I’m Just Me….

I’m not perfect.  I’m me.

I’ve made bad decisions and wrong choices, but I’m me.

I’ve said the wrong things,  I’ve said the right things, because I’m me.

I don’t like everything I’ve done, but I did it because I’m me.

I’ve love the wrong people and trusted the wrong people, and I’m still me.

If I had a chance to start again, I wouldn’t change a thing.  Why?   Because I’m me!

There are a lot of good things about me,

You just need to look past the imperfections to see what’s right.

If you can’t do that, then it’s your loss. I’m the best I can be.  I am me!

Glass Bug

Glass Bug

~Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

~Beautiful Photos courtesy of Tracie Louise Photography.  Thank you Tracie

Life Is Good!

Oh My Golly…. So very tired, but Life is Good.  I just finished up, 3-Back to Back, 14 hour shifts, I am thinking that maybe I am to old for this…. But Life Is Good.  As some of you know I started a new job back at the first of May.  A  job that I have dreamed about for a very long time (actually since 2006) took  me the last 3-1/2 years to land.  WOW !!!   Life Is Good!  

During the first month I wasn’t sure I could do it.  My brain was on such overload and times that I didn’t think there was anymore room in there for anymore information.  But I surprised my self and by the Grace of God, made it through.  Then I had to go through another 2 months on probation and again by the Grace of God, I made it through.  Live Is Good!

Next thing I knew my 4th month of employment was here and I had my opportunity to start moving up within the company. Oh My Golly…. I made it through the interview process and was offered the position.  But before I could move on I had to make it through another training and testing.  Again, by the Grace of God, I got 100% on my test.  Yippee Doodles…. I had done it.  This old Gal had it in her.  Life Is Good!

Sometimes the good things don’t come until we let go and let God take the lead.   God has been watching out for me my whole life, but so many times I  slip back into thinking that I need to make things happen.  He has a plan for me and now I am in a space where I don’t have to worry about what is next.  He has provided me a job that is giving me a livable wage, great benefits and a future.  Life Is Good!

For me, these last few months have truly been a blessing.  I had been so worried about having to move to find better, stable employment and loosing my house in the process.  The reality of being stuck out there “On The Road Less Traveled” was becoming very scary.   Now me, Daisy and Sammy can settle in for the Winter.  It is time to pick up my pen and reconnect with all of my blogging friends.  Time to relax and not worry how I am going to exist,  but rather share my thoughts on the existence.   Life Is Good!!

I hope everyone has a “FRANTASTIC” Friday.

Until we meet again, On The Road Less Traveled,

~Oregon Smiles with Franny

Header Photo provided by Tracy Louise Photography

Bad Moon Rising

Excerpt from Bad Moon Rising

by: John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival

I see the bad moon arisin’
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today

Don’t go around tonight
Well, it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

Wow does that ever date me….. Got to love the Music from the 70’s.  When I saw this picture that my friend Tracie Louise Photography took, a couple of weeks ago, it reminded me of this song.  Don’t get me wrong the photo is amazing.

Sometimes we can surely feel this way.  That life is like a Bad Moon Rising, that there is trouble on the way.  No matter what we do something is going to go wrong.  Things just aren’t going to work out for us.  We ask God why?  Why do these things always happen to me?  Can’t I ever get a break in this life and things finally go right?

Recently such as life is….. We have been graced by one of those wonderful occasions, someone stole my son’s car.  Like wow, great…. now what are we going to do?  He is off at school working so hard to finish up his degree in Civil Engineering,  far from home and now not able to come home if he could.  Again, I worried and worried as a mom does, wondering what and how we where going to get him through this.

I know that this wasn’t the work of God, he doesn’t do things like this.  But he does give us free will and those bums that took his vehicle used their free will wrongly.  Then it came to me, Opportunity.  We can use this bad as an opportunity to have something good come out of it.  Like when life gives you Lemons, make Lemon Aid.  It may not have been God’s doing for this to happen, but he is now creating an opportunity for us to have something better.

Oh how wonderful life is.  Yes there maybe some bumps in my Road Less Traveled, but we can turn this around and make sure they don’t turn in to pot holes.  Not sure the road will get paved on this one, but it will be a smooth ride in the end.  So next time you see that Bad Moon Rising, coming up around the Bend, tell it to just keep moving along….. I am drinking my Lemon Aid.

Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

Thank you Tracie Louise Photography of Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia for the wonderful pictorial inspiration.



My last couple of days have been filled with LASTS….  the Last time I did this, The Last time I did that.  Some of the Last’s where sad, but some of the Last’s have been glad.

Since I am a girl that doesn’t look at the glass as half empty or half full, but rather Thrilled that I have a glass at all,  I see these Last’s as the opportunity for my new FIRSTS.

Last’s don’t have to be a bad thing….  When God closes one door, He opens up another.  Tomorrow when I wake up and that door opens, it will be full of First’s.

It will be a day of,  First for this and First for that. Oh how exciting and what an adventure On The Road Less Traveled, full of FIRSTS.

