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I’m back!!

Hello!  Is this thing on?

ahem…lets see if it still works…

I always want to blog.  I even know what i want to say…

BUT I never make the time to do it.

A lot of things have happened and changed and evolved. Its been a wild ride.

I’ve decided that i’m going to try and do more here on my blog.

I don’t get to see my granddaughter anymore (long story that i will explain eventually) nor do i get any contact with her 🙁  so i’ve decided that i’m going to write her letters here on my blog.  At least here she’ll be able to someday read them.  There is no guarantee of that if i send them directly to her.

I will also be posting whatever else comes to mind, as usual!




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Let it go….

I read this somewhere today and it spoke to me. Like it was truly meant for me at this moment in time!
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she enquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

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Here i am…in Hawaii for vacation with my family.  We’re used to seeing several different places so this is a bit different for us. Jimmy has never been here so he is in absolute heaven.  It is beautiful here. We have a great condo on the beach on the north shore.  We spent the whole day yesterday on the beach. Got a bit sunburned. eek. But that always happens.  Today we are headed out to Waimea Falls for a nice hike.  I’ll be glad to not lay out.

The sad thing is that i have such a hard time just relaxing. My friends keep telling me to relax and enjoy. I enjoy being busy. I don’t like to lay around and do nothing. It makes me absolutely insane. I’m trying really hard though.
I’ve found my happy place this morning. YES i brought some products with me. I couldn’t resist. Playing on the lanai overlooking the ocean with a beautiful breeze…THAT is relaxing to me.
so poo on trying to relax. i’m going to do what makes me feel good.

So do what makes you feel good!!!
ps….September 1st….good news…stay tuned
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breathing again….


meltdown averted

head is back in a good place

that was scary

i played with this today

it put me back in my happy place and i know everything will be ok

We leave for vacation on Saturday. I think its the first time that i can remember not being excited to go on vacation.  I don’t know why i’m not excited. I should be. We’re going to Hawaii. I was really looking forward to our other vacation that we cancelled but beggars can’t be choosey.  That vacation can take place next time. It just wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes owning your business gets in the way of the fun stuff. But it feeds the fam and such is life.

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Lately i’ve been feeling so overwhelmed that it is debilitating! I feel like i’m at a complete standstill and can’t breath, think or even function.  Everything is coming at me from different directions and i don’t know where to start. I want to just sit and do nothing but cry.

The “stuff” isn’t bad stuff.  Some of it is absolutely amazing stuff. But its stuff just the same.
But i’m a big girl and i’m a strong girl and i can do this.  Its just stuff.  Stuff can be tackled. I just need a starting point and need to go from there. 
so i’m off to do the stuff. I will NOT get sucked into the computer bliss and I will get “stuff” done today!!!
Hope everyone has an amazing day!  
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Doors close and doors open..

its funny how that works.

One door closes and the other one opens wide up!!!  To take that step into the new door is a little scary but I’m a total risk taker!!!  BRING it baby!!  I’m walking head on into that door!

But life is full of good things and i’m so truly blessed.

There is so much goodness to come and i cannot wait to share it with you. Its incredible.

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Blunt or mean?

Thats a tough call.

I’m very blunt. I can’t help it. Its who i am.

I say what i think and don’t always think about how it affects everyone else. I really do need to get a filter.

If you know me…you know its not meant in ill will or malice.

I said something to someone and i’ve been told that i was mean. It was exactly what i was thinking and feeling and i didn’t think it was mean. It may not have come out sweetly and sensitively but i in no way meant for anyone’s feelings to get hurt.

Again….I am who I am.

I can’t help it.

You love me for who I am or you don’t.

peace and shimmery kisses…


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Time Flies

We always hear the phrase … time flies. You sort of pass it off as a cliche and go on with your business.

This school year was a big year in my house.

My youngest daughter is moving on to middle school

My youngest son is moving on to high school
My middle daughter just graduated high school.

UGH…where did the time go?

Congratulations my beautiful children. You guys rocked it!!! I can’t wait to see where the future takes you!!
I love you more than life!!!

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yes i suck at blogging

I try.

Really i do.

I suck at it but really…its my blog and i’ll blog if i want to 🙂

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Teaching like crazy and loving every minute of it.  As a matter of fact I’m headed to Florida on the 13th for another whirlwind tour. Then i think i’m off for a month or so until my really big trip in Chicago in July. So if you’re in Florida and you want to get your ink on….look a girl up 🙂  My stops are listed under upcoming classes

At the homestead things are about as normal as possible in my life. Ups and downs and round and rounds. 2 of my kids trying to be growed ups…one not doing so well and the other…well…we’ll see.
2 graduations next month. One from high school and one from middle school.  Proud mama!!

Some really cool things in the works, amazing trips in place and lots of creativity.
Could life really get any better?

My first stop in Florida on the 15th is at Paper Niche. I’ll be teaching 2 classes.  Tatttered Tips and Techniques and Creative Canvas.  Here is a sample of one of the classes…

Hope you can come by and play with us! Its going to be a ton of fun.

You can call the store at 954-577-0999 to reserve your spot.

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for my friend Chuck….

I read this quote and I immediately thought of you.

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Everything happens for a reason my friend.

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