Incredible, Inspiring, 50 Year Old Paraplegic Women Surfs With Sons

50-Year Old Paraplegic Woman Surfs with Her Sons

Pascale Honore has lived without the use of her legs for the last 18 years, but that hasn’t stopped her from taking risks and trying new things.

After commenting that she wished she could join her sons surfing, a family friend offered an interesting solution: duct taping her to his back so she could ride the waves with him. And though others thought the idea was crazy, Pascale agreed–after, of course, the friend trained with a 45-pound backpack.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and seeing the sheer joy and exhilaration on her face, it’s clear it was well worth it!

*While I deeply admire her spirit and the ingenuity, I have to add: kids, don’t try this at home!

This Is Genius!!! Saggy Knees Begone!

mitten clipUse mitten clips to keep jeans in place when wearing boots! No more saggy knees! This is genius!!

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I Am Always Looking For Tips On Happiness…Here Are 6 Things Happy People Never Do!

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Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;
it is something you design into the present.

6 Things Happy People Never Do
Happy people do a lot of things. They spend time expressing gratitude, cultivating optimism, practicing kindness, nurturing loving relationships, committing to meaningful goals, savoring life’s little pleasures, and so on and so forth.

But they NEVER

1. Mind other people’s business.

Forget about what others are doing. Stop looking at where they are and what they have. Nobody is doing better than you because nobody can do better than you. YOU are walking your own path. Sometimes the reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes circumstances with everyone else’s public highlight reel. We listen to the noise of the world, instead of ourselves. So stop the comparisons! Ignore the distractions. Listen to your own inner voice. Mind your own business.

Keep your best wishes and your biggest goals close to your heart and dedicate time to them every day. Don’t be scared to walk alone, and don’t be scared to enjoy it. Don’t let anyone’s ignorance, drama, or negativity stop you from being the best you can be. Keep doing what you know in your heart is right, for YOU. Because when you are focused on meaningful work and at peace within yourself, almost nothing can shake you.

2. Seek validation of self-worth from others.

When you are content to simply be yourself, without comparing and competing to impress others, everyone worthwhile will respect you. And even more importantly, you will respect yourself.

How are you letting others define you? What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

Truth be told, no one has the right to judge you. People may have heard your stories, and they may think they know you, but they can’t feel what you are going through; they aren’t living YOUR life. So forget what they think and say about you. Focus on how you feel about yourself, and keep walking the path that feels best under your feet.

Those who accept you are your friends. Those who don’t are your teachers. If someone calls you something and it’s true, it’s not your problem because it’s true. If someone calls you something and it’s not true, it’s not your problem because it’s not true. Either way, whatever they call you is not your problem. What other people call you is their problem…

What you call yourself, and who you decide to become, is your problem.

3. Rely on other people and external events for happiness.

Unhappiness lies in that gap between what we have now and what we think we need. But the truth is, we don’t need to acquire anything more to be content with what we already have. We don’t need anyone else’s permission to be happy. Your life is magnificent not because someone says it is, or because you have acquired something new, but because you choose to see it as such. Don’t let your happiness be held hostage. It is always yours to choose, to live and experience.

As soon as you stop making everyone and everything else responsible for your happiness, the happier you’ll be. If you’re unhappy now, it’s not someone else’s fault. Take full responsibility for your own unhappiness, and you will instantly gain the ability to be happier. Stop seeking in vain to arrange conditions that will make you happy. Simply choose to appreciate the greatness that is yours in this moment, and the right conditions will start to line up around the contentment you seek.

The greater part of your happiness or unhappiness depends upon your outlook, and not upon our situation. Even if things aren’t perfect right now, think of all the beauty still left around you. A good reason to smile is always one thought away; choose to tap into it any time you like.

4. Hold on to resentment.

Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghosts from your past. What happened in the past is just one chapter in your story; don’t close the book, just turn the page.

We’ve all been hurt by our own decisions and by others, and while the pain of these experiences is normal, sometimes it lingers for too long. Feelings of resentment urge us to relive the same pain over and over, and we have a hard time letting go.

