The moment I accepted my life was a beautiful, chaotic, sometimes a little-messy-but-always-entertaining circus was the moment I felt a true release.

There's no sense in fighting the madness, but I've picked up a few tricks to keep the show going along the way.

I hope they work as well for you as they have [and still do] for me.

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breaking up is hard to do….

Posted in escape, life

….especially when it’s with yourself.

It’s a silly little game we play, continuing patterns we know are not good for us. Over-analyzing. Over-eating. Careless thinking. Dating the wrong people. Second guessing ourselves. Smoking. Crazed nit-picking. Over-spending. Obsessive worrying. Disregard for reality. Refusal to take responsibility. The list is long, pick your poison.

Maybe we continue the cycle because that seems to be easier than breaking [up with] the cycle. Too lazy to put  in the effort. Decidedly ignorant of the benefits of a looming break up.

Break ups are exhausting both mentally and physically. They’re far from easy, because they take a toll on nearly every single area of your life. I’ve had my share of not so great relationship break ups, but I’ve also been through many personal break ups as well. (some successful, some not so much) I’m convinced those personal break ups might be harder. The intangible, mental ones where deep down inside no one is to blame other than yourself.

Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It’s worth it. It’s worth it. Keep reminding yourself that it’s worth it. They say it takes 21 days to break a habit or form a new one. But what about a thought process that has been brooding for the past 27 years? How long does it take to break that? I’ll tell you what, it’s probably a bit longer than 21 days that’s for sure. Oh dear.

It’s worth it. It’s worth it. It’s worth it.

So how about it? Anybody else going through or contemplating a mental breakup with yourself?

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music snack *that’s who I am

Posted in circus, life, Music Snack

I haven’t heard this song in years. Driving home from work Monday I happen to flip from CD player to Radio and then it happened. Thanks to 96.9 the Wolf, my speakers went straight to full blast and I was singing Jessica Andrews at the top of my lungs in 2.7 seconds flat. It was a moment. Me and the Don Holt and this song. A precious moment which according to the honks & waves I received, a couple of others enjoyed on their commutes as well.

The second verse is the best:

So when I make a big mistake
When I fall flat on my face
I know I’ll be alright
Should my tender heart be broken
I will cry those teardrops knowing’
I will be just fine’

Jessica Andrews – Who I Am

Granted that whole I’m a saint and I’m a sinner part ain’t too shabby either. It’s a true story.

What can I say, sometimes I’m clueless and I’m clumsy. 😉

xo, jennie b

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When you need a little more than a smile or a cup of tea to get your week in motion, the Sassy Starter will be here every Monday to get your wheels turnin’ in a classy – sassy – fabulous sort of way

sassy starter : (my own) rules to live by

Posted in life, Sassy Starter

I thought it’d be a great idea to do a whole “Rules to Live By” post for today’s Sassy Starter. I began searching handy dandy Pinterest to find such a list – and one that is beautifully displayed – but I was a little disheartened to find basically the same thing over and over and over. Now I love a good dose of Keep calm & carry on. or a little Live ~ Laugh ~ Love. as much as the next, but none of these were really fitting what I was looking for. I needed something with a bit more me to it. So what does a girl on a blogging deadline do? She puts down her lap top and writes out a few of her own rules of course.

Here’s what I came up with:

1. Never give up on love. It never gives up on you.
2. Always try your hardest not to put another sister down. Same  travels, different roads.
3. Learn how to cook at least one thing really, really well. Like really well.
4. When it feels like there’s no hope in sight, open a bottle of wine & cry.
5. If #4 happens to take place, drink a glass of champagne the next day. You were given another day to figure it out & that’s worth celebrating.
6. A little bit of glitter is good for the soul.
7. Take constructive criticism with grace & be sure to say thank you. Take all other forms of criticism with a grain of salt & remember: it’s not your fault someone peed in their cheerios that morning.
8. Be a bit superstitious. Always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder.
9. When in doubt, dance it out.

Fine Print: If none of these rules apply, make it up as you go. Just remember to breathe, have a little Faith & that a good red lipstick goes a long way.

I stopped at 9 and added the Fine Print as sort of a to-be-continued type clause. I think those do a pretty good job of covering a good number of situations which may come up in my life – at least for now anyways. It is a working set of Rules to Live By.

So how about you? Have any rules, guidelines or mantras you try to live by? Do they fit your current situation? Time to maybe rewrite a few of em?

Take a few minutes and marinate on that one. You can get back to me about it later.

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When you need a little more than a smile or a cup of tea to get your week in motion, the Sassy Starter will be here every Monday to get your wheels turnin’ in a classy – sassy – fabulous sort of way

Posted in beauty, life

“Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place.”

– Jennifer Aniston

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*From today’s The Daily Love, just thought I’d pass it along. Have a good Thursday, loves! xo jB

sassy starter : be curious.

Posted in life, Sassy Starter

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When you need a little more than a smile or a cup of tea to get your week in motion, the Sassy Starter will be here every Monday to get your wheels turnin’ in a classy – sassy – fabulous sort of way.

{ she loved life }

Posted in life

each and every day.
even if for just 5 minutes.
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music snack – when perfect steps in

Posted in gratitude, life, Music Snack

Lately – in the past few months, lately – I’ve become more increasingly aware of life’s glimpses of perfection. Those moments when all is right in the world. You’re not just content, you’re happy beyond words. You realize for a brief snap shot of time that you’re there – you’re in the moment – and life at that instant is indeed ….. perfect. It almost catches you off guard at how overwhelmingly the feeling takes over and just as quickly as it arose, something snaps your attention away and it’s gone. It’s gone but you know what you just witnessed, what you just felt with every bone and blood cell of your being. It’s indescribable but it’s absolutely wonderful. Like the feeling you get driving down the road with the windows down, the trees waving hello and good bye, the sun shining lightly on your face, and this song flowing through your speakers. It’s magical.

Tiny Dancer by Elton John

If you’ve caught a glimpse of those times when perfect steps in, you, my friend, are one of the fortunate. But that’s just my opinion on the matter.

l&m, jB

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Music Snack …. Isn’t it ironic?

Posted in circus, life, Music Snack

Don’t you think?

I’m working on a guest post at the moment. Of all songs that come to mind for a soundtrack to writing my guest post, it had to be this one. It somewhat ties in to what I’m writing for the post …. in a round about sort of way I suppose. But I guess that would be the ironic part, huh?

Alanis Morissette – Ironic

 Life has a funny funny way…..

You’ll have to wait and see what I’m talking about when my guest post comes out. (of course I’ll let you know when!) Until then, it’s back to the writing desk for this girl.  Hope you’re having a great one, kids!

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The Music Snack comes out every Wednesday to put a little rhythm in your week. Requests are always welcome, so don’t be shy!