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It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of)

I had the most amazing experience this past weekend at The Rock N Roll Resort: v3 Tiny Rager!

I highly recommend anyone who loves art and music to go next year.

Needless to say, it’s been a rough start to the week. So we’ll be skipping straight to Friday, while I give my brain some much needed downtime.

I promise once I decompress and remember how to string intelligent sentences together, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming πŸ™‚

Quote of the Day:

breathe move on jimmy buffett quote

Climbing the Ladder:

In-box out of control?? How to keep email from taking over your life.

On the job hunt? How to stand out from the crowd.

Body Lovin’:

Tummy troubles got you down?? Try these yoga poses for improved digestion.

DIY:

Why wait years for Mother Nature to produce sea glass?? Just make your own!

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Hawaiian, Gluten-free, AND Paleo. Pretty sure they’re delicious too πŸ™‚

Healthy pancakes??

Nesting:

Trying to decorate on a budget? Get thrifty AND creative!

Peace of Mind:

Master your fears and get happy.

Round the World:

I’m almost six monthes passed the 30 milestone but I managed to cross most of these off in time. And I can definitely fit numbers 30, 13, 6, and 2 into one epic trip πŸ™‚

Inspirational:

In the wake of Monday’s tragedy it’s easy to lose faith in mankind. Here are 10 acts of kindness to remind you the world really is a beautiful place even if some of the people who inhabit it are not.

Giggles and Such:

dustpanlife is like a box of chocolates

milk i am your father

Have a great week(end)!

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Untie Me

Almost everyone these days has a smartphone.

In fact, the only people I know who don’t, are my parents and my off-the-grid roomie who purposely downgraded to a “dumb” phone several years ago.

Don’t get me wrong I love my smartphone.

With Google in my pocket there’s not a random factoid I can’t find or a place I can’t figure out how to get to.

google

But, it can get overwhelming.

Sometimes it feels like I can’t get away.

I recently spent the weekend at my cousin’s lake house in New Hampshire.

lake house

Among it’s many attributes is the lack of cell coverage.

Or at least it used to be!

Thanks to AT&T, I now have 4G coverage out in the boonies.

Some of you might think I’m bat shit right now.

batshit

What’s so bad about having service??

Nothing. If you want to stay connected to the outside world.

But one of the things I love about my home away from home is unplugging.

Most of the time I don’t even bring my charger.

It’s insanely liberating.

Especially for someone who works in social media. Even when I want to cut the ties that bind me, I still have a job to do.

lake house 2

my home away from home πŸ™‚

In our hyper-connected, Facebook obsessed world, not having internet access completely changes your perspective.

If you’re trying to be more mindful, live more fully in the moment, or maybe trying a Happiness Project of your own, I highly recommend unplugging.

Have you ever gone out without your phone?

Did you feel naked?

Or does it make you feel free??

For me it’s a little of Column A, a little from Column B.

generation of idiots einstein quote

We’ve all see that group of friends out to dinner, eyeballs glued to their phones, instead of actually talking to each other.

Don’t be those people.

My Mom has this awesome rule of no phones at her dinner table.

It’s pretty rude when you think about it.

It’s okay to break bread together, but God forbid you have an actual face to face conversation?!

turn off your phone

The next time you’re out, leave your phone at home.

Or if you really can’t be without it, at least turn your ringer off.

The electronic tether is much easier to ignore if you can’t hear it.

It’s the polite thing to do.

Mom said so πŸ™‚

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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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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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