Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday.

To honor Cecil the Lion and all the other animals in our world who are just looking to live life.  And who would like to live that life free of suffering, torture and being hunted as trophies here are some links on how to help....

Help Save Wildlife - World Animal Foundation

Earth's Kids

Help Animals Everyday - Paws Organization

How You Can Help Wildlife - National Parks Conservation

Adoption and Rescue - ASPCA

Saving Animals - Best Friends Animal Society

Conserve and Protect Nature - World Wild Life Fund

There are plenty more as well,  with a little research and google there are many ways to help.  Let us open our eyes and ears to what is really going on in the world.  To the senseless hunting and torture of animals, to the inhumane conditions that many of the dairy, egg and meat products in our world come from.  It's up to all of us to help make the world a better place.  Let your voice be heard!

God bless our world, let every animal and human live freely and peacefully in it. 

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, July 27, 2015

Monday Musings

After a few nice, perfect summer days the heat is apparently making it's way back.  Though the humidity may create a stale air feeling it is good for the skin. :)

This Monday I'm feeling stressed, seem to be writing that too much lately.  I keep referring back to my soul sunday posts for some inspiration because right now need it. Though this morning while out walking Cooper was yet again reminded of the beauty and inspiration of nature as I watched a Robin feed it's babies. And then a hummingbird flew around us. It was awesome! 

I find that being out in nature recharges and revitalizes my soul.  It gives me hope and inspiration.  

 In just about a week we are officially moving to our new home.  Talk about feeling an array of emotions. Maybe I say this too much but it feels so bittersweet and just don't want to move.  It's like maybe if I keep saying it we won't have to move, even though I know that's not true. Of all the places I have lived, and there have been a lot, this feels most like home to me. Just feel so sad that I have to leave our charming little cottage house. I'm having the hardest time accepting it. (have that sad feeling in the pit of my stomach)

Right now packing seems to be consuming my time.  Spent about everyday last week packing rooms up.  The week before involved going through stuff.  I've got a good portion of every room packed, no thanks to the man though.  He is making things harder than necessary. Plus he can't seem to understand how truly hard it is for me to leave this house I love so much.  Not sure he ever develops truly deep connections to things, which makes it easier for him to just let go. But a little compassion and understanding from him would help.

Overall he is pretty much handling it like he handles everything else, watching tv.  He may have packed one box so far, the tv stuff....imagine that. Oh and he did finally give me a bag of clothes to donate. Basically he spent the weekend on the couch, watching tv.  Our move before this was a disaster because he waited until the day of the move to pack his stuff, so I've been bugging him to not procrastinate this time round. 

Lately he reminds me of one of those depression commercials he just stares at tv or phone not interested in doing much.  Even asked him if he might be depressed as I worry, he looks more disheveled and just seems rather checked out. Plus he's been having a lot of stomach issues. He tends to forget more easily too, for instance he got upset last night over his missing retainer.

Long story short....about two weeks ago he soaked it in mouthwash then inserted it next day before work. That's the last I saw him with it.  The guy who keeps it wrapped in a napkin in his pockets, instead of in its container, thinks I some how know where it is. It's stuff like that which drives me crazy as he says/does things he doesn't remember then denies or blames others. Sometimes wonder what others think when they read this stuff.  They probably just wonder why. Definitely chuckling a little as I even write that. Anyway....

So my mother stepped in and helped me run some errands, it's always so much more fun to have a partner in crime to do errands with!  It's great to get opinions and bounce ideas off of others.  Nothing more refreshing than a good honest opinion.

 Moving into this new house comes with a lot of added costs that just wasn't expecting.  In fact, I'm concerned that we are stretching our budget too far.  Honestly there's a lot playing into the stress I feel right now, it's coming from all areas.

At this point in my life I really only want to surround myself with things I love because life just seems too short for anything else. Which could be a huge factor in the way I feel because I like this new house but don't love it.

Ahhhhh.....if I could only figure out how to accept and handle change better.  As I get older change feels harder, even though sometimes I realize changes should be made seem to refrain from making them.  Why, well I'd probably say because of the fear of the unknown and risks that may come with change.  Then again we can't grow into who we are suppose to be if we aren't willing to risk making changes.  So I suppose it's one of those double edge sword type deals.

Think I need to go back outside and watch that Robin's nest a little more.  It's a good reminder of what's important in life and what's not.

Little Cooper and I had some fun this weekend, we took some walks and saw our doggie friends. Picked up some shortbread Scottie cookies which he tried to help himself to.  Here's one of me grilling some dinner Saturday night, felt a little bored so took a selfie. ha  Of course Cooper and I have to enjoy every moment of our lovely porch while we have it, so here's one of us doing just that!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Soul Sunday

There are many things in life that cause us to feel stress and sadness. Here are 11 things you can quit doing right now in order to create a life that feels easier and lighter. Starting today you can give up on things that no longer serve you and embrace positive forward momentum instead.

1. Quit resisting change.

Change is a necessary part of progress and growth and happiness and life! When we resist change we are essentially denying the opportunity for more love and abundance and amazing things to come into our lives. Change has to happen if you want to reach a goal. It has to happen if you want to advance in your career. Change has to happen in order for your kids to grow and thrive. So quit resisting the inevitable! You have the power to guide those changes into a future that is incredible.

2. Quit thinking you can control everything in your life.

This comes right after no. 1 because it is necessary to be clear on what you CAN change. You can change yourself, your thoughts, your feelings, your actions, but you can't change anyone else. You can't change the weather, the stock market, or your parent's deep seated beliefs. When you go around trying to control other people's behavior you will only be disappointed. When you try to manipulate a situation it only leads to frustration. Just stay in control of your own self, and everything else around you will fall in line.

3. Quit making excuses.

When we get down to it, excuses are just so lame. Everyone else can see that you are making excuses to buy time, or to keep procrastinating, or just avoid doing something that you are afraid of doing. Excuses are a huge waste of energy. Decide to do the thing or decide to not do the thing and move on.

