June 19, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.  
If you're alive, it isn't. 
-Richard Bach

Word Art, here

The Invitation

I like to often look around at my colleagues walls, and see what they have up to inspire, motivate, and keep them going on the job.  Recently, I saw this printed and framed.  My colleague says it is actually from a book. I was inspired just by reading it in the moments in her office, and when something speaks to me like that, it must be worth something.  Thank you Oriah, for your words...

The Invitation
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Canadian Teacher and Author

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.

If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn't interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

by Oriah Mountain Dreamer from her book THE INVITATION (c) 1999. Published by HarperONE, San Fransisco. All rights reserved. Presented with permission of the author. www.oriah.org

Inspirational peak, here

February 3, 2014

Valentine's Pillows

Love these darling Valentine's Decorations - I want the big "I love you" pillow for my couch! So sweet! Can be found at Garnett Hill.

Let It Go

A friend reminded me of this....time to start practicing it.

January 10, 2014

True Colors

I work with a very special youth program that's very close to my heart.  This song is a song that is very special to us. I found this version on Sound Cloud and think it's just beautiful.

January 9, 2014


This song soothes my soul, and gives me such comfort. I hope it gives you some as well. Lately many people have been asking me to pray for them, and when I listen to this song and light a candle, it warms my heart and helps me pray for others. Who or what is on your heart right now to pray for?

September 18, 2013

Love Take Me Over

Currently listening to this tune which has me dancing barefoot, in my cozy socks, in my highest heel, and my most comfortable and favorite flats. To put it perfectly, this song fills me up with love. I picture myself sprinkling hearts all over like an endless cape coming straight from my heart - trailing me like pixie dust wherever I go.   I'm throwing hearts into the air, armfuls at a time, watching them trickle and dance all around me.  Some are sequined...some are glittered...some are twinkling...some are rich in deep reds, pinks, and purples... others are buttery soft suede in texture...a few are bright like christmas lights and shine here and there.  The hearts are overflowing and my love is pouring out onto others, and it's pure love - for all.  Listen to this song by Steven Curtis Chapman and try to feel yourself being dusted with pure love....

Picture, here.

September 16, 2013

Never Settle

Dating can be like navigating through some very rough waters. It can be scary, traumatic, exhilarating, romantic, heart wrenching, and at times...dreadful. You can feel lost in the seas, unsure of where to go next, you can't see the shoreline, the winds are blowing much too rough, and you are in danger. There are times you wish the storm would pass, and the clouds would part, and your little boat would just settle in some calm, beautiful waters. 

I recently stumbled upon this book "My Little Book of Whether or Not He's Worth It" and if I had a little girl, or a sister, I would want them to know these things now, and remind themselves of these things because we often forget it.

Please take some time to read some of these points from her book... such as:

I will only date and eventually marry:
A man who makes me feel so excited, I can't stop myself from wanting more.

 A man who doesn't keep me guessing about his feelings and what he wants.

A man who pursues me.

A man who sees me as the bright spot in his day.

A man who does what he says he's going to do.

A man who doesn't make me feel anxious, uneasy, or worse by being in a relationship with him than I did being alone
A man who makes me feel comfortable enough to bring up sensitive topics.
A man who loves me enough to marry me in every time zone if that's what I wanted.

A man who doesn't need forever to realize I'm the best thing that's ever happened to him.

A man who would move mountains to keep me.

A man who treats me better than I feel I deserve.

A man who never belittles me to feel superior.

A man who goes out of his way to make sure I know my worth is infinite, that I'm smart, valuable and deserving of everything I've ever wanted.

A man who hungers for information about me and doesn't spend our time solely talking about himself.

A man who has the ability and desire to provide.

A man who doesn't make me feel like I have to give up anything which I find to be essential for making life enjoyable.

A man who honors the woman I am and have the potential to become.

Picture: here


August 30, 2013

New Office Inspired Art Pieces

I have a new office at my part time job....and s-l-o-w-l-y over the summer I have started to shake my glitter about, making the space mine. It's not something I plan to do in a day, a week, or a month. Over time this space will become a home, a little sanctuary for my youth group. 

Here are some of my esty inspired artwork pieces...

