#MondayMotivation: Make your own Joy

This quote jumped off the page at me when I first read it.

Poet Hafez Quote

You carry all the ingredients

To turn your existence into joy

Mix them

– Hafez

This man was born in the late 1300’s and had such wise words.  Check out more of top quotes by Hafez.

Make it a great day & week! Cheers!

3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 3: Do Better

For my final day of the quote challenge, I give you a quote from Maya Angelou:

maya angelou quote

Who doesn’t love Maya Angelou and the beautiful words she weaves together? I like this quote because there’s always room to learn and grow. I want to be better and do better for myself, my kids, my husband, family, friends, community, and so forth.

This has been a really fun challenge! I’ve enjoyed sifting through some of my favorite quotes to share. Check out my first quote on parenting here, and keep reading my second quote on the little things here. Thanks for the nomination, Mommy Lanes Adventures!

Here are my 3 nominees for this 3-day challenge. Just post a favorite quote for 3 consecutive days and nominate three others to do the same!

  1. Kerry On!
  2. Momma Blogs A lot
  3. Wine & Cheese Doodles



3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2: The Little Things

When I started blogging over three years ago (wow!), I shared this quote:

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

– Robert Brault

In the context of the post back then, I realize that a small change had brought me happiness every time I passed by.  I’m a firm believer that the little things DO matter and try to find joy in such little things each day. And in the context of raising kids, there are so many “little things” that we do in our daily family life that have become fun parts of our routine….like brushing teeth to a good song (to get the kids to brush their teeth longer) or having a dance party when cleaning up the kitchen together. I hope these little things collectively become a big group of happy memories that the kids will enjoy reflecting on as they are older.

This was my second post in the 3 day quote challenge. See my first post  here.

Here are my 3 nominees for this 3-day challenge. Just post a favorite quote for 3 consecutive days and nominate three others to do the same!

  1. The Pinterested Parent
  2. Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
  3. Baking in a Tornado

3 Day Quote Challenge – on Parenting

I was recently challenged by Mommy Lanes Adventures to participate in a 3 Day Quote Challenge. She writes a sweet blog about parenting and family life. Check it out!

For day 1, I am starting with a quote I found on White Camellias, and it really struck a chord with me on parenting young children.

Living Arrows parenting quote

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. – Kahlil Gibran

Wow…right?! Just contemplate this for awhile. Isn’t this a beautiful analogy to parenting? While it takes years together as parent and child to learn and grow, can’t you picture your child as a high school / college graduate “launching” into the big, wide world?

Here are my 3 nominees for this 3-day challenge. Just post a favorite quote for 3 consecutive days and nominate three others to do the same!

  1. For sharing this beautiful Kahlil Gibran quote with me, I nominate White Camellias.
  2. When the Kids Go to Bed
  3. The Monster in Your Closet

Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge


I recently read about the Do Good, Read More Summer Reading Challenge at The Do-Gooder Mama’s blog, and I was inspired…but not immediately moved to action. The truth is I have been a bit lazy and TIRED lately from all of the summer fun, and blogging seems to be harder to do when the weather is beautiful.

Do Good Read More Summer Reading Challenge

Anyway, tonight I am motivated and raring to join the Summer Reading Challenge!

Today I found The Happy Guide with a post of delicious looking summer adult beverages (whoo hoo the kids are in bed – party time), and another post of favorite inspirational quotes.

One that seemed particularly meaningful to my current state of mind and lack of blogging –

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Jack London

Well said Jack!  I will try to take your advice in the search for inspiration / motivation.

I also love this quote from Theodore Roosevelt (that I came across while reading an Oprah interview with Brene Brown):

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…[And] if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

Cheers to all of us “bloggers” in the arena, sharing our stories, and putting ourselves out there.  Keep going & ignore the naysayers, who may simply be onlookers.  Special thanks to the Do Gooder Mama for inspiring me to discover new blogs among many other good things!