4. Quit blaming other people.

No one else is preventing you from getting what you want. You are 100 percent responsible for your own life. Other people are not putting thoughts in your head or barriers on your progress. In actuality, there are far more people out there who want to see you soar to success then people who want to see you fail or hold you back. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams.

5. Quit complaining.

This is another huge waste of your precious time. When you are complaining you are focusing on what you don't want and all the things you don't like. Guess what? What we focus on expands...and if your focus is on all the things you just hate those are the exact things that you will get more of. Your power of focus can be used to bring in more of what you do want. The key is to concentrate on the good, the positive, and the life-affirming things.

6. Quit criticizing.
This happens when we mistakenly believe in perfection. If you tend to find faults in every little thing, or every person that you meet, you will never be able to feel truly happy. Criticism is super negative and judgmental. If you are in the habit of pointing out faults, try to switch the habit to finding the positive attributes. Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have. Perfection is a myth...but beauty is everywhere. Search for that instead.

7. Quit telling so many negative stories to yourself.

All those stories that you have rolling around in your head become your life. If you are constantly telling yourself how much you suck, how you should be better, how you screwed up this that or the other thing you will keep undermining your happiness. To be happy, you must be able to tell the story of how everything is working out in your favor. You must tell the story of how much you are looking forward to that bright future that is in store for you. And then watch how things change....

8. Quit needing to always be right.

This is a function of ego. If you are always trying to prove to everyone else how right you are, soon there won't be many left to tell. No one likes to be put down, or argued with, or shown how you are always right and they are always wrong. The need to always be right ruins relationships and leaves you isolated. Compassion works way better.

9. Quit putting labels on things.

Again, this is about letting go of judgements. Letting go of needing to control others. When you find yourself labeling people and things and religions and whatever, its really just trying to understand them in relation to things that you have already experienced personally. We label things in order to try to make sense of our world. But the world is full of mystery and variety and 7 billion people's dreams and identities. Labeling makes the world smaller, but is that what you really want?

10. Quit fantasizing over the past.

Most of us have a tendency to either relive past experiences or create future scenarios in our mind all day long. It's a shame, because life is actually happening in the present moment. In this very breath you are taking in. Just this one. And if your mind is focused on the past and perhaps feeling regret or loss or anger over how things went down it is negatively affecting your present state. Please, do yourself a favor and say goodbye to the past. It had to happen the way it did for you to become who you are today. Today you have gifts to offer the world because of what you know, this is what to focus on now.

11. Quit living your life for other people.

Your life is unique. There is not another person on Earth who sees things the same as you or who has your beautiful insights. There are so many people who are living their life trying to please everyone else, or trying to fit in, or trying to prove their worth based on the standards of others. When you can start to incorporate everything I mentioned above, you can show up as a powerful and positive force in the world! You start showing up as you and living the life that only you can. Letting go of the past, of blame and guilt and shame and criticism of yourself and others frees you up to start making a positive impact. You can feel love and trust and happiness when you leave the need to control and the fear of failing behind.

And you can start this very instant.

A beautiful moment.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


We happen to be fascinated with the show Tiny House Nation and Tiny House Hunting on the FYI channel.  How anyone downsizes enough to fit in a 300 sq foot home is amazing.  While watching the show I find myself contemplating could we do it too? 

We currently live in a small Cape Cod style home, about 1334 sq ft, and though we have decent closets considering this house was built in 1920 we still find ourselves complaining we need walk in closets.  Maybe we could downsize to the more spacious 800 sq ft tiny house they occasionally show but still think it would need a basement, which of course would be defeating the whole purpose right?

As we prepare to move we are trying to pair down and give away the stuff we don't use, wear or feel we need.  It's much harder than imagined.  There's always this nagging sense as I try to part with something that I may actually need it one day.  Then starts the back and forth contemplation as I try to decide to keep it or not. Maybe the wanting to keep everything comes from a fear of not having enough, in a sense a need to stock up on things now as maybe one day we won't be able to.

Even though more is not necessarily better. And lets face it things like clothing, furniture, d├ęcor, etc., eventually go out of style anyway. So it makes more sense to simply have a few pieces that can be occasionally updated. It would probably save more money as well.  Sometimes even having too many clothes makes it hard to decide what to wear anyway.

Literally feel like I should be saying "Hi my names Ann Michele I'm addicted to clothing, shoes, photo frames, plants and kitchen gadgets."  Thin is I've always had trouble finding clothing that fit and so when I find something tend to buy it in every color. After going through all my stuff think I may just be a t shirt addict as well, especially of white. :)

It's amazing how much stuff we collect over time.  I find a weird sense of security in the things I own, quite truthfully buying things I like makes me happy. (at least in that moment)  Though there are many things purchased years ago that still make me happy, so it's not always a fleeting feeling either.  Would like to think of myself as not materialistic yet after reading that statement it might appear in some ways I am. Which probably explains why downsizing feels harder than I thought.

Kudos to those people who just give all their stuff away, and sail off to explore the world.  That must be such a freeing feeling.

Came across this List of Things to Dispose Of   which says will take on average four months to accomplish.  Honestly not sure I could even do all those in four months, it might take me that long just to contemplate disposing of some of them. But I'm working hard to become better at this downsizing thing. Even surprising myself by some of the things I've given away.  Truth be told giving has its benefits too, as it feels good to give things to those who truly need them.

Our new house doesn't have a basement, only a storage shed outside so this will be a test of sorts.  You see basements are great for collecting and storing stuff so without one I will really have to make some tough decisions on what to keep and what to give away. As funny as it might sound I'm nervous not to have a basement.  Basements are great for storing stuff, in fact I was able to save money this move by storing boxes from last move down the basement.  So living without one should be interesting.

Maybe one day we will be able to live in a tiny house, or at least a smaller house. I love the outdoors so it would be great to have a tiny house in a small beach town or something like that.  Some place warm year round where we could spend more time outdoors and less stuck inside. That might be a good incentive to downsize to a tiny home.

Then again my need for space, and feeling rather claustrophobic when it comes to small spaces might stand in the way.  As honestly I like airy, spacious rooms with lots of windows. I'd rather a house with some extra rooms for not only guests but for each of us when we feel the need for alone time or space which is important too.

