Sunday, October 20, 2013

Life Lessons

The other day I was revisiting one of my old scrapbooks and I came across a layout that I had done a few years ago about things I believe.  Not religious beliefs, but just beliefs about life in general that I've learned as a result of things that I have gone through.  The layout was based on a list that I created for a blog challenge at, and is still one of my favourite layouts.  But in reading the layout, I realized that there were some additional beliefs that I needed to document.  Here, then, is my new and improved list of life lesson beliefs.

I believe...
 - that chocolate is good for what ails you.
 - that the recipe for a perfect day involves a blue and sunny sky, an open highway and good tunes on the radio.
 - that one can never have too many purses, too many pairs of shoes or too many friends.
 - that the storms of life will pass, and that the sun will always follow them.
 - that even the darkest cloud has a silver lining.
 - that we should all cultivate the ability to laugh at ourselves.
 - that the best part of each new day is that there is one.
 - in creating my own happiness.
 - that things will always look brighter after a good night's sleep.
 - that every once in a while we should all take time to curl up with our favourite pillow and blankie for a nap.
 - in buying myself flowers for no reason.
 - that getting out a box of crayons and a colouring book is highly therapeutic.
 - that faith and a prayer will take you a long way.
 - that miracles are all around us, all the time - we just have to open our eyes to see them.
 - that before we can forgive others, we must first learn to forgive ourselves.
 - that you should dance whenever you feel the urge and sing like no one's listening.
 - in being thankful for all that I have.
 - that we should live like each day is our last.
 - in "happily ever after".
 - that everyone needs a teddy bear to hug when they're having a bad day.
 - that we should treat everyone around us the way we ourselves would like to be treated.
 - that no problem is so great that it cannot be overcome with God's help.
 - in taking time to stop and smell the roses.
 - that life is what we make it.
 - that we need to take more time to enjoy the simple things in life.
 - that we should enjoy each moment we have with our loved ones.
 - that there is no mistake we can make that is unforgivable.
 - that everything that happens to us happens for a reasons, and that even the bad things that happen in our lives can teach us something if we are willing to learn.
 - that angels walk among us.
 - that we are much stronger than we ever truly give ourselves credit for.
 - that the true measure of greatness is not in the number of accolades you have received, but rather in the obstacles that you overcome along the way.
 - that everyone needs someone or something to come home to.
 - that we should never be afraid to ask for what we need.
 - that sometimes doing the thing you fear the most will pay off in unbelievable ways.
 - that the  best is yet to come.

Until next time,

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Thousand Little Things

On the "Charlotte's Web" soundtrack, Sarah McLachlan sings about ordinary miracles.  Amy Grant and Rebecca Lynn Howard both sing about simple things.  It's usually the simple things in life that bring us the most pleasure, but it's also the simple things that we most often take for granted.

"When I'm worried, and I can't sleep,
I count my blessings instead of sheep."
~ Bing Crosby, from "White Christmas" ~

A couple of years ago, I started reading a book by Ann Voskamp called "One Thousand Gifts" (check it out here: that chronicled her mission to create a gratitude journal of 1,000 gifts or blessings in her life.  The author's writing style wasn't to my taste and I didn't finish the book, but I was intrigued by the idea of a journal of 1,000 blessings.  So I decided to give it a try.  I'm only on about 150.  But I found that as I went through this process, I started to spend my days actively looking for things to add to my list.  And the more I looked, the more I found. 

Recently, my life has taken an unexpected turn, and the changes have gotten me thinking about the many, many things I have in my life to be thankful for.  So I've decided to start a new list, and this time I'm determined to make a list of 1,000 blessings.  Want to join me? Good! Because I have a challenge for you.  Leave me a comment below with a list of 10 things you're thankful for, and I will enter you in a draw for a prize package, which will include a beautiful journal to make your own list of 1,000 gifts.  Simple, right?  The draw will take place on November 1st.  Good luck!

Until next time,