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Broken Ones – Monday Motivation

The Voice’s Jacquie Lee really was a “home space” for me this week as I recuperate from a rough stumble.

She performed on the Voice and the song was a lovely salve (I am behind the airing times since I watch on hulu as time allows).

Still…  such a great song – amazing message.

We wear a smile to hide that we’ve been hurt before
Keep our disasters in a suitcase by the door.
Y’know we’re only human …

Hiding our hurt and pain is like hiding our humanity really — denying that, lie everyone else in the world, we too have been beat up a bit.

A Motivation Monday that feels like a Philharmonic Friday — Let’s mix it up

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Veni Vidi Vici – Monday Motivation #44

Veni Vidi Vici

My son and I are reading a book and the chapter that we will begin tomorrow is titled “Vini Vidi Vici.”  It’s Latin for

I came. I saw. I conquered.

I love that phrase because it feels so powerful, even in its simplicity. To arrive at a place, survey it, and then to overcome it, defeat it … trounce it, as it were.

I want to read that chapter.  When I read those words, I picture myself in standing ovation.  “Bravo!” I say, smiling, “Bravo and good show!”

As I consider why it is so powerful a phrase, it brings to mind
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CARE Wash – Monday Motivation #43

A Car Wash

A mist of cool relief wafts across my legs as soap bubbles rise slowly and pause suspended for milliseconds before popping in the shade of the artificial canal.Care Wash

Foam and filth create a frothy rivulet flowing under the chassis and then down a grated opening only slightly smaller than a manhole.

My vehicle chugs forward hydraulically propelled along a track that’s only visible in glimpses stolen when Read More…

Esalen Transplants – Monday Motivation #42

I’ve not done Monday Motivation since October 2013; this month has been such an inspiring one that I had to return to it.

Isn’t she pretty?

"Isn't she pretty?"

“Isn’t she pretty?”

I planted a strawberry plant last week.

I don’t have a green thumb at all and lord knows desert dirt, even after being heavily supplemented with compost, is a pitiful excuse for potting soil. So I was shocked to see that my strawberry is already blooming.

Isn’t she pretty?

Strawberry is me … metaphorically

It touched me to see the strawberry this morning because it’s the perfect metaphor for my own life at this very moment.

You see, I went to Esalen Institute a couple weeks ago for a one-week escape with my girls.  The three of us piled ourselves and Read More…

Finding Inspiration Part 2 – Monday Motivation #41

Last week I wrote about the stories of two women; their stories are inspiring and moving – each on their own but even more so when taken in tandem with one another.

No Excuses

Both of these women have had life experiences that give them a “pass” – things that really give them permission to step back from the leading edge.

Malala was raised in the violent Swat Valley in Pakistan, under the oppressive hand of the Taliban in a “Wild West” kind of existence.  She talked in her interview with Jon Stewart about Read More…

Finding Inspiration – Monday Motivation #40

Inspiration Personified

I recently heard two very different inspiring stories that pushed me into a new space in terms of self-acceptance and positive outlook.  This post is part ONE of a two part series based on these women; I was touched in a way that led to a blog post far too long to post all at once so I split the biggest ideas into two pieces. Let’s start with these amazing stories.

I’d cross an ocean…

On September 3, after a 30+ year hiatus from swimmer and three recent failed attempts, Diana Nyad swam from Cuba to Key West Florida. News reports vary but most say she swam 103, 110 or 112 miles.

She swam more than a hundred miles under Read More…

Every Girl Is Beautiful – Monday Motivation #39

So I was communing with my blogging friends online as I am prone to do from time to time – reading, musing, commenting and otherwise just enjoying the company of like-minded people when I stumbled upon a blog that was such a slap in the face that I reread it twice.

I was on BLUNTmoms as I read and then reread and then sipped my coffee and smiled.  Blunt Moms is a blog run by a collection of women who are way more than mothers.  Sometimes their messages are funny and sometimes serious and direct.

The post I read that jolted me is one about girls and beauty (great for Exalted Peacock’s reader’s).Every Girl is Beauitful

It all began with this photo from Instagram:

Think about the picture and the quote … contemplate your own opinion Read More…

When Dreams Collide – Monday Motivation #38

What do you do when dreams collide?Dreams Collide

This post is a unique one in that it is an open discussion (I hope) between you and I.  I hope you will take time to comment and give me your thoughts and suggestions.

Families are made up of individuals

Picture this:

You love the job you presently have, but your spouse receives a dream job offer in a foreign place.

There are so many things to consider… do you have children?  What will their education be like? How about our pets?  What about family: being near yours or theirs and how drastic will the separation be? And friends… and established life … and so on and so on.

But what if you remove everything exterior to the two of you?  What if you were both only-child orphans?  Does that change the perspective?  I think you now focus on things like: Read More…

Sotheby’s at Saver’s – Monday Motivation #37


I went thrift shopping this weekend.  It wasn’t planned but as my son hopped back into the car after a Rainbow Company meeting, he announced that we needed black pants and shoes before Monday.


“Yeah, mom.  Set crew.  We aren’t supposed to be seen or heard and dress rehearsals are this week.”

Ugh.  I hate unplanned outings like this. But Sunday was already booked up so, it would have to be right then.  Rolling my eyes, and fussing at him for the last minute rush, I slipped the car into drive and pulled away from the Arts Center.

As I often do when I find myself fuming, I took a moment to Read More…

Little Triumphs – Monday Motivation #36

I am so overwhelmed emotionally right now with the success of my blog tour and this past weekend of Sunrise Fires downloads while it was free on Kindle.

It is amazingly affirming to find small measures of success in new areas of your life.

Sunrise Fires was published in January, but up until now, Read More…

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