Carillu Series

Release Announcement

Froggie and Friends, the first book in the Carillu series, is now available on Amazon.

Co-authored with my daughter Amber Stevens and dedicated to my two special needs grandchildren.

Success is a choice. When we focus on the outcome of success, rather than the fear of failure, we choose to succeed by our actions.

Rip and Real - Day Twenty-Two

Far too many of us have been taught that to think of ourselves, is selfish. I would like to challenge that philosophy. Unless we take the time to fully understand yourself and our value, we can struggle with understanding how to value and take care of others. We must show our ability to give, and we must first, practice on ourselves.

There are times in our lives, when our energy plummets. Oftentimes, it is due because we have not taken the time, to take care of ourselves. When our energy falters, we are no longer in a position to help others. For us to give, we must first learn how to give to ourselves.

It comes back down to the time factor. The beauty of time, is that we are all given the same amount. It is up to each individual how they choose to use it. We can either invest in time, or we can lavishly spend it with minimal return. The decision is our to make. We can not blame another, if time goes by and we are not where we desire to be. The choice is always ours to make.

Let me repeat that. The choice is always our to make. Now one may challenge that statement. After all, we have to go to work and sleep. But take a moment and break down your twenty-four hours. How much time do you have left after work and sleep? What do you have left? What do you use that time for?

Oftentimes, it isn't we don't have the time, but instead we don't have the self-discipline and self-motivation. Our mindset is more on what we will loose, than what we will gain. Quality over quantity mindset is often needed when our time is limited.

Once we understand our time, we can become more respectful of another's time. We no longer are in need for them to use their free time, in order for us to find joy and happiness in our lives. This takes the pressure of relationships. With the pressure lessoned, we most often will find our relationships will improve because both parties in the relationship are making a choice to spend time with each other because of priority, not guilt.

When we no longer are reliant on another person's time, to find joy and happiness in our lives, we have entered a new state of freedom. We are more giving and supportive of others, to spend time with themselves and on things which brings them joy. We are more willing to find commonality in activities in which we can enjoy another's company and both enjoy the time which is spent.

Self-care is essential to good mental health. It's up to us, to keep our mind, body, and soul in optimum condition to maintain peace, joy, and happiness in our lives. 


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Self care isn't selfish. It's showing you value yourself. When your energy fails, it's a signal that you need to take some time and focus on yourself.


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Time is the ultimate equalizer. It doesn't care about your position or your bank account. It gives everyone the same 24 hours to invest in yourself.


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The moment you realize your joy and happiness isn't dependent upon another person's time - is the moment you are set free to be you.




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