"Through this gate shall not pass trouble,
In this dwelling shall not come suffering,
Through this door shall not pass fear
In this quarter shall not come quarrelling
In this place shall be blessing and peace!
May this home be a place of happiness and
health, of contentment, generosity and hope!
May all who visit and live here
Know only blessing and peace!
Trust in the Lord
with all thine heart
and lean not unto thine
 own understanding
In all thy ways
acknowledge Him
and He shall
direct thy paths.
Proverbs: 3:5-6

 Now, this is perfect.
1. Blessing of the home sign, here.
2. Proverbs 3:5-6, here.
3. Don't Make Me Come Down There sign, here.

June 24, 2013

Sweet Sabbatical

Hard to say, but it's time for The Lady & Her Pen to take a little sabbatical. I've loved this blog and everything that it's allowed me to do. I hope to be able to come back to it in time, and maybe strong than ever when I do.  I hope when I do you'll accept me back with open arms. Until then, it's not goodbye, it's just a changing of chapters. xoxo


May 26, 2013

Hallelujah by Bethany Dillon

Love this song....

Kicking off Summer

Memorial Day... the unofficial kick off to summer! My summertime bucket list.

1. Take time for myself and make myself a priority. Bubble baths, yoga classes, Saturday morning group work outs, proper sleep, and learning to say no....

2. Find a cute maxi dress like this one. Cool and breezy for summer with a sun-kissed tan.

3. Have a delish BBQ with my best friends up north and catch up on life.

4. Sit outside and drink lemonade and watch the sunset

5. Watch the Star Wars Trilogy...a friend says I have to see them and I never have!

6. Spend the day at Gilson beach.

7. Get one of these adorable floppy hats.

8. Perfect the summer playlist
So far.....
   Counting Stars - OneRepublic
   Gone, Gone, Gone - Phillip Phillips
   Demons - Imagine Dragons
   Wanted - Hunter Hayes
   Happy As The Sun - Tyrone Wells
   Superwoman - Alicia Keys
   A Little's Enough - Angels & Airways
   Death of Me - Tony Lucca
   Hallelujah - Bethany Dillon

9. Do more yoga with my new mat from Lulu

10. Finally go on a on a hot air balloon ride (or sky divvying.....either one, even though their are at opposite ends of the spectrum!)

What's on your summer bucket list? 

Vintage NICHE shot, here.
Dress here
Lemonade glasses here
Toes in the sand here
Floppy Straw hat, here
Lulu mat, here

May 24, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day weekend friends!

What are your plans this weekend? I plan on sleeping, reading, watching movies, getting some sun, seeing friends, and plenty of R&R...I am pressing the reset button on my body, mind, and spirit.

I will be taking several yoga classes....

Yoga picture, here.

Saturday I am getting my chakra balanced, here. I am not sure what is involved but let's find out.

Beautiful Chakra Artwork, here.

Happy Weekend!

May 23, 2013

The Lady & Her Pen is listening to....

The lady and her pen is currently loving this tune...

May 6, 2013


I love all things ladylike and classic...pearl studs, ponytails, beige trench coats, tortoise shell print, argyle, plaid, tartan print, organic produce, freshly cut grass, falling asleep in a hammock in the sunshine... and some of these other classic ladylike things...

Like these classic black sling backs...

Red nails and a cup of tea or coffee...

Grace.... grace is classic. Strive for grace, not perfection. "Grace is a way of life" 

And dancing, even in the middle of the sidewalk, with the one you love. Yes, that is classic and ladylike... love it. 

Slingbacks here
Tea cup here
Grace print here
Dancing couple here.

April 28, 2013

Things to do

You know those things you've been meaning to do? No, not the growing to do list. Not the massive amounts of errands. Not the general ebb and flow of life that keeps us 'so busy'. The things you've wanted to do but just haven't done. For whatever reason. All the things on your 'bucket list'. Pick one. Whether it be small, such as saying something to someone you've always wanted to. Or taking a different route because you've always wanted to drive by this certain area. Go for a long drive. Take the bike out of the garage and ride it. Wear the nice shoes. Burn the favorite candle. Wear the jewelry you've haven't taken the tags off yet because you're saving. Wear a spring dress even if you work in a casual work environment. Wear something other than black. Wake up early. I mean early. Watch the sunrise. Call up and old friend and really catch up the way friends were meant to. Give up facebook for a day, or a week. Trust me, it's not going anywhere. Turn off the television. Hug your children. Read more. Take a deep breathe in. This is life, this is the journey, it's meant to be enjoyed, every moment. The good, the bad, the fights, the making up, the drama, the love. It's all part of it. What are you waiting for?

