TCB…

Taking care of some leftover business today.  Like Project Day…  The before and after pictures below show what was accomplished.  It’s a start.

Busy rest of the week for me.    ..I’m tired already! Hah!

I often say that God never intended for us to live like this.  We “go” too much.  We are always booked up.  One night where we don’t have anything to do is a luxury many of us cannot say we are familiar with.  I used to joke that I needed to be wearing roller skates to keep up.  It’s not far off – go go go.

There is a sign in my kitchen that I love.  It says, “I’m so far behind, I thought I was first.”  While the sentiment is true, it is my sense of humor that keeps me going.  You gotta laugh.  YOU GOTTA.  Understand?  I know you do.

Here are the before and after photos (not necessarily in that order lol):  ImageImage

Not too shabby for a quick fix.  Inspiration is sporadic with me – it’s like catching the golden ring.  If you miss it, you must go all the way around again to see if you can catch it on the subsequent pass.  This time I caught the ring and made some progress.  I need to remember to look for the ring more often.  You ALWAYS have to grab for the ring.  No matter how many times it passes you by, you must take your shot when you have it.  I’m taking a shot.  Join me.  Grab for the ring.  How did you do?  Tell me about it – I’d love to hear how you did!

Just finished lacing up my roller skates.  All coffeed up and focused.  Some fast protein in the form of Greek yogurt – plain.  It’s a start.  Just like everything else.  But it’s also a continuance.  The daily grind.  The to and fro.  Same old same old.  One day I’m going to sit down and just breathe.  That’s an accomplishment in and of itself – one that too often is taken for granted.

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All Star by Smashmouth

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Somebody once told me
The world is gonna roll me,
I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed.
She was lookin’ kinda dumb
With her finger and her thumb
In the shape of an L on her forehead…

Well the years start comin’
And they don’t stop comin’,
Back to the rules and I hit the ground runnin’.
Didn’t make sense not to live for fun,
Your brain gets smart, but your head gets dumb.
So much to do so much to see,
So what’s wrong with takin’ the back streets.
You’ll never know if you don’t go,
You’ll never shine if you don’t glow…

Hey now, you’re an allstar,
Get your game on go play.
Hey now you’re a rock star get your show on,
Get paid. (all that glitters is gold)
Only shooting stars break the mold.

It’s a cool place
And they say it gets colder,
You’re bundled up now, wait till’ ya get older.
But the media men beg the differ’
Judging by the hole in the satellite picture.
The ice we skate is gettin’ pretty thin,
The waters’ gettin’ warm
So you might as well swim.
My world’s on fire, how ’bout yours?
That’s the way I like it cause I’ll never get bored…

Hey now, you’re an allstar,
Get your game on go play.
Hey now your a rock star get your show on,
Get paid. (all that glitters is gold)
Only shooting stars break the mold.

Go for the moon… go for the moon… go for the moon

Hey now, you’re an allstar,
Get your game on go play.
Hey now you’re a rock star get your show on,
Get paid. (all that glitters is gold)
Only shooting stars…

Somebody once asked could I spare some change for gas
I need to get myself away from this place.
I said yep, whatta’ concept,
I could use a little fuel myself
And we could all use a little change…

Well! the years start comin’
And they don’t stop comin’.
Back to the rules and I hit the ground runnin’,
It didn’t make sense not to live for fun,
Your brain gets smart, but your head gets dumb,
So much to do,
So much to see,
So what’s wrong with takin’ the back streets?
You’ll never know if you don’t go (GO! ),
You’ll never shine if you don’t glow…

Hey now you’re an allstar
Get your game on, go play
Hey now you’re a rock star,
Get your show on get paid (and all that glitters is gold)
Only shooting stars break the mold

(And all that glitter is gold)
Only shooting stars break the mold…

IT’S PROJECT DAY!

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Okay.  It’s Project Day.  What are you doing?

Pick one thing you consider a project you want to get off your list.. Or even a spontaneous one.  Corner of your desk.  Corner of your living room? The kitchen wndow?  That pile of filing?  Whatever – you choose.

I’m thinking CONTEST!  Who’s with me?

I’m off to begin mine.

Step I – Before photos.

Ready?  GO!

Hope

I have had an interesting week.  I hope my weekend is better.

Hope.  Hope?  Hmmm…

Dictionary.com lists the first definition of hope as :

the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.

I hope so.

What about DECIDING it’s going to be a good weekend?  Hope?  Or “make it so?”  Is that possible?  Methinks it is.

You are the only one in charge of how you feel, of how you react to a situation or how you ACT in a given circumstance.  Acting and reacting are extremely different.  I am a reactor.. Yes… Think nuclear.  Heavy water doesn’t begin to describe the remnants of a meltdown.

I’m working on it.  I’m trying to ACT instead of react.  I would like to blame my lack of time for my failure to act.  I do not take time to sit and think before a response because I am SO busy.  Even when I’m not busy, my mind is always going.  There is no “off” switch, except sleep.

