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Well, I am back with some more “tidbits” (lessons learned in my life).  I sure hope you can relate! 




  • Appreciate the beautiful young people in your life! Enjoy the young people and young adults who are around you… appreciate them for who they are and what they are going to become… and please don’t think you can’t learn anything from them.  I so enjoy the young ladies and gents, my daughters’ friends, in their 20’s who I am surrounded by, and I am so delighted with what they are doing with their lives!  They are our future, after all.  
  • Take time for your elderly parents, grandparents, or friends in your life!  A phone call or short visit from you will be cherished.     Sit with them, talk with them, listen to them.  Let them tell you the same story over and over and over again …. keep a smile on your face!  After all, they won’t be around forever.  
  • Know when to cut your losses and walk away from something. It could be a toxic relationship, a bad decision or other things wrong in your life.  This is a hard one – and it will be hard to adjust at first…. A year later, though, you won’t regret your decision!  
  • Love without action means nothing… love with action is everything!  Don’t say you love someone without being there for them or doing something practical for them when they need it.  
  • Some days, life just stinks…. Suck it up – better days are ahead! (And these crummy days won’t last forever.)  I believe life runs in “cycles.”  After you go through a “down” cycle, you will certainly appreciate your life when you are in an “up” cycle.  
  • Kindness is attractive… that’s right young gals! You just wait – when you get older, you will surely appreciate this one!  
  • God gives us a measure of His grace during those difficult times of need! And He never gives us more than we can handle (with His help, of course.)  Hold onto that!  
  • There is no “time limit” on grief. I realized that one after losing my parents 7 months apart.  It’s a moment by moment, day by day process, and healing comes in small doses over, for some of us, a long period of time.  
  • Your parents WERE RIGHT! That’s the truth! 
  • Give to those in need! It does not have to be money, it can be your time and your energy.  Consider volunteering!  You will not regret that you have done so.   
  • You really have to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else. It’s not often easy, and it takes time, but you can’t give out to someone else if you’ve got nothing inside for yourself. 



Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, your friend,



Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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  • Judy says:

    I’ve learned many of the same lessons in my life. I can really appreciate your thoughts on grief, I lost my mom earlier this year and it’s in those odd moments that the grief becomes so very real…. but through God’s grace and understanding we make it day by day. <3

    • Clare says:

      Oh, so sorry for your loss, Judy. It is so, so difficult grieving over the loss of someone close – and dealing with it day-by-day. So glad you stopped by!

  • You are such a wise woman. I always love your tips and advice! Again this one did not disappoint! Great insights!

    • Clare says:

      Thanks so much – I am glad you like the tips!!!!! (I’m getting older so I’ve been through some stuff) – ha ha ha – Glad you liked the post! 🙂 🙂

  • Deb Wolf says:

    Great list Clare! I really appreciated “There is no time limit on grief,” and “Know when to cut your losses.” I needed those reminders this morning. Thank you! Blessings!

    • Clare says:

      So glad you liked the tidbits, Deb. Yes, a lot of us have learned the hard way about grief… I guess it’s all part of “life”. Blessings to you, too! Thanks!

  • Bette Childress says:

    Great words of advise and wisdom.

  • Kaci Sester says:

    Great points! Taking time to spend or talk to my grandparents is huge for me 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Oh, Kaci, so glad you are spending time with your grandparents! I think that is so important! Blessings to you! 🙂

  • Katy says:

    All of your tips were awesome but I really strongly agree with the grandparents tip. My grandma was the driving force for good in my life and I’m so glad that I made time for her then and I make time for her now.


    • Clare says:

      So glad you are making time for your grandma, I am sure she really appreciates it! Glad you liked the “tips”! 🙂

  • andi says:

    learning to appreciate my mom a bit more these days – even though things weren’t always great

  • Katie says:

    Loved these tidbits; spoken from the heart like a wonderful mentor. Thank you!

  • Excellent lessons we all should learn!

    • Clare says:

      I sure have learned a lot of “life’s lessons” the hard way – but don’t we all! Some of these lessons stick with us more than others! Thanks, Brandi!

  • Thank you for such wisdom. These points are much more than tidbits. 🙂 They are valuable words to live by.

    • Clare says:

      I am so glad you can relate to these “Tidbits”, Tina! Stop back for more in the future! Thanks for stopping by!

  • I love your tidbits! They are pieces of wisdom that everyone needs to live by!

    • Clare says:

      So glad you liked the “Tidbits” Cynthia and you find them useful – more to come… in the upcoming weeks and months! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  • Kathy says:

    So glad you visited my blog about wrinkles and wider hips so I can return a visit to you! Love your nuggets of wisdom, how right on they are! Love this, “love without action means nothing… love with action is everything!” It speaks to me now with a friend in need..action is required, so thanks for the reminder! I hope to keep in touch. And Happy Belated Birthday, a few more wrinkles are a good, I think I’ll call them wisdom lines from now on! The wider hips, well..better for dancing!

    • Clare says:

      Yes, Kathy, I can certainly “relate” to the joys of getting older and getting some wrinkles! But it’s not all bad, right!!!!???? Yes, love without action does mean nothing! Hope to see you again soon! 🙂

  • Karen Dowd-Hansen says:

    Hi Clare,
    As usual, you hit it right on the head! Reading your blog, I feel like I am right next to you, sitting in a comfy chair and sipping on some good wine. You make me feel like I am not alone in the world, and that many women have the same thoughts and feelings that I do. Thank you.

    • Clare says:

      Hi Karen – I want to thank you personally for following my blog consistently and being so supportive – and so glad, too, you can relate! Yes, I believe women today – of all ages – NEED to feel like they are not alone and I try to focus on uplifting words and stories – and humor – humor for sure! Because we all need to smile! Thanks again – blessings! 🙂 🙂

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