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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Keeping my word

I said "I'll do it"
And I did

I said "I'll finish"
So I'm trying

I said "I'll never"
So I won't

I said "I'd go"
And so I went

I said "I'll stay"
And here I am

I said "I love you"
And I still do.

I'm keeping my word
I'm doing my best
When it all goes bad
I'll clean up the mess
I'm keeping my word
No matter the test.

Some 'word's are worth keeping
While others are not
Sometimes it is better
to get off the pot*
I'm keeping my word.. this time
next time...maybe not.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Navigating life

I am posting a poll to get your opinions on navigating the game of life... specifically the academic track. Please only take it once since you can select more than one answer. I'll get back to you on this issue of "Navigating Life" ..... Thanks for your input.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Keira Knightly, You Go Girl!

In light of my post about the Knoxville shooting, I have been a little down but today I see a ray of hope in the world thanks to the stance taken by one Miss Keira Knightly.

This beautiful woman who has portrayed so many amazing characters, turns out to be a pretty amazing character herself (in real life). She bravely stood up to the 'movie gods' who wanted to increase her bust-line to help increase their bottom-line. (Watch the video- http://video.yahoo.com/watch/3191713/9030438).

She is perfect just as she is, plus she is an incredible actress and in my opinion has a captivating presence on film... would two cup sizes really change any of that? Newsflash: NO! Keira Knightly is perfect just the way she is. (If they think she is 'imperfect', I wonder how much plastic surgery or digital editing they would think I need...?)

This is a great wake up call to women and young girls everywhere. Society is so focused on superficiality, that a woman's looks are of the utmost importance almost every time. In this instance, Kiera refused to allow the digital alterations be done in her new movie "Dutchess", declaring that her body is fine just as it is. How could ANYONE argue with that? The fact that she has not had implants to have a 'box office bust' is more than refreshing... it's necessary for one woman of power to stand up and say ENOUGH. Enough focus on a woman as only a sum of her body parts. Hopefully people will see into this powerful refusal as a sign that women CAN be happy with themselves.... just as they are. We should all be glad that someone in Hollywood finally realized that... maybe Keira will spread the word and others who agree will take the stand with her. You go girl--> I'm behind you 100%!

WOMEN: Take a good long look at yourself. There are probably things that you don't like about your body, sure... we all have them. But looking at your body parts does not tell anyone who you are or what you are worth... your character, your personality, your abilities, your passions, and your soul are all a part of you. {U>x=(p+p)100}

YOU are worth more than the sum of your parts.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sunday Morning Church Shooting

I apologize for posting so late, I don't live under a rock as it probably seems, I have just been busy with the opera production... I noticed a video on Yahoo's News page a few minutes ago about a shooting that took place in a church in Knoxville, TN just yesterday (Sunday) morning.

I watched the videos associated with the story and learned that police had found a letter in the shooter's home, written by the shooter, that explained his frustration with not being able to find a job and his apparently passionate opinion regarding the 'liberal movement'. He confessed that he had intended to continue shooting people until the police arrived and he expected to be taken out by them to stop him.

He entered the church with a guitar case that concealed his gun and when he pulled out the rifle, he killed one man who tried to stop him from shooting others. Eight others were injured and in serious condition, with the report that one of the eight had just passed on from the injuries sustained.

This sick man's actions, according to his statements to police and his letter regarding the 'liberal' movement, were apparently directed at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church because they are welcoming of gays and lesbians.

Clearly this man knew what he was doing and targeted this specific church because it chooses to take a stance for gay and lesbian rights. Strangely enough, the question is raised- "is this a hate crime?" Pardon my lack of an eloquent response, but DUH! Murder is usually a crime committed out of a serious hate for someone- but this in particular fits the bill for which the hate crime legislation was created! It's not strange that "hate crime" should come up with this case- it is only strange that there is even a question about it.

My point was not to go off on a tangent regarding hate crime legislation and the police's hesitancy to use the phrase at all unless they are completely sure it will be accepted well by the general public as fitting of the situation, but I did think it was interesting how it was not as obvious to them and the reporting media as it was to me.

On another note, this incident brings further into light the problems that gay and lesbian Christians face. Please, please, please.... talk to someone about standing up for themselves as a gay person and as a Christian. As a Christian and a lesbian, I find myself searching for something to back me up. This passage of scripture has recently been the one that gives me the most joy. I know who I am. I know my love is real and I know that God loves me and has a plan for my life. I hope that every gay Christian out there understands that they have every right to serve their God and be themselves.

