Sunday, March 30, 2014

Soul Sunday

Open your soul to happiness and success.

Character and wisdom are sculpted over time.  They come with loss, lessons, and triumphs.  They come after doubts, second guesses, and exploring unknowns.  If there were a definitive path to happiness and success, everyone would be on it.  The seeds of your progress are planted in your past failures.  Your best stories will come from overcoming your greatest struggles.  Your praises will be birthed from your pains.  So keep standing, keep learning, and keep living.

So my challenge to you today is this: Start looking at life’s harsh realities and toughest challenges as friends that are going to help you grow.

Here are some thoughts to consider…

1. The first step is never easy. 

The beginnings to good things are always the hardest, but it’s these hard times that pave the path to greatness. Be strong and keep the faith. It will be worth it in the end. The greatest miracle of your success in life will not be that you finished, it will be that you found the strength and courage to begin.

And remember, it’s not that those who are strong never get weak in the knees, or that they never hold their breath before they embark… It’s that while their knees are shaking, they force themselves to breathe and take the first step. 

2. Good things rarely come quick and easy.

Life is not easy, but it’s worth it. If you expect it to be, you will perpetually disappoint yourself. Achieving anything worthwhile in life takes time and effort. You must align your efforts with your goals and then start every day ready to run farther than you did yesterday and fight harder than you ever have before.

Persistence is the single most common characteristic of high achievers. They simply refuse to give up. The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. No matter how hard it seems, the more you persist, the more likely your success. 

3. You will always have less control than you desire.

The only thing you can absolutely control in life is how you react to things out of your control, and there’s a lot you can’t control. The better you adapt to this reality, the more powerful your highs will be, and the more quickly you’ll be able to bounce back from the lows. Put most simply: Living a happy, fulfilling life means being in a state of complete acceptance of all that is, right here, right now.

As your life unfolds, you will often realize that many of the times you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were in fact being redirected to something better. You don’t have to control everything to find peace and happiness. You just need to do you best, and then relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go and just let life happen the way it’s supposed to. Because sometimes the outcomes you can’t change end up changing you and helping you grow to your full potential. 

4. You cannot avoid risk without avoiding life.

As Henry David Thoreau once said, “When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.”

Living is a risk. Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared sometimes, then you’re not doing it right. Don’t worry about mistakes and failures, worry about what you’re giving up when you don’t even try. Worry about the life you’re not living and the happiness you’re forgoing, as you merely exist in the safety of your comfort zone. Give yourself permission to be one of the people who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them and grew into your truest self. 

5. Your biggest problems are often in your head.

The primary cause of unhappiness and defeat is never the current situation but your thoughts about it. Happiness and success really comes down to two elements: the way you think and the way you act based upon your thoughts.

Human beings become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do great things, right now, without the need for anything more. When you believe in yourself, you have realized the first secret of success. Often finding your way is not about going somewhere new; it’s about seeing familiar ground in new ways. Once you do, you will realize the only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.

6. Long-term happiness cannot be bought; it must be earned.

If you’d rather live surrounded by pristine objects of little significance than by the traces of happy, passionate memories, stay focused on acquiring tangible possessions. Otherwise, stop fixating on things you can touch and start caring about the things that touch you. Each of us has a unique fire in our heart for something that makes us feel alive. It’s your duty to find it and keep it lit.

Whatever you do, don’t completely sacrifice your life for your livelihood. Enjoy the gifts money can’t buy. Promise yourself that you will stay true to your loves, your values, and your purpose. Let your heart and mind work as one. Do what it takes so that one day, many moons from now, you can look back at your life, take one final breath, and crack an honest smile. 

7. Not everyone will support you.

If you take every insult or rude slur of your fellow human beings personally, you will be offended for the rest of your life. One of the most freeing things we learn in life is that we don’t have to agree with everyone, everyone doesn’t have to agree with us, and that’s okay. As Bruce Lee once said, “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” Live by this quote. Don’t let the opinions of others make you forget it.

It takes a long time to learn how to not judge yourself through someone else’s eyes, but once you do the world is yours for the taking. We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own life, and we will never be happy or successful if we try to live someone else’s idea of it. So give up worrying too much about what others think of you. Regardless of what they say about you and your chosen path, remember that the only approval you need in the end is your own. 

8. You are better off without some people you care about.

It’s during the toughest times of your life that you’ll get to see the true colors of the people who say they care about you. Notice who sticks around and who doesn’t, and be grateful to those who leave you, for they have given you the room to grow in the space they abandoned, and the awareness to appreciate the people who loved you when you didn’t feel lovable.

Bottom line: Be okay with giving the gift of your absence to those who do not appreciate and respect your presence. 

9. You cannot have happiness without some sadness.

Chuck Palahniuk once said, “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. Some sadness is necessary. Everything in life is two-sided. You can’t expect to feel pleasure without ever feeling pain, joy without ever feeling sorrow, confidence without ever feeling fearful, hope without ever feeling uncertain, etc. There is no such thing as a one-sided coin in life, with which you can buy a pain-free, trouble-free life.

Life is a series of highs and lows – an adventure that requires you to take chances and actions that have the possibility of both success (happiness) and failure (sadness).

10. What’s done is done, but life goes on.

If you are carrying strong emotions about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live productively in the present. With everything that has happened, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift of knowledge. Everything is either an opportunity to learn and grow or an obstacle that keeps you stuck. You get to choose.

Take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay… maybe not today, but eventually. There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. You might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t. Sure the sun stops shining sometimes, and you may get a huge thunderstorm or two, but eventually the sun will come out to shine. Sometimes it’s just a matter of us staying as positive as possible in order to make it to see the sunshine break through the clouds again. 

