A Glimpse

When we are able to gain a glimpse at anything in our future anxiety subsides, we regain focus and determination, and we feel more sure about what’s to come. This fall dip in weather gives us a glimpse of what’s to come, and we don’t know about you, but man oh man, did we LOVE it!! We are ready for the Lowcountry to stay at a steady 60 degrees please!

Susie, this week is gaining a GLIMPSE of what it’s like to have two married sons. Her future is beginning to change,  and I’m sure she is bouncing with excitement and on the same hand pride! Her baby boy is tying the knot to one of the sweetest gals- says her soon to be Mother-in-law.

What she once prayed for has come to fruition and PenelopeSeraphina couldn’t be more excited for her! Gaining a family member is such a blessing! Adding loved ones to the list of happy memories we have are at the top of our list!

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Just like the GLIMPSE she is gaining, we thought we would give you all a glimpse into our fall wardrobe. Transitioning to cooler temps doesn’t mean you can’t wear what you once did, but maybe instead of a short summer dress they now begin to have length. Longer dresses add a little warmth for cool mornings but still give you that sleeveless look for the warm afternoons.

Michelle wore this long maxi dress to work this week and it was perfect! The colors are more fall-like. Her suede lace up flats were comfortable and you know what suede means! It means a chill is in the air.

Susie  wore a  black fitted jacket from the early 90’s  that has the perfect amount of  leopard at the collar , the cuffs,  and the buttons.  It even has shoulder pads which are just the right size for her.

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Instead of wearing the straight skirt that came with the suit, she decided to wear a black crocheted maxi skirt.  She loves the mixing of textures and how it turned out!!!  It’s not such a heavy weight that she would weighed down by it all, and if you haven’t noticed she has cut her hair in preparation for the wedding festivities.

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We are both so excited for the  many glimpses coming our way in this next week and hope that each of you will experience the most wonderful  glimpses as this new week begins!

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Love to all of you, stylish and fabulous ladies!!!🌺🌺

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New Discoveries

Don’t you just love discovering new things? This week we have learned about two new discoveries that make life so exciting!

The first fun new discovery is an app called Marco Polo. Some of you might say that you have known about this app for a while, but hey sometimes you’re the tortoise and sometimes you’re the hare.

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Marco Polo is an app that helps you keep in touch much differently then Facebook or Instagram, it’s not considered social media because it’s not a place to meet new people. It’s an app that allows you to communicate with friends you already know! It’s as if you are leaving someone a voice message, except they can see you leave it. This is really helpful when driving… you don’t have to type, and you don’t have to rely on auto correct to “get it right” when you talk to text.

You can even  create a group- you don’t have to leave a single person a message at a time. You can have 9 friends in a group and discuss something. The kicker is only one person can talk at a time. Also, there is no time limit put on your messages  and you can go back and re-listen to it if you can’t remember what they said.

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Overall,  Marco Polo is an app that brings people together. And thus far, it  has proven to be a great addition to our phones.

The other discovery is one that may have been around for a while, we aren’t sure,  BUT we just discovered it! It’s called Amazon Wardrobe. Now you might ask us how is this different than Stitch fix. Well, it is because you are the one who picks the items that fill your box. You just have to be sure that as you shop- the amazon wardrobe emblem is on the items you choose.

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Then you get the items shipped free, try on the items, return what you don’t want in the package they provide. And you’re charged for those you do keep. Of course this luxury is not available to amazon prime subscribers.

Sounds simple- right? Our goal is to give this puppy a test run in the next few weeks. So you can stay tuned for results from out first Amazon Wardrobe experience!

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We do have one other app that has emerged on Susie’s scene at this time! We all know she has a new glam- baby!  Well, she has agreeed to keep him a few days a week so he does not have to go to daycare!

Its been a long time since she has been around a baby all day long!  This app has been a blessing!  We all know how babies can go from smiling and being the sweetest angels to bellowing at the top of their lungs in less time than a sports car can hit 60mph! This wonderful lifesaving app, called Relax Melodies, has all sorts of sounds that you can play just by touching the symbol! Rain, birds, the ocean,  and thunder are just a few of the many choices available! Branson’s sound of choice?  Well, he prefers the White noise!! It’s calms him immediately and puts him to sleep in no time at all!! Hallelujah!

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So if your are a grandparent or even a parent who has a baby who is fighting sleep or if you need assistance yourself ,  we are here to tell you,  that yes, there is an app for that!