Please, please, please.... stand up for yourself and explain to others in a peaceful manner your views and make known your commitment to God and your willingness to be true to yourself no matter who stands against you. This is a very difficult thing to do, but the more people who are able to do this, the more presence we will have and the sooner we will earn acceptance. For those who read this and disagree, that is your right and I respect our differences. Please remember that I do not expect you or anyone to understand and I do not wish to merely be tolerated, but I hope that you can accept me as I am and realize that I am not and gay and lesbian Christians are not a threat and are not against you. We all have to learn to coexist as members of the same society. We all wish for peace and love to overcome all adversities.

I will pray for the congregation of the TN Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and all of those who were affected by this tragedy. I will also continue to pray for those who have similar believes as the shooter- may your eyes be opened and you learn what love truly is. I will leave you with this passage that is special to me:

1 JOHN 4: 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

If you want to know more about peace, love, and spirituality as it relates to GLBT issues, please see http://www.soulforce.org/. To understand more about the theological issues surrounding homosexuality, please see http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org/.

Quizzes- for fun

OK... so usually I don't put much stock in these little quizzes that you find online.... they're just for fun, right?

The Road Trip of Your Life

You see romantic love as what's most important in life. A deep connection with someone else is the primary thing you crave.

You live a life of leisure. You take your time in every aspect of life and enjoy it to the fullest.

You are all about risk and randomness in your life. You travel off the beaten path... in fact, you're often the one carving the way!

You are able to find a fairly healthy balance between work and play. You work when you need to, but you never let yourself burn out.

In another life, you could have been a great artist. You trust your creative instincts enough to let them lead you.

This one hit the nail on the head! I'm still thinking about my road trip / vacation and already wishing for another! Anyone interested?

What Advanced Degree Should You Get?

You Should Get a MD

(Doctor of Medicine)

You're both compassionate and brilliant - a rare combination. You were born to be a doctor.
Funny.... it's a little off, but close... how about a PhD in Psychology? That's what I'm shooting for.

Your Hidden Talent

Your natural talent is interpersonal relations and dealing with people.

You communicate well and are able to bring disparate groups together.

Your calming presence helps everything go more smoothly.

People crave your praise and complements. Interesting...

This is pretty on.....

Your Blogging Type is Artistic and Passionate

You see your blog as the ultimate personal expression - and work hard to make it great.

One moment you may be working on a new dramatic design for your blog...

And the next, you're passionately writing about your favorite causes.

Your blog is very important to you - and you want to share it.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Vacation * ~ :)

Vacation : Sun, waves, music and laughs!
We had an amazing vacation and I wouldn't trade those times for anything. I'll give you the basics of how it all played out. We had a plan, but it was fairly fluid and ended up working out much better than originally planned. Pictures coming soon, I promise.

