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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!

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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

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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Quote of the Day

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up. ~Allen Klein

Challenge of the Day

Grab a box of crayons & put them to good use while singing out loud or in your head…

I’m gonna color that gray right outta my day
I’m gonna color that gray right out of my day
& Add some laughter, Hurray!
(Sing to the tune of ‘South Pacific’s – I’m Gonna wash that man right outta my hair)
If ya don’t know it, make up your own tune to sing it to…

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

The Enviable Power in the Productivity of Procrastination

“There is an enviable power in the productivity of procrastination which can 
withstand the most chore laden desires…. I call it, FUN!” ~Sue Anderson

Yesterday a dear friend of mine was looking for a reason to avoid doing something productive. It was a rather eloquently worded plea, and in my quest to respond, I thought “I CAN’T just say For Pete’s sake Procrastinate – that just would have been to boring!” So I started to type and came up with the quote above.

I must’ve thought pretty hard because I SWEAR my brain hurt, I mean I really had to Dig DEEP for that!! lol The bright side of this whole exchange, or so I thought, was that I wouldn’t have to hunt for a quote for today… which meant *I* could skip being productive & go straight to fun!! My brain on the other hand had other ideas & wasn’t finished with me yet…

So there I was ever so proudly having fun, posting my quote and the challenge I came up with for it on every Facebook page I could think of, when out of nowhere came “BLOG!!!!!!! You HAVE TO BLOG this one”. Which caused me to think some more and so here I sit, preparing a blog because I just could NOT allow myself to just blog the quote and challenge… Nope, No way, No how, wasn’t happening!

What IS it about blogging that causes my brain to kick into 6th gear, wanting to create the perfect masterpiece for someone to read. Does anyone else have this problem. Do you find it hard to post something short & simple? I was thinking about this “Keep it Simple” concept earlier yesterday as a matter of fact. I was at that point trying to come up with a better phrase than “Keep it Simple Stupid” because I really dislike that word…

Hmmm… do I dislike “simple” as well.. Could that be the key??

Hold on there, we’re not goin down those tracks today….

I’d be here forever… and you my dear reader, will either be in stitches or long gone…. So I’ll just Keep it Shortly Simple…. There, that’s what I came up with WHILE writing this blog…. The simple concept I’ll explore another day… In the meantime I’m going to take heart and head my own challenge…. Take THAT dear brain of mine!!

How ‘bout you? Are you up for this challenge: Find something productive to procrastinate over while withstanding all those chore laden desires – Be the envy of everyone & have a POWERFULLY FUN weekend!! 🙂

Well??? Hey, no worries if you don’t feel like commenting right now… I mean, that COULD appear chore-ish… unless of course you throw some POWERFUL FUN in there!!!


Here’s to the enviable power in the productivity of procrastination which can withstand the most chore laden desires…. FUN!!!

The Enviable Power in the Productivity of Procrastination
©Sue Anderson, I.T.E. ~ All Rights Reserved 2012
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

Often times, with the weight of the world on our shoulders, we feel stuck, trapped, like giving up, like no matter which way we turn, it’s going to be the wrong way. We feel like tossing in the proverbial towel.

So many roadblocks, So many obstacles to overcome, and daily life becomes such a struggle. Who to talk to, Who to trust, is there anyone who will understand in such a way they can help us over to the other side? Is there anyone like that out there?

Sometimes it feels like there isn’t one such person, that there is no way out, and then before you know it your thoughts are going down a path that would lead to certain destruction.

Such was the case for me the last several days and without going into all the details of what led my thoughts there, I’ll just say that once again I managed to give myself just the boost I needed, without even so much as a plan other than to have something inspiring to wake up to.

I just downloaded a new app for my iPhone last night. It was an alarm clock with an option to choose a playlist. As my thoughts were reaching the ‘tipping point’, “I Believe” started to play, followed by “You are Love (Don’t Give Up), followed by India Arie’s “Beautiful Day”, followed by “Footloose”, and then my other alarm went off, with “I will lift my voice”….

The combination, the unique lifting of the storm clouds, gets me out of bed, dancing along. When the song is over and the morning D.J.’s start talking about having a need for inspiration and ‘tipping points’ I sit back on my bed in awe. “Better than a Halleluiah” starts to play on the play-listed alarm, followed by “Just Dance”. I couldn’t agree more!! lol

Coincidentally, the playlist was set to shuffle mode so the songs that I first heard this morning were not in the order I had chosen them.

Smiling internally and externally, my thoughts now on a brighter path…. “You’ll Never Let Me Go – Don’t Let me Lose my way” are the words to the song on the second alarm….. I’m no longer in that dark space I was moments ago.

My faith or spiritual path, often coupled with music is a shelter from many of the storms of my life. Today it managed to “Tip the Proverbial Towel Outta the Way”

As I end this “The Warrior” begins to play on my snoozed first play list alarm… I chuckle as I remember the picture of a Warrior I once wrote about after a lengthier though similar dark time.

What is it that provides shelter from the storms of your life? Be prepared to open your ears and hear the answers that are sure to come to a willing listener.

Tipping the Proverbial Towel Outta the Way
©Sue Anderson – (An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends & Laughter)™
All Rights Reserved
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32