Death & Dying, LIfe, Life's Beauty

Little Sandwiches & My Death

Yep. You read that title right!

Please note that this blog post although updated was written in January of 2021, 3 months before my cancer diagnosis.

I am writing this blog post more for me so I can remember something that moved me deeply yesterday, but hey if you are here and want to read along, feel free.

So here it is……. Yesterday I was driving by a funeral home and saw the cars outside. It made me wonder, because of the time of day, if they were having a luncheon about that time. I started thinking about how I love little tea sandwiches. I always have. I can pass on the desserts but the little sandwiches I have a hard time saying No to :-).

My spouse also knows this and we have often talked about how there will be little sandwiches at my funeral. ๐Ÿ™‚ I started to think about this and in one brief moment in time while pondering these little sandwiches, I had an epiphany!

Life will go on and it will happen quickly! I saw the people say goodbye to me, say some nice words, eat little sandwiches, sip on coffee and tea and enJOY some desserts and then hop in their cars and go back to work, to their homes, to their life. It will go on as it always does.

I may not be conveying what I feel here but that’s okay because I get it and I did mention this blog post was more for me to remember the moment from yesterday’s drive by the funeral home. ๐Ÿ™‚

What do I take from this? The Gems!

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. Here are the gems! (And sidenote I am rereading this on January 26, 2022, nearly 11 months after my Stage IV Cancer Diagnosis and I wouldn’t change a thing! ๐Ÿ™‚

. I think these are all great! ๐Ÿ™‚

. life is short so make the moments matter and the moments count

. forgive quickly and often

. look at everything and every experience as though it were both the first and last time you will feel that, experience that, or see that

. eat the chocolate! (and the little sammies off course) ๐Ÿ™‚

. appreciate each and everyday for the gift that it is, our days are numbered and we all know it… it’s realizing it that matters most

. throw FEAR out the window and tell it you never want to see it again! Live fearlessly

and in JOY!

. be as much YOU as you can! Authentic, Real, Raw in all your imperfection which is perfect!

. be FREE…………….

Maggie Holbik.com is lover of life who believes that death can teach us a lot about life and that the circle of life is precious and sacred and is denied to many… she is passionate about helping people to find the JOY in their life and to see the beauty all around that is waiting for eyes to witness it and hearts to appreciate it.

free will, Joy

Absolute Freedom

“The basis of your life is absolute freedom, the goal is joy, and the result of that perfect combination is motion forward, or growth. Your goal is to find objects of attention that let your cork raise.” Jerry & Esther Hicks, 1997

I received this quote in my email this morning and I really resonated with it. When I see the words ‘absolute freedom’ that appeals to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

My goal in life is to live in JOY. I love freedom and I love JOY!

I think that the greatest gift that we have is in fact free-will and that is freeing in itself.

I personally, am very selective as to what information I access. For example, in my work as a wellness advocate and a Board Certified Nutritionist, I know that I can find a study on just about anything. So what I am referring to is that I can find information to prove just about any point and so can anyone.

So what’s my point right now? My point is that I bring to ME information and objects of desire that bring me JOY! Because I get it!

I could spend my day proving to myself with information out there, how terrible the world is or I can prove to myself how beautiful and JOYous the world is and I choose the latter.

In my playground of life I want fun times baby! I am wasting no time in suffering unless I don’t have a choice. I know there are times in life when pain and suffering happen to us because that is life, but in the moments in between I am riding the JOY train! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day everyone and I hope you too ride the train of JOY in your life too!

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3 Affirmations For JOY!

In my ongoing series of affirmations, here are 3 more to enJOY for JOY!

Affirmation: My heart jumps for JOY every time I LOVE myself.
Affirmation: My JOY fuels my soul and my passion!
Affirmation: “JOY follows me in my day.

There you have it my friends. I hope you enJOY these affirmations as much as I enJOYed making them.

Have an AMAZING day everyone!

Sunshine

Fill Your Heart With Sunshine

A ball of sunlight streaming through the trees

This morning I got up and went to the bathroom and took a moment to look out the window to the backyard. The sun was shining through the trees and I just took a minute to stop and be in gratitude for that exact moment.

I then intuitively felt the desire to fill my heart with sunshine before I started my day. And I actually felt it!

I thought “Wow, I will start my day like this more often”. I will connect with the sun and bring it into my heart and then start my day.

