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Never Give Up!

Remember when you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer,never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

Shine On!

xo

Take A Bow

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Take a Bow my friends!

This post is dedicated to all of you ~ can you hear my applause?  It is thunderous ~ I am applauding YOU so please, take a bow.   “Why?” you may ask.  Why are we taking a bow and why are you applauding us?  Well, it’s simple.  You are here today.  You matter.  You are loved.  You have a beautiful day ahead to make a positive difference in your life and in the lives of others!  I believe in you ~ I know you can do it!

So…take a bow my friends!  Your performance today counts.

Today is Yours!

Shine On!

xo

Counting What Counts

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“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

(Sign hanging in Einstein’s office at Princeton)

Happy Saturday!  Happy last day of August ~ oh my, where has the summer gone to this year?  It’s just inconceivable to me this morning that we’re counting down the last days of summer freedom before school begins.  I know some of you already have children in school which is a mixed blessing/curse.  For myself, I don’t want to lose the freedom of summer and the joy of being with my children, but on the other hand, I feel the intense need for a bit of routine in my life.  So I welcome a bit of routine and Mommy time without feeling guilty (because when the kids are in school, I can’t feel guilty if I need a little bit of ME TIME because they’re not here anyway!)  But on the other hand, I enjoy the vagueness of summertime ~ there’s no set time for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  The athletics are at a minimum so we aren’t tied to practices, games etc.  We can veg out all day or be on the go ~ it’s whatever suits our moods!

I saw this quote today and just thought it was perfect to think about ~ I’d love for you to share what it means to you!  You all bring so much joy and learning to my life.  When I count my blessings, I count you too!  I hope you enjoy the last vestiges of summer (or winter if that’s where you live).  My hope is that you simply enjoy your day!

Make Today Count!

Kindness.  Generosity.  Love.  Gratitude.  Faith.  Hope.  Courage.

Shine On!

xo

Freshening Hopes

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“I want to do the right thing, but often I don’t know just what the right thing is. Every day I know I have come short of what I would like to have done. Yet as the years pass and I see the very world itself with its oceans and mountains and plains as something unfinished, a peculiar little satisfaction hunts out the corners of my heart. Sunsets and evening shadows find me regretful at tasks undone, but sleep and the dawn and the air of the morning touch me with freshening hopes.”
—Carl Sandburg

I love mornings.  I’ve told you before, but there is something about the dawn of a new day, fresh like a new school year in September that makes my heart leap with possibility.  To me, it’s a siren’s song of freshening hopes and dreams.  This quote happened to fit perfectly with me today.  I’ve got more testing on the horizon so I’ve been feeling pretty bleak these days.  But the coolness of the morning today perked me right up.  I feel grateful to be alive.

I went outside with my coffee in hand, felt the dew tickling my toes, looked up to the sky and took a moment (more actually!) to be grateful for the present of presence.  The stillness of the morning with the sweet chirping of birds intersected the silence.  It was wondrous and something I highly recommend for you to do!

May your hopes be freshened today!

You are here!

You are alive!

Shine On!

xo

The quote above is taken from my blogger pal Paul over at Goal Habits  today. With the help of my Send Out Cards account I was able to make his quote of the day into a picture which I liked.  I love how we all find inspiration daily from eachother!  Thank you Paul for inspiring me daily with your quotes!  Make sure you stop by Goal Habits and be inspired!

Just Do Your Best

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Blogging connections happen sometimes over time and sometimes instantaneously.  When it happens instantaneously, it’s that almost audible click between two souls, like when you buckle your seat-belt.  Has this ever happened to you ~ you meet someone for the first time and you just know that you can trust each other and that you are friends with a special connection?  It’s happened to me a few times in my life and it always makes me wonder what triggers that immediate friendship spark?   Is it a soul to soul connection ~ perhaps our spiritual selves recognize a kinship?  Or is it more profound, that we’ve perhaps been souls on similar journeys in the past and we’ve met up again suddenly? Or is it just the way life works ~ we are open to friendship and the other person is too so we become friends?

Well, when MoJo and I connected, it was like ‘we was peas and carrots’ (a la Forrest Gump!) and I knew my life had been ignited like a summer sparkler!  We connected about a year ago.  I can’t explain it any more than I can explain the Big Bang Theory to you.  All I can say is that I am honored to be her friend and I am grateful for our connection.  Because isn’t that what blogging is all about?  Learning about others, connecting, inspiring, sharing, expanding our lives to unite this planet as one!

