Jersey Roots

As you may remember, I’m a Jersey Girl. Born and raised in New Jersey. Bruce (Bruce Springsteen) is pretty famous here. He lived in my town for awhile. I’ve met him a few times. We’ve actually got a few friends in common. Whenever we’ve met he’s been nice and not pretentious at all. A normal man who doesn’t act like he’s a celebrity or deserves special treatment. Just a kind person…and that counts for a lot in my book.

It’s been a few years since I’ve watched the Superbowl, but I’ve always loved the commercials. This one was no exception and in tribute to my Jersey roots (and to Bruce’s), I wanted to share it with you. Because there’s a feeling of hope, calm, caring and even love in this commercial. What do you think of it?

“There’s a chapel in Kansas standing on the exact center of the lower 48. It never closes. All are more than welcome to come meet here in the middle,” Bruce says. “It’s no secret, the middle has been a hard place to get to lately, between red and blue, between servant and citizen, between our freedom and our fear.”

“Now fear has never been the best of who we are. And as for freedom, it’s not the property of just the fortunate few. It belongs to us all, whoever you are, wherever you’re from. It’s what connects us, and we need that connection,” he continues. “We need the middle. We just have to remember the very soil we stand on is common ground. So we can get there. We can make it to the mountain top, through the desert, and we will cross this divide. Our light has always found its way through the darkness. And there’s hope on the rode up ahead.”

Our light has always found its way through the darkness.

Shine On!


International Sunday

International Sunday

God bless, it’s Sunday!  But this Sunday has something special to it!  It’s 02/02/2020 which internationally is not only the same date, but it’s also a palindrome!  I was reading an article that explained that the last one was 11/11/111 and I certainly wasn’t around then to celebrate that one!

I love numbers and find significance in them.  Often I see the same ones repeatedly and then go to look up their meanings which often make sense to me.  The number one is special to me as is 3.  Coincidentally, Sunday is the 33rd day of the year and there will be 333 days remaining…how about that for interesting?

Also because of the different ways in which countries write out the date, 02/02/2020 will look the same internationally which I thought was a fun fact to share.  So no matter where you are in the world, when you write Sunday’s date, we will all write it the same numerically.  Could we ask for a day of peace and connection because of this phenomena?  Wouldn’t that be a wondrous miracle?

Alas, we can only dream of world peace, but at least we’ll all be on the same date/page for once.  Whether you are relaxing on Sunday, attending Mass or watching the Superbowl, I hope you have a day full of joy and peace!

Shine On!



How to Love the Super Bowl XLVIII


Being the only female (besides the cat) in the house on Super Bowl Sunday requires patience, perseverance, a stocked kitchen and perhaps a little ‘copa of pinot’ (read healthy glass of wine!) for you see, I’m not into the Super Bowl at all.  Sure, I’ll watch the half time show and I’m there for the commercials, but honestly, I couldn’t care less who wins.  In fact, if it weren’t for the news blasting the countdown for the last 7 days, I’d probably stay clueless as to who was playing!

But as a good Mommy/wife, I’ve got everyone’s favorite snacks at the ready having already taken orders.  I’ve got cute napkins with footballs on them that nobody will appreciate but me ~ but then, my hubby says it’s all about me all the time anyway!  *Big smile ~ that’s a slight exaggeration!

Of course, there is the pre-game line up which for the past 10 years, I’ve been watching (and been allowed to watch) which is the Puppy Bowl with the Kitty Halftime show that Hallmark puts on!  Ahh…now this is what I enjoy watching ~ cute furry animals romping around for a few minutes looking all snuggily and mischievous!   The 3 men in the house will kindly watch with me for a few minutes as they are fans of those playful furkids as well.  But then it’s back to doing whatever they want until the big game starts!

So why do I do these things?  Why do I not just go up to my bedroom and put on a chick flick that I’d rather watch?  Why do I put up with the yelling at the screen that may occur and the hopping up and down enthusiastically when there’s a goal or a foul?  Because it’s a family tradition.  We watch the Super Bowl in our home and that’s it.  I love my sons and hubby.  So I do what they want ~ with a happy heart ~ even when I’m not into it.

Of course, I can stray from the television on the excuse that I’ve got something in the oven.  That buys me a bit of peace as I fill up my glass and watch them from afar!  It’s a bonding experience for them as well.  They laugh, they make silly bets between themselves and all around, they just enjoy the game.  For me, it’s fun to watch them for our boys have grown and soon they’ll be on their way.  So it’s these little moments of family which keep me in the family room at game time and not swaddled in front of a movie that I can watch on my own time.

This is our time.  These are the precious moments that I can’t get back once they’re gone.  I’ve learned that teenagers only are teenagers for a few years before they fly the nest, off to college.  So this is why I’m in the midst of the ruckus at game time!  They will teach me when I blurt out something silly and girly and not quite right about the game.  Like, nice catch even though this is what I’m imagining ~ you know Valentine’s Day is coming up!44092651_They will laugh at my nonsensical football jargon and tease me for the rest of the week.  Now if they only knew that the silliness which I blurt out is just so that I can get a rise out of them!  It makes for great banter and I think they’ve now caught on that I only do it to make them laugh!  I am a really smart girl you know!

So if you’re in the same position as me, don’t fret and look at the day as if it was planned out like this ~ an unrecognizable tic tack toe board!  Giggle Giggle4541_Just get a few snacks, cuddle on the couch and watch the antics of your loved ones.  It’s worth it to know that they are safe, healthy and happy in your home!  After the Star Spangled Banner, when the ref says, “play ball!”  I’ll silently say, “Cheers” to all of you who are with me in spirit!

Shine On!


P.S.  Here are few others who are in the same bowl!




The Perfect Plan!

You have to dream up the perfect plan!

Now I don’t understand a lot about football, but I did enjoy watching the Super Bowl yesterday with friends and family.  I rooted for the Giants as I’m a Jersey Girl at heart and you probably already know ~ they won!  I won’t give you the replay because quite frankly, it’s like trying to tell you the story of Gone With the Wind in 10 minutes!

But enough of my football ramblings because I chose this card because of the saying…like I do for most of them…and for how they can apply to today!

A plan…yes, we need a plan…a goal…a touchdown…something completely believable and achievable…do you have one?

Remember as a child when you played and there were no limits to what you could achieve?  You could pretend to soar like an eagle, wave your magic wand and a pony would appear of your very own making or even swashbuckle with Captain Hook and score a win for the Lost Boys…see what I’m getting at?

You can accomplish whatever you want because you have a plan!

As with life, your reality is what you believe it to be.  Now I know there are those of you who will tell me that you didn’t believe in this current reality that you are living in the present moment…and I understand that you don’t want to be enduring chemo or a divorce or an emotional meltdown or an illness or financial difficulties.

So if there were no limits, what would be your believable reality?  What would make you happiest?  Get yourself a plan ~ a perfect play if you will ~ line up the steps you need to take in order to accomplish this and let’s do it!  Remember my mantra…baby steps…

Perhaps you don’t know where to begin?  Sometimes it’s hard to plan alone, but there are people who can help you!  They are called life coaches…just like football players have coaches for their games, so can you!  I know of a few who are amazing…they have helped me with my ‘game plan’ and they can help you!

The first session is always free ~ so that you can see if you both feel comfortable ~ this is your life!

Even if you weren’t rooting for the Giants yesterday ~ you can win this Game of Life by getting a plan!

Let’s go team!  You are are not alone!

YOU are our MVP!