Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Life is Short – Buy the Shoes! by D.G. Kaye

Welcome back to the second of post from the archives of Debby Gies...this post amused me as well as inspired a recent purchase – yes I am a shoes hoarder too….and Debby is absolutely right. Life is too short!

High heel shoes

“Life is short—buy the shoes.” This is a small sentence, although packed with some good advice. I took a little writing journal with me on my recent vacation and this quote was the title of the journal.

The cover had a pretty caricature of a girl, happily skipping among flowers while wearing pink stilettos, which captured my attention. Anybody who knows me, knows how much I love shoes, so buying the journal was a no brainer for me.

I found the cute little journal while looking around in the stationery section of a gift store in Arizona. Every time I picked it up, it reminded me not to hem and haw over little decisions in life which we tend to let grow so grand sometimes in our thoughts. And I bought it.

With so much sickness and evil in the world, we shouldn’t be burdening ourselves with petty worries. We have to remember to have gratitude in the little moments that make us feel happy.

If we come across some item that makes us feel good and brings us a smile then I say indulge. You like it, you buy it! If it doesn’t cut into your life savings or living budget, and it brings you joy, then go for it!

“Sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring us pleasure and can fill a dark day with sunnier skies.”

Life’s too short, found in a storefront window in Sedona, Arizona

©D.G. Kaye 2015

D.G. Kaye writes memoirs and non-fiction including The Words We Carry. The book explores the damage that can be done to our self-esteem with unguarded or unkind words when we are young.

About Words We Carry

“I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?
D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth.
Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.

One of the recent reviews for the book

As a writer, I have immense respect for fellow writers who share their personal journeys and challenges with the sole intent to help ease the burdens of others. In Words We Carry: Essays of Obsession and Self-Esteem, Author D.G. Kaye not only shares her very personal journey to self-worth, she does so with an enlightened, grateful heart. Personally, I loved Kaye’s candid, engaging, and often times humourous writing style. This is an incredibly personal read and one that offers guided hope and encourages self-reflection.

Our lives are shaped by our experiences; every encounter, every moment holds the capacity to build us or break us. Our resiliency to endure and overcome, in large part, correlates with how we see ourselves, how we value our self-worth. Kaye doesn’t profess to be an expert on this topic; the value of this book lies in the authentic approach in which she shares her personal journey. Our self-esteem and personal acceptance are intrinsic to a life of fulfillment, a life of joy. Our ability to celebrate our unique qualities and embrace our imperfections is not a simple endeavour, but it is possible. Amazing things transpire from this inner peace, and this memoir is a testament to that truth. Kaye brilliantly shares her journey to self-love, her tenacious spirit shines bright, her words are an offering of hope for those who may be struggling to chart their own course. Her approach is genuine, her encouragement sincere. She is in your corner! A highly recommended high-star read!

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About D.G. Kaye

d-g-kayeDebby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

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My thanks to Debby for this inspiring invitation to partake in life’s small pleasures.. and since we are being open about some of these small things that make us happy….. how about putting your secret vice in the comments section…. within reason!!!



97 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Life is Short – Buy the Shoes! by D.G. Kaye

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  3. Wonderful post from Debbie. If we could just print this on a teeshirt and make all newsreaders wear it ‘We have to remember to have gratitude in the little moments that make us feel happy!’
    The world would already be a better place!!

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  4. I have one pair of shoes and I wear them until they’re full of hole and the soles fall off. Then I get a new pair. But what wonderful advice in general. If we have the choice, choose what makes us happy. Great post from Debby. Thanks for sharing, Sally. 🙂

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  5. Ahhhh shoes and more shoes…If it makes you happy but I am a flip flop girl now..lots of pretty colours and too many so I am told..Phfffff what do men know?…But my love of impossibly high heels lives on and my beautiful daughter can even sprint in hers…how I don’t know and little Lily…she is learning ( good girl)…lol..on every visit we go shoe shopping and she loves looking through mine …the ones and I am in total agreeance with Sal on this one I would need an epidural to wear them…lolz..but young Lil has her eyes firmly fixed on some of them and loves trying them on….But I agree with Debs if it makes you happy in this world and you can then… Buy the shoes!

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  6. I agree about not only shoes, Debby, but also about any kind of clothes or other items that make you happy. Life is way too short! We only go around once, let’s make it memorable and happy! I especially love kitchen gadgets!
    I used to buy tons of shoes but can’t wear the high heels anymore at my age. I am wobbly to begin with! But I still like to look at shoe departments and do buy low-heeled shoes and sandals and flip flops. It drives my husband crazy!!!! He always steers me away from the shoes when we go shopping in the mall. He watches my eyes as we come down the escalator because I am already straining to see the shoes as I get closer to the shoe department below. Life is good with a comfortable shoe!!! Love & hugs to you girls! Xoxo ❤️

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  7. A great post and so true!! As Cinderella once said, “One shoe can change your life!” and another person said, “Anything is possible with the right shoes.” I see there are a number of us here who collect shoes.

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