For now though I will continue to try to pair down, to buy less and live with less. Think I'd rather spend more time creating memories with the people I love, seeing and traveling to new places, doing fun things, exploring the outdoors, and so on....than buying things I don't really need.

Because lets get real how many t shirts does one girl really need. There are over a 100 t shirts between short and long sleeve.  They literally have to be squished to even fit in closet, talk about wrinkled. ha 

But going through all our stuff has made me think that maybe less truly is more.  Quite frankly more seems just overwhelming!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NJ, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
And before you check out the dogs featured this week here's a little story about two shelter puppies who were on there last hour because they had reached their deadline in the shelter, it seems they knew it too but see what happens next....
It's why I do this Woof Wednesday post because there are so many dogs hoping for a chance at not only a home but life.  So please if you can share these posts because the better chance these dogs have of finding forever homes. From the bottom of my heart....thank you.
Jackie is a Chihuahua mix who is around 10 years old.  She is sitting at the Los Angeles animal control hoping to find a family that she can call her own and share her unconditional love with.  Please lets find her a loving home!
Jackie - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
Dakota's Chappy is a Greyhound. He is a very handsome boy who is happy and friendly.  He's curious an eager to learn.  He walks nicely on leash and prances as he walks.  He's very sweet and his tail never stopped wagging.  Chappy is 3 years old and workable with cats in that he could be directed away from the cat but did show interest. Please lets find him a great home!
Dakota - Cherry Hill, NJ
Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(732) 356-4370
Kasey is a Terrier mix. She is an elegant lady who is looking forward to retirement. She is a polite and wiggly little lady who believes in having good manners. Kasey walks well on a leash, enjoys the company of her BFF Tedi as well as her human companions. Due to her low key and tolerant personality she is suitable for children of any age. If you are looking for a couch potato buddy then Kasey is the girl for you. Please lets find her a good home!
Kasey - Camden, NJ
Camden County Animal Shelter
125 County House Rd
Blackwood, NJ 08012
(856) 401-1300
 Frankie is a Dachshund Miniature mix of 6 months old and he weighs 16 pounds. He probably will become a small to medium sized when he becomes an adult.  He is super cute and sweet. He is a little bit timid at first but when he warms up he is so adorable, cheerful and very affectionate. In fact all he wants is to be loved! Frankie would be a loyal and loving companion. Although this little boy can live in a household with young children, his family would understand he needs some time to feel at ease in a new environment. His household will also need to continue the usual puppy housebreaking and obedience training we recommend group puppy classes for the whole family. Frankie seems to be friendly with other dogs and he might be able to live with cats as well. This sweetheart can’t wait to fill your life with his immense love.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Frankie - New York, NY
 Frankie (Manhattan)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
Bella is a Hound mix who is 3 years old and 45 lbs. She is certainly the belle of the ball with her long legs and graceful, calm, regal demeanor.  tips the scales at about 45 lbs., she plays nicely with her four canine siblings, and loves being outside in the yard. (Note: As with most hounds, a securely fenced yard is a must for Bella, who will follow her houndy nose wherever it leads) Cats, however, are a big no for Bella, who thinks it's way too much fun to chase those furry little critters. Bella's temporary foster mom told us that she's an absolute gem: She doesn't chew inappropriately or counter-surf, never gets into the trash, and is housetrained, too. She does well in her crate and even spends time inside on her own with the door open, but hasn't had to be crated at all. A bit of a shy girl at first, she has settled in nicely at her foster home, and we’re sure she’ll do the same with a new family who will give her plenty of love and patience to help her adjust. Bella would love a roomy yard where she can romp and play with her new family. Please lets find her a great home!
 Bella -  Doylestown, PA
 Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901

Boomer and Karma are a bonded West Highland Terrier pair.  Karma wanted to tell everyone their story. I’m Karma and I have never been without Boomer; he was all of 2 years old when I showed up. We had a great life together for many years with the same family, but life happened and our circumstances changed then LSWR answered our mom’s call for help. We saw the dogtor and went to our foster homes, but Boomer was sad without me. His foster mom, my foster family and LSWR decided it would be best if we stayed together and now we are hanging in our foster home until our new forever family finds us.  Boomer was so relieved to see that he didn’t leave my side for 2 days. The dogtor says we are a good looking couple and in great health. You'll be amazed how great we look for our age...Boomer is 15 years and I'm 13 years young.  Now for the good part, I love to run, play, eat, and help my foster mom with gardening. I’m irresistible and if you don’t think so, I’ll sit up on my hind quarters waving my paws to make sure you are not missing any cuteness. When the door opens to go out I’m first in line and second to the last one in. I thought I was a good swimmer, but I over estimated my abilities. It’s so hard to be humble when you have so much going for you. I could go on about me, but I’d like to tell you about my older brother, Boomer. He’s a laid back Westie and loves….well me! He likes his belly rubbed, exploring the backyard, food and again me. He too sits on his hind quarters for dinner and treats, but hasn’t perfected the “paw waving” technique that I have mastered. He’s a bit hard of seeing and uses me as a guide in new places. Once he has the lay of the land there is no stopping him.  Please lets find these sweet pair a good home they can go to together!
Boomer and Karma - Plano, TX
Lone Star Westie Rescue
Plano, TX 75025
(877) 561-5922
Vegas is a Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie / Corgi 5 year old 22 lbs.  Place your bets on her and you're sure to win every hand. Vegas is a little gal with big dreams. Not of bright lights and city streets, but a warm house full of love. She is a gentle soul who's been down on my luck lately but boy did my luck change when I became part of the Red Collar rescue family. She is good with cats, dogs, kids and is even housetrained. She is super sweet and likes to cuddle, take leisurely walks and play with my toys. So why not take a chance on her. Please lets find her a loving home!
Vegas - Houston, TX
Red Collar Rescue
Houston, TX 77002
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, July 20, 2015

Monday Musings

Sweltering is a good way to describe yesterday and today.  After a few days of perfect summer weather the hot stuff is here again.  Yesterday was 99, today 95....combine that with humidity and were talking feel like temperatures above 100. When it becomes this hot and humid the air feels like a hot house, hard to breath and any moment created beads of sweat.

