In Memory of a Friend…

This is a repost of a Daily Inspiration I posted in January of 2017.  I  repost it on or around St. Patricks day every year, the anniversary of my best friend’s death.


THIS PHOTO IS CIRCA JULY, 1986

Twenty-nine years ago, on March 17, 1992, St. Patricks day, my best friend, Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, her fiancee Robert and their 2 dogs were killed by a drunk driver.

This post is in memory of them.

BE CAREFUL TODAY!

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK

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 The original article-

(with some changes)

Remember…

you are only limited by your attitude.

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Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, or Bobbie for short…

…was my childhood friend. She was a huge part of my life as a child and anyone who knows me can tell you this. She was my best friend.  We were inseparable.

I’m sure her family got sick of me. I was ALWAYS over at their house…ALWAYS! But so was everyone else in the neighborhood. Their house was that house, you know the one, the one house where all the kids congregate.  Anyway… as I said, Bobbie and I were inseparable…I even went on trips and vacations with them. I loved it. They were so kind to me, so loving and accepting.

Bobbie had a physical disability, though you’d never know it by the way she lived her life. The best way to describe her disability is to say she was born without a femur in her left leg, putting her knee where her hip was supposed to be. This required the use of an artificial leg. But, this didn’t slow her down in the slightest.

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She learned how to ride a bike, and we rode all over town, me with two good legs and her one! She loved to go swimming at the local public pool, even though it required her to take off her leg. People did stare, of course. But it didn’t bother her. If it did, she didn’t let on. Once in a while, she’d make a sassy comment to someone, but in a fun, lighthearted way.

Well, when we were in high school, her family moved about 6 hours away.  It was awful! We kept in touch, for awhile, but slowly we lost contact. Then, on March 17, 1992, St. Patrick”s Day, I got a phone call from Bobbie’s Grandmother. Bobbie, along with her Fiance and their 2 dogs were hit head on by a drunk driver and killed instantly. I was devastated. The world had lost a wonderful soul, but she had left her mark.

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She had taught me and everyone around her some valuable lessons. I learned so much from Bobbie, about life, about myself, about confidence and attitude. I learned to be open minded and patient, accepting and kind. She embodied all of the quotes I have included above. She focused on what she could do, not what she couldn’t do. It didn’t occur to her to let her disability slow her down.

I remember her often, as my life has continued on. I remember her when I struggle, or I’m frustrated. I remember her when I’m around disabled people. She taught me not to treat them differently. They’re just people, like you and me. They may have a physical disability, that can be seen by everyone, but we all have disabilities…our’s just aren’t as obvious to other people.

Having her as a friend changed my life, my attitude, my views about people and my outlook on life. I may have only been a child and teen, but she formed so much of the person I am today. I am so grateful she was part of my life. I can honestly say she was my hero and inspiration. She was truly a gift from God.

In closing

In memory of my friend, I’d like to introduce you to Nico, a boy with 1 leg. Watch this short 2:11 video, as Nico grows and does incredible things. May he, and Bobbie, inspire you to focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do. ENJOY!

Who You are…

Today’s post is a quick, but phenomenal,  and inspirational video from Jon Jorgenson and The Anima Series. This video came out a few years ago, but the message is timeless and powerful. I won’t ruin it with a lot of superfluous words. I’m hoping that by keeping it short, you’ll take the time to watch this important video.

On their Facebook Page, you’ll find a video telling how their story got started from a video…THIS video…gone viral! 

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Okay ladies. This one is for you. This is the Anima Series video for Women, and the original Anima Video. You owe it to yourself to give yourself the next 3:36. It’s worth it..YOU are worth it!

Until next time,

Namaste my friends !

In Memory of a Friend…

This is a repost of a Daily Inspiration I posted in January of 2017.  I  repost it on or around St. Patricks day every year, the anniversary of my best friend’s death.

Twenty-seven years ago, on March 17, 1992, St. Patricks day, my best friend, Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, her fiancee Robert and their 2 dogs were killed by a drunk driver.

This post is in memory of them.

BE CAREFUL THIS WEEKEND!

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK

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 The original article-

(with some changes)

Remember…

you are only limited by your attitude.

attitude.png

Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, or Bobbie for short…

…was my childhood friend. She was a huge part of my life as a child and anyone who knows me can tell you this. She was my best friend.  We were inseparable.

I’m sure her family got sick of me. I was ALWAYS over at their house…ALWAYS! But so was everyone else in the neighborhood. Their house was that house, you know the one, the one house where all the kids congregate.  Anyway… as I said, Bobbie and I were inseparable…I even went on trips and vacations with them. I loved it. They were so kind to me, so loving and accepting.

Bobbie had a physical disability, though you’d never know it by the way she lived her life. The best way to describe her disability is to say she was born without a femur in her left leg, putting her knee where her hip was supposed to be. This required the use of an artificial leg. But, this didn’t slow her down in the slightest.

world.png

She learned how to ride a bike, and we rode all over town, me with two good legs and her one! She loved to go swimming at the local public pool, even though it required her to take off her leg. People did stare, of course. But it didn’t bother her. If it did, she didn’t let on. Once in a while, she’d make a sassy comment to someone, but in a fun, lighthearted way.

