Day 304: Trick or Treat

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween! It’s the perfect day to express yourself and show off your creativity.

Have you ever wanted to be someone else for the day? Well today is the perfect excuse to dress up as you please (and nobody will judge you hehe).

The best part of Halloween is meeting people and seeing their vibrant/goofy personalities come out that you’ve never seen or experienced before. It’s easier to meet new people on Halloween because many costumes lead to interesting conversations.

Oh and most importantly… Halloween is awesome because of all the free TREATS! Candy is king when it comes to Halloween, without it Halloween would never be the same.

Halloween is the perfect time to show off your sense of humor, sexiness, weirdness or scariness so go out there and have fun exploring all the excitement…and then post it on Facebook ;-)

Eat, drink and be scary.  ~Author Unknown

Day 303: Bad luck for Cat

Sunday, October 30, 2011

All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck - who keeps right on going - is the man who is there when the good luck comes - and is ready to receive it. -Robert Collier

I had 2 cases of bad luck last week…

In a 72-hour time frame I had 2 awful things happen to my car.

1.) I was in the Halloween store for about 10 minutes...then I returned to my car and I noticed a big scratch in my back bumper that wasn't there before I went into the store…a black vehicle did a HIT & RUN!

2.) I was at lunch with my girlfriends for about 2 hours…then I returned to my car…I was SHOCKED… someone scratched/keyed/dented the crap out of the side of my car!

Oh yeah, the tears were flowing….

For those of you who don’t know me very well… I love and appreciate my car to death. My car (I call her Nissy) is very special to me because it was a gift from my parents after I was in the accident. After I was paralyzed I was unable to drive for 8 months because of the nerve damage in my right leg.

So for 8 months my friends and family were pitching in and helping me get to and from physical therapy appointments and doctors appointments. It was a very difficult time in my life because prior to the accident I was very independent.

In December 2008 right around Christmas time, FINALLY, my left leg was strong enough to drive! It was SO exciting I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel again! My amazing dad took me to a car dealership and I got to pick out the car I really liked. It was my first time picking out a vehicle that I truly wanted because my previous car was a handy down. I found Miss Nissy and she was perfect! So my parents went ahead and purchased her for me, I was ecstatic!

Sadly, I couldn’t drive my new car off the lot. It was illegal for me to drive at the time because I was not yet certified to drive with my left foot. So my sister drove the car off the lot…and a couple days later my friend Emily drove my car to the conversion center where a mechanic installed a left foot gas pedal.

Yeah, that’s right a left foot pedal…I’m one of the very few drivers in Arizona that has a left foot pedal…Actually I may be the only driver in Arizona that has a left foot pedal. And this is a major reason why I am SO upset that someone would damage my car without leaving an “I’m sorry” note.

It’s easy for anyone to put their car in the shop and rent one until their car is fixed…but NOT for me! There are NO rental cars with a left foot pedal in the state of Arizona. So not only did these people damage my car and not pay for it but also they inconvenienced me big time. I have a job, therapy and of course regular errands to run and without my car it’s going to make my life a little bit difficult to get to and from work especially with my strange schedule. The suspects can continue with their lives without knowing whose car they vandalized. They don’t realize the inconvenience they’re putting an innocent person through…and geeeeeze louise I’ve been through enough already! Give me a break people! 

Moral of the story, I don’t drive a BMW or a Mercedes Benz. But the sentimental value my car is worth more to me than a Beamer, Benz or Bentley. It’s my first hand picked car that has taken me to hundreds of physical therapy appointments and check ups and will continue to do so until I decide to make my next move on another car purchase. So for those of you who have ever been a part of a hit and run or have vandalized a car at random remember this: everyone in this world is fighting some kind of battle and if you accidently damage someone else’s property the least you could do is leave a note with an apology. And before you purposely try to damage someone else’s property put yourself in their shoes and think about how you would feel or what you would have to go through in order to get your property fixed.

Each misfortune you encounter will carry in it the seed of tomorrow's good luck. - Og Mandino

Day 302: Hard work and relaxation goes hand in hand.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

If you worked hard this week you have plenty of time to relax!

Hard work and relaxation goes hand in hand. Every week the harder you work the more opportunities you will have to relax.

Give yourself a chance to relax and when Monday comes around you will be operating from a more positive, energized and enthusiastic perspective.

Try to relax on a regular basis. This is the only way you will be able to enjoy and savor life.

Happy Saturday!

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.  ~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

Day 301: Get some stuff done!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Friday!!!!

Did you accomplish what you wanted this week??

If your answer is no…

Don’t feel guilty about it…instead feel energized about what you can achieve this weekend or next week!

