Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sad truth in life...

**Warning – this has nothing to do with Christmas and the Holiday’s and might turn out to be down right depressing. You have been warned**

There’s a Mat Kearney song that says ‘We are all just one phone call from our knees.’ If you have ever gotten a phone call like that you will understand… if not, be thankful you’ve never gotten one. Tuesday night was a horrible night. I first received yet another phone call from my best friend whose family is going through one of the hardest experiences in their life. All I can say is that the whole situation has put my life and my problems into perspective. Then later that night, I got a phone call from my Mom. It stopped me in my tracks. A man I grew up with, I’ve known him for what feels like forever, had lost his battle with cancer. He was 26. He was diagnosed in September with 2 of the rarest forms of Lung Cancer. He wasn’t a smoker. He, get this, actually completed a marathon (no I didn’t stumble, marathon) in May. This kid played soccer (same sport as me) and his family grew up around the soccer fields, as did I. I spent many summers referring with him, playing against him, just being kids together who loved a sport.

We were connected via Facebook, like almost everyone these days… and I remember a few years ago… He started to take running seriously. He would post up ‘8:30 mile not where I want to be.’ He would post about his speed workouts. He’d talk about how he was feeling. He would update quiet often about how many miles he completed and the pace he kept. To say that this didn’t inspire me to get off the couch would be a lie. If he could do it, I certainly could as well. So that began my journey with running. He was a dedicated runner, for sure. I always that it was easier for him, because his legs were twice the length of mine. He was in ridiculous shape. He was taking charge of his health. To get a call from my Mom in September telling me that he had cancer was such a shock.

Whenever I get stunning news, it always makes me reflect on my life and my choices. The past few years, I can honestly say that I’ve been living more from intention and less from habit than I ever have. I do catch myself sometimes falling back into my old habits, but I do my best to actually live my life. I’ve said ‘Yes’ to things I never would have had I not changed my mindset. The funny thing, I haven’t regretted ever saying ‘Yes,’ but I have regretted saying ‘No’ so many times. I proud of myself for this. I am truly happy with my life. I know my choices in the beginning were a little bit rocky, but at the end of the day, without those choices I would have been able to make the decisions today. I’m so lucky to live my life the way I’m living it. This is just a small reminder to live my life not only because I want to, but because so many other didn’t get the chance.

Last night as I made plans with my friend to go to the Funeral home, it hit me, that at this Funeral Home alone, I will have said good bye to three other friends at this very same location. He will be my fourth. This will be the 6th death of a friend close to my age. 6th. That number astounds me. I can remember the first funeral I went to like it was yesterday for a classmate. It was the summer between 3rd and 4th grade. I remember laying in bed and hearing my mom talking to someone saying ‘ I think Sarah knows the boy Justan that died.’ I remember laying in bed and thinking, ‘ Justan couldn’t have died. It has to be someone else. Justan is my age. Justan is my friend.’ I remember going to the funeral home and sobbing over his casket and thinking ‘This is so wrong. He’s too young. He was so nice. He was my friend.’ Looking back, I can’t imagine how that much have felt to his mother. To have this young girl fall apart while saying goodbye to her son. Tonight, will likely be a repeat of that exact same moment. When I think about the boy I will be saying goodbye too, I just remember him always smiling.. ALWAYS smiling. He was a joy. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone as carefree as him. He rarely ever didn’t have a smile on his face. He was a jokester. He enjoyed life. But, a life that was cut way to short. For the reasons, we will never know.

As I celebrate Christmas this year, I will be keeping his family in my thoughts. As I don’t even want to imagine the pain, the loss they are feeling. It’s just another reason to make me thankful for my life and the things I have been able to do, and the experiences I have been given. It solidifies my desire to truly live my life because so many will never have the opportunity to grow old. Probably the second most favorite movie quote of my life ‘This is your life and it’s ending it one minute at a time.’ Do. Not. Ever. Forget. That.

26. Full of life. This world we live in, such a crazy place. May his soul rest in peace.

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays.

Take it easy.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire - Christmas Edition

I'm not sure if next week I'll have a post. I know, this one is already a day late.. What can I say? I had off and I spent the morning and my neices pre-school Christmas program. I tell you, there is nothing that gets you into the spirit faster than hearing young kids scream sing Christmas songs! I can't believe Christmas is this Sunday! Especially with our 50 degree temperatures. Crazy! I hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas.

These are all 'Christmas Inspired.'

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness. ~Bob Hope

When he dreamed of another world in another time in another place, where no man has to wear a sign saying where he’s from, saying what’s his race and he wants us to believe this world that he sees.
-Trans – Siberian Orchestra ‘ The World He Sees’

So this is Christmas and what have you done,
Another year over, a new one just begun.

