The Last Day and The Best Ever

I believe in this sentiment almost more than any other.  I believe that life is beautiful, and also that it is a (rather precious) gift.  So too are those we love most – we have all known the pain of loss.

I’ve had my fair share of bad moods, but I’ve always tried to remember this principle, especially with those closest to me, and especially when things aren’t going right.  When I was young, my parents used to say it was important to adopt this attitude, and to do my best to move past an ill temperament, because you really never know… So when someone in my family was traveling, or moving, or heading off to school…it was important to part on a happy and loving note.  Always.

Because life can also be a challenge (understatement), it’s easy to forget how fleeting our time is.  I saw this wonderful post on Instagram this week and it reminded me of the above idea…as well as the importance of fixating more on our blessings (because, again, there are many), and we never know when fate will come to greet us, or those we love.

I can only hope to live until an old and grey age…and to maintain a happy, thankful attitude along the way.  I know that struggles will come, but I want to be the way the lovely Lydia is (at 112)!!!  That’s my honest goal – a peaceful, happy, grateful life, filled with the people I love most (who know I love them most)…  Here we are at the end of the first month of the year, no better time to revisit my goals and dreams!

Gratitude Matters In Our Fleeting Lives

Life is fast-paced, and we don’t get to choose how long we get to enjoy it. As such, we are reminded that what we have truly is precious.

Still, it’s easy to see what isn’t working, and to be dragged down by the unsavory side of life. But what about all that good?! Whether our health, relationships, a roof over our heads, passions, friends, love – it goes on – I’m willing to bet your life is blessed in more ways than you can count. Maybe more than you have counted.

Having a thankful attitude allows us to fully embrace and enjoy our present – the people in our lives, the blessings we have, all the “little things” that make our lives brighter, richer, and worth living. (And it brings more of it our way. . .)

* Give compliments freely *

* Offer your help to someone in need *

* Smile at a stranger *

* Thank those who are there for you when they least expect it, and support them when they need it. Our bonds with others may be the very glue that keeps our lives together at times *

* Recognize the gifts you have, and the beauty you bring to the world…because you deserve your support too *

Stay thankful, stay grateful, and watch magic unfold




Thanksgiving 2016

I’m not a huge “holiday person” (save for Halloween, which I daresay is highly evident given my posts!), but it’s always a treat to be with family…and to be forced to relax (admittedly hard for me BUT…much needed.)


I’m grateful for so much, but of those many things…I’m especially thankful for those closest to me.  Food-centric gatherings are not really my thing – I am incredibly boring with my nutrition (though I enjoy my foods immensely!) so there is always extra care involved.  

My husband always makes sure that I have things I’ll like – always.  He’s never not aware , and will make certain clean foods are available for me (believe it or not, finding someone who wouldn’t think I was crazy for the way eat (like a zoo animal!) was a major source of anxiety for me.  For a decade at least!)  This year he made lobster and he made a few extra for me with nothing on them – at all.  Super clean, and wildly delicious! 😀


As for the rest, we always have yummy sides – I have a few intolerances, so I stick to what I know works…and it never disappoints. 🙂  Once upon a time I had a really difficult time portioning, and feeling obligated to have everything – after a few bouts of making myself sick in the past, I’ve learned NOT to do that! *LOL*


It was a wonderful few days…as I hope it was for everyone. ❤  

Thankful – adj \ feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative

Sometimes I annoy people with my positive outlook.  Other times, I flat-out frustrate.  Maybe they aren’t internalizing that I have days where I feel down, discouraged, angry, and disappointed too – trust me, there are plenty!  Maybe they just don’t understand why, in spite of the ugliness Life can occasionally dish out, I even want to focus on the good.  


For me, energy is everything – I view the world in energetic terms, and (again – for me) it matters what I put out, and what I focus on.  I have witnessed “unfairness” at it’s finest – whether in suffering, death, abuse, misfortune, or debilitating pain… I’ll never gloss over the “tough” without tears, reflection, acknowledgment, and sometimes despair…  But I will try – my damnedest – to find the lesson, the blessing, and the good in everything.  There have been times I’m not sure I’ve actually found the “good”…but I try to at least go in that direction knowing that in doing the opposite, I may as well surrender my own wellbeing.

Whenever this “Thanksgiving” holiday rolls around, I feel like I actually become a little bit annoyed myself.  I’m not on board with the idea that we have one day of “thanksgiving” but I guess if that’s what gets people together, and in a positive mind frame, why not.  That said, thanksgiving is something I personally try to make room for each day.

I’ve had a lot handed to me – neither will there be a day that I am not acutely aware of the sacrifices made to make that happen, nor that I am not immensely grateful.  There is also a lot I had to work my ASS off to have, and lot I’ve had to work through.  There might be only a small handful of people who fully understand the “work” I’ve put in, and just how far I’ve come, but I’m okay with that.  I’m thankful for my own journey – the good, the bad, and the downright horrifying.

I don’t always remember to write out those things for which I am thankful – generally I think them, or say them to myself.  Writing, though, is a phenomenal exercise – not only in mindfulness, but in self-learning.  When we take the time to sit down, peel back the layers, delve deeply and feel, we come up with a lot more than we might have expected.

