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Life’s Finish Line

The map from here to forever has been drawn
The final count down has begun
Our race has had many hurdles to overcome
I know that we will get this lap done
Keep your eyes on the destination and the prize
Don’t get discouraged and have fun
I see you hesitate, unsure of making the finish line
But keep the pace until we’ve won©

by Mac

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Take Note and Stick To It

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Sometimes we need a little motivation to keep us on the path. So, today I’m reminding you that no one gets anywhere in life without risk. If you would like more encouragement on the topic, I recommend reading “Dare To Risk It.”

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Daily Word Prompt: Daring

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How To Stay Passion Driven

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“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead.”~Joss Whedon

This is quite an easy topic for me to write about as I often find myself to be quite passionate about many things. Although remaining passionate is a whole other story. If I were to list the things I become “impassioned” about…on a weekly basis…it may go something like this-

  1. Today I have decided that I am going to be the best artist EVER!
  2. Today I have decided that I am definitely meant to be the best author EVER!
  3. Today I have decided that I most certainly am suppose to be the best designer EVER!
  4. Today I have decided that I am going to pursue life goals in the best way EVER!
  5. Today I have decided that I am going to emulate this person…the best way EVER!
  6. Today I have decided that I will be the best mom and wife EVER!
  7. Today I have decided will be the BEST DAY EVER!

While this list is somewhat tongue and cheek, you get my point. My personality is one that just easily becomes excited and intense. I enjoy trying new things and if I find I am successful at them, it easily becomes my next “passion”. This can be good or bad. If I set a goal and then fail, I am confused by my loss of interest for the once exciting prospect. Or, even worse, I can become easily bored with what once excited me. This is often why I have a hard time doing the same job for long periods of time. Motherhood has been my longest standing venture and well, even at times I have to reignite the passion for that!

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So, how do you truly stay passionate about life, goals and the things you love to do? I found this great read By . I hope you find it as helpful as I did when it comes to staying passion driven! I personally love numbers 3 and 6.

8 Ways to Discover Your Passion and Live a Life You Love

1. Slow down.

When we slow down, we are able to tap into the best version of ourselves, which is most often when we find the answers we’ve been searching for. This might mean practicing yoga, going for daily walks, or setting aside time each day to meditate. Slowing down allows you to quiet the outside voices and listen to yourself.

2. Change your story.

We all tell ourselves stories about who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we deserve. If we can identify our self-limiting stories (I’m not good enough; I don’t deserve to be happy, etc.), then we can begin writing new stories that are grounded in confidence and courage, and map out actions that move us from one to the other.

3. Own your uniqueness.

We are here for a reason. No one else has your unique blend of talents, wisdom, strengths, skills, and creativity. We all have something great to offer, and learning to accept and own what makes you unique is crucial to sharing your gifts with the world.

4. Cultivate confidence.

If we are continually telling ourselves we can’t, then we will never believe we can. There is a chance you may fail, but it will be impossible to succeed if you don’t believe in yourself. You can create affirmations, focus on the things you want, or make a vision board that shows your future success.

5. Find the themes.

Recognizing the recurring themes in our lives creates a pattern for us to either follow or change. What themes or lessons seem to constantly surface in your life? What are you drawn to again and again? What areas of life seem to be full of discomfort and pain? What areas are full of joy and light?

6. Write.

Ideas flow more freely when we write without an agenda. New inspiration may appear unexpectedly and it becomes easier to connect the dots. Spend a few minutes of quality time each day with a pen and paper allowing yourself to process your thoughts without influence from the outside world.

7. Focus on the fun.

Too often we get wrapped up in the expectations we set for ourselves. We focus on the details and the to-do lists instead of what is most important. What do you love to do? What makes you smile? If money were limitless, what would you be doing today?

8. Push past fear.

It’s so seductive to tell ourselves that we’ll go after what we want when we have more experience, more money, or more time, but the truth is, that will never happen. We must identify these excuses as masks for our fear. It’s only when we get clear on our fears and recognize how they are holding us back that we can begin moving forward.