Let us know what apps you like! What has changed your life! We love learning about new ones that work!!

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We hope you enjoy our two fashion looks that we have included with this post!  It’s fall, y’all!! Keep smiling and styling, ladies!!!😍

Tick Tock Goes the Clock

This past week definitely brought us a lesson in waiting and a test of patience. From the beginning of the week with the weather reports of the storm in the Atlantic Ocean and the constant predictions for her path (which most of the time looked like scribblescrabble), we all began the much despised and dreaded process of waiting.

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Seriously, waiting is pure torture! We all hate it when things are out of our control – when we are just plain stuck- waiting and not knowing- waiting – waiting- and more waiting.  We live in a “Have to have it now and my way society! Remember the Burger King commercial- Have it your way! 😘 yep, that’s us!!

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Anyway, those long drawn out days, the slow tick tick tick of the clock lead us to begin to imagine the “worst case scenario”.  Raise your hand if you have ever done this! Be honest! The storm is just one example of a test of patience.

Here are some other examples:

– news of a job you applied for.

– results from serious medical tests

– the birth of a baby

– a response to a text you sent  a friend or an email

Admit it, you know that you have been guilty of refreshing the inbox  or checking your phone every few minutes as if that will speed things up!

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The waiting game is difficult for everyone, that’s for sure. It’s not like any of us are exempt from those feelings. However, not everyone will turn a waiting game into a silver lining game.

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It seems insane to us that people could be upset that the hurricane didn’t do the damage they thought or that they could be bummed that it wasn’t as bad as they thought. What is up with that? You know, we pray for safety, for protection, and for patience and when we finally get what it is we have prayed for…. all of a sudden it’s not what we wanted. For crying out loud!

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Could it be that we are being taught, molded, transformed by God during the wait? Could it be that He shows his majesty and might by answering prayers and sparing our lives. Could it be that instead of a hip jolt and ya d on waist pout that we should be thankful? The answer is a resounding YES!

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Waiting is tough, but when you look for a silver lining or when you are challenged to wait longer than expected isn’t it that most of those times the result is so much sweeter!

We think and think and think about the results, we dream and dream about that new baby, we decide in our minds our perfect future scenario and none of it can get here fast enough…. OH BUT WHEN IT DOES- it is the sweetest and perfect gift from above! Even if things don’t turn out like you thought they would- still goodness is waiting! Patience is rewarded.

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Life is about learning to adapt to change. And waiting is part of the molding process. Be sure to take a deep breath, find the good in the waiting, and remember to ALWAYS be grateful no matter what in the results!

The Versatile Dress

We all know that a Dress is a fabulous one-piece outfit. All you have to do is add the accessories and shoes, and voila’ you are ready to take on the world. Unfortunately, many of us only see our beautiful dresses as a standalone look and never use the dress to create more looks and  thus allow her to spread her wings and fly!  What a waste!!!

We all have those friends who buy the same dresses in three different colors if they really love them. That’s just what they think is most logical. And they aren’t wrong, but what if we could help them see that when you buy good basic staple dresses they are so versatile that you can make them into three different outfits or even transition the same favorite dress from summer to winter.

Making your money stretch when it comes to fashion doesn’t have to be a bore. You can be really creative with your wardrobe layering and accessorizing to make some subtle or drastic changes depending on the desired look. We decided that we needed to remind you not to let the styling potential of a great dress remain hidden in the deep recesses of your closets by each taking a dress and styling it several different ways!

Take Michelle for example, she bought this burgundy dress from wish.com. It has pockets, it’s flowy, of course it looked totally different online but from Wish- you just never know what you’re going to get.

At first, she really didn’t love the dress…. straps were so skinny and it didn’t really flatter her figure at all. But because Michelle rarely gets rid of clothing she hasn’t worn, she had it stashed away in her closet.

Whether alone or adding a layer or two this dress is extremely versatile.

Summer is a great time to wear this dress as a stand alone…. it’s flowy so it doesn’t trap hot air, it’s thin so it’s breathable, and the straps ARE skinny so the most skin is exposed when worn alone.

However, you can add a T-shirt underneath for a more retro/80’s look that is very much back in!

Adding a blazer or jacket gives this dress a more professional look and as the weather changes you could even leave the T-shirt under and add the blazer/jacket for more warmth.

We all know that a LBD is a perfect standalone look for almost any occasion. However, it also is the perfect item in your wardrobe to use when creating different looks and expanding its role in our stylebook!!

