Attitude

Here’s my story…

Since 2010, I have been writing my thoughts down. Some have been made them onto these pages. Perhaps you will find a little piece of you in them too.

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Through rose-colored glasses

As Rocky and I finished our normal routine this morning and crested the hill near her house, we turned our gaze to the east and were met with a beautiful display of a red-tinted sky just as the sun was about to clear the horizon. That is true beauty. On

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So simple…

Wow….I am not even so sure my hands can type as fast as my mind is going right now. If you could see me, I would be holding my hands up high above my head (like what you do on a rollercoaster) right now. Rocky and I do that all

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What God gave me…

Today at work, I was kidding around with a co-worker and she told me that it was a good thing God gave me patience. My reply was, “God gave me lots of things, but it is my choice as to when I use them.” Then, I started thinking…Rocky tells me

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Are you numb?

Three in one day has to be a record. This thought came to me as I shared my passion with a co-worker today. I was reminded of what life can feel like when we are not really living — you become numb to the world. You remove yourself from feeling

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Too much?

Have you ever wondered after you said something to someone if you said too much? Not that you would take anything back or that you said the wrong thing, but just too much? Sometimes, I think that after I have said something that is me…laying it all out there…no walls…and

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A Brand New Day

As I start this morning, sitting in the office at my house, watching the sun peak as it glides above the houses and reflects its glow off of simple suburban objects, I have hope. Today is a brand new day. Yesterday carries many memories for me as do all my

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The confirmation continues…

Oh My Golly!!! (OMG!!!) Where to begin?? Today was a spectacular day. An even though little things from a variety of people happened and made their presence known, I treasured each one. Of course, it started with my morning ritual with Rock. Once she called these “meetings” and they seem

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I refuse

I refuse. This is the name of a new favorite song and I need to be reminded of what I won’t do from time to time. For example, I refuse to give away my power. Allowing someone else’s comments, mood, or actions should not dictate what happens to me for

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The strength of a smile

Every day, I put on something that makes me smile. It forces me to, even if I don’t feel like it. It is a reminder of what kind of day I am going to have…a GREAT one!! However, regardless of whether I am having a great day or not, this

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Hope

Hope is a wonderful thing and what keeps us going when we feel like there is nothing ever to look forward to in our future. Do you have hope? Do you believe in hope? If you have no hope, then you will forever be stuck. Hope is defined as, “the

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One voice

Can one voice make people listen? Can one thought inspire more thoughts? Can one dream create more dreams? I believe the answer to these questions is “YES!” Those questions were easy…this one is harder. Do you believe that you are that one voice, have that one thought, or have that

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When random isn’t random

I don’t believe that things happen just because or that there is no connection between events, people, etc. However, yesterday it came to me about something else – I found a connection (although it may seem silly) between two sayings that I have said over and over in this blog

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Your “BEST” self

This has come up in recent conversations in the morning when Rocky and I are out and it got me thinking. Why are we afraid to show the world our “best” self? Why is putting up walls and protecting more of our focus? Shouldn’t we be willing to live our

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When Things Fall Apart

We have all felt that way, at one time in our lives. When even with the best intentions, things go wrong and we are unsure of how to fix them. Sometimes, there are words that cannot be unspoken or deeds cannot be undone. Other times, time is not on your

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Changing lives begins with mine

Who would’ve thought that my life would turn out the way it is right now? My belief was always that I would take what was there, never really understanding that I could change it. I had to accept whatever was given to me and it was the way it was

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Expect too much

I expect too much of myself at times. Not because of external pressure, but because of self-imposed pressure. Trying to be too many things to too many people and I forget to put myself first sometimes. I need to remember to forgive myself when I do accomplish all that I

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200

This is my 200th post. I think I needed to regroup and gather the thoughts I have before I could back on here. Like I said in my previous post, I was feeling deflated — questioning how I could make it make sense when parts of this I don’t really

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Sometimes, life is just hard

