Bring on the Kindness!

Here we are sitting down for Thanksgiving with our family and friends… Can you believe another year is wrapping up and the holidays are upon us? The year has flown by and so much good has come of it! From job changes to reopening my résumé business, it’s been exciting and I’ve been blessed. The year has offered so many wonderful opportunities and I’m looking forward to the surprises of 2015!

I hope this year has been good to you and you’ve opened your eyes to all that the world has to offer, if you simply choose to see it. My greatest hope is for this site to give hope and a reason to smile with every visit.

Now, as we decorate our homes for the month ahead, let’s try to remember those that don’t have as much as we do. Open our hearts and homes to others to make lives better (both ours and theirs). Share kindness and spread joy.

There’s no better time to get out there with random acts of kindness and helping the elderly. The opportunities are limitless… I’m always looking for stories of kindness to share. Just send me a message and your story could be shared, as in the coming year, I’ll be sharing special people that get out there and make a difference. I want to see 2015 being a year of kindness… No act is too small.

Happy Thanksgiving and Bring on the Kindness!

Be an angel this season…

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMzAIH12yc

Feeling the Phoenix

phoenix_by_sandara-d4o2ewxThe beauty of the phoenix is nothing without the pain of the flame and through that pain she launches herself into the night…

Over the last year my life has taken some drastic turns, all creating good in my life, but difficult, none-the-less. From a new job, school, a few goodbyes, and eventually going back to old job with much wisdom… All needed done, but change is always difficult (some changes hurt more than others, but all necessary). There is power in the freedom some sacrifices make and the ability to rise above and soar; right now I’m soaring high. Wings outstretched, feeling the wind in my face. Free for the first time in a VERY long time and seeing potential that hasn’t existed until the phoenix exploded into flames and took flight.

Everyone has far more potential than they realize, often caged and feeling without hope. It takes exploding out of that cage to see all that they can achieve. Why is it that we think that being happy is something for children and not adults? That somehow as an adult we have to stay in that cage, that we are too mature to be “happy” and fulfilled. We can’t achieve all that we are meant to in a cage. Life is far larger than that and happiness is found in the expanse of it all.

Those that become the phoenix and take flight are those that find happiness, fulfillment, and make a difference in the world. We don’t need to be martyrs to brighten the world and make it a better place… We need to be like the phoenix and exploding into beautiful change, feeling the heat and climbing high in the joy of our potential.

This week, think of the beautiful potential you could launch yourself into… What good could you do if you were like the phoenix and were reborn from the flames???

Have a wonderful week and don’t fear the change…

The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious.  And why shouldn’t it be? – it is the same the angels breathe.  ~Mark Twain, “Roughing It”

Okay, I know that this video isn’t necessarily about what I’m talking about, but it’s one that I work out to and allows me to feel my phoenix to come alive and thrive. This girl has changed drastically in the last few years and loves the phoenix she’s become… Colorful and alive. 🙂

Time for a Little Downsizing

41181_1590768054141_4501674_nChoosing to write late at night, while loaded on cold meds isn’t likely one of my better idea, but hey, I love to live on the edge. In the last six months, I’ve left a miserable job, restarted a business I had given up on, and continued to downsize and simplify my life. All of which have had their challenges, but I’m much happier.

One of the lessons I’ve learned over the last year is that happiness doesn’t come from cool job titles. I’d somehow forgot that not everyone needs a title to be content and being happy is FAR more important than having a title and feeling miserable on a daily basis. Somewhere over the past few years, I’ve forgotten that fact and needed a reminder.

In restarting my career business, I’ve got back to helping people, which is a very big deal in my life. Although it can be frustrating working with people that sometimes don’t want what’s best for themselves or don’t understand what it truly costs to achieve what they want… Let’s face it, working with people can be difficult as a whole, but the wins are far more frequent and FAR more rewarding than those difficult and impossible people. Giving back and making a difference in people’s lives is what moves me forward.

Downsizing and simplifying is a daily challenge for me, but in it, I’m making money on eBay and making Goodwill very desk goalhappy. Another win,win. It’s never easy for someone that has some big time “hoarding” issues, but it’s gradually happening. I’m looking forward to the added time this will also be adding to my life. One of my greatest hurdles was to decide on just one craft to enjoy and ditch the others… Okay people, you know how hard THAT can be! For the artsy types, this can be pure hell, but I did it and am now clearing this area out, as well.

I’m looking forward to a life less cluttered and stressful and highly recommend it to everyone. None of us need the added stress that cluttered and unappreciated lives create. We’re all more than this and can be more, if we just learn to let go of those things that are weighing us down. By the way, this picture of my desk is the goal, as it was this way for all of a day about a year and a half ago. 🙂

Let’s take this week to look at our lives and see if there are areas that would improve, if we just did a little housecleaning (metaphorically and otherwise)… Then moving forward to making changes that will make us, each a happier and less stressed person.

Feel free to let me know what changes you made and how they helped you take better care of YOU.

Have a great week and keep smiling!

While you’re at it, enjoy the flowers and sunshine.

