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


Those that know me know that my life is a list.  I make lists for everything.  I love lists.  Things to do, Things to pack, Places to go, My thoughts, Rants and Raves…. the lists can go on and on.  I recently discovered some books called Listography-Your Life In Lists, by Lisa Nola.  It is a fun thing to do by yourself and they also have them that you can do with your friends.

So I thought it would be fun to add my own little spin on it and see what comes up from my readers.  When you come and check in on my newest Blog or to come and catch up on things, check out my new page tab called List-ology.  Life is so serious sometimes that we need a little way to think back at those memories and what happened to make us who we are.

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

The Hummingbird

Friday’s are always good. It doesn’t really mark the end of my work week, but it’s Friday and who doesn’t like a Friday?  One thing I have always enjoyed doing is standing looking out the kitchen window.  Reflecting on the day ahead, sipping my first cup of morning coffee.  Such a refreshing feeling, looking out and taking on the new day. It is a treat to see God’s little creatures and today was such a day,  I was blessed to see my first Hummingbird of the season.  We’ve had snow this week and I bet he was just as happy as I was to see the little bit of sunshine gleaming through.  I love Hummingbirds.

Photo by Janrus

So as I was assessing my day ahead, watching my feathered friend flit around, gave me more to ponder. I have been reading a book this winter called “What The Walrus Knows” An Eccentric’s Field Guide to Working with Beastie Energies, by Sarah Seidelmann.  Sarah tells us “There’s a bigger, deeper world all around us all the time, full of messages and support.  We’re marinating in it.  It permeates and surrounds our ordinary reality…… Observing Beasties helps us tap into this deeper level of information.”  What was this little fellow telling me about my life and world around me.

Hummingbird Manifesto

Embody Boldness – Dive on desire with courage. Take Charge

Be Discerning – View from all angles.  Hover.  Carefully land on what feels best.

Vary the Source – Dig in. Taste.  Combine. Try it all.  Invent something new.

Return to The Heart – Revisit reliable sources. Trust.  Rest

Wow… the little Hummingbird brought me a wonderful message this morning.  That is what I am doing with my new blog.  Taking charge with courage and desire. Inventing something new, just for me, and if my readers get something from it during the process that is wonderful too.

I believe God created all of the creatures that surround us.  That he sends us messages in strange ways sometimes.  It maybe an Angel or one of Natures Beasties.  Thank you Lord for all that you provide us, in this beautiful world of wonder.

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

(A special thank you goes out to Sarah Seidelmann for granting me permission to use excerpts from her book.  Thank You Sarah!)

The Traveler

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way 
I doubted if I should ever come back

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

~Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

The Road Less Traveled ~ Oregon Smiles …. with Franny