I love this quote.  It evokes strong emotions.  It makes me want to Carpe Diem.  So I thought I’d share it and perhaps you’ll want to Carpe Diem too. *smile*




Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!


PS. I am unsure if the Dalai Lama truly said these words or not.


Smiley, the Blind Dog

I am sharing this story of Smiley because it is sweet and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Read Smiley’s story right here!

Now that you’re thinking what an amazing dog make sure you get the message.

Just because you are disabled in some way doesn’t diminish your value.  Being “imperfect” doesn’t mean you do not have value.

Every single one of us are valuable.  It is who we are not what we were born with or without that makes us valuable.

Smiley was born without eyes.  Yet he is a happy dog who brings joy to others.  He is valuable.  And luckily Joanne knew this and adopted this dog, giving him a chance at a life, happiness, and a chance to give others happiness.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!







Yesterday I posted about Jubilee Project, an organization who uses the film medium to bring awareness and inspire change.

Today I want to bring to your attention their video, Comfortable.  It is one of their short films where they ask 50 people 1 question.  This one asks “if you can change one thing about your body what would it be?”

Watch video Here:

The answers given is telling.  The younger we are the more comfortable we are in our skin.  Somewhere in the middle of our time we let the voices and opinions of others color our perception of our beauty, whether it be classmates, friends, family, or media.

But when we are young we want superpowers, we are happy with who we are, until the outside voices drill their way in.  The people who wanted to change themselves weren’t because they came up with this “issue” with their bodies on their own.  It was because others had with their words and actions given them a complex about it.

We should be careful of our words.  They have a lasting effect.  Especially if they’re negative.  It is our nature as humans to take to heart a hurtful, negative comment and ignore or forget the complimentary and positive comments. We should teach our children and OURSELVES to only speak kindness and positive.  Compliment don’t criticize.  Raise others up don’t tear them down.

It is sad to think that we could ask these same kids in the video in ten to twenty years the same question and their answers would be drastically different.

The older we are, we begin to accept our bodies and all it’s “flaws”.  We embrace that which makes us who we are.  I, myself, am learning to do this.  It is just something that seems to be falling into place. I am not where the older lady is yet but I believe I will get there.  I sure hope I will.

I hope you take away the lesson here that you should be comfortable in your own skin.  I hope you heed the lesson to be kind and teach kindness.  Mostly I hope the world can learn to compliment and not criticize.  However, until then, try to counter the criticism someone may hear with a compliment.  That woman you see in the elevator that has a nice outfit on, compliment her.  That man you see walking down the hall with the nice outfit on, compliment him.  The waitress or waiter who brings you your food, the bank teller, whoever you run across compliment them.  You just may make their day.  And yes in the process you’ll make your own better.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!


One Stitch Closer

An inspiring story of an inspiring woman.

24 year old Veronika Scott was in college when a class project changed her life.  Now she is changing it for others.   She not only developed a coat that can be a sleeping bag for the homeless.  She is hiring the homeless to make them.

For the full story go here:



Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!



(Originally found story here)


Jubilee Project

If you haven’t heard of The Jubilee Project then you’re missing out.  The Jubilee Project is the creation of three men who are using the motion picture medium to bring awareness and to inspire change through short films, PSAs, and documentaries.  They believe #DoingGoodIsContagious.  I believe they’re right.

So far every video I have watched is impactful and touching.  It is just the sort of thing I embrace in my daily search of positivity and growth.  I will probably feature a video now and again here on Embracing the Positive.  I love their videos, the messages, and they are inspiring.  So I will chose to share them occassionally.

Yet why wait for me, go over to http://jubileeproject.org/ and watch some videos, read a little about them and what is going on over there, get inspired.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!


Sign Language

I have always wanted to learn sign language.  For a while I would learn words to teach to one of my roommates little sisters.  But she moved away and I stopped.  I wish I hadn’t.  I have a friend whose daddy is deaf and I love watching him do sign language.  This video inspires me to perhaps get off my butt and tackle this.  This is something I can do and I will be better for it.

The video below is an advertisement for Samsung but get out the tissues because it is heart warming.

I believe we should teach sign language in our schools.  It is a skill that children can learn before they can talk.  It seems like a no brainer that adding it into our curriculum.

I hope you’re inspired and warmed as much as I am.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!