Love yourself. Make peace with who you are and where you are at this moment in time. Listen to your heart. If you can't hear what it's saying in this noisy world, Make time for yourself. Enjoy your own company. Let your mind wander among the stars.
Try. Take chances. MAKE MISTAKES. Life can be messy and confusing at times, but it's also full of surprises. The next rock in your path might be a stepping-stone.
Be happy. When you don't have what you want, want what you have. MAKE DO. That's a well-kept secret of contentment.
There aren't any shortcuts to tomorrow. You have to make your own way. To know where you're going is only part of it You need to know where you've been, too. And if you ever get lost, don't worry. The people who love you will find you. Count on it.
Life isn't days and years. It's what you do with time and with all the goodness and grace that's inside you.
Make a beautiful life... The kind of life you deserve.
This may be the best card I have ever received. My birthday is coming up and my Dad gave this to me as an early birthday card. What a great thing to read on a daily basis. Maybe I will tape this card to my bedroom mirror. ___________________________________
And for a couple of fun things today:
1. My mom who is so used to having her arms full of grandchildren did
not realize she was holding this baby doll until I made her aware of it. Haha!
2. New Orleans. House of Blues. Hanson. Me. Totally serious.Totally Psyched.
I have waited to see these tiny feet in ballet shoes for almost three years. Ella had her very first dance class yesterday. It was a perfect experience for both of us. A bit of hesitation on her part (and mine, to be honest), excitement from both of us, no tears (yay!), and when she walked out, a smile on her face and a lollipop in her mouth for being a good girl. What more could we ask for?
She walked up to me a few minutes ago asking for her ballet shoes. I told her she can wear them again at dance class next week. She replied with a confident, "I not be shy." You go, baby girl! Exude that confidence.
I wasn't able to see them during the class, so I took pictures before and after. You can view them here: Ballet
Here are four out of five kids that kept us on our toes this weekend. Camden and Ella on one end, and my niece and nephew, Elexa and Ashton, on the other. We took a short trip to Houton, Texas to visit my dad and step-mom. Can you believe this clan? With Maya included, this Christmas the kids will be 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-years-old! They are so fun, and all really great kids. I will write more about the weekend later on today. Hope yours was as great as ours.
Who would have thought there were such cool patterns inside all of these commercial envelopes? I actually went through some older piles of paperwork this morning and was super excited to find more. Here is a sweet daily something from yesterday...
ETA: I only used a sheet of printer paper, photo, pens, and clipping from advertisements I got in the mail yesterday (Old Navy & Blockbuster).
After a crazy evening like tonight, only a huge smile like that can make me look forward to doing it all again tomorrow. Who wouldn't want to kiss all over my little, chunky Maya? So sweet & so fun lately!
Do you ever let yourself get hung up on details? I do. A lot. My perfectionism can easily be translated into laziness, and quite often is . . . even by myself.
Ali Edwards came up with this neat little idea she calls daily something. I loved the idea and immediately felt compelled to grab something and pour out my creativity onto it. One little problem... I loved the raw feel of reusing envelopes like she was doing, but I wanted to come up with a unique canvas. So I decided I would think of something else to use. Four weeks later, I finally just pick up an envelope and create. My perfectionism robbed me of a month's worth of my own art. Sad, but true.