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46 Mommas Shave for the Brave

46 Mommas

46 Mommas Shave for the Brave

Maybe you’ve heard of these inspiring women, maybe you haven’t – but we think you should hear about them. Their team name says it all – 46 Mommas. They are a group of 46 moms of children who have fought or are fighting cancer. Their goal is to make a solid difference, to get the message out there that kids get cancer too. What better way to do that than to shave their heads in solidarity with kids fighting cancer?

While the women on the team come from different parts of the country, different backgrounds, different occupations; there is one thing they all have in common, childhood cancer.

Take a moment and check out the children they are honoring –  the children they are mommas to and reason for doing this: KIDS HONORED

Please join us in helping spread the word and help them hit their fundraising goal. No donation is too small (or too big). If you cannot donate, you can still make a solid difference and help  by spreading the word via Twitter, Facebook, Blog, email – anyway you can. Take a few minutes, and do it for the kids.  Thank you.

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Because life is short…

We made a solid video for you. Hoping it makes you smile, think twice and pause for moment. Because life passes us by in the blink of an eye. And we need to make it count.

Please feel free to spread the mojo and share our video on your blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, in emails etc.  Simply grab the link in your URL and share! If it helps one person to think twice about some things in life – it is worth it. 🙂

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What’s Your Favorite Quote?

Positive Mojo Water Bottle

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Good morning folks!

We feel like giving away one of our super cool Positive Mojo water bottles! To be entered, just post your all-time favorite quote here & help spread the mojo by posting the link to this post on Twitter, Facebook or your Blog! (Drawing Friday 9PM EST.)

C’mon and let’s get the mojo movin’! 🙂

P.S.  If you don’t win &  want to grab one of our Aluminum Mojo Bottles – you can snag one here! –>>MOJO BOTTLE

Solid Kindness…

Random Acts of Kindness

We’re looking for your best “Pay it Forward” moment or “Random Act of Kindness”!

We’d love you to share with us a specific occasion when you did something kind for someone or when someone did a random act of kindness for you. Whether big act or small, any act of kindness makes a difference not only in the recipients life, but in the giver’s as well.

And, here’s what we are going to do with all the stories shared: We’ll be drawing one of your names & “Paying it Forward” to someone of your choice with a LiveLifeSolid Positive Mojo Tshirt!

Please share this with others & let’s spread the positive mojo & kindness!

Have fun & let’s hear those stories!! 🙂

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High School Never Ends

After reading this post on a friends blog, we knew we wanted to share it with you. You may relate, you may become reflective, you may take pause and ask yourself, “Do I chose me?” Enjoy…

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The title is a great song by Bowling for Soup.   If you haven’t heard it, check it out.  It’s also been on my mind recently.

I have been watching movies while I quilt and I recently saw Sunshine Cleaning.  I won’t give the story away but I went into it thinking it was going to be a comedy.  It wasn’t so much a comedy as I had hoped.  In one part, the main character runs into some people from high school and is not exactly where she thought she’d be in life at that point.  It got me thinking.  Is anyone where they thought they would be when they were still in high school, oblivious to the real world, and making plans?  I almost think it would be boring to have everything turn out just as you expected as a teenager.  And I say this as a person who had been all around the world and seen a lot of interesting cultures and things by the time I got my diploma.

My plan was concise, ordered, logical, and perfectly timed right down to when I would marry or have children, as if anyone can really time those things ten or twenty years in advance.  My plan was idealized and simplistic, too.  And boring.  And safe.  I even had my back-up plans if this or that didn’t fall into place.  Those plans were boring, too.  The commonality was they assumed a happily ever after, no setbacks, nothing unplanned.  I would have had a better chance winning a lottery than I did of having all of my plans fall into place.

Real life brings the unplanned, the variables of other people, and the unthinkable.  Real life challenges you to grow, to become more than you were.  Real life is not safe.  It certainly hasn’t been boring, either.

Back in high school I never imagined the trials and traumas that life would bring.  Back then, I never could have imagined the me I have become by struggling through those things.  I never knew I could take so many hits and keep getting back up.  That person I planned was as boring and safe and simplistic as my plans were.  I think of the person I thought I would be now, and who I am, and I choose me.

~Posted with permission from @PauseRefresh

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Hear The Music

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There is very solid wisdom in this story, take it to heart and enjoy it…remember it…share it…

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word “refrigeration” mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy’ on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, “How about going to lunch in a half hour?” She would gas up and stammer, “I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.” And my personal favorite: “It’s Monday.” She died a few years ago.

We never did have lunch together. Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches… We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Stevie toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of “I’m going to,” “I plan on,” and “Someday, when things are settled down a bit.”

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now… go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to do… not something on your ‘SHOULD DO’ list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask “How are you?” Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, “We’ll do it tomorrow.” And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say “Hi”?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift… Thrown away… Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

~Author Unknown

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“The Best Teacher Ever”

A solid story in compassion. It will move you. It will make you think. And maybe, just maybe, it will cause you to believe in someone today & make a difference. We all have a story…

There is a story from many years ago of a primary school teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.

