Saturday’s Staying Grounded


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Just love everybody that interacts with you no matter how personally, or how peripherally, involved with you they are. The efficiency of the people who deal with you… everything is orchestrated by the manager called Law of Attraction. And your vibration is setting all of it into motion. Everything affecting you is a reflection of the vibration that you are emitting. Spend more time focused upon your dream than upon the reality. The reality gives birth to the dream—but the dream is where you are wanting to put your attention.

~Abraham

Some of My Favorite Books


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Narrowing down my favorite books was tough, especially when you have an addiction like mine.(I thank my husband for inspiring my love of books)  When I go to the bookstore I can not just buy one and do not get me started about my annual visit to our library sale. YIKES it is a little embarrassing to see all of the books I have strewn in about every corner of our house.  I need to purge my stash,but each book holds a special place in my heart. So, without further ado here are some of my favorites:


Classic Literature:

Wuthering Heights~ Emily Bronte

Of Mice and Men~ John Steinbeck

The Awakening~ Kate Chopin

The Picture of Dorian Gray~ Oscar Wilde

The Sun Also Rises~ Ernest Hemingway

The Great Gatsby~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

To many to list them all..

 

Children’s Books:

Where the Wild Things Are~ Maurice Sendak

Charlotte’s Web~ E.B. White

The Wind in the Willows~ Kenneth Grahame

Little Women~ Louisa May Alcott

Anne of the Green Gables~ L.M. Montegomery

Again, to many favorites to list them all:)

 

Mystery:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo~ Steig Larsson (the entire series is incredible)

Kiss the Girls~ James Patterson

Postmortem~ Patricia Cornwell

 

Fantasy/Sci-Fi:

Fahrenheit 451~ Ray Bradbury

The Giver~ Lois Lowry

The Golden Compass~ Philip Pullman

The Hunger Games~ Suzanne Collins

 

Westerns:(yes, I do like Westerns)

Resolution~ Robert B. Parker

Cold Mountain~ Charles Frazier

Appaloosa~ Robert B. Parker

 

True Crime/Detective

Any Robert B. Parker book featuring Spenser for Hire

In Cold Blood~ Truman Capote

The Watchman~ Robert Crais

The Forgotten Man~ Robert Crais

The Wolf of Wall Street~ Jordan Belfort

 

Logan & Sophia’s Favorites:

Diary Wimpy Kind~ Jeff Kinney

Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet~ Kirk Scroggs

The Boxcar Children~ Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Secret Garden~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory~ Ronald Dahl

Odd & the Frost Giants~ Neil Gaiman

 

I hope you add some of these books to your library and by all means share some of your favorites with us.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midweek Reminder


 

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National Library Week 2014


This weeks posts will be dedicated to all things library. I am looking forward to sharing some of my favorite books, e-books and I may even throw in a giveaway! So, let’s get started.

 

I figured a good place to start was at the inception of our local library. Ever wonder how your local library came about?  How old it is? Or who the first librarian was?  I decided I would do some investigating about our local library here in Rutherfordton, NC. I was fascinated by how much goes into building a library and how it can change a small town.

 

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Found out about our local library here

***During National Library week and throughout  the month of April, libraries host special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in changing our lives. Today’s libraries can help you and your family discover new and exciting worlds.  Libraries are an oasis if you are looking for adult education classes, or for a recommendation on the best books or e-books to expand your horizons Make this week a library week and explore what your local library has to offer. Looking for more information about how you can celebrate National Library Week click here

Self Improvement-Who needs it?


I do I do… with the recent events in my life I needed it more than I even knew. You see life took over me and made me a resentful, combative, down right unhappy person.  Funny thing is I didn’t even know it until I lost something very dear to me.  I was trying so hard to put out the fires of others, that I was unaware of the inferno I had created in my own life. I had changed unknowingly into the person I swore I’d never be; the person when you see her coming you do everything you can to avoid interaction. I needed help!

My question is: WHY do we wait so long to tell someone we have an issue? WHY do we not confront these issues head on? WHY can’t we be honest with one another?  I can tell you from experience when we wait we cause more pain then we would have if we just took the time to share our concerns.  I can also assure you 9 times out of 10 the person on the other end of these discussions will be shocked by what you have to say, completely unaware of the strife they have caused.  You see when you get so wrapped up in chaos of our own life; you unintentionally unload it on the people you love most in hopes to get some relief; clueless of effects it has on the recipient.

This brings me now to thanking the people who even waited to long, because they had the courage to tell us what you needed to hear. Their words may feel like a punch in the gut or even rattle us to our core, but we needed to hear them .  Their words encourage us to take a long hard look at ourselves and  I am sure most of the time we don’t much care for the person staring back.  This when the good stuff happens; we begin to unravel, we break down and everything crystallizes. We can then stand-up, dust ourselves off and begin our journey to self-improvement.

Admittedly, I have been down the road to self-improvement for most of my life and have made significant changes, but there is always room for improvement.  I have read, listened to and attended a lot self-improvement conferences; it’s all moot if I didn’t apply what I had learned.  The one tip I felt I could apply immediately was to write in a journal. When I first started out I would go back and read my words  it was all rainbows and unicorns. Why wasn’t I sharing the dreadful times, the moments when I wanted to hide in the bathroom for hours? I was deceiving myself by keeping those moments off the page. I could not believe that I was in such denial. I couldn’t even share those flashes of pain with myself.  When we journal it is a place where we need to reveal all of it and just leave it all on the page. That’s right; leave it on the page.  Do not carry it, let go; burn the pages if you have to. I plan to continue this practice in hopes it can bring about honest change in my life.

Lastly, we can not begin our self-improvement odyssey until we can forgive ourselves and let down the veil so change can commence. For all of you on this journey be fearless; accept what you can not change and embrace what you can. We are all works in progress and it’s okay to say you’re still diligently working on your masterpiece… YOU!

One last piece of advice; if you know someone who needs some tough love, words of encouragement or even a punch in the gut, don’t wait! Muster up the courage before its too late.

 

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
― Aldous Huxley

Easy DIY Easter Crafts


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Easter is just around the corner and this week we have been finishing up our Easter crafts.  Below you will find a few of our favorites:

 

Burlap Bunny Table Runner  I am addicted to this site and feel in love with this runner. My family wasn’t surprised when I pulled a roll of burlap out of my fabric box. LOL

 

Living Locurto  Great free printables for Easter and more.. I spent the $25 for the year membership and I am so happy I did; Amy’s site is full of wonderful ideas for the every holiday this year.

 

Rice Crispy Treat Eggs I made some tweaks for a wonderful Gluten Free surprise.

 

Free Sewing Patterns this is for you more adventurous types.  We are going to try the duckling this weekend, wish us luck.

 

Eggsperiment here’s a great idea for all those extra eggs you have.

 

Bunny Clothespin I added magnets and used them to showcase artwork this month on the refrigerator.

 

Hope you enjoy these few simple Easter DIY ideas.

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Midweek Reminder


“Promise Yourself”

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

~Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them