Monday, March 22, 2010


One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life. -Anatole France

In the coming weeks and months at work, I will be faced with some major changes.  I like to think they will be good changes, but of course, not w/out challenges.  I am choosing to be positive, and do my best, that is all I can really ask of myself.

I will go into these next days and weeks with an open mind and heart, knowing I will learn a lot about the new position I will be in, as well as about myself and how I can handle it. 

It is no secret that being a career girl is not my biggest dream, being creative is where I really feel most comfortable and happy, but I also really enjoy the people I work with and the variety my job offers. It also pays the bills, so "quitting my day job" at this time in my life, is not an option.

I feel the next three months will let me know where I fit best and that the path I will ultimately follow will be a little clearer to me.

I am happy that I took a few days of work this week to spend time with my daughter, who is home for her Spring Break from college.  We had a wonderful weekend having lunch out, and visiting my uncle, who just finished up his cancer treaments, and who we hope is on the mend.  He lives in the beautiful coastal town of Half Moon Bay, what a lovely drive it was..  I always cherish taking car trips with my girls, it's a great chance to talk with them, see new places and visit family.

Little by little I'm getting my garden and front yard into shape, although there is still much to be done.  I am looking forward to the week off during my Spring Break in a couple weeks to get more work done, but also take some time to relax, read, and start exercising more regularly.  I went on a long walk with one of my good friends a couple days ago after work, and although it wiped me out, it also felt good to get moving.  I like to call these my "walk & talks", they are fun and rejuvinating.

I will keep you posted as to how I am doing in my new postion at work and the new atmosphere that I am looking forward to.

I hope that whatever changes and challenges you face, you can handle with grace and optimism.

Happy Thoughts,
Peanut Butter Pie w/ Homemade fudge sauce
                                                          Tiramisu Cupcakes

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


"The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind"
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Distance may make the heart grow fonder, but kindness makes the heart grow bigger.  I have been thinking a lot lately about kindness, and how much we need it from others in our life. 

Such a simple thing, really.  Being kind to someone.
A kind word, a simple gesture, a helping hand. 

Think about it, if every person on this planet made an effort to show kindness towards another person in some way, even just once a day, this world would be a better place without much effort.

The old saying, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me", well I don't believe it for one minute.  Words can be so cruel, yet they can also be so uplifting.  No matter  how much you may regret and try to take back unkind words to a friend or loved one, the memory of it is always there.  Thinking, before we speak, is something that should always be on our minds.

I have been making an effort to be conscious of how I speak to those around me, taking care to show kindness in both my tone and choice of words. 
Think of it this way, your kind words to a stranger may be the only nice things they hear all day.  That is powerful, and words are very powerful.  As much as a kind word or two can make someone's day,  hurtful, offensive words can do just the opposite.

It is so important, that each and every day we treat each other with respect, and most importantly, kindness.  I am a firm believer in the old saying, "if you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all".  I think that was Thumper in "Bambi" (smile).

It has been a busy two weeks for me, and blogging hasn't fit in well with my schedule.  Along with my job, I have been doing some baking, a few small candy bar projects, and a little work in my yard.  Last weekend, was my birthday, and my family was sure to make it special.

I missed not being able to celebrate with my oldest daughter, Kristil, who is away at college.  She made sure to celebrate my birthday anyway though, her gifts to me were a gift certificate to Williams Sonoma, and a promise to take me out for lunch while she is home for her Spring break. My youngest daugter,, Alyssa bought me a beautiful little journal from one of my favorite artists, Becky Kelly.  She wrapped the gift so beautifully, it really made me smile, I think she may be taking after her old mom.  We also went to dinner and a movie (courtesy of my co-workers and boss), where my daughter insisted I bring my gift in to the restaurant so they would know it was birthday and be sure to sing to me.  My girls are so thoughtful and I am proud of the way they are growing up.
She even made the card :)
Together, they made me a CD with music they thought I would like.  They like to keep me up to date with the latest music. 
My parents took my daughter and I to a lovely lunch and gave me wonderful gifts.

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend, filled with much kindness.An order this past weekend, for cupcakes for 5 year-old Lexi's birthday.

Wishing you kindness and Happy thoughts,