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Caroline Swickle Lived

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 with Louie. Louie stayed by her bedside all the way until the end.

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.

The Swickle Family: Carol, Emily, Sarah, Andrew, Natalie & Robert.

Public visitation 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 the world.

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 date.

Carol and Bob. <3

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 head.

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 Swickle (Laws).
Carol Swickle (Laws).

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 home.

The kids from the neighborhood called our house home too. Carol is pictured with Jenifer, Andrew, Sarah (that’s me!) and Jim.

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. She listened. 

Carol volunteered 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 the families.

Mom got stuck in the mud while we were up north at Lost Lake Woods Club.
Mom had quite a productive garden that year!

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.

Bob & Carol Swickle, Outlaws of the Wild West!

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 second family.

Mom and Dad up north. This is one of my favorite pictures of them. <3

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.

Mom on the porch appreciating the warm, soft breeze.

Fortunately for 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.

Caroline Louise Swickle Lived.

Carol with her family. Front: Natalie, Waylon, Waverly, Amanda, Emily, Claire. Rear: Dave, Carol, Bob, Sarah.
When we still though treatment was an option mom was ready to face it head on. We all cut our hair so that we could donate it to make a wig for mom. It arrived the day she died.
Mom and I showing off our new hair!
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.5.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Solve the problem, or leave the problem. Do not live with the problem.
Solve the problem, or leave the problem. Do not live with the problem.
Solve the problem, or leave the problem. Do not live with the problem.

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2. Be grateful for what you have and work for what you want.

Be grateful for what you have and work for what you want.
Be grateful for what you have and work for what you want.
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3. It is not the joy that makes us grateful it is the gratitude that makes us joyful.

It is not the joy that makes us grateful it is the gratitude that makes us joyful.
It is not the joy that makes us grateful it is the gratitude that makes us joyful.

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4. Choose to be grateful. No. Matter. What.

Choose to be grateful. No. Matter. What.
Choose to be grateful. No. Matter. What.
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5. Create the habit of gratitude and watch your life transform.

Create the habit of gratitude and watch your life transform.
Create the habit of gratitude and watch your life transform.

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6. The caterpillar grows wings during a season of isolation. Remember that next time you’re alone.

The caterpillar grows wings during a season of isolation. Remember that  next time you're alone.
The caterpillar grows wings during a season of isolation. Remember that next time you’re alone.

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7. Even if you cannot give anything more, give thanks.

Even if you cannot give anything more, give thanks.
Even if you cannot give anything more, give thanks.

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8. Grief is like living two lives. One is where you pretend that everything is alright, and the other is where your heart silently screams in pain.

Grief is like living two lives. One is where you pretend that everything is alright, and the other is where your heart silently screams in pain.
Grief is like living two lives. One is where you pretend that everything is alright, and the other is where your heart silently screams in pain.

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9. Let them judge you. Let them misunderstand you. Let them gossip about about. Their opinions aren’t your problem. You stay kind, committed to love, and free in your authenticity. No matter what they do or say don’t you dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth. Just keep on shining like you do.

Let them judge you. Let them misunderstand you. Let them gossip about about. Their opinions aren't your problem. You stay kind, committed to love, and free in your authenticity. No matter what they do or say don't you dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth. Just keep on shining like you do.
Let them judge you. Let them misunderstand you. Let them gossip about about. Their opinions aren’t your problem. You stay kind, committed to love, and free in your authenticity. No matter what they do or say don’t you dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth. Just keep on shining like you do.

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10. There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living.

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living.
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.4.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. The best time to be grateful is always.
The best time to be grateful is always.
The best time to be grateful is always.

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2. Be obsessively grateful.

 Be obsessively grateful.
Be obsessively grateful.
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3. This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.

This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before.
This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.

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4. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

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5. Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.

Two things define you.  Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.
Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.

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6. Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.

Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.
Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.

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7. What you think you become, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you create.

What you think you become, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you create.
What you think you become, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you create.

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8. Gratitude gives us access to magic and it is compounding – that means that when we are grateful, life gives us even more reasons to be grateful.

Gratitude gives us access to magic and it is compounding - that means that when we are grateful, life gives us even more reasons to be grateful.
Gratitude gives us access to magic and it is compounding – that means that when we are grateful, life gives us even more reasons to be grateful.

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9. Be like the ocean. Breathtaking to look at, strong enough to not be destroyed and gentle enough so others find comfort in your presence.

Be like the ocean. Breathtaking to look at, strong enough to not be destroyed and gentle enough so others find comfort in your presence.
Be like the ocean. Breathtaking to look at, strong enough to not be destroyed and gentle enough so others find comfort in your presence.

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10. An unhealed person can find offense in pretty much anything someone does. A healed person understands that the actions of others have nothing to do with them. Each day you get to decide which one you will be.

