚ÄėBelieve‚Äô charm reminds the receiver that the answers to all problems and the source of all energy are within the heart. This gift inspires the individual to trust themselves and the power they hold within.

Having had a line of hand painted t-shirts, I always said I will never have my own business again.. solo. The stress, money, time and work it takes gives me anxiety just thinking about it! But for some strange reason I was inspired to go forward and turn these charms into a full line of jewelry! I call them Circles of Inspiration ūüôā

I make them with inspiring words in significant colors reflecting dynamics that help bring out certain attributes for a most positive experience wearing them for specific reasons. My offering contains: Love, Blessed, Believe, Journey, Bliss, Dream, Namaste, Serenity, Fearless and more. I handpaint each and every one! (Video is on my home page of my website)

So that’s where I have been and where I am going. I have a Facebook page full if wonderful inspiring posts and updates on Circles of Inspiration Handmade Jewelry. My new website is www.AnnaPereiraDesigns.com & My inspirational blog related to my jewelry is www.AnnaPereira.com

http://www.facebook.com/CirclesOfInspiration I post lots of inspiring posters daily ūüôā Here is one I created with my own photo.

Thank you for reading my post and I wish you blessings of peace, love, joy and success.

Namaste

Anna

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I know Christine from my teen years. We were always friends but not super duper close .. so when she requested to be a part of this I was over joyed. She was always a sweet girl. We actually bumped into each other a few years back at a craft show I was doing. She has blossomed into a confident beautiful woman and I was so happy for her!!

I want to thank Christine B for praying on a rosary and giving us her inspiring story. Below is an unedited experience from her after spending some time with one of the rosaries. Enjoy her words and thank you for being a source of inspiration. After reading this many people can relate and I hope they are inspired too….

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My Experience With The Fatima Rosary by Christine B:

I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special initiative that is near and dear to you and hopefully inspiring others.

When I first received the beautiful rosary I placed it on a cross I have hanging in my room that was my grandfather’s. I wanted the rosary to get settled in to its new environment and get to know me a little.¬† The cross (Divinity wooden sick call cross) is wooden and inside it holds a set of candles and a bottle of holy water. I am uncertain as to where my grandfather acquired the cross, but I do know that is has been in our family for over 60 years. I received the cross from my mom after my grandmother passed away, January 29, 2011. R.I.P. Harriet Spagnolo, you were an amazing woman.¬† Not a day goes by that I don‚Äôt think of you!

I understand that being a part of this blessing go around, means we are to share with you and others our experiences.  I can only say that I felt at peace when holding/praying the rosary. When I wasn’t, the rosary would hang on the cross in my bedroom.   Just having the Fatima Rosary near to me was soothing and I felt as though I had another guardian angel to watch over me.

As I mentioned above I lost my grandmother this year, which is why I wanted to be a part of this special initiative…..I know that God does not give you more than you can handle, but sometimes I feel as though I am pushed to the limits.  It’s amazing, how everything seems to
work……You open your mind and heart and things just start to happen.  Kind of like right now it seems as though my personal life right keeps getting more amazing each day, if that is possible!  I have finally found someone who makes me laugh and accepts me for ME.  I am a firm believer in things happen for a reason and people come in and out of our lives for a reason.   The Rosary has shown/given me this….I had to go through ALL the ups and downs to get to where I am today.  If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t even blink an eye.

I so feel blessed to have been a part of your Blessing go around.

Have an amazing day, for each day is a gift from Heaven.

Sincerely,

Christine

 

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RIP to your grandma Christine ūüôā I’m so happy you blessed us with your support and participation in Blessings Go Round. Keep smiling and inspiring everyone around you!!!!

 

Want to create a healthier, happier world? This is not only a blog, but a group initiative to pray and pass on blessings! Read my first post to find out how you can get involved and be part of this mission to spread joy, blessings and love. Make a difference for YOU and the world:

https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/

 

This entry is the inspiration Rose T. received after praying on a Fatima rosary for Blessings Go Round.
 
I have recently reconnected with Rose through Facebook (gotta love FB.) She was a great friend to me as a teen and gave me so much wisdom and inspiration. Though we were years apart in age, we got along like best friends. She was always happy and positive.
 
