(Wake Me Up Now) Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning 4

There is a popular song, “Wake Me Up.”

A New Day Begins.

A New Day Begins.

This is your new day, the beginning. Don’t wait until it’s all over to wake up whether you are beginning a new chapter in your life, in the life of your child, in the life of your pet, or in your career. While there are a few things I would correct if I could go back in time, the reality is every single mistake I made taught me something. I would never be as wise without those lessons. So, don’t wait until you are wiser and older to wake up.

Parents of crying babies might wish for this phase to end. Stop and breathe instead and be grateful for those sleepless nights. Every moment you spend with your child is precious. The day will come quickly when your child is too old to carry and comfort when they cry, but I promise every sleepless night will help them learn to trust you and continue to come to you for advice.

At the beginning of life.

At the beginning of life.

Puppies may chew your favorite shoes or wet your favorite rug, but they are still so cute and so much fun to play with. The day will come when your dog no longer has the energy to play and yes, they might once again wet you favorite rug, but if you took the time for them when they were puppies, they will trust you with their lives and they will remain fateful to you until the end.

You might be nervous about that first day on the job, but I urge you to hang on to the joy. The joy will help you to adjust to changes that are sure to come in any career you choose.

Beginnings don’t end when we are older and wiser either. Life is all about change and every stage of life teaches us something new. Embrace the lessons and you will find joy.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy (Wishing You a Joyful New Year!) 4


The holidays are truly a joyful time for us. We are grateful for all of our wonderful friends and family and the moments they share with us. We are especially grateful that our newest family member, Pepper, is a good sport and allowed the Santa hat to stay on for photos. We also are grateful that our Golden makes friends easily and readily accepted his new brother.

This week the Word Press Photo Challenge is joy. Michelle W. notes:

Whether or not you celebrate a winter holiday, the years’ end is a perfect time to look back at the year-that-was and happily forward to the year-that-will-be. A time of renewal, celebration, and joy.

This week, let’s set ourselves up for a happy new year: share a photo that shows us JOY.

I hope all of you are having a joyful holiday season and have a very Happy New Year. I can’t wait to see what brings you joy. Click on the link above to find other joyful photos.

Weekly Photo Challange: Community (Local) 2

Never be a food snob. Learn from everyone you meet – the fish guy at your market, the lady at the local diner, farmers, cheese makers. Ask questions, try everything and eat up!  — Rachael Ray

KCC Farmers’ Market is a must stop when you visit Oahu. It’s a great place to get breakfast before or after a Saturday morning hike up Diamond Head since it is directly across from the entrance. And it is also the place to find fresh local jams, jellies, honey, snacks, baked goods, spices, etc. Don’t forget to pack a bag to carry it all.

Be sure to bring cash because some of the vendors do not accept credit cards. It’s a favorite part of my community.

This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge. Click on the link to see what others are sharing.