Friday, September 15, 2017

Today, try to find a way to step away from anxiety and stress.


“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. 
Keep in the sunlight.”

It is so easy to get caught up in the what if's, especially lately,
so let's try and stay present, in the moment, and if you can, 
go outside!! 

love, mom



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Sunday, September 10, 2017

today, find peace 'Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow' ...


My Dream: A Vision Of Peace 
by ToddMichael St. Pierre


Where the mountains touch the sky,
Where poets DREAM, where eagles fly,
A secret place above the crowd,
Just beneath a silver-lined cloud.

Lift your eyes to a snowy peak,
And see the soon-to-be we seek.
Whisper DREAMS and let them rise,
To the mountains old and wise.

Climbers climb, it's time to try,
Where the mountains touch the sky.
Take me there. Oh take me now,
Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow.

Where the ocean meets the sky,
Where mermaid dance, where seagulls fly,
A place in DREAMS I know so well,
The sea inside a single shell.

Far across the living sea,
A pale blue possibility,
Beyond the castles made of sand,
Tomorrow in a small child's hand.

Only DREAMERS need apply,
Where the ocean meets the sky.
Take me there. Oh take me now,
Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow.

A common ground for one and all,
Behind the crystal waterfall,
Where Peace flows like a mighty stream,
Like Dr. King I have a DREAM.

Imagine such a goal in sight,
For red and yellow, black and white…

New Delhi, Beijing, Kenya, Rome,
Earth is the place that we call home.
Baghdad, Belfast, Tel Aviv,
One race HUMAN, we still believe,
Come DREAM with me...

Where the forests reach the sky,
Wake to DREAMS, and don’t be shy.
We’ll DREAM the world a thorn-less rose;
We’ll plant then watch it as it grows.

We’ll conquer hate with DREAMS of hope,
We’ll DREAM one big kaleidoscope.

Whisper now; let the DREAM begin,
It's time to trust the truth within.
This is where we seek and find…
A place called PEACE for humankind.

DREAM on DREAMERS, hopes are high,
Where the forests reach the sky.
Take me there. Oh take me now,
Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow.

Now, listen close, the future calls...
'Build your bridges and tear down walls! '
For time has taught and so it seems,
Realities are born of DREAMS!

Whisper DREAMS and let them rise,
To the mountains old and wise.

ToddMichael St. Pierre

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Have patience in times of transition ....


“If you don't like something, change it.
 If you can't change it, change your attitude.”
Maya Angelou

September is full of new beginnings and different situations, especially with school and classes.  So it is important to remind yourself to be patient, before getting all concerned that things are going wrong.

It is easy to feel lost and confused when things are not the way you remembered them to be or hoped they would be.  But if you can take a moment, exhale, and see how things settle, you may be very happy with the way things are.  Remember that these situations are new for everyone, and some people may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, making the atmosphere feel awkward or unpleasant.

Think back to other times when you were anxious or upset by how you thought a class was not going to be what you wanted, or an experience was not what you had hoped for.  Yet once everything settled down it turned out to be a great adventure.

It can be helpful to step back and observe before worrying and getting depressed.  However there are situations that will never feel like the best fit, even after the settling down period.  In that case, it is good try to change the situation, switch the class or change your seat if you are near a distraction.

If it is not possible to physically change the situation then see if you can change your perspective of the situation, see what you can glean from circumstance.  Can you find an aspect of the environment that you are excited about? It may be different from what you have focused on in previous years, however it may open you to new ideas and horizons.

Transitions and change can be sad, frustrating and hard, but they are a part of life and if you can stay open and positive you may be astonished at what is coming your way!! Because is many ways change is amazing!!!  love, mom



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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Remember, its NOT you, its them!!!


This is an idea that I need to remind myself of over and over.  
I am not sure if it is a cultural thing or if it stems from being raised Catholic, but in many situations, and especially in a relationship type situation, when someone is acting badly or lashing out I tend to believe it is my fault?!?
and it usually is NOT!!

