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Fear and Love

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

— John Lennon

I’ll keep it short.

Fear or love: which one is it going to be driving YOUR decisions, YOUR mindset, YOUR life?

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“Every moment is the paradox of now or never.”

— Simon Van Booy

I don’t want to get to deep on a Monday morning, but I couldn’t pass this opportunity up.

Life is full of choices.

Each choice you make affects so many other choices.

You can either run from what you have to do or face up to it.

While it may seem like you have all the time in the world to frit away, spending it being passive or leaving decisions unmade, you don’t. To be fair, none of us do.

So consider this your wake-up call.

Every moment is asking you a question: is it now or never? What will your choice be?


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“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.”

— Lance Armstrong

This quote seemed to suit today’s call for perseverance, courage, and optimism. And regardless of what’s going on with Lance, the message remains the same: a call to action from a cancer survivor.

I hope this provides a helpful reminder to all those who are faced with something as seemingly insurmountable as cancer. You have two choices: give up or fight like hell.

For what it’s worth, I have faith in you. And you should always fight.

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“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is short enough. Don’t spend yours being angry. I can hear the second ticking away, but the sound fades when I enjoy my life. Live and let live. Let someone else be angry all the time. You’ve got a  life to live.

So what’s it going to be? Happiness or anger? Tick… tick… tick…

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“Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it’s okay to feel things. And be who you are about them.”

— Stephen Chbosky

It was hard to pick just one quote from this book. I hope this one does for you what it did for me– reminded me that you should feel what you need to feel and not judge yourself based on those emotions.

We can’t be happy all the time. It’s our hope we won’t be sad all the time. Feel what you need to and don’t give yourself crap for it. And while you may not like where you are right now, another quote from the book can probably help with that…

“We are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.”

Love and Light,


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“What are you going to do with your one and only life?”

— Viola Davis in Won’t Back Down

A new teacher movie for me to geek out over is coming out this weekend. It was this quote however that reached out to more than simply the parents, students, and educators.

We have one life. ONE. What are you going to do with yours?

Make it one worth remembering. Make it one worth celebrating. And for goodness sake, make it one that makes YOU happy.

Love and Light,



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