Marc Chernoff is author of 1,000+  Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently.   He is a self help author and
entrepreneur based in Austin,TX.  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA,NY, OH, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
Summer and her recently adopted pal were weaving through traffic in a dangerous neighborhood. They were both covered in dirt and fleas and suffering from a bout of diarrhea from eating garbage. A Good Samaritan corralled them into a parking lot area and safely transported them to The Fuzzy Pet Foundation. Summer is only a year old with the most friendly, loving, and sweet personality. She loves all people and animals! She is well-mannered and enjoys following around her caregivers. We think she may be mixed with a Maltese and Westie Terrier. She has longer hair than pictured here, but she was recently groomed due to all the mats and dirt on her body. Summer has a clean bill of health. She was vaccinated, de-wormed, de-fleaed, fecal-tested, microchipped, spayed, and her dewclaws were surgically removed from her hind legs to prevent serious injury. Summer would make an excellent family companion. She does great on leash walks and does not have any behavioral issues. She would do well in a home with children too.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Summer - Santa Monica, CA
 Fuzzy Dog and Cat Rescue, Inc.
1158 26th Street Suite 260
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 883-5681

Muneca is a Long Haired Dachshund mix, 3 years, 16 pounds. Muneca is shy but has a heart of gold. She just needs time and space to relax and warm up. She's what we call a velcro dog once she knows you, she's attached to you like glue. Giving her the slow warmth she needs in order to let her true wonderfulness come out is more worth it than you can imagine. Fine with other dogs and cats, best in a low activity home.  If interested in adopting fill out an application first. Please lets find her a great home!

Muneca - New York, NY

 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653

Franklin came into the rescue after one of our volunteers fell in love with him at the pound.  We believe he is a German Shepherd/Cattle Dog mix.  Franklin is estimated to be around 5-years-old.  Franklin gets along well with other dogs and with cats. He is looking for his special family.  He is doing well with house-training. He has a good amount of energy and would make a great walking or jogging partner.  Franklin does not like to be crated and we recommend that he is not crated.  Please lets find him a good home!

Franklin - Kent, OH

 Rodrigo is a 16-pound, six-year-old, very handsome black and tan boy with the sweetest and most gentle disposition. He hasn't been with his foster family for very long, but he has adapted nicely to life in a home very different from the one he came from.  Rod is getting a tune up soon! He'll get thorough teeth cleaning and a neutering and then he will be ready to move to his forever home. Because of his shyness, a quiet home with someone who's around most of the day will be needed. He is a shy dog and will require owners with patience to spare. He may not come to you at first and he'll need lots of help as he learns to trust. He needs a bit of construction work, too. You see, he lacks confidence, it's a part of the whole shyness package, so Rodrigo will require lots of "good dog," "sweet boy," and your special loving affirmations. Rodrigo was crated a lot in his former home, so toilet training is an on-going project that is going quite well. Bedtime is Rodrigo's favorite time of day. Maybe not sleep time, but more, hang out on the bed with the other dogs and his foster parents, time. As with many shy dogs, the bed seems to level the playing field, everyone is at the same level, and Rodrigo is no exception. As he becomes more comfortable in his surroundings you will find he moves closer and closer to you in the bed. In fact, he loves the down duvet so much, he would head up to the bedroom much earlier in the evening if he could. Rodrigo is buddies with the three other dogs in the house and has learned how to eat his meals at certain times, rather than the grazing that he did in his first home. As with most shy and sensitive dogs, the investment in patience at the start is rewarded with more love and devotion you could ever imagine. These dogs become the most loyal of companions. Please lets find him a loving home!
 Rodrigo - Philadelphia, PA

 Havanese Rescue Inc. 
Philadelphia, PA
Finn is a young Labrador Retriever mix. His current foster family has other dogs in the house and Finn does fine around the other dogs. He likes to chase after the squirrels in the yard. Finn is house broke enough to only go outside as long as he is taken out periodically.  He is neutered and good around their older children.   Finn likes to run and be chased outside. Of course you have to be pretty fast to keep up with him. Please lets find him a great home!
Finn -Forreston, TX

 Tails of Hope Pet Rescue
P.O. Box 132
Forreston, TX 76041
Susan at

No paw left behind our mission!

{Please keep in mind a dog is 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 a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Musings

Our Spring like temperatures over the weekend have disappeared, snow is once again in the forecast.  At first the weather experts were saying it could be a huge nor'easter type snowstorm but they have tapered it down to a few inches. Whew.

Think it's safe to say that most are craving Spring here. 

Wednesday the man and I went out to dinner, it was actually for my birthday back in February.  Between snow, colds, work, things just kept getting in the way.  We had a nice evening out, it was much needed.  Though when the server arrived with our food she actually spilled the man's plate all over the floor.  We both ordered steaks, he insisted I start eating while we waited for them to redo his. They even gave him a free meal which was pretty cool.

Saturday we celebrated my sister's birthday.  Of course that meant playing with my niece which is always means fun. Since it was actually warm out we spent the day outside....dancing, blowing bubbles,games and walks around the neighborhood, .  Followed by delicious roast beef/provolone sandwiches, mac n cheese and baked ziti with strawberry shortcake for dessert. 

My sister is officially 40, though don't think it bothered her as it might some.  She is a health/pe teacher, so her co workers decorated her office with all kinds of streamers, caution 40 banners and had the kids stand  with a huge happy birthday sign that stretched the entire gym.  Cool stuff.  Though teaching can be very stressful think it's amazing the friendships that teachers seem to form. 

Sunday I pretty much did not leave the couch, let's just say hormones got the better of me.  The older I get the more crazy my hormones seem.  It's amazing the effect hormones can have on the body!  And science seems far behind, there just aren't enough healthy or safe remedies for hormonal issues.

While on the couch  I watched college hoops,  my bracket isn't exactly looking great and won't be winning that billion dollar prize this season.  Of course I read on cbs that no one will be winning that prize as every bracket that has been officially entered is imperfect at this point.  To put it in perspective a perfect, winning bracket has never been achieved yet, and they say the chances of winning the lottery are better. Go figure. Oh and Villanova lost, so not even a hometown team to root for now.

But Philadelphia Eagles did something good they let Vick go.  Animal lovers all around the city are rejoicing!  And I can once again be an Eagle fan.  New coach, new quarterback....yeah!