So this is Christmas, I hope you have fun,
The near and the dear ones, the old and the young.

A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Let’s hope it’s a good one without any fears.
-John Lennon ‘Happy Xmas’

Dear George, Remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings, Clarence
-It's a Wonderful Life

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.
-Agnes M. Pharo

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

-Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Merry Christmas!

Take it easy.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fantastic Friday

I know I've been missing Friday's, but this is too good.

It's no secret that I freakin' love Mat Kearney. I saw him live a few years ago, and the dude was AAMMAAZZZINNGGG.  I've been hooked ever since.

This video was made from searches via Google for 2011. So good.

Have a great weekend!

Take it easy!

Thursday, December 15, 2011


‘Sometimes you’ve just gotta look back at your past and smile at how far you’ve gotten.’

This has been an incredible week for me. Incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of myself. It’s not because it’s December 15 and I ran 4 miles outside in shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt (okay, it’s like 58 here – but still!). It’s not the fact that I’ve pushed myself with my work outs this week and was able to accomplish tasks I didn’t think were possible. Or the fact that I didn’t eat any sweets at my work Christmas party and only ate carrots and a small sandwich. It’s not because I came to work on Monday even though I was supposed to have it off. Nope. Something huge happened this week. HUGE in my life.

This picture says it all.

I know, you are thinking, ‘Dude, What the heck?’ So I’ll tell you. I finally, after sometime, sold my wedding rings. Boy was it not what I expected. Back in November I finally got the courage to see if I could sell my rings. I had heard of a site called ‘I do.. Now I don’t.’ (which I absolutely loved the title.) they are basically a middle-man for selling these types of items. I had considered Craigslist and ebay. But neither one of them appealed to me. Quiet honestly, I think I put my rings on this site HOPING that no one would buy them. Well, I was wrong. I had been working a boy for the past week or so on details about the rings and what not. Finally, the rings were sold… Then it hit me, I would never see these rings again. They are only rings, right? Pieces of metal with some diamonds in them. Just like fork bracelet, my class rings… but no. These rings. They meant something to me. At one point, they meant everything to me. I remember looking down at my engagement ring and just smiling knowing that my life was perfect. I was going to be loved for the rest of my life. I’d never be alone. My life, was planned. I was good with it. I. Was. Happy. I. Was. One. Of. The. Lucky. Ones. But they aren’t just rings. They were so much more. Now they are a sign of broken promises, broken heart, disappointment, loneliness, and a remembrance of the person who I became (which I hated that girl), and biggest of all, failure. I had such a mix of emotions. I remembered the day I got engaged, the day I got married.. but I also remembered the day, I stopped wearing the engagement ring because the words he promised me, his actions never backed up. Then the day I finally took the wedding band off, because every time I looked at it, brought so much pain back. As I received the e-mail that stated ’ Congratulations, your rings were sold!’ All I could think of was ‘Oh crap. This really just happened.’ Everything those rings stood for has long been gone, but those rings were the symbol of the life I thought I wanted. Then someone, a good friend told me. ‘Sarah, think about where you would be if you had continued that life.’ That was the moment when it hit me. When I realized, letting go of all the drama, the pain, was exactly what I needed to do,

So Wednesday morning, first thing, I went to the Post Office. I said ‘Goodbye’ to not only the rings, but to that part of my life. I finally have a feeling of peace with myself. The person I am today would have never existed if I would have stayed in that relationship.

People often ask me about that time. I’m not bitter, I’m not angry, because what I have learned through all of this is that the person that is standing here today, would have NEVER NEVER come to light had I not been in the situation I was in. As crappy as it all was, I would do it over again to get to where I am today.

I have never been so proud of me. I think all to often we focus on where we are going in life and sometimes forget to stop for a minute and look at how far we’ve come. It’s like on my run today, I was like ‘OMG, I still have at least a mile to go.’ Then I realize, ‘Yo, you’ve already run 3, you got this.’ I smiled. It’s okay to look back and see your progress, as long as you don’t live in the past. It’s a good reminder.

To top all of this off, with the sale of my rings, I should be out of my consumer debt by July. I’m still stunned that I’ve been able to do it on my own (and by on my own, I mean with the help of two incredible friends that have made me accountable for my spending). It will be my brand new start financially. I. Can’t. Wait.

So for today, it’s good to be. And I've never been so proud.

Take it easy.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

I have no idea where time is going. I do realize Christmas is going to be here before we know it.
I hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit.

Enjoy your week!

