Inspiration and Bracelets

I'm not really sure why, but lately I've had an obsession with inspirational quotes and bracelets.  I like wearing at least 10 bangles.  Gold AND Silver...MIXED...and sometimes I even throw in a Pewter bangle or two.  So, the newest addition to my collection is the perfect combination of both. I'm a little behind the times and just discovered my obsession with Etsy.com.  I can spend hours browsing through the thousands of items including jewelry, scarves, wall decor and anything else you could ever imagine.  Anything and everything you'd like monogramed or personalized, go here.  I bet you can find it.

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I've always loved the quote "c'est la vie" for various reasons.  I'm sure many of you are well aware, but if you don't know, in French it means "that is life."  I frequently remember this phrase as I often catch myself dwelling over something I cannot change.  For example, I hate living in St. Louis and can't wait to move far, far away.  But I then try to remind myself I am only here for two and a half years and in the grand scheme of life, that's nothing.  And these short two and a half years are going to define who I am in the future.  Plus, how could I forget all the wonderful new friendships I've made since I've been here?  We're not always happy with how our life is unfolding, and it may not be how you always imagined it would happen, but it's what you make of it that counts.  That is life.

Bad things happen to good people.  That is life.  I drive myself crazy wondering why I feel like I have the worst luck in the world some days.  Days when it seems like nothing is going your way.  I wonder why I've lost so many great people and young lives to tragedy.  Billy Joel said, only the good die young.  It never seems fair, but that is life.

Sometimes I hate how much I care about people who go through their lives without thinking twice about anyone but themselves.  I've wished on SO MANY stars that people like this would change.  But they never will.   That is life.  So it becomes my decision to remove those people from my life, no matter how much it sucks...and believe me it sucks..A LOT.   I naturally tend to care more than I should or they deserve.  That is life.

Less often I wonder why I'm still single and the person next to me is married, living happily ever after with a wonderful husband, children, a house, a dog and a white picket fence.  Those thoughts are quickly replaced with a nauseous feeling reminding me I'm no where near ready for any of that.  I remind myself when I'm ready, someday my prince will come and all the tears I've cried over other boys will be long gone.  I'll be happily living life as "the one who got away."  That is life.

Many times I fail at all of the above.  But then again, I'm only human.  But with one quick glance at my wrist, I can be reminded, that is life.

I'll leave you with these words that I repeat to myself frequently...one of the lines which will most likely will be found on my next inspirational bracelet. 
I can choose happiness whenever I wish no matter what my circumstances 
I am loved by myself and others
I will face and conquer my fears today
I will believe in myself and others will follow
I am my own unique self - special, creative and beautiful
Stay Sassy, xo


  1. what a good blog. you should check out signals catalogue. they have some neat inspiration things -erin h

  2. I like it melissa, as I always do!! You said you are gonna be living happily as "the one who got away." That was awesome and creative! You can also refer to yourself as the Unicorn, the one that nobody can catch and always gets away!!! Ur blogs are awesome!!

    Chad J

  3. I used to get upset thinking about how unjust it is when bad things happen to good people until I heard a radical, and what I believe to be true, statement: "Why do good things happen to bad people?" And by bad people I mean all of us, including myself.


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