The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Hold My Hand

Hold My Hand and give me comfort

Hold My Hand and give me joy

Hold My Hand and give me kindness

Hold My Hand and be my friend

Hold My Hand and show me support

Hold My Hand and protect me from fear

Hold My Hand and show me the way

Hold My Hand and be my teacher

Hold My Hand and walk with me

Hold My Hand and show me my future

Hold My Hand and we will grow together

Hold My Hand and be my love

With Good Vibes Only – Hold My Hand

Copyright © 2020 Jacqueline Burke

Photo credit: Valentin Antonucci

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Going Back Home

For a very long time, I’ve wanted to be able to go back to my hometown to visit, but life always seemed to hand out more to deal with. Was this the Universe trying to tell me, I wasn’t meant to go back home? Then the Pandemic hit, and now it was going to be even longer before I could even think of heading back home. I found myself “in the meantime” and needing to make use out of this time.

Instead of feeling sad and lonely, I decided to get creative, I decided to visualize what it would be like going back home, I decided to embrace myself with the memories of a better time. My memories took me on a journey throughout my life; instead of feeling stuck in the past, I found myself healing my need to visit and healing the void. I was moving forward! At this time, I was still on a journey in my memories. Why was I experiencing a different perspective?

Was it because, I’ve grown “again” in a short period of time? Was it because, I was not taking my life I live now for granted? Was I showing more appreciation for the “now”, rather than the “past”? Were my memories creating more awareness for me? I was learning, I was letting go, and I was clearing out my mind, body and soul for new experiences. The past was fading into the distant; I blew it a kiss and waved good-bye. As I just had a beautiful visit; one I will cherish forever.

I have no regrets, I have great memories, I have lessons I’ve learned from, and I have friends that are dear to my heart. Sometimes, we don’t necessarily need to go back in the physical form, but instead we can go back in our minds and move forward.

I have learned that when devastation hit with this Pandemic, my first instinct was to run “home”. I couldn’t get back to my hometown fast enough! In reality, I hadn’t been home for 14 years, so why now all of a sudden was it so important for me to go home? I’ve come to the conclusion, home is comforting. I was needing the comfort as, along with everyone else, I was nervous and a bit scared as to what this Pandemic was going to be like. We had never experienced anything like it before.

Things started to become the new normal and we were able to understand the situation much better. Everything is a learning experience.

I now know, that if given the opportunity to one day visit my hometown, I can now do it with a sense of Peace and gratitude for the town that made me who I am today.

With Good Vibes Only – Going Back Home!

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Have You Lost Your Way?

Do you feel as though you have lost your way? It is almost a childlike feeling; when a child is feeling scared and lonely in this great big World we live in. Even though we have all felt at times, lost in our way, I’m not going to say, “I understand, exactly what you are going through and how you feel”, because each experience is different. Each experience should be treated differently.

Each experience should be recognized. Each experience should be acknowledged. Each experience should be comforted.

We tend to blame ourselves when we are in a position where we feel lost, but before you go down that road, just remind yourself, sometimes the World changes and takes over the control for just a bit of time. Sometimes, things happen in the World that put us in a tiny state of shock for a moment; it isn’t anything we have done, it is just circumstances that get out of control.

That’s when we “take our control” back! We slowly find our way again! We find options, we find a new way of thinking, we find comfort, we find answers, and we find a sense of peace within reach.

We cannot let something that is not in our control, control “our way”. No matter what, “our way” is, it will remain that way. “Our Way”, is what we own, it is also, “our why” in life. When you know “why” you are passionate about something in your life, then that becomes your way! You will never lose “your way”; it is always with you.

The next time you feel as though you have lost your way, just take a moment and breathe, sit in silence and remind yourself, your way is always there. Find your grounding, find your center, find your clarity, it is within you as well. In that moment of silence, listen to your breath, listen to your heart telling you, “I’m here”.

With Good Vibes Only – Have You Lost Your Way?

Picture credit: Paul Hutton

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Living in Harmony

I took a couple of days, with my family, to dive into organizing our new way of life; living in harmony!  I know when you think of living in harmony, the first thing a person thinks of is getting along with the other people you are living with!  Don’t get me wrong, we all get along quite well; what I’m referring to is what we all do in our lives, contributes to living in harmony.  The things that bring us more peace in our lives, brings more harmony!

