Quote Graphic: Too Busy with My Own Grass…

Why Should I Even Care How Green Their Grass Is???

Quote about greener grass


There are a lot of things I don’t “get.” Too many to even list, so I’ll just stick with this one for now: I don’t “get” why anyone worries about how green their neighbor’s grass is, how good someone else has it, or what so and so is up to.

I’m honestly not sure if this is because…

A. As an only child, I’ve always lived in my own little world.


B. I’m “live and let live” in human form.

Probably “C,” a combination of the two. But, if you stop to think about it, what does it matter what THEY are doing or how they’re doing it if it doesn’t affect YOU?

Be so busy living your own life that you barely have time to even notice how others live theirs. Why waste even a precious moment fixating on someone else’s world – live in your own world and relish every single minute!

~ Joi (“Joy”)


How to Use Your Subconscious Mind to Help You Achieve Goals

3 Simple Steps to Making Your Subconsciousness Work for You

Quote About Achieving Goals with Our Subconscious Mind
The quote above, by Earl Nightingale, is a beautiful reminder of the power of our subconscious mind. Whether we fully realize it or not, our subconsciousness is one of our most powerful weapons – sometimes all we really need to do is get out of its way.

If we were to take the quote above and drain every drop of self improvement goodness from it (something we should do with all inspirational quotes), we’d realize a few things:

  1. First of all, we should make certain that we feel as strongly about our goals as we think we do.  Have you ever found yourself struggling with a particular goal or dream only to realize it isn’t even your dream? That, in fact, you’re actually trying to live up to someone else’s goal for your life? There’s a reason that doesn’t work – YOU have to feel strongly and passionately about the goal or dream. It has to be YOUR dream. YOUR vision. YOUR passion. If it’s someone else’s dream, let them work on it while you work on your own.
  2. How do you make sure the idea is “buried deep” in your subconscious mind? At the risk of grossly oversimplifying… you put it there!  Think about the goal you want to achieve and think about it often. You aren’t working some sort of mumbo jumbo – trying to bring the fulfillment to you, you are taking yourself to the fulfillment. Proactive beats inactive or reactive every single time when you’re going after goals. Goals and dreams aren’t on wheels, you can’t coax them to come to you, you have to lace up your own skates and roll to them. Frequently thinking about these objects of desire puts the wheels in motion. This particular step is why things like “vision boards” (picture collages of images that represent goals and dreams) are so popular. It’s also why so many experts recommend “picturing” yourself where you WANT to be. Both of these exercises are ways of burying the idea deep in your subconscious.
  3. When you’ve put your subconscious mind on the path to your goals, let it works its magic. You’ll find yourself with fresh ideas for making your way down this particular path.

Your subconsciousness is your own personal superhero and he/she is just waiting for you to call them to action.

~ Joi

The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment. – Earl Nightingale

So, How Do You Look at Problems?

This Quote Suggests Looking at Them a Whole New Way

Smiling Breakfast

“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast” – Alfred Montapert

In addition to one of my favorite photo opportunities (love it when my food’s in good spirits), you’re looking at one of my favorite quotes of all time.

Simple. Basic. Understated. Golden.

Easiest way to set yourself up for a mad case of the blues?  Expect life to always be in as good a mood as my bacon and eggs were.

People who are completely thrown off their axis by traffic, bad drivers, long lines, and high grocery prices kind of amuse me.  Seriously, man. That’s life.  I’m not sure why we seem to think we should be immune to any sort of inconveniences, but it seems to me that people’s fuses are getting shorter and shorter.

I have absolutely no idea what we could contribute this to. Some people say it’s because people aren’t “conditioned” to be patient any longer.  I guess you could make a case for this theory – we are kind of a drive thru and microwave society, aren’t we?  Give it to me NOW! I have no intention of waiting or being inconvenienced!

The sooner we realize that life doesn’t OWE us anything, whether it’s a carefree day or a new dining room table, the sooner we’ll be at peace.

EXPECT problems… because they are going to come, but instead of letting them eat away at you, plate them and eat them before they even see the fork coming.

~ Joi

Inspirational Quote of the Day: Don’t Take it Personally!

This is an Especially Great Quote


Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. – Miguel Angel Ruiz

How could I have gone through my entire life of being full on obsessed with inspirational quotes and not come across the one above before?

I even collect quotes!

This wonderful quotation is a perfect reminder to take everything others say or do with a grain of salt. NEVER let others define you or direct your world. There are people in the world who delight in trying to do both.

Live your life on your own terms, be the best you that you can be (as defined by YOU, not someone else), and never look in someone else’s mirror to see your own reflection.

