2012 New Year New You – Control What You Can

God, give us grace to accept with serenity

the things that cannot be changed,

Courage to change the things

which should be changed,

and the Wisdom to distinguish

the one from the other.


 think the most important part of the serenity prayer the last part. The discernment to know the difference between what you can change and what you can change your life. i believe many of us spend countless hours worrying about things that we have absolutely no control over. I believe if we just spent a fraction of that time working on the things we can control, we would navigate through life easier. Sure there would still be problems and bad days, things would still blind side us, but hopefully we’d be better prepared to handle them

I don’t remember how I stumble on the blog entry that inspired this post, it was probably twitter, but Tiny Buddha’s post 50 Things You Can Control Right Now is an awesome list. You should definitely give it a look and pick a choose a few you’d like to implement in your own life or add your own.

I’m going to start off with some of the smaller things and hope for a snowball effect that will lead to the bigger tasks.  The 10 things that I’m choosing to work on are… Continue reading


My Favorite Christmas Songs

Everyone has their favorite holiday tunes, some are universal others are personal. Whether it’s the old school classics from your childhood, new school faves of late, spiritual or secular these are the songs that make up the playlist that gets you into the spirit of Christmas. Below are my favorite Christmas tracks:

1o.   Destiny’s Child –  8 Days of Christmas

I’m not really sure if I even liked this song when it came out back in 2001 , but nevertheless the light-hearted contemporary take on the 12 days of Christmas is on my list now.

9. Christmas Time is Here – Peanuts

We all have a movie that’s airing symbolizes the coming of Christmas. For some it’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, others It’s a Wonderful Life, but I love A Charlie Brown Christmas. (really the animated Disney version of A Christmas Carol is my favorite, but it rarely airs). I like this one so much its one of my holiday ringtones. Continue reading

So Blessed…yes, yes

I woke up in the morning feeling fresh to death
I’m so blessed, yes yes
I went to sleep stressed, woke up refreshed
I’m so blessed, yeah yes
Water in my face and everything is in it’s place
Peace of mind even my grace
I’m so blessed, yes yes yes
My grandma just turned one hundred
I’m so blessed, yes yes yes yes

I’ve had an event full last 3-4 days and one thing that is apparent…I’m so blessed!!

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Ten Things About Tip

So I’m in a sharing mood…so I decided to make a list of some of my quirks to help y’all get to know me a little bit:

  1. I’m a nail biter…well I used to be, my nails are actually quite long. However, I’ve moved on to my cuticles. It’s a nasty habit that I haven’t been able to shake
  2. I love my doggie. Not sure if I’ve talked about that here, but I do. He is spoiled rotten YES I’m one of those people! he has coats, sweaters, shirts, several leashes, a few carriers, and a car seat.
  3. My favorite is season is summer because even though I love autumn it just reminds me how soon winter, my least favorite season, will be here.
  4. I dislike winter so much that I actually wonder if I suffer from seasonal depression. The only thing that saves winter is Christmas and a week off work.
  5. I look exactly like my mother. I don’t see it, neither does she,  but  I finally stop arguing after a friend of mine saw my mother, whom she never met, walking around campus and walked up to her said “you’re Tip’s mom, she’s in my class I’ll take you to her“…umm yeah like I said exactly like her.
  6. Looking back I’ve only had one long-term relationship and that was with my ex husband. I think I’m relationally challenged.
  7. I’ve started a bucket list about a year ago. It is quite long, so I still have several  left to check off.
  8. I love my iPhone. I’m never without it. I’m like the iPhone go to person at my job (which doesn’t say much) and amongst my friends but I’m a nerd about my phone
  9. I LOVE concerts!!! I’ve been to 7 this year and really want to squeeze in at just one more. This doesn’t include the numerous local shows that feature live bands.
  10. I suck at writing but I enjoy writing this blog.

Act your age!

Women not girls rule my world
I said they rule my world
Act your age, mama (Not your shoe size)
Not your shoe size

My name is Tip and I’m addictied to the internet there I said it…I spend a lot of time on-line, reading, searching, wasting time, etc. So I ran across this article on Yahoo! Shine and found it sorta interesting. I’ve added my comments to her list (red=disagree, green=agree, no comment=indifferent). Continue reading

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Simple Joys of Life

Cloud shapes

Elephant Cloud

Happy FRIDAY everybody!!!! I wanted to end (well really begin since this is the first post of the week) on a happy note.

I ran across this list on Yahoo Shine one day last year and I posted it to my facebook notes to remind me of the small simple pleasures in life. So I thought I’d share it here as well since my first two posts were sorta rants and I want y’all to know I’m happy and ish! I’ve bolded my favorites. Enjoy!  Continue reading