What Do Circumstances Reveal About You?


I read a quote the other day by Dr. Wayne Dyer, "Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him." I think this is very true. I am sure you have witnessed people who have been in a situation which causes stress, or a circumstance that was out of their control, just as I have. There are many different responses that can take place: Anger, self-pity, frustration, blame, or worse. Some people take the high road and exhibit calm, go-with the-flow, and the like. What do circumstances reveal about you? My husband and I were in the airport the other day, beginning our vacation, and the line to check in our bags was over an hour long! I had never been to the airport when it was this busy...EVER! As a result of the long, long line, we missed our flight, along with many other people. Luckily … [Read more...]

Conquering Temptation


Temptation is all around us. It corners us and tests our true character and our will power at every turn. It can be in the innocent form of a cupcake when you are trying to eat healthy...or it can be in the form of a handsome man flirting with you when your marriage is not "up to par". How do you handle temptation when you are faced with it? True character comes to test when a situation arises and there is nobody around to see how you respond. Someone with questionable character will give in to temptation no matter what the cost. If you are a person of great character, there is still a chance that you may want to give in to temptation. How do we handle that temptation? I think the best way to handle temptation with grace is to make a commitment to you. If you don't have boundaries and … [Read more...]

Lessons in Life from Malware


The other day I was downloading a program from the internet onto my computer. For some reason my malware/virus software did not detect anything malicious and my computer became infected. My computer instantly began acting funny: My computer was running slowly, when I went online, different windows would open up, there were pop-up ads everywhere! At first I tried to ignore it and work around it…but that didn't last very long. How can I work while continually dealing with pop-ups? I tried to uninstall the program that was causing all the trouble, but that was like a Band-Aid, I had to get to the heart of the matter. The root of the problem was buried deep into my hard drive. I eventually had to call my web guy for help. After my Web guy worked on my computer all day long, he fixed the … [Read more...]

Be Inspired to THRIVE!

Inspired Living Giveaway

This quote above is so very true! Trying to be better than you were yesterday is what my Blog is all about! If we are constantly trying to better ourselves, then we will be better than we were yesterday! Helping you shift your MINDSET to be a BETTER YOU, makes me so happy! I love to see your growth and to learn how I have made a positive impact in your life! I am so excited to give you something that will help you even further on your journey to greatness: Over 100 visionary mission-driven women, including me, have come together with Aspire Magazine Publisher, Linda Joy to offer a powerhouse of free transformational gifts as part of the…Inspired Living Giveaway: Resources for Mastering the Art of Living™ The doors just opened to the most expansive, heart-centered, soul-inspired gift … [Read more...]

Trust in the Process of Life

Trust in the Process of Life

Have you ever been in a place in your life where you feel stuck? Have you ever wondered why your path went a certain way and not another? Do you walk through life dragging your regrets right along with you? Do you question your past and doubt your future? Well, you are in good company and certainly not alone. Most people have floundered at one time or another. Not everyone is happy with their past and many people are uncertain of their future. So, what can we do about this fact so that we can have "Trust in the Process of Life" and fully live in the present? We must realize that if we are constantly living in regret and guilt and shame about our past, then we will continue to attract more of those unwanted situations into our future. We need to make peace with our past and then we can … [Read more...]

A Compliment in Disguise

a compliment

Do you remember when you were a teenager and someone copied you in some regard, and it was not a good thing? If someone dressed like you, or wanted to act like you, or heaven forbid liked the same person as you...it was an awful thing. Even though we wanted to fit in, we all still wanted to be unique and original, and known for our style. A total oxymoron. I remember when I was a teenager; this girl liked the same boy I did. I was not happy about it, probably because I was insecure. It's easy to see that looking back and not so easy when you are in the midst of emotions and hormones. I remember at that time, a wise woman told me not to be jealous or angry toward this girl, because she was probably a lot like me since she had the same taste as I did. She also said that instead of feeling … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye is Never Easy

saying goodbye

Saying goodbye is never easy. Whether it is in regards to a loved one, a pet, a home, a car, or anything you love…it is hard. A few months ago, my husband and I began talking about selling my car and getting something a little smaller and easier on the gas usage. We began to research what car we wanted to buy. This part of the adventure is always fun; anticipating a new car, looking at features, and test driving. Just last week, we got really serious about selling our car, and purchasing a new one. We narrowed down which car we wanted to buy, and my husband had my car detailed and it was ready to put on the market. I had no idea my car would get such a great response and sell so quickly. This sale happened in two days. I don't think I was mentally or emotionally ready. I was still … [Read more...]

Celebrate Our Differences


One of my very best friends in the whole world is my sister, Maria. I am actually best friends with all my siblings, but I am going to focus on Maria for this blog post. Growing up, people always asked us if we were twins. We are actually two years and one day apart, but we have always been close in size and looks. Being so close in age, we have always been really great friends. We had many of the same friends growing up and we were always partners in crime, so to say. We enjoyed hanging out with each other, even in high school. When we were really young, we chose to sleep together (in a twin bed), even though we each had our own room. Our poor mom would come in several times to tell us to stop giggling and get to sleep. We have always been the best of friends. With saying all that, I … [Read more...]

What is Your Money Vibe?

Money Vibe

What is your money vibe? Do you even know what a "money vibe" is? Vibe is short for vibration and "money vibe" can be summed up by noticing how you feel and act and talk about money. There are two extremes when it comes to your money vibe, and there are people scattered all in between these two extremes. I am not talking about being in debt versus being a millionaire. I am simply talking about your attitude towards money. Here are the two extremes. Where do you fit in? One extreme is this: There is a feeling of a sense of lack. If you believe this way about money, then you are always fretting about money. You talk about things being too expensive. You consciously or unconsciously fear that there will always be a shortage and you will never get ahead or have enough. You attract things … [Read more...]

Love is a Decision

love is a decision

About a year ago, my husband told me he wanted to get a new puppy. It had almost been a year since our sweet Australian Shepherd, Chicky, had passed on. He was ready. I was not. Although I missed Chicky, I was really enjoying the house not being hairy and not having to smell her and her food, and not dealing with the dog poop. I was also getting quite use to the freedom of coming and going and travelling without having to make plans for Chicky. My thinking was this: We had always had a dog but that doesn't mean that we always have to have a dog, does it? Why can't we just enjoy this new season of our dog-less lives? Well, when you are in a relationship, sometimes you need to compromise to keep the peace. This was a time when I had to put my husband's needs before my own. I am a little … [Read more...]