Forgiveness is the remedy. It allows you to focus on the future without combating the past. To understand the infinite potential of everything going forward is to forgive everything already behind you. Without forgiveness, wounds can never be healed and personal growth can never be achieved. It doesn’t mean you’re erasing the past, or forgetting what happened. It means you’re letting go of the resentment and pain, and instead choosing to learn from the incident and move on with your life.

5. Spend prolonged periods of time in negative environments. (I am a huge fan of this one)
You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable. So protect your spirit and potential from contamination by limiting your time with negative people and the environments they inhabit.

When other people invite you to act like victims, when they whine and moan about the unfairness of life, for example, and ask you to agree, to offer condolences, and to participate in their grievances, WALK AWAY. When you join in that game of negativity you always lose.

Even when you’re alone, create a positive mental space for yourself. Make it a point to give up all the thoughts that make you feel bad, or even just a few of them that have been troubling you, and see how doing that changes your life. You don’t need negative thoughts. They are all lies. They solve nothing. All they have ever given you is a false self that suffers for no reason.

6. Resist the truth.

It is a certain deathtrap when we spend our lives learning how to lie, because eventually these lies grow so strong in our minds that we become bad at seeing, telling and living our own truth. Lives come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies. If you resist the truth, you will live a lie every day as the truth haunts your thoughts every night. You simply can’t get away from your truth by moving dishonestly from one place to the next.

So don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to hide the truth with deception; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion of what’s popular. It is better to offer no explanation or excuse than a false one. It takes courage and strength to admit the truth, but it is the only way to truly live. Accept what is, embrace it fully, and live for the possibilities that lie ahead.

K, now that you have read…go out & have an awesome day!!!!

DIY Sugared Viola’s

One of my favorite little flowers all dolled up in sugar to make a fine addition to a cake or cupcake…take a look see.
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Adding sugar to violas isn’t what makes them edible, but it sure makes them pretty. Violas and their close relatives johnny jump ups and violets are among that special class of flower that is not only delightful to see, but tasty too. In the ultimate sensory experience, here’s a quick tutorial for making your own sugared flowers

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Above: The stem of a viola isn’t edible, but I like to leave mine attached to help me hold the flower while I’m sugaring it. I used a pair of kitchen shears to snip off stems after my flowers were cured. If you prefer to remove the stem before sugaring, you can hold your flower with a pair of tweezers instead

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Above: In this recipe, the egg white acts a lot like glue. Mix the white of one room-temperature egg with about a tablespoon of water to get the right consistency

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Above: Use your pastry paint brush to paint your egg white mixture directly onto the flower. Sugar will only stick to places that have been coated in egg white, so make sure to give a thorough coating to both sides of the petals.

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Above: Once your flower is coated in egg white, dip it into your superfine sugar. Tap off any excess sugar and set your flowers to dry on a piece of parchment paper. It will take about eight hours for the flowers to properly dry, but if you’re impatient like I am, you can probably get away with less than that

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Canadian Treehouse Master

Toronto-based Michael Greenwood “grew up around wood, in the family workshop and in the forests of southern Ontario.” After graduating from college, Greenwood began undertaking small home renovations and studied luthery (guitar building) evenings at OCAD, where he developed an “appreciation for detailed, exacting work.” In addition to creating contemporary custom furniture, Greenwood also builds what he calls tree sanctuaries, ranging from simple platforms to multilevel shelters. To see more of his work, go to Greenwood Studio.

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Above: Greenwood’s first tree house was one he built so inner-city kids could camp in the woods. His subsequent tree houses have gotten more elaborate, featuring slides, bridges, and climbing nets.

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Above: Greenwood uses only salvaged or reclaimed woods from small local woodlots or from trees that have fallen on the building site. He also uses timber from old barns.

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Above: Purposefully rustic, the tree houses blend in with their natural surroundings.
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Above: For another of our favorite tree houses, see Little Red Tree House in the Big Woods.
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Above: Greenwood’s tree house embellishments include zip lines and a crow’s nest lookout.

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Above: An adventure playground by Greenwood with nets, bridges, and slides

These Pic’s Tie Into The Whole Hippy, Bohemian Vibe I Have Going On This Morning

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