Encouragement is contagious!

•May 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Been a while since I posted – I’ve been working on other writing, other blogs, and of course learning, learning and more learning! Thank heavens I love learning!

Come along little doggie!

Come along little doggie!

However lately – after a long time it feels – I’m getting comments – and nice ones too! So here I am posting because I feel encouraged – and that’s a great people skill – to encourage others.

So – thank you for reading – thank you for commenting – thank you!

Oh – and my call to action for you is: Who can you encourage today?

Blessings, Shawna

What is your philosophy?

•October 29, 2012 • 2 Comments

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This week the theme is philosophy and it’s something I’ve been working with and on and around for more than 20 years – that we need to have our own personal philosophy.


The person who most affected this desire in me was Jim Rohn, a businessman and deep thinker who maintains that it’s our philosophy about life that determines our path and results.


 – so this is a special week for me and our first quote – though long is also wonderful.


George Matthew Adams said,


“Every one of us, unconsciously, works out a personal philosophy of life, by which we are guided, inspired, and corrected, as time goes on.

It is this philosophy by which we measure out our days, and by which we advertise to all about us the man, or woman, that we are…

 It takes but a brief time to scent the life philosophy of anyone. It is defined in the conversation, in the look of the eye, and in the general mien of the person.

It has no hiding place. It’s like the perfume of the flower – unseen, but known almost instantly.

It is the possession of the successful, and the happy. And it can be greatly embellished by the absorption of ideas and experiences of the useful of this earth.”


So, what is your philosophy? Have you given it any thought?


And to help you, here is the definition of Philosophy –

The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, esp. when considered as an academic discipline


a theory or attitude held by a person or organization that acts as a guiding principle for behavior.


Our philosophy determines our behavior.


You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!

Go make it a Magnificent Day!


Blessings, Shawna


Faith Day

•October 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’ll call this Thursday Faith Day because of the quote we have.


With a theme like obstacles the mind is allowed to stretch out and question.


From what do we do with the obstacles we face, to how we look at things, are they really obstacles or simply opportunities to build strength and character?


Donald Douglas gives us today’s quote,


“It is a hard rule of life, and I believe a healthy one, that no great plan is ever carried out without meeting and overcoming endless obstacles that come up and try the skill of man’s hand, the quality of his courage, and the endurance of his faith.”


Another short check list on how to live:


Skill – and when your skill is tested it sharpens the skill or allows you to learn new skills.

Courage – which we only know and understand as we are called to bring it

Faith – what do we believe?


As I go through my life and take on new ventures I am constantly confronted with things I do not know, or feel overwhelming or frightening and I have to ask myself – can I do this?

And then I must conger up my faith – my belief in myself and in my ability to learn it and use it –


You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!

Go make it a Magnificent Day!


Blessings, Shawna


Do not fear to pioneer

•October 10, 2012 • 1 Comment

Good Wednesday to you!


Hump day brings us the longest quote on obstacles from Ralph J. Bunche who said,


“You can surmount the obstacles in your path if you are determined, courageous and hard-working.

Never be fainthearted. Be resolute, but never bitter. Bitterness will serve only to warp your personality.

Permit no one to dissuade you from pursuing the goals you set for yourselves.

Do not fear to pioneer, to venture down new paths of endeavor.

Demand and make good use of your rights, but never fail to discharge faithfully the obligations and responsibilities of good citizenship.

Be good Americans.”



This seemed terrific in a week of overcoming obstacles because it gives us a clear path:

Be determined, courageous and hard-working.

Be resolute and never bitter

Pursue the goals you’ve set for yourself

Pioneer down new paths of endeavor

Make good use for your rights

Be a good citizen


In these times of American politics what a refreshing reminder that it’s all up to us. Me and you to be the nation one person living well at a time!


You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!

Go make it a Magnificent Day!


Blessings, Shawna


Obstacle or Stepping Stone?

•October 8, 2012 • 1 Comment

Some people may think that getting up early is an obstacle and yet a group of us does it Monday through Friday to great success.


What do you consider an obstacle?

Could this be a stepping stone?

Here’s what Thomas Carlyle said about obstacles:


“The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong.”


As you go about your week and things arise – ask yourself – is this really an obstacle or is it maybe a stepping stone?


You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!

Go make it a Magnificent Day!


Blessings, Shawna


It’s a circle of brilliance

•October 5, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The final quote of the week is from Ivy Baker Priest who said something wonderful for us to contemplate this last day of this week, she said,


“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end, may also be only the beginning.”


What a wonderful thought!


It’s the end of the week and the beginning of the weekend. It’s the end of the theme for this week and the beginning of a new theme next Monday.


There are many endings and many beginnings so how can you look at your life: this brilliant and shining state of living as a continual round, rolling forward world that continues forever.


I think that’s a heartening thought, it feels right to know we are all part of the movement of this brilliant and ever shining adventure called life.


Friday Funny

A champion jockey is about to enter an important race on a new horse. The horse’s trainer meets him before the race and says,


“All you have to remember with this horse is that every time you approach a jump, you have to shout, “ALLLLEEE OOOP!” really loudly in the horse’s ear. Providing you do that, you’ll be fine”.


The jockey thinks the trainer is mad but promises to shout the command. The race begins and they approach the first hurdle. The jockey ignores the trainer’s ridiculous advice and the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.


They carry on and approach the second hurdle. The jockey, somewhat embarrassed, whispers “Aleeee ooop” in the horse’s ear. The same thing happens — the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.


At the third hurdle, the jockey thinks, “It’s no good, I’ll have to do it” and yells, “ALLLEEE OOOP!” really loudly. Sure enough, the horse sails over the jump with no problems. This continues for the rest of the race, but due to the earlier problems the horse only finishes third.


The trainer is fuming and asks the jockey what went wrong. The jockey replies,


“Nothing is wrong with me — it’s this bloody horse. What is he — deaf or something?”


The trainer replies, “Deaf?? DEAF?? He’s not deaf — he’s BLIND!” 



You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!

Go make it a Magnificent Day!


Blessings, Shawna


Is your life a crazy quilt?

•October 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The colors of your life

Betty Bender gives us today’s quote,


“It’s a mistake to surround yourself only with people just like you. Throw off that worn comforter – and replace it with a crazy quilt of different and imaginative people. Then watch the ideas erupt!”


Think about the beauty of this advice – a crazy quilt – the image of it pleases me.


Quilting has not been something I’ve ever done though I’ve read how women would come together to quilt and talk and laugh and cry. Sounds fun, sounds special, and it sounds like it could be profound.


I think we do this in the 5:15 accountability calls, though we don’t physically sew the pieces, we are bringing them to the party.


Where do you get the pieces for a quilt?


The crazy and gorgeous quilt of your life is where. You get the pieces from all the experiences, the places, the people. You pull from everything. Or you don’t.


It seems to me that if we want to make our life brilliant, to have something to comfort us, warm us and keep us surrounded well, we must stitch everything together: the colors, the smells, the amazing and the ordinary to make something brilliant, shining and upon closer look, awe-inspiring.


How is your stitching going?


You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!

Go make it a Magnificent Day!


Blessings, Shawna


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