Just a quickie post of quotes today for you to remember when life gets overwhelming.  My brain is going in a million different directions and I am unable to get it settled down enough to write a regular post.


Life does not come easy.  Nothing worth having ever will. So when you feel overwhelmed remember:

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.  

Helen Keller

As gold is purified in the furnace, so the faithful heart is purified by sorrow.

Giovanni Guarini

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

Rachel Carson

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.  Pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Phillip Brooks

Man is fond of counting his troubles but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot as enough happiness provided for it.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

P.S.  John 16:33 is the verse I came across before going to bed on election night, appropriate since I voted for the losing side.

40 Days of Joy

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!!!!

Well, this post was going to be titled “Me or Chris Brogan.”  I was going to suggest if you were serious and eager to get a jump on the business world while they recuperate from partying, then check out ChrisBrogan.com for his annual 3 Words for 2012 reveal.

If you were not in the mood for something serious, then I was going to tell you to scroll down for a New Years greeting from Rommie and I.  Well SOMEONE who shall remain nameless, (Rommie), decided to play diva and not cooperate when I tried to take our picture. 

She did so well with our self-portrait last year, that I thought we were on to a new tradition.  Yes, I have to contort my body into strange positions to get a picture but everyone needs a little adventure now and then  😉

New Year's Self Portrait

Still Life

So instead of an adorable picture of the two of us – you get still life. 

Oh well, that’s life.  Have a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year  😀

“The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades”


Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller
40 Days of Joy

5 +1 Reasons 2011 Was Filled With Joy.


“Now these things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full.”

Looking back, 2011 has been a year of joy.  I will admit sometimes I had to look for joy but it was always there.   The following are the 5+1 reasons 2011 was filled with joy. 

Gourmet Food

I became a Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant.  As a result, I have met some wonderful people and look forward to 2012 when we will work together more.  Plus I got in just in time to stock up on the Cool and Creamy Cucumber Dip before it went back into hibernation.


I was part of a team that secured silent auction donations for a fundraiser.  The event raised over $36,000.00 for golden retrievers, $6,000 more than normal.  Now if that is not worth 2 barks, I do not know what is.

“Celebrate Good Times”

I gave my first public speech. It was at Dad’s Celebration of Life Service.  It was a little un-nerving as I had never given a eulogy.  However as a member of the high school speech team, I did impromptu and extemporaneous speaking competitions.  So if I can get up and intelligently speak on a news event after only 30 seconds to 30 minutes preparation time, I can do a speech under these circumstances.   It gave me great joy and pleasure to share memories with those who attended.

Moving Home

My Step-Mom (A.K.A. Mom # 2) and Dad moved to heaven.   Both were not well at the time of their passing. Both are healthy, young, spry and enjoying seeing each other again. Now that is a joyous occasion.

One More Time

I got Dad to one more family reunion before his passing 17 days later.  This was the reunion on Mom’s side.  He had not been to one in 32 years.  He had a great time and the relatives enjoyed seeing him again.

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

I became  a blogger.  It is hard to describe how this blog has affected me.   I was scared because I read Chris Brogan, Seth Godin, JT O’Donnell and Jeff Nischwitz and thought “My writing skills are not as polished and professional as theirs, I must be nuts to think I can do this – especially given my niche.”  But I did it and I do not have one second’s regret.

I met many wonderful people from numerous countries.  Our path’s would not have crossed if it were not for JoyReturns.

It brought back my Christmas Joy.  This was the first season I was really excited about Christmas. I even did decorating.  The excitement was due to putting together this “40 Days of Joy” series.  I got pumped just thinking at what I could write that might bring joy to someone grieving or just beat up due to the holiday chaos.

“So Long, Farewell”

Even though 2011 was joy filled, I am ready to bid adieu to it and take on 2012.   As the former WWE wrestler “The Rock” would say:

“Just Bring It.”



“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world”

Helen Keller

Coming tomorrow – It’s NOT Just Another New Year’s Eve – Sorry Barry.