I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.


I am very honoured to be nominated for a “Shine On” Award by  Check her blog for inspiring and interesting posts.  She shares a lot of the same ideas that I have.

The Shine On Award is for the blogs that shine, make you feel good and are inspiring to the reader.  The rules are simple.

1.  Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2.  Share some facts about yourself or answer questions given to you.

3.  Nominate fifteen bloggers who shine a little light in your day and be sure to notify them.

My time is really limited right now, so I’d just like to nominate all the blogs I follow for this award.    I follow you because you inspire me and I enjoy reading your posts.  If I am following your blog and you would like to accept this award, please follow the simple rules and pay this award forward to the blogs that you follow.

Thanks and have a great day everyone!  You all shine!


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The WordPress Family Award

The WordPress Family Award

This is a new award that was created by  Shaun (Praying for one day).  The award was passed on to me by Patricia of who writes some great inspirational blogs.

Here is an explanation from Shaun about his award and the rules to follow:

“This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award”


1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family

4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love

I have only been blogging since October 30th, 2012 and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me in my writing.  All your likes and comments have been greatly appreciated.  There are so many great blogs out there and I wish I had time to follow more, but to those I do follow, you are doing a great job and I thoroughly enjoy reading your thoughts and comments.  Some of these blogs, I’ve already nominated for awards, so I’ll nominate a few more that are worthy of reading.

Keep blogging.  You are all doing a great job!


Beautiful video. Grab a coffee and relax for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Simple Tom

This honestly just made me smile and I know it’ll do the same for you. Just sit back, relax, and take it in 🙂

Have an amazing day!

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10 steps to building confidence

POSTCARD 10 steps to building confidence front

Step 1SELF-AWARENESS—Do an honest evaluation of your life, both past and present.  Determine the source of your problems and consider what changes need to be made.

Step 2—POSITIVE QUALITIES—Make a list of your positive qualities and start focusing on them by reading them everyday until  it becomes habit.

Step 3—POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS—Write down a few affirmations and put them where you can see them.  Start each day with a positive affirmation and repeat several times throughout the day.

Step 4—POSITIVE MATERIALS—Read inspirational books and listen to tapes, CD’s and DVD’s that will motivate you .   Do this every day and listen carefully to what the materials are telling you.

Step 5—POSITIVE PEOPLE—Surround yourself with positive, supportive people and go to places where you are accepted and uplifted.  Try to eliminate or reduce the time spent with negative people.

Step 6—SELF-ACCEPTANCEStop comparing yourself to others and trying to be like the unrealistic images of beauty sent out by the media.  Focus on your own unique strengths and abilities and give yourself praise for being the wonderful person you are.

Step 7—POSITIVE SELF-TALK—Be conscious of any negative thoughts and try to stop them from becoming negative words.  Try writing down your negative thoughts  in a daily journal and then re-word them into positive thoughts.

Step 8—SET REALISTIC GOALS—Determine what your goals are, write them down and work hard to achieve them.  Keep going even when you fail, learn from your mistakes and never give up.

Step 9—VOLUNTEER—Helping others will not only benefit the receiver, it will also benefit the giver.  Volunteering improves our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Step 10—ACTION—Listening  and learning will help get you started on your personal journey to find happiness and success in life.   Now it is time for you to take action and start working on making some positive changes.   People can help us, encourage us and support us, but we are the only ones who can change our lives.  So start right now and live the rest of your life POSITIVELY!!


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Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill!

What does it mean to make a mountain out of a molehill?  It means that we make a big deal about nothing, that we turn a minor issue into a major issue, that we exaggerate something way out of proportion.

Life always brings its daily problems.  Some are big, some are small and we need to determine which ones need to be addressed and which ones need to be dismissed.   Otherwise, we will be wasting a large part of our lives dealing with unnecessary things.

We need to stop and ask ourselves a couple of questions:

  1. Does this issue really matter?   Is it important enough to address and will it even matter tomorrow, next week or next month?
  2. How will my reaction to this issue impact the people involved?

When we make a big issue out of something that is not really a big deal, we risk a breakdown in communication with others.   Looking back at my life, I realize that I made a lot of mountains out of mole hills – the result was bigger mole hills and more problems.   I still do make a big deal about some minor issues, but I’ve learned how to control my reactions, so most of my mole hills stay small.

Learning to stop and think and not to react quickly when life situations happen can help us live a happier, more peaceful life.   Life is way too short to take everything too seriously – just the important stuff!


You were born an original, don’t die a copy

I love inspirational quotes and I have a few favourites.   This is one of them.  It is actually the name of a book written by John Mason that talks about how God created us to live a life of purpose.   I haven’t read the book yet, but it is on my to-do list.

This quote really makes me think about what I have done with my life.   Have I been successful in fulfilling my own dreams and reaching my own goals?  Or have I fulfilled someone else’s dreams and reached someone else’s goals?

We all try so hard to be what other people want us to be.  We want to be accepted and loved, but we don’t think we are good enough, so we try to copy other people.  Often these other people have just as many flaws as we do, but we don’t see them.

It has taken me most of my life to realize that I should just be the person that I was originally created to be – a unique individual with special talents and abilities.  I don’t want to be a copy of somebody else, I just want to be me.

The world would be full of happy, well-adjusted people if we would stop comparing ourselves to others and trying to change ourselves into something that we are not supposed to be.   Don’t try to be somebody else.  Just be the person you were created to be!   Be confident in yourself!  Believe in yourself!  There is only 1 of you – 1 special you!!!  YOU ARE AN ORIGINAL!