It is difficult to know what to do next…actually, that is not true. It is easy to know what to do next when I allow my heart to lead, but reality sets in and makes me take stock of what else I must consider. Other issues outside of this makes

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Never Rule ANYTHING out

Have you done this? Who hasn’t? Where you dismiss possibilities before they really have a chance to grow into something that is living and breathing and becomes engraved so deep that it could never wash away? Keep yourself open to anything the comes your way. My focus for almost a

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When you belong

We all know what it feels like when you belong to something. In turn, we all know what it feels to be excluded from something. At times, we can do all we know to do and it still doesn’t fit “just right”, for whatever reason. Other times, we expect it to

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It just keeps getting better

When Rocky and I miss a day or two, we have to catch up on everything that has happened. It sounds weird, but we both have a lot going on right now and when our heads are spinning all the time, it is hard to remember one day to the

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Make someone’s day!

It is so easy and I love to see the reaction on people’s face. You know they will be talking about it after you drive away. I was given a gift card for a local coffee place and used it yesterday and then left the card with the employee to

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How did I get here?

Do you ever just stop, dead where you are, and look around and ask yourself that very question? And then after you ask it, can you even answer it? I am not sure that I can. I must ask myself this question at least once a day. Ok…I ask that

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You ARE a force to be reckoned with!

Do you know how powerful you are? We have all seen the videos of forces of nature – tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and avalanches. Why are we drawn to watch them? Because they are powerful and NOTHING stands in their way. Yes, these are destructive and we wish they would never

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Channel your own path

We all have paths we take. Some we are paths we have not chosen, yet needed to take for reasons we may not have understood at the time. Some we are yet to take and are unsure of what will come our way. And yet others, we can decide for

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Life is in front of you – Run at it!

No, this is not a request for physical exercise, but it is exercise for your soul and you CANNOT ignore it any longer. The time is now. Remember….it starts today. Your heart is begging for attention and you dismiss what you get glimpses of because you have doubt. I look back

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Very grateful

I sometimes forget to be grateful for what I value and treasure most in my life. Today, I am reminding myself to be conscious of those exact things and people. I am grateful to my family, especially my husband and our three boys. Living in a house with four men

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Snowballing in July!!!

Ok…trying to sit and catch my breath. Just for a moment. I am winding down after a crazy, whirlwind over the last 48 hours or so. So much has happened but in such a GREAT way. I have had two really good lunches with two ladies who are at the

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You can change the world

“As long as people in the world can change, people can change the world.” I heard that in a movie last night and totally fell in love with it. Can you imagine how ordinary people, just like you and me, can help change the world? Do you believe that YOU

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Riding the wave!!!!!

Yes, I am from Southern California….no, I cannot surf. I was riding the wave yesterday and I told KD that when we were at lunch. More open…more accepting of whatever comes my way, even if I did not ask for it. The day started with me almost skipping a little

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But what if you can?

First, I have to thank a group of wonderful ladies that I have spent a good portion of this summer with as we attend our sons’ baseball games. As I share more of me, I get more ideas and more excited about my dream. Thank you all…you know who you

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Celebrate you

For a very long time, I have never believed that there was a reason big enough to celebrate me. Yes, even on my birthday. I am just me, and because of my past, I did not feel that it was a good enough reason to let others appreciate who I

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Plan on being surprised

There are some things in life you can plan….you can plan on going to college…you can plan on getting married…you can plan on making it on the PGA Tour. Most things in life, however, do not go as we planned on them to and we get something different instead. Maybe

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Only One Way to Find Out

Have you been asking yourself some questions about how you can change your life…what you want your life to look like…what you need to do to get there? Well, YOU SHOULD BE!!! I am not talking to myself, am I? No, I did not think so. Who doesn’t have questions??