Swedish Proverb

"Those who wish to sing... always find a song."
- Swedish Proverb

April 10, 2013


The lady & her pen is currently loving this tune...Sometimes you just have to put an S on your chest for Superwoman and stand up tall.....sing it Alicia...

March 31, 2013

Happy Easter & Turning 2...

The Lady & Her Pen turns 2 today....and it is Easter! Happy Easter fellow readers!

I love Easter. I love the sense of renew and rebirth. The changing of seasons, the smell of the first hints of spring in the air. Where I can still wear a light jacket, but later on take it off when it gets too warm. Going to church today was like watching everyone come out of hibernation for the winter. Young girls had on their white tights and even some had on cute little darling hats. Bows in their hair. Most of us left the long dark wool coats in their closet and opted for a light tan trench or topper.  Women were wore light pants or dresses and everyone seemed to have a little more life in their step.  Everyone just seemed happy for the hour, and 'lighter'. The birds have started to chirp, the sun was shining, spring is definitely in the air.

Print, here.

March 23, 2013


Loving this song.... peppy, faithful, fun, and puts me in such a good mood. Makes me feel like I can do anything.

Hey, heard you were up all night

Thinking about how your world ain't right
And you wonder if things will ever get better
And you're asking why is it always raining on you
When all you want is just a little good news
Instead of standing there stuck out in the weather

Oh, don't hang your head

It's gonna end
God's right there
Even if it's hard to see Him
I promise you that He still cares


When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
And things can only get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger
Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you stronger

Try and do the best you can

Hold on and let Him hold your hand
And go on and fall into the arms of Jesus
Oh, lift your head it's gonna end
God's right there
Even when you just can't feel Him
I promise you that He still cares


'Cause if He started this work in your life

He will be faithful to complete it
If only you believe it
He knows how much it hurts
And I'm sure that He's gonna help you get through this

When the waves are taking you under

Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
In time it's gonna get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger

March 9, 2013

Go with the Flow

I had my whole day mapped out to the minute. It was perfect.  Morning at the gym, afternoon  of pampering, a night out with good friends... Up at 6:00am, the day was off to a totally different start than I had planned.

Life turns on a time and the day decides to go much differently, and family priorities take over.

Sometimes life is like that. No matter how carefully you mapped it out and planned it and calculated your weekend by the minute, what will end up happening will actually take over and you just have to go with the flow and let it take you there. Whatever the reason, you may not understand it now, sometimes you just have to let it be, it's not yours to understand or make sense of.

This is a Daily Meditation, from the book "The Language of Letting Go" by Melody Beattie. It's an oldie, but a goodie...{1990}.  It is one of my favorites and I feel compared to share it and I come back to it often as a reminder to do so, to 'go with the flow'... to enjoy the place of the flow and the present moment even if it's outside of the calculated planner.

Going with the flow

Go with the flow.

Let go of fear and your need to control. Relinquish anxiety. Let it slip away, as you dive into the river of the present moment, the river of your life, your place in the universe.

Stop trying to force the direction. Try not to swim against the current, unless it is necessary for your survival. If you've been clinging to a branch at the riverside, let go.

Let yourself move forward. Let yourself be moved forward.

Avoid the rapids when possible. If you can't, stay relaxed. Staying relaxed can take your safely through fierce currents. If you go under for a moment, allow yourself to surface naturally. You will.

Appreciate the beauty of the scenery, as it is. See things with freshness, with newness. You shall never pass by today's scenery again!

Don't think too hard about things. The flow is meant to be experienced. Within it, care for yourself. You are part of the flow, an important part. Work with the flow. Work within the flow. Thrashing about isn't necessary. Let the flow help you care for yourself. Let it help you set boundaries, make decisions, and get you where you need to be when it is time. You can trust the flow, and your part in it.

Today, I will go with the flow.

Waves, here.

March 7, 2013

It's in the Eyes

I cannot lie at all....I don't mind if you know that.

Beautiful drawn picture of eye, here

March 2, 2013


Life should be like this...not just on the 4th of July...but whenever possible.

