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Lives of Value by Sharleen Cooper Cohen


Suzanne Winston is on top of the world when her latest novel makes the New York Times best-sellerlist. To her younger sister, Steffani Blacker, Suzanne has it all—or nearly. A successful writer of popular fiction, mother of three, and a beautiful, vivacious woman recently free of an unhappy marriage, Suzanne seems to be someone to envy and to admire. Steffani is also brilliant and beautiful but is desperately ill with Gaucher’s disease, the painful hereditary illness that has plagued her since childhood. Unable to bear children, too easily led into wild, intense intimacy with the wrong men, Steffani is determined to live every moment before her time runs out. And so Steffani, terribly brave yet terrified of dying, is tempted to settle old scores and get even with “perfect” Suzanne in all the ways a sister can wound a Sister: with a word, a phone call, or a careless betrayal of secrets.

But what Steffani doesn’t see is the deep insecurity and dark feelings that shadow Suzanne’s carefully controlled world of family home, and career. Suzanne’s ex-husband, Alex, the handsome, successful attorney she adored since she was a teenager, has left her scarred and mistrustful of men. Then a disturbing anonymous letter threatens to destroy her reputation and leave her financially ruined. Suddenly her comfortable Los Angeles life-style, her family and friends, and her fabulous success are slipping away into a nightmare existence that will shake her loyalties and values, and even endanger her life. In this crisis, Suzanne must learn whom she can trust–the new man who holds out an irresistible promise of passion, the sister she both loves and resents, the parents who are wrapped up in their own pain.

A saga that evokes contemporary life with a piercing reality explores the complex, wondrous, and difficult relationship between sisters, and spins out an edge-of-the-seat tale of a woman persecuted by an unseen enemy, LIVES OF VALUE is exquisite in its rendering offeelings every woman will recognize, and satisfying in its celebration of caring, forgiveness, and love.

 – Sharleen Cooper Cohen, Author


Yesterday I bought this book, Lives of Value by Sharleen Cooper Cohen. It is rated 4 stars in Goodreads so I guess this is a good book. 🙂



Date the girl who waits. She knows good things are worth waiting for. Find her not on Tinder, Ok Cupid or Skout. She’s too busy living life to be filtering good lookers online or chatting up strangers behind a screen. Instead, find her smiling to herself as she browses through books in an indie book store. Find her laughing heartily in a group of friends at a cafe in town.

The girl who waits is one moment the sweet girl next door, and the next moment, the life of a party.

It’s easy to spot the girl who waits. Oblivious to her surroundings, she charms those around her with her confidence and her bubbly personality.You know you’ve found the girl who waits when you see a girl happy just being herself. When you see her, start a conversation and make her laugh. You can be certain it’s her if she infects you with joy without even trying.

The girl who waits doesn’t worry or envy when she sees her friends happily in love. Because deep down she knows it’s a matter of time before she gets her turn.

She’s confident enough to not to settle with just anyone, because the girl who waits is the girl who loves not when she’s lonely. The girl who waits, understands the difference between being alone and being lonely.

Ask her out on a date. Know she’ll refuse because chances are, she’s got plans of her own. But don’t stop trying, because when she finally opens up to you, you will realize that the wait was worth the while.

Date the girl who waits. She’ll never take you for granted. After months or even years of holding out for the right guy, appreciation and commitment come naturally. She won’t back out of the relationship after years of dating, citing reasons of uncertainty of whether you’re the one, because you know she has done everything she has needed to as a singleton and she has met sufficient guys to know you’re the one she wants to be with. She’ll be thankful for every moment with you because the activities she once had to do alone, she now has you as company.

Take her out on a date. You’ll experience appreciation and desire when she naturally reaches out for your hand. Date the girl who waits, because when she finally entrusts you with her heart, you know she’s true to you.

