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Child eyes

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The most memorable thing that happen this past year is that my 9th grandbaby was born. Yes I am “Grammy” to nine beautiful little ones. Having them around helps me remember to see the world through a child’s eyes. Everything is so new and exciting to them. It is easy as adults to get bogged down with all the bad things going on. We can soon get such a dark cloud of feelings surrounding us that nothing makes us happy. There is beauty in the world. We just have to see things through child eyes. See how colorful a butterfly is or what a beautiful song a bird can sing. You will notice that if you start trying to find beauty it will become easier and easier to find. Soon that dark cloud is gone and we can smile again. Let’s all start having child eyes.

Don’t let evil win

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Don’t let evil win!!!

Just want to jot a short note down to talk about not letting evil win. With all that is going on in the world it is easy to want to shut and lock all our doors and not go outside, let alone let our kids out. If we do that though I feel evil wins. We need to live each day like the gift that it is. We need to let our kids experience life. Now that is not to say you should not be aware of your surroundings at all times, but continue to live life to the fullest.

Go out and enjoy the good in this world!!!

Fall is upon us

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Fall is upon us. We break out the soft cuddly blankets and sweaters. We buy anything that has the word “pumpkin spice” in it. We don’t know why but we have the desire to stay at home a little more. Fall is a family time. It is a time to reflect on where we came from. Remember the path that lead you here, to this time in your life right now. Go back down that path and think of those who have truly inspired you to become who you are. Contact them and tell them that you are thankful that they were there when you were going down life’s road.

Places to Find Home Decor

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Home décor does not have to cost a lot of money. There are so many places to find vintage and unique items that fit perfectly in how you want to decorate your house, each room for that matter. Yes, there are the big box stores that charge you an arm and a leg for a small item. Here are a few places you can go to find that perfect item you are looking for.
The first place is a garage sale. Many people have these and want to just clear out their garage so they price items to get rid of them. You can find pretty much everything at a garage sale. Now you want to make sure you can test an item especially if you are buying it for a décor item. Most people who are having a garage sale should not mind if you test it. Beware if they don’t. You don’t have to buy it because they say it works. You can just walk away. Don’t worry you will find another piece. For items such a chairs, take off the cushions to make sure that underneath there isn’t any damage or yes, even mold.
Garage sales seem to be seasonal. It really depends on where you live if they have them year around. If you live in an area that it snows during the winter well your best bet is to hit them when the weather warms up. There is another alternative, however, and that is an Estate sale. This is where someone puts the entire contents of a house on sale. You walk in and browse like you would a store. The same rules apply though, make sure you test electrical items and check furniture. A company, that the family has hired usually runs estate sales, I have found that most Estate sales run 3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They first day it is usually crazy busy so if you can wait go the second day. Another thing that is common with Estate sales is that they usually start marking items down the second day and then even more on the last day.
Estate sales are my favorite place to go to find décor items. You can go to the site
You type in your zip code and it should bring up some sales around you. Some of the sales will post pictures of what they have to sell. You can go through and see what style of pieces the house has. If you find there is something that you just have to have you can go the first day. Go early and be prepared to but your name on a sign up sheet. Yes they do get that busy on the first day.
Try one of these this weekend. If anything they are fun to go to. You get out of the house and you see some very unique items. Who knows maybe you will find that one of a kind piece that you have been looking for. Let me know what you find!!!

Peace, Joy, Gratefulness

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There are three things we need to live fully…peace, joy and gratefulness. When you have peace this brings joy to your life. When you experience joy you will in turn be grateful for all you have. Find any way that you can to achieve peace. It may be going for a walk, doing meditation or even just taking a minute to take a deep breathe. We need to take the time to find our peace so we can find joy and then be grateful.  That is your challenge for today.

2 outcomes: succeed or learn

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There are 2 outcomes when you do something, you either succeed or you learn. It is so easy to say “you win your lose”, “you succeed or you fail”. There is better to say this you either “reach your goal” or “you learned”. Failure is such a diminishing word. I have learned that when I have failed something, I learned from it. This concept helped me to continue forward to the goal I am striving for. The next time you come up short on a project or goal don’t say you “failed”, say “you learned.”

The low wave

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The low wave. If you are a motorcycle rider, you know what that is. If not let me explain. There seems to be an unwritten rule that if you ride a motorcycle you are to do the low wave to any other rider you pass. My dad did this. I would be riding behind him and when we would pass another rider, my dad would put his hand down and wave. It was always given back. It seems to bring all these riders together. They are all on the same page just for that moment.

We all need the low wave in our life. We are all on this world just trying to do the best for our family and ourselves. We are all on the same page. Let’s help each other through this journey we call life and give out many “low waves”.

Not a dream, a plan

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Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan. When you set your goals in life, we have a tendency to call them dreams. “My dream home”, “My dream job”, “My dream car”. We can “dream” all we want but if we don’t work towards those “dreams” we will never reach them. Plan to get that home, job or car. You can do it. It may not be right away but if you set a plan in motion, do the work that you need to do to achieve them, you will. Next time call it “The home I plan to buy”, “The job I plan to get”, “The car I plan to buy”. Not a dream, a Plan!!!!

Where God guides, God provides

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Where God guides, God provides. Watch a bird today. It doesn’t hesitate when it takes off to fly. It just spreads it’s wings and takes the leap.  We should follow the example of the bird. Seek God’s will for your life. Don’t hesitate or be afraid. Take the leap, because when God guides you to go somewhere or do something, He will provide what you need for the journey or situation.  Be the bird, spread your wings and fly.


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Kindness can spread quickly. When one act of kindness is done, it has the tendency to create another. Kindness doesn’t have to be a big gesture. It can be as simple as holding the door for someone. Let’s spread kindness through our family, work and community and watch it grow.