Give yourself a chance to experience the beauty of a firework.

{PS These were my favorite when I was a child!}

Fireworks, here

Cozy Spot for my new favorite show

Recently got hooked on the series Downton Abbey....certainly would not mind curling up here and fnishing up season 3 when I get home!{Watch season 3 until tomorrow through the link above and catch up!} You won't regret it...

Chaise Lounge sitting area, here

February 28, 2013

Be Happy

A sweet little clip about simple ways to be happy...

What holds you together?

After watching the *cutest* movie "In Her Shoes" the other week, I thought a great deal about this quote.  Two of the main characters are talking at this point in the movie.... Rose loses her job with her law firm and Simon, her former colleague, has always had a crush on her and is trying to ask her out.

Simon:  Look, I know this isn't my business, but I can't not say anything. You have rights, legal options for getting your job back.
Rose: I don't want it back.

Simon: You don't? I thought you loved it. You were always the first one there in the morning and the last one to leave at night.
Rose: I know. Not because I loved it.

Simon: Then why?

Rose: I don't know. Maybe... I was scared of what would happen if I wasn't there.

Simon: Oh, what? Like the place would fall apart without you?  With law freaks like you there? Never.

Rose: No, I wasn't worried about the office. I guess it was more... me... and what would happen to me
without those people to please...and those tasks to get done.  Like... maybe... those were the things holding me together. And without them, I'd...fall apart.

Simon: But you didn't.

Rose: I guess not.

Simon: So what does hold you together?  For me, it's the law, politics...the Sixers and good food. If you ever want to join me for a game or a meal...I hope you'll give me a call.

So....what holds you together?

Picture above, here.

Currently Coveting

The Lady & Her Pen is currently coveting these AGL flats...If you've never worn AGL you have yet to experience stepping in pure butter for your feet. I could wear AGL's all day long. I have sensitive tootsies and wear my only black pair to death. With jeans, leggings, skirts, you name it - I have wore out the soles, replaced them, and they are the best flat I have ever owed.  Once I slipped these on, Cinderella realized there was never a more perfect shoe carved for her feet.

*I will be saving my pennies for them come spring!*

Attilio Giusti Leombruni Toe Cap Ballet Flats, $298, from Nordstrom, here.

February 19, 2013

A Prayer for My Daughter - Joyce Maynard

Below is a favorite. More than a favorite...something I would want to frame and hang in my child's room someday. For all those that read this, my hope is that you'll find a point where you stop and think about your actions, your character, and who you have become, want to become, or are still growing and becoming. I hope you find comfort. If you are a daughter, I hope you find joy in wanting these things for yourself and your future. For the gentlmen that read my blog, I hope you'll pray for the young women in your life, and maybe even find some thoughts in here that make you think about your own daily choices. For all who read this, just take a moment to think about the person you have are today, and how you are still growing, learning, discovering, becoming the man or woman you were meant to be...and who you would like to be.

Parenting: A PRAYER FOR MY DAUGHTER by Joyce Maynard

For years people have said to me, about my children, "Enjoy them now. Just wait till they're teenagers." Well, my daughter became a teenager three days ago, and I'm still enjoying her. But it's true, everything is changing for us these days. Time was, my daughter wanted little more than to be like me. Time was, I chose her clothes, played Barbies with her, sat for hours making paper dolls at our kitchen table, held her hand as we skipped together down the street, singing Zippedeedoodah.

She loves me still, I know. But clearly, on a day to day basis, I drive her slightly crazy. She rolls her eyes at the kind of jeans I wear. Tries not to be seen in public with me, when I'm wearing my cowboy boots. Reminds me regularly -- in a tone of affectionate resignation -- to please put the cap back on the milk before I put it back in the fridge, and please, please, please remember that damp laundry, left in the dryer, will mildew. Hearing her stern tones to me on the subject of housekeeping, or the correct way of disciplining her younger brothers, you might have a hard time figuring out just who is the mother around here, and who is the daughter.

For all the advice my daughter gives me these days, I keep mine to her at a minimum. But silently, I found myself thinking, on her birthday, about the qualities I would most wish for her, the kinds of gifts I would give her, if I could. When I turned thirteen, my father wrote me a letter -- quoting from a poem by Yeats -- that he titled "A prayer for my daughter." This is mine:

I pray that my daughter will grow into a woman who likes and values herself.