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I give up

No, no, no…not what you are thinking. Yesterday, I really, FINALLY, let go of something that I think I still didn’t believe. I was wasting time and energy on trying to accomplish something that I really was not going to succeed at anyway. I told a dear mom Saturday night

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Memories Made

How was your holiday weekend? Mostly speaking, this one was for the books, but great times were had with pictures, hugs, laughs, and even a few fireworks thrown in. With the hustle and bustle of every day life, remember to have fun and make memories. Not just for you, but for

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I don’t get it

Sometimes, we make things harder on ourselves than it needs to be. I don’t get why we do that. Sometimes, people that we love the most can say the most hurtful things. I don’t get why they do that. Sometimes, things aren’t that complicated. I don’t get why people make it

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Snap out of it!

There are days when I forget why I am here and lose track of my mission. Most of the time, they are not consecutive days, but more like hours or minutes. Maybe they just feel like days as I have gotten off track and I stumble a little before I can

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Funny thing….

Have you ever been just going on about your day, doing whatever you are doing, thinking whatever you are thinking, and then see something totally random but it is enough to catch your eye and then you look at it more and think it looks like a shape you recognize?

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What would you do?

Yes, this is also the name of a TV show where uncomfortable situations and actors are there to see if the general public would react to something that is apparently very wrong, without knowing that they are on hidden cameras. If you were in a situation that you KNEW was

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A New Beginning!

Today is YOUR day! Yes, I am talking to YOU! No, you do not need to look around to see if I am right behind you. But I am with you. Always. As I was on my morning walk (yes, I walked today as I do on some days), I

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Glass half full

That so wasn’t me. My glass was always half-empty. Pretty much. How full or empty is your glass? Regardless of what you think is in your glass, you know you can change it and you can change how you look at it. Yes, it doesn’t mean that things aren’t there to

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Be open…don’t question

This should be one of my many daily mantras. God knows I need to tell myself this a lot. Everyday. Let me set this up for you so you get the full picture. Have you ever felt like you were picked last to play kickball when you were a kid?

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3 in one week

I am trying to process it all, because I think it means something. Three young men that were once in my office stopped by to visit this week. Not to talk shop, but to visit with me. Two have stopped by before so I was not really surprised by their

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Dare to Live!

This morning, I was reminded of a child’s game called, “Truth or Dare” and was thinking why did it have to be “or”? For those of you that are unfamiliar with the game, you sit with your closest friends and one of them asks you, “Truth or Dare?” and you

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Be deliberate

I spent yesterday afternoon at a workshop that centers around my way of thinking, although I was there as a guest, not as a speaker. One day, not maybe one day, that will be me. There were opportunities for us guests to be engaged in the process and participate when

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Can’t Do It All

This was my way of life for as long as I can remember. I was predisposed to an environment that gave me no choice but to rely solely on me. No one else. I still fight this every day because it is so hard-wired into who I have been that

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When you find what you were not looking for

Have you ever been searching for something and not found it? Looked every where you thought it would be and still have been unsuccessful? From looking at the idea of something you thought was true only to find that your wanting something so bad actually clouded the true vision of reality?

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You are not your circumstances

I believed that for over 41 years, especially my younger years. My sense of security and belonging disappeared when I was seven and my parents divorced. Lots of you out there can relate, I am sure. Maybe you felt some of the same. Some of you may never know what

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Don’t Ever

Don’t ever settle for something less if you want more. Don’t ever accept failure as a reason to stop trying. Don’t ever believe you are not worth it. Don’t ever give up – even when you think you have nothing more to give. Don’t ever let someone else tell you

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Two hands, Part 2

When I was out for my run today, I kept remembering this picture that is on my wall in my office. I forgot to mention some of the things that two hands can do and what it means in my last post. I could have added it to my previous

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Two hands

I was recently given something that I will see all day, every day I am at work. In a short amount of time, it has become one of my most precious possessions. It is a picture of two hands, one is older with visible wrinkles and the other much younger

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Anything and Everything

I used to call this The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but I like this better. It was used in a message today to me from someone as I have struggled over the last couple of days with wanting to run. It has also been mentioned to me that,

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What does it mean?

