Fabulous Friday Eve!!

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What a lovely, lovely day it has been so far.  Was hard to wake up this morning, due to hanging out late with awesome friends we can’t get enough of (you know – those friends that you just never run out of things to talk about with and things to laugh at?) and didn’t get to bed till after 11pm, so imagine how hard it was to get up and get ready for work and get the kiddo up for school.  Still, the sleepy/tired is worth it.  I spent the majority of my day running errands trying to get ready for the holiday weekend.  What holiday, you ask?  Hallie’s Sweet 16.  Perhaps it’s not a national holiday – YET, but it should be.  haha!  I’m sure you feel the same about your children or spouse or parent or someone in your life?  Some of you know her and some of you know of her as much as I talk about her on here.  That girl, oh!  She’s my heart.  So compassionate, mature, loving, forgiving, insightful, calm, level-headed, brilliant and hilarious.  Wise, even.  She’s always been wise. Just an all around great person.  She and Mama are my best friends in the world.  I know she’s changed me.  My whole life is better because of her.  She taught me how to forgive, you know?  Well, I’m gushing.  And I digress.  I was talking about my day…

I set out on this day to be positive.  I realize I don’t smile enough, so I was determined to smile more, to be and feel happy.  Excited even.  And I should be.  With all my projects going on, I should be excited!  So, I go to the post office and I don’t usually engage strangers in conversation, but figured well, that’s got to change with one of my upcoming projects, so I’ll just go ahead and start doing that right now.  This sweet lady had a Yorkie in her car and I started a conversation with her about her 15 year old sweet adorable dog, named Katie.  We must have talked for about 10 minutes.  Well, that made my day.

I set out to be positive and only believe in positivity and positive people today, because I was on a mission.  A mission to find more good people in a day than bad.  Don’t you get fed up by always being faced off with negative people?  They cut you off in traffic.  They flip you off, curse you, give you a go to you know where look, are in a hateful awful mood and it seems to be directed at you. Even when it isn’t.  I wanted different people today.  Happy people.  I wanted to see how much conversation and smiles I could get out of people.  It was a great experiment.

So then I went to repair a beloved piece of jewelry that’s just been sitting there for several months, broken, and this jeweler fixed it for me on the spot!  They told me it normally takes about a week but the lady asked the repair guy if he could solder it now since he was about to leave for the rest of the week AND HE DID!!  Less than $20 to fix it but I would have paid more, because of their generosity and Johnny-on-the-spot-ness!  While they were fixing it, I was talking with the two girls that were working and having told them where we were going this weekend, one lady told me about a special event that goes on there in October, so that was a nice tip and I came home to Google it to see if it’s going on this weekend.  It actually doesn’t begin till the end of November, but oh well, there are 100’s of awesome things to do there.

I went to Kohl’s to buy a new pair of shades as mine were all scratched up and have been for months.  I’m terrible when it comes to buying anything for myself but I finally broke down and bought this cute pair of sunglasses and they were ON SALE!  The clearance tag said $10.50 but they were actually $8.  Yes!  I used to buy Ray-Bans but after losing a pair after our canoe tipped over and sat on the second pair, no more spending big money for shades.  Nuh-uh.  The lady at the check-out was super sweet and we spoke while I was checking out.  I just love it when people are talkative. Don’t you?  I wonder if part of it was the positive energy I was putting off.  Maybe what we send out we really do get back?  Hmmm.  Something to think about.

Ran a couple of other errands and everyone was so helpful and kind, it actually blew my mind.  Is it because I focus so much of my energy toward the negative Nellies?  Those bad attitude dudes?  I let their negative energy affect my mood and then I get bratty (sounds nicer than the word I actually become).  Perhaps if I go out with the intention of smiling, talking to people, putting off good vibes, maybe, just maybe I’ll get them back.  It’s definitely worth a try.  Think I’ll try this again tomorrow.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

So what am I thankful for today?  Everything.  Absolutely everything.  I guess I’ll go get the kiddo from school in 30 minutes and then I guess I need to get some actual work done.  Yeah, that would be good.

Y’all have an amazing fun and safe weekend.  Go out there and smile more, engage people with conversation, smile while you talk, make eye contact (believe me, I know how scary THAT can be – there are some real creepers out there).  I’ll bet you have more positive experiences than negative.  Try it and let me know how it works out for you.  You know what’s REALLY fun and fills you with immense satisfaction and joy?!  When you’re going through the window or line at the coffee shop or even Mickey D’s, give the cashier $5 or $10 if you have it to spare.  Tell the cashier you’d like to put that toward the next customer.  I can’t begin to tell you how magical it’ll make you feel.  We’ve been both on the receiving and giving ends of this ‘pay it forward’ fun-ness, and I think everyone should give it a try.  Especially if you need a huge pick-me-up.

Love y’all!  *big squishie hug*  xoxo

Carol

(Photo courtesy of disneyexaminer.com)

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