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Let your light shine

Live life as bright as you can.

Smile.

Be a ray of sunshine.

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You’re only as bright as you allow yourself to be. Why not be the brightest star in the sky? Why not be the brightest ray of sun?

“Shine your light while you got one.” -Drunken Soldier by Dave Matthews Band

“Make the most of what you’ve got. Don’t waste time trying to be something you’re not.” – Drunken Soldier by Dave Matthews Band

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The Good Life

It’s all about the choices you make.

What you do or don’t do.

How you react.

Who you let in.

When you decide.

Why you do or don’t.

YOU have the ability to make yours a good life.

When you smile at a stranger & hold the door instead of brushing by. When you speak words of encouragement instead of bringing someone down. When you decide to look at the sunny side of all things even in the most trying of times.

You are in control.

Think about how you want to be remembered. Think about the lasting impression you’d like to leave on the world. Think about the impact you can make on a person’s life.

The journey we walk each & every day we’re in existence is defined by what we do & how we do it. The person we are & the kind of life we lead are one in the same. You ARE defined by how you treat people, how you react, what you say, think or feel. Why not take on each day in a positive way? What other way is there to really lead a good life?

By doing, saying, thinking, feeling you have the POWER to affect the lives of those around you. Why choose anything other than making a positive impact?

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I have a good life. I live a good life. I LoVE my job, I’m blessed with an incredible family, and supported by the most amazing friends & special people a person could ask for. I wake up each morning & go to sleep each night with a most grateful heart.

Because of that I am able to wake up each morning with a smile on my face & spread LoVE the best way I know how. Offering a little ray of sunshine to all that cross my path (some of which I’ve not yet met).

We all deserve to LIVE a good life. Decide to make it that. Decide to LoVE wholly. Decide to LoVE completely. Decide to BE that positive person.

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Take control of your life. Make decisions you can be proud of. Don’t waste a minute of this precious life. See the good in the world. Make a change. It’s all within your reach. It’s in your control. YOU have to recognize & appreciate. YOU have to make it yours.

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Have a grateful heart. Keep it filled with LoVE always.

“Doesn’t everybody deserve to have a good life.” -Spaceman by Dave Matthews Band

Love your life

Don’t let a minute go by without taking a minute to appreciate all that you have.

Live the life you’re given.

Don’t waste time longing for what you don’t have.

There’s a reason you are where you are with what you have. Don’t question it. Don’t over think it.

Just live it.

Just love it.

Live fabulously.

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Be all that you can

It’s hard to believe it’s May 1st already. I’m sitting outside enjoying an early morning cup of coffee, listening to the birds chirping sweetly, thinking about the day ahead.

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Lots to do. Lots more that I HAVE to do. Even more still that I WANT to do.

All this thinking this early in the morning has the potential to become overwhelming. The thing is though, you can’t get caught up in all of that. It only becomes overwhelming if you let it. But why do that to yourself?

Yes, it’s important to have goals & meet deadlines & accomplish the “to-dos”, “have to-dos” & “want to-dos” BUT if you allow yourself to focus only on all that’s to be done are you leaving time in your day to just live?

Are you taking time to enjoy your day & all the beauty that lies ahead in the unexpected? Or are you so wrapped up in the deadlines that you find yourself saying where’d the day go?

Do me a favor. Just stop. For a minute stop & just be. Enjoy that cup of coffee

Take a minute to appreciate what you do have. Take a second to appreciate those around you. Just be.

Be all that you can be.

Make today amazing.

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Make today count

Take today & make it yours. Live a life that makes YOU happy. Don’t 2nd guess just live & love.

It’s so easy, with all that’s been going on in the world, to forget to live. You have to live in the moment and not take a second for granted.

Make something of your day. Tell those you love, you do. Tell those you forgive, you do. Tell those you miss, you do.

The day is yours. Take it. Run with it. Make it something. Tell a story. Live it loud. Live it right.

Do right by yourself.

If you don’t like something, fix it.

If you want to do something, do it.

Don’t complain about things you have control over.

Take a chance.

Make a change.

LIVE YOUR LIFE.

LoVE your life.

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The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

Usually I am singing as loud as I possibly can.

This year I’m lucky if I carried a tune inside my head.

I was VERY far behind in my holiday preparations this year. 

Usually my tree is up and music is playing and my other tree is up right after Thanksgiving. Usually it’s all up and out before most find it acceptable.  Yes… normally I am one of “those” people.

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But I was just so far behind that it almost doesn’t seem possible that Christmas can be over already. 

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I was so incredibly busy & all kinds of outta sorts for all kinds of

reasons….

1.) Craftiness had been prosperous leading up to Dec. 25th.  From a huge order for 26 frames to individual special orders to preparing for my final craft show to oodles of Christmas gifts that needed to be made.

2.) I normally didn’t have to work the day after Thanksgiving at my old job but as you all know I started a new job in August. One in which I didn’t yet have time to take off & therefore had to work.  I must say though that I am not complaining.  I am so THANKFUL  to have a job.  Since starting at this company I’ve had several different positions but now I am officially full-time in a permanent position as a project coordinator. It is a challenge that I like. A job in which I am constantly learning and figuring things out. It’s going to take time to get used to it… to get adjusted… especially after only knowing early childhood for the last 8 years, but I’m loving every minute of it, even the stressful days. So I’m not complaining just stating that I used to be off that day & get my stuff up.

3.) Health issues suck. Feeling like crap sucks. Every minute of it sucks. I’ll spare ya the details but all has not been peachy in the health department and I’m working on getting things checked out & taken care of  Bleh!!! I don’t like missing work. I don’t like having to cancel plans…

But back to Christmas … I’ve stated numerous times that I simply love Christmas & everything about it.

