Does the Ocean Speak To You?


Does the Ocean Speak To You?

I saw this poster this morning and I thought hmmm how appropriate for me. My number one favorite place to be is the Ocean. Something about the sounds of water rushing towards me, the pound of the waves on the rocks, the smell in the air, I’m not sure but the pure power of it all and vulnerability at the same time just speaks to me.

Does the Ocean speak to you?

Sometimes If I just sit and listen my own thoughts become more clear, my vision, I can see it so much better. I get this overwhelming sense of peace that blankets me and my spirit is at rest. I just don’t know any other way to explain it.

Anyway, so today when I ran across this little picture, it reminded me again why I love the Ocean, because it is always speaking to me.

Great advice it gives too:

Be shore of yourself (Walk in confidence of who you are, know that you have a purpose even if you don’t know what it is yet, walk as if you do.)

Come out of your shell. ( Step outside your comfort zone, don’t miss out on life due to fear or self consciousness, shed that shell and dance freely into life)

Take time to coast. (Slow down, see the world around you for it’s beauty, just sit and listen)

Avoid pier pressure (This is your life, you are the one that has to live it, do not let anyone decide your future for you. Look them square in the eye and let them know “if you want to be fool you are going to do it alone.” Take control of your life.)

Sea life’s beauty (We see so much violence and hate all around us, its plastered all over the news, the tv shows, video games. Stop for one minute and find the beauty. See the good in others, and be the person to spread that beauty.)

Don’t get tide down. (Break lose your shackles, cut the ties, life has to much for you to be stuck. You only get one shot at this, do it right.)

Make Waves! (Boldly step into your purpose, stand out, if you have to tip the scales tip them, if you have to crash into the rocks like a tidal wave, baby BOOM crash!

Listen to the Ocean it’s speaking not just to me, it has great advice for you too 🙂

Have an amazing Saturday! Dare to be different, and let your light shine for all to see.

xoxoxo TJ

Thoughts on Mother’s Day


We do so often get caught up in the feel good moments that we over look those that are dealing with hurt or pain, or we simply just forget for a moment that its not all pig tails, giggles and bubbles! Love this post take a look and read for yourself.

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“There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.”~ Albert Ellis

 

It’s Mother’s Day in Australia today. It’s a day when so many families will get together with their Mothers, give heartfelt gifts of appreciation, share meals and practice love and gratitude. Love and gratitude is a beautiful thing. Togetherness and belonging is the foundation of so much that is good in our society.

No doubt there will be a flood of feel-good sentiment in our media, and on facebook and twitter. But this Mother’s Day I want to acknowledge a different reality.

Today’s also a hard day for many people. I want my post to stand for you.  I want you to have a space to put your feelings. I want you to know that you are heard.

This is a post for all…

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I Am Only ME!!!


I posted this once before when I first started blogging, but I thought it worth a reshare since I was a newbie then lol 🙂 

I am only ME!

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Am I still not who I have always been? 
Does a mistake in my past change who I am within?
Does it define my character?
Does it mold who I have become?
Does it Brand me for life?
Will others always judge me?
If I am a product of one bad choice, 
If I’ve no hope to be anyone else,
Then why am I here?
Why do I wake up each morning?
Why do I try to better myself?
Why do I even care?
My own personal struggles, 
My own daily trials,
My own bad choices, 
They DO NOT define me, 
They DO NOT make up the essence of my being,
They build my character, 
They teach me lessons, 
They strengthen me, 
They help me find my way, however,
They DO NOT define me.
I am today who I have always been!
Take me as I am, I have no more to offer you but ME!
In case you don’t think you know me let me introduce myself,
I’m Tammy ~ a woman who has made her fair share of mistakes, 
But that has been strengthened by each one. 
A woman who loves with all her heart, 
Who will poor herself into the right person. 
A woman who knows what she wants, knows where she is going and 
Knows who she wants in her life.
A woman who wants to try new things, take chances and 
Move into the future with a new sense of life.
A woman who CANNOT be with someone without loving them.
A woman who cries at sappy commercials or just because the 
Person next to me is crying.
I am a woman of determination,
A woman of passion,
A woman who feels deeply and loves completely.
I’m a woman who wants nothing more then to be loved for who I am.
I am a woman who needs very little to be happy. 
One who DOES NOT need a big house, fancy cars, or fine jewelry but 
One who needs God, the love a good man, a roof over my head, 
Food in my fridge, and a car to get me from point A to point B. 
Anything more then that is a blessing but it is NOT needed to make me happy.
You see I’m a simple girl, one whose heart you can make flutter 
With the simplest of gestures but whose heart breaks just as easy.
I’m a woman who would be more happy curled in front of a fire 
With someone special then being taken on an exotic vacation. 
I am ME, just as I am, I will always be.
Love me for ME!
Accept me for ME!
Take me for ME!
Like me for ME!
Want me for ME!
Because if you’re looking for someone else other then me I will most definitely 
Disappoint you!

