waiting for the hint of a spark


some pictures that made me happy today. i think i may put this blog to use again.


with ten miles behind me & ten thousand more to go…

” There’s a song that they sing when they take to the highway.
A song that they sing when they take to the sea.
A song that they sing of their home in the sky.
Maybe you can believe it if it helps you to see,
that singing works just fine for me.” -James Taylor

“Unless it is





it is a waste of time.

There are TOO many

mediocre things in



should NOT be one of them.”

“When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”

“I thought about all the people I knew who spent many of their waking hours feeling sorry for themselves. How useful it would be to put a daily limit on self-pity. Just a few tearful minutes then on with the day.” -Mitch Albom

“Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” -Madeline L’Engle


“I am STRONG, because I’ve been WEAK.

I am FEARLESS, because I’ve been AFRAID.

I am WISE, because I’ve been FOOLISH.”


Think different.

Steve Jobs is one of the greatest innovators of our time. This much is obvious. It is hard to imagine the magnitude in which he changed the world. President Obama said it best, “there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.” He is an inspiration to dream and to dream big. Think differently. Be bold. Don’t let your talents go to waste. Help others. Find your joy in life and use it to change the world. So I’m going start ‘blogging’ again…to keep myself inspired, to “stay hungry, stay foolish,” while hopefully inspiring others as well…so, let’s start with a quote:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple Inc.

Also, I’m fund-raising for an organization near and dear to my heart, Natasha’s Justice Project, if you have 2 minutes and $10 I would really greatly appreciate your help in raising money for this very important cause to end the back log of rape kits. Here is the link to my fund-raising page, don’t forget to add your name so I can send you the best karma energy around (seriously I have some pretty powerful energy, good things will come your way): Ray of Sunshine Thanks & much love!

Wear Sunscreen.

* Note: I meant to post this before I left for London but it went to drafts instead of posting :sad face: *

Well it’s been awhile since my last post. Memorial day weekend is over with and tomorrow is the beginning of June. The happiest thought of my day today is the fact that it’s the 31st means there is only THREE MORE MONTHS until my sister Megan’s due date. I cannot wait for that little sucker to arrive! Since tomorrow is June, it mean that it is officially prom season. Sooo here is my little post on my favorite prom hairstyles.

1.) Buns! High, low, curly, wavy, any style buns are always a classic and will never go out of style.

2.) Braids: Braids are really hot during summertime and to me they are wonderfully unexpected dressed up. I love doing braids in updos, they’re definitely my go to.

3.) Loose Curls: Definitely the most requested style of girls going to prom. Safe but still beautiful.

4.) Updos:

Don’t forget your essentials: extra bobby pins, travel size hairspray, and a hair tie (when you’re dancing up a storm and need to throw your hair up). Have a great time!

Now, my favorite advice for graduates, written by Chicago Tribune journalist Mary Schmich, “Wear Sunscreen”:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen
would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved
by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more
reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this
advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You
will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until
they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at
photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much
possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You
are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying
is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things
that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you
at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with
people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead,
sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s
only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you
succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with
your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22
what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most
interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them
when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children,
maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the
funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do,
don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either.
Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it
or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument
you’ll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel

Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone
for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your
past and the people most likely to stick with you in the

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you
should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people
who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you
soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians
will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll
fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable,
politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust
fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when
either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it
will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over
the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

chasing pavements

One of my favorite sounds of all time is little kids playing outside, it reminds me of hours spent playing games like SPUD or man hunt. Now that it is getting warmer out, all my little neighbors are playing outside, that combined with the music from the ice cream man makes it feel as if we are at the edge of spring and summer. The weather has shown different but as of now I am forcing summer upon us with these pictures……short sleeves, sunlight, cute shoes, fresh fruit…..hurry up!