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Quotes You Should Stop Quoting: Part 3

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If you haven’t read part one and part two of this series please go and read those first. I have yet another quote to share with you that I feel is not always the best advice to take.

“Follow your heart; let your heart be your guide”

Yes, sometimes we should listen to our hearts, but most of the time our hearts don’t guide us towards the best path. I think the better piece of advice is to “follow your heart, but take your brain with you.” When we look to our feelings and emotions to make the decisions we usually fail to see the consequences that could result from our choices. We see what we want to happen instead of what will most likely happen. Our emotions make us human and definitely contribute to a life worth living, but they can also blind us. In the same way, Read the rest of this entry

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Word of the Week: Mellifluous

flower, plant

The word of the week is: Mellifluous

Pronunciation: [Muh-lif-loo-uhs]

Definition:

adjective

1. sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding (a mellifluous voice)

2. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey; sweet.

Quotes relating to this topic:

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness.  We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”  -Chuck Palahniuk

“Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” -Proverbs 16:24

We may not enjoy going through difficult times in life, but sometimes it helps to remember that it is vital to experience struggle before we can learn and become better people. Tough times are also a way to wake us up and convince us to take notice of all the blessings that surround us. If you are going through a battle right now, just realize that it won’t last forever and once it is over you will come out of it learning something new for a better future. And if you see someone struggling in life think back to the hard times you’ve had and use this opportunity to reach out to them. Kind words and a thoughtful gesture is sometimes the greatest gift you could ever give.

Quotes You Should Stop Quoting: Part 2

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If you missed the first “quote you should stop quoting” you can read it here. I found another tidbit of “wisdom” that I wanted to discuss in regards to making decisions. Allow me to explain my gripes with this quote.

“Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will”

You might as well say “forget rationalization and just hope everything works out the way you want.” Yea, that pretty much sounds like a disaster to me. Ignoring all the things we don’t like about a situation makes us unprepared and vulnerable. We should always weigh our pros and cons and then decide on the best move to make. Of course sometimes our fear of failure is so great that we choose to run from a great opportunity  instead of visualizing it as a chance to grow. But fears and doubts are just a fact of life and there is really no justification for pretending everything will be okay other than our own ignorance.

On the other hand, Read the rest of this entry

Word of the Week: Purport

Stop hiding behind what's pretty and stand up for who you are

Stop hiding behind what’s pretty and stand up for who you are

The word of the week is: Purport

Pronunciation: [per-pohrt]

Definition

verb

-to present, especially deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim; often falsely
(a document purporting to be official)

-to convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; express or imply

noun

-the meaning, import or sense (the main purport of your letter)

-purpose; intention; object (the main purport of their visit to France)

Thoughts on this word

I read a quote from Cheryl Hughes that said “the truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a great capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation.” Sometimes we are unhappy Read the rest of this entry

Quotes You Should Stop Quoting: Part 1

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Pasting quotes everywhere has become pretty popular on all forms of social media, but have you ever read one that just didn’t make sense to you? I’ve read quite a few pieces of advice that rubbed me the wrong way and I’ve decided to highlight a few of them in a little blog series. Now, some of these quotes I am not entirely sure who stated them and I may not use the exact words, but it is the general meaning that matters. Today is part one of the series so I will start with one quote. Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter to read the second part coming soon.

“The most important thing in life is to enjoy your life- to be happy – that’s all that matters”
–Audrey Hepburn

This quote I see over and over again, but stated in many different ways. I’m sorry to break it to you, but life is not all about being happy. Read the rest of this entry

Word of the Week: Perennial

branch

The word of the week is Perennial

Pronunciation: [Puh-ren-ee-uhl]

Definition:

adjective

-lasting for an indefinitely long time

-(of plants) having a life cycle of more than two years

-lasting or continuing throughout the entire year, as a stream

-perpetual, everlasting, continuing, recurrent

noun

-a perennial plant (daffodils & tulips are perennials)

-something that is continuing or recurrent

Thoughts on the word perennial

Time is something we are always either running out of or have too much of. It seems as if we are never truly satisfied with the amount of time we are given. When we are Read the rest of this entry

Word of the Week: Playing Catch-Up

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I haven’t been very active on my blog lately and I have missed quite a few “Word of the Weeks” so I would like to do somewhat of a catch-up post today. So for this post I will be defining numerous words with quotes and pictures. Hopefully this will make up for lost time. I aim to Read the rest of this entry

Word of the Week: Ameliorate

The word of the week is: Ameliorate

Pronunciation: [uh-meel-yuh-reyt]

Definition

verb

1. to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory.

2. improve; meliorate.

Quotes relating to this topic:

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” 
-Ernest Hemingway
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Open Your Eyes to the Blessings in Your Life

There’s probably not a day that goes by that we don’t complain about something. It could be about stress from work, a fight with a friend or something simple like having no cell reception. But every now and then we really need to think about our lives and realize that our circumstances are probably not as bad as we think. Many times our complaints are things that some people only wish they could experience.

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A Little Bit of Childhood in the Garden

When I was younger I used to play with a collection of dolls that represented different countries. I asked my mom the other day what ever happened to them, but she said she wasn’t sure where they went. So, we were cleaning out the garage and in one of the boxes we found them all. I was so excited and decided to do a little photo-shoot with them. I got the idea from a blog I visit every now and then called Quimpy Hittys. I don’t know much about the author, but it is a blog that shows their wooden doll collection in random places (climbing trees, holding berries, on a bridge, etc.). It is really cute and so I thought I’d do something similar for this post. I not only find my childhood dolls cute, but it reminds me of the memories I had when I was younger and all the fun I would have.

Maria & Juan from Mexico just hanging out

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