Just a reminder….

Never let anyone have power over your happiness!

You are all much loved! Stay blessed…. Stay positive…. And always live with a grateful heart!

~ Sheila πŸ’‹

Construction vs. Destruction

A destructive person will never prevail. ‘Tis true they will always fail.

It’s one who seeks a constructive start who will do so with a grateful heart.

…… If we are constructive with our actions, instead of being destructive….. we can grow each day…. learning from the lessons we are taught. Life is a miraculous teacher….

Much love to you all!

~ Sheila πŸ’‹

A Little Reminder….

Always remember from where you came, never forgetting that initial spark that got you to where you are today. Remember what gave you strength, courage and ambition. Embrace the push that made you achieve greatness. Without our past, we have no present, hence no future to show the world how far we’ve come. There is wisdom in time. Be the Phoenix that soars high above adversity and shine on!

As always, love & light! ~ Sheila πŸ’‹

Little Miss Pollyanna

Ahhh…. Little Miss Pollyanna….. to live day to day with a positive attitude…. to try one’s best to help spread the ever so needed energy of positive vibes. …. to negate all that is negative to help the world be a better, brighter place. Not a bad way to live. At least, not for me anyway….. lol…. however….

There are those out there who have tried to imply that I’m “too bubbly”. That I’m too much of a dreamer, always with my head in the clouds. Well, all I have to say to that is… I am extremely proud of the cheerful person that I am! I have come a loooonnngggggg way to be the woman that I’ve become. And yes, I am a dreamer, but I am also a realist. I know when to set boundaries when it comes to the fantasy world. Will I ever stop being silly and goofy? Not a chance in Hell!!! πŸ˜‰

Now I’m sure you’re all asking, “Why is she writing a blog post like this?”.Β Because on occasion a random person, here and there, has come forward to me with their negative verbiage and try to deflate my positive attitude. For some peculiar reason they think I’ve never had any of life’s issues. (Trust me, I’ve never been immuned to life’s challenges.) BUT…. I, just like anyone else, have the choice to rise above adversity. I will not allow anything negative to get the best of me, and I am well aware of how people and things are.

I think it’s hilarious that my positive disposition has actually bothered some folks. For them to literally reach out to me (especially when they don’t even know me) and try to dim my ray of sunshine?! Their comments have completely no effect on me. I use them to help me to be even stronger, to rise even higher as an enlightened individual. I honestly hope those who live negative lives are able to one day find peace and happiness in their hearts.

Some people are truly such sad individuals to try to bring others down. Now I promise my intentions are not to be petty with this article, nor play any childish games by calling out naysayers. All I am doing is reminding people how important it is to have a positive mindset and how much better it can, and will, make someone feel!

Being cynical only implies that one hasn’t discovered the inner strength or harmony needed to see the brighter side of things. There is a sense of awakening, even a sense of empowerment, when one finally embraces both, Light and Dark. As I often like to say…. “I love the Dark as much as I love the Light. There is such a beautiful balance.”

For all you beautiful people out there with your radiant smiles…. continue to shine for all the world to see! YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! And for all you naysayers…. you just need a BIG FUZZY HUG!!!! LOL…. πŸ˜‰

 

Have a blessed weekend, everyone!

Love & Light, Sheila

 

 

 

 

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Today I Am Compassionate.

Good morning, everyone! Hope you all are well.

Just laying out some affirmation cards to pull one for today and out of the whole deck one card, one single card, was upside down.

Now, when doing a reading with tarot, an inverted card can have a different meaning than its upright position, but since this deck isn’t tarot, I feel in my heart that the meaning is the same regardless if it’s upright or not.

And the card that I was drawn to reads, “Today I am compassionate. Today I will reach out and help another person feel better about themselves.”

What a beautiful card. Love what it says!! And I hope that by sharing this with all of you, it will help inspire someone to be compassionate and “pay it forward”, even with just a smile. 😊

One never knows what a simple gesture like a smile can do for someone in need. To “pay it forward” can mean anything… and not necessarily monetarily. To “pay it forward” can be the warm embrace of a much needed hug, to sit and have a laugh with an old friend, to merely open the door for a stranger while entering a building… So many wonderful things can be done when one “pays it forward”. And by doing so, hopefully it can inspire that person to do the same…

The world can be a beautiful and compassionate place, one positive act at a time…. πŸ€—

Love & Light! ~ Sheila πŸ’‹

Happy Earth Day!!!

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Such a beautiful planet we live on!

What is “Earth Day”, you may ask?

Well, “Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2022 is Invest In Our Planet.” ~ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day

So, go outside and enjoy life! The sun is shining here on the Gulf Coast… gentle breezes are blowing… and the birds are singing. Even if the weather isn’t as pleasant where you are…. make the best of it and be happy to be alive!!

And let’s help our amazing planet by making environmentally good choices. Earth is our home, let’s keep her healthy and beautiful!! 🌏❀️

Head held high….

Good morning and happy Wednesday from Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast! It is cloudy so far with a chance of rain, but it’s the perfect way to start the day… sipping on a hot cup of coffee while writing to you all. πŸ€—

And you know what they always say…. “With rain comes rainbows!” πŸ˜‰πŸŒˆ

It’s nearly 8 a.m. now, but I actually woke up several hours ago thanks to my insomnia. However, was able to republish an old article that I wrote a while back titled, “Hellhounds: Such Naughty Lil Pooches”… https://sheilareneeparker.com/2022/04/13/hellhounds-such-naughty-lil-pooches-2/ …. Which I hope you enjoy reading!

After doing that at the wee hours, I pulled an affirmation card from a beautiful deck that my older son gave me for Christmas. And it reads, “Today I am happy. Today happiness and love will fill my heart and soul all day.” I absolutely love this card and want to share it with all of you. I hope it offers you “feel good vibes”, too!

