Mar

31

Number 81 on my DayZero list of 101 things in 1001 days was to Go to a City I’ve Never Been to and I did that a few weeks ago. A good friend invited me to go along with her for a girls day in another city up North that I haven’t been to but once, and it was the perfect opportunity to meet up with a few other wonderful friends. My friend and I traveled to a smaller town to a friends house- where we got in her car and headed to the city. It was my first time in her town and certainly not my last. I didn’t have a chance to explore, but she’s a wonderful sister friend and I’m looking forward to going back, spending more time with her and exploring. It was a fun day with lots of laughter and great shopping.

My ‘list’ says I have 619 days to get everything complete- and even though I haven’t checked them off- there are things that I’ve done- so I need to start sharing more of my list. There are also a few things that are on my list that I’m no longer interested in doing (funny how things change) so I may actually change it this coming week, or I may leave the things on there and just see where it takes me.

Mar

27

Thinking

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I’ve been doing a lot of reprogramming my thought process and thinking about what ” I ” really want for my life and making it happen. I’ve really noticed lately that when we start to change and do things that work best and one up for us to live better lives for ourselves that there are those who balk at every breath. Sometimes we find ourselves going back to old patterns just to keep everyone else happy- even though that means not doing what is best for us. I’ve been guilty of that in the past, but I’ve been working on breaking that pattern. Those who care will get it as they want to see me soar as well, and those who don’t, well- lesson learned.

Mar

16

Moving Right Along

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Hard to believe that I’ve been on my little Facebook hiatus for one week now. I honestly thought it was going to be really hard, but I’ve found that it hasn’t been hard at all. Sure, there are some things that I miss, and definitely miss some people, but many are dropping me a note here and there to say hi. That’s always appreciated.

I’ve been getting a lot done, plus taking time to do other things that I haven’t taken much time to do – like sitting in the sun with a cup of coffee reading and exercising more. On the exercise level, I’m still not where I want to be, but I’m getting there- little by little. Life is indeed good!!

Mar

16

Decorating Inspiration

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One of the biggest places I get ideas for the home these days are Pinterest and home improvement shows. I know some people aren’t fans of reality TV, and I don’t like all shows, but anything that can inspire me has me hooked.

Once I see something, I’ll go online and start a search until I find what I’m looking for, like the show I saw on bathroom remodeling raleigh nc. I saw a few things I think would be a great addition to our bath and without the show I may have never come up with the inspiration. I LOVE things that inspire- regardless of what it is.

Mar

11

On Gratitude and Spring

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Yesterday I started a little Facebook hiatus in order to try to spend more time focused on other things that were far more pressing. My original plan was to just ‘go’ and not mention it to but a few of my closest friends and family (who I have contact with outside of Facebook), but then decided that since I get quite a few messages daily, that I really didn’t want people to think that I’d just ‘disappeared’, so I posted a little hiatus announcement. I love Facebook and most of my favorite people are there- but I’ve been spinning my wheels on a few things, and I knew that I really didn’t need the distraction- and lets face it- Facebook is a huge distraction. I don’t spend hours at a time on Facebook and 90% of the time it’s via the iPad or iPhone, but 20 minutes here and there adds up to precious time that can be better spent somewhere else – so I said adios for a while. It’s only day two and I know that it was the right decision.

This morning I woke up feeling grateful about many things. I was thrilled to look out and see blue skies (something we’ve seen far too little of lately), plus to see that my plants are starting to show a little green. Spring is definitely almost here and today’s weather is that confirmation.

 

My Gratitude List for March 11, 2012.

Today I’m Grateful for:

  • Sitting for hours with a dear friend, drinking coffee and chatting about everything.
  • The gorgeous blue skies and the way the sun feels against my skin.
  • Seeing little hints of Spring everywhere I look.
  • Chia seeds- my new ‘favorite thing’ and the abundance of energy¬† I seem to be getting from them.
  • Learning to let go and do what works for me- not what others expect of me.

