2bepositive

Steven and I were having lunch one day when he said “If a lesson is not painful in life, do you really learn and grow from it?” 23 years ago Jill (not the real person) who was 12 yrs older than me told me I wasn’t ready for marriage as I hadn’t suffered enough, and my life was too easy. I may not have a good memory, but I remember that clearly because I remember through feelings. Surprise, confusion, sadness,… Read more »

Boundries

At some point during a photo session, I have my client write a word on a stone – “soulstones” – is what I call them. Their word absolutely depends on what has transpired during the photo session. My intention is to guide people to help themselves, to give them permission to view life a little differently, to celebrate the realities of life, break stigmas, and to be a reminder to appreciate and accept who we are and what we have… Read more »

Hold on, Pain ends -Hope

I will be adding a series of daily quotes “enCOURAGE Courtney” and I’m asking for your help. This incredibly strong, brave, inspirational young woman started rehab this week, having spent almost 4 months in ICU after a severe motorcycle accident. I don’t think any of us could begin to imagine the courage it must take to accept, heal and adjust to her new reality, without her legs. Courtney needs all the positive energy, prayer, good wishes and support to help… Read more »

scar

My scar makes me happy. That could sound strange to a lot of people, but it’s the truth. Like the stem of a flower, it keeps me grounded and growing. It represents the most challenging hurdle I’ve faced: Crohn’s Disease. I understood that even in the depths of survival, if I had a positive attitude, I could do anything. I don’t choose to attach my scar to painful memories anymore. I choose to see the scar pointing upwards, as my own personal “yad”, guiding me to… Read more »

Metamorphosis

by: Steven (age 15) No one understands. No one can help. Here I am crying in silence, lost in a world of my own creation.  I stay here all day and night, but there is no difference. Time passes indistinctly; a blur of suffering and agony.  The only emotions to be found here are anger and sadness. There is no end to my tears, I cannot break free. I have tried before, only to be rejected by this uncontrollable mind… Read more »

Spotless Future

I think we all know how difficult it is to match the way we feel about ourselves on the inside with the outside. It is easy to fix our hair and makeup, wear nice clothes, dress a certain way…but it only goes so far if you know on the inside that is not how you feel at all. My goal is to help people feel stronger, healthier, happier on the inside, to help guide others to free themselves of their limitations… Read more »

I feel the same way as Marty (see story below)… we need to appreciate what we have in our lives and not compare it to others, or to that which we don’t have. We need to realize we have choices, that each one of us is responsible for our own happiness and that waiting for someone else to “make us happy” will only lead to disappointment, sadness and resentment.  When you let go of blaming others for your happiness, it… Read more »

Jazz

This was written in 2008 My family rescued a dog from New Leash on Life, named Jazz. Jazz was abused and had a rough life like me. It’s like he knows exactly what I’ve gone through even though he hasn’t been here all of my life, only for a little over a year. I feel a connection with Jazz like we had the same life. When I get mad I look at him and smile. Jazz brightens up my day… Read more »

Courage

“Courage is found in unlikely places” - J.R.R. Tolkien …for a person to find positivity in difficult times… that’s true courage. Can you think of one person that you have known in your life who ALWAYS has a smile on their face? Hayley was such a person. No matter what health issues Hayley faced, I recall her all through high school and later when we reconnected as a truly inspirational, positive and appreciative person. Hayley’s brother shared this yesterday and when I… Read more »