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Think on These Things #24 (Feb. 27/13)

I’ve spent the past two days learning with some great people. And one thing that’s become clear: I can practice my passion for gratitude and leadership anytime and anywhere.

And something I realized along the way this week: I reap so many rewards and such incredible fulfillment from my relationship with my nephews and the fact that they allow me to be a positive role model in their lives.

I’ve said it before; and I’m saying it again. I’m blessed. What bliss.



Words to Live By #31 (Feb. 24/13)

This week’s Words to Live By post is solely intended to be a reminder to me that other people’s opinions don’t matter.

Also, rather than wasting any more energy trying to change people’s opinions, it’s time to stop wanting everyone to like me. It’s best to cut my losses and choose to focus my time on those who see the diamond in the rough.


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Ponder This… By Now I Thought I Would Have Known (Feb. 21/13)

Twenty years ago I thought I’d be who I I wanted to be by now. Little did I know that I’d never be as certain about what I wanted to be as I was at the brink of adulthood.

Ah, to go back to the simpler times when I already knew all that I ever thought I needed to know.


Some additional food for thought that is keeping me awake during the wee hours of the night:

And something I remember distinctly from junior high and that resonates quite a lot in this moment:


Hmmmmm. What DO I want to be when I grow up?


Words to Live By #30 (Feb. 21/13)

A very belated Words to Live By post for this week.

I’d like to believe everything happens for a reason and today’s post is precisely what I need to think about today. I may not have selected this quoto if I’d been timely with this week’s post.

Here’s hoping it is what someone else needs today, too. 🙂

Have a great day, friends.


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Think on These Things #23 – Feb 13/13

A belated Think on These Things post for this week. My reason: I am doing some of the very things recommended in the quoto below. I could get used to this.


Admittedly, it’s easier to be stress-free while vacationing in the Mayan Riviera. That said, many of the tips in the quoto above can be implemented anytime and anywhere.

Wishing you a stress-free day.

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Words to Live By #29 – Feb. 10/13

All the way from the Mayan Riviera this week. My Words to Live By post is inspired by my first-time kayaking in open water. My hubby’s patience and encouragement made it easier to learn the proper paddle technique and my determination allowed me to paddle solo a few times. My arms feel fabulously strong as I turn in after a perfect first day of our week of RnR (physical activity IS RnR for me).

Here’s this week’s quoto:


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Patience and Perseverance – Ponder this…. (Feb. 8/13)

I have made a mental note to remind myself of the following when things aren’t going well:

Everything worthwhile requires patience and perseverance.


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It’s not you, it’s me. – Think on These Things #22 (Feb. 5/13)

I’ve been creating some drama and chaos in my life lately. Sometimes I think it’s because too much of a good thing brings out my self-worth issues. I listen to Jillian Michaels’ podcasts and every so often she mentions that she catches herself waiting for the other shoe to drop when life is good. I shake my head as I listen to her and wonder why she can’t just enjoy the good life. And then I realize I do the same.

When things are going well, I inevitably allow my mind to wander to thoughts of all that could go wrong, may not work out, and may change.

Lately, these destructive thoughts have manifested all sorts of unpleasant realities.

Rather than dwelling on these, I’m using this opportunity to share another Marc and Angel gem:


The above tips are wonderful “counter-attack” options when battling our own brains. 🙂

And to conclude today’s post, another powerful image:


Have a positive day, friends.


Words to Live By #28 – Feb. 3/13

Thanks to Marc and Angel for another fabulous image and wonderful words of wisdom for this week’s Words to Live By. I hope something in this image jumps out at you, inspires you, motivates you, challenges you, makes you think, makes you act, makes you feel, and mostly, makes you come alive.

Have a happy week, peeps.


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Ponder this… Is your partner marriage material? (Feb. 3/13)

One of today’s Makes Me Think stories reminded me of one of the most significant factors in knowing my husband was “the one”.

Here’s the Makes Me Think story:


In my life, one of the many ways I knew C was the right partner for me was seeing him interact with and accept my nephews. If you are new to my blog, you are invited to go back and read some of my past posts about my nephews and if you have time for only one or two, read this one and/or this one.

As you can see, my nephews play a big role in my life and the fact that C loves them means the world to me.

The following excerpt is from an article called How to Determine If Your Boyfriend Is Marriage Material and the only thing I’d change is the word “boyfriend” to partner because I think this article has great tips for men and women equally.

Does your boyfriend get along with your family and friends? How well a man establishes relationships with those you love says a lot about the kind of husband he will be.

It’s my hope that those of you who are with people who don’t accept/value familial relationships will re-think if your partner is truly marriage material. It may save everyone involved from serious heartbreak in the future.

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