One-Liner Wednesday – Making the most of life

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” – Evan Esar


One-Liner Wednesday is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Click the link, read the rules and join in now! You won’t regret it!

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Teaser Tuesday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 16 – Sense and Sensibility

I had a plan this week, but Bee went and ruined it all with her prompt! ❤

(I just couldn’t resist)

I know it may be cliché to do Jane Austen, but I couldn’t help it. I love her books so much! I think my favorite has to be Sense and Sensibility. I love Elinor’s demeanor and how she carries herself. She has a broken heart through most of the book, but she continues to live and care for her family with such grace. She’s one of my favorite characters of all time.

I apologize for cheating slightly. I don’t have my book in front of me and chose to go on Goodreads and pick a quote rather than finding one at random. I’m not even sure who says it, it’s been a while since I read it. But, it’s a quote and fits both prompts, for the most part.

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”


Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around with Bee. Today’s prompt is “A teaser from a classic love story”. We are also combining the post with Teaser Tuesday hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.

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Mindful Monday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 15 – Surviving with Mindfulness

Mindfulness became a huge part of my life roughly eight years ago. I spent much of my twenties on depression medication and basically struggling through life. I’m not sure of the exact moment I decided to stop taking the meds or what specifically I read, but I started looking more into the Easter religions and meditation. I found that meditation did more for me than the meds ever did, especially when considering the side effects I was dealing with.

Since then, I’ve read some powerful books, “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle and “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, to name just two of them. When you are focused on the present moment and take some time to look at what’s happening, rather than just reacting, it’s a pretty sure bet that you can figure out what’s going on. Nine times out of ten, there is something I need to change in order to make things better.

It’s helped with disagreements in my relationships because I don’t always think it’s the other person. I can also pinpoint why I reacted or blew up. It’s usually an internal thing. You know the whole saying that whatever is happening internally will be reflected on the outside? It’s usually true, but in order to notice it, you have to be mindful and aware. You can’t just react or blame everyone around you for whatever might be happening.

This, of course, doesn’t stop the bad things from happening. But I’d rather be in control of my life rather than walking through my life blaming everyone else or wondering “why me”.

Bee’s question was, “Do you love mindfulness?”

My answer is, “I couldn’t survive without it.”  But more than anything, it’s made me a happier, more balanced and definitely a stronger human being.


Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around With Bee. We are also combining today’s post with Mindful Monday hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading.

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Sunday Photo Fiction – Longing For Home

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“Billy asked me again today. Do you have to do it in front of him?” John was at the sink washing his hands after a long day outside.

“There’s nothing wrong with crying.” Julie huddled into the afghan wrapped around her shoulders and picked up the steaming mug. She’d never adjusted to the weather here.

“Maybe not, but does it have to be so much?”

Tears sprang to her eyes. He would never understand.

He glanced in her direction as he dried his hands on the towel that always hung from the oven handle. He must have noticed the tears welling in her eyes. He threw the towel on the burner and walked in the other room, shaking his head as he went.

Julie bowed her head, her body shuddering.

Why do I cry so much?

It isn’t so bad here, except

I miss my family… my language… the smells… the warmth.

I thought it would get better through the years, having a child and making a home with John.

Billy’s laughter rang through the kitchen, followed by John’s. She felt more alone than ever.

Staring out the kitchen window, she let the tears flow and longed for home.


The rules for Sunday Photo Fiction are to write around 200 words in either poetry or story form based on the photo prompt. This is one of those times that isn’t very literal. I just let the photo serve as inspiration rather than using it as a direct reference. I hope you enjoy.

Click on the blue froggy to read other amazing Sunday Photo Fiction.

 

Song Lyric Sunday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 14 – Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor

We are celebrating love here on the blog for Song Lyric Sunday and I went with a song that seems like the opposite of love from the title, but it’s actually all about love. It’s about embracing this moment right now because you never know when the one you love will be gone.

I’m going a little more main stream this week, so I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard this song since it’s one that is getting overplayed right now. Don’t you hate it when radio stations do that? I do, but then there are people who listen to the same song on repeat because they love it so much, so maybe it isn’t all that weird.

Anyway, here is my Song Lyric Sunday pick for this week. Please feel free to read the “rules” below and join in with one of your own.

Favorite Line: “I’ll make the most of the minutes and love with no regrets.”

Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor (featuring John Legend)
Written by Meghan Trainor, Justin Weaver and Caitlyn Smith
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

I found myself dreaming
In silver and gold
Like a scene from a movie
That every broken heart knows we were walking on moonlight
And you pulled me close
Split second and you disappeared and then I was all alone

I woke up in tears
With you by my side
A breath of relief
And I realized
No, we’re not promised tomorrow

So I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna hold you
Like I’m saying goodbye wherever we’re standing
I won’t take you for granted ’cause we’ll never know when
When we’ll run out of time so I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you

In the blink of an eye
Just a whisper of smoke
You could lose everything
The truth is you never know

So I’ll kiss you longer baby
Any chance that I get
I’ll make the most of the minutes and love with no regrets

Let’s take our time
To say what we want
Use what we got
Before it’s all gone
‘Cause no, we’re not promised tomorrow

So I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna hold you
Like I’m saying goodbye wherever we’re standing
I won’t take you for granted ’cause we’ll never know when
When we’ll run out of time so I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you

I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna hold you
Like I’m saying goodbye wherever we’re standing
I won’t take you for granted ’cause we’ll never know when
When we’ll run out of time so I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you


Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Today’s Song Lyric Sunday is combined with Love Is In Da Blog hosted by Just Fooling Around with Bee.

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SoCS and #LoIsInDaBl Day 13 – My Own Little Love Story

I’ve always considered myself a hopeful person, and when it comes to love, I’ve always had on what some might call “rose colored glasses”. I used to take that as an insult, but I don’t anymore. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to believe in love and to always hope that it will come along, even though life has shown you otherwise.

Given the sort of childhood I had, I went searching for love at a pretty young age and while I found it, it had other ideas at the time. But I didn’t give up hope and I kept trying. I believe I’ve always picked myself back up and kept on trying, even though love hasn’t always been kind to me.

But a few years ago, I was pretty jaded. I guess you could say I was tired. I swore I would never marry again because after three tries, I just felt like I was another statistic and it’s heartbreaking. I’m not a quitter, and yet, I’d had three failed marriages. Not only that, I was working a job I hated and living in a place that didn’t feel like home and I remember thinking to myself that something had to give. It just had to.

A friend recommended online dating to me and even though I was skeptical at first, I decided to give it a try. After all, I am that person who never gives up hope when it comes to love.

Little did I know that love was finally going to happen.

Has it been easy? Not even a little bit.

Have I thought of giving up? A few times, but love isn’t just a fairy tale. It requires work and even though I’m happy now, it will continue to require work.

About two months after I met my fiancé (wow! that sounds pretty cool!), I decided to quit my job. I hated it and cried almost every day. It became something that wasn’t worth the struggle anymore. On the day I quit, I drove over to my fiancé’s work and we went for a walk on a tree-covered path just outside his building. I was a mess, but he told me everything would be okay. I found out just this week that it was in that moment he realized that he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.

And that’s where we asked each other and exchanged rings. On that path.

Life can be tiring. Love can be heartbreaking and heavy, but if you work hard and never give up hope, it is worth it. I’m happier today than I’ve ever been in my life and I’m so happy I didn’t give up!


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G. Hill and Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee. Linda’s prompt today was “tire”. I was going in a totally different direction when I sat down, but then our story just made its way onto the screen. I hope I’m not boring you all with my gushy love stuff. I’m just so happy it’s hard not to share it with the world!

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