Thursday- We drove 8 hours to DC, went to Wolf Trap and saw the Indigo Girls and Brandi Carlile in concert. The Indigo Girls were amazing, as always; but honestly I had not heard Brandi before and was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved her sound. She was a great addition to Amy and Emily's incredibly tight harmony. I definitely have a new favorite song- Brandi Carlile's "The Story" is spectacularly raw and intense. I LOVE it! (Apparently it became well known because it was played on "Grey's Anatomy"... with music like that in the background, it must be a great show! Almost enough to make me want to get cable~ lol. Really though, give it a listen -> incredible lyrics, amazing voice -> doesn't get much better than that.
We bought the cd and got the t-shirt.... been there, done that... would definitely do it again!
Friday- We drove from our hotel in Fredericksburg a little more than 3 hours to Virginia Beach. We stayed at the old Cavalier Hotel on the strip across the street from the beach. We took a walk down the beach from our hotel and played in the ocean waves. She was scared that a jellyfish might get her and kept swearing that she saw something in the water, so she would only go in the waves with me if I let her hold on to me. It was so funny. There was a really strong undercurrent, though, and it made it more difficult to go out in the water than it was worth to me... so we were content just to splash around and get knocked down by the strong waves. We had a blast. Later that evening we went back to the hotel to get cleaned up for dinner. We left the hotel in search of crablegs and came upon a restaurant that had a patio looking out over the ocean. We enjoyed a seafood buffet of crab legs, boiled shrimp, fish, scallops, oysters, mussells and many other yummy seafood concoctions. I'm pretty sure I ate half my weight in crab legs and the other half in boiled shrimp. I tried to get her to try oysters, mussels and scallops, but she was doing well just eating her crab legs- which she only recently agreed to try and now LOVES! So, we had a great dinner and then went for a walk down the beach boardwalk. We played a couple of carnival games and watched the bustling crowds walk down the main drag. We saw street performers, 'interesting characters from all walks of life' and even a skinny girl on stilts... what next, we wondered? We walked all the way down the main street back to where we had passed a building with a skull on top of it... we decided that we had to get a picture of it for our little man, Brandon, who loves skeletons! We walked along the beach under the stars until we reached the area where we parked the car. Then we headed back to the hotel and enjoyed some ice cream to settle the over abundance of seafood we were attempting to digest. ;)
All in all... one of the best nights we have had since last summer in Santa Barbara.
Saturday- We checked out of our beautiful, old hotel and headed west to Charlottesville, VA. We met up with a friend for lunch at a little downtown sidewalk cafe. Then, we followed him to the mansion that he is housesitting this summer and relaxed a little. We attended an opera at a local festival and returned back to our private quarters in the beautiful mansion. We visited with friends and played a little pool. It was a laid back day and we enjoyed relaxing together.
Sunday- We hung out at the mansion, swam in the pool, had a late breakfast, visited with friends and then all caravaned to lunch. We went to a really interesting restaurant that served South African food and I, of course, wanted to try it all but settled for ordering the sampler which included a little bit of everything that interested me on the menu. I had some really amazing food and it made me miss living in the city. It's impossible to find an eclectic menu much less anything remotely ethnic or authentic. This was a real treat. And, although I got myself into some curry that was so hot I went through three glasses of water, I couldn't stop myself from finishing it off because it was soooo good. I also had a few dishes that went really well with the peanut sauce and some stuffed mushrooms to die for. All around, best meal I've had in a long time. Car packed, mints in hand and a bottle of water on my mind, we headed back for I-64 that would take us home. It was a beautiful drive and we had a great time talking, singing, laughing and goofing off. We drove through a beautiful thunderstorm (that was actually threatening tornadoes and hail) outside of Charleston, WV but the rest of our trip was smooth and we arrived back home in good spirits and well worn around 11:30pm.
I am so glad that we were able to get away. It made me realize how much I love traveling and it also made me wish there was a way to live in the present without having to use the present to prepare for the future. I'm working on that. I'll let you know how it goes because lately, it's all I can think about. More on that later.
Amazing vacation~ best time in a long time. I definitely recommend running away from it ALL sometimes... everyone deserves some down time without worry, commitment, and stress.
I will post pictures of our adventures as soon as possible. Enjoy. Please comment. If you have ideas for great vacation... let me hear them. Next time I get a wild hair to do this again, I may need your input.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

This New Love

This new love
came in the dawn
This new love
is completely turned on
This time when we laughed
our souls felt the shake
This time when we kissed
it took away all heartache

This new love
is greater than the old
This new love
has really taken hold
We drove down the highway
just to get away
Second chances feel good
I wish we could've stayed

Alone on the road
just your hand in mine
Your smile, your song
your fears left behind
This is how it can be
from now until end
We stumbled into this
let our new life begin

I want to be with you
no miles to separate
I want to be there
when they realize your fate
We each walk our path
yes, this I understand
But life is so much better
holding your hand.

This new love
is my most precious gift
God has blessed me
with an attitude shift
Before when we loved
I loved you so much
But this time I feel
more than an ache for your touch
I cannot imagine the thought
of you going away
For an month, a week,
an hour or a day

So much of my soul
is devoured by yours
I will surely cease to be
there will be no cure
If you go away
I cannot smile again
Please say you'll stay with me
forever, til the end.

I love you today,
forever, oh so true
This new love
is special, for me and for you
It cannot be explained,
measured, or replaced
I just hope it is returned,
with you is my place.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

On the Road Again ~

Remember the other day when I mentioned I needed to RELAX and enjoy my summer more?
Well, that's what the next 4 days are going to be.... sort of. Ok, so I let go of the idealist notion that I actually know HOW to relax... lol... but I DO know how to have fun and let my hair down on a road trip! So, that's the plan.

