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Anita Maude
Understanding, supporting and loving each other,  is
how we will change the world….

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~ MGBU – May God Bless You

~ PPT – Power of Positive Thinking

~ tmml – toughest moments of my life

~ F&F – Fear and Frustration



In today’s message I wanted to focus on the PPT and prayer.  With these two amazing techniques, I have been able to get through the tmml! I think we all have experienced those moments in life when it feels like everything is going wrong and you can’t handle 1 more setback and then…it happens! The AC goes out or you get a call from the principal’s office or  the ATM shoots out insufficient fund…The F&F are real!


I found the quote for today a couple of decades ago…yup, I’m that old…and have held it in my mind as a mantra ever since. The words are so very simplistic, yet profound in the same sense. When I find myself going into the deep, dark recesses of my brain, I pull out this mantra and remind myself that: Wisdom, Patience, Faith and Laughter are the balm to any situation I may face and better yet, I can use these tools to pray for those who are experiencing difficulties I have never known.


And I do that today. I do not know you or what your circumstances may be, but I am praying for you today! I pray that you will embrace the greatest wealth, the strongest weapon, the best security and most effective tonic and know; that in this great and abundant world…there is always someone in your corner, praying just for you!




~ TBAW – The beauty of a Woman

~ JB – Jennifer Blackwell

~ SM – social media

~ TIY – Today in Yuma


Keeping in line with JB’s SM posts and the ending conversation on the TIY show yesterday; May 18th, I thought it apropos to dig through the archives and pull up an oldie from Ms. Hepburn. The original interview and article were published in the 1960’s, but the wisdom she imparts transcends the decades and is truly relevant today.


We are constantly bombarded with images of the ideal beauty and how we should be striving to attain it, but what if we shifted our ideal of beauty to be in line with Ms. Hepburn’s words below. What would our world look like then???


For attractive lips... Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes... Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure... Share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair... Let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise... Walk with the knowledge you’ never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed... Never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows.

The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

If you share this with another woman, something good will happen — you will boost another woman’s self esteem, and she will know that you care about her.

by Audrey Hepburn


There’s a lot to take in here, so give yourself a moment. Do any of these words resonate with you? Are you ready to see your true beauty in action?  All it takes is to start. Try affirming someone around you or doing a kind deed for someone else. I think you will be surprised by the outcome! Try it today!!!



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~ NI² - Nothing is Impossible

~BM – believe me

~ W2E – Way too early


With 2020 still lingering almost 6 months into a new year, there are plenty of us feeling that dreaded sensation of….”it’s impossible”! And BM,  it has felt that way for a while now, but if we choose to take a leaf out of Ms. Hepburn’s book, it doesn’t have to be that way!


I have chosen to stay with Ms. Hepburn quotes through-out the month of May (Audrey’s birth month) as a tribute to the beauty she left behind in our world. Audrey once said:


Nothing is impossible

the word itself says….

I’m possible!


And by a serendipitous coincidence, May is also Menth Health Awareness Month. Anyone who has followed Ms. Hepburn knows that she also struggled with elements of self-worth and depression. However she exemplified working through these challenges and embracing what she had control over to changing her outlook and see the good in ALL things around her, as well as herself.


 Today when a new challenge arises; perhaps you’re starting your day already feeling a bit low or the alarm is going off W2E and you want to crawl back into bed, remember….I’m Possible. You have what it takes within to move beyond the challenge and if you feel like you don’t remember that you are not alone! I am in your corner rooting for you! Right now!! Because I believe you are POSSIBLE and you have what you need to be the person you want to be.


Nothing is impossible when: I’m POSSIBLE!






~ NSBAA – Not So Bad After All

~ 1MFP – one of my favorite people

~ alm – are like me

~ FA – fall apart

~4U – for you


As you may know, Audrey Hepburn is 1MFP.  She lived a life that exemplified the ideals she stood for, as well as impacted a multitude of individuals around the world with her positivity and simplicity. If she were alive today, she would have celebrated her 92nd birthday yesterday, May 4th. I know….on “Star Wars day.”


As homage to this spectacular human being, I thought I would share a quote from her every week this month, starting with NSBAA; “not so bad after all.” I believe that most individuals can relate to the struggle of self-approval. If U alm it is much easier to see my faults, than it is to see my assets. However when we focus solely on the negative, we are far removed from the positive state of mind most of us are trying to achieve.  And that is no good for ANYONE. 


Today’s quote puts that idea into sharp relief. When Audrey said the “greatest Victory has been to be able to live with myself, to accept my shortcomings.”; she was on to something. Yes, we can change things about ourselves that we are not thrilled with. No, it most likely will not be easy, but it will be so worth it!


I can remember my mom telling me that “I was my own worst enemy” as a youth/young adult, because my expectations for myself were far greater than I would ever have had for another human being; and when I did not meet those expectations, my world would FA. But that doesn’t have to be the case. As we mature, we start to figure out the things that truly matter. What do those look like 4u?


Over the years I have learned to set simple and attainable goals that get me one step closer to the ultimate goal I am trying to achieve. The old adage; You gotta learn to walk B4 you run, is oh so true. If there is something you want to change about your self so you can be the human you want to be, start today. Set a simple, yet attainable goal for yourself and U2 will be saying….NSBAA!


4 me 2 be here today and embracing the concept of “NSBAA” is testament to that growth and acceptance of self. Just like Audrey, if we choose, there comes a time in our lives when we can say “I’m not so bad after all.” Hey while you’re at it when you see someone who may be struggling, remind them that they too are NSBAA and remember a smile goes a long way too!




Not your typical ETC


ETC – embrace the change

2ds – couple of days

G8OD – great outdoors

CS – culture shock

hta – have to admit



With the weather giving us a special treat the past 2ds, I have spent quite a bit of time in the G8OD, my pups have loved it.  As I strolled through the neighborhood, it got me thinking about time spent with the boys playing in the backyard and goofing off, when I realized how different customs and the culture are from the Midwest to the Desert Southwest. Have U ever experienced CS?

1 of the differences 4 me when comparing Indy to Yuma, is where we tend to hangout when gathering. I was so blessed to have an amazingly large backyard and many, many of our gatherings were held in that space, but when I look at families in Yuma, so many hang out in their front yards! Social gatherings, I believe, become a neighborhood event. ;-) Which really is a good thing, but to this Midwestern girl at 1st it seemed very odd. With that being said; I have seen some amazing front yard designs to accommodate that practice and I hta, I’m a bit jelly.

I have found that life kinda throws those changes in to keep things fresh and provides opportunities to ETC. By opening the fence and walking through it, I have cultivated relationships with my neighbors, that otherwise would never have occurred. I have learned interesting and fun facts about the area I live in, as well as what and who need to be watched out 4. It’s no longer just a neighborhood, but rather a community. And I Love that!

ETC also reminds me of my favorite movie as a teenager. If you haven’t seen My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, please set some time aside and watch. If you enjoy seeing people overcome extreme CS and preconceived notions, this is a movie 4U!

I won’t give away any spoilers, but let’s just say that Professor Higgins gets a lesson he wasn’t bargaining on and Miss Eliza Doolittle, did much! The greatest lesson learned was that even extreme cultural differences can ETC when they are ready and willing to do so. Are you READY to ETC???