Friday we laid low, order in and watched a few favorite tv shows.  Saturday we took Cooper to the park for the first time.  He was so excited basically ran around trying to smell and check out everything.  We basically just tried to keep up which is no easy task.  Afterwards we were all heat beat so got some Rita's water ice to cool off.  Though we gave him a little water ice he actually wasn't that interested....had a few licks and just left it. ha  That's my little man he only seems to prefer food that has been warmed. He's not spoiled or anything.  :)  Saturday night just settled in for a movie, though Horrible Bosses 2 wasn't nearly as good as the first and I ended up falling asleep.  Sunday spent the day running some errands with my mother, and started packing up some stuff.

The man actually seemed in much better spirits this weekend. Like I said before swear men experience pms too as they can be just as moody as men say women are.  Take that men. ; )

Speaking of packing we have found a house.  It's not nearly as charming as our current one, I'd say we both like it as opposed to loving it.  But at this point we are running out of time so just had to go with the one that felt most at home, was in our budget and area we preferred.  This new house is only about 10 minutes from where we are now.  Though crossing our fingers as we still have to work out a lot of the fine details. 

Not even prepared to talk about moving yet as I'm so upset with having to leave this house that I not only love but have grown to call home.  Leaving this charming house, the great neighbors and area feels rather heart wrenching, like a break up of sorts. Besides there is nothing fun about moving process either, not to mention moving companies are way more expensive than I ever imagined. 

Today I came across this great article (just click on link to read it) with regards to hourly wages needed to rent a two bedroom apartment in every US state.  It's extremely enlightening, only wish there was a way to find affordable, nice housing for all those who need it.  Reality is as housing and rental prices go up, the average American salaries are not....making it harder and harder to obtain affordable housing. 

On another note, my little man Cooper appears to be developing allergies just like his sister had.  Westies are know for allergy and skin issues but we were really hoping Cooper would be one of the lucky ones unfortunately he has begun chewing his hips and paws to the point he has no fur.  We will start off with some basic antihistamines, special shampoos and diets.  Really worried as his sister had allergies so bad that she had to be on strong medicine that caused other side effects. Praying for our little guy because allergies like this are never good at this early of an age.

Today the man is working from home this afternoon though it's just because the British Open went an extra day due to weather.  Who takes off to watch golf, maybe to play but watch?  In my opinion it's a wasted day.  Wish he would take off a day to go to the beach or do something fun, but to sit home watching sports seems crazy. It takes his sport obsession to the next level! ha

The man actually seemed in much better spirits this weekend.  Though maybe it's because he gets so excited about these sporting championship events. His whole persona changes when he's excited about a game/sporting event, literally he's like a little kid giddy with excitement. 

Meanwhile the garden veggies are enjoying the heat, watering twice a day in this kind of heat is often necessary for container gardens because the water evaporates much more quickly than if planted in the ground.  Though still having issues with powdery mildew forming on the squash and even cumber leaves.  And I don't even water at night, only morning usually. Tried a milk and water mixture that I found on pinterest but not sure it's working as I've sprayed twice so far but the leaves still seem to be having issues. But the actual cucumbers have been delicious.  The peppers and tomatoes seem to be taking longer to grow and ripen this year but not sure why.

Here's a photo from Cooper's first park day!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Soul Sunday

There is usually some catalyst (or several of them) that leads someone to the decision that some serious change is in order. Unfortunately, it is easy to live with these signs for a long time before even noticing what they are trying say. The key to understanding what is going on in our life is recognizing how we feel. If we are feeling anxious, discontent or bitter, it could be our body’s way of telling us it’s time to try something new.

Here are 10 signs it’s time to change your life:

1. You dread going to work more days than you don’t.
So much of our day and week is spent at work, that feeling dread when you wake up or as the weekend nears its end is a sure sign that something is not right. Take some time to figure out what it is about your day at work that you are dreading and devise a plan for changing it.

2. You are living in the past or dreaming about the future.
Staying focused on better times, whether it’s the past or the future, might be a sign of trying to escape the now. It is not uncommon to dream about a better life and dreaming can be good. It’s when the dreaming takes the place of doing that a problem exists.

3. People are constantly telling you to relax.
If the same message keeps appearing from friends and acquaintances alike, it might be time to figure out what is behind it. “You need to relax” is slang for “get over it” in today’s world. So when we hear it over and over again, we are probably holding onto something we need to let go of.

4. You are jealous of other people’s successes.
Jealousy is a sign of discontent with our life and has nothing to do with the other person’s accomplishment. It is hard to be happy for other people’s successes when we are feeling stuck in our life. It is time to ask ourselves what is the jealousy telling us.

5. You wake up tired.
Waking up tired is a sign of discontent, not necessarily with work but with life in general. It is hard to get proper rest with worry and angst in our lives. When we live in a constant state of tiredness, it can signify struggle and strife in our life. It also indicates we are tired of fighting and are ready to admit defeat. Instead of giving up, figure out what you can do to get back on track. Life is meant to be lived happy and happy isn’t tired.

6. You are antsy.
The feeling of the need to do something or go somewhere is a clear sign that creativity is being stifled, and something must change. The inability to be content and sit still can suggest there is something else you are meant to be doing. If you are antsy, it’s your job to figure out what your body is telling you.

7. You gossip.
Gossiping is a way of deflecting the work we need to do in our lives to someone else. It is avoidance at its best. When we find ourselves gossiping, it is important to ask what we are avoiding in our life and then realize that facing it is the best thing we can do.

8. Everyone seems to annoy you.
Having a hard time living by the “don’t sweat the small stuff” motto might indicate some extra angst and negativity around. Nitpicking and always finding something wrong with what everyone is doing is a hint that there are some underlying issues. The issues can be anything but it usually indicates an unhappiness with your life somehow.

9. You have a constant sense of foreboding.
Waiting for something bad to happen will eventually lead to something bad actually happening. The other shoe doesn’t always have to drop and to know that can go a long way. Stop the worry and the predictions and start focusing on what you are doing right now.

