Smiley Faces in the Most Peculiar Places

I have a challenge for you.  A fun challenge.  It started on my Facebook page and I thought I’d share it with all of y’all.  So, here’s the deal:

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As I’m about to scrub bell pepper, onion, rice, butter and Lord knows what else off my stove, I notice a face smiling back at me. Before I remove its smile, I thought this might be a great lesson/game for all of us today. How many smiling faces can you find and snap a picture of and share it with us? It could be anywhere on anything or anyone. What can you find?

Submit any smiley faces you find, as many as you find.  I look forward to smiling back at your smiley faces.  😉

Need a Little Spice in Your Life? Change Things Up!

You know how sometimes you’re down in the dumps or just tired of the same ole’ rigmarole day in, day out?  Do you feel like a robot having the same consistent routine?  Let’s change things up a little, shall we?  These are simple, quick (or most are) and sure-fire ways of getting you out of your funk.  At least, they help me.  I hope they help you, too.

Doing just one thing differently in your day can make all the difference you need to perk yourself up.  Whether it’s a task you normally have to do and you just do it a little differently with the intention of having fun with it, or it’s a new task altogether — it can make a huge difference in how you feel about your day, how you feel about yourself, and/or shift the energy flow to improve your level of funk/depression/boredom.

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So, yesterday, I set up a new piece of office equipment for my home office that I received at Christmas.  Yes, it had been sitting there in the box, collecting dust for nearly a month and I finally made the time to set that sucker up, connected my new printer/scanner/copier to my laptop and my cell phone WiFi, baby!  Yea!  One less thing to worry about, plus it makes our lives easier if we want to print something from our laptops in another room or our cell phones from another city/state.  And yes, it stressed me in the beginning, but now that it’s figured out and done, I’m oh so happy.

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Another thing I did was put my hair in a little up-do.  I work from home, so I usually just wear my hair down or flick it back in a pony tail.  The updo made me feel kind o’ sassy!  And maybe even just a little sexy.  😉  Now, this may not work for the guys out there unless, of course, your hair is long enough for this, but I can’t really recommend the up-do, in this case.  I just can’t.

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The deal is, you need to find something, if it’s just one thing in your day, to do in a different way, to bring a smile to your face, or attempt to.

Something everyone can do no matter the length of your hair:  sing at the top of your lungs to a great sounding, fun, dancy song.  Sing off key on purpose just to make yourself laugh.  ’cause laughter truly is the best medicine!

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Let me know how it goes?  Let me know what you did differently yesterday or today.  Lata!  😉

A Poetry – Mission Statement Exercise

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Emerson had a great recipe/definition of success, don’t you think?  What would be your poem, or sort of a mission statement for success, if you were writing it for yourself and for your life and no one else’s expectation mattered?

Here’s mine:

To belly laugh and kiss loved ones, even in public, to pass on joy to strangers
To show up for those I hold dear and to have helping hands to those in need
To listen to the hearts of others, share in their joy, tears and fears, and not judge them
To seek out beauty every day, to find the good in every person
To learn and teach daily, as my child teaches me, about living, forgiving and loving
To make a positive difference in the life of another
This is to have succeeded

January Goal Accomplished! Yeeeeaaah Baaabyyyy!

Can’t you just see Austin Powers when you read that title?  Hehe!

So, what up, my sweet peeps?!  I have to say I am soooo stinkin’ excited!  Remember when I talked about setting one main goal to accomplish per month rather than a list a mile long of resolutions?  Well, let me tell ya – it totally worked (so far)!!!  I had just enough moxey to keep at it, put myself out there and rustle me up a slick contract with my hourly rate and enough hours so that I can kick some of these around the clock jobs to the curb.  Yesh!

Now, well… maybe not now, but soon, I will be able to get back to 8 hours of sleep per night, fit in some time to be creative and work on my book.  Oh, and guess what?!  The voices are awake!  I’ve only taken enough time to jot down some points to jog my memory and fit in time to work it out later.  I’m just so excited that I’m finally gonna have time to write, hang out with my invisible/imaginary friends, get some quality and quantity of sleep, time to catch up with my friends in the blogosphere, time to catch up with local friends, maybe take in a lunch and maybe dinner and drinks!  Nice!

I actually got a wild hair and was thinking I’d go to that Valentine’s Party I was invited to but not quite sure I’m ready to be that bold, yet.  Not sure I’m ready to put myself out there like that.  Yes, there will be a lot of singles there.  Yikes!  I hate the whole dating bit anyway.  I’d rather meet a man in the produce aisle over a melon or something.  You know?  Tall, dark and handsome keeps glancing at me from the cantaloupes.  His brooding eyes…  His pirate smile…  His drown in my sea of bluest of blue eyes…  He casually comes over and asks, “Ahem.  ‘scuse me, Miss?  It is… Miss, isn’t it?  How do you know if the melon’s ripe or not?”  Our hands touch and we just know.  The Angels start singing.  It’s LOVE, baby!  Okay, I’m getting a little carried away.  And great, right when I wrote “LOVE,” Austin Powers hijacked my daydreamy McDreamy, dangflabbit!  And I haven’t even had any wine, yet!  Go figure.

