Monthly Archives: May 2014

Phenomenal Woman

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Rest in Peace Maya Angelou.

My book of quotes is the size it is from amazing souls like you. You leave behind a lasting impression and some amazing, wise words for us to remember you by.

Thank you.

 

 

You alone are enough,  You have nothing to prove to anybody - Maya Angelou

You alone are enough,
You have nothing to prove to anybody – Maya Angelou

I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life - Maya Angelou

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life – Maya Angelou

To those who have given up on love, I say, "Trust life a little bit" - Maya Angelou

To those who have given up on love, I say, “Trust life a little bit” – Maya Angelou

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away - Maya Angelou (One of my all-time favorites)

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away – Maya Angelou (One of my all-time favorites)

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option

When people show you who they are, believe them - Maya Angelou

When people show you who they are, believe them – Maya Angelou

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.  - Maya Angelou

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. – Maya Angelou

You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated - Maya Angelou

You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated – Maya Angelou

Let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. - Maya Angelou

Let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. – Maya Angelou

(Excerpts from ‘I’ll Rise’)

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

-Maya Angelou, 1928

 

 

Rest in Peace Phenomenal Woman 

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God’s Gift

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Adri walked up while I was saying a prayer this afternoon and asked, “Is it?”. So I told her “Mommy was talking to God”. She smiled real big and pointed to this large cross behind me on our wall and said, “Der?”. A little surprised I just responded, “Yes baby…There”.

I’ve never tried to explain the cross to her (and Lord knows with her only being just over a year old she probably still recalls more about God than I’ve had to “relearn” over my 32 years). So the coincidental symbolism of her statement is not lost upon me. In fact, perhaps it wasn’t coincidental at all…God is there…Right behind us…With us always. It’s just so sweet to see that it can be so simply and matter-of-factly known to her.

This is just more proof that, while I’m well aware of the fact that I’m not “God’s gift”, I know without any uncertainty that SHE is. (Well, His gift to me and my salvation that is).

God's love is simple enough for a child to know…I wish it were more easy for us to remember.  [God's Gift by The Write Side of Life]

God’s love is simple enough for a child to know…I wish it were more easy for us to remember.
[God’s Gift by The Write Side of Life]

#forevergrateful

 

This Life

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There is never a day I am not thankful for just being able to experience this planet and this life – Waking and spending every day with this loving little miracle and being one of her many reasons to smile and giggle. Even with all the negativity and obstacles we face in life, we are so blessed to be here for the short time we are. When I die I hope it can be said I never lost my awe of this planet; That its divinity was never dulled nor it’s allure ever lost; That however many seasons I experienced were each just as amazing as the first; That every sky – whether storm filled or sunny always took my breath away; That each bare tree of winter veining out so beautifully to the heavens was just as stunning as every perfect spring flower newly emerged or unique autumn leaf freshly fallen. I hope every sunrise and sunset never loses its magic and the sight of a red-winged black bird on the fence post or majestic hawk soaring high will still stop me and capture my attention fifty years from now just as it does today.

This world is magic.

This life is a gift.

We are truly blessed.

Love & Light

-Stephanie

An ode to this beautiful planet

An ode to this beautiful planet

Good Riddance

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This time of year is always festive for me – It’s the time of year for my birthday, the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo (which were all absolutely great by the way). And as if that’s not cause enough to celebrate, today also marks two years since I purchased my last pack of cigarettes. Happy anniversary to the best good riddance!

I’m not one to bash other people for their decisions to drink or smoke – so if you do, hey, I get it. God knows I hated the hypocrites that constantly nagged me for smoking while they drank themselves into stupors or binged on fast food or “diet” soda. Everyone’s got something I guess. But I will say, for me, this has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It opened up my eyes to everything else and created a chain reaction from one healthy decision to another. I lost my grandfather and countless other loved ones over the years to cancer – most of which can be linked to smoking. Now that I have a family of my own I want to make sure I am here for as long as I can be.

Turning 30 started a whirlwind of changes in my life that were put into place with the intent of building a better me – Shedding my dependency on nicotine (along with all of the other deadly chemicals that are found in most brands today) and also caffeine. Granted I had a very good reason to abandon my love affair with Marlboro Man – Getting pregnant will make you realize pretty quickly everything unhealthy you’re doing to yourself. Before then I lived on coffee and cigarettes. And quitting everything cold turkey created a pretty tumultuous couple of first weeks but one thing I realized throughout my entire pregnancy after that was that if we all lived as if we were pregnant (avoiding all the things we don’t want to harm our unborn children) we would all be so much healthier. Theoretically you would think the concept would be a given – If it’s not safe to consume while pregnant or good for our children to ingest then why should we? So now, two years later, I am still trying to live by that philosophy. I am much more conscious of the food I am putting into our bodies; Clean eating and sticking to fresh, healthy choices for me and my family; Drinking alcohol and caffeine very rarely if at all (and only in very small amounts if/when I do) and; Paying attention to my body and what it needs more. When we bury our systems with these unnatural things – be it stimulants, medications, drugs, fast food, preservatives, etc – we are burying our ability to be in tune with our bodies and how they naturally thrive.

When you’re young you think you’ll just live forever and that there are no consequences to your actions. Having a child brought about some essential and fundamental changes in the way I treat myself and my body. I can’t say I’ve ever been “happy” with my body but I sure do respect it a hell of a lot more than I used to. And it’s not to say that I didn’t value my life before then but after 30 I think you definitely begin to value it more. I realize now more than ever just how very “mortal” I am and how short our time here is. It’s important to take care of the planet while we’re here but it’s equally as important to take care of ourselves while we are here too. It’s not just about living but about living well. Quality of life.

As twisted as it may sound, I still keep this last pack of cigarettes in my console. It’s not a torture tactic as much as it is a symbol. It reminds me every day that every day – even though I could easily light one up – I continue to make the choice not to smoke and live every day putting my health first. And as much as I enjoyed a cigarette then, it’s not even a challenge now to avoid it. Every day we are all faced with hurdles and choices. It’s not always easy to make the right ones but this reminds me that when we continue to make the right choices, they eventually become the easier choice.

It's been two years since I dumped Marlboro Man

It’s been two years since I dumped Marlboro Man

 

Hey – Wanna help make a difference? 

This year my husband, daughter and I are participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life again with our family. This will be the fourth year for our team (and the second for Adri). If you want to help make a difference in the fight against cancer and show some support for me and my family, you can make a donation by visiting our page HERETogether we can make a difference!

Together we can make a difference. We appreciate your support! Every little bit helps.

Together we can make a difference. We appreciate your support! Every little bit helps.

The First of May

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Happy First of May :)

Happy First of May 🙂

The birds sing a special song today,
The beautiful song of the first of May;
When new life bursts in colorful hues,
And the rains of April begin to subdue;
When emerald replaces all that was gray, 
Let’s all celebrate this month of May. 

-Me © 

Happy May Day everyone! ☀️