YOLO ~ You only live once.  Over the past several years, I have heard this phrase and seen it in print, from various songs to weight loss boards.  In my opinion, the line is borderline cheesy…but let’s think about what it really means.

Some may like to use this phrase to justify indulging in all of life’s vices, from mood-altering substances to food to sex.  I prefer to use this statement for good, and not for evil.  Since I’ll only live once, I must make the appropriate improvements in my life, in order to maximize my living.  I want to truly live my life, rather than simply going through the motions, existing.

It is easy to get so wrapped up in our everyday routines that years go by unnoticed, with dreams and desires unfulfilled and your health and wellbeing put on the back burner.  Those days are long gone!

Not only should you live life to the fullest, but live it like your life literally depends on it.  Make more meaningful choices.  Don’t hold back.  Don’t just set goals, but surpass them.  Take chances in life.  Then, relish each moment that you experience.  Savor each delicious second.

I’ve been an emotional eater my entire life, but my body didn’t show the effects of this until after I started having children, in my 20’s.  My mantra this year is ‘Eating Clean in 2013’, so I have chosen to focus on the quality of what I consume.  Regarding the choices I make in my personal life, I have chosen to stop making the art of pleasing others a priority.  This is my life, I only get one, and I don’t want to live with any regrets about my actions.



QOTD – Quote of the Day

Hi all,

Today’s quote of the day has a scriptural reference.  You don’t have to read the bible to apply this scripture to your life, although I welcome you to do so.

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”  I Corinthians 10:13 (King James Version)

The reason why I feel this scripture is significant is because it gives hope where there might not be any, otherwise.  So we all know what temptation is.  I believe it plagues our society.  As the scripture states, you aren’t being tempted by anything but what is common to “man”…basically everyone.  We are being told here that God won’t allow us to be tempted to such an extent that we are incapable of getting out of our situation; therefore, we are able to withstand all circumstances that come our way, through God’s grace.  Wow.  I’m so thankful for that!

Be blessed,


QOTD – Quote of the Day

Happy, Happy Tuesday!  One day closer to the weekend and Monday is no more!

I have heard and read this quote from various sources, including Lily Tomlin – actress, Viola Davis – actress, Jack Kornfield, PhD.

“Forgiveness is giving up all hope for/of a better/different past.”

So very insightful!  It makes me wonder does one ever truly forgive, in that case.  My faith says that we must all forgive as we are also forgiven, but I never delved so deeply into the true definition of forgiveness.  I figured that I have forgiven someone if I don’t harp on what they have done or hold it against them.  That is hard enough, in itself.  To give up all hope for a different past means no looking back.  In biblical times, Lot’s wife looked back, after she was instructed not to do so, and was turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).  Metaphorically speaking, how often have we added salt to our wounds by looking back (even in our thoughts) on what could have been?


QOTD – Quote of the Day

dramatic dream

dramatic dream (Photo credit: unNickrMe)

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. Marsha Norman

*Love this…what are your dreams?  Ask yourself:  what book is your soul writing about you?