There is not many people in the world who inspire me anymore. Working in the field of healthcare, you see a lot of grumpy, mean, negative, uninspiring people. However, Joshua inspires me.

I didn’t meet him at work like you’d assume I would. I met him at the indoor soccer arena.

Joshua was born without a right arm. Where a stub could be, he has a single finger that he, through the help of surgeons has gotten working again. On this left arm he has a stub, followed by what has attempted by medicine to be an elbow and a few fingers. He makes life work, playing soccer, texting, holding his baby and even working and holding a job. Joshua holding a normal life isn’t the only inspiring thing- it is his attitude about his prediciment that makes him that much more unique- he finds ways to laugh about it. He jokes about being a better goalie than most, he calls himself the T-Rex, he even jokes that the fingers he has are ALL his middle fingers and flips the bird often.

I’ve tried to think of the things in my life that I would give up doing if I were in his shoes. When the list comes to mind and I see him doing it, I don’t feel sorry for him, I start to listen. When I first met him he was angry, a doctor had suggested that he would be a poor father due to his condition. He was out to prove them wrong, and since has many, many times.

He’s strong. When people knock him down in soccer he doesn’t lie on the ground and whine like everyone else does, he jumps right back up and keeps playing.

He’s got heart. He realizes the obstacles he needs to overcome, finds a way to do them and practices it til he masters it.

He’s going places. He’s figured out how to go out and live the life he wants.

He’s better off than 90% of us, and that, inspires me.

So Wise

Things I Love Thursday

I’m a sucker for quotes. I’m an even bigger sucker for philosophy (Ralph Waldo Emerson is my favorite!).

Tumblr has a LOT of both!

What do YOU Love this Thursday?

Fashion must be in my Blood

Maybe it is just because my Grandma is an artist- but she is so totally fashionable! I found some photos from the 60’s-80’s with my family in it, and discovered that her fashion sense has always been fabulous! I was lucky enough to get copies of the slides (my grandpa is also an amazing photographer) and wanted to share them with you!

This first photo struck me as funny- this is my sense of style as well! Sport jacket, jeans and fun socks! I absolutely love that grandpa was able to capture this on photo!

This photo just stuns me. Not only am I totally in love with her outfit (a white, lacy top and the pink and white chevron skirt!), but that shes on the floor cleaning up just makes me smile. Also, the fact that grandpa thought that was photo-worthy made me smile.

I love this sweater. This whole photo had to have been planned, the perfection of the sweater, the colors, the background, it is all so perfect! I also love that this is such a calm photo- no evidence of the chaos I know my mother and aunt were causing for her.

This has to be one of my favorite photos EVER. I love all of their outfits, but the facial expressions of everyone fits their personalities so well! (Suzanne is like me, happy to sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else be silly.) Again, grandma and I are sharing style, (jeans and a t-shirt!). My mom’s red hair? I’ve been considering going that exact color for a while now. I may just do it soon!

Farrah Faucet hair! That mixed with the cute knitted vest and blouse is adorable! LOVE IT.

I adore this photo of my mom and my Aunt. This is from the early 80’s, but is so totally adorable. (I probably love it so much because this is who I see whenever I look at them!) There is an entire photo series that grandpa took of these, and this one is my favorite because we all know they were cracking jokes and laughing at grandpa, who is behind the lens.

Now for a lack of fashion sense. This is a Christmas morning photo. Everyone looks so cute- however, look at my Uncle in the right hand corner. I’m pretty damn sure he borrowed that robe from Huge Hefner. He is the fashion black sheep in our family.

Is your family full of fashionistas? Have fun photos to share?
If you post them send me a link- I love looking at old photos and of fantastic fashion!

Fabulous Things – Photos to Inspire

Sometimes you just need some pretty, fabulous things! Here are a few photos I found from Tumblr that are full of fantastic things!

How pretty is this office? The Pink and White (with the blue accents) rock!

Animal print nails - in hot pink!

Where can I find this mug?! I love it!

Heart shaped candies - I love it!

This makes me giggle.


Things I Love Thursday

Fancy Nails!

These last few weeks I’ve had a very hard time with keeping my nails nice. Thanks to pregnancy I have these beautiful, strong nails, but keeping polish on them is the biggest issue. Makes sense that my Things I Love Thursday is dedicated to GORGEOUS nail polish!

Who can say no to sparkles- honestly?!

These are called “Holographic Nails”- aren’t they cool?!

Oh how I wish I could pull off this awesome look!

So pretty!

I’m not a huge fan of animal prints, but I LOVE this look!

What do you love this Thursday?

Secrets from my Pinterest Account:

I LOVE Pinterest. It is my favorite addiction. I absolutely love the concept of it, the organization and the plethora of ideas! I have tricks and tips on how to utilize my Pinterest account and I wanted to share one of my secrets with you.

See this pinboard? Hardly any of these recipes were picked out by me.
So how did you get there do you wonder?

Every few nights I hand over the laptop to my husband and ask him to browse the Food and Recipes area on Pinterest. He picks out the recipes he likes and “hearts” them. When he’s finished I go through the recipes he’s pinned, check them out and if they are possible in our kitchen I repin them onto my board.

Here’s why I do it. My husband is a VERY picky eater. Anything I’d pick he probably wouldn’t eat, so I let HIM pick what he wants and then go from there. I love this idea for the two of us, because then we avoid dinner time dramas.

Also- I have yet to try a recipe that we both didn’t like and that didn’t turn out wonderful.

So, if you ever need guy friendly recipes that work- check my recipe Pinboard. And if you have your spouse or the men in your life do the same let me know, I want to see what your men have pinned for us ladies!

Spring Trend Watch: Yellow

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Spring Trend Watch: Stripes

Spring Trend Watch: Stripes

5 Tips to Making Your Dreams Come True

5 tips to Making your Dreams Come True

Dedication. Single handedly this is the largest factor. I am dedicated to my dream of traveling the similar to a mother who is dedicated to her child. After discussing my dreams to travel the most common responses are expressions of jealousy, envy, admiration and questions on how I am going to accomplish this dream. Simply put its dedication to the cause.
Sacrifice. I list this as second because without the dedication the desire to sacrifice is not existent. My dream of traveling has required the sacrifice of financial security, roots to a specific location, having day to day relationships while I’m away, dependency on others and a dependable idea of what the future holds. All these sacrifices have been given willingly for a greater payoff later.
Vision. My dream has changed and evolved over the years as I’ve discovered just how much it means to me. It was a leap of faith between what I wanted and what I was willing to dedication and sacrifice for. This has led me to the vision that my dream has become.
Support. Dreams require a lot of internal support and passion but without external reciprocation our supplies may run out. It’s crucial to have others in your life that will encourage you to achieve your dreams; they help you to stay motivated and realistic. Some support my dream and then me and others support me and my dream second, they both play a pivotal role in your success.
Reality.  In a very real way dreams are imaginative however if you really want your dreams to become reality you need to be willing to see the truths behind your endeavors. I place this last because without the other four your version of what is and what can be are too easily altered. You need to be dedicated to your dreams before you can asses whether they are realistic.

Today’s guest post was written by Heather over at Heather’s Harmony. Heather is a dear friend of mine who is by far one of the most brilliant, funny and inspirational people I have ever had the chance to meet.

Recently HeathersHarmony was nominated as one of the Top 100 International Exchange & Experience Blogs of 2012 also known as IX12 Competition. Voting is from January 31st to February 12th, if you would like to pop over and vote, please go here.

Here is the URL for the voting page. Thank you!!!!!
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