Discovering Strength, Healing, Inspiration

Messages of Hope, Healing & Love

What changed in your life to help you heal? How do you continue to offer yourself the gift of healing each day of your life?

One of the main reasons I began writing this blog, was to heal from my postpartum depression, and to find a source of fulfillment outside of being a new stay-at-home mom. I notice that many of us who write do so for healing, and purpose in our lives. It is amazing how now, our thoughts can be shared with thousands, even millions in seconds, whereas, in the past you would have had to hope someone would want to accept your manuscript for publishing.

Thank you to all of you who have shared in this journey with me, and offered your support, your comments, and just being you.

This past year has challenged me to look deep within myself and discover more fully who I am, just as me, and it has been quite a wonderful experience. I’ve learned more deeply how important my spiritual life is, how much I love to love and be loved, how much I feel blessed to be a mother and wife, and how it is truly a gift to share the gift of healing with others, and in return receive healing.

Since I often find it challenging to sit down and write, with a three-and-a-half year old always by my side, I have enjoyed writing on my Facebook page and sharing brief messages with those who stop by.  I want to share some of them with you because they are a great source of my healing, my heart, and my hopes for you & for me.

May you be blessed today and always!

Spending time with those who love you, and who you love opens your life for powerful healing, and pure experiences of joy. May you be blessed with love in your life.

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Today is a new day!
It’s the start of a new week!
Your life can begin renewed when you choose to show yourself and others the gift of forgiveness;
when you choose to allow healing to bless your life;
when you choose to have a good day no matter where your path takes you.

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Snow is blowing and falling here, winter storm Nemo. But within my heart and body I am calm. Embracing this inner calm  grounds me  when my world is in chaos.We all need to try to find ways to be centered and calm when life throws us a storm–whatever we can’t control outside ourselves. Because we do have the ability to control how we feel and react to the outside world.

May you be blessed with calm in your mind, body & spirit today and always.

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Grateful today for the gift of the human spirit, that has the courage and strength to move forward even after faced with difficulties or challenges.

You have an incredible ability to heal, and move forward along your journey.

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Blessings come in all shapes and sizes, some are expected, some unexpected. Keep your eyes, your heart and your ears open, so that you may receive blessings throughout your day.

May your day be blessed with joy ♥ Bella Bleue

and one of my favorites:

You are Loved Quote & Meditation

What has helped you heal?  I would love to hear your experiences or what kinds of rituals, or sources you use to offer yourself healing. Your wisdom is a marvelous and wonderous gift…

Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue

©Bella Bleue Healing™ All Rights Reserved.
Please also visit my photography site: Photography by Bella Bleue.

See my Facebook page for daily inspirations and messages.

Awards

Gratitude for Wonderful Bloggers and Appreciation for Awards

I am greatly appreciative to Andrew who shares his wonderful blog, Influence Vs. Control for the nomination for the “One Lovely Blog Award”.

Andrew is a wonderful writer who shares inspirations and proactive solutions to live a happier, and more fulfilled life. Definitely check out his blog!

The “One Lovely Blog Award” has similar rules to many blogging awards.

  1. Give generous thanks to the blogger that nominated you
  2. Write Seven things about your self
  3. Make a list of 15 bloggers you admire and let them know how awesome they are! These folks are the next round of honorees for the “One Lovely Blog Award”
Here’s what I have to do!
1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.
3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.
The Questions: 
1. What is your favorite colour?
Blue
2. What is your favorite animal?
My Cat Max. Though I also adopted a pup in September, and I’m certainly learning to love my dog too!
3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Lemonade
4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook
5. What is your favorite pattern?
Flowers
6. Do you prefer giving or getting presents?
Giving Presents—fun to go shopping and fun to see the person’s expression…or I love to bake too and giving out baked goods is so fabulous!
7. What is your favorite number?
21
8. What is your favorite day of the week?
Wednesday a.k.a. Hump Day!
9. What is your favorite flower?
Do I have to just have one?! Irises, Orchids, Lilies, Roses
10. What’s your passion?
Creating love and connection through writing, photography, and human relationships–with one another and the created world.
I hope you enjoy checking out the 15 Blogs I am sharing this award with they each have their own lovely way of sharing with the world!
  1. Reality In Progress
  2. Going Dutch
  3. Kindness Girl
  4. Saymberblondi
  5. A Touch of the Divine
  6. A Leaf in Springtime
  7. I Stop for Suffering
  8. Words of Compassion, Creativity & Knowledge
  9. Christine M. Grote
  10. Ember Cove
  11. Words in Breathing
  12. Colour the Day
  13. Starfire
  14. Butterfly Julz
  15. Erica Lee Style

Thank you for your lovely gifts!

