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Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Bradley Friends, Children, Choices, Creative, Family, Favorite Things, Friends, Healthy Lifestyle, Inspirational Quotes, Life, Memories, Motherhood, Motivational Posts, Motivational Quotes, Natural Parenting, Parenting, Passion, Philosophy, Quote Of The Day, Random Thought Of The Day, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, sweet whimsy designs, Thought of The Day, Work From Home, Working Mom | 1 comment

My Thoughts, Exactly: 07.14.13

My Thoughts, Exactly: 07.14.13

I love life.

Yesterday at Rochester Brainery Bazaar, I found my second third fourth fifth? calling.

Craft shows.

I’ve always enjoyed attending shows but now I enjoy being an artisan at shows. I enjoy meeting other like-minded people doing creative and interesting things.

Throughout my life, I have sought like-minded people doing creative and interesting things.

In childhood, they became my dearest and oldest friends. In the teen years, they became my most fun, partying friends. In the college years, they became philosophical and thought-provoking friends.

Into adulthood, I have met friends that I wouldn’t have thought would be creative and interesting back in the younger days.

Motherhood brings new creativity and interest. I’ve made natural child-birthing friends, holistic friends, “crunchy” friends, and non-vaccinating friends. I’ve grown fond of lovely friends who, not in a million years, would have crossed paths in the decades before.

Now I enter new friendships. Homeschooling friends and craft show friends. T-Ball friends and neighborhood friends. Creators and artisans, movers and shakers.

I cherish these friends and look forward to the new relationships. Onward and upward!

Hold tight your relationships. Cherish your friends. It is interesting to look at your list of friends (be it a literal list, as on Facebook, or a cerebral list) and see the friends you’ve made over the years, how truly different they all are. It should be that way. That’s the good stuff.

I hope to pass these relationships to my own children, so they can grow and flourish holding the hands of not only us, as family, but their new friends.

The greatest gift is love.

It is only fitting that I end with one of my favorite quotes:

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
-Nat King Cole

(*preferably sung Moulin Rouge-style.)

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Choices, Healthy Lifestyle, Inspirational Quotes, Life, Motivational Posts, Motivational Quotes, Philosophy, Thought of The Day | 1 comment

Happiness: Defined

Happiness: Defined

Do you ever have one of those defining moments in your life? You know, the one where you know you are doing the right thing, right where you should be, doing what you should be doing?

It’s a good feeling, isn’t it?! Happiness.

The hard part is to relish in those moments and enjoy life for what it is. Sometimes we seemingly don’t have the time to stop and look around us.

We need to make time to be happy.

I often tell people that it is much more fun to be happy. Being happy sometimes requires stepping back and looking at our life. We need to be reminded that what we have is wonderful, not that what we don’t have would make us happier.

Be happy with what you have.

If you’re not, do something to change. It’s really that easy.

Remind yourself that being happy is in your own hands, under your own control. Other people cannot make you happy ~ happiness comes from within yourself.

Take time or make time to simply be happy. You’ll thank yourself later.

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