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~ L2S – Life’s too short

~ atw – all the while

~ sc&fp – stay calm and find peace

~ BoN – Bundle of nerves


The last few days have been exciting 1s for my family. In March, 2 of my sons enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) and on Saturday, we were blessed to be able to bring our younger
Airman home from the airport.


There is really no distinct way 2 describe just how much we miss these boys, atw feeling overwhelming pride at the work they are accomplishing and their dedication to serving our country. I have been asked many times over the past few weeks how I manage to sc&fp with the knowledge of the potential dangers they could face, aren’t I a BoN, how do I sleep? Hence this week’s quote:


Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason.

          If you get a chance, take it.

          If it changes your life, let it.

Nobody said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Dr. Seuss


Ok…so this is a 2 fold quote. 1st :  School starts for some today and we ALL know the year always starts off better a little Dr. in it! 2nd : The Dr. penned “ If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.”….the changes we have witnessed in our sons over the course of the past few months has been….and I quote “Outstanding”…(Jake, that 1 was for u) The boys….ahem…I mean men, have both taken a chance and it has irrevocably changed them. (4 the better)


Do the potential dangers still scare me?... you bet, but my faith in my sons growing into the men they are meant to be on this course is greater. They are changing themselves into the Heros I always believed they would be. They have embraced the chance and in turn I have as well.


What chances have you taken in your life recently? Did it change you? Did you let it? No matter how old you are, the circumstances that surround u, or the experiences behind you, there are chances for everyone; should they choose to take them. I hope your embrace your chance today!!!


God Bless You!

 Drawings on Wednesdays



~ LPB – Leave people Better (than you found them)

~ oty – over the years

~ TIY – Today in Yuma

~ hm - humble messages

~ A2O – All too often


1 principle I have focused on with my children oty, is to leave it better than you found it. No matter where we were or who we barrowed from, we would be proactive in leaving it better than we found it. From cleaning up trash after a football game, or picking up litter instead of walking past it, to planting trees or building structures for the community, I have tried to impress upon my boys the importance of doing and being more for the world around us.


So when I stumbled upon the message today, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. It takes this simple principal, but applies it in a much more meaningful way. Why don’t we:


Always leave people better than you found them.

Hug the Hurt

Kiss the Broken

Befriend the Lost

Love the Lonely


If you were listening to the TIY show yesterday, you would have heard Elliot Palmatier share an amazing idea called #NothingButLoveNotes developed by Natallie Rylie. It’s such a simple idea, but the potential impact is amazing. Natalie and Elliot write #lovenotes to our 1st responders as a way to thank them for the service they provide.  Some were pre-made cards, others were hm jotted down on cardstock or colored paper, but each message was designed to express to our 1st responders the gratitude that is felt for their hard work.


A2O the outstanding work these individuals do goes unrecognized or even worse, the one mistake among 10k amazing accomplishments is what gets the focus and can often leave them feeling deflated and unappreciated. As a means to combat and elevate our 1st responders Natallie and Elliot go out of their way to leave a #lovenote for them. It could be found on their car, handed to them personally while working or secretly deliver to them, but each #lovenote is designed to inspire and uplift, and uplift it does.


So if Natalie and Elliot can do this with our 1st responders, why don’t we step in and follow their lead. We can acknowledge our 1st responders, veterans, active duty members and emergency management officials, but why not step it up a notch and reach out to other groups within our community? Especially our most vulnerable like our elderly, those who are in assisted care or nursing homes. Or perhaps individuals in our shelters or care facilities. A kind word, gentle embrace, thoughtful action could be exactly what they needed at the exact moment you chose to share it! I choose to hug the hurt, kiss the broken, befriend the lost and love the lonely, will you?


God Bless You!

The FUN Theory


~ h2a – have to admit

~ VW – Volkswagen

~ btt – behind the theory

~ HH – heart health

~ YkI – You know it


I h2a that finding today’s topic was quite a struggle 4 me this week. It’s 10k degrees outside with humidity that makes me think that at least in Hades, they have a DRY heat…but I found in my struggle, that part of me that rallies toward the positive did not fail! It is all a state of mind!


In that ah ha moment I came across a Volkswagen video about “The FUN Theory”. In VW’s 1st video they converted a tube (subway) stairwell into a functional piano as a public intervention to get individuals to use the stairs instead of the escalator. The idea btt was to get the general public to do the right thing without making consumers feel guilty about it.


Was their attempt successful? You bet it was! Over 66% of consumers used the stairs instead of the escalator, a win for HH! However it’s called the fun theory for a reason though…the positive impact on those who use the stairs was evident in the video, as they hopped, played and sang their way up the stairs.


Can we apply the “Fun Theory” right here in the Yuma community? YkI!! Whether it’s heading over to the Children’s Museum of Yuma County for the final days of their summer program at the Art Center, or starting a selfie-off (like a dance-off but with selfies) in front of all the Yuma murals, or helping the Littlewood Coop as they prepare for the grand opening of their new facility on Main St…there are many, many Fun things to do in Yuma and when you get out and get moving…you will feel the better 4 it!


Oh…there are  more VW Fun Theory videos…check a few of them out 2! Just click on the links below...

