Hippy Affirmation Day 28

I train my mind to see the positive in people.

I train my mind to see the positive in other people.I’d like to take credit for this affirmative idea. I can’t because I found it in the book The Friendship Factor  by Alan Loy McGinnis. I luckily happened upon this book at a thrift store and at the cost of only 50 cents. It’s a book with lots of valuable advice that I am glad to keep in my library to refer to over and over again. 

I could do an extensive article on the book’s ideas. For now, I just want to concentrate on just this one. I’m not sure if it is natural to see the faults or shortcomings in people before we see the positives. It would seem so, perhaps as a way to protect ourselves from anything that comes our way that may be threatening.

The trouble with focusing on the negative about people is that the negative begins to be all that we see. We may even start to focus solely on our own faults and shortcomings (not just those of other people). Focusing on the positive is more productive. Training our mind to look for the positive in people does not overlook bad treatment or poor behavior. It just helps us to tend to not take what people do or say personally. It helps us to develop distance as an observer. A big bonus is that we are training our minds to be in a more positive frame overall.

Training our minds to see the positive in people, as well as ourselves, frees us up. It takes a weight off of us. It helps us to give them and us the “benefit of the doubt”. Try it. You’ll see. Life will seem less burdensome and less of a trial. You’ll feel more light-hearted. Isn’t that what we all are seeking – to go through our days feeling lighter and happier?

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Angela Star Teaches Jewelry Making Classes

Hippy Chics Jewelry is proud to announce
that Angela Star is now offering
instruction in making jewelry.
Click here for upcoming events.

Angela Star cuts out the letters before painting the truck gate that will advertise Hippy Chics Jewelry.

Angela Star cuts out the letters by hand before painting the truck gate to advertise her classes.

Making jewelry is rewarding. It’s a skill that is a life-long journey because there are so many forms of expression and materials to work with. There is silversmithing, wire working, braiding, bead stringing and so much more. Angela Star of Hippy Chics Jewelry is passing on her expertise in jewelry.

Classes are offered in both private and group instruction. Group classes are usually offered with a specific project in mind with a price that includes the project, instruction and materials.

Gorgeous druzy purple and green agate with opalite beads, rainforest beads, purple chalcedony, crystals, and green e beads.

Necklace of gemstones, e beads, crystals and stunning druzy agate pendant made by a student in a private lesson.

 

Private classes are less structured. Usually a student chooses from materials that she has then they create a project together. She has a large amount of jewelry beads, wire, and findings in stock that she offers at reasonable prices.

She also teaches classes at the local libraries.  The Mims/Scottsmoor Library desert rain earrings class was a great success. She will be offering a class in making a tree of life pendant from two different colored wires and bead chips at the Titusville Library. If you like, she will host a group class in your home or at a public place like the library or your favorite coffee shop.

Testimonials from students:

“I really have fun taking classes with Angela. She is so helpful.” Sam Bailes

“It was my first time to learn how to make a necklace. The class was fun and interesting. She is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor. I learned a lot and plan to go back again.” Sue Chang

Bracelet of purple and pink chaton beads and silver filligree beads made by a student in a private class.

Bracelet of purple and pink chaton beads and silver filligree beads made by a student in a private class.

Two owl bracelets of multi-colored glass beads and owl howlite focal bead made by a student in a group class.

Two owl bracelets of multi-colored glass beads and owl howlite focal bead made by a student in a group class.

Contact Angela today for a private lesson. You’ll have fun while making something unique that you can be proud to wear or to give as a gift. Just be careful not to get too addicted to the art of jewelry creation (or the beautiful beads, pendants, findings, etc.)

Future classes will be published on this website and updated on Facebook. So keep checking the calendar for the opportunity to take a group class.

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Hippy Affirmation Day 27

Beauty can be found in the simplest of
things and in the most unlikely places.

Beauty can be found in the simplest of things and the most unlikely of places.On Tuesday of this week I was out and about and I noticed a field of wild pink flowers. As I tend to do, I got up close to view them and to take some photos. These flowers were so cool because they look like the truffula trees in the Dr. Seuss story “The Lorax”. The field of them was quite beautiful to me.

