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Quotes Part 3

Today is going to be a quote day.  Enjoy!

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” – C. S. Lewis

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“People will forget what you said. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

“The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.” ― Pope John Paul II

“We are so accustomed to the comforts of “I cannot”, “I do not want to” and “it is too difficult” that we forget to realize when we stop doing things for ourselves and expect others to dance around us, we are not achieving greatness. We have made ourselves weak.” ― Pandora Poikilos, Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out

“Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.” ― Shannon L. Alder

“The best things occur when you challenge yourself and face your fears. If you think of your greatest achievements and take an inventory of the times you have demonstrated to yourself (and others) just how strong you are, you will notice it has never been while remaining within your comfort zone doing things that are easy and familiar to you.” ― Miya Yamanouchi

“Winning and losing is not an external game. It is an internal battle over telling yourself the truth vs. lies regarding why you haven’t stepped into the life you dreamed of.” ― Shannon L. Alder

“We cannot expect to grow if we are too afraid or unwilling to change and face challenges. When we exit our everyday, mundane lifestyles to do something different we can experience growth, undiscovered strength, and new abilities within ourselves.” ― Ashley Ormon

“As I go off into the big black abyss of my future, I have to admit that I am terrified and also a bit insecure in my decisions. But, I also realize that anyone who has ever gone off into uncharted waters must have felt similar to the way I feel now, which gives me a small ounce of comfort. I don’t know how to do what I am doing, I have no way of knowing if this is the right way or not. But I guess I’ll never know until I get there. So, this is me, being a pioneer.” ― Leigh Hershkovich

Happy Monday!

Listening to: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Reading:  Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness and Cress by Marissa Meyer

Quote of the Day:  Pick any of the ones above.


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To the Boy Who Lived…

Today is Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom’s birthday.

If you’re new to my blog posts, Harry Potter and Wizarding World is very much a part of my life and that of a lot of my friends.  My mom was still alive when the first three books were out and after she died, it gave me something to crawl into and remember her by.  Add that to my step-mom became a Harry Potter fan after the movies came out.  We would talk about the Wizarding World; she would call with random questions and I would answer them if I remembered the answer.  She also bought me the 7th book for my birthday present the year it came out.  We both cried at the ending.

On top of my memories of my moms, my sister also has a few Harry Potter based tattoos.  They’re really neat.  I need to go get my Potter inspired tattoo at some point but I’m torn between getting my house crest (I’m a Slytherin) or a version of “Always,” the word Snape utters to Dumbledore in regards to Lily.  Talk about a great love story that explained so much.

I also wanted to do quotes today, so in honor of Harry and Neville, here are my favorite quotes from the Harry Potter series.

“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.” 
–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” –Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being–forgive me–rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.” ––Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

“Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.” –Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” –Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” –Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” –Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.” –Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” –Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” –Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” –Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?” –Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” –Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” –Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets

“When in doubt, go to the library.” –Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets

And of course…


Thank you, J.K. Rowling for giving the world Harry Potter and everything that has come from what you have created.  Happy birthday!


Listening to:  J vs Ben:  The Hardest Dumbledore Trivia Quiz Ever

Reading:  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Quote of the Day:  Pick an other ones above.

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Quotes, Part 2

I did my first BookTube video on Sunday.  I loved it and am looking forward to seeing what I do with it.

Since it’s been a while since I did a quotes blog, here are 10 more quotes that I really love.

  • “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein 
  • “You should date a girl who reads.
    Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
    Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.
    She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
    Buy her another cup of coffee.
    Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
    It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
    She has to give it a shot somehow.
    Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
    Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
    Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
    If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
    You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
    You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
    Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
    Or better yet, date a girl who writes.” ― Rosemarie Urquico
  • “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.” ― Bob Marley 
  • “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” ― Jim Henson 
  • “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu 
  • “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ― Helen Keller  
  • “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
    A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.
    A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
    , Eat, Pray, Love 
  • “You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.” ― Bob Marley

Some of these are long, but they are still really good quotes.  At least I think so.

Happy Tuesday folks.

Listening to:  Hamilton

Reading:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Quote of the Day:  Pick one of the above.

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Today is going to be a quotes day.

Last time I did this project, I came up with 101 quotes that I found and liked.  Here are 11 quotes from that project.

“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” ― Wayne Dyer

“If you want to do really important things in life and big things in life, you can’t do anything by yourself. And your best teams are your friends and your siblings.” ― Deepak Chopra

 “Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older. They don’t. Emotional pain or numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life.” ― Martha Beck

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ― Dalai Lama

“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.” ― Charles R. Swindoll

 “I am suggesting that as we go through life, we ‘accentuate the positive.’ I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and effort.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

“There are amazingly wonderful people in all walks of life; some familiar to us and others not. Stretch yourself and really get to know people. People are in many ways one of our greatest treasures.” ― Bryant H. McGill

“Make space in your life for the things that matter, for family and friends, love and generosity, fun and joy. Without this, you will burn out in mid-career and wonder where your life went.” ― Jonathan Sacks

“You couldn’t relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole–like the world, or the person you loved.” ― Stewart O’Nan

 “How would your life be different if… You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day… You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.” ― Steve Maraboli

“Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret.” ― Robert E. Lee

Listening to:  GlittersandLasers’ Last Minute Haul

Reading:  Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs

Quote of the Day:  Pick any of the ones above.

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1001 Days

Bucket lists are good but do you really complete your list or do you let it linger for years at a time until something bad happens? Life is too short to just let the bucket list sit around.  Day Zero Project offers a way to set goals and a way to track them.  101 things in 1001 days.

