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You Shine!

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.  Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou

I don’t know about you, but I love to be around enthusiastic, positive people!  In fact, I tend to gravitate towards them instinctively ~ wanting to get to know them and to watch how they shine!  In my blog, I often close with “Shine On” as I think it is a good reminder to all of us to continue our journeys of finding our light ~ and then shining brightly in order to inspire others!

As Moms, we are blessed with being the first role models our children rely on.  Hopefully to them, we shine in our own special ways, allowing them to see how fulfilling it is to love what you do and to do what you love ~ whatever it is that we decide to do!  For you see, being a parent is just one piece of the pie that is Mom, don’t you agree?

When we define ourselves as Moms, we are not just saying that we birthed or adopted our offspring.  We wear an array of hats during our lifetime and it’s important that as we travel through the role, that we bend and mold ourselves as we see fit.  Mothering is a verb, a 24 hour/365 day way of living.   As you know, it’s not for the faint of heart, but even those of us who feel weak in the knees at times are still up for the Mom of the Year Award in our families.

For me, in my 40s, I found that stay at home Mom-hood wasn’t enough for me.  At some point, that all-encompassing role that I’d happily taken on needed to be readjusted in my life.  It’s not that I didn’t want to be a Mom anymore, but that I wanted more for myself ~ I wanted to stretch out of my comfort zone into more adventurous territory.  But where to start?  How to start?

I began simply, by remembering the girl I was before I was married and had children.  That girl who put herself first more often than not, but not in a selfish way.  That girl who felt her Inner Hotshot and wasn’t afraid ~ she simply tried ~ succeeded or failed ~ picked herself up and kept going ~ even if it took baby steps.

I found that strength helpful when I was enduring breast cancer almost 12 years ago at age 34.  As the years have gone by, I have learned lesson after lesson about myself from that simple sentence, “you have breast cancer’ uttered on New Year’s Eve of 2001.  I have grown by leaps and bounds both mentally, physically and emotionally.  I have found my inner strength, my passion in helping others and I have the impact I can make by inspiring my children to reach for the stars, knowing the power is within themselves.

I learned the true meaning of The Presents of Presence which is to enjoy the moment that we’re in, to look up to the skies and to feel gratitude for all that we cherish.  Perhaps in my life, I won’t be remembered by many, but only by the few that I leave behind, I pray that the legacy that lives on in the hearts of those who knew me is one of gratitude for having known me.  However, until then, I soldier on, Mom at the ready for another amazing adventure on this journey of life!

Shine On!


P.S.  I was featured on the Joy of Mom website today with this same post!  Thanks to Susan and Flo for including me! xo   The Savvy Sister

Be Yourself ~ It’s the New Normal!

73133519_“If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”

  ~ Maya Angelou

Are you trying to be normal?  Do you try to act normal?  Is normal what you are striving for?  If so, then stop right there and let normal go please.  There’s no need for you to strive for that any more because you’re better than normal!  You’re more special than normal ~ you are more amazing than normal ~ because you are you!

You are unique, you are wonderful and you are a blessing to this world!  It’s time to embrace YOU and stop the constant comparing in your head of yourself against what you consider normal ~ just let go!

It’s taken me a long time to shed the normal gene from my life and to embrace the specialness that is me.  For you see, when I put myself up against what in my own thoughts I’ve decided is normalcy, I feel like I fail miserably.  I simply do not measure up to society’s vision of normal.  Nothing about me is normal ~ not even my age at diagnosis of breast cancer, the way I got it, what’s happened to me since I was diagnosed ~ simply put, none of it.  I’ve been a rarity right from the start ~ but a rarity trying desperately to be normal.

Until recently, when I decided to stretch out of my comfort zone and embrace the ME that’s been itching to develop, to stretch and to shine!  That girl has decided to embrace her uniqueness, her specialness and connect with others by showing herself, with all of her vulnerabilities, not caring if she’s accepted or not!

73133852_Why fit in when you were born to stand out? ~ Dr. Seuss

And in doing so, I’ve found happiness, fulfillment and connections far beyond my expectations!  I’ve found self-love, peace within myself and a sense of tranquility in my world.  I’ve let go of control, of what I’ve deemed normal and I’ve allowed myself and others to simply be themselves.  To love and connect with them and to accept us all as we are!  It’s being accomplished through baby steps, like everything else I do, but as I am a work in progress, so is the self-development!  That’s what’s prompted Inner Hotshot University (IHU) ~ it’s in the power of being you that you accomplish great things!

I’m shining now for all to see ~ accept me or not ~ being myself is the new normal!

Shine On!


Daily Prompt: The Normal

Is being “normal” — whatever that means to you — a good thing, or a bad thing? Neither?


Make This World A Better Place


April is National Card and Letter Writing Month!

I’ve been asked many times what I do for a living and always it’s hard for me to describe.  I’m a mom, wife, daughter, care-giver, sister, cat mommy, former teacher, breast cancer survivor and blogger.  I’ve taken over closing out my Dad’s business and his estate, taken over his responsibilities with my Mom because she’s not able to handle the house etc., I’m still dealing with my own health issues and oh yes, I have my own business which I love and enjoy!

