Mommy Dearest!

In case I have not said it enough, Thank you. You have been there for me from the beginning, and you continue to be a positive, supportive force in my life. I have tried to imagine a time in my life when you were not there with a ready smile or that look. You know the one. The one that says, “Girl, you must be out of your mind.” I laugh at that but recognize, even then, your eyes are warm and shine with hope and truth, and love – the unconditional kind. The kind that fills you to the point of being so full that love spills on to others. I feel loved, know love, and have the capacity to love others. Mom, in case I have not said it enough, I love you.

Hello, Carrie!

Dear Carrie,

I imagine you are sitting comfortably sipping a refreshing beverage on the deck with a view of a beautiful, floral backyard. The work week was challenging but rewarding. A smile flits across your face as you think about your healthy bank account with the recent addition of that well-deserved bonus.

I imagine your husband is joining you with a refill and small plate of fruit. He asks about your day as he releases the tension in your shoulders. You two discuss for the fiftieth time the prospect of having children. You know want them as you both love children.

I imagine your weekend will be filled with catching up on everything you have not had a chance to get to during the week.

I imagine you are happy and will continue to seek ways to enhance your life and the lives of those around you.

I imagine you are doing your share to make sure the environment’s report card continues to improve.

I imagine you are focused on continuing to eat well and exercise regularly.

I imagine the world continues to hold mystery for you, and you continue to have the desire to explore, learn, and grow.

I imagine you love hard and are loved well in return.

Happiness and Joy

Happy and satisfied,

I’ve had a great day.

I’m heading to bed

With a smile on my face.

Happiness be my shadow,

And follow me to bed.

Play with my dreams

Any fears you’ll shed.

I wake with a smile,

Happiness and joy in my head.

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Live your Life!

Live your life! You’re free; be free! I feel that this song is very positive, uplifting and is fitting for this class, as we are tackling these assignments while simultaneously exploring employment opportunities and participating in other meaningful activities. This song reminds us to ignore the haters and any other source of negativity that does not help us make progress. Be the best version of yourself! Strive to reach your full potential! Live your life!