This is ME

Helping myself and inspiring others become stronger each day!

My journey started because I wanted to be healthy and live longer.

Now, it is more about LIVING!!!.


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YOU are stronger than you realize!

Through time, I have found that the only limitations we have are the ones we put on ourselves.

Live life by DESIGN... not by default.

I have found my purpose and passion! That is continuously learning and then showing others how to become the best versions of themselves.!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Learning from trials

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.
People come into our lives to teach us lessons that we may not even think we need.
We all go through individual struggles and trials that are unique to each of us.
We each have lessons to learn in this life, and the best way we learn is through personal experience.
However, the most common struggle is determining WHAT the lesson actually IS! It is most often recognized AFTER the trial. Sometimes, LONG after the trial is over.

I remember when I was younger. I, as every teenager, went through personal struggles, self-esteem and self-worth issues, wondering if I really had a purpose in this life. My faith kept me going. When all seemed dark and hopeless, I felt a sense of peace in knowing that someday, somehow, I would make a difference in the lives of others. I was reassured that the things I was going through were for my own good and one day I would overcome them and be able to help others. I doubted this at the time, but kept faith that maybe, just maybe, it was possible.

Is life easy? No.
Is it difficult to stay HAPPY and POSITIVE although the world is filled with constant negativity, pain, and struggle? Yes it is difficult. Is it possible? Not without effort.

You see, I believe happiness is a choice.
Every little thing we choose to do makes an impact on our day. We choose how to act, how to behave, what we say or don't say, how we treat others, how we react, how we spend our time, and everything in between. We control our OWN choices.

Life is based on a series of never ending CHOICES.

No, we cannot determine the choices for others.

So during a trial or hardship, the way I get through it is to remind myself to choose to believe that everything happens for a reason. Once I remember that, I can look at the situation differently and evaluate a lesson that needs to be learned. Sometimes I see it right away, and sometimes it takes time to finally understand what I need to learn from that trial or experience.

This will continue throughout life. I don't expect to ever stop learning. Look at every trial as a life lesson and you will learn something new every day!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Family pictures display on wall

I don't consider myself to be a professional decorator by any means. 
However, I will be glad to share some of the ideas that I use in my own home.
This is the way I choose to display my children's 8x10 photos on the wall in the living room. 

This is what it looks like when finished:

 Simple to put up. I just used black satin ribbon and attached the 
bow and strands to the wall with tacky tape. 
The frames don't actually hang by the ribbon, but are nailed to the wall 
with the ribbon just behind the frame to look like it is hanging from it.

Feel free to share other ways that you have found to display family pictures on the wall!
Sometimes it is great to change things up.

Have a great day!

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