Ok, just saw a segment on a morning talk show about goggles for dogs to prevent UV exposure damage to their eyes…. got me thinking….

What in the world did all those wild doggies do for all those thousands of years? What do the wolves and dingoes and such do now? My goodness! They must be wandering the wilds half blind by now from all that sun exposure and those horrid UV rays!

But also makes you wonder just how much of the “stuff” that we buy into *needing* we really actually NEED.

I have a friend who told me recently that she never uses sunscreen anymore. She tries to avoid too much sun exposure and be smart about her time in the sun and not burn but doesn’t use it anymore. When I asked her why she replied that North Americans have the highest use of sunscreen products and also have one of the highest rates of skin cancers. Think about the fact that your skin is porous…what you put ON it, gets IN you….

But I digress…the fact is we don’t NEED most of what we have been led to believe that we do. When you look at your wants versus your needs you’ll see you can do without a whole heck of alot. When I recently moved long distance I vowed that only what fit in my car in boxes was coming with me…and did it. Feels very freeing to not have everything that was weighing me down. OK, I will admit…. I did NEED that rolling pin I got rid of but I can buy another one. Not saying it’s a perfect science!

Simple thought for today…think about whether you really need what you think you do – you probably don’t šŸ˜‰

Living abundantly doesn’t mean with lots of stuff…


I was out walking a couple of days agao and went a different direction and came across a new part of the beach that I hadn’t come across before. As I was wandering I noticed a water fountain and as I passed it I saw that it had a plaque on it. In memeory of someone obviously; there are park benches galore with those little plaques and such. I always take a second to look and read these. Someone loved a person enough to leave a lasting physical mark of their life so the least I can do is glance at the name or names I figure. This one struck me though and I stopped to go back and have another read and really think about it. The inscription is in memory of Mary Elizabeth Botterell who lived in the area forĀ  years and loved this beach area in particular, passing away in 2000. A touching reminder of someone who clearly loved the area enough to spend the vast majority of her life here. This plaque also held a poem, not sure who it’s by, maybe a family member, maybe Mary herself or maybe just one she loved. It reads “I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the gentle autumn rain, I am the swift uplifting rush of the quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night”.

A pretty poem on a simple landmark to stand true to the memory of someone who was special enough to those she left behind that they chose to ensure that she will always remain, in some way, where she most loved to be.

Perfect and precious.

You know how it’s said that you never stop learning? Well, after 30 plus years of baking I discovered today that Kahlua can be used in place of vanilla šŸ˜€ … Love how you have to get creative when you reach that “no going back” point in baking and notice you’re missing a key ingredient….

It’s funny how people tend to drop in your lapĀ  just when you need them to sometimes. I had an appointment today with a new hairdresser and within 5 minutes it became clear that I was meant to be sittign exactly in his chair and hearing what he had to say.

I’ve been searching for what to do professionally and getting a bit frustrated and a sense of “what am I going to do” has been creeping into my head more often.

After 10 minutes with this man and what was, on the surface, idle chit chat it took a turn for deeper conversation as we recognized in each other a kindred sharing of base beliefs. Beliefs in a universal law of energy and the simple truth that what you believe to be possible IS possible. TheĀ flip side…what you believe to be NOT possible, will neverĀ come to fruition.

I was talking with Sweetie the other day about this very thing and how I believe that if you don’t honestly think that you can achieve something, then you never will. For the basic fact that whether consciously or subconsciously, you will make your belief a reality. If you don’t believe something can be achieved then you will never give the challenge the energy or effort needed to achieve it. After all, why try if you know, deep down that there is no possibility of success? This is about so much more than a conscious thought. It is the universal rule that we create that which we believe we can haveĀ …and that which we believe we deserve.

There’s a big difference betweenĀ talking the talk and walking the walk.

Not only did I walk away with a gorgeous new colour of hair but a reaffirming of the truth that I can achieve what I know I deserve and what I KNOW I can do…

as always, Lola

Welcome to lolabits šŸ˜‰ ….Ā bite-sized morsels of fun, silly and sometimes serious tidbits of insight from my life and journey! Join me as we bumble alongĀ on the adventures that await… bring an open mind and a willing spirit for expanding what you thought you knew. Enjoy the ride as you learn toĀ embrace what you suspected about yourself all along but were too uncertain to admit or explore!

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live openly, live abundantly