Daily Prompt: Quote Me

I do! A quote that I return to again and again would be by Belva Plain, “How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire!”

Isn’t that so true? If you really think about it, and I mean REALLY think about it and where you have been in your life journey, makes this resonate in my mind! If you think about a time when you “thought” you loved someone so much.. even though they inflicted pain on you… be it physical, mental, or emotional.. we end up “caught by the passion of desire”.

Let me put it this way, when involved with an alcoholic in a romantic relationship we are beaten down. Our souls become so battered until we are left with nothing! Physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. But we “love” them so we don’t want to leave because we feel we will be betraying them. I at one point in life was involved with someone who had a bad drinking problem. It never stopped or changed regardless of all the promises and because I thought I loved him or did love him or do or which ever…. I was a helpless little bird, caught in a net because of things I desired. I loved/love the man he was when he didn’t drink but I feared him when he drank. It never was physical but emotional is no less than physical pain. I stayed and I left once and came right back. Then I proceeded to attempt again and gave him another chance based on his promises that things would be different. To my surprise, it wasn’t. I should of known. This brings me to another quote I visit frequently. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results/outcomes.”

I had to make the decision knowing I wasn’t happy there because of the drinking and no matter how many promises were made, they would remain empty. If I wanted to be happy or heal I had to leave. I, myself, and no one else controls my own happiness. No one else. If I am unhappy with my situation only I have the power to change this. So, I did. And I struggled. And I grew. And I learned a lot of different things from the situation.

So please, share with me your favorite and what it is and why it moves you!??


Breath taking!


One of my most favorite photos/memories of 2012! A day of the North Shore on Lake Superior! I cannot wait to go back and spend more time on the shore in the spring time! It’s so humbling and refreshing to the soul!

I really think I am meant to be a traveler/wanderer/explorer of this world. It’s my job to be inspired by this! It fuels my creativity.

Winter time is such a tough time of year because I get such cabin fever being inside and can’t be outside really because I am a HUGE freeze baby. I hate being cold. I need to start sucking it up because it is ice skating time and My daughter is aching to go. Maybe this weekend! She would enjoy it and maybe I could dream of being a skater again like I did when I was a kid.

And on a different note— an inspirational note— if you have Netflix; search the movie title, “The Letter Writer”. It’s an awesome movie!

Until next time, Peace!
Shanna Mae Olsen


2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Before I go for the evening….

Before I go for the evening; I actually really want to share something. As most know–who read my blog.. Matt Pulis. He went missing on Friday, October 19, 2012. He has not been seen since he left the Classic Hardtimes Saloon bar around 2 pm. Please click on the following link below and read about what the latest word is and please, please, please, SHARE the page with all of your friends.


His family and friends have been searching for him for over 9 weeks! How does someone just VANISH!? No traces?? Please lend a hand and share this with everyone!

Thank you! I am sure his family will greatly appreciate it!

Been Awhile

Another year has already come and gone! It is unbelievable just how the days fly by! I can barely blink and my day seems to pass me by. 2012 has been a most definite journey and I have lots more to say and will save for later.

It seems that just when you think you have things some what figured out in life; something crazy happens and you seem to go a couple steps back. I have been feeling very lost lately. Too much has been happening and has left me feeling very — I cannot really think of the correct word at the moment. Nor do I want to be a Negative Nancy.

I have been doing an awful lot of thinking, especially since I have all the time in the world to think all day long while I am plugged into Pandora while I am at work. I think things in life will be changing soon.

As I headed into the bathroom stall during work today, my eye caught a quote that was on the inside of the bathroom door that read, “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy. Your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” by Helen Keller.

All I know is this is a brand NEW year and I am going to spend it doing what makes me happy. I have been terrible at keeping my blog. Mainly because I feel I have lost my touch in writing or because my mind goes blank every time I attempt to even spill out the words that are trapped inside of my soul. I am going to promise that I will TRY to be better about updating my blog. I have been carrying sketchbooks everywhere…. which is really nothing new since I have been doing so for the past many years, other than the fact that I am USING them almost on a daily basis.

So for now, I close. I will be posting later. One full of thoughts, ideas, or ramblings. Hopefully you will be back to read it.

Please feel free to leave a comment telling me your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions! I would love to hear what every one is working on! Maybe it will inspire another part of life!

For now, Peace.
Shanna Mae Olsen

Quote of the month


I may be an artist….


A friend of mine always has others in mind and found this on pinterest.com. She said this made her think of me an how true this is. She is great! I had to share it! Hope it is enjoyed as much as I enjoy it!

I’m Possible!!!


Be Kind.




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