“I need to believe in myself and have faith. It’s the most important thing because you get negative comments and I need to affirm that I’m worthy and beautiful.”

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perspectiveSometimes it takes a visual example to get an idea across. Can you look but not judge? Can you see but not react?  We were talking about how people view things differently, and the need to be compassionate and respectful, open-minded and understanding of other people’s views, yet not let someone push you off your path if what you feel in your heart / gut is strong. The timing of course was perfect as I showed her this super smart “bicycle parking lot”, at Cafe Gratitude

scarMy 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 a higher level of understanding. Why we’re all here—to love, help, and accept each other, to lean on each other in tough times and support each other in the best times.

We all have a story and can learn from one another ways of smiling through our most difficult of life experiences. Within each unique story is a lesson of incorporating the same key ingredient – positivity.

This is me exposed. And I’m cool with that. Because the more we expose our true self, we’re another step closer to realizing how much more we have in common. And discover that true perfection lies in our imperfections.

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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 of mine. I am trapped. I have longed to experience the world around me through my own eyes and my own thoughts; not this imposter’s head. He seeks only to hurt and keeps me imprisoned. I cannot escape his rule.


Yet one day, a strange light had appeared. It grew brighter and brighter until I had to shield my eyes. The bleak, dark skies parted to reveal a shining sun. The blackened earth suddenly sprouted entire fields of plants. Animals came out from nowhere it seemed. But my eyes were drawn to something else entirely. There were people; real human beings. I had never seen them before and they reached out to me. Slowly I grasped their hand and they pulled me out of my miserable little world into the real world.

So happy was I that I did not realize that not all of people were the same. Some would seek to hurt me, while others tried to help. As I ventured deeper into this world, my pain had taken new forms. I was hurt by others deceit and cruelty. But now I had something else, there was no longer just pain. Happiness and joy fought back against this negativity and I was not alone. My family stood by my side every step of the way and I realized that they had always been there, I just never saw them. So as I live my life and continue to learn, I will never forget where I was and what I accomplished. I am no longer scared and miserable, I am confident. I am wise.  I am kind. I am honest. I am forgiving. I am generous. I am empathetic and I am loved. My name is Steven, and this is my metamorphosis.


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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 through therapeutic photo sessions, inspirational images, connecting through personal experiences and products.

This is from a woman who ‘looks’ very beautiful on the outside, who others judge as gorgeous and lucky to have the body “they” see… so you see, it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s what you feel about yourself on the inside.

For as long as I can remember I have never felt comfortable with my body. I struggled so profoundly with body image I ended up in treatment for an eating disorder in my early 20′s. The prospect of working with Keren was one of the most anxiety-producing decisions I have ever made! Her talent as a photographer is unmatched: There is absolutely no question about that. But it was only because of her encouragement, her sensitivity, her enthusiasm for her work and her clear love of and respect for the people she works with that enabled me to give this a try. And here I am: in my 40′s with three kids under my belt and carrying decades’ worth of self-doubt posing for her like I’ve been modeling lingerie my whole life. With each photo shoot I get a little more comfortable, a little less inhibited and a lot more appreciative of not just my body but of myself. The pictures are magnificent, but it’s the experience that I am the most grateful for. When I look in the mirror, confidence, acceptance, and dare I say pride in the person I am looks back at me.  The words thank you don’t even begin to describe how grateful I am for what you’ve helped me become, Keren! Just promise me you won’t ever stop doing what you do.

The message seems simple… Life happens – choose 2bepositive…but not everyone knows how, so perhaps with guidance and support, more people can choose 2bepositive. We would love to hear your personal story on how you coped  / chose 2bepositive through a difficult time in your life. Please email me at and I will respond to every email. With appreciation for sharing your story.

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Mothers Day

Mother’s Day by Debbie Samson Stein

To My Dearest Children,Mother’s Day is coming up, and I thought I should tell you what I would like . This way there’s no guilty panic or last minute purchasing of flowers or presents So, this is what I would like, this year and every year after; it’s pretty simple really.I would like you to be a decent human being.I would like you to be who you are, but don’t be an asshole.I would like you to work hard at everything you do, because life is too short not to give it everything you’ve got.

I would like you to ask for help when you need it.

I would like you to help others when they need it.

When you screw up, and you will, more than once, I would like you to own it, because it’s the screw-ups that make the victories sweeter.

I would like you to travel, because the world is huge and you are one part of it.

I would like you to know that even when we hate each other, I will never stop loving you.

I would like you to feed your curiosity.

I would like you to find a way to do what you love

I would like you to respect every human being’s right to be who they are.

I would like you to sometimes be more interested in someone else than in yourself.

I would like to know that you are flawed and you are extraordinary. There is no one else like you.

I would like to know that I would lay down my life for you both

I would like to realize how lucky you are every once in awhile even if only for an instant.

I would like you to know love, even if it means getting hurt.

I would like you to relax and not feel guilty about it.

I would like you to know life can be brutally hard sometimes.

I would like you to know that you can choose happiness even when the dark side offers you cookies.

And I wouldn’t mind breakfast in bed.

See, simple.

Love you always with all my heart and soul



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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 empowers you to take control of your life and become more independent.

What are you waiting for… CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY!!! kl

A story from The Richest Man in Town

At times Marty made it sound too easy. On a visit to his home I heard him say, “People need to decide to be happy.”

I pressed him. “What do you mean by that?”

His face took on an incredulous look. “You have to ask me?”

At that moment I felt a little foolish. Complex human problems, at least to me, often prevent people from being happy. To Marty it was a matter of common sense. I wondered, what was I missing?

“C’mon, Marty,” I said, “do you really think people can actually decide to be happy?”

“Who makes decisions for you?” Marty asked me. “All my life I’ve watched people waiting for someone else to make them happy. The way I got it figured, the only one who can make you happy is you.”


Morse Code Day

.-.. .. ..-. . / …. .- .–. .–. . -. … / -….- / -.-. …. — — … . / ..— -… . .–. — … .. – .. …- . which is morse code for Life happens – choose 2bepositive

Have you ever thought about all the different forms of communication and how they might differ in each person? Like with most things in life, people are not truly aware of what’s available or needed in a specific area until they are impacted in that area, which includes me too of course, but I get very excited to learn what’s available to empower each person to grow, make choices, become more independent and successful. We all have skills that come easier to us than others and we shouldn’t take those for granted, however we also all have areas where we need to practice and develop and sometimes learn from the beginning…and that’s great to acknowledge. Sometimes people ask me how I can look at it that way?Why isn’t it a bad thing or a deficit or something a person will never be able to do? What if they are born that way or can’t help it? (more…)

Pet Day

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 like the sun in the sky. He helps me as much as anybody else in the family or elsewhere. Even though he’s a dog, he‚’s my role model in a lot of ways. He’s my hero and he saves me from danger.

Pet Day

Pet Day

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Having fun with words…what kinds of sentences can you come up with?

  • egg-static
  • egg-splore
  • egg-stenuating
  • egg-pect
  • egg-plode
  • egg-cess
  • egg-stavagent
  • egg-speriment
  • egg-splosive
  • egg-axtly
  • egg-cellent
  • egg-citing
  • egg-stensive 

Look at what this artist is doing with eggs. What can do with your eggs? Get inspired…
Cracking good art: Chinese man creates intricate sculptures from EGG SHELLS

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