It is SO important for us all to remember that people's reactions and behaviors stem more from their own personal experiences and beliefs than from anything you have done!! PLEASE girls!! know this to be true, 
because this is a very important lesson.

So you can either listen to the Dalai Lama or a minion, but don't let other people's beliefs, behaviors, comments or internal stories bring you down or in anyway make you think any less of yourself!!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

a reminder to focus (and breathe)


Grant me the strength 
to focus this week, 
to be mindful and present, 
to serve with excellence, 
to be a force of love.
Brendon Burchard

I have always felt that September has a 'new year' feeling with all its new beginnings and transitions. For many it is the start of a new school year, and everyone is changing gears from a summertime state-of-mind back to a business-as-usual demeanor. 

During these times of change it is so easy to feel overwhelmed and confused, so for today I offer us all this 'prayer' and a reminder to focus AND breathe. 

love, mom

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Monday, September 4, 2017

how to pick a good piece of watermelon ....

'wacky watermelon ...' tapestry from Society6
& today they are having a 20% off sale
Before summer is just a ghost-like memory I thought I'd share with you a trick I learned from Yasmin masi about how to pick a sweet and juicy piece of watermelon from the grocery store, and it has never failed me.  This works when you are buying cut watermelon because you need to see the fruit, and it is very simple.

You want to pick a piece of watermelon that was a crack in it* see picture below.  I think of it as the watermelon has just bursted because of all its yummy flavor.  Just one piece of kitchen knowledge that i wish to pass along to my girls.

*note the crack of flavor
 Happy Labor Day!!
love, mom

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy September ....

Since this is the month where we leave the lazy days of summer behind,
 I figured a coffee illustration would be apropos.  Enjoy!! 

“Coffee is a warm drink that fosters friendship and tastes great. 
What more is there to life?”
Kevin Sinnott

Feel free to download and print out this calendar for your personal use this month.


p.s. if you are having problems downloading or printing the calendar, 
just leave a comment & email and I will send you a PDF.


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Today, find the peace of wild things ...

this is my religion ... 

hot rock dress, dover, ma ... july 2013


The Peace Of Wild Things
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.



Wendell Berry




More and more I turn to this poem and remind myself of its wisdom.  In fact last week I seemed the peace of wild things in the glorious mountains of  Vermont, where the wifi is bad and the peace is very good.
So remember girls, when life gets overwhelming and times seem dark, to go to nature!! (I tend to also make a dress, while out in nature, click here to read more about the creation of my 'hot rock dress ...' :)


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Know your worth and find your tribe ...


“Your time is way too valuable
to be wasting on people that
can't accept who you are.”


(this is very important to remember!! 
I speak from experience . . . )

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Friday, August 11, 2017

today remember to be BIG and SHINE!!!

from my dailydress journal
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are 
powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness 
that most frightens us. 
We ask ourselves, 
'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' 
Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God. 
Your playing small does not serve the world. 
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking 
so that other people won't 
feel insecure around you. 
We are all meant to shine, as children do. 
We were born to make manifest 
the glory of God that is within us. 
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. 
And as we let our own light shine, 
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same. 
As we are liberated from our own fear, 
our presence automatically liberates others.”
marianne williamson

This is one of my favorite quotes, and one I need to remind myself on a daily, if not hourly basis!! 
It is OK to do our best, to be good at something, to shine! 
And I SO want to tell you, my girls, to remember ~ do NOT play small! or play down the things that you do well!!!  PLAY BIG!!! xxx
One of the messages that women and girls get is to be demure and small,  'it is more lady-like'. BLAH! those rules no longer apply!! 
You are meant to SHINE!! show the world your brilliance, your talents, your beauty, inside and out!!! Not only will you be helping others to be liberated; you, my dear ones, will feel much lighter and at peace.  So let's all go out and shine our own unique and beautiful light!!
love, mom

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