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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Optimist Creed

I recently came across something called The Optimist Creed.  This little gem has been around for almost 100 years, and has been used everywhere to spread motivation -- from hospital rooms to locker rooms.  I thought you would enjoy.

I Promise Myself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity 
to every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel 
that there is something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything 
and make my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, 
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others 
as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on 
to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times 
and give a smile to every living creature I meet.
To give so much time to improving myself 
that I have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, 
too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud word, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side,
so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

--Christian D. Larson

 I hope you'll promise yourself to have a wonderful day!  :-)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

We all have to start somewhere...

Hello, and welcome!!!  :-)

There is a lot of positive in the world, but unfortunately, there is also a lot of negative.  It seems that the negative stuff is always in our face -- the news, t.v. shows, and especially in the stress each person carries every day from living a hectic lifestyle.  The digital age has made amazing things possible, but with a hefty price tag of adding extra stress into our lives (Remember when you could only get phone calls at home, or when you didn't have to check your Facebook?)  ;-)

I wanted to create a space online for all things positive.  Where you can go to read things that will uplift you, and learn ways to enhance your life.  There are so many small changes we can make that can really impact the life we are living in a positive way! 

I'm committed to making the world a better place and I think that starts with limiting your exposure to all that negativity.  We all have to start somewhere.  I am a firm believer in the power of one person making a difference and the effect that can create of many people living happier lives.

Today's thought of the day?  Do something nice for yourself.   We need to be our own best friends.  

Have a GREAT day!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Instructions for Life

I came across this recently and the thought occurred to me - "What if everyone in the world had a copy of this?"  Then someone suggested I keep it going - and so I am.

Simple, easy instructions on how to live your life.  Think about this:  You get a drivers manual when you learn to drive, but there is no manual on life?  Here's a wonderful piece that clearly puts a few things in black and white.  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Weeding Your "Life Garden"

A Positive Living Chic fan recently said "Think of life as a rose garden...keep pulling the weeds and soon you will have a magical place to enjoy and share!"  Thank you Bill Dewayne!  I couldn't agree more!  
We should think of our life as a rose garden.  Our lives should have the same opportunity to be every bit as beautiful, and we should tend to our life in quite the same way a gardener would meticulously tend to a rose garden.
Every so often, we really need to take some time to "pull the weeds" so to speak.  It's so easy to get off track in life and fall into undesirable habits.  "The weeds" can refer to anything in our lives - anything undesirable that we spend our time on or that does not fulfill us and distracts us from our goals.  Some examples include indulging in too much tv or technology time, unhealthy eating, negative thoughts and/or behaviors, unfulfilling or unhealthy relationships, or other unrewarding activities.  When our "garden" is overrun with these weeds, it is not a magical place to enjoy and share!
We need to eliminate these things to allow for more fulfilling activities.  It is only when we are doing things that are aligned with our truest intentions that we can fully bloom.  
Thought of the Day:  Are there weeds in your "life garden?"  It's time to identify those habits that derail you from realizing your goals.  It's time to pull those things from your life which are not fulfilling to you.  In doing so, you are making room to grow and bloom!
Have a beautiful day!

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Heart of the World

"As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls 
and birds and winds sing. 
I'll interpret the rocks, 
learn the language of flood, 
storm, and the avalanche. 
I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers 
and wild gardens, 
and get as near the heart of the 
world as I can."
John Muir

Here's a secret - I may be in love with John Muir!  Now hold on, don't all start sending emails to my husband -- I may be in love with John Muirs' way of thinking!  ;-)

John Muir was an amazing individual!   Besides being a naturalist, an author, and a leader of preservation efforts in the US wilderness, he had an incredible ability to appreciate nature - the way nature should be appreciated!

I see nature as God's gift to us - the sky, his easel.  Just look at the sky at sunrise or sunset and he will show you his beautiful artwork each day. 

