Little Known Ways To Make The Most Out Of Craziness

“You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.” ~Jimi Hendrix

“‘Crazy’ is a term of art; ‘Insane’ is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.” ~Hunter S. Thompson

To start out with… if you have a bored friend you are out with on the weekend, make sure they don’t steal a bottle of vodka from the table next door just for kicks. It’s a fast way to end a nice weekend evening and someone will inevitably have to pay for the bottle service that was stolen. It is never worth it.

Second, try to avoid clubs where the average patron is near 45 years old and where rather large older men are being “escorted” by pretty and shapely young ladies.  I felt like I would see their pimp walk around the corner any moment. Now that I think about it… the club manager kind of looked like a pimp. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not!

Third, if you find yourself in a cool environment but then you sit down on the couch and are suddenly overwhelmed by the smell of body odor, have no fear of the repercussions of leaving. It is a better alternative to having to smell years of sweat that has soaked into pleather material of a “vintage” couch. There may have also been the faint smell of an e-cigarette filled with marijuana (efficient to a fault).

Fourth and final, watch out for cougars! That is all.

Now we get to making the most of it! We had fun regardless of all the craziness of the above. We had a few drinks, we danced a bit (especially since the seat smelled dank, we didn’t really feel like sitting) and we made some fun memories. Luckily no one wound up in jail and $300 is money that can be made back although still a lot to just lose. It’s also worth it to see what your friends are like in crisis, it’s always good to see who has your back in situations like these. Makes me very thankful for the best friends I have.

Otherwise, I’m not gonna lie, it was a weird experience and I’m not exactly sure what else there could have been as a bright side to the situation. It was crappy for everyone in the end really. The club got stolen from (paid back of course), they had grumpy customers because of the missing bottle, and we were unaware of the situation until it was already happening and could really only help with damage control. I’ve talked about good karma on here, now its time for me to talk about bad karma. This wasn’t the first time something like this has happened (I’ve never been there for it, thank goodness) and they had gotten away with it. But, if you steal… it definitely WILL come back to bite you in the ass. Maybe not right away, but eventually the universe will settle things. In the end, it’s better to have karma come sooner rather than later, just saying.

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? ~ Albert Einstein

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? ~ Albert Einstein



Song of the Day (dig a little)- Nice Try

I heard this song today when I was getting ready for the day and I just really enjoyed everything about it. The lyrics are a little strange, but what song isn’t like that at least a little bit. Its beautiful and that leaves it open for people to let it speak to them. Why have a song that has no layers and says everything blatantly? Not saying those songs don’t have value, I just prefer digging a little for the meaning of a song. Anyway, I present to you Nice Try by I Am Arrows

Nice try, but I won’t pass on this
A high-five to everyone who helped you miss

"We all like that, when your heart beats"

“We all like that, when your heart beats”

Also… swallowing a hard candy whole on accident is the worst…


Things You Should Do to Have a Good Morning and Sunshine Success – Part 2*

“The longest way must have its close – the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

“I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, “aw shit, he’s up!”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Mornings are generally hard, no matter who you are. There are definitely morning people in this world and even though I think I’m closer to that category I still don’t understand them… I need some kind of routine in the morning, even if it’s just putting make up on the same every day, or I’ll be flustered for a little. BUT, the reasoning behind doing a part two of my morning post is because after my rough start on Monday, we have been getting up early and doing a daily burn stretch routine>. That link isn’t the one we specifically do, but it has some good stretches. It has been AWESOME! I never thought I’d be the instigator but, it’s totally changed my perspective on week day mornings. Maybe not totally, but it has surely helped put me in a better mood all week. Note to self, getting up and having some quiet stretching or yoga in the morning is key to leading a happy healthy life. They say (I think..) that its better to wake up slowly, and I think I had a quote on here about waking up to a smell is the best thing ever. I think in this case, doing a morning stretch is extremely helpful in waking yourself without that alarm clock blaring in your ears, invading on your happy dreams.

One more link I want to share, this concerns anyone with hip/knee/butt pain. Limber 11 is a way to do your own physical therapy. Which means you have no excuse for feeling terrible after work. Get on it!