Susie chose a long black dress- a simple look! Let’s see what she did to create two different looks for this one dress!  With no sleeves, Susie wants to change it up for the summer to fall transition.

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Her first look involved lingerie! Yep! It’s not a typo, ladies!!! Susie found a leopard print silky robe and had an idea!  Why not layer the dress with the robe and see how it goes! 

The result was a fun and still lightweight style that is perfect for a dinner out or the theater even! 

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The tulip hem of the robe and the wrap closure still leaves a lot of the black dress visible and provides a contrast to the animal print! Seen here worn during the day, a simple change up of accessories would change the look of the outfit for any after work plans! 

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Her second look with the same dress is again with a print and layered! However this time, she went with a white with black polka dot blouse under the dress!

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Black and white is crisp and perfect no matter what the season! The collar breaks the solid black at the neckline and really does not need a necklace! A simple polka dot hat and black and white slingbacks are perfect for the look! 

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We love our stand- alone dresses, but we love even more the fact that if layered and accessorized strategically, they can take us  in between seasons and accommodate changes in weather. One dress, many ways!

Dint forget to share your ideas for how to wear your dresses in different ways! We love to hear from you!!

Are You a Mad Hatter?

Certainly the title of our post has all of us having flashbacks from Alice in Wonderland and the fabulous character, we know as the Mad Hatter! You know that fictional character wearing the huge hat that Alice encounters at a tea party with the March Hare.  The Hatter explains to Alice that he and the March Hare are always having tea because when he tried to sing for the foul-tempered Queen , she ordered for him to be decapitated for “murdering the time”. In retaliation, time (referred to as a “he” in the novel) halts himself in respect to the Hatter, keeping him and the Hare stuck at 18:00 (or 6:00 pm) forever. Even though, we love this character, we are not talking about him this time!

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Instead we are referring to our tendency as women to overload ourselves and take on too many things! Imagine for a moment what it would look like if we had a HAT for each role we play!!!   We all  know the nursery rhyme about the cook, the baker, and the candle stick maker…….  Can you picture that reality??  Have you ever made a list of all the roles? Wait don’t do that….it might overwhelm you!!!

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Yes, we each wear many different hats as women, and  each one of those hats requires something different from us as well as affecting how we interact  with others. Each has its own set of expectations and obligations.

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Each represents another  piece of our lives. Which if we tried to put a visual with it would look like a giant pie with a multitude of slices. Each of us  may be a friend, daughter, girlfriend, sister, mother, wife, grandmother, counselor, career woman, pastor’s wife, student, coach, homemaker. With the endless combinations of the many hats we wear, the Mad Hatter has got nothing on any of us! Nothing at all!!

We have a suggestion that might make your life and the world of many hats just a tad easier.   First, make a list of the many hats you wear. Include both the hats you have chosen as well as those which have been assigned to you.  Once you make this list, then start to look at how much time you are spending wearing each of these hats. (weekly and monthly)   Then ask yourself: Which ones of these many hats are near and dear to my heart? Which hats do I want to wear no matter what?

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Once you have this list then you can, look for ways to either get rid of the other hats by letting someone else take the hat when possible or asking for help.  This simple task can help to lighten your load and help you to enjoy the hats that you want to wear!!! The hats of your passions!!  You energy and your confidence will be increased by this downsizing of your hat wardrobe when possible.

Honestly, spend your time and energy on the people you love, the events you love, and the things in life which are most important to you! Each day only has 24 hours in it, make those hours count!!!

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…….. and style wise we all know that we look much more stylish wearing only one hat at a time!

Michelle’s long floral dress was a find off of wish.com. It’s vibrant colors and flowing length are perfect for an inside event that could be chilly (add the scarf) or an outside event (remove the scarf). Things that don’t confine you and aren’t fitted tend to be less sweaty during the summer. Her hot pink scarf was found on the streets of NYC! Don’t you just love a street vendor- you can find some really cool finds for cheap!

Susie’s look took a scarf in another direction. She decided to use a scarf of fall hues as a sash for her maxi!  Changing up the look and making it a great fall transition look! Early September is still hot but we know that we are all craving pumpkin spice and the many colors of the fall leaves! Her navy blue maxi is from Cato and is also perfect without a belt. The cold shoulder look is not extreme and is quite complimentary to many different body types! A straw hat trimmed with navy  and blue pumps are her chosen accessories! Her necklace and earrings pick up on the rust hue of her scarf!!  Remember we are always looking for ways to expand our wardrobe using elements we already have as well as buying new ones!