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.
- Mother Teresa

Life, is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.
-Myrna Loy

I thought this was a very interesting perspective.. especially with this time of year...
Now that I am ninety-five years old, looking back over the years.  I have seen many changes taking place, so many inventions have been made.  Things now go faster.  In olden times things were not so rushed.  I think people were more content, more satisfied with life than they are today.  You don't hear nearly as much laughter and shouting as you did in my day, and what was fun for us wouldn't be fun now... In this age I don't think people are as happy, they are worried.  They're too anxious to get ahead of their neighbors, they are striving and striving to get something better.  I do think in a way that they have too much now.  We did with much less.
- Grandma Moses

Here are the Christmas Quotes.... These are from the Polar Express. Thanks IMDB!
The Conductor: Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see. 
The Conductor: The thing about trains... it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on. 

Hero Boy: At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe. 

Have a marvelous week!

Take it easy.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

Ah December, we meet again.
I don't know about you, but I am for sure struggling with the thought that it's December and at least here... it's still in the 50's and 60's!

I was at a conference this morning, so these are a little late.. Enjoy!

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

Never blame anyone in your Life.
Good people give you Happiness.
Bad people give you Experience.
Worst people give you Lessons.
And the Best people give you Memories. 

What if I told you 10 years from now your life would be exactly the same?
Doubt you'd be happy.
So, why are you afraid of change?
Karen Salmansohn

My favorite for the week:
Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don't be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally know who you are. 
Kristin Armstrong

Christmas quote
He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more! 

Take it easy.

Friday, December 2, 2011


..and no I'm not talking about the Bible here...

So I had quiet a revalation recently.

I have been dating a guy for a couple of months and things were going great.. then it went from great to really?  So for the past week or so I've been trying to get to the bottom of what was going on inside of his head, and I think I've got a good grasp. See he gave me some BS reasons and I called him out on it. He finally admits that it's because of my constant non-seriousness and sarcastic remarks. Really? So the only issue in our relationship is that. I think that's pretty darn good.  Especially coming from a relationship where we had so many things wrong between us that the only thing we agreed on was that we weren't right for each other.  I mean really? I find it quiet laughable... but this morning as I was thinking about things.. because I'm a huge over-thinker... I came to the revelation that it wasn't that I'm non-serious/sarcastic, it's the fact that I'm a pretty strong and independent woman who can take care of herself and doesn't 'need' a man.  What's interesting is that most men say that's what they want, but in reality, they don't know how to handle a woman who can take care of herself.  As I think back when I recently put plastic over my windows (to keep the cold out and the heat it) I did it by myself and I remember him being a little sad that I did it.  Well, it was something that I could do myself, so why would I need someone to help me?  I'm not trying to be a bra-burning femenist here. I'm just saying, I would rather spend quality time with you doing something fun than hanging plastic on my windows.

What I've realized the last couple years about myself is that I'm really good at taking care of myself.  I can do simple things around the house, I can do a few things with my car, I manage my money, and even find time to cook for myself! I realize that I can be intimidating because I don't 'need' a guy.  What they don't understand is, I don't need you to change the light bulb, but I need you when I'm having a bad day to make me laugh. I need the emotional support.  Just because I don't need you to do things for me doesn't mean I don't need you to be there.  I'm not going to change, nor will I apologize for being this way.  I like the fact that I can take care of myself. When the tough get going, I can go right along with it, because I know I can handle it. I woudl think a guy would like to know that when things get bad, he won't face it alone and that I'd be strong enough to carry him through.

I'm sure I'm not alone in this. And for those who know what I am talking about, you just want to look at these guys and be like, really? Get over yourself.  We are the type of women you want. We are the type of women that will let you live the life you want. Why? Because we are secure in ourselves. We can function on our own. We don't need to have you around 24/7.

So anyways.. that's my rant for today.  Anyone else have these issues? No what I'm talking about?

Take it easy.

P.S. I finally framed my Bing Crosby 'White Christmas' record... I'm posting that soon! I'm in love with it!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It never ceases to amaze me how fast those days pass by.  On Saturday my family went to see 'The Grinch' on stage. It was a cute show. The little ones sure did enjoy it. I'm always a sucker for a live stage show, this one I would surely recommend for the Holiday season.  I was also lucky enough to be a witness of the WVU win over Pitt. There is something about a college rival game that has an atmosphere like no other.   I have today to recover from all of this goodness. I wish you  fantastic week, as very shortly, we will be in to December!  For some of us, that means we get to deal with snow this weekend, whoop! 

For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. 
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

'There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.' 
Nelson Mandela

I love quotes that give you a different perspective such as these... 

'Be happy not because everything's perfect, nor because everything goes your way. Be happy because everything sucks and you are doing just fine. ' 

'Sometimes God doesn't give you what you think you want, not because you don't deserve it, but because you deserve so much more.'

