Inspire yo'self

and others


August 2014

Trash & Treasure

As I am planning a few trips in the next few years to faraway touristy exotic locations, I keep thinking about how the places I want to go are other people’s homes, and at the same time, my dreams.

Isn’t that something? Our dreams could very well be someone else’s daily life. And our daily life could very well be someone else’s dream.

One man’s life is another man’s dream.

Love & Blessings,



Be patient.

Live life.

Have faith.

These three sentences could sum up my motto for learning to let go of the past and the hurt along with the disappointments life throws at us. We can’t ever be sure of the “whys” of things, but what we can be sure of is the trust that we HAVE to have in order to move forward with life. Without trust, we are wishy washy lollygagging around not ever sure of what direction we want to pick in fear of missing out on the past. Without trust, we believe we have control over certain things when in reality we do not. We only have control over our reactions.

This means we have to trust that fate or destiny or God or the Universe or whatever has a plan. A master plan. And we are in their command.

Trusting in something bigger than you or I takes the pressure off of ourselves having to have it all figured out on our own and trying to control life.

Be patient. Live life. Have faith.

Love & Blessings,

We Choose

If life throws a brick at you, what do you do? How do you react?

We can either just stand there and let it hit us or we can move hoping it won’t hit us. Either way, we control how we react.

This is the beauty of life. We control how we react to every situation. We can’t always control what life is going to throw at us but we do have control over our reactions to what life does throw at us. We are driving the bus. We are steering the wheel. This also makes it brutal for us.

We are each dealt a certain hand in life. We decide how we play that hand. We can either fold which would also mean giving up, allowing life to happen to us or we can play that hand to the best of our ability and knowledge, making the best of the hand we have been given-not allowing life to just happen to us because life is what we make it. We can make our life exactly the way we choose to. We choose.

At the end of every night, we choose.

At the beginning of every morning, we choose.

What are you choosing? How are you reacting to your present life circumstances? What things are you holding onto in the past?

Be free. Open up.

You choose.

Love & Blessings,

The Rose

I was caught in a moment staring at this beautiful rose. I couldn’t stop staring at it. It’s beauty astounded me. This beautiful perfect vibrant colorful rose. Dark red were its petals and dark green was its stem. The petals were completely perfect in size and shape. Absolutely perfect.

It got me thinking about life and the Universe. It got me thinking about all of the other beautiful perfect vibrant colorful flowers. How God made these things. He made these beautiful perfect vibrant colorful flowers. He made rain so the rain would help these flowers grow and nourish them. Can you believe that? Everything He made has purpose-even flowers!

Flowers are absolutely beautiful….but do you know what is even more beautiful? Humans. Humans are more beautiful. I mean, we have two hands, two ears, two eyes, one mouth, two legs, two arms, organs, hair, and so much more. But, best of all, we have a heart. God made us with a heart. Who does that? Who even makes something and then thinks about what they should put inside?!? God does. And then when he decides to make insides, he makes a beautiful heart. A heart that beats. A heart that its purpose is to keep us alive. A heart that allows us to love. When I really think about all this, it is nothing short of amazing.

Who does that?

God does.

If our God or Universe or whatever you want to call him or her that made us can make flowers so utterly completely perfect and beautiful, then you better believe they took the time to make each of us utterly completely perfect and beautiful too.

Love & Blessings,


The 30 Year Old

This is 30.

1) Life is in the grunt of each day. I spent so much time in my 20’s trying to get to somewhere I wasn’t sure I was going. I have finally learned life is what is happening right now. Right now as you read this. Life is here. Life is now. Live it. Plan life but leave room for God to work and fate to happen. Life is pretty frickin amazing when you learn this.

2) Sad things happen. Bad things happen. It all happens. We all experience it. None of us are immune from the trials and tribulations of life. Feel these things. Learn from these things. But most importantly, make peace with these things. Trust the bigger plan. Learn to love the questions to the answers you don’t have.

