Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Look of Success

When I...I will have achieved success.

Filling in those blanks has so many possibilities. As we mature we realize that the Look of Success is not the same for all. That you and five of your friends started with one vision and all six of you ended up on totally different roads.

Seeing others around you accomplishing their goals should never make you feel less than. Watching them continue to succeed should inspire you to test your skills and your talents and find your own success. But what does success look like to you? Did you know from an early age or did it find you after years of struggles?

My view of success seems to change every few years. Today what I deem as success I would have viewed as a failure in my youth. What makes me feel successful today can look to some as just being regular. I wonder, is being regular a bad thing? Just what is being regular? Hummm something to think about anyway back to success.

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I use to think that in order for me to be successful aside from the obvious financial factors I would have had to acquire certain material things. The big house, the big yard, the latest car, lots of travel and an awesome social life. Those things sound and I am sure can be nice but they aren't success to me, not anymore. I have known people who have this and more and are miserable. The house no matter how big and how full of "things" it is is still not a home still not good enough and still doesn't bring them joy.

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I live in a city many people dream of visiting or living in, New York City. I was born and raised in a borough with a colorful reputation, Brooklyn. Having my mom and her family choose this place was a success. I didn't go to college but the jobs I've held have allowed me the freedom to invest quality time with the things I love the most. I've turned every apartment I've lived in into my "homes". They have been filled not with knick knacks but with treasures. Every little thins has meaning and value. This has been success to me.

Diving into a good book, going to work, taking a Saturday afternoon nap, living mindfully, going sightseeing with my daughter, volunteering with kids or at the food pantry, learning from my failures and still walking tall, my writing, my photography, putting my daughter through college, assisting my grandma on her life's journey success success success.

illustration by pepper gang.com

How do you define your success? What has changed for you and what has remained the same? Do you currently see yourself as successful and if so how did you arrive there? Start a conversation, would love to her your thoughts.

Always stress free xo,
Mari

Monday, July 25, 2016

End of July Turn it Up Tuesday

I can't believe I am saying this but its the end of July! Lets make the most of these remaining Summer weeks. Come join the fun and share your greatness, let the fun begin xo!
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Bev chose DIY Natural After Sun Cooling Cream from Little Miss Dexterous. "I always love the idea f being able to make home made products so that I know what is in them. This Natural After Sun product is one that I can live with and use all summer. Based on the ingredients, I am sure it smells nice and well as soothes the skin."

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April chose 101 Things To Clean with Vinegar from Just 2 Sisters. "I've been using vinegar a lot these days, but this is a great summation of what you can clean with it."

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April chose DIY Hair Gel Recipe from Scratch Mommy. "I'm trying to go all natural in a lot of ways, my hair is definitely one of them. I like this recipe for hair gel."

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Tiffany chose 10 Pictures to Take of Your Kids (each and every year) from Lipgloss and Crayons. "I love Carly’s suggestions for photos that you simply must have of your children… I may be a bit late on the start for these but i definitely want to add them to our photo library!"

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Tiffany chose She Used 3 Things That Made Her Lips Unbelievably Better from Simplify Life with Mrs. R. "Mrs. R’s simple chapped lip remedy is awesome!! I have always suffered from chapped lips and switched to natural balms a while ago but like she said they can be pricey. I may be trying this recipe out sooner rather than later ;)"

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Mari chose Red Velvet Banana Cake Recipe from Treat and Trick. "In this heat I'm looking forward to trying Brandie's S'mores treat."

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Heather chose Melon Salad with Crispy Prosciutto and Feta from The Kittchen. "I love melon wrapped in prosciutto, but like Kit said in her post, it can be a hassle to assemble. This idea of making a salad and adding feta and basil looks great."

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Heather chose Grilled Pork Adobo from Try Anything Once. "We always grill a lot in the summer, and I love the simplicity of this recipe. Can't wait to try it."

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Stacey chose Summer Fruit Salad with Cinnamon - Honey Syrup Recipe from Home Cooking Memories. "This syrup sounds amazing! I have been trying to eat as much fresh fruit as I can, and I am looking forward to adding this to my next bowl of fruit! Thank you so much for sharing!"

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Stacey chose Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones from Living on Cloud Nine. "These look wonderful! I have always wanted to try making scones, and I think these I will. Thanks so much for sharing!"

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Natasha chose Just Saying "No" from Starting Over...Again. "Thanks so much for sharing this amazing post. It is so hard for more to say no. Even when I'm overwhelmed, I'll still try to take on more. It is easier to say yes, then figure out how to get it done. In recent years, I have been getting better at saying no, and this post is the reminder I need to stop taking on more than I can handle. Great post!"

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Natasha chose Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake from LouLou Girls. "I am a cheesecake addict, and this Raspberry Cheesecake recipe has my mouth watering. Thanks so much for sharing! I am definitely going to try it!"

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