Saturday, January 24, 2009


I recently received a special little book from a special little someone & I HAD to share about it: The Meaning of Life by Bradley Trevor Greive. It's a little book crammed full of big inspiration. There was so much in it that just sparked a fire in my spirit. (Thanks, Lydia.)
Here is one of my favorite bits from the book. (It was VERY hard choosing just one!):

"When you get the most out of your life, savoring every last drop, it will transform everything about you from ordinary to extraordinary. When you do what you will be filled with a heartfelt joy that is highly contagious."

I don't like to talk TOO much about the personal, private adventures I take in life. But at a time when my family is going through a very real (almost surreal) & emotional journey with my dad's cancer, it makes my heart do something equivalent to the boogie dance to know that I am surrounded by generous souls.
I've been spending a lot of time assessing & sorting & prioritizing. I'm sure that's normal when you've had such a grand event suddenly consume your world.
And after accepting the role I've been given, I've decided that I'm ready to take risks & live big. I will try not to let a day escape me where I have not acknowledged that I am blessed. I will pursue the things I love & let the leftovers become roadkill. My joy will never be accused of being artificial.
I can't wait to wake up tomorrow!


  1. You go girl! No one's gonna get away with stealing your sunshine!

  2. That is the most adorable kitten. That book sounds wonderful. I thank god for all he blesses me with everyday. Have a wonderful day when you wake up!


  3. This is so strange (in the best of ways)!!! My daughter's daddy and I were taking our lunch break together while I was on jury duty in his neighborhood. We walked past a flower shop that had a small table of goods "for sale for $1.00" on it. Out of the corner of my eye I saw, "The Meaning of Life." Hmmmm. This would make a great little gift for my daughter who is four...Well, we sat in a diner that afternoon and read through this together and laughed and cried and it was wonderful. What a joy this book is! I've been saving it in my room and reading through it when needed. What a blessing it is to those in need. So happy you own a copy, too!!!!

  4. U made me cry. :)

    We got this quote at Leadership.

    “To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.”
    (William James)

    I'm pretty sure Etsy front page and blue owlie butts count as flamboyantly, chickie!! :)

    I hope today rocks.


  5. Thank you! Your post inspired me to go out and find one of my favorite, (but long forgotten) quotes:

    "Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

    George Bernard Shaw

    Keep burning bright!


  6. That is a beautiful view you have. I try to live each day the same. I've been thrown a lot of hardships throughout my young life as well. I've had to play big roles that seemed to grand for me, but I did them well. And I kept that positive perception the entire time.

    With that view of life, you can't imagine how beautiful the sun shining in your face is in the morning. :) Have a wonderful day!

  7. That's a great snippet from the book, I bet the rest of it is very enlightening! I've been thinking a lot about this sort of thing lately. When I hit a "bump in the road", I try and think about the things that I DON'T have in my life like, homelessness, hunger, disease etc. It could all be so much worse, and then I feel silly for my sorrow, and remember that it is a pretty good day!

  8. I think your joy comes shining through on this blog! I personally love the fact that you are real, and that you share your heart. I honestly feel like if we met in real life we would be friends and not that you would just be trying to sell me something! And I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who feels this way :)

  9. I lost my Dad on christmas Eve, four years ago this past one, and it still effects my life - not daily but quite often. I am often brought round to the thoughts of how short and uncertain (my Dad was 53) life can be- and I try not to "waste" it with unproductive moments- I say unproductive, becuase sometimes "bad"(sad, angry,etc) feelings are necessary- but unproductive(depressed, guilt, anxiety)ones never are.

    I am glad you are gathering postive energy from a difficult time.


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