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One Main Reason You Can’t De-Clutter – Physically or Emotionally

By Peggy | November 25, 2013 | Comments Off on One Main Reason You Can’t De-Clutter – Physically or Emotionally

There are few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.~Andre Gide~Do you want to know why you can’t attack that pile of paper?  Why you can’t go through those boxes in the attic?  Why you can’t seem to move forward in your life?  Why you can’t end that relationship you know you need to end?All of these actions require several decisions.   The decision to take time to take care of it. The decision to press on through, even when it is difficult.  The decision to see yourself as a person of worth, so you will surround yourself with what you truly value in your life.  However, the biggest decision […]

Writing Makes My Butt and Brain Hurt

By Peggy | November 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Writing Makes My Butt and Brain Hurt

                         (photo courtesy of Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot/ in the last 45 days, I have taken on a lot of writing projects.  I am working on being more consistent with my blog. I am working on some freelance articles.  I am working on an article for a magazine.  I am honing my writing skills and my butt and my brain hurt!Writing is exhilarating, fun, terrifying, frustrating and challenging all at the same time.  While I am writing my blog, I am trying to think about the message I want to send so I think and I think some more – brain hurts!While writing […]

That Alarm is Going Off – Do You Hear It?

By Peggy | November 5, 2013 | Comments Off on That Alarm is Going Off – Do You Hear It?

(photo courtesy of Rasmus Thomsen/  When car alarms were first introduced, they were intended to alert someone that their car was being broken into or tampered with.  Now, when we hear a car alarm, we just look around to see what schmuck has pushed the wrong button on his remote clicker or who has tried to get out of a car that has been locked from the outside.  The alarms sound, we turn to take a look, then quickly go back to what we are doing, not really paying attention to it and certainly not suspecting that someone is breaking into an automobile.  We have some of the same alarms going off […]

Saying Goodbye

By Peggy | October 31, 2013 | Comments Off on Saying Goodbye

As I struggled to write an email to a friend that has been given a short time to live, I am somberly contemplating goodbyes.     I realized, a long time ago, I am not good at saying goodbye.  As a child, I was the girl that was homesick at camp; I cried when my parents dropped me off, I cried when they left after coming to visit, and I cried just about every night.  As an adult, I cry when I am driving away from their home.  I really cried dropping both of my boys off at college and when I had to say goodbye to my beloved dog. I wept, writing […]

The Day That Keeps On Giving

By Peggy | October 30, 2013 | Comments Off on The Day That Keeps On Giving

Have you ever had one of those days that is never-ending?  You end up with something to do every single minute of the day; things pop up that you hadn’t planned and you don’t have time to breathe!  Today was that day!  I have 10 minutes before I am to meet someone for a quick bite of dinner, then I have to go home and finish some work. SO, when do I have time to blog……..well of course, right now. Sitting in a parking space, typing with my thumb on my IPHONE. Is this what I had planned? No! Did I get everything done today I wanted to get done?  No!  But, […]

Standing Tall

By Peggy | October 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Standing Tall

Yesterday, while shopping at the local Wal-mart, I was walking out with my full cart and saw, from a distance, lights twinkling.  As I moved closer and the lights moved closer to me, I realized the lights were coming from a little girl’s shoes as she was skipping through the parking lot, towards Wal-mart, with her mom (assumption on my part).   As I passed her, I said, “my your shoes are lighting up so pretty!”.  She looked down, smiled and immediately stood taller, so proud of her shoes and so proud someone had noticed.   As I walked away, I started thinking about how positive words can make us stand taller. […]

A Father

By Peggy | October 28, 2013 | Comments Off on A Father

                          (photo courtesy of A friend of mine is saying her final good byes to her father today.  My father is 95 and still going strong and I can say I have been blessed to have had my dad for all these years.   Many of you have never been given the gift of knowing your father, having a loving father or experiencing a father’s love. Tyler Perry, American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, producer, author, and songwriter, wrote the letter below, to a friend of his, regarding his feelings about his absentee father. I hope these words speak to […]

Set Apart

By Peggy | October 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Set Apart

(photo courtesy of stuartmiles/ As I have taken on this blog challenge, I have discovered so many new blogs and people.  I have seen posts about food, healthy living, family life, great deal discoveries, social media, emotional health, mommy life, essential oils, items made from the earth, spiritual growth, decorating tips, Bible crafts, Bible lessons, organizing tips and many more.   As we near the end of this blog challenge, this is my question……how do we set ourselves apart?  What makes one person stand out more than another?   What makes you want to follow one person’s blog over another?  What draws you in?  What keeps you in?   If this person […]

Old School

By Peggy | October 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Old School

Yesterday I went into a bookstore.  As I walked around and looked at all the different types of books and all the knowledge one could buy, I became nostalgic.  When I was a little girl, my mother would take me to the library and I would sit and look through the children’s book section.  I would carefully look at the books and decide which ones I wanted to take home and read.  I never had much imagination so I never got transported into another world, as I have heard many people do.  I simply loved to read as I love to read now.  I love learning and I love reading stories people […]

I Planned My Own Funeral

By Peggy | October 25, 2013 | Comments Off on I Planned My Own Funeral

                           (photo courtesy of  gualberto107/ I guess I really am a total organizer or control freak, not sure which one, but I planned my own funeral. I actually planned my funeral at age 40 -I am now 54.  At age 40, I had 3 friends die of cancer and I was feeling very vulnerable.  At age 40 I had 2 young children, a daughter in college,  3 cats, 2 fish tanks and a husband.  At age 40, I started to think, what if I am next.  You have to understand, I have some good genes that have been passed down.  My […]

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