Do You Believe in Second Chances?

(Blog post from last year I thought was a good one so I'm reposting it with the hope it will still inspire someone to take a 2nd chance!)

Do you believe in second chances? 

Do you believe in the kind where you take a chance on something that you failed at before?

Do you believe in the kind where you give someone else a second chance at being the person you knew they were capable of but failed you before? 

I do. I believe in both kinds. 

I want to believe that we all learn from our mistakes, that we get wiser and better with each failure. 

And that possibly, just possibly, we become more determined to succeed the next time we have that chance.

When I was 47, I made a second chance decision. It was super scary. I had voices in my head telling me it was too big of a risk, that it would only lead to heartache again.

But I had to choose to try. I have only one life to live and I didn't want my life to end with any what if's.

And then there was that gut thing... I had this...

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Find Your Person

family love relationships Jun 28, 2018

Just sent this photo to someone who was a major influence in my rebirth. Sometimes we just need THAT person who makes us feel the impossible is possible. 

I've only met him a couple of times but he was my virtual trainer and helped me realize that aging really IS for Idiots. #thankstony

He happens to be my age - actually I think he is a few months older!  It definitely helps when you can identify with some who is relatable. When I found out he was my age, it made me feel like: "Then why not me?!?!"

So go find YOUR person - that person who will make you believe anything is possible. ‍

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Why Justify Made Me Cry

I know some people may not understand why I am in tears seeing Justify win the Triple Crown....

Do you have any idea how AMAZING that is?!?! TWICE IN 40 years! 

I am an animal lover. I am especially a horse lover. I used to own one. I used to ride every day. I loved riding. It was such a passion of mine. 

I've been thinking about starting again. It's been in my mind since last summer when I took my granddaughter to her first riding lesson. 

I think it's time. No more just thinking! I'm going to call tomorrow and get started. 

If it makes you cry, DO IT, right? 
Thank you Justify, for reigniting a long idle passion. 

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They Inherited My Silly Genes

One thing I used to always love to do was take my kids to the grocery store. In fact I loved taking my kids EVERYWHERE. 

I never understood why other moms would want to run errands alone. Guess I'm weird like that but life was always more fun with them around me. 

So venturing off to the store with 2 of my 3 grandkids to pick up all the grub for yesterday's party was a blast!!! 

I even navigated the Macdaddy of shopping carts!  We only crashed twice!!! 

I might be 2 pumpkin muffins poorer but so much richer for the experience! 
#theyhavesillygenes #funwithnannie

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This is What I Did on my Lunch Hour

aging family midlife story Jun 02, 2018

So excited about my new porch carpet!!!! And I'm impressed my husband picked it out!

THIS is what I did on my lunch hour today... Hot date at Lowe's! 

He realized the gray in the carpet's border would match our floor. But look how it brings the beige color in the cushions together with the gray in the floor. 

I would have never picked this one out because I'm not big on gray but once he pointed it out, I thought it was worth a shot. 

I'm ecstatic!!!! It couldn't be more perfect! I just want to sit and look at it... 
#welldone #hubbythedecorator

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What an Amazing Day!

family love relationships Jun 02, 2018

I've mostly unplugged from social media today, spending quality time with my family and celebrating the upcoming birth of baby Wallace. 

I am such a proud mama and grandma! These 2 girls and the families they are growing are my everything. #luckyme

What an amazing day!!!! #unplugandlove 

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When I Get Home I'm Always Like...

When I get home, I’m always like.... why didn’t I take more pictures?!?! Do you do that too?

I guess it’s good that we focused on quality time together and stayed off social media for the most part... (not having internet did help!)

Except for a couple of silly videos you can find on my Facebook story!!! 

I did manage to catch a few great shots of the littlest man who made my weekend even better... Such a fun guy with the best disposition! Even though he kept me awake from 1:15-2:45am!!!! 

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I've been waiting and waiting...

I've been WAITING & WAITING to be able to tell the world about this VERY BIG NEWS!!!

Grandchild #4 is on its way!!!!! 

My youngest daughter just entered her 2nd trimester!!! 

I can't wait to have another little munchkin to hug & spoil!  And this one will be only 2 hours away!!! YAY!!!!!! ‍ #lotsofNanniekisses#changeiscoming #2018isagreatyeartobeborn

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This is the First Official Professional Interview I've ever done!

This is the first official, professional interview I've ever done, and man, was it fun!!!!

I even stopped to smell the roses! 

I got to share what Marketing Impact Academy has done for me as an online entrepreneur over the past 12 months.

The last 3 days have been nothing short of incredible. Most of us were in tears as the conference closed because of the power of the message that Chalene Johnson shared with us...

"Things happen FOR us, not TO us."

And it is our responsibility - each of our's purpose - to help others figure out what we already have, through our experiences. That is how we can best serve.

And THAT is what I intend to devote myself to doing!!! 

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My House is Officially Back to its Non-Christmas Self!

laughter midlife story Feb 13, 2018

My house is officially back to its non-Christmas self!!!  I finally got my Christmas village put away!

As I was packing it up, I got to thinking about my beautiful buffet table and how it's one of my favorite pieces of furniture. And how I almost lost it....

You see, after my divorce I had to have an estate sale and put almost everything I owned up for sale. I tried to sell this but no one would pay the dirt cheap price I was offering for it...

So I kept it!

And when I look at it, I always think: you were meant to be with me, to see me through bad times and good.

And I smile. 

Isn't it funny how things have a way of working out?

I'm so thankful it's still here. If it wasn't, I don't know where I'd put my Christmas village!

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