Battle of the Styles: Whimsical versus Bohemian

I have two home décor styles loves – bohemian and whimsical.  I love the combination of both styles, but there are beautiful elements to both, and one may be the clear winner over the other – you decide. Images courtesy of my curation visit to Pinterest.com.

This week’s battle takes place in the bedroom:

Whimsical:

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This look really embodies a modern take on the whimsical look.

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The chartreus birds on the pillow is definitely whimsical. The colors is what gives this room a true whimsy vibe.

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Pink acts as the neutral in this whimsical room. I love the mix of styles – mid-century modern nightstand with a pink, ornate bed is a beautiful contrast of styles and what makes a room whimsy.

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Love the headboard and the cow hide rug.

Bohemian:

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The dark navy walls envelops a person and an unmade bed invites long naps and cuddling.

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Moody purples, various shapes and textures and a tuft velvet headboard updates the boho look.

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I love the Eastern touches and the beautiful contrast of red and green. The dark lacquered four poster bed really anchors the colors in a modern way.

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Real deal bohemian…what my dream Santa Cruz beach cabin would look like. The layers of rugs and textiles is what makes this look truly bohemian. And the Native American headdress and dream catchers is also a nice touch.

Going Backwards while Learning to Ride Life

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Image courtesy of By arztsamui, published on 09 November 2012, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Many people first learn to ride bikes and trikes backwards, instead of moving forward, much like many people’s approach to moving from stage to stage in life. In life, people may go backwards for seconds, days or years, but the lessons learned while moving backwards are just as important as if they were riding forward the whole time. Others need a push, while others do the heavy lifting and push the bike with their feet. There are some people who first ride with their feet off the pedals.

There is no right or wrong way to learning how to ride a bicycle or life. Appreciate your individual way of navigating your unique life’s journey.

-Curator of all things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Recommendations and Shout Outs

Friday, December 27, 2013 Recommendation(s):

A common New Year’s resolution has to do with weight loss and physical health. More gym memberships are purchased (and later neglected) in January than in any other time of the year. How about trying something different this time around?

Weight loss starts and ends with the mind. We can set up the best workout schedule and buy all the best fitness gear (I’m a sucker for fuschia workout clothes), but it will all be for naught if we do not get our mind and spirit wrapped around the new physique we are trying to embody and the improved health we aspire towards. We are destined to hold on to the weight and undesirable health issues until we first address the mind, body and spirit connection to getting into shape. Let 2014 be the year that we all celebrate renewed, healthy bodies that happens to look great too.

This week’s recommendation goes to Flowdreaming.com, for its programs and audio MP3s that help bridge the gap between fitness goals to success, and the mental mumbo jumbo in between. Flowdreaming is a Law of Attraction modality into emotionally daydreaming our way into manifesting the things we want in our lives. The founder of Flowdreaming, Summer McStravick, has several “flowdreams” on her website – 10 to 15 minute deep, emotional visualizations that carry you away for a moment and into the life and body you  want. In time, the Universe begins to provide experiences that match that which you are creating when you flowdream. She has amazing flowdreams on the subject of weight loss and improved body image, but also a whole cache of MPs on various life subjects. Here’s a list of some of the flowdreams related to improving the body:

  • Beautiful as I Am (Total Self-Acceptance)
  • My Ideal Body
  • Lose Weight Now Playlist
  • The Flowdreaming Weight Loss Support System

Do yourself a favor and begin to envision the body you want, so much so that when you look in the mirror, you don’t over analyze where you are physically at in the present moment, because all you can see is the body you’re becoming. There has to be acceptance of where you are physically, a loving appreciation of what works and looks good on and in your body now, visualization on what you wish to see, and then the steps towards getting there will follow – in that order.

Friday, December 27, 2013 Shout Outs:

I’d like to give a special shout out to http://www.yourbeautifullife.org/. I first discovered this website through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Yourbeautifullife, and the images and messages there were life enriching and inspirational, which led to me creating my own life enrichment blog and website. Here are some of the beautiful posts created on this website:

Support Yourbeautifullife.com by “liking” and following this page on Facebook – you will not regret seeing these inspirational messages everyday.

