Appreciate The People In Your Life

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Life is not a race-but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say “thank you”. “I love you”, and “great job” to someone each day. Take time for prayer. Be thankful. Love your life and what you’ve been given, it is not accidental. Search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself. Plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you’ve been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment.Bonnie Mohr

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A letter to my father on Father’s Day plus an inspirational video

Last week was a particularly challenging week since it was Father’s Day. Then just a few days later was the anniversary of my father’s passing. I decided to write a letter to my father to help with my healing journey. Since this blog is in honor of him, I thought I would share it with you.

At the end of this post, there is a wonderful video from one of my new favorite inspirational authors Brendon Burchard. It is a great video on how to deal with fate but still design your destiny. In his video he mentions his own father’s passing and how he cherishes his memories. He gives some excellent advice when it comes to dealing with loss:

Carry on their message, carry on their spirit, carry on their teachings and the things that made them alive and vibrant, and joyous and loving. And then it’s not such a hard fate to suffer through.

Wishing you all many blessings,  ~J


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Dear Dad,

Today is an especially hard day for me Dad. How I wish I could just hug you and tell you that I love you. I never thought the day would come when I wouldn’t be able to hear your voice or your laugh. It just never seemed possible that you could ever leave us. But that fateful day has come and gone.

I miss you immensely, but I feel blessed that I was able to spend your last days with you and was able to say goodbye. I thank God for the few days of clarity you had so you could see us and we could see your smile and you could mouth “I love you.” Even though you couldn’t speak, I knew what was on your heart.

All you ever wanted in life was to feel loved and appreciated. I hope you know that we all love you and appreciate everything you’ve done for all of us. And I know you always wished you could turn back time. So an important lesson you taught me was to make the most of each day because time is something you can never get back. I am also grateful that I was able to share what was on my heart. I’ll always remember singing you to sleep, praying with you, and reminiscing with you during your last days. And most importantly I will always remember the good times we shared over your lifetime.

I remember many years ago back home there were times when we would all have to go somewhere and I wasn’t ready yet so you’d say, “I’ll go ahead and I’ll meet you there.” That is what I imagined you said on the day that you left us. You went ahead and yes, I will meet you there someday…but not yet. I will live my life making the most of each day in honor of you. I hope I am making you proud. Please continue to watch over all of us. Although I may not be able to hear your voice anymore, I know you are still loving me and guiding me if I just listen to my heart.

Thank you Dad for everything. Happy Father’s Day. I miss and love you today and always.

Love your daughter,


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Do you fear rejection? Then you must watch this!

What a great message for those of us who have been rejected, fear rejection, or worry about what others think.

I’m not going to limit my service or my message to the world based on what other people think…Go out and be great and never apologize for it. ~Brendon Burchard

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Getting through the storms of life


It’s easy to have a positive attitude and follow inspirational advice when things are going smoothly in your life. However, the true test is how you handle your life when you are going through difficulties.

Think about this scenario. Life is going great and everything seems to be going your way. You then come to a small bump in the road and with a good attitude you are able to get past it. Then soon after, another bump comes along. This time it’s a little more difficult, but with the same good attitude you are able to get through it. You breathe a sigh of relief that things are back to normal. However you then come across multiple bumps in the road, each one bigger and more challenging than the one before, and the bumps don’t stop. What happens to you when you reach bump after bump after bump? Storms arise within you and all around you, what do you do?


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When you are faced with multiple challenges in life, it is easy to get discouraged, distracted, and overwhelmed. Sometimes it can get to the point where your positive attitude flies out the window. When this happens you can lose your focus, lose your sense of inner peace, get overly stressed, become worrisome, get stuck in a rut, etc. You may possibly view life with a victim mentality and ask yourself, “Why is this happening to me?” You may take things out on yourself and/or your loved ones. If you don’t get things under control, you may find yourself in a downward spiral.

I would like to share the lessons that I have learned from my most recent storms:

1. Realize that YOU have control over your life.

I am reminded of the following quote from Wayne Dyer:

When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out because that’s what’s inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what’s inside.

When life squeezes you, what comes out? Are you kind and loving? Do you stay in peace? Or are you angry and impatient? Or do you shut down and become numb? Everyone reacts differently to the storms in their lives. Regardless, if you don’t like what comes out of you when you are squeezed, you have a choice to make a change. Don’t be a victim of your circumstances. Take responsibility for your life. As the saying goes, life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. You can’t always control what life sends your way, but you CAN control how you react to life!

