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Oh my darling, it’s true. Beautiful things have dents and scratches too.
2. The universe sends us exactly what we are ready for at the exact time we need it in our lives.
3. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
4. Be enough for yourself first. The rest of the world can wait.
5. You’re not selfish for wanting to be treated well.
6. Seek to be whole, not perfect.
7. Women who compliment other women genuinely are just a whole different breed. Real queens.
8. I give myself permission to be myself.
9. Not to self; the world needs you to show up today. You are powerful, you are valuable & what you believe changes the world.
10. Awesome life tip: When you’re trying to make changes, you’re going to hit some resistance somewhere along the way. This is normal. This doesn’t mean you’re failing, it means you’re changing. Exactly what you want. So lean into it, breathe, continue to take actin anyway. It will feel hard, but remind yourself, “I’m changing and this is what I want.”
2. Sometimes fear does not subside and you must do it afraid.
3. Well, well, well if it isn’t the consequences of my own actions.
4. I like airplanes. I like any where that isn’t a proper place. I like in betweens.
5. Keep your head high, and your middle finger higher.
6. You kinda owe it to yourself to do all the thins you’ve dreamed.
7. Just because a decision hurts, doesn’t mean that it was the wrong decision.
8. Brave girl, promise me, you will not shrink yourself in order to make others feel comfortable.
9. Fuck em’. They need to talk about you to get attention because if they spoke about themselves no one would give a fuck.
10. You’re not stuck. You’re just committed to certain patterns of behavior because they helped you in the past. Now those behaviors have become more harmful than helpful. The reason why you can’t move forward is because you keep applying an old formula to a new level in your life. Change the formula to get a different result.
I’m not interested in competing with anyone. I hope we all make it.
2. If you’re absent during my struggles don’t expect me to be present during my success.
3. When you see a chance, take it.
4. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? How it all hurts but we never give up.
5. Would you like you if you met you?
6. The world would be a nicer place if everyone took a chill pill. It would be even better if some of them choked on it.
7. Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
8. A year ago, everything was different. And now that I look back, I realize that a year can do a lot to a person.
9. I’m at a point in my life where if you’re the slightest bit rude to e or if you make me feel bad about myself I will immediately shut you out of my life and I’m actually very happy I’ve reached this point.
10. I don’t think people realize how hard it is to pull yourself out of a toxic relationship with someone you love dearly. So if you’ve done that today or any day, I’m proud of you.
6. Surround yourself with people who see your value and remind you of it.
7. Sometimes, happy memories hurt the most.
8. The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.
9. If your life just got a little harder, that probably means you just leveled up.
10. Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
Every part of Functional Rustic is inspired by my mom, Carol Swickle. Through her obituary I hope you are able to develop a better understanding of who she was and how her influence on my life inspired the creation of Functional Rustic.
Caroline L. Swickle, 65, of Oxford Michigan, passed away peacefully and comfortably at home with family on September 16, 2019.
Carol was born in Hazel Park on January 15, 1954. She graduated from Troy High School and earned her certification as an X-Ray Technician. She married Robert Swickle on June 3, 1977. Carol worked as an X-Ray technician and then was a homemaker for her 4 children. She was an active member of AA and had a passion for volunteering her time, guiding others in the program, and service work. Besides family she enjoyed golf, gardening, going up north and raising her dogs & various other critters.
Carol was preceded in death by her son Andrew Swickle and both her parents Frederick and Harriet Laws (Grieve). She is survived by her husband of 42 years Robert Swickle, and children Sarah Palmer (David Palmer), Emily Swickle (Jon Dewhurst) & Natalie Swickle, her grandson Waylon Kibler and her siblings Frederick Laws, Marjorie Roth (Dieter Roth) and David Laws.
will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm on Sunday September 22 at Pixley Funeral Home in
Rochester, MI. Visitation will also be available on Monday September 23 at 9 am
before the Celebration of Life service at 10 am. Service to be followed by a
processional the White Chapel Cemetery where she will be laid to rest.
Her entire life
Carol was an avid reader. From a young age and through adulthood she would take
time to regularly delve into the pages of a good mystery novel set in an
exciting and far away place. As she read those pages in her youth she could
only imagine that she in fact would one day set out on her own adventures around
Carol met Bob while
she was working as an X-ray technician at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. Their first date was to the Michigan State
Fair. Considering the amount of critters they would adopt over the years it is
quite fitting that their love blossomed around animals. Every year since then they
went hand in hand back to the fair and relived the excitement of their first
Carol loved the
outdoors and shared that passion with Bob. They joined friends at camp sites all
around Michigan and created memories and traditions that would continue to the
next generation. Together they traveled the country and then the world – Carol
always looking effortlessly beautiful with her latest scarf wrapped around her
Together with Bob, Carol swam in the waters off of Monterey, visited the deserts in Arizona, explored the streets of New York and walked the piers and wharfs of the eastern seaboard. Just as her books took her to far away places – so did her beloved Bob. They visited Monte Carlo, explored the castles & villages of England during the Queens 25th Jubilee and were awed by the stunning views of Scotland and Wales.
