is it ever too late to apologize?

"Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone -- profusely. But don't apologize for being who you are." -Danielle LaPorte

I am smitten by this quote.  I find it equal parts encouraging and validating with whipped cream and a cherry of truth on top.  It is the bomb. 

Apologize.  Sincerely.  Profusely.  Somehow, the word apology and all that it encompasses and entails has become watered down.  These days apologies come bound with a back hand slap and a hardcore responsibility shrug thrown in for good measure.  What if we really took the initiative to own our stuff?  To say, this is mine.  I own it and if I did it wrong, I apologize and I will do my doggone best to make it right.  When a necessary or overdue apology lingers, it inhibits real relationship, connectivity, love and growth.  These things simply cannot flourish unless forgiveness abounds.  

You see, a sincere and humble apology can begin the healing process. For a severed relationship.  For those who were affected.  For you.  

Sometimes our actions (that later warrant an apology) may be unintentional.  Other times, they may be maliciously intentional. Apologize either way because if it's your dung, you need to claim it before it gets super stinky or rapidly dispersed by the fan.  


"Don't apologize for being who you are."  I'm loving that right now.  I'm living that right now and the wisdom of Dr. Seuss reminds me: the people who matter don't mind and the people who mind don't matter.  So profound.  So simple.  So true.  I gotta be me and you gotta be you.   Let's remember to ask forgiveness when we need to.  That is all.  xo

happy giveaway day!

Fun freebies just for you!  If you win, that is. 

To enter? Share your favorite song in the comment section below the blog post.  
If you're like me, you have several favorite songs and that's allowed.  Totally ok, actually. You can list a fav or all of em if ya want!  

To win? will be use to select ze winner.

This here giveaway is sponsored by Smile On Paintings + yours truly. 
No one's paying anyone to say or do anything.  I asked the folks at Smile On to host and they gladly + graciously accepted.  I threw some stuff in the mix too.  You know cause I like to share the good stuff and I love ya too!
OK, so here's the good stuff:

"Night Trip" 
Do you know about Smile On Paintings?
There's some beautiful and passionate art going on over there.  
Please go view the lovely pics on FB and say hello! 
I personally know the owner + family and they are good peeps.
Legit. Lovely. Kind-hearted. Sincere. Sweet sweet peeps.
Smile On  paints whatever floats their boat + commission pieces too! 
(I've got an order in the making!)

Two cute BANGLES!!!!
One beaded. One blingy

A fabulous set of votives!  
Aren't they blingy, diamond-y, shiny adorable-ness?
They'd be cute in a bathroom, a bedroom (chicka bow wow!) or anywhere really.

 And this my loves, is NOT a pillow, it's a corn sack.  
What's a corn sack, say ye?
It is fabulous old school homemade goodness that can be used as an ice pack or a heating pad. 
I have one.  I LURVE it so I figured you would too.
Best part? It's handmade with love and prayers of blessing by a dear friend.

It comes with it's own lil' homemade pouch. 
Isn't she lovely?!?

This trifecta quadratic equation ...
These seven items can be yours if the price is right!
Not really.  
All ya gotta do is enter a song you love in the comment section below.
Couldn't resist the shout out to Bob Barker though! #rip

I hope you win this fabulous assortment of random prizes.  
There's something for everyone in the mix!
And one last thing...

never ever ever ever forget: YOU ARE LOVED. 

p.s. contest ends tonight, Feb 14, 2013 at midnight CST

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