Honey Eater, Australia

~Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

Photography provided by Tracie Louise Photography, Queensland, Australia

Dare To Dream

Today was a day to remind me that we need to follow our Dreams.  Dare to Dream for those endless possibilities.  I watched this movie called “The Kid”  great movie.  For those that haven’t seen it, the story line is about a guy whose 8-year-old self comes back to visit in present day.  The guy was 40+ years old and still not married and his life was nothing like his thoughts and dreams as boy.

Oh how he had changed.  How he was led down a different road, how things that had happened to him in his early life had made him into the person that he had become. He hadn’t become the man in that little boys hopes and dreams.

We are a product of what we went through as children.  It has molded us into the person that we are today. There are things in life that I am sorry for doing,  sorry for things that I have said, sorry for those that I may hurt and made feel bad, but I am not sorry for being me. We can look back and either have regrets or embrace who we are.

With that said, it doesn’t mean that we have to stop dreaming. Break out of your shell and take a chance.  We are never to old to live the dream, we only get so much time and so many chances in life. If you don’t, that is when you will have the regrets.  Regrets for not Living Out Loud. Dare to Dream and most importantly, Live the Dream.

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Photography provided by Tracie Louise Photography

The Tribe

Pulling It All Together….

In the early fall I found myself wondering around, not physically, but mentally.  I wasn’t sure where I was going, what should I be doing or thinking, it was like something was missing.  I reached out and reconnected with God again, as sometimes we can get sidetracked from what is the most important in our lives.  Started reading my daily devotional with Joyce Meyer and that helped me be more focused and thankful for what I do have.

I then began looking on Facebook for some inspirational women authors that I have followed through the years.  I not only found those women, but also came across many Life Coaches that had published books and now had their own web sites.  I also found a new, for me anyway, extraordinary photographer from Australia and a blogger from Canada as well.  Little did I know it would be the beginning of pulling my Tribe together.

Wow…Wow….these women where starting to change my life.  They got me to thinking in a whole new venue for a creative outlet.  Looking at things differently and showing me that my possibilities are endless.  To believe that I can do anything, that I am worth everything.

From the book “What the Walrus Knows” I had come to figure out why I was so mesmerized with the Sea Turtle.  It was my Core Life Beastie.  When I started reading the manifesto it described me totally, it was me.  Then I started my communication with Sarah Seidelmann the author of “What the Walrus Knows”.  She intern divined me the Frog for the year of 2012.  Oh my golly….My Bohemian Tribe and my goal for the year in pulling it all together.


The Galah's - My Tribe of Bohemians

Frog Manifesto Excerpts from “What The Walrus Knows”

LIVE IN HARMONY – Tune the Tribe. Bring balance to community.

MASTER CHANGE – Allow the old to fall away.  Move into new birth.

COLLECT THE UNCONVENTIONAL – Seek non-conformists.  Make pals with Bohemians

NOTICE THE NEW – Opportunities.  Updated abilities.  Fresh ways to move forward

There it was, staring back at me from the page.  With my family, very loyal life long friends and adding  my new friends from around the world, my tribe was coming together.  The Frog showed me that it was time for a change and by allowing the old to fall away I could move into the birth of “Oregon Smiles”  My new artistry with writing my blog and being what I consider myself, a Conservative Oregon Hippie from the 70’s, showed that I was new school Bohemianism. That just cracks me up…..

Well now it’s time to Tune my Tribe of Bohemians.  To reach out and seek more non-conformists through my blog.  Updating my abilities,  will transform my opportunities and I can move forward with a fresh exciting new start for the year.  Wow… does it get any better?  I am so excited, On The Road Less Traveled with my Bohemian Tribe.

~Oregon Smiles …. with Franny, On the Road Less Traveled

Photographs provided by Tracie Louise Photography  www.tracielouisephotography.com

In the Rear View Mirror….

Sometimes it seems like we are going round and round in a circle, stuck in this never-ending rut.  I have been there, stuck in that rut for so long that it was my comfort zone.   Afraid to move in any direction because it was comfortable there.

Our comfort zone isn’t always a good place for us, but it is all we know.  There are times that we might take one foot out of the rut and go back in.  There might even be a chance that we will get totally out of the rut for a time.  Sometimes our ruts are so deep from years of repeating the same things, thinking and believing the same negative things about ourselves that we go back in.  We don’t know what to do or how to handle the outside world.

 It takes Baby Steps.  Thinking positive thoughts and believing that we are worth good things.  It took me surrendering my life to God and knowing that he is with me always.  That I am never alone and that I can do anything with him at my side.  By stepping out of that rut and trusting in the Lord, I am able to start moving toward my dreams.  I know that I may come to that fork in the road,  but I choose The Road Less Traveled.

Are you stuck in a rut?  Just step out and follow your dream.  Forging ahead and building your road, following your dreams just like the pioneers before us.

Traveling The Road Less Traveled, Oregon Smiles with Franny