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Share What Makes Your Heart Smile

Hello beautiful!

I hope you are having a magical day!

As I write this I can see thousands of young dragonflies zooming around the freshly green leaves of the trees. Birds are singing, grass is growing, and the lakes have melted into beautiful, flowing water again.

This is me, celebrating the return of the flowing water in the lake.


After the longest, coldest winter I have ever experienced, nature is alive again. And after spending five months surrounded by ice and snow, I feel like I am witnessing spring for the first time.

Not too long ago, the ground was frozen, trees were bare, and everything was still, silent.

Now, the earth is alive, trees are flourishing, and everything has been reborn. Buzzing, blooming, shining, spring has sprung and the time for new beginnings is here.

Spending time in nature makes me realise that miracles occur everyday. It’s mesmerizing, isn’t it?

One of my favourite parts about spring here in Daqing, is the amazing flowers that have been popping up everywhere.

Realising that most of the trees I’ve been walking past during the past ten months are actually cherry blossoms has been a magnificent surprise! I had no idea they grew here, but they are absolutely gorgeous!

I can even see some in the garden under neath my window, so I will definitely be having the window open more now that the sweet smell of cherry blossom will be flowing around.

Here are a few photos I took (there are more on the Facebook page):


Cherry blossoms definitely make my heart smile!

Which brings us to today’s Link Love Friday theme! Yep, now that 30 Days Of Beauty has finished, Link Love Friday is back!

This week, head over to the My Smiling Heart Facebook page, and share a photo of something that makes your heart smile. It can be anything! Nature, books, food, people, artwork, – anything that makes your heart smile!

If everyone shares a photo or two, then there will be a super-mega-happy-awesome album on the My Smiling Heart Facebook page made up of everything that makes our hearts smile! What a great resource it will be for those times when we aren’t feeling that great.

I look forward to seeing your photos!

So much LOVE!

Jen ♥

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Things I Love Today :)

Hello beautiful!

Are you having an AWESOME day? I hope so!

This past week has been full of inspiration for me, so I wanted to share my favourites with you, because you know how much I like to share the love!

This post by Sarah Wilson talks about Steve Jobs and connecting the dots in life. Super inspirational.

Inspiration from the Universe: NASA released new photos of space, and they are so absolutely magical! I especially adore the image of the Unicorn constellation!

Still in space, an awesome astronaut posted a photo on twitter of the Earth as he saw it from above, all the way up in beautiful outer space! Technology is so freakin cool.

Speaking of cool; I’m in love. It’s name is Pinterest, and it’s so pretty and creative and inspiring and wonderful that I just want to look at it all day every day forever and ever and ever. I literally spent all day on it yesterday. No joke. All day. It was awesome. Here’s my Pinterest profile.

The image at the top of this post was found on Pinterest, and here’s one of my favourites:

Don’t you just want to live there?

Ok, I can’t resist. There’s just one more picture I found on Pinterest that I simply must show you:

Adorable much?

You know what else is adorable? These videos of super amazing, super smart little girls:

Via Your Joyologist.

I don’t know about you, but after watching that I’m inspired to dance in front of the mirror and sing about how AWESOME my life is!

“I can do anything gooooood!”

Double rainbows and cherry blossoms,

Jen ♥

*Pssst! My ebook, The My Smiling Heart Vision Kit, is almost ready! I’m so excited to show it to you! If you want to be one of the first to know when it’s released, send an email to jenartist@live.com.au with “ebook list” in the subject line 🙂

30 Days Of Beauty – Day 1!

Hey there, beautiful!

Well, it’s today! 😀

It’s the 1st of April, and the beginning of 30 Days Of Beauty!

Every day for the next 30 days, myself and Jen Fromal from The Smashed Planet, will be tweeting about one thing that make us truly beautiful, and we would LOVE for you to join us!

Follow us on Twitter (@smiling_heart and @jenfromal), and whenever you tweet about something that makes you beautiful, use the hashtag #imbeautifulbecause, so that we can see it!

Every Friday, we will each be writing a post on our blogs, writing about our 30 days experiences, and selecting our favourite #imbeautifulbecause tweets from others.

Every Friday during April, Link Love Friday on the My Smiling Heart Facebook page will be replaced with ‘I Am Beautiful Friday’, where you can share your beauty with the world.

So, if you don’t tweet, or if you want to tweet and share on facebook, head on over to the MSH page and tell us what puts the YOU in beaYOUtiful!

Here’s the best part; we are doing this to raise money for To Write Love On Her Arms, a cause that is dedicated to helping those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

So by joining in on the 30 Days Of Beauty Challenge, you will not only be discovering the many things that make you so damn beautiful, you will also be promoting a good cause! Everybody wins! 😀

Here’s my tweet for 1st April:

Today, #imbeautifulbecause I am learning to see my own power, and how to use it to create my life.

If you want to donate to this cause, here is the link to the fundraising page – feel free to include this link at the end of your #imbeautifulbecause tweets!

Donate here!

 

Promote this cause with this tinyurl link at the end of your tweets:

http://tinyurl.com/4y6gomj


Wear Your Beauty!

If you just love this project so much that you want the whole world to know you are a part of it,

I made this badge especially for you!

Wear this badge on your blog, and let your beauty shine!

Link to: http://www.crowdrise.com/30DaysOfBeauty

Badge HTML Code: <a href=”http://www.crowdrise.com/30DaysOfBeauty”><img border=”0″ src=”https://jensmilingheart.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/30daysbeautybadge.jpg?w=125&amp;h=125″></a>

 

Let the AWESOMENESS begin! 😀

Stay beaYOUtiful!

