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Her First Stocking at 78 Years Old!

aging family motivation Jan 27, 2017

We had a special guest last night and Santa made sure she had a stocking filled with goodies. It was nothing special! Make up remover wipes, Altoids, nail files, slipper socks, a dish cleaning brush, and some other trivial things. 

We took turns emptying the goodies, one at a time, and with each item she squealed with glee like it was exactly what she was wanting. When we were done, she looked at me and said: "This is my first stocking I've ever had." 

It broke my heart a bit when she said that. You see, my mother-in-law is the sweetest woman ever and dotes on her sons, grandchildren and now 6 great grandchildren every holiday. She is the biggest giver I've ever known. 

I am so thankful she finally got her first stocking. And I guarantee there will never be another Christmas without one. 

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It's the Simple Stuff that's Most Important!

family Jan 27, 2017

What did I do today you may wonder? It was important stuff!!!

First I got the tangles out of 2 My Little Ponies, then I braided one's mane & tail. (Had to brush up a bit on my braiding skills!)

Then I built a Lego tower almost as tall as my oldest grandson!!! And it stood all on its own - after a few tries!!!

And I just got my youngest grandson to stop crying in the car! (Nannie's special touch!)

I'd say it's been a productive day!!!

 
 
 
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Do you name your cars?

family Jan 27, 2017

My husband doesn’t understand why I refuse to let go of this car. We don’t need it. And it just cost me about 2K in repairs & new tires so it would pass inspection!

Part of it may be the influence of my father who named all of our cars when I was growing up. Every car was like a member of the family. I remember “Reggie,” “Mariah,” and “Tubby” to name a few. 

I even remember my sister crying & draped over the hood of one of our cars in the parking lot of the dealership as we were trading it in because she couldn’t bear the thought of saying goodbye!

Normally I’m ok with getting rid of cars but not this one. And it doesn’t even have a name!

But it has great meaning. It stands for life. A life almost lost. My oldest daughter’s life.

It wasn’t a car accident as you may think. It was a medical fluke – something that you never expect would happen to a perfectly healthy 20 year old.

She...

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Patience Makes Perfect!

motivation Jan 26, 2017

Sometimes patience is worth it!!!

We moved into our house in March 2013. I wanted urns for our front porch. I looked for awhile but couldn't find anything that a) I liked and b) was sturdy enough it wouldn't blow over if we had a strong windstorm. 

Last Christmas my husband found these. But they've sat empty for a year. 

And then last month Wegman's had their grand opening. I knew it the minute I saw them!!!! Little blue spruce trees! Just like the one my dad planted in our front yard of our house. 

They fit perfectly and they also were perfect for some outside Christmas lights. (We're not big on outside decorations!)

I love it when a dream becomes a reality. The front porch that I envisioned is finally here!!! And it makes me smile every time I look at it! #adreamcometrue#myperfecturns

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Fight for What is Right!

educational motivation Jan 26, 2017

FREE DRINK!!!! Sometimes you just gotta fight for what's right!

I ordered a specific coffee. It wasn't complicated. I ordered it as a Grande. I got a Venti. She said she wouldn't charge me which was the right thing to do. 

I then tasted it and discovered it was not what I ordered. She said she'd remake it but she would have to charge me extra for the drink I was supposed to get. WRONG!!!

When you make a mistake, make it right. Don't screw up, inconvenience the customer and then charge them extra even if it's the true cost of what they purchased. I've NEVER been charged for their mistake at Starbucks!!!

I asked if there was a manager I could talk to. She said she can call him. In the meantime, the barista made me the drink I should have gotten. 

Good thing the manager attended the "customer is always right" school. If not, there would have been an adult shit fit right in the Vegas airport. And I might have even gone Live here on Facebook. #thepowerofsocialmedia ...

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How Will You Choose to Remember 2016?

motivation Jan 26, 2017

Here we are... Another year has passed... What have you done with it? What progress have you made? What highlights stand out?

Being a glass is 3/4 full type person, I like to think about all of the GOOD from the year as its final curtain is drawn. It's kind of like the play of your life. Another chapter that is finished, another act that complete, another set of memories to bank.

I know some people have had a tough year. I get that! But I also know that you have the power to look at all of the positives of the last 366 days and have them lift you up or you can look at the negatives and have them drag you down.

How will you choose to look back on 2016? You have the power to put a positive spin on it. Try to do that and see how it feels! I bet it will be AMAZING!!!

I read a message yesterday from one of the leaders I look up to at Beachbody. His name is Jeff Hill and here are some snippets of his note:

"I am ending the year older, more grey hair, more wrinkles or "fine lines" as I like to...

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Is Your Water Dirty of Clear?

educational motivation Jan 26, 2017

"You're mind is like an empty glass; it'll hold anything you put into it. You put in sensational news, salacious headlines, talk-show rants, and you're pouring dirty water into your glass. 

If you've got dark, dismal, worrisome water in your glass, everything you create will be filtered through that muddy mess because that's what you'll be thinking about. Garbage in, garbage out. All that drive-time radio yak about murders, conspiracy, deaths, economy, and political battles drives your thinking process, which drives your expectations, which drives your creative output.

That IS bad news. But just like a dirty glass, if you flush it with clean, clear water under the faucet long enough, eventually you'll end up with a glass of pure, clear water.

What is that clear water?

Positive, inspirational, and supportive input and ideas. Stories of aspiration, people who, despite challenges, are overcoming obstacles and achieving great things. Strategies of success, prosperity, health, love, and...

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Will & Grace and the Law of Attraction

motivation Jan 25, 2017

The Law of Attraction at work once again!!! It is just CRAZY when this happens...

Last week I ran across an episode of Will & Grace. Mind you, I have not watched one single episode of this show since I've been with my husband (10 years).

So when I stumbled upon it as I was channel surfing (which I NEVER do!), I said to my husband, "Have you ever seen this show?" He had not. WHAT?!!!!

Of course I made him watch it and told him it was one of my favorite all time shows....

THEN... the universe called THE NEXT DAY and told me the show IS COMING BACK!!!! OMGGGEEEEEE! Will & Grace AND Karen & Jack!!!!

I CAN NOT WAIT!!!! #weekmade https://youtu.be/wDe934lJlqY

Any other Will & Grace fans out there? Who's your favorite character?

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Live Life! Face Your Fears!

motivation Jan 25, 2017

I suggest you try this... Don't let fear of change stop you from living life with passion. It might be scary to do something different, but the fear doesn't compare to what's waiting for you on the other side.

And honestly, I've never known anyone to die from making a change. It's the opposite.... You will start living better than before!!!
#fearisourworstenemy #makeachange #justgoforit #getunstuck #youonlyhaveonelife #youareincontrol #makeityourbestlife

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Live Your Truth!

laughter motivation Nov 26, 2016

I was NOT a fan of Miley Cyrus but I'm an avid watcher of The Voice and she is one of the judges this season. So I've been forced to watch and listen to her for a few weeks now. My opinion of her has done a 180. I am now a huge Miley fan!

What I love about her is her uniqueness and her strength of character which shines through on the show. She is truly someone who is wise beyond her years.

It is clear that she adores the singers on her team and is mentoring them to be successful long after the show is over. And I believe, more than the other coaches, she will help them further their careers.

I was sad for her this week when two people from her team were on the bottom and had a sing off to see which one would be saved.  I thought they both gave 2 of the best performances of the week.

But the words she said to them before the final votes were tallied really resonated with me... Great job Miley!!! #wisewords #liveyourtruth

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