About

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Hello, I’m Adelie. I suppose you’ve traveled to this page to learn a little more about my blog, and for that, I am genuinely grateful. Allow me to introduce myself!

This may be only my philosophy, but I think the majority of us “get it wrong” when we tell people who we are. My first impulse is to tell you I live in Michigan, where I grew up and earned my bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology. I’m somewhere between twenty and thirty years old, married to my high school sweetheart, and I’m currently employed as an administrative assistant. As you can tell, I’m a pretty exciting person.

So that’s what I consider the incorrect characterization of myself, or anyone for that matter. Who we are isn’t defined by where we live, our age, occupation, or any other category for that matter. I believe that it is a combination of our beliefs, desires, and daily actions that illustrate who we are. So let me better introduce myself!

 

Whenever I’m not working, I’m either enjoying my time reading, enjoying the outdoors (often with my husband and our dogs), or writing. While I have several passions in life, my deepest passion is writing. I never go a single day, and rarely an hour without writing, or at the very least, thinking about writing. I have already written my first book, which I am in the process of editing and revising (with sequels continuously composing themselves in my head).  My dream is to have these books published and read across the globe and adapted into film.  While my writing is for entertainment, its deeper purpose is to inspire and change the world (if even in the tiniest way). My purpose is to help create a more peaceful and loving life for all creatures, and I strive to honor my purpose daily.

I have an honest, open, and quite sensitive heart, full of aspirations that I can inspire others to pursue their passions. Although I was taught to always keep my guard up, I trust in the goodness of others and believe in the possibility of a peaceful world. My theory is that when a person’s actions are in accordance with his or her genuine heart, a wonderful transformation happens not only in the person’s life but in all of the other lives that he or she touches.  In the words of John Donne, “No man is an island.”

I’m sure some people think I’m unrealistic. By their personal standards I probably am. Ultimately, when it comes down to it, we all create our own realities. We choose how we interpret everything, both outside of ourselves and inside as well. Whether we admit it or not, we also decide how to respond to it all.

So, while I’m in the process of polishing my book (which my husband and I affectionately refer to as “my baby”),  I’ve created this blog as a more immediate creative outlet, in which I hope  to encourage others to live from their passions. A quote that really embodies my mission with Artfully Aspiring is attributed to a very inspiring man, Howard Thurman:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

It is through writing that I feel most alive, and it is through writing that I aspire to help others live their passions. Thank you for allowing me to tell you a little more about myself, and I sincerely look forward to learning more about you along the way.

With profound gratitude,

     Adelie

P.S. If you’re interested in reading more about my passion and my deepest, darkest secrets, please feel free to peruse my Award Posts:

My Writing Process Blog Tour

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Liebster Award

 

75 thoughts on “About

  1. I agree with you Adelie-we create our own realities :-)Glad to meet you here and hope and pray that your dream of adding a positive light to people’s life and change the world into a peaceful place comes true-we need more people like you for sure:-)Congrats on your book and hope to see it on the best seller’s list someday-then I too can boast that I know a topnotch published writer 😀 All the best,always,love xx

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      • Oh,I do hope and pray that you will have a wonderful week ahead-it sucks when things are stressful!Take care Adelie-hope to see you on FF-haven’t read many as yet but will come by asap to catch up,love xx
        Atreyee

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        • Atreyee,
          Thank you so much for your support and encouraging thoughts! We had a gorgeous sunrise this morning, so I have a feeling this will be a delightful weekend. I hope yours is as well!

          Adelie

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  2. Dear Adelie,

    I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award, because I really enjoy your writing.
    Should you choose to accept it, Please go to this link http://rebrandinglife.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/a-100-days-to-a-new-name-day-27-finally-an-acknowledgement/
    (I think) you would need to insert a link back to my site.
    Copy the versatile blogger icon from this post you can insert this into your own new post.
    Choose 7 random facts about yourself you wish to share and type these in for your readers.
    Select your 10 (or a few more) favourite blogs you wish to nominate for the award and add these as well to the post with a description of what is good about them.
    Tell these bloggers you have nominated them for the award and add a link.
    Good luck and thanks for writing so beautifully!

    Gurpreet

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    • Miss wonderful Gupreet,

      I can’t possibly articulate how profoundly grateful I am for this nomination. I am just so honored that you thought of me. I promise I will accept this nomination and create a post, I’ve just had an immensely hectic week. Thank you so, so very much, again!

      Adelie

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    • Hello, Lydia! Thank you so much for your kind words and support. I am greatly appreciative, (and in disbelief, really) that people would want to read my writing, especially talented ones, like yourself. Thanks, again!

