Starting off the Day Inspired

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I was in an airport recently and I saw this little bird scurrying around. He was walking right up to the waiting passengers and looking for crumbs they might have left behind.  I noticed that he was missing part of his foot but he didn’t seem to miss a beat.  He flew and fluttered around like any other bird. I watched this little creature while I was reading my book for over an hour and I came away thinking he might have been the happiest little bird I’d ever seen. It reminded me of this quote:



I love starting off my family’s day with a good quote or saying. Sometimes it’s just a simple “make good choices today” and other times it’s something a little more specific to help my daughter get through the day.   I write quotes down from movies, books, Pinterest and even the adorably funny quotes from my 6 year old daughter. They are little tidbits of wisdom…..”Cliff’s Notes” I want to remember to model each day around.

My daughter’s sentences she writes in school get me every time….I love her great attitude:

Note: Yes, my daughter thinks she has legally changed her name to “Boo”….and has even convinced the school.






I wish I could freeze time for her.

Here are a few favorite quotes. I’ve paired a few of them up with my morning Instagram hiking shots…’s beautiful here in the Southern California desert.  I hope today you are as happy as can be:

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  • The Art of Happiness 1 of 7
    The Art of Happiness
    I work on this every day. What can I do without? How can I live with less? How can I pass this on to my daughter?
  • For What It’s Worth 2 of 7
    For What It's Worth
    I love this quote from Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's never too early, it's never too late, there are no rules....
  • You’re Out There 3 of 7
    You're Out There
    I'm out there every day! Making mistakes by the boatload....
  • Considerate 4 of 7
    My mission in life: to raise a considerate, humble, hardworking child who has empathy and compassion.
  • Show Them How 5 of 7
    Show Them How
    My daughter said to me today: I don't know the names of anyone in my pottery class. I asked her if she had introduced herself and she said no. We made a plan that next time she would take the initiative and ask her classmates names and what grades they were in to break the ice and make it easier on everyone!
  • Without Your Consent 6 of 7
    Without Your Consent
    Another quote I used today with my daughter only I changed the words a bit: no one can make you feel bad about yourself!
  • Self Pity 7 of 7
    Self Pity
    I first wrote this quote down after seeing G.I. Jane years ago. The rest of the quote is: A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.




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