Well, when we were in high school, her family moved about 6 hours away.  It was awful! We kept in touch, for awhile, but slowly we lost contact. Then, on March 17, 1992, St. Patrick”s Day, I got a phone call from Bobbie’s Grandmother. Bobbie, along with her Fiance and their 2 dogs were hit head on by a drunk driver and killed instantly. I was devastated. The world had lost a wonderful soul, but she had left her mark.

abilities.png

She had taught me and everyone around her some valuable lessons. I learned so much from Bobbie, about life, about myself, about confidence and attitude. I learned to be open minded and patient, accepting and kind. She embodied all of the quotes I have included above. She focused on what she could do, not what she couldn’t do. It didn’t occur to her to let her disability slow her down.

I remember her often, as my life has continued on. I remember her when I struggle, or I’m frustrated. I remember her when I’m around disabled people. She taught me not to treat them differently. They’re just people, like you and me. They may have a physical disability, that can be seen by everyone, but we all have disabilities…our’s just aren’t as obvious to other people.

Having her as a friend changed my life, my attitude, my views about people and my outlook on life. I may have only been a child and teen, but she formed so much of the person I am today. I am so grateful she was part of my life. I can honestly say she was my hero and inspiration. She was truly a gift from God.

In closing

In memory of my friend, I’d like to introduce you to Nico, a boy with 1 leg. Watch this short 2:11 video, as Nico grows and does incredible things. May he, and Bobbie, inspire you to focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do. ENJOY!

The Motivation Movement: Elite Mindset

I’ve hit another milestone on my little blog… I’ve posted 1337 articles on The Purple Almond! Now, some of you may be wondering about the significance of this number and why would WordPress send a badge with this number. Well, below you’ll find a repost of my original article on this topic, when I reached 1337 followers. READ ON! This article explains what 1337 means and why it’s significant. The article and one of the videos have been updated a bit, but the heart of the original article has remained. I hope you enjoy and are motivated by what you read.

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HERE IS THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

Many times I wake up on Feel Good Friday morning and wonder how to motivate all of my lovely readers. But, something always springs to mind  or presents itself, as it did this morning.

Upon waking, I checked my blog, as I often do, and found a very pleasant surprise, the 1337 badge was in my notifications! I have reached 1337 followers! 🎉🙏🎊🍾😊 Thank you so much everyone! I am so blessed to have such amazing followers and to be doing what I love. 💕 Thanks again. You guys are awesome 😉! 😘🤗

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Now, if you’re a new blogger as I was when I started, you may not be aware of the significance of this particular badge. You may think, “Well, that’s a very random number. Why would WordPress give someone that badge?”  Well, if you’re familiar with computers and the world of the internet, you’ll know that this isn’t just any random number, but has meaning behind it.

I became aware of the significance behind this number because of a fellow blogger. Someone posted their 1337 badge on Instagram a few months ago, and wondered what it meant. It’s original usage was in the field of  computer hacking, then branched into computer gaming.

Here is it’s meaning, according to Urbandictionary.com:

1337 means Elite. The point of 1337 is to replace all the letters with symbols, and is quite fun to play with. 1337 was first created by some people wanted to talk in a forum without any outsiders barging in.

Here is a bit more explanation from wikipedia:

Leet (or “1337“), also known as eleet or leetspeak, is an alternative alphabet for many languages that is used primarily on the Internet. It uses some characters to replace others in ways that play on the similarity of their glyphs via reflection or other resemblance. For example, leet spellings of the word leet include 1337 and l33t; eleet may be spelled 31337 or 3l33t.

The term leet is derived from the word elite. The leet alphabet is a specialized form of symbolic writing. … The term leet is also used as an adjective to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, especially in the fields of online gaming and in its original usage – computer hacking.

So, leetspeak uses numbers in place of letters: 1=L, 3=E, 7=T to spell the word LEET, which in turn means ELITE.

Now, it’s funny, but I don’t feel elite, I take this as a symbol that I’m no longer a new blogger, (or n00b in leetspeak). I’m not sure if this is really a big deal or not, (probably not!) but I thought it was a pretty cool badge. I wanted to share it with all of you and use it as a jumping off point for today’s Feel Good Friday.  (This will be short, since I’ve already written quite a bit. )

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What does it take to become elite? I set out to find advice from those considered elite, the best in their fields, founders of businesses, authors, CEO’s and the like. What do they say it takes to be the best, to become ELITE at what you do.

I  found a video called THE ELITE MINDSET: THE BEST 43 RULES FOR SUCCESS on youtube.  This video contains 43 tips from just those type of people, considered best in the business, giving their advice as to what it takes to succeed.  This video is on the long side – 39 minutes. You don’t have to watch the whole thing, but watch some of it, bits and pieces. It’s quite inspiring! (I recommend skipping to 19:38 as I feel the second half of the video is the best) Here are the first 10 of these gems of wisdom.

