“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.” – Marie du Deffand

Positive Quote: “The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.” – Marie du Deffand

I am a firm believer in the above quote. The first step, the deciding to do something can be the most difficult thing. Yet, once the decision is made and that first step is taken, the path becomes clearer.

It helps me as I think through the things I want to do, have to do, and would like to do. I really don’t like the saying of “one day” because the one day may never come. It helps motivate me to take that first step or to really decide if I want to or not.

When I was in my early 20’s, I gave up a secure job (asst. mgr of a large retail store) and moved across country to a place I did not know and where I did not know anyone to take up an entry level IT job, just to get into that industry. That first step, uprooting myself was the most difficult one. Once I committed to it, packed up and was on the road, there was no turning back, and the distance, well, it was less daunting that the decision that got me there. Looking back, I would not change a thing.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Monday.


Video in lieu of a positive quote

Today I wanted to share something I saw yesterday as my family was watching the Voice. Yes, we are addicted to the Voice, gotta love some of those singers…. anyway, we had fast forwarded all we could and were watching ‘live’ tv, and therefore were seeing commercials. There was one commercial that jumped out to me, that I had to jot it down and google it this morning. It stuck with me. It was from Unilever and the topic was future leaders. There were a handful of young adults, teenagers really, and the passion with which they spoke was amazing to see. It reinforced for me that one person can and will make a difference in the world, for whatever cause they find themselves believing in.

The video is a little over a minute long


I hope you watch it and get inspired too. Whether that inspiration be hunger or any other cause, as long as you are passionate about it, the world can be changed.

Have a tremendous Tuesday.


“You never know when you’re making a memory.” – Rickie Lee Jones

Positive Quote: “You never know when you’re making a memory.” – Rickie Lee Jones

Memories can be good, bad, or fleeting. It varies, yet I have found the key in which it will be is the person who is there for the memory; the action, the interaction, the experience. We tend to remember great service or poor service, yet not the in between.

This quote has me asking myself, what kind of memory I am making for when I am not there. In one year, two years, or more will people remember me at all? It reinforces for me that I must be authentic, myself, and fully engaged in each conversation or interaction. That is how memories are made on all sides.

Today is my husband’s birthday…. It makes me think of a memory that I wrote about in July of 2013… about my son, my soon to be husband and a balloon. My son never knew he was making a memory for us that we cherish to this day.

From my prior blog: “I was living in NC at the time and engaged to be married. My children had gotten over the shyness and were completely themselves around my fiancé (yes, truly themselves, fights and all).

Well one day we were having dinner at Red Robin after seeing the circus. After dinner both kids got a balloon from the hostess. My daughter savored hers and kept it with her for awhile. My son, he wanted to let it go into the sky as soon as we left the restaurant and got to the car.

My fiancé and I thought we were helping and tried to get him to keep the balloon. That is until he stopped us cold and said “sometimes you have to let things go to have fun”. It hit on so many levels. In his mind, the fun part wasn’t receiving the balloon (words) or keeping the balloon (actions) it was letting the balloon go and watching it fly up into the sky until you couldn’t see it anymore (feeling). That feeling stuck with him for days and months later he still remembered the joy of seeing the balloon as a dot.”

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Thursday.

“The life which is unexamined is not worth living.” – Plato

Positive Quote: “The life which is unexamined is not worth living.” – Plato

I had a rough afternoon yesterday; I took my teenage daughter to get her first license and to be insured. Talk about examining your life. A part of me wanted to hug her and have more time with the little girl I used to know and the other part of me was so proud that she had learned how to drive, put in her 50+ hours practice driving, and even got a part time job. She went to work right after she got her license, alone, without me in the passenger seat. I must admit, I cried. It was the good tears, the looking back, the remembering, and the knowing that my daughter is growing up into a wonderful adult.

So, I agree with Plato, having those times where you look back at life are wonderful towards realizing the whys of why life is worth living.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a phenomenal Thursday.