10. You keep thinking, “there has to be something more than this.”
Thinking there is something more or something bigger usually means there are new opportunities on the horizon. Be open to the things that are stirring up the passion and creativity and follow them. The destination will most likely be exactly what you need.

Deciding to make changes can be immediate but the change itself doesn’t always happen that fast. Don’t let that stop you from moving forward. Even the smallest of steps can help reduce the negative feelings and keep the motivation for change high.

The important thing is to do something right now, because your only options are to embrace change or accept things as they are.

Either way, it is important for us to pay attention to how we feel and do more of what makes us feel good.

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NJ, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
Caper is a Labrador Retriever/Great Dane7 month old, 45 lb puppy. He is a sweetheart.  He is courageous, protective and housetrained. Even though this is a large pup, he is calm, good natured and very affectionate. Caper plays well with others and is good with all people and children. He prefers to be around his foster family now but will soon be around you. Caper is learning all the good puppy commands preparing himself for you! Even though Caper needs adequate exercise he would love to be a lap dog.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Caper - Bell Gardens, CA
Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
Betsy is a Labrador Retriever/Harrier Mix who is 5 months and 15lbs.  Betsy is a sweet pup that is full of energy and needs a good amount of exercise. She loves to play Frisbee and loves her toys. A yard with a fence would be good for Betsy. She is housetrained, sociable and energetic. She will make a very dependable family dog with her cheerful nature. Betsy lives in a foster home now with other dogs, children and adults. She is peaceful with all. She really needs a forever home. Come visit with this very affectionate pup.  Please lets find her a great home!
Betsy - Bell Gardens, CA
Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
Maybelle is a Hound mix who is 4 years old.  She was recently relinquished as the family is moving and could not take her. What a sweet girl she is.  She was adopted almost a year ago and although she is a little heavier, she is just as sweet as she was when we took her in.  She is in a foster home and is a perfect lady a go along girl who is quiet and content to just hang out.  She enjoys affection, attention and belly rubs but is not over the top with any pushiness.  Maybelle would do well with an older person who just wants a nice companion or with a younger family as she seems to adapt easily to family life.  She has no accidents since being in her foster home.  Please lets find her a good home!
Maybelle - Cherry Hill, NJ
Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(732) 356-4370
 Linda Lyman at
Teddy is a Yorkshire Terrier mix who is around 10 years old.   He is just sitting at the shelter hoping to find a family to love.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Teddy -  New York, NY
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
Tortellini is a Rat Terrier mix who is around 10 years old.  He just wants to find a best friend to spend his life with, someone who will love him as much as he will love them.   Please lets find him a great home!
Tortellini - New York, NY
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
Poor Snickers and Reese they just lost their dad and now their whole world has been turned upside down.  They went from having someone home for company all day and a fenced yard to play in, to a home where their new caretaker works full time and can only take them for leash walks. As you can imagine, the boys are terribly confused and worried about what life might hold for them. Their caretaker is doing her best, but she knows the boys would be happier in a situation similar to what they’re used to, so she’s asked us to help them find a new special someone who can make them feel safe again.Snickers is about 15 years old, and his buddy Reesee is 10. They get along fine with other dogs, and while like many older dogs and people they aren’t crazy about energetic little kids, they will just avoid them rather than bite. Both are in good health and recently had a check up, so their bags are packed and they’re ready to go maybe to your house. They need to remain together as they are a bonded pair. Please lets find them a good home!
Snickers and Reese - Doylestown, PA
Snickers & Reesee * URGENT!Snickers & Reesee * URGENT!
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901
 Lychee is a Cairn Terrier mix who is 1 year old and 9 lbs. She is sweet and delicate. She was living on the mean streets with her puppies when a wonderful volunteer from the rescue brought her to safety. Her puppies have all found forever homes and now it's time for her to do the same. She is a gentle little girl who loves attention but doesn't get in your face too much. She does love a good lap and a good nap especially when they're paired together.  She is housetrained and listens very well.  She loves other pups and cats seem to be ok. She is very easy going and everyone who meets her just wants to cuddle her.  Please lets find her a loving home!
Lychee - Houston, TX
Red Collar Rescue
Houston, TX 77002
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, July 13, 2015

Monday Musings

This Monday after a rather boring weekend, I'm feeling the need for speed! Any guesses as to what movie that comes from?  Come on., take a guess....

Top Gun of course.  Remember the days when Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer were looking buff and hot?  Though even after all these years Cruise still looks rather buff.  That was a great movie, had little bit of everything to offer....action and romance, not to mention set in one of my favorite cities. Imagine being a fighter pilot?  It must be fabulous to have that type of body that can handle that kind of g force. I can't even go on a amusement ride without feeling dizzy.  Okay back to reality.

We talked about going to see a local magic show my friends sister was in, also tossed around idea of going to blueberry festival....but when it came down to it the man just didn't want to leave the couch nor tv.  Yup forget blueberry festival he could not miss watching Wimbledon. Which of course gets be rivaled up because if there is something fun to do, why not do it?  Watching tv all the time drives me crazy, especially since too much just makes the dizziness worse.

That's the thing if it wasn't for the dizziness I'd just go myself.  For instance a friend flew into North Jersey to celebrate her 40th but I could not make it because the dizziness keeps me from driving long distances. And getting trains from place to places isn't exactly a piece of cake nor cheap. So there are really two key pieces that play into my complaining about being bored.....the dizziness and the couch potato man. ha I'm laughing just writing that as my life seems absurd at times.

The girl who used to drive on cross country trips, travel constantly, weekends were full of fun adventures and things has become some what of a homebody due to life circumstances that are half out of my control. It's nuts!  I read posts on social media by other high energy friends and their partners in crime, who are always busy doing something and think that used to be me. 

That's the thing being high energy I like to keep busy, like to do things and get easily bored just sitting around.  But the man is opposite he has low energy, much more content to sit home watching tv.  Even when I have lousy dizzy days and have no choice but to lay around find it hard as feel bored, instead of watching tv or reading social media much rather be out living life, creating fun!

