#ThankfulThursday

They are not measured by material things…

Thankful, for my blessings. They are not measured by material things. Instead the intangible blessings God gives me everyday. That is what I am grateful for.

Thankful, for my family. Loved ones that are near and far. Friends that are still here and those that are no longer friends. I am thankful for the ability to love my enemies.

Thankful, for my spirit. It is at peace with the things that I cannot control and longing for more power to change the things I can. Strength to travel a journey that has been trotted before but gain new insight and experience.

Thankful, for God. He is my everything and the reason of Thanksgiving.

Peace and love to you and yours this holiday,

Michael Anthony

Finding Worth in the Middle of the Earth: 11.12.2017

The peace that I long for can only be achieved through self-evaluation…

The peace that I long for can only be achieved through self evaluation and even more importantly a meditative mind. “Fiercely encouraged” is how I wake up feeling each morning because there is no reason not to be that way. So many different thoughts run through my mind each day as I process the hundreds of things being thrown at me each day and I think “there has to be more than this.” I know that we all must work and must push through any ideas that we have of what our life should look like by this point in our lives. The caveat is to recognize that just because the journey isn’t going as planned that it doesn’t lessen the importance of the journey. This path is what we make it and to keep it short and to the point, this path is necessary.

Peace and Love,

Michael Anthony

Laguna Living: Until Next Time

We are only prisoners if we choose to not break the chains but I choose freedom…

My mind reminisces of the events and treats of this last week or so. So many blessings and realizations that can be counted, a few frustrations, and some photosensitivity issues too. Overall, I’m encouraged and inspired to do even more, not just for myself but for others. So many individuals suffering around this country and around this world. What can I do to make a difference?

How can I leave my mark outside of just financially giving?  I ask God to consider the works I’ve done when the end comes but will my works be worthy of consideration? We all must be willing to shine that light upon ourselves and look in the mirror. Do we reflect good things or are we selfishly going about our journey? Although, I have been here before, my time in Laguna Beach has proven to be more eye-opening than before.

I’m inspired to not just continue growing my career but to continue to grow who I am and what I can be. Most of all I’m inspired by who I can help if I continue to work hard to reach my dreams– financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We are only prisoners if we choose to not break the chains but I choose freedom. 
Peace,

Michael Anthony

Laguna Living : Brunch

The calming atmosphere meeting the lush expression of God’s beauty…

One of the best places to have brunch and enjoy the views that Laguna Beach offers is Las Brisas! The calming atmosphere meeting the lush expression of God’s beauty outside provides an unparalleled experience.  Everyday I’m inspired to work a little bit harder each day just so that this is my norm. It can be yours too with research, hard work and a little patience. Oh and of course some good food. 

Laguna Living: Ocean

Waves. Flowing in and out…

Waves. Flowing in and out as the rip tides appear in the distance I think of life here. How amazing it would be to allow my stress and worries dissipate with the sound of the ocean crashing against the coast. Praying for an opportunity to make my life more meaningful than just a steady job and comfortable quality. 

What about my dreams? What about living? I am alive but am I living if I’m not doing everything possible to reach my dreams? I know I have great things coming in my life but it’s important to recognize the work that must be done for these ocean views. For this beach life I must be my own brand, my own business, my own dream. I’m ready to do what I need to do to bring my dreams to reality. I’m divinely blessed but now it is time to bless divinely. 

We Don’t Need That Now

We are here to look into the eyes of the thing that scares us the most, ourselves. We are frightened of all that we can do and be but the reason for that fear is not because we aren’t capable it’s because we aren’t simply depending on ourselves. Our fates, our plans, our dreams … no matter how hard we fight are always in the hands of others. Our success is in the hands of others but what is certain is that we can make plans that will continue to be just that, plans. However, what we have to give emotionally, spiritually, physically is not simple. Being caught up in the sad reality that we are not authors of our own fate as once thought of before is a big fat LIE! We do have a little control, a little say in how and where our success comes from, it’s called acceptance. Instead of letting people define us, we define ourselves by accepting all that we are and aren’t and all the power we have to control our destiny. There’s a saying I like to say to myself and I repeat it to myself everyday.

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  – Reinhold Neibuhr

The next time you doubt yourself or your ability or come to this realization that I have known for a while. Remind yourself that you “don’t need this now.” There is more to life and to your success than just you and although plans and fates can be manipulated by others. They can never stop your progress, just slow you down.

Daily Prompt: Elevate

Grow. Reach. Try. So much darkness surrounding you and surrounding the thoughts that enter your mind. It’s time. Time for the change and time for the difference. It is time to elevate. Why are you staying stagnant and complacent in the sour mix of your life ? It’s time. Time for the change. Time to rearrange and be better. Time to try more. It’s time to elevate. 

Finding Worth in the Middle of the Earth : 08.20.2017 

I’ve had this mantra that I’ve been repeating to myself, day by day…

Finally…. I’ve taken that first step towards something. The something that will make a difference in my life and afford me the balance and the passion that I’ve searched for.  

All in God’s timing is what I tell myself, I have to remain patient and wait on this blessing. I know it’s going to be difficult and stressful but what in life worth having isn’t. I see the light, I feel like I have a plan I can stick to and a plan that I can actually achieve. Goals. We all have them, we all fight for them, for that dream to become fruition. This may not be my dream but it is a step towards that. And for that I am grateful. I’ve had this mantra I’ve been repeating to myself all week, day by day….

Finding Worth in the Middle of the Earth: 8.13.17

Uncommon. That word keeps making it’s way in my life…

Uncommon. That word keeps making it’s way in my life in some shape or form, whether through ads on the internet or even the name of competition in the industry I’m in. Uncommon can have so many negative connotations but why would anyone want to be common anyway? Wouldn’t they want to be uncommon? I want to be uncommon. Special. Unique. Unlike any other. That’s why it is so necessary for me work towards the life and the success I see for myself. I cannot allow myself to continue to dwell in commonality.

I want to make a difference, change a life, inspire a generation and lead a generation. My impact doesn’t have to be in a major way but I am who believes any impact at all is major. So many things going on in my personal life friend and work wise, I’ve been given some clarity. However, that clarity is quickly eclipsed by the destruction going on in our country. Not necessarily destruction of things but destruction of the moral fiber and values I believe this country stands on.

We are all aware of the numerous incidents going on in our world and all I have to say is this isn’t uncommon, this has happened before and in many places before, it’s just now broadcasted through various media forms. I want to be uncommon in the way that Martin Luther King, Malcolm X,  John F. Kennedy, and countless others were.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Christian St. Clair 

Finding Worth in the Middle of the Earth: 7.23.2017

I woke up this morning with a plan. Not necessarily a firm one or even one that can be achieved in one day but a plan nonetheless. I realized that in order to achieve this happiness that I’m after, it can’t be without some discourse. I mean who do I think I am? In life there has to be pain and I give advice like this to people all the time but never take it myself. Not necessarily knowing the direct path I should follow or even if this is a path I want to start but I am ready for the challenge either way. So many times in our lives we get soooo so caught up with the future and seeing our lives 5 or even 10 years from now. By doing that we are causing ourselves to not really enjoy the day or the present! I’m going to take it day by day….