Monday, August 30, 2010

Christmas gift ideas for little boys


     I've started making my Christmas list and looking for gifts. Little boys are the hardest for me so I've been browsing around for some gift ideas. Here are some that I would like to play with.

Yo Baby Kick Flipper
     I saw my nephew before playing with a "skateboard" for your fingers. I forget the name of the toy. But seriously, you flip it around and do "tricks" with your fingers. I thought that was kinda ridiculous, yet ingenious. This kick flipper looks more fun than that finger toy skateboard thing.



Nerf
     I've always wanted to play with the boys' toys. I liked those remote control cars they had. And toy/water guns. This looks life fun.








Lego
     Do boys like Harry Potter? Do kids still enjoy lego? Lego games. I wonder if my friends and I would enjoy this...






Stomp Rocket Jr
     This looks like a popular toy but I think this game will get old very fast. ;-p 



Fisher Price Imaginext Dragon World Fortress


     I think (but what do I really know?) boys now just like trains and cars. Do they also like pirates and dragons?




Mondays for Marion: Ten Months!



As of 27 August 2010:
     (Measurements taken at Dr. Lorenzo's clinic)
Weight: 21 lbs, 10 oz
Height: 28.5 in
Head circumference: 45 cm

Marion likes to make clicking sounds.





Marion likes kicking balls.



And she likes her piano.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday I'm in Love: Owls and Robots


     I like checking out fabric online. Pretty prints. I got these from fabricworm.com

I like robots for little boys.     



And owls for little girls.





Here's Marion tapping away on her piano wearing a dress with cute owls.



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

On Flash cards for Babies

     While I was pregnant, I imagined myself turning into a preschool teacher. In my imagination, Marion's nursery looked like a classroom. To start, I would spend time in front of her just flashing flash cards to help her have a photographic memory and to excel in math. Then I would proceed with lessons to make her read early.

    For this I carefully took down notes from the book Dr. J. Mansoor's book entitled "Infant Stimuli". It includes "lesson plans" and tips on how to flash the cards ("one card per second"). And found this website as I scoured the internet for early reading programs.




     Marion came and the reality is--: a) She couldn't keep still long enough for a session with flash cards. b) She wasn't interested in it. c) She didn't look like she was having fun. d) I wasn't having fun. So, no more flash cards. And while reading programs for babies used to excite me, I'm more inclined to skip all that.

     When I feel like being sucked into hyperparenting or feel guilty about not teaching my daughter more, I take comfort in this book entitled Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less. I've never read this book, the title is good enough for me (haha). :-)


     So now, what are these doing on Marion's floor?






     These are the exception.


    

     When my brother Joseph was younger, my mom had these "flash cards" for him. Each family member's picture with the corresponding name. I believe these "ID flash cards" helped him recognize or remember me. I was away in school when he was younger and I was always worried that he wouldn't know me when I went home during school breaks. It made me incredibly happy when he knew who I was every time I went home. I could be wrong, but I think the flash cards helped.

     Here's the old flash card of me. (I think I'm at the World Trade Center.)



     Here's the flash card of Joseph for Marion.



Ephesians Tuesday

 Ephesians 4:25-32:

"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
 29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

Monday, August 23, 2010

Mondays for Marion: Marion Cruises

     This month Marion started to cruise more confidently. She cruised before she learned to pull herself up which meant a lot of failed attempts, whining and drama cries which eventually would get someone to help her stand.

     Marion still moves around on her elbows and tummy when she creeps. However, since a few days ago, she's learned to push herself up to a kneel-sit and then pull herself up to standing.






Marion likes being on her Dad's shoulders.



Marion likes escalators.


She likes her stroller, but only for walks around the village. 

     

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rainbows

Last Monday, we saw a rainbow during our walk.


These are the lyrics to a song I learned in grade school. It's my favorite song on rainbows.

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DOES A RAINBOW MAKE?
What kind of music does a rainbow make?
What kind of song does it sing?
Oh it's a happy kind of melody
And it brightens everything.


When morning stars all sang together
God up in heav'n heard their song
That's why I know He hears the rainbow
That is singing all day long


Oh the rainbow is a promise 
That God is in control
Yes the rainbow
Is a message
That he'll always keep my soul


What kind of colors does a rainbow have?
Red, yellow, green, purple, blue
Each day has many different colorings
So my life's a rainbow too
Blue is the color of my sad times
That's when my tune comes out wrong;
Yellow is the color of my happy times
When I sing a happy song.



