Category: Strength


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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“I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.”  

~Johnny Depp

 I don’t know about you, but confusion is not a place that I find comfort in. so when I read the above quote I thought ‘say what?’  I pictured for an instant the joy of sticking one’s tongue out smiling at the same time and thought how confusing THAT could look to somebody. 

Maybe that quote is just Depp’s way of embracing the silliness within…  and confusion does resemble silliness sometimes…  perhaps…  maybe…  I could be wrong…  What are your thoughts?!  Are you as confused as I by the thought?  If so, my mission is accomplished, I’m now in good company!  😉

Anyhow, back to the task at hand…  Here are this week’s Positively Thought Provoking Quotes.

“An idea is salvation by imagination.” ~ Franklin Lloyd Wright

 “Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm” ~Robert Schumann

 “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.” ~Dumbo

 “Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.”

 “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” ~Judy Garland

Wishing each of you, a Splendiferously AMAZING Week!!

©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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“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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To Bloom or Not to Bloom

 …and the flower thought, “Today is a GREAT day to BLOOM!” …seedlings dropped and bloomed from that flower, brightening hearts & all the earth with lovely blossoms.   ~Sue Anderson

Like the flower, we have the power within us to “BLOOM”, or remain stagnant.  Choose today to brighten hearts & all you meet throughout the earth.

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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Today I wish to once again express my deepest gratitude for each and every one of you who pop in, visit, share, and comment…  I am so very blessed to have you here each and every day, or as often as you’re able. 😉  I am truly humbled every time I see a new like, a comment, a link back, etc

This being the day most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of History I came across.

I’m sure somewhere hidden away in the deep dark recesses of my brain are all the things I’d learned as a child about Thanksgiving, but for as long as I can remember I think I REALLY thought Turkey & Pumpkin pie were ALWAYS a part of the Thanksgiving Feast.  The video I’ve included in this post, I found entertaining, educational, and informative. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

For years on this holiday, I have chosen to wear sweat pants, (mainly so I would have enough room for all the goodies).  I’ve also delighted in going around the table sharing what I’m thankful for.

I’ve learned the positive impact of making a daily list of at least 5 things you’re grateful for.   I try to add to my list each day, though there are times I forget to do this, & fall out of the habit.  So Thanksgiving for me is also a reminder to get back in that groove if I’ve fallen out of it.

Yesterday on my Positively Amazing You! ™ Facebook page, I posted a list of several things I’m thankful for, so I’m going to try to not repeat any of them as I share 5 more.

1.  I’m thankful for books of every kind; they teach me things, or take me to faraway places through the word pictures they portray.

2.  I’m thankful for Movies; they help me laugh, sometimes make me cry, and often teach me other ways to show compassion.

3.  I’m thankful that I was able to get a knee scooter yesterday so that I can get around easier while my ankle heals.

4.  I’m thankful for computers which have the ability to connect us in an instant to people we might never have otherwise met.

5.  I’m thankful for chocolate; hot chocolate; dark chocolate, chocolate milk; chocolate covered marshmallows, etc. all of which helps to keep me sweet.  😉

Picture a table with all of us virtually gathered round.  Are you willing to join in and share with us 5 things you’re grateful for?

It doesn’t matter where you’re from, where you live, or what path in life you’re on. All are welcome to share at our virtual table. Have a seat. There’s a row of coffee urns all set, some snacks to share, & feel free to bring & share your favorite snacks to add to the table as well.

©Sue Anderson, I.T.E., Positively Amazing You! (TM)
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Specialist, Certified WRAP Facilitator
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™

http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/videos#bet-you-didnt-know-thanksgiving

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect
before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
~John Quincy Adams

A few weeks ago, my hubby & I went to see Josh Groban LIVE in concert at the Key Arena.  Having gained a few pounds since the last concert of his we attended, I really wanted to get a new Josh Groban t-shirt from the concert; One that I could wear again and again and again.

The “sour lemon” in this particular instance, was that Art and I had recently began a new way of budgeting, which I was rather excited about, but as it was so new, we hadn’t planned for this particular expense, and through this new ‘program’, if it’s not in the budget, it don’t happen.

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The concert was great, and as the evening progressed, so did the desire for that t-shirt.   As we were getting ready to leave, Art said to me; “How often do we attend this kind of event?  I’ve really been wrestling with this all night…  If you really want a t-shirt or souvenir, I think you should get yourself something”.   Though I was excited by this opportunity, I found MYSELF struggling even more.

Walking through to the exit, I didn’t see any open booths, and thought… maybe it just ain’t meant to be.  Inwardly I was relieved, which was really ODD because dadgumit, I wanted that t-shirt.  Lol But there at our final exiting point, was a small crowd, gathered round a merchandise booth. 

I stood at the edge of the line, looked at the prices, at wrestled over the decision.  Finally, I turned away, head held high, and said…  “As much as I want one, I’m gonna pass”.  We were out the door within moments and I rushed to the edge of yet another crowd.  This one was one of those that, if it panned out, would produce a rather cool memory.

We waited as the crowd grew, security guards came out, and shooed people away who were not behind the barricade.  We were on the edge of the second row of the group behind the barricade, waiting, talking, reminiscing, and wondering…  I reached into Art’s jacket pocket for the marbles I had asked him to hold for me earlier… “just in case”, I’d said.

After what seemed like forever, a bus pulled up to the gate, and off hopped Josh Groban who, began a speedy process of signing autographs.  I pulled out my ticket and waited.  We were told when he got to the end of the line which was in front of us, he would be leaving…  and so I stood a little taller and as he got closer, I snapped a picture…  my phone chose that moment to die… probably because I took so many pictures during the concert.

Somehow I must have been far enough forward that my ticket was the last to be autographed.  As I held it out for him to sign, I asked if it was okay to give him marbles.  He looked at me, and said, “I WILL gladly take those marbles… I’m ALWAYS losing mine!”

For me, and Art as well, that was a moment in time that will not likely be forgotten, and a story that can be told again, and again.  The cost, was time, and of course marbles ;-);This was indeed well worth passing on the t-shirt for.  Oh, don’t get me wrong…  I still want one.  Lol  I even went on line to see if the one’s from this tour could be ordered; I DO have a birthday coming up… Sadly they weren’t available in the online store….  Yet, but someday I’m sure they will be… until then, I’ll just practice have to persevere with a fantastic memory & story.

Sometimes it’s SO very easy to want things RIGHT NOW.  We’re annoyed & frustrated when we don’t get them.  Yet each of these instance I believe, have within them something to learn from them.  Life’s most difficult lessons are those that are also the most valuable.

Oh, and just for the record…  that picture I’d snapped just before my phone died, required a little patience & perseverance (charging) – I was relieved to see it had indeed made it into my photos!

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Take a few moments to think about, share, talk about, etc., those things that have us all atwitter.  If the waiting is the hardest part., what then is the joy that will be found in the midst of that wait? 

The Waiting is the Hardest Part
©Sue Anderson, I.T.E.  ~ 2013 ~ All Rights Reserved
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
An-ders-(S)o-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™
“By Perseverance the snail reached the ark” ~C.H. Spurgeon

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