I was raised in an orphanage, survived that and breast cancer! I consider all of it a blessing. You'll find that I'm a person who will spout optimistic 'truths' with my last breath. I believe that life is what you make it. I try to surround myself with like-minded individuals because, as you know, it is difficult to sustain an optimistic viewpoint at times. There is little I find more tedious than someone who constantly dwells on the negative: they are self-absorbed energy drainers.

Grandma Scarlett
My life is a whirlwind of my own making. Like most people in this day and age, I juggle a gazillion things at once. I do my best to balance my schedule so that I'm 'present' for my family: they are lights in my life. It is difficult sometimes. I hate to admit it, but there are days I'm so worn out I feel every hour of my age. I try to meditate every day to restore my strength and focus. My times of greatest peace are when I'm gardening, being watched over by my dogs and cats. I have vegetable, herb and flower gardens that I zealously tend. I lose myself when I'm gardening and become more at one with God and all life. Creative thoughts come to me more frequently when I'm outside ( or sound asleep).I've always been a nature lover. I'm such a cloud watcher that you might be well advised to learn my route and avoid it. I've been known to drive with my head stuck out the window, gawking at a particularly striking cloud formation. Clouds are heavenly bodies that never fail to move me. I could sit outside all day, cloud-gazing, digging in the dirt and listening to birds. Aside from my dogs and cats, which I consider family members, I feel a particular affinity with hummingbirds: they have come near to me since I was a child. I was blessed to be able to hold one once. It had stunned itself against the glass of my patio door, trying to come inside. I was so moved by the experience that, during times of intense fear, I call that bird in my mind's eye, pray, and calm myself.

I'm a well-grounded individual. It took me years to become one. I found it necessary at a very young age to prove myself...prove my worth. My childhood experiences instilled in me the sense that personal worth was proportional to material success. Believe me when I say, after hearing how worthless you are for the millionth time, you either give up, believe it and quit ...or you buckle down and fight. I fought. I've never learned how to walk away from a challenge but, now I'm able to pick my fights.My perspective on what matters has changed dramatically since I was a child: back then, it was all about protecting myself. I am strong enough now to be vulnerable...to let down my guard and take my chances. At this point in my life, I realize the painful lessons I've learned have molded me into a person I like and respect. That, and the ability to forgive, is one of the most profound blessings of my life.