All My Adversity

My whole life I’ve been drawn to a good quote. From a young age I quickly learned that carefully selected words strung together can generate immense power within the human spirit. And a good quote can speak to the soul when no other words can seem to do the trick.

Lately I have found myself being drawn to particular quotes over and over. I suppose they are really speaking to my current season of life. One quote that has been a favorite recently is “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.”

This quote by Walt Disney is complete truth for me. The adversity I have faced in life has strengthened and changed me. I am thankful for what I’ve been through because I am thankful for the person I am today. The person I am today is the person I want to walk into the future as.

This quote from Walt reminds me that everyone faces adversity in life. But what is not stated but is clearly implied is that what matters is what we do with the adversity.

I, like Walt, am choosing to use it.

~ C ~

Remember Me

One of my favorite things about Autumn are the treasured traditions and holidays that bring family and friends together. Although Día de los Muertos is not a holiday I have ever celebrated, in recent years (thanks to Coco) I have enjoyed learning more about it. There is something about “saying hello” to and celebrating the life of loved ones that have passed away that brings a smile to my heart. To me the Day of the Dead seems like a way to connect again with loved ones who are no longer with us during this special season. And I will take any opportunity I can to do that. Even though this isn’t my tradition or annual celebration, I am taking this time during this holiday to remember and celebrate my loved ones who are no longer here.

(The picture was previously taken at the Día de los Muertos exhibit in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World.)

~ C ~

Troubles & Obstacles

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

– One of my very favorite quotes from Walt Disney

This is such truth for me in my life.

~ C ~

It Was All Started By A Mouse

This quote by Walt Disney has always been and will always be one of my very favorite quotes. My entire life I have been completely fascinated by the fact that something so incredibly big started so small.

This is the epitome of possibility. And it gives me such hope.

~ C ~

Everything I Need To Know…

Anyone who knows me knows my deep love of anything and everything Disney. Even from my youngest days I remember being so amazed and inspired that it all started with a mouse. Many of my fondest memories in my life come from days spent at the Disney Parks with my family and friends.

After recently taking stock of my life and figuring out what is truly important to me, I made a promise to as often as possible fill my life with the people, places and things that bring me joy. Because honestly life is just too short to live any other way. And without question, all things Disney fill me with joy. From as small as my phone case to as big as a trip to the parks, it all brings a smile to my heart. And after these recent tough days, I’ll take all the smiles my heart can get.

One of my favorite Disney things I own is a book I came across called “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Disney Little Golden Book” by Diane Muldrow. This adorable and uplifting book is perfect for anyone from the ages 1 to 100. Using clips from countless Disney classic movies, it provides encouragement for navigating life’s twists and turns. And no matter what age you are, we could all use some encouragement from time to time. Although it’s hardly a book review selection, it will always remain one of my very favorite books.

~ C ~