With the World changing, we decided we needed to change along with it.  We are planning to change our entire lifestyle.  Some changes are going to be a bit on the drastic side, while others not so much.  The main thing, is we are making positive changes.

It would be easy to allow a negative cloud to continue to hang over us, during this time in our World, so we decided when given lemons, we are going to do our best to make the best pitcher of lemonade you could possibly taste!  Tasting Harmony!

When in Harmony, it tends to affect all the senses!  You see, taste, touch, hear, and smell so much better when you live your life in harmony.  When living in harmony, you are living a more balanced life.  When I think of harmony, I also think of rhythm!  So when you sway to music, you are balancing back and forth.

It doesn’t take much to create more harmony in your lives; it just takes a dedication to “not let the negative win”.  We are living in a period of, what I call, “the meantime”, and it is what you do with your time, is what matters.  The more positive the better!  The more creative the better!  The more loving the better!  The more kind the better!  The more happy the better!  The more smiles the better!

In planning our future, we set a goal to change our environment to one of complete calm.  Calm in our indoor and outdoor space, calm by becoming more self sustaining, calm in how we recycle more, calm by building or creating everything we need in our homes by using recycled products, calm in growing everything we need for food, calm by knowing we will have an environment to adopt and bring some loving fur babies into our lives again, and a calm in knowing we are doing all of this to help our World.

Living in Harmony became a very large picture for us, it wasn’t about just getting along with others, it was getting along more with our World, our Earth, and our Nature.  We saw how everything in our World “cleared up” since we have all been kept inside.  The pollution left the sky’s, the waters became clearer, the animals were able to roam freely, and the holes in the ozone were repairing itself.  Quite the concept!

What we are doing now, and what we plan to do in the future, will decide what type of World we will continue to live in.  I pick the continued healing of our World, our Earth and our Nature!  I pick the healing of everyone and everything whom call Earth their home!  I pick the healing of our minds, let us all look at our lives as precious; let us look at our lives as Harmony!

I’d like to continue Living in Harmony this way!  Let the Healing continue in our World!

With Good Vibes Only – Living In Harmony!

 

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow -A Few Special Friends

I’ve always done this, but more so now than ever, I’ve been thinking a lot about my friends 💞

Friends from my childhood, friends from my young adult days, friends that I’ve worked with in the past, and friends I have now.  I’m grateful there is somewhat of a crossover with my childhood to now, and from my past to now, and even from my career to now, but it doesn’t matter what part of my life my friends came from, I’ve been thinking of them.

I know I’m not alone in thinking about them or the memories they have brought to me; we are all probably finding ourselves walking down this lane.  I’m grateful for the adventure these memories have taken me on.  Plus I’m grateful for being able to still talk to these individuals.

I suppose you could say, “we are making new memories together!”

This last week, I found myself wanting badly to travel to go visit some of these friends, and of course knowing that I couldn’t was a bit difficult.  Before I became to sad or depressed, I decided to research ways of communicating instead of using Messenger or Texting.  Along with the rest of the World, I came across Zoom.  I’m excited to get started with it; part of me is nervous, but for the most part I’m excited.

I miss my friends quite a bit; there are some I haven’t spoken to in many years, but I also know that the minute we start talking it will be like we never stopped.  Those are my “special friends”, the ones where you have that chemistry, the bond, and the utmost respect for each other, that nothing can stand in the way of picking up where you left off.

The old saying (1970’s) used to be, “pick up the phone and reach out and touch somebody”, but now the way I look at it, it wouldn’t surprise me if the saying became, “reach out and Zoom somebody!”  As a kid, the first saying never made much sense to me either, because I couldn’t figure out how you could touch someone through the phone!  Keep in mind, I was only 8 or 9 at that point!! 😂😂 Times are changing!