I know recently she has gone through many tests and yet is always positive and upbeat through it all. She is a truly blessed woman with a wonderful family. Here is her brief story in her own words:
 
“In the past 15 years¬†I realized that we really don’t have control over our lives…life happens when you’re living each day thinking that things are fine and then something happens to make you realize life is so fragile.
 
Wishing for “things” and hoping for someone to get “better” if they’re sick used to be the “norm” and I’m sure it’s the “norm” for everyone.
 
I¬†have realized since we don’t have control of our lives…we should just pray for strength and guidance and TURN the rest of it OVER ….. I¬†find peace with the prayer…”trust in the lord with all your might lean not on your own understanding….acknowledge him in every way and he shall guide your path”
 
Thank you Rose for sharing with us your inspiring message. I too found my path and enlightenment later on in life. I guess sometimes you have to go through experiences to find the light.
 
Friends, I hope this entry inspires you to find your guidance and enlightenment. Have a blessed day!
 
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Join the initiative ūüôā

Want to create a healthier, happier world? This is not only a blog, but a group initiative to pray and pass on blessings! Read my first post to find out how you can get involved and be part of this mission to spread joy, blessings and love. Make a difference for YOU and the world:

https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/

I read an article today suggesting how to speak to a little girl. The editor sited epidemics at young ages regarding obsessions for being thin and the importance society places on beauty as being important which leads to negative trends in younger and younger children.

Happiness is... balance and confidence. Practice having these attributes in your life. Instill them in those you love.

This was a short article and how she spoke to a little girl was not the typical; instead of complimenting her on her adorable little self, the editor asked her what she was reading and got into reading a book with her. Basically instilling that reading was important and totally deflecting any interest or attention to her physical self and being a ‘cutie patootie’.¬†

I have mentioned a few times that life is about balance. Every child and adult wants to feel special. Outward appearance is important in society and being well-groomed and having manners are as important as being bright and educated.. I think. 

At a dinner party,¬†do you want to sit next to someone who has the solutions to the world’s problems with bad B.O., sloppy, boogies hanging out of their nose, spitting while they speak, or speaking loudly and interrupting you …¬†without any social etiquette?

Why wouldn’t you give someone a compliment on their appearance? Can’t you give a compliment on the appearance and also talk about books, intellect and how one carries oneself? This is where balance comes in.

Health equals happiness. To have physical health, mental health and spiritual health are the key ingredients in overall happiness.

If you are aware of who you are and steadfast in what you believe of yourself, under any circumstance, during any time, you will have confidence and strength.

We are human, we are weak, sad, sick, around negative people, etc. some times. But the stronger our value of ourself is, the more strength you will have when you are faced with times of being tested.

I know who I am. I am comfortable with myself. I am aware of my positive and not so positive attributes (which I work on) but at the end of the day and during times where I may have my confidence tested, I think about my core beliefs. I quickly get my confidence back and can carry on. I know I am intelligent and try to look and act my best … and that’s all I can do.

Practicing healthy ways of thinking and living on a daily basis creates this as a habit. This is reinforced by my ‘dressing up’ when I go out, knowing how to act and dress gives me confidence when I arrive where ever it is. I think it is important to give compliments of positive attributes regarding appearance, intellect and demeanor. This is balance and what everyone needs to have balance.

In closing, compliment that little girl on her adorable little self! Let her know how precious she is and also ask her what she is reading and what has she created lately. It’s all good.

By the way, I think that article is basically addressing American socially perceived views of perfection. In other cultures, if you do not achieve educationally or are the strongest in your tribe, etc. then that is what causes stress and a host of adolescent issue. I just wanted to point out, it is cultural as well as social what is seen as perfect and what causes issues among young and old(er).

Combating the ideals of society – correction – MEDIA driven society – is a battle. Do what you can for YOU, your loved ones and all you encounter to create positive energy, confidence and positive feelings of value and importance. This comes from everywhere; Spirit, mental, physical, attitude, etc. Reinforce the positive in all repects.

Thanks for reading … Have a blessed day ūüôā

Want to create a healthier, happier world? This is not only a blog, but a group initiative to pray and pass on blessings! Read my first post to find out how you can get involved and be part of this mission to spread joy, blessings and love. Make a difference for YOU and the world:

https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/

 

 

 

Donna’s Story

This is my second entry about the experiences of everyday people who have prayed on a Blessings Go Round Fatima rosary.

