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The Awkward Way to Start Your Day…

Last month I got to spend an amazing week down in Myrtle Beach, SC.

While there, I was reminded how very different the behavior of Americans can be based on their geographical background.

If you’ve never experienced it, Southern Hospitality is in fact a real thing.

southern hospitality

Walking down the street in Myrtle Beach, the majority of people you pass will make eye contact, smile, and say hello.

It takes a little getting used to at first.

There were times I purposefully avoided eye contact to avoid an interaction.

However, from what I could tell, this cue does not deter the Southern “Hey, how ya doin?” nor the subsequent conversation.

how ya doin

Which can be tedious and extremely annoying depending on how bad your Southerner is at picking up social cues.

Overall though, I really enjoy the friendly, outgoing manners down South.

Coming back to good ole Massachusetts was certainly an adjustment!

My office building has about 20 floors with various companies.

Meaning, when you get on the elevator, chances are it’s full of strangers.

eye contact

Strangers who all seem to find their shoes or their phone immensely interesting.

Some mornings I just want to start a sing along and see what happens.

sing along

When did ignoring the people around you become the polite thing to do??

I know you did not just get a super important email!!

Your screen is giant!

Everyone can see you’re on Facebook!

It’s okay to smile at your fellow man.

Shit, you can even say “Good Morning”.

good morning sunshine

I promise they won’t bite. At least I won’t 🙂

Are you one of those people in the elevator?

Or do you say “Hello” to whoever crosses your path??

Do you prefer the lack of interaction or do you wish people were more friendly?

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It Only Hurts If You Let It

I was talking (bitching) to my wicked smart Mom the other day.

All up on my high horse, pointing out the less-than-perfect behavior of another.

And she replied, “why let it bother you?”

I’ll admit, at first, I found her response extremely annoying.

“You’re supposed to be on my side!”

“Well screw you too!”

But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized she was right.

It’s easy to focus on what’s going wrong, how someone else isn’t doing the right thing, but ultimately you are the one who allows outside forces to effect your inner peace.

inner peace

This is NOT a free pass for bad behavior.

“Don’t be a dick” is a code I think everyone should follow.

But there will always be assholes walking the earth.

And you will more than likely have to interact with them on a regular basis.

You have choices in these situations.

life is all about choices

You can allow them to bring you down to their level and return that asshole behavior tit for tat.

While this may feel really good at the time, if you’re anything like me you will then spend the next week chastising yourself for allowing said asshole to elicit such a response from you. (You really are better than that!)

You can say/do nothing.

Take the high road and let your resentment fester and grow by continuously turning that nugget of assholery over and over in your head while complaining about said assholery to friends and family. (This will certainly give you agada. That’s indigestion for all you non-Italians.)

Or

You can accept the fact that sometimes people suck.

It’s not your job to make them suck less.

It’s not your job to point out their massive amount of suckiness (suckitude?).

All you can do is take a deep breathe, accept it, and move on.

acceptance

Because really – ain’t nobody got time for that!

And for all you know, someone did piss in their Cheerios and it’s not personal.

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

DIY:

Have you seen those super cute burlap pillows with sayings on them? Think they’re over-priced?! Me too! Here’s how to make your own!

Climbing the Ladder:

Hit a wall on that new project? Can’t find enough time in your workday? Check out these 3 ways to think deeply and be more effective in the office.

Wine me, Dine me:

For all you fat kids like me who can’t control themselves when there’s baked goods in the house, check out this genius recipe for making a single serving of cake!

Inspiration:

In case you didn’t know October is National Anti-Bullying Month. Bullies don’t go away as you grow up, they just get older. But sometimes you get to put them in their place. This woman is amazing!

Another great story for Anti-Bullying Month:

Health and Fitness:

For the ladies, 8 muscle groups you should NEVER ignore.

Round the World:

Like to fly solo? Check out the best places to explore sans wing man.

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems:

13 ways Americans throw away money. Which are you guilty of?

Giggles and Such:

This video makes me wish I had a trampoline and a dog…

I got my tight pants on!

This video has three of my favorite things; cake, Hannah Hart, and Jenna Marbles. You’re welcome 🙂

Have a great weekend!!!

P.S. What do you think of the new categories? Does it make it easier for you to find the Finally Friday feature for you?? What category would you add? Would you get rid of one??

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Your presence is a present to the world.
You’re unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days just one at a time.
Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You’ll make it through, whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.
Don’t put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal and your prize.
Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem the heavier it gets.
Don’t take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.
Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot of love goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life’s treasures, are people . . . together.
Realize that it’s never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health, hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.
And don’t ever forget . . .
For even a day . . .
How very special you are.

21 Tools to Unlock Your Creative Genius

How to make super healthy smoothies.

Totally cool and innovative or creepy and gross? You decide.

Because it’s summertime and New England has been hot as balls:

7 cool gadgets to keep your drink cool.

The most discouraging and heartwarming news story this week.

21 pictures that will restore your faith in humanity.

For you ladies taking the “road less traveled”:

The gorgeous outdoor space where my friends are getting married this weekend!

How cool is this?!

An awesome and easy DIY home decor project.

Super simple infographic for anyone who’s ever wanted to try a fishtail braid!

And last but certainly not least, a couple giggles for you:

I’m gangsta yo. Got milk in my sippy cup!

Caffeine is amazing!

I LOVE tacos!!

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