Our hats are off to you ladies!!!  Y’all rock no matter how many hats you wear!

What Crops Are We Sowing?

Back in the day- when someone had a baby, our mothers would stop at nothing to pull off the perfect shower… they brought out the fine China, glass punch cups, and forget Pinterest- they were on their own with drumming up creativity. But somehow, it always was the best shower filled with fantastic gifts the new mother needed and lots of love to melt the hearts of all family members involved.

It used to be that when a friend lost a loved one, our entire household turned into a logistical meeting place of friends with dishes to share with the family who suffered loss. Our mothers would invest in a large slab of meat to feed the mourning family plus their guests. A ham, Boston butt, or a Turkey were among many of the selections they made. Other friends would fill in the gaps with macaroni and cheese, fruit salad, green beans, and the list could go on and on. Back then, friends banded together to make it happen all for the concern and compassion of another.

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Why does it feel as though the world we live in is more self centered and meager than ever?  It is so sad how friends forget about one another in a time of need. We were created for each another! We all need someone to help us, build us up, and walk beside us in a time of celebration and loss. No one ever wants to do life alone! We weren’t created to!

You know, the Golden Rule here is so appropriate. It’s not until WE are the ones in need that we feel the importance of giving of our time and energy when our friends needed it.

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Our goal with this post is to stir in you what you can do for your friends! Who in your life needs a celebration?

….. a new baby, an engagement, a graduation, a wedding, or a debutant and the list could go on and on!

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Has there been someone that may have lost a loved one?

…. a friend of yours lost a child, parent, or spouse? A family member lost a cousin, friend, or grandparent? That list could also continue.

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A wise woman once said “Our gardens of life will only produce the crops of what we have sown into them” and boy was she right!

We are sure you have heard you reap what you sow…what would you say you would reap if YOU were the one in need? Friends…. remember that it takes a friend to be a friend! Our mothers weren’t perfect people but it seems as though their thirst for community and doing life together was much more important then than it is now.

Let’s do our best to change that .., to make sure that we are there for each other in the good times and the bad….to be that friend worth their weight in gold!

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Let’s sow the kind of crops that we will be eager to reap!!

Next Stop? Thrift Shop!

It’s been a while since we posted some style looks that we have found at  thrift stores or GoodWill!  We are always constantly amazed by the wonderful treasures that we are able to find there .  Of course, this gives proof to the thought that the things one person does not want anymore are treasures to someone else.  Not only that but this is one of the best ways to benefit your own budget, save the environment, and satisfy your shopping craving for unique goods. 

Have you ever noticed that we go through phases at times where we find a lot of one thing.  Susie has had a great streak lately with finding belts and hats!! She even found a vintage purple hat  that hasn’t made its debut, yet, but will soon for sure!!  

Speaking of belts, Michelle just had a friend give her a lot of belts that belonged to her mother-in-law.  It was a virtual treasure!!  Do you ever get things from friends like that???  ( A subject for us to revisit)

We often have friends who comment that they just don’t think they can shop Goodwill or in thrift shops.  Granted it’s a different shopping approach but such a fabulous way to add things to your wardrobe. This is the place to try something new in a look or style.  Because thrift store items are so cheap, it’s fun to experiment with styles or colours that you might not usually buy. If you only wear that hot pink shirt or embroidered pants a few times, hey, it was only $3, instead of $30… or, heaven forbid, $300. Yes, we have found designer items there!!!

Michelle’s dress is straight from the thrift store but it had a small problem… the hem was undone in one spot. Lucky for her, her mother-in-law can fix just about anything! With Michelle’s stitching expert, this dress was back in business in no time.

Her dress is the softest cotton, a boat neck, and 3/4 length. Talk about comfortable?!? Hello comfort and a great look! Made by Diane vonFurstenburg, she never disappoints in her design or functionality! She is a real dreamer in the fashion world.

Michelle’s black sandal is Nine West and her favorite part about them is the wood bottom with black leather- she loves mixing textiles!

Susie found an awesome boho inspired dress in neutral tones which are a departure from her favorite bold and bright colors.  She just could not resist the embroidered details in the pattern. In order to create a contrast,  she replaced the attached string belt with a wide black belt and black shoes.

Susie paired this look with a cocoa hued wide brimmed hat that really helps to keep the sun off her face.  Her necklace is a vintage one  in the earthy tones of her dress!! It compliments the  boho style and the neckline  as well.

