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Being Better All Begins with Awareness

"Judgment comes from a place of fear, disdain, or even hate." by Rachel Hollis from "Girl Wash Your Face"

No judgement here if you are "judgy." This comes from my  and a place of love because I want to be a force that makes a difference. I want to inspire positive change.

Part of the reason is because I used to be the most judgmental person so I understand. And I know change is possible no matter who you are or how old you are.

I'm a work in progress trying to get better every day. If you ever see my judgy side come out, call me on it please!!!

Here are a few tips from Rachel:

1. "Find nonjudgmental friends. We tend to become whoever we surround ourselves with. If your friends are full of gossip & vitriol, I promise you'll start to develop the habit. When you are looking for a community of women, look for ones who want to build each other up instead of year each other down." (or talk shit about others - those are my words! Rachel didn't cuss. )

2. Police yourself. "If...

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My commitment to my new grandson!

When I look at this little guy, I think about how much I want to be a part of his life. Being a grandma is different than being a mom because you know how precious time is and how fast it can fly by...

I want him to know me - the VIBRANT and FUN-FILLED me! I don't want him to ever see me as the old fuddy duddy who can't do things.

That thought motivates me like no other. It makes me WANT to stay focused on my health. It pushes me to press play & do my workout every day.

I'll be 77 when I go to his high school graduation. I'll be 81 when I go to his college graduation. And chances are I'll be close to 90 when I go to his wedding.

The images of those events in my head drives a deeper level of commitment to the habits I've developed of eating healthy and exercising

How big is your commitment to your own personal health and to being there for special events 30 years from now?

If it's not big, I urge you to change that TODAY! And COMMIT!!!!

If you need a support system, I'm still...

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What I Did Right as a Mom

family love relationships Aug 16, 2018

I love that my 2 girls are sooo close! That was so important to me as a mom!!! 
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One thing I think I did well is that I never took sides when they got into fights. I always made them solve their own problems and it worked! :D
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If you're a mom, and your child comes to you to complain about his/her sibling, always ask him/her to put himself/herself in the other person's shoes. Ask what he/she did to help contribute to the issue. 
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Never solve your child's problems for them. It will not serve them in the long run!!!
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And the best part... they will stop coming to you to complain about their sibling once they realize you won't get involved.
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Be a good mom. Let your kids stand on their own two feet... Even if they wobble!!!
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Then one day, they might let you go to concerts with them and will even help you with your make up!!!

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Do You Believe in Second Chances?

family love relationships Jul 06, 2018

(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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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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Do You Have Jewlery that Has Meaning?

love relationships Nov 22, 2017

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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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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