This year Christmas was nice… family visits … food… laughs… giving of gifts…

But for me something was missing this Christmas.  I just don’t know what it was. Perhaps it was the fact that I never actually felt completely ready. I still have decorations half made for my apartment & couldn’t finish a couple gifts I had my heart set on.  I didn’t listen to my Christmas songs nearly as often as usual. I never even saw the Grinch… not even once.

Usually I am more than happy to leave all my decorations up through January & into the beginning of February but this year I’m kinda ready to pack things up now….

If only I was feeling better… if only I had a bit more time…

All I know is I pray the Magic returns to me next year… as I always hold close the magic & miracle that is Christmas.

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Wonderfully Awesome Weekend

Hello friends! How are you all? Hopefully doing well since I last posted!

It certainly has been a while since I’ve posted. Quite honestly I’ve been dying to post but between my crazy, busy schedule, my laptop still on the fritz & some situations that have rattled me & ruffled my feathers I haven’t had much of a chance to breathe let alone blog as of late.

Tonight though, I decided to put everything aside and make time to write and catch up with my blogging friends … I’ve missed you guys!!! Seriously missed ya!

Hmmmmm. Where to start?

Work is keeping me on my toes & keeping me more than busy. Between our end of year picnic & graduation this coming Friday for which we are expecting nearly 300 people and preparing for our huge summer program that begins next wrek I’ve got about 5 to-do lists going at the same time. Super busy time of year for us with the littles & then quickly transitioning to welcome a bunch of school-aged kids for summer. Lots of work but looking forward to seeing all the planning come to fruition.

Family has its way of keeping me busy lately too. Between lil bro’s graduating from CMU with a masters degree in English/Rhetoric to P-Dub’s upcoming 1st birthday to get togethers to Relay for Life fundraisers to home parties… you name it we’ve had it going on.

Life my friends, is good. While it has its way about throwing you some curve balls at times you learn lots about yourself and those around you. Some good, some not so thrilling. Pray on it. I have & will continue. Sometimes a prayer can be answered & you end up getting caught up & a lil hurt in the process; in a way you didn’t expect. The answered prayer, even though it was prayed and meant whole heartedly can still cause a tiny bit if hurt depending on the situation; a tiny bit of conflict within leaving you confused by being disappointed & happy at the same time. It’s a weird thing to experience. All I can do is listen to my heart, learn and continue to believe & pray that all things will work out in time. Not my time…not in your time either. Only in his time.

Anyways… forgive my digression there! Moving on to this most wonderfully awesome weekend I had.

A very positively poductive weekend indeed. From getting a special order of 12 frames completed on Friday to writing this blog from the comfort of my deck (on my teeny tiny phone keyboard I might add!) it was a pretty bang up good weekend to end a busy week while also ushering on an even busier week ahead.

The best part about it was the weather men were wrong! We had 2 absolutely gorgeous days this weekend in spite of a partially rainy forecast. Woo-hoooo!!!!!

Yesterday was filled with a good bit if outside time… hit up some yards sales with Jaime early in the day followed by a trip to the Goodwill Outlet Store. That place was an experience in and of itself & deserves its own post which will hopefully come in the nezt couple of days. Good deals including three pairs of brand new name brand shoes! Score for sure.

After our bargain shopping adventures I was beat but somehow managed to resist the urge to take a nap. Decided instead to wash my car & clean the interior as well. Miss Serendipity looks stunning if I do say so myself! I was saddened a tiny bit upon seeing the little nicks & scratches my pretty little car accumulated since her last washing. Two dents on the hood from the hail storm we had a while back and little chips I can only assume are from stones coming up off the road. Nicks and all I love my little car! 🙂

I picked up the 2 flats of flowers I ordered from B-Shane at mom’s house and brought them home to plant. My little deck looks positively bright & cheerful with the addition of fushia Impatiens, white Vinca and purle and yellow pansies. A new addition this year was a tiny step ladder (yard sale find) to hold 3 pots… looks adorable!

Today was the day they were calling for rain. I myself didn’t see, hear or feel a drop though I was told it had briefly this morning. The sun shone beautifully pretty much all day! After church I decided to go tanning, using a gift certificate I was given as a birthday gift LAST year for my 32nd birthday. Yep…about to be 33 in two months & I just used the first session today!

After tanning I came home & laid down for just a bit & then headed to work for a little while getting some items crossed off of my to do lists.

Went for a much needed walk with my cousin & chatted the miles away in the evening sun. Exhausted by the end but rejuvenated by the fact that we made it up the last hill without falling over!

Ran to the grocery store to pick up a few things for salads for the week. Dinner was exceptionally delicious if I do say so myself. A salad made of sweet butter lettuce, cucumbers, fresh raspberries, dried cranberries, and green olives with fat free raspberry vinaigrette dressing. I bought a new brand and I LOVE it!

So here I am now winding down the evening; enjoying the cooler air outside instead of my warm apartment … thinking about an ice bath for my knee…. mentally preparing for the week ahead.

Thankful for such a nice weekend in the midst of all the business that’s behind me and all that is yet to come.

Glad I made the best out of it considering curve balls that were thrown my way… got lots done that needed done; not too shabby given that I wasn’t feeling so hot in recent days either. Sometimes being a girl can be rough… just sayin’.

Keeping my head up & looking towards the goal… a promise of days to do what I want, when I want. VACATION, my friends. Thinking about that word gives me the tingles! Less than two months away with no major plans for 10 days I can hardly contain myself just thinking about it!!!

So that’s enough about me… now it’s your turn! What’s been going on in your neck of the woods?

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