I help people worldwide to connect with others and to send out love.

Plain and simple.  I believe that time is short here on Earth.  Reaching out via a heartfelt card is priceless.  Add your own pictures, perhaps even a video, make it simple, inexpensive and fun and voila, you’ve got yourself a guaranteed way to make this world a better place.

It’s a building business tool.  It’s an artistic medium ~ putting your photos on canvas, on postcards, on metal.  It’s a whole photo store which you control for a price that can’t be beat.

It’s simple ~ children can do it, grandparents can do it, even the most technology-lacking people can enjoy it ~ and the techies ~ well, they’ll have a ball with it!

It’s bringing people closer ~ it’s never forgetting a birthday or an anniversary.  It’s reaching out to a friend when they live far away.  It’s sending a thank you note the easiest way possible and enjoyable!  It’s moving with the times like Amazon, Netflix and online banking.  It’s building your business one personalized note at a time, but making it easier than you can imagine!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

Click here to try it for free today!

Shine On!



100 Posts ~ Gratitude Goal!

Thank You!

Today celebrates my 100th post on my blog and I want to begin by thanking all of my readers.  I started this blog to reach out to others, to inspire, to be of service and to spread the knowledge I’ve gained through my life experiences.  Using cards as my springboard, I’ve tried to bring an inspiring message to you with every post.

I’ve had a bit of time to think lately as I’ve been recuperating and I’ve come up with a goal that I am hoping you might want to participate in.  I’ve been talking a lot about gratitude these days and I’ve got a lot to be grateful for in my life…and I’ve a lot of people to be grateful for in my life.  I’ve written a ton of thank you notes recently as many people have come to the aid of my family and me by bringing dinner over, sending flowers, sending little gifts in the mail, sending prayer cards and even just sending ‘thinking of you’ cards which have brightened my every day.  Truly I am blessed.  I loved getting that unexpected card in the mail among the bills and junk mail.  My eyes lit up every time someone brought me an envelope with my name on it because to me, it was like a little piece of Heaven…you thought of me enough to pick out a card, write a heartfelt message, address, stamp and mail it to me so that I could have something special to open…how fantastic is that!

There are many books out now, like The Magic, which reiterate that we should be grateful, be cognizant of the blessings we have already and as you concentrate on those multitude of blessings that you already have, more come your way.  I agree with counting your blessings and living a life of gratitude.  I’ve kept a gratitude journal a la Oprah which has helped to keep my positivity in check…and has grown my blessings and miracles enormously.

But I’m finding that I want to do more, globally and reach out to others with that gratitude.  A smile, a polite thank you in our daily lives to those who show us kindnesses is one way to show gratitude, but what if we were to take it a step further and say it…say thank you with a card…a heartfelt message to someone to whom you are grateful?  Imagine the amazing benefits to you and to the recipient if you were to write a heartfelt message of gratitude to a friend and the priceless feelings it would give that person when they opened a special card from you saying thank you.

Maya Angelou wrote,

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

My goal is to send a heartfelt card a day to someone whom I am grateful for ~ I’m going to do it for 30 days ~ a card a day.   I will post my journey each day so that you come along with me.  I’d love for you to join me as my goal is to get 100 people to send a card a day for 30 days.  Imagine what we could do by sending out love & gratitude  everyday for 30 days to 30 different people?  Imagine the impact it would make on our little world…of course, my mind races with what if’s…what if 1000 people did it for 30 days and so on…

If you’re interested in joining me, let me know…it’ll cost about $1 a day, you can do it from you computer and you may even change your life…what if we started a movement of gratitude?  A wave of gratitude which knows no bounds…

Join me on this journey…let’s change the world, one card at a time…

Thank you for reading my blog…I am grateful to all of you!


The Butterfly…

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,

but rarely admit the changes it has gone through

to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou

My changes have been physical, mental, emotional and spiritual since I endured cancer.  I will say that I feel blessed to have endured so much in my life as it has made me change for the better, it has made me evolve into a butterfly who is trying her wings.  Like the amazing butterfly, the changes have sometimes been felt like a whooshing through life in an Indy 500 race car ~ so fast and furious that I hadn’t time to breathe or take in what had just happened.  At others, the changes have been so subtle that I barely noticed them evolving until months later when the newness emerged.

Honestly, sometimes the changes have not felt like they are for the better.  My ‘shell’ of a body has permanently changed in a way that I would not have chosen, but I have accepted and I am learning to love.  I am blessed to be loved not just for my shell which makes my life so much simpler because I am still ‘that girl’ from before ~ only wiser, more spiritual, more grateful and more loving.

Funny how there are those who only ‘see’ the shell of the person and aren’t able to look inside at the soul.  It’s that soul connection which I enjoy, that meeting of the minds, hearts and vibrations which help me to fly.   Last night I met a bunch of butterflies who, like me, are striving to grow their ‘beauty.’   What an amazing night we had sharing our goals and helping each other!   It is always such a delight for me to find special butterflies who emerge and merge into my life just at the right time.

So, acknowledge your metamorphosis and own it…

Yes, you did the work to emerge as a Butterfly!