I hope I can still my mind, and become more adept at “acting” on impulse, rather than reacting to a situation.  The problem is that it take a conscious effort to change.

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For today, I’ll hope.  I do not have the energy to say with conviction that I will.  Tomorrow will perhaps be different, and I’ll have a bit more verve.  Verve…  Hmm.. maybe I should look that up as well. =P

Have a wonderful weekend. Definitively. I hope so…

Some. People.

I am having a difficult day.  Someone has pissed me off.  Royally.

I was used to teach someone a lesson.  I was standing in the doorway when she was badmouthing me on the phone.  I just stood there and stared at her when she looked up from her desk after putting down the phone. 

“That was rude.  Just plain rude.”

and I walked away.

The only saving grace is the “higher ups” remember what I remember about the issue. 

She did apologize.  I said thank you.

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It was only a matter of time before someone caught her being two-faced.  I’m glad it was me.  Now both faces will have to “face” the music. 

God does work in mysterious ways…  Today I totally GET God’s sense of humor..

Perhaps I’ll laugh about it tomorrow… 

Keeping the Faith

Keep Calm and Carry On.

Have a little faith. 

B’lieve, Hon.

There are so very many versions of “keep going even when it’s toughest” and I’m sure we are all familiar with how it feels to hear the words WHEN the going gets tough.  The last thing I want to hear in the midst of a difficult time in my life is “When the going gets tough… blah blah blah…” Know why?  Because I’VE BEEN going, and going and it’s still tough.  I’m running out of campfire songs to sing to myself and frankly, I’m not in the mood for MORE inspiration and encouragement.  LOL… sounds crazy huh?  We may be on to something here….

In the times when WE are craziest – worn thin, road weary, one more straw on an already broken back – we don’t like to hear “words” from others that are not walking in our shoes.  They can’t possibly understand.  They can’t KNOW how we feel.  How dare they offer us advice or encouragement or pronounce us “in the home stretch” when they do not understand the race we are running?  Whether it be financial, or emotional, or a health crisis, loss of a loved one – no one is going to experience it the way we are.  Only we can know how we feel. 

I am a person of “MOTTOES”   in that I have had little phrases that have gotten me through the difficult times in my life.  My first ever motto was “Everything always works out for the best and something always comes along.”  I was about 23 or 24 when I made this my motto.  I had been able to look back and see that even though a lot of hard things had happened in my life, that there was still a lot of good.  All the “bad” things I’d lived through – barely – had moved on, leaving other “catastrophes” in the spot they once held.  I had brand new crappola to deal with!  Yay me!  …but I digress…  I had survived hardship and yet, I was still going to work and still paying my rent and still… Yepp..  All those things I had thought would stop me cold in my tracks?  …they did not. I was still alive and kicking.  Kicking hard at things I didn’t like sometimes but I was still here on the planet.  Not so much the worse for wear, but a little more “seasoned” in my daily trek through life. 

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I LOVE giving advice.  I’m so good at it.  I can tell everyone what they need to do for THEM, but I’m not very good at taking my own advice.  I need to take a step back and get another look at my situation – a bird’s eye view, if you will.  The big picture is always different than that we see from a foot away. 

It’s going to be okay.  One way or another.  Everything will work out.  It may not seem the best solution to you in the moment, but in the long run I can assure you that you will see many nuances that you missed when submersed in the cruelty of daily life.  You will see much more that was going on with a little perspective.  I have learned that looking back and seeing what I’ve come through can carry me through a long day.  Looking back and realizing that you’ve withstood and overcome so much more than what you are faced with in this moment can give you perspective to face tomorrow.  Hopefully we are all here to face tomorrow, but that’s never been guaranteed.  And so we are back to living in the moment.  Loving in the moment.  What has one minute of worry ever brought us that we want to keep?  Nothing good. 

Keep the faith.  One day at a time.  Blah blah blah…

Come on, girl.  You’ve got this.  You’re doing fine – just keep dancing.  It may not always be pretty, but whatever gets you through. 

I like to joke that when St. Peter tries to get God’s attention to point out my “bad behavior” that God waves him off,  “She’s doing fine.  Let her go.  I’ve got this.”  And may I just say, God has a wicked sense of humor.  I don’t laugh at MANY of God’s jokes, but I do have this FABULOUS sense of humor – that came from where?  Oh.. right. 

Stay strong.  Keep the faith.  Shine in adversity.  Blah blah blah…

I’m pretty sure God’s got this…  But you don’t have to laugh unless you want to.  My advice:  WANT TO.  Do it.  Laugh.  It’s a lovely alternative to tears.  Save them for another day when you need them.  Because today isn’t so bad.  You just need a little perspective. 

“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark..” ~ George Iles

Tomorrow?  Hope. 

Later, my lovelies…