June 20, 2020

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.

 

Maya Angelou

June 11, 2020

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Confucius

Living During the Coronavirus

During this tough Coronavirus, I’ve had to stop my usual routine—like everyone else in the world—to give some thought about the other things that are important to me. As soon as all the bad news started coming out, I called my family to provide them with my uneducated advice. I encouraged them to stock up on food, water, and gasoline. I hadn’t thought we wouldn’t need gas because we’d be stuck in our homes for several weeks. But at least I was doing everything I could to prepare my family for what looked like an extended rainy day on the horizon. And no matter how much food I buy, I can’t help thinking, it’s not enough. I mean, how am I supposed to know what we’re going to want to eat three weeks from now. I can hardly manage what I want to eat for dinner today.

To maintain my sanity as we enter another week of self-imposed quarantine, I’m wondering what I’m going to do to keep my extroverted self-entertained. I’m writing. I’m painting. I’ve called all my friends to see how they’re making out during this time. I’m even thinking about unraveling a scarf I started to crochet and redoing it over again. I mean, it’s April, I could have it finished by the time winter rolls around back around. But after five weeks, all that stuff has bored me into thinking I want something else to do, somewhere to go.

I know I’m not the only one staring at the walls wondering when this will be over. And in many ways, I’m luckier than most. As bad as I think this current crisis is, many people need our kindness, our help, our consideration. So, I’ll reach out, and do what I can. I’ll do my best to stay optimistic. I hope you will too. And if you have any activities to help occupy the time, please share.

April 17, 2020

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.

Allen Klein

February 11, 2020

I never said I wanted a ‘happy’ life but an interesting one. From separation and loss, I have learned a lot. I have become strong and resilient, as is the case of almost every human being exposed to life and to the world. We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.

 

Isabel Allende

The Year Of Happy

Hello, 2020. I decided to dedicate this year to affirm myself. I’ve sent so much time and energy pointing out all the things I don’t like about myself, or my shortcomings, or my failures, that I’ve decided this year will be different.

 

This year I’m going to be kinder to myself. I’m going to give myself room to make mistakes, to eat too much, to exercise less, to sleep longer or wake up earlier. I’m going to give myself permission to play, and dance and sing out loud and off-key. I’m going to smile at bad hair days, and outfits that don’t fit as good as I’d like and hairs that grow out of my chin (before I pluck them). I’m going to celebrate the good that happens every day no matter how small.

 

I’m going to find quotes and affirmations and opportunities that make me happy. I’m going to laugh when it rains and smile when it snows. Life is good and beautiful and short and a blessing. I can’t waste another day being unhappy at insignificant incidents. That’s just another part of living. How will you be good to yourself this year?

January 1, 2020

Don’t forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to glow externally.

 

Hannah Bronfman

November 4, 2019

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.

 

Viggo Mortensen

October 15, 2019

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

 

Pele

What’s Driving Me Crazy

To celebrate the release of my latest book – In Pursuit of Perfection, I’ve been blogging all month. Now it’s my turn, on my site.

I know this might seem like a nutty topic, but I willing to bet we all have a list of things that drive us crazy. I can even put them into categories because depending on the day it’s a different list. Today, I’m going to talk about the things that drive me crazy about aging.
First, getting older sneaked up on me when I least expected it. One day I was in my twenties and life was good and laid out in front of me like the yellow brick road. The next day I looked in the mirror and saw lines where smooth skin used to be. As soon as I adjusted to the laugh lines that didn’t make me laugh, my bladder started waking up in the middle of the night. When did my bladder get smaller and why didn’t someone tell me that was something that could even happen?

Then one day I was sitting in a darkened restaurant and I couldn’t read the menu. I tilted my head, moved the menu around under the dim light, but nothing worked. Now I need reading glasses. And before long, it wasn’t just for dark restaurants. I need them for everything. Now I have them all over the house, in the kitchen, on the nightstand, beside the television, on my desk. And I don’t dare leave home without them in my purse.

Reading eyeglasses and eye chart

Oh, of course, there are more things I can complain about, but I don’t want to spoil all the fun you might have in finding them out on your own. You see, no one warned me about this stuff, so at least I’ve given you a heads-up.

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