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Live In The Moment.

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Lately, more than ever, I’ve been living in the moment. I haven’t been concerned of what will come, or what the past has affected. I’ve been present. I’ve been allowing myself to love fully, without restraint or worry. And it has truly been the most fulfilling period in my life. I feel liberated and at peace. I have no clue what the future holds, and I don’t care. I am aware of how beautiful life is today, and that’s all that matters.

Advice of the day:
Live in the moment, submerse yourself in it.
Let go of the ideas of past and future,
and you’ll feel truly alive.

Keep It Simple: Let It Be.


Situations come as they may, People are who they are, and you are Not in control of these things; Let all things be, accept them, move onward, and take account for the only thing you can control – Yourself ♡

#TruthBomb #Respect #Love #Freedom #MyThoughts #GoAheadAndQuoteMe

Let’s Retrieve True Beauty…

Beauty. Such a large, all-encompassing word.

Sometimes I feel that beauty has been distorted, or maybe just lost all together. All in all, I think there are two kinds of people: those that see beauty in everything around them and those that need everything (material) to see beauty.

One of my favorite Salvador Dali quotes is: “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” In modern times – in the sense of superficial-kind-of-beauty, like in magazines filled with celebrities and gossip – there has been an obsession with perfection. But as a graphic designer and advertising lover, I know it all too well. The nip and tuck of Photoshop, the smooth skin and pearly white teeth. It creates a false hope that women – young and old – perceive as possible. And then, it psychologically messes with women (and men, in their own respect), because now they think they aren’t good enough or “perfect” enough to be considered beautiful. What a convoluted mess!

The truth is that beauty resides in the way a person conducts themselves and how they perceives others and the world – with a sense of love and compassion. That exudes true beauty.

I believe all of this wholeheartedly, but I’m no saint. I’ve had my own moments of vanity and sadness. Personally it happened the worst for me when I was on the treatment of Accutane for a very bad case of acne. This was very hard to deal with; and up until recently, it was very hard to discuss this with anyone. Most people don’t know this because I kept it to myself, and handled the moments of weakness and sadness on my own. Truly my parents, best friends, and boyfriend at the time really were the only ones to see me break down from a happy and “beautiful” person to someone who perceived myself as valueless. Imagine that, feeling valueless?

I did a lot of soul searching, and I confided in my soul to reignite inside me with the confidence and strength I was born with. Then that’s what happened; it seemed like a while, but I was finally able to reach the point of acceptance. I accepted every scar, every bump, and every memory of the experience. I accepted not being “torn from a magazine” sheet. I accepted that God put something like this in my path in order to make me better and to recognize that vanity is nothing; with this experience, I was meant to see that all we have is the love in our hearts and the beauty that we show to others – that’s what real beauty is.

In my heart, I believe that beauty is in everyone. We all have it. It’s in our soul, it’s in a character trait, it’s in the way a person smiles when something really touches them. It’s simple – and I see it in so many people that genuinely don’t see it in themselves.

Since I once experienced such negative feelings, I try to open up peoples minds and compliment them when I see they are down. I want to bring beauty into the forefront of their consciousness and help them break down any barriers in themselves. I’m no psychologist, that’s for sure! But I’ve lived through some things and have gotten to a place of awareness. In turn, it has opened me up to a whole new way of perceiving life. It can be so rewarding to just give a little to those who need it. I highly suggest you try it and you’ll see – and feel – exactly what I’m talking about.

In the end, I’m in a state of bliss when it comes to “beauty.” I genuinely enjoy the gorgeousness of the world, and how it looks to smile in a photo, and peoples little flaws and amazing traits. I enjoy it all because I see it all as beautiful; and that is how we will retrieve true beauty, by opening our minds and hearts to perceiving it all as a blessing.

Destination Addiction: The Killer of Happiness

Beware of Destination Addiction: a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, and with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.

The moment I saw this quote, it resonated with me. It’s something we all face. It’s the need to get somewhere – that doesn’t necessarily exist – in order to feel fulfilled. To feel “happy.”

As I read this, such an overwhelming feeling of awareness mixed with frustration took over me. I felt aware and confident in this truth; I knew it was the way that my heart was meant to be – happy in every waking moment. But I was also frustrated because I would catch myself on a daily-basis thinking “if I do this, I’ll definitely be happier.”

And that’s the mess we get ourselves into. Waiting for something – or someone – to cure our unhappiness. It just isn’t real. I’ve become more aware of this through searching for answers; for example, I’ve been reading Spirit Junkie, an amazing book by Gabrielle Bernstein which focuses on enlightening her readers that all of the happiness they seek in the universe already resides inside of themselves. Pretty wild, right? How can all the happiness you need be inside of you? Without the money, the power, the love, and the achievements?

That’s exactly it. All of those things don’t take you to the true destination – the enlightenment of happiness. Happiness is breathing in air, looking at your surroundings, listening to the earths sounds, and feeling your feet roll off the ground as you walk. It’s recognizing that you’re simply alive. All of the other “wants” are just fillers. Fillers to create a thought pattern that “says” you’re happy. I believe that happiness is attained through simple luxuries of life: heartfelt conversations, a hug from your mother or father, and the moments where you realize that your health is the priority and, in return, you feel thankful.

On that note, I’d like to share another find in my research for correcting my thought processes: The concept of Mindfulness. In a nutshell, the Buddha advocated that a person should establish mindfulness in one’s day-to-day life; maintaining, as much as possible, a calm awareness of one’s body, feelings and mind. This is all interconnected with the concepts in Spirit Junkie. Be aware of yourself and happiness will appear – fully and truly.

It may sound to you like a bunch of hippie mumbo-jumbo at first. I know, because at first, it did to me too. But when I opened my heart and my mind to these concepts, I started to see all of the blocks I had created. I limited myself from happiness because I REALLY thought it was somewhere else. I thought that the perfect relationship would save me, or getting my dream job was going to take me to the perfect state of mind.

By meditating and prayer, I ran into many parts of my self that I was angry at – and then I broke those blocks by creating awareness to them. Breaking this negative thought pattern is a daily struggle, but I’m genuinely happy to have the opportunity to work on it every day. When I catch these thoughts (like the ones mentioned in the quote) I quickly snap back to reality and remind myself that I am thankful for this moment in time and I am happy with everything I already have inside myself. I think about all of the things I do have – health, family, and awareness of my own spirit. I remember that I have a bigger purpose on this earth, and that the universe is taking care of me.

And that’s it! Before I know it, I’m not stressing what will take me to the next level of happiness, because I begin to feel it in my heart. I feel happy with where I am, in “the now.” Everyone is different and breaks down these walls in different ways; but this is my story. I only hope to inspire many of you, as much as many inspire me. Wishing you all eternal love, peace and happiness in oneself.

Note: I’ve been away from LoveDrives for some time because I have been working on establishing my personal website project; but I do plan to come back in full-effect with LoveDrives as my overall business plan develops. Finally, I hope you all enjoy the content that’s posted here, so feel free to contact me with any of your inspirations – you may be the next blog piece for LoveDrives!

Wisdom of The Ancestors

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

– Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) Shawnee Nation 1768-1813