An unhealed person can find offense in pretty much anything someone does. A healed person understands that the actions of others have nothing to do with them. Each day you get to decide which one you will be.
An unhealed person can find offense in pretty much anything someone does. A healed person understands that the actions of others have nothing to do with them. Each day you get to decide which one you will be.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.3.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. To everything I’ve ever lost; Thank you for setting me free.
To everything I've ever lost; Thank you for setting me free.
To everything I’ve ever lost; Thank you for setting me free.

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2. The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.

The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.
The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.
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3. Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.

Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.
Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.

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4. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

If you aren't grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

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5. The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.

The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.
The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.

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6. I am a beautiful soul that radiates a vibrant and beautiful form. All is well in my body and mind.

 I am a beautiful soul that radiates a vibrant and beautiful form. All is well in my body and mind.
I am a beautiful soul that radiates a vibrant and beautiful form. All is well in my body and mind.

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7. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings because I guarantee you not one bit of my self-esteem is tied up in your acceptance.

Don't worry about hurting my feelings because I guarantee you not one bit of my self-esteem is tied up in your acceptance.
Don’t worry about hurting my feelings because I guarantee you not one bit of my self-esteem is tied up in your acceptance.

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8. I am so happy and grateful now that…I am a ‘fountain’ to those around me and myself – a source of energy ideas, positivity and abundance.

I am so happy and grateful now that...I am a 'fountain' to those around me and myself - a source of energy ideas, positivity and abundance.
I am so happy and grateful now that…I am a ‘fountain’ to those around me and myself – a source of energy ideas, positivity and abundance.

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9. Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.
Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.

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10. Some people aren’t good at asking for help because they’re so used to being ‘the helper’. Throughout their life they’ve experienced an unbalanced give and take, so their instinct is usually “I’ll figure it out on my own.” The self-reliance is all they’ve ever known.

Some people aren't good at asking for help because they're so used to being 'the helper'. Throughout their life they've experienced an unbalanced give and take, so their instinct is usually "I'll figure it out on my own." The self-reliance is all they've ever known.
Some people aren’t good at asking for help because they’re so used to being ‘the helper’. Throughout their life they’ve experienced an unbalanced give and take, so their instinct is usually “I’ll figure it out on my own.” The self-reliance is all they’ve ever known.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 12.2.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Look around you. Appreciate what you have. Nothing will be the same in a year.
Look around you. Appreciate what you have. Nothing will be the same in a year.
Look around you. Appreciate what you have. Nothing will be the same in a year.
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2. Expect nothing and be grateful for everything.

Expect nothing and be grateful for everything.
Expect nothing and be grateful for everything.
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3. You will be amazed at how things fall magically into place once you let go of the illusion of control.

You will be amazed at how things fall magically into place once you let go of the illusion of control.
You will be amazed at how things fall magically into place once you let go of the illusion of control.
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4. Empty your cup of misery and self pity. Fill it instead with gratitude.

Empty your cup of misery and self pity. Fill it instead with gratitude.
Empty your cup of misery and self pity. Fill it instead with gratitude.
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5. Cutting people out of my life doesn’t mean I hate them. It means I respect myself.

Cutting people out of my life doesn't mean I hate them. It means I respect myself.
Cutting people out of my life doesn’t mean I hate them. It means I respect myself.
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6. We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.

We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.
We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.
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7. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, & gratitude.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, & gratitude.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, & gratitude.

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8. You’re ready. New energy is entering your life. Changes are happening for you. Things are getting better. Everything is aligning. Blessings are coming.

You're ready. New energy is entering your life. Changes are happening for you. Things are getting better. Everything is aligning. Blessings are coming.
You’re ready. New energy is entering your life. Changes are happening for you. Things are getting better. Everything is aligning. Blessings are coming.

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9. Gratitude. Take a does every morning. May cause shifts in perspective. May cause feelings of abundance. Decreased feelings of fear and anxiety.

Gratitude. Take a does every morning. May cause shifts in perspective. May cause feelings of abundance. Decreased feelings of fear and anxiety.
Gratitude. Take a does every morning. May cause shifts in perspective. May cause feelings of abundance. Decreased feelings of fear and anxiety.
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10. If you are struggling today, remember this: You have survived everything you’ve gone through up to this point. The best day of your life is still to come. There are still people you have’t met, and things you haven’t experienced. You can do this.

If you are struggling today, remember this: You have survived everything you've gone through up to this point. The best day of your life is still to come. There are still people you have't met, and things you haven't experienced. You can do this.
If you are struggling today, remember this: You have survived everything you’ve gone through up to this point. The best day of your life is still to come. There are still people you have’t met, and things you haven’t experienced. You can do this.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 11.28.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. You must be willing to leave the life that you planned in order to find the one waiting for you.
You must be willing to leave the life that you planned in order to find the one waiting for you.
You must be willing to leave the life that you planned in order to find the one waiting for you.

