I graffitied a wall of all the quotes that I love.

It’s my wall. My space. My essence in words.

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You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one- “Imagine” John Lennon

Procrastination is the thief of time- Charles Dickens

Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, connecting spheres to connect

the bridge you will need, be formed until the ductile anchor hold

‘til the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul- “Noiseless Patient Spider” Walt Whitman

All you need is faith and a little bit of Pixie dust– Think Tink

Dream Big

Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all– Lord Alfred Tennyson

Nothing gold can stay- Robert Frost

When given the choice between being right or being kind, Always choose kind — Wonder, R.J. Palacio

The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears or the sea– Isaac Dinesen

Here lies one whose name is writ in water- John Keats

but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep- Robert Frost

Hang loose, let the ocean worry about being blue — Alabama Shakes (Tyler’s tattoo)

God Bless Us, everyone– A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

Chances are hope’s torn out pages– 5 for Fighting

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction– A Room of her Own, Virginia Woolf

I need your grace to remind me to find my own — “Chasing Cars” Snow Patrol

You can’t find peace by avoiding life– The Hours, Michael Cunningham

Don’t Worry, Be Happy– Bob Marley

I’m nobody, who are you? Are you nobody too?– Emily Dickinson

Riches I hold in light esteem and love I laugh to scorn, and lust of fame was but a dream that vanished with the morn. And if I pray the only prayer that moves my lips for me is, “Leave the heart that now I bear, and give me liberty!” Yes, as my swift days near their goal; ‘tis all that I implore: in life and death a chainless soul, with courage to endure. –“Old Stoic” Emily Bronte

By allowing the man to believe that he is in charge, that is the art of a woman– The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory

Live, Love, Laugh

In 3 words, I can sum up what I’ve learned about life: it goes on– Robert Frost

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.– Judy Garland

Just Breathe

When writing the story of your life, don’t allow anyone else to hold the pen!

This is my life. This is what I’ve made of it. — Virginia Woolf

Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. — The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou

What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action, how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a God! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me. — Hamlet, W. Shakespeare

All of life is like a series of tableaux & in the living we missed so much, hid so much, left so much unsaid and undone. — Anna Quindlen

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly– Judy Garland

Whisper words of wisdom, Let it be– John Lennon (Ryan’s tattoo)

Believe — (my tattoo)

What’s meant to be will be

Sometimes you put up walls to see who would care enough to take them down. At times, you put up walls to get away and not be found. Until, you find yourself– Anon

Be with me always, take any form– drive me mad! Only do not leave me in the abyss where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life. I cannot live without my soul.– Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us– Ralph Waldo Emerson

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower is to hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.– “Auguries of Innocence” William Blake

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world– Louis Armstrong

That you are here– that life exists and identity. That the powerful play goes on and you will contribute a verse.– “Oh Me’ Oh life!” Whitman

when life sank down for a moment, the range of experience seemed limitless– V.Woolf

There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice– F.Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to muse when it’s talking to you– or it just goes on and you miss its statement– that moment when you could have done something. — A Year by the Sea, Joan Anderson

The trouble is you thing you have time– Buddha

Be faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies– Mother Teresa

It seemed like the beginning of happiness. There is still that singular perfection, & it’s perfect in part because it seemed, at the time, so clearly, to promise more. — The Hours, Michael Cunningham

Every teardrop is a waterfall. — Coldplay

You know that place between sleep & awake, that place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting… “Tinkerbell,” J.M. Barrie

Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood– “The Heart of Life” John Mayer

Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops– at all. — Emily Dickinson.

Just be here.– Diann Milone

I need a sign to let me know you’re here. — “Calling All Angels” Train (for my grandmother, my angel)

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tries, and a touch that never hurts. C. Dickens

Fear no more says the heart in the body– V. Woolf

Sometimes people write things they can’t say — One Tree Hill

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.– The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

I know the heart of life is good– John Mayer

Through chaos as it swirls, it’s us against the world– Coldplay

Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove.

O no, it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wand’ring bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

—  W. Shakespeare (Sonnet 116)

When you find yourself lost in the darkness and despair, remember it’s only in the black of night you can see the stars — One Tree Hill

If you can dream it, you can do it. –Walt Disney

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

A satisfactory hint of the unreality of reality– a promise that the rock of the world was securely formed on a fairy’s wing. — F.Scott Fitzgerald

We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are. — Anais Nin

In one of the stars, I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars are laughing when you look in the night sky. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

It’s only with the heart one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you. — A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

I’ve got the key to my castle in the air– Louisa May Alcott

Alice: How long is forever?

White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.

— Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

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A Room of My Own

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My summer is full of “projects”– tasks I simply don’t have time for during the school year. This summer is no different. However, one such project was multi-purposed: for me to create a room of my own.

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As my children grew, physically bigger, the space in my house seemed shrinking and mine seemingly obsolete. When my 22 year old son announced he was moving across the country, I really thought about his room. Should I leave it completely in tact? Just in case? Completely closed off– a shrine of sorts. I discussed the choices that lay before me; he wasn’t happy he’d be losing stock, but it was his decision, after all, to leave the nest. After serious contemplation, I decided to reclaim my space. The room that had been mine before he became restless and independent wanting his own space outside of his shared room with his brother would become mine again. I’d sacrificed that and so much more. Making it clear that he’d always have a home in our home to return to, I set about the task of closure and new beginnings.

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I went with a black & white theme, thoroughly inspired by Pinterest. I decided I’d do three white walls and one blackboard wall (black chalk board paint which comes in an array of colors, but I chose black). Being the quote collecter that I am, a graffiti chalkboard wall made sense to me. On it, I wrote quotes and drew symbols that are important or inspiring to me.

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Because I already had a daybed, I just needed the dressing to make it look pretty. I needed a desk and a cabinet, too, so I set about my shopping spree.

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Here’s my list if you like what you see:

blackboard paint- Home Depot

whiteboard paint pens & chalks- Staples

bed linens & pillow cases- Wal-Mart

throw pillows- Overstock.com

valance- Kangaroo Closet

desk, white bookshelf/storage cabinet & white arm chair- Ikea

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This is my place to write– not a shared office space where I have to vie for time or a portion of the dining room where I can be distracted constantly. This is a room that inspires me because it’s mine. Only mine. It reflects all of who I am. And the best part– I can close the door.

Resolution: KINDNESS


I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. They sound good on January 1st, but, by the end of the month, generally, they are compromised in a sea of rationales or simply forgotten, drifting with the tide, further and further out into the ocean.

This year, instead of focusing inward on the multitude of changes I can make (diet, exercise, write more, swear less, spend more time with friends and with mom…) to quell my feelings of ineptitude in one direction or another, I’ve decided to alter my perception of what a resolution is suppose to be by turning my projection of change outward: acts of kindness toward others with the simple notion of one person carrying out one selfless act in the pure interest of benevolence.


In order to create some tangibility to my resolution, I’ve set aside a jar, crafted a label (KINDNESS), cut out brightly colored pieces of symbolically-shaped papers on which to write each act of kindness upon completion. While I’m committing to 26 Acts of Kindness, as an homage to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, where my inspiration is routed, I hope to be able to fill the jar over the course of the year with many more.



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And so I begin, with three already completed before the New Year’s even begun with the hope that one Act of Kindness will have a ripple effect to another and another and so on and so on…


What Kindness