How to change the world one dress at a time.

How can you help those that are struggling?

A new non-profit store has opened in Versailles, KY, that is making a huge difference in the lives of not only those less fortunate in Versailles but all over Kentucky. Please take a moment and watch how one church and numerous women are making a big difference in this world.


Don’t be scared – What’s the worst that could happen?

How old is too old to dream?


I see people everyday who have given up on their dreams and are now settling for what life has given them. They have become resigned to the fact that they are stuck in the job that they are in, immobilized in the relationship that they are not fulfilled in and resounded to the fact that life is as good as it will get.

Well, I say that’s a load of lazy, unmotivated and scared poppycock.

Some of the most successful people in the world were “older” dreamers. Let’s do a little  lesson here…

1.Vera Wang – She didn’t begin her design career until she was 40 and now she is one of the most successful women and designers in the world.

Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist before entering the fashion industry at age 40. Today she's one of the world's premier women's designers.

2. Julia Child – She was 50 when she wrote her first cookbook which catapulted her into culinary history.

Julia Child worked in advertising and media before writing her first cookbook when she was 50, launching her career as a celebrity chef.

3. Laura Ingalls Wilder – She didn’t publish the first “Little House ” book until she was 65 in 1932.

Laura Ingalls Wilder spent her later years writing semi-autobiographical stories using her educated daughter Rose as an editor. She published the first in the "Little House" books at age 65 in 1932. They soon became children's literary classics, and the basis for TV show "Little House on the Prairie."

4.Anna Mary Robertson Moses – better known as Grandma Moses, began her prolific painting career at 78. In 2006, one of her paintings sold for $1.2 million.

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, began her prolific painting career at 78. In 2006, one of her paintings sold for $1.2 million.

5. Martha Stewart – She was 40 before she became the woman we know today, when she published her first book.

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6. Joy Behar – In her early 40’s, she decided to change her career from a high school teacher to comedian. And finally found fame at 56 when she was cast on the The View.

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7. Bea Arthur – She didn’t find fame until she was 50 when she cast in the TV show All in the Family, as the liberal feminist Maude.

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8. Susan Boyle – The singer didn’t get her big break until she was discovered at the age of 48 on Britain’s Got Talent

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9. JK Rowling – She was 32 when she published her first Harry Potter book and we all know how that turned out.

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And of course, we can’t forget the men…

10. Stan Lee – He created his first hit comic title, “The Fantastic Four,” just shy of his 39th birthday. In the next few years, he created the legendary Marvel Universe, whose characters like Spider-Man and the X-Men became American cultural icons.

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So what is some advice from these wildly successful people?

  1. Articulate your dream – clearly define what you want
  2. Ask yourself, “If I took fear out of the equation what would I do?”
  3. Listen to your gut
  4. Truly believe that your dream will come true
  5. Never give up
  6. Tell your critics to hit the road
  7. Believe, Believe, Believe
  8. Be prepared to fail before you succeed
  9. Be prepared to work harder than you ever have

And finally…

10. Don’t be scared – what’s the worst that can happen.

Diary of a Cancer Widow

Week one has had it’s peaks and valleys…

March 1, 2010

Almost done…well not really. Doc had told him he  would be here for 1.5 hours. Imagine our surprise when they told us  6 hours. He is tolerating it well. Our Nurse is from Lebanon, so it has been fun chatting  with her and what a wonderful nurse she has been. Since I figured out how to get on web with this iPod touch I figured I would fill you  in as we went.

OK, my posting from the Chemo room was a little hard to read.  It looked good on the little ipod screen…LOL.  We made it through the first round. Like Eddie said on the way home 1 down, 26 to go!!!! I am hoping and praying that things continue on with as little discomfort as today, I realize that is probably a pretty farfetched idea BUT a girl can dream.  He is resting well now, got him something to eat when we got home and went ahead and gave him one his nausea pills to hopefully keep it all down.  Has some more pills to take a little later, but all in all not a bad day.

With Christ as our quarterback, how can we not score TD’s!!!!!!

March 5, 2010

Week One Down!!!!! It has had its peaks and valleys.  Some stomach issues and fatigue.  Staying very positive.  Looking forward to the weekend of not having to take pills or get radiated. And it is going to be a beautiful weekend, so I am hoping he will be able to get out and enjoy it.  Maybe even jump on the Harley and go for a ride!!!! I love reading the guestbook, it is so inspiring to see so many following Eddie’s journey and know that those same people are also saying prayers that all goes well for him.  Bring on Week Two, we are ready to continue to move closer to a Healthy Eddie.
“For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.  In those when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, YOU WILL FIND ME.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
Much Love and Thanks to all who follow!  Eddie, Ellen, Thomas and Jodie. (TEAM HARRIS)

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Rachel’s Story -Part 6

Join Rachel as she continues her journey.

After losing 20 inches after only 4 weeks of working out and dieting, Rachel continues on her journey of weight loss all the while trying to quit smoking.

Straight White American Female

Straight. White. American. Female.

These are all words  that are used to describe me on a daily basis.

Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Daughter. Sister. Writer. Photographer. Artist. Business Women. Publisher. Singer. Activist…

And the list goes on and on and on… Yet we are all so intent on classifying not only ourselves but each other with such limited labels. Why do we do this? Are the first 4 words the only ones that  really matter? Or should we expand our minds and look beyond the obvious into the hidden and obscure?

We live in a society that is hell bent on putting everyone in categories. White. Black. Mixed. Foreign. Christian. Muslim. Straight. Gay. Bi-Sexual. Gender Fluid. Male. Female. Bi-Polar. Schizophrenic. This. That. The other. And because of this incessant need to place people in tiny little neat boxes, including ourselves, we spend so many years of our lives trying to figure out who we are by society’s standards instead of just living our lives. And I personally have begun to see this practice more and more. We have kids who are bullied to death because they don’t fit into a certain type of box at school. We have people who define themselves by their mental illness. We have kids who are hospitalized because of the strain of trying to define who they are is so overwhelming and disturbing. We have adults who bully each other online because the thought of someone being not like them is so frightening and disturbing to them. And this has to stop.

Imagine a world where we just are who we are. Where we don’t feel the need to be anything other than our magnificent, beautiful, and original selves. A place where our differences don’t have to be defined just celebrated. A place where we are judged by our deeds instead of our outside obvious appearance.

So before you feel the need to define yourself to the world or judge someone else for their obvious labels, take a moment  and take a deeper look and realize that those obvious labels are just the tip of the surface and that there is a plethora of labels that are hidden and so much more important than the obvious.

Peace, Love and Understanding…




Living with mental illness when you’re a mother

What happens when you have an undiagnosed mental illness while trying to be a single mother?

Please take a moment and watch this incredibly brave women have a frank and sometimes painful discussion about motherhood and mental illness  She holds nothing back while talking about her trials and tribulations of living with an undiagnosed mental illness while desperately trying to hold on to her children and sanity.