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    Give Love a Fighting Chance!

    Once upon a time, I happened upon a quick read about how to evolve or remain! I wish I knew who to credit, because it was magic…but it basically went like this… We are all faced with a choice to evolve or remain. We can choose to remain unchanged but in doing so we will forever be presented with the same situations, same routines, same problems, same challenges, same frustrating results. Until (or unless) we learn to love ourselves to the point of saying, “ENOUGH!” and so we begin to change. This creates an opportunity for us to evolve. As we evolve, we connect to the strength within us, which…

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    Grateful to say Thank You!

    “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” — Ralph H. Blum Hey lovely people, it’s me – Hope! I have to send out a little Hopeservations message of thanks and gratitude to all my loved ones and the Universe! Seven days after my birthday and I’m blessed that the birthday wishes, comments, emails, texts, calls, cards, visits, gifts and GENUINE LOVE keep flowing my way! Since last Sunday, I have been delightfully spoiled! I loved our simple celebration. It was perfect for me… I was also BLESSED with the GIFT of TIME…and fun spontaneous moments because those are gifts too! All too often, gratitude…

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    When you choose to love, do it all the way!

    There’s a quote that goes, “Real love doesn’t meet you at your best. It meets you in your mess.” I don’t know who to credit for it but it got me to thinking… So heyyyy all my beloved people…here’s just a little Hopeservations about love. I know I gravitate toward certain topics a LOT. Beautiful beginnings, meditation, spirituality, mindful moments, gratitude, balance, hope and yeah…LOVE…are just a few! This one is for whoever needs to hear it. Which as far as I can tell, tends to be all of us at some stage or another. After-all, we’ve all found ourselves stumbling our way through it… REPEATEDLY! No matter the age,…

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    Love, One Choice at a Time!

    Hey y’all…Hope here with another one of my Hopeservations and this one is straight from the HEART… As of July 15, 2019, I am officially 23 days from the start of my 26th year in education. WOW! As I write 26 years, it seems hard for me to believe. And yet, these 23 days are 23 days before I get back to one of my GREATEST passions and I thought about this quote that I posted to my Instagram a few years ago “You never lose by loving, you always lose by holding back.” – Barbara DeAngelis As children, we typically love unconditionally but somewhere along the way, as we age…

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    Hopeservations & Pura Vida Volleyball Come Together

    “WELCOME TO THE TEAM!” Who doesn’t love a welcome like that when you get your first fun package of GOODIES from an amazing company? In this case, the company happens to be PURA VIDA VOLLEYBALL! So…I’m super excited to announce that I have the opportunity to represent Pura Vida Volleyball as a brand ambassador! Some of you may wonder what that means exactly?! Well…we know I’m a volleyball mom who already loved and bought Pura Vida Volleyball products for myself and the girls (on the regular) and shared the love of those products with others! Only now, I will continue to share that amazing love on my social media’s in…

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    A Message of Thanks!

    This is a message of thanks because here it is July 21st and the birthday wishes, comments, emails, direct messages, texts, calls, cards and LOVE keep coming this way! All week, I have been blessed with surprise gifts, lunches, lots of outings doing what I love most, little trinkets, lunches & dinners with my husband, mom, family and friends! To say I am grateful to those who make my life full would be an understatement. So I extend my thanks to family, friends and followers near and far…for your part in making me smile and feel special. The love we give and receive are our riches and I am indeed a…

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    This Precious Privilege

    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. – Marcus Aurelius. I always loved the personal writings, “The Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius. It is fascinating when one can learn about the private thinkings that were meant as a source for a man’s own guidance and self-improvement, especially when it is someone that has held such historical importance. Recording private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy, these intellectual, philosophical thoughts have had an impact on all of mankind, perhaps BECAUSE he followed a philosophy of Stoicism and in translation, his words…

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    How a Grandmother’s Love & Dishsoap Reminded Me Change is Inevitable

    I grew up with my Grandma Hope always keeping a bottle of green Palmolive dish soap either sitting in the corner of her kitchen sink or neatly tucked under the cabinet. She had used it for so long, her kitchen had a faint scent of it lingering in the air. If you never used Palmolive, the scent is hard to describe because it wasn’t fruity or flowery but it was clean, pure, classic, nostalgic even and unmistakeable to Palmolive and my grandmother’s kitchen. I am almost 48 and up until very recently washing dishes with this particular brand of dish detergent used to always evoke strong emotions of my Grandma…

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    My Brave Heart

    My father set the bar really high for what this day stands for and I miss everything about him. In the earliest of years, the memories are few but vivid, tickling me, flying me high on his feet, helping me brush my teeth, finding me in the cabinet licking peanut butter off a spoon, tucking me in at night. Then as time went on, it was my excitement to get off the plane knowing he would be on the other side of those doors waiting for me, the cool rush of the air conditioned airport as I stepped out into the waiting area, my eyes adjusting to the bright light…

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    In The Spirit Of Love

      “You shall love the Lord, your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30 As the sun set on Valentine’s, and the day came to pass…the usual thought came to mind that we don’t truly need a day to celebrate love. We can celebrate love all the days of our lives. Love is much like a ray of light that expands into a rainbow as it passes through a prism. Love exists as multiple expressions in our lives! Knowing that love is everywhere – present around me, within me and as me – assures…