Focus: Don’t Give Your Thoughts Too Much Power

Just like you think negative thoughts, you can think more positive ones, too. I am a ‘cup is half full’ type of person as opposed to ‘cup is half empty’. So try training yourself to think differently by acting in ways that align with the thoughts you prefer to have. But it takes practice to change your thinking.

I try not to think too much. Thinking makes you doubt yourself. Considering there are many things there is nothing you can do about….so why worry, why think about it until you work yourself into a tizzy (whatever that is).

Besides, I have a husband who does that, so why should we both think too much. What are you always thinking about? The weather? Not much you can do about it, I dont even look to days ahead…they can say sunshine and all of a sudden there is a rain storm. Dont give that thought any power at all.

The safety of your children? Yes we all want our children to be safe, but you can only protect them so much. Sh** with happen. I will admit I try not to think much about it….but yes, the thought is always in the back of my mind, especially when the roads are bad and I know all my children drive….I try not to hover and drive them crazy, but must admit I do give a lot of power to the thoughts of my children. grandchildren, in-law children…but thats just me, being a mother – it probably wont stop until I am dead.

I think we all give our thoughts too much power….but then again, its human nature to think…..but is it getting up sick, making us crazy….maybe we should just stop and breathe and smell the roses once in a while. Namaste.

The Wisdom of Kintsukuroi

Kintsukuroi is a kind of Japanese ceramic style. The word means “to repair with gold”.

When a ceramic piece breaks, an artisan will fuse the pieces back together using liquid gold. So rather than being covered up, the breaks become more obvious, and a new piece of art emerges from the brokenness.

So Kintsukuroi embraces flaws and imperfection, but it also teaches the essence of resilience. Every crack is part of its history and each piece becomes more beautiful because it has been broken.

You will fall.

You will fail.

You will break.

You will stand up and dust yourself off.

You will repair yourself again and again.

And eventually, though you will be different than before, you will again become whole.

You will be even more beautiful precisely because of all of this.

You will be a better person because of your imperfections, not in spite of them.

Think about it!

The Answer Is…..Reflections of my Life

I wasnt sure I wanted to read a book on Alex Trebek. Like many others I have been watching him on Jeopardy for years and his current health problems really got to me. But I did want to read more about his life. I was a bit disappointed that although he narrated this audio, he shared the narration with Ken Jennings. I would have loved him reading the whole book. He just has that kind of voice that is so easy to listen to.

I did learn a lot about Alex Trebek that I didnt know, personal stuff like there is 24 years difference between him and his wife and that he has two children. I loved his challenges and his outlook on his life even though it was ending soon and he knew it. I would imagine that to be a hard thing to deal with. But I found he was happy with the life he lived, and all the people’s lives he touched.

It was a quick read, but will be with me for a long time. Definitely a book to be placed on your TBR list….The Answer is…….#fourstars

This entry was posted on January 3, 2021, in family.

Heart Bones

by Colleen Hoover

Heart Bones

I love Colleen Hoover books. I have been reading them this month and am looking forward to reading all of her books. This one was again a book I started reading and thinking I know where this is headed. Poor girl meets rich guy. But again Ms Hoover turns it around and surprises me.

Beyah has an addict for a mom; when she overdoses Beyah moves to where her father lives. We see him take her in, we see her fall for the guy next door (Samson) and we also know she is leaving for college in August. But what we did not see is it isnt as rosy as it looks and there are so many things we do not know about Beyah and also about Samson (didnt see that one coming).

Just when you think this is a simple love story…..you find it is not so simple but full of heart bones!
#KindleUnlimited #fourstars

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Never been disappointed in a Steena Holmes book. And this one is a great story. The story deals with sex trafficking….an all too real happening. Jessica and Paige are twins, always together….but the day they are not Jessica gets taken while Paige feels the guilt. Fast forward 12 years, with Paige working for an organization called CHILD that deals with this, she not only helps others but has the hope that her sister will be found also.

The story deals with what happens to a family that goes through this, the hope, the fears and what breaks families apart or keeps families together. How everyone involved deals with this loss and the constant thought of what is happening to their loved ones.

Beautifully written and powerful. #KindleUnlimited #fourstars

This entry was posted on December 26, 2020, in family.

Out of Her Mind

Another great book from T. R. Ragan. I have always enjoyed reading her books and this one did not disappoint. A story of trials and trauma, we again see Sawyer Brooks fighting a psychopath as well as her own demons.

Out of Her Mind

She is obsessed with the disappearance of young girls to the point it is affecting her own sanity. But she does not give up. Along with her own horrific childhood, she will not stop until she finds the missing girls.

Another page turner and deep story. #KindleUnlimited #fourstars

Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough

Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough by Carla Vergot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this author on FB during an author interview and was instantly hooked on her book.  So I went into my Kindle to purchase it and found I already had it on my Kindle from last year.  And so I started reading this story about Lily Barlow.  
Quirky Lily Barlow idolizes the fictional bounty hunter Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich series and longs for that kind of freewheeling lifestyle―a life where she makes her own rules. The problem is, there are no criminals or noteworthy crimes to speak of in her small and stifling hometown of Marshall, VA.
When she returns home to take care of her father who had a heart attack, get his bakery back on track and then return to her studies, but finds herself hooking up with an old friend and delving into some mysteries of her own.  I am officially hooked on Lily and will definitely be picking up Book #2 to continue reading about her adventures.  #fivestars  ##CarlaVergot  

This entry was posted on December 21, 2020, in family.

The Eyes Have It

Since we should all be wearing masks do you find you have stopped using lipstick and started using more mascara and eyeliner? I find I want to bring out my eyes more since it is the first thing you now see when I am out and about. I always used to look at the color of someone’s lipstick when meeting them, but find I now want to examine their eyes.

I look first at their lashes…love long and full lashes and am always trying to get them. I have used many products but finally found one that does the job. Unlimited Lashes is my go-to in getting long and full lashes. How do I know? Well, I used it and saw my lashes grow. And then I stopped using it. My lashes were not as strong and I found some of them falling out. I am always rubbing my eyes, due to an eye problem so when I saw missing lashes I went right back to my Avon Unlimited Lashes.

It is so easy to use. Like applying eyeliner. One swipe on upper lid, just above your lashes. I use it at night before I do my nightly moisturizing routine. I also have a customer who uses it on her eyebrows. Last week I saw I had a space in my eyebrows and decided to start using this serum on them…Filled in the small space I saw….and so we accomplish another feat of The Eyes Have It.

This entry was posted on December 17, 2020, in family.

My Name is Anton

My Name is Anton: A Novel

To cry or not to cry…that is the question. I have read Catherine Ryan Hyde books before and again I was not disappointed. Her stories are so poignant and caring. Having read this book in 3 days (could have been 2, except life gets in the way!) I found myself reading at every opportunity.

We follow Anton’s life – from his horrific accident coming from trying to do the right thing, to his rocky relationship with his parents, to finding the love of his life, to losing her – the story goes on and on, for a whole lifetime. I felt like I knew Anton and so when he was sad, I was sad. When he was happy, I was happy. A story about selfless people, who did what was good for others not themselves and a lesson on ways we can be happy if only we thought of others more than ourselves.

I loved the relationship he had with his grandmother also. #fivestars #KindleUnlimited