-Curator of all things life enriching, Kimberly Jo Cooley

The Light Shines Through the Cracks of Your Pain

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

God’s Light shines through the cracks of your pain, whether your hurt comes from emotional or physical trauma. The Light I am referring to is God’s gift. Spirit knows the pains that will move us into divine action. All we have to do is bear down and hold on to the faith that a healing is right on the other side of the pain we feel. We heal and grow the most when there is a wound. We did not come to this earth to slide by – we came here to be a Being of Light in a human experience. As we know, human experiences are not pain free, although they can be rich in loving encounters and moments of highs and lows. There’s also the saying that God loves cracked pots because more of his light can shine through. I’d like to add that more of The Spirit’s love can slip into the cracks, to make us stronger for ourselves and the others around us.

The pain you feel today can be your power for tomorrow. If we never had wounds to heal from, our spiritual growth would be stunted. It is your testimony of the pain you have that heals you and all who may come into contact with you. Rest assured that God’s plan and purpose for you is way bigger than the moments you have in pain and suffering. Just as we embrace and celebrate the moments of painless conditions of our lives, we should also embrace the pain. Accept this is a season in your life and thank God for it. To be in pain, is to be human and for that, we have a lot to be thankful for.

-Kimberly Jo Cooley, Curator of all things spiritual

Recommendations and Shout Outs Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013 Recommendation(s):

The Matt & Phil Show, is a wonderful introduction into the world of Law of Attraction. I listen to their show on iTunes, but they also have links to their Podcast on their website at http://mattandphilshow.com/. Last week’s topic, Be Unreasonable (If you want to be happy) was an incredible show and I recommend checking it out.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013 Shout Outs:
I want to give a shout out to my new friend, Robert Payne. Robert and I took an online Creative Writing course this past fall semester at Consumnes River Community College. I had the pleasure of working with him on a blog, where my pen name was your “Everyday Spiritual Warrior.” He said he was inspired by my writing and that I truly was his “Everyday Spiritual Warrior.” He also said – which really touched me, was no matter what, I’d have a book with my name engraved on it. He kindly gave me this as a gift….

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-Curator of all things spiritual, Kimberly Jo Cooley (AKA Everyday Spiritual Warrior, AKA Abundant Life Initiative)

Do the Fool like Noah and his Amazing Arc

“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”
― Rumi

Any revolutionary book, invention or person probably faced a lot of criticism as to why they were “wasting their time” or “looking like a fool” as they pursued a dream. Noah faced it while building his gigantic arc. Noah, just like many great visionaries, heard and honored God’s calling by staying the course and ignoring the naysayers. Even if there was no criticism, visionaries probably encountered something even worse and more isolating – no words of encouragement or outside influence to guide them.

God never puts a desire in our hearts that cannot manifest. The tools are within us and through us, all we have to do is ask for the solutions with an expectant heart.

I could easily just sit back and be satisfied with my insurance job and live a quiet, uneventful life. I know that’s not why I’m here. I’m here to enlighten and inspire with my words. I can imagine people must think I’m crazy for starting a blog, writing a novel, or discussing spiritual matters. I don’t care what people think, really, I can’t care what people think. There is a driving force inside me – God’s push – that moves me each day closer to my dreams.

-Your Everyday Spiritual Warrior, Kimberly Cooley

2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid in Style and Decor

Purple lovers rejoice! The color of the year 2014 is Radiant Orchid, and the bloggers and fashion/décor writers are going mad over this color. This week, we’ll take a look at the color Radiant Orchid in décor and fashion. The following images will make a purple naysayer into a convert, thanks to the creative ones on Pinterest. Dive into these divine shades of purple, you will be seeing more of it next spring!

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-Abundant Life Initiative

Forever 21 Shows All of Us Some Love

Forever 21 has got all sized the ladies covered with their Love 21 and Plus size lines. This clothing store boasts a huge selection both online and at their brick and mortar stores and are known for cheap prices and on trend styles. They made a wise decision by catering to the thirtyish crowd and to the plus size ladies. Here’s a list of winter wardrobe additions that will have all of us spritualistas looking stylish this winter:

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Courtesy of Forever21.com, on sale for $18!

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Courtesy of Forever21.com’s Love21 collection

Courtesy of Forever21.com, from their Love 21 collection

Courtesy of Forever21.com, from their Plus Sizes collection and on sale!

Courtesy of Forever21.com, from their Plus Size Collection

Your Everyday Spiritual Warrior, Kim Cooley

10 Life Enriching Things To Do When It’s Cold Outside

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Cold weather or tending to sick, sleeping children definitely keeps many of us in doors. When we find ourselves bound to the house, whether to stay warm or to care for ourselves or others, we can use the time productively. Here’s a list of ten life enriching things to do while stuck in doors.