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  3. Now how is it that I’ve not seen THIS amazing About page from you? And am I so senile (already?) that I could have sworn I clicked Follow on your blog from the day our paths first crossed. Well, time to right that really big wrong. I just Love your blog. Your background image is subtly lovely too! ps. Do you get told you look like Gwyneth Paltrow quite a bit?

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    • You never fail to make me laugh or blush! Thank you for stopping by my page, and I’m relieved you’ve finally redeemed yourself. I couldn’t hide my dismay much longer 😀
      I kid. I’m just honored that you even reply to my comments! I admire your natural talent to write the most intriguing and hilarious content.
      Thanks for the compliment on my background image. It’s a distorted picture of a poinsettia I received at Christmas time. I honestly had nothing else to take a picture of, so I thought, “hmm, this should work!”
      p.s. I’ve never been told I look like Gweneth, which is quite a compliment, and I thank you! Though, if you saw the two of us in person, you would be quite disappointed I believe, as she is 5’9″ and I’m 5’2″!
      And I must say I love your glamour shots. You are truly gorgeous inside and out.

      p.s.s. Were you really on “the Price is Right?” :O

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      • Thank you, my friend. For everything. And 5ft 2 is so adorable. Along with me getting hugely developed in the chest arena (I think you read that post, right?) I also grew to my current 5ft 6 height in FOURTH GRADE. What I wouldn’t have given to be a petite little thing. And do NOT get me started on my shoe size. It really almost caused me to cancel my bowling birthday party. And no, I wasn’t on Price is Right, darn it! But when I was little, my mother WAS on “Let’s Make a Deal.” You’re too young to know but Monty Hall was the host and he smacked everyone on the lips and my mother turned her head away at the last second and then all she won was really ugly rod-iron patio furniture. lol Now, what glamour shots are we talking about, pray tell??

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        • I understand where you’re coming from, but let me tell you that while I’m extremely grateful for the healthy body I’ve been given, being 5’2″ isn’t all fun and games 🙂 When I worked in retail a few years back, a few customers asked me if I was even old enough to be working there. They thought I was fourteen. Yeah, I suppose it’s better than them thinking sixty, but I’ve found people don’t tend to take me seriously in person. Ugh, yesterday, I had a client come in for a meeting, with whom I’ve spoke on the phone several times, and when I went up to meet him, he just stared at me. I tried to shake his hand, but he was like “You’re not (insert my real name here).” All I could say was, “Yes, that’s me.” He still didn’t seem to believe me. Whenever I take clients to meet my coworkers (who are in their upper thirties) those clients tend to disregard me completely and seemingly forget my presence.The thing is I’ve always related more with people who are older than me than my peers. So, to be dismissed as naive and unprofessional because I appear younger can be quite frustrating. It just isn’t so great sometimes. 🙂
          I can imagine that maturing early had it’s own struggles. And though you were the kind of person I envied growing up (I still don’t have much happening in the chest department 😛 ) I’m sorry if you ever felt self-conscious. But gosh, you’re so beautiful and numbers (no matter shoe size, height, weight, or age) are insignificant.
          Darn. I was really hoping you were on Price is Right. I was going to make it my mission to find that footage! My father always wanted to be on it. That is, until Drew Carey took over. Not that he’s bad or anything, but it’s just not the same without Bob! That is a delightful story about your mother though! She sounds kind of fiesty…like someone else I know 😉
          Ok the glamor shots. I’m telling you, a couple of weeks I saw them. I know I did, when I was trolling around your site 😀 But of course, they’re nowhere to be found. But really, I believe there were three of them, one being your icon that you have right now, and the others being very similar. I just remember because I remember thinking “Wow, she’s beautiful,” and “God, I wish I could get my hair to have that much volume!” No matter how deep I try to dig on your blog, I can’t find them. Maybe they had something to do with the whole gravatar thing. I don’t know. But I swear I saw them.
          And they were fabulous!

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  4. I think you have such a wonderful attitude and outlook. If there were more like you, then a peaceful world could really be a reality! I look forward to reading your ‘baby’ sometime in the near future. Good luck! 🙂

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    • Celia,
      I am genuinely grateful for your thoughtful comment and your uplifting words. In just a short amount of time blogging, I’ve been so blessed to discover so many people that share similar values and visions, such as yourself. Knowing this helps me abandon doubt that we truly can make a difference. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such wonderful input. I sincerely look forward to reading about your adventures in Tokyo!