Mar

8

Plan

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Part of my new ‘plan’ is to post here more often and to get back into a regular blogging routine. I think because I’ve kind of gotten out of the habit- that in spite of having a lot that I want to say- I just haven’t collected my thoughts enough to sit down and write- espcially nothing of great interest. So, that’s part of my plan of things I want to do in the coming time. I have many stories and life lessons to share.

Right now- I have a husband who wants to eat, so I guess that has to be my priority- even though I’d rather sit and write. More to come.

Mar

8

Hippity Hoppity

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I saw crocuses today and that means only one thing- Spring is coming! It also means that I’ve got the fever to start thinking about spending time outside and possibly getting something new for the garden, like a bright red offset umbrella that I saw and fell in love with. BBQ’s, small intimate parties with close friends- all things I can’t wait to do. Spring is here and I’m predicing it’s going to be a great one.

Mar

7

Focus and Refocus

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I’m on the road to refocusing some things in my life. I’m a person who really believes if something isn’t working in our lives- then it’s up to us to take the steps to change it.

For the past couple of years- I’ve been unfocused on many things. My head is a minefield of thoughts and I’m always tiptoeing around one thing to the other and never really getting anywhere. If you know me at all, then you know that defintely isn’t who I am yet for the past two years that’s exactly who I’ve become.

I have recognized why and how- but now it’s time to do something about it- recognizing hasn’t been enough. So I’m taking a little break to focus on me- completely on my health and well-being and what I need to do to stop spinning my wheels and get that forward momentum going again.

I’m off in a ditch somewhere- and because I’ve gotten into this loop of odd thinking- I’m finding it hard to get back up. That’s how I know it’s time for change- because what I’m doing isn’t working. It’s time to reinvent what works for me- and make it happen and believe me- it will.

Mar

7

Things that make You go Hmm

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Last week Marcel and I were picking up some supplies to fill an order I had for this week. We were walking through one of my favorite stores and I noticed a barcode scanner lying on the shelf. I assume it was something that they use to place orders or maybe keep up with inventory. For some reason I had this urge to hide it behind the boxes of candy it was lying in front of. I don’t know why- but I just did. I didn’t do it- but I thought about it long and hard. It left me wondering though- how often things like that do happen.

Feb

19

Sense from Nonsense

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Being in the land of ‘dizziness’ has given me a lot of time to think. It has also given me some moments of frustration since I don’t do well sitting still for days on end- but that’s a story for another day. I take this as being my body’s way of telling me to stop and slow down for a lttle while. I finally stopped stressing about it and started listening.. Since then I’ve slept better and even though I’m still dizzy- I’m not constantly thinking about what needs to be done that I can’t accomplish at the moment. This is temporary and I’m doing what I can. That is what matters.

I am a thinker, an analyzer and sometimes that isn’t to my benefit. I overthink and overcomplicate some things, although I’ve gotten much better with that in recent years. I’m still a work in progresss, but I’m really starting to realize what matters more and what doesn’t.

There was a time (even recently) when I would give a lot of time thinking about why certain people tend to be so catty and negative about people they are supposedly friends with. I was one of those people that they did that with on occasion. I did not get it, but would spend hours evaluating it from every angle trying to ‘get it’. Finally- I realized that I wouldn’t get it- because I can’t see things from a perspective of jealousy.

I’m not a jealous person. I’m not sure if I ever have been, although I’m sure the green monster has reared its head in my life at some point- it’s not something I can remember. I have insecurities- but on the whole, I’m confident in who I am. I want the people that I love and care about to be happy and successful and when they have triumphs and joys- I’m genuinely thrilled for them. I cheer them on and it brings my heart joy to see them succeed. So- I learned that it is impossible for me to understand the mentality of someone who begrudges another for their successes or who feels that their way is the only way. (We are all different people and have different ways of doing things- it doesn’t make one right and the other wrong- just different. I celebrate differences and have often learned things from seeing someone elses perspective.) I’m not interested in being a cookie cutter version of anyone. I’m me and I’m glad of that!

So I’ve learned in this week- so that makes it time not wasted.. I’ve learned you can’t make sense from someone elses nonsense when your thoughts and ideals are completely different. It makes it easy to just shake my head and move on.