She chose to wear three different bracelets. One is a leather with different stones attached. The second one is a wooden bangle. The third one is part of her newest vintage collection. It is made out of Bakelite. Bakelite is the oldest synthetic plastic from the early 1900’s.  Bakelite was used in such products like kitchenware, jewelry, pipe stems, children’s toys, and firearms.  Susie is excited about adding more pieces to her collection.

We hope that you find some style inspiration from our goodwill outfits! If you haven’t tried thrift shopping yet, give it a try!!!  Then make sure you share your finds with us! There’s a treasure out there  just waiting for you!!

Ladies, keep smiling and styling!!💕💕💕

Next Stop? Thrift Shop!

It’s been a while since we posted some style looks that we have found at  thrift stores or GoodWill!  We are always constantly amazed by the wonderful treasures that we are able to find there .  Of course, this gives proof to the thought that the things one person does not want anymore are treasures to someone else.  Not only that but this is one of the best ways to benefit your own budget, save the environment, and satisfy your shopping craving for unique goods. 

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Have you ever noticed that we go through phases at times where we find a lot of one thing.  Susie has had a great streak lately with finding belts and hats!! She even found a vintage purple hat  that hasn’t made its debut, yet, but will soon for sure!!  

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Speaking of belts, Michelle just had a friend give her a lot of belts that belonged to her mother-in-law.  It was a virtual treasure!!  Do you ever get things from friends like that???  ( A subject for us to revisit)

We often have friends who comment that they just don’t think they can shop Goodwill or in thrift shops.  Granted it’s a different shopping approach but such a fabulous way to add things to your wardrobe. This is the place to try something new in a look or style.  Because thrift store items are so cheap, it’s fun to experiment with styles or colours that you might not usually buy. If you only wear that hot pink shirt or embroidered pants a few times, hey, it was only $3, instead of $30… or, heaven forbid, $300. Yes, we have found designer items there!!!

Michelle’s dress is straight from the thrift store but it had a small problem… the hem was undone in one spot. Lucky for her, her mother-in-law can fix just about anything! With Michelle’s stitching expert, this dress was back in business in no time.

Her dress is the softest cotton, a boat neck, and 3/4 length. Talk about comfortable?!? Hello comfort and a great look! Made by Diane vonFurstenburg, she never disappoints in her design or functionality! She is a real dreamer in the fashion world.

Michelle’s black sandal is Nine West and her favorite part about them is the wood bottom with black leather- she loves mixing textiles!

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Susie found an awesome boho inspired dress in neutral tones which are a departure from her favorite bold and bright colors.  She just could not resist the embroidered details in the pattern. In order to create a contrast,  she replaced the attached string belt with a wide black belt and black shoes.

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Susie paired this look with a cocoa hued wide brimmed hat that really helps to keep the sun off her face.  Her necklace is a vintage one  in the earthy tones of her dress!! It compliments the  boho style and the neckline  as well.

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She chose to wear three different bracelets. One is a leather with different stones attached. The second one is a wooden bangle. The third one is part of her newest vintage collection. It is made out of Bakelite. Bakelite is the oldest synthetic plastic from the early 1900’s.  Bakelite was used in such products like kitchenware, jewelry, pipe stems, children’s toys, and firearms.  Susie is excited about adding more pieces to her collection.

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We hope that you find some style inspiration from our goodwill outfits! If you haven’t tried thrift shopping yet, give it a try!!!  Then make sure you share your finds with us! There’s a treasure out there  just waiting for you!!

Ladies, keep smiling and styling!!💕💕💕

 

Broken

Isn’t it just like a broken bone to teach us a lesson. Sometimes the things we need to know in life are obvious….and sometimes they are a little less obvious, but God always finds a way to reveal what we need to know.

For Michelle, the summer was in full swing! Sunbathing, playing in the water hose, and movie theaters were among the adventures on her calendar. July proved to be hot but loads of fun with family and friends. Late July was her annual family vacation to Pawleys Island… and that my friends is where the lesson happened!

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It was a Wednesday, and Michelle had two sets of friends visiting the beach. It was a perfect day. They swam in the ocean, fished in the creek and floated in with the tide. As supper time approached everyone was gathered underneath the house next to the grill because BBQ chicken was on the menu. Hello! Her dad has a secret recipe that will make you “slap yo momma!”

As many of you have gathered, that time was spent fellowshipping, and Michelle’s children were here and there on their hoverboards. They make it look so easy! Ages 13, 11, and 7 are great ages for hoverboard riding. Age 38…. not so much! But because Michelle is young at heart and believes her body can do just about anything- she tried it.

