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Love is love is love… Period.

While holding hands, two people face each other, both with tears in their eyes. One takes a deep breath, then releases it, trying to contain all the emotions inside. Finally, these words are spoken:

I love you with all my heart and all my soul. When you came into my life, my world became a brighter, happier place. With you standing here in front of me, I know what true love feels like. With you standing here– by my side, holding my hand, loving me unconditionally– I am 100% complete. I can’t imagine my life without you. I can’t imagine not having you hold me when I’m sad or upset, telling me everything’s going to be okay. I can’t imagine not having you in my life to share my passions, my happiness, my fears, my goals, and most importantly, my love. I promise to love you, honor you, and be there for you through anything and everything life may bring our way. Today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life, I love you.

After wiping tears away, the other softly speaks these words, barely keeping it together:

I love you with all my heart and all my soul. What would I do without you? I had all but given up on finding my other half, the one who would accept all my flaws, my broken past, my tattered and torn heart. When you walked into my life, I began to heal. I began to see that true love does exist. Your honest and pure love changed me forever, and for that, I’ll always be grateful. My life is better with you in it. My heart is fuller because you have filled it. Thank you for your true, unconditional love. I promise to  love you, honor you, and be there for you through anything and everything life may bring our way. Today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life, I love you.

They seal their vows with a kiss and are pronounced married by the officiant.

With huge smiles filling their faces, and as tears of happiness fall down, they turn to their family and friends, and begin their life together.

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When words, vows, and expressions of love are real, true, and unequivocal– the gender of the two people are irrelevant. It’s two souls, hearts, and lives coming together out of a loving place and that’s all that matters. Let’s celebrate those who want to be together. Let’s honor people who want to honor each other. Let’s not deny any two people the right to spend their life together and their right to bind it by the laws of marriage.

Every single person should be with the one they love. Period.

Until next time…

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The Power Within

I bet you’d agree with me when I say:

It seems everyone has an opinion (or lots of opinions) on how others go about their life and how they approach their passions and dreams.

Sometimes, when the journey to our passion is broken, interrupted, messed up, off track, darkened, out of sorts– we look to others to help us, to give advice, to give their opinion. The only problem is, we get so many point of views we lose our own vision and purpose.

How do we weed through all the advice and pick out the right pieces that’ll hopefully lead us to a good decision about our path? I’ll tell you my thoughts on this in a minute. First, let me tell you what has me on this topic to begin with.

Lately I’ve been struggling, like majorly struggling, with my path and journey of writing. I’m not ready to give too many details, but I will say this, it breaks my heart to feel the lack of love for writing. I’ve never experienced it like this before.

At first, I thought I just needed to take a break. So, I took a break. That didn’t help.

Then, I thought I needed to work on a new story to get some fresh writerly blood flowing. That worked for a day or two, but the love faded all too quickly.

I finally reached out to some of my writer/author friends. I got some good advice and I got a lot of it. I also reached out to friends who aren’t on any sort of writing path. I got some good advice and I got a lot of it.

At the end of the day, I was still lost. Still confused. Still out of love.

*** Cue the tears ***

There were lots and lots of tears.

Finally, after too much time, I decided to clear the board and discard all the outside thoughts and opinions. I got down to what *I* felt. Not just the top layer of feelings, but the deep, dark, don’t really want to face it feelings–the ones that linger in the nooks and crannies of my heart and mind.

That’s not easy–AT ALL!

But, there ya have it. That’s my answer to the question I asked above: “How do we weed through all the advice and pick out the right pieces that’ll hopefully lead us to a good decision about our path?” We have to dive into the nooks and crannies of what we truly want from our dreams, goals, and passions.

Of course, there are always exceptions. There are times when we really need to depend on others and reach out. But when we still can’t get to the crux of our heartbreak, pain, and the lost feeling, we have to know it’s time to go deep and reach within ourselves.

