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!

A Vanquished Foe

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The light was yellowed with the day’s death. All the beasts which eat green and growing things were seeking their places of slumber; the others, those which feed on flesh and gentle things, were waking. I stood at the crenulations of my castle wall looking out across my infinite plains. The sun’s own death throes painted fire red my rolling fields of wheat. I smiled a handsome smile as tendrils of wind fingered through my crops like a giant’s hand through his mane. It was magnificent… but something was amiss. I heard the shrill call of a maiden. She came running, with flaxen hair and cherub cheeks, and stopped short at the sight of my muscular build. Her hair was parted in pig tails. She wore a halo of sunlight.

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