Have you ever had a moment come along during your life when you were completely and utterly broken? A moment that wrecked you to the very core of your being, and reduced you to nothing but a pile of smoldering ashes? Something that didn't just gently tug at your heart strings, but ripped them from the shell of human dust you were created from?
Hello fellow friends and bloggers! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I took some days away from the computer to enjoy those things in life that sometimes I forget how grateful I am to have. Family, doggies, the sun, rain, you get the jest. It was nice to relax and not think about anything I could be or should be doing on this mechanical device.
It has been a long day and my eyes are starting to cross, so I will get to the point of this post.
When I logged into WordPress today, I had a notification that it was my Three Year Anniversary! I said WOW, it’s been that long. Doesn’t seem like it, but time sure does fly fast, especially if you never slow down to see it.
I can remember when I first started on WordPress, when I didn’t know anything about blogging (sometimes I still wonder how much I really do know). You can never learn enough. Everyday is a learning experience.
Anyway, it took me a while to navigate and figure out just how I wanted my blog (I mean you can spend so much time just figuring out what theme you want). Wordpress is awesome like that, giving you more options than you could imagine.
Through the years, I have learned a few things and am still growing each day. I am grateful to be a part of this WordPress blogging community and want to thank each and every one who visits, follows, and comments. I love all of you and am glad to be able to read, visit and follow the amazing blogs here. ( I learn a lot from other bloggers, so thank you for being here and being you!)
So, that’s that! If this post sounds a little weird, I am just tired, so it might not make sense. If you have read this far, thanks!
Peace, love, bliss
I am grateful and honored once again that this blog has been nominated for another award. I would like to thank one of my friends in this blogging community One Bridge of Hope (http://onebridgeofhope.wordpress.com/), a mother and daughter team whose belief is that we all have the power to be ourselves.
One of the rules upon acceptance of this award is to nominate 15 – amazing, awesome, brilliant, beautiful, caring, compassionate, delightful, energizing, (you get the point) blogs!
The nominees are:
1. A Crafty Traveler http://acraftytraveler.com/
2. Jazzy Beat Chick http://jazzybeatchick.com/
3. Deny Designs http://blog2.denydesigns.com/
4. Meraki Inspiration Blog http://merakiinspirationblog.wordpress.com/
5. She is not a poet http://sheisnotapoet.com/
6. Jeff Moore-My Everyday Power http://everydaypowerblog.com/
7. The Year of Living Non-Judgmentally http://annkoplow.wordpress.com/
8. Picz Load http://piczload.com/
9. Namaste Every Day http://namasteeveryday.wordpress.com/
10. 219,000 Minutes of Emptiness http://moe219.wordpress.com/
12. A Lot on your Plate http://alotonyourplate.wordpress.com/
13. Careann’s Musings http://careann.wordpress.com/
14. Enjoy My Adventure http://enjoymyadventure.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/back-with-a-miracle/
15. Claire Atkinson http://clairejatkinson.wordpress.com/
If you would like to know about The Versatile Blogger Award, here is the link: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/
So, here are seven things about myself: (If you laugh at some, that’s okay-laughter is good for the soul!)
1. I like long walks and hate rude people.
2. If I could marry ice cream, it would be Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.
3. I don’t eat animals.
4. My dogs are my best friends.
5. Love to help anyone I can.
6. Creating art using recycled materials makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
7. My parents are the best people I know.
****Bonus: I am grateful and honored to be a part of this wonderful blogging community. Everyone is talented and I love that there is an abundance of diversity here. Such a blessing! *****
I would like to thank One Bridge of Hope once again for this kind and gracious nomination!
Please take some time to check out the blogs that I have listed above.
Peace, love, blessings,
Today I want to send a special thank you to all the Veterans past and present who have served and are serving our country for our freedoms. May you have a day where you are served and appreciated. Here is a link to a site where there are many events, specials, offers, etc. for Veterans and their families. http://www.veteransdayfreebies.com/
Peace, love and blessings to you all!
The topic of this post will not be about a gift that I gave so much as the gift that I received.
What I am about to tell you may be a shock to most of you, maybe not to those who are in my age bracket ( and no I am not revealing it, sorry). The majority of the cellphone population are proud owners of the touch, iPhone, android, etc. (hopefully I typed those correctly). This cellphone owner has a flip phone that was only $30 and service is $20 a month. By now you are probably wondering, or not, who offers such a cheap rate? I am about to reveal to you that my ancient form of service is Airlink.
Now the story of the lovely suspension of service. Every couple of days I check on the minutes I have available. Yesterday, there were 383. Today I woke up to “we’re sorry, but your service has been suspended!” I was in shock! See, Airlink’s service is a month to month. They let you know when you have to add minutes, but what they don’t tell you is when YOU DON’T HAVE ANY!!!!
So, as you may have figured out, this made me a little frustrated, because my phone was of no use to me: dead, dead, dead!
Told my boys (the dogs) to get in the truck, we are going for a ride. It’s like telling children you’re going to Disney World.