Christmas movie quote of the week!
'Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to,'
Miracle on 34th Street

Take it easy!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire - Thanksgiving

These week encompasses my favorite holiday. Yup, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving to me, is the best holiday. We spend it with the people we love, without expectations of giving gifts... Hanging around all day, making memories. I'm really not sure what could be better? Delicious food. Making memories. It's these types of days, that I personally live for. Cherish them. You never truly know long these days will last with your favorite people. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
Brian Tracy

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
Thornton Wilder

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie

If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that.
But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that?
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
Henry Van Dyke

Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.
Phillips Brooks

Because of me workout fanatic personality - I love this one!
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Author Unknown

Take it easy.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire - Abe Lincoln

Another weekend down in November. It shocks me that Thanksgiving is NEXT THURSDAY! Christmas is going to be here before we know it! I have started the celebration of the season by watching both White Christmas and Elf this weekend. '

Everyone once in a while I like to throw the thoughts of one person together... I just feel that these were right... These are from Abraham Lincoln. I hope you find something that reaches you.

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
Abraham Lincoln

I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.
Abraham Lincoln

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Abraham Lincoln

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abraham Lincoln

I can't believe this is my last full working week in 2011. Have a fantastic week!

Take it easy.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire - Late Edition

I am totally late this week with my words... Houston was just too much fun. Seriously though, I absolutely loved my trip to Houston. It was a great trip with an amazing travel companion. We had an absolute blast. However, at least here on the Eastern side of the country we have been witnessing a fall of one of the great university's (Penn State). Joe Pa was fired last night. The events of this week have just been crazy.  This situation inspired the words for this week. 
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Oliver Goldsmith
The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.
Henry Louis Mencken
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
Isaac Asimov
I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
Ernest Hemingway

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their acts.
Harold Nicolson

We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.
Paulo Coelho

Take it easy.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

So it's the last day in October... and we've already had our first snowfall. Awesome would not be the word I would use to describe this. However, how proud of you of them Stillers?!?! Loved the game yesterday.  Have a great Halloween everyone! I'll be leaving for Houston on Thursday returning Tuesday.. I cannot wait. I'll get to experience some 70 and 80 degree weather.... and it won't be snowing! Yyyayy!!!! Have a great week!

When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder.
Ezra Pound

Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.
Henry Winkler

Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.
Elizabeth Harrison

I don't get upset over things I can control, because if I can control them there's no sense in getting upset. And I don't get upset over things I can't control, because if I can't control them there's no sense in getting upset.
Mickey Rivers

A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free
Nikos Kazantzakis

Take it easy.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fantastic Friday

Last night I was able to spend a couple of hours with my cousin's new son.  It was such a nice evening. Sometimes I forget how little people are when their journey of life begins.  He was such a good baby, didn't cry once while I was there, ate like a champ.. and just laid calmly in my arms.  I am so happy that both him and my cousin are doing well. He's a healthy little guy and growing.  I'm excited to be able to witness another life from the start.  Sometimes, life is really amazing.

Also, I found this on Pinterest this morning. (Boy do I love Pinterest...)

I firmly believe after the past month... my time is finally right.

Have a great weekend. Have a safe Halloween weekend.
November is right around the corner! And yes, the Christmas music has already commenced!

Take it easy.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

Good Morning!!! What a Monday! The Steelers looked good yesterday (for the most part). Other than being a tiiiiiinny bit cold, the weekend was perfect.  The leaves are changing and the scenery is just amazing. This is by far my favorite season, as long as I'm not outside all day long. Enjoy the last full week of October... Can you believe that?!

“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”
 Jackie Robinson

“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in,”
 Rosa Parks

"Keep cool; anger is not an argument”
 Daniel Webster

“Talent alone won't make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: 'Are your ready?''”
 Johnny Carson

“To succeed you have to believe in something with such
a passion that it becomes a reality.”
Anita Roddick

 “Growing up is never easy. You hold on to things that were. You wonder what's to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come. The thing is, we didn't have to hate each other for getting older. We just had to forgive ourselves... for growing up.”
The Wonder Years

Take it easy.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fantastic Friday

Here's a video from Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers... Roots and Wings.. this is for all the Moms out there...
Just another reason why I love these guys.. Off their new album Gift Horse.


Have a great weekend.
I'll be glamping (glamour camping) with the family!

Take it easy.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekly Words to Inspire

Happy Monday!!!!!

I hope the words find you well today. I’m so excited to announce that my cousin had her baby yesterday and everyone is doing well. So in honor of Gage Andrew, the words will be on a topic not normally discussed, the birth of a child! Congrats Jess!!!!!!

Have an absolutely amazing week. October is halfway over!

“Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.”
William MacNeile Dixon quotes

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

"Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body."
Elizabeth Stone

"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."

"Birth is not only about making babies. It's about making mothers strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength"
Barbara Katz Rothman

Take it easy!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

'To Go Where No One Has Gone Before...'