What kind of music does a rainbow make?
What kind of song does it sing?
Oh it's a happy kind of melody
And it brightens everything.

Here's a video of some kids singing the song. I remember singing with a happier beat though. :-)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Who does she look like?

     
     Marion looks like Rocky. 

     Evolutionary psychology has an explanation why babies are usually said to look like their fathers even when babies are actually generic looking. I feel like a nerd but I enjoyed reading this article about it. ;-D


Rocky

     Marion

     
Yen


Marion
  

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday I'm in Love: Chicharon!


     I'm about to finish this pack of chicharon. I can already feel the fat clogging my arteries. A bad headache later would be another punishment for this.

     I love chicharon.

     I love chicharon with fat and meat like the one in the picture my aunt sent from Cebu.

     I love chicharon that looks like it's just all air. (I think this was the kind sold at the canteen, pour in some vinegar and deflates to just yummy goodness.)

     I love Marty's vegetarian chicharon and I always throw in a pack or two into the grocery cart.


     I eat Lapids chicharon too. But I hate walking past the R. Lapids chicharon stall at S&R though. The smell of oil is nauseating. I always hold my breath every time I walk past it.  
    

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pas de Chat*



     My memory needs jogging. I think I've seen CATS before. Maybe. Maybe not? The cats looked familiar. It's also possible that I've only listened to the soundtrack before and that's why the songs are so familiar. I used to sing "Oh well, I never, Was there ever cat so clever as magical Mr. Mistoffelees" but the cat I imagined while singing this was Old Deuteronomy. Ooops.

     The other song most familiar to me (and, my guess, everyone else also) is Memory. The first time I heard it sung was at Colegio de la Immaculada auditorium. A blind woman in a green dress sang it. We were there because Uncle Onts sang also. (We missed his performance. We were late.) I love the song. And Lea has the most amazing voice. While she was singing Memory, I wished to become Ursula of the Little Mermaid so I could bottle her voice and make it mine.

      While watching a ballet, musical or any performance, I could be the most annoying companion. I was at it again when we watched CATS- asking the person beside me (Rocky), "Doesn't that make you want to dance?" after a number. When he shakes his head No, I'll ask him after the next song, "Now? Don't you want to dance or be on stage now?" This will go on until I reduce it to just giving him a nudge every time I want to ask it again. (Also because I don't want people to shush me. ;p)

     I can't help it. It reminds of my ballet classes, rehearsals and recitals. The only dancing I do these days is for Marion. She watches me from the edge of the bed. If Rocky has to juggle and be a clown for her to laugh, I dance like no one's watching to amuse her. The CATS choreography wow'ed me. I paid attention to some moves I could copy for Marion. (Okay, with some adjustments to match skill ;p) I think also maybe I'll include more props and maybe a costume to my act for Marion.

     Speaking of costumes, there were some little girls in the audience who were in cat costumes. I saw them during the intermission. One kid had a cute pettiskirt, tail and headband with ears. She looked like a fluffy lion cub. And then, the two daughters (?) of Adel Tamano were in pink leopard print costumes. One daughter's get up was a unitard. The other daughter had a bikini top in that animal print on with black leggings and strips of the pink print as skirt. At least she had on a pink jacket too. All cute, okay, but I was so happy for her when, at the end of the show, I saw her wearing a black CATS shirt instead. :-)



     I didn't expect to enjoy the show too much, but I did. Yeah, there's really no story and it's all cats-- animals I'm not really very fond of. And, I don't get the whole Heaviside thing. But the lyrics, costume and choreography were great. :-)

* Pas de chat. 
The little French I know, I learned from ballet. Pas de chat (pa de sha) literally cat's step.
There are a number of things that bother me about this video demo, but she still does it better than I can now ;p

Mom = Food Disposal

     I remember my mom saying when I was a kid that she usually didn't need to order for herself when we ate out. Dining out with kids usually means that there are left-overs and moms end up finishing it up. I guess it works both ways: babies eat (drink) what their breastfeeding moms eat and moms will eat what their babies will eat. This has been the case for me and Marion. We "share" our food. When dining out, I order something she could eat also.

     I took Marion out on an errand and wasn't planning on staying out til lunch time. But we did. I nursed her hoping that that would tide her over til yaya and I finished our lunch. No such luck. She wanted to eat her lunch already which we didn't bring with us. So, I shared my Chef D'Angelo pesto pasta with her. This was the first time she ate something I didn't produce or cook. (Oh, aside from her formula which she's down to 5oz. a day, hooray!)