Especially in summer I just want to be outside doing things, or going to the shore on weekends. In our area of Philadelphia a lot of people choose to spend their weekends at the beach, New Jersey is only about a hour half to two hour drive. As kids we grew up vacationing there, it holds rather fond and fun memories. Anyway...

Lately with all the computer work I've had to do, plus stress the dizziness and associated symptoms have really been flaring up.  It's so hard to have to deal with, almost impossible to put into words. I put on a good face but let me tell you some days are a struggle.  I'm trying hard to do all the things the specialist suggested but it takes time and adding things little by little.  Life. It can feel hard some days. And just as I write that a beautiful yellow butterfly flew by....yup life has a beauty all her own but sometimes you just have to look and be open to it.  :)

On that note it's time to get busy doing the list I just wrote.  But first need to go smell the flowers to remind myself  how beautiful things can come from small seeds planted in darkness.  Just got to have faith right?

Cooper reminds me all the time.  He's the first one to smell the freshly picked flowers!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Soul Sunday

7 Ways To Make Life Simpler

1. Don’t hide what’s inside.

You might invest a lot of time and energy trying to be the way you “should” be and conforming to all those things that you think people expect of you. If so, you don’t even do it consciously.
But in adhering to what you think other people expect of you, you’re adding a layer of complexity that you don’t need. It’s like you’re trying to be someone else. Start getting to know who you are and what you value so you can shed the extra layers and live on your own terms.
Life is simpler when you satisfy yourself and meet your own expectations rather than try to satisfy everyone else.

2. Reframe bad situations.

We all have crappy stuff that happens to us. But when you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, stop and reframe. I don’t mean paste a smile on your face and try to convince yourself everything is rosy. That doesn’t work. But looking for the silver lining, or finding the opportunities behind the challenges, really improves your outlook.
Sometimes messed in our life give us the necessary push to rebuild our lives. Even in the middle of  a mess and feeling like your life is falling apart, keep thinking that maybe it's an opportunity; maybe this is just what you need to make a change.

3. Use your understandascope.

One of the biggest complexities in life can come from misunderstanding someone else. It can lead to anger, frustration, and damaged relationships.
Instead, actively work on your ability to discover and view someone else’s perspective, or understandascope. Suspend judgment and get curious about the other person’s perspective.
Take the time to understand others instead of judging them.  Sometimes once we understand others perspective, life can become much simpler. 

4. De clutter your mind.

Don’t you just hate when your mind gets chaotic? Like when it races around at 3:00AM going faster and faster and faster. Or when you try to remember all that stuff you’ve got to do, and you think your brain might just burst.
The way to prevent that is to actively practice being calm for a few minutes every day. It de clutters and slows your mind for a few minutes.
Whether you meditate, practice mindfulness, daydream, or do yoga, the effect is to calm your mind and increase focus. Miraculously, the effects of practicing calm for a few minutes gives clarity and makes life easier all day.

5. Re evaluate your relationships.

Consciously re evaluate your relationships, one by one. Ask how the relationship enhances your life, how it serves you, and what you gain from it.
This sounds calculating and manipulative, but it’s not. The healthiest relationships are ones where both parties are giving and receiving what they need in terms of happiness, support, and development.
If a relationship is not serving you well, reduce contact with that person. .
Look at the full life of the relationship and establish if it’s healthy and beneficial.  

6. Reconsider your corporate climb.

If you find yourself climbing the corporate ladder and wondering if it’s all worth it, maybe it’s time to re evaluate. Moving up isn’t necessarily bad; just be sure it’s what you truly want.
Will it give you the satisfaction, joy, and life balance you want? Will it fuel your passions and get you leaping out of bed each morning, eager to get to work?
If the answer is not a loud “Hell, yeah!” then it’s worth looking at your options and evaluating what you want from life and how you can get it.

7. Live your best life yet.

Life is limited, but we take the time we have for granted. We get complacent.
People who have a short time to live or have a serious health issue often find immense clarity and drive. They know what’s truly important to them.

Thinking yourself unwell is a fairly challenging mindset to adopt; instead, embrace the idea of making the next six months the best period of your life to date. Use this as a lens to review every decision and establish what’s included in this best period of your life.

What would make the next six months the best of your life? Work out what that would look like, and then set about ensuring those things happen.

It truly is as simple as that.

If It’s To Be, It’s Up To Me

It would be nice if your Fairy Godmother could appear, wave her magic wand, and make your life perfect. She could wave away complexity, give you the perfect job, and rearrange your life so that it satisfies your every whim.
Want to know why you’ll never actually see your Fairy Godmother?
It’s because she’s inside you. It’s true. Her wand and her fairy dust are your direction and determination.  They’re your ability to work out what you want and how to get it.
You want to live a simpler life? Then establish what’s important, and eliminate as much of the rest as possible.  It truly is that magically simple.
So, what things are important to you?

The sun and the dreamy meadow...✿◠◠♥ † ❀ ❁ =☽ ❂ ◡♥.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
Glory and Gilberto are Whippet / Shepherd mixes. They are 6 months and 30 lbs.  Gentle, housetrained, loving and sweet natured.  If you are looking for a pup to run with and have fun with then Glory and Gilberto are the ones for you.  They love to run and play, love all people and other pets. Especially patient with children. They can be the perfect couch potato and the next minute be darting around. Inside the house they can be quiet and want to be near you and outside very playful and running around. A large fenced in yard would be wonderful. They are loyal and love being with their people. Glory and Gilberto really need a forever home and really want to be adopted together. Please lets find them loving home!
Glory and Gilberto - Bells Garden, CA
Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
Harry is a beautiful and adorable 2 years old Miniature Schnauzer mix. This sweetheart weighs 29 pounds and is full grown. Very social and friendly, Harry is also very energetic. He pulls on the leash and he would need some obedience training. However this bright boy is a fast learner and is housetrained.  Although Harry has a high energy level, he has a great temperament and he may be able to live with a family that has young children since he is sweet. He seems to be good and playful with other dogs but he needs a little time to warm up. He could probably live with cats as well. Harry would benefit from an active, yet gentle family, who will provide plenty of enrichment and exercise for him. This cutie will fill your heart with lots of love and joy. Please lets find him a great home!
Harry - New York, NY
Harry (Manhattan)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133

