“Courage is Being Scared to Death, but Saddling up Anyway.”

I don’t always feel courageous. I often feel scared, worried, hesitant that my decisions will somehow negatively affect something or someone. Regarding times of chaos and crisis, I been asked, “how do you handle the stress?” or “how did you stay so calm?”

I remember saying, “Have you ever seen a duck floating around a pond? they just glide across the water, smooth and calm. But, If you look under the surface, you’ll see their feet paddling 90 to nuthin. That’s how I feel. I’m terrified but I somehow get through it.”

I was given this gift yesterday, a friend who started wood burning this year made it for me. She captured my love for horses and a life principle ingrained in me at childhood in one piece of art.


We had horses at the children’s home and at one of my foster homes (the one I lived at the longest-the one that is still family to this day). I’ve been around horses most of my childhood/teen years. Got to help break & train them as young as 11yrs old. the number one rule is no matter what happens, if you fall off or thrown off, you get back on that horse. No matter how hurt, no matter how scared, you get back on–even if its just a few minutes.

I hadn’t realized how that principle has somehow become applied to so many aspects of my life. No matter how scared, how hurt, how unsure,  you show up, you do your best. You harness your fear and you get on that horse.

Sylvia Jo’s Friday Favorites


Happy Friday Everyone! As I make it through the week, I am making a point to note my favorite personal moments–because it’s important to focus on the good stuff that happens in life. Additionally I’m posting my favorite blog, new blogger, video, and app for the week. Who knows, maybe something here will be helpful to you. I hope so.

Continue reading

It’s a giveaway! Check this out to win a copy of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff!

For any of my readers who love to read, here is a new book review site that seems off to a great start and she’s also doing a give away at the moment.

Kelly New Book

My social media presence is pretty small, but I wanted to start giving away the books that I read and review. The fact that I’m not a well known blogger means that you guys have a wayyyy better chance of winning than a normal giveaway would allow for.


  • Gotta be following my blog 🙂 You can choose to follow me here or on Tumblr. Whichever suits your fancy!
  • Reblog this post to be entered to win.
  • US only.
  • Giveaway ends September 15th, 2017.
  • Once a winner is randomly chosen, I’ll contact you for your shipping info.

That’s it! Super simple and you’ll be entered to win my copy of Nevernight! My review of this incredible book can be found here. The copy I’m sending is in great condition but it has been read through once by myself. But hey, free book!

Would you all like me to…

View original post 30 more words

Ohhh, He’s Gonna Get Me This Time

Out of breath. 


Locked in the closet hoping my husband has gone away.

Ear to the door I’m checking for any sound that might indicate his presence.

It’s been 5 minutes since I last checked. Surely he has given up. 

Somewhere out there, he’s stalking around the house with a Jack Nicholson crazy eye and a completely loaded, ice-cold, water filled, SUPER SOAKER, waiting to exact his revenge.

He’s so over the top, all this because someone (maybe me, ok.. me) was shooting rubber bands at him while he tried to watch his college football.
These are the moments I love ❤️.

Better Late Than Never

img_7421This is late I know. Setting this up took longer than expected, and I considered changing the name to hide its lateness.  I’ve decided to own my lateness, post it anyway and get my Friday Faves out on time next week.

Anyway here is my favorite moment, blog, new blogger, video and app for the past week. I hope you enjoy them. Cheers!

Continue reading