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Serenity Prayer

Serenity Prayer

  • God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change,
  • courage to change the things I can
  • and the wisdom to know the difference.

The above prayer can mean a lot of things to different people.  I first learned about it in Al-Anon.  It is used to teach us what we can control and what we can’t, this is especially difficult when you are dealing with a family member suffering from addiction.  You think you can control the addict and their behavior so that you can fix things, but really I learned the only thing I can control is my thoughts, feelings and actions.  I used to use this prayer to help me realize what I should do and what I shouldn’t do when dealing with my addicted relative.  I found it very helpful in piecing my life back together.  When you are so involved with an addict your life can spiral out of control and you can feel very powerless.  This prayer helped me to understand my place and that it is okay to have boundaries.

Sometimes I think about this prayer when I am feeling the pressure of day to day life.  I will tell myself to also remember that I am doing the best I can with the situation.

I would enjoy feedback if anyone else ever uses this prayer.  Please send me a comment 🙂




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Capture the Sense of Abundance and Watch Your World Change.


Here is the success story of one of my favorite authors J.R. Rain.

In October 2004, my car was repossessed. I lived in a basement storage room for four months. I

stole food from grocery stores and from my roommates who lived in the real house above (I am reminded of the movie classic “Metropolis”). My brother eventually gave me $500 that saved my butt.

In the summer of 2005, I declared bankruptcy. I owed almost $70,000.

In April 2009, I moved to a single-wide trailer in Washington that I bought for $500.00.

For most of 2009, I primarily received free food from the local Help House, which gave me two bags of groceries each week, including dog food for Sadie.

In August 2009, I published Moon Dance on Kindle.

9 months later, in April 2010, Moon Dance hit #1 on the Amazon vampire charts.

Beginning in April 2011, I had the #1, #2 and #3 best selling vampire novels on Kindle for four straight months.

These days, I no longer live in a single-wide trailer. I live in a three-story home that overlooks Puget Sound.

Many have asked what I did to help turn my life around. A lot had to do with timing. After all, I had a number of books ready for Kindle when Kindle opened their doors to indie authors. Except I didn’t have success on Kindle immediately. It took 9 months to see my first wave of success.

In January 2010, I bought a book called MONEY, AND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I put the exercises within the book to work. Each day, I focused on removing the feeling of “lack” from my life, and replace it with a feeling of “abundance”. Trust me, this was hard to do, especially when I was waiting in line for free food at the Help House. But Law of Attraction doesn’t need much from you. All it needs is a few minutes of your time each day. During these few minutes, your job is to take your mind off your present worries, and put your mind onto abundance. Or, more accurately, onto what it would “feel” like to have abundance. Your goal is to capture that “feeling”. That’s it. Capture that feeling and live within it for a few minutes each day. Play games with it. Write out how it would feel. Write pretend checks for things you want to buy. Weird, I know, but such exercises help capture the “feeling” of abundance. Next, make a conscious effort to refrain talking about what you don’t have.

Then be ready for inspiration to strike. Be ready to take inspired action. Don’t push anything. Wait for a great idea. Wait for inspiration. Wait for that wonderful nudge from God and the Universe. That nudge means that’s something wonderful is waiting for you.

I wish you success in all things. Remember, you are loved more than you know. It’s no accident that you are here on this earth. You are no accident. Life is no accident. Enjoy the journey, my friends.

Much love,

You can find JR’s books on Kindle or Nook.  His best selling series Vampire For Hire can also be found at your local Barnes and Noble.  Check out his fan page at  www.facebook.com/pages/JR-Rain-Mystery-Author/313664350623 or his website at http://www.jrrain.com/


The Christmas Spirit

It’s almost Christmas.  I love the spirit of giving that is in the air.  I  love the hustle and bustle in the stores and the energy spent trying to find that perfect gift for  the person I love.  I relish in the time spent with family and friends.  I  always look forward to the bounty of food that will be available. I am always excited to watch others open their presents and see their joyful expressions.    This is  definitely  my favorite holiday and it seems to last all month long.    Upon reflection today I thought about this holiday and what it means to me.   Christmas to me is time to cherish your friends, family and realize  just how blessed your really are.   Remember that people matter, not things, it’s the thoughts that count not the money or how much you spend.  I always get a renewed hope in humanity when I see people coming together to help one another, or to do multiple acts of  kindness.  As a child I always wished that  the Christmas spirit lasted all year long.  This year for myself I hope to keep that spirit alive all year long.  I won’t  get caught up in the day to day duties  of life but  instead keep  the spirit of love and generosity  in my heart so that I may be more helpful, more thoughtful.  I encourage all of you to keep this spirit alive all year long as well.  Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

This is my STAY POSITIVE thought for this week. ~ Sara

merry xmas


Hold Your Head Up High

Do you ever watch how people walk into a crowded room?  Do they stand tall and proud or do they look down at the ground avoiding eye contact?  You can learn a lot about a person by the way they walk and present themselves.  People walking tall, making eye contact have an air of confidence, while those looking down show a sense of insecurity or shyness.  Even though it can be very intimidating to walk into a crowded area with others watching, I am going to encourage you to stand tall and walk with your head held high.  Walk with a smile that radiates openness and confidence.  I understand it can be hard but a little trick to use is to pretend you are a queen or king and the people around you love and adore you.  Sometimes pretending to act a certain way helps you gain confidence for the next experience.  Another trick if you are very uncomfortable is to repeat positive affirmations while you are doing something. Here are a few for this situation.  “Keep my head held high, smile be open and others will too.” or “I am a unique and wonderful being, if I smile and be open others will too.  Always remember you are a wonderful, unique and one of a kind who should always hold your head up high and be proud for who you are and what you have to offer.

Here is my STAY POSITIVE thought for the week.

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Live with integrity

Live a life with integrity.

I live a life with integrity so that I can be a role model for my children and others to follow. I may not have made a lot of money but I did make a whole lot of me.

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