Lately, I have had a series of real deal bummers all around me but I know that the plans ahead of me will always be greater than all my disappointments. I do try to remain positively yours here on my blog but this is just too good not to share.
My post today brings me to the topic of ”bummers” if you will. Last week, all in the span of a few days, I parked in a spot in the city only to return to find my car had been towed to the lot in the armpit of New York City. Two days later, was in an accident involving an 80 year old man who admitted that “Accidents keep happening to him.” I felt that some sort of bad energy was following me around. Luckily, no one was hurt but it did manage to shake up many feelings.
My husband and I hosted an “appreciation” dinner which required lots of planning, shopping and you know, coordinating lots of good energy to make it happen. A handful of guests arrived on time and let’s say the rest were very fashionably late and very inebriated. Yes. Bummer. Afterwards and on into the next day, the feelings of disappointment were in fact the perfect messenger to provide clarity that even the worst of times can be teachable moments wherever we are. A child may not be able to see beyond a bad situation but as we grow up, often times they teach us to perk up and lean in.
What was the last “bummer” that happened to you and did it teach you a valuable lesson.
I love opening my mail box and getting a hand written note. It’s always amazing to connect with others who have the same love for sending a card to brighten up a friend’s day. It’s true that our actions speak louder than words.
Green Street Blog and I connected and I sent her some of my pve design notes and she is graciously giving some away on her blog. It is amazing to think that a “love of a place” could be the bond, as Fran now resides in Louisville, KY where I was born.
So hop on over to introduce yourself to Fran and enter her give-away. I seriously wish that blogs were part of my world when my children were little. It’s wonderful to make new friends and feel that the miles or the age have no distance. Sometimes, I feel like I live in a house of cards, as I love notes, paper and sending out good greetings.
I began my “bullet journal” in January this year. I was so inspired by the Bullet Journal analog system created by Ryder Carroll.
“For the list-makers, the note-takers, the Post-It note pilots, the track-keepers, and the dabbling doodlers. Bullet journal is for those who feel there are few platforms as powerful as the blank paper page. It’s an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.”
As I mentioned before, I am working on a committee to create the “Wellness Fair” at our local High School and we are looking forward to having Ryder Carroll come and work with the students who choose this session. We have a great line-up of classes for the students all focusing on the mind, body and spirit. Staying on task with a system is incredibly empowering. Please take a look over here at Bullet Journal.
Hemmed by the everydayness of life, the daily duties and obligations can feel like a heavy burden. It’s important to take time to ponder ways to lighten up your heart and find the everyday love. Going to a window, glancing out, observing nature can provide inspiration and rest. Perhaps a cup of warm tea or coffee shared with a friend can break the monotony of tediousness.
At the moment, I am in the midst of many projects and on a committee for our High School Wellness fair which is going to be such an incredibly amazing experience for the students and staff. I will share more about this event as the day draws near. It is in the act of my ordinary chores and daily tasks that I find the extraordinary wonders of everyday life and how love is still the purpose of our actions.
We still have a bit of snow lingering, clumps of snow that look more like dirty laundry and trees that are beginning to wake up in the hope of showing their springy side of life. I still fall for the everyday beginnings. Fresh starts, new things to love and to admire. How about you? How are you managing today? Care to share your everyday love that is inspiring you?
And so the season of Lent begins for Catholics and this season, as part of my Lenten challenge, I have chosen to write a letter a day inspired by a book “Love and Salt.” A few weeks ago a dear friend inspired me with a simple thought of expressing and communicating words to friends that meant something, that mattered and that needed to be told just that. Today, my lenten letter journey begins. I feel so ready to open up my heart and to share my daily lenten journey. Are you taking this time to reflect, to give up or surrender something to challenge or test your faith?
It is my hope that perhaps these letters and drawings will be one part inspiration and the other bring me on an enlightened spiritual journey.
Last friday, a friend popped by for tea and brought me a lovely pink primrose. It made me think how one can be motivated by the pursuit of pleasure. A small living blossom, a cup of tea, a visit and exchanging pleasantries surely are a heavenly way to end a week or to start a monday. Thanks so much for your kind comments which add so much to my day.
Tell me, what’s your pleasure? Promise me that you will take time out of your day, skip down the primrose path and incorporate little things to look forward.
What would you say if you were to accept an award? What would you wear? Who would you thank? I cannot even begin to imagine how nervous I would be.
Will you be watching? Attached please find a little spread sheet. Will you be attending a party? Oh, and by the way, the winner of the pillow slips is Leslie at 4 around the table.
I want to inspire each of you to “get your glow.” This fabulous site “The Glow“ has caused me to realize that each of us has the potential to radiate and shine our light. Perhaps it’s something that does indeed come in a bottle but it can also be something as simple as the joy of another. For some it might be inspired by decor, fashion, a thing or a place but if you dig deep inside, we all know that it really does indeed come from within.
Find your glow and let your luminosity shine. I am concentrating on enjoying daily walks, the sunshine and the bit of added light. A special tea infused with freshly grated ginger, lemon and raw honey and herbs lifts my spirits.
My daughter is looking forward to summer and has already begun to shop for bikinis and is also letting her hair grow. Shiny healthy hair does emit a glow of good health. A splash or spritz does illuminate my path on the journey of living a life with more glow.
I ask each of you to embrace your glow, pass it on, radiate it and share it with others.
Last week was our Winter Break and I made an effort to get more rest and allow for dreams. Just by going to bed an hour earlier or stealing a 20 minute nap became highly motivating to me because I noticed that it immediately inspired more dreaming. One thing that inspires rest are beautiful pillow slips and sheets from Rough Linen. Start with a fresh linen pillow slip and be aware of how motivational rest and dreaming can be. Today, I shall be giving away 2 Rough Linen Pillowslips from Rough Linen. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what motivates or inspires you to dream?
I will post the winner on Friday~ Comments closed Thursday night at midnight.
A GIFT TO YOU… Let’s try something FUN and NEW! Thank goodness it’s FRIDAY!
Earlier this week, my friend Seleta posted something so inspirational and I thought that it was so good that it had to be shared. There are times in everyone’s life that might be challenging you, it could be a fussy infant, a finicky tot, an “eye-rolling” teen or an aging relative that you care for. Heck, it could be the snow, the shoveling or something that is weighing you down, so all you have to do is;
Leave a comment saying one challenge you have – or something on your mind. It can be as simple as “I’m tired” or as long as you like. Use a fake name/fake email address if you prefer. No one will know who you are – not even me!
After posting what’s on your mind, leave an encouraging thought to the commenter above you – it does NOT have to be a solution to their challenge, just a kind word, maybe share your favorite positive saying or quote. Remember there is NO judgement here. Only encouraging words.
I’ll post my comment first to get things started : ) The next commenter under me can say what is on their mind then say something encouraging/positive to me.