Getting My Groove Back!

100_1750Hello there! It’s been a long time…

To say that this year has had a rough start is a bit of an understatement… Some circumstances don’t have to happen to you directly to thrash your world or at least your perception of your world. My year started with an explosion of sorts and the ripple effect has knocked the wind out of me. Without going into it, my well planned year was flushed, but you know this girl… NOTHING KEEPS ME DOWN!! I just needed to step back and regroup.

That’s why I haven’t written since January… Needed to wrap my head around things and basically get a direction. To be honest, I’m not sure what will happen next, but have decided to move forward regardless.

Do you ever allow others to control your moods? I think we all do, sometimes, though we shouldn’t. I see it all the time on Facebook and I’m too “sunny” to allow that into my world. I was placed here to pull all of those of you that read my craziness, up and dare you to live the fullest life possible and I can’t do that when I’m wallowing in someone else’s stupidity.

So, I apologize for hiding and I’m going to make it up to you… I’m going to rock your world with all new levels of insane perkiness, reckless bliss, and all out quirkiness! Me and my minions are going to get out there and tear the world up!

This insanity will begin immediately… I have a 5k at a local vineyard this weekend and with this, will get a bottle of wine. If iStock_000009824885_ExtraSmallyou know me, you’d know that I’ve been trying so hard to develop a taste for wine, but haven’t had a lot of luck. So far I’ve come to the conclusion that I DON’T like red wine (ack, ack, gag!), so if you have any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. Based on your suggestions, I’ll be trying it this weekend and will get back with you on the subject. You’ll likely have me occasionally writing about this because getting to know wine is on my bucket list in life and considering, I’m not a drinker, this could be quite amusing.

In the mean time… Have a great week and once again, I’m sorry for not keeping up with posts.

Quote to remember:

Don’t put the key to happiness in some else’s pocket. – Author Unknown

And my feel good tune for the week is from Parachute, called Can’t Help Myself… Enjoy!

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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