Indigo Girls concert Thursday night, visiting with some friends Friday and Saturday, seeing an opera on Saturday night and enjoying my time alone with my someone special the rest of the time! I'm SO excited! So, I won't be back on until Monday, but I promise to report everything once I return.
Have a great week and weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Say It- TODAY!

I recently saw the movie "The Bucket List" with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. WOW! What an amazing movie. This one definitely tugs at your heart strings and makes you want to run out and experience the adventures that life and our majestic planet has to offer. If this movie doesn't move you- see a cardiologist quick!

The soundtrack includes the song "Say" by John Mayer.
If you haven't heard this song before, you must be living under a rock. Well, come on out and it will be okay. Listen to the words of this song... and follow your heart.

Having experienced a great loss in my life, with the death of my father, I understand what it means to have regrets. There are many things that I regret (with regards to my relationship with my father) including: things that I didn't say, but wanted to; things that I said, that I didn't mean and wished I could take back; times when I should have visited him more when he was sick and all alone; times when I should have stood up to him and told him how I felt; and times when I just should have loved him more and been there more for him as his daughter.

I was reminded of this again recently when my cousin, Cody, passed away. Today I logged on to my Myspace account and noticed that my other cousin, Wade, Cody's big brother had posted about how he was still numb and how he missed his little brother. Reading this broke my heart... I realized that so much time had gone by since Cody's death and I had still not been in contact with his siblings. I had been in contact with my mom, my grandmother, my sisters and sent word to my aunt of my sympathies, but I had not contacted my cousins. We were all very close growing up (practically brothers and sisters), but that was many years ago and we have all gone our own separate ways and hardly saw eachother anymore due to distance and timing. However, today when I read Wade's post, all that distance and time disappeared and I felt sad for the loss and ashamed that I had not reached out to them before now. (This is something deeply personal that I hesitated sharing, but I heard that song "Say" again today on the radio and decided that this was important and that I should just SAY it...).

I don't want to make that mistake again. I don't want to have anything left unsaid, unexpressed, or undone when I leave this world, or when someone I love leaves this world.

This movie is a great reminder of how fragile and fleeting life really is, but it also reminds us of the strength of spirit and the power of friendship, adventure and love.

Is there something you need to do? Is there something you need to say to someone?
Speaking from experience.... don't let another day pass before you reconnect with someone you love. If you love someone..... Say It- Today!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Just Another Manic Monday

I'm so glad that my life has resumed a semblance of normalcy.
Things, on the whole, are back as they should be... well mostly.
Ever the cynic I can always find some way that situations could be improved, but at this moment in time I am quite happy with how things are for me.
Loved ones back within arms reach always seem to quiet the soul.

So, where was I? Manic Mondays... ah, yes.
Well, today, like most Mondays was nothing spectacular. The work hours dragged on, with very little actual work to do. I spent most of my dayr reading some backlog of information that I normally keep pretty abreast to, but I'm not sure that cramming it all in within a few hours is the best way to do it. So, in terms of manic.... I guess my mind was functioning in a somewhat manic fashion just trying to take in all the information that I was reading about.
Reading some of this information caused me to go into a slight panic when I realized that the Fall semester would be starting back in a little over a month. I had promised myself that I would relax and enjoy the summer before it slipped away, but here we are mid-July and I haven't felt completely relaxed yet (lethargic-yes, thanks to medicines, but not exactly relaxed).

I am on my way out the door to check out the only lesbian romance novel that our little conservative town's library has in stock. Maybe it's time for me to donate some of my own books to help this little town's obvious lesbian population have something else to read besides these 200+ pages of a book that was written in 1983. Perhaps my manic Monday will end with the calming effects of another potential favorite novel. (I'm a book addict and a good love story calms me everytime).

If you're looking for something to dive into this summer (a book, not a pool), check out my post of my top 10 favorite novels of all time (well... so far).


Top 10 Favorite Novels

For all of you who have some spare time on your hands this summer and are looking for a great book to get lost in, have a look at these. Keep an open mind and soon you'll find you have a lot more in common with the characters than you thought.

Within this list is romance, mystery, suspence, murder, death, sex, passion, sacrifice, true love, coming of age, finding faith in God and in people, learning to accept who you are and what life hands you. You are sure to find something fabulous and memorable in every one of these.

