Monday, April 6, 2009

Inspiration: Dare To Believe


Everybody Knows…

You can't be all things to all people.

You can't do all things at once.

You can't do all things equally well.

You can't do all things better than everyone else.

Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.


You have to find out who you are,
and be that.

You have to decide what comes first,
and do that.

You have to discover your strengths,
and use them.

You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of "being you."


You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.

You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.

You will have learned to live with your limitations.

You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due,
And you'll be a being that's vitally alive.

Dare To Believe…

That you are a wonderful, unique person.

That you are a once-in-all-history event.

That it's more than a right,
it's your duty,
to be who you are.

That life is not a problem to solve,
but a gift to cherish.

And you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

~~ Author Unknown ~

My Spring Cleaning not only benefited my husband, sons, and our home, but was also a time of refocus for me. I have felt renewed in my Body, Mind, and Spirit...I am determined more than ever to find the perfect balance in my life. I recently took a 5 day break from blogging, and limited my overall computer time, as well. I watched movies with my husband, took nature walks with my boys, created art projects with them, caught up on my reading, and spent time *just being*...almost like a *staycation*. I simply needed the break to focus on all the blessings in my life and be extra thankful for them. I am looking forward to catching up with everyone again, and I hope you all have a Wonderful and Extremely Blessed Week! :)


  1. Glad to see you back, FFM! This is a wonderful post, and perfect for starting a new week. :)

  2. Good Morning silver_lining and THANK YOU!!! :)

  3. glad you are back, i missed your inspiration.

  4. I am glad you are back, but I definitely understand the need to take a break. It can become all-consuming, can't it?

    Thank you for a wonderful post to start the new week - and spring break!

  5. Glad to see that you're back, you were missed! Thank you, as always, for the inspirational post :)

  6. Good for you FFM--for taking the space and the time you needed for you and your family!!!

  7. You have inspired my own version of spring cleaning--in many ways. Thanks for your words...time to focus on just "being" is so important.

  8. Good morning FFM! Glad you had such a wonderful "break" :)

    I have to say...reading your inspiration for the day made my eyes a little misty. I've been so overwhelmed with a lot of things recently and I very much needed to read that. Thanks, and have a beautiful day :)

  9. How wonderful for you! So glad to see you back!

  10. Welcome back - you were missed! I'm glad you had such a wonderful and meaningful "staycation"! Thanks for your never-ending inspiration - in fashion and in life!

  11. Ina, Heidi, Gingersnap, luvsallthingsjcrew, mrs.ankatell, AppGal, BellasMom, and Elizabeth: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I missed all of's great to be back! :)

  12. AppGal: I know that *overwhelmed* feeling...that is what I was going through prior to my Spring Cleaning. The whole mission started out as a focus on the *physical* aspect of my home, but ended up being a renewing of body, mind, and spirit, as well. I started eating more healthy and cut out all candy and desserts, began exercising again, put my boys and myself back on our true schedule (so easy to get off track on that one), and made sure to have devotions and count my blessings has all made such a difference in the way I feel. :) I am really glad you enjoyed today's really *hit home* for me, as well. I will be praying for you...have a wonderful day! :)

  13. Btw...all the little things I started doing in my *refocus* were all things I have done for many years and know I need to do on a daily basis, but had started *slacking off* on. It's amazing how much of a difference making sure to implement them in my everyday life again has made. :)

  14. Welcome back FFM! And thanks for the words of inspiration on a dreary Monday morning in New England.

  15. Welcome back, Doesn't eating healthy and spending less time at the computer make a big difference? I have done the same thing and it has done wonders for me. My Spring cleaning help me too, it helped me realize how physically strong I have become after spending the last 4 years years recuperating from multiple injuries. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Soooooooooooooo glad you're back!!! You HAVE been missed. I understand about refocusing. It truly is so easy to forget about the things that REALLY matter in life. I'm in the middle of cleaning and reorganizing and feel much better about all things in my life. It makes such a difference. You are a real inspiration. You touch so many of us. Welcome back.

  17. I'm soooo thrilled you're back. I've missed you!!!

    I'm sure I speak for all, you are truly an inspiration.


  18. You soo deserved a little break!! Congrats on finishing your cleaning. And glad to have you back!! You were definitely missed!

  19. I really love your inspirational posts! Thanks you so much for taking the time to share them with us. I’m glad your back:)

  20. Wow, now that's the life! I'm sure your family was thrilled...some days we just get caught up in things and forget to LIVE life. You sound so refreshed....but boy did we miss you!You have become a part of my everyday routine...much like a good friend.

  21. That was exactly what I needed to start my hectic week. I especially liked: " life is not a problem to solve,but a gift to cherish." How true! Thank you SO much for posting this!

  22. thank you again, FFM! I appreciate your kind words. Hopefully I can get this week off to a good start (although, as i was doing errands on my way home from school, i locked my keys in the car-arg!) sometimes you just have to laugh at the petty misfortunes that come your way :)

    now, on an unrelated note: i got the gateau skirt in champagne today. i love love love it! But am having some issues coming up with colors and tops to wear with it. i scanned my closet for a couple of minutes and came up with nada. of course, i immediately thought of you! do you have any ideas?

  23. I missed you!

    Everyone needs a computer break once in awhile. And to get back to family along with it is even better. Yay for taking care of yourself. Put your own mask on first, they say ;-)

  24. FFM, we missed you. Thanks for the post today... as always it spoke to my heart and encouraged me greatly. I too am ever seeking to find balance. From reading your blog today, I would say you are on your way.

  25. Happy to see you're back but glad you were able take some time off for yourself and to enjoy being with your family. Your posts are always so inspiring! Thank you. :)

  26. Beautiful post, thank you! Glad you are feeling renewed and had a wonderful break!

  27. Stacie: Hugs Back! :)

    KatyO: Thank you, and I hope the weather was a bit better for you today!

    Casual-Crew: Thanks! I definitely agree that eating right along with less computer time makes a big difference. I'm sorry to hear about your injuries, but glad to know that you are doing better and getting stronger...congratulations on your progress AND your Spring cleaning! :)

    Irene: I am so touched by your words...THANK YOU so much!

    Crew Girl: THANK YOU! I have missed you, too! I'm gone for a few days and now you have your own Etsy shop...ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! Congratulations! :)

  28. Posey: Thank you! I SO enjoyed the break, and I am also thrilled to be done with my Spring Cleaning. :)

    Emily: Many thanks, and I hope you are feeling better!

    Monogramgirl: Thank you so much! I missed you too! :)

    Slastena: You're welcome! I hope you have a great week!

  29. GiGi: I missed you too! I love your analogy of the true! :) The break was definitely needed.

    Patina Cabachon: Thank you so much! I am feeling much more refreshed and balanced...definitely on the right path. Love your new blogger name, btw! :)

    A Bigger Closet, Together We Save, and sparrowsandsparkles: Thank you so much for the kind words...they really mean a lot to me! :)