Quit feeling bad about the time you have wasted or the time you haven’t really had to get stuff done. Start feeling enthusiastic about all the time you have tomorrow or Sunday or next week! You have plenty of time available to you but you just need to find the perfect moment to use it.

When you get bogged down with work and don’t have spare time to do what you love, don’t waste your time feeling sorry for yourself…instead make an effort to organize your time better so you can fit in the things you love.

Sometimes we think others have more time to do things that they love because they have more money or less work…but don’t feel envious of what they have accomplished…INSTEAD feel inspired by their examples...look up to them and learn from them.

Have a great weekend and get stuff done!

Day 300: Deal with what you're handed or change it.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Take a few moments to sit back, relax and look at the circumstances of your life.

Is the life you're living truly what you want to see?

Are there things that you could do differently to get your ideal vision to come to life?

Each of us are dealt different hands in life and it’s up to you to figure out how you want to deal with them.

If you're unhappy with what’s in your hands right now, first accept what you have, then make a plan to figure out what to do to change it.

Hopefully you have people in your life that are willing to help you or set you off in the right direction, but in the end we can’t count on anyone else to change our lives except ourselves. And you shouldn’t even want others to do all the work for you. It’s easy to give up and feel powerless when adversity stumps you but complaining and blaming others will do absolutely nothing to help your situation.

So take positive action now. Take some time to think of a plan and go for it…if you are unhappy then you have nothing to lose!

And while you at it, keep this in mind: Where you start in life may not be your fault…but where you finish is.

Day 299: Hakuna Matata!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Don’t worry, be happy!

Worrying is a powerful form of negative expectation that can ruin your day and attitude. Instead of wasting your thoughts and energy on worrying start expecting nothing but good things and create your thoughts to be positive and enriching to your life.

The future hasn’t even happened yet so why are you worrying? Focus on making sure your future will meet your expectations and put time and energy into making your expectations come true.

You can have whatever you want in life but ONLY if you’re willing give up the belief that you can’t have it. 

Day 298: Word of mouth

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Word of mouth is more than gossiping and spreading rumors…it’s also a great way to help other people.

We all hold information inside us that others don’t know, information that others would probably find useful.  

Most of us learn something new everyday and never share that new discovery with anyone else. Instead of sitting on useful information share it with others and maybe your "secret information" is what they've been waiting for to make their life a little bit easier. For example, maybe you found a great deal on a recent purchase…share that information with others because that deal is what they could have been searching for.

Sometimes it’s that little piece of information that can make a big difference in someone else’s life. So share the information you’re sitting on, maybe it’s a new skill or lesson you've learned and hopefully people you share your information with will return the favor to you.

Day 297: Whoops

Monday, October 24, 2011

Everyone is capable of doing something “stupid”. But everyone is also capable of learning from their slip-ups and making a fresh start. Even the most stubborn person has hope.

Have you ever screwed something up so bad that you felt ashamed or embarrassed? I think we’ve all experienced these moments. Even the smallest mistakes can be upsetting, but there is always a way to recover.

Keep this in mind: You will never recover from a situation if you keep thinking about how embarrassing your stupidity is.

Instead, get over it and stop wasting your time dwelling it…crap happens just keep moving forward! Use that silly mistake to make your future better… because guess what you just got a little bit smarter.

Embarrassing situations can stick in your mind for a long time and you will always learn to do things differently after they occur.

Think about it like this, your intelligence, wisdom and success comes from “stupidity”…silly mistakes…slip-ups…and all that embarrassing jazz that you’ve ever experience in your life! Just learn from your silly slip-ups and don’t make the same mistake twice.

Day 296: The oldest question in the book

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It’s one of the oldest questions in the book, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

Many of us focus on, “Why me?” and “Why did this happen?” and never actually deal with the situation.

Those questions are answerless. 

It may be difficult but eliminate those answerless questions out of your mind because no matter how many times you ask those questions it will never change the negative thing that has happened.

Instead ask questions like, “How can I fix this?” or “What can I do to comfort this situation and everyone else in it” or “What kind of lesson will this negative outcome teach others?”
Life is not about throwing yourself a pity party when you get knocked down…Life is about finding a smart and healthy way to get back up!

Day 295: Why are you still alive?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

One of the greatest things in life is being involved in something that’s bigger and more important than yourself.

Why is it one of the greatest things in life? Because you will never run out of meaningful things to do!

There are so many unimportant things in life that we tend to focus on, maybe it’s a stupid reality television show, or shopping for the most expensive and newest thing on the market….instead of doing things that will be forgotton, do something bigger than yourself.

