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Life Lesson #185 ~ Beyond the Looking Glass

"You might wanna take a long hard look in the mirror and see if the person looking back at you is the kind of person you want to be." ~ Keith Scott
My mama, raised me with a gentle hand. I was given love, affection, her time and her ear often. Mama never tried to tame me, she simply guided me. What I remember most about growing up, being the little girl I was then is how she made me feel...loved unconditionally. I could sit with her for hours, talking about whatever popped into my head, and you know what? She was listening, paying attention and purposely inspiring me to imagine even greater things for my life. I'd watch her in the kitchen, the way she held my dad's hand and the way she looked at me. I felt her love every day in the way she kissed me, throwing her arms around me and as she tucked me into bed at night. I heard her love as she sang silly songs with me, read my favorite Bible stories and played her guitar when she thought no one was listening. I found Je…

Life Lesson #184 ~ There Is A Place

"And I will be to her a wall of fire all around declares the Lord. And I will be the glory in her midst. " ~ Zachariah  2:5

I was born a rebel, quiet as I may have been I was still a renegade and a nonconformist just the same. I resisted, opposed society and all her directives and mandates. Believe me,  I clearly understood who and what society wanted from me. But I was just not having any of it. I decided at an early age, I was not going to conform to anything the world around me threw in my face. Instead I was going to be divergent, to be me and show the world who I was and who I could be. I was different, much as I am today. I still stand up for what's right and who I believe in. I'm an underdog, an oddball, a weird combination of a mostly brave soul and a "what in the Sam Hill are we doing" kind of girl. As a child I was always off lost somewhere in either the library or inside my comic books. My adventures? Believe me they were epic! Some days I was of…

Life Lesson 183 ~ Darkness Into Light

"Grace always shocks, Grace always stuns. Grace is always what we need. It's what everyone groping around in the dark has to know. Turn towards grace and you turn on all the light." ~ Ann Voskamp

As children we instinctively fear the dark. Everything that goes bump in the night has potential to harm us or at least jerk a knot in our tails, right? One creak in the flooring and we've got goosebumps, one tap on the window and Lord have mercy, we're done for. A shadow across the ceiling and you'd think we'd not only seen a ghost but become one ourselves. Seriously, at this point not only does the cat have our tongues but we're pretty sure he has our tail too. And if we make it five minutes in, we're way past just being ready to high tail it out of there, we're done. And have mercy if we make it any longer before bolting out from under the covers, then we're about 10 minutes overdue calling in the cavalry. Now if you were anything like me then …

A New Name For The Uniboob Club

After a decade of writing as Christina, author of THE UNIBOOB CLUB  I have made a big change, breaking out of my cocoon, spreading my wings and taking flight. I have spent the last 3 years inside what may call a soulful chrysalis.
I'm still the same Christina you've come to know over the last 10 years, only stronger emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I have made a complete transformation and I'm ready to be myself fully, completely and openly and yes without apologies for who I am. I'm still the same girl with a big heart with a strong sense of family and faith and the same sense of humor that's given breast caner a race for her money over the last 10 years. The difference? It's simple, I've grown. I've become a much braver, bolder soul and I hope a bit wiser, if not even goofier but more importantly with a much more relaxed attitude, perspective and approach to life. What I know now following 10 years of writing and overcoming the beast herself i…

Life Lesson 182 ~ Painting the Roses Red

"The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before." ~ Albert Einstein

I was a happy little girl. I asked lots of questions, never met a stranger and saw the world as a canvas of wonder. I dreamed loudly singing throughout my day and dancing on my tippy toes in my ballet tutu and slippers. I was a dreamer, with an imagination as wide as the ocean is deep. I was born a free spirit, independent with a mind of my own. I was a little bit of a maverick at times, an adventurer with a gypsy soul, and a girl who wasn't constrained by convention. I was taught to stand up for my beliefs and those I loved. I felt convictions deeply with a strong sense of right and wrong, guiding my hopes and dreams like a compass. I can't deny there has always been a clear set path before me. As a child I lost myself in books, found myself in music and grew my wings climbing trees jus…

Life Lesson #181 ~ Unbirthdays, Forget the Candles!

"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is." ~ Mandy Hale
There are 365 days in the year. We celebrate our birthdays and this journey we call life just one day out of all the other hundreds. And why is this? Well let me offer you my two cents here if I may. We are given this one day with a total of 24 hours, 1,440 minutes and 86,400 seconds to celebrate. What we do with that time is up to us. True, we can most certainly count our candles, accept or not accept we're not quite as young as we used to be, dance on the tables if we're able, sing at the top of our lungs mustering up all the air we can and blow out a ridiculous amount of melting wax, (with some help  probably), as we make a wish we really hope comes true. At the end of the day if we're blessed all this usually follows the unwrapping of some kind of mysterious shiny boxes as we eat cake with a bit of ice cream on our plate. A…

Life Lesson #180~ The Madness Within

"Sometimes we are just the collateral damage in someone else's war against themselves." ~ Lauren Eden

I'm a sensitive soul. I feel things very deeply, sometimes more intensely than others around me do or possibly should. I experience, suffer and bear life and all it's victories and defeats intensely. Each emotional triumph or loss, heartache or delight leaves a mark. I like to think of this as a calling card if you will straight across my heart. Almost as if this extensive sense of sentiment inside me is largely written from a passionate, earnest and fervent writing instrument. These very same emotions along with the empathy I carry within me are expansive as if somehow stretched across a universe only a few ever see. For me, these replies echoing from my heart can be painful and still render, depict and outline such beauty too. How you ask? Well because each indentation is written down, drawn with an ink taken from a bottomless well. Life for me has always been …