     I kept trying to recall what went into a pesto pasta. Nuts, Pine nuts? I wasn't planning on giving her nuts yet. Olive oil, garlic and basil? Those should be okay. I think. She's not had anything oily though. And for flavoring, she's only had cinnamon and mint leaves. She's not even had garlic. Cheese? Hmm, that's okay. Salt? No salt for her either. I hope she doesn't start liking salt too much. She enjoyed the pesto pasta and I couldn't feed it to her (I had to cut up the pasta) fast enough. It doesn't look like she had any allergic reactions to it.

     For Marion, I don't like keeping her fruit/food in the fridge for more than a few days. So I usually eat it myself after the "expiry date". Or, if it doesn't taste too good I'll eat it myself. Never mind if my food combination is unusual like my breakfast here: rice, vienna sausage and Marion's avocado.

     This avocado was getting too ripe so I helped Marion finish it up. I don't mind avocado really. Avocado with a few drops of sesame oil is yummy. 

     At Skye's 4th birthday party, Marion wasn't content with just breastmilk and the snack we brought for her. We were at Alabang Country Club and I ordered the bihon. I don't want to imagine what kind of oil they used, or MSG or whatever. I fed her a little.


     Omg. My paunch! :( 

     And, I shared my glass of water with her and still drank from it despite her backwash (noodle bits in the water!). 


     I am on my way to becoming a fully operational food disposal. 
Good news: I'll be sharing food with my daughter. (Less food for me.) 
Reality check: I will still be eating my usual portions + hers. (So that paunch is here to stay.)

[For our outings, I will already bring her meals and water along especially when we're out around her meal times. Marion enjoys her meals and at her age milk isn't enough for her anymore. I think maybe she's enjoying the social aspect of dining as well. Haha.]
     

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Don't make bets with the devil

  

     Rocky and I watched The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus before sleeping last night. Right before he dozed off, Rocky mumbled that he hoped he wouldn't dream about it. I, on the other hand, tried to shake off the story and the images before going to sleep. It took some time. The movie is filled with colorful, vivid and surreal landscapes. And the story and its characters are wild and intriguing. It was convincing to have other actors (Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell) fill-in for Heath Ledger's character. It fit quite well with the story.

     The movie is about Doctor Parnassus' travelling theatre group who offers its audience a walk through the mirror, into their imagination and given a choice between (what's supposed to be) good and evil. Doctor Parnassus is always making bets with the devil and gets into a contest in who will be able to "score" more souls. He wagers with the devil and then renegotiates and then gets into another wager. If there's one obvious lesson from the movie, it's that making deals with the devil will just get you into more trouble.


  


    

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

College Comfort Food



Reasons for this post:
1) I'm hungry.
2) College friends and I were reminiscing.


     When I think of subs, I think of Fast Eddie's subs. Nothing has come close. Cheese steak! Italian sub! Everything about it was yummy-- the sub rolls, the loaded fillings!

    


     I remember getting a Wing It flier in the mail and how my mouth watered, like it is now, reading their tasty wing flavors (Buffalo style, BBQ, Teridactil!). They had a minimum order requirement for delivery which meant I ordered two kinds of boneless wings at a time. I'd happily top left-overs with cheese, nuke it and watch Dawson's Creek. ;-p
     





Monday, August 09, 2010

Mondays for Marion: Dada Dada-ing


     Before Marion was born and we were deciding what our children would call us, Rocky said he didn't want to be called "Dada". He wanted to be "Daddy" (Then he wanted to be "Papa" then finally decided he'd be "Daddy". Women aren't the only ones who are fickle. ;p). However, since he realized it would be easier for Marion to learn to say "Dada" than "Daddy", he's allowing himself to be "Dada" for now. ;-p

     Marion is a quiet baby and doesn't "talk" much. I am pretty sure we will be hard-pressed to keep her quiet in a few years. But for now, we encourage her to talk as much as possible. My strategy is to talk to her all the time- giving a running commentary on everything and singing songs and rhymes. This is how Rocky does it:   



Marion started using her new car seat the other day. She loves it. :-)


Sunday, August 08, 2010

From My Bedside Table: How to Win Your Child's Heart by R. Chang

     When I was still pregnant, I borrowed the book How to Win Your Child's Heart- 6 Ways to PARENTing with Confidence by Dr. Ruth C. Chang from my cousin. Simple, practical and God-guided tips to parenting. Each chapter ends with a section called "Your Turn" wherein she lets the parents pause to reflect on some questions or gives an "assignment". :-) I feel like her values and goals as a parent are similar to mine. I learned a lot from this book and plan to read it over and over through the years. :-)


