Tree Trimming Party

family midlife story Dec 10, 2017

My husband and I were invited to a tree trimming party yesterday, parents of some friends of ours who live in an old house on 400 acres.

It was an amazing evening filled with friendships, history and sharing childhood memories. And old wooden floors, wood burning fireplaces, and wine cellar doors shipped from an ancestors home in France (incredible story!)

I got to hang an ornament that was over 100 years old!!!

The proprietor, John, who is about 82 years old, has generated several genealogy charts framed in his cellar going back to the 1400s.

The home belonged to his grandparents and has had some additions added over the years. Going through the home and hearing the stories was pretty amazing.

Side note: The house was used as a hospital for amputees in the Civil War. There was even marks on the wood floor from the blood of the soldiers. 

I felt the true spirit of Christmas last night, being with wonderful people, remembering past memories, and those who have come before us....

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I Want to Share a Passage in a Book I'm Reading.

I want to share a passage in a book I’m reading that really struck me last night…

Let me first give a little background on the point. It speaks of the fact that our true spirit we were born with came into this world with an endless supply of talents.

But once we became human form, limits in our talents and abilities were developed by our conscious mind.

The author, Wayne Dyer, asks that you “become aware that anything that excites us is a clue that we have the ability to pursue it. Anything that truly intrigues us is evidence of a divine (albeit latent) talent that signaling our awareness.

Having an interest in something is the clue to a thought that’s connected to our calling - that thought is a vibration of energy in this vast universe. If something really appeals to us and we feel excited but perceive ourselves as devoid of the talent we think is necessary, it’s probably an even higher vibration.

If we react to this message with anything other...

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I'm Super Excited About My Course!

I'm SUPER EXCITED about my course!!!

It's funny... I thought I'd be a teacher like my parents and sister. I was working on a degree in Education and had a chance to be a permanent substitute teacher for 7th graders for a whole grading period. By the end of the 9 weeks, I knew teaching wasn't for me. 

Instead I got into computers but it so happened that I began to create courses and train people (adults!) on the technology products I worked on. So in a way, I did become a teacher...
And now I have my own virtual course that I know will help a lot of people!!!

Anyone have a similar experience where you didn't do what you thought you were supposed to but ended up there anyway?

#fate #itsinthegenes #weareallstudents #andweareallteachers

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Please Pass this Info Along! You May Save a Life!

aging health life advice Nov 22, 2017

Please pass this message along!!! You may save a life!

These are my college bestie’s before and after pics! Not the typical before/afters I share.

She is DAMN LUCKY!!!!

She noticed a spot on her arm. Doesn’t look like much, does it? Certainly not anything bad. She didn’t think it was anything but a nuisance to look at.

The ONLY reason she went to the Dermatologist was because her daughter was getting married and she wanted it removed or frozen off. She told me it was only for vanity reasons.

Unfortunately it turned out to be an aggressive type of melanoma!
But the good news is: they got it all!!! 

If not for her daughter’s wedding, she may have waited too long and had a much different prognosis.

I went to the Dermatologist yesterday. I go once a year but I also go whenever I see something suspicious. I had 3 spots frozen.

Did you know melanoma can be on ANY part of your body, even your scalp - which is impossible to see on your own!

This shit is nothing...

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Do You Have Jewlery that Has Meaning?

Do you have jewelry that has meaning?

I’m not a big jewelry person. In fact, I tend to wear the same stuff every day and I rarely wear bracelets until just recently. 

I LOVE these bracelets as they each have real meaning to me. 

I got the jade one in Notting Hill, England last month when I learned it’s a fantastic balancing stone. Something just called me to buy it and I’ve worn it almost daily since.

My smiley face bracelet I found on Etsy. It is my essence to a “T!” It’s a daily reminder to be a positive light to others. I haven’t taken It off since I got it about 3 months ago.

My heart bracelet is a reminder of the sisterhood I share with my college BFFs. I bought one for each one of us to wear as a reminder of our love for each other.

I’d love to see what is special to you and hear why.... #yourturn

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"This Universe Works on the Law of Attraction"

From this morning’s reading...

“This universe works on the Law of Attraction-so the more we shift the focus from our desires to wanting more for others, the richer we become. 

When we tell the universe to give me “Gimme, gimme, gimme,” it responds in like fashion, and we find ourselves feeling put upon and out of balance. But when we ask the universe, “How may I share?” it will ask, “How may I share with you?” You are a being of sharing, and I returned the same energy back to you.”

Now this may at first seem absurd, particularly if we’ve been raised on an ego consciousness that’s stressed the need to “look out for number one,” and “get what I can before someone else does.” 

But I assure you that when we make the transformation to a being of sharing, the question of how to become inspired will disappear. 

So whenever we find ourselves “wanting more,” the solution is...

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Make Progress! Make Memories!

life advice motivational Nov 20, 2017

7 1/2 weeks left in the year!!! What do you have planned in the remaining time you have?

You won’t get this time back. Make progress! Make memories! Make this time high in value!

Tell me what’s on your list...

For me, I am:

Losing 10 pounds
Going to a friend’s 60th birthday party
Going to the UVA/Va Tech football game
Spending 3 days in NY with daughter Kori
Going to the Christmas Hanson concert 
Going to see Book of Mormon on Broadway
Going to Asheville to see family
Spending time with my children & grandchildren

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Day 1 of Nannie in Charge

family love relationships Nov 11, 2017

Day 1 of Nannie In Charge: 

After getting 2 kids dressed, fed breakfast, dropped off to school as well as an 11 month old up, fed and diaper changed, lunches made and packed AND an 8 month old puppy fed and let out, I need a nap! LOL!!!

I did all that in 50 minutes! 

I realized after we were in the car that I forgot to even have 1 sip of water, let alone eat anything.  

I forgot how hard this is - and I only had 2!!!! Hoping a workout and a shower is feasible at some point! 

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Off to Babysit for a Few Days!

family love relationships Nov 11, 2017

I lived in the Washington DC area for 50 years and so I always traveled in and out of large, busy airports. Now that I live in a small town, I love to fly in and out of our cute little airport. 

There were 2 people in front of me in the security line!!! Absolutely no hassles and no stress. 

And look at the beauty before my eyes while I wait to board. Even my  luggage tag is happy!!! 

Off to babysit for a few days and feeling quite lucky that I get to trick or treat with my grandkids on Halloween!  (Be prepared for lots of pictures!)

What are you doing for Halloween?

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My Husband May Kill Me for Posting This!

family love relationships Nov 03, 2017

My husband may kill me for posting this but I’ll take that risk because I want his action to have a bigger impact. 

When was the last time you wrote a love note to your significant other?

You may not think of this as a love note but if you know him, it is. He loves football more than life itself and he wants ME to watch it with him. Good thing I love football too!!! 

When I saw this sitting on the counter, it made me smile. It touched me that he took the time and that he cares. 

Do me a favor. Write a sweet note to you sig other today. Leave it on the kitchen counter or on his/her pillow. 

I guarantee you will get a ton of benefit out of that simple action. Show your love. Give it freely with no expectation. 

Happy Saturday! xxxooo

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