Category: Encouragement


To have a brownie or not to have a brownie? That is the question weighing on my mind.

At one time, the only option for me would have to been to HAVE the brownie.  These days however I’m surprised to find myself opting out more often then not. It is after all, the healthIER alternative.

It hasn’t always been this way.  There have been many, MANY years of my life when I was at a weight that no matter what I ate, I didn’t gain an ounce.  These days it’s a different story!

The funny thing is, I’m actually enjoying healthIER eating.  Do I still have a brownie craving? Of course I do! Do I ever give in? I’d be lying if I said no…  

There’s a Bakery near me that makes brownies that are to die for. Before I started the “healthIER” journey, I would stop in on a Friday, and leave with 4 in a box… 2 for me, 2 for my hubby.  Of course I had to have one for the road, so I’d buy 5.  Last Saturday I was in the area, and it’s been awhile, I’ve done really good, so I decided to reward myself… I bought just ONE.  

It’s not the easiest journey, but I’m happy to report, I’m on the winning end. It’s a GREAT day to not have a brownie!

©Sue Anderson

I could have SWORN I heard those precise words in a song at some point, so imagine my surprise when I did a search and came up with nothing but sunshine, lollipops and rainbows! I can hear it in my head sung by a guy, not Leslie Gore.

Feeling determined, I searched for Hillbilly music. I batted a thousand there, though I did find out a lot about Hillbilly music! I went on to search for the words Sunshine & Hillbilly music & came up with a great list of Happy songs about Sunshine. I’m going to have to go back to that list when I’m done!! Oh what a HAPPY list that was!!

I’m past the lollipop stage, so I decided to forgo that as a search & decided to do a search for songs containing the words “Hillbilly Music”.

I don’t know HOW I ended up with “Hillbilly Rock”, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I think I’m going to have to add that song to my road trip playlist. The next song I found was titled “Guitars, Cadillacs”. I froze!

Words to the song played in my head and I thought NO WAY! I can’t have remembered the song wrong! Could I have?? I clicked play, and was swept away. Aside from the words, it was exactly how I remembered it. I really think they got the words wrong, it couldn’t possibly have been me! Regardless, I’m adding it to my road trip playlist anyway.

I wonder if iTunes will let me change the title on my iPhone to Sonshine, Lollipops and Hillbilly Music, cause I may lose my rememberer again! Perhaps I’ll find a way to do a voice over with the correct words. That’ll learn ‘em!! 😀

Sonshine, Lollipops, & Hillbilly Music 😉

Sonshine, Lollipops and, Hillbilly Music
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

In December 2011 my husband and I made a cross-country drive from Seattle to Southern Illinois to be of support to my Mom during a very difficult time. Having grown up in Chicago, my family spent many a summer in Southern Illinois where my Mom grew up, my Aunt’s & cousins lived, yada, yada.. 🙂

I remembered those summers with fondness, though there were many other aspects of my childhood I did not remember fondly at all. Can you relate?

During that trip, Art & I began dreaming… “Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to move here”. Traffic, was a breeze, the area had a country feel, someone asked for my autograph at Walgreens… (REALLY! It was cool!) It felt homey.

We made another cross-country drive the next year, just because it felt right & we had the time available. Not long after our return to Washington, Art came home from work one day and said…. There’s talk of people possibly getting transferred to Charleston, South Carolina”. I thought COOL! That would be closer anyhow! I started looking online at homes in that area. Despite the continued talk, Art believed it “was just a rumor”. I kept dreaming.

In May of 2013, I attended a celebration at Art’s work for his 25 year anniversary with the company. His supervisor who I’d met during our last trip was in attendance. He said something to the effect of, “I don’t think South Carolina’s going to happen”. I expressed my disappointment while he went on to say, “but I would love to have Art in Saint Louis.” I was overjoyed! If that happened, we COULD live in Southern Illinois! Once again I began searching the internet for houses in our hopeful new area.

I love how Facebook has the “on this day” feature, keeping memories for you. I was scrolling through today’s & came upon the following that I’d written 2 years ago.

“Had way too much fun today dreaming and drooling over houses that have room for dreams to happen… with especially roomy kitchens & stuff.

Will likely have LOTS more time to dream & drool before anything official happens, so for the moment, I’ma gonna close my eyes & dream with my eyes closed cause its way past my bedtime!! G’nite!! 🙂 “

In March 2014, Art’s supervisor officially asked him to consider a relocation to St. Louis. We talked, I squealed, we waited for the red tape to clear & oddly enough almost a year later to the day of the aforementioned Facebook post we were in the midst our Home-Finding trip.

Looking back I know that God led us on an incredible journey. We did relocate and find a home in Southern Illinois that is to us, dream worthy. There are so many amazing things that have happened since we’ve been here. Even dreams come with obstacles, but who says dreams don’t come true?!! Obviously they do. They really, really do! So keep dreamin, if it’s meant to be, it most assuredly will.

