Archives for Attitude

Change Your Life With Amazing Acts Of Kindness

Do you remember this story that was printed in the Tampa Bay Times? In August of 2014, almost 400 people who visited a St. Petersburg, Fla., Starbucks got a break from the daily grind thanks to a woman who paid for the caramel macchiato ordered by the stranger behind her at 7 a.m. This random act of kindness kick started a pay-it-forward chain that lasted until 6 p.m., according to the Tampa Bay Times. By early evening, 378 people had picked up another person’s coffee tab. Linda Cohen is the author of a wonderful book entitled, 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Continue Reading

Read Your Choice on How to View Life

I was very taken with this poem on our perspective of life that Thomas shared with me. It is your choice how to view life. You will be inspired by the wisdom in this writing. How do you look at your life? Today was absolutely the worse day ever. And don’t try to convince me that There is something good in every day. Because when you take a closer look, This world is a pretty evil place. Even if Some goodness does shine through once in a while Satisfaction and happiness don’t last. And it’s not true that It’s all Continue Reading

Beauty Pageant World … Humor in the ER

“Just when you think the worst is over…” I told my audience at Ashley River Baptist Church concerning my last 24-hours of stress. I tried to make the events sound funny and stress what a great job I did handling issues. Little did I know that the events to come in “pageant world” would make the last 24 hours seem “blah” … proving once again that life is all about your attitude. I was on my way to celebrate pageant week.  All of us queens from yester-year gussied up for a blast from the past if even for a few seconds of Continue Reading

Future Farmers of America- Amazing Leaders

This past week I was honored to recapture my unforgettable experience of speaking for the National Future Farmers of America last October in Louisville, KY.  I spoke for South Carolina FFA and Alabama FFA entitling my speech, “Don’t Throw Tomatoes at my Field of Dreams.”  As always, these young people are set apart from the stereo-type of modern day youth. I started my speech by saying that they are coined “Millennials” and I had both good news and bad news about their generation. “There are 80 million of you and you are called Millennials.  Most of you were born between 1980 Continue Reading

The Death of Common Sense

Why is it that…… On a plastic dry-cleaning bag you read:  THIS IS NOT A TOY. Liquid Draino’s directions….DO NOT DRINK We yell at our children to stop yelling… The host of the Bachelor appears at the Rose Ceremony with one rose left and says, “There is one rose left.” Or we feel sorry for the contestant on Fear Factor who cries while eating Cow brains with worms. We listen to President speak at the State of the Union Address and afterwards we are told what he said. We watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. The robber who is Continue Reading

Women Need Girlfriends

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter… “Don’t forget your sisters,” she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. “They’ll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still Continue Reading

Attitude is Everything When it Comes to Selling a Wedding Dress

Little girls dream of this day; walking down a flower-laden isle decorated with pink rose petals. Trumpet Volunteer heralds the bride’s journey to meet the man of her dreams. Ahhh, romance … Snap out of it. It’s all about the dress, Cinderella! Our sweet daughter Caroline called with the grand announcement of her boyfriend/ fiancé’s perfect proposal. We knew it was coming. So our quest for the perfect wedding dress began. The first bridal shop was one of those trendy boutiques with only one short name. Those places scare me because they sound expensive. We were greeted with a perky Continue Reading

Holidays with the Ho, Ho, Ho's

Having the ability to laugh at yourself is a gift, especially at the Holidays.  God help those who don’t know how. One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is permission to laugh; especially when you can laugh at yourself.  Even better, allow a good hardy snort every now and again. A few years ago, I was speaking at an after dinner Holiday  banquet.  The gentleman in charge stood up before my introduction and made this statement: “Before I introduce our speaker, I would like for all the ho’s to stand. Let’s show our ho’s how much we love them!” Continue Reading

My Ta-Tas Fell on 9/11; Breast Cancer Awareness

My sister had breast cancer.  It was a shock to all of us since this was a first for the women in the family.  The one thing that I observed as my sister dealt with this aggressive form of breast cancer was her ability to laugh and have a positive attitude. The title of this post is an actual quote from my sister, “My Ta-Tas Fell on 9/11.” Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to share her story. My sister decided to have both breasts removed since one was “positive” and the other was “busy”, (hyperplasia).  I Continue Reading

Life's not Fair…Think About the Ta-tas

If I had a dollar for every time I said, “life’s not fair,” to my children, I would be “sittin’ pretty.”  You, too?  How do you explain to a crying young child that this is what to expect FOREVER.  Things will happen that just are not good or fair or right.   This is the second lesson I mention in my book, “What Ta-Tas Teach Us,” that life’s not fair. I would sit behind girls in class and envy their wide bra straps and count how many hooks they had.  I thought about the one pitiful, little hook I used Continue Reading