“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” Phyllis Theroux

When I was in college I had the fortune of rooming with some wonderful women. I belonged to a sorority (not the kind you see on “Girls gone Wild”…we actually acted like an  adult support system. When ever things were getting rough, I would find little boxes with something like this in it…something to remind me that I wasn’t alone and my struggles were not invisible. The school I went to had more people in it than my entire home COUNTY , so I was very fortunate to find a group of supportive women who made the time to make sure than not a one of us was left out, hanging on the flunk out line.

Believe me, there were many days that the only thing keeping me in school is that I had no way to make the trip fro Provo, Utah back to Porterville, California.! These gifts weren’t expensive because it was the message that was important…that even on a campus of 30,000 PLUS people, someone knew me and my struggles.I saved each one of these over the four years, just to remind myself that I was not invisible and someone was mindful of my struggles. I formerly posted this on valleygirltalk.wordpress.com where three of my dearest friends talk about themselves, their families, their struggles and life in our small town. In fact, when I broke my arm, they showed up to decorate my house for Christmas!


Today, I am giving you a DAILY SURVIVAL KIT to help you each day…………you probably have  every single one of these items in your home and probably have the right sized box AND know someone who just needs a little lift.

Toothpick … to remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.

Rubber band … to remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out.

Band-Aid … to remind you to heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else’s.

Eraser … to remind you everyone makes mistakes. That’s okay, we learn by our errors.

Candy Kiss … to remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment everyday.

Mint … to remind you that you are worth a mint to your family & Me.

Bubble Gum … to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.

Pencil … to remind you to list your blessings every day.

Tea Bag … to remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of blessings.

This is what makes life worth living every minute, every day.


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