Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fate vs Free Will

This morning I happen to catch a discussion on CNN about the new movie Matt Damon is in called The Adjustment Bureau, which actually looks rather interesting.  And so they were discussing Fate vs Free Will because that is the premise of the movie.  What is the role of each, and how do each affect our lives....

Something I have pondered various times over the years, as I feel to a certain extent our lives have a plan, or fate as many refer to it as.  Though it seems hard to make sense of at times, very hard, and I'm sure there are many who would disagree with the concept.  As to believe in fate would mean there is a higher power of some sort guiding us. And to many that is their truth, but to many who don't believe in such a way of life they would deny such a Deity.

Yet I can't help but think we are guided to a certain extent in this life. Which could be why some times we have intuitive type of feelings.  And I'm not denying that free will exists because I think it is as much a part of life as fate.  Could it be those choices sway more in the one direction then the other though? 

There do seem to be certain choices made for us the physical state of our bodies, the color of our skin, the families we are born into, the places we are born, etc., so to a certain extent initially we don't have much choice for we are born into many of what is to become our life.  But then what develops from there, the choices we make are they completely controlled by us? 

What happens when free will gets in the way of what might be the intended course or plan?  Do we consciously realize it?  I can't help but wonder if those moments of free will, when we leave our possible
intended paths, are they the moments we feel more unhappiness or discord in our lives?  And not only that but how one choice can affect so many others must be taken into consideration as well.

Or when our intuition suggests one thing but we do another....what affect or impact does that essentially have? Can we change the course of our fate by one action or choice?  And is it possible to get back on one's path if by chance they get mislead along the way?

Fascinating subject. Just think about the choices you have made in life, the choices we have all different many of our lives might be had we chose one path from the other. 

Even if you believe in both, or one over the other, there still lies the even bigger question of is their a purpose to life? Why are we here, and what happens after our time on earth?  That all plays into this enormous topic as well.

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.

Fate, Chance, God's Will - we all try to account for our lives somehow.  What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane?  Gotta be Fate. 

We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Every great dream begins with a dreamer. 
Always remember, you have within you
the strength, the patience, and the passion
 to reach for the stars to change the world.

What a perfect quote.  I actually came across this quote on my daily calendar today and loved it because I believe each one of us has the power to change the world.  You know the world can always use more goodness.  And after this week there is something I experienced, that would be great to experience more of in this world.

People who simply give from their heart, their soul unconditionally, asking nothing in return, with no expectations. They just do when it is needed.  There are many people like that already, but there are many who are not.

And what I'm referring to is just doing something for someone out of the kindness of ones heart.  Where no  conditions, deals, bribery's, or whatever have to be made to get someone to do something.  Where no expectations, or return favors, are placed on doing something than just to do it because the help is needed.
Because over the last week I realized how important that can be in ones life.  What a difference it can make to know there are people one can count on to help out when one can't do it themselves.

Like for instance I had a doctors appointment that I wasn't suppose to be driving to.  Well I didn't want to burden my man or family from missing work so I just planned to drive myself.  Well unbeknownst to me my mother had her own plan, that was to take a half day to make sure someone not only drove me but was there for support during the dr's appointment. (and little did I know how very much I was going to need the help) 

And even more amazing she took the time to help me run errands.  I didn't ask her she just did it from the kindness of her heart.  And wow how moments like those really stand out in life.  They make you realize just how much it matters to have someone like that in your life.  Someone you don't have to ask, but just knows the right thing to do.  Gratitude overflowed from my heart that day. 

And when I think about it, that is the way we were raised.  My family always just helped whomever seemed to need it.  They always gave and taught us to give in whatever way we could with no expectations or conditions placed on it.  That is the way both my parents are, they will snow plough a neighbors drive way, they would bring dinner to someone sick, they would offer to help out anyone who needed it with absolutely no expectations in return.  And so maybe it is something we learn from those around us?  But can it be learned as we get older?
It doesn't have to be anything huge either, it can be simple things like doing someones laundry when they can't, lending a hand, giving a ride, or just simple listening when another needs a shoulder to lean is about just giving help, support, time, attention, whatever to someone else who needs it without waiting to be asked.