I can’t believe. After about 2 months I finally completed the entire season of Star Trek The Next Generation. I remember the days when I used to watch it with my sister, not because I liked the show, but because my big sister did. So when it appeared on Netflix, I figured I’d pull another ‘Roseanne’ and watch the whole series. I did and it was totally worth it.

I’m having a love hate relationship with Netflix at the moment. I think what they have done the past few months is horrible. I always thought Netflix was the one good company left, it was a good price, customer service was good. For me, it was worth the 10 bucks a month. Then they started going all crazy. Now that it’s all over, taking a step back, I’m not going to drop Netflix. I have thought about it, but honestly, I hate Comcast (my current cable provider) way more than I could ever hate Netflix.

Companies make mistakes, I’m sure in the offices the ideas were great… In reality, it made no sense at all. So let’s get over it. I’m just more curious about how Netflix streaming will be affected… are they going to start releasing new movies? Right now, that is the downfall for the streaming.

I love Netflix for the series that they are putting on Instant. A few years ago I dropped my cable to as basic as it could be because I was tired of paying a ton of money to watch Law and Order. That’s pretty much all I watched, the USA channel. I also use Hulu to watch the majority of the recent shows. So why do I need cable? To watch the Pens and Steelers. Back to why I love Netflix. I have been able to watch a variety of TV shows and not know the ending to them within 3 minutes of watching the episode. I like relieving my childhood. I’ve been able to watch Doogie Houser, Alf, Quantum Leap, and the original Saturday Night Live’s. To me, it’s worth the 10 bucks a month.

So now that Star Trek is over, what am I going to do? Well, they actually put ALL the Star Treks on instant… and a few weeks ago when I was hanging out with my sister she kind of got me into Battlestar Galactica. But for now, I think I’m going to take a break from the Syfy. For in my queue I have the series for.. wait for it… Mad Men, Wings, and totally my favorite The Wonder Years. So needless to say, I’ll be busy for a while.

At least these are reruns worth paying to watch!

Take it easy.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

Another week has come and gone. I can't say that with tempatures in the high 70's low 80's it's feeling much like fall. However, I will never complain about getting a nice little tan from sitting in the sun watching my Mounties play (and win)! It was good to finally watch the Steelers of ol' play yesterday... and I can't forget the Pens... who played in the West Coast and still came home with 5 points. Not bad at all.
Have a fantastic week!

‘Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence."

Lyn Yutang

'One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it.'
Helen Hayes

'People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.'
Lewis Cass

'I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.'
Anna Frued

'It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.'
George Lorimer

 Take it easy.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

Well can you believe that it is finally October?! The leaves are changing... football is in full swing and my place has dropped to 60 degrees. Ahh yes... October!

October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sing into a good book.

Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do.
-William Ellery Channing

I wish my English teachers of old would have realized this.....
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
- B.F. Skinner

It ain't nothing to find no starting place in the world. You just start from where you find yourself.
-August Wilson

Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.
-Harriet Nelson

Take it easy!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Fantastic Friday

This post is way past over due… So I’ll try to make it short, but keep all the highlights….

I ended up pulling out of the Great Race last Sunday. Luckily I was able to sell my bib to a friend’s friend so someone at least could use it. Earlier in the week I had gone to my asthma/allergy doctor and he diagnosed me with Vocal Chord Dysfunction. The fun think about this was that one of my good friends (known her since 3rd grade) diagnosed me with this about 3 months ago and I told her she was crazy. The good news it’s totally fixable. Basically, I just have to learn to breathe correctly again. I was able to run 3 miles both Tuesday and Thursday. They weren’t world records (but close) but it felt good to be able to run and now have to feel like I was suffocating myself. I know that the therapy will take 6-8 weeks, but hopefully once this is all gone, I will be back to my June ’10 self. So I’m back to feeling alright with myself. I was also able to refocus on my lifting and strength training and I don’t feel like such a looooser anymore.

Another subject, I got the best text earlier this week (or late last week) from my sister. It was a picture of what my niece did at school. The paper had her name, age, what she liked to eat, and what she liked… in which she responded… get ready for this… ‘I like to go ice skating with Aunt Sarah.’ I’m not going to lie, I might have gotten a little teary. It’s crazy but a lot of my friends are now becoming Aunts/Uncles… and I can’t stop explaining how awesome it is. I absolutely love being an Aunt. Last night I went out with two ladies from Jazzercise and I was just braggin’ about those kids. But I told him, 7 years ago (my nephew is 7), if you would have told me that

a. I’d be THIS in love with the kids, I’d call you crazy.
b. that my family trusts me enough to have the kids for sleep overs and take them out in the city, I laugh in your face.
c. Think that the best Friday nights are when I take the kids to dinner and then to a laser show, I’d roll my eyes.