 

Where do you find your passion? How do you stay motivated or interested in you passions?

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Project BMG – Thee Elusive Dream

So very excited to be a guest blogger for Roberta Pimentel and her “Project BMG”. I hope you will hop over and check out her sight, it’s a lovely spot. Also, take a moment to read my featured piece.

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Creativity Reimagined

One of the greatest lessons that I have learned as a parent, each child is unique in not only who they are but how they learn. With the kids starting school this week I thought I would share a bit of our journey into homeschooling.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” -Albert Einstein 

dd83fc9839f8d590fd5020cd1163452bWhen my oldest was in second grade we went through a very rough year. I’m sure many parent’s know the struggles of a doctor telling you, “Your child has  ADD” or some other difficulty. For us, the classroom became like a battlefield, the teacher and student at odds and I the parent became thee go-between. After many tear filled nights, not only my child’s, but mine. Donating lots of my time to aiding in the classroom. Finally, biting the proverbial bullet, a last ditch effort and trying medications (which ultimately was not successful). I decided that this year was it, I was homeschooling my kids the following fall!

Here we are, six years later. I would be lying if I told you that it has always been easy. There certainly have been moments of shear panic and “What did I get myself into?” type verbiage. But, the pay-off is worth it all. The first year in, my oldest was off all medication and thriving in thee environment we created. Learning is paramount, yes, but allowing him the out of the box experiences has been priceless! The one-on-one style I could provide, allowed him flourish! So many changes to allow my kid to be a kid again, to have fun.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”  -Albert Einstein

Our schools have come SO far from the way I believe learning was intended. We now have massive amounts of students in a classroom with one teacher, spending seven hours (plus homework) in studies with very little activity during the day! Not only this, we expect each child to learn the same way and at the same pace. There is little room for the creativity and imagination that allow a child to thrive in a verity of ways. Students that are active, ahead or behind their peers, or lack thee ability to fit in the tiny box created by the school system- these are labeled, medicated or made to feel less than worthy!

27fe127d3f68264a426a257eeb3dcb36So where does creativity and imagination come into the picture? It’s allowing for day dreams, going outside to learn in nature, moving when necessary, it is taking a break to do “kid stuff” and the list goes on. It is the mind-set that each child is unique and that even daily the way they learn can change. This frame of mind is hard for adults, we have been taught to rely on a system. One that we went through and generations before us. But, when freed from this belief, it opened up a whole new world to me too!

If this helps even one family on the fence about the benefits of teaching from home then I am thrilled. And, if it encourages multiple families to keep on the path, don’t give up and encourage creativity- I have truly succeeded! Please, feel free to contact me with questions regarding homeschooling, I would love to help you accomplish greatness!

via Daily Prompt: Learning

Also see: This Color Is Called LifeInspiring HomeschoolerBooks and Motivation

 

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August 22, 2016 · 8:15 am

Dare To Risk It

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”~ John F. Kennedy

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I have never really been much of a risk taker. In fact, I would consider myself to be much more of a planner- and when I say planner I mean, I don’t do well with spur of the moment changes or whims. In fact I have mentioned before that change in the slightest has in the past had very negative effects on me.

However in the last few years I have really been working on this part of myself. I mean, let’s face it, life isn’t all about planning. Life is unpredictable, messy and will sometimes swing you around by the seat of your pants! Then, add having kids, well this just adds to the risk of things ever changing. So put down the day planner momma and just go with the flow…Ha! Not that easy. But, I did move across country, does that count?

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As I’ve shared here we moved South a year ago, after having lived in New England my entire life. We sold our house, packed up our belongings (got rid of about half of them), put the kids and the cat in a car and moving truck and drove South. We moved here with no jobs, no friends or family and little idea of the area. This was about as out of my comfort zone as I’ve been, EVER!