The interesting part is that these plants can be considered weeds and therefore a nuisance. I don’t see it that way. I think that there are lots of “weeds” that flower that are beautiful. So much of our days are preoccupied with tasks, worries and vegging in front of screens (TV, computer, phone, tablets). With this type of focus we miss out on the beauty that is all around us.

I believe that it does good to ourselves to see more beauty in the world by tuning into it and tuning out to our preoccupations periodically. It’s there to see we just have to have the intention to notice then take the time to do so.

What beauty in the world are you missing when you go about your day? Take the time and energy to “see” the beauty around you and I’ll just bet that you will be glad that you did.

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Hippy Affirmation Day 26

With every new thing that
I try I build confidence.

With every new thing that I try I build confidence.Confidence. How does one get it when one feels that they lack it? Are some people born more naturally confident than others? Or is it something that requires action to acquire it?

Research studies with twins have proven that confidence is at least 50% inheritable. While it may not be as inheritable as eye color and hair color, this percentage of inherit-ability can determine whether one person can accomplish what they want to accomplish while others will flounder.

Personally, I have struggled with confidence throughout most of my life. I have learned one thing for sure from my struggles. It takes doing to build confidence. It doesn’t increase with affirmations and wishful thinking. The more I try the more confidence I create in myself.

It’s important to note that the confidence built is on successful actions. Of course, not all actions are successful. The best ways to deal with the failures is to either try again in order to develop mastery or to give up because it’s just not something that you are capable of developing mastery in doing. For example, if you are tone deaf, there is a high probability that you will fail at singing or playing music. That’s okay. Letting it go and attempting something that your skills are more suited to will develop your confidence. Focusing on the singing will only create frustration and erode confidence.

The Tree of Life pendant in the above image was my first attempt at creating this type of pendant. I’ve wanted to make one for a very long time. I am quite pleased with how it turned out. I can feel the confidence that I am building because I created it. The next step is to teach other people how to make it too. In the teaching I am also building confidence in another skill.

So, if you struggle with confidence, I entreat you to try something that will help to build it up. What can that be? Think it through and try. If you fail, don’t let the failure create a chink in your armor of confidence. Try again or move on to something else. Just don’t let your doubts keep you from trying.

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Hippy Affirmation Day 25

I accept that experiencing pain
can lead to freedom and growth.


I accept that experiencing pain can lead to freedom and growth.Yesterday I watched the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.
It’s theme so impressed me and it was done so well that it is a DVD that I own because I would like to see it more than once. 
I’ve actually seen this movie at least two other times. The movie is based on these questions: “If you could erase the memory of someone after a breakup of the relationship would you? Should you?”

Surely, the temptation to erase the memories after a breakup, if it were possible, could be very strong. No memories, no awful emotional pain. Wallah. Problem solved. Wait! Not so fast! Erasing the memories not only erases the pain but it also erases the joy and every emotion felt in-between joy and pain.

Another aspect to consider is that you will no longer remember some things that you may hold dear. For example, I went to many awesome concerts with my ex husband and he introduced me to some bands that I still love to listen to today. The experience of owning our dog, Uno, would be gone too. The experience of seeing one of my exes play music in his bands and becoming friendly with his band mates would be lost. I think you get what I am saying here.

I would not erase a single memory of a person that I was in a relationship with in the past because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my past relationships have shaped a stronger better me. I’ve been with a couple of real nuts jobs. I can’t think of much I want to remember about one in particular. I would rather that I never met him and never experienced the two months that we had together. Yet, who would I be if I did not experience what I did with him? That time was quite awful. But, it was the next step in the direction of acting on my behalf to not take bad treatment from someone with a warped mind who wants to control me (a pattern that I fell into over and over again beginning with my first relationship).

Lastly, erasing the memories will erase some of your identity. The person who you have become as a result of the experience is changed from having had that experience. That identity has value. That person has gained freedom and growth having gone through the pain and come out on the other side of it.

Someday technology may be developed that will help us erase the memory of certain people from our minds. We can edit our genes by removing a gene then putting a new gene in it’s place. It’s very possible that we may see machines developed in our future that can erase the memories of someone from our mind. For now it is a hypothetical question. Still, it is an interesting one to ponder.