And that is what got me thinking wouldn't it be nice if the world was a placed filled with more people who just give, who just do, with no strings attached and no asking involved....where the giving comes purely from their heart. 

People who others can count on to just be there unconditionally, no questions asked, nothing expected, no expectations, or sore feelings, etc..  Think about it.  How many people do you know like that?  I wish more people, no I wish everyone in life had people like that in their lives, or could be people like that.  How do we make people see that giving is so much better than receiving.  That life isn't about what you get, but what you give.

Maybe I have spent too much time on the couch this week.  But I just think we can make this world into anything we want it to be. And today I dream of a world of giving, of unselfish acts, of giving love, making time, of just being there for people no questions know what I mean?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Just A Number

They say age is just a number, for the most part it's true.  But for certain things such as kids, certain careers, dreams,etc., well the number can have a significant impact.

You see recently I had a birthday.  One I have been fretting for awhile now, it just happens that recent events have overshadowed it all.  Pain will do that I guess in this case it was a huge distraction to other thoughts I had been thinking.   But then today at a doctors appointment it hit me like a ton of bricks the reality of the number.  And some of the pressures it brings with it. 

Growing up I  played house like every other girl, pretending to be a mother at times, etc.. but then came my twenties where families/children just seemed to fade into the background, in fact there were periods where I wasn't sure either way.  Plus, I led a very nomadic life during my 20's traveling, living in various places, which I don't regret as it was a tremendous enlightening and learning period.

Back then I  thought I knew what love was but truth be told I didn't truly understand the whole meaning or true concept of love. Heck I didn't even fully understand what it meant to truly be financially responsible either.  There was so much I needed to learn  And I've always seemed to choose the path least traveled, or shall I say it chose me at times as well. 

It is exactly those journeys during my 20's that brought a completely new perspective into the 30's.

In past relationships kids were discussed but more in just those random conversations one had laying in the couch while pondering life or discussing dreams together.  And the guys were always the ones who seemed to bring it up.  Fast forward those times and other relationships I've had in my life to the present. My man just isn't the conversation type, he isn't the type to lay around conversing about dreams or anything else except maybe sports.

So over the years kids is something my man and I never really discussed in a serious manner. Such deep type conversations make him uncomfortable and silent.  And quite frankly I wasn't sure him or his habits were the fatherly type when we first met.  Though a lot has changed since then and he has come an incredibly long way.  He has voiced his concern about creating a relationship that would stand the test of time, that being more important than kids.  Which I think comes from his personal family experiences.  And quite frankly I didn't have definite thoughts on it either.

Before my man ever came into my life my dog did.  And it was her that opened my world to a love I never knew existed.  She was my little baby.  And matronly feelings I never knew I had expressed themselves in surprising ways.  But dogs are different then kids and I think I felt content just having her in my life.

Then my niece came along and changed my outlook completely.  The amazing little soul that my sister brought into this world opened my heart and soul to a new world.  And suddenly this new, somewhat small desire started to enter my thoughts . (you have to know me... to admit  that is a huge awakening)  Although I still felt a twinge of anxiety when pondering it all.

Ans maybe in some ways that small awakening took too long to surface.  Because now age may not just be a number anymore, it may be a big determining factor to something like having kids.  As my doctor liked to inform me even men's sperm starts declining at 35. (supposedly they are finding many more defects in sperm as men are holding off into their 30's too.)  She said not only women but also men need to think about such things at earlier ages because waiting is not as ideal as many are under the assumption it is.
She said just because we see all these celebrities/people having kids later in life doesn't mean it is easy or done without a lot of help/money, example she gave was Sarah Jessica and Matthew Broderick who had to hire a surrogate which she reminded me only few of such luxuries. Very enlightening and surprising when presented with certain facts and stats.