Since I’ve met my January main goal, I ponder whether I should go ahead and start working on my February main goal or add another goal to January.  Hmm…  Things that make me go hmm.  I’ll have to think on that a while.  Or maybe I’ll think on that t’morro’.  A little Miss Scahlet, anyone?

I’m so looking forward to my new schedule.  When those regular new checks start popping up in the next week and a half, my new life begins!  Yea!!!

Update to Intention of Love

Mama, Hallie and I went out Saturday and had a fun-filled day, with laughter, silliness and lots of love!  We went to see Into the Woods (I don’t recommend), then to eat lunch.  Olive Garden was packed due to the Blues Marathon thingy going on, so we went further away from town and ate at Applebee’s.  Good call.  Got groceries and coffee and came home.  We enjoyed each other so much.  We were silly and talked and laughed.  I’m sure we were acting crazy in the grocery store.  I was smooching on them.  Hallie was smooching on us.  Mama tried to walk further ahead as to fool the public into not mistaking her for being with us.  LOL!

I smiled at strangers more.  A little girl in the restaurant was looking over at me and Hallie and I smiled and waved at her.  She smiled and waved back.  I tried to stay mindful and present at all times.  I did at one point catch the three of us on our cell phones during lunch for which I immediately put my phone down and apologized.  Then they did the same.  Ah, old habits.  When we were driving through Seattle Drip to snag our favorite beverages, Mama handed me some money to give to the Barista toward the next person’s order, which inspired me to do the same.  Felt soooo stinkin’ good!  I’m only telling you this in hopes it will inspire you with some ideas of spreading love and kindness in your neck of the woods.  Sometimes, even when you don’t have much money, giving $5 or $10 toward helping someone else out and putting a smile on their face — well, it’s worth so much more than that mere $5 or $10.  It makes your heart leap and fills you with joy.  And you don’t even have to be around to know you created some smiles and warmed someone’s heart and perhaps inspired them to do the same.

Anywho, needless to say, this was a wonderful day, especially starting with the intention of being loving and mindful and present.  I hope this can inspire you to set an intention that will not only fill you up with joy but overflow and spill out and onto everyone around you.  You have much to offer, much to give.  All you need to do is set that intention and be mindful throughout the day of your intention and stir it up.

Please leave a comment and let me know what intention you’re setting today.  I know that all of us can benefit from your ideas and your stories.  Who knows?  You just might inspire someone.

Join in and Pay It Forward Initiative

After all the recent terrible tragedies that have happened and are happening, this world needs as much kindness as it can get. I’m participating in the ‘Pay it Forward’ initiative: The first five people who comment on this post (actually 4 spots left) with “I’m in” will receive a surprise from me at some point during the next calendar year – anything from a book, a ticket, something homemade, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.

These five people must make the same offer on their Facebook status or Blog Post or Twitter. Once my first five have commented “I’m in” and I’ve messaged you back, you can copy and paste it, and put it on your status so that we can form a web of connection of kindness. Let’s do more nice and loving things in 2015, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other. Here’s to an enjoyable, friendly and love filled year! God bless you all!

An Intention of LOVE

So, I was taking a moment (needed a bit of inspiration as I’ve been lacking lately with an overload of work) to read (something I haven’t made time for lately) a couple of intention setting, behavior and outlook changing articles.

Today, I begin an experiment — an experiment with the self, my mind, my body, my soul, my attitude and behavior, my mindfulness, my energy to and fro, my engagement with everything around me (my participation with life).

My main intention for this entire day is LOVE.  I will be loving and nurturing and kind to myself.  I will look in the mirror and tell myself ‘I love you,’ and ‘You are love, I am love,’ and ‘I am loving, I am worthy of love, I accept love, I give love.’

I think many of us don’t show enough love to ourselves.  I know I don’t.  I’m always too hard on myself.

I will go out into the world today and engage with everyone I see, whether it’s to look into their eyes and smile, speak a kind ‘Hi’ or engage in a conversation, no matter how small.

I will not:

1.  Judge others on their hairdo, their clothing choices, their eating habits, nor their rusty car in front of me coughing too much exhaust.

2.  Engage in road rage, no matter if a slow car is in the fast lane, or Grandma is driving 40 mph on the 70 mph interstate.