Reader Appreciation Award 

 A very gracious thank you to Nikky who shares her deep and wonderful blog, Nikky’s Strength and Weakness for the Reader Appreciation Award. Nikky inspires me with her honest stories and beautiful strength. I certainly enjoy visiting her blog, and hopefully you will too!

Here’s what I have to do!
1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.
3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominates you.
My nominations for the blogs I really enjoy reading…you should check them out too!
  1. Mindfulness and Me 
  2. Through the Healing Lens
  3. The Ralphie Chronicles
  4. Coco J. Ginger Says
  5. Reality in Progress
  6. Taming the Invisible Dragon
  7. Influence Vs. Control
  8. Amy Keast Intuitive
  9. One More Morning
  10. Katie Raspberry
  11. Operation Have It All
  12. Healthdemystified

Thank you, each of you, for your superb messages!

Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award
 I am so thankful to Reality In Progress for this fun sisterhood award! Reality In Progress writes wonderful poems and shares her thoughts that encourage you to sit back and think about life, while soaking it while you read her words. I encourage you to check out her fabulous blog! I have met wonderful women across the globe because of blogging and am thrilled to share this award!

And these are the rules of the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award;

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.
  • Tell 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 7 other fabulous bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to this post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
My nominations for this award:
Another big thank you to Reality In Progress for the Living Passionately Award! I am humbled that you enjoy stopping by my blog. This is a special award to receive, because Reality in Progress shares passion and depth in her fabulous writings. She definitely deserves this award!

These are the rules for The Living Passionately Award;

  • Take a deep breath
  • Think about who you’d like to pass this on to
  • Do something weird and out of the ordinary today
  • Post the award someplace conspicuous…..the underside of the hamper lid, inside of the lav door, at the bottom of the bird-cage.
These are a couple blogs that help me take a deep breath and color my life with their wonderful photos.
Thank you so much to each and every one of you for the gifts I have received from all of you!

Blessings on your days ahead!

Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue
©Bella Bleue Healing, Health & Inspiration for Your Life™ All rights reserved.


Healing, Life

Hear Me Long Enough to Listen

One of the greatest ways to connect to another person is to give him/her the gift of your listening ear. Every single one of us wants to be heard. We want our words to mean something to someone else, because the words we speak come from within our being. Just as you long for attention from another person, someone else longs for your attention. During my years as a spiritual counselor, I’ve discovered that listening, usually without saying a word, to someone’s story is most often the greatest healing gift I can offer; and within personal relationships it is the one of the greatest gifts I can receive.

When you feel listened to you are empowered to trust more deeply in the wonderful, amazing, incredible, fabulous, unique, (& so much more) person you are! -Bella Bleue

I invite you:

  •  To make an extra special effort to really listen to someone you care about.
  • After you walk away from this experience take some time to reflect on what you learned about this person that you hadn’t noticed before AND
  • Reflect on what it was like to be so fully present for another.
  • If you are the one who needs to be listened to: Ask that the other person to listen

It’s amazing how when we “Hear Someone Long Enough to Listen” we are giving an incredible gift, and at the same time receiving so much in return.

I originally shared this post in my first weeks of blogging. I sometimes return to my writings to see if there is anything I need to reflect on, or that speaks to me in a different way at this moment in life. After sharing my last post about healing our brokennessI reflected some more…and part of  ‘naming’ what I feel is also being able to share my story with someone and be listened to.

I continue to be grateful for the supportive community of readers and writers here from all over the world.

As we listen to each other and support each other, a deeper healing is happening in our lives and in our world.

Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue

©Bella Bleue Healing, Health & Inspiration for Your Life™ All rights reserved.

If you like to read more from Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., check out her book: “Kitchen Table Wisdom :Stories that Heal” The quote is from her message, “Just Listen.” I have more about her in my Blogroll. Blessings!