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Tammy Jordan
Jan. 11, 2009

I Realize That I Am An Insignificant Blurb


I realize that I am an insignificant blurb on your radar in life. However, I am a significant blurb on someone else’s and most importantly I know I am significant!

I realize you do not see my beauty and that’s okay, because someone else see’s not only my beauty but my significance. Again most importantly I see my beauty!

I realize you don’t think I’m important enough to spend time talking with or hanging out with, but the wonderful thing is there is someone else who does. And like I said before, most importantly I love spending time with me and no one can love me better than me!

I realize that you judge my every decision and move, that you look down your nose at me because I don’t dress like you, drive the same car, have the same job, or wear a size 2. That’s OK! Why? Because there is someone who see’s me for me without judgement and loves me unconditionally. Most importantly I do not judge myself, I own my mistakes and I learn from them.

I realize what you think of me DOES NOT change who I am and if you don’t like what you see I am okay with you turning and walking away from me.

See what I realize is, what I think and feel about myself is far more important then what you think of me. Someone who hasn’t even taken the time to know me.

So be on your way, get out the door I don’t need that negativity in my life. I send you along with my best wishes and prayers that you will have a fulfilled life and get just what you give.

That’s right bye bye…I hold No resentment! No anger! No judgement! Just go!

Goodbye!

P.S. To those of you reading this…this is not written to anyone specific but if it applies to you and you can’t see my worth well then…get to steppin!!! (I say this with love)

The Rummage House is OPEN


I know, I know I am sooo slow at getting this post up. The Rummage House has been open for just over a week and things are going great. People are steadily coming in and checking us out and deciding what they think about us. We have met tons of amazing people in the community and business owners and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of them. 

I promised a few pictures so here is the finished piece 🙂 ImageImage

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So that is our baby. We continue to bring in great donations and stock our shelves. It is all so exciting and a bit overwhelming but we are doing it. 🙂 Keep watch out cause I will be updating you here from time to time. God bless!

We Open Today!!!!


It’s the final count down!!! We open our doors in 1 hour and 10 mins. UGH!!!! Nervous, and thrilled all at the same time. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about. My family has started a non-profit thrift store benefiting homeless and disadvantaged students in Hillsboro, OR called The Rummage House and it opens today. Woohoo!!!! I don’t have time to write a full story but I will catch you all up on everything that has been happening soon. For now I leave you with some pictures.

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I’ll post some pictures of the completed store front next time. Gotta go prepare to open the store. God bless and much love to you all. xo

Are you a Carrot? Egg? or Coffee?


Are you a Carrot? Egg? or Coffee?

Grandmother says… Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; “Which are you?”

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it.

After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. “What’s the point,grandmother?”

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity–boiling water–but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter.

“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?

Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?

—AUTHOR UNKNOWN —

When I ran across this all I could think to myself is I wish I could be coffee all the time, but dang sometimes I’m just a carrot!!! 🙂 What are you?