I pray that my daughter will grow into a woman who values the thoughts and opinions of people she respects, but also, one who knows her own mind, and trusts herself sufficiently that she feels able to take an unpopular stand. I hope she is always sure enough of her own value that she won't rely exclusively on the approval of others, or define herself by who she knows or what she wears.

I pray that my daughter will recognize and respond to the feelings of others around her -- especially those in need of compassion.

And I pray that she will listen, also, to her own feelings, and respond to those. So often, I think, we work so hard at raising our children -- our daughters in particular -- to please others, that we neglect to teach them how to listen to their own feelings, meet their own needs, along the way.

We teach our daughters to be kind, and considerate, and charming. But we are not always so careful to teach them that it's also their right to speak up when they are being unfairly treated, when they are in pain, or when their needs are being neglected. I was 35 years old before I truly learned how to say no to people or demands that didn't feel right to me. I pray that my daughter learns that lesson sooner.

I pray that she never loses her respect and curiousity and interest in the world around her. I pray that she always views the world as rich and fascinating, that she keeps an open and questioning mind, that she never ceases to read, to learn, to ask questions, and that she never allows herself to be satisfied with the easy answer, the simple response. When she listens to the news, when she watches a television commercial, when she listens to the speach of a politician, when she reads a book, I hope she will always weigh what she takes in, against what she knows already, and what she still needs to find out.

I pray that she will always value people over things, deeds over words, and the voice of her own conscience over the concensus of the crowd.

I pray that she maintains respect and love for the natural world, and recognition of its preciousness and its fragility. And that she takes good care for her own precious self, her own irreplaceable health as part of that god-made natural world.

I pray that she will find work she loves to do -- and know the joy of working hard for something she cares about. I hope she carries through her life the goal of making a contribution to the world, and that she can take pride in how she spends her days.

I pray that she remains loyal to her family, and to her friends -- that she is open to new friendships, but that she never takes her old ones for granted. I hope she will be for her brothers (as I pray they will be, for her) someone they can always turn to, who knows them and loves them with unconditional love. And I hope she will always feel that there is no problem so large, no deed so terrible, that she cannot share it with her father and with me.

I hope she will someday find someone to love and value, who loves and values her in the ways she needs. I pray that she take time to find out who she is, what she needs, and what she has to give, before she makes a lifelong commitment to someone else. And if she finds such a person, I pray that she will tend that love as carefully as any gardener tends a garden.

I can't pray for a life without adversity -- because I don't believe that's possible to achieve -- and so I pray, instead, that whatever form of adversity she confronts, she will have the inner strength to face it.

I pray for her that she may one day have children herself, but only if it's her choice to do so. And if it is her choice, I pray that she may one day have a daughter who brings her as much joy as mine does.
Originally found here.

Baby "I Love You" Picture, here.

February 1, 2013

Pay It Forward

Happy Friday!

I pulled in line at Starbucks this morning. A minivan pulled around where we would be merging in line together. I was in line 'first'. I wasn't in a rush, but I was not running late. Something just came over me, and I felt like letting the minivan go ahead of me, just to be nice. I just thought of all the times we fight in line at these lines in Starbucks or other places and inch forward with our cars as if to say "I was here first!". Seems so silly. So I waved her forward and she waved back a thank you. The line was taking a long time this morning but I didn't really think anything of it. The minivan in front of me seemed to be ordering a complex order, but I just patiently sat there, listening to my music, thinking about the day ahead of me.  When it was finally my turn, I pulled up to the window to get my drink.  The Barista cheerfully said "Good Morning! Happy Friday!" I warmly smiled and replied, "Happy Friday!" and handed her my debit card. She said "The woman in the van in front of you paid for your coffee this morning!".  I was shocked. Here all I had done was simply let her go in front of me and exhibited a little bit of patience and kindness, and she bought my coffee that morning. Pulling out of the driveway I thought about what a random act of kindness that was, and how we are so quick to judge people and rush rush rush through the day - and when you stop and look for it - the simple kind small things are just right here for you to enjoy.  So let someone go first in the starbucks line...or let someone else have the parking spot... donate more clothes to goodwill...make a dish for a friend if you know she's incredibly busy... spend time with your family if you know they are lonely...call up an old relative or friend you have not talked to just for no reason at all...give your time and give it without expecting anything in return. Pay it forward today.

