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~~Believe in yourself and all that you are.  Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacles.~~  Christian D Larson


How truly freeing it is to believe in myself!  I can do anything I choose to do.  Be anything I choose to be.  Isn't it lovely?!!

Today I choose to be happy.  I will dance, I will smile, and I will sing my way through this marvelous Monday. 

Today I choose happy.

Make this week your week.  May this life your life.  Choose health, choose happy, choose to live it all smoke-free!



~~Hidden in the depths of your soul is an adventure you can't avoid.~~  Unknown


Isn't that quote simply breathtaking?!  I truly believe it.  And when I taught my group yesterday (I teach adults with diagnosed mental illnesses), we talked about uniqueness and purpose.  These people always manage to teach me a lot about life and yesterday was no different.

The more you avoid or fight doing something you know you are meant to do, the more your world is going to get out of wack.  One lady in group put it this way, "The more I denied I had an illness, the more everything in my life went wrong.  It wasn't until I accepted my  illness that I was able to work through it and become more balanced in my life."

Hmmm, makes sense, huh?  Smokers are the same.  Or at least I was.  The more I fought against my addiction, the more everything seemed like a struggle.  Once I accepted that I had an addiction I had to quit forever, (so I did) I am more balanced in my life.

As for my purpose in life?  I don't know what it is.  But I look forward to many more adventures!!  I am not hiding, I am not fighting it.  I know that life has something amazing in store for me.  That keeps me hopeful and happy and excited.  After all, anything is possible if you just believe.....

May you all have a blessed and joyful day,


This is going to be an extremely busy week.  I work all week, of course and then I have a relay for life meeting on Tuesday evening, teach religious ed to 5th and 6th graders Wednesday evening, start setting up for my Chili cook-off on Friday for our Saturday event.  And the most wonderful thing about my busy week is that I'm doing all the things I love to do!!

It used to be that when I quit smoking, I would hide in the house so I didn't embarrass myself by crying or being short tempered...all the things that sometimes happen during a quit.  This time I committed to my quit and decided that life was going on and I wasn't going to miss any of it :-) 

I love my volunteer work.  I love teaching my kids about God.  I love each minute of every day that I'm alive.  No more hiding in the house, no more "I'll get out more when I feel good about my quit", and definitely no more wasting time.  Life is too short to do anything but be happy and enjoy what I've got.

You were put here for a add something to life that no one but you can bring.  Love your sparkle and find where you shine!  Some people shine here on EX.  Others shine within their families.  Still others volunteer.  Sing, dance, be silly, be happy, enjoy!!  Don't allow your world to revolve around your quit.  You are so much more than that!! 

I love to read blogs where people sparkle.  Happy, excited, or simply confident.  It makes me smile.  I hope all of us can find our shine and enjoy our sparkle.  Life is too short for anything else.

May you have a lovely week!


Life is good!!

If I had been writing this about four years ago, I might have said things differently.  Things like "Life is difficult for me" and "things certainly aren't going my way" or even "I don't understand why all these horrible things are happening all at once".

Four years say things like "things are how they are" and "life is not the way it's supposed to be, it is the way it is....the way I cope with it is what makes the difference" or even "life isn't out to get anyone so I don't take things personally anymore".

This may not be true for everyone and I am certainly no expert at life (I've only lived once), but I have grown to appreciate that life is what it is.  It is how I react to things that makes the difference in my life.  People not liking what I do now?  It's ok.  They are not obligated to like it.  Lots of negatives going on?  I will get through them.  Illness?  At least I can walk....or think.....or move even if I have doctors and meds and tests.  People in my life passing away?  I am so glad that they were a part of my life to begin with.

What does this have to do with quitting?  I did it.  I knew I could, I committed to my quit, and nothing in life was going to ruin it.  No one is able to get me in a bad mood.  Nothing is able to take the dance out of my step.  Life is truly good.  What was not good before was how I reacted to it.  I cannot wait for June year of not smoking!  But I celebrate daily...why wait?!

