Declare your Independence this Independence Day!

“Life has no remote. You have to get up and change it yourself.” – Unknown. Don't get too comfortable on the bench... you'll need to get up! One of the quotes which is included in the book "On Becoming a Lemonade Maker" by Tamara Kulish. I just loved the shadows this gorgeous bench was casting, the lines of the wooden walkway and the contrast in colors of the bench and the wall. Rather than take a photo of the entire bench, I felt a tight-in shot played up all these elements in a much stronger way.New Year’s Day is traditionally seen as a time of fresh starts and new beginnings, so many of us choose this date to make their resolutions to change, yet how many of us quickly ditch the effort?

After all, starting an exercise program in the middle of winter doesn’t appeal to us very long when we have to go out in the cold and wet or snowy weather! It’s much more comforting to curl up in an easy chair and nibble on yummies!

I’ve been a lifelong devotee of keeping fit or at least struggling to keep fit, and I can assure you, I certainly find it easier to go for my walks when the weather is nicer outside, than when it’s not!

I found out a trick to walking to keep fit when the weather isn’t great: go to one of the big box stores, and walk laps around the outside aisles! This is sometimes a double edged sword for me, since I’ll not only pick up necessary items for the home, but a few unnecessary ones too. Ah, the price of keeping fit!

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” - Unknown. One of the quotes which is included in the book "On Becoming a Lemonade Maker" by Tamara Kulish.

I’m encouraging you to use the inspiration of this 4th of July, to look at other issues or habits you may wish to become independent from…

In order to have success on your side, think about incorporating the changes in a gradual process… for example, if you’ve decided to eat healthier, rather than throwing out all the culprits from your pantry and fridge, do one new change per week!

When we create a plan and set out to follow it, many smaller and more manageable steps are easier to incorporate into our daily habits, and have a greater chance of staying in our lives, than going too big , too fast!

When we incorporate new things gradually, our minds have time to adapt and accept the changes. Too many changes all at once, can push us into a fight or flight mode, because we’re essentially attacking our comfort zones.

I think you get the picture! Don’t go into full blown attack mode against those issues or habits; rather be kind to yourself, and set about doing it more gradually and that way you’ll be putting the chances of success more on your side.

The time will pass by any way, so taking it a little slower, and giving yourself time to adjust to the newness I think will sit a lot better than rushing in, getting overwhelmed, and then dealing with the discouragement of giving up.

It’s so much harder to try again
after that kind of discouragement,
because we do tend to be unkind to ourselves afterward.

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Rooselvelt. One of the quotes which is included in the book "On Becoming a Lemonade Maker" by Tamara Kulish. How many times do you come across a yellow lego sitting on a yellow metal crosswalk grid? I never did before... so I was sure to snap a picture? Be ready for the unusual I say!

How many times do you come across a yellow lego sitting on a yellow metal crosswalk grid? I never did before… so I was sure to snap a picture? Be ready for the unusual I say!

We aren’t failures or losers! We’re awesome! If we fall a little, we’ll pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and keep going!

“No one is in charge of your happiness except you.” – Unknown. One of the quotes which is included in the book "On Becoming a Lemonade Maker" by Tamara Kulish. These gorgeous flowers growing beside the bus stop I waited at in Tucson, Arizona, beckoned to me. I crouched down near the sidewalk to take its portrait, and people looked at me like I was a strange Paparazzi! Sometimes you just have to be willing to look a little strange to capture a great shot!So go ahead… use today as your inspiration! It’s late now, so how about going for a walk tomorrow? How about adding a salad at lunch?

It can start small, but it’s still a start!

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” – Unknown. One of the quotes which is included in the book "On Becoming a Lemonade Maker" by Tamara Kulish. This old rusting vintage sign is still eye-catching even though it's no longer in service!♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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