January 31, 2013


Today my colleague called me from one of my schools and we were chatting...

"How is everything going over there....?" I answered "Oh boy..." As I was about to launch into a story,  I glanced over at my Starbucks cup and saw this....

The Barista had drawn a smiley face on my cup just for me! I had gone through the whole morning without even noticing it until just the moment when I needed it!

Isn't it funny how that happens sometimes? The smile comes when you need it most...the shoulder is there when you need to lean and you're about to fall... after seeing that smiley face simply drawn by the goodness of someone's heart just to make a stranger's day, I couldn't help but smile back and then, whatever I was thinking about stressing about - was gone.  Maybe this person was paying it forward. Maybe this person was just in a great mood and wanted to spread some smiles around to some customers.  Whatever it was, just a small gesture can really turn someone's entire day around. This reminds me of one of my friends and a song she used to sing to me if I was ever a little blue...

"Smile....dontcha know God loves you..come to think of it I love you too....
Take the time to smile at somoene and before you're through...
Someone will be smiling back at you..."

We used to laugh at the end of this song because by the time she finished we really were smiling and whatever we were fretting about was over.

So go on and just for today, for no reason at all, smile...about anything, everything, and pass one of your smiles out to someone else...

January 20, 2013

After a While

Found here.

January 16, 2013

Thousands of Reasons

Thousands of Reasons - Doe Zantamata

If every morning,
You can find a reason to say,
"Yes, it's going to be a beautiful day."

And every day, you find a reason to say,
"Yes, it is a beautiful day."

And every night, you find a reason to say, 
"Yes, it was a beautiful day."

Then one day,
You'll look back and easily say,
"Yes...it was a beautiful life"

Black and White picture, here

The Story of Life

Uplifting words written by Tamara Robinson.  Shared with me from one of the directors of my youth group, this still resonates with me, and I had to share it with all of you. So often we say "everything happens for a reason" and then wonder, does it? In my life, I can only go by what I have seen and witnessed, and therefore for me and my path, it has so often proved me unfailing. Yes some of those things may be painful and we may not understand it....but in time we later do. We can only connect the dots looking back. Read on because this Tamara's words and perception is so reflective, thoughtful, and contemplative.

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, worker, long-lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger), but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to.

Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.

*Most importantly!!!, if you LOVE someone tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store. And learn a lesson in life each day that you live.

That's the story of life...

Thank you all for touching my life and making if fuller.

Copyright © 1999 Tamara Robinson --- Canada

{I had to do a lot of searching online to find the original author, so it is originally discovered here, thank you!}

Keep Life Beautiful, found here

Enya Love

Enya...one of my favorite artists to relax to....

When I need to de-stress...be it in the office, at home, in the car, or before bed....
Let its musical notes work their way into your ears and help you relax today....

Here is just one of my favorite tracks, "Caribbean Blue".

January 14, 2013

Barefoot Dreams & Gregorian Chant

I can barely keep my eyes open....just want to fall into the arms of this barefoot dreams blanket stack, and call it a night.  These are my *favorite* blankets in the whole wide world. Yes, the entire universe...these the best blankets created. I promise. For purchase at Barefoot Dreams, here. I happen be partial to the cream and stone colors.

Stack of blankets pictured, here.

I am imagining myself blissfully wrapped up snug as a bug in a rug, in my Barefoot Dreams blanket, listening to Alberto Turco & Nova Schola Gregorina - Gregorian Chant for Meditation...{some might laugh when I play this but I find it so very calming and relaxing...soothing and different}

Gregorian Chant for Meditation, here

January 13, 2013

Words of Strength

There are some people that can just rattle off scripture by number. I'm not one of these. Sure I do have my favorites, but there are very few that I can recite entirely by memory and by number.

This below picture was given to me by one of my kids in my youth group and it sits perfectly on my windowsill. Each morning it is the first thing I look at and each night it is the last thing I see.  What a thoughtful gift that this beautiful young woman went to to make this out for me, and frame it. She has no idea how much it means to me. She is actually clothed in strength and dignity...and she actually laughs without fear of the future...she is inspirational, motivational, and "though she be but small, she is fierce" - Shakespeare.

Thank you Michelle! xoxo

January 10, 2013

A quote for the New Year

Photo, here.