YOU change your life

2. Find the lesson(s) to be learned.

Is there a common theme amongst your recurring challenges? If so, find the lesson(s) to be learned. Life will present you with the same lesson(s) over and over until you learn what you need to know.


Even if there isn’t a common theme amongst your challenges, there is always something you can learn from each of your trials. Realize that the trials in your life aren’t meant to destroy you, they are meant to strengthen you. You must remember that you are stronger than your challenges and every challenge makes you even stronger.


3. Accept the fact that change is the only constant in life.


When we resist change, we create unnecessary tension in our lives. We cannot expect things to always stay the same. We must go with the flow and adapt. We should be constantly evolving as we embrace the changes in our lives. Also realize that with change comes opportunity. It can be the opportunity to grow, to make the best of each situation, to make a better life for you and your loved ones, etc. The good news is that YOU get to choose the opportunity!

4. Let go. Live in the present moment.


It is hard to let go of things you can’t control – this includes the past, the future, and what other people say or do. But it is crucial to let go if you want peace in your life. So release, let it go, and keep moving forward.

After losing my father almost one year ago, I got stuck in the past wishing things could’ve been different. It is hard to move on after such a devastating loss, but I know that my father would want me to be happy and to live my life. I’m also reminded of something Joel Osteen once said, “Don’t let a season of mourning turn into a lifetime of mourning.”

It is okay to visit the past every once in awhile to remember good times or to learn from past experiences. However, it is not okay to stay in the past. When you live in the past, you rob yourself of the present moment.


There is no time machine. We can’t go back to re-live the past and we can’t go forward to completely control our future. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never promised so we must cherish the present moment that we are in. Afterall, the present moment is the only moment that we know that we have for certain. Don’t waste it away. Don’t miss out on being grateful for all of the blessings in your life. Enjoy the life that is directly in front of you at this very moment in time, challenges and all!


5. Be good to yourself and your loved ones.

Stressful moments can cause self-care to fall on the priority list. But running on empty due to lack of sleep or proper nutrition will just make life even more difficult. Make sure you are taking care of yourself. For example, sleep, rest, and make time for yourself. Make sure you are eating healthy meals and exercising regularly. Do things that you enjoy. Be aware of your self-talk as well, don’t beat yourself up. Give yourself some grace and forgive yourself if you need to. Do the best that you can in the moment that you are in and keep moving forward.

Also make sure you are showing love and kindness to those closest to you. Don’t fall into the trap of taking things out on your loved ones in the midst of the storm.

6. Be aware of your thoughts and stay in peace.


Be aware of your thoughts because negative thoughts can attract more storms into your life. For example, if you believe “It’s always something” there WILL always be something. Take a stand right now and tell yourself, “no matter what life brings, I will stay in peace.”

When you wake up each morning, open your eyes with gratitude and be thankful for another day. Make the intention that you will make the best of the day and you will stay in peace no matter what the day brings. Have your mind set on having a good day, but if things don’t go your way remember to return to this state of inner peace.

The next time something in life upsets you, don’t dwell on the negativity. Pause for a moment, take a deep cleansing breath, and return to that state of inner peace. Learn to say to yourself, “I’m not getting upset. I know this day is a gift from God and I am thankful for all of my blessings. I’m making a decision to stay in peace.” Always remember no situation can upset you without your permission!

7. Realize that sunshine is on the way, don’t stop living.

Keep the faith. Hold on. Things will get better. It might be stormy now but it can't rain forever.

When you are in the middle of a storm, you must find the eye of the storm by staying in peace. However you must also remember that storms are not permanent, they come and go. Have faith that with time the clouds will part and the sun will shine again. This too shall pass.


Even when you feel like your world is crashing down around you, life in general does not stop. The sun will set and rise again. You will still have responsibilities to fulfill. Your kids will continue to grow and your parents will continue to age. Life doesn’t wait for you while you are experiencing stormy weather so don’t miss out on your life! Get back to living the life you were meant to live ASAP!

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You’re not as busy as you think: PART 4 CONCLUSION


Welcome to PART 4 & the conclusion of the series “You’re not as busy as you think.”

Click on these links to read PART 1 , PART 2, and PART 3.

Let’s recap Lessons 1-11 from the previous parts of this series:

1. Don’t live life with a false sense of urgency

2. Make reasonable and realistic to-do lists

3. Ask yourself this, does this ABSOLUTELY have to be done at this very moment in time?

4. Learn to say “No”

5. Make time to take care of yourself

6. Remember your family deserves more than your leftover time and energy

7. Make time for your friends 

8. Learn how to delegate and accept help

9. De-clutter and get organized

10. TCB stands for “Take care of business”

11. Be punctual

Now on to the last lessons (in no particular order)!