Fall in love with the girl who waits. She has gone through sufficient heartbreaks to know how to love. She understands the delicate balance of personal space and couple time. Having been a swinging bachelorette, you can be certain that she has a life of her own. She won’t be clingy and neither will she stop you from hanging with the boys. She’ll be the best friend who taunts you to make your soccer watching experience fun but she’ll also be the sweet girl who’ll cuddle you at home on a rainy day.

The girl who waits would have a life of her own. She’ll tell you about her backpack adventures. She’ll take you to her favorite hideouts. She’ll strum you a song on her guitar and watch her favorite movies snuggling up with you. She’ll take you to meet her friends. She’ll hold your hand and take you on new escapades.

Date the girl who waits, because she is the girl who knows what she’s looking for. If she chooses to be with you, you can be definite it wasn’t because of convenience or loneliness.  Treasure the girl who waits, because she, who doesn’t settle despite it all, is the girl who will love you for you.

Love the girl who waits. She’s confident and happy by herself, but chooses to let you in despite knowing you could very well hurt her. If she forsakes her freedom for you, keep her. If she can love you without any baggage from her previous heartbreaks and failed relationships, don’t just love her back.  Love her, and even more.

Maybe you’ve met her, maybe you haven’t. But when you finally do, don’t let her go.


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Get Inspired: Blog Ideas for 2014

The Blog

Write more. Paint more. Photograph more. 

Do something amazing. Go down a different path.

Challenge myself. 

New year’s resolutions — you might make ’em, or you may think they’re trite and a waste of time. Whatever the case, you’re here, aren’t you? Exploring, contemplating your next blog post, and scheming up 2014. We closed out 2013 with a showcase of year-long, daily, and weekly projects, so let’s brainstorm ways, big and small, to get your work out into the world in 2014.

Think big

the wanderers

Photographer and writer Stephanie Dandan at Infinite Satorisets off for Asia soon to work on a photo storybook called The Wanderers. Traveling solo, Stephanie will meet other explorers on her journey and tell their stories. She lays out her project on Kickstarter, and its design aesthetic — and her nomadic and adventurous spirit — echo the work she publishes on her blog.

But thinking…

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Sometimes you need to leave those people that are close to you but it doesn’t mean they don’t matter to you. It’s just that you want to explore the world, to know your capabilities, and to face new challenges.

Don’t be afraid to take the risk. It’ll be worth it the end.

You can’t always get what you want and that’s ok. Maybe it’s not the right time or it’s not meant for you. Just trust Him on what’s happening to your life. He has better plans for you. 🙂

There are things a lot more painful than being a broken hearted. You keep on crying. You feel so alone. Everything just keep falling apart. You’ll get to a point wherein you’ll be mad at you damn tearducts. LOL! But for sure, those problems will just pass by.

Be careful what you wish for.

Don’t expect and assume. It’s for your own good.

Take good care of your health. Eat healthy foods and exercise.

Remind yourself that it’s ok not to be perfect.

Don’t overthink. It’ll make you crazy.

Learn to forgive. Free yourself from all the negative feelings. It is the kindest thing you can do for yourself.