Have a purpose and a mission in life that will be impossible to forget. The key is to find something that interests you, something that hits close to home and your heart…something that will be hard to walk away from.

Everyone’s purpose is different and can change as times goes by.

Don’t know what you purpose is? Don’t believe for one second that you don’t have one because we all do!

To figure out what your life’s purpose is be honest with yourself and think about what makes you happy…what helps you…your values….what you want out of life…what you want to fix….

Everyone has a mission inside of them, but it’s up to you to find out what it is…take the time to think really hard and start making a difference in your life and other peoples lives…

Have you ever wondered why you’re still alive right now?
Because your mission on Earth is still not finished…

Day 294: Give others the credit they deserve!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Close friends are the people that help us celebrate our victories no matter how big or small. 

Are you someone who can give others the credit they deserve or are you someone that always needs to be number one?

Friendship should never be about competition. Friendship is about complementing each other’s success. 

If you're a true friend set an example in lending a helping hand to another and hopefully you’ll teach them to do the same.

Helping others is like passing a gift. If you give the gift of a positive presence it will breed quickly creating the perfect environment for good people to be in.

Try to spend more time with the friends who can help you live you life’s purpose. Never waste your time with people that compete with you to purposely bring you down… you’re better than that!

Have an awesome weekend!

Day 293: You are what you think you are!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

You are what you think you are, so choose your thoughts wisely.

Focus on thoughts that will empower you and inspire you.

Think positive thoughts and think about your future success. If you think it, you will eventually become it.

Sometimes it’s hard to think positive in the negative world we live in. But push through and do it anyway. If the world hits you with negativity and disappointments, surprise the world by giving back kindness, happiness and love. If you put out the energy that you hope to experience…eventually it will come back to you and you certainly will experience it.

Think happy. Happiness is available every day…BUT it’s up to you to find it!

Happiness never expires so allow it to flow freely into you life and let it stay there forever.

Fall in love with life over and over again by being grateful for everything you have and everything that you are….Life is good.

Day 292: Up & Down & Up & Down

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy Hump Day!
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could feel good about the circumstances in your life alllll the time? Possibly…
But sometimes life makes us feel down.
Life has to give us some downs among all of the ups to keep us on our toes. When your down the only way you can build your value back up is through determination and effort. You will never achieve anything of value unless you’re willing to work your way through the downs.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to true value. If you want value you must work for it. If it weren’t for all the downs you would never know what it’s like to feel the good values in you life.
A flawless life is undesirable. Being satisfied with a perfect life would cease your potential to grow, and that’s exactly why life will never be perfect. During times of despair and pain you may not see the positive side of what you are experiencing but when it’s all over you will realize how good and powerful you feel after you overcome life’s obstacles.
A life full of value is essential, so in the midst of this hump day think about fully enjoying the hump and focus on getting stronger through all the difficult and tiring moments. Today indulge yourself in life’s simple pleasures, smell the roses and live this day to the fullest. 

Day 291: Get that spark back into your relationship!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Many relationships experience that moment when the fire begins to fizzle. The passion and craving for each other eventually becomes predictable and you start to wonder if there is anything you can do to get back to that steamy exciting romance you once had.

Excuse me Cosmo, reigniting that spark doesn’t have to be all about sex. You don’t need to buy that new pair of lingerie or massage oil, I mean if you want to you can but there are other options!

Here we go:

Visit a haunted house: It’s the season to be frightened! You can share that adrenaline rush with each other as you hold each other tight and walk/run through a haunted house. This can bring you closer to each other and create a hilarious memory that you will never forget. Gentlemen protect your ladies from the bad guys and ladies make your men feel super important by depending on them to keep you safe.

...Okay I know some of you refuse to pay to be scared…well then how about a romantic night in?

Grocery shop & Cook together: Go through a recipe book and find something neither of you have tried before. Make an evening out of it, go to the grocery store together and get the ingredients. Grocery shopping with your partner is fun especially if you don’t do it very often. Come home put on some aprons and feel the heat in the kitchen. Work as a team, and hopefully you will create a delicious meal…and if it doesn’t turn out right you can laugh at each other and order a pizza!