I awoke this morning to read her latest blog post ~ excited because she’s been away for a bit ~ and I was greeted with a phrase that I had said in response to one of her recent blogs.  I hadn’t thought anything of it ~ I had commented as I normally do.  But the phrase I used stuck with her ~ We’ll just do our best, right? ~ and I am honored to say that she used it in her blog!  As we say in fishing, her blog’s a keeper (and not just because she used my phrase!)  Check her out ~ you’ll be hooked like me!

Click here ~ While I Appreciate the Effort!

I guess it’s like I was saying in yesterday’s blog post, everyday we get a chance to make a difference and sometimes you don’t even realize the difference that you are making simply by being yourself!  I know that for me,

I am truly grateful for the differences you all make in my life and I just want to thank you.

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So please hug yourself for me!

Just do your best…and

Shine On!

xo

Shine On!

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The strongest action for a woman is to love herself, be herself

and shine amongst those who never believed she could. ~ Unknown

In response to the Daily Prompt, breast cancer’s journey taught me about myself.  I never believed I held so much inner strength, so much inspiration within my soul.  I never knew how much my life could be affected and therefore could be so effective when I allowed myself to look inside to the glow of loving light and to allow it to shine on the outside as well.

There were many who didn’t believe that I would make it as I am a huge wimp.  But I have survived 15 surgeries thus far in my life and I’m still here.  Still trying to shine this little light o’ mine ~ to light my own path and to light the path for others.  We all have our own special light inside ~ now’s the time to let it shine!

Come take my hand, Come with me…and Let’s Sing!

This Little Light of Mine, I’m Going to Let it Shine!

Shine On!

xo

Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught!

Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure  – not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/daily-prompt-learning/

Survival

Lovin’ Pink

I’ve always liked the color pink and if truth be told, I’ve never been a tomboy…I’ve always been a bit of a girly girl.  I was the one who didn’t want to get muddy or dirty, who threw like a girl (really!) and who always has her toenails painted pink (except during the holidays).  However, for those of you who believe that PINK is a color that is for a wimpy girl, you are way wrong, baby!

Every breast cancer survivor will tell you that pink is NOT a wimpy color as it is a symbol of the survival of a journey of endurance which begins with a single step.  This journey never truly ends even when the breast cancer is considered cured.  Its tentacles, even 10 years later, slither through moments during the year when doctor appointments for check ups are necessary or when we wait a week for the blood test results.  Even normal yearly trips to the gynecologist can result in an unbidden heightened sense of alarm if a Pap result isn’t normal because, quite frankly, the normal that we previously relied on isn’t normal anymore.  In it’s place, comes a new normal that with time acclimates to our lives.

I was perusing blogs today and searched under breast cancer and what I found was alarming…so many women being diagnosed, being told their breast cancer had metastasized and even one who sadly told of her Mom’s recent passing from the disease.  My heart went out to every one of them and all I wished to do was to hug them, let them know I understood and that it gets better ~ so here’s my short list of wisdom for today.

  • There are good days and bad days.
  • When you think you’re going through hell, keep walking, even if it’s only baby steps, one tiny step at a time.
  • Stumbling is normal as is late night insomnia with the dreaded “what if’s” relentlessly circling in your brain.
  • Bald can be beautiful.  Let wig wearing be fun ~ try new styles & colors!
  • People say dumb things.
  • There are good and bad nurses/doctors who sometimes remember and sometimes forget that we are all human.
  • Double mastectomy isn’t a death sentence to your femininity even when it feels that way.
  • You will find what you are looking for so FACE THE SUN!  face-the-sun
  • Your body, your decision.
  • YOU are the Boss of Your Life so BE the Boss.
  • If you don’t want something done to you, then don’t do it.
  • Speak up when you don’t understand.
  • This is Your Body so be in touch with it, talk with it, be kind to it…it’s fighting for Your Life!
  • Now’s the time to blossom ~ You have the Power and you’ve always had it!
  • If you were like me, you shy-ed away from your power, but in having breast cancer, I have refound my power which encourages me to blossom!

I want you to know that I am here for you, I’ve walked this journey.

  I’m still on the path enduring everyday along with the rest of humanity.

Life is what you make of it, so make it good for you!

Happy Sunday ~ or for you ice cream lovers ~ Happy Sundae!

xo