What do signs in our life mean? How should we interpret them? Am I reading too much into things that keep coming up? Maybe I should let them be. Nah, I don’t think I can do that either. I’m in a quandary now and I am trying to figure it

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Right place…right time

Has this ever happened to you? Maybe once or twice? When you were able to help someone who tripped on the curb and you grabbed their arm and helped them regain their balance? When you gave a kind word and a smile to someone that really, REALLY wondered what they had

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Stuck with no way out

Nothing breaks my heart more than seeing people who settle. They just accept what is in front of them, even if it is not what they truly want. Or they feel stuck – with no possible way out. There should be no “stuck” in someone’s vocabulary and everyone should always feel

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Leave your Mark

Do you know what this means? What is the legacy you want people to remember about you? Leaving your mark doesn’t have to be a big thing. It can be the smallest of things. A few posts ago, I mentioned about “It Matters!” and you have to still believe in

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Making amends

Making amends for possible wrongdoings can make things all better. Yesterday, I took the chance to apologize to someone that perhaps I didn’t need to, but I did it anyway. After 20 some years, I said what I needed to say and even though it was better before I apologized, I

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Everyone has a role

No one is removed from that ever. No one. Someone always is something to someone else. Maybe your role changes for others, but you are still someone to someone else. I am a mother to three boys and a wife to my husband. I am a daughter, a sister, a

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Kitty! PUMA!

Does your mind go a hundred miles a minute? Mine does. I think Rocky’s might travel faster than the speed of light, off on all kinds of tangents, but that is what makes me smile. Every time. Have you ever seen something that kind of gets your attention and you

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Rule #8 – Be Yourself

These rules are not mine. I did not write them, yet I do all I can to practice them at all times. In all, there are 22 Rules with Rule #22 being the most important. One day, maybe I will write about the others. Today, I am writing about Rule

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Second chances

Everyone needs them. Sometimes, even when we don’t deserve them. When we think there is no way that we could deserve them. I read something today that reminded me about second chances and wanted to share with you while I had it fresh in my head. Every time we make a

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The Greatest Gift

I have said before that hugs, compliments, and smiles are free – therefore, everyone can afford them. I was reminded today that I have given someone something even better. Something that I did not realize I had given, nor did I give it a second thought as to whether or

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Living Happy is a CHOICE

Today was a bad day for me. Lately, it does not seem to matter what I do or say, even with the best intentions in mind, it is wrong. It can be and is very frustrating. Not knowing where to go or what to do…how to fix it…what happens next,

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The Look

You know exactly what I am talking about. Don’t you? We all know it. The look your dad gives you when you come in late from being out with friends. The look your mother gives when you are mocking someone sitting in front of you in church. Then there is

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NEVER apologize for talent!

I heard this said last night in a play I took my mom to celebrate her birthday. I didn’t have a pen with me, so every so often I would try to remind myself of this so I would remember it so I could tell you about it now. NEVER

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15 minutes

What can happen in 15 minutes? A lot! You can give birth to a baby. You can marry your high school sweetheart. You can run a mile. You can submit your resignation. You can hear of tragedy that can crumble your very world. The list goes on. In a short

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Today

Have you seen it? Really seen it? Then if you have seen it, have you been so there that you felt the same as they did? I did today. I saw true happiness and joy and elation. Nothing was going to stop her. ABSOLUTELY nothing. She was on cloud 9

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Going where we never thought we would go

Today is a HUGE day for a very dear friend. She is going somewhere she has never been as she chooses to change her life. She cannot see what tomorrow will tell her, nor does she know what the next day after will bring. But she has faith – in

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Are you ready for the unexpected?

Well, are you? Even the best planner cannot think of everything. They just can’t. You and I both know it. So, how can you be ready for the unexpected? When you don’t expect anything, anything can happen. Don’t be so uptight – don’t feel like you must have control – don’t

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S.E.L.T.