This entry happens to be written by my personal friend Donna. I met Donna a few years ago while doing craft shows. She is a jewelry designer and much, much more. I was so attracted to her positive spirit and she conveyed this in her jewelry designs. She created inspiring pieces with the theme of the chakras and her unique designs using natural stones, glass and crystal beads really made her jewelry stand out. She is a truly beautiful person and I am so blessed to have become friends with her.

Donna prayed on a rosary for a few weeks. When I asked for her experience here is what she gave me, unedited:

You sent me an email saying that you can’t wait to hear my “inspiring” story. To inspire: to do or feel something, to create, animate with a feeling, instill into a person…these are all meanings of inspire!

You have done this Anna, you have done this just by sending the rosary for me to feel, to create, to do something.

I believe everything happens for a reason and time will always tell. We may not always understand or agree, but God does not give us what we cannot handle. I am an artist at heart, I went to college for art and dance and yet my occupation is in the medical field. 

I do still creative jewelry and I dance but both are my hobbies not for financial support.

They say women in their forties have found themselves and know what they want. Even before I received the rosary I knew what my intentions for it would be. I have been in a job for the last 4 1/2 years that has not been ideal. I am the last person who enjoys complaining, but this was a very hostile working environment. I have been trying to find a new job and praying for peace since I started working there. Most of us know, finding a new job isn’t so easy these days.

My time spent with the rosary gave me the answers that I was looking for. Funny how events would happen after I started praying on the rosary that showed human resources the pain that I was suffering. My mind and heart felt more open with the rosary, more aware. I actually felt stronger. I have read the book “The Secret” and I do believe in mind over matter. The rosary helped me with that belief. The rosary was the extra strength that I needed.

I was offered a severance package. Finally, a new Human Resources employee came to my aid. There was nowhere else for me to go, there were no other jobs within the company, but there was this package. Would you take it? Would you stay where you felt sick to your stomach everyday or would you thank the rosary and run?

I know it was the rosary that helped and I am so blessed. I have a beautiful family, friends and the most loving boyfriend that a girl could ask for.

What we attract in life, is what we truly desire, what we know we deserve. I met Anna for a reason, people are always in our life for a reason.

I will find a job or maybe my artistic talent will not just be my hobby anymore. I know everything will work out. I have always had faith and now it is even stronger.

Thank you Anna for the rosary, for the blessings. I hope you continue to inspire people, I know I will.

Your blessed friend,

Donna

She is so blessed ūüôā I hope Donna’s story inspires you as it has me! Thank you again Donna for sharing your story I am sure many people will enjoy it and find their courage to have strength, faith and know all will work out if you believe.

This is not only a blog, but a group initiative to pray and pass on blessings! Read my first post to find out how you can get involved and be part of this mission to spread joy, blessings and love. Make a difference for YOU and the world:

https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/

 

 

I know it’s been a while since posting and my apologies to all of you who look forward to a little bit of inspiration from my blog. I usually post some of my art for you to enjoy as you read… please enjoy some photos of Greece for this post ūüôā

Since I have changed my lifestyle a bit, my mental energy seems to have redirected itself towards self-healing and getting my heath in line. I started my exercise and diet program which I can say I am happily sticking to for the most part (Yippie!) However, my weight loss goal is not in sight РLOL!

Although I have yet to reach my goal (12 pounds yet to go) I have really enjoyed walking (almost) every day. I am doing like 4 – 5 miles and that translates to 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours of walking. I get to do my prayers while I walk and think about where life is going. I feel really good!

Last week my husband and I were in Greece for two weeks and I maintained my exercise, but shall we say the food there was a bit too tempting so I stuck with healthy choices but indulged in some desserts, cheese and lots and lots of wine! But it was worth it.

My healthy start! Fruit salad in the morning ... But by night I couldn't resist temptation any more! Chocolate souffle cake called ...

The morning walks along the hilly beach path was amazing. Looked for sea glass in the afternoon with my husband on the beaches and my husband worked (a lot) while we were away. I am really blessed to be able to accompany my husband while he has ‘working vacations’. The evenings were filled with fabulous dinners with friends.

Hello ....Will Power - Where did you go?????? Seriously??? Well it's hard to resist when it's right in front of you. I would NOT have ordered this! I promise!!!

