Waiting To Bloom

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anais Nin

I raise the white flag to surrender; as I finally make peace with my body, my face, my heart, my soul. My adolescent years were riddled with struggle, self-doubt, and internal warfare. A battle that ended with the shocking discovery that I was the enemy.

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I was constantly plagued by an internal dialogue; you’re not pretty enough, smart enough, or thin enough.

The repetitive chatter in my brain was a perpetual nightmare that played out every night and into the next day. I reluctantly succumbed to my ego and sought approval in all the wrong places.

I constantly searched for answers to stop the madness, but my peace came with a price. Although I couldn’t turn back time, I received the GIFT of wisdom.

I finally came to realize my painful struggle to fit in was crucial for growth as I discovered the true meaning of the Anais Nin quote:

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

And just like the flower, It’s beauty was well worth the wait.

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Forgiveness, Tolerance, Self Respect

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“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.”

Benjamin Franklin

My daily Challenge For Lent

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I love the season of Lent and how it reminds me to slow down and put my life into perspective. I often have trouble coming up with ideas of what “to give up” for the forty day period. Over the past several years, I’ve decided to put more thought into my Lenten promise; and the likelihood of me actually following through. I mean one year I actually tried to give up peanut butter and chocolate. What was I thinking??


Then there was the year I chose to give up social media. That didn’t work either. Although I thought I had plenty of willpower; forty days is a lot longer than you think.


Therefore I decided this time to keep it simple this year. I put much more thought into my choices and came up with the following:

  1. Spend more time each day on my daily readings and in prayer. I…

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Aging And Reflective Contemplation


“As we age, we become more aware of the rarity and exquisiteness of beauty, and come to admire the flowers blooming amongst rubble. With each advancing decade, nature’s beauty and the magnificence of life increasingly amazes me. Maturation allows a person to appreciate the springtime frolic of youth and to inventory the knowledge garnered from a rigorous summer reflecting upon adulthood’s long pull. Ageing allows people to free themselves from the strife and strivings of their younger self. Reflective contemplation nurtures the cherished milk of wisdom. I shall rejoice in the commonplace acts of being. Today is an apt time to embrace learning at all stages of life. It is also an apt time to commence exercising the principles of good husbandry by beginning to making preparation for the inevitable freeze of winter.”

~Kilroy J. Oldster,

Balance & Inner Calmness

A balanced inner calmness radiates from a peaceful center. It neither craves others’ approval nor rejects others’ presence. It neither pulls towards nor pushes away. It has a reverent attitude towards life and all its inhabitants.

~Donna Goddard

The Rigors Of Acceptance

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“And the view was suddenly clear to me. The world opened out to its grim beyonds and I realized that, at forty, one must learn the rigors of acceptance. Capitalize it: Acceptance. I needed to accept what was put before me–be it a watery grave in Ireland’s only natural fjord, or a return to the city and its grayer intensities, or a wordless exile in some steaming Cambodian swamp hole, or poems or no poems, or children or not, lovers or not, illness or otherwise, success or its absence. I would accept all that was put in my way, from here on through until I breathed my last.” 
― Kevin Barry

Protein Packed Oatmeal Pre and Post Workout Snack

I love this yummy oatmeal for a pre or post workout snack.  It’s a quick and easy option for breakfast, pre-workout for runs, and post workout for weight training.


Prepare one Package of Organic Nature’s Path Oatmeal and stir in one scoop of your favorite protein powder ( I Love chocolate Sunwarrior Protein Warrior Blend). Add in one tsp of chia seeds and cinnamon.  Then top with sliced bananas and walnuts.

Simple Energizing Green Juice

Love this easy, healthy green juice. Place ingredients in a blender or food processor. Add crushed ice and enjoy.


1/2 cup of organic carrot juice

1 handful of fresh organic spinach

1 organic granny smith apple

Juice from one organic lime

1 tsp of chia seeds

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Live Life With No Regrets

When we live each day with kindness, compassion, and communicative love, there is no business left unfinished. There are no regrets or words we should have said, but didn’t. There is no need for closure or forgiveness or apology of any kind.” 
― Tyler Henry

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