In this inspiring issue of Bella Grace, hear the powerful, uplifting story of 8 cancer survivors. Christine Mason Miller shares more of her Ordinary Sparkling Moments, and Alisha Fridland talks about the power of incorporating dance into your life. Also, see what our readers will not be doing in the coming year with their “un-resolutions” for 2016. This issue features a profound encounter with a stranger, an article about steering clear of the self-help trap, and includes more than 10 worksheets and prompts to fill in and explore.
Featured Excerpts and Quotes:
"But luxury has never appealed to me. I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands." — Daphne Du Maurier (p. 18-19)
“There is nothing greater than the feeling of home; that familiarity you only feel when you’re there, the small smile your eyes make when you see it from a distance, that reflex of letting go when you reach its steps.” — Samantha Heather | From "Feels Like Home" (p. 29)
“For me, true strength is defined not by brute force, but by the ability to live gracefully, compassionately, authentically.” — Jennifer DeVille Catalano | From "Strong in the Softest of Ways" (p. 55)
"The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been." — Unknown (p. 142-143)
"I just don't think I'm looking for the big moments in life anymore. It's more the simple ones that make for a beautiful day now. Like the sun rising and the moon dancing, and the wind singing and the leaves grooving, and kids laughing and music playing, butterflies twirling, heart-smiles staying ... and me being present to witness all these beautiful things. This is what makes for a happy and peaceful life, I'm sure." — S.C. Lourie (p. 102-103)
"I want to be beautiful the way worn-out things are: touched by time and proud to be rough around the edges with a story to tell." — Megan Salomon (p. 82-83)
"I take a deep breath and find it in me to recover the power that I know I have — the power over my own sweet self — for I have superpowers of optimism, hope, and gratitude." — Andrea Clegg Corp | From "Magic in the Midst of Heartache" (p. 80)
“Then, she began to breathe, and life, and every moment took her to a place where goodbyes were hard to come by. She was in love, but not in love with someone or something, she was in love with her life. And for the first time, in a long time, everything was inspiring.” — R.M. Drake (p. 1)
“Shouldn’t there be something in all those ordinary moments worth celebrating? A sparkly flash of life that makes the ordinary extraordinary? This is your life I’m speaking of … all of that sacred, splendid ordinariness. Celebrate the astonishing moments that lift your heart. Uncover joy in whatever it is that beautifully colors your seemingly ordinary days. Discover what it is that sets your soul soaring. There is holiness hidden in the humdrum. Blessings that lurk in exalted ennui. Consecration that skulks in the commonplace. Find it. Celebrate it. Revel in it. Hallow it.” — Jennifer Clawson Farnes | From “Celebrate!” (p. 85)
“This is the season of hibernation. We can choose quiet and rest. We can slow our pace.” — Joy Jordan | From “The Season of Hibernation” (p. 107)
“As my limbs carry themselves through the air, and my shadow sweeps the floor with grace, I feel powerful … This body has never felt so strong, so expressive, so right. Each measure tells a story, each passage a sensation.” — Alisha Fridland | From “Dance with Reverence” (p. 46)
“There is nothing greater than the feeling of home; that familiarity you only feel when you’re there, the small smile your eyes make when you see it from a distance, that reflex of letting go when you reach its steps.” — Samantha Heather |From “Feels like Home” (p. 29)
“For me, true strength is defined not by brute force, but by the ability to live gracefully, compassionately, authentically.” — Jennifer DeVille Catalano | From “Strong in the Softest of Ways” (p. 55)
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