There is beauty in the rock formations, the spring and summer gardens and there is intense beauty in the forests.  Even the simpliest forms of nature -- an apple or pecan orchard, the sound of the birds chirping, the scent of a spring rain - are a gift to us.

Today's society has distanced itself too far from nature.  However, it is out there waiting to give us its benefits if we just take some time to appreciate it.  By being in touch with nature, I, like John Muir, believe that we can get "nearest to the heart of the world" as is possible!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I came across this recently and thought it was a beautifully stated piece  - I couldn't possibly agree more with what Rev. Swindoll is saying!

"Attitude" by Rev. Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say, or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company, a church, a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you.

We are in charge of our attitudes!

Have a wonderful Day!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Seizing Each Moment

It was Fathers Day.  When all was said and done and all three kids had been tucked into bed, I asked my husband how his day was.  He announced it had been the perfect Fathers Day.  Then he thought for a moment and mentioned that the only thing he hadn't been able to do was play baseball with our youngest son.  Now our youngest son is a baseball fanatic - to say his life revolves around baseball would be an understatement.  He asks my husband every day to play with him, and without fail, most days my husband obliges.  But today was Fathers Day...

My husband mentioned that he had missed not having done that with him.  After all, the homemade card my son drew for him showed a picture of the two of them playing catch.  Knowing just how much my son would have wanted to play with him too, I told my husband it's never too late.  I suggested he go get him out of bed and take him out back.  When we got to his room, he was sleeping.  Knowing just how much he was going to love it, we decided to wake him.  The day wasn't over yet! 

Our little one leaped out of bed at the gentle whisper of "baseball," told us we were the "best parents ever," and was outside within five seconds!  What I suspected, ended up being true -- it turned out to be a very special and memorable moment between father and son.  They played for about 20 minutes, but it was not like all the other times they had played before.  We all had smiles on our faces.  There was a special love in the air.  There is no other way to sum it up other than to say it was a "celebration of love!" 

When they finished, my son went back to sleep with a big smile on his face -- and he was not the only one!  It truly was a PERFECT Fathers Day!

Thought of the Day:  There is only one day, and that is today.  It's never too late to accomplish everything you want.  Seize each moment -- while it is still within your grasp!

Have a great day!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Be Yourself

Ok, I confess -- I've been holding onto this picture for quite some time.  To me, it's the perfect thing to pull out for a Monday.  It never fails to put a smile on my face!

We are all unique.  Let's keep it that way!  Now, I'm not suggesting we all go around with a shirt like this guy, but I am suggesting we keep aligned with our natural way of "being."  The way our creator made us.  We each have our own special strengths, gifts, and talents.  Don't try to imitate!

You don't want to try to be like others - you'll just fade into the background.  Imagine a bunch of people dressed as this unique individual in this picture.  Not as special now, is it?

Thought of the Day:  There really is only ONE of you.  Be true to you.  By doing so you are honoring who you are and shaping who you will become.  You are able to use your unique talents to change the world!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Allow Yourself...

Allow your self to dream
and when you do dream big.

Allow yourself to learn
and when you do learn all you can.

Allow yourself to laugh
and when you do share your laughter.

Allow yourself to set goals
and when you do reward yourself as you move forward.

Allow yourself to be determined
and when you do you will find you will succeed.

Allow yourself to believe in yourself
and when you do you will find self confidence.

Allow yourself to lend a helping hand
and when you do a helping hand will help you.

Allow yourself relaxation
and when you do you will find new ideas.

Allow yourself love
And when you do you will find love in return.

Allow yourself to be happy
and when you do you will influence others around you.

Allow yourself to be positive
and when you do life will get easier!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Taking Risks

Taking risks is a part of life -- we all need to take risks occasionally in order to improve our life.  One can not continue to grow without reaching or branching out into the unknown.  To improve a situation or to become what you want to be, sometimes there are risks.

To live a life without taking risks is stagnant.  We must be improving ourselves and trying new things.  So often the rewards of taking those risks that can surprise us.  Sometimes, it can truly alter our lives.

