I want to share with you some words that popped into my head this morning as I began to prepare for the day: “It’s never too late to be the person you’ve always wanted to be.” I don’t remember if someone sent me these inspiring words or if I read them in a book or magazine, but I’ve obviously never forgotten them. They are a constant reminder to me to keep pushing myself, to continue to try my darndest to keep growing, and to never become stagnant. I think we all have thoughts, from time to time, about just how well we’re doing each day, and sometimes we feel as though we’re coming up a little short. During those times, I hope that you’ll remember this quote and keep in mind that it’s never too late to try something new or to rev up our efforts to achieve our dreams. As a great friend of mine said, “Life is a journey; not a destination. Keep the dream alive!

Have a delicious day.

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Living Thoughtfully, One Day at a Time

Remember the old saying, “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks”?  Well, I’ve learned that that particular adage is simply not true.  Here I am, shortly before 5:00 am, writing my very first blog, putting myself out there, finally taking the “big step” in all this social media stuff, not entirely sure that I even know how to post this.  Of course, I’ve had a lot of help along the way from Your Friendly Geeks and a considerable amount of encouragement from my husband; but now it’s up to me.  And here I am, not so patiently awaiting the publishing of my second book, Skippiing Stones.  And maybe, just maybe, if I challenge my mind and stay alert to the world around me and keep believing, I’ll write at least one more (the key to being taken seriously) and realize my dream of becoming a writer, not simply an author. Some would say I’m an old dog, but I’m out to prove that I can learn new tricks and that this “old dog” isn’t done yet.

If you stay with me, you’ll realize that following your dreams, refusing to just stumble along in life and being strong in the face of adversity are themes that run throughout what I’ve written and intend to write.  My beloved Nellie, in my first novel, Bottled Butterfly, overcame poverty, a dysfunctional family, no education, a cheating husband and countless other heartaches, standing tall and proud and eventually finding the courage to break away and follow her dreams.  So did Jess in Skipping StonesBeautiful, educated and wealthy, with two bright and thoughtful children, Jess seemingly has it all. But just beneath her exterior is tremendous suffering: she married the man she believed in – her prince, her knight in shining armor – only to discover that her prince is an abuser.  On the surface, Nellie and Jess seem very different from one another, but they really aren’t.  Both had dreams shattered; both found inner strength and ways to heal.  In the end, both followed their dreams.

I can see that the sun is beginning to rise, and I don’t want to miss the event (yes, it’s taken me that long to write this).  So I’ll sign off with one final thought that I read several months ago on a wall in a hamburger joint:  What would you attempt to do if you could not fail?  I have no idea who put those words together, but I love it.  Let’s all remember that the possibilities for all of us – regardless of our ages or circumstances – are endless if we chisel away at our fears.  I hope your day is excellent.