Bruce is a calm 6-7 year old, 50 lb Lab / Shepherd mix. A rescue volunteer says Bruce is a wonderful dog.  Poor Bruce was hit by a car on a busy highway outside of Charleston, SC and a kind soul took him in and nursed him back to good health. Bruce is dog friendly and very sweet! He loves walks and is housebroken too. Bruce is a very sweet, special boy who definitely had a rough start in life and deserves a wonderful fur ever home. His foster dad says Bruce is extremely laid back. He is fully housebroken and really just wants to be part of the family.  Bruce is good with large and small dogs alike, but would be perfectly fine being any only dog as well. He is somewhat playful with our dogs but really loves just laying around with his people he most. Bruce was likely an outside dog all his life and had sadly received very little attention. Now he loves being part of a family, he is very social and loves when attention is paid to him. Bruce is neutered, heartworm negative, and up to date on vaccines.  Please lets find him a good home!
Bruce -  Point Pleasant, PA
 Lulu's Rescue
P.O. Box 46
Point Pleasant, PA 18950
Clover is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Dachshund mix who is 2 years old and 20 lbs. She is a petite little girl who is very gentle and sweet.  She is looking to be spoiled rotten by a family who loves her  as much as she loves them. She loves taking walks, playing with her toys and cuddle time. Please lets find her a loving home!
Clover - Houston, TX
Red Collar Rescue
Houston, TX 77002

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, July 7, 2015

Exercise and Healthy Living

That's what I like to remind myself these days.

During high school years I always tried to work out after school, not to lose weight but to be healthy and also burn off my excess energy. Even thought weight lifting would help put muscle on my skinny frame.  It's something I tried to continue during the college years as well.  Though often had to take breaks from it too, as all the walking and fast paced life of college caused my high metabolism and hyper self to lose weight.

Once I was in my mid twenties though picked back up the routine, in fact even used to get up early before work to exercise. When I lived in San Diego,with the nice weather year round, used to get up at around 6am to take bike roads around town. The quiet and peace at that hour of the morning was so refreshing.  Even started seriously running a lot as well. Running felt good, especially when you have a lot of energy pent up as it releases all the stress of a day.

Exercise whether it be biking, dance, lifting weights, running or walking always felt so good.  There is truth to that whole endorphin rush thing.  Like I mentioned exercise was something basically used to try to get healthy, burn off my excess nergy and relieve stress.  And for all those things it helped.

It was only in the later thirties that I stopped exercising on a daily routine basis, mainly because of issues with the dizziness and also life just seemed to get in the way.  It also didn't help that the man isn't that athletic, while he used to be when he was young he is not now.  Working out to him consists of changing the tv remote. His lifestyle isn't exactly healthy.  And it probably wore off on me as well.

Something I'm not exactly used to.  Usually in the past any guy I dated was active, athletic, outdoorsy and most led healthy lifestyles.  In my younger years I dated my fair share of athletic and fit Olympian, college football player, surfer, beach volleyball player, etc.  Which is good because it kept me on my toes and cultivated a healthy lifestyle.  So the fact that the man isn't very fit seems almost strange.

After much discussion with specialists regarding the dizziness and other physical ailments I experience, they basically came to the conclusion that implementing exercise back into my life was very important.  Lets face it sitting around is not healthy for anyone.  The doctors feel it's important to work on building balance, endurance and strength. But nothing too strenuous.  So walking, badminton, biking, free weights, tai chi and certain forms of yoga have all been suggested.  Including eating a healthy diet, taking some suggested supplements as well.

Only wish I could get the man on board too.  At least get him to walk with me a few times a week.  When we got Cooper figured we would go on daily walks but the man says hes too tired or needs to rest.  When exercising and creating a healthy lifestyle it goes a long way if those we live with or are around frequently are on the same page as us.  Plus it's nice to have a partner to work out with, and of course a nice body as a result of exercise is always great to look at too.  :)

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday Musings

You won't often hear me say this but today I feel like just spending the day in bed.  Think that's what happens when you reach your breaking point with stress.  Though for the most part been too busy, including a yoga session and meditation. Find making time for prayer equally important, in fact when I don't it feels like something is off. 

Even though my prayers as of late feel like they are left unanswered I continue to pray hoping God has some insight and maybe even a better plan.  I could really use some guidance in all areas of life right now.  Overall feel like I'm floundering trying to find my way if that makes any sense.  Maybe the subtle signs are there but I'm just too doubting or stubborn to understand them?  Who knows but feel like I need the skies to part and the answers to be flashed right in front of me.

The week was rather busy.  My niece came for a sleepover Friday night.  How refreshing it felt to have her energy around.  She is a bundle of fun energy.  She loves do things, keep busy and basically lives life to the fullest.  I can relate to her kind of energy, unlike the man who is very low energy. We went out to her favorite restaurant Applebees for dinner than came home and played some basketball out on the driveway.  Followed by smores for dessert. 

The man played hoops with us Friday, though Saturday morning he was in a rather low energy, cranky mood. He didn't want to do anything but watch t/stare at his phone. Think my niece was bummed because she really likes to play wii with him, in fact she brings games just for him and looks forward to it.  I actually sent him a text telling him to snap out of his mood. Seriously think men experience pms too.

Back to my niece she actually slept until 9am, which for her is sleeping in.  Made some breakfast, played some board games, walked Cooper and then I treated her to a mini spa. Washed her hair with strawberry shampoo, followed by grape conditioner, then blew dry her long hair and applied some light make up.  She loves experimenting with makeup, what little girl doesn't.  She looked absolutely beautiful.  After that we headed to my sister's house, her parents, for a Fourth of July party.  Where of course we played more!