Who Says Dreams Don’t Come True?
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

There isn’t a day that goes by which doesn’t at some point find me listening to music, even if it happens to be the sound of my own voice singing zippity-doo-dah!

I LOVE music.  I LIVE music. I BREATHE music.  I DREAM music.  Yes, I sing in my sleep…  doesn’t everybody? 😉

I’ve been known to burst out in song based on what someone has said…  This sometimes has a desired effect of getting a sing-a-long to a variety of word bursted melodies started.  Yes, I’m crazy, and it sure is FUN!

I’ve got the music in me,
I’ve got the music in me,
I’ve got the music in ME

Song after song plays in my head throughout the day…  even as I right this…  How can I NOT have the music in me.  Music is a natural anti-depressant.  Turn up those good ole tunes & I’m a happy camper…  Even the Hokey Pokey gets me turned around….  and I LIVE to get others to join in!!

Who’s ready to put their right foot in?  I’ve got the music in me….  and I’m singing and dancing the day away!

I’ve Got the Music in Me
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

Are you one of those people who find joy in the simple things? Or is it really difficult for you to find joy?

Some folks struggle. I for the most part don’t, but there have been times where the word struggle in relation to finding joy, was an understatement.

What changed for me, was my perseverance and determination towards finding joy even, in the struggle. It’s no easy feat, but the end result is well worth it.

So how DOES one find joy in the struggles of life? It’s all about perspective really. Changing my thoughts from “Why is this happening” to “What do I need to learn from this experience” is key.

That said, the struggles of life still persist. Sometimes they seem stronger than I. Sometimes they seem stronger than my perseverance, than my determination. Those moments can be overwhelming. Unbearably so, and yet, having been down this road before and come out stronger on the other side, I faithfully battle it out waiting for that joy to break through. And it does.

I’ve got that Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy,
Down in my heart *where?*
Down in my heart *where?*
Down in my heart
I’ve got that Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy
Down in my heart *where?*
Down in my heart to stay!

Where is your joy hiding?? Are you faithfully & determinedly persistent in seeking it?

Joy, Just Joy!
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

Will Wonders Never Cease?

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I’ve been thinking about that phrase a LOT lately (will wonders never cease) & I gotta tell ya, it started to really baffle me today.

Think about it, how many times have those words followed something that went from a negative to a positive?

As I pondered today, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if the Wonders that Never Cease are the simple things that happen everyday that we just can’t help but wonder about?”  For instance….  I wonder why the sky is blue….  it is after all a wonder that will never cease isn’t it?

I sit here a little bemused, thinking of other wonders that will never cease.  It’s a good feeling, Will wonders never cease?!

Will Wonders Never Cease
©Sue Anderson, 2015
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

 

I can’t believe it’s nearly been a year since I’ve blogged!!

I was just scrolling through some of my old posts and noticed a LOT of Quote of the Day type stuff in there; and while I enjoy posting quotes (sometimes it gets the inner wheels churning and my fingers itching to write), I’m thinking I’m gonna just try going back to writing…  The posts might include a quote, because I happen to find them inspiring, but I plan on doing my best not to leave it at that.  I’m going for word power….  Gonna get my ramble on…  Yup!  Soon, very soon!!  Maybe even right this very second…   without a quote even :: GASP ::  lol

I think of all of my old posts, a few stand out to me as favorites….  “Take the Challenge” is of course #1 on the list…  I just realized the link in it for the fascinating pickle trivia no longer takes you to said article…  (Sad, very very sad)  Next to that, bear reference to The Wizard of Oz, are next, followed by my favorite Superheroes.

If you’ve followed my blog, read a few posts, etc…  Would you be willing to share your favorite if you have one?

Thanks ever so much for being here!
Cheers to you!

Sue Anderson, I.T.E.
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!

Life Quote ;-)

“Life is not always fair. Sometimes you get a splinter sliding down a rainbow.” ~Terri Guillemets

Fabulous Creativity!!

Words of Margaux

Need I say more?

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I see your true colors shining through,
I see your true colors & that’s why I love you,
so don’t be afraid to let them show…
your true colors, your true colors,
are beautiful… like a rainbow…. ~ Cyndi Lauper

Why on earth would you even want to be anybody else?

Oh alright! I admit there have been times when that’s exactly what I wanted to do…. to be somebody else…

It took awhile before I became really comfortable with all the many facets of me, and while I still have my days… these days I’m so very thankful for the very things that made me who I am… even the unpleasant parts.

My hope is that someday, you find that comfortable place within you. If you haven’t already done so… Embrace all that you are, embrace all that you are meant to be.. Don’t be afraid to let them show, your true colors, are beautiful… like a rainbow.

©Sue Anderson ~ Positively Amazing You! (TM)
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified WRAP Facilitator/Peer Support Specialist
By perseverance the snail reached the ark. ~C.H. SpurgeonYour True Colors