Monday, August 22, 2016

Half Birthday: Goals For The Next Six Months

Today is my half birthday.  Ugh.  I wrote a post about the last six months but have for now decided to hold off publishing that one.  Instead, I'm going to focus on the future.  Because as much as it does help me to vent and process the past, today is a day to be positive and energized for the good things to come.




So here are a few of the things I plan to focus on for the next six months.

* Do more yoga.  Deep breathing and long stretches and just winning the battle to get my ass on the mat are life changing for me.  

* Tell people what I am feeling.  I am the queen of wanting to be pleasing and sweet and never rock a boat.  So I bottle.  Everything.  I have all the emotions.  But you'll never see them.  I need to continue to get out of my never say a word comfort zone and actually express myself.  Even if the risk is upsetting people.

* Keep saying yes.  I decided almost a year ago to make this my #yearofyes and I've done a decent job.  But I can do better.  I can say yes more.  I want all the stories and smiles that come from being brave and saying yes!

* Focus intensely on my two biggest goals.  I know...I'm not disclosing all the bits and bobs on here.  I will in due time.  I just need to for now keep this close to the chest.  But it's here...the next six months will be all about the two biggies and I want to see where that takes me.  

* Say no without guilt.  I can read...I am aware I told you I want to say yes more.  The thing is, I want to say yes to taking chances and things that get me outside of my box.  I want to say no more to things that I don't want to do but agree to do because I can't work up the nerve to just say no.  {So really, three of these goals are tied together...at least I am open and honest about my issues!}

* Laugh more, love more.  No explanation necessary.  But it should be a stark contrast to the last six months.  

So that's it.  Basically I need to sweat my cuckoo back in the clock daily if possible and find my smile often.  I'm a simple girl who is more motivated than ever to make the past six {well really the last 10} months just a blip in my life story.  And I think...no I KNOW...I can do it!

Cheers to my half birthday!  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sadie Sunday: I Hope Heaven Is Bath Free

Dear Sadie,

Bubble baths were never your thing.  And I generally disliked giving them to you just as much.  But you sure were funny post bath when you would run around the house, rubbing up against the walls, leaving a Sadie height stain, trying to dry off.  No matter how much I would towel you dry, it was just ingrained in you that they only solution to that miserable wet problem was to manically rub against all possible surfaces.



I would cover the sofa and arm chair in towels and you would eventually make your way into one of them.  In the winter {which is like 13 months each year here in the North Pole), I would cover you in another towel and sort of tuck you in.  You would be so exhausted that you would just sleep in that little cocoon for a long time (not something you would do under any other circumstances).  

The day after your bath though was another story.  You were cute and sparkly and you knew it!  You had the most adorable extra pep to your step on your walks the day after a bath.  You were so so pretty and your Poppy said you walked like a parade float.  

I hope heaven is bath free, my baby bunny.  I hope every day is like the day after a bath, with you feeling all sorts of pretty and prissy and sparkly.  

I love you and miss you so much, sweet girl.  

All my heart, 
XO Momma

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Falling Fruit

The other day I needed to run to Walmart for something.  Well I could have gone to Target, but that was out of my way and I needed to get what I needed ASAP.  Anyway, I was in Wally World.  And our store now sells groceries.  Do all Walmarts sell groceries or just certain stores?  I don't think it qualifies as a Super Walmart but...oh this is getting off track...I was in Walmart and not buying groceries.

Since I was there though, I walked through the produce section to see if I needed anything.  And I noticed they had boxes of fejoas.  I've only ever seen photos of them so I reached for a box to get a closer look.  The boxes however were stacked too tall and on a slant.  I didn't even pick up a box...just touched it...when the entire display of fancy boxed up tropical fruit came crashing down.  

My gut reaction was to lean my entire body forward to sort of body block the falling boxes of fruit.  So visualize the fullest possible fruit display and me leaning in and hugging the heck out of it with my arms reaching in either direction to catch things.  Another customer was standing right there and we caught eyes and did the only thing two humans can do in a time like that...laugh hysterically.

There was a time in my life when that would have sent me into hives and tears out of embarrassment.  And oh don't you worry, I am still plenty embarrassed.  But it was also hilarious.  So I laughed at myself.

I also put all the fruit back and didn't buy any because I realized I have no idea how to tell if they are ripe.  

So all that fuss for nothing.

This is also why as a child, my stomach would churn when I had to use the restroom in Burdines or Saks or any other department store in our beloved Fort Lauderdale Galleria Mall.  All the restrooms were just behind the fancy pants crystal vase and breakable China areas.  I lived in fear of breaking something.  {Side note...I never did break anything...no idea why that was and still sort of is a big personal fear.}

But falling fruit...now that's something to laugh about!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Best Gift: I Voted Stickers




It's no secret, I am a big fan of participating in the process.  I firmly believe that you either show up or shut up when it comes to just about everything in life.  So I show up.  To everything.  Even my little library election.  I'm there and I vote.

Do you know what I don't do though?

I don't put on an "I Voted" sticker.  

Do you know why?

Because my part of North Pole, NY doesn't give them out.  And I whine about it to no end.  Every.  Single.  Election.  I complain.  To the point that sometimes the pole workers offer me a cookie (that they made and brought for themselves mind you).

After some deep talks on my passion for voting while I was down in Florida a few weeks ago, Bestie Florida got on Amazon and ordered me up the very best gift I have ever received.  Truly.  It was equal parts hilarious and touching.  And quickly became a prized possession.

A giant roll of I Voted stickers!




I wore one that night.  Because I'm weird.  But also because I was excited about what is honestly the most perfect present.

I truly do love voting!  Almost as much as I love my best friend!  Xo

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