Tag Archive: Empowerment


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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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

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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

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

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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Music that Heals & Inspires

Woman Listening to Headphones

 I LOVE music!!  I can be on the phone with a friend and moments into the conversation, I’m tempted to break out into a song that has suddenly popped into my head based on what they’ve said.  Sometimes I give into the urge, and if I’m lucky, THEY join in! Music simply speaks to my soul.  I’ve picked out a few songs that have always given me a lift…

 Lean On Me – “Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow…”
Hero – “And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on…”
You are Loved – “If darkness blinds you, I, I will shine to guide you…”
Feelin Groovy – “Slow down, you move to fast, you’ve got to make this moment last…”
When You Believe – “There can be miracles, when you believe, though hope is frail…”
I Can See Clearly Now – “Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies…”

There’s something about each of these songs that for me, has the ability to soothe, heal, and inspire.  Interestingly, when I first started writing this, “Feeling Groovy” was NOT one I’d considered including.  Like it or not, it persistently stayed STUCK in my head until I relented.  I think there’s a reason, as there is such a reason why each of the other songs made it on the page.

When I think about the song “Lean on Me”, I think… whoever wrote that song, HAS TO have known what it was like to feel pain and sorrow, what it was like to need someone to lean on in times of trouble.  I don’t think there’s a person around who doesn’t need such a person at some point, regardless of whether we THINK we do or not.

When I listen to the song “Hero”, I’m reminded that I have within myself the ability to be… the Hero that lives inside of me, and with that, I know that I can survive… and thrive…  Whoa! Watch me grow!!!

“You are Loved”, also known as “Don’t Give Up” is a song that expresses understanding on soooooo many levels.   It’s sung by Josh Groban & I have to tell you, I have a teensy crush on his voice.  He has a new song that I really like as well called “Brave”….  When I first heard “Brave”, it made me think about the courage it takes each of us to reach out for help in the face of what we don’t understand..

“Feeling Groovy”, reminds me, that I sometimes need to just slow down a bit, stop & smell the flowers, enjoy the moment, that sort of thing, Something I often forget!!

When I listen to the song “When You Believe”, I actually prefer to watch the video of the group Celtic Woman singing it…  It’s purely magical to me for some reason.  The song itself is a song of hope, belief that the dreams I have within me CAN be achieved.  This day, in a sense is part of that dream.

Now I have to tell you, the song “I Can See Clearly Now” provides a bit of a conundrum in that I have a certain passion for rain.  I’ve always loved a good thunderstorm, they in themselves I’ve thought were refreshing, however the more I’ve listened to the song, the more I realized this song isn’t so much about the rain being gone and blue skies…  It’s more about overcoming the obstacles and challenges of life that keep our spirits from shining bright.  When we get over that hurdle…  Oh what a bright, bright sunshiny day it is, despite the weather!

Where WOULD we be without obstacles, without challenges, without hurdles?  Painful as they are as we struggle through them, there is something to be found on the other side of each and every one… something amazingly wonderful and meaningful.  Persevering through and/or past them may make us wring our hands and shake our fists at the sky….  Until you hear the music…  the meaning… in the words that someone penned…

I truly believe we all have a song of sorts within us.  Do you know of a song that could be your life song, the words in it fitting so perfectly?  If you don’t have such a song already, what are some words that would embrace your life, the ups, the downs, the joys, the frowns?

Take a minute to share with us the songs of your life…  Perhaps in doing so, you might find something that soothes, heals, and inspires as well.

Music That Heals & Inspires
©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