Anyway, I also believe that to a certain degree what is meant to be in life will be.  That in some ways there is a higher plan, a purpose of sorts for each of us.  Although when I watch shows like MTV Sixteen and Pregnant sometimes that comes into question as how is it possible all these girls who don't want kids and have no means to care or deal with the responsibilities of being a mother are given the gift so early?  And other poor couples who have the means to handle the responsibility, who deeply desire it, aren't given the gift?  As I know more and more girls in both their 20's and 30's who have tried and tried, or miscarried a few times, or have had babies born with various health problems,etc. So sometimes it is hard to understand.

Honestly, our lives aren't exactly perfect for a family.   I realize my man has many years of debt still to pay off, has not much free time to devote to such a matter, frets at too much responsibility i.e. hates even the responsibility that comes with a house, having to paying bills or even having to go to a dr's appt. ( some nights having to do dishes can rattle him)  And kids are a much bigger responsibility.  Plus there is still a lot of unfinished things in my life as well.  And maybe deep down I've always been a little worried about the responsibility as well.  Not to mention a host of other things that could go wrong that scare me silly! 

But then again do we ever get to such a point in life where everything is perfect? (or for that matter are any of us ready for the  many things that life throws our way)  Point is those are some of the things that have kind of stood in the way of creating a family over the years or anytime soon. Yet soon would be the only real chance.

But nonetheless it is hard to accept that in many regards that our age, that number, can hold much more significance than just being a number.  Even cool jobs like FBI agents have age limits of 35 to apply.  That is sometimes the crazy part of life by the time individuals become enlightened to their true desires, age can stand in the way.  Guess it could be said to be a double edge sword in many ways.

Anyway, today as I lay on the couch because my bed rest has been extended due to more clots being discovered and spasms that continue to cause pain, and as this head cold continues to pound away bringing with it vertigo now(seriously.....really as if all the other stuff wasn't enough),  I honestly still do not feel a day past twenty.

And I do believe age is just a number.....if only sometimes our bodies and even society could see it that way too!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday Musings

Monday is done but I have yet to catch up to this week.....

Instead of fading the pain has steadily increased to the point the dr wants to see me again. am I going to possibly drive to the office when I can barely sit!  (I'm feeling a tad irritated but trying to remain upbeat)  And trying to read lots of inspirational stuff but honestly sometimes it can be hard to remain positive when every part of you feels like it just wants to hide under the blankets. (so if you know of some great inspirational sites send me links please)

The cold progressed into some harsh coughing, and major congestion which I'm sure is affecting the other as well.  I was told to limit activity, to not even go simply rest.  Rest? (much harder sometimes than we think)  And I'm afraid the coughing is too strenuous it may have actually caused more problems. 

Let me tell you last week started off so promising.  Nice Valentine's Day (even if the man did wait to last minute) but we cooked dinner together and ate by candlelight which was very nice.  Then spent another great day hanging out and having fun with niece/ sister with a delicious lunch at Olive Garden too.  But come Wednesday things  took a turn for the not so good with the clot.  And basically been out of commission since. 

Although did try to attend a family party on Saturday that had been planned months in advance but with the pain I felt it was very hard to enjoy it.  Though spending time with my niece helped raise my spirits for sure. (oh the high winds that engulfed the northeast actually caused loss of power at the party too)

Which brings me into this week, and this is not the way I imagined starting it. 
It felt like I went years without colds now I seem to be making up for it.(even though I wash my hands all the time and feel I eat good)  Of course my niece does tend to bring home a lot from daycare, even my sister/brother in law have been sick a lot more than they ever were before, so maybe that could also be it?   And all these other little quirks have popped up as well which I think could be equally tied to each other in some way.  But still I'd like to know if there is some better way to prevent such stuff.