The truth is, they have in their weird way taught me how to be a “responsible” adult. There is just something so endearing with their innocence and their constant wonder, which I just can’t get enough of. Last weekend I think I finally realized how much these kids really do mean to me when I was driving my niece from point A to point B and I wasn’t paying attention, but when I got her out of my car she had applied make up to herself… and it was all over my seat…. And instead of getting made and worked up and freaking out (my car is my baby), I laughed, smiled at her and told her she looked Beautiful and hugged her. Surprisingly, the world didn’t end. Maybe I’ve finally figured out this whole growing up thing… who knows… All I do know is I am so proud to be an Aunt.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend… It’s finally going to get cold here…. Like REALLY cold.. Furnace turning on type weather. But I'm so not complaining! Bring on Fall!

Take it easy.

PS. Happy Birthday Jo. Love you sista! I can’t wait to celebrate with you tonight

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

Happy Monday! I hope the weekend went well and you have enjoyed your September thus far. Can you believe that this is the last full week in September?

That can only mean one thing... Christmas is 3 months away! Crazy, I know.

I hope you have an enjoyable week.

'Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps.'
- Variations attributed to David Lloyd George

'Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of everyday. Do it! I say, Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.'
-Pope Paul VI

'Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.'
- Will Smith

' Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.'
- Richard E Evans

Take it easy.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

Another wonderful September week is upon us! Boy is it really starting to feel like fall!

Hope all is well!

'You either make yourself miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.'
Carlos Castaneda

'They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.'
Tom Bodett

'Never make permanent decisions on temporary feelings.'

My favorite for the week!

'Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. '
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Take it easy.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fantastic Friday!

Today really felt like fall this morning. Which, I won't complain about. I love fall, the changing trees, the crisp air, sweatshirts, and foooooooootball.

I'll be spending this weekend with some good friends at the Covered Bridge Festival. Which is a festival at all the locations in the county where there are covered bridges.

Sunday I'll be at Heinz field cheering for the black and gold.

Take it easy.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Strength… What is it?

That’s a good question. I always believed being strong meant never quitting no matter the risks… I’ve slowly been learning that sometimes strength is walking away, knowing that it is the best choice.

On the 25th of September there will be a 10k race running through the streets of Pittsburgh. A race that I committed running to a few months back. A race that I’ve been training for and even ran a 10k last month in preparationfor it. During that race I ended up aggravating my lungs. I was very disappointed and not just with the time of the race, but with how my body reacted. My will to succeed and body just are not on the same page currently. So I took sometime off and was lightly running.

Fast forward then to last week and I’m at work, I go to a different floor for a meeting, I return and within 5 minutes I start coughing. Now this is not your run of a mill coughing. No, this is the coughing that I did when I was fighting the Whooping Cough. My co-worker sense my uneasiness in my eyes. We both knew something was not right. I had not coughed like this in months. Something was going terribly wrong. I was sent home so no one had to listen to the cough. My boss was gracious enough to let me work from home on Thursday to rest and recover and hope that it was not more serious. I called one of my Doctor’s on Thursday and they said that due to my sensitivity with my bronchial tubes, allergies for me could turn up in the form of a cough. Awesome. Right?

During this bought with this issue that I have been dealing with since July 2010. I’ve learned a lot of things. I was determined to not let it get me down. I rested when I should, I took the medications when I was told. I learned that just because everything you do does not always mean you get the result you want, no matter how much you wish and pray. I’ve learned that living a healthy lifestyle is the only way to go, as I can’t even imagine how I would have gotten through all of this being the person I was back in 2009. I learned that I am so much mentally stronger than I ever believe I could be. I learned that I will never take being able to breathe without thinking about how the air quality with irrate my lungs and cause me to cough ever again. Most importantly, I learned that sometimes walking away does not mean you are weak, it just means you are strong enough to realize that maybe this isn’t the best course for you to be on.

With that, earlier in the week I took a run outside with one of my gym rats. We ran a slow (about 10 minute mile) 2.5 miles along side the river on Tuesday. It was perfect conditions, the sun was shinning it was in the upper 60’s with light winds. However, on the side, I was struggling. My legs felt great but my lungs were falling apart. They actually felt like they were on fire at one point. The next thing I knew, I could barely breathe. The amount of frustration, of disappointment was huge. I couldn’t understand why I’m still dealing with this because for once I actually have followed the advice I have been given by the medical professionals treating me. I quickly got over it and realized how far I have come in the past year, physically. My workout that I do, I couldn’t have done a year ago. I would have laughed in your face if you told me my program would be like this.