What do you think about it? Would you erase the memories of someone after a breakup so that you could move on quickly and not feel the pain of the breakup?

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Hippy Affirmation Day 24

I allow separateness as well as
togetherness in my relationship.

I allow separateness as well as togetherness in my relationship.The dream of most romantics including me is that a relationship is the solution to all your dreams of happiness. The romantic gets into a relationship feeling giddy and over the moon reveling in the togetherness. Not wanting the feeling to end they often cling to the person that they love. While relationships can be part of a happy life they certainly are not the be all end all of life. Discovering that a relationship needs both separateness and togetherness will go a long way in keeping the relationship together. This is because both people have room to breathe, room to be individuals and room to explore themselves and life.

The fascinating part of discovering this truth is that each person becomes even happier. And freedom to become keeps the relationship alive because each person keeps bringing something new to the relationship. Boredom is banished. Boredom can be a real relationship killer. Often, that’s what causes one partner to cheat on the other. It’s the newness and excitement of someone else that draws them away. The problem with this situation is that that boredom will surface again once the newness and excitement wears off. Then the whole damn cycle has to be gone through again.

Like the tree and the sky they exist together while also separate. Focus on a balance of both separateness and togetherness in your relationship. You’ll be glad that you did.

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Best Yard Sale Ever! – Top 10 Tips To Make Lots of Money!

Woman Holding MoneyHave your yard sale sales been downright pitiful? Do you feel like you could have made a lot more money?

You need a sure-fire formula for success. Here’s it is.

Since my past yard sales have have been poor and my efforts definitely didn’t create the sales that I had dreamed of, I realized that I needed to do some research. To help maximize my success in the future I based the research on the experiences of people who have made a lot of money from yard sales.

This is a pre-yard sale article because I am writing it before I put on my next yard sale. After applying the research to my own yard sale, I will follow up with a new article.  That article will give you an updated proven top ten tips based on my own first hand experience.

So, what do you really need to know to make lots of money from a yard sale?

Tip #1 – Planning is the key 
If you do not plan ahead, do not expect to make good money. Planning will include consideration for where the yard sale will be held, sorting, pricing and categorizing items, marketing with signs and getting the word out, and determining the days and times for the sale.

Tip #2 – Location, location, location
– This tip hails from traditional marketing and holds true here too. Where you have your yard sale makes all the difference in the world. If you do not live in a well-traveled easy access location consider having the yard sale at the house of a friend or family member. They might even want to participate.

Tip #3 – Make awesome signs  & place them well
– Simple signs with most pertinent information
– High visibility – neon colors are good
– Post at every intersection within a radius of the sale

Tip #4 –  Brand your yard sale, if you can
 Brand by making your signs all the same colors, using all the same fonts and the same layout on all of the signs.

Tip #5 – Price at rock bottom prices with a little higher mark-up to leave room to haggle
– The goal is to sell it all so there is nothing to haul. Pricing in this way gives you the best chances to sell more items.

Tip #6 – Optimize marketing by using local yard sale websites & Craig’s List along with local classifieds
For Craig’s List :
– Include photos of your big sellers
– Include your address with a map
– Post multiple times a few days before and on each sale day
– Post early in the morning as early as 5:00 am
– List what you have left on the last day & say that prices are being slashed

Tip #7 – Borrow tables, if necessary, so that most items will be at eye level
– People are more likely to pick up items, inspect them and buy them

Tip #8 – If selling clothing, limit the amount for sale and hang them up.
-Generally, people do not want to sort through stacks of clothing. They will pick a few items that catch their interest off of the top and ignore the rest. Make it easier and more enjoyable for them to buy some select nice pieces of clothing.

Tip #9 – Encourage more people to stop and shop
– Put larger items close to the street and many items close to the street.

Tip #10 – Accept credit cards if you can to encourage more spending
– Paypal has an app that you can download so that you can take payment on your phone.

Now that you have all the best tips in hand, it is time to put on your own yard sale and make tons of money off of stuff you just don’t want or need anymore. Don’t forget to come back to read the follow-up article that I will post soon.

