Saturday, September 7, 2013



Ahhhh.... don't you just LOVE quotes?
I do.

And so many times after reading one I am speechless.  What BRILLIANT mind thought of that first?
I mean, it makes SO much sense, and it seems so blatantly clear and simple- but who actually formed that sentence in their head, and wrote it down, spoke out?   For THAT person is genius.

Sometimes I find myself thinking rather profound thoughts.
(trying not to sound boastful here!)
I like to say that "I think in Pride and Prejudice language."
Not that it's a language, but I believe my point got across.

Do you have a favorite quote?  I'd love to hear it.

As for me, I've not been able to select a single quote as my favorite.

But your quote for today is from Thomas Jefferson.

*****drumroll please......******

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."

Sunday, September 1, 2013


I've been realizing more recently just HOW MUCH your attitude can effect the enjoyment of LIFE for yourself, and others around you.  

I stumbled across this short story online, and thought I'd share.
Yes, it's relative to the post, I'm not just being random.  x)

Once there was an old and very wise man. Every day he would sit outside a gas station in his rocking chair and wait to greet motorists as they passed through his small town. On this day, his granddaughter knelt down at the foot of his chair and slowly passed the time with him.

As they sat and watched the people come and go, a tall man who surely had to be a tourist -- since they knew everyone in the town -- began looking around as if he were checking out the area for a place to live.

The stranger walked up and asked,"So what kind of town is this that we're in?"
The older gentleman slowly turned to the man and replied," Well, what kind of town are you from?"
The tourist said,"In the town I'm from everyone is very critical of each other. The neighbours all gossip about everyone, and it's a real negative place to live. I'm sure glad to be leaving. It is not a very cheerful place. "
The man in the chair looked at the stranger and said," You know, that's just how this town is."

An hour or so later a family that was also passing through stopped for gas. The car slowly turned in and rolled to a stop in front of where the older gentleman and his granddaughter were sitting. The mother jumped out with two small children and asked where the restrooms were. The man in the chair pointed to a small, bent-up sign that was barely hanging by one nail on the side of the door.

The father stepped out of the car and also asked the man,"Is this town a pretty good place to live?"
The man in the chair replied," What about the town you are from? How is it?"
The father looked at him and said,"Well, in the town I'm from everyone is very close and always willing to lend their neighbor a helping hand. There's always a hello and thank you everywhere you go. I really hate to leave. I feel almost like we are leaving family. "

The older gentlemen turned to the father and gave him a warm smile.
"You know, that's a lot like this small town."

Then the family returned to the car, said their thank yous, waved goodbye and drove away.
After the family was in the distance, the granddaughter looked up at her grandfather and asked,"Grandpa, how come when the first man came into our town you told him it was a terrible place to live and when the family came in to town you told them it was a wonderful place to live? "

The grandfather lovingly looked down at this granddaughter's wondering blue eyes and said,"No matter where you move, you take your own attitude with you and that's what makes it terrible or wonderful. "

It's your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude. Happiness is not something you find, it's something you create.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


The smell of smoke
The sound of wood crackling in the fire
The beautiful mountain views
The freezing cold waterfalls to swim behind
Every moment of it all.

That's what I love about camping in California.

Photo taken in Washington, California while camping with some friends.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

~Bucket Lists~

I used to not think much of bucket lists, until I created my own.
Now it's something I want to add to ALL day long, and I get so excited thinking of all these wonderful things I dream of doing one day.

But if one's 'bucket list' is too long, it could be discouraging, I'd think.
So I set a rule for myself. 
I can add two things to my bucket list for one thing completed.
It's working pretty well so far.

Here are a couple of things I've been able to recently check off my list: 

okay, well I haven't exactly finished the LAST part of this one.  But I wrote a very long letter to myself that I'll open in 10 years.  And get this- I set up an email reminder to come in 10 years from now reminding me to find and read the letter.  Oh the irony.  xD  

And here are two of my TOP goals on my bucket list... 

 I was awarded "Most likely to work as a photographer for National Geographic Magazine" at a camp in 2012.  Yes I took that seriously.  It's now a dream and goal of mine.  I want to get PAID for traveling the world and taking photographs.  What could be better?

Do you have a bucket list?
What's on it?
Have you been able to check off anything recently?
I'd love to hear from you!!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Craaaazy Times

Still in California?  Yep.  

I'm having a really great time out here getting to know very awesome people, including relatives I had never met, and also adopting some not-really-related-people as cousins.  ^_^

Staying incredibly busy as well, with a commitment at least every day of the week.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my favorite days, when we get to share the opportunity we've taken advantage of with interested parties.  I light up when I talk about Ambit, it's truly a passion of mine.  I love working with my family in this, especially.

Also while I'm out here, Robert is putting me through his fully customized "Self Development Program" so I can grow and learn, become more mature and acquire more knowledge.  :)  Lord knows I need that!

More soon,


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Carson Valley

Out here in Carson Valley visiting my Great Grandmother Cantley.

My Aunt & Uncle's house that we are staying at

The view from their back porch

The view from their living room couch

Robert and I had a blast flying over the mountains on the Ranger!  :D

Mama and Cadence fly back to Texas soon.  ;(

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

California Trees & State Fair

They're weird.  Aren't they?  I mean, look at this.

                                        Cool looking.  But SO different than Texas trees, haha!!

I took this photo at the California State Fair today, where we met our beloved Queen Diane and our awesome friend Faith and had a fun-packed laughter-filled and an altogether amazing day! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

KART racing!

For Christmas our lovely Gramma Cookie gifted some racing licenses.  
We had a BLAST using them today at K1Speed Raceway!

Ivy, Robert and I, ready to hop on the karts!

Our race track

Wooohoo!  So fun!  :D

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Flying! :D

As of right now, yes.  I'm in the air.

Flying.  In a chair.  In the AIR.  Yes.  :)

lol.  I'm not really that excited about it, but I should be... 
I mean, flying!!  That's so cool, right!?  
We just take all our progress for granted sometimes, I think...
Flying is just "meh" anymore...  
The views are definitely not!!
We got to fly over the Grand Canyon... got some really awesome photos, that I'll post later.  :)  

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Just a weird, purple, cactusy thing I found in the yard.  :)  lol.