We arrive at the store, I go in, grab the Airlink minutes card and tell the lady behind the counter: “I need $20 on this please.” While she is taking care of the transaction, I asked her if there is a pay phone in the area. She looked at me and shook her head, then we made a joke: ” pay phone, what is that?” Just as I was about to walk out of the store, she said: “you are welcome to use my phone.” I said: “Really, that is so sweet, thank you.”
In the few minutes it took to activate service, the whole time I was thinking how blessed I was to connect with lady who was nice enough to help someone in need. It also confirmed my belief that whatever you put out into the world returns to you in some form or another. Not saying that is the reason to share or give your kindness or love to another person.
We are all connected in this life, and it is a joy and blessing to experience each day as a new beginning.
Peace and love to you all!
I saw this phrase on a marquee when I was taking my doggies for their daily ride. Simple words, with a powerful message. The day was kind of gloomy for me and when I saw this, my pout quickly changed to a smile. Then I thought, If I smiled, how many other people who saw this smiled too. Imagine if that person turned to the person in the car next to them and smiled, and that person in that car smiled at the person in the next car, and so on and so on. Pretty soon, you would have the whole world smiling. How awesome would that be?
There are many people in the world who are struggling with life and it just takes a little compassion to let them know that they are WORTH SEEING.
Most of us have our daily routine and things are pretty good. Family, job, house, a car, food on the table. But then there are those who have maybe one of these, and some none at all. Everyone in the world is important and worthy of love and acknowledgment.
Ever since I saw this little phrase: SMILE-YOU ARE WORTH SEEING, was a reminder to me not only to smile more because I am worth seeing, but to smile at EVERYONE I see, because we are all beautiful and are worth SEEING.
So, if you see someone on the street that you normally may not SEE, why not change that today and SMILE at them, you don’t know how a little thing like a SMILE can change someone’s day.
Sending a smile from me to you!
Have a beautiful day!
So, here we are again, FRIDAY! That means it’s the beginning of the weekend. Okay, who’s doing the happy dance? What is it about Friday that get’s our heart pumping? Maybe you could describe it as Disneyland for adults. Think about it, what do most of us do on Friday? We go out to T.G.I.Fridays or maybe Applebee’s or a concert, party, etc. and have some drinks, maybe engage in some dancing, letting go of all the stress and tension from the work week.
But, what if every day was Friday? What would we do then? Would every day be a party, or could we think of something else to do that was just as fun or maybe even more rewarding?
Married couples: work, maybe have children, activities, responsibilities, etc. that need to be taken care of on a daily basis. But the question is: When was the last time you went on a date? Made time just for yourself? Took a vacation (even if it was in your own town).
Single people: Those who are maybe out on Friday night looking for that special someone. Yes, sometimes it happens, but maybe for all the wrong reasons. (I am by no means judging, but I can tell you from personal experience that it did not happen for me). If you are a woman (especially), it is dangerous to go out alone. There is always the nights that you can get your friends together, have some girl talk, some wine, and indulge in the sweet things , while remembering those experiences with men that were awful, but now maybe joking about it. ( Laughter is a great release and makes you feel better, besides your a special person and they never deserved you anyway).
A High School Reunion You Won’t Dread
Do it: Facebook the high school boyfriend who ruthlesslessly broke your heart. See that he’s chubby, balding and so not dreamy anymore and feel better about the world. (Now give yourself a little reminder to always treat other people with kindness after this tiny little schadenfreudefest.) But do proceed with caution: If he has a supermodel wife this plan may backfire. But, really, what are the chances? He was a total creep.
If this was a Friday you were supposed to have plans with someone and they cancelled, do the 10-second happy dance! Yes, that may sound crazy, but now you can do anything you want!
What about those who have nothing to do on Friday? (Yes, I can include myself in this category).
Why not try some silly video clips on the web? You should never feel guilty about watching random YouTube videos–they’re for stress relief, obviously. Just Google these faves below, or go to LHJ.com/cheer up to watch them all.
Two Hamsters One Wheel We dare you not to laugh when this pint-sized team loses their rhythm and their workout goes completely astray.
Shark Cat on Roomba Chasing Yup, it’s exactly as ridiculous as it sounds, but it’s so mesmerizingly funny you won’t even care.
Lip-Sync-Off with John Krasinski Hilarious and charming: Jimmy Failon convinces the former Office star to lip-sync to Boyz II Men and Katy Perry.
When you come home to your dog after a long day, take a second to savor her absolute abandon and joy at seeing you. (I love coming home to my two baby dogs, they are so glad to see me).
Just some little tips to put a smile on your face and love in your heart. Remember that you are fabulous and fantastic every day, not just on Friday! Enjoy the weekend, have fun, and take care of YOU!
1. Oh, hell yes, from the Bloggess.
2. On Starting Over Again, from Lisa Congdon.
3. How Depression Serves Us on Elephant Journal.
4. I need to find a dance studio, stat: Watch this 2-year-old and her mom break it down to Beyonce on Hello Giggles.
5. You are not broken or in need of fixing, a beautiful poem on Many Voices, a Sounds True blog.