Cooper was wired because of the fireworks which are technically illegal here yet they sell them in every store and parking lot around.  The neighborhood ones starting going off at 8 and didn't stop until wee morning hours.  It drives me crazy, yeah I know it's a holiday but why can't people be more considerate of others around them.  Not everyone, including dogs and military veterans like missile sounding fireworks going off for hours.  Not to mention the mess it leaves.  Why can't everyone just got to the big city run fireworks and be happy.  :)

Sunday I over did it physically.  Washed my car, or more like deep cleaned it.  Scrubbing every little nook and cranny until it was sparkling.  Then when I came inside ended up vacuuming and mopping house, bathing Cooper and doing many loads of wash. Come evening my heart was experiencing palpitations, a combination of too much physical work combined with hormones.  My hormones during the pms phase can set off my heart like that sometimes.  Amazing how there are no quick fixes for pms induced symptoms.  If men had it I'm sure there would be cures by now.

Speaking of the man his couch potato ways drive me crazy. When we both worked I did all work around house plus taking care of dog and any problems, when he had off for two years I still did it all. He should have been born rich so he could pay others to do any work. Asking him for help isn't worth the attitude half the time.  I'd rather just ask family or neighbors who want to help. Anyway....

Which is why I admire my family even more now.  Growing up and still to this day they are the hardest workers I know.  They work over 40+ hours a week, rarely take sick days, always do their own house and yard work, they are constantly doing something and rarely just lay on the couch to veg out.  They are doers and movers who also enjoy doing fun things together as well.  Their kind, compassionate, honest, understanding and loving people who are always willing to help others. Sometimes we don't realize how special our families are until we experience others way of living.

That's my musing for this Monday.  Along with these words of wisdom....we are never too old to play. Play adds a bit of happiness to life.  Happiness is riding a kids, pink barbie atv with your niece and giggling the whole time! (may actually have to invest in one as on those dizzy days where it's hard to walk this might come in handy for walking Cooper, maybe even attach a side car for him) 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Soul Sunday

Our character is often most evident in our highs and lows.  Be humble at the mountaintops, be strong in the valleys, and be faithful in between.
Why are we feeling this way – so beaten up and worn down?
Why do we, who start out so passionate, courageous, worthy and believing, become utterly bankrupt by the youthful age of 30, 40 or 50?
Why is it that one of us drowns in material consumption and debt, another puts a bullet in his head, a third seeks oblivion in hard liquor and gambling, a fourth, in order to stifle fear and judgment, cynically tramples and berates her own individuality, intelligence, and pure, beautiful youth?
Why is it that, once fallen, we don’t attempt to rise back up, and, having lost one thing, we don’t attempt to seek another?
Because we give up on ourselves too soon.  We let that monster named negativity chew us up and spit us out into a deep gutter of self doubt. If you can relate in any way at all, here are some important reminders to keep in mind when you feel like giving up.
1.  When your marriage, parenting, faith, etc. gets tough, it’s not a sign that you’re doing it wrong.  These intimate, intricate aspects of life are toughest when you’re doing them right – when you’re dedicating time, having the tough conversations, and making daily sacrifices.
2.  On particularly hard days when you feel that you can’t endure, remind yourself that your track record for getting through hard days is 100% so far.
3.  Have a little faith that the universe has a plan for you, and it’s all being revealed in the right time frame.  Something you will eventually learn through all your ups and downs is that there are really no wrong decisions in life, just choices that will take your life down different paths.  Sometimes you must get hurt in order to grow, or lose in order to gain.  Sometimes the lesson you need most can only be learned through a little pain.
4.  Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.
5.  Life is not about maintaining the status quo.  Life is not about playing it safe every second.  Life is not about standing still and wallowing in self-doubt.  It’s about connecting with your soul, respecting your integrity, and telling yourself that you’re able.  It’s about taking a few steps, regardless of how hard and small they may be, so you can move forward and evolve. 
6.  You must make a firm decision that you’re going to move forward.  It won’t always happen naturally or automatically.  Sometimes you will have to rise up and say, “I don’t care how hard this is.  I don’t care how disappointed I am.  I’m not going to let this get the best of me.  I’m moving on with my life.”
7.  No matter what’s happening, you can efficiently fight the battles of today.  It’s only when you add the battles of those two relentless eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that life gets overwhelmingly complicated.  Realize that it’s not the experience of today by itself that devastates you, but the regret and resentment about something that happened yesterday or the fear and dread of what tomorrow might bring.  It’s necessary, therefore, to let yourself live just one day at a time – just today – just right here, right now.
8. When you stop worrying about what you can’t control, you have time to change the things you can control.  And that changes everything.
9.  Don’t worry about mistakes and failures, worry about what you’re giving up when you don’t even try.
10.  Making mistakes means you’re actually doing something in the real world and learning from it.  Listening or reading is often just listening or reading.  It’s not real learning.  Real learning comes from making mistakes.  And mistakes come from gradual implementation.
11.  If you never go after it again, you’ll never have it.  If you never ask again, the answer will always be no.  If you never step forward again, you’re stuck right where you are.
12.  In the space between “I’ll try again” and “I give up” there’s a lifetime.  It’s the difference between the path you walk and the one you leave behind; it’s the gap between who you are capable of being and who you have become; its the legroom for the fairy tales you’ll tell yourself in the future about what could have been.
13.  Everyone has a little talent.  What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads, and beyond. 
14.  Courage doesn’t always roar; sometimes it’s simply a whisper at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”
15.  If you’re still sitting there thinking, “Things should be different right now,” take a deep breath.  That’s not true and you know it.  Because if it were true, things would be different right now.  Stay present and focus on what you can create today.  And tomorrow will reveal itself exactly as it should, just as yesterday already has.
All details aside, if you’re reading this… Congratulations, you’re alive and in a good position to give yourself another chance.  If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.
Remember what you deserve and keep pushing forward.  Someday all the pieces will come together.  Unimaginably good things will transpire in your life, even if everything doesn’t turn out exactly the way you had anticipated.  And you’ll look back at the times that have passed, smile, and ask yourself, “How did I get through all of that?”
Lotus flower has something hidden and glowing in the center.
This weeks Soul Sunday inspiration comes from Marc Chernoff.
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