My message for you today:

Reach out and communicate with those you are missing!  Pick up your phone, try Zoom, text, Messenger, or even FaceTime!  We have options!  Let your friends know you are thinking of them, talk about the good times, and do some walking down memory lane!  Stay connected!  Remind them they are loved, they are needed in your life, and remind them of how much happiness they brought to your life and continue to do so.  Appreciation for your Special Friends!

With Good Vibes Only – A Few Special Friends!

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Family Plans!

Boy, my family and I have sure been doing some thinking!  We have made some family plans, which will change our future lifestyle, in a great way!

I’m a firm believer, things happen for a reason, whether we want them to or not.  We are meant to learn a valuable lesson when certain events happen in our lives.  There is no other answer for it!  We are here to learn!

As a family, we have decided to go back to the basics in life, with Internet of course!!  Baby steps!!  Right??

When we see how our lives, as we know it can be stopped so quickly, with no fault of our own, and how whether we wanted to or not, we had to adjust to a new way of life, made us do some serious thinking.  We wanted to have a life where we could at least limit the amount of worry.  To have a better sense of Peace.

Call it, a mix of Little House On The Prairie meets Technology!  Ya, I haven’t really figured out the mix just yet, but you get the picture!!

We have taken our lifestyle to a new level, and that is to build a homestead out of shipping containers, live self sustaining, and live off grid.  To be honest, we do not know when we are going to do this, but at least we are in the planning stages.  The main thing, is we are very excited to dive into this new way of life.  I can’t wait to focus on my career in writing, while living this new lifestyle.  I can visualize it, but I can’t wait to “feel” it!

We still have our plans, to one day, bring The Good Vibes Only Roadshow, literally “on the road”, to do our best to help others focus on positive perspectives in life.  In fact, last summer we test drove, living in a 5th wheel full-time to have a time of adjustment.  It went very well, so we know we could adjust to that lifestyle.  Happy Dance!!!

I suppose, during this time, our lives have become even more creative and that is something I look forward too every single day!  So whether or not, our plans happen now or a year down the road, they make me smile when I wake up each morning!

We are all here to learn, and we are trying to do just that; learn as we go!

With Good Vibes Only – Family Plans!

 

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – How Are You Doing?

I won’t lie, the past month has been quite the year!!!  How are you all doing?

I feel it is very important to check in with each other, more now than ever.  Opening up the lines of communication, opening up your heart, and just saying a great big, “Hello!  How are you doing?”

I have been doing a whole lot of thinking these days!  I must tell you, I am learning quite a bit about life and how grateful I am for everyone in my life.  I’m not just grateful for my family and friends, but I find myself grateful for absolutely everyone on this planet!

I am grateful for the picture of the little kids coloring pictures for our healthcare workers.  I am grateful for the news broadcasters who are also risking their lives to protect us with the latest news.  I am grateful for all emergency crews, for grocery store clerks, for pharmacists providing medicine to those in need, for our sanitation crews still picking up our garbage, recycling and composting.  I am grateful for delivery companies, truck drivers bringing supplies to our stores, and for post office employees still delivering mail.  I am grateful for our Governments who are trying desperately to work together with Peace, health, and our futures in mind.  It can’t be an easy job; our patience is required while they try to do the best for us.

I am extremely grateful for social media and the internet!  Without it we wouldn’t be able to help each other and lift each other up through these different times.  I would be lost without all of you!  I am so grateful to be able to talk to you all, and will forever be grateful for this platform.

I am grateful to have Facebook!  I can see my family who do not live with us.  I can still tell them I love them!  I can still see my friends and support their hopes for a better tomorrow.  I can support my followers and provide them with as much inspiration as I can, knowing that if I help just one person a day, then I’m doing my part in this World!

There are so many more people I am grateful for, the list is endless, but I must say, I am very grateful for the pictures of pets and animals.  They have no idea what is going on, but their images bring so much comfort to many.

I wake up each day, hoping and praying that everyone is doing well, they are safe, and they are remaining in their homes to remain healthy.

This is how I am doing in my life; how are you doing?

I want to hear you, I want you to use your voice and express yourself, and I want you to do this knowing you are safe to wear your heart on your sleeve.  You will be heard!  Share your days, your hopes and your dreams.

I wish you all comfort ❤

With Good Vibes Only – How Are You Doing?

