Today begins the 2015 holiday season, right? Halloween! One of my family’s favorite holidays. So last night my niece and my brother’s family put together this wonderful Halloween party for the family. We had wonderful food: Chili, homemade rolls, butter beer, cheese and crackers and other yummy treats. We had a costume party and even got my mother to dress up as Judge Judy. The decorations were over the top. So I thought I would end my 31 days of quotes with a quote about families and show you some pictures from our party last night.

Halloween Family



My niece who put this party together and Mom.

My niece, Abbie, who put this party together and Mom.


I absolutely love Ray Bradbury and Something Wicked This Way Comes. It was one of my favorite creepy type books to read when I was younger. I was looking through it the other day to find a creepy quote for Halloween and found this one about friendship. I love the way he uses language to illicit a picture in your mind. Friends are just like that, right? They take you as a piece of clay and change you somehow. Sometimes it is a good change and other times it is not. But either way, you can’t come out of a friendship unchanged.


Being Brave

I follow a blog written by Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity. Over the past 10 years he has visited every country in the world. His blog is inspiration for achieving personal goals. His posts are usually pretty short, but have a message that is inspiring. Also, for the past six years he has hosted his World Domination Summit where over 1000 people get together to explore how they can live a remarkable life. He has also written several books.

In one of his recent blog posts, he shared a talk given by  Jon Acuff at this past year’s summit. Today’s quote comes from that talk. The whole talk is wonderful, but I really loved this quote mainly because my word for the year is “fearless”. It made me realize, once again, that being brave is not something you can just feel. You also have to take action and do. I’m pretty good at procrastinating things that are out of my comfort zone. I then wake up in the middle of the night with this panic seizing my body. The funny thing is that when I eventually do the thing that I fear, it turns out all right. If you have a 30 minutes, listen to Jon’s talk. You won’t regret it.

Being brave

Great Dreams

I got into bed last night and realized that I hadn’t posted my quote for the day. I almost got out of bed, but I was much too comfortable. I love this quote by Harriet Tubman. I think we all forget that we are the captains of our own destiny. We just need to get up and get working.

digital painting by Viva Artistry, Scrapbookgraphics.com

digital painting by Viva Artistry, Scrapbookgraphics.com

True Direction

I guess change is a common theme in my quotes. Maybe because change is really difficult for everyone. Breaking out of the norm requires effort. It also means that we need to embrace the unfamiliar and I think that’s hard. It is so much easier to stay in the comfort zone and complain when your goals don’t materialize than to make changes and maybe risk failure.

I made a commitment to write on this blog every day during the month of October. And with the exception of a few days, I’ve posted something every day. I’ve also created backgrounds for my quotes. But now that the end of the month is getting closer, I find myself wondering if posting for 31 days was enough to make it habit. If I will continue to write on this blog more consistently, or will I just be glad that its over. I know it has a lot to do with personal goals. What do I want to accomplish on this blog? Am I just writing for the sake of practice or do I want it to evolve into something else?

Well I guess there are five more days left in the month. Plenty of time for me to figure out where I’m going to go.

Finding my true direction

Be Amazing

One of the first blogs I started following back in the day (years ago), was Ali Edwards. I had heard about her “one little word” program where she picks one word to focus on for the year, rather than making resolutions. This rang true to me, so I started following her and found that I loved her creativity, her honesty and her ideas. So over the years, I have taken her classes, purchased her artwork and followed along with some of her projects.

This year, her word was give. So every Sunday, she finds a quote that she hand writes and shares with her readers. The quote below is a goody from Maya Angelou. So instead of re-creating my own artwork for this quote, I’m using hers. Enjoy. Go visit her site and see what she has to offer. I know you won’t be disappointed.



Have you ever tried to change something in your life? Whenever I need to make changes, I do pretty good for the first little while and then I just lose steam and go back to the way it was. So I loved this quote by Socrates where he basically tells us that we need to stop fighting our old habits and just embrace the new. Focus all our energies on the future instead of the past. I wish it was as easy as it sounds.

The secret of change


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