I came to the conclusion that my passion deserves 100% of my love, attention, and heart. And when my passion fades, it’s up to me to figure out why. This is my journey and where I end up is completely up to me. Yes, listening to others is good, but sometimes, I have to trust myself, trust my gut, and trust my heart.

I think, sometimes, we tend to rely on other people’s thoughts and advice so if we mess up, or we don’t get things figured out, we won’t feel 100% to blame. Let’s not do that. Let’s learn to take full responsibility and control of our journey, dreams, and goals.

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Take the reins, take hold of your power, and even though the decision may not be easy, know you have all the control of where you go. Sometimes, that means changing your path or maybe even creating a new path all-together. Don’t be scared to do that. Revel in the fact you have the power to do so. Embrace the fact you may make the way for others to follow the new path you build. You never know until you start. Enjoy your journey, and when it gets hard, and you begin to lose your way, look within. You hold the power.

Until next time…

Everyday meditation:

Love life. Be Kind. Be genuine. Eliminate the negative, false, and vain. Peace, love, and happiness to all. 

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A Special Umbrella

This past weekend, my husband and I were out of town, so my parents stayed at our house and kept our dogs. When we got back, there was an umbrella on my counter with this note on it.

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If you read my Sweet Memories and Saying Goodbye post, you may remember my nana loved umbrellas. She had a drawer full of them. When I saw the umbrella on my kitchen counter, it brought tears to my eyes and I smiled the biggest smile. Who knew an umbrella could cause such emotion. It’s the most colorful, pretty umbrella I own. I absolutely love it.

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Standing out with its bright colors, it now hangs amongst my other umbrellas. Every time I walk by my front door, and see it hanging there, I smile a loving smile, and a fun memory of my sweet Nana fills me. I have tears in my eyes now just thinking of how Nana is looking down, loving the fact one of her many umbrellas is in plain view, adding beauty to a piece of my furniture– a very special umbrella, indeed.

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I love and miss you, Nana!

Until next time…

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Lessons Learned

A little over a year ago, I made a conscious decision to be more reflective and introspective. In doing so, I’ve learned a lot about myself (and others). If you don’t mind, I’d like to share what I’ve learned (in no certain order):

  • (I’ve learned) how to have peace in the midst of a storm.
  • (I’ve learned) how to write (a little) better than the year before.
  • (I’ve learned) more about my body, the changes it’s determined to make, and how to deal with them.
  • (I’ve learned) how to be quiet (sometimes more than others).
  • (I’ve learned) who are my real friends and who are not.
  • (I’ve learned) I have to exercise no matter how much I hate it.
  • (I’ve learned) I don’t need, or want, to eat protein that comes from an animal that has fur, feathers, or a cute squiggly tail.
  • (I’ve learned) it’s okay to be sad sometimes.
  • (I’ve learned) it’s okay to be mad sometimes.
  • (I’ve learned) complaining doesn’t change a bad situation– action does.
  • (I’ve learned) fake people are easy to spot and who has time for such people? I don’t.
  • (I’ve learned) life can be really difficult, but with the right people around me, the hard times are manageable.
  • (I’ve learned) saying “I care” is way better (and more important) than saying “I don’t care.”
  • (I’ve learned) beauty isn’t about how my hair, skin, and body looks. It’s about being kind, loving, giving, and grateful.
  • (I’ve learned) how to be more vulnerable.
  • (I’ve learned) how to let go of toxic people and situations.
  • (I’ve learned) walking away from something that’s not working, or doesn’t feel right, is okay.
  • (I’ve learned) to love who I am– just as I am.

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If you slow down a bit– listen, meditate, and allow yourself to be open– life will show you and teach you so much about yourself. Don’t let this busy world, and rat-race of a life, jade you and wear you down. Make a deliberate decision to learn something new about yourself, about your life’s journey, and about what you may need to change to get where you’d like to be.

Life is a beautiful thing, so take the time to soak in what all it has to teach you.

Until next time…

Everyday meditation:

Love life. Be Kind. Be genuine. Eliminate the negative, false, and vain. Peace, love, and happiness to all. 

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