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Secret of Life

Secret of Life

secret of life

Do you know the Secret of Life?   Maybe it is something you have wondered about at times in your life. I know that I have. A very dear friend’s blog post this month was about the Secret to Life. She is a Stroke Survivor and an exceptionally strong woman.  I knew her before her stroke and have followed her progress for over 10 years now. To be honest, when I heard about her stroke, I had little hope. But she has continued to make remarkable progress through the years. She loves her life and has attacked her recovery with every bit of spunk and will that she has in her other life endeavors. She continues to amaze me. 

As I mentioned, her post this month was about the Secret. She shared the story of Barry Zito, a former pitcher for the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants. .My friend loves baseball and Barry’s newest endeavor caught her eye. He has become a  singer and one of his first songs is all about the Secret of Life

After watching the video numerous times, which I love, I was curious to learn more about Barry and what inspired him about this song. I found several videos on YouTube that I watched about his early career that chronicled the ups and downs he experienced. When he started with the A’s he won the Cy Young award two times, When he signed with the Giants he became the highest paid pitcher in MLB history. He led the kind of life any movie star, rock star, or other sport’s star would seemingly love. Then his career took a hit. The fans turned on him. He watched his beloved team go on to win the World Series without him. 

He spent his time off reading self-help books to try and build his confidence to see what he was lacking. Finally, his girlfriend came to him and said there is only one book you need to be reading and she gave him a Bible. He began to read it and found what was missing in his life. He ended up making a huge comeback, but more importantly, he figured out what he thought was the Secret of Life, wasn’t. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlPBmiMQRDI

 

There are many Secrets of Life. Today is my 50th birthday so I thought I would share my Secret:
Faith, Family, and Friends.

I thank God every day for my life. Even though my life is not always easy, I am blessed to have a husband who loves me and takes care of me. I have three wonderful sons and three amazing grandchildren. My life is vastly different than what I imagined it would be, but I have so much more than most. 

I have been fortunate to have some amazing friends through the years. Not all friendships have lasted the test of time, but each one of them has left me with dear memories and lessons learned. 

I hope you take the time to listen to Barry’s new song and watch at least one of the other videos. If you are searching for the Secret of Life, I urge you to look towards Faith. I don’t mean to make this sound like I am preaching, but I can not tell you how much comfort my own faith has brought to me since I was in high school. If I didn’t share my most honest feelings with my friends and loved ones, what kind of person would I be? 

To read more about my incredible friend Vangi, check out Vangi Uribe’s Stroke Blog. The song inspired her in a little different way, as I am sure it may have for you also. It is a worthwhile read.

I apologize for being offline the last few months. It has been a hard winter but things are looking up. I have a lot of new things to share and, of course, lots of plans for some new things for you!  I hope you have enjoyed my “comeback” post and please do share about what you have found to be Secrets of Life. 

Thank you all for being a part of my life. 

Lynn Marie

Inspirational Post :: Hope in a World Gone Mad

Inspirational Post :: Hope in a World Gone Mad

 


Hope

After another weekend full of violence and tragedy, my thoughts turn once again to what is happening all over the world.  Why is there so much hate in the world? 

treasures in life

Or is there so much hate in the world because we have lost hope? The world has become such a scary place and I know I am not alone in my feelings. There are so many things I can’t grasp, things I don’t understand.  I just know that no matter what, I must not give up hope. Hope for a better world, hope for my children and grandchildren.

How do you find hope? I recently read a blog post by a new friend, Rose Wolfe. Five Steps to Hope in a World Gone Mad is a wonderfully written post that I urge you to read.  I am just going to give you a short introduction to her writing and then you really do need to visit her site to read the 5 Steps that you can personally take to bring HOPE into your life.

Personal struggles explode into public arenas. Those with shredded souls seek disconnection – wanting to destroy what they don’t understand. They claim their hate is an act of love. In the aftermath, not only is flesh bleeding out, but also the hearts of those who hate the hate.

Challenges are now part of every life as we claw at the chains to live beyond the prison of madness. In an attempt to throw off the albatross of hopelessness that has been tossed around our shoulders, we can actively take steps to find hope. It will require courage.

Read more, Five Steps to Hope in a World Gone Mad

Thank you for such an inspiring blog, Rose.  You have such a beautiful way with words and I have found so many of your posts strike close to my heart.


Hope, Strength, and Gratitude

Hope, Strength, and Gratitude

where do you find inspiration

Yesterday was one of those days that started out with a lot of mixed emotions. I have a very dear friend who is struggling right now and I don’t know how to reach her.  I can’t find the words to be both supportive of her problems but at the same time motivate her to find the strength within herself to seek the help she needs.  I ended up using some straight talk, hoping that tough love would help. Instead, I feel like I made the situation worse.

In the midst of all that worry and doubt I was still thinking about my post concerning Gratitude that I had been reworking for over a week. I wanted it to be a great piece to help not only others look at what they are grateful for, but to hopefully inspire me to find the words that I needed for my friend.

I finally logged on to my computer and instantly a friend pinged me about some great news concerning a reviewing opportunity but then shared something very special with me. What had started as a pretty bad day turned into a day that brought me back to a more settled place.  A place where I found Hope, Strength, and Gratitude.

Here is the story my friend shared with me. We decided to both do blog posts about this today since it impacted us both so much.  But more than that, we want to share the story of a special family and one very special little girl.

Hi ya’ll! My Good Friday started off like any other day with my 2 teenagers. Pretty rough! They woke up late and were rushed so neither of them was in the best of moods.  I knew my husband and I needed to hurry and get them ready and on the bus so we could get our day started. Yes, every morning is a tag team with my husband and I because that is what it takes to get our 16 and 14 year old boys ready and out the door for school.