We can not wait until we are 100% certain of everything falling into place.  We have to have faith.  We must know that the time is never perfect, but to be aware of and take the opportunity when it presents itself.  Life is never perfect.  The timing sometimes never becomes perfect.  Those who are successful know this and seize moments when they appear before us.  Those who are successful know that taking risks is imperative!

Andre Malraux once said "Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act."  I couldn't agree more!

Thought of the Day:  Make sure you do not let opportunities pass you by.  Life is never perfect.  You can't always wait for everything to align.  Take your chances and make things happen!

 Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Positive Spaces

We all know that we need a sanctuary-type space in our home (if you missed that "how-to" article in May, you can find the link at the bottom of this post). But did you know that every now and then you really should take a look around and "clean-up" your space?  Now I don't mean clean up as in the traditional sense.  I mean a sweep of your house where you eliminate what no longer serves you -- anything that has negative qualities to it.  Broken objects, projects that you've procrastinated on, clutter, etc. all fall within this category.  All of these "negative" things can begin to weigh you down over time.

If you are not doing this in your home, you are missing out.  We often don't realize that these things weigh us down because we may be used to seeing them. But do know that they do affect you!

To make sure your home is a positive space, take time every once in a while to go through your home and eliminate anything that could produce negativity.  Of course you want to get rid of broken things and eliminate and donate your excess -- these are good ways to start.  Also beneficial are clearing out the clutter and returning things to their proper location.  Going through room-by-room with eyes geared towards identifying negative things will help you be more aware of what's weighing you down.  You may be surprised at what you find.

Photos are great, but you can sometimes get a lift by updating them.  Plants and flowers can make us feel good, but not if they're dying (guilty).  Living plants are great to have in the home.  I like to bring in as many outside elements as I can.

Make sure your home represents WHO you are.  Moving items to another room or putting out a few seasonal decorations can refresh things.  Allow fresh air to flow and sunshine in on a regular basis.  Doing these things will greatly increase the positive energy in your home.

Procrastination should be avoided at all costs.  I realize that there are always more pressing issues that cause other things to be delayed, so try to set aside a little bit of time each week where you deal with the less pressing issues so they don't build up.  Otherwise, these things will accumulate over time and really drag you down -- oftentimes without your realizing it.  Our subconscious mind does pick up on these things and does get reminded of these unfinished tasks every time we walk by them.   Don't take on these unnecessary stressors.   It feels so much better when you can manage these tasks as they come along.

Here's wishing you a VERY positive space!  We all need one in order to live a healthy, positive lifestyle!

Have a wonderful day!

Instructions on creating a sanctuary to all my new fans who may have missed it in May: Creating a Sanctuary

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

One Smile

"One smile can move around the world 
faster than a frown!''
Bill Dewayne
(Positive Living Chic fan)

Well, what can you say to that!  One smile CAN move around the world faster than a frown!  Positivity multiplies.  It multiplies faster than negativity, because it is wanted, uplifting, and just feels good!

Smile at someone and they smile back.  Then, they feel good and pass it on - and so it continues with unlimited potential.  Good deeds bring on more good deeds. All good things multiply and spread, filling the world with kindness, smiles and love.  

Love is contagious.  So is laughter, happiness and positivity.  Smiles are also contagious -- have you ever played that game as a child where you tried to look at another and not laugh or smile?  If you have, you know its powers and know how hard it is to resist.

Thought of the day:  Go out today and see how many people can resist smiling back.  Let's make that one smile multiply and move around the world!  

Have a great day! 

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Wish For You

This post is dedicated to each and every one of you - thanks for being here!

These may very well be the most beautiful song lyrics ever written.  If that wasn't enough, someone put together an amazing video montage to this song.  If you are able to, please enjoy it!