Dinner by candlelight: There is nothing more romantic then gazing into each other’s eyes in candlelight. If the weather is up to par, set up a romantic evening on your patio. Grab a bottle of wine, light a few candles and order some take out, or you can even add this to your grocery shopping and cooking together night. The flickering candlelight will allow you to see your partner in a new light. Get cozy you may be out there for a few hours!
Blast from the past: Go back to the place where you first met or had your first date. It will bring back good memories and laughs. When you go back to the places when your love burned bright you can reminisce and hopefully reignite the passion you once had for each other. Try to go back to the place where you said, “I love you.”
Reignite your fire by lighting a bonfire or even the fire place: Keep your passion for each other either in the back yard or in the comforts of your own living room. Fire creates this warm, cozy fuzzy feeling that can bring you and your honey closer together. Sparks are destined to fly when you’re cuddling up next to the flames. You can even make the spark sweeter by roasting marshmallows and making delicious s’mores.
Putting the spark back in your relationship doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend time together…maybe it’s time for you to spend some time apart from each other.
Invest time in yourself: Pick up a hobby, find something that interests you and invest some time in perfecting whatever you chose. Take care of yourself by spending time with friends that you don’t see very often—have a girl’s night out or a boy’s night out. Spending time away from your partner will keep your relationship fresh and more exciting.

Here are some more tips to freshen up your relationship:

Remember why you were originally attracted to your honey and build on that.

Focus on the positives and what you like about them, be sure to compliment your partner, ESPECIALLY if you haven’t done that in a while. This will show them you still notice special things about them and most importantly that you still care.
Be full of surprises! Randomly show up with flowers just because or send them to her work. Set up a surprise date, or trip out of town. Plan something fun behind their back and tell them to pack their bags because you’re leaving in 2 hours! 
Experiment with things you wouldn’t normally do. Think outside of the box and make it exciting!
Don’t over think it. Reigniting the flame doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant. It’s the simple things that can bring that sizzle back into your relationship. Don’t just tell your honey you love them…you must continue to show it through your entire relationship.
Actions ALWAYS speak louder than words so give each other the best you’ve got and you will be on your way back to a steaming and sizzling romance you once had before! 

Day 290: A cup of courage

Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Monday!
Every day life throws you an unpredictable challenge. Some days are worse than others but there are still plenty of reasons to smile.
You will never be perfect because nobody is perfect. Don’t ever think someone else has it easy, because everyone has issues. You will never know precisely what I’m going through. And I will never know precisely what you’re going through. Just remember, we are all fighting our own unique battles simultaneously together.
Whenever somebody doubts you they are only talking from within the boundaries of their own limitations. Disregard those people and don’t give in to their spiels. People in this world are trying to mold you to be like everyone else. It’s easy to get sucked in, but try to find the courage to be unique.
You don’t have to do something obscene to show your courage. Sometimes courage can be that soft voice at the end of the day whispering, “I will try it again and do better tomorrow”. Stand tall for what you believe in and continue to try, try and try again. 

Day 289: Pets & valuable life lessons

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I’ve always had some kind of pet in my life. Growing up I had a Dalmatian and several fishes. I learned many valuable life lessons having these furry and scaly creatures around the home.
Living with animals can be an awesome learning experience. For example, if you have a dog you already know what great company that pooch brings you. If you spend a lot of time by yourself a dog can give you that affection and company you yearn for. Most dogs will love you unconditionally and it’s a great feeling knowing you have something to come home to.
Dogs don’t only give you affection, they teach you responsibility. When you have a dog you can’t just leave it in the house and go on vacation. You need to feed it, give it water, and give it exercise. Dog’s can teach you responsibility better than almost anything else because they are living creatures.
Dogs teach us compassion. Dog’s help humans understand that people aren’t the only ones with feelings, but animals need to be loved and respected too.
Dogs provide joy and lots of laughter. All animals have unique personalities and attitudes; they may be the perfect therapeutic gift for someone who is feeling down or lonely. Most animals have a special gift to make people feel loved unconditionally.
Dogs can be useful around the home if they are trained properly. For example, they can warn you if intruders are trying to enter or they can learn how to fetch objects for you.
You can learn plenty of valuable life lessons by simply observing an animal’s natural curiosity for life, grace, resourcefulness, love, affection and forgiveness. It’s a beautiful thing.

Animals and pets are remarkable but they can be a handful so don’t purchase a pet on a whim or just because it's cute or as a present for someone else. Buying a pet is like buying a house or an investment – you need to carefully consider how you are going to pay for and look after that purchase. 

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. -Mahatma Gandhi

Day 288: Aspire, don't envy.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Don’t waste your time and energy bring envious. Instead of being envious get inspired!
Envy is centered in an overpowering sense of absence and limitation. So basically, if you envy, you push away the things you truly yearn for.
If you think someone else’s life/stuff looks appealing, the most realistic and effective thing to do is to learn how to achieve their lifestyle, not to envy it.
Aspire to be better and to get the things you want in life by earning them. You will be more proud of yourself if you achieve everything you want by working hard.
Stop creating envy and start being thankful for the good fortune of others because they are obviously the ones who drive you and inspire you to want more and to do better.