So as I sit today and think about the next week and a half and the 6.2 miles looming in front of me, it makes me nervous and a little disappointed. I am planning on doing one run today. If I have the same result as Monday, I’ve told myself that it’s okay to withdraw from the race. I could try to run it, but I know me, and I won’t quit when I should and things would get worse from there. I keep reminding myself that this is probably the best course of action, but it’s hard for me to withdrawal because of circumstances that I can not control. Maybe that’s the real lesson this past year has been trying to teach me, sometimes no matter how hard you want, desire, train, there are circumstances that are out of our control and all you can do is control your reactions to them. So yes, I’m quiet bummed I might not be joining the other 14,500 people running through the streets of Pittsburgh. I guess this just gives me more time to focus on my lifting.

Not matter how old I get, quitting still sucks.

Take it easy.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

I hope everyone had as good as weekend as they could have had. All in all, I can't complain. At least WVU won on Saturday... it wasn't pretty, but it was a lot better than the Steelers loss on Sunday.

Here are some random thoughts, that I have really been diggin' lately. 

' We can't become what we need to be by remaining who we are.' 

'Your past is just a story. And once you realize this it has no power over you.' 
- Chuck Palahniuk

'After all, if growing up is war, then the friends who grew up with you deserve a special respect. The ones who stuck by you shoulder to shoulder, in a time when nothing was certain, all life lay ahead, and every road led home.'
- Kevin Arnold  - The Wonder Years

'You have never really lived until you've done something for someone who can never repay you.' 

Have a great week!

Take it easy.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fantastic Friday

Ahhh - Fall Sweet Fall.

This weekend begins the first game of the NFL, whoop.

My weekend will be filled with Family tonight, WVU football tomorrow, and Steeler Football on Sunday.

Let's hear it for the boys! I love Fall.

Let's do it!

What are your weekend plans?

Take it easy.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Weekly Words to Inspire

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I know I could not have asked for anything more. I spent Friday watching Sophie, then we went to one of my favorite places ever for dinner, Tropical Treat (it's an original drive-in!) I had my first ' Birch Beer' (which is delicious). Saturday was spent making applesauce with my best friend and her Grandma, with apples we hand picked from a bin. Then we went out to dinner with a few of my favorite people, followed by a bon fire on top of a hill... topped off with a late night quad ride around apple orchards and the first time I've ever actually picked a good apple off a tree and ate it!  Sunday I met my brother and sister-in-law for bunch and walking around Cabela's. Sunday night my best friend made dinner and the four of us (plus Sophie!) ate outside and just enjoyed life. I drove hom across PA yesterday, witnessing one of the coolest things. If I didn't pass 60 Utility trucks yesterday coming from the East, then I didn't pass 1. It was so cool to see how people go to the rescue of others. I saw a bunch of trucks from Pittsburgh, but I also saw a lot of trucks from Minnesota. So neat. Anyways, hope all is well with everyone!

“A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.”

Jimmy Carter

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. "
Tom Landry

"In short, in life, as in a foot-ball game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard; don't foul and don't shirk, but hit the line hard!"
Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life (1900)

And in response to my weekend…. This is all I can say…

“And it made me think about where I'm at
On my not so straight and narrow path
All the generous and mostly undeserved
Blessings that I've had

I had an all-American mom and dad
Some of the coolest friends you could ever have
Found love I thought I'd never find
Sometimes I can't believe this life is mine
And I'm not plannin' on leavin' yet
But the truth is you just never know
And if this is as good as it gets
Man, I think I'm good to go
I'm good to go”
- Jason Aldean – Good To Go

Take it easy.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

Today is the last Monday in August... which can only mean one thing... most of the area kids are experiencing the first day of school. Can you hear that? It's the sound of the mother's rejoicing.  In the honor of the first day of school, here is something that I thought was fantastic for everyone to learn.

'Love Letter to the World'

In the face of complaints, look that person in the eye and imagine what it might have been like to be raised to see only what is wrong.
In the face of selfishness, wonder what it might be like to walk the world with a feeling of lack, of depletion.
In the face of insults, consider where this person first learned that it’s okay to abuse others.
In the face of disconnection, think about what causes it, and ask if your response will widen the river between the two of you.
In the face of laziness, recognize the fear of living big dreams.
In the face of extremism or fundamentalism, see the clinging, as well as the terror-filled silence that would arise for that person if they risked letting go.
In the face of controlling behavior, understand the chaos that must have bred it.
In the face of “always needing to be right,” see how often this person was once made wrong.
In the face of arrogance or bravado, hold gently that still, small piece that says “I’m not enough.”
In the face of drama or attention-seeking, see the person who wishes so much to be seen.
In the face of accusation, imagine what it might be like to live life with suspicion.
In the face of judgement or comparisons, step into the opportunity the world has just provided you for practicing love and acceptance.
In the face of passive-aggressiveness, recognize the child that wasn’t taught a safe way to express their truth.
In the face of anger, see the pain of isolation from others.
Most importantly: In the face of ferocious hatred, believe in the possibility that there exists the potential for equally as big, intense, lovely and fiery ferocious love.
- Katie Swoboda

Have a good week.