But that was impossible because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn’t play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. And, Teddy could be unpleasant.

It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then putting a big “F” at the top of his papers. At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child’s past records and she put Teddy’s off until last.

However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise, Teddy’s first grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners…he is a joy to be around.”

His second grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.”

His third grade teacher wrote, “His mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best but his father doesn’t show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.”

Teddy’s fourth grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school. He doesn’t have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class.”

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful paper and tied with pretty ribbons, except for Teddy’s. His present which was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.

Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, “Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my mom used to.”

After the children left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and arithmetic. Instead she began to teach children.

Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her “teacher’s pets.”

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he’d stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer – the letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story doesn’t end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he’d met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course Mrs. Thompson did.

And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together. They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear, “Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.”

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, “Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn’t know how to teach until I met you.”

~Author Unknown

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A Solid Life Lesson: The Wooden Bowl

The Wooden BowlI guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, A year from now.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and Failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. ‘We must do something about father,’ said the son. ‘I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.’

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, ‘What are you making?’ Just as sweetly, the boy responded, ‘Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up. ‘ The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, Neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

On a positive note, I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: A rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You nee d to be able to throw something back sometimes.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, Your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.  People love that human touch — holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn…


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Our Solid Roots…

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Thought I would share with you a bit about where much of my positive attitude and grounding comes from…where the roots began for Live Life Solid.

I took a road trip to see my Dad a month ago and as always, the visit seemed much too short. No sooner had we said our hello’s and we were saying our good-byes. My Dad lives about 6 hours away in the beautiful Green Mountain state of Vermont. (Which he refers to as “almost heaven.” And, I must agree!)

My Dad is, in my eyes, one of the most content people I know. He does not ask for much or need much in life to be happy. He does not complain when things get difficult. And they do get difficult – he is battling Leukemia & Parkinson’s. But, he is a rock solid fighter in his battle and is kickin’ butt like no other! I cannot think of a time when he ever felt sorry for himself or cried the blues when the chips were down. He is the most honest and straight-forward man I know. He is strong both mentally and physically and has an awesome sense of humor. He does not have to have materialistic possessions to enjoy life. He’s a dedicated, hard worker who loves time spent with family, no matter how short that time may be. I could go on and on. But, what I would really like to share with you is a bit of solid wisdom I have learned from this man…I guess you could say, where our roots began…

Always Be Solid in Your Thoughts & Your Actions & Remember…

  • To understand the importance of honesty and integrity.
  • It doesn’t matter how much money you make or what you do, as long as you pay your bills and make good on your obligations.
  • The importance of enjoying what you do for a living, again no matter how much your paycheck is.
  • To treat all people with respect, regardless of their race, religion or personal beliefs.
  • To be open-minded.
  • To have a sense of humor and try to always see the bright side… even on the dark days.
  • To be independent and always do your best. Always.
  • To respect the outdoors and all Mother Nature puts before us.
  • To enjoy the little things in life, like watching a deer in the meadow, sitting on a porch and enjoying the scenery and sounds, taking rides to nowhere in particular.
  • The importance of spending time with family and friends – laughing and reminiscing.
  • Not to judge others. Ever.
  • To always do the right thing – no matter how hard the right thing may be.
  • To learn from your mistakes as well as accept responsibility for them.
  • No matter how bad things get, pick yourself up, brush yourself off and get on with life.
  • To appreciate all that you have and give to others – even when you think you can’t.
  • To roll with things.
  • Don’t worry too much – sometimes you just have to let go & believe.
  • That life is just too damn short to sweat the small stuff.
  • Don’t gossip – it hurts people.
  • That you are just as good as anyone else…but not one bit better than anyone else.
  • To enjoy the ride.
  • Make memories – lots of them.
  • And, lastly, be solid in your thoughts and solid in your actions – they define you and inspire others more than you will ever know.

There is more, much more actually. My Dad is not a lecturer – he speaks his peace and that’s that. What he instilled in me he did so by example, not by yelling or carrying on. He is one of those rare “good guys.’ And he is the solid core root of Live Life Solid ™.

Thanks, Dad.

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Regina Brett’s 45 Life Lessons and 5 to Grow On

Regina BrettRegina Brett hit the big time. She is officially an Urban Legend. Making, and is right up there with myths on baby carrots, Wal-mart flip-flops, glurge and asparagus vs. cancer. I thought Regina was 90 years old – as apparantly, have many, many other folks. Truth is, she turned 53 in May of this year, not 90. Dave Davis is the gentleman in charge of rights and permissions at The Plain Dealer for which Regina Bretts is a columnist. Mr. Davis was kind enough to grant us permission to reprint and share with you her popular and inspiring, “45 Life Lesson’s.”

Give yourself a few solid minutes to read and digest the bit of wisdom Ms. Brett has dispensed for us. And, when you are finished, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

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