Wednesday, June 15, 2011


If we live truly, we shall see truly. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The prompt for today is what is one place I want to visit, and what am I going to do to get there?

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The one place I want to visit before I die is Augsburg Germany. I was born there, and would like to go back before I die. As of right now I am not doing anything to make sure I get there. I am saving for other things at the moment, and a vacation is just not in the cards right now.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Post-it Question

That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? . . . Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have had a number of personal things come up this month. I have decided to pick up where I left off with the Self-Reliance prompts. June Third's prompt was titled Post-it Question. The prompt is to identify my biggest challenge for myself, turn it into a question, write the question on a post-it note, and think about it for 48 hours. After the 48 hours I need to journal about things I have come up with to help me.

My biggest challenge at the moment is deciding what I want in my life. I have had numerous personal issues come up and I feel like I need to make some decisions in my life towards a change. My question is What do I want out of my life? What do I need to do to get there?

I know this is kind of a vague question, but there are many challenges for me right now that I feel like a general question might help me narrow down the problems in the other areas in my life. The bonus for this prompt was to take a picture of the sticky note on the bathroom mirror or a door, somewhere that it is seen all the time. I don't actually have any post-its, and the place I look at the most is my computer. My nice new computer has a nifty application where I can post a post-it note right on my screen, so here is the picture of my screen.

Zach has been very supportive for me. He knows I have been having a hard time, so he left me a new desktop screen. I have his note and my note, right where they will be read often!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

One Strong Belief - Buster Benson

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

The Trust 30 prompt for today is what is a belief you live by that the people around you do not. Find the piece HERE.

A belief that I have that most of my friends do not necessarily live by is my kids come first. At my age most of my peers do not have kids, but my son means the world to me. There are plenty of things I did not want to do that I did, because I knew that was best for him. Even those friends that do have kids some times do not live by this. I want my son to grow up the way my mom raised me. She was a single mom and had to let things slide that she would have loved to have done, and God forbid she sometimes had to tell my brother and I "no." I think it is because of this I am the way I am. I know the right from wrong, and I know what should take priority. When it comes down to the latest Wii game and buying $60 of groceries I know which is more important even though that might not be the provider of momentary joy.

My Sentence of the Day:

Today was a rough day, and I found myself repeating my sentence over quite a bit, so that is the sentence to describe today.

This is stupid, I am just blown away!


Today - Liz Danzico

Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. The force of character is cumulative. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

I was unable to get to the computer yesterday, so I am doing yesterdays Trust 30 prompt today. Yesterday's prompt was to describe the day in one sentence. You can find the prompt HERE. My interpretation of the prompt is to do this every day.

So here is my sentence for yesterday:

Yesterday was so much fun and full of joy; the true calm before the storm.