I always contemplate how I got here and how amazing my life is. What if I never met ‘the One’ … The special one God had chosen for me? How much different would my life be? But all the time I believed in my heart that he was out there. Years of prayers and devastating disappointments… Did they sculpt me to be stronger? Were they my challenges to test my faith and strength? Lessons I had to learn to grow enough as a person to appreciate the love that I had yet to experience like never before? If I had given up would I eventually still have met my soul mate? I ponder these things, and feel in my heart of hearts, if I did not remain true to myself and have faith through all of my trials, I would never have received the reward I whole heartedly believed in.

We are tested everyday. The decisions you make and the path you choose must be one that is YOUR truth and YOUR belief. Don’t yield to what is easier for the sake of quick resolve. Always stick to what you believe in your heart… it speaks the truth and you will always receive what God intends for you because God is in you speaking to you through your heart. Listen. Act on it. Believe in it. Stay strong and you will finish and win the race. A new challenge always lies around the corner. Envision the end and outcome. Work towards it everyday.

Believe, believe, believe.  I owe my current life, love and lessons to faith.

Thank you God for giving me such divine blessings! I wish to be an inspiration for all those around me, spreading light to where there is darkness and giving hope to the hopeless…. This is what I wish, for anyone who has lost faith or needs a little encouragement.

This is not only a blog, but a group initiative to pray and pass on blessings! Read my first post to find out how you can get involved and be part of this mission to spread joy, blessings and love. Make a difference for YOU and the world:

https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/

Balux … Fabulous beach and cafe
 

Change Inspires Change

I usually like¬†to post once¬†or twice a week at least but¬†have been a bit side tracked lately. I have changed my routine a bit … for the better.

Enjoy the colors in my 'Life is Beautiful' handmade buckle. I really find the rainbow to be inspiring ūüôā

 

I have taken on a healthier lifestyle (hope I can stick to it!) There is so much good food around and being in front of the computer all day has taken a toll on my body. Not only have a gained a few pounds, not a lot, but enough that I don’t feel like myself.¬†¬†Sitting all day has given me aches and pains in my back and hips too, so I am now doing something about it.

Recently I went on¬†a trip to central Europe with my husband and when I got back I had had enough! I snuck up on myself (this is how I do things… If I sit a round and talk about it I will never do it) and one morning got to walking for an hour a day. I am very proud of myself ūüôā I have kept it up for almost two weeks now and feel so much better. I also changed my eating habits.

So why so much personal information today? Usually I give you a little nugget of something to ponder based on my inspiration and experience … and today what has been digesting in my mind for over a week, I give to you. I have noticed that since I have changed my routine, I have received new inspirations and don’t feel caught in a hamster wheel. I have seen new birds and little animals on my walks and wild flowers popping up every day. All of these things combined with all of the great chemicals given off while you exercise has really made me feel great.

So for today, if you are stuck in a rut, that may not be healthy or boring or you need some inspiration, change your routine. Walk a block in your neighborhood you never went down, go in the evening or morning. Pick up a book instead of watching TV. Research something you have¬†always wanted to know more about. We have tons of snails here and I researched how they have babies ūüôā LOL – See, inspiration from changing my routine!

Live life and make the most of it ūüôā

One more thing, I also take this walking time to do my prayers. I say my rosary, give thanks and pray for my friends and family while I walk. It’s wonderful. Hip hip hooray for multi tasking on a spiritual and healthy level!

This is not only a blog, but a group initiative to pray and pass on blessings! Read my first post to find out how you can get involved and be part of this mission to spread joy, blessings and love:

https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/

Have a blessed day!

Wet Pants

I received an email from my sister. You may have seen it before something about all the Susie’s in your life? Well I thought it was a cute way of illustrating a point. Give it a read. It’s sweet but the underlying message is significant and shows how you can be an instrument of peace and blessings for others. Have a blessed day!

With open eyes you will always see opportunities to help others. ūüôā

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Come with me to a third grade classroom….. There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of¬†a sudden, there is¬†a ¬†puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot¬†possibly imagine how this has happened.. It’s¬†never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of¬†it. When the girls find out, they’ll never speak¬†to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his¬†head down and prays this prayer, ‘Dear God, this¬†is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes¬†from now I’m dead¬†meat.’

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a class mate¬†named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is¬†filled with water. Susie trips in front of the¬†teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water¬†in the boy’s¬†lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is¬†saying to himself, ‘Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!’

