Food for thought or thoughts for mind food

Here are some life lessons that I’ve learned and internalized in the past two weeks. I hope they help you too:

💡Confront your fear and grow out of it

If you’re ‘scared’ of something, confront it head-on. Stand in front of an audience, swim, fly a plane, enter a dark place, eat the insects, jump off the diving board. Then you will realize you are stronger and braver than you think, and you will be released by the grips of fear. I dove in a dark, refreshing (a.k.a.cold) grotto last week to be pleasantly surprised by the experience and all the treasures I saw under the water.

💡Be confident

You are terrific. You are beautiful/handsome. You are enough. Believe me! Living my best life gives me the confidence to travel alone, eat alone, cook new meals, and take on new challenges.

💡Step out of your comfort zone

Do things you have always dreamed. Explore outside the ‘normalcy’ of your life. Be a difference-maker and a visionary. Making promises I’m unsure of how to keep is my super-power. My vision board keeps me heading in that direction.

💡Be interesting

Share your story. You may have done something that inspires others. Everyone has life experiences and yours may be just what someone needs to hear and learn from and make their own dreams come true, or vice versa. On a long car ride, in an airplane, during a walk, or at the small, corner dinner table, you learn a lot about someone.

💡Be present

Enjoy where you are and with whom. Make the most of each encounter and be grateful for its teachings.

💡Exhibit love, appreciation, & gratitude at all times

Those three emotions breed more. You can’t be in any other emotion when you’re in gratitude: no sadness, anger, disappointment. I know in my heart how fortunate and blessed I am.

Gentle reminder: the five types of people you want to surround yourself with are the inspired, the motivated, the passionate, the grateful, and the open-minded.



Do it with passion or not at all.

The hairstylist who loves creating beautiful and functional hairstyles stands on their feet all day to display their artistry. The teacher who is with young, creative, oft squiggly minds displays patience and guidance to their charges. The instructor who breathes compressed air part of the day ignores a blunder and misses the photo or fish of the day to monitor their student displays composure and professionalism. The writer who commits to telling some story regularly displays discipline, joy, and dedication. The chef/cook who experiments with spices, measurements, kitchen gadgets displays creativity and scientific knowledge in their stadium. They all do ‘it’ with passion, or not at all.

Do your ‘it’ with passion. Feel the fire in your belly. Do what you love and love what you do. The sky’s the limit.



What’s next?

Good things have a beginning, middle, and end.

Making the commitment to read, study, pack and plan kicked off this week in Florida. The beginning is the commitment. It can be anywhere for you…

The middle includes the tasks, the thing, the project or event on the/your agenda. Enjoy the heck out of it. Make memories, more plans, loftier goals.

Thus, I report that my week in the sun, above a textbook, and under the Atlantic and Gulf waters concludes.

What’s next?

What’s on your vision board? Dream big!



Creating my best life

Starting with a thought, progressing to a plan, write it down and speak it aloud, culminating in a goal, this is the essence to speaking something into existence.

“ … if it’s not written, it’s not true.” C. Victor Brick

Today I write that my goal for completing the requirements to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver reached fruition. I owe a huge THANK YOU to my HH Mark Schnitzer, for his loving support and encouragement, and to my rockstar instructor, Derek Akers, for his guidance and patience.

“So let it be written; so let it be done.” Original source unknown.

“Write it down and do it!” Denise Schnitzer



Fabulous Florida inside my commitment to my cause

I’ve been in Florida since Sunday, March 10, with little time to write, but a lot of time to think, explore, learn, and now share.

The sun is high and hot; the trees are green; and the cool breezes pass gently over my face and through my oft-wet hair. I’m here for five days to learn six courses towards PADI master scuba diver certification, a journey I began when I was eight years old. Encouraged my my HH to achieve the highest level before professional, I’m happy to report that I only have two days left in the trainings and I’m almost complete.

My rockstar instructor Derek Akers, from Scuba West in Hudson Florida, is a patient, wise, good-humored diver and teacher. I hope everybody who learns how to dive is as fortunate as me to have such a good instructor.

Because I don’t have a camera underwater, I rely on others to share their photos. I will share the photos when they share with me.

Tip for the day: Do what you love and love what you do.



Let the good times roll!!!

Today is Mardi Gras, celebrated event in New Orleans, LA and by all who enjoy a party, worldwide.

History: New Orleans Mardi Gras. The first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Sieur de Bienville landed near present-day New Orleans, Louisiana. They held a small celebration and dubbed their landing spot Point du Mardi Gras.


Today I shall celebrate the purple, gold, and green holiday with my sparkly Tara and my friend Beth, who, native to NOLA, I met in Abu Dhabi, now lives in Dallas.

However you see fit, enjoy today!



Laissez les bons temps rouler.

FUN with friends

Doing, seeing, eating, exploring is always FUN, but it’s more fun with friends.

When given the choice, I choose being with friends. Over the weekend, we shared some happy times indeed:

  • Happy Hour and sushi dinner with friends:
Happy Hour delights before dinner
  • Fundraiser trivia night and dinner with friends:
Trivia Night fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House
  • Snow day today with my sweet, best friend, MarkSchnitzer:
Sunday morning, March 3 ~ out our living room window

However you choose to share your precious time, have FUN every day. Remember, the best things in life are free: hugs, kisses, friends, sleep, laughter, love, and good memories.



Salutations sweet March

  • March, the third month of the year.
  • The month of March was named for the Roman god of war, Mars.
  • Traditionally, this was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter. 
  • We celebrate International Women’s Day March 8!
  • Pi day is March 14.
  • Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.
  • Spring officially begins.
  • International Day of Happiness is celebrated on March 20!
  • March 16 I test for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification.
  • We are learning more about our family genealogy later this month.
  • I’m taking my Vision Board to the next level.
  • I’m beefing up my Bucket List.

What are your plans for this fine, merry month?



more March to celebrate….