13 Inspiring Quotes for a Spectacular Week

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

I’m a little slow going this morning. The coffee is delicious and I’m gradually making my way back into routine.

My family spent last week on vacation – our first real, getaway in about six years. It was fabulous! I posted a few pictures on my Facebook page and on Twitter, and you might have seen my photo challenge submissions. Keep your eye out, I’ll be sharing some vacation snippets later this week! 🙂

The smallest moments and the tiniest gestures sometimes have the biggest impact. Today, I want to share some quotes and phrases that have inspired me lately. It’s going to be a spectacular week!


The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience



“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”
‒Sarah Caldwell


Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
‒Chinese Proverb


Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.
-Zen Proverb


Somewhere,something incredible is waitingto be known.


“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”

“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.”
‒Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.


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A wise person knows that there is something to be learned from everyone.


“There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it. You recognize it, you smile to it, and you invite something nicer to come up and replace it; you read some inspiring words, you listen to a piece of beautiful music, you go somewhere in nature, or you do some walking meditation.
-Thich Nhat Hanh


“Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh


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Atop – Red Onion


I made tacos for lunch yesterday. I cut the end off of this red onion and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it was. The photo challenge this week is a great reminder to slow down, take in the view, and to appreciate the small things.





A Little Wisdom for a Wonderful Week

Hello friends!

Happy Daylight Savings Time. Ha! I completely forgot last night when I was setting up my coffee pot.. so imagine my surprise this morning when I saw this…


No coffee. Haha! Anyone else?


Today I have a smorgasbord of quotes, phrases and ancient wisdom to share with you. I hope it inspires you to have a wonderful week!


A journey ofa thousand milesbeginswith a single step.


“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”
-Gail Devers


“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
-Jack Kerouac


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau


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“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
-Leonardo da Vinci


“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”
-Darryl Anka


“A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.”


Wherever you go,Go with all your heart.

Play in the dirt. Because life is too short to have clean fingernails.



“Seasons change, people grow together and apart, life moves on. You will be okay, embrace it.”
-Alexandra Elle



“Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.”


You either get bitter or you get better. It's that simple.You either take what has been dealt to youand allow it to make you a better person,or you allow it to tear you down.The choicedo


Your attitude determines your direction.



“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”



“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.”
-Dalai Lama



“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
-Nelson Mandela


“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you learn something new.”
-Dalai Lama


“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”


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Lessons Learned in Life: How to Achieve Happiness

Hello friends! Happy Thursday!

Today I wanted to share some thoughts and life lessons on the subject of happiness.

Happiness – a state of well-being and contentment.

Sometimes elusive, but always enticing.

An idea, a concept, a feeling that people have contemplated since the beginning of time – trying to define it, seeking it out, a magnificent treasure that all hope to covet.

Aristotle believed the ultimate pursuit of a person’s life was to achieve happiness.

And isn’t that what we are all ultimately hoping to achieve?

A life of happiness.

Everyone has his or her own idea of what happiness means.

The following are a few lessons I’ve learned over years, as well as quotes and phrases that I love, all concerning happiness.


Every day you have a choice – let life happen to you or take action and make things  happen.


You are responsible for your own happiness.


No is responsible for you, but you.


Your power lies in your ability to choose.


You cannot control anyone’s actions or words. You are not responsible for anyone’s actions or words.


You get a choice. You can be a victim or you can be a victor.


You, and you alone, have the power to make your life great.


Adversity will present itself in a variety of ways.


“Learning to ignore others is one of the great paths to inner peace.”
-Robert J. Sawyer


“Pick your battles. You don’t have to show up to every argument you’re invited to.”
-Mandy Hale


It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.


“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”


Do not get upset with people or situations. Both are powerless without your reaction.


13 Quotes to Inspire a Life of Learning

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday! Can you believe we are in March now? This year seems to be moving rather quickly. I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures and sunny days. 🙂

I was chatting with my husband yesterday and we got on the topic of education and life-long learning. We reminisced about some of the fun things we had growing up.. like “The More You Know” PSAs, McGruff the Crime Dog, (Fun fact, I actually wrote him a letter, and I received a comic book and a letter in the mail back.) Smokey Bear, Schoolhouse Rock, segments in cartoons that taught us things (like the Animanics 50 states and capitals song), Beakman’s World, Bill Nye the Science Guy, etc..

Education is important, and learning doesn’t stop when you walk across the stage to accept your diploma. Graduating doesn’t mean you’re done learning.

Learning is a life-long journey.

We can get philosophical and discuss elements of knowledge. How life presents many lessons, experience is the best teacher, every person you meet can teach you something..

We can be practical. Immerse yourself in your field. Read books written by the experts, magazines and newspapers that talk about innovations, stay up to date on new information…

The internet presents a unique opportunity. Never before have we had so much information at our fingertips. At this point, there is no excuse. You can learn anything you want at your own convenience.

And let’s not forget.. one of my favorite places.. the library. There is something magical about perusing the shelves of books and taking the time to investigate the subjects that interest you the most. Small town libraries are my favorite. Usually, the librarians are friendly and you end up having an hour conversation each time you visit. It’s like visiting an old friend. Chatting with the locals is always a fun time as well. You can learn so much by taking 20 minutes to have a conversation with someone.

Is there anything better than visiting grandma and grandpa and listening to their stories? We can learn so much from our grandparents, and our parents. Unfortunately, this is something we usually don’t realize until we are older.. So, if you are able, I highly recommend paying a visit or making a phone call this week.

Today I wanted to share my favorite quotes about education, knowledge, life, and learning. There are a lot of good ones and I hope they inspire you to keep learning.




“What is a college? An institute of learning. What is a business? An institute of learning. Life, itself, is an institute of learning.”
– Thomas Edison


“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”
Tom Bodett


“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
– Albert Einstein


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“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
– Marcel Proust

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
– Leo Tolstoy

“I know of nothing more inspiring than that of making discoveries for one’s self.”
– George Washington Carver


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“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”
– Abigail Adams

“I’ve learned… that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.”
– Andy Rooney

“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.