Remember to stand with your head held high and show the world what you’re made of … You are worthy of all the wonderful things life has to offer!

Stay strong and blessed, everyone! You are always much loved!!

~ Love & Light, Sheila πŸ’‹

Poetry in Motion

“Life is a myriad of emotions, ever changing like seasons in the wind.” ~ Sheila Renee Parker

Life is funny with its ups and downs… side to sides and all those crazy roller coaster rides. Well, metaphorically speaking.

It can be a real kick in the pants. A real eye opener, especially when something insane comes totally out of left field.

And then sometimes you just gotta rip that band-aid off. As painful as it can be, sometimes it’s for the best.

Day to day we are faced with certain challenges. Some not so tough, while others make ya wanna scream on the top of your lungs. And you know what? That’s ok…. Our frustrations, the turmoil that can make a person go mad can actually be the fuel to help us achieve our dreams… as long as we are productive and constructive with that pent up energy. Never destructive!

We want to encourage ourselves and others with a positive mindset. Proof that anything is possible. Our strengths .. our wisdom… All that we have learned from our trials and tribulations.

Life is a beautiful teacher. Allow it to help us grow and become better people than what we were in the past.

Black, white…. shades of grey… are all ok to embrace, but there are also so many magnificent colors of life that are waiting to behold.

We all have our moments. I’m no pollyanna, that’s for sure, but I try my best to live life to the fullest.

Remember, with rain comes rainbows… and always be grateful, not hateful.

Stay strong and blessed, everyone. Negate that negative energy! You all are much loved!! β™₯️

~ Sheila πŸ’‹

Black and white photo of me… Embracing that beautiful yellow. Kinda reminds me of sunshine! πŸ˜‰

Coming Out Of The Broom Closet

Not necessarily an easy thing to do for a witch. Well, at least not for me. I was raised as a Baptist. When I was little, we went to church on Sundays and Wednesdays. We also attended other church related events and gatherings like Vacation Bible School and holiday celebrations. I was even in the church choir. Everyone was always extremely welcoming and full of love, however that was never enough. Why I say this is because while growing up, my curiosity always had the best of me. I would often question things about religion and the reply I got every time was, “Never question God.”. No disrespect to the ones who told me that, but their answer never satisfied me. It actually troubled me because I wanted to know more. I’ve always been extremely inquisitive about life in general. So, when I was told “Never question God”, that made me want to question all the more.

As I got older, and upon doing my own research, I discovered there was so much more than what I was lead to believe as a child. Keep in mind, I am not trying to dance on anyone’s toes or show any kind of disrespect to anyone’s beliefs. I am merely speaking on my own personal behalf and what it was like for me. But after years and years of going through life feeling unfulfilled with my faith, I finally came to a point in my life when I stopped listening to certain popular beliefs that made me feel uncertain and them trying to fulfill their need to “save me”.

Wait…. Save me? Save me from what? I don’t need saving just because I don’t believe like them. And I am not going to Hell because of my choice. I no longer follow the path to which I was raised, meaning that of course, I am not a Christian. I am a Wiccan, a solitary practitioner. I do not belong in a coven (and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that for those who do). I follow my own heart, my own path. I love being at one with nature and embracing all its magic. I communicate with the Angels, listen to my Spirit Guides and try my very best to live at peace with all the beautiful energies of the Universe.

A few summers ago, a young individual tried to convert me. She was on a missionary trip that lasted several weeks to help spread the word of Christ. While doing so, she and her group were seasonally employed at the same place where I worked. One day she asked me about my faith, so I openly told her about it. And then, as time went on, she tried to persuade me to listen to her as she attempted to make me change my belief. I asked her very calmly, “Why are you trying to do this?”. She replied, “Because I’m worried for your soul. I don’t want you to go to Hell.”

Honestly, I could see the concern in her eyes. She was such a kind and bright young lady, just a little naive was all. When she said that she was worried for my soul I told her, “No need to be worried because I’m not. I feel that I’m following the right path for me just as you are in your belief. As long as we all follow what is right and what is good, isn’t that what really matters? What defines your belief doesn’t define mine. Just because I don’t follow your path doesn’t mean I’m going to Hell.” That made her quiet for a moment as she pondered, looking into my eyes. I continued (again, very calmly and politely), “Honey, you’re wasting your breath with me.” I then put my arms around her to give her a great big hug and told her that I loved her because after all, she was such a sweetheart and a complete joy to work with.

It’s only been within the past few years that I’ve found the courage to speak openly about coming out of the broom closet. Why? Well, because of my upbringing and the societal fear about witches. (Wiccaphobia: the fear of witches or witchcraft.) Throughout the centuries, and thanks to Hollywood’s constant misleading portrayal, it’s easy to understand why people fear us. However, it is ignorance that keeps people in the dark. That’s why I now openly talk about being a Wiccan in hope to help educate others and let them know that we are nothing to be afraid of. I can only speak personally on my behalf because I know how I am with my spiritual journey and the fact is that I only practice white magic. I negate anything that is dark, negative and/ or evil. I stand proudly and firm with my beliefs and if anything of the latter ever tried to gain control over me, I would quickly call upon the Angels, my Spirit Guides and the positive energies of the Universe for white light protection. Trust me, I do not follow the dark arts. I promote, protect and project only and all that is good. As I always say, “Love & Light!” and I mean that with all my heart!

Several years back I wrote a previous article about another encounter that I had with a “bible handler” going door to door. Here’s that article titled, “Ignorance is Bliss”…. or is it just annoying?

Keep it real, people and never be afraid to be yourself! You are loved!! AND…. YOU TOTALLY ROCK!!!

Love & Light! ~ Sheila πŸ’‹