All I want to do is feel good. It is just so frustrating to feel such pain and not be able to do anything about it.  And even something as simple as a head cold can feel overwhelming when you are not allowed to take a decongestant or NyQuil type remedy.  There just isn't anything all natural that takes away such stuff.  Combine the intensely strong pain with the cold and well it can't be justly described in words.

Wish I could take a little mini vacation to the beach,  some place where I could lay feeling the warmth of the sun all day and listen to the sound of the ocean. Since that isn't a reality the best I can do I create a visualization and hope that helps a little.  I'm using the mans little netbook so can't share some of the recent photos I've taken, and don't have the patience to browse for a photo of the little vacation image I'm visualizing at the moment.  So this will be another imageless post. 

So on that note I'm going to go daydream a little.  Hey I'm stuck laying on the couch so what better way to spend it then daydreaming a little......

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Reality Check

As I lay here on the couch I realize, no truly realize, how much I take for granted those days when feeling good.  Then again don't we all. 

It has been a very busy, rather hectic week with more on the agenda than normal.  And in the midst of it a little medical emergency arose.  I developed a horrible pain in to put in bluntly the butt region, to the point even sitting or walking was extremely painful. Long story short it turned out to be a blood clot.  Resulting in it having to be extracted.  Honestly, didn't think much about it because if it meant relieving the pain than it needed to be done.
Honestly no words, and I mean no words can describe the pain afterwards.  Of course no words can describe the needles used to numb the area either.  Oh I've had 4 wisdom teeth removed not taking any pain med, cracked my head open as a kid, had needles and stitches in my lips, fingers, you name it, but for the first time in my life I had to actually take a narcotic pain killer.  And you know what even that did nothing for the pain. Excruciating is the only way to describe it.

I was told that area of our bodes has 10 times more nerves than say the hand. Oh trust me I believe it!
Quite frankly I cried like a baby for a good hour or two afterwards because it hurt so bad. And forget about sleep as I was up trying to find something to watch in the wee morning hours.  They told me I was to stay off my feet for a few days, now for me that is the hard part because resting on the couch I just keep thinking of all that needs to be done which isn't much of a distraction from the pain. The dishes, laundry, and you name it backing up.  Literally went to try to fill the pitcher with water and could not get in the sink. (so hence I had to be on my feet a little to at least clean up the stack of dishes in the sink)

Had the clot removed on Wednesday evening, and the pain has yet to subside.  And I hope when it does that I come back to read what I've written here.  To remember that any day without pain, any day that one feels good should be a good day.

To make matters worst in the midst of all the pain I've now come down with a cold....oh yeah scratchy throat, stuffy nose, and an irritating cough that sends the pain spiraling way past a 10.  Not to mention the cold makes it hard to sleep too. That saying "when it rains it pours" could not be more true in this situation.

And now I finally get it.  Get the fact that even with all this technology we have....some pain cannot be cured or resolved easily, sometimes there are no simple ways to relieve it.  And even the pain killers we do have to try to combat it can be incredibly addicting.  Quite frankly that is a fact of life that is a tad depressing to realize. And I've learned that pain for the most part can be rather subjective, hard to define, hard to categorize and different for each individual.

What a week. So much happened but this really put some perspective into play.  Actually started writing this on Friday yet only today am I getting around to even posting.  But I'm hoping by capturing this moment in words that I can look back on those good days and appreciate them even more!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday Musings

"We come to love not by finding a perfect person,
but my learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."

And is that not what true love is all about?  True unconditional love means not just loving someone when everything is happy and perfect, but loving someone in those most imperfect human moments that we all have. 

Perhaps that is one of the greatest challenges in life to find someone who knows all your flaws, differences, mistakes, and yet still sees the best in you.

Love may always be somewhat of a mysterious but the most important thing we can do is to always be willing to give love, with no expectations, just simply give love.  Love given will always be returned back in some form or other.  And the biggest hope is that by giving love that it will be continued to be passed forward because love, well it makes the world go round. 