      Adelie

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      • That’s the awesome thing about blogging – it’s a great way to connect with like-minded people as well as give us the opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas with others. Enjoy the blogging world!
        – Celia

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  5. So nice to meet you! It’s true that our beliefs and passions should matter more than anything else and it sounds like ours are the same (including Michigan and sledding)! You’re inspiring me to come up with a post on the Sleeping Bear dunes and I’ll have to mention your heroics.

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    • I’m so grateful you’ve stopped by, Sheila! I’m honored to provide inspiration; Though, I don’t know if I’d consider my dune sledding heroic! I caught some major air sometimes, and there were some really close calls! I look forward to reading more of your posts, especially the Sleeping Bears! And this might seem random, but I haven’t forgotten your funny comment about looking like a muppet. It’s hilarious, and I love those guys, but you certainly don’t look like a muppet! Just thought I’d mention it. 🙂

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      • Hahah – it depends on the day I’m having – every once in a while I really look like a muppet. I’m not so sure I’d be brave enough to sled down dunes like that so you’re my new hero!

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        • Hey, if it makes you feel any better, I’ve been told I speak like the Swedish Chef muppet on a daily basis. Thanks for bestowing me with the title of your new hero! Though, if you had been there to see my horrified face and the terror in my eyes, I’m sure you might feel differently! 😀

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  6. AnElephantcant help thinking you are not only very funny but, speaking as a pachyderm who is 134 years old (or is it 143?) he thinks you are cute as a button.
    But then he is not sure if buttons are actually cute, but you probably catch his drift.
    Hugs and thanks for entertaining him

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    • Well, I am sincerely grateful this elephant moseyed on over to my blog and found it entertaining! After all, I’ve always believed that the highest compliment one can receive would be that from an elephant. I very much enjoy the elephant’s blog as well, given that he is, by far, the most creative and articulate pachyderm I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting! I love the work you do, Mr. Elephant! Never stop!

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  7. Aw shucks!
    AnElephant is pinker than a really pink thing now with all these nice words from a beautiful young lady.
    Please, no need to be formal, you can call him An!
    To be honest, you can call him George or Arthur and he does not care as long as you are talking to him.
    Sigh……

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    • Oh thank you so very, very much! Your kindness and support means the world to me, and I’m truly grateful that I’m able to entertain someone who captivates me with every post she writes. You write from your wisdom and your soul, and I sincerely admire that about you. Thanks again, so much, for reading and for leaving such thoughtful words!

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  8. Hi Adelie! I have only recently started following your blog but I already love what you are doing here.This is why I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    Now, I’m not sure if you accept these awards.. but if you do want to, please click on the link -> http://tinfinityandbeyond.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/another-award/

    Oh and congrats! Keep up the great blog! I love your About me page. It really tells the reader who you are and I know you put a lot of heart and thought to it. 🙂

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    • Hello, Christine! I apologize for taking a while to get back with you. I am tremendously grateful that you nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. However, I just received the award a couple of weeks ago, and since then, I don’t think I’m interesting enough to share 7 additional facts! 🙂 I am truly honored though that you nominated me because I sincerely admire your authentic and unique talent. This also made me realize I wasn’t following you yet- I swear I was, but now it’s official! Thank you again, so very much!
      Adelie

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      • Hi! No need to apologize. I’m sorry if I wasn’t that thorough when I checked your blog but I swear that I thought you deserve the nomination. The honor is mine. And thank you for following me back. Good luck on your blog! 🙂

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    • Thank you very much for the kind words. I was editing her last night. It’s weird because I go through these moods where I want to throw the thing away and others where I think it has a lot of potential. Ugh, editing isn’t nearly as fun as writing the first draft. I feel like I’m tearing her apart, limb from limb. Thank you so very much, though. I love your work!

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      • Thank you for the visit and going through my blogs. As I said in my ‘about me’ page the devil lies in detail – not one of my strengths.
        However, I encourage you to keep it up as it is a pleasure to read the flowing text that you pen. 🙂

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  9. Andrea and I (from Pretend To Be Nice) picked you! The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers.

    Here are the rules: *The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them. *Provide 11 facts about yourself. *Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you. *Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

    Find out why we picked you and our questions here: http://pretendtobenice.com/2014/04/29/liebster-award/

    Keep bloggin’!

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    • I am tremendously grateful for the nomination, Kevil! It means the world to me that you guys thought of me and are spreading such a lovely vibe around the blogging community! I’ll be sure to write my post soon! 🙂

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  10. A awesome mission indeed. Good luck with that and with your book Adelie. I’m sure you’ll be successful, your writing is wonderful. 🙂
    Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and write such a lovely message.

