Many moons ago I used to be a special education assistant working in a small school where the elementary, middle, and high school were all connected in one building. Part of my job was to follow certain students from class to class; taking notes for them, reading tests to them, and disciplining them if needed. One certain class was a high school English class where each morning the teacher would write a new motivational quote up on the board and have the class write this quotation in their special notebooks: “Motivational Quotations”.

After writing the quote she would spend 15 minutes going around the class asking each student what he or she thought these words meant. She would even ask me occasionally to get an adult’s view point of these words. The students loved this exercise. I saw that it helped them internalize the words of the famous and the obscure people of history. This is also where I too fell in love with quotations.

I used this same exercise when I home schooled my sons. I would write simple quotations up on the board and ask my then grade school aged sons what they thought it meant. Only my sons being as astute as they were, would take the exercise a step further and sometimes used the quotations to write journal entries, or even dig deeper into the biography of the person from whom the quotation came from. This simple little exercise which started in English and Language Arts grew to include history, science, critical thinking, philosophy, and even religious studies.

Words can take us many places, they motivate us to do good, wound when they are hurled at us, comfort when whispered to us, inspire when internalized, and heal when spoken to ourselves. The connection we have with words, and the words we use everyday come from deep within us. Surround yourself with motivational quotes and your attitude will reflect that motivation.

Here are two of my favorites:

My Favorite Health Quote

Mark Twain

What are your favorites?



We are responsible for our health & wellness, our finances, our family, our career, and our entire life. It isn’t up to other people to make our lives better. We need to take back the responsibility that we given away so freely instead of looking to others to make us whole.

One of my favorite quotes


1. STOP BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE FOR YOUR PROBLEMS: No one is holding a gun to your head and making you eat unhealthy food. No on is making you spend money you don’t have. The only person to blame is yourself. If you really wanted to stop running on the hamster wheel, you would.

2. COUNSEL WITH OTHERS BEFORE MAKING MAJOR DECISIONS: If you’re thinking about a career change talk to people in the field, seek out wise counsel not your peers. Making major life decisions should be thought about at every angle. When we seek wise counsel we get another perspective; maybe something we never thought about.

3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK: If you are planning on moving to a different part of the country, research what the cost of living is there, what are the schools like, the crime rate, the housing market, etc. All these factors should be included instead of just going there because someone says it’s nice.

4. REALIZE THAT WHAT YOU DO EVERY DAY EQUALS YOUR LIFE: If you don’t like something about your life, change it. If you want to lose weight and get healthy, you can’t just sit around and expect the weight loss fairy to zap the weight off of you. Get up and move away from that bag of chips!

5. SET GOALS THAT ARE ATTAINABLE: Setting a goal of losing 10 pounds a week before a big event in your life is unrealistic. But a goal of 10 pounds a month could be attained if you have the eagerness to fulfill it.

6. ACCEPT THAT YOU ARE NOT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD: We are not the center of the universe and if we would all just accept that the earth does not move at our command we would all be more at peace with the responsibilities we can control. We can only control ourselves!

7. LOOK FOR WAYS TO SPEND YOUR TIME HELPING OTHER PEOPLE: People with too much time on their hands will often start feeling sorry for themselves. Self-pity leads to blaming other people. It is a vicious cycle.

8. ADMIT FAULT WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE: Instead of trying to hide our  mistakes, like a child, admit them. When we admit to our mistakes we take responsibility for our lives. It isn’t societies fault that you got heart disease; no one held a gun to your head and made you eat unhealthy food for years or stopped you from exercising.

9. LOOK FOR OTHER WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE: Stop the negativity. When you are negative you are more apt to blame others for your problems, and mistakes.

10. GROW UP: We have to start acting our age again. We can’t act like a teenager when we’re in our 30s. It’s time to grow up and act mature. It is expected that a teenager acts without thinking but a 20-, 30-, 40-, 50-year old, etc should be more mature and act appropriately.

Go out and take back your responsibility back.


Ah Ha Moment

I finished my workout yesterday, cleaned up and sat down to read a book, when it dawned on me that in three months I will be a college graduate. Many people graduate college every year, so why am I so different? The dream of graduating college has been with me for 31 years. I remember it like yesterday when my friends went off to college, and I stayed behind working instead. I got married and raised a family. All the while knowing deep down inside that some day this dream would come true. I loved learning and each year when my sons entered a new school year, I would set my sights on learning something new too, that year. I learned how to simplify my life, do faux painting techniques,  all about different food allergies, how to use natural methods for health, and so many other things. I never grew tired of learning.

Four years ago when the education opportunity presented itself, and my husband was all for it, I began embarking my on my dream of having a college degree. Granted I started out pursuing an associate’s degree in medical office management but realized my heart was not in what I was studying. So I changed schools and focused on a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health and Wellness. I have come to realize that we all need to find our passion, and do what we love to do. For me that is researching health news, sharing information on alternative health and wellness, and helping people learn to make better wellness choices.

I am living proof that even when we put our dreams on the back burner of life, they can still be accomplished if we are open to the possibilities and opportunities that come into our lives to change our circumstances. Join me as I share my passions of cooking, crafting, exercising, learning, laughing, loving and simple living.