Which brings me to Monday.  Mondays seem filled with lots of errands, clean up and random tasks.  Always wondered why people need such big houses but the more stuff we seem to accumulate I'm beginning to understand.  Usually I organize things into essentials and non essentials, lately I'm finding we have more essentials but not enough storage.  The kitchen and office could definitely use more storage space.

Speaking of kitchen, little one is staring at me and crying which is her way of signaling me to start cooking dinner. Gotta run!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Soul Sunday

You have come so far. You have learned to ask for help from people when you need it.  You have learned to ask God, God as as you understand God, for help, too.  Now you're entering into a relationship with the universe, an active, vital, living relationship.  Now you can learn to ask the universe for help as well.

Talk to the universe.  Talk aloud if you can. me, guide me, lead me, help me.  This is what I want, this is what I need. me which road to follow, where to go and what to do.  Yes, talk to people.  Talk to God.  They are part of the universe and world we live in. But talk aloud to the universe, too.

Then listen to your inner voice.  Hear what it says and trust what you hear.  Answers come in many ways, from many sources, many places.  But if the answer is right for you, your heart will know and it will feel true.

Talk to the universe.  Ask for help.  Then listen to your heart.  Because that quiet voice, the one in your heart, is how the universe talks to you.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA,FL,NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!

Here are two dogs, among hundreds, just sitting at the city shelter in Los Angeles hoping to find families to call their own. Please lets find them loving homes!
This little Chihuahua doesn't even have a name let alone a home.

A1459783 - Los Angeles, CA

Sam is Labrador Retriever hoping for a real home.
Sam - Los Angeles, CA
City of Los Angeles South LA Animal Shelter 
1850 W. 60th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90047

Paddy is a quiet and gentle boy with a great temperament. He is very calm and easy going. Since he has just come from his racing kennel, everything is new to him, and he is a little timid. If you are calm and quiet with him, he will come right up to you and really wants to be your friend. He is especially fond of tummy rubs and will thrive in a home where he will not have a lot of loud noise.  He calmly walks around the yard, or may get up to a trot for a little bit, but doesn't run around like you would expect of a retired racer. It is funny that Paddy was a really good racer, yet he is such a gentle and rather lazy dog. He loves to lounge around the house, and sometimes even eats lying down. Paddy is one greyhound that is living proof of the saying that greyhounds are the world's fastest couch potatoes. Paddy is an average size for a male greyhound at around 74 lbs. As you can see from his photos, Paddy is a tall, elegant fawn boy, a dog that you will be proud to show to your friends and neighbors.  Paddy gets along very well with other dogs, both large and small, and when we introduced him to the cat, he seemed to be very cat friendly, so he should be able to live in a home with a cat. Paddy already walks very calmly on a leash, stands quietly for a bath or to have his nails trimmed, and rides fine on motor trips. He is quickly adapting to life in a home, and will make an excellent companion.. Paddy raced a long time, from November 2011 until February 2014. He competed in 151 races at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg, and was a kennel favorite. In all he won 21 races. He deserves a good retirement with a loving family and really takes his retirement seriously. Please lets find him a great home!

Paddy - Tampa, FL
 Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions Inc.

 Baby is a real glamourpuss. Seven years old, this pretty lemon Beagle was recently abandoned by her owner to an uncertain fate at a large urban animal control facility where she landed on the fast track to death row. Owner surrendered dogs only have 48 hours to get their bearings in the hectic shelter environment before there number is up. If they impress behaviorists and steer clear of kennel cough, they may make it into the adoption program. Sadly, Baby wow'd her evaluators and received the top behavior rating, but caught the kennel cough after a few days, which squashed her chances for adoption. We love our Beagles and were happy to invite Baby to join our rescue group. She has settled in nicely and is enjoying the fresh air of freedom in her new foster home. She has just come out of quarantine, has conquered the kennel cough, and is happy and healthy. Baby has quite the Diva personalty. She is a proud girl, confident and oh so typically Beagle. She is smart, stubborn, and nosy. Well, Beagles are scent hounds and are just about as nosy as a dog can get. It doesn't take much to keep them amused. They revel in leisurely strolls on which they can take in all the wondrous scents of nature. Beagles can be tough to train because they are so easily distracted by a lingering scent in the wind, so adopters will want to use a gentle leader or no pull harness to keep Baby focussed during walks. Baby is very food and treat motivated, so positive rewards based obedience techniques work nicely on her. Baby has an all around nice temperament, and is generally friendly to strangers. She would be a good choice for the moderately active single, couple or family with older kids. She would like the companionship of other dogs, and could coexist nicely with cats if introduced properly. As an adult dog, Baby is well past the puppy destructive years and is house trained and crate trained. Adopters should be patient with the occasional accident that could occur during her transition to a new home. Please lets find her a good home!

Baby - New York, NY
Eskies Online American Eskimo Dog Rescue
Denise at 720-903-0636

 Harley is a 18 pound male West Highland Terrier mix puppy that is about 5 months old. He is like most puppies and needs basic training. He is very playful and sweet and love to chase the ball.  He is neutered, up to date on all his shots and ready for a home. Please lets find him a loving home!
 Harley - North Wales, PA
Home At Last Dog Rescue
P.O. Box 1341
North Wales, PA 19454
  Mimi (the mom), Bubbie (the son), and Sissy (the daughter) are Boxer/Shepard mixes. These are young dogs who are very highly energetic. They are healthy and heartworm free. All 3 lived on the street until I took them in when the puppies were around 4 to 6 months old. They have been with me since 9-09. All their lives have been spent together. They are very connected with each other and I am looking for a family that will take all 3 of them. I love them very much, but I already have 6 dogs and being a senior citizen makes it impossible for me to meet the needs of these young energetic guys. They are all spayed and neutered. They need their own family, hopefully with children because they love kids. I believe there is a family out there ready for these 3 dog. Please lets find them a great home!

Mimi & Sissy & Bubbie - Houston, TX

No paw left behind our mission!