Now, I will not say that the road that prepared me for this move was easy. The previous two years to our move had so many painful and terrible changes, I believe it just broke part of me. However, in the piecing back together, one thing I realized was that there is much to be learned with risking things. If you spend all your time only dreaming and never stepping out to try, how will you ever know what could happen? See: “Thee Elusive Dream”

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I want to be able to challenge my kids to learn to risk things in life. Not crazy risks, but to be able not to worry what people think of you and take chances even when things aren’t clear. If you want something so badly you can taste it, then go for it! If it doesn’t work out then learn from the path you took and then begin again, but don’t fear failure. Nothing amazing can happen if you don’t jump in with both eyes closed sometimes! Be willing to jeopardize something for the chance at everything. What have you risked?

 Daily Prompt: Jeopardize

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This Color Is Called Life

“Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” ~Oscar Wilde

I come from a line of wonderful artists on my father’s side. My great-grandmother did oil painting, my grandmother did acrylic painting and color pencil, my father does color pencil, water color and photography, my uncle did color pencil and drawing (had a career in commercial illustration), my aunt does drawings, I do paints, drawing and color pencil and now my daughter is amazing at drawing and cartooning (she wants to go into this for a career). So, needless to say the word Paint brings to mind lots of found ideas and feelings.

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“Through a painting we can see the whole world.”~ Hans Hofmann

I have always encourage creativity in my kids. I believe thee imagination that resides within a child is a precious commodity, squandered when it is not cared for properly. The glasses of innocence that a child sees the world and life through, then transposes it onto paper or into clay, can be an amazing image to behold.

art-awesome-quotes-rainbow-Favim.com-486814It saddens me that from a young age kids are required to sit at a desk and spend their days there. They are not given opportunity to strengthen their imaginations but told to hold them back and stay in the lines. Fine Arts are often the first things to be cut back when finances are tight and so, we have kids that will only see life in black and white.

 

“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.” ~Danny Kaye

 

I thought I’d share a couple paintings I did a few years back. I definitely don’t give enough time to my art, life certainly gets in the way of taking the time out that I should.  IMG_6228IMG_6214

 

 

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You Say Stubborn, I Say Determined

“Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits”. ~Robert Brault

Determination is such an important mind-set to have. It is the difference between giving up and trying again…and again. Think of all the inventors and imaginative creations we have today because of them. But, what if they had listened to the inner voice of self-doubt telling them, “You’re a failure!”? What would the world be lacking in innovations and technology?  Determination and perseverance  are the qualities of a person that is too stubborn to give up when things don’t go right. When they’ve tried 99 times, but continue to believe that the next time will be the turning point. This stubborn frame of mind takes strength! I don’t believe it is the mediocre in life that get great things accomplished!

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In my own life I have found that I can lack determination. I can be my own worst enemy, getting caught up in negative self-talk. I have found that inner voice can either be listened to or I can be obstinate and go against it. “…When I set my mind on something I am a force to be reckoned with. Today I will be gravity – subtle, but powerful and undeniable.” ― Ellen Hopkins  

One of my greatest desires is to be successful- as a mom, wife and friend. I want to find my niche in life and have it be profitable and a huge success. Being self-employed I have to remain self-motivated. I do not find this to be easy! But then, things worth anything usually are not. There are days when I just don’t want to do what needs done. But, I don’t have someone standing over me to push me to keep going (although my husband is a huge support). However, ultimately it is I who has to choose how to face each day. So, I must strive to stay motivate, find a way to dig deep and keep moving towards that goal of success. No one said determination was easy, in fact it’s always easier to give up! So I say, “Stay stubborn, don’t give up and be a force to be reckoned with!”

“Stubborn people get themselves in a lot of trouble, but they also get things done.”~Anna Paquin

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Give Me Sugar and No One Gets Hurt

“Just think of all those women on the Titanic who said, ‘No thank you’ to desert that night. And for what?!” ― Erma Bombeck

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My life has been an endless struggle with my weight. When I was younger I always was one of the bigger gals in class, or so I thought. I think it really had a lot to do with perception. I look back at old pictures and certainly I was never petite, I have big bone structure and I’m tall. But, I think that food has always been a problem, or perhaps thee obsession with it. The cravings are real!