Now all of a¬†sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher¬†rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts¬†to put on while his pants dry out….. All the other¬†children are on their hands and knees cleaning¬†up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful.¬†But as life would have it, the ridicule that¬†should have been his has been transferred to¬†someone else –¬†Susie.
 
She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You’ve done enough, you klutz!’

Finally, at¬†the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers,¬†‘You did that on purpose, didn’t you?’ Susie whispers back, ‘I wet my pants once¬†too.’

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good..

Remember…..Just going to¬†church doesn’t make you a Christian any more¬†than standing in your garage makes you a car. Each and
everyone one of us is going through tough times right now, but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the
faith.

This prayer¬†is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of¬†rewards. Let’s continue to pray for one another.
 The Prayer:
Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those that I care deeply for, who are reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. Where  there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.
 Amen.

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This is not only a blog, but a group initiative to pray and pass on blessings! Read my first post to find out how you can get involved and be part of this mission to spread love and blessings:

https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/

Hello friends, I don’t like to mix politics with my inspirational blog, however¬†the death of Bin Laden¬†marking an epic¬†event in world history has inspired me to deliver a message.

A new day is here ...

 

I would like to begin by saying the monster that cast devastation¬†on this earth through his terroristic acts and those of his followers, not only on 9/11 but every day since, I am happy is dead. From the troops who fight the wars, to the families they have left behind to all of the bloodshed¬†and families that cannot rest to changing the lives of innocent people on his own soil … so may lives lost, damaged¬†and devastating¬†impacts of epic proportions due to the insanity of one man’s mind who controlled so many others because of his insane views, opportunity to access funds combined with his high intellect; all used for evil intent which he let others to believe to be the right thing to do.

Osama Bin Laden was a devil on Earth. He had his way of convincing people to follow his lead by twisting a religion into a political and personal war to take over the world. People followed.

My message for today is to really find yourself. You never know when someone will walk into your life and try to brainwash you or have you thinking what they want you to believe for their personal agenda. Find your personal truth and remind yourself of it everyday.

As basic as believing in yourself to never give up and to follow the direction you feel is your path, if you are not in touch with a strong foundation of your beliefs of good and positive spirit, you may be persuaded to follow or believe in a perspective that may harm you or others.

If you see someone in your life, a teen, an adult, a person in despair that has seemed to lost hope due to disappointments, reach out to them and let them know they are strong and can overcome. People in a desperate situation are the most vulnerable to have their mind infiltrated by negativity and may possible be pursued into acts they would not ordinarily do.

Check yourself. Are you strong of spirit? Do you know your personal truth in the face of someone trying to convince you otherwise? This is so very important friends. People are around¬†all the time who are jealous and have selfish motivations who will try to destroy you. Be vigilant¬†and see who these people are and be strong of spirit to not allow them in your life. Similar to my post on toxic people, this self-serving, brain washing, manipulating type of person is the worst of the worst. Bin Laden, Hitler,… I am sure all that followed monsters like them, never thought they would be ‘brainwashed.’ I can and does happen.

I know it may be un-American and against my normal humane way of being, but this is my personal statement and I am sure most would agree; Thank you God for allowing the extermination of the disease formally known as Osama Bin Laden from this Earth. I am not proud to celebrate a death of a human, but he was a monster and THANK GOD he is dead.

Thank you to all the military personnel and support systems from all over the world who made this day possible. Thank you God.

If you are in need of finding your personal path or would like to pray to help the world to receive blessings, please read about the Blessings Go Round initiative and join us.

https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/

Have a most blessed day and remember you have the power to be and do anything. Exercise your strength of spirit to find yourself and always be on a path of guidance through positive inspiration. Beware of false prophets.

Enjoy my art! One of my one of a kind belt buckles featuring St Joseph and his prayer.

I find much of my inspiration comes from personal experience. After all, to convey some of my thoughts and ideas I most likely would have had to experience them to get a full understanding and express my thoughts through my own words¬†to get a message to you from what I know and understand to ‘be’.¬†

I have mentioned before that the true undeniable fact of getting spiritually strong takes much practice. I have been praying and meditating for many years now. I am glad I started when I did, but knowing now what strength it has given me in so many areas of my life, I wish I started sooner. To pray, to get more ‘tuned in’ to the universe and God and all things spiritual gives you such a clear sense of what is important, how to proceed and where to turn to get guidance and help.