May your world be filled with some kind of love today. And may you remember to keep passing it forward.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Magic of Flowers

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."

There is something magical about flowers.  To think from a tiny seed grows such beauty.  And that each seed has the possibility to offer something so unique in color, texture, size, smell, etc., really is quite amazing. 

Flowers have always been something I adored.  You will find pretty much any space around me with some sort of flower.  And when I receive a catalog from any floral or garden shop I feel like a kid in a candy store. Seriously I can browse the catalogs over and over again.

Holidays like Valentine's Day make me feel giddy with excitement....all the beautiful flowers the stores start displaying feels like an early spring has arrived.  It isn't just the holidays but all year around I find myself browsing the flower sites online checking to see what is new or as a little pick me up when I need inspiration. 

Here are some of my favorites.....

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Game Day

Game Day is in town for the big Villanova vs Pitt match up this evening.  For any of you non sports fans that is the ESPN show on every Saturday morning discussing college games.  And it is always quite exciting to have them broadcast live from an actual school because it really creates an incredible energy within the fans and the whole game environment.

Needless to say being the Villanova basketball fans we are the game is on the agenda.  And quite frankly I'm excited because it has been an incredibly stressful week, so what a great outlet to let out a little steam by getting to cheer and scream for one of my favorite teams.  Yeah!

So for today all I have to say is this....

Go Nova!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday today I would like to introduce you to a very special organization, the National Greyhound Adoption Program. 

The National Greyhound Adoption Program was founded in Philadelphia, PA over 20 years ago.  Their mission is as follows:

•To help find loving, adoptive homes for former racing greyhounds

•To provide superior knowledge and support for greyhound adopters and other adoption groups

•To educate the public and spread awareness about the plight of the greyhound

•To provide specialized medical care specifically geared towards the greyhound

In fact, our family has firsthand experience with this organization as both my sister and her mother in law have adopted greyhounds through them.  I actually wrote a blog all about my sister's greyhound Buster Bob awhile back.  He will always hold a special place in our hearts.  And I would love others to experience the beauty of this breed as well. 

They are truly amazing dogs.  Most of these greyhounds come from former racing backgrounds which means usually they have had a rather rough life and so giving them a chance for happiness is a wonderful thing to do.

So please let me introduce you to one of the many greyhounds that are available for adoption through NGAP.  Meet Patrick who is an Italian Greyhound.

The link below will provide you with any further information regarding Patrick and how to adopt him.


{Please keep in mind a dog is a lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care,training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

*If you want to be apart of "Woof Wednesdays" email Lauren at [] or leave a comment! We would Love to bring you on board!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Romance Ideas

I don't know if it's all the ads toting Valentine's Day, or all the romantic books I seem to be reading lately.  But I'm wondering today just how many couples give their relationships the attention it truly needs.  Or really take the time to express love.

You know because relationships are like plants, if you don't nurture and feed them they eventually wither away.  It's true.  It is like a job, if you don't put in the work and attention required each day, well one is pretty much guaranteed to be out of a job quickly. 

Anything in life worthwhile requires nurturing.  And that is why I sometimes wonder if the high divorce rate we so often read about is because that somewhere along the way people just forgot the nurturing part?

Think about it.... how many times might we take for granted the very people that should be at the center of our days and nights.  How many times might a simple "I love you" everyday change another's world?  Or how might simply taking the time to snuggle each night, hold hands, make love or show some form of loving affection really strengthen the bond between two?  Or even something as simple as listening, being present or giving another a little time especially for them?  Or even just sending a loving text, making coffee, or cleaning ones care of snow?  Those little acts of know?

