When the path reveals itself. Follow it.

“So tell me, where shall I go? To the left, where nothing’s right? or to the right, where nothing’s left?”

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Credits:
*Lit Brick Paths by JIAN
Backyard Swamp by TLC
Shrubs Pink & Yellow by Happy Mood
Shrub Large Green by [we’re CLOSED]
Sassafras.v1 {4Seasons} by Little Branch
Flowers Bed{Pink} by Little Branch

Wearing~
Flavie Hat by ::C’est la vie !::
Hair: 53 Black by *barberyumyum* @ SaNaRae
Medina Shades – Black by Fame Femme @ The Dressing Room
Off Shoulder Tee White by {sallie} @ SaNaRae
Relaxing Jeans (White) by ASO! @ SaNaRae
Messy Bag (Leather & Leopard Black) by  ::C’est la vie !::
Gugu Sandals for Maitreya Body (Flat Feet) by Mutresse @ Collabor88

Pose: Stand 456 by !bang 

Your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

“Between our laughs, long talks, stupid fights and jokes… I fell in love.”

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but this week so far has been down and out crazy. I feel pulled in every direction and the frustration level that I see in others and myself too is at an all-time high. It feels like all I’ve done since Monday is put out fires, and today I have a headache that won’t quit.  It’s no wonder we escape sometimes, even if our realities remain.

By now I’m sure you’ve seen these star of fame wall frames with different awards such as best friend, wife, hag, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, designer and a whole list of others found at the arcade. They are very cute frames and can create that fun atmosphere as they’re meant to, when proudly displayed or given as gifts to that person you’re honoring with that title of being the best of something.

I’m proudly showing off my fame as best girlfriend, and even though I gave it to myself it doesn’t lessen its impact. Darn right.  I earned this title; just ask my ex (spoken tongue-in-cheek).

Funny note aside I had a bit of a revelation the other week when I was watching the movie Jerry Maguire that aired in 1996. Jerry is played by actor Tom Cruise, which is about a sports agent that gets fired and then starts his own management firm with a sole client, Rod Tidwell, played by actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. There is a particular scene where a frustrated Jerry is telling Rod, who has a bit of an attitude, that he needs to go back to being the guy who first started playing the game, like when he was kid. The conversation doesn’t go well and an irritated Jerry leaves and as Rod watches him go he yells at him, “See, man, that’s the difference between us. You think we’re fighting, I think we’re finally talking!”

That particular scene was a bit of an eye opener as I thought back on previous encounters and made me reflect that I’m more like a Jerry and how this might have contributed to communication breakdowns.  It’s given me something to ponder on as I think of how quickly I can shut down when overwhelmed with high emotions.

My goodness.  Maybe I should send my ex the best boyfriend award.

Credits:
Hair – Taketomi – Toyo Dark Brown
Eyelids – Slink – Mesh Eyelids
Necklace – Yummy – Raindrop Chain Necklace Gold
Bracelet – ASO! – National Flag Bracelet (Italia)
Top – Emery – Donna V-Neck Sweater Grey @ Collabor88
Jeans – Pixicat – Kiara Jeans {past 50L Friday}
Shoes – Baiastice – London Sneakers Canvas Sky @ The Arcade

Scene:
Star of Fame/Best Girlfriend – [Commoner] @ The Arcade
Second Aid Donuts Yellow – BAMSE
Strandmon Couch Brown – Apt. B
Palmer Lodge – Trompe Loeil @ Collabor88

Lesson 52

 “A grownup is a child with layers on.” ~ Woody Harrelson

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This is the last lesson in the 52 weeks course of “The Best Year of Your Life” and I want to thank everyone who shared the lessons with me.   I hoped they served to be useful, encouraging and guided you in areas you might have been needing guidance on.  For me personally, they have been timely messages I needed to hear and others served as reminders for things I had forgotten as life happens.

The last lesson deals with going back to the basics and for me sometimes it’s a reminder to honor that inner child in me.

© The Best Year of Your Life by Debbie Ford

Lesson 52: Go Back to the Basics

From the author Debbie Ford…

I trained in martial arts for three years, and one thing I was continually struck by is how much time we spent in each class focusing on the basics. “Without mastering the basics,” my instructor would say, “you can never move on to more advanced techniques.”

How do you create the best year of your life? Pay attention to the basics. Have compassion for yourself. Take time to go within. Set measurable goals. Do what you say you’re going to do. Appreciate what you have.

Take this week to focus on the basics. Strive to make each of these practices a regular part of your lifestyle, and the best year of your life will unfold naturally.

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Your Self-Love Assignment

It’s time for a refresher course on the skills you’ve learned so far during this course. Look back over the past few weeks and note the following:

  • Are you compassionate with yourself, even when you make mistakes?
  • Have you broken agreements with yourself or others that you need to clean up?
  • Have you set goals or committed to action steps that you haven’t fulfilled?
  • Are you nourishing your physical body with proper food, rest, and exercise?
  • Are you taking time each day to go within?

Make a list of any of the basic skills you’ve been neglecting. Then create a plan of action to reintroduce them back into your daily schedule.

Self-Love Points Earned

Give yourself 100 points for each basic skill you reintroduce into your daily routine.

Credits

Hair – Love Soul – Hair*115* Jet Black
Outfit – Turducken – Sailor Outfit Red
Boots – ASO – Rain Boots {Dot Blue} @ The Arcade

French Bulldogs Smoke, Cream & Spot – Alchemy @ The Chapter Four
Blue & Pink Whales – MishMish @ Collabor88
Box Kites Rainbow & Blue & Pink – BoOgErS
Pampas Grass – Kidd
Wild Oat Grass – Kidd
Bubble Chairs – HPMD {used for bubbles}
Tub – Pilot – Bathtime [White] @ The Arcade
Wild Flowers – We’re Closed
Sand dune – Thickbrick Sleaford
Flamingos – Ohmai @ Summer Fest
Beachy Chair Yellow Crab – BoOgErS
Sand Castle – BoOgErS
Shovel & Bucket – BoOgErS
Beach Ball – Magnifique Poses {part of pose pack}
My Crabby Partner – Wimey @ Family Flea Market
Beach Radio [Chartreuse] – Standby Inc.
Toothbrush – Turnip’s

Poses:
Big Jump – Jumpin Jacks {partial pose used}
The Three of Us – Hootinany {partial pose used}