• Jonathan, 55: There is no such thing as “the only one”. You will meet lots of “the ones”. Only commit when the timing is right for the both of you – that can take years for some, and that’s okay.
  • Miranda, 24: Drop pre-med.
  • Isaac, 48: Deodorant does not count as a shower, and that haircut only looked good on Bon Jovi.
  • Anya, 42: Make the conscious decision to be happy, and then stick with it. Society will do everything in its power to convince you that your personal happiness is dependent on something external – beauty, success, wealth, etc. – it isn’t.
  • Parker, 55: 60% of the things you think are important now won’t matter a whit to you by the time you reach 50. The trick is to figure out the important 40% and work it.
  • Megan, 34: He doesn’t love you, and you will be okay.
  • Peter, 58: Don’t let anything stand in your way of taking part (or all) of your junior year abroad. You’ll never again have quite the same opportunity to experience a foreign land, for an extended period of time, in your youth. It is destined to be one of the most memorable aspects of your life.
  • Eleanor, 67: Talk less. Listen more.
  • Donald, 27: There’s a huge difference between who you want to be and who everyone around you wants you to be. Figure out which is which.
  • Camille, 56: Always remember: when falling off a horse, pull your tongue in.
  • Jackson, 57: No one knows anything for sure. They’re all just doing the best they can with what they have, just like you.
  • Vicki, 47: You’ll never have all the answers, so make every question count.
  • Donald, 38: You don’t have to grow up to be the dad you never had.
  • Katelyn, 30: Make the most out of college. You will never again be at a place where your only goal is to learn. Learn a lot, learn often, and learn with reckless abandon.
  • Joshua, 55: Women love to laugh.
  • Annabelle, 38: Drugs are not beautiful, glamorous or opulent. They are not a remedy, a solution, a cure-all, or a cure-anything.
  • Colin, 50: You miss so much life when you sleep until 3 PM. Wake up to see sunrises; they are the most stunning of nature’s masterpieces.
  • Eleanor, 26: Eating two pints of ice cream won’t make you happy. Neither will sprinting 10 miles. Be nice to yourself.
  • Aaron, 52: Don’t forget to ask that girl in the Oberlin library what kind of perfume she’s wearing. You’ll buy it for her in 20 years.
  • Scarlett, 54: Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Those that get you will love you, those that don’t, well, their loss. Just remember: Wherever you are, it’s a party.
  • Zack, 9: I hope you’re awesome. And be nice to girls.

"A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face she inquired, “How heavy is this glass of water?” The answers called out ranged from 8oz to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stress and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them for a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed - incapable of doing anything.” Always remember to put the glass down."


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One of my all-time favorite stress/anxiety metaphors.

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One characteristic of mine is that [most of the time] I’m a people pleaser. I try very hard to make sure that all parties are happy- which often comes at the expense of unnecessary stress added on my shoulders. 2 lessons I’m trying to continually teach myself are learning to ask for help while at the same time realizing that in no way, shape, or form can I manage to do it all. Even under the best circumstances, having all of your proverbial “balls in the air” at the same time is not wise.

2014 is the year of relaxing, letting go, and adapting this proverb into everyday life.



Be wise enough to walk away from the nonsense around you.

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He’s been my buddy this week as I have been sequestered due to my sickness. Love my furry babies♥


So I turned 46 today…woo hoot! I was slated for the Magic Kingdom with my family instead I have spent my day in a medically induced coma due to strep throat. My amazing friend, Mae, dropped off these gems while I was sleeping. I am so blessed by my family and friends. A husband who spent his day off taking care of me, a daughter who watched movies with me (her first time watching Dirty Dancing so she finally understands my Baby/corner reference), my sweet boy who checked in on me, endless birthday texts and messages. A birthday card from my childhood friend who has NEVER missed my birthday…not once…ever. The people in my life are my sweetest gifts. Even though my day wasn’t as planned, it has proven to be the best birthday yet.


Beautiful day at Bok Tower with my family. So peaceful. Wonderful breeze. Heaven.


Workin it on NYE.


Happy 2014 from our family to yours!


Christmas 2013