Blogging on The Brightside

"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." -The Little Engine That Could


“Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bowed down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is…”

New track by one of my favorite artists, Sara Bareilles. This song seemed to go along with our general theme of optimism and perseverance.

Everyone has felt like they were the opposite of brave. Everyone needs a reminder of just how brave they are.

Psst… yeah, you… You are BRAVE. Fight for yourself. You are all you need to be your best.

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“Punch today in the face.”


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“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

— Winston Churchill

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A Happy Life

To live with purpose. To say the courageous thing. To celebrate the simple gift. To follow your dreams. This is a happy life. ~ Wayland Henry

This was the quote on a birthday card from a friend I received this morning. She knows me too well… an optimistic quote is the perfect gift.

For the past 24 years, I have had a happy life. I do not anticipate that changing anytime soon. That in itself is an enormous blessing. I do my best each day to be a better person than yesterday and I (try my best to) take everything in stride and use it as fuel towards my journey.

Today, my little world celebrates my 24th year on Earth.

I guess more what I focus on is that I have had 24 years of LIFE.

Good, bad, optimistic, pessimistic, realistic, heart-warming, spirit-crushing, tear-jerking, soul-searching, growing-and-growing, run-and-jump, skip-and-stumble, get-back-up-and-dust-yourself-off kind of LIFE. I have woken up for 8,767 days with air in my lungs, a roof over my head and people around me that I could count on. I have people in my life who would take the impact of a bad word, a bullet, or a freight train for me. Tell me that’s not a good life. Tell me I should not be HAPPY (nay, ECSTATIC) with this life. What’s more, I know that I am certainly not the only one who is lucky enough to say these things and be thankful for them.

We all have a happy life. Whether we follow Wayland’s instructions or our own does not matter. What matters is that we have life, we live it, and we celebrate every day. Every day we’re given is our simple gift. All words we take the chance to speak can be courageous. Following our dreams can be as simple as remembering our path is our own and no one else can walk it for us. Live a happy life. Remind yourself of your happy life, today and always.

Love and Light,



“Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke

Experience is life’s best teacher. Sometimes, it comes to you as a euphoric moment and other times it brings you to your knees gasping for air just before delivering a knock-out blow. I never said it was a “nice” teacher…

I won’t belabor the point. No feeling is final. Let it all happen to you and grow through it. While it may not be the feeling(s) you want, they are feelings you need to experience. Feel what you’re feeling so that you can live your life.

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A simple reminder I need. Here’s hoping reading this reminds you of the good we can draw from life and the choice to be happy is ultimately our own.

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“Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart.”

-Eli Young Band, Even if it Breaks Your Heart


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“Persevere. Because nothing worthwhile is easy.”

President Barack Obama



Today our commander in chief is our commander in hope.

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“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Boston.

Remind yourself that you can be a beacon of light for anyone at anytime.

So long as we don’t stop being optimists and fight the good fight, good will conquer evil always.

Believe in the good. BE the good.

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“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”

— Paulo Coehlo

Expectation is the thief of all joy.

Let today’s blessings, big and small, obvious and otherwise, be recognized and celebrated for what they are.

Just because things don’t turn out the way we want doesn’t mean they’re not turning out the way they are supposed to.

Expect to be surprised. Expect to be challenged. Expect the unexpected and smile at the cards you’re dealt.

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