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    • lol I truly didn’t even notice the typo until your comment. Even then, I had to reread it a few times to see it! I wish they’d let us edit these comments- happens to me all the time! Thank you so much for the support, and I look forward to reading more of your lovely work as well! 🙂

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  11. Adelie,

    Rochelle and I are always commenting on how much we enjoy your “lyrical” approach to writing, After asking her what she thought of this idea I have, she said, “Hey, go for it!”

    So, I have an assignment for you, almost a challenge.

    I’m going to tell you a story first. The story is about a guy and a girl who meet in Israel. She lives there, he lives in America. They have their first date at the oasis called En Gedi. They fall in love. Even though they are worlds apart and the relationship doesn’t work out, they will always have fond memories of each other and “will always have En Gedi.” The story is told from the boy’s heartbroken point of view.

    Now, you will take the story and write it as a song, like a movie’s title song. “En Gedi” will be the title of the movie and the song’s title, too.

    But don’t retell the story, tell the FEELINGS. This is done in ALL movie title songs. Think of “There’s Got To Be A Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure. Or “You Know My name” from Casino Royale. Got it? You may use elements of the story, but it’s to convey the emotions.

    BUT, THERE’S MORE —

    I’m sending you a drop box link of a Hebrew song recording called En Gedi. It is in Hebrew, yes, but don’t let that throw you. Just write the lyrics of your song to the tune of the melody.

    I think you can do this! The tune is beautiful and very “european” sounding, hopefully you will be inspired.

    So … here’s the link. You have a week. Go for it!

    Oh, and send it to my blog in the comments section.

    [audio src="https://www.dropbox.com/s/lv1w5wv1ig36msa/14%20ein%20gedi.m4a" /]

    Kent Bonham

    (a.k.a. wmqcolby)

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    • Kent,
      My goodness! What a challenge! I’m very intrigued and grateful that you’ve given special thought to me and are helping me test (and develop) my skills as a writer! I’m not going to lie, I’m quite intimidated by dipping my toes into a different culture. However, I’m definitely going to give it my best. I hope I don’t disappoint! Thank you so much, again!
      Let’s see where this goes!
      Adelie

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      • Like I said, don’t let it throw you. The culture is not what you’re writing about. You’re writing about a boy and a girl and a relationship that didn’t work out and became a fond memory. Think of the story like the photo prompt. It’s what you perceive, not what you see.

        All the best! I’m curious myself. 😀

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    • Kent,
      I won’t be able to post the completed version today. I had been working on it all week, but it’s still in need of some serious polishing. Due to a family emergency, I’m probably going to have trouble blogging for a while, but I will definitely let you know when I have completed it. Thanks for your understanding, and I hope I haven’t let you down.
      Adelie

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    • Hello, Professor! I’m doing quite well, how about yourself? I have to say, I’m quite intrigued by your punchy blog! Being that I’m at the office, I can only sneak around it so much, but I especially like the bottom of the page where you wrote about writing. 🙂 I can definitely relate!

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        • Ugh, well the revising process is nowhere near the fun and excitement as writing the first draft. Honestly, I’m losing steam here. Sometimes I read my book and think it’s pretty decent. Other times, it seems lackluster. How about you? Any suggestions?

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      • Well, I know! Those are the dadblame feelings that come along! Maybe plug into a writing community. Have you ever heard of Agent Query Connect? They help with a bunch of things.

        Otherwise, I’d be happy to help, if you’d like.

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        • Glad to know I’m not in the boat alone! I haven’t heard of Agent Query Connect yet, but I’m also a very new newbie to the spectrum of writing and publishing. I really appreciate your help and sharing of resources, and I will keep in touch. I’ve been neglecting my poor book lately, so I feel too disconnected at this point to come up with any specific questions ! Ugh, it’s like my book is a distant memory. 😦 Anyway, I’m sincerely grateful for your wonderful support

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      • My pleasure! I’ve been in the position, I think, and support is always needed. Definitely shoot me an email if you need to talk about anything else book related. (I’ve always taken it for granted that I have a friend who is a writer. He helps me all the time.)

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  12. You are such an awe-inspiring, wonderful, talented and gifted soul. You write so, so beautifully – I mean, I even got a bit teary eyed reading your words.

    This may come as a surprise to you, but I actually believe with all my heart the passion that emenates from you in relation to your writing dreams. Why shouldn’t You have a book published and made into a film? Others have done it so why are you any different? Believe me, I would be over the moon when, not if, but when something miraculous happens with your work.

    Trust, Faith, Hope and Belief is all you need: And this girl here wholly believes in your capabilities.

    You are an endearing girl and that’s what makes you so warm and good to be around.

    You were born to write Adelie – because you give a crap what people think about your writing and why all the self-doubt happens. Never, ever, lose the light that’s in you…..

