Summer Round-Up

Summer is quickly coming to a close and fall season soon to begin! I'm sorry to see summer gone but I am ready for the cooler weather and I am ready to end my hiatus from updating my blog!

DH had to work a 6-day week pretty much all summer. The extra money from over-time was very nice. But we weren't able to do our favorite activity which is to go on road trip on weekends, to visit nearby towns and check-out festivals around the area. Although, we had a chance to go and explore the Olympic Peninsula while visiting his parents in Bremerton.

I have lots of photos to share, and DH just bought me an external hard drive (1Terrabyte) so I can organize my pictures. I will try and upload some photos soon.


Celebrate Growing Older

48 life lessons for my 48th birthday.

  1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
  8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
  9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
  10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
  12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
  13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
  15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
  16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  17. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
  21. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
  25. Always choose life.
  26. Forgive everyone everything.
  27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  30. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  31. Believe in miracles.
  32. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
  33. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
  34. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
  35. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  36. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
  37. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  38. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
  39. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  40. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
  41. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  42. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  43. The best is yet to come.
  44. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  45. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  46. If you don't ask, you don't get.
  47. Yield.
  48. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
I would like to take credit for these life lessons; but this was written By Regina Brett, a Columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland , Ohio. It is the most-requested column she's ever written.