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Simply Spendid Life

Living Life While I Am Here To Live It

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My plan for this blog is to share various experiences in my life. Such as, the first I want to blog my experiences as I work through each of the saved videos I have “saved” on Facebook for later reference. I see these videos and I want to try whatever it is in that video, but I never seem to go back to them. So I will blog about them; work my way through each one. The blog I want to do after that one, is a similar one but with my Pinterest boards.

A blog I want to pursue it one for women. Men are allowed to read it as well, but it will be for women to laugh, sigh, embrace, cry, whatever emotional state that each of the blogs bring out… what this blog will be about, beyond what I have  already said, is a surprise for another time. 🙂

A blog that I am going to put an entry in every so often (sometimes more often, sometimes not so much) is one that I will start after pressing save on this entry.

I have numerous ideas for blogs. Tons of life experiences that I can share in hopes to learn more from or for others to learn from. A way for all of us to connect on one level or another. Some will be short. Some will be long. I never know “who” I will be (my mindset) at the time I am writing. I feel if I do not write in whatever frame-of-mind I am in at that time, I will loose very REAL blog emotions and points that can reach to others on a level that I would not be able to do so in some other frame-of-mind.

With that being said… cheers to my future readers. Thank you for starting this journey, new path in life, goal-fulfilling awesomeness with me!

Sincerely,

Donut

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Just something to start with…

I can say nothing more then: I am me and I am constantly learning, changing, reaching for my dreams, jumping hurdles, racing forward, attempting to take it slow, trying not to miss the small stuff and always looking for the blessings. I am inspired by so many things on a daily basis. I am a mother of three, a wife, a daughter, a wanna-be author/blogger/artist/poet/photographer… labels are labels. I am me!

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Easiest Decision

Just a quick bit… the easiest decision to make each day; one that you may have to make several times over, will drive your entire day – and could change your entire life.

This decision? Be a happy person or be an unhappy person. Seems simple, right? Smile and take motivation; complain and take the negative twist on everything.

No matter what might come into your path in a days time, YOU are the one who chooses how you handle it. YOU decide how you approach the situation. YOU decide how you react. Someone criticize you, treat you poorly? Something not go the way you hoped, be the way it should be? YOU decide if you take it as growth and motivation or if you complain and get angry. It’s all up to YOU. No one else.

The day may seem dark and gloomy, but you can always choose to shine some light around you. Smile, look toward the positives (even if you have to dig deep to find even one – grasp it!) and make the CHOICE to be positive. It will change your whole day. Give it enough time and practice and it will change your whole outlook, which will change your whole life. Because once you start seeing the positive, it is contagious. It will affect your whole system and then spread to those around you.

You may be searching for the light, to help you out of the dark. That’s okay. But don’t forget to look within, and not just around. YOU may be the light that is needed. You could also be the light to ignite someone else’s internal flame.

This world needs more love, positivity and LIGHT! There can never be too much. Make that easy choice today. For yourself and let it carry over to everyone else. 🙂

~Donut

Let me be your ISC

It’s been awhile since I have posted on here. But I’ve been busy working on many, many things. Here’s is one of my newest ventures!

I would be honored if you would support me in this awesomeness!

Check out and like my Scentsy Facebook page to stay on top of all the new products, scents and specials with Scentsy!

On Facebook at:

https://m.facebook.com/ScentsybyDonnetteLee/

Or head over to my online website at:

https://donnettelee.scentsy.us

(Don’t forget to favorite my website so you can easily find it again!)

Have questions, want to place an order, want to have a party where you could earn half off and free product (there are different types of party options), want to join the Scentsy team, want samples or updates from me…

Feel free to email me with questions at donnettefetters@yahoo.com

Thank you,

Donnette

The big picture

I’m going to be turning 40 in less than two months.  I know the typical reaction to the big 4-0 is to be depressed, cry, have a mid-life crisis or, at the very least, dread the number.  But, in all honesty, I’m not feeling the number.  It is what it is, just a number.  As I sit here, I feel contentment instead of dread. Content with my life and my upcoming 4-0.  I love God, my husband, my children, my family, my friends, the jobs that I am currently doing… I still have goals that I want to reach.  Life long dreams that I want to fulfill.  Changes that I continue to make with myself.  Relationships that need mending.  But, the big picture, I am truly blessed.  I know this, I accept what I have and I am jealous of nothing.  It is a warm feeling to be content.  Especially for an individual like me, who struggles with anxiety and depression.  That warm, calm feeling is sometimes so overtaken by the panicky flutter in my chest that I loose that soothingness of being content.  But, it is still there and I stop and smile, look around myself and just take it all in.  I am content.  I am happy.  I am strong.  Problems will come and go.  I will make conscious choices on how I manage whatever comes my way.  I cannot always choose what life throws at me, but I can choose how I react and deal with it.  (That’s a subject for another day.)  For right now, I am content and, in the near future, I will be a content 40 year old. 


