Notable Quotable – Discipline

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.                  ~ Jim Rohn

Isn’t this sure the truth?! For without discipline, we may never achieve goals. Sometimes I find it hard to be disciplined, especially when it comes to my writing. I’m the least disciplined writer ever…which is why I’ve never finished my book. I don’t know why I shy away from it. Probably lack of confidence. But if I would only insist on some disciplined habits, I might just be able to leave that lack of confidence far behind me.

I shy away from discipline because it involves restraint…restraint from doing what I want to be doing instead of doing what I should be doing. I can’t say that I’m completely undisciplined. Obviously I have a good degree of discipline as I’ve been self-employed for over twenty years and a good portion of those years were spent in the advertising business. There is real discipline involved in that business because it revolves around hard and fast deadlines. So I know I have the ability to be disciplined. I just need to make myself be disciplined when it comes to writing.

When considering self-discipline, one has to persist at difficult or unpleasant tasks until they’re completed. Well, I did that with my garage a few months ago. I stuck at it until I got it all cleared and cleaned out. That was successful discipline. I’ve just succeeded in cleaning out two spare rooms over the last few weeks too.

But on the other hand, I am the queen of procrastination…even on projects that I very much want to complete (like my book). I need to work on developing some effective discipline habits.

How do you get disciplined? What has worked for you? Rewards? Incentives? If you are a writer, how do you make yourself sit down and write? What gets you motivated? What are your tricks of the trade?


Notable Quotable – How We See Ourselves

It’s not who you are that holds you back,

it’s who you think you’re not.  

                                  ~ Source unknown


How many of us struggle with that evil voice inside us that says “I’m not good enough”? How many times have we decided not to go for something because that self-perception of not being enough stopped us?

We are our own worst critics. I don’t know about you but I know I usually see myself very differently than the rest of the world sees me.

I like this quote because it really hits the nail on the head. “It’s not who you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you’re NOT.” In too many cases, you are not who you think you are. You’re far better and far more equipped for the quest that you wish to conquer.

So the next time you feel you are holding back, think about this quote. You might be surprised at how many risks you suddenly start taking…with ultimate payoffs!

Can you relate to this quote?


New Year’s Flowers

“Friendship is to people what sunshine is to flowers”                              ~unknown

I have the best customers and friends! I was so deeply touched when two of my dogsitting customers came over with flowers for me this week! It brightened my whole spirit, not to mention my home! What a way to start a new year, surrounded by gorgeous flowers from extraordinary women with very loving hearts. I just love my customers…and I love their dogs!

Thank You Jenna!

colorful flowers


Thank You Alissa!


“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”                             ~ Luther Burbank


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Self-Actualizing in China

This is one of the coolest videos I’ve seen in awhile. This guy, Jake Gaba, spent 100 days dancing across China! He was there studying Mandarin on a Dartmouth College Study Abroad program and his very unique brand of cataloguing his travels was to dance in all the cities that he found himself in –dancing to the Bruno Mars song Treasure— and he video-logged it.

I LOVE this video! I have watched it several times because it just makes me feel good. I started to wonder what it was about the video that kept drawing me back. How do I feel about this video? Well, first of all, LOVE the shorts! I could come back and watch over and over just to see those shorts! In addition to that though, I find that I just admire this kid so much. What he has done here, to me, is sheer genius. But there’s more.

Aside from the unique idea and the spectacular video-editing, I’m in awe of this kid’s guts. He’s like a one-man flash mob! To just break out dancing wherever he happens to be, with no care as to what people will think, not just once but again and again a hundred times over, well, that’s some serious hutzpah!

I envy his freedom — freedom to simply be himself without worrying about how he’s going to be perceived. He just DOES what he does. THAT’s freedom.

I’ve always been a girl obsessed with freedom. Freedom and space are my two big deal-breakers. Freedom is why I’m self-employed, freedom is why I’m single. But this kid, he has a different kind of freedom. I don’t think I’m that self-actualized — yet. So I guess that’s just one more thing to add to my To Do List…

I started thinking about self-actualization and what it really means. One definition says “self-actualized people have realistic perceptions of themselves, others and the world around them.” I’m not there yet. I still view myself through my ultra-critical lens and my self-conscious filter.

Self-actualized people are spontaneous in internal thoughts and outward behavior. I’m definitely spontaneous but only to the point that my filter will allow.

And the self-actualized person is free from superficial concerns. I’m not there yet. According to Abraham Maslow, self-actualization merely involves achieving one’s potential. However, he believes that less than 2% of the population actually achieve self-actualization.

Whew! I can stop beating myself up now. 🙂

Instead, I’m going to go watch this guy dance his way across China again…