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

L’été à Paris

I miss Paris so much, sometimes there is an actual ache! Beautiful city, with lovely people.

In Flow with Otto




Paris is a beautiful city. During the summer months millions of tourists visit the French capital, the city know for being then most romantic place in the world. They seek out the areas of Saint Germain, Montmatre or Saint-Germain, visit Île de la Cité and Notre-Dame, the Eiffel tower, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the museum of Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe or just wander along the banks of the river Seine.

This summer I spend a week in Paris with my two youngest boys of 17 (yes they are twins). We had an amazing time; their age is perfect for exploring cities like Paris. We did everything any tourist would do, walked the streets of Paris from morning to late evening, jumped around from one arrondissement to another by the Metro and most of all we enjoy just sitting down on one of the many street cafes, having a shot of…

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Take Advantage Of Tumbling Thoughts

“The Individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Thinking can only serve to measure out the helplessness of thought.” ― H. Rider Haggard, She

I have a lot of thoughts tumbling throughout my mind right now, and I’ve had this issue all week. I can’t seem to settle on a topic to write about. So many things have happened, even small things, I don’t know what to focus on.

Here, feel free to take advantage of my thoughts and failures.

I’ll start with my yesterday… I recently have been invited to move up in the ranks of the corporate world but to keep it quiet till it happened. I’ve known about it for almost two weeks and it has two weeks left to go before I move up. Yesterday I slipped up and said something to the one person that was probably the worst person for me to tell. She went on to make a little bit of a raucous about it making my boss upset. Bottom line, when your boss says not mention it to people… just don’t say anything to anyone no matter how much you think you can trust people. It’s not worth the chaos that ensues.

On another note, divorce hurts. Someone I am close to may or may not be getting separated soon and it hurts me to see how it has, and will, affect people I care about. I understand sometimes it’s better for everyone involved; but that doesn’t mean I like it.  I’m a romantic at heart and starry-eyed to a fault. Regardless, that pain is something everyone will have to live with, not just the divorcees. When kids are involved it always gets more complicated and again, it’s not an easy burden to bear. I myself am not from a split family, but before my parents were married my dad was married to a nice lady who gave him two great sons. I saw the aftermath of the affected and I see today how even though it was hard, it was better for everyone involved in the end. Not to mention, I might not have ever been born! The bottom line to this one… I just wish I could help where there is nothing I can do. “There is no such thing as helplessness. It’s just another word for giving up.” ― Jefferson Smith, Strange Places 

Now good things have been happening too! The day will come sooner rather than later when I no longer have to worry about work, and life has a tendency to work itself out. I have vented my frustration and am done pretending it matters for more than a day. Just keep swimming everybody! We can all help each other remember to love the people we are with, when we are with them, as hard and devotedly as we can.  Ciao!

“Regardless of the situation, don’t let the bastards win … and have no regrets … for it will be a good day! -Richard Wakinyan (Martian Fleet Commander)”  ― R.G. Risch, Beyond Mars: Crimson Fleet

“Regardless of the situation, don’t let the bastards win … and have no regrets … for it will be a good day! ― R.G. Risch, Beyond Mars: Crimson Fleet

Song of the Day – Emmylou

I heard this song yesterday and I have come to really appreciate Vance Joy’s music. Talk about calming and romantic all in one artist. This song counters that emotional roller coaster we all ride in the amusement park of love (ha ha) and it just feels good to hear it and read over the lyrics. It’s sweet and definitely a love song, so if you aren’t in the soft and fuzzy mood then you should probably not listen to the song.

Oh if you’re losing sleep…
Oh if you’re losing sleep, scared of shadows.

I present to you Emmylou by Vance Joy! Here are the lyrics, purely for convenience. I know y’all can Google things too…

Things You Should Do to Have a Good Morning and Sunshine Success

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.” – Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues

“No! I’m not ready, this is still my first cup of coffee!”
Anthony Liccione

I was having trouble waking up this morning and so I needed a whole bunch of motivational quotes to keep me going. Here are some of my favorites! There are just so many I will try not to overload. Moral of the story, if your moving a little slower on this fine Tuesday, its okay because there is so much more to life than just THIS Tuesday. So get out and enjoy those hours in the day that you can.

