Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Helping

“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” Vera Nazarian 

I've been helping a friend, an older woman, someone whose been a mentor. She once opened a door, gave me an opportunity to take a stand and share my truth.  

Now the tables have turned. She needs my help, someone to listen, to let her talk, to cry it out. Someone hurt her, hurt her really bad. I'm happy to be there for her, grateful I can repay her kindness. And something interesting has happened - a stronger bond has formed between us. We're becoming tight. 

Life's like that. Sometimes someone helps you out and then it's your turn to give back to them. I think it's what Mafasa in the Lion King would say, it's the circle of life. Grateful for......

-2014. The year's been amazing. Many neat things that have happened this year. Too many to list. 
-Booked to share my story to women living at a halfway house in January. Another opportunity to give back. To know someone's smiling b/c of me, makes me feel ten feet tall. 
-Countdown to celebrating Christmas in a different way than we're used to - warm temps, no snow and cold. Totally excited.  
-Faith. It's made such a huge impact in my life. It totally changed  the way I think and how I move in the world. It's the filter through how I see things, a huge difference than the filter I used to look through. It's what I'm most grateful for. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Today

“The beginning is always today.” Mary Shelley

I love mornings. Most days I wake up with an excitement and anticipation that anything and everything can happen. 

The neat thing is, whatever happened yesterday or the day before or the day before that, is done. Over. Today is a new day. And I'm grateful I get to live and experience whatever the day holds. 

There was a time I dreaded the mornings and the daytimes. I wished them away and never wanted to see the sun. But now I think, plans or no plans, the day stretches out and holds incredible promise. Grateful for.....

-snow days. Snow has been falling since last night and it's still coming down. Everything it touches becomes beautiful even the  not so pretty things. 
-this Christmas will be different. We're celebrating at the beach with sun and warmth and sand. No snow.
-my books have been selling for the holidays. Still amazes me that anyone still wants them. 
-mostly that He makes every day magical. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Strong

"Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of.Bethany Hamilton

Bethany is definitely proof of that. She was a young surfer who had her arm amputated after a shark bite. Instead of giving into fear, she jumped back on the board and took up surfing again. 

My girls and their friends have already figured out that Bethany's saying trumps the one I learned, sugar and spice and all things nice, that's what little girls are made of.  I see their grit and determination. I hear their strong belief that they're strong and capable of anything and everything. 

And Bethany's words are not just for little girls. It's for everyone. I've taken her saying for me too and running with it. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful Thursday - The Road Less Traveled.

“Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades bumps and uncharted terrain. But it's on that road where your character is truly tested”  Katie Couric

The road less traveled - it's where life really hits the's where the fun stuff happens and the exciting. And the people you meet on that road are kindred spirits...the ones not afraid to take a risk, or try new things, and mostly, follow their heart. 

I think that road less traveled is anything that makes someone's heart sing. It could be as simple as smiling at a stranger, loving your family, or starting new adventures when everyone's telling you, don't do it. The road less traveled.....following the whisper of your heart.  Grateful for....

-being mom to a couple of amazing girls.
-the simple things...wandering the wooded trails, shooting pics of birds and animals and nature. Photography helps me to really see, not only with my eyes but with my heart. I love that. I come home happy, content, and in awe of life. 
-dreaming out loud with a couple of kindred spirits, women who want to make a difference also. We've been tossing some ideas around, things to do in the new year. Awesome dreaming, planning and running with friends. 
-Mostly that He's a constant and the Voice that calls me to take the road less traveled. The neat thing, He's there on that road walking way ahead so there's nothing to ever be afraid of. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Gift

I feel that God has given me a very special opportunity that I should not let go to waste. I use the gift he has given me. Mattie Stepanek
Mattie Stephanek was a pint sized kid with a wheeze and a wheelchair. He had a mom and brothers all who suffered the same debilitating disease as him. His brothers died young. Mattie was given the same fate, but he  held onto a write a book and tell the world that love and faith and living is our reason for being alive. 

 Everyone has it....a gift of some touch the world and make it shine.

I once worked with disabled kids. I remember the smallest things made them happy - clean sheets, a warm smile, a gentle touch, a kind word, the taste of ice cream. They taught me it doesn't take much to be happy and that life is full of beautiful things.  
What's your gift? How are you using it to make the world a better place? 

Happy Thursday, Guys!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday. Know Hope!!

"Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you...YET someone survived. You can do anything you choose to do." Maya Angelou
“Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you… yet, someone survived… You can do anything you choose to do.” –Maya Angelou - See more at:
“Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you… yet, someone survived… You can do anything you choose to do.” –Maya Angelou - See more at:
“Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you… yet, someone survived… You can do anything you choose to do.” –Maya Angelou - See more at:

It's a message that has become my life song...telling people, look at me, if I can, you can. If I can stand strong. You can stand strong. It's what I know to give and to show - that overcoming is possible, no matter how far someone has fallen. I've been there and I'm not there no more. 

There's nothing that gives me more satisfaction than giving HOPE.  Grateful for.....

- every opportunity to give back whether through books, writing, speaking, or workshops.
- people I've met who've given me hope....who believed in me, showed me a better way, the way of love and compassion
-nature b/c I see hope in a small owl tucked in a tree, in a flying blueheron, in cute chippies and squirrels, in the smell of the woods and sight of majestic mountains.
-Hope that's renewed in smiles and kind gestures from people I meet and those I know.
-Hope that began with a touch of His gentleness that softened my heart, showed me that changed me, took away the hate and angst. Hope for me is Him is knowing He's in my corner, a safe place to run to, an anchor to hold onto.

Have an amazing Thursday, Guys. Off to run a workshop and give back some of that hope. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday - The Important Things

"What would you grab, if you had to pack up your life in only minutes?" Jodi Picoult 

The quote is from Jodi's book, The Storyteller. The novel is about two people who survived the holocaust, one a Jew, one a German soldier. It's a riveting book. Highly recommend it.

But this quote in particular makes me think...makes me wonder what I would do if I had only minutes to pack up my life. Without a doubt I know what I would take.....the things I couldn't live without, the things I'm most grateful for......

-My children, 'thing one' and 'thing two.' They fill up my heart and make life spectacular. Can't imagine life without them in it. 
-My closest friends who pump me with life and are constants in wisdom, support and love. 
-My memories of the happiest and fun times - hiking the woods, exploring other worlds, seeing the whales, goofing around with family and friends.....
-My writing. It's been my voice, how I've expressed myself and what I used to walk out of shame and into freedom.
-But mostly my faith - Faith is what changed my life in the first place. Faith is what gives me hope and reason to wake up each day with joy and expectancy. Faith trumps all else b/c without faith I couldn't live and with Faith I can soar above everything and anything. 

What would you take guys if you had minutes to pack up your life....Happy Thursday!!!