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It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of)

This weekend is the official start of summer! Yayy!! Adventures in Adulthood is taking some much needed time off and skipping straight to Friday this week. Don’t worry we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week πŸ™‚

Quote of the Day:

fear is stupid

Climbing the Ladder:

Networking sucks. Treating networking like any other friendship can help! And who doesn’t want to make their friends feel smart and insightful?!

DIY:

Does your place have super annoying bi-fold doors?? Turn them into some fancy french doors for next to nothing!

Not just for kids! Super bubbles!!

Round the World:

How absolutely amazing would these trips be?!?

children's book guide to travel

Inspirational:

Life is about choices.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

For those of you who are lactards like me, finally an ice cream you can indulge in! (Also Paleo!)

Fake sugar will rot your insides. How to make your own stevia extract.

Giggles and Such:

Working out at home never works out…

I just lost my grain of thought!

me

da fever

Have a great weekend and Happy Memorial Day!!

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Wicked Hard and Extremely Fragile

I’m not a trusting person.

Call me paranoid but I don’t take anyone’s word for it.

It’s especially hard, after someone you want to trust, has broken that bond.

How are you supposed to take that leap again?

take a leap of faith

There is no magic pill to take to guarantee a clean slate.

Old fears creep in and the most innocent of exchanges can feel like a plot against your happiness.

How can you truly trust if you haven’t figured out how to forgive?

forgiveness mark twain quoteAnd I’m not just talking about forgiving others.

I don’t know about you, but when my trust is broken, the person I blame the most is myself.

I should have known better!

not good enough

How could I have been so stupid??

Why couldn’t I tell he/she was lying?

Trust is such a vulnerable bond.

Even when you have the courage to open your heart and trust.

courage does not always roar

There are so many obstacles, so many worries that can gnaw on your mind.

The fears and anxieties pick with vicious tenacity at your fragile trust until it has been shredded. Completely destroyed, only the fears and anxieties remaining.

fear

Stop the fear!

The fears and anxieties cannot win if you fill your heart and mind with love.

As part of my Happiness Project I am making a conscious effort to be more trusting. To chose love over fear.

(For those of you who missed those posts – shame on you! Just kidding πŸ™‚ You can check them out here and here.)

This is especially hard for me.

I have an overwhelming need to always be prepared (thank you Girl Scouts) and what may be the world’s most over-active imagination.

When these super powers combine they make me:

The Queen of the Worst.Case.Scenario.

You might be thinking, ‘well that doesn’t sound too bad.’

The problem lies in the thoughts.

all that we are budda quote

If our reality is a manifestation of our thoughts, then being worried, anxious, and distrusting will just bring you more of the same.

And who wants that??

What about you guys?

Do you trust easily?

Or is trusting someone the hardest.thing.ever for you??

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Everything, All at Once, Right Now!

I’m great at identify goals and the necessary steps to make said goals come true.

What I am NOT great at is maintaining the patience to achieve my goals.

god grant me patience

I drive much like I live my life.

As fast as possible without getting caught by the fuzz πŸ™‚

Reminding myself to slow down is a constant battle.

I remember when I was in high school, my Grandfather telling me, “don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.”

stop and smell the roses 3

Come on! If monkeys can do it, so can you!!

I rarely remember to take a beat when I hit a milestone or an accomplishment.

Instead of giving myself a pat on the back and an “atta girl!”, I immediately begin to focus on the next hurdle, the next chance to hit it out of the park.

As part of my Happiness Project, I am going to start giving myself permission to celebrate the small victories.

Who cares if that small victory is only measurable by me.

It’s my victory, dammit!

victory is mine

I think we’ve become a society with such an expectation and focus on success that we’ve forgotten how to recognize the hard work it takes to actually achieve success and we’ve definitely forgotten how to make time to bask in that success.

This week IΒ  challenge you to stop and smell the roses.

Yes, I know it’s February in New England.

So they will have to be metaphorical roses.

your metaphorical rose :)

your metaphorical rose πŸ™‚

But whenever you cross a finish line (no matter how small you feel it is), give yourself a little time-out to acknowledge your achievement.

I promise, it will alleviate that hamster-on-a-wheel feeling.

If only for a couple minutes…

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Keep on Truckin’

What do you do when your get up and go, has got up and went??

I’ve been feeling pretty uninspired these days.

grumpy cat

Working two jobs is taking a serious toll on my morale.

The never-ending search for a full-time job is starting to feel a lot like repetitively banging my head against a brick wall.

bang head here

And the icing on my bitter cupcake is my less than stellar love life and the poor romantic decisions I feel compelled to repeat.

Rather than mope around and wallow in my “poor me” moment, I’ve decided to grab life by the balls and show that bitch I can be happy AND successful and ain’t nobody gonna stop me!

grab life by the balls

The only problem is, I’m not quite sure what’s going to lift me out of the black hole of doldrums I find myself in.

So I’ve started my own “Happiness Project”.

the happiness project

For those of you not familiar, check out Gretchen Rubin’s best seller here.

Small changes are the most effective.

Since I’ve had enough failure lately, I feel no need to set myself up for more.

I’ll be making 3 changes to my life.

#1) Meditate regularly

meditate 2

I’ve sporadically attempted meditating in the past to little or no effect.

Since meditating can be transformational if practiced regularly, I’ve decided to start a daily practice.

Meditating at the same time of day is said to be best.

So I’ll be setting aside 20 minutes each morning to get my “om” on.

Feel like starting your own practice? Check out some helpful hints here.

#2) Feng Shui – My Way

feng shui my way

When I feel uninspired I tend to rearrange my living space.

If your space feels constricted, so do you, and clutter is the devil.

I’ve spent the majority of my recent downtime ridding my home of clutter.

I started with my bedroom, then moved on to the bathroom, kitchen and finally the living room.

Anything that was a duplicate, no longer useful, almost empty, or that I could not find a home for – got tossed.

Or to be completely honest, put in the basement. Out of sight out of mind, right?

I then dusted, vacuumed, cleaned and scrubbed anything and everything.

It felt exhausting and awesome!

#3) Say No

just say no

My free time is little to non-existent.

I always feel like I’m missing out on something.

I can remember exactly when I last saw each and every one of my friends, only because it happens so rarely these days.

All of the above usually leads me to say “Yes!” to any and all invitations that happen to fall on my days off.

Which just leads me to resenting the plans I’ve made, when all I really want to do is put on some sweats and curl up in bed with a book.

From now on, unless it’s something I really, really, really want to do, I will be saying NO. Sorry guys.

So that’s the game plan.

game plan

Wish me luck kids!

Have any of your tried your own “Happiness Project”?

Any helpful hints??

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