good advice…always welcome

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb

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Not one for morning TV, I seldom see Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. Of the two, my favorite would be Hoda. She seems down-to-earth and sensible. Kathie Lee’s a little too flighty and chatty for my taste. But again, I don’t usually tune in to watch them. So my vote probably doesn’t count.

I read an article about Hoda Kotb in the USA Weekend insert of our local newspaper. It confirmed my impression that she is indeed a very likeable personality. Despite having gone through a mastectomy and a divorce 4 years ago, Hoda was able to rally, once again regaining her positive outlook on life.

I started  doing little things to help me feel better. I played music in the mornings; I wrote in my journal; I surrounded myself with only people who fill me. Suddenly you’re halfway up and fearless, because you almost lost everything.

Getting sick and divorced was probably the worst chapter of my life. I never would have imagined that the best chapter was right behind it.

Life is like that. One day it’s great, the next it’s terrible, and the day after you’re in love and on top, saying, “It’s great again.”

And so Hoda shares some very good advice about getting to that next chapter in life.

1. Surround yourself only with people who fill you up. Get rid of the toxic ones.
2. Don’t sweat the little stuff–90% of what you worry about won’t happen.
3. If you’re still standing after surviving an illness or death of a loved one or whatever your cross to bear is, you get four words: You Can’t Scare Me. Use them.
4. Don’t hog your journey; share it to help others.
5. Allow yourself dark days to stay under the covers watching Law & Order reruns and eating junk food.

A Nine-banded Armadillo in the Green Swamp, ce...

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Now that’s my idea of a great BFF (Best Friends Forever). Hoda and I are in sync 100%. Chuck the sour grapes…too much vinegar. Don’t worry about stuff beyond your control; it’s probably somebody else’s baggage anyway. Grow an armadillo‘s hide…it’ll come in handy for those tough times. Blog so that others might learn. And sleep in once-in-awhile…

…the world can wait…until you’re fit as a fiddle again…

………hugmamma.  🙂 





2 thoughts on “good advice…always welcome

    • Hello, girlfriend! 🙂 It’s been a while. Hope all’s well on the home front. You know what’s happening in my life. Email me about your doings.

      You, my friend, could teach others a thing or two about resiliency in the face of adversity…

      lots of hugs… 😉


hugs for sharing some brief thoughts...and keeping them positive

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