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – We Are Making History! We Are All In This Together!

Facebook asks me every morning, “What’s on my mind?”
Then it hit me like a Mack Truck!
AT THE MOMENT, WE ARE ALL MAKING HISTORY!
The World has finally all come together as ONE and are working as a Team with nothing but care and compassion in their Hearts
The enemy in this case is invisible and we NEED each other to fight it off!  In my eyes, this is World War III and we are not fighting each other.
We truly are ONE!
The thought that we are doing this brought tears to my eyes.  The thought of what it took to bring us all together, made me cry even more, but the reality of it is that we were not fighting each other to get us to this point.
It is possible to live in Peace, to actually love each other enough (as we are doing now) to be kind to everyone, and it is possible to live a life where we do not cause pain to another human being or animal!
We are living the proof right now, that we can continue doing so!  Life is precious!
With Good Vibes Only – We Are Making History!  We Are All In This Together!

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – What Is Your Biggest Dream!

I’ve had a lot of time to think over the past two weeks, and to be honest with you, it is funny how just two weeks can change my entire perspective of my hopes and dreams.

One of my dreams in life is, I’ve always wanted to inspire and to encourage others to find the “positive” in life.  I suppose, watching Oprah, Ellen, and reading a truck load of self-help books, has fueled me with the passion to help others find their own outlet to happiness.

Personally, I feel it takes not just a Village to help others who are struggling, but it takes an entire World to stay on the positive track.

My dreams in life, have changed.  They have changed for the better, as if they are now dreams which are there because of wisdom.  There is so much I’d like to do, and so many I’d like to help.  Over the next while, I will be writing my “dream” list and making sure, that I check off one thing at a time each and every single day.

My dreams are to write more books, to blog more inspiring posts, to eventually travel with the Good Vibes Only Roadshow and meet people who need to share their own story.  My dreams are endless, but they are changing to become more realistic.

We all have dreams; what are some of yours?  Don’t let fear stop you from dreaming.

This experience we are all going through is “temporary”; keep planning, keep dreaming, and keep focusing on a brighter day!

With Good Vibes Only – What Is Your Biggest Dream!

 

The Good Vibes Only Roadshow – Full Of Creativity

Along with all of you, I’ve taken the past 2 weeks to let everything sink in.  The shock of how quick life can change is slowly going away, but it has left me with a sense of wanting to take this time to grow and to share with you what I’ve learned so far.

Side note:  expect a lot of blog posts from me 😉

I’ve learned that creativity is more than just finding a hobby or project to do, but instead it is essential for mental health.  Finding something that brings a smile to your face is very important; we cannot fall into the trap of fear.

Yes, things are very real out there, but if we listen to what has been suggested to us in staying in our home, then we will be doing our part in ridding our World of this virus.  I feel it is a small sacrifice, in order to save our World.

Okay, so that’s all I want to say about the “v” word, it has temporarily taken over and I’m not going to allow it to do that, especially here on my blog!  So, here is some creative positive options for you, that I’m also going to harness:

Baking

Cooking something NEW!

Coloring

Painting

Crafting

Changing Old Clothing into something fun (costume)

Sewing

Reading

Journaling

Writing a Novel

Puzzles

Legos

Movies

TV Series Marathon

Word Search

Crossword

Flipping Through an old magazine

Watching sports (all the sports channels are playing reruns)

Get outside in your yard (we still have snow, so we will have to wait another month or so)

Make a To Do list (for once everything gets back to normal)

Spring Clean

Clean out the closets

Go through family albums and create a memory book

Scrapbooking

Clean up the garage

Get on-line and watch a free concert

Start talking to family and friends through FaceTime

Create a Favorites List

Plan a Passion List (my name for a bucket list)

Exercise

Start a free online course

Start a group online and enjoy talking about a positive subject

This list is just a list of suggestions; whatever you do, please make sure you do it in your home or in your own yard.

You can also make arrangements with a friend to do all the above with someone on-line.  It’s all about getting creative!  Create an appointment with friends or family to join you in a project!  Hey, great time to start a book club ❤❤

 

With Good Vibes Only – Full Of Creativity!!