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You May Say I’m A Dreamer..

DAY 225

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be one’s own self.” – Montaigne

“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.” – Martin Luther King

 “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” – Seneca

“Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom: youth is the season of credulity.” – William Pitt

“Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” – Ralph Blum

..And you’d be correct! I’m currently viewing the Olympic Closing Ceremony. Yet another few hours of me feeling like there is nothing but good in this world! I’m only a tad optimistic. : )

Check this out – there was an article featuring the recent “ruins” of the Athens Olympic arenas. Seen here. It’s pretty wild to think that these places are so deserted and neglected knowing that they once were the place of great debuts, performances, and records.

Another great discovery I made via the Olympic Games was Phillip Phillips’ song “Home”. Have a listen!

The photo is of my view for the ceremony tonight. Finishing up cleaning the last corner of my room and studying, woohoo!

I am thankful for: unity.



Take A Time..

DAY 223

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.” – Robert Half

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~Einstein

“Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.” – Jim Rohn








My day in a nutshell! Complete with another fabulous yoga sesh at Bull City Yoga!! Meet me there next Friday at 5:45!

I found something quite enlightening this evening. I purchased a book on Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu when I was taking my world religions course. Flipping through the pages tonight, I noticed one particular passage that stood out. It is this:


If you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don’t lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.

If you die without loss, you are eternal.

I am thankful for: the breath.


At The “Ding”, Turn The Page..

DAY 218

I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And I look at you, and I’m home. –Dory (Finding Nemo)

“To lose patience is to lose the battle.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” – Charles Kettering

 “I restore myself when I’m alone.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.” – Dwight Eisenhower

Reading has always been a huge part of my life. When I was little, my parents read to me. As I grew older, books became my place of refuge, camaraderie, & escape. Nothing has lasted so long in my life as my love of books & stories.

I love that I can share that with the tiny humans I get to spend my days with! They love stories. Each has his or her own preference, of course, but there is that hunger for knowledge, adventure, & escape!

Today, while looking for books for the little ones, I got a little piece of my childhood back. And I’m not just referring to the part of the day that involved testing out mattresses and bouncing on beds. My mommy gave me a Dr. Seuss book!! One that I’ve recently become even more fond of – Oh, the Places You’ll Go! I couldn’t be happier!! I also got The Little Red Caboose and Scuffy the Tugboat. Even my dad lit up when I showed him Scuffy!

I am thankful for: the gift of reading. alone and with others.


This is a song that’s been popping up a lot this week for me – I hope you enjoy!


I Am Not A Flashdrive..

DAY 216

“The journey is the reward.” – Chinese Proverb

That’s the story of you and me. From the very beginning, we were meant to be. –Tigger

“If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of troubles.” ~Elbert Hubbard

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

..The memorable quote from yoga tonight that I almost forgot! Luckily, I keep my handy dandy MerMer as my Friday night date! Seriously though, you are not a flashdrive! Think about it – we don’t need to hold on to data (things, people, emotions, events) as much as we do in our day-to-day lives. It makes life much easier when you are able to see things, hear them, acknowledge them and then proceed accordingly, but not keep any attachment to them.

Tonight’s pictures..are from the moments before class. : ) Evidence of what sillies Mer & I are when you leave us in a yoga studio before class begins. Ha!

I am thankful for: the Om. There is a beginning, middle, & end to all. Appreciate the journey.


Not Lost Forever..

DAY 213

“I also believe very, very strongly that everybody is the hero/heroine of his/her own life.” – Meave Binchy RIP

“If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton

“The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.” ~ Anonymous

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” – George Eliot

“Life is either daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” – Dr. Seuss

One of the most important things I’ve learned – you eventually understand who you are. It’s a priceless aha! moment that can go one of two ways. One, you can accept and begin to encourage activities and adventures that allow you become a more complete You. Or, two, you can shy away from it, perhaps influenced by the words, thoughts, actions of others. Sometimes we choose both. We let the idea of branching out from who we might possibly be at the moment pinball around inside our minds for a while, continuing on whatever path we’ve become comfortable with, & realize at some point that there is more for us to become and discover. A good thing to remember is this: We’re almost home. We’re not gonna be lost forever! [A quote from R during our mid-morning hike behind his house.]

I find it interesting & unique (I like to think so, even though it’s probably not) that I can relate two events, concepts, lessons, textures, etc. together when they’ve had nothing to do with each other.

On a truly unrelated note, a beloved book from my childhood surfaced today! J is now reading The Phantom Tollbooth. I fall more in love with that book each time I open it.

I am thankful for: hikes to far away lands that take place right in your own backyard. aka: imagination.


PS: A very happy 4th birthday to a very special little lady, M!!

Think & Wonder..

DAY 211

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.” – Dr. Seuss

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao Tsu

“The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.” – Jim Rohn

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” – Henry David Thoreau

I feel like the Olympics always inspire & unite people. And that is something I love! There’s nothing like that feeling when you’ve finally discovered what it is that drives you, propels you to do more, be more. For me, massage therapy & photography are it. There is no better feeling that holding my camera, or hearing that someone feels so much better after coming to the spa!

I am thankful for: books. inspiration. unity.


Snip, Snipping Away..

DAY 201

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
Pablo Picasso

“Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” – Jim Rohn

“Pursue meaningful adventures.” – Chris Guillebeau

World, I am now thoroughly convinced I could use an iPhone. For serious. I am in love with the new apps I’ve purchased and been using (Evernote & 30/30) & would kill for the portability of the iPhone (versus my iPad). If there have been any take-away lessons from this week they are that: I need an empty drawer & other spaces for possibility, and I would love an iPhone!

I finally took the big leap! I purchased my first CreativeLive course! Tamara Lackey’s Work.Life.Balance. workshop from yesterday! I was only able to catch a tiny snipit of what was filmed & have found every ounce of useful tips I was able to scurry away with priceless. Truly. I used the applications on the iPad that she suggested, have researched the sites she said she made use of, & even purged 4 drawers of clothing at about 10:30pm. Suuper excited about it!

In class tonight (You know, the place I’ve been physically showing up at to learn. Places other than social media and creative live.), we began learning about pregnancy massage. Yet another thing I’m totally looking forward to!

I feel like I’m finally realizing just how much I love the Dr. Seuss book Oh, The Places You’ll Go. I cannot tell you what it means to me. I really think I’m going to be buying a copy of it for myself soon. Such an inspirational and fun piece to help bring you back to you. Realize that you are enough. Help you follow your dreams. And let you know that some not-so-great things will happen along the way, but that is ok.

I am thankful for: social media & CreativeLive.