You can be thankful for little things as much as the substantial.

What you feel thankful for is never “wrong” because it is what feels right to you.

Gratitude goes a looooong way energetically, sharing with the Universe what other “good” should come your way.


I’m thankful for so much I think I could fill a book…but why not, after all?  The more, especially in this case, the merrier. ❤


Three of the most important words to say to yourself when you wake up…


When you have a tough day, write these three words down on paper…  

Make lists of all the things you are:

Thankful for

Grateful for…

Blessed to have…

One tiny exercise that not only changes your perspective, but your energy, and your message to the Universe.  When positivity aligns, miracles happen.

You’ll see!

Escalating To Infinity

Growing up, my brother and I always managed to escalate to Infinity… We’d be arguing about the-controversy-of-the-moment and he’d throw in a “yeah…well I _____ MORE!”

I’d one up with a “MOST!”

He’d counter with “PLUS INFINITYYYY!”

FB Rantings Of A Beautiful Mind

Now every so often, a “PLUS ONE TO EVERYTHING YOU SAY!” would be interjected…but whether it proceeded or followed the “plus infinity” declaration, inevitably one of us would say…

“You can’t ADD one to infinity!!!  I WIN!”

So “I N F I N I T Y” seems to come out the victor in all cases, though “plus one to everything you say” is a close second in awesomeness.

With my hunnie, it seems we get into the same situation.

“I love you.”  

“I love you more.”

“I love you most.”


It’s outrageously mature, I know, and remarkably funny (it is NOT a problem I complain about!)  Every so often I’ll say “MOST!” and he’ll say “okay,” dismissively, to suggest he adores me a great deal more than that but he’s just letting me win.  And since he’s the Love of my Life, it lights me up (even though I’m secretly raising MY “love you” to the power of infinity in my mind. 😉 ) 

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2015 Versatile Bloggers Award

Thank you SO MUCH, Singlemomtalk for the wonderful honor of being nominated for the 2015 Versatile Bloggers Award! ❤  Singlemomtalk is written by a precious, single momma of four – her blog is dedicated to inspiring other single mothers, as well as continuing her passion for Life, raising children, and photography.

Blogs nominated for the Versatile Bloggers Award are those that impact you in some way, whether each day, or every so often – it may be the love demonstrated in the images posted, or that which comes through in the words themselves…  

Or maybe it is the attention and quality of the writing, or the unique and varied subject matter.  Whatever the reason, I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity and acknowledgment. 


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Each new recipient is asked to tell their audience a few facts about themselves, helping to build a larger-but-close-knit community in the blogosphere.

Rules of the award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. 
  2. List the rules and display the award. 
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate other amazing blogs (comment on their blogs to let them know you nominated them.)

First and foremost…

THANK YOU to all of you who take the time to read my blog – my subjects are a bit varied, and I am so thankful for the interest in some, or all of them.  I appreciate all of your likes and comments.

I read blogs from a whole host of genres, so it is somewhat an exercise in restraint to only list a few.  Know that you ALL are valued. 

My Nominees are:

  1. Ordinary Adventures
  2. Customikes
  3. I’m More Than My Curves
  4. 800 Recovery Hub Blog
  5. Live Fit, Die Yum
  6. Gains Lifestyle (used to be Protein Connoisseur)

7 Facts About Myself:

  1. Need to Move – I sometimes WANT to be lazy…but I get bored. Easily!  I always need to move on to the next thing, and must stay active.
  2. Cooking, as in Not – I’m not the “cook” in my relationship.  I bring this up because I want, at every opportunity, to give some SERIOUS kudos to my man…who always makes delicious, clean and healthy meals for us.  Often.  I’m incredibly grateful. ❤
  3. My Bike Challenge – I’m NOT a distance athlete by any stretch. But, I trained for, and completed a 300 mile road bike ride in support of ALS (and three friends so afflicted, two of whom passed since.  So blessed they knew we were out there for them before they moved on to their next adventure.  They are cherished and missed.)  I was on a road bike only 9 times prior to those three days.
  4. Music – I LOVE music and my taste is varied.  As a dancer…or perhaps just a soulful and spiritual person…I fluctuate depending on what my mind, body and spirit need. Sometimes dance, sometimes trance…rock, metal, alternative…then a waltz, a chakra meditation, or a score from an epic film… My iPod remarkably (and rather successfully!) spans a massive chasm of sound!
  5. Television – I don’t watch it.  There are rare occasions, and I will enjoy a movie with my man, but I definitely never got into it.
  6. Food – My favorite foods are salmon, steamed or roasted vegetables (as a lump sum! 😉 ), peanut butter cups.
  7. Finding Peace – I have done Craniosacral, Somatic and Alexander Technique work for about a decade collectively.  Inner peace in incredibly important to me and extends to all aspects of my Life. As and Empath, I need the self-care and reflection.

Once again, thank you so, SO much…to Singlmomtalk, and to all of you who visit, comment, like.  I vary in my topics because my Life is that way so I hope that jives for some of you too. I love my sports, love taking care of my spirit and my physical. 🙂