Friday, April 18, 2014

Happiness

Did you know the United Nations (UN) dedicated an International Day of Happiness ? That’s interesting and unsettling at the same time in that the UN took note of all the unhappiness seen around the world. Why is that? 

Maybe we need to step back and take it easy and think about people and relationships. Maybe we’re thinking too much about money and things, which we all know can never give back what a human touch and smile can.

Is it possible to find happiness and contentment no matter where we are in life? One way to do that is to serve others and help people in there time of need. Maybe we can take a chance and try reaching out to make someone else happy without wanting or needing anything in return. It may be praying for someone, buying someone a cup of coffee, writing a ‘thank you’ note, calling an old friend or opening a door for a stranger.

I know from experience, it seems that the more you do for others the better you feel. Maybe when you see that someone is upset or rude, you could stop and take a deep breath and look at it from their point-of view. Maybe they had a really rough morning, maybe they’re drowning in debt or maybe they have a sick loved one or maybe they’re the one that’s sick.


Just take a moment and SMILE instead of getting frustrated. That may be the one and only smile that person will see today.

What do you do to spread happiness

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Do it afraid…


Tackle the beast that is causing you to procrastinate. There is no right or wrong way to start, just start!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Don’t confuse taking care of yourself with selfishness


This is why people forget who they are. They tend to lose themselves in a relationship and/or family. I see it all the time and I actually still have a problem with this from time to time. A healthy person and a healthy soul begin with you. When you’re happy and content it will filter through you and into your relationship/family.

Have a conversation with your partner/spouse and let them know that you need this time and that it’s an essential part of your relationship and well-being.

Taking care of yourself can be simple, but needs to be deliberate. Carve out time for you, for your sanity.

Take care of me list:

ü  Meditate
ü  Exercise
ü  Take a nice warm bath
ü  Go for a quiet drive
ü  Walk
ü  Pedicure
ü  Get your hair done
ü  Write a letter
ü  Read
ü  Go to a movie
ü  Call a friend

~start out with whatever you can carve out and build on it; even if you only can find five minutes.

It’s vital that we have balance in our lives and give ourselves permission to take care of ourselves.

Benefits of taking care of you…

confidence
self awareness
hopes
dreams
comfort
wellness
health
focus
peace


Results of not taking care of you…

anger
poor health
confusion
discord         
loneliness
depression
sadness
 resentment


Be your own best friend and take charge of your own well-being by taking care of yourself.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What a wonderful world...


You may think that I’m being a little too Pollyanna-ish, don’t leave just yet, hear me out. It truly astounds me that we have immense opportunities at our fingertips. We have the freedom to change what we’re doing and do something else or do multiple new things at a time. We can go back to school, learn to sew, bake or cook and we can start a new blog anytime. It’s truly mind blowing if you think about it.

It also amazes me at the diverse creativity and opinions people have and how far they'll go in order to express them. I have learned so much from others opinions, experiences and how they  are so willing to share with amazing detail. I want to thank each and every person for sharing their invaluable information that they worked so hard to research and compile.

It encourages me when I see how much compassion people have for one another and the risks and the sacrifices they make in helping each other out. People are good. 

We are so inundated with negative news that I think we lose sight of that. For instance, the people who helped out the victims of Superstorm Sandy, the military who fight for our freedom, the stranger who pulled a baby to safety from a wrecked car, the person who opens a door for the elderly or those with special needs and don't forget about those who Pay it Forward. God created people to be helpers and encouragers; we need each other.

We also have choices, you can choose to see the positive or negative in any situation. I would like to encourage you to take the high road and opt for the positive.  It’s not always easy, but well worth it.

Smile; it may be the only smile someone sees all day!




Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Seasons Change…



I love summer and hate to see it go. I almost feel a sense of remorse and tend to think about and hold on to all the fun things I did and all the people I enjoyed spending time with. It seems like I have to let all that go when summer ends.

Then fall arrives ever so slightly. The days become a little shorter and the evenings are a little cooler. The leaves begin to change color and there’s that feeling in the air, where you just know, that the season is changing.

That’s how life is; always changing. You meet new people and do new things and then something changes. You find yourself caught up in new and different things and don’t spend as much time as you’d like with the friends and family that you love.

It’s so easy to stay connected these days. Technology can be a wonderful thing, but so can handwritten cards or a note, or even a quick phone call to say “hello”.

It’s important to take time to enjoy the people around you and appreciate them for all the things you have in common and all the things that are different. Don’t be closed minded and surround yourself with only like minded people. We all need a challenge and we need to learn to think outside of ourselves. Even if we never agree with the other person, we can always agree to disagree and love them all the same.

Embrace the changes; that’s how you became who you are!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Get Sassy...


With yourself, that is. From time to time you need to take charge and check-in with yourself and determine:

  • Where you are
  • Where you want to be
  • How you’re going to get there

It’s easy to get yourself into a rut, but there isn’t any reason to stay there. Once in a while you need to let go of something that you’ve been holding on to, especially if it isn’t good for your mental and/or physical well being. That doesn’t mean you’re giving up, it means that your moving forward and opening yourself up to a new venture, a new attitude.

My mother-in-law gave me some very simple, great advice on how to handle recurring issues that tend to nag at you, here it is:

  • Get a piece of paper
  • Draw a line down the middle
  • Title one side positives and the other side negatives
  • Pick a topic 
  • Jot down the positives and negatives; be honest
  • If there are more positives than negatives, give yourself permission to press through and deal with the issue (e.g., job, person, diet, exercise and etc.)
  • If there are more negatives than positives, you may want to work on getting rid of the issue and move on to something more productive

Something miraculous happens when you write things down and you’re seeing them on paper and they’re not swimming around in your head anymore. You almost have no choice except to deal with them. 

Take a personal inventory often; it gives you a chance to be true to yourself and who you want to be!