Credits:
wholefully.com
www.nobiggie.net
household-tips.thefuntimesguide.com

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Hippy Affirmation Day 23

Inner Peace Begins With Me.

Inner Peace Begins With Me.Have you ever woke up and realized that you are in a bad mood? You have no one to blame it on. You’re just pissed off. What’s up with that? This is a good example that our mood arises from our inner processes-most especially our thinking. It’s likely that a dream caused the mood. We can choose when we get out of bed to let ourselves stay in the mood that we have or we can choose to change it.

Whatever mood we wake up in, as we go about our day, we are often challenged as we try to have a peaceful mood. We may be challenged by situations such as traffic jams. We may be challenged by people such as a remark that seems rude. Some days we are challenged by both situations and people.

“Don’t let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace.”-anonymous. This quote reminds us to stay in our own peace when we are challenged by people who are not peaceful. How can we do that? Well, we have to be in a place of peace already. If we are not in a place of peace, we have to see that we are at risk of being pulled into their storm and resist it. There are times that walking away from that person is necessary. Because this is an inner process we are in control. The mistake we often make in keeping our peace is that we believe that our moods are controlled by the outer world. Not so.

So, I encourage you to stop, take a deep breath and go inward when you feel like you are letting others or situations control your mood. A peaceful countenance can be yours with practice and with persistence.

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Hippy Affirmation Day 22

I Am My Choices.

I Am My Choices.The power of choice. It’s awesome. It’s frightening. What if I make the wrong choice? What if my choice has horrible consequences? Unfortunately, a wrong choice with bad consequences is likely to happen sometime in our lives. We have to accept that as part of the process of choosing or we might decide not to choose (which in itself is a choice). The point is that we are always making choices whether intentionally or through default by not choosing.

These choices make us who we are. Each choice has an effect that we cannot avoid being affected by. What we choose to eat is an obvious example. The nutrients or lack of nutrients that we consume affects every system of the body and especially our minds. With exercise, if we choose to lay about being a “couch potato” rather than exercising then we become a weak, lazy individual. Utmost  in importance is the choices we make in our thinking. Choosing to think uplifting loving thoughts creates the effect of creating a peaceful loving person. Of course, thinking hateful unloving thoughts creates an hostile unloving person.

Think about your choices-every single one of them-before you choose. Are you creating the person that you want to be? How can you change your choices? It’s all in the decision-making that makes the difference between being a different person, if that is what you want for yourself.

P.S. I used an image of the wheat grass that my boyfriend and I have been growing because it is one choice of food that we have made for healthier bodies and minds.

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11 Hippie Signs And Symbols That Everyone Needs To Know

11 Hippie Signs And Symbols That Everyone Needs To Know

Hippie symbols that promote spiritual balance and healing.

Hippie signs and symbols are primarily
spiritual because hippies are generally interested in spiritual matters.

All hippy signs and symbols are about achieving peace and balance in one way or another. Communion with nature or spirit is inherent and they come from a variety of spiritual traditions.

Easily, any one or more of these symbols can be found in the home of a hippie. Jewelry with these symbols is prolific especially with the symbol as a pendant/amulet.

Flower of Life

Flower of LifeThe flower of life contains all the patterns of creation within it thus providing the underlying structure of life. Its complex series of circles is similar to the molecular patterns that form in crystals. Historically, its representation can be found as far back as the Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt. It has also been found in Phoenicia, Assyria, India, Asia, and the Middle East. New Age adherents believe that it symbolizes connection with the Universe on a soul level, a portal to other dimensions and worlds and alignment of energies with a higher vibration.

Spiral of Life
Spiral of LIfe Triskele TriskelionThe spiral of life is Celtic and pre-Celtic. Examples of it are found etched in the stone in the Newgrange site from the Bronze Age in Ireland. It has been a consistent symbol in Celtic art. The Celts know it as the triskele. The spiral is a largely positive symbol. As Christianity took on significance in the 5th century, A.D., it came to represent the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Christians of Celtic descent continue to use it as a symbol of faith. In general, it represents eternity, change, and movement of the universe.

