Do You Love What You Do?

Cover Create a LifeYou have the right to pursue happiness. You have the right to live a life you love. You have the right to choose what that is. But, do you have the courage to do it? Do you have what it takes to follow your dreams?

I don’t like to see unhappy people. When people are unhappy, they create a negative ripple effect on others and bring the whole world down with them. I try to do what ever I can to uplift and inspire others to make a change and live a life that will contribute to their happiness. And, because of this I started the book series, Growing Up For Grown-Ups.

I just finished the 2nd book – (extra) Ordinary People Who Had the Courage to Create a Life They Love. Along with my two-cents, it’s a collection of stories from people who took a leap of faith and went on to live happy fulfilling lives. They had the courage to pursue their dreams and create the life they love.

If you’re interested in being inspired, or need a little insight into what it takes to change your own life, it will soon be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among others. If you want an advanced copy, you can purchase it directly on the website, Growing Up for Grown-Ups.

Happy 2016 wishes

Just Say No to New Year’s Resolutions…

Create micro goals instead – and not all at once (too overwhelming)

We have all, at one time or another, made a New Year’s resolution or two and did our best to stick to it…and maybe did for a couple of months…and then reneged and ended up feeling bad about it. I say – who needs it! Instead create little micro goals and feel a sense of accomplishment. Reach the micro goal, rinse and repeat – then you can feel good about yourself all year long.

To get started – every night before you go to bed, write down something you want to accomplish the next day.

Wishing you balance and magical moments in 2016!

Wasted Talent

Quotes

I came across this quote while watching LAaRT on PBS and think it is one of the most amazing things I’ve read – just had to share:

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And, if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
– Martha Graham

At first I was inspired, and then a little sad. It also reminded me of another quote I heard in the movie “A Bronx Tale.” Chazz Palminteri’s charachter, Sonny,¬†said, “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”

I believe we are creative beings and it’s sad when people don’t bring their inner beauty to light…I encourage you to follow your dreams – I actually wrote and recorded a song about it – here’s a snippet:

Challenge

Challenge

I read this article today about a couple that was married 72 years! They died within a day of each other. Other than taking marriage seriously and sticking it out (I’m sure they had the same problems as we all do, but instead of giving up worked it out), when people asked them for marriage advice the answer was, “Be kind, lift each other up, don’t put each other down.”

I think this is great advice not just for married people, but for ALL people. Wouldn’t everyone be happier, and even a wider thought, wouldn’t the world be nicer to live in if we encouraged, and supported each other?

I know it’s an old saying, but here’s a challenge – for one week if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

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One of those days!

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. Today is one of those days. So, I’m trying to switch my focus to something outside of me, which is working on the webinar I will be presenting next week. Some days the only thing that keeps me going is the hope that I am helping someone somewhere better some part of their life. So thank you world wide web – maybe you will help me do that.

Violet Blooms

With Patience Love Blossoms

This is Violet. I have had her for about 25 years. She has been thru a couple of cross-country moves and almost died a couple of times – she bounced back but never flowered. I am so excited to share this with you because it is the 1st time she’s bloomed in about 10 years! Isn’t she pretty?¬†

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Although Patrick wasn’t Irish, after being captured by Irish pagans in his early teens and taken to Ireland, where he was enslaved for six years, he grew to like the spirit of the Irish. When he escaped and returned to his family, he vowed to one-day return to Ireland. When he returned as a missionary, he “drove the snakes out of Ireland” (snakes were a popular symbol among the Irish pagans) by converting them to Christianity. He used the three-leaf clover to help explain the Trinity to the pagans, which is why it is such a common St. Patrick’s Day symbol.

Let’s get drunk and act like pagans as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

2014 Happy New Year

There are 365 days in 2014

I am not one for New Year’s resolutions. It sets a tone for the whole year. And if you don’t succeed, you feel bad. Sure, I’ve made them before, “Oh, I’m going to exercise more, eat better, and volunteer at a charity!” I would start out with good intentions, might even do it for a month or two, and then the momentum gets lost and I would fail. Sound familiar?

When we fail we become discouraged and we don’t try again. It was our New Year’s resolution, it didn’t work, and we don’t need to try again until next year.

I think that every day, every moment is a chance to make a resolution. And, if it doesn’t work out, the next day is a chance to start again – there are 365 days in 2014. 365 days to make a change. I think that’s one of the beauties of life – you have a chance to evolve everyday.