My Wish
By:  Rascal Flatts

I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow
and each road leads you where you wanna go
and if you're faced with a choice and you have to choose -
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window.
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile.
But more than anything, more than anything –

My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to. 
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,
you never need to carry more than you can hold.
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you and wants the same things too.
Yeah this - is my wish.

I hope you never look back but ya never forget
all the ones who love you in the place you left.
I hope you always forgive and you never regret
and you help somebody every chance you get.
Oh, you find God's grace in every mistake
and always give more than you take.
But more than anything, yeah, more than anything –

My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to
your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,
you never need to carry more than you can hold.
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you and wants the same things too.
Yeah, this - is my wish.  Yeahhhhhh.

My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to.
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small.
You never need to carry more than you can hold.
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to
I hope you know somebody loves you and wants the same things too.
Yeah this - is my wish!

(My wish for you)
This is my wish
My wish for you
I hope you know somebody loves you
(My wish for you)
May all your dreams stay big!
(My wish for you)

Have a WONDERFUL day!

Friday, June 10, 2011


"Happiness depends more 
on the inward disposition of mind
than on outward circumstances."
Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was an amazing individual.  Inventor, author, activist, politician, founding father and scientist, were just a few of the titles he was awarded.  He had an interesting way of looking at things and possessed an incredible wealth of knowledge.

His stance on happiness is so true -- Happiness does depend more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.  We can not be happy if we have a negative way of looking at and perceiving things.  We must be mentally fit.

It is often not the actual event, but the way we perceive it that determines our reaction.  If we can change the way we look at things using a more healthier outlook, then we can be closer to happiness.

Thought of the Day:  How do YOU perceive things?  Do you have a tendency to over react or under react?  Is your "inward disposition of mind" a positive one?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Just Go With It...

I know, it's disgusting!  But what happens at the Jersey shore - stays at the Jersey shore!  ;-)

It started out as a normal moment...well, define "normal"?  Our sense of normalcy changed when this little guy was born.

The plan was just to eat ice cream on the roof and watch the sky at dusk.  But then the ice-cream face smashing began, and I went with it - and you know what?  Everyone had more fun because I allowed it to happen.  So much for watching the sky!

Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in the way things are supposed to be, that we don't allow playfulness and spontaneity into our lives.  We don't want to get dirty.  We don't want to be derailed.  We're too rigid...sometimes, we make ourselves miss wonderful moments.

Thought of the Day:  Be more adjustable.  Allow chaos, spontaneity, and adventure into your life.  Not a lot, but a little.  Moments like this are too precious and fun to miss.  Sometimes getting dirty is more fun.  Sometimes, a little derailment creates a lifelong memory.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Power of NOW

I came across this quote recently and thought it was too good to pass by:

"Start living now.  Stop saving the good china for that special occasion.  Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes.  Every day you are alive is a special occasion.  Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God." (Mary Morrissey)

Wow.  How true is that?  We are not guaranteed any tomorrows.  Why not be utilizing the best we have on this day that we have been given? 

Every day IS a special occasion.  Every minute and every breath are a gift of God.  You are here NOW.  Use and enjoy the gifts that God has given you.  Don't wait for that special day!  Make today (and every extra day after that) your special day!

Have a great day! 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Making a Difference

 The Starfish Story
by Loren Eiseley

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing.  He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer.  He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all.  The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied: "The sun is up and the tide is going out.  If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile?  You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean.  As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."

Thought of the Day:  Are you wanting to make a difference in the world, but unsure of how to start?  Know that even the smallest things can make a difference.  An act of kindness that may seem easy for you to give CAN produce a powerful effect for another.

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Love is All You Need

Summer vacation has begun.  A day and 1/2 into it, the kids announced they were bored.  They were bored with themselves.  They were bored with each other.  They were bored with everything!  It was the making of the perfect storm.

The kids started to get on each other's nerves.  They started to get on our nerves.  We started to get on their nerves.  LOL!  You know how this scenario plays out - major funk-fest for all!

