Category: Life


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!

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How often have you struggled over a task? The way you interact with others?  Feelings of never being good enough?  Never being able to get it right?

Realizing our inability to be perfect can be a hard pill to swallow.

It may be in our nature to want to do things “perfectly”…  it may have been ingrained in us as children, and try as we might, we fall short…  we may even call ourselves a few choice names, they’re rarely ever pretty.

Even the brilliant phrase “If at first you don’t succeed at first, try, try again”… looked at long enough, carries with it that expectation of perfection.

The feelings that churn within may look like;
–          “Why should I bother?”
–          “I’ll never measure up!”
–          “What’s the point?”

In the midst of this, it’s hard to fathom, or to grasp, something you’ve done right, even when you KNOW you have!

It’s hard enough when those expectations are placed on us by others, but when we place them on ourselves…  Boy HOWDY, what a mess we make!

But what if, just for this one task, this one interaction you affirmed yourself?   What if you told yourself as you headed for that interaction or task “It doesn’t have to be perfect, just give it your best shot”?

–          Could you handle giving yourself the credit for just having tried?
–          Could you leave that task feeling more empowered to do the same on the next?
–          Could you be more successful than you realized you had the potential for?

I can almost hear the joy of that victorious moment, I can hear your “Yes! Yes! Yes!”, see that fist pumping the air, upon achieving that success.

I’ve had those moments…  they aren’t everyday moments, but when I reflect back on them, I give myself the power to keep moving forward, to persevere and in doing so, I set myself up for success.

I have a whole pile of boxes to fill…  I’m about to give myself permission to just gather things and fill the boxes, even while I struggle with the need to organize that stuff so that there will be less work for myself later!  Who’m I kidding?!!   🙂

Are you ready?  What task or interaction are you about to tackle with a renewed sense of purpose? Picture me, cheering you on!

©Sue Anderson
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
By perseverance the snail reached the ark. ~C.H. Spurgeon

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“Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” ~ Charles F. Kettering

The Awe-Manac, one of my favorite quote sources carried the above quote a bit further with what I might call a challenge…. “Go on, Get Your Mind Out. Explore a New Frontier without Leaving the Dip in Your Hammock! Grab Your Mind by the Brilliance!”

Personally speaking, I absolutely love the amazing potential that those words provoke and am getting more and more excited about the “New Frontier of sorts” that my husband and I will be leaving our proverbial hammocks for!

Ok, so back to the task at hand… Here are this week’s Positively Thought Provoking Quotes to see you through to Friday…

“Wisdom begins in wonder, be as you wish to seem”. ~Socrates

“Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity.” ~Michael J. Gelb

“Time cools, time clarifies, no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours” ~Thomas Mann

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” ~Bill Moyers

“Follow you inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness.” ~Allen Ginsberg :: side note:: picture me, singing along as “Dancing in the Moonlight” plays on my internal radio 😀

May your week be one that is sprinkled with uncontainable joy.

Sue Anderson, I.T.E.
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Support Specialist/Certified WRAP Facilitator 
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon

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Oh to Scatter Joy!

  • What does that mean to you?
  • How might you apply it in the area you live in?
  • Who’s life might you touch in an incredible way?

These are just a few questions I asked myself when I created the above poster.  I hope they are questions you might embrace each day as you go about your errands, work, commute, etc.

The world needs more joy…

Honestly speaking I try, sometimes even without giving it a second thought, to scatter joy in the lives of those I encounter.  Some days are easier than others, but think about it…  How many people do you know, or are acquainted with, who struggle.

Many, do not share their struggles.  It would seem that their lives are perfectly a.o.k…, on the surface.  But scatter a little joy into it, and you will ease their struggle.

So how might YOU, make a difference?

Scatter joy throughout the world…  in doing so, you will likely scatter joy on yourself, and THAT would be FUN!

©Sue Anderson, I.T.E.
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Specialist, Certified WRAP Facilitator
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon

Extraordinary! Amazing! Legendary!!! Seahawks WIN the Super Bowl #SB48 #LOB #SeaHawks

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I’ve never been into football… Would never have watched or followed it by choice…

Several weeks ago, that changed. There’s a rather amazing spirit around these parts that has the ability to catch fire…. and #BOOM

It’s kind of surreal this transformation, but it had to take something extraordinary for THIS gal to “CatchTheFever” and The SeaHawks are just that… Extraordinary. Amazing. Legendary!

Just goes to show, you’re never too old to believe in something you once did not!! #ImTheEvidence

I BELIEVE the SeaHawks will win! Go Hawks!!!

#GoHawks! #LOB #SB48 #WhosGonnaWin #SeaBestFans #Seahawks

©Sue Anderson, I.T.E
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon

Let Your Inner Child Out to Play

Let Your Inner Child Out to Play

As adults we get stuck in the rut of duty; work, chores, etc…
Today, take some time just for YOU & Let your inner child out to play!!

©Sue Anderson, I.T.E., Positively Amazing You!™
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Specialist, Certified WRAP Facilitator
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™
By perseverance the snail reached the ark. ~C.H. Spurgeon