1. Create an acknowledgement/gratitude journal. This type of journal is different than one to capture all your thoughts and emotions from day to day (although I think that’s a good reason to journal too). This journal is simply to acknowledge the specific things you did in a day and what you are grateful for. In time, you will have a collection of acknowledgements about your life and will have physical evidence of all that you do and receive.
2. Create a Manifestation journal. This is different from an acknowledgement/gratitude journal because it is a…

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10 Life Enriching Things To Do When It’s Cold Outside

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Cold weather or tending to sick, sleeping children definitely keeps many of us in doors. When we find ourselves bound to the house, whether to stay warm or to care for ourselves or others, we can use the time productively. Here’s a list of ten life enriching things to do while stuck in doors.

1. Create an acknowledgement/gratitude journal. This type of journal is different than one to capture all your thoughts and emotions from day to day (although I think that’s a good reason to journal too). This journal is simply to acknowledge the specific things you did in a day and what you are grateful for. In time, you will have a collection of acknowledgements about your life and will have physical evidence of all that you do and receive.
2. Create a Manifestation journal. This is different from an acknowledgement/gratitude journal because it is a chronicle of the things you wish to bring into your life in the near and far future. It will feel amazing to see the things you scribed in your manifestation journal come to fruition in your acknowledgement/gratitude journal. Some things I have manifested was my daughter, my degree, my vehicle, and a better job, just to name a few.
3. Create a Vision Statement for your life. A paragraph detailing your vision for yourself is an awesome way to culminate all that you want represented in your life. It is a great reference to look at each day in your cubicle wall or on your bathroom mirror. Companies have vision statements, why not the little peoples too?
4. Create/work on your vision board. I have a well loved, ratty vision board that essentially has everything I wanted to manifest come about and now need to make time to create a new one. A vision board is great for the visual folks who need to see images to conjure up good feelings of what they want to have or continue to have in their lives. I grabbed images from the internet, magazines and even fortune cookie notes. It is a fun project to do with the kids, too.
5. Surf the web with purpose. Surfing the web sometimes gets a bad wrap as a time zap. I personally feel we are gaining information to store for later when we are perusing the net. Now that I am blogging, every opportunity to surf is a possibility for a new subject to write about. When you’re surfing the net, think about something from your manifestation journal you want to do a little more research about. Perhaps it’s a trip to Brazil. Or, an article on the history of tithing. Whatever it is, surf with a purpose to make the computer time count.
6. Guided meditation. I am a huge fan of guided meditation because it helps to guide the mind and body into a quiet state. Guided meditation reduces stress and for those of us who are spiritual, it brings us closer to our Higher Self or God. Here is a link to UCLA Health’s website with free quick, guided mediation MP3s http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22. If you’ve never meditated, having a guide to help you quiet your thoughts is super helpful. Don’t feel like you have to start out doing 30 minute sessions – start with five minutes and work your way up.
7. Listen to Podcasts. Just as I’m a journal junkie, I am also a little strung out on Podcasts. I listen to spiritual leaders and life coaches for daily inspiration. Some podcasts to check out: Everyday Attraction with Rae Zander; Think, Believe and Manifest Show with Constance Arnold; Receive Your Life with Janice Campbell; The Matt and Phil Show; Flowdreaming with Summer McStravick. For the creative writers, check out Writers on Writing.
8. Exercise. Get some second hand yoga or fitness videos, dance, or if you have room in your family room, get a small bike or elliptical machine and work up a sweat while you watch television. Whatever you do, get moving. Obviously, if you have a sick child or you’re sick yourself, this is not really a feasible option, so that’s why it’s towards the bottom of the list.
9. Daydream. Now, this is something you can do while your child sleeps or if you’re bedridden. Allow your mind to wonder. It feels so delicious to dip into a daydream, and almost a letdown when it’s interrupted. Here is how Wikipedia defines daydreaming: Daydreaming is a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake. Your mind needs a break, why not daydream?
10. Sleep. This will be a given if you’re sick. Even if there’s no sickness in your house, a nap or a night’s rest is what your mind and body needs to recharge. For many of us, sleep is a depleted commodity and naps are great for storing a little day’s energy. On days when I’ve had a hard time or had to leave work early, I go straight to my couch and take a nap. I usually wake up feeling a lot better about a situation or I may even dream up a solution to a problem. Sleep is medicine.

What are some ways you pass the time on cold or rainy days? And, what are some ways you enrich your life for free?