Sunday, March 4, 2018

New Beginnings!


Winter is almost over, and spring is just around the corner, in a couple of weeks! Yea!

While we don't want to wish our lives away, there's nothing wrong with having something nice to look forward to!

Winter does have some bright spots-some nice holidays, fun in the snow, hot chocolate by a warm fireplace, etc. (Guess winter's not so bad after all! We can find the good in everything!)

The last holiday of winter is St. Patrick's Day where for that day at least, we can all become a bit more Irish, if we wish. My mother always loved Ireland, and I guess I get that same love from her. Part of our family heritage is Irish.

What's not to like about Ireland? The gorgeous scenery, the great food, Irish dancing, the haunting music!

And who can forget the wonderful Irish blessings, sayings, and prayers!

"An Irish Prayer"

"May God give you, for every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer."

We can make the best of things whatever the season, but some of us prefer the warmer months of spring and summer when you can get out more and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and warmer temperatures.

It's out with the old-winter, and in with the new-spring!

Pretty Spring Flowers in Our Yard

There are plenty of wonderful spring celebrations like Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day.

In years past, on May 1, even in the United States for a while, there was another holiday, May Day, in which there was singing and dancing around the maypole, which was a tall pole decorated with flowers and colorful ribbons. There was a May queen. May baskets were taken around and hung on people's doors. (From

May Day is still celebrated in places like the quaint little village of Rugby, Tennessee. Greg and I went to this celebration a few years ago, and we loved it!

Another small town in Tennessee, Bell Buckle, has a yearly festival, "Daffodil Day," which celebrates the arrival of spring. During the time of the festival, six miles of colorful daffodils line the road which leads to Bell Buckle. This year (2018), the festival is on Saturday, March 17.

Also, I recently read an interesting, helpful article by author and life coach, Valorie Burton, who asked "What are you tolerating?" She wanted you to think about what it is in your life that you are putting up with needlessly that you need to change.

For example, clear out the clutter, replace or repair old worn out furniture, work on unsatisfactory relationships, etc.

It's good to make out a to-do list of all of the things that you have been tolerating since they can really drag you down. Handling these issues should give you more energy and less stress.

This does work, because I went through our house and other facets of my life, and found some things that needed attention, and after I'd taken care of them, I felt so much better, and more positive.

So, throw off the cloak of winter, and embrace spring and new beginnings!

Positive thought: "Every ending is creating the space and opening for an amazing new beginning."
-Bryant McGill
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, April 1, 2018, Becky

Sunday, February 4, 2018

A Valentine's Day Celebration!


Valentine's Day is a wonderful day for a celebration, so let's celebrate with words and pictures!

"Without Valentine's Day, February would be...well, January."
Jim Gaffigan

"I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Pendant with Genuine Southern Appalachian Mountain Coal 

 "The most beautiful view is the one I share with you."
-Author Unknown

"Valentine's is...
a time for love
a time to celebrate life
a time to give and forgive
and a time to say a prayer for
you who have touched my life."

"True love stories never have endings."
Richard Bach

Valentine humor: "I love you more than my laptop."

Love y'all!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Positive thought: "Love is a perfume you cannot pour onto others without getting a few drops on yourself."-Emerson
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, March 4, 2018, Becky

Monday, January 15, 2018

Resolutions for a New Year, a New You!


Since I was a young girl, I've made resolutions for self-improvement on New Year's Day, to help start the new year off right. I like to think that making those resolutions has helped propel me in the right direction. This year was no different. I made a few resolutions that mainly continue the ones I made last year.

In addition, I'm certainly in agreement with author Rhonda Byrne who has a resolution for the new year to be positive. In fact, being positive is her only resolution every year, because if you're truly positive, everything else should fall nicely into place.

Being positive is my main resolution, but I feel that I need other goals to aim me in the right direction. For example, for my business, I have goals I want to accomplish by a certain date. One of those goals is to publish another book no later than August 1 of this year. (I'll keep you posted on that one!)

Resolutions don't have to be made only on New Year's Day. In fact, I just added another resolution a few days ago, and that was to simplify my life. I was over a week late with this blog post this time, because I've just been trying to accomplish too much. I'm now trying to step back and to evaluate my life and to decide to do what's really important to me, and to just let the rest go.

It is never too late to make a resolution. If you've yet to make yours, or if you'd like to add another, what would it be?

Good luck with your resolutions, and may this be your best year yet!

Positive thought: "A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of allowing your circumstances to have power over you."-Joyce Meyer
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, February 4, 2018, Becky