TOP 10 Favorites:

1. Painted Moon- Karin Kallmaker

2. Annie On My Mind- Nancy Garden

3. Venus Envy- Rita Mae Brown

4. Flowers for Algernon- Daniel Keyes

5. To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

6. The Awakening- Kate Chopin

7. A Room of One's Own- Virginia Woolfe

8. Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne

9. Silas Marner- George Eliot

10. The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde

Which of these is your favorite? I'd love to hear about how one of these books has moved you or touched you in some way. Please comment. More of my favorites coming soon.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Happy Summer!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

Tomorrow is a happy occassion & I'm ready to celebrate!

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As you can see I have given my blog a facelift while I've been sick.
I'm feeling better now, so I'm going to enjoy my weekend and get back to you all on Monday. Be sure to check out all the new things I've added.
Now with 3 columns, there's a lot more to see.
Have a look around!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Outta sight, outta mind?

Don't forget about me just because I haven't posted in a couple of days. I'm down with bronchitis right now, but am using my time wisely- working on a custom blog layout. I should be back up to par hopefully by next Monday.

This pic is a clue to what the new layout will look like!

Have a great rest of your week!

Look out for more video.... coming soon.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Message to All

This is my first attempt at adding a video to my blog.
Right now I am using my camera phone for the video, so it is not great quality but it gets the job done. I'm just trying it out for now, so bare with me.

If anyone has any pointers, tips, suggestions, whatever... please feel free to offer them up. I want to learn.

Kept Apart while Dying

Today I'm feeling under the weather and just surfing the web. I ran across this article from last week where another blogger was talking about how a lesbian couple was not allowed to be together while one of them was dying in a hospital in Miami.

I don't think I could do a better job than she did in expressing my feelings about this senseless, hateful situation. Keeping two people who love each other and have shared a life together apart when one is in her last moments of life is more than wrong... it is heartless, cruel, shameful and I hope God adds that to the list of sins of those who kept these two people apart. This is so sad.
My heart aches for this family and I am devastated that our seemingly progressive societies in larger urban areas are still inflicting pain on gay and lesbians.

When will this stop? We all have to vote! Call or write your congressman/woman! Speak out against those who try to count us GLBTQ as second class citizens.

This makes me want to get married even more. I want to declare my love for my partner and show the world that gay and lesbian couples are every much as stable, loving, normal and worthy of protections under the law.

If someone you know, care about or love is gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning then you can imagine what this might have been like for this person if he or she had to go through such an ordeal. Please stand up with us in fighting this discrimination of insurmountable proportions.

Read the story here and see the newscast.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

I've Dreamed of You

Music is important today.

One song, very special to me, has been running through my head a lot today.

"I've Dreamed of You" by Ann Hampton Callaway.

Search it, listen to it.... it is a personal favorite.
The one I hope will be played at my wedding someday. (hint, hint)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Coming in to Love

Coming Out

Coming out of the dark
Leaving silence behind
Fearing what's ahead
Going into battle blind

Feeling what is fair
Knowing what is right
Guessing how it will go
Fearing how it might

Sometimes you have to do it
Do it anyway
Even if the end result
Doesn't show today

Someday you will be relieved
To know that you are free
To say, and do, to think and be
What you were meant to be.

Coming out of the dark
Opening the heavy door
Looking yourself in the face today
Like you never have before

Seeing your reflection in their eyes
Knowing that they know you now
It may be hard for a little while
Hang on until they settle down

But in the end it will all be out
You will be free to live and be
Just remember that it is up to you
Only YOU can make you happy.

This Love

We were told from very young
God is Love.
It is up to us to defend our rights
No one can tell you who to love.

I believe my God is Love.
So, all love is of Him.
Including this great love I have for you,
For I know it will never ever end.

It is not immoral, it is not wrong
It is the only explanation of what I feel
It is more than powerful, more than strong
I am deep in love and it is very real.

The love I have for you
Over these four years has grown
I only hope you feel it too
We will make a life of our own.

