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Happy Easter to those who celebrate this day. As I watch the sun come up to the east and I see shiny spots of glistening dew on the blades of the grass in my front yard, I reflect on life. Today, we remember what sacrifices were made on our behalf and that gives us hope. Yesterday, Rocky and I spent another good day together. For a charitable cause, we walked 25 miles in about 6 hours. It was cold and windy at times, and then I remember when the sun came out…we lifted our heads as if we were drawn to the warmth on our faces and took it all in. We were “Team Moxie” and had three other members that went with us, but they were done at the 5-mile and 10-mile marks. But Rocky and I weren’t going to quit – especially when we got to mile marker 22 (or so they told us!). We learned more about each other, sang along with our iPods, and saw some pretty interesting things. Even when we were dancing to a song we liked, we didn’t even care who saw us…we are at that point in our lives. Pleasing others or doing what is expected is not what guides us now. We are taking care of us first and “those that matter don’t mind.” They are just along for the ride. We are living our dreams and pursuing them to the fullest, with no safety net below. We understand that we may fall, but we are going to change our lives, either way. “Something that is passionately driven cannot be prevented from moving forward.” As you reflect on what your life is like now and compare it where you want it to be, what changes are you willing to make to make it different? Have you been stuck in a rut or settling for something less than what you desire because that is easy or you are unsure of where to start? The hardest part is always finding the courage to ask the question…whichever one you want answered. You have to listen and be open to the answer, even if it is not the answer you think it will be. Your heart will tell you everything you will need to know and it will be constant. It will not change. It will create excitement when you talk about it, even when you don’t realize it. Someone told me once that she could hear the passion in my voice as I shared an idea with her, and all I could hear were the words. She told me I needed to listen to the passion and moxie that was coming through to her over the phone. Reflection is “fixing your thoughts on something or careful consideration” and as you find peace today, think about where you are and where you want to be. Live your life to the fullest, with no regrets, and be happy. My favorite thing is to see the ones I love be happy and shine while they are doing their “thing”. Take the chance to not only change your life, but the lives of those around you. You never know when what you do will change the lives of others. Trust me…I have seen it first hand and it is the greatest gift you can ever give someone. You will never regret that.

Michelle Homme 2011 ©



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