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With the help of her daughter, Veda, she got on it and rode a full 3 feet before she realized this was a very bad idea. As soon as she went to take a step off the hoverboard went one way… and Michelle the other. Thus resulting in a broken elbow.

Day 5 on vacation was a struggle with one arm, but one thing was for sure… the life lessons began to flood in like a river. Let us lay them out in numerical order.

  1. Some things just aren’t meant for you. As much as we would like to think everything in life is for everyone; that’s not true. What is good for you may not be good for me. Where you are really good at your talent, I may be better at something else. Bask in your own strengths.
  2. Never take for granted even the smallest part of the whole. Not just on your body- but in life. Every single part of your body (or your world) plays an important role. Michelle is right handed. Her broken elbow is on her left however she never thought about the effect of hurting her non-dominant arm would be. Just the slightest thing like taking the lid off of a jar, doing your hair, or holding a pan in the kitchen are greatly impacted by the injury of a small piece of the body. There in lies the lesson- be thankful for your health, take care of yourself (you whole self), and always use what you have to help others who may not have it (body parts, services, time).
  3. Keep moving! Stagnant waters never produce clean water. Being still is not a good thing in life or in Michelle’s case with a broken elbow. Per the doctors orders she was to move it a little everyday and by doing so- 10 days after her fall… she only lacks 10 degrees of her full arm opening. If you know her, you know that not being able to run and exercise like normal is about to kill her. But oh the motivation and determination that fuels inside of her. Moving to keep from becoming stiff is a lesson to be learned in life that can be so beneficial. It can be used in your spiritual walk, your professional walk, or your even as your walk with your families. Standing still for too long in any of these areas does not lead to growth. As painful as it is to stretch and push forward we all need it in order to form newness and gain adventure.
  4. Rest. As much as some of us hate to rest it is imperative to see clearly the next task at hand. It seems counter active to number 3, yes we know, but in order to be able to move to our fullest potential you have to be still long enough to see what’s next.

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Isn’t it a shame that Michelle needed this little break to learn these hard lessons. If we are able we should all gain from this situation.

If you find yourself in a learning scenario,  we challenge you to share the lessons you learn along the way. One thing is for sure we know that the older we get the more thankful we are to learn from others’ mistakes instead of making them all ourselves!

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The Great Pursuit

Happiness, what is it? The dictionary defines it as “feeling or showing pleasure or contentment”.

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Happiness is something that everyone craves and pursues throughout their lifetime. However, when asked what makes one happy, our responses are so different! Some answer with adventure or traveling. Others say that art or theater  brings them happiness.  The point is each person has a different perspective about what makes them happy!

There is a Chinese saying that says: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: True and lasting Happiness is found in helping others.

 MRI technology has shown us that giving activates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food and sex.  So basically, helping others helps us as well! 

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Science backs up the words of  Saint Francis of Assisi- For it is in giving that we receive. 

Some people worry that giving to others will take away from what they have or cost a huge amount of money.  We get it.  However, the bottom line is not to give until it hurts but to give until you feel great. We thought that we could share  some tips that will make helping/giving to others easier! 

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  1. Give of your time: who says that you have to give money. Actually people appreciate our time more than material items.  So whether it is a few hours once a week or several times a year, find some ways to serve others! 
  2. Use your skills or interests to help others-  We all have different skills and talents. Some of us are cooks, teachers, builders…. the list goes on and on. Find a way to serve that allows you to use your skills. Believe us, there are plenty of choices right in your own town. 
  3. Do not expect something in return- Remove the what’s-in-it-for-me question that motivates so many people today. Help with no expectation of repayment. And you will be repaid with joy and fulfillment in countless other ways.
  4. Team up with friends or family-  Invite others to participate in the giving with you. Teamwork and camaraderie lend to even more happiness when giving to others.

These are just a few tips! The key is to find a way to serve that fits you!  Then as you help others,  you will indeed receive the blessings of happiness and purpose which so many are in constant search of and sadly never finding! 

As fellow happiness hunters we strive to always give to you. We give of our ideas, our encouraging words and we give of our time. We hope you feel the outpouring of love from PenelopeSeraphina because we certainly have proved Assisi to be true through this blog.

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Each of you have no idea what your reading and commenting and liking does for us! It encourages us to persevere and continue our fun adventure. It allows us to experience true happiness! So thank you!

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