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Trust the path you’re on

Sometimes you just simply need to have faith and trust that the path you’re on is exactly where you’re supposed to be. It’s not always easy, but it’s the way…

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The last few weeks have been quite a challenge… From surgery to balancing all of life’s responsibilities to making sense of relationships to deciding where I should go and what I should do.

This quote was sent to me by a friend… And it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. It served as a reminder that sometimes you just have to stop what you’re doing and just live. Stop over analyzing every little thing and accept what you have.

Sometimes you have to come to the realization that you can’t always do everything. That there are limits. That you have to set limits. Sometimes the most important thing you can do is stop everything and just take care of you.

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People may understand or they won’t. If they don’t then the loss is on them. Taking care of you and loving you should always come first… If you don’t do those two things, what good can you be to those of you in your life? And for the “some” that don’t get it? Do you really want those kind of people in your life?

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My friend Amy, posted the above of Instagram… Yet another message received at the perfect time. Make room in your life for the right people. The people that build you up. Don’t allow others to tear you down.

Leave room enough in your heart only for those deserving and worthy. Keep the loving hearts and genuine souls close always. They’re the ones to hold near and dear no matter the day or situation.

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You never know where your sunshine will come from. You never know whose day you’ll brighten. So keep a happy heart and a loving smile handy.

Trust the path you’re on. Enjoy every second of the ride and always be kind, no matter. ❤❤❤

Keep It Positive

In life there are always ups & downs, goods & bads, chances & choices.

You have the choice to say what’s on your mind either good or bad.

You have the chance to make an impact in either a positive or negative manner.

In any case, why choose anything other than being positive?

Yes, life can throw you curve balls. You can encounter people or situations who breed negativity. It’s up to you to find the positives. It’s up to you to make the choice whether you’re going to let the negativity overshadow. There’s ALWAYS something positive to be found in every situation. Sometimes it just takes a bit longer to see it or find it. Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to bring it to light, but I firmly believe you can & will find a positive if you TRULY want to.

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It doesn’t always come easy. Be persistent. Take control of what you don’t like. If you see or hear something that bothers you you can ignore it or address it.

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Within any given day, any given situation, you have the opportunity to voice your opinion. Say what you mean & follow through with it. Don’t say something just for the sake of saying it. If you don’t mean it, don’t say it. There’s no point in blowing smoke.

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Staying true to your word is a way of living. What you say is a reflection of who you are. Be genuine, be encouraging, be supportive. Think before you speak. Your words can & will always leave a lasting impression. One that sticks around long after they’re said. Sometimes when nothing is said, the message comes across more clearly. Think about it.

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This is where it becomes tricky. People don’t always mean what they say. I’ve learned that the hard way. Some mean it in that moment. Some say it because they think it’s what you want to hear. Some say it because they want to get something. Some say it without even thinking or realizing potential consequences. Just because you mean what you say, doesn’t mean everyone else does. At times that can be disheartening, I realize. But, as with anything in life, nothing and no one is perfect. My point is, What you say (or don’t say) and how you say it makes a difference.

I digress. Back to the original point of this post.

We only have this one life to live. It is what you make of it. You get out of it what you take from it. Look at the bright side of life and all it has to offer you.

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Be honest. Keep faith. Life is for living and living brightly. Life is for loving and loving wholly.

Your words reflect your actions. Your actions influence thoughts. All of which have an impact on your path which also may impact those around you. If you have the choice to keep it positive, why choose anything other than that?

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“Keep your head up
Try and listen to your heart
Be kind always, no matter
We all grow up
And someday we’ll say goodbye
So shine your light while you got one”
-Drunken Soldier by Dave Matthews Band

Be kind, always no matter. Be positive, always no matter. ❤

Kind, Caring and Generous

Birthdays are special days.

Some don’t care to celebrate them.

Me? I sure do.

It’s a day to celebrate you.

It’s a special day dedicated to celebrating those you love most.

It’s a day to acknowledge what a gift life is and how much better our lives have become due to the presence of those in our lives.

Today, I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to a pretty incredible person.

An individual who gives his heart to all he encounters.

An extremely talented individual who remains humble in the midst of our insanity.

An individual who is kind, caring and generous.

A most sweet soul I had the pleasure of meeting last fall, Mr. Boyd Tinsley, violinist of the Dave Matthews Band.

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My life has been warmed by the pure goodness that emanates from his heart.

Today I celebrate this kind soul as he celebrates his birthday.

Those that have met him or have had interactions with him will tell you the same… You’d be hard pressed to find another to be as kind, caring or generous than he.

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Happy, happy, happy birthday Boyd!

We all wish you the happiest of days & most beautiful of years!

Lotsa LoVE to you today & always!

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Side note: Stay tuned for a post documenting the Boyd’s visit to Pittsburgh last fall as well as my trip to Charlottesville, Virginia

Have a beautiful day my friends! Keep the love in your heart today & always ❤

Let your light shine

Live life as bright as you can.

Smile.

Be a ray of sunshine.

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You’re only as bright as you allow yourself to be. Why not be the brightest star in the sky? Why not be the brightest ray of sun?

“Shine your light while you got one.” -Drunken Soldier by Dave Matthews Band

“Make the most of what you’ve got. Don’t waste time trying to be something you’re not.” – Drunken Soldier by Dave Matthews Band

The Good Life

It’s all about the choices you make.

What you do or don’t do.

How you react.

Who you let in.

When you decide.

Why you do or don’t.

YOU have the ability to make yours a good life.

When you smile at a stranger & hold the door instead of brushing by. When you speak words of encouragement instead of bringing someone down. When you decide to look at the sunny side of all things even in the most trying of times.

You are in control.

Think about how you want to be remembered. Think about the lasting impression you’d like to leave on the world. Think about the impact you can make on a person’s life.

The journey we walk each & every day we’re in existence is defined by what we do & how we do it. The person we are & the kind of life we lead are one in the same. You ARE defined by how you treat people, how you react, what you say, think or feel. Why not take on each day in a positive way? What other way is there to really lead a good life?

By doing, saying, thinking, feeling you have the POWER to affect the lives of those around you. Why choose anything other than making a positive impact?

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I have a good life. I live a good life. I LoVE my job, I’m blessed with an incredible family, and supported by the most amazing friends & special people a person could ask for. I wake up each morning & go to sleep each night with a most grateful heart.

Because of that I am able to wake up each morning with a smile on my face & spread LoVE the best way I know how. Offering a little ray of sunshine to all that cross my path (some of which I’ve not yet met).

We all deserve to LIVE a good life. Decide to make it that. Decide to LoVE wholly. Decide to LoVE completely. Decide to BE that positive person.

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Take control of your life. Make decisions you can be proud of. Don’t waste a minute of this precious life. See the good in the world. Make a change. It’s all within your reach. It’s in your control. YOU have to recognize & appreciate. YOU have to make it yours.

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Have a grateful heart. Keep it filled with LoVE always.

“Doesn’t everybody deserve to have a good life.” -Spaceman by Dave Matthews Band