Hold out hope that love will endure
Until all trials pass away
I love you now more than ever before
And I love you more and more everyday.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Wall-E: E for Enlightening

Tonight I saw the new Disney movie, Wall-E.
It was a great movie that I would highly recommend.
Though it may cause kids to ask a lot of questions after seeing it, it is definitely a movie that everyone must see.
It serves as a sort of 'warning' for what could happen to the world if we don't ALL begin taking better care of it.
It may be a little politically charged and environmentally dramatic, but in all I think it teaches a good lesson. It shows how scarey a dirty and dying earth could be and it also shows the effects of people becoming physically and socially lazy. a
I felt the need to watch the Inconvenient Truth again. Perhaps this animated movie was inspired by that documentary. The Inconvenient Truth is a fantastic movie/documentary, but apparently it is not for everyone. Perhaps some don't like being told how we are killing the world and the creatures in it, or perhaps they just don't like the politics behind it all. Either way, environmentalism is an important issue, so I figure that Wall-E is as good a way as any to begin introducing kids to the potential results of neglecting to care for our world.
A definite MUST SEE.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

One Day

One day at a time
Is really all we get
Hold on to every moment
Tomorrow isn't yet

Images of future
Difficult to grasp
Explanations flounder
Understandings gasp

The paths that you imagine
Can sometimes lead astray
But seeing the big picture
Will help show you the way

Present is life
Past is but a memory
Future is hope
So make today all it can be

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mental Make-over

2004.................2006................. 2008
Four years should NOT look like that!
(And these were some great years!)

Today I spent more time than I should have looking reviews for several different anti-aging products, serums and solutions. I was exhausted last night and was finally getting ready for bed, when I washed my face and noticed that I had more freckles lately and that my skin was much more blotchy. Upon further inspection I noticed the lines around my mouth were more exaggerated, and I not only had bags under my eyes, but now crows feet were forming.

I immediately began to tear up. I realized I needed a make-over.

I realized that I had been neglecting myself for far too long. Just turning 31 may have been what's got me to think about how I'm looking lately. I know I have about 40lbs to lose (I've lost 7lbs in the last two weeks). I know I need a new hairstyle so I can't keep falling into the lazy habit of wearing my hair up in a ponytail or tacking it up in a bun. I also must admit, that I rarely wear makeup on weekdays, and only on weekends when I go out.

I never thought about it before, but I think I'm short changing myself.
See, whenever I wear make-up, fix my hair and dress cute.... I feel good, nevermind the compliments I get. I FEEL good about myself. So, why don't I do it everyday? Aren't I worth it?

I realized that I had been telling myself for years that it didn't matter if I looked good, but really it matters a great deal. I am missing out on the feeling of confidence.

I realized I needed a Mental Make-over.

Today, I'm making a (late) birthday resolution. Who says they're just for new years?
Today, I promise MYSELF that I will not allow my age to become a factor in believing in myself, having confidence, and feeling good about the way I look.

Today, I vow to take care of myself:
* I will workout without fail at least 3 x a week.
* I will take care of my skin.
* I will wear make-up and fix my hair, everyday.
* I will be aware of my increased confidence and use it as motivation to continue.
* I will help lift others up.

I wanted to share with you my realization that:
Age is just a number.
Life is what you make it.
You get a new chance everyday!

You can give yourself a Mental Make-over and feel better today!

Smile. Feel good. Compliment someone. Pass it on.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Shaken, not stirred

I salute all of you who do your best to react to negativity from the world. To those of you who may be 'shaken' by what you hear or what happens, at least you have not 'stirred' your plans. Keep on the path that you have chosen. Do not let others or circumstances disway you from your dreams. Believe in yourself.

Sometimes even the
most amazing
most talented
most beautiful
most popular
most important
most memorable
most successful
most gifted
most educated
most well-mannered
most cheerful
most friendly
most original
most confident
most efficient
most responsible
most adaptable
most diligent
most driven
most glamourous
most healthy
most humorous
most mature
most spiritual
most stable
most zealous
most sincere
most skillful
& most spectacular
of people are all subject to the disappointments of life and the criticism of others.

The key to life is to take criticisms and disappointments as learning lessons.
In some cases, they are the result of "happenstance" or actions of other people... in those cases where you feel you have nothing to learn- learn to take it in stride.

Even the most ______ people go through these times. No one is exempt from troubles or failures. Just remember that you are not alone, you are worthy of better, and only YOU can decide how and when YOU will succeed. Some things happen in our time... the time of our choosing.... and sometimes things happen when it is out of our hands.
The best thing to do is to try to keep a positive attitude and remember that "this too shall pass".

In keeping with this idea that there is a time for everyone to fail and everyone (who continues to try) to succeed, I leave you with this wonderful passage from the Bible.

For everything there is a season,And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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