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” – Kevyn Aucoin

“Waking up to a smell is a lot more satisfying than waking up to a noise. Instead of barging in uninvited and yanking you out into reality, smells enter your dreams with a silent knock and a polite “Excuse me?”
Adi Alsaid

“You cry and scream and you stomp your feet and you shout. You say, ‘You know what? I’m giving up, I don’t care.’ And then you go to bed and you wake up and its a brand new day, and you pick yourself back up again.” – Nicole Scherzinger

This is not my photo unfortunately, but it is beautiful.

This is not my photo unfortunately, but it is beautiful.

Song of the Day – No Envy, No Fear

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

I don’t know if I’ll make this a thing, but music is very dear to my heart and I listen to it all the time.  So in honor of that I am sharing a song with y’all that is just beautiful and simple. It isn’t complex but its message is clear.

I present to you the song of the day! No Envy, No Fear ~ Joshua Radin


“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo

Biggest Gift To Give

Y’all I have a little bit of a story to share and it has to do with giving to random strangers. A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I stopped at a gas station to grab some beer in a sketchy part of town before going home and as we were walking in these two kids on bikes stopped us and asked if we had any spare change. They couldn’t be older than 13 and they didn’t tell us what they were going to use the 50 cents for and my boyfriend never carries change so he automatically apologized and started to walk away. My first instinct was to follow but then I stopped and just thought, “what if that was me?” My initial fear was the irrational what if they use it for something bad, but how much trouble can you get in with 50 cents? So I told my man to hold up and started digging for change and found the right amount. They were very thankful and when we came back out we noticed they had stopped at the air pump.  All they had wanted was to air up their bike tires so they could go riding around. Cool moment.

Then the story continues a week or so later. We needed to stop and get some air ourselves but since I had given my change to the kids I was all out of change. Like I said my boyfriend never carries change so we were kinda stumped. We went into Walmart to get a few grilling supplies and the plan was to get cash and change…etc. However, we get up there to check out and forget, by then the line had gotten long and neither one of us wanted to hold it up any longer so we were just going to leave. We had to drive a little ways to go to the grill-out we were headed to and I was suddenly worried we wouldn’t make it. The lady in line behind us had overheard the conversation between us and the cashier. She poked my shoulder and said, “Here I have change!” and quickly handed me $1.00 in quarters. All I could do was quickly thank her as the people kept mounting up. I was so flustered I can only hope that my gratitude was shown in my quick thank you. We walked out and all I could think about was that it had to be good karma due to the kids I had helped out. It was such a cool moment and made me determined that if anyone ever needed change and I could help them out, I’ll do it without reserve.

Just this weekend we were once again at the store getting groceries and we were checking out at the self checkout. I was standing there for a few minutes as my boyfriend had to run and get something so I was trying to check out very slowly to give him time (there weren’t many people there so I wasn’t holding anyone up! I promise!). When he arrived we quickly finished and were about to leave the register when the lady next to us, who had also been standing there for a while looking like she was waiting on someone, timidly asked, “hey do you happen to have 14 cents?” I stopped immediately cause I had remembered looking through my change earlier so I could wash my car and I knew I had something left. Sure enough, I had JUST enough for 14 cents. Of course I handed it to her, and on the way out I told my boyfriend that good karma was on the way.

It doesn’t matter how much you give, its how you give it. Moral of the story, if you give of yourself, you’ll always get it back.

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”  ― Wayne W. Dyer

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
― Wayne W. Dyer

why I love essential oils, and why I haven’t posted much about them…yet

Gotta love those essential oils!

lindsay leigh bentley

I love essential oils.

I have used them because of how great they smell for years and years.  I started using them therapeutically just around a year ago and they have absolutely changed my life.


But I haven’t posted about them much recently because, honestly, I felt that everyone and their mother was doing so and so what is the point of one more voice?

This may be the case, but these oils are a big part of my daily life, and so is this blog.  So, the two must become married which is why you will be hearing a lot more about them here.  Ignore if you would like, learn if you will, join if you feel so inclined.

That’s another huge reason I’ve not “pushed” oils int he past.  Because everyone is selling them, and I feared they would become the next Amway.  Where people begin to feel…

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