    All my love, Victoria ❤

    p.s, I'm loving your blogs theme, it is so pretty and sums up all your emotions in its colours – I hope you get what I mean 🙂

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    • Oh my goodness, Victoria! These words you’ve left me…Well, I can’t possibly articulate how much they mean to me. I’ve never received such wonderful support and encouragement, and it’s even more amazing to me coming from such an incredibly talented writer and inspiring woman, who I can’t even believe is saying these things to me! This seriously made my day, and my month, and most likely my year! You’re absolutely too kind, and I just want to jump up and give you a big hug for all of the precious love and kindness you send to me! Ah, I just keep reading this over and over again, and it not only makes me smile but makes my heart feel something I don’t think it’s ever felt before. ❤ Like I said, I'm incredibly grateful for your support and friendship and belief in me. I only hope I can be as great of a friend to you as well, and I'm very certain that there's nothing that can stop us as we raise each other up! Thank you so much, Victoria! 😀

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  13. I simply see something beautiful that shines through your words and thus shines from within you. Sometimes people ‘touch’ us in a way which is undiscerned, but it’s there, and you do that. And I absolutely believe that you can most definitely make a change in peoples lives by what it is you write now and indeed will write in the future. You know what tough times are and if you ever decide to write about those things too, along with the ‘way’ you write – you will make a difference. And thank you for the big hug – that warms my heart and makes me smile 🙂 What I love about our friendship is that we lift each other up: we believe in each others capabilities: And the best part – there is no petty jealousy, only a desire to help on our writing and individual journeys. I know you are going through a hard time right now, but you keep picking yourself up and dusting yourself down and continuing – like I do. Have faith little one, as I do, and keep that focused eye on your goals and dreams – nothings impossible! Much ❤ Victoria 🙂

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    • My goodness, Victoria! You never fail to bring tears to my eyes! Just knowing you has brought such wonderful light to my life and made a mark on my heart that will never be forgotten. I deeply cherish our friendship, and I am a forever fan of your writing, which is moving and captivating, to say the least. Thank you so, SO much for brightening my day and my life! Love and warm wishes to you! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  14. I so love your honesty, Adelie. You are so one the right track my dear. You don’t need anyone to tell you that, but I am telling you from experience that you are on the best track you can be. And I am living proof of creating our own reality, as well as making my career from something I was passionate about. One of my life’s best decisions. Of course there can be outside circumstances beyond our control at times, but our task is how to work around, through, beside, over, under it….and keep striving for what we want our reality to be. The Universe cooperates every single time 😀

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    • Your words are very comforting and encouraging, Kathie. AND your proof that following one’s passions can lead to fulfillment in life is truly inspiring. I must admit I’m going through a slight rough-patch, regarding my belief in being capable to achieve my dreams. A year ago, I was living a much more inspired and joyous life, but little by little, I fell into a rut. I truly appreciate your positivity and love because it’s giving me the light and ambition to pull myself out of the rut and get my feet back on the ground. I can’t tell you how happy my heart is that you’ve created a life by embracing your passion. You’re a truly beautiful soul, who deserves nothing short of peace and happiness! ❤

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      • Dear Adelie, I have been online so very little since season began here on Mount Desert Island. We get over 2 millions visitors here and it gets a little nuts. I am so please my words bring a little encouragement and comfort. Ruts are part of our lives, so we can appreciate the peaks when they happen. And I believe the more we follow our heart and send love out into the universe and to those around us, the ruts are fewer and further between. Your gift as a writer is there and you know so very well how to transfer words on paper into living verse. Forgive my absence, but please let’s do stay in touch! ❤ xo

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a wonderful line, Peter. You’ve reminded me that I’ve haven’t been in your corner of the blogosphere for some time. Please forgive me!

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    • Hello, Andy! I apologize for taking so much time to get back on here and to express how profoundly honored and grateful I am that you’ve nominated me for this awesome award. AND congratulations for being nominated, yourself! I will most definitely visit your award post and fulfill my duties as a recipient, as soon as my life settles down a bit. I do hope that’s ok… Making last minute preparations for my sister’s wedding has been quite time consuming!
      P.S. You give me and my writing too much credit, but I really appreciate it and your praise means the world to me. I’m a huge fan of your writing as well! 😀 Thank you so very much, again!

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      • No problem at all, Adelie. Please take your time to attend to what’s important. Prioritize. 🙂

        Congratulations on your sister’s wedding! I hope you are as thrilled as her.

        Hope to hear from you very soon!

        *P.S: I meant every word – your writing is good. 🙂

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