Sometimes You Don't Get Closure

 Life isn’t a work of fiction with a clear and concise ending all tied up nice and neat for you. Sometimes, life leaves you hanging, and you have to, have to, finish the story on your own.Sometimes, you don’t get closure.~J.V. Manning ...more

Break the Cycle - No More Excuses

Sometimes people we love are broken and if we never allow that brokenness to come to light, they will remain that way forever. There are  situations in life when we need to stop making excuses for someone we love, we need to stop justifying their bad behavior and instead, hold them accountable. Facing reality can be harsh but denying the truth is even worse for our heart, soul and life.  ...more

The Mother of All Epiphanies

There is a belief that our soul chooses which life to be born into.There are some who hold the belief that our soul figures out, prior to our entry into life, what we need to learn, experience and accomplish. Then, once that is ascertained, we make our decision on which parents and family to be born into based on who we feel will give us the best chance of attaining our goals....more

Never Say You're Sorry

I will not apologize for being confident. I wasn't always....more

Square Peg Round Hole

I shall write a letter.  I will address it to my younger self, because when you boil it down - the basic principles of life haven't changed. Everyone wants to matter. Everyone wants to fit in. From the children of today to the children of yesterday who still live inside each and every one of us....more

Note To Self: Listen When Your Soul Speaks


Standing On The Sidelines


Duct Tape & Tin Foil: A Christmas Tradition

It sat there--the final gift under the Christmas tree.  A huge box wrapped in shiny green paper that came up to my hip and much to my excitement had my name on it.  As I reached down to pick it up I was stunned at the heaviness of it. Reading the tag I saw that it was a gift from my grandmother. I remember looking over to her and seeing her smirk. She looked pretty proud of herself. Getting excited I plopped right down on the floor and got ready to open it....more
@Semi True Jen  I miss her every day ! She was so spectacular and I am so grateful to have had ...more

Ripples from Sandy Hook Elementary

There will always be good in this world. There will always be bad. It is life. It is a balance. And when something happens to disrupt that balance it is up to us to do something to correct it.  You cannot go back and erase what has happened,but you can go forward, learn from it and cause ripples of your own.~J.V....more

Use Your Words.

Use Your Words. 11/29/20123 Comments...more