Carol, ever the
nurturer, was ready to start a family after she and Bob married. 1 son & 3
daughters later and she had the family she was hoping to build. Every night she
tucked her children to bed and read them a story. Once she taught them to read
on their own she always had a book on hand to offer as an afternoon read.
Carol was raised in
a house filled with animals (she even once had a pet squirrel!) so she knew
better than anyone that house is not a home until animals joined the household.
Carol and Bob had cats and tropical fish as a couple but, as parents, the
menagerie expanded. Her family has raised cats, dogs, fish, guinea pigs,
rabbits, turtles, frogs, geese, chickens and ducks. Not to mention she provided
hospice care to many a dying bird brought home by one of her children.
Not only did Carol
welcome all stray animals she also welcomed any person that wanted a snack or a
place to call home for an afternoon. Holiday meals were always prepared with
extra helpings because you never know which of her children’s friends will need
a hot meal for the holiday. She was a second mom to anyone who entered her
As a mother Carol
was in a league of her own. She maintained an immaculate house, provided a home
cooked meal every day that her family enjoyed together, helped with homework
and managed to get all four kids to hockey practices at three different ice
rinks – Every. Single. Day. If her child was involved in an activity, she was
there. She was also the kind of mom you really could talk about anything with.
too! When her kids attended Costello Elementary School she volunteered in the
school library. Enjoying that work she next volunteered at the Friends Library
in the Troy Public Library. (The Friends Library gathered donated books and
sold them for a quarter to raise money for the library) In fact, the City of
Troy honored Carol with an Award of Excellence for the work she did with the Friends
Library. She also acted as troop leader for her daughter’s brownie troop –
leading a generation of girls toward a life of service.
A life devoted to service
and her children did allow Carol another chance to travel – this time as a
family. Weekend trips up north spent fishing and looking for deer were the high
light of every summer. Those camping trips Carol and Robert took with friends
while they were dating became yearly memorial weekend camping trips with all of
Weekends were spent
watching her son play baritone in high school band competitions and then at
Michigan State University football home games. Band season wrapped up just in
time for hockey tournaments and out of state hockey games every weekend. She
never missed a thing. Once again, Carol was an international traveler – going
back and forth to hockey games in Windsor and Sarnia on a regular basis.
Being a hockey
parent enabled Carol the opportunity to get to see her children play hockey
across the country – Chicago, New York, Boston and Anchorage to name a few.
Hockey also took her and the family internationally throughout Ontario Canada
and even games in Germany and Italy. She held hands with Bob while walking along
the canals of Venice and smelled the musk of the Sistine Chapel with her four
children by her side.
Carol loved golf and
played in a league. The winter thaw always started the countdown to the start
of golf season. She spoke of her golf ladies often and always with a smile. The
friendships she developed with them were truly special to her.
Carol had a passion
for plants of all kinds. She had a green thumb and access to full sun so her
life was filled with flowers and house plants. The gardens outside were elegant
and well-tended and the plants inside were lush and green. Everything she
touched grew into something beautiful – plants, food, animals and people.
Due to the anonymous
nature of Alcoholics Anonymous, some may not have known how impactful the AA
program was on Carol. Not only did it change her life but it also afforded her
the opportunity to share her story with others and help guide them toward their
personal path of recovery. Her regular meetings were her second home – her
Carol acted as a
sponsor for many women over the years. She felt it such an honor and
responsibility having that role. She knew what a profound and positive impact
her sponsor had on her and she wanted to make sure she provided that same
support for those she sponsored. She also led meetings for women in the Oakland
County Jail and later the prison thus allowing those incarcerated to
participate in the benefits of the AA program.
It was humbling to
know that her story was able to provide comfort and guidance to someone in
need. Helping others work their steps helped her to stay focused on living her
best life too.
The AA program provided Carol the environment she needed to thrive and live her best life possible. It helped her to live in the moment and appreciate the now. When she was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer just few months ago that ‘live in the moment’ mind set became a necessity.
Carol, her lifetime of loving others enabled her to see her final months
surrounded by beauty and knowing she was loved by many.
She spent her final
months at home with plants she started growing when she and Robert were only
engaged, with dogs and Muscovy ducks and a family of deer living in the yard. She
spent her final months with her grandson Waylon and even met her grandniece
Waverly. She spent her final weeks sitting on the porch admiring her flowers
and the lawn she mowed herself on the zero turn. She lived in the moment. It
was absolutely beautiful to witness. Her final days were spent in her home with
family always close by and proud to be giving her whatever she needed to be
comfortable. Her final moments were spent with her children by her side and Bob
holding her hand.