From Me to You…

With this being the last Weekly Photo Challenge of the year, I can’t help but realize how quickly time has passed.

Life is full of unpredictable turn of events and even with all the drama that manages to arise, each day never ceases to be miraculous.

One of my favorite times of the year is Christmas because it reminds me to surround myself with those I love. With so many people searching for those magical moments, with eyes wide open…little do they know…the magic is already there.

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We all have a story…and sometimes the struggles within each journey is not only for our learning, but a message to inspire others, as well.

One of my favorite memories in time was when I opened my front door and visited a post-card moment of this silent beauty. 

This video is a picture-perfect post card moment in my life. I’m not saying my life was perfect, by any means, but that very moment in time was.

Although this is no longer my home and have moved twice to two different states since then…I still remember the warmth I felt on that cold, silent night.

Every now and then, I reflect on where I am and the many different circumstances that led me here. I will always cherish my past, the good and the bad…as stepping stones to this journey I continue.  With 2018 soon upon us, I wish you the joy of family, the gift of friends and the best of everything in the new year. 

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Love,

Laura

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The View From My Window

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An Invitation

Hello, My Friends;

Welcome to my small world and all that lies within. You will find my door is always open to anyone with good intentions.

Not only will you find my door open but my window is always open to new ideas and views. Sometimes, the drama and negativity of life has a way of closing our hearts and minds to all the good around us. Here, you will hear words of encouragement as well as finding a listening ear.

Although The View From My Window is full of images and photos of all that inspires me, it’s much more than that.  The view from my window is rich in inspiring quotes, encouraging thoughts and an appreciation for life and all it has to offer.

I believe everyone has within them an imagination that needs to be explored through thought, creativity and expression.  There is no right or wrong way because you are the author, artist,  creator and the one who sets the very standard for the masterpiece. Everyone has a window and each window has a view.

Here, we will celebrate life together through all the highs and lows. Through all the words written and those yet to come. Here, we will see the invisible, feel the intangible and achieve the impossible because we are not confined by walls. We have a view. A collaboration between me and you.

Please accept my warm invitation and hospitality and stop by anytime. Take a load off. Put your feet up. And enjoy the view.

Hope to see you soon.

Hospitality is a beautiful balance between heart and home.

It’s not about changing them but changing you.

It’s a collaboration of the two.

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Why It’s OK for ME to Delete Facebook Friends

Once upon a time, I remember my children saying, “Mom, you should get on Facebook.” Hee Hee 🙂 I just shrugged it off saying, “No thanks. That’s not for me. That’s for the younger generation.” That was over seven years ago and was I ever wrong. Facebook may be a book of faces, but it can be so much more.

Facebook has been known for just being a popularity contest. The more friends you have and the more “likes” the more popular you are. Not so true, these days. It’s more about “deleting” and “unfriending” and this is why…

I have never been nor ever want to be a part of drama. Drama is such a waste of time. At some point and time in our lives, we will eventually experience it without asking for it or provoking it because that’s just a part of life. Ahh…just imagine living life without drama. I can’t. It’s simply not possible. Although we can eliminate some drama from our lives, we can’t always avoid it.

With my Facebook at 859 friends, I noticed that I was only seeing a handful of posts from those 859. To be a part of a group with so many friends, I thought I would be able to see all 859 all the time. NOT!  This made me realize that if I’m not seeing many of my friends posts, then there is a good chance…they do not see mine. With a little research, I found that Facebook showed that the average news feed story from a Facebook profile reaches only 12 percent of their friends. If that’s the case, why have so many friends?

So far, Facebook has been a good experience for me. I have been able to connect with friends and family which I have not seen in years, and possibly may never get the chance to see again. I have also been able to connect with others who I may not be friends with in my personal life, but I have similar interests to maintain a good Facebook connection.  I  always look forward to checking in with my circle of friends.

If we are Facebook friends and I have not connected with you for a long time, I hope that will change. I have deleted over 100 so-called friends, and I don’t say that to be mean…I’m just saying that we weren’t really friends. Facebook may  say we were but by my definition, we really weren’t.   After the changes were made, I pulled up my Facebook feed and had already noticed posts that I would not have normally seen. Mission accomplished.  🙂

And you know what the ironic thing about all this is?  Some may not even see this post because they too, have too many friends. (LOL)  Although my circle of friends may decrease in number, my hope is that it will increase in value.

To me, Facebook shouldn’t be about the followers

but more about the friends.

Until next time,

Laura

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It’s 2014…Keep It Real!

Plain and Simple is always better....

Plain and Simple is always better….

The quote “Keep It Real” may sound a little cliché, but I think it is necessary in maintaining a balanced life and keeping things in perspective. It’s only seven days into the New Year and that’s just enough time to already get off track on those goals and new years resolutions. Although, I am no expert and I make many mistakes along the way…I want to share a few ways that help me keep it real!

• Don’t be fake. Always tell the truth. Honesty is always the best policy…no matter what!

• Keep your perspective. Don’t do anything to compromise your integrity, identity, morale or self-worth.

• Try to put yourself in others shoes. Be sensitive to others needs.

• If you are in the wrong…Always apologize.

• Remember who you are, where you came from, and who you belong to. Stay true to you, your friends, family and most importantly, God.

• Say what you need to say; but be tactful, loving and mature with your words.

• Try to stay positive! Let your light shine and be the encourager.

• Respect everyone even when you don’t want to. Agree to disagree and learn to move on.

• Learn from your mistakes!

• Forgive! Forgive! Forgive!

• Remember these two words and say them often…”THANK YOU”

• Try to do extend kindness to others in some small service as often as possible. The possibilities are endless.

• Be compassionate! Compliment often!

• Listen more and Talk less!

• Pray! Don’t Worry! Be Happy!

• Be Thankful…even for the little things.

• Smile and Laugh often! Don’t take anything or anyone for granted.

• Love Yourself!

The journey is yours and yours alone. You’re only as happy as you set your mind to be. As I said, I am no expert and merely trying to share some things I’ve learned over the years. I am still learning…so, if you have any helpful tips tokeeping it real” please share! There is always room for growth!

Simply,

Laura