God Bless You! 



~ DABC – Design a better conversation

~UtR – Under the rug



This week I am just going to jump right into my topic which 2 some is a Taboo subject and holds such a stigma that many feel it is better to sweep it UtR rather than addressing the elephant in the room. But I believe we need to talk about it, to educate our communities to be able to respond to someone in crisis and refer them to resources in our communities for help.  


For some, the right motivation is all it takes to crawl out of that dark hole that can swallow a person whole. Lisa Nichols is a prime example of finding that motivation. 4 Lisa it was the realization that she was clinically depressed and her physician prescribed anti-depressants to help her move beyond that diagnosis that became her pivotal moment.  It was the dawn of realization for Lisa who had forgotten who she was…she had identified for so long as…Jelani’s mother.…as Lisa the fiancé….as Lisa the woman he abused…as Lisa the daughter trying to hide the abuse…as Lisa the motivational speaker trying to hide the fact that she was sad from everyone…she forgot who she was.


So she asked her physician for 30 days to find Lisa again. For those 30 days Lisa started each day by completing three sentences  while facing herself in the mirror…

  • Lisa I am Proud that you….

  • Lisa I Forgive you for…

  • Lisa Commit to you that….

…and for each new day Lisa would pick 7 new things to be proud of, to forgive and to commit to. And do you know what happed after those 30 days? Well let’s just say that Lisa doctor was asking her if she could use this process with other patients, because the transformation was palatable!


So for any of you who feel that you have nothing to offer this world, or those of you who feel your troubles are greater than the strength with in you, or for those who feel that you can’t face another day…please, please, please…try Lisa’s 30 days. You just may be surprised by the YOU, you rediscover. You are NOT alone in this world, we as community are here to help and support you. We see the beauty that is YOU!


God Bless You!



~ CMC – Call me crazy

~ hts – Have to say

~ “gnome” – green negative obnoxious monster-envy

~ NiF – Now I fear

~ BMT – Basic Military Training


It’s true, really…I do love to see other people succeed in life! CMC but I hts it is 1 of my greatest pleasures! The pure joy and excitement of someone who has completed a test successfully or started the journey on the path of their dreams, is just what I need to fill my coffers with all that positive juju.

However, I have noticed in recent years that I have not experienced that joy as often as I should. I have allowed influences to negatively impact the way I view and interact with the world around me. I have allowed the “gnome” into my heart and psyche as a part of those influences. As a result I have missed far too many opportunities to fill my coffers and NiF I am running very low!

But the great thing about life….many times other opportunities will present themselves, if you take the time to notice. So starting today, I choose to feel the joy of those who have completed their studies and are moving on, whether it be to higher education, a new career path or on to the journey of their dreams, and use it to fill my near empty coffer!

There are so many reasons to rejoice with others today. Like a dear friend of mine who completed the Fire Academy and starting his dream job of becoming a fire fighter; to my sons completing BMT and becoming U.S. Airmen; to my youngest son completing the minimum requirements to graduate from high school…(we were sweating on this one) I have so many wonderful reasons to celebrate the accomplishments of others and to be truly joyful with and for them. Do you want to help others fill their coffers too? Go out and live your dream today. Take those necessary and often scary steps to find all that makes you happy. Share that joy with others and guess what? If they are like me they will revel in your success and draw joy from it too!


Blessings to you always!

Who is your I.D.O.L.?


~ I – Integrity

   D – Determination

   O – Objective

   L – Loving

~ twkop – the wrong kind of people

~ wpr – well paved road

~ hs – hard stretch


There are many people who have lived whose lives are worth emulating, so why is it we are seeing a rush of individuals who are choosing to emulate, shall I say…twkop? Is it because it is easy to travel the wpr? Or that to live a life with integrity, determination, objectivity and in a loving manner, takes 2 much effort? The variables are as vast as the number of individuals on the earth.

So it is probably not a hs for u to understand who I choose 2 emulate. Fashion icon of the 50’s, Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, Academy Awards and the Hersholt Humanitarian Award are among her many accomplishments, but the way she conducted herself in her everyday life with poise, grace and affection, are the reasons I was drawn to this unique individual. Have you guessed yet?


Born in Brussels, Belgium on May 4, 1929 as Audrey Kathleen Ruston, today we know her as Audrey Hepburn. There has not been a person whom I have conversed with that does not know who she is. She accomplished more in her 64 years of life, than most who have lived longer… and the kicker…she never thought she would be where she ended up!

“My career is a complete mystery to me. It’s been a total surprise since the first day. I never thought I was going to be an actress; I never thought I was going to be in the movies. I never thought it would all happen the way it did.”

To gain all that she did and maintain humility and composure is not any easy task, and yet she did just that. Her crowning achievement you ask? Her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, a voice for the voiceless. Like the lyrics of the Casting Crows song, Lifesong she reached out to a world in need, to be their hands and feet, so that the words she said and the things she did, made her lifesong sing and bring a smile…


So as I endeavor to embrace my I.D.O.L and walk a path of integrity, determination, objectivity and love, I hope you 2 will walk with me.

In a world full of Kardashian’s, will you be an Audrey?

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