3.  Complain or frown or huff when I get to the check out at the grocery store and the line is a mile long or someone is digging through their purse to cough up the change to pay for their $86.94 worth of groceries and they haven’t even put their bags of items in their cart yet.

I will:

1.  Realize and appreciate that everyone has the right to be who they are, look how they choose, eat what and how they want and be happy for them that they still have a mode of transportation.

2.  Remain calm and carry patience.  If I have to take longer to get somewhere, there must be a reason and I’m okay with that.  Maybe we are being protected from a wreck that could have occurred had we arrived in an area a little sooner.

3.  Be patient and kind.  If I expect others to be patient and kind to me, then I must do the same for them.  We never know what someone else’s deal is.  Sometimes, all someone needs is a smile or some gentle patience.  We already go through life at hyper-speed, so we need to learn how to slow down anyway.  This might be that chance to speak kindly to the other person waiting behind me.  Who knows?  I might meet a new friend.

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My experiment and intention for today is LOVE.  To practice love.  To be loving.  To be LOVE.

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The weekend is usually when Mama (lives just next door), Hallie and I pack it up and either take a day trip/road trip, or go to the movies, or out to eat lunch, or just simply to get groceries for the following week.  Today, we’ll be checking out the movie ‘Into the Woods,’ eating lunch at a new restaurant (if I can talk Mama into it) and getting groceries.  Yea!  Many opportunities to engage with others and practice this experiment.

Oh, you know, I always try to be loving with others around me, but honestly, sometimes I’m in my own little 3 girl world where I’m only paying attention to Mama, Hallie and myself, and if I notice others around me, I can be ugly at times, noticing someone shopping in their pajamas or smirking at someone’s blue hair.  We can all be ugly and judgmental toward others at times.  And sometimes, I don’t hardly pay attention to anyone around me.  I’m going in to get what I need to get and get out.  I don’t necessarily like shopping for groceries or clothes or anything else.  I don’t necessarily like fighting crowds or traffic or the rude person working the check out counter who would obviously be doing anything else on a Saturday than be working with all these ungrateful people.

I don’t usually set any intention when I go out on a weekend except to enjoy the company of my most beloved peeps that I’m hangin’ with.  But I wanted to start living my life a bit differently.  I want to live on purpose, purposefully.  I want to set intentions and be mindful at all times.  I want to stir my insides up and spoon out more of the good in myself and see/look for the good in others.

I will look into their eyes and SEE them!  I will look for their soul, not see their shell.  Living is not about outer appearance anyway.

Today is all about LOVE.  And mindfulness that I stay in that place of love all the day long with myself and others.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  I love you, my darling!!!  Have a WONDERFUL day, won’t you?  *smooch*  *squishy hug*  🙂

What intention are you setting today?

 

Raging Storms of Unity and of Crazy Invention

Anne“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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So true, right?!  These are partly the reasons I miss writing and reading so much.  If all I can do is steal away five minutes to post a favorite inspiring quote and put in my two cents, it’s worth hiding from work that long and decreasing that isolation by about ten percent.  Funny how just five minutes talking to your friends through a short blog can ease tension and frustration and free the soul, even for just a bit.

But you know, I miss my imaginary friends, too.  I haven’t been able to converse with them in a while and I think they’re angry with me, because they’re giving me the silent treatment.  I wonder what would happen if I actually had one hour to spare to sit down and work on a nice piece of fiction.  Would anyone come out to play?  If I fixed tea and brought out some shortbread?  I have a great recipe.  I can be a lovely hostess.  I’m trying to figure out a way soon to square away one solid hour for such a treat.  How I wonder what will happen?!  I clasp my hands to my heart as if a silly school girl having been asked to the school dance by the cutest boy in class.

My anticipation is both intoxicating and m-m-m-making m-me j-j-j-jittery at the thought, “What if I’m sitting there with the tea and cookies and no one shows up?  What if they are still wanting to be silent?  What then?  What’ll I do?!”  If you stifle the voices for months till they no longer speak to you, do they start talking again when you invite them?  I never actually invited them before.  They were just there, hanging out in the recesses of my mind, sometimes sleeping and then screaming at me at 2am to get up and listen!  Sometimes one voice.  Sometimes several.  One scene.  Then another and another, flooding my mind as I gasp for breath and plead with them to slow down, “I can’t keep up!”  Once the writing starts, the mojo kicks in 30 minutes later (unless it’s the voices at 2am, which means mojo begins on hyper overload) and it’s like a movie playing and I soooo wish I could tape record everything so I wouldn’t miss anything.  It’s nice that I get reruns on this thing or I think I just might die.

Does anyone out there deal with this?  Or am I the only crazy?

Ready to Get Naked?

566“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.”
Paulo Coelho

LOL!  Did your eyeballs pop out at that title?