{Please keep in mind a dog is 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 a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Musings

Top of the morning to you, and Happy Saint Patrick's Day! 

With Spring right around the corner it's hard to believe it's snowing and that everything is once again covered in white. The weather has been all over the place....warm temperatures one day, freezing the next.  There is no such thing as spring clothes here, a lightweight shirt or tee isn't going to cut it in 30 degrees.  With the weird fluctuation in weather all one needs in Philadelphia is a Winter and Summer wardrobe.

Spent Saturday cleaning our office room.  While the man sat on couch watching tv and twittering. Its amazing how stuff seems to pile up, even in this age of computers there is still so much paperwork.  There is still more work to be done. Because the man doesn't do all that much around here he has no clue just how much stuff we have, he laughs when I say a basement is a requirement.  Even though I try to throw out anything non essential our basement is pretty full.  Think we could use more shelving in some of our rooms, kitchen needs more room for cookware, office needs more space for books and bedroom needs walk in closets for not only clothes but bedding.

In the process of organizing everything decided to update my iphone.  Of course the IOS7 new update yet again crashed my computer and phone. Considering there are over 1,000 photos on it I was in panic mode.  Luckily there was a back up file, so even though my desk top is basically done I was able to salvage the back up and copy it to an external drive.  It took me all day Sunday but I figured it out and was able to restore the iphone.  After about three years of using the iphone still  not sure what I think about it.  Just seems like a lot of things crash any time it has to be updated. 

And working on overcoming a cold.  Lots of herbal teas, water and vegetable soup seemed to help a lot. It's interesting how those things can sometimes help more than medicine.  Anyway.....

We need to make some shamrock shakes or something to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Soul Sunday

Know that it’s less important to have more relationships and more important to have quality ones.  Spend time with people who make you better.  Surround yourself with those who are going to lift you higher.  You will only ever be as great as the people you surround yourself with, so be brave enough to let go of those who keep bringing you down.  Find people who respect you as much as you respect them.  Nurture your relationships only with those who are happy and proud to have you in their lives.
You deserve it.  Don’t settle.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Vegetable Soup

This is one of my favorite soup recipes. It's easy, delicious and very versatile. It can be cooked in the crock pot or in a stock pot on the stove. If you opt to cook on the stove simply double the broth, bring all contents to a boil after step 6 and simmer on low for about a hour. Usually I opt to cook on stove and halve the recipe. If there is room in freezer than I make the whole recipe and freeze half.

Vegetable Soup


2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes ( undrained)
1 large onion ( chopped)
4 garlic cloves ( pressed)
2 tablespoons olive oil ( divided)
2 large carrots ( chopped)
2 small celery ribs ( chopped)
1 medium turnip ( chopped)
2 cups green beans ( cut in 1-inch pieces)
6 cups chicken broth ( or vegetable broth)
1/4 head cabbage ( chopped)
1/2 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper
2 small russet potatoes ( peeled and chopped)


    1.  In a large soup pot, heat the one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat.
    2.  Add the onion and cook till nearly translucent.
    3.  Now add the garlic. Don't let the garlic brown and saute another couple of minutes. 
    4.  Add the rest of the chopped veggies, sauteing for just a minute or two; the extra tablespoon of olive oil is
         if you need it for the rest of the veggies.  Remember you're not cooking them just sauteing them for the
         wonderful flavor this quick step will infuse in your soup.  
    5.  Add the thyme and salt and pepper while sauteing. 
    6.  Now put the veggies in the crock pot, add the tomatoes and broth. 
    7.  Cook on low 7-9 hours (depending on your crock pot) or high 4-6 hours. 
    8.  Just before serving, gently mash some of the potato chunks against the side of the crock pot to thicken
         the soup, give it a stir and serve.

    Serving Suggestions
    Grilled cheese sandwiches on whole grain bread and a spinach salad.

    Quick Fixes for Variations on the Basic Veggie Soup: Now remember, don't do these to the whole pot of soup. Just the little bit you pull out to fix yourself for lunch, etc. so that you can try all the quick fixes.

    Quick Fix #1: Tex Mex Veggie Soup. Add some canned black beans (drained and rinsed), a little bit of cumin and chopped cilantro. Top with some tortilla chips and cheese, or serve with a quesadilla.

    Quick Fix #2: Tuscan Veggie Soup. Add some canned white beans (drained and rinse), a little bit of Italian seasoning and some chopped kale. Cook till heated through and the kale is tender.

    Quick Fix #3: Minestrone Veggie Soup. Add some cooked pasta, a little dried basil and top with a fresh grating of Parmesan cheese.

    Quick Fix #4: Autumn Veggie Soup. Add some diced acorn squash or butternut squash, a handful of cooked brown rice, a sprinkling of nutmeg and some chopped parsley.

    Friday, March 14, 2014

    Touch of Spring

    The weather this winter has been harsh, combined with other challenging life stuff it has felt equally harsh on the body, mind and soul.  Find myself not only craving sunshine and warmer weather but also inspiration, kindness, unconditional love and positive changes.  So when seeing these lovely tulips at the local Produce Junction I splurged, thought they would bring a touch of spring to the house.  Sometimes we all need to treat ourselves to those kinds of little things!
    Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts. 


    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    New Wheels (Pets Are People Too Linkup)

    Us doggies are always watching our parents on their computers or smart phones wondering what's so great about it?  Is being glued to a device and ignoring those who are actually next to you wanting your attention, really that fun?  Sounds lame.  But it is Pets Are People Too Linkup, so thought I'd try my hand at this stuff again. Lets get it straight though no calling me a pet, my names Angel and mommy says I'm her baby.

    For those of you who might not know, the vets say I have a lung disease. Supposedly us Westies have a predisposition for it.  As a ball player that's tough to learn. Mommy can't even talk about it without getting all emotional. She always tells me that I'm her sun, moon, stars and whole world.  And that when I lost interest in playing wiffle ball she knew something was wrong but she just thought it had to do with aging. Well I kind of felt it might be more, but also knew it would break mommy's heart to mention. 

