Nadine on…R-E-S-P-E-C-T

It is far too easy to confuse approval with respect. And almost impossible to please All of the people All of the time.

Just because someone approves of your actions does not mean they respect you for them. 

Respect is something that is earned. Over time.

Approval is too often times dolled out in wash tubs full by people who are “like minded.” They approve of you and your actions because they too are seeking your approval for theirs. Doesn’t make them right. 

I know because I spent the first 40 years seeking the approval of others. Then either through hormones or an Ephiphany I just stopped caring. Respect became more important than approval. 

Respect is the by-product of pleasing God and approving yourself. It is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by abilities, qualities or achievements. 

I hope when I depart that I am respected and admired more than approved of. The qualities I hold near and dear like loyalty, honesty, commitment and trust are the legacy I hope to elicit from others memories of me. Not approval. 

It’s not that I’m mean. I just truly don’t care about approval. Ambivalence at its finest. 

But I do care about respect. 

And praise. Don’t forget to praise one another. Show and speak gratitude. 

Give respect and praise to those around you for their accomplishments…and forgiveness for their shortcomings. 

Respectfully yours,

Nadine Bodine

Your VERY Best friend in the whole wide world

Nadine’s Top Ten reasons why 2015 was a good year


#10 ~ Relocated the HFTP to the beach! With my sweet Baboo

#9 ~ Landed new job within 3 days of Jose’s new job offer so that we could live in the same town

#8 ~ Had a blast with my Cousins down for Lone Star Rally

#7 ~ Made friends with some amazing neighbors

#6 ~ Found great little church to plug in to

#5 ~ Not debt free but much closer to a debt free retirement

#4 ~ Still live within 5 minutes of a Whataburger in Texas!

#3 ~ Completed Book 3 of a 7 book series

#2 ~ I’m NOT pregnant

And the Number One good thing about 2015 is that by God’s glory and grace we get to move on to 2016 with fresh new ideas for self improvement and personal growth! 

And all God’s people said…Amen. 


Nadine Bodine

Your VERY Best friend in the whole wide world