Take it easy.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gotta light?

I have become hugely addicted to Pinterest. I found this awesome project made with old matches:

I got to thinking that I had some old matches that I took from my grandparents farm. They were not your ordinary matches, they were hysterical, comical match boxes. So I 'pinned' this project and then went to work.

I had this frame that I bought that was on sale and used a coupon. I think it ended up being like $2.00

I removed the junk on the inside. I was first going to use scrapbook paper for the background, but that would have caused a line. After pondering it for a few moments, I decided that I had some Pennysaver paper laying around and the wanted section would be perfect! So that's what I did.

I lade them out to make sure they would fit.

Then took some up close pictures.

I know it's blurry. Do you see 'Infernal Revenue Department?' or how about ' Last Chance Morticians?'

 I used some tape glue to attach them. As the back of the matches are just as funny and I did not want to permanently ruin them. 

Kind of neat, eh? 
Total cost was around $2.00 and about 20 minutes. Whoot!

Thank you Pinterest!

Take it easy.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

Can you believe how far into August we have travelled?! I can't. I'm shocked.

A little update about the weekend. I attempted and finished the 10k in Erie on Sunday. The weather conditions were less than ideal for me. When we left the house the humidity was 97% and was raining.... it rained until a little after mile 1, I believe. Then the sun came out..... When we returned home it was 77%. My lungs still aren't right from the Whooping Cough. I was doing a pretty solid run up until about mile 2. My legs felt good, I was mentally doing good, then my lungs decided to be crappy and my asthma symptoms started. By mile 3 I was wheezing pretty good. I should have stopped, but I didn't. It wasn't easy, but I finished. I finished in 1:07. I know that I could have been under an hour if my lungs didn't suck. So I'm hoping for under an hour for The Great Race in September (as long as the humidity isn't around). The good news is my legs don't hurt today! Whoop!

Here are some words....

You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
Edmund Hillary

One thing is for certain: There will be one thing that will dominate your life. I strongly suggest it be something you can be proud of.
Lou Holtz

Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Guillaume Apollinaire

Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think that you've lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time. Asha Tyson.

Take it easy.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fantastic Friday - New Book, Must Read!

If you ever talk to any of my family you will NEVER hear them say what a reader I am or how enthralled she gets into the classic books. As disappointing as it is (we have a family history of true book readers) most classics cannot grasp my attention and therefore, lose me. However, every once in a while, there is a book that I start and I cannot put down. I loved this book so much that I do have to share.

On Tuesday morning I get an e-mail from my sister-in-law that a friend's book was published and we should check it out. She sent some information about the book and it seemed to be a legit book. So I said, 'What the hey' and downloaded it. Let's just say, I read it in less than 12 hours. 304 pages. Less than 12 hours. I read it every chance I got. The book was amazing. Nothing I could write could do this justice so I'm going to copy you the summary from Amazon and let you read it. All I'm going to say is that if you are searching to have a relationship like those little old couples have that still hold hands, read this book. If you want to see an amazing bond grow between a grandma and her granddaughter, read this book. If you want to read a book about falling in love, read this book.

Here's the official summary:

"An endearing and unforgettable memoir of love, self-discovery, and enduring, old-fashioned values

Kristine Gasbarre made a New York career of dating driven, inaccessible men. When she realizes her love life will never result in happiness if she continues on the same path, she makes a big decision—relocating to Italy to discover her roots and find out what defines her adoring grandpa. But upon receiving the news of his sudden passing, she is lured away.

With nowhere left to go, Krissy returns to her small hometown for the first time in a decade to help care for her grandmother—a refined, private matriarch suffering from early dementia along with the loss of her husband. In her reluctant agreement to share the nearly lost love stories and transformative lessons from her rich sixty-year marriage, Krissy’s grandma becomes the one offering comfort as she coaches her granddaughter through the fear of loving. Grandma’s unapologetic femininity and secret giving spirit opens Krissy’s eyes about relationships, teaching her the single most important requisite for loving a man: first a woman has to learn the power of her own inner beauty. "

The book is called ' How to Love an American Man: A true story' by Krstine Gasbarre.

So if you are looking for anything to read, totally give this a shot.

Rumor on the streets about this book:
A. Better than Eat, Pray, Love (I'd have to agree, rather than flying all over the Earth, she finds herself from the wisdom of her Grandma Glo. Doesn't get much better than that for me!)
B. It's going to be a movie (read it before it's a movie!)

If you read it, let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Have a great weekend!
First 10k on Sunday! AHHHHHH.

Take it easy.