    Wiffle play has been my passion, some would even say my obsession since my puppy years.  Never had any interest in going for walks all I wanted to do is play ball.  And play for hours.  So not being able to play has be tough. Imagine not being able to do what you love?  Suppose even the best ball players eventually retire.

    Of course when we moved into this neighborhood, filled with dogs I sorta changed my mind about walks.  And our family walks began to mean a be out with mommy, have people making a fuss over me, be able to smell the fresh air and have boy doggies bark for my attention is pretty cool.  But even the small walks have become much harder, something I didn't want to tell mommy.  Amazing thing is mommy already knew, yup mommy and I must be soul mates how else would she just know these things about me!

    So mommy got me these cool new wheels.  Complete with a cover in case it's too sunny and net to keep out the bugs.  At first felt a little scared as wasn't sure about it, but when mommy explained it's to ride around town in I relaxed.  Just goes to prove I'm mommy's baby not pet.

    Life hands you lemons you know and we just have to try to make the best lemonade we can out of em.  They say this lung disease has no cure.  Can you believe that? With all this technology they haven't found a cure yet.  Maybe you could please say some prayers for me?  That would mean the world to me and mommy. 

    At least I have a cool stroller to get around town in now, most importantly when mommy goes for walks I can too!  


    Jade and Oak

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Woof Wednesday

    Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA,FL,NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
     Powder Puff is a West Highland Terrier  mature gal who has come along way since we rescued they rescued her out of a local shelter where she was on death row.  She has recently had a teeth cleaning along with a few teeth pulled.  Power Puff is up to date on all of her vaccines and is ready to spend time with some lucky person. Please lets find her a loving home!

    Powder Puff - Redlands, CA

    Arrowhead Animal Protection League
    912 New York St. Suite A
    REDLANDS, CA 92373
    (909) 213-7373
     Mercedes is Miniature Pinscher and her friend Mylie is a Beagle/Jack Russell Terrier mix who were surrendered by their owner. They do not get along with very young children (toddler age), but do well with children around 8 or 9.  They are happy, playful, and cuddly. Both are crate trained, but will sleep with family members too. They like to take walks and even like baths. They don't like loud noises,  thunderstorms and fireworks. She and Mercedes must be adopted together.  Please lets find them a great home!

    Mylie and Mercedes - Sanford, FL
     Pet Rescue By Judy
    401 South Laurel Avenue
    Sanford, FL 32771
    (407) 302-4497
    Handsome Jay, with his multicoloured eyes, is a 2 year old Pitt/Dogo mix
    who is about 70lbs.  He is shy and snuggly and just adores his person so much... he tries to climb into your lap (all 70lbs of him)! He loves other dogs and we would love to find him a home where he can live with a mellow dog friend! He is probably too shy for little kids but would do great with older children. Please lets find him a good home!
    Jay - Brooklyn, NY
     Red Hook Dog Rescue
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
    Fluff is a Terrier mix who is about 2 years old and 17 lbs.  He was found as a stray just wandering the streets.  To learn more about him please contact animal welfare listed below.  Please lets find this little guy a loving home!
    Fluff - Philadelphia, PA

     Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
    100 N. 2nd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    215-298-9680, ext. 16
     Rosie is a beautiful 3 year old blond Cocker Spaniel. She is spayed and is house broken. She loves people and enjoys playing ball or with a squeaky toy. If you are looking for the perfect family dog she is it. Please lets find her a great home!
    Rosie - Carrollton, TX
     Lost Paws Rescue of Texas
    P O Box 116256
    Carrollton, TX 75011
    (972) 394-9373
    No paw left behind our mission!

    {Please keep in mind a dog is 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 a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    The Bachelor

    So after being bombarded with advertising for The Bachelor, seriously abc was blowing up the airways. All the hype surrounding the finale made it seemed like something out of the ordinary and astounding was going to take place.  So gave in and flipped it on a few times.

    Honestly nothing about it was spectacular unless you like watching a jerk mess with others heart.  Or like watching women settling for less than they deserve.

    The only thing the guy seemed to have going for him was his genuinely nice family, who more than a few times hinted to the girls that their son was a handful.  Just the way they worded certain things about Juan Pablo would have made me want to run.

    Have to admit I haven't watched the show since the Trista days, which is about a decade ago.  Have to admit the man she snagged back then seemed like a good catch....he was the strong/sensitive, ultimate romantic man.  The kind most girls seem to dream about. Then again those types quite honestly, and if being realistic, seem more like maybe 15% of the male population if that) 

     Overall from what I saw the show hasn't seemed to change much.  In my opinion, most of the bachelors don't seem that interested in finding true love they seem more in it for the tv exposure and ego boost that having women fawn on them brings with it.  Many of the girls come across as desperate, caddy and overall not in the right mind to find real love.

    Then again the whole premise and format of the show isn't realistic either.  These people stay in amazing houses, have beautiful dates in exotic locations, go on group dates and occasionally get a one on one date with someone they find interesting. But they can't really express their true feelings for fear too much will be revealed too soon on tv.  If they don't really feel a connection with anyone in the house they still have to pretend for tv's sake they might.  And they have to decide if they are in love or want to marry someone else after a measly few weeks or months? 

    How the show is even still around is the question?  Are the ratings still that high?  Seems hard to believe but then again reality tv drama seems to attract high ratings.  Honestly, I could barely stand to watch a few minutes of it.  Juan Pablo came across as a jerk which is putting it nicely, who says on national tv "I don't know you but man I love f****** you".  Meanwhile, both girls seemed clueless as to his unkindness.  They seemed hooked on the idea of marriage and settling down that I wonder if they truly loved him like they said or were just in love with the whole notion.  Maybe they were in lust or something, but how can you truly love another unless you have spent quality time with them? And see them at not only their best but worst.

    All the hype leading up to the show was just that, there was nothing new or different about it.  In reality only two successful marriages have come from this show after 27 seasons of The Bachelor and Bachelorette there are only 4 marriages so the percentages of success unions from both shows is extremely low.