Four types of parents according to Diana Baumrind:
     1) Authoritative- high control and demand- High acceptance and responsiveness
     2) Authoritarian- High control and demand- Low acceptance and responsiveness
     3) Indulgent- Low control and demand- High acceptance and responsiveness
     4) Neglectful- Low control and demand- Low acceptance and responsiveness

She outlines the "essential principles that will guide us to become authoritative parents who can lead our children the right way, and in the process of parenting them, please our Lord." 
     P- Praise 
     A- Accept
     R- Respect 
     E- Empathize
     N- Nurture
     T- Train
Each section doesn't just talk about what needs to be done, but also how to do it and to look-out and overcome obstacles. :-)


Thursday, August 05, 2010

Small Successes Thursday: Catching up with girl friends

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     This week I got to catch up with girl friends. We get busy with our every day stuff. We're here or away. It's not that easy to work out schedules these days. Sometimes I can go for weeks or even months without seeing any of my girl friends. This week is special. I got to catch up with friends three times. ;-)

     1. Billie. Greenbelt- Travel Cafe. How we've grown up since we shared an apartment in Boston. :-) A part of me is wishing she'll move back here soon so I can see her more often. But, I'm really praying she'll be where she's happiest. :-) [The plan: We will visit Boston/BC together.]


     2. Ria. Makati- Chan Residence. It was a Luke adult leaders meeting, but we squeezed in some stories from CISV camp. And some career counselling. Haha. [The plan: She will go to another camp so Marion can get another postcard.]



     3. Mimi and Iris. Glorietta- UCC Cafe. Beautiful brides-to-be are getting married on the same day. Ano ba! ;-p I'm so excited for them. [The plan: I will be in two places at once. :-D]





Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Invictus

    
     I had to memorize this poem in high school. This was the piece our teacher assigned to my section for our choral recitation. I remember the other sections were given pieces that were more "fun" to perform but I don't recall what those were. This poem stayed with me.

INVICTUS
     William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me
Black as a pit from pole to pole
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody but unbowed

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul.


***** ***** *****


Watch Clint Eastwood's Invictus. Great movie on Nelson Mandela's first year as President. He inspired and united his country through sports. He is truly a great man.




(I don't get rugby at all. ;p)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Bottle Feeding Marion

     After doing my "research" on what bottles to get Marion, I decided to buy these bottles:

1.) Playtex Ventaire Advanced Bottles (Wide)
     I got these bottles based on reviews I read on the internet. While I was pregnant, I was looking for bottles that would help avoid colic and these bottles have special features to take care of that. However, the (what I now consider) unavoidable happened. Marion was colicky. I can't say for certain whether these bottles made her worse or better (she was mostly nursing directly then) or had no effect whatsoever. Nevertheless, yaya and I loved using these bottles. I liked the shape of the bottle and that it never leaked. I didn't mind that these bottles have more parts to wash (bottom + vent disk + bottle + top + nipple + cover).

2) Philips Avent Bottles
     I got these bottles to go with my Avent breastpump plus it was recommended by friends/family. However, these bottles leaked if I was not careful with how I screwed on the top. While I never had to be mindful of how I "assembled" the Playtex bottles, I had to make sure I screwed on the Philips Avent nipple straight and tight enough. This is currently the only bottle we use to feed Marion as it is the most convenient (compatible with my breast pump) and Marion has no problems with it.

Marion went through weeks (months?) of refusing to take the bottle. I think she was around 4 months then. It caught me by surprise as she had given no hints that she didn't like the bottle. A friend said maybe Marion just wanted me. I think maybe she was teething and it was bothering her. *shrug* During that time I panicked and got desperate so I bought other bottles for her to try. It didn't make any difference. She still refused to drink from the bottle. Thankfully she just surprised us again, happily this time, and outgrew that phase. (Baby's the boss.) These are the bottles I got during that time--

3) Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature
     I kinda fell in love with these bottles when I was window shopping while pregnant. The only reason why I didn't get them earlier was because I didn't find enough reviews nor get recommendations from other parents.

4) Pigeon
     I got these because another mom suggested that maybe Marion would be okay with the Pigeon peristaltic nipple. Although she didn't take it during that bottle-rejection period, we eventually used this bottle to give her water until she graduated to the sippy cup.