Keeping the spark alive of any relationship requires finding ways to show our appreciation to each other, not once every so often.....but finding ways to show our love and appreciation every day if possible, or at least every week.  Love only becomes as strong as we create and build it to be. (and it is easy to overlook how wonderful or amazing someone is when you see them everyday or daily routines get in the way)

And now with such a romantic holiday quickly approaching there are books written on everything from how to be romantic to little coupon books filled with romantic ideas. But the meaning of romance varies widely from person to person, but at its heart, romance involves doing something to express affection in a meaningful way. And sometimes romance requires creativity and sincerity, inspired by love. As what is romantic to one might not be considered romantic by another.

Romance be expressed everyday, it doesn't have to be expensive or anything crazy.   It is simple acknowledging how special someone is. There are unlimited ways to express it.  Simply try to recognize what makes your partner unique, what are their interests, obsessions, fantasies, what makes them light up, what makes them happy, etc..  Essentially it is finding those little moments, little ways, whatever you want to call make the other feel happy and loved.

So here are some ideas and ways to be romantic.

1. Give a card and in it write the reasons why you love him or her. (maybe make a list of 10-20 things)
2. Serve him or her breakfast in bed.
3. Send a romantic text.
4. Surprise him or her with a little unexpected gift.
5. Kiss.
6. Light candles at dinnertime.
7. Offer to help with chores or work.
8. Send a love email every day. Or even an e card.
9. Give a full body massage.
10. Hold hands, take a walk together.
11. Turn off the tv, create quiet time to talk about your day.
12. Call your partner during the day just to say hi, thinking of you, love you, whatever.
13. Cook a special dinner together.
14. Say I love you often, slowly, and with feeling.
15. Take an interest in your partner's interests.
16. Leave little love notes around the house, under pillows, in briefcase, car.
17. Surprise him or her with take out dinner, or stop by work to take them out to lunch.
18. Send flowers for no reason.
19. Take a vacation together with no distractions from the outside world.
20. Buy lingerie, boxers, or something intimate for the other.
21. Take a bath or shower together.
22. Burn a cd with songs that remind you of your partner. or are meaningful to the relationship.
23. Slow dance. (may feel odd at first but it is quite fun)
24. Star gaze while laying on a blanket together outside.
25. Prepare a special dessert.
26. Play board games.
27. Explore new places, take a class together.
28. Work out together.
29. Make out, hug, embrace in moments of unexpected affection.
30. Create a photo album of your favorite moments.
31. Take a nap cuddled into one another.
32. Go to or rent a romantic movie.
33. Have a picnic.
34. Spend the day at the beach.
35. Watch the sunrise or sunset together.
36. Plant something together to symbolize the relationship.
37. Make special time to spend with each other with no distractions.
38. Write an old fashioned love letter and send it in the mail.
39. Look good for your partner. (Dress nice, clean up, smell good,etc.)
40.  Listen.  Truly give them your full attention when talking.
41. Golf together.
42. Plan weekly dates.
43. Smile. Laugh. Be silly with each other.
44. Play with the dog, kids,etc together.
45. Make time each day for each other.
46.  Pray together.
47. Write a poem or the lyrics to a song that makes you think about your partner.
48. Be there for your partner no matter what.
49. Love unconditionally.
50. Do whatever you think will make them happy that is what romance is essentially.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday Musings

Monday. Monday. Monday. Monday.

Going to keep this short and sweet today. 

After having such amazing days the previous weekend, this weekend was rather a dud.  Our date night got moved to Sunday, and come Sunday it all but got cancelled. And my day was a wipe out.  We didn't even get to take Angel on her planned Superbowl day walk.

Yeah I know there are much worse things in life, I just tend to get disappointed when I feel confident or excited about something and then it doesn't happen as I imagined.  Guess that is human nature though. It's just those little moments shared together that mean so much. (besides can anyone ever get enough kisses,hugs, and snuggles....haha)
And I didn't even watch much of the Superbowl, only a few minutes here and there, instead I found myself engrossed in a few movies.  Which coming from a sports fan is so out of character. haha   Then again I
rarely watch movies these days so it's a treat when I get to catch up on on them too.