January 9, 2013


Just was cleaning out some old files, and I found this old favorite. I wish I could give the person credit for it, but this was one of those forwards from long ago that I had saved, and it meant a lot to me at the time.   My own little "path to peace" as it covers nearly every area of life.

An Angel says, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice." 
  1. Pray
  2. Go to bed on time.
  3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
  4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health. 
  5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
  6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
  7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
  8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places
  9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together. 
  10. Take one day at a time. 
  11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it. 
  12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc. 
  14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.            
  15. Do something for the kid in you everyday.
  16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
  17. Get enough rest.
  18. Eat right.
  19. Get organized so everything has its place.
  20. Listen to a cd, or podcast, while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
  21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
  22. Every day, find time to be alone.
  23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
  24. Make friends with Godly people
  25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
  26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus.'
  27. Laugh.
  28. Laugh some more!
  29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
  30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
  31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
  32. Sit on your ego.
  33. Talk less; listen more.
  34. Slow down.
  35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
  36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. God has a way of turning things around for you  :)
Winter path, here.

January 6, 2013

Caldrea, take me away

My new favorite candle....by Caldrea....Lemon Vanilla. And I was shocked that I found it at Target. It's been burning all day in my room. Flickering a soft light. The scent is subtle, just a hint of vanilla and a dash of lemon...natural beeswax. Not that sugary overpowering vanilla....and not the overwhelming scent of lemon. It's the perfect blend of just enough of each. It's hard to find the right mixture of each and even harder for me to find the right vanilla scents....and I can be quite particular.  This one is heavenly and oh I wish I could have you readers sniff my screen to show you it's the perfect scent. All my christmas candles are packed away, but I still want a warm cozy candle to cuddle up to, and this is just the trick. (Sigh...) Caldrea, take me away.

Good night readers, until tomorrow!

God Thinks You're Wonderful

I stumbled upon this Max Lucado book over the weekend while visiting with a friend whose mother passed away Friday. My thoughts and prayers have been consistently with her family and each night I find myself thinking about her and what she is going through. The song above is dedicated to her and her family as my heart breaks for her while her heart breaks during this time. 

One of the books that was given to her mother shortly before she passed was this Max Lucado book above "God Thinks You're Wonderful". I could not stop flipping through the pages (I am a big Max fan, but the story behind the book was what melted my heart)

The text below courtesy of Mommy McCoy

God Thinks You're Wonderful! by Max Lucado

God is fond of you.If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.If He had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.

He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.Face it, friend. He's crazy about you.
By the way, it may be difficult for you to believe that God knows your name...but He does.Written on His hand.Spoken by His mouth.Whispered by His lips.Your name.

I have written your name on my hand. Isaiah 49:16
Our hearts are not large enough to contain the blessings that God wants to give.So try this.The next time a sunrise steals your breath...or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless...remain that way.Say nothing and listen as heaven whispers, "Do you like it? I did it just for you."

So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accidentor an incident...you are a gift to the world,A divine work of art, signed by God.

You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13
You weren't mass-produced. You aren't an assembly-line product.You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth by the Master Crafts-Man.He thinks you are the best thing to come down the pike in quite a while.Turn to the sidelines; that's God cheering your run.Look past the finish line; that's God applauding your steps.

God is for you.Had He a calendar, your birthday would be circled.If He drove a car, your name would be on his bumper.If there's a tree in heaven, He's carved your name in the bark.

Maybe you don't want to trouble God with your hurts.But..."He cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7He is waiting for you, to embrace you whether you succeed or fail.Vagabonds and ragamuffins all, He saw us before we were born.And He loves what He sees.

You have captured the heart of God.He cannot bear to live without you.God's dream is to make you right with Him.And the path to the cross tells us exactly how far God will go to call us back.
"You wonder how long my love will last?Watch me speak your language, sleep on your earth, and feel your hurts.

Find your answer on a splintered cross on a craggy hill.That's how much I love you."

Let a tear appear on your cheek, and He is there to wipe it.He has sent angels to care for you, His Holy Spirit to dwell in you,His church to encourage you, and His word to guide you.
As much as you want to see Him, He wants to see you more.If you want to touch God's heart, use the name He loves to hear.Call him "Father."

He thinks you're wonderful!

Book, here.