As you know, I often tell you to write certain quotes down.  This time I’m ordering you to!  This one’s a life changer.

~ Joi

Call it a Pretty Fact or a Poetic Truth…

Calling it a Quote Doesn't Seem Good Enough


“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” – William S. Burroughs

The quote above is so completely true that it shouldn’t even be called a quote – it should be called poetic truth or a pretty fact. Every answer we seek is right there within reach. Well within reach, in fact! The answers to our questions are inside us, waiting to be uncovered.

The problem is, we get so busy Googling, asking other people for their opinion, and running around like drunk squirrels that we fail to hear the quiet voice inside.  If only our inner voice had a megaphone, maybe we’d hear it FIRST instead of LAST sometimes.

The next time you find yourself wondering about “this” or in a bind over “that,” here are three steps that can help  you find your way:

  • Take a deep breath.
  • Relax.
  • Listen to you gut.

If you still have trouble hearing or uncovering the answer, here’s a trick I’ve relied on nearly as long as I’ve relied on coffee:  Imagine that someone you love has the problem you have. Imagine that they’ve come to you…. and that they’re as confused or perplexed as you are now.  What would your advice to THEM be?

From where I sit, this advice would be your absolute best because that’s what we always give to those we love. You’ll be amazed at how obvious (and golden) the advice often is.

Great Quote About Being YOU-nique

I Could Not Be MORE in Love With This Quote

Quote About Life Image
“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.” – Christopher Morley

Motivation From a Hungry Sparrow

Served with a Side of Goethe

“Man’s highest merit always is, as much as possible, to rule external circumstances, and as little as possible to let himself be ruled by them.” –  Goethe

Inspiration can come from peculiar places, can’t it?  This morning, when I was supposed to be working valiantly on my websites, I found myself staring out the window (for better or worse, one is right beside my computer desk).  There are about 3 inches of snow on the ground and the winter trees are outlined in white.  One of our bird feeding stations is in direct view from my window (brilliantly planned so by my husband).  The doves, blue jays, sparrows, and cardinals are especially beautiful against the white background.

I can’t seem to take my eyes off of them!

One of our feeders is a three story wooden feeder that looks like a mini townhouse. Generally it’s for smaller songbirds, but winter makes gluttons out of larger birds – so the fight is on as they jockey for position.  Beneath this wooden feeder – nearly on the ground – there’s a little platform feeder.  Today it’s empty (thanks, again, to the gluttony) but it’s usually filled with seed, corn, fruit, etc.

Earlier, doves and cardinals practically covered the yard.  I’d thrown out large chunks of dried bread and cracked corn earlier.  My husband says doing so gives the smaller songbirds a chance to hog the feeders while the larger birds are preoccupied with the buffet.  It was very effective – until they devoured everything in sight.  Then the doves, blackbirds, and cardinals eyed the wooden feeder.

One sparrow caught my attention as he watched the colorful gluttons from a nearby perch.  I was about a minute away from throwing on my boots and taking more bread and corn out when he swooped down to the feeding platform beneath the overly-crowded feeder.  He began eating the seeds that were being dropped (inadvertently, of course) by the larger breakfast crowd!

They were doing the hard work – jockeying for position on the perches, pecking out seed, shooting one another sideways glances…  The little opportunist simply benefited from their labor.

So, when the brilliant Goethe said, “Man’s highest merit always is, as much as possible, to rule external circumstances, and as little as possible to let himself be ruled by them,” he no doubt meant the same for sparrows.  It would have been pretty easy for the sparrow to fly off in a snit. He certainly had every right to feel sorry for himself and to no one would have blamed him if he shook a bitter wing in the face of justice and fairness.

I guess he figured it just made more sense to take control of the situation rather than let it take control of him.

So there you have it.  An inspirational lesson served up on a snow-covered platform, by a bird no larger than your fist.

Quote of the Day by President Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually try to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”  – President Theodore Roosevelt

More quotes by President Theodore Roosevelt:

I have always been fond of the West African proverb: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Let the watchwords of all our people be the old familiar watchwords of honesty, decency, fair-dealing, and commonsense… We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less. The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us. – Theodore Roosevelt

It is no use to preach to [children] if you do not act decently yourself. – Theodore Roosevelt

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground. – Theodore Roosevelt

The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.” “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt

I never keep boys waiting. It’s a hard trial for a boy to wait. – More Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

The worst of all fears is the fear of living. – Theodore Roosevelt

Don’t hit at all if you can help it; don’t hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep. – Theodore Roosevelt

There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid. – Theodore Roosevelt

I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. – Theodore Roosevelt