Do you…

I look at people, flowers, trees, etc… every day.  And even as an adult I keep learning that we’re all so different.  But… Why do some of us continue to try to be something we’re not.   I feel too much emphasis is put on how we’re supposed to act, look and feel.  I always remind my students and own children to be themselves, “do you!” Don’t be a robot.  Of course we can place blame on social media, magazines, movies, tv, etc… But, it is up to us to be ourselves and not to worry about if we’re being judged or talked about.  As my momma always said, they’re just jealous, don’t worry about what others think.  It’s not easy to feel that way, it takes time and some growing up to do-but hopefully we eventually get it and stop giving two sh**s about what people think.

As always:  Keep Smiling!!!  (:








Happiness of Colors…

Colors, the days of the week, the weather.  I feel they all can have an impact on how we feel, how are moods are and how we are towards others.  Of course living here in the Pacific Northwest the weather seems to have a major impact on people.  The first sunny and warm day, people flock outside and are just full of smiles and niceties.  Mondays, it seems as if everyone is “Zombie” like.

Spring time everyone seems to come alive a little more when the new growth of flowers come out.  Sometimes even on the cloudiest of days the array of new blooms can brighten up a day.

As always: Keep Smiling (:





Life… Death… Live life to the fullest!

It’s always hard to hear about a family member, friend, or acquaintance , who has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness.  The doctors predict how long you have left on this earth and we sit and wait and wait.  It’s a time bomb that’s waiting to go off, we just don’t  know when.  All that goes through my head at this time is that life is too short to not just go for the things we want.  At least try.  I need to just go for my wishes and dreams, stop worrying about the outcome and live life to the fullest.  Some days are harder than others-but then I think about how precious life is.  We need to have more fun and less worries.  Be free, enjoy every moment!

As always: Keep Smiling!!! (:



Privacy?…non existent in our world…

Ok, I get it, we live in a world of fantastic technology.  I’m not a prude, I’m not an old fart.  But, it’s amazing to me how small the world has become.  Without this I would not have met some very dear and wonderful people in my life.  But, I draw the line when it comes to filming every little thing that goes on in someone else’s private life.  Yes, it has saved peoples ass’s when proof is needed-but some people just go too far.  I know this will never happen -but we really need to respect each other’s privacy. And I know we all post our lives on social media, but let that be our decision, not someone else’s.   Privacy: seems it is not an option anymore. We simply don’t have any.  So,  why not just pee with the doors open from now on.  Why not?  The world is watching everything else.


As always:  Keep Smiling!!!  🙂




Sunny Days…

After having the flu for a few days, I feel like it’s never ending and won’t go away.  But, today the weather warmed up, the sun came out and it’s like magic!  I feel so much better.  It’s amazing how weather can affect our moods, our health, our overall well being.   Now some people thrive off of rainy weather, some cold and snowy, me… the sun and warmth.  So, whatever your weather medicine may be… Savor it… soak it in and let the healing begin!

As always: Keep Smiling!!!



Inside vs. Outside…

I wonder how many of us look good on the outside ( what I mean is happy) and on the inside a little part of us may be dying or just feel a little off.   As I’ve written before-we can’t judge books by their covers.  I’m happy everyday-but there are times during the day I’m not and feel anxious and down.  Now this doesn’t happen everyday-but when it does it tries to consume me and I fight hard to push it away and find my happy place, talk to good friends or… just write and also take long walks with music and my camera.  Just remember we’re all fighting some type of battle or demons.  Time and lots of patience is what is needed.  All I can say is just be there for those who need us.  Even of they don’t want us there -be there in the background-it does help.

As always: Keep Smiling!!!IMG_2266

Why all the drama?…

Why is it necessary for people to have drama, cause drama, or just create it?  Life can be hard enough with everyday things.  What can I say this week is just a weird week in general.  I feel the “drama queen” is coming out in everyone.  I can be guilty of this too.  My theory is it’s our way of getting attention or trying to get what we want by making a situation worse than it is.  Some people “feed” off this type of energy.  It “feeds” their inner beast.  As I’ve said before, we all need to breathe, reboot and find our happy place, and try to “let it go!”

As always Keep smiling!!!



Just when I think I have some things figured out, a hiccup will come along and disrupt my thinking or outcome of what I want to do.  But, I just have to tell myself that it’s ok and that I can adjust and move on in a different direction.  I’m trying not to stress about silly things anymore- I practice positive thinking and try to project that upon others and whatever project I may be working on.  It’s been a long road and I’m still learning… But… it makes life so much happier.  We all need to think and be more positive.  People and even animals feed off of this energy.  So, when I’m feeling down I try my best to bring myself up with positive thoughts.  Whether it’s talking to close friends, reading or even taking a walk, it all seems to help me get through the times when I’m feeling down.  Try to remember to look at the beauty in life, take a breath and find your happy place.

As always: KEEP SMILING!!!






My swimming head…

As writers we all know we have to try to write everyday to keep up our momentum, to improve our skills, and to keep ourselves motivated.  If not we lose it.  We may also lose our audience.  So even if I’m writing about nothing, it helps me.  Sometimes I can write a whole article or a book idea in my head and when I sit down to write it I forget it.  It can be very frustrating-but I know it’ll come back to me eventually.  I also am starting to make  reminders in my phone about what I want to write and have lots of sticky notes with words and ideas.  My other struggle is the often interruptions from my “fur babies” and sometimes my now 18 year old daughter.  Any one with kids whether furry or human probably can relate.

I’ve become very good at multi tasking-but… also have a bit of ADD in me too.  So, sometimes it’s just easier to pack the lap top up and move on out to the coffee shop or park or bookstore or… Well, that’s another story.  I’m easily distracted by people watching too.  I just have to focus and forge ahead.

As always: Keep Smiling!!!  (: