Live, Laugh, and Laugh Some More

In the recent months, there has been a tremendous amount of political unrest. Attitudes, beliefs and deep emotions have come forward in ways that have surprised and shocked many.  It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of events, and even easier to lose sight of what really matters.

A long time ago, I read a quote that said, “if you want to change the world, change YOUR CORNER of it.” Love your family, love your friends, and LAUGH.

In keeping with that attitude, I decided to dedicate this post to laughter. The following are a few pictures and quotes I put together, simply to bring a smile to my readers faces. They are not political or religious, they are simply funny. Enjoy, and laugh a little more today!
































Weight and Lyme Disease, Pt 2

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Since posting my struggle with weight yesterday (Weight and Lyme disease), I have received an immense amount of support from readers who, unfortunately, struggle with the same issues.

As women, we often feel the need to bend to society’s standards of “beauty,” standards that are truly impossible to maintain. In fact, celebrities who often tout their “weight loss” programs are photo shopped on a regular basis. Standards for beauty are not the same as standards for health, but culture rarely makes that difference.

Being healthy is much more important than being skinny.  In fact, I believe that healthy is the new skinny (although America’s Hollywood disagrees with me, but then again, eating disorders are rampant among their female stars).

When I gained a significant amount of weight, I felt the judgment from certain friends and acquaintances.  However, I have come to realize the selfishness of those individuals; they rarely asked about my life and my health.  Since coming to this realization, I have felt freedom from their judgment, knowing that they do not possess the character qualities that I do (such as sensitivity and a caring heart). For those of you who are struggling with weight, please know that the people who judge you for weight gain are often very miserable, selfish people, who will drain your energy without a second thought.

  This doesn’t mean they are “bad people,” it simply means that you need to be aware of their maturity level and not pay much heed to their actions.

Now, to the encouraging section!

I have included some wonderful quotes about inner beauty in the section below.  Several of these quotes are posted around my house (for example, the bathroom mirror) so that I am guaranteed to see them on a daily basis. They remind me of the truth!

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MY QUOTES for TODAY (thursday)


I need a certain encouragement.

And so, being me, I run to my note cards to try to drink in the positive energy outlining every quote or saying.
A reader pointed out to me that some days, a certain quote will be your lifeline…but the next morning, you roll out of bed and face new challenges and therefore, need different words of encouragement and inspiration. Some quotes apply to you on Monday, while some quotes could apply to you on Tuesday. This is so true, and I thanked my reader for pointing this out to me!
Of course, being me, frustration was pecking away at my spirit as certain challenges arose throughout my day and I needed to find the right words to “say it for me” while allowing me to calm my spirit. The following quotes are true and humorous and I appreciate humor about the hard facts of life (having to be fake in front of others because a certain situation required it/being totally, completely, 100% crazy which SHOULD scare you because I’m happy as a crazy person).

Today, the


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