(Photo from google search: http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-the-big-40-is-almost-here/)

~Donut

Baby bump

If someone asked if I need advice on how to lose the postpartum baby bump, is it not acceptable to say that I am keeping it for memories???

I do not understand why I get looked at like I am from another dimension… lol


~Donut

Do you ever?

One day recently, I noticed the same statement running through my head “pooh on a shoe.” It was a rough, emotional day and I assume that is why that nasty little rhymn kept repeating in my head ALL DAY LONG.

I was getting sick of singing “pooh on a shoe” to myself, so I thought maybe if I wrote it down it would go away. So I jotted the statement down and without much thought, other words followed. 

I saw where this little rhyming ditty was headed and I was not in a good place to be in such a dark place… so I never finished it. 

Do You Ever

Do you ever feel like pooh, like the stuff stuck to to bottom of a shoe?

Do you ever want to crawl in a hole, turn from the light and just let go?

Do you ever cry tears so hot, but you know your cold inside and full of rot?

Do you ever look around, seeing faces but hearing no sound?

Do you ever play the happy game, while inside you know you are lame?

Do you ever reach out for help,  but instead feel the sting of the belt?

That’s where I stopped and walked away. Better left in rough form, unfinished. Not the path I need to be ruminating over.

~Donut

Stairs

I have been sorting through old recipe books, copying down the recipes that my family and I could afford and would actually make and eat. In one of the recipe books I came across this little tidbit:


I decided to give one a shot… stair climbing sounded like a nice place to start. Challenging, yet easy enough.

Yes… easy instructionally, but 15 minutes feels much longer when you are waiting to hear your timer ring and end your torment.  By the time my timer announced the end of 15 minutes, I was sweating! I was still moving, but had slowed down. Talk about a short, but effective cardio workout. Wow!

~Donut

“Found Poem”

So, I learned about “Found Poems” from my eldest child.  This must have been something I did not learn, slept through or just do not remember from my college literature classes.  I found it quite intriguing when learning about it now!

I recently finished reading a beautifully written, compelling story, Salt of the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys. This is the third book I have read by her and I could not recommend her more highly!  She writes stories based around historic events, giving these events great personal depth through fictional characters.  In preface to her stories, she does immense research in order to recreate events as accurately as possible.  Recommendation rant over, back to Found Poems.

The definition of a Found Poem is: “a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry (a literary equivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.” (Google; Wikipedia).  Obviously, you would want to reference your poems source, too.

I gave the Found Poem a try.  This is what I created.  Please remember, it is my first attempt at this…

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Salt of the Sea By Ruta Sepetys; page 374 – Found Poem

Standing on the porch,

hands trembling,

Cold…

The fear never disappears,

A tide of memeory,

slipping back to sea…

Terrors haunt at night,

but love is always there,

chasing it away.

To run, to hide, are of no use.

Fate, a hunter, found its way to me,

across the ocean,

in an envelope.

A reply…

Answers…

I took a breath

and

tore it open…

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~Donut

Perspective

I have seen the video on Facebook with the two boys learning a different lesson from the same example being set by their father. 

It really does come down to perspective. You can live with a situation all around you and yet not become part if it. You can learn from others and their doings. You  can choose to be something different from what is surrounding you. You are  or destined to do exactly as those around you.

Take a stand for you and your future. You do not need to shout this decision from the highest hilltop. Lord knows there will be plenty of people who will laugh, belittle or try to make you doubt yourself, if you voice your strength and decision to be different from them. But, you can just mentally encourage yourself until the opportunity to be away from the situation. 

Just remember, it all starts with choosing your perspective. 


(Photo courtesy of: google search http://quotesgram.com/quotes-about-choosing-your-own-path/)

~Donut

Boots

One of my favorite drawings from my college art class! I remember the professor coming in the room, plopping these boots on the table in front of the class and telling us to draw them. I had never thought to draw boots, but it was a great experience.


~Donut

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