    Don't get me wrong I'm a hopeless romantic and like nothing better than watching romantic movies or shows.  But The Bachelor is my opinion is not in that category.  It's lacking true courtship and romance.  It has more to do with drama and ratings than true love.  The caddishness, craziness, hooking up and unkindness displayed on the show are more annoying and depressing to watch than enjoyable or fun.

    Curious to hear others thoughts on this show?

    Monday, March 10, 2014

    Monday Musings

    Compared to the arctic weather the Winter has brought, 52 degrees feels like Spring here. Spring weather is exactly what everyone needs, if only it could stay.

    The man brought home a nasty cold from Boston, he's been struggling with cold like symptoms for months now which we attributed to allergies but this time it's actually a cold.  And I caught it.  So I'm working on no sleep as the scratchy throat and cough kept me up all night.  Can't take the standard cold medicines so have to opt for all natural remedies like garlic, honey, soup, tea, vicks rub,etc, though they help heal they don't help with sleep.

    But honestly I'm more worried about little one as with her weakened lungs she can't afford to get a cold. And even though I asked the man a million times to refrain from kissing little one while sick, he still does.  He just doesn't listen to anyone.  It could drive a girl crazy!

    Saturday got to have a girls day with my niece and mom.  We were on a mission to find birthday presents for my sister, mainly to help my niece pick up specials ones from her.  She found a chunky robot necklace, explaining to us that it would remind her mother of her and she broke out in a robot dance.  But we explained it was more for little girls than mommys.  Shopping with a five year old can be challenging as she wanted to buy everything she saw and eventually lost interest opting to play hide and seek. But that's okay because the day was filled with fun and laughter exactly what we all needed!

    The seeds I planted a week ago have started to sprout.  Envy those southern states who have earlier growing seasons than us in the north.  Weather here especially in Spring is so unpredictable and takes awhile to warm up.  Often Spring even seems to skip us making Winter feel so long.

    This cold is making me not want to do much today including write. But thought I would share this homemade remedy for colds.

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

    Soul Sunday

    This week's soul inspiration comes from Shannon Kaiser. She is the bestselling author of “Find Your Happy”.

    10 Empowering  Quotes For Anyone Who Wants To Be Happy

    Like a fish out of water, change and uncertainty can feel life threatening. Branching out into the unknown is extremely unnerving for some, but I know from my own journey that all transformation requires us to accept uncertainty and embrace the unknown. On the other side of these changes are happiness and security. So learning to look at change as an opportunity for growth will help us in the long run.

    Inspired choices are almost always motivated from the heart. When we make an inspired choice it feels expansive, exciting and loving. Desperate choices are usually ones we feel forced into. Many times they feel heavy, uncomfortable and overwhelming. The desperate decision comes from a place deep in our being that screams out, “I can’t take any more, get me out of this situation.”

    When it comes to making a decision, many of us are so focused on the worst case scenario that we are paralyzed by our choices. We are terrified of making the wrong decision.

    What if I told you that there is no right and wrong when it comes to making a decision? What if every choice we make helps us learn more about ourselves? We either learn more about what we want, or we learn more about what we don’t want. We discover our values, better understand our perceptions, and ultimately, our choices help us grow into the person we long to be. Learning to look at choices as an opportunity for growth can help us make more choices from an inspired, heart centered place.

    Here are 10 empowering quotes from my book to help you embrace change:

    1. You can’t leave where you are until you decide where you would rather be.

    2. Everything in life is a lesson; if you keep repeating the same pattern, you haven’t passed the lesson. We move forward in life by getting the lessons.

    3. Life doesn’t hurt, expectations do. Things don’t happen to us, they happen for us.

    4. You must make a choice to take a chance, or things will never change.

    5. You don’t always need a grand plan, just take a breath, let go and be open to what happens.

    6. Progress will sometimes look like a lot of failures. We have to learn what doesn’t work in order to get to what does. Don’t give up, you are closer than you think.

    7. There's a difference between giving up and knowing when you've had enough. Know when enough is enough.

    8. Setbacks are miracles in disguise. Always believe that things are working out in your favor.

    9. Your heart is to be trusted. It knows what your head has yet to figure out.

    10. When you stop chasing what your mind wants you will get what your soul needs. 

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Woof Wednesday

    Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, GA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
     Winky is a male Jack Russell Terrier. His legs are adorably shorter than his body is long, giving him a long look like Corgie. Winky is about 10 years young and an experienced lap warmer. He also has excellent manners that only a gentleman of his distinguished years could possess. But don't let his age fool you, Winky has plenty of terrier spunk. He likes to play and is very social with other dogs but definitely has the terrier attitude. He knows what he wants out of life and if you don't agree, he'll be sure to let you know. Whenever his foster parents are a little late with dinner, he barks at the food bowl to remind them that it's dinner time. Winky is house trained and if needed, well suited for apartment living. He most loves spending time with his family, especially cuddling. He could be paired in a home with other dogs or would be ok as the only dog as long as his humans were his close companions. He is up to date on shots and just had his teeth cleaned. Winky just underwent surgery to remove his blind, painful right eye.Please lets find him a loving home!
    Winky - Los Angeles, CA
    Russell Rescue, Inc
     Maggie is a 2 year old terrier mix who was surrendered with her little pups to us from a hoarding situation. She loves to be held and cuddled... very sweet little girl and great with other dogs. She is good with most dogs, cats and children. Very easy going and great addition to a family and cuddle buddy for someone who likes movies on the couch.  Please lets find her a great home!
    Maggie - Atlanta, GA
     Paws and Stars Animal Rescue
    11 Thrasher Street
    Gwinnett County Norcross, GA 30071 
     Merle Mohr  678-668-6752
    Ginger is a two year old Golden Retriever and German Shepherd. Ginger is a beauty and real gem. She is so full of vitality and life that she brightens a room with her entrance. Ginger came to us from a large urban animal control facility where she spent some time after having been picked up as a homeless stray. Ginger made an immediate favorable impression on shelter staff, and proved herself to be a self-possessed, confident girl, with the chutzpah to flounce through the harrowing shelter process that crushes the spirits of most dogs. Ginger received the best possible behavior evaluations, and was beloved by staff and volunteers. And yet, we found her on the daily Euthanasia list while we were tracking down another dog. Only 2 years old, this highly lovable and adoptable beauty was at death's door. Hard to believe. Ginger joined our rescue so that we could find her forever home. Ginger has an amazing temperament, and can join just about any home. She is a gentle, quiet girl who seems to stay calm in the eye of a storm. She will shy away from the heart of the action, and stand quietly on the sidelines awaiting her turn for hugs and treats. Ginger is good with other dogs, and could easily join a multi-dog home, with other medium energy dogs. We have not had Ginger around cats, but most likely, she would get along well with appropriate, patient introductions. Ginger is friendly to all once she has been introduced properly. She could easily join an active family with older kids, or a moderately active single or couple who seek a devoted companion. Ginger is a medium energy dog, with a puppyish sweetness, who needs a couple of brisk leash walks each day to be happy. Ginger has not had much obedience work, but is extremely eager to please, so her training process will be a pleasure. She has begun to grasp the obedience basics we have introduced in foster care, and adopters should be willing to continue her training and develop her full potential. Ginger has great house manners and is crate trained and housetrained. Adopters should have appropriate expectations of a rescue dog, who has been through as much as Ginger has, and be willing to fine tune and reinforce good potty habits.  Please lets find this sweetheart a good home!
    Ginger - New York, NY
    American Eskimo Dog Rescue