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12. Eat well



In the past, I’ve actually skipped meals because I claimed to be too busy. But as a healthcare professional, I know better.

Just like a car needs fuel to run, we need food to fuel our bodies. When we skip meals regularly, especially breakfast, we slow down our metabolism resulting in weight gain and other potential health problems. Not to mention running on empty makes life difficult. When I don’t eat I am not as efficient or as mentally alert as I could be.

The type of food that we put in our bodies is also very important. Busy lives can cause nutrition to fall down on the priority list. Out of convenience, many people turn to processed food, pre-prepared food, and fast food. But these types of foods can lead to serious health problems such as obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Take care of yourself and your family by eating regular and healthy meals. In my household, I try to plan meals ahead of time. I also stock my kitchen with the essentials for wholesome meals and snacks. We try to eat “real food” as much as possible. “Real food” is grown or raised with care and is eaten close to its natural state . For more information, check out two of my favorite “real food” blogs: Oh Lardy and 100 Days of Real Food.

13. Sleep well



The world looks like a harsh and stressful place through sleep deprived eyes! If you are a parent and have gone through the baby years, I’m sure you can relate.

I’ve been guilty of staying up late to do tasks such as housework or work I brought home. Then the next morning I end up extremely exhausted. If I had gotten some good rest the night before, I’d be able to face the next day much better and more efficiently. It is a known fact that when you are well rested, you feel energized and more productive.

We are not made to go-go-go 24-7. We need our rest and we need our sleep. It is during sleep that our bodies repair, heal, replenish, and rejuvenate ourselves. Sleep recharges our batteries!

For helpful sleep information, read this article How to Sleep Better from the Help Guide website.

14. Exercise

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As a physical therapist, I know firsthand that regular exercise has numerous health benefits. Regular exercise can:

  • reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure
  • lower blood pressure in those who already have high blood pressure
  • reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • reduce feelings of depression and anxiety
  • help control weight
  • promote psychological well-being
  • promote healthy muscles, bones, and joints
  • reduce stress
  • improve sleep

We may think we don’t have time to exercise, but often times it doesn’t take much. It can be as simple as a daily walk or bike ride or even lifting weights while watching your favorite TV show. If you have time to sit and watch TV, you have time to exercise. Regular exercise keeps our minds and bodies healthy. Value your health!


Click HERE for an exercise guide found on the Web MD website to help you get started on a regular exercise routine.

15. Have an attitude of gratitude


How many times do we say or hear others say, “I have to __________.” Fill in the blank with work, clean the house, take the kids to school, make dinner, etc. Joel Osteen offers some great advice in his book Every Day a Friday to change our perspective. You don’t HAVE to go to work, you GET to go to work. You don’t HAVE to take care of your children; you GET to take care of your children.

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Instead of starting a sentence with “I have to,” start your sentence with “I am grateful that I get to _______.” For example, I am grateful that I get to clean the house because it means I have a place to live.”

Instead of feeling burdened by your duties and responsibilities, be grateful for them. Realize that they are not burdens, they are gifts!

16. Live in the present moment

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Many people live in the past wishing things could’ve been done differently or they long for the good old days. And many look to the future worrying about things they can’t control. Living in the past and worrying about the future robs us of our present moment.

There is no time machine. We can’t go back to re-live the past and we can’t go forward to completely control our future. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never promised so we must cherish the present moment that we are in. Afterall, the present moment is the only moment that we know that we have for certain. Don’t waste it away! Realize that today’s moments are tomorrow’s good old days. Make today beautiful and create beautiful memories!

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As Joel Osteens says: It’s easy to be too busy. It’s easy to become disengaged. But if you want to make the most out of life, draw the line and say, “I’m slowing down and enjoying the journey. I’m not taking for granted what God has given me.”

Take a moment to reflect on these lessons. And take a step back to re-evaluate the busyness in your life…are you really as busy as you perceive yourself to be?

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Accept yourself!


Hello all!
I hope this message finds you well! The following post was reblogged from Positive Outlooks Blog. I saw this wonderful quote this morning and wanted to share it with you. I apologize for the lack of posts lately, my plate has been full these past few months. I promise I will be back with a post soon! For daily inspiration check out my Facebook page Share This Moment Blog HERE.


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To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.Thich Nhat Hanh



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