A Wish

Relationships with people are hard, no doubt about that. Forging bonds takes work and constant upkeep. Relationships are like plants, they need care to keep them alive and help them grow. Most relationships are worth the effort because you get so much in return; love, comfort, safety, friendship, joy, pride.

Some relationships however, can cause you a pain so deep, that no amount of effort on your part can repair them or make them good. Sometimes the work you put in does not come back to you in a good way. It’s easy to want revenge or to cause pain as you feel but let me say, this is not the way to make the hurt go away. .

Never wish anyone pain. Remember that if someone has caused you pain, they must have pain inside of them already. Don’t wish for them to hurt more but rather wish them healing. Hope that they can find peace within themselves so that in time perhaps the relationship between you can also heal. In the meantime, remove them from your life if you can or limit your contact with them. That too can be painful but you deserve peace and if the relationship you have is causing unrest, it must be laid to rest for now. You deserve better.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and take comfort in the relationships that are good and gently let go of the ones that no longer serve you in a positive way. They may come back to you but in the meantime wish them well and let them go.

The Most Powerful Words


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I AM“, the two most powerful words that can make or break who you are.

How do you finish the statement?


  • Strong or weak
  • Smart or stupid
  • Beautiful or ugly
  • Talented or useless
  • Helpful or helpless
  • Productive or unproductive
  • A friend or an enemy
  • Kind or mean
  • Selfless or selfish
  • Positive or negative
  • Open minded or closed
  • A lover or a hater
  • A healer or a destroyer

How you finish “I AM” is who you become. Your words, thoughts and beliefs about yourself are your reality. Be the things underlined above. You are worthy and good enough to be anything you want to be.


Appreciate Mother Nature!


I took this picture one day last week in between rain storms. I love when a rainbow can be spotted as they are a rare gem. Seeing the colours in the sky made me stop for a minute and appreciate its beauty. We are always so busy, rushing from one event to another, one errand to another, that we often forget to stop and appreciate the beauty of nature that we are surrounded by. How often do you listen to the chirping of birds or take a moment to smell the flowers in your garden? How often do you look at the tress to see the budding of new leaves or just sit by the water and listen to the sound of waves crashing on the shore?

Today, take some time to soak in some fresh air and use your senses to truly appreciate the beauty that Mother Nature has blessed us with. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud on this glorious day that you have woken up to!

Let It Go

My sister in-law shared this quote on Facebook and once again, through social media, I found inspiration for today’s blog:

“Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you’re living.”

Isn’t that the truth! I had envisioned a life as a teacher, married with several children, possibly returning to live in the province of my birth, Nova Scotia. My life didn’t unfold as I had envisioned. I was diagnosed with MS which in time forced me to give up teaching. I did not return to NS to live. I did not have several children.

However, the life I am living now has joy and I am grateful for the blessings bestowed upon me. I have a loving and supportive husband who makes me laugh when I am sad and has been my best friend for the 21 years we have been married. I have an amazing daughter who has fought through her own battles and has come out stronger because of it. She is caring, empathetic, brave, smart, loving, kind and has a beautiful soul. She is my pride and joy and I can’t even imagine my life without her in it. I have lots of wonderful friends, a comfortable home, kind and supportive in-laws and the unconditional love of my dog Maggie.

The story I am living is not what I expected but it is still wonderful. I have learned to let go of my old dreams and embrace the life I am living making new dreams come true. Nothing is ever perfect or rarely what you expect but find joy in what you have and live a life that you are Pretty, Plus and Proud of just the way it is.

Don’t Wait!


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Why wait for a day or time that may never come and in doing so, miss out on once in a lifetime experiences? Life will never be perfect. Your body will never be perfect. Your finances will never be perfect. Your relationships may never be perfect. If you keep waiting, you’re wasting a time that will never come back to you. Live life now before time slips away from you and you’re living with regrets rather than precious memories.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of all that this time has to offer and don’t waste any of it by waiting and wishing for another time that may never be any different than the time you already have now.


She Was Beautiful – A Poem

For my birthday last month, a dear friend sent me this poem and I think all women (really all people) could benefit from its message.

She was beautiful,

but not like those girls in the magazines.

She was beautiful for the way she thought.

She was beautiful for the sparkle in her eyes

when she talked about something she loved.

She was beautiful for her ability to make other 

people smile even when she was sad.

No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as 

temporary as her looks. 

She was beautiful deep down to her soul.

She was beautiful. 

                                                                                   F. Scott Fitzgerald      

I think our greatest legacy we can leave behind when our time on earth has come to an end, is to have people who knew us remember us in the words of the poem. I want people to think about the things I did, the way I treated people, the love I gave, the way I lived my life. Our looks fade as we age but our personality, who we are, our heart and soul remain the same.

So live a life you can be Pretty, Plus and Proud about and remember beauty is measured by what people know to be true about the inside of you not what is seen on the outside.




Never, ever….


I came across this quote on Facebook the other day and it really made me pause to think. I am known to have a soft heart. I cry at absolutely everything and hate conflict. I just want everyone to get along and for life to move along smoothly. When I love someone, I love hard and I try to be positive in most situations. Not to say that I don’t have a moody side but as I get older, I work hard on not letting negativity get the best of me.

So like the quote says, there is nothing wrong with loving hard and enthusiastically. There will always be people who will want to burst your bubble of happiness. The key is to never apologize for who you are and don’t let their negative nature rub your positivity away. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and never, ever, be sorry for that!