***** ***** *****

Some questions I asked about bottle feeding, etc.:

a) How do you clean bottles? When do you use the drying rack? Sterilizer?
     It might seem obvious to others, but I really wasn't sure how to make sure the bottles were clean and sterilized. Was it wash-dry in rack- sterilize? Or wash-sterilize-dry in rack? I asked someone how she did it and this was how she did it: Wash, then dry in rack to make sure there are no streaks/soap left, then sterilize, then assemble/close the bottle. This makes sense because you don't really want the sterilized bottles sitting on the drying rack getting dirty again. I tried different ways of doing it and now this is how I do it: Wash then sterilize then dry in the rack (covered to keep dust out) then assemble/close bottle as soon as it's dry. Ultimately, as with most things on child care, do whatever works for you. :-)

b) Do I need to warm milk? Do I need a bottle warmer?
     I asked Marion's Pedia about this. And she explained it like this-- The baby's tummy (well, our tummies, too.) is like a warm oven. If you put in something cold, it would produce more gas. And that's something a newborn would not be able to handle well. Also, something cold would also make it more difficult for a newborn to digest. So, warm milk for babies. (Older babies, like Marion now, can handle cooler drinks already.)
     I was hoping that we would not be dependent on a bottle warmer so I didn't get one before Marion arrived. For expressed breastmilk from the fridge, we would bring it out to warm it to room temperature. But Marion would refuse it. So we would dip the bottle of milk in a bowl of hot water to warm it up. Then Marion would drink it. I eventually caved and went out to buy a bottle warmer. We've become completely dependent on it. We'll start weaning her from the bottle warmer soon. Let's see how that'll go.

c) How do you prepare formula? How many fluid ounces (fl oz)?
     Consult the directions for the formula for the number of scoops- ounce of water ratio. Just remember to put the water in the bottle *before* putting in the powdered milk to be able to get the correct mix.
     Let's say the ratio is 1 scoop of milk for every 3 ounces of water. The thing is, after mixing the milk and water, the volume of milk is more than 3 ounces. I caught yaya still recording it as 3 ounces in our log book. I corrected her on this. It looks like that every so often she would still base her notes on the original volume of water. Oh well. Not much difference anyway. ;-)
     Oh, one more thing about fluid ounces. Not all ounces are equal. The US fl oz is different from the UK (Imperial) fl oz and different bottles may have markings for one or the other.
 

Monday, August 02, 2010

Mondays for Marion: Fun with Cousins in Cebu



As of 22 July 2010. 
     (Measurements from Dr. Chen's clinic)
* Weight: 10 kgs.
* Length: 72 cms.
* Head circumference: 46 cms.

** Around July 30, 2010-- Her two lower lateral incisors are starting to come out, too. (It looks like every month she has more teeth coming out.)

Here's my little Cebuana flying home to Manila.


     I will make sure this baby girl will grow up probinsyana and will spend as much as time as she can in Cebu.

     Here's a video of "chaos" with the 4th Gen King's-- Marion and her cousins-- taken on Ama Rufina's birth anniversary. The venue for this rave party was my grandparents' old room. Reminds me of how I used to play with my cousins. (I hope these kids don't start climbing cabinets and jumping off those like we did.)



Sunday, August 01, 2010

From My Mom's Bedside Table: God Never Blinks by Regina Brett

God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours by Regina Brett


     Sometimes I think of starting a list of life lessons I want to share with my daughter or make sure I remember some day. It seems like a daunting task and I've not gotten around to starting a list. I like reading other people's list so was immediately interested when I saw this book on my mom's bedside table.

     Regina Brett's list (expanded into essays- inspiring and personal stories) is a great one. It is timeless and a great guide on how to live. :-) Here's her list. She has beautiful stories that go with each lesson that everyone should get to read. 

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next right step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing that crying alone.
8. It's okay to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. The most important sex organ is the brain.
10. God never gives us more than we were designed to carry.
11. Make peace with your past so it doesn't screw up the present.
12. It's okay to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be kept secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in th blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything life hands you if you stay put in the day you are in and don't jump ahead.
18. A writer is someone who writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burnt the carndles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save anything for a special occasion.    
      Today is special enough.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. Start saving ten percent for retirement as soon as you get your first paycheck.
25. No one else is in charge of your happiness. You are the CEO of your joy.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. The passage of time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. No matter how good or how bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick, but your friends will. Stay in touch with them.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative. Dying young looks good only in movies.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. No matter what your faith, they cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside everyday. Miracles are waiting for you to discover.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and got a look at everyone else's, we'd fight to get back our own.
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have everything you truly need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up for life.
47. Breathe. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.