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I come from a family that has always dealt with their weight. Generationally, my grandparents and extended family, on both sides, right down to my parents and sibling- all struggle with weight. So, growing up, I was not really taught to be active and our eating was not always healthy. Of course as a child of the 80’s & 90’s, it was the years of boxed, conveniently packaged and preservative filled everything!

Although, thankfully, I did not end up with an eating disorder, I do think it was the beginning of some body dysmorphia. I believe what counteracted this weight issue, I have always been very confident, so I’d just throw back my head and make the best of life. But, again, I look back at pictures and think, “Wow I was NOT heavy!” So where did this obsession with thinking I was fat come from? 

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Our culture’s perception of what beauty, healthy and perfect look like, play a big role in society. But I also think that I grew up around a LOT of negative self-talk about body image, also an obsession with weight loss and dieting. Still, to this day, my family gets very verbal about our bodies. Although we all live in separate parts of the country, one of the first things we talk about on the phone is how our newest weight loss is going (or not going). And, as much as I’d like to say I think this will change, I don’t think that it will. However, I am working on the next generation!

I am trying very hard to break the cycle with my kids. Although my husband and I both struggle with weight (and now I am over weight) we attempt to not put this onto our kids. I do not make comments about their bodies and endorse positivity. But, the biggest goal has been to promote healthy eating, life style and being active. Also, working on NOT being negative or putting myself down…this one is hard at times!

“It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.”― Margaret Mead

I have realized I am a food addict. And unlike other addictions, unfortunately I need food to survive. I have yo-yoed through my 20’s and over half of my 30’s with my weight. I am currently not at my highest weight, but still not where I need to be. 

th-21A year ago we moved South, mainly because we needed the warmer claimant, for health reasons. We needed our family to be able to be active year around. It really has helped, in four months I had lost 30 pounds. Just good old walking, weights and “clean” eating. I refuse to diet or get on the fad band-wagon! But…yes there is a but, unfortunately. I have begun to fall off the wagon yet again! I crave sugar like a drug addict wants crack! I have done sugar detoxes before, man they are brutal! I know it’s what I need… But, I really want that cinnamon roll, ice cream, cake and oh the list goes on- not to mention pizza! And, even though I feel better when I’m living healthy, my stinking mind craves this unhealthy diet.

I do not write this to get sympathy. I know it is my own fault I am where I am and I truly don’t blame anyone but myself. I write this for myself, to put it in black and white, to see that the issue is present. Maybe I will also help another person who struggles, to know, you are not alone in this! I want to break this cycle, I want to succeed and live a long life! But, I also don’t want to get caught up in negativity of self and society’s idea of what my body should be. 

“I finally figured out the big, elusive secret to weight loss. Don’t eat! Who knew?” 
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

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Deep Thoughts~Chew On This

th-20When I see the word muse it actually makes me think to amuse. How is it that when you muse you are a deep thinker, but when you amuse you are funny? Well, in general, I enjoy the latter rather then the first. Sure, I can get serious with the best of them. And, if you look at other blogs I’ve written, you will see this to be the case. But, my first love is humor. After all, I think we all just take life a little too seriously sometimes!

“Maybe what you need to be asking yourself is, ‘WHO’S Waldo?'”
– Waldo’s therapist

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So, I’m going to get real (well in a tongue and cheek kind of way) today and share with you one of my biggest pet peeves– deep thinkers. I tend to completely tune out when someone starts getting analytical. Now, I consider myself intelligent and it’s not that I can’t follow along. I just truly get annoyed by the people that waste time using big fancy words. This while flaunting the philosophical degree that they have, which has added numerous letters to the end of their name! Yes, I figured you were smart when you walked in with that big head- but, what are you doing to make a difference in the world? And that is my two sense for today. Deep…I know. 

“Before you criticize someone walk a mile in their shoes. That way, you’ll be a mile away from them and you’ll have their shoes.” -Jack Handy

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