Sunday, 17 February 2013

Abundance mindset

A grateful man has what an ungrateful man wants but cannot seem to find—enough.

I generally take things too seriously and let the opinions of others influence my decisions and outlook on life. I regularly need to remind myself of all the opportunities I have been afforded. I sometimes forget that I am truly blessed and that I have so much.

A sense of worth and plenty does not come with the accumulation of things; it comes with the knowledge of who you are apart from the things—the house, the job, the bank account, and even the family and circle of friends. To be grateful, you must look at what you have.

Happiness is not based on what you can hold in your hand. It is based on what you hold inside. It is not based on what you can get. It is based on what you can give.
Perhaps I have so much that I take my life for granted and focus on what more I could have (most of which doesn't matter) … and, in doing so, making myself miserable. My negativity sometimes becomes an obstacle.

It is funny to realize that what you focus on, you will see in your world. Since you can’t take in everything around you, your reticular activation system – your focus system in the mind – will bring into focus what you focus your thoughts on. I regularly only see what I’ve lost, what I don’t have any more or don’t have. Slowly I’m starting to recognize that all my losses and there have been a few, usually also contained my greatest opportunities.

Another quick way to revert from my pretty normal habit of negative thinking about what I don’t have is simply to appreciate. As I appreciate what I have, I naturally take care of it, nurture it, make it grow, and find joy in sharing it. Appreciating my food, life, my house, my friends and family and so on, creates a abundance mindset. This not only turns a sour mood into a more positive one within minutes, it also helps me notice opportunities that I’ve  missed or forgotten about. It creates a more open vibe within me, a vibe that makes it easier to focus on the abundance in my life. So, I have decided to make a habit of appreciating the things in my life, again – for a few minutes each day. I’m even  contemplating whether I should return to writing my ‘attitude for gratitude’ post. This will allow me to share my abundance, but it is also a reminder.  You all recognize that, for instance, when you experience a lack of joy, and you focus and think about the abundance of joy in your life, a mindset change takes place.  Soon crazy things start to happen. New ideas and opportunities are created. It’s almost a bit freaky how things that hold solutions for you – perhaps insights, knowledge, people – that have been there in the background for quite a while, just one day suddenly jump out at you.

At the moment I’m being very selective with what I put into my  mind. I’m busy creating my own – new – environment of abundance. I’m even seeking out new knowledge and people.

I’m noticing change!

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into ~ Wayne Dyer

Love to hear your thoughts on this subject! Do you think I should pick-up my writing about my ‘attitude for gratitude’ again?

I’m ending this post by letting you know that I’m going to ponder on this question: list four or five aspects of your life that you consider most important. Will let you know what the outcome is in a future post.


I finally finished another ‘trip’! This picture is taken with an iPhone. It is a little blurry but you get the picture Happy Mirjam, took this photo in Zutphen at Petra Prins Patchwork & Quilting shop.


Here is a close-up that was taken Saturday.


It has taken me a while, but I finally finished another trip. Four more to go! I can finally start on my next trip, so I got out my box of civil war fabrics to look for some red fat eights.


I printed out all the 16 templates for this trip using my Dear Jane Quilt Design Software. I than laid out the print-outs on the table.


The next step is always a little challenging. How will I arrange the fabrics. I finally choose this arrangement.


Made a nice pile! I noticed that I had printed a block that doesn’t belong to the next trip. My efforts last Friday were for nothing. These cut-out templates will go in a envelope to be used sometime in the future.  


A couple of hours later I finally started on the C7 – Megan’s Mountain Laurel


I draw and cut-out all the pieces for this block. This block consists of 36 pieces! Some pieces are really tiny. As you can see in the next photo.


I’ll be showing the finished block in one of the next posts. I now have to make time to sew all the pieces together.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


It has been a while since my last post. This is mainly because I had the flu. Boy, was this one a goody. I was in bed for 7 days. I only wanted to sleep and be kept warm. Lucky me, I have an electric blanket. One in my bed and one lounge electric blanket. The lounge blanket kept me warm so that I could watch some films. Reading, Facebook, or quilting was just too much effort.

It will take up to a week for the flu virus to really affect our bodies. Looking back, the warning signs were the episodes of wheezing and shortness of breath I experienced a couple of days before. I needed my inhaler a couple of times. After that I showed the following signs:

  • Fever with body temperature 37.7 degrees Celsius or more - √
  • Common respiratory problems such as cold and cough - √
  • Clogged and runny nose - √
  • Migraine accompanied by muscle pains  - √
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps - √
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills and Fatigue – √

I had the above symptoms with the checkmark. Have you had the flu yet? Count yourself lucky if you haven’t. It was a bad one. From experience this was the worst flu I’ve had ever.