Blessing, Life

Connecting Beyond the Boundaries of Space and Time

One of the best gifts of being a ‘blogger’ is meeting and connecting with people across the globe who share their wisdom, strength, pain, healing, inspiration, art and so much more.  In this day and age of the cyber-world, it is amazing how connected we can be with people we’ve never met before, and yet, they transform our lives and we are transforming theirs. I am so astounded by the heart-felt sharing that happens here in this little piece of the world I am apart of. And I again, want to say thank you! Each of you is a Blessing!

I am finding that in some ways, I am at a lack of words to express all that I want to say tonight. I realize that I am pretty drained right now—so much of my energy over the last few weeks was being consumed by the discernment I was personally and collectively undergoing about my family’s future. And I need a reboot.  All is well, now. We have figured out what we need. We have worked on being more affirming of the gifts we have, accepting challenges that aren’t always fun, and trusting more in our faith.

Thank you for the gift of your listening hearts and beautiful sharing.

In life we need each other. I know I have said this so many times before. But it is so very deeply true to who we are, as human beings. We yearn for connection, and it is the greatest source of tangible strength that we have—and at least in this day and age it comes not only through the person who sits beside us, or the pet we have, but through the words and messages of the people who grace our Blog page.

So give yourself a pat on the back, and know you are making a difference in someone’s life today.

Thank you for your incredible gifts!

Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue
©Bella Bleue Healing, Health & Inspiration for Your Life
™ All rights reserved.

Awards, Inspiration

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I would like to thank the very inspirational, Truth Warriorfor the nomination of the The Very Inspiring Blogger. The Truth Warrior inspires you to discover and celebrate your authentic self…the wonderful, amazing, you! I am humbled by this nomination by someone who shares so much compassion and inspiration with others.

The Rules for this award are:

 Share 7 things about yourself 

  1. I love being a mom & wife
  2. My inspiration comes from the belief that we are all miracles and deserving of love–because we were all created this way.
  3. I am working on my flower garden—I love new plants
  4. I work every day at caring for myself with love
  5. I am taking a walk at least 5 of the 7 days of the week
  6. I love listening to music, especially Indie Pop—it inspires me!
  7. I take time to pray every day and be with my Creator–, it’s my meditation.

 Pass the award to 7 nominees that you find inspiring;

Thank you, each and every one of you, for your wisdom, and inspiration! You all inspire this world to be a better place, and make the journey all the more enjoyable! Congratulations!

Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue
©Bella Bleue Healing, Health & Inspiration for Your Life™

Awards

The Liebster Blog Award

What a great feeling to be nominated for the Liebster Blog Award! And a very BIG thank you to Sanna and her pup, Ralphie of the Ralphie Chronicles for the nomination. Sanna photographs her adorable doggie, Ralphie and chronicles their adventures together and elsewhere. Sanna has a great ability to just make you feel happy! Visiting her blog is well worth the enjoyment, and just an all around “feel-good” blog. Visit Sanna and Ralphie at http://sannatuulia.wordpress.com.

It really is a treat to be recognized by fellow bloggers for awards! It certainly makes you feel good, and appreciated by others. So again, thank you, The Ralphie Chronicles,  for the award!

I would like to present the Liebster Blog Award to the following 5 Blogs, who are wonderful places to visit!

  1. http://thenomadicangel.wordpress.com
  2. http://stephaniehopelovejoy.wordpress.com
  3. http://mayibe.wordpress.com
  4. http://musingswith305.wordpress.com
  5. http://realityinprogress.wordpress.com

Congratulations to each of you, keep sharing your gifts and inspiration! –Erin, Bella Bleue

The Liebster Blog Award Rules:

1.Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

Thanks again, Sanna & Ralphie!

Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue
©Bella Bleue Healing Health & Inspiration for Your Life™

Life

Washing Away Our Scratches

So the inspiring moment I want to share with you today comes from my 2 1/2 year old son…from the ‘Mouth’s of Babes’ we learn deep truths about our humanity…the truths we often forget when we are adults…

Me: “S, you have a scratch on your head.”

S: “I do?!”

Me: “Yes, right above your eye.”

S: “Okay mama. Can you wash it off for me?”

And with that…

Wouldn’t it be nice if all we had to do was wash away our scratches at the bathroom sink?

Sure it would.

We have the chance to wash away our bruises, scratches, boo-boos every day—even the ones deep down inside us.

How are you going to take care of yourself today?

  • Set a realistic goal about self-care
  • Be intentional about carrying it out
  • Reward yourself for your good deed…for you!

Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue

©Bella Bleue Healing, Health & Inspiration for Your Life™