Jen ♥

Note: The Two Jens are not official representatives of TWLOHA, only dedicated supporters of the cause.

Updates & Link Love

Gratitude & LOVE to Dani at Positively Present for this image!

 

Hello beautiful!

 

Have you smiled at yourself in the mirror today? I have! 😀

A lot has been happening here at My Smiling Heart headquarters… by that I mean my couch and coffee table, haha!

I wrote a guest post for The Whole Self as a part of Happiness Week, which is this week! The post is about how I chose happiness during a difficult time, and went from ruins to rainbows as a result. I even made a special ‘Choose Happiness’ printout for it!

Yesterday, My Smiling Heart was featured on the ever-amazing and inspiring Positively Present! I’m so excited about this because I’ve been reading PP for a long time, so it’s AWESOME to be a part of it somehow. Check out the interview here, and remember to download the free the positive printable I created just for the occasion!

Our lovely sponsor, A Peaceful Path, held their first vision board workshop on Sunday, featuring some of the worksheets and cutouts that will be in the new My Smiling Heart ebook! I’ve heard that the workshop was a complete success, so congratulations to A Peaceful Path and everyone who has started to create their vision!

I recently entered my self-portrait, the one featured on the My Smiling Heart banner, in an online art competition called ‘The Power Of Self’, and I need your votes. The painting with the most votes wins $2,500. Winning this will allow me to continue My Smiling Heart after I go home in July. I really want to keep My Smiling Heart alive, so every vote counts.

I’m working on the My Smiling Heart ebook, which I hope will be a great resource to maintaining happiness. It will be full of positive printables for your wall, kind of like a vision board kit, as well as other goodies and awesomeness! I’m so excited about it, and I’m having so much fun putting it together! I hope you’re all as excited as I am! 😀

I’m also working on creating meditation recordings too. I studied meditation teaching not long ago, so it’s about time I started using it! 🙂

Jen Fromal from The Smashed Planet and I are doing something exciting for the entire months of April. It’s called 30 Days Of Beauty, and we hope to use it to raise money for To Write Love On Her Arms. Click here for project details and info on how you can be a part of the self-loving AWESOMENESS!

Through wonderful blogs such as So Uprightly Burning and Roots Of She, I came across an amazingly creative website called ABC Creativity, created by the beautiful Andrea Schroeder. Andrea has just started a free Creativity 101 e-course, and I’m completely in love with it! I am so, so happy to have discovered creative journaling, it is so amazingly healing. I will be posting pictures of my art journal soon!

Do you remember me mentioning my friend in Japan? Well, one of her friends has started an amazing cause called ‘3000 Letters For Japan’. It’s a letter writing project, aiming to get people from all over the world to write inspiring letters, send them to the project organisers, and they will then give the letters to children living in devastated areas of Japan. How AWESOME is that?

Now for this week’s Link Love Friday mission! For something different, I want you to share your favourite funny youtube video on the My Smiling Heart Facebook page. It can be anything, laughing babies, sneezing pandas, the classic people-falling-down videos, as long as it makes you really laugh out loud. Let’s get the giggles!

Go smile at yourself!

Jen ♥

Link Love :)

Tumblr of the Week!

Hello beautiful people!

I hope the sun is shining brightly for you, regardless of the weather outside 🙂

I want to share some more links with you, to sites, blogs, articles, videos, anything that has touched me and made my heart smile this week.

Before I do that, here is the theme for tomorrow’s Link Love Friday on the My Smiling Heart facebook page:

Favourites: post a link to your favourite blog post that you have written, the piece of writing that you are most proud of. If you don’t have a blog, share a link to your favourite blog post from one of your favourite blogs.

I’m excited to read all of your awesome posts! 😀

Until then, here’s some awesomeness for you:

 

The Short and Sweet Guide to Being Fucking Awesome from inoveryourhead.

 

Can’t Find a Dream Job? Create Your Own from Zen Habits.

 

Send this clip to every woman you know. from mamamia.

 

32 Small Ways to Change the World from Abundance Blog.

 

ROAR from Awakening Women.

 

The Wild Donkey Secret to Getting Stuff Done from Goddess Guidebook.

 

Meet Zonia Saloj, One of the Girls WE Sponsored! from I Want Her Job.

 

Devote yourself to an idea. from workisnotajob.

 

deer visits cat every morning! from The Kind Life.

 

5 reasons self-love is not selfish from Positively Present.

 

12 Ways to Find Joy In Life from The Bold Life.

 

The Top 20 Things Oprah Knows for Sure from Oprah online.

 

The 10 LAWS You Must Never Break In Order To Avoid Changing The World from The Mad To Live.

 

And to finish, here’s an AWESOME quote:

“I’m happy and I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.” ~ Drew Barrymore

Keep Smiling ! 🙂

Jen ♥


Link Love Friday: About YOU!

Welcome to the first Link Love Friday on My Smiling Heart!

Today’s theme is ‘About YOU!’

Go to the My Smiling Heart facebook page, and share links to the ‘About’ page of your blog. If you don’t have a blog, that’s fine! Share a link to the ‘About’ page of your favourite blog instead.

I chose this as the theme for our first ever Link Love Friday because I think it’s a great way to get to know each other better, don’t you? 😀

First person to share their link gets a special mention and a link to their blog on Twitter, so start sharing the love!

 

I can’t wait to check out all of your blogs!

Keep Smiling!

Jen ♥