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Friday, August 31, 2012

Fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Your Choices are Unlimited

You don't have to buy from anyone. You don't have to work at any particular job. You don't have to participate in any given relationship.

You can choose.

You steer the course you choose in the direction of where you want to be today, tomorrow, or in a distant time to come.

You hold the tiller.

You can decide to alter the course of your life at any time.  No one can ever take that away from you. You can decide what you want and go after it.

It's always your next move.

Words for Wednesday

Saturday, August 25, 2012

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to
succeed is always to try just one more time."

 -Thomas Edison

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Today's Inspiration


I have so many books that I am running out of bookshelf space!

That is one of the reasons that I decided to purchase a Kindle

The Kindle is so much lighter to carry than a paperback book and takes us less room in my purse as well.

The Kindle was my very new best friend until *gasp* the screen cracked and I no longer had a Kindle to use (of course this happened while out-of-town).  I decided when I purchased my Kindle to not get the extended warranty so therefore I was either going to have to return to carrying books around with me or buy a new Kindle.

THEN - I had a light bulb moment.

Enter one smart phone...

I love my Nokia Lumia 900 smart phone and it was sooooo easy to download the free Amazon Kindle app from the marketplace.  This means that I have now turned my phone into more than a is now my latest e-reader - BONUS!

Now - I do not know about you but I love being able to go to Amazon.Com and find the next book that I want to read. 

Just think - it saves time (no need to drive to the local bookstore), saves gas (no more driving) and my selections can be delivered immediately!  Instant gratification!  Amazon for Kindle is almost too easy to use because I can order any book that I want and have it fast.  This could easily become very expensive if I am not careful.

And in the nick of time - I discovered an on-line daily free Kindle book offerings at Pixel of Ink. While I still have my favorite authors that I will continue to purchase from I have discovered many more authors that I probably would not have read if not for Pixel.

Since I discovered this site I have received probably close to 50 free Kindle books. 

I now have easy access to my reading material as well as more room in my purse!

Thank you for coming to my rescue - Nokia Lumia 900!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday's Thought of the Day

Is it possible that by talking about the faults of others that it delays taking a  good long look at our own faults?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Places that Inspire

Do you ever watch the Travel Channel?  I do and I travel vicariously through the many shows that they share with us.  A pro of traveling with the Travel Channel?  I can visit places that I always wanted to go without hurting my wallet!  A con of traveling with the Travel Channel?    I can only travel to these places via the show.

Several years ago I saw a show on Bodega, CA.  So while visiting Northern California (one of my very favorite places for inspiration) I found myself reading a local travel magazine in my hotel room and realized that I was only 12 miles from Bodega…BONUS!   I just had to go and after sweet talking my son – he was on board too.   Well maybe not as excited to be taking a drive to someplace that he had never wanted to visit – but I promised him food!  That worked!

The goal was to reach Bodega Bay around sunset in order to see the beautiful sunset.  Let’s just say that my imagination will have to suffice on that sunset.  I just did not quite calculate the travel time to get to the shoreline (those 2 lane roads just do not allow fast travel). 

 BUT even so – seeing this quaint little town at night had me longing to see it in daylight.  So the next day  -once again – with bribery of fresh seafood – my son was on-board.    


The town of Bodega is best known for a little movie – you may have heard of it?  “The Birds”  We drove right by the church that was featured in the movie. 

 Bodega is a rustic unincorporated area just north of San Francisco.  If you keep driving west you will reach Highway 1 which is where you want to turn toward the north.  Be still my heart. 

You know those images of the fishing villages?  The ones with mist gently floating over the water where you can see the tips of the boats peaking out of the mist as the boats gently rock in the gentle swell of the ocean?  Well – that is Bodega Bay in real life. Imagine the sea gulls swooping down from the sky singing the song that sea gulls sing.  Deeply inhale that fragrance that belongs to the ocean.  The gentle lull of the ocean as it dances with the shore.  Do you feel the stress pouring out of you body? 

There were some very nice resorts along the way and of course the ever present restaurant but we decided to be adventuresome and stop at what had to be a place for locals.  You know the kind of place where you walk in and everyone turns and looks at you?   The kind of place that you feel like you are intruding?   You know if the locals go there to eat that it has to be good.   My son LOVED the fresh fish and still talks about it to this day.  I only wish that I had the name of the establishment  to share BUT if you ever drive up Highway 1 toward Bodega Bay – look for a little fish shack and take a chance.  

Be adventurous and take a chance on being inspired by the beauty of what the journey offers you.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday's Thought

Do you ever look at a very successful person and wonder how they got where they did?  Did it just drop in their lap?  Were they at the right place at the right time?

Ask any successful person about their journey to success...and be not surprise if they tell you that the difference between being successful and not so successful has everything to do with their attitude.  

Success belongs to those that have the ability to pick themself up after a failure and dusting off knowing that the next time might just be that time that they reach that ultimate goal of success!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Things that inspire me

I have always been drawn to lighthouses...not sure why but they fascinate me.

Maybe it is the thought that they show the way home after a long journey or a safe harbor for those seeking that peace that has been longed for.

Several years ago I started a small collection of lighthouses and I hope that some day I will be able to take a lighthouse tour on the East Coast - maybe even spend the night in one?  How about this lighthouse?

You too can rent this lighthouse if you wish:

Just a few of my favorites and peaceful lighthouses

There is just something so very inspirational about lighthouses!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Words for Wednesday

Stop looking back at the door shutting behind you before you walk past the door opening in front of you.