50 Quotes to Help You Let Go and Live

1. As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what we need to leave behind. Sometimes walking away is a step forward.
2. You will never achieve what you are capable of if you’re too attached to things you’re supposed to let go of.
3. Sometimes there are things in our lives that aren’t meant to stay. Sometimes the changes we don’t want are the changes we need to grow.
4. Growth and change may be painful sometimes, but nothing in life is as painful as staying stuck where you don’t belong.
5. The hardest part about growing is letting go of what you were used to, and moving on with something you’re not.
6. Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what could be.
7. Don’t be afraid of change. Change happens for a reason. Roll with it. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
8. It’s usually quite hard to let go and move on, but once you do, you’ll feel free and realize it was the best decision you’ve ever made.
9. Never let your fear decide your future.
10. Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in your mind. It’s difficult to follow your heart, but it’s a tragedy to let the lies of fear stop you.
11. You can’t always wait for the perfect moment. Sometimes you must let go and dare to do it because life is too short to wonder what could have been.
12. You’re not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago. You’re always growing. Experiences don’t stop. That’s life.
13. One of the most rewarding moments in life is when you finally find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
14. Never force anything. Give it your best shot, and then let it be. If it’s meant to be, it will be. Don’t hold yourself down with things you can’t control.
15. When you stop expecting people and situations to be perfect, you can start to appreciate them for who and what they are.
16. Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Breathe deeply. Do your best. Leave everything else to the powers above you.
17. Giving up and moving on are two very different things.
18. Moving on doesn’t mean forgetting, it means you choose happiness over hurt.
19. Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak; sometimes it simply means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go and grow.
20. Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are. It could be so much worse.
21. Whatever is bringing you down, let it GO! You don’t need that negativity in your life. Keep calm and be positive. Good things will happen.
22. Some people cannot stand that you’re moving on with your life and so they will try to drag your past to catch up with you. Do not help them by acknowledging their behavior. Keep moving forward.
23. No matter how you live, someone will be disappointed. So just live your truth and be sure YOU aren’t the one who is disappointed in the end.
24. Love yourself! Forgive yourself! Accept yourself! You are YOU and that’s the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.
25. You are GOOD enough, SMART enough, FINE enough, and STRONG enough. You don’t need other people to validate you; you’re already valuable.
26. One of the most freeing things we learn in life is that we don’t have to like everyone, everyone doesn’t have to like us, and it’s perfectly OK.
27. Try not to take things other people say about you too personally. What they think and say is a reflection of them, not you.
28. If you care too much about what other people think, in a way, you will always be their prisoner.
29. Sometimes we expect more from others because we’d be willing to do that much for them. Keep loving. You’ll learn who’s worth it in the end.
30. Not everyone will appreciate what you do for them. You have to figure out who’s worth your attention and who’s just taking advantage of you.
31. Saying yes to happiness means learning to say no to the people and things that hurt you. Be wise enough to walk away from the negativity.
32. What you allow is what will continue. It’s better to be lonely than allow negative people and their opinions derail you from your destiny.
33. If you feel like your ship is sinking, it might be a good time to throw out the stuff that’s been weighing it down. Let go of people who bring you down, and surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you.
34. Just because someone has been in your life for many years, doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a point at which you finally decide to let go.
35. One of the most difficult tasks in life is removing someone from your heart.
36. You have to understand that people come and people go. That’s life. Stop holding on to those who have let go of you long ago.
37. Sometimes we don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it, because we need it, and because we cannot let go and move forward without it.
38. The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to move forward is the happiest.
39. Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Do your best to live in the NOW and make it beautiful.
40. Be wise enough to let go when you should and strong enough to hold on when you must.
41. Don’t let dumb little things break your happiness. True wealth is the ability to experience and appreciate each moment for what it’s worth.
42. Life is too short to spend at war with yourself. Practice acceptance and forgiveness. Letting go of yesterday’s troubles is your first step towards happiness today.
43. Worry gives small things a big shadow. In the end, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart, or what’s holding you together.
44. Old worries are down payments on problems you may never have. Let them go. Today is a NEW beginning; take a deep breath and START AGAIN.
45. Smile, even when it feels like things are falling apart. Smiling doesn’t always mean you’re happy; sometimes it simply means you’re strong.
46. There comes a time when you have to stop thinking about your mistakes and move on. No regrets in life – just lessons that show you the way.
47. Remember the good times, be strong during tough times, love always, laugh often, live honestly, and be thankful for each new day.
48. You can’t let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones. Don’t let the silly little dramas of each day get you down.
49. If you are diligent and patient, everything you truly need in your life will come to you at the right time.
50. Everything will fall into place eventually. Until then, learn what you can, laugh often, live for the moments, and know it’s all worthwhile.


Sometimes there are things in our lives that aren’t meant to stay. Sometimes the changes we don’t want are the changes we need to grow.

–This quote really hit me. So much experiences about it. It’s hard to let go but it’s needed. We need to grow for us to be a better and wiser person.