    Peyton is a two year old Cairn terrier.  He is a happy go lucky energetic guy who was found as a stray.  He's too much dog for cats, and could only live with other dogs as energetic as he is. He could live with kids over eight.  Please lets find him a loving home!

    Peyton - Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
    100 N. 2nd Street (at Arch)
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    215-298-9680 ext. 16

     Bentley is a 10 year old Beagle and weighs 30 lbs, Oscar is 7 year old Griffon and weighs 20 lbs. For seven years Bentley the Beagle, and Oscar the Griff, have been best friends. Sadly, their family could no longer keep them and needed to find them new homes. NBGR stepped in to help by taking Oscar into their program and tried to find a Beagle rescue to help Bentley but had no luck. When that failed the next option was Bentley would be sent to a shelter. Not wanting that to happen one of our wonderful foster homes stepped up and opened their hearts and home to both boys.  Now that Oscar and Bentley have been in their foster home we are happy none of the Beagle groups stepped up because these two boys are€“ Fur Friends Furever. Splitting them up would be like splitting up Batman & Robin, Lone Ranger & Tonto or Ben & Jerry. So, these two are a package deal.  Oscar is playful, gets along with other dogs and respectful children. He is housebroken, crate and leash trained. He likes to go for walks and cuddle with his human or wherever Bentley may be hanging out. Bentley sadly was hit by a car a few years ago and lost his right front leg but that doesn’t hold him back. He bounds up the stairs in his foster home without a problem. Bentley loves to hang out and play with Oscar. And enjoys rumbling with his foster brother Buster. He is house trained, leash trained and does well with children. Bentley has not shown signs of being an excessive barker. Oscar and Bentley would love to have a family who has a nice size backyard so they can run and play. They both love to go for leisurely strolls. Both boys are neutered, up to date on their vaccinations, mc, heartworm negative and on preventative. Now all they need is a forever family who, like their foster family, will open their hearts and home so these two can continue to stay together. Please lets find them a great home!

    Bentley and Oscar - Austin, TX

    National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc.
    Houston, TX 77024
    Connie Lawrence

    No paw left behind our mission!

    {Please keep in mind a dog is 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 a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014


    Some times things appear just when we need them most, like this little bit of wisdom from a friend....

    Believe in yourself through tough times.
    Believe in your capacity to succeed.
    Believe that your relationships are worth the effort.
    Believe that people make mistakes on their way to greatness.
    Believe that people can be foolish and intelligent, selfish and generous, and stressed and happy all at once. Believe that very few people hurt others on purpose.
    Believe that there are many roads to what’s right.
    Believe in your intuition, especially when you have to choose between two good paths.
    Believe that the answers are out there waiting.
    Believe that life will surprise you again and again.
    Believe that the journey is the destination.
    Believe that it’s all worth your while.

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    Monday Musings

    It would not be Monday if I wasn't talking about snow, that's right yet more snow in Philadelphia. Even though it's now officially March spring feels so far off as temperatures are 20 degrees below normal for our region. This storm got hyped all week as a major one but luckily it only amounted to a few inches.

    The man was gone for three days in Boston for a sports analytics conference at MIT.  Hopefully it pays off in more business as the trip cost quite a bit.  Have to admit it was rather nice having the house to myself for a few days.  Being home with each other 24/7, 7 days a week can be challenging as everyone needs a little time to themselves.  The best part was the quietness as there was no tv constantly running!  And it was nice falling asleep to soothing music for a change.

    Overall the week was difficult.  Felt consumed by sadness over the loss of our family dog.  What made it worse was the man had no empathy, he didn't offer words of sympathy nor any form of comfort.  Actually received more comfort from strangers.  He even had the balls to say four days later that I needed to get over it. When I explained feelings of grief aren't something one gets over instantly, it's something one deals with over time, to which he said it wasn't something he wanted to see or deal with.  Luckily he was on his way to Boston or he would have been sleeping outside.

    Seriously his lack of compassion, empathy, understanding and other emotions is puzzling, it tends to come across rather narcissistic at times.  And feels as if it's only gotten worse, could the seizure or the new medicine have something to do with it, maybe. He just hasn't seemed himself for awhile now, including cold like symptoms that have lingered for months.

    What's interesting is challenging and difficult times can really bring out someones true character.  And it can be surprising what it reveals about someone.  You find out who is truly your friend and who loves you unconditionally.

