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    Yesterday was quite fantastic. To start off, I woke up to a quiet household, which is rare for a Sunday. As I tiptoed to my computer I heard giggling coming from my kids' room. This lasted for about 10 minutes until my precious little babies came running into the room simultaniously screaming "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!" All that giggling was them "practicing" saying that sweet phrase together. Gah. I love them.

    We then got all dressed and met up with my wonderful mommy friend Marz and her daughter Amira for breakfast at my most favorite brunch cafe on the planet, Marche. If you have not been, you must go and have the french toast paired with a cup of Drew's Brew ......drool.

    The rest of the day was spent lazing around with my wonderful husband and children, in my "sexy" pants as I like to call them (they are quite the opposite), doing absolutely nothing. Oh what a wonderful day Mother's Day is. As for my own mama, we are getting together to celebrate later this week. I like to extend holidays because well, why not? I hope all you mothers out there took the time to celebrate yourselves this weekend. We don't do that often enough.

    To my mommy dearest: I love you, I love you, I love you. Thank you for giving me life. You are honest, hard working, loving, and selfless....and everyone around you knows it. Thank you for having me, loving me, and always being there for me. You da best.

    Photo credits: myself, Marz, Amira, Mali, and River :)


    I've decided to start this blog series for a couple of reasons. 1) People really hate on Monday; and 2) We could all use some inspiration.

    As my 8 year old friends and I used to say back in the day, "it's a free country." Life is what you make it. The Man may do many things you don't agree with, but no one but you can make the decision to stick with something you hate for the rest of your life. We have options. We make choices and our choices become our lives. At the ripe age of 18,  we are given the freedom to compose our own lives. We blaze our own trails and build our own futures. If you hate Monday, or any day of the week for that matter, your hatred stems from a negative association. Monday is your punching bag. It's psychological. If you dread what lies before you, set a plan into action and CHOOSE to CHANGE IT. Don't let excuses rule your life. Stay positive, be patient, keep your goals on the front burner, and you will see your dreams into fruition... I promise. Now quit your whinin and get to steppin.

    That being said, my point isn't really to try and change your view of Monday. That's a come to jesus moment that you have to have with yourself. I'm simply doing this in the hopes that I may create a momentary diversion from  the stress that Monday brings. There are so many influential people around us creating and doing. Whether it be a person, a place, an object, or something as abstract as a idea, I'm seeking out all things beautifying in the hopes that I, along with you, will remember that inspiration is all around us. We just have to open our eyes to see it.

    For more daily stimulation, please visit my dear friend Rea Frey's amazing blog: The Balanced Life. Rea is an extremely motivating writer and lives the life she advises. She is one of the most inspiring people I know and I'm incredibly grateful to have her in my life.

    WHAT INSPIRES YOU? If you have something important to say and would like to be featured on "Inspire Me Mondays", please contact me at I would LOVE to hear from you and so would everyone else!