1001 days. 2.75 years.  143 weeks.

That sounds like a really long time but it’s really not.

I started my third round of 1001 days on December 16, 2016. It ends on September 13, 2019.

There are some things that I still haven’t accomplished and there are somethings that I was surprised that came off my list. Since it’s the New Year and with everything going on, I thought revamping this blog might not be a bad idea.  Sort of a way to share my list and my accomplishments with you.  It’s been a while since I wrote on this page, almost a year at this point.  I’ve missed it.

Over the last year, I’ve lost my mom, I’ve finished the second draft of a novel and started the final draft, I’ve gotten married, I’ve had major surgery, and I’ve gotten a new job offer. Every so often I would want to write but I didn’t.  I wasn’t sure what to say about my life.  I wasn’t sure how to say what I wanted to say and I wasn’t sure I wanted to share.  Then the world around my came crashing down and things moved quickly.  And here it is on the fourth day of the New Year and here I am, still without much to say but sharing.

I started a bullet journal for this year. I wanted to try to keep track of things.  It’s actually helping so far.  I’ve done most of what I wanted to do and it’s been an easy way to keep track of my goals.  That’s not on my 1001 days; it should be though.

Here is my list:

  • Graduate College. I’m 9 classes away from completion with 2 classes starting on January 9th.
  • Leave an inspirational note inside a library book
  • Publish a novel. I’m talking to publishers now about my book.
  • Attend an opera
  • Read 100 books. Goodreads hosts their yearly challenge. I always try to go for 50 books a year.
  • Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet
  • Watch 100 movies I’ve never seen before. Hallmark and Lifetime are the best channels to do this challenge with.
  • Read 26 books I’ve never read starting with each letter of the alphabet
  • Take a cooking class
  • Write a short story
  • Spend one weekend with only my music, art and books. “Unplug”
  • Learn to speak Spanish. Duolingo is a free website and they have a plethora of languages.
  • Have a little black dress
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Take guitar lessons
  • Try a new recipe every month
  • Clean out my closet
  • Enter a writing contest
  • Donate clothes you no longer use to Salvation Army
  • Learn a poem by heart
  • Get our commitment tattoos
  • Identify 100 things that make me happy
  • Take a pole dancing class
  • Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
  • Develop a workout routine that doesn’t require equipment
  • Complete a 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge. At almost 18 miles so far this year. I’m sort of surprised by this one.
  • Complete a ‘Walk To Mordor’ challenge
  • Finish laser hair removal on Face. May 2 more sessions…
  • Collect 200 postcards through Postcrossings. I’ve received 169 postcards already. 31 more to go.
  • Send 200 postcards through Postcrossings. I’ve sent 164 and have 12 traveling to people.
  • Save a 6 month Emergency Fund. So far, at $1,100. Not enough to cover much but more than we started with last year.
  • Complete Dave Ramsay’s Financial Classes. We start these at the end of the month.
  • Add all 100 places to visit to Someday list
  • Take a self defense class
  • Get rid of 100 things
  • Weigh 200 lbs or less. At 351 so 151 lbs to go.
  • Complete the A-Z travel challenge
  • Run a 5K race. Virtual races count!
  • Run a 10K race. Virtual races count!
  • Run a half marathon. Virtual races count!
  • Complete a sprint triathlon. Swimming (0.5 mi or 750 m), biking (12.4 mi or 20 km), and running (3.1 mi or 5 km). Sounds fun huh?
  • No fast food for a month. No drive thru coffee.
  • No alcohol for a month
  • Get my passport
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty (New York)
  • Design a budget and stick to it
  • Plant a tree
  • Spend a week at the beach
  • Buy a new bed
  • Go skinny dipping
  • Go vegetarian for a month
  • Go to Las Vegas (Nevada)
  • Audition for a role in a play
  • Volunteer overseas
  • Be on the New York Times bestsellers list
  • Try kickboxing
  • Kiss someone in the rain
  • Attend a TED event
  • Make 10 new dishes from my Pinterest recipes
  • Grow my hair to my waist
  • Go through storage and get rid of things we haven’t used
  • Finish a cross stitch project
  • Take a Thai cooking class
  • Go on a family vacation
  • Dress up for Halloween
  • Go on a cruise
  • Read my height in books. With 100 books, you would think this would be easy.
  • Don’t purchase anything unnecessary for a month
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Go to 5 different museums in 5 different cities
  • Listen to Observer’s 50 albums that changed music
  • Make Prefect in HRC
  • Visit Mom’s grave
  • Go to a concert
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Get a massage
  • Buy a lottery ticket
  • Say “yes” to something I would not normally do
  • Enter a photography contest
  • Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home décor
  • Save all my change for a year
  • Start a new hobby
  • Get my fortune told
  • Go to a drag show
  • Wear a free hugs sign for a day
  • Complete a 1000 piece puzzle
  • Do the mentos and diet coke experiment
  • Pick 3 things to start and finish on
  • Go to a football game
  • Make chocolate from scratch
  • Attend a play
  • Get 2,017 miles in 2017
  • Go skydiving
  • Go camping
  • Treat Ray and me to a spa day
  • Take a free online class
  • Write a letter to myself to open at the end of 1001 days. Done.


There’s a lot here but there’s plenty of things to work on and work towards. Here’s to the 981 days.

Listening to: Amazon Music

Reading: Divergent by Veronica Roth.  Great book and good movie series.

Quote of the day: “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” ― Bob Moawad


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