    Saturday the girls got together for a girls day.  Lunch, a little shopping and just hanging out.  Of course a few photos including goofy face selfies with my niece. Though I think we were all feeling a little down from the week and rather exhausted as well.  Sunday that's exactly how I felt mentally and physically exhausted.  Though I decided to try a new recipe but it was good so it seemed worth the extra effort.  And I will definitely be sharing it on here.  One thing is for sure we are all still very sad over our Ms Scooch.  Feel even more sad when I think of how much my mother and father miss her.

    Meanwhile I have spent Monday shoveling snow, cleaning up the house especially the man's stuff (his bills,mail, laundry,etc, can sit for awhile before being addressed), wash, working on bills and planting seeds in hopes of producing flowers. Not only flowers but I am at work on a whole indoor herb garden but that's a whole other post.  

    My painting has been taking a backseat to everything else which is something I cannot let happen.  Feeling in a creative drought of sorts.  Creativity and inspiration has been at an all time low which I can't help but wonder might have something to do with this bleary winter.  My little art studio happens to be the coldest, least sun lit room in the house, even with the space heater it's just not as appealing as the main sun filled, comfy couch room. Thinking I may need to redesign the room into something I actually love, something a little brighter to offset the less sun light it gets.

    As I write this I'm listening to some relaxing piano jazz and hoping Spring gets here soon.  This is our no more winter faces!

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    Soul Sunday

    It isn’t easy to remain positive when negativity surrounds the soul, but remember that we all have full control over what we choose to believe. The soul can effectively defend against all kinds of negativity by adopting simple, yet powerful, beliefs that support a positive outlook in the face of seemingly negative circumstances.

    We must constantly watch who we are surrounding ourselves with, what we are watching on tv, what we are reading, what we are listening to, the places we go and the activities we participate in. As what we feed our mind, body and spirit is what we become.

    Here are beliefs that will help free the soul from the grips of negativity.

    What other people say about me is their problem, not mine.  Don’t take other people’s negativity personally. Most negative people behave negatively not just to you, but to everyone they interact with. What they say and do is a projection of their own reality. Even when a situation seems personal, even if someone insults you directly  it oftentimes has nothing to do with you. What others say and do, and the opinions they have, are based entirely on their own self reflection.

    I am free to be me.  Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to everyone else and what they want. Stop living for other people and their opinions. Be true to yourself. You are the only person in charge of your life. The only question is: What do you want to do with the rest of it?

    Life isn’t perfect, but it sure is great.  Our goal shouldn’t be to create a perfect life, but to live an imperfect life in radical amazement. To get up every morning and take and good look around in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is extraordinary. Every day is a gift. Never treat life casually. To be spiritual in any way is to be amazed in every way.

    It’s okay to have down days.  Expecting life to be wonderful all the time is wanting to swim in an ocean in which waves only rise up and never come crashing down. However, when you recognize that the rising and crashing waves are part of the exact same ocean, you are able to let go and be at peace with the reality of these ups and downs. It becomes clear that life’s ups require life’s downs.

    Even when I’m struggling, I have so much to be grateful for.  What if you awoke today with only the things you were thankful for yesterday? We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but of appreciating everything we do have. Stress thrives when your worry list is longer than your gratitude list. Happiness thrives when your gratitude list is longer than your worry list. So find something to be thankful for right now.

    Every experience is just another important lesson. Disappointments and failure are two of the surest stepping-stones to success. So don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart. When things go wrong, learn what you can and then push the tragedies and mistakes aside. Remember, life’s best lessons are often learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes. We must fail in order to know, and hurt in order to grow. Good things often fall apart so better things can fall together in their place.

    Not everything is meant to stay.  Change can be terrifying, yet all positive growth and healing requires change. Sometimes you have to find the good in goodbye. Because the past is a place of reference, not a place of residence. Be strong when everything seems to be going wrong, keep taking small steps, and eventually you will find what you’re looking for. Learn to trust the journey, even when you do not understand it.

    Being wrong is the first step to being right.  Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places. To be creative and productive in life, you must first lose your fear of being wrong. And remember, a fear like this can only survive inside you if you let it live there.

    I do not need to hold on to what’s holding me back.  You are not what has happened to you; you are what you choose to become. It’s time to break the beliefs and routines that have been holding you back. Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer grows you. Listen to your intuition, not your ego. When you stop chasing the wrong beliefs, you give the right ideas a chance to catch you.

    My happiness today is simply the result of my thinking.  Happiness starts with you  not with your relationships, not with your job, not with your money, but with you. It is not always easy to find happiness in ourselves, but it is always impossible to find it elsewhere. Regardless of the situation you face, your attitude is your choice. Remember, you can’t have a positive life with a negative attitude. When negativity controls your thoughts, it limits your behavior, actions, and opportunities. If you realized how powerful your thoughts were, you would try your best to never think another negative thought again.

    Who I spend quality time with matters
    .  Surround yourself with people who lift you higher  those who see the great potential in you, even when you don’t see it in yourself.

    Drama and judgments are a waste of perfect happiness.  Make a promise to yourself. Promise to stop the drama before it begins, to breathe deeply and peacefully, and to love others and yourself without conditions. Promise to laugh at your own mistakes, and to realize that no one is perfect; we are all human. Feelings of self worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible.

    Most people are judging me far less than it seems.  The truth is, while you’re busy worrying about what others think of you, they’re busy worrying about what you think of them. Crazy? Yes, but true. The good news is this knowledge instantly frees you to let loose and do more of what you want. And while doing so, you’ll also liberate others to do the same.

    I can make the world a happier place.  Do your best to help one person every day in some small way. By becoming the answer to someone’s prayer, we often find the answers to our own. When the people around us are happier, it’s a lot easier to smile.

    The work is worth it.  Lose the expectation that everything in life should be easy. It rarely is. In fact, there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Enjoy the challenge of your achievements. See the value in your efforts and be patient with yourself. And realize that patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard on your dreams. It’s knowing deep down that the work is well worth it in the end.  MarcChernoff 

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