Coast, Quiet, Creatures


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Heart Transplant, Relapse, Failures


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Life Lessons from Last Christmas (2019)

Last Christmas (2019) is a cute romantic comedy that will make you laugh and potentially cry. I watched it because it stars an actress from Game of Thrones and because I needed something light hearted after watching a horror movie. Romantic comedies aren’t movies I normally have any interest in, but I very much enjoyed Last Christmas.

The concept of the movie is pretty deep once the twist is revealed and there are two very important life lessons to be taken from this film:

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1 – It might be said all the time, but we are seriously lucky to be alive.

Life is short and for some, it comes to an end far too soon. There’s not much more tragic than youth passing before their time. We don’t have anyway of knowing when the end is near, nor would it matter if we did.

The message is to be grateful for life and spend each day as if it could be the last. We are tiny sacks of water and bones on a life-sustaining planet revolving around a generous sun in the midst of an enormous galaxy. And there are uncountable amounts of galaxies in our universe. And how many universes are out there?

We are miracles and life is a gift.

2 – Use your life to help make others’ lives better.

Helping other people get through the day is one of the most rewarding aspects of life. We are people and we are all the same, deep down. We all want, generally, the same things – health, happiness, companionship. We’re all in this together and the quicker we know this fact, the faster we will stop discrimination and join hands in this life.

We’re not meant to be alone. Helping others is a great way to help yourself in return.

You never know what a small act of kindness can do to help someone out.


Thank you for reading this post. If you need a warm movie with some laughs intertwined, check out Last Christmas. I hope you celebrate the fact that you’re alive and I hope you lend a hand sometime soon. Thanks for being here.

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JOKER


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12 Life Lessons from Women Aged 60-80

Awhile ago, I asked some very special women a question: If you could go back in time and give your 25 year old self advice, what would that advice be? Whether young or old, we could all learn from their advice. Here are 12 awesome answers full of wisdom and experience:

1 -BC, 82 “Forget about what others think of me and be myself.”

Don’t be afraid to be who you are just because others might disapprove.

2 – JS, 67  “Keep moving, don’t ever stop. Keep traveling.”

“Don’t ever stop.” It’s easy to get settled into something and stop pursuing adventure. Keep going.

3 – MP, 76 “Spend less time on monetary things and more time with my two sons and husband.”

Make time for the most important people in life whether those people are children, family, or friends. Spend time wisely.

4 – PA, 66 “Don’t listen to what everyone else says, just be yourself. Enjoy life and the simple things.”

“Enjoy…the simple things.” Too often we overlook the amazing things in our lives just because they are small or common. Cherish every moment.

5 – SW, 69 “Be yourself, dance in the rain, sing whenever you want, tell someone they are handsome or beautiful, have more than one pet if you like, show the world who you are.”

Life is short and it’s each and everyone’s job to make the most of what they’ve been given. Just go for it, create a unique life full of laughter.

6 – CW, 65  “Find your passion and do what you love! That means when you get up every morning you’ll look forward to the day!”

Great advice, here. Search for meaning in what you do, and find something that makes you excited for the day.

7 – JF, 68 “Listen to your mother, take her advice, don’t be too headstrong. Save as much as you can. Be true to yourself. Kindness goes a long way.”

Listen to what the older people in your life have to say. We tend to think as young adults we are smarter than everyone. Listen, and stick to your own feelings. Oh, and always be kind. 🙂

8 – MG, 70 “Don’t beat yourself up over every meticulous mistake.”

Move on, brush it off, and continue to live.

9 – MK, 70 “Trust your own judgement.”

It’s fine to listen to what the world is saying, but of course, your own judgement is important as well. Don’t do something you’re against just because others are pressuring you.

10 – CP, 63 “Listen to my gut, don’t fight intuition.”

Again, it’s fine to hear others out, but your opinion and feelings are important as well.

11 – OA, 75 “Don’t get married. Start immediately on your advanced degree.”

OA here was sending the message to pursue what you desire and not what everyone else is doing around you.

12 – CF, 73 “Marry a rich guy and don’t let him give you a prenup.”

I threw this one in here as a joke. The funniest fact about this quote is that she wasn’t kidding, she was dead serious. 🙂

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Thank you for reading this post, and thanks to the women who gave me answers to this question. I hope to spread the wisdom of these amazing ladies so that, perhaps, the younger generations can learn a thing or two. Let’s work to heed their advice. Have a great day 🙂

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Surgical Tumor Dream


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Purpose and Madness


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Wolf Pack Around the House


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12 Major Destroyers of Happiness

Happiness is often hard. But why is such a simple concept so difficult to achieve for most of us? Why do we spend most of our time so incredibly unhappy? For most people, the reasons causing unhappiness vary. However, here are 12 major destroyers of happiness that we’re all guilty of utilizing everyday. Sometimes we do these things unknowingly, but the first step towards happiness is contradicting the items on this list and making conscious efforts to stop these bad habits:

1 – Having unrealistic expectations for how things “should” be.

You’ll never be able to enjoy the now if you’re too focused on how things should be. Who sets those expectations anyway? Mostly we get ideas about how life should be from celebrities, T.V. shows, movies, media, etc. Your life isn’t a movie, but it’s still a life worth being happy about. It’s okay to have goals and strive for more, but don’t let achieving the goals get in the way of general joy.

2 – Comparing yourself to others.

Comparing ourselves to others – whether it’s looking at careers, weight/appearance, material items, houses, the way our kids behave – literally anything – comparing is no good at all. No good will come from it. Strive to be better than your yesterday self. Don’t worry about what others are up to in their lives.

3 – Seeing others on social media and thinking their lives are perfect.

We tend to only see the tip of the iceberg when looking at someone’s social media page. Most people only post their best moments. Don’t make the mistake of thinking these people never have bad moments. We all have good days and bad days, even the professional posters on social media.

4 – Listening and trusting every word the media says.

The media tends to be negative no matter what the subject matter is. Take everything with a hint of skepticism if you are interested in watching the news and daily updates from the media.

5 – Rushing through life.

Take time to stop and “smell the flowers.” When something makes you smile, stop and allow yourself to be happy for a moment instead of immediately moving on.

6 – Negative self-talk.

The worst bully we have is typically the voice inside our own heads. Don’t bully yourself and say mean things all day because you’ll never be able to enjoy anything in life.

7 – Negative friends.

Some people are walking lessons of how not to be. Learn from negative friends, but distance yourself. It’s hard to stay positive if you are around negativity all day.

8 – Regretting.

Let it go. Make peace with your demons. Nothing kills the mood like bad memories and harsh regrets. The past is over. Don’t let it ruin your now.

9 – Judging others.

Judging others is the action of those who are insecure with themselves. For some reason, it briefly makes us feel better when we criticize others. But in the long run, it only serves to fuel our own self-judgement. Stop judging others and you will learn to stop judging yourself.

10 – Failing to take good care of yourself.

Self care isn’t selfish – it’s vital. Take good care of your mind and body and you’ll open up the opportunity to be happy.

11 – Not making time for fun.

Fun is also vital. Break out of the work-eat-sleep cycle a couple times each week and have some genuine fun.

12 – Thinking we are alone in our struggles.

Everyone we meet is going through something difficult. The second we all realize this is the second we quit having pity parties and start connecting with others. Feeling alone is beyond damaging. A major way to work through issues is to see others living life and conquering their demons, too.


Thanks for reading this post. I hope you can let go of whatever might be destroying your happiness. Seek out professional help, too. Life is too short to be unhappy.

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Lakeside Verses


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