Many, many thoughts come to me when I am out at 5am and as I sit here in a hotel room ready to go to a son’s baseball game, I try to remember all (or maybe just a few)of those thoughts so I can share them with you. At an

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How music affects me

I was walking yesterday morning thinking about the music I was listening to as I welcomed the beautiful new spring morning. As I looked through the songs on my iPod, I realized that sometimes I skip over some songs I am not in the mood to hear or reply those songs

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Strong enough?

Have you ever had to be strong, but not sure you were? Have you ever felt like you needed to tell someone something that you were so afraid to tell them? Either because you were afraid you would hurt them or you were afraid that their opinion of you would

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When you just can’t win

It isn’t even about winning, but I am not sure of the right word. Have you ever had those moments when you do what you think is right and then for whatever reason, the rules change so it doesn’t matter what you did in the first place? I know it

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Do it for me

We all do things for other people because of responsibility or obligation. This morning as I was out for my (wonderful) morning run, I was reminded of something I said to my husband just over a year ago when I got up to run for the first time without Rocky.

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When you just “know”

Have you ever been in a situation when you are surrounded by feelings of doubt and you question everything you have been taught and all that you believe to be true? We all have those moments. Have any of you seen “The Matrix”? Its premise is that the world as

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Going with the flow

Sometimes, that is what you have to do. Go with the flow. I need to better at this and am working on it. I still try to control the situation and environment, and when it does not go the way I want it to, then I freak out. Yeah, even

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Some situations are just difficult

I know this seems redundant, but I seem to be in more situations that make me feel uncomfortable and then I turn into something I am not. Fear kicks in and then I regret later. Point is that I do not like attention on me – it can be on

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An Army of One

Do you know what you can do as an army of one? We show how strong we are when we are willing to stand alone. We know it may be temporary, but who hasn’t had that experience when you are in a group of people and you know that no

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You have your own GPS – use it!

I was thinking about this today and have not even been home for 15 minutes before I had to get on and tell you what crazy stuff was rolling around in my head again. I know it must just make you think all kinds of weird stuff, but I am

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Opposites that work

Rock and I work, for whatever reason. We just do. And we know it. How many things in your life do you see that there cannot be a connection between two people or things but they compliment each other so well, that they are better together than they were without

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Are you listening?

Are you listening? Not just pretending to hear, but really listen? When we take time to quiet all of the other voices going on around us, and listen to what our hearts are trying to tell us? We have to make that time. HAVE TO! We all are busy in our

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68

I know you are scratching your head, thinking to yourself, “What is this girl doing?” 68 is significant is a couple of different ways and I want you to think about them as they apply to you. Not all will. One I was born in 1968, so the first time

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Life is a puzzle

I don’t know why, but this came to me today. Life is a puzzle. See if you can follow where my head is maybe it will make sense. In front of us lays our life – but it is all scrambled and mixed up, so we have to put it

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What do you love?

What do you love? What brings you true joy in your heart? Here are a few of my favorites: 1. I love lying on the grass outside when the sun is out, but there is still a nice breeze to make it not too hot and not too cold. When

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, grandmothers, great grandmothers, and especially step-mothers. Now, you may wonder why I said especially step-mothers. In retrospect of my life, I understand how difficult that role must have been for someone, who was not a mother by her own right. It would be like

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What do you deserve?

Now, before you start rattling off all of the things in your life that you don’t have that you feel are owed to you, hear me out. There are always things that happen to us that everyone would agree that we don’t deserve. Usually the things we think we don’t

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It Matters!

Have you ever wondered if what you do matters? If something you said or did made an impact on someone else, even though you may have thought what you said or did seemed insignificant to you? Maybe because you think it is small or silly, you think it doesn’t matter

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Unpredictable

Life is so unpredictable. Even if we think we know, we really don’t know for sure. We might have a pretty good idea. And how boring would life be if we knew what was going to happen next before it really happened? There is a movie starring Nicholas Cage called,

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All in!

Ok, so this saying came to me over the weekend and I have been meaning to share it with you, but when I would think of it, I didn’t have access to the computer or was rushing out the door. This attitude of “All in!” is one I have embraced

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