Monday, May 16, 2011

Day #66 - Celebrate life!

Good morning, everyone!

Just having one of those "appreciate what you have" mornings... just 'cuz..  I ran across this quote this morning:
I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be "happy." I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter and to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.  - Leo C. Rosten

A friend commented yesterday that she was in a difficult place and was getting that feeling we all do at one time or other of not being where she thought she ought at this point in her life.  We should have achieved "it" (whatever that is), we should be in a better financial place (don't we wish?), we look at others and think "they've 'made it' and we haven't" ... you know the drill.  Or perhaps you don't and you are more like my wonderful, well balanced husband, who is the rock for all of us here. 

I have found myself more like my friend at different times in my life.  My 40th birthday sticks out in my mind: I woke up and cried all day for all the reasons listed in the paragraph above.  I obviously worked my way through that and found my 50th to be a MUCH better day, lol!  I sat down then and made a list of the things I wanted to do that year, "for my birthday" and worked my way through the list as the year progressed.  I didn't "do" all the things on that list, but I did enough that I felt pretty good about me. 

So my 51st rolled around in January and THIS is the result!  I decided to do at least one (if not a bunch!!!) creative thing each day.  I didn't start right off - as your addition might indicate if you look at the day number and work out the math, but it didn't come as clearly to me as the other idea!  No strict guidelines to make it hard, just the chance to do something I love everyday!  It's been a blast!  Most of the time it's fabric based because, well, I have LOTS of fabric to work with!!

I think that sometimes we need to remember to relax and celebrate life!  We each face challenges, battles and good along the way, some more and some less than others.  One of my favorite things to do is share, so in honor of both the celebration of life and the need to share, I am giving away two beautiful machine embroidered designs, ready to be incorporated into a special project of your choice!  Perhaps part of a quilt?  Maybe you or someone you love would like to frame it and hang it on the wall?  All up to you!

There will be 2 names selected.  The first person gets their choice of the green or the blue.  The second person gets the other.

All you need to do is comment below with something in life that you celebrate!  I'll get us started!  (oh, and if you'd like to FOLLOW my blog and chat along the journey, feel free!!  :o)

Have a wonderful day,


  1. This day I celebrate the family in my life: my best friend and hubby (who I met when I was 12 and have been married to for going on 29 years this June!), my 3 wonderful children (and my DIL, Sarah!)and my 2 adorable grandsons! Not to mention my mom, brother, sister and her girls!! I am so lucky to have ALL of you in my life! Plenty of reasons to celebrate!

  2. Native Americans celebrate life with every breath. I greet my day with this simple celebration of all my blessing He has given me;
    "Thank you Creator for this beautiful day!"
    We believe such an affirmation before we know what is in store for us is the ultimate Celebration of our lives!!