Maybe you already know all this.  But I am still finding out.  I am tickled with life and delighted to find new and wonderful ways to look at things.  It has taken me awhile to understand how wonderful life is.  Yes, bad things still happen.  Yes, I have good days and not so good days.  But through it all I know that it isn't that life is bad, it's that I'm simply having a bad day.  I'll get through it.  And now I can get through it smoke-free. How lovely that is!! 


Happy Spring, all!


~~If I could give you one gift, it would be the ability to see yourself as I see you so you could see how truly special you are.~~  Unknown


Don't forget to look at yourself today and smile.  You bring something special to the world that no one else can give it.  Whether it's wisdom, humor, kindness, or talent, we are so much better off just having you here.  As much as others encourage you or support you, you also have a purpose and matter to the world.  Treat yourself with as much kindness as you treat others and know that with your own unique flair, you are someone else's smile.


When you understand that you are special, you begin to feel better about yourself.  When you feel better about yourself, you begin to treat yourself with respect and kindness.  When you treat yourself with respect and kindness, you want to do well for yourself.  When you want to do well for yourself, you take your quit seriously and commit to it.  When you commit to it, you will never smoke again! 


So if I could give you one gift, it really would be the ability to see yourself as I see you.  You are remarkable.  You are unique.  And you are special.  I hope you see it, too.


Happy Tuesday, all!!



I Care

Posted by Dancingthrulife_6.4.13 Mar 13, 2014

No marvelous quotes this morning.  No idealistic poems, charming messages of hope, or even lovely sentiments.  Just a quick little message to let you know I care.  I don't say a lot, don't do a lot, and am not here a lot.....but when I am, I read, I smile, I worry, and I pray.  Each one of you is a gift to this site and to the world.  You matter.  And there is someone in the panhandle of Florida who cares about what happens to you.  So if you need kindness, a cyber hug, someone to listen, just let me know and I'll be here.

ps-there are simply amazing people who are here more often and will do the same :)  Isn't this an awesome world??!!





Posted by Dancingthrulife_6.4.13 Mar 12, 2014


In yourself,

In love, in trust,

In magic, in angels, in happy endings.

In God, in promises, in miracles.

In people, in fairy tales, in following your heart.

In peace and happiness, in never giving up.

In following your passions and in making your dreams come true,

In always having fun, in helping people,

In making the world a better place, in changing for the better.~~


I found this quote while looking for something to make a friend smile.  There was no name by the quote and it was all by itself....but it summed up quite nicely what I enjoy concentrating on.  Life is short but truly beautiful when you let go of all the "this is hard!" stuff.  Not saying that life isn't hard sometimes....but how can you learn to dance in the rain if there aren't any storms?

Quitting is a very small part of who I am.  I don't give it a lot of focus other than to say, "I don't smoke" anymore.  I accepted that I would have some hard times.  I accepted that it might not be pleasant at first.  And I focused on other things going on in my life.  I have lovely friends, an amazing family, a job I adore....and I'm alive and breathing!  Yep, life is good.

As I dance through this joyful Wednesday, I believe in all things good and wonderful.  And I wish for you the happy, be delighted with yourself, and believe in miracles.  Life is good.



~~When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive-to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.~~  Marcus Aurelius


I am so thankful to be alive today even with the rain, the cold, and the gray skies this morning.  I am truly blessed with my family, my friends, my health, and especially my quit.  275 days of not smoking!  I'm finally to a place in my life where I fully appreciate the little things and don't worry about what may be a "big" thing some day.


Don't believe everything you think....especially in the early days of your quit.  Remember that your brain wants that nicotine and will lie to you to get it.  Yes, you can remain quit.  Yes, you can get through ANYTHING without a cigarette!  The world isn't against you and your life has as much meaning as mine.  Take care of yourself and treat yourself well.  You are worth it.


Didn't mean to get off subject or preach :)  I just wanted to let you know that it is such a precious privilege to be alive.  Don't waste time wanting something that will just kill you in the end.  Enjoy the is full of goodness and beauty.