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2. I like when you don’t have to be careful about what you say. That’s when you know you’re with the right people.

I like when you don't have to be careful about what you say. That's when you know you're with the right people.
I like when you don’t have to be careful about what you say. That’s when you know you’re with the right people.
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3. Kind people are my kinda people.

Kind people are my kinda people.
Kind people are my kinda people.

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4. She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another.

She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another.
She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another.
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5. People who play roles will eventually forget their lines. Pay attention.

 People who play roles will eventually forget their lines. Pay attention.
People who play roles will eventually forget their lines. Pay attention.

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6. The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie. Keep speaking the truth.

The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie. Keep speaking the truth.
The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie. Keep speaking the truth.

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7. CTRL + ALT + DEL Control yourself. Alter your thinking. Delete negativity.

CTRL + ALT + DEL Control yourself. Alter your thinking. Delete negativity.
CTRL + ALT + DEL Control yourself. Alter your thinking. Delete negativity.

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8. I am not interested in another’s devaluation of me based on their own insecurities. I know my imperfections more clearly than anyone could ever, but I also know I must love myself despite them. While working to become a better version of me.

I am not interested in another's devaluation of me based on their own insecurities. I know my imperfections more clearly than anyone could ever, but I also know I must love myself despite them. While working to become a better version of me.
I am not interested in another’s devaluation of me based on their own insecurities. I know my imperfections more clearly than anyone could ever, but I also know I must love myself despite them. While working to become a better version of me.

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9. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

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10. Shifting. As you are shifting, you will begin to realize that you are not the same person you used to be. The things you used to tolerate have become intolerable. When you once remained quiet, you are now speaking your truth. Where you once battled and argued, you are now choosing to remain silent. You are beginning to understand the value of your voice and there are some situations that no longer deserve your time, energy and focus.

Shifting. As you are shifting, you will begin to realize that you are not the same person you used to be. The things you used to tolerate have become intolerable. When you once remained quiet, you are now speaking your truth. Where you once battled and argued, you are now choosing to remain silent. You are beginning to understand the value of your voice and there are some situations that no longer deserve your time, energy and focus.
Shifting. As you are shifting, you will begin to realize that you are not the same person you used to be. The things you used to tolerate have become intolerable. When you once remained quiet, you are now speaking your truth. Where you once battled and argued, you are now choosing to remain silent. You are beginning to understand the value of your voice and there are some situations that no longer deserve your time, energy and focus.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 11.27.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Do whatever makes you happy just don’t hurt people.
Do whatever makes you happy just don't hurt people.
Do whatever makes you happy just don’t hurt people.

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2. They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.

They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.
They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.
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3. We are all the bad, in someone’s story.

We are all the bad, in someone's story.
We are all the bad, in someone’s story.

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4. You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

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5. If you’re helping someone and expecting something in return, you’re doing business not kindness.

If you're helping someone and expecting something in return, you're doing business not kindness.
If you’re helping someone and expecting something in return, you’re doing business not kindness.

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6. The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide what you are not going to stay where you are.

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide what you are not going to stay where you are.
The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide what you are not going to stay where you are.

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7. Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.

Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.
Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.

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8. I didn’t set this boundary either to offend or please you. I did it to manage the priorities and goals I have set for my life.

 I didn't set this boundary either to offend or please you. I did it to manage the priorities and goals I have set for my life.
I didn’t set this boundary either to offend or please you. I did it to manage the priorities and goals I have set for my life.

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9. Not everyone gets what they deserve and not everyone deserves what they get.

Not everyone gets what they deserve and not everyone deserves what they get.
Not everyone gets what they deserve and not everyone deserves what they get.

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10. Girls don’t want boys, girls want a collection of ancient daggers, a Gothic castle with secret passages, isolated from civilization and surrounded by an intricate forest inhabited by wild creatures to befriend at will, a labyrinth-library filled with rare and dangerous volumes, a hidden garden where strange flowers with no name can grow untamed, ridiculously long flowing velvet and silk robes, a nice divan-window spot on which to read, write and watch thunderstorms from, unlimited wifi, perfect eye liner wings and maybe a pet panther.