3) If you are bored with life, find something you enjoy doing and go do more of that. I promise you, life will get more exciting when you are doing what you truly enjoy doing.

4) Follow your own curiosity. What sparks your interest? What draws your attention? Don’t fight that nudge. Embrace it. Listen to it. Follow it. This is your heart talking directly to you. What better way to know what you are supposed to do then to listen to your own heart?

5) Your mind will talk you out of things that you are meant to do. There are times we need to think logical and be responsible but I believe there is a way to do what you really want to do if you do it logically and responsibly. Yes, you can do something crazy and totally off the wall in a responsible way. Don’t always listen to your mind. Sometimes it is telling you something just because this is what the “masses” are doing or it is “just the way it is.” Are the masses happy? Sometimes the people that do things because that’s “just the way it is” are the worst examples we can look at.

6) Be yourself. Be YOUrself. The most freeing thing we can all do is be our own unique individual self. Not everyone will like you. That’s ok. Not everyone will understand you. That’s ok. The ones that do though, those are the ones meant to be in your life. These are your people. Be YOU.

7) Give more than you get. I don’t know if giving is actually selfless because when you give, you get so much more in return. I think the people that give the most have found this little secret out. It all starts out selfless but ends up being so much more rewarding than words can describe. Go see.

8) Everyone misuses the word hard. I do it all the time. Monday’s aren’t hard. Moving isn’t hard. Working out isn’t hard. Getting up early isn’t hard. Being nice to mean people isn’t hard. Hard is battling cancer. Hard is losing a loved one and/or many more. Hard is losing a beloved pet. Hard is being paralyzed. Hard is losing something near and dear to your heart. Hard is sacrificing for your country. Hard is being in a car accident or any kind of accident and fighting for your life. Hard is not having enough food and water as a child. Hard is being abused by someone you love at a vulnerable age. Those things are hard. Life is challenging, but not always hard.

9) Creating the life you want is literally following those who have done it before you. We have so many examples around us to do this. The people who are doing what they love for a living aren’t any more special than you or I. They didn’t have any more smarts than you or I. They didn’t have any more money than you or I. What they did have was courage, strength, and an unbreakable will to achieve their wildest dreams.

10) Setbacks make us stronger. Setbacks make us better. Setbacks make us wiser. Setbacks help mold us into exactly who God wants us to be. Setbacks do suck. I’m not saying they don’t. But if you use them, they are more important than any great time we have ever had. Setbacks are the change agents that take people from doing ordinary things to doing extraordinary things. Without setbacks, we would all stay ordinary. Puke. No thank you.

11) Friends and dogs make life better. It’s that simple. Some of us have no family. And, not all of us get married or have kids. But what we can all do is find one or two really good friends and keep them in our life. And we can all get a dog or some sort of pet. Trust me, these two things make life better.

12) Laughing is a must. Look stupid. Snort when you laugh. Cry when you laugh. Have the most annoying laugh. Have the loudest laugh ever. Just laugh. It is a must in life.

13) Travel. See the world while you can. I have been pretty blessed to do the traveling I have already done but, I’m not done yet. No kids yet? Travel. No significant other yet? Travel. Save your money up and see the world. See the different cultures. It is amazing and eye opening beyond words to see that there are other humans in this world living a totally different way than you do. This life is not all about you. We are not all the same. This is phenomenal.

14) Don’t settle. Sometimes you will want to. Don’t! Yes, all of your friends may be getting married and having kids and you’re still single but don’t lose faith. You may want to settle but don’t. Throw yourself into the things you want to do. Throw yourself into the things you are passionate about. Don’t settle.

15) Forgive. Forgiving others who have wronged you may not seem fair. But the thing is, the greatest gift you can give yourself is to let go of that resentment you harbor and hold onto from someone who has hurt you. Forgiving others is something you do for yourself. It helps YOU. Forgive.

Love & Blessings,
Tara (30 Years Old)

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