Maybe it was because I'm not a fan of Ben nor the Steelers, or that the Packers basically ousted my Falcons and Matty Ryan, making it a little hard to watch.  Having said that I'm glad the Packers won. Congrats to  KS and Stacey who happen to be huge Packer fans! 

By the way, check out Old Navy they are offering 30% off for today only.  I love a good bargain. 

And I'm a huge fan of collecting Valentine items though this season I haven't seen as much as others.  Haven't even seen many t shirts, in fact it seems like there is more St Patrick's stuff than Valentine's.

Got a lot on the agenda, so this Monday I'm going to leave my thoughts wrapped up in these quotes....

"Presence is more than just being there."

"What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity."

The best minute you spend is the one you invest in your family or loved ones."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Illumination

Ever had one of those days where you just wanted to crawl in bed, and block the world out?  Or felt like you needed a big dose of love and spoiling?  Those days where you seem to dwell on anything and everything.  Well I have had my share of those type days recently. 

And then my sister told me this about my niece "she went to school, walked up to her teachers, and informed them she was happy"  Now you have to know my niece because at the tender age of 2 1/2 she is an old soul, she is truly remarkable for her age.

Oh the amazing stories I could share, but for now let me just say this....the happiness she exudes is incredible, not to mention extremely contagious. Like the sun she brightens the world because she chooses to be happy, she creates fun, and finds joy in the simplest of things.

It is truly amazing how one soul can affect another.  Oh I'm sure there are those unpleasant souls that are incredibly hard to change but still I believe it is possible.  So.....

Today I simply wish and pray for a world that is full of more happiness, love, kindness, selflessness, genuine goodness, honesty, compassion, understanding, loyalty, patience, peace, fun and full of people who want to be the best souls they can possibly be!

"As the sun lights up the moon, love has the power to illuminate our hearts"

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming."

"The greatest discovery is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind."

"It's hard to get people to overcome the thought that they have to take care of themselves first. It's hard to get players to give in to the group and become selfless as opposed to selfish."

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some days in your life you  will have been all of these."

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

"With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve."

"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is the past, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday it is my pleasure to introduce you to Hattie.  Hattie is a 3 year old West Highland Terrier who was rescued from a puppy mill.   She is a little shy, but very sweet and would very much like to find a loving family.

She is in need of a very special home.  And a family who is willing to give her a little extra care, as Hattie is about to undergo surgery for a huge bladder stone and will most likely need to be on a special diet and monitored regularly to keep future stones from possibly developing.  As living on a puppy mill dogs often times are not fed the proper food and such things like this can happen.

Please if you are looking for a sweet, loving dog think about adopting Hattie.  Show her what it means to be truly loved, not only that, but loved unconditionally....

Female, 3 yr old
West Highland Terrier
Second Chance Pet Adoption League, Oak Ridge, NJ

{Please keep in mind a dog is a lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care,training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

*If you want to be apart of "Woof Wednesdays" email Lauren at [] or leave a comment! We would Love to bring you on board!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Wishes

Seems like just yesterday New Years resolutions were being created, now it is already February.  And what I consider the month of romance.  Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, of course....would you expect anything less from a hopeless romantic. ; )

You know I was actually suppose to be born on Valentine's Day, maybe that is why I am such a romantic.

Often wish everyday could be Valentine's Day, think the world would be a much happier place.  Yes the whole holiday has become rather commercialized and we all look forward to little gifts of love.  But I'm talking about imagine if each day love was celebrated, even if it was just little notes to say how great you think someone is.  That kind of  love and kindness should never go out of style. 

Love and romance can be expressed in so many little gestures and ways that often times get overlooked.    If only people would take the time, make the effort, and/or just remember not to take for granted the people in their lives they do love.  To create and embrace more loving moments. 

"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. "

Here are some of my Valentine Wishes.....

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