‘OWN life’ -LP

Four years ago today the Merrimack College community lost a beautiful, vivacious, amazing young lady too soon.

Today, I can’t help thinking about the fact that life is too short. We hear this phrase all the time, but do we truly believe it? Many of us have lost young people in our lives and when this happens, you realize that there are no guarantees in life. We truly need to appreciate every day we are blessed with.

We complain, we wish the work week away in order to get to the weekend, we hold grudges, we make excuses for ourselves so we don’t have to work out, we let petty things come between us, we drink too much, we eat too much, we don’t take care of our bodies, we want to have someone else’s life, we want more money, we take ourselves too seriously, we don’t go after our dreams, we don’t always say how we feel or voice our opinions, we miss chances by not taking risks, we forget how to live our lives to the fullest.

Go out there and live your life. Everyday is a gift. Try new things, put yourself out there, meet new people, go on adventures, don’t waste all your money on stupid things, save some for retirement, take pride in your work, take care of your body – find new ways to work out, eat well, and have fun with it, don’t be afraid you’re going to embarrass yourself, go after the things you really want – if you fall asleep thinking about it, if you can’t stop thinking about it all day – you need to make it happen, enjoy yourself, your significant other, your family, your friends – look for fun things to do with them or just by yourself, appreciate your job – if you can’t stand it, look for a new one, aspire to be the best person you can be, always look for new ways to improve, work hard, laugh at yourself, enjoy the little things life has to offer, when something bad happens cry and get it over with – try to find the positivity in the situation, speak up for yourself, speak out for others who need a voice, have compassion, find exciting ways to volunteer your time, give back to the community, don’t make promises you can’t keep, travel, make time to do things you love, tell the people you love that you love them every day, avoid getting into stupid fights, don’t waste time on jealousy, don’t feel pressure to do things you don’t want to do, use your brain, no matter what religion you are: pray, most of all – remember that your life is precious and you only get once chance at it. Don’t you want to be proud of what you left behind?

The lovely Nuge passed this poem on to me so I figured I would pass it on to you guys. It’s really nice –

Gardening God’s Way

Plant three rows of peas:
Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul

Plant four rows of squash:
Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be obedient
Lettuce really love one another

No garden without turnips:
Turnip for meetings
Turnip for service
Turnip to help one another
Water freely with patience and cultivate love

There is much fruit for your garden
Because you reap what you sow.

To conclude our garden
We must have thyme:
Thyme for God
Thyme for study
Thyme for prayer
Thyme for each other
Thyme for friends
(Author Unknown)

Thanks Nuge! ;)


2 quick side notes:

I got my Save today, $18 for a mani-pedi. Go get yours! –


Don’t forget, the wonderful people at Starbucks are filling up your reusable tumblers/travel mugs for free today, all day. Let’s get rid of paper cups, such a waste!


I hope that everyone is having a great day. I hope that LP is resting peacefully. And in her wise words, I hope everyone chooses to ‘OWN life.’