Sometimes these things happen and you just have to take a step back.  You need to take a time out for everyone - a moment to realize "the glue" that holds you all together.  That glue is love.

In the grand scheme of things, nothing else matters but the love you have for one another.  If you stop and realize that love is the most important and precious thing, you can turn any situation around!  Sometimes, it just takes a few quiet moments.  Sometimes, sitting quietly and snuggling with one another does the trick.  Someones, talking about it together can also help change a moment. 

We really don't NEED anything more than love.  When times get tough, try to stop and remember what's most important.  Love is ALL you need.

Have wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Inspirational People - Arlene

Arlene is a phenomenal woman.  She's a woman whose inner beauty radiates to her outer beauty.  Always willing to help others, she is a woman who clearly has her priorities in order.  She's wise, compassionate, an involved and helpful mother, and of course, a doting grandmother.  She is also a three time, breast cancer survivor.  Her story will amaze you.

In 1994, Arlene went to the doctor for vertigo symptoms she was experiencing.  Her ENT found some fluid in her ear, but thought menopause could be the cause.  He suggested she go to her OB/GYN.  Even though she had just had her regular checkup there a month and a half prior, Arlene followed his advice.  It was this move that would ultimately prove to have saved her life.

After a series of tests, Arlene was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She was stunned and afraid.  How was this possible?  She had no family history of breast cancer.  She had also received a clean bill of health just a month prior, by the very same doctor that was now diagnosing her with cancer!  It was a very aggressive cancer - her treatment involved an immediate lumpectomy, and then was followed by a mastectomy.  Her treatment, although very intense, was successful.

Fourteen years later in 2008, Arlene had some chest pain and tingling in her arm.  Thinking that perhaps she was having a heart attack, she went to have it checked out.  She learned her pain was a result of metastatic breast cancer on her sternum.  Her cancer had returned.

Arlene's second cancer diagnosis was even scarier than the first.  Having successfully beat it 14 years earlier and feeling "lucky" about that, Arlene feared her luck may have run out.  She was much more "aware" this time of what was going on, as the first time had been such a whirlwind.  She was afraid of losing all the things we so often take for granted -- the biggest one being more time with her family.  This time, she was treated with chemotherapy.  The treatment was successful.

However, seven months later, the cancer returned.  She was again treated with chemotherapy and radiation via CyberKnife.  Due to the precision of the CyberKnife, it was a three day treatment that didn't have many of the adverse side effects that the other treatments had.  It was a huge success!

Arlene is now cancer free.  Because of the type of aggressive cancer she had, she gets frequent check-ups.  Arlene says her diagnosis taught her a lot -- she's learned to look at the big scheme of things, and no longer sweats the small stuff.  She is happier and more at peace.  Her family means a lot to her, and she credits them for getting her through this.  She says she often feels that she's receiving more from them than she's giving to them, although her daughter Kris said the same thing about her!  They have supported each other through this.  Arlene feels that through her diagnosis, they have also gotten the "AHA moment."

Kris credits her mother's diagnosis as serving as a wake up call for herself.  She makes sure she's getting regular screenings.  Kris says her mother's diagnosis also taught her to let the little stuff go, and that time with family and friends is most important.  She feels incredibly blessed to still have her mother in her life.   Kris has been very involved in the efforts to find a cure.  She participated in the "Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure" race last fall.  The team she organized, with the help of several of her friends, raised over $8,200.00.

Arlene says she truly believes in the positive, and it shows.  She wants everyone to know that cancer is no longer a death sentence.  She believes in giving, which is obvious by her level of involvement with her children and grandchildren. 

Arlene (pictured right), with her daughter Kris and her grandchildren last fall
after Kris completed the "Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure" race.

Arlene is one of those people that you cross paths with and you are never quite the same.  She radiates positivity from her beautiful and caring disposition.  She has a lot to teach each and every one of us - if we will allow her "AHA moment" to also serve as ours! 

Have a wonderful day!