 




Tree of Life
Tree of Life
The tree of life is found in a number of different cultures and religions across the world (including Turkish, European, Chinese, and Norse culture, as well as, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islamic Faith, and Jewish Mysticism). In Christianity the tree of life is found in both Genesis and Revelations. In cultural and spiritual traditions it has healing and life-giving properties. The tree of life is a symbol of the interconnection of all life and connection to all the elements (air, earth, fire and water).

Pentacle
Pentacle
This symbol is essentially a 5-sided pentagram with a circle around it. During the Enlightenment Pythagoras assigned the elements earth, water, air, and fire to the four lower points and spirit to the topmost point.  This arrangement indicates the correct ordering of the world, with material things subject to spirit. The symbol has been used in ancient Chinese and Japanese religions, and in Japanese and Ancient Babylonian culture. It is well-known as a Wicca symbol and to wear it is to say that you respect the earth.
Lotus Flower

Lotus FlowerThe lotus flower is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Its symbolism derives from the fact that it emerges from muddy waters and blooms clean and pure. Hindus often used it as an example of divine beauty with unfolding petals that suggest the expansion of the soul. The lotus flower in Buddhism represents enlightenment as adherents journey out of the darkness into transformation. It also emphasizes the importance of detachment and purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire.

Om Symbol
Om SymbolOm originated from Hinduism but is now common to Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism. It is also written as Aum. In the Hindu Mandukya Upanishad, “Om is the one eternal syllable of which all that exists is but the development. The past, the present, and the future are all included in this one sound, and all that exists beyond the three forms of time is also implied in it”. The sound of Om is used as a mantra in meditation to reach deeper levels of meditation.

Ahnk
Ahnk Symbol
The ahnk is an Egyptian symbol that appears in the hands or near almost all Egyptian deities found in archaeological digs from Mesopotamia to Persia. In tomb paintings gods are depicted with ahnks conferring life on dead mummies. The ahnk was often carried by Egyptians as an amulet. The ahnk symbol is also used to represent the planet Venus. It’s meaning is eternal life and regeneration. Today, it is often carried by people as a sign of eternal life and spiritual wisdom.

Hamsa
Hamsa
The hamsa is ancient going as far back as Mesopotamia and Carthage. It is quite common in the Middle East – found in both Arabic and Hebrew culture. The Hamsa is the Arabic word for “five” and represents the five digits of the hand of God. The hamsa hand is spelled many different ways (hamesh, hamsa, chamsa, and khamsa). In all religions and cultures it is a protective amulet. Included in the hamsa symbolism is an eye. It’s purpose is to ward off evil directed at the wearer. Wearing the hamsa also brings good fortune onto the owner.

Peace Sign
Peace SignIn the 1950s the peace sign was designed as the logo for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. An American university student, Philip Altbach, who was an active member of the Student Peace Union at the University of Chicago had a heap of the Nuclear Disarmament buttons shipped over to the United States, after talking the Student Peace Union into adopting the symbol. Thereafter the sign represented a wider “peace” message and was also adopted by anti-war and counterculture activists in the US and elsewhere.

Smiley Face
Happy Face
The original version of the smiley face was created by Harvey Ross Ball. Originally made in 1963 as a morale booster for The State Mutual Life Assurance Company it was used on posters, buttons, and signs. It was not trademarked or copyrighted at the time. In the early 1970s, brothers Bernard and Murray Spain, used the image, added the slogan “Have a Happy Day” then copyrighted the new version in 1971. By the end of the year more than 50 million buttons sold with countless other products. Of course, it’s meaning is apparent. Be happy.

Yin Yang
Yin Yang Symbol
The concept of yin and yang originates in ancient Chinese philosophy and metaphysics.  The symbol represent the primal opposing and complementary forces found in all things in the universe. Yin, the darker element, is passive, dark, feminine, downward-seeking, and corresponds to the night. Yang, the brighter element, is active, light, masculine, upward-seeking and corresponds to the day. The yin yang is a spiritual reminder that balance between the light and the darkness provides the most helpful approach to living a meaningful life.

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