I was inspired to write about¬†a frightening experience I had back in 2008 on a flight that had to have an emergency landing. We hear about emergency landings all the time. Many are a change in flight plans, something happening on board that causes a reroute like a medical emergency …. not many of them are a full on emergency situations in which the crew is so rattled, they can’t even speak and go through the emergency crash procedures with you. This was the kind of emergency landing I was in.

The cabin phone rang (I was in row 5). The flight attendant picked¬†it up and turned white. Said a few words¬†and hung up the phone trembling uncontrollably. Fumes filled the cabin and the announcements start … The attendants were going up and down the aisle¬†“When we yell brace… Cross your hands in front of you clasping the seat or grab your knees.” In a panicked state the 2¬† attendants walked up and down the aisles repeating this over the course of the event about three times. I’m sure they were on auto drive, in a hyper sensitive state thinking this would never happen¬†… The plane was surprisingly silent, except¬†for a baby crying. It is remarkable to see how people react in extreme situations …. The hollywood version I’m sure would depict screaming and crying… and people demanding to know what is going on. But in real life, all was quite except for the¬†repetition of the emergency drill from the attendants.

I don’t know what passengers were thinking. We were on the way to the Ft Lauderdale airport and had to land in the first airport right inside Florida from Newark. It was a good twenty-five minutes before we touched ground from the initial announcement. As soon as you can see the runway, fire trucks and ambulances lined the path awaiting our arrival. Although, at the time and judging by the panic in the faces of our attendants, we did not think we were going to arrive.

Through this ordeal, I remember as clear as it happened yesterday, I was thinking…’This is not happening. This is not happening today. It’s not the time. I have a future ahead of me and I have kids that I’m going to have and my whole life did not include this in it’s plans.’ I just close my eyes and breathed. People around me were crying silently and I’m sure …. praying. I knew this was not going to happen to me today. I told the woman next to me it is OK all is going to be fine.

Well, we landed and firemen entered the plane then they finally let us off after they checked the plane¬†… no explanation… no direction. They said a bus would be waiting for us to take us to our destination.

Well, I was there for a business trip one day meeting and flying back to NJ¬†that evening… They didn’t even give us the option to board another carrier to finish our flight. Well, that was me and my hostility of this event ….

My point in sharing this with you was during the actual event, I knew in my heart that I had more to do here and my mission was not completed.

I knew my guidance and direction. My purpose and mission were concrete in my soul. If I had not prayed and built my spiritual core up, what would I have clung too at this time of extreme fear?

People¬†were in the terminal crying and on the floor on their knees, punching the wall … this in fact was a very near death experience for many people that lasted almost a half an hour.

I am grateful to the pilots who got us on the ground safely, but for the crew who was aware of the seriousness and could not control their primal fear of the possibility of dying that day, made me feel horrible for those who were not ready for this in their lives.

Are you prepared to face the unknown? You think you have issues on the daily basis. Bills, small health issues, family and friend issues… Are you dealing with an unexpected extreme event? Do you feel helpless… I mean HELPLESS? Being on a plane in the middle of the sky and you’re not driving, that’s prime ‘helpless’ right there sister/brother! If you do feel helpless one day, how will you handle it? I know that my foundation through prayer, faith¬†and believing that my future would be what I had envisioned it to be, was the rock. My belief in God delivering me the blessings that he instilled in my heart through my faith,was my hope that got me through that event.

Since I don’t consider myself a writer, I just supply you with my inspirations… My vocabulary cannot convey the ‘peaceful¬†terror’ of this situation. The fact that¬†a plane that was two-thirds¬†full was quiet and calm cannot illustrate (by hollywood standards) the sheer terror that possessed the passengers this day and perhaps for long after.

Well, that’s my story. Even writing this I got real shook up and started to cry. I was scary indeed. Thankfully I know God and I have faith. So my other everyday issues are a breeze. Nothing is permanent. Solutions exist. Life goes on. My day can be filled with gratitude or complaining¬†about what I don’t have. The choice is mine. I decided that day that I was going to arrive safely. I did.

This is not only a blog, but a group initiative to pray and pass on blessings! Read my first post to find out how you can get involved and be part of this mission to spread love:

https://blessingsgoround.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/introduction-to-blessings-go-round-how-to-receive-a-rosary-from-fatima/