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“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

what I know for sure

Posted 08/15/16 12:32 AM by Mo

Is there anything better than a birthday?  I used to hate my birthday… didn’t want the attention, the hassle, or people going out of their way for me.  I never wanted to put anyone out for lil’ ole me.

But that’s changed.  Birthdays?  Bring them on.  The happier the better in my book, and this year’s didn’t disappoint.

I also use birthdays at a reset during the year for me.  Kind of a new year in the middle of the year.  A new year for me!

So, last week, I did a lot of thinking about how I want the next year, my 48th year, to look like.  In doing so, I also started to think about what I already know and have learned so far.

This is the list I’ve come up with…

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I know gratitude changes everything.

I know loving someone isn’t always easy.

I know that things aren’t supposed to make you happy, but sometimes they do.

I know I haven’t even begun to know what I’m capable of.

I know my body doesn’t respond well to sugar.

I know I can’t live without coffee, wine, or the occasional diet coke from McDonalds.

I know writing makes me calm.

I know that my mind has many voices, and many of them are unkind.

I know I have a Target addiction.

I know I miss my mom more than anything and would be a different person if she were still alive today.

I know books make my life better.

I know being a mom is the best thing I’ve ever done.  Being a nanny is the second best thing.

I know I was put on this planet to take care of other people.

I know that I will never be happy with my weight, but I can learn to accept it.  Still a work in progress.

I know life is too short, and we are not here to worry about our appearance or what others think.

I know I worry about money too much.

I know a shot of Fireball can change an entire day… or night.

I know things like photography, knitting, and yoga are things that will make my life better.

I know you will usually get what you focus on.

I know genuine kindness changes everything.  Friendships.  Marriages.  Families.  Work.  It’s all better when you approach with kindness.

I know my dad is a really great man.

I know Alzheimers is a horrible thing for a family.

I know I could go on and on and on….

The truth is, we all know so much about our own lives, and each list is different, unique, and amazing.  I believe it’s a great way to see your life differently and appreciate what you know.

Take some time this week, give yourself 20 minutes to sit down and write a list of what you know.  It can be silly or serious.  What makes you tick, and more importantly, what are the things you’re grateful for knowing?

I hope you all have a great week.  Comment to let me know what you know for sure…


Another School Year Ends…

Posted 06/9/16 1:49 PM by Mo

It is beyond comprehension that my youngest is done with his Freshman year of high school today. I mean, he was just a terror baby, climbing everything in sight yesterday. Right? Nope, yesterday he was “studying” for exams while participating in a group chat and laughing. My mantra when he was little was, “He’s going […]


Posted 01/21/16 10:18 PM by Mo Parisian

10 Days. 240 Hours. 14,400 Minutes. 864,000 Seconds. As in I’ve made it through 10 days of Whole 30.  A part of me wishes it was Whole 10, but then again, I really feel like I’m just getting started.  Never did I imagine that I would make it this far.  After all, this is literally […]


Posted 01/18/16 12:50 AM by Mo Parisian

Taylor Swift has her squad. Oprah has Gayle. Mark Wahlberg has his entourage. And I have my tribe. In this day and age, when life is moving quickly, and you don’t know what day it is half the time, it’s nice to know that a girlfriend is just a text away.  I know, I know, […]


Posted 01/10/16 10:25 PM by Mo Parisian

My friend Linda has always told me that weight loss and getting to a “normal” size is 90% about what you eat.   I never liked it when she would tell me this.  I would simply look for an exercise plan that could allow me extra calories or cheat days.  I mean, I would hear […]

Happy New Year!

Posted 01/8/16 12:20 AM by Mo Parisian

Happy New Year (disregard that we’re one week in) One of my intentions of the year is to write more, to my peeps, and have more to say about life.  I went through a phase of wanting to change several things about this blog, including the name, but when it all comes down to it, […]


Posted 11/10/15 1:49 AM by Mo Parisian

I haven’t been able to read much lately, but I found this one a couple weeks ago, and decided to go through it finally.  It’s been sitting on a shelf, lonely and unread, waiting to work it’s magic on me. And it has. Now, if you’ve read The Secret, you know it can be somewhat […]

Happiness is…

Posted 11/6/15 1:53 AM by Mo Parisian

It feels like I’ve been chasing happiness for so long that I was beginning to focus on the chase and not ever realizing that it was here already.  Always looking for the next book that would ensure happiness in 5 easy steps.  Writing about it.  Blogging about it.  Watching Oprah for God’s sake. Somewhere between […]


Posted 08/12/15 1:16 AM by Mo Parisian

If wasting time was a full time job, then I would get paid over time. Possibly every week. I could write books, train for marathons, and have a clean house if only I took my time more seriously. Now this isn’t supposed to be a guilt trip to get you to stop watching the Bachelorette. […]

Back to the Beginning with Grace

Posted 08/10/15 2:22 PM by Mo Parisian

“Like a blinking cursor on an empty page, it was just the first thing. The beginning of the beginning. But at least it was done.”  ~Sarah Dessen Back in 2008 I started a blog called Words to Live By, and it was one of my favorite things I had ever done as a writer.  I […]