Are You An Original???

iStock_000007125442_ExtraSmallBlending in… Some people live their lives to do so, but it’s not something I can do. I never try to be a spectacle, but being exactly like everyone else just isn’t something I can be.

You don’t have to be an attention grabber or make a fool of yourself on a daily basis, just be you. You need to be the way you were born to be. Be an original.

Whether it is how you look, the bag you carry, or the hobbies you engage in, follow your heart. Following the crowd doesn’t bring happiness. Happiness is drawn to originals, much like people are drawn to works of art and you are a beautiful work of art.

So this week, be the original you were meant to be… Shine beautifully.

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ~Steve Jobs

Three Cheers for a Guy and His Bag

006I’ve often wondered how guys do it… Carrying a small wallet. I’ve often tried to downsize my purse only to about have a meltdown, trying to figure out what to eliminate. So, REALLY, how do guys do it???

Some guys don’t have to worry about it because they’ve added a messenger to their ensemble and it makes their lives 100% easier. For business, it’s become a staple… I have to wonder if anyone carries briefcases anymore??? You rarely see them. They require a hand to hold them; so generally, the hands free messenger is a clear winner.

Once upon a time the idea of a man carrying a bag was mocked and sometimes it’s still the way it plays out (you will enjoy the included video link), but with lives on the go, it only makes sense. Even some of the guys I know joke about their bags, as their “man purse” (being big Hangover fans they wanted me to post that scene, but thought it might offend some with the language), but they are lost when they walk out of their homes without them.

So, here’s to the brave and extremely smart men that acknowledge that carrying a bag is useful… Even when they still tease us when we carry large (and VERY useful) bags in our day-to-day life. Cheers, gentlemen! You’re wise and likely quite successful (you’d have to be, just for “getting it”). Life moves too fast to not be ready for EVERY contingency, for men or women.

Stand tall, stand proud. You’re ready… For ANYTHING.

Have a great week and enjoy the clip…

Is Your Purse Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse???

134796_4861590102648_920855694_oIf you were minding your own business and strolling down the street (or across the Georgia countryside) and you casually noticed that the zombie apocalypse had taken place, would you be able to take on the undead???  I understand that as a mom it can be hard to tell, with the moans, groans and grunts coming from our kids, but you will eventually see the difference in how your kids are NOW trying to suck the life out of you.

I’m not a “prepper” or a believer in the zombie apocalypse, just a HUGE fan of The Walking Dead and a gal that carries just about EVERYTHING imaginable in her purse (not to mention, that I’m into so very many things). I’m prepared for most disasters and have shown this during some odd adventures in my life (roofs blowing off or severe storms and packing customers in a cooler to protect them from a possible tornado). I don’t know how I do it, but have a knack for being in the middle of natural disasters (and the cause of a few), so being “prepared” has become a something I find wise to do.

From flash lights to a cool purple kubotan, band aids to candy and enough pens to write my way around the moon and back. There are other goodies in there, but those are for another day.  I’ve tried to downsize to a little purse, but I need my “tools” just in case! So a tiny bag is just not in the cards. Am I alone in this desire to always be prepared??? Hope not!

What do you carry? A little? A lot? More than any sane individual should????  Even being “prepared” you need to also realize that your shoulder can only take so much weight. Don’t hurt yourself. Ideally, your purse should weigh no more than 10% or your body weight or 10lbs (whichever is less) and even as much as I carry, I don’t break this rule… Neither should you.

So the next time you look in your bag, ask yourself, “Am I ready for the zombie apocalypse?” Or just ask yourself if you’re prepared to open a sealed package and see if you are… You NEVER know what emergency might happen. Just don’t hurt yourself. 🙂

 

 

 

Better Than Sex!

You’ve searched far and wide for the perfect one… There, hanging out with so many others, but your love is in the black leather and looking amazingly cool and sexy. You know how much you want to touch, running your hands all over the leather and fondling every inch… You can’t help, but play with the buttons, snaps and zippers.

Even better… The price. What is that??? Is that 75% off??? Oh my goodness! You’re heart is pounding and your palms are starting to sweat. Should you make the investment? Oh and it IS an investment. An investment in your wellbeing.

The warm “fuzzies” are happening and you’re thinking of all you can wear with it. Oh this is bliss and there’s nothing else you can say about the most perfect bag in the world. It doesn’t matter the designer, we all have our favorites. From Vera to Gucci, the sky is the limit and they each make you feel amazing.

There’s something so special about a new purse and how it makes you feel. The worst of days can often be cured by the purchase of that wonderful new bag and if you find a fabulous deal… Well that is just the icing on the cake. A cake you just can’t help, but try.

Find an amazing sale on a purse and it makes you feel as light as a feather and pretty as a picture. It truly is magic and magic you can control. Look at it as a sport or an art, it doesn’t matter, just search and find the most incredible deal and you will find a power that builds you up like no other.

The magic lies in the deal and the power is yours.

The perfect bag, at the perfect price.

Yes, sweetheart, it is truly better than sex.

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