  1. Keep grinding…Dana White – president of the UFC
  2. Make a choice…Will Smith –  Actor
  3. Dare to ask the universe for what you want…Jim Carrey – Actor
  4. Take full responsibility for your life… Les Brown – Motivational Speaker
  5. Don’t be afraid to fail … Arnold Schwarzenegger – Mr. Olympia/Politician/Actor
  6. Have the desire … Tom Ford – Fashion Designer/Director
  7. Live in the now … Ray Lewis – Football Player/Speaker
  8. Listen first … Robert De Niro – Actor
  9. It is down to you. Your destiny is in your hands…Alan Sugar – Former CEO – Amstrad
  10. Learn from your losses…Mike Tyson – Former Boxing World Champion

One of the best pieces of advice I heard in this video: do something you’d love to do, even if you didn’t make money. Loving what you do is key to success. Being successful takes lots of time and effort. If you don’t love what you do, then you won’t be able to do what it takes to succeed. So pick something you love. That’s what this blog is for me. I don’t get paid a dime for doing this blog, I do it because I absolutely love doing it. Teaching people about nutrition and inspiring my wonderful, beautiful, phenomenal followers is reward enough for me. Eventually, after I graduate, it will be turned into a business, but for now, you guys are my reward.

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Be yourself. Another key piece of advice in this video. That advice has come into play on my blog, and another reason I love writing so much. This is my tiny little piece of the universe where I can completely be myself and show the world who I am.

Continue forward….keep plugging along…NEVER STOP…This was another theme  and crucial advice in this video. This was something I decided when I first started this blog. No matter how many people followed me, I’d continue being myself, teaching about nutrition and inspiring people. I knew, the people who needed to find me…would.

Finally, getting back up after you’ve fallen…fail your way to success…is a key to success. If you never stop, if you keep getting back up, if you STAND, you can never fail.

To illustrate this point,

I have a song for you

by Rascal Flatts called

STAND:

If you have an idea you’ve been sitting on, waiting for the “right” time, I hope I’ve inspired you.  Dream the dream…create the vision…work the plan…Don’t wait for the right time, because the right time is NOW!

God bless everyone. Have a wonderful week.

Let us stop for a moment to pray and meditate.

Light the World Vending Machines Offer Chance to Give Instead of Get – LDS.org

Another way to give to the less fortunate this holiday season!

Light the World Vending Machines

Currently, these giving vending machines are only in New York City. Hopefully, they will spread across the country!


As part of its annual Light the World campaign for the Christmas season, the Church has placed vending machines that offer customers the chance to buy for and serve others instead of themselves.

Source: Light the World Vending Machines Offer Chance to Give Instead of Get – Church News and Events

When they come home…Military homecomings to touch your heart.

NEVER FORGET…ALWAYS REMEMBER

This week, I’m paying tribute to our men and women in uniform as we commemorate the end of World War I, 100 years ago, on November 11, 1918.

“We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.”

~  Isabel Allende

Thank you for your service!

In this touching video, you’ll witness members of our military as they surprise their loved ones….FAIR WARNING: TEARS ARE FORTHCOMING!

 

 

Some gave all… 1918 to 2018

NEVER FORGET…ALWAYS REMEMBER

This week, I’m paying tribute to our men and women in uniform as we commemorate the end of World War I, 100 years ago, on November 11, 1918.

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

~ Douglas MacArthur

Thank you for your service!

This beautiful song called SOME GAVE ALL, by: Billy Ray Cyrus, is dedicated to our men and women in uniform. Enjoy!

 

 

I fought for you… 1918 to 2018

NEVER FORGET…ALWAYS REMEMBER

This week, I’m paying tribute to our men and women in uniform as we commemorate the end of World War I, 100 years ago, on November 11, 1918.

“All gave some…some gave all.”

~ Korean War veteran and purple heart recipient

Howard William Osterkamp

Thank you for your service!

This is a “moving patriotic video” shows  the  passing on of knowledge and the importance of remembering those who fought for our freedom.

Remembering their sacrifice… 1918 to 2018

NEVER FORGET…ALWAYS REMEMBER

This week, I’m paying tribute to our men and women in uniform as we commemorate the end of World War I, 100 years ago, on November 11, 1918.

“The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise, but most of them were boys when they died. They gave up two lives; The one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for our country, for us, and all we can do, is remember.”

Ronald Reagan

Thank you for your service!

 

A Tribute to our Veteran’s… 1918-2018

November 11, 1918 marked the end of World War I.

Whether you’re in England celebrating Remembrance Day, or France celebrating Armistice Day or the USA celebrating Veteran’s Day,  each year, for the past 100 years,  the world stops, on November 11, to thank our veterans and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.

As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I,  I’d like to stop and take this opportunity to thank all of our veterans as well as current members of the military, for your service, giving up your lives to protect our country.

You are heroes

&

I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

“The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”

From: Dwight D Eisenhower’s D-Day message 

Here is a Veteran’s day tribute video,

with footage beginning with WWI.

FAIR WARNING…THIS IS A TEAR JERKER!