MMM MMM

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Happiness, Mindset

หœโ€*ยฐโ€ข.หœโ€*ยฐโ€ข Choose Your Way to Happiness โ€ขยฐ*โ€หœ.โ€ขยฐ*โ€หœ

“You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted” Ruth E. Renkl

A woman with her back to us, with one foot in the ocean and one foot raised and with arms in the air. Words on the picture say “CHOOSE CHOOSE CHOOSE”

Choose/Choose/Choose

Choose โ™ฅ HAPPINESS โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ PEACE โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ JOY โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ LOVE โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ LAUGHTER โ™ฅ very chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ TO BE CHILDLIKE โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose to โ™ฅ FORGIVE โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Choose โ™ฅ SELF-LOVE โ™ฅ every chance you get! ๐Ÿ˜

Happy Choosing!

๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ€

Happiness, Kids

The Importance of ๐ŸŽ€ ๐ป๐’ถ๐“…๐“…๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ ๐ŸŽ€

Picture of a girl holding pink tulips behind her back and the quote: “Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.” John Harrigan

Why Happiness?

The question is why not happiness? ๐Ÿ™‚

Happiness is our birthright and is really an underlying desire of most people.

For example when we desire things for other people like our children, we are really wanting them to just be happy……like wanting them to graduate from a good school, or to land a great job, underneath it all, what we really, really want is for them to be happy.

We want this for ourselves too. When we can show our children that we are happy, we teach them that happiness is natural. Many people today feel that happiness is some far away and unreachable place, and that is unfortunate.

โ€œThere is no way to happiness.ย Happinessย is theย way.โ€

Thich Nhat Hanh

I highly recommend putting happiness on your daily check list. What are some things that you can do to increase your happiness so that you are happier and you infuse the natural art of happiness into those around your too?

Some ideas:

. laugh at yourself

. laugh at life

. watch funny movies

. have a conversation with an upbeat friend who likes to joke and laugh

. make happiness a goal

. seek happiness (what you seek seeks you)

. show kindness toward others.. this always infuses happiness within us

. spend time with young children

. do art

. go skinny dipping

. walk in nature

. gaze at the stars

The list is endless. Do whatever helps to make you happy and happier. Do the things that bring you JOY!

I wish you nothing but happiness…. til next time.

Maggie

Joy, Joy Pop, smiles

(ใฃโ—”โ—กโ—”)ใฃ โ™ฅ Smiles All-Around โ™ฅ

A young boy and his little sister who is holding a cat, in 1937. They both have huge smiles on their faces.

My friend Suanne shared this picture last year on Facebook. It is a picture of her father and his little sister in 1937. I just love it and think the world needs to both see and enJOY it.

Is it not the best? It just gives me so much JOY to look at this. Thank you to my friend for allowing me to share it with you all. ๐Ÿ™‚

And please if you have any warm and fuzzy, heart lifting, bringing pictures of times gone by or even right now, please share them with me if you like and we can spread some ๐’ฅ๐Ÿ˜๐’ด with others.

Joy, self-love

Hey YOU! Be Happy! YOU Are AMAZING โ™ฅ just the way you are โ™ฅ

Quote from Ariana Grande “Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks”.

Just be YOU! It really can’t get any simpler than this. We are supposed to be who we ARE!

I don’t even consider things as flaws, but hey if you want to call them that, who am I to stop you. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am so excited to see people awakening all around me just being THEM! It is so liberating. I hope you join us on the ๐น๐“‡๐‘’๐‘’๐’นโ€๐“‚ ๐’ฏ๐“‡๐’ถ๐’พ๐“ƒ! Full speed ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

Be Free. Be YOU!

Love to all!

Maggie

โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

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beauty, Joy, Life's Beauty

JOY Forever

Picture of a girl hanging upside down with a quote saying “A thing of beauty is a JOY forever” John Keats

I truly believe that JOY is our birthright. I believe that we are on earth to experience JOY and to enJOY being JOYous beings.

One of the easiest ways to access JOY is through beauty and appreciating beauty. It can be as simple as your favorite cup or as big as travelling to an exotic place to see the ocean’s view for the first time.

Beauty is all around us and we can see it when we look. (ใฃโ—”โ—กโ—”)ใฃ

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Joy

Pure โ™ฅ JOY โ™ฅ

Maggie with Matthew and Eva on her lap with a book in hand.

My friend Teresa texted me this picture today. It’s from about 15 years ago when her kids were little.

I must admit I do not remember this moment so thank goodness for pictures once again, but I just LOVE this picture. It radiates pure JOY and it just lifts my heart and spirit to even look at it.

What a โ™ฅJOYโ™ฅ Jา‰Oา‰Yา‰

I say often that JOY is our birthright. JOY is Sweet. JOY is Juicy. And JOY is great for the soul!

I hope you welcome and embrace more moments of JOY into your life.

If you would like my free e-book on having more JOY in your life, the link is below.

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