Girls don't want boys, girls want a collection of ancient daggers, a Gothic castle with secret passages, isolated from civilization and surrounded by an intricate forest inhabited by wild creatures to befriend at will, a labyrinth-library filled with rare and dangerous volumes, a hidden garden where strange flowers with no name can grow untamed, ridiculously long flowing velvet and silk robes, a nice divan-window spot on which to read, write and watch thunderstorms from, unlimited wifi, perfect eye liner wings and maybe a pet panther.
Girls don’t want boys, girls want a collection of ancient daggers, a Gothic castle with secret passages, isolated from civilization and surrounded by an intricate forest inhabited by wild creatures to befriend at will, a labyrinth-library filled with rare and dangerous volumes, a hidden garden where strange flowers with no name can grow untamed, ridiculously long flowing velvet and silk robes, a nice divan-window spot on which to read, write and watch thunderstorms from, unlimited wifi, perfect eye liner wings and maybe a pet panther.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 11.26.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. And she would bow to no one.
And she would bow to no one.
And she would bow to no one.

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2. Sometimes you have to stop being scared & go for it. Either it will work or it won’t. That’s life.

Sometimes you have to stop being scared & go for it. Either it will work or it won't. That's life.
Sometimes you have to stop being scared & go for it. Either it will work or it won’t. That’s life.
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3. It’s okay to have big feelings.

It's okay to have big feelings.
It’s okay to have big feelings.

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4. Be yourself. People don’t have to like you, and you don’t have to care.

Be yourself. People don't have to like you, and you don't have to care.
Be yourself. People don’t have to like you, and you don’t have to care.

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5. You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so…get on your way!

You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so...get on your way!
You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so…get on your way!

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6. There is nothing in nature that blooms all year long, so don’t expect yourself to do so either.

There is nothing in nature that blooms all year long, so don't expect yourself to do so either.
There is nothing in nature that blooms all year long, so don’t expect yourself to do so either.

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7. In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history, which adds to its beauty. Consider this when you feel broken.

In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object's history, which adds to its beauty. Consider this when you feel broken.
In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history, which adds to its beauty. Consider this when you feel broken.

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8. Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.

Don't wait until you've reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.
Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.

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9. Between stimulus and response, there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

 Between stimulus and response, there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Between stimulus and response, there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

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10. When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did.

When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did.
When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 11.25.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Be known for your kindness and grace.
Be known for your kindness and grace.
Be known for your kindness and grace.
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2. Do whatever the hell it takes to make you feel real again.

Do whatever the hell it takes to make you feel real again.
Do whatever the hell it takes to make you feel real again.
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3. All great changes are preceded by chaos.

All great changes are preceded by chaos.
All great changes are preceded by chaos.
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4. It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.

It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.
It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.
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5. Purpose fuels passion.

Purpose fuels passion.
Purpose fuels passion.
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6. Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.

 Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.
Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.
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7. Maybe it’s time for the fighter to be fought for, for the holder to be held, and for the lover to be loved.

Maybe it's time for the fighter to be fought for, for the holder to be held, and for the lover to be loved.
Maybe it’s time for the fighter to be fought for, for the holder to be held, and for the lover to be loved.

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8. A hungry stomach, an empty pocket and a broken heart can teach the best lessons of life.

A hungry stomach, an empty pocket and a broken heart can teach the best lessons of life.
A hungry stomach, an empty pocket and a broken heart can teach the best lessons of life.

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9. He said, “you are beautiful.” I told him, “‘beautiful’ is a lazy way to describe me.”

He said, "you are beautiful." I told him, "'beautiful' is a lazy way to describe me."
He said, “you are beautiful.” I told him, “‘beautiful’ is a lazy way to describe me.”
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10. Did you really have a bad day or did you have a bad 10 – 20 minutes where you let your thoughts run undisciplined which let you to a bad vibe that you let carry you away? Cmon, bro…you run this shit. Pay attention.

Did you really have a bad day or did you have a bad 10 - 20 minutes where you let your thoughts run undisciplined which let you to a bad vibe that you let carry you away? Cmon, bro...you run this shit. Pay attention.
Did you really have a bad day or did you have a bad 10 – 20 minutes where you let your thoughts run undisciplined which let you to a bad vibe that you let carry you away? Cmon, bro…you run this shit. Pay attention.
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 11.22.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. I don’t know how to act my age. I’ve never been this age before.
I don't know how to act my age. I've never been this age before.
I don’t know how to act my age. I’ve never been this age before.

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2. You know what’s sexy? A real conversation.

You know what's sexy? A real conversation.
You know what’s sexy? A real conversation.
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3. Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.

Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.
Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.

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4. Smiling does not necessarily mean you’re happy. Sometimes it just means you’re strong.

Smiling does not necessarily mean you're happy. Sometimes it just means you're strong.
Smiling does not necessarily mean you’re happy. Sometimes it just means you’re strong.
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5. Don’t wait too long to do something, because sometimes you don’t get a second chance.

Don't wait too long to do something, because sometimes you don't get a second chance.
Don’t wait too long to do something, because sometimes you don’t get a second chance.

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6. You attract the energy that you give off. Spread good vibes. Think positively. Enjoy life.