Cancer picked the wrong princessI had a doctor’s appointment at the VA and was running late myself so I rushed out the door and made it in time. I realized I forgot a VERY IMPORTANT package because I decided to do something different today.  I belong to a Jeep Club and I met this wonderful woman named Robyn and her 3 yr old daughter
Abigayil online. I was going to meet them in person for the first time.  I started talking to Robyn because I heard the story about her 3 yr old daughter Abigayil having B- Cell A.L.L Leukemia. My heart broke at the thought of a 3 year having Leukemia!! I was trying to find a way I could do something to brighten both Abigayil’s and Robyn’s day so I got some stuff donated. In my rush to get to the VA in time I forgot it so my awesome husband brought it to the VA for me.

I needed help taking the stuff up to Abby so I found 2 Paramedics who followed me over to the Children’s Hospital and helped me take it up. For the life of me I can’t remember the name of the company and I forgot to take pictures of the paramedics. I was just way too excited to be finally meeting Robyn and Abby after talking online for a while.  The Paramedics left and I went to move my Jeep only to find a ticket on the windshield.  One of the paramedics walked up to my car and took the ticket and walked into the hospital. He then came back out, ripped it in half and said you don’t have to worry about this.

Cancer picked the wrong princessWow!!  I found a handicapped parking spot and got back upstairs and we were moved the Chemo room and we were waiting on her levels to see if she was moving up to a higher dose (which is good) or staying at a lower dose. Come to find out after a long wait that is her levels are GREAT!! Abby had to get fluids before she could get her first round of Chemo so that took 15 minutes and then each round of Chemo lasts about 30 minutes.  It is 15 minutes of Chemo and 15 minutes of fluid and we did this twice. While she was being a trooper, Robyn and I started talking and I found myself talking about my troubles and my boys and how they are different.

They are ADHD, ADD and “On the Spectrum”. For those of you who don’t know what that means, Autistic is the Spectrum, but they are NOT Autistic. I told her about how difficult it has been raising them and that now in this present day it is not easy. They both are on Mood Stabilizer, Sleep Meds as well as their ADHD and ADD medication.  Our life can get pretty rough!! She is so easy to talk to, I even found myself talking about my military career and how I ended up disabled.

Abby cancer picked the wrong princessRobyn and Abigayil showed me and gave me the most WONDERFUL gifts today!! Even when I was telling Robyn about my problems all she did was lift me up!! In the midst of her own problems with her daughter having Leukemia, she found compassion and empathy for me.  She showed me HOPE again!! Something I think I recently lost. Abigayil, Oh The MIGHTY little Abigayil!! Smart as a whip, showed me STRENGTH!! Something I really needed because I have felt so weak lately. They both have shown me and made me GRATEFUL for what I have! Yes, the trials and all!! I am ever so GRATEFUL now with renewed HOPE and STRENGTH Thanks to Robyn and Abigayil.  

I have included both the link to  Abigayil’s Fight against cancer- A.L.L  Support Page and her Go Fund me Page. Please take some time out of your day to visit both. Like and Share the page, please!! Please if you can do anything to help, do so, if you can’t then please, just share it with a bit of background information.

Abigayil’s Fight Against Cancer – A.L.L
Abby’s Medical Fund

Jody Estabrook
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cancer picked the wrong princessCancer is indiscriminate and can strike any of our families at any time.  This time, cancer has picked the wrong little Princess, every time, cancer picks the wrong person.  Join in the Fight Against Leukemia and Cancer by helping to support Abigayil’s family through her GoFundMe page or her page where you can buy a shirt to raise awareness for Leukemia. The shirt has a really great theme; When fear knocks, let faith open the door ~ Hope anchors the soul ~ Hebrews 6:19.  Abby will be needing at least 2.5 years of Chemo. That’s a lifetime for a child. Please help take some burden off this special family.

Serendipity ~ Once again I found something very special that I wasn’t expecting to find, but something I so desperately needed at that moment.  Hope, Strength, and Gratitude came from a little girl and her mother who are brave, strong, determined, and giving. Thank You Abby and Robyn!

Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way

A Treasure Chest of Serendipity

A Treasure Chest of Serendipity


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Serendipity… the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something truly wonderful, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated.

 



As I have jumped into the Reviewing community feet first, it has felt so good to connect with people again. That is something I have really missed in the years since I have no longer been able to work.  As it became more and more necessary to spend most of my time in bed, I cut myself off from the friends and colleagues I did have, trying to deal with the grief I still continue to feel over losing my independence and developing some really complicated health problems.

That is something I have really missed in the years since I have no longer been able to work.  As it became more and more necessary to spend most of my time in bed, I cut myself off from the friends and colleagues I did have, trying to deal with the grief I still continue to feel over losing my independence and developing some really complicated health problems.

I hope as a reader of this blog you are able to experience Serendipity and not only discovered wonderful things about shared interests, but also things about yourself, that you didn’t even know you were looking for.



At first, I thought I would only share about my reviews with you and show how you can do reviews yourself.  But then it occurred to me that just reviews can be very boring at times.  I like to get to know other people and so I hope you do too.  In the coming weeks, I will be sharing more about what is going on in my life right now and my current health, but more importantly, sharing the jewels of inspiration I have been finding as I rediscover my life.

Please keep checking back, I never expected to have so many new friends and followers and am looking forward to sharing this journey called life.  



Topics I would like to share include:  Inspiration, Family Dynamics, Aspergers Syndrome, Adoption, Grandfamilies, Friendship, Essential Oils, Recipes, DIY,
Health (Dysautonomia, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Hypoxia, CFS/ME)
and of course, more about my favorite new activity Product Reviews!