How To Make Yourself Feel Good

Do you have a trick to making yourself feel better?  A never fail strategy that can make you go from feeling bleh (as my children would say) to beautiful?

I do!

I have a pair of filigree earrings that dangle and come to a point with a heart shape garnet and every time I wear them I just feel like I can face anything.

It’s not that they make me feel powerful. Oh contraire, they make me feel pretty.  They are just so feminine that I can’t help but feel beautiful whenever they dangle from my ears.

What’s even more amazing is that I have had this pair of earrings for at least 25 years.  About 2 years ago I thought I’d lost one and I was on the verge of crying that suddenly it was found.

Not that I could be totally upset, I have a spare earring – my mother didn’t wear hers and gave me her pair – and so I must have lost one already and have had the spare for years.  But it’s not as shiny (did I mention they are sterling silver so the one that doesn’t get used is a bit tarnished from years of sitting in my armoire drawer).

Everyone should have a go-to piece that makes them feel good about themselves.  Be it jewelry (as in my case) or a pretty top, or those perfect pair of pants that just fit well… each and every one of us deserves to be happy. And I think the below graphic sums it up best.

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http://1quotes.org/happiness-quotes-tumblr.html

 

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Motivating Your Monday

Can you believe it is the last Monday in June?  Where has the time gone?  The year is already half over and I feel like I really don’t have much to show for the greatness I was aiming for in 2017.

So here is a little motivation for us all to keep ourselves going.

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http://mrcloudmotivation.tumblr.com/

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https://www.slideshare.net/HubSpot/20-motivational-quotes-to-get-you-through-that-crisis

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https://www.pinterest.com/explore/money-motivation-quotes/?lp=true

Happy Monday!

The Day After

So my goal of blogging my great new adventure every day was cut short by my being nice and letting my children use my laptop for their fun needs and only realizing that by the time I got my machine back – I was pooped!  But girl-child was happy to play Sims 3 and boy-child was all about playing games on Steam that don’t fit on his computer/tablet (or as my daughter calls it – a laplet) that I suppose it’s worth my not being as deadline oriented as I wanted to be.

Last Friday I set my alarm to get up and exercise, only to be reminded as I moved that my neck really hates to be bounced around first thing in the morning (90% of the time I end up having a migraine) so I read instead.

I read the articles that I get via email from Sparkpeople which give me tips about losing weight and staying inspired.

But I also had an email that someone had liked my blog from the night before – and I almost always go and check out new people who like my blog and when I went to the about page and it led me to articles that she wrote – I was completely blown away. Her words were just what I was looking for, and her article was entitled How I Fell in Love with Me by Reena Kanji.

I reflected on this article all day.  And I pulled it up and re-read it at work several times as I just found it to be what I needed to use as an outline for bettering myself.  It all starts with happiness and if we can’t like ourselves, how can we expect others to like us? Or better yet, make changes so we can be healthier versions of ourselves.

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https://appliedalliance.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/loving-you/

I highly recommend reading Reena’s article (linked above) and following her advice:

  1. Be Grateful
  2. Follow the Passion
  3. Turn it off (as in your phone/electronics)
  4. Use affirmations
  5. Be of Service

These are my goals for the next few months as I try to fall in love with myself.  Life is so short to be insecure about yourself.  It’s easier to get healthy when you are able to let go of some of the hang-ups that have you feeling insecure all the time.

Won’t you join me on this quest to an all around healthier me?

 

A New Day

It’s funny how some days you just wake up and you feel different.  Projects that seemed impossible suddenly make your feel like you can conquer the world.

That is me today.  Today I feel as if a new me is on the horizon.  That the crafty, organized and healthier me is within reach.

So today is June 1.  The beginning of a new month.  The birth of a new season (well, in twenty-plus days).  I almost feel like I can do anything.

Heck, tonight I even passed on Dairy Queen.

Yes, you read that right.  Dairy Queen.  I love small sundaes with hot fudge and peanut butter sauce and I drove to the store and ordered for everyone else in my family but myself.

So now to do the same for soda, snack food and s’mores.

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https://diyprojects.com/inspirational-quotes/

So along with being a dreamer I am going to become a do-er.  I can do this.  I can be the me I want to be.  I want to be happy, I want to be successful, I want to be healthy (as I am really tired of feeling crappy all the time).  The time is now.

So for the next 30 days I’m going to chronicle my choices here.  Daily.  Join me – let’s see if I change for the better.

Wish me luck.

Keep Calm

So obviously the “Keep Calm and…” phrase is everywhere.  A year and a half ago I went to Boston and found the cutest shirt for my daughter that was just the perfect shade of bubblegum pink and it said “Keep Calm & Have a Tea Party”, I couldn’t have asked for a better souvenir for my trip and she absolutely loves it – surprisingly enough she still wears it all the time.

But last night I came across some really cute “Keep Calm” memes and so I’m sharing a few with you – I’m also placing the website I found each on underneath so if you like and want to share – I’m crediting who I found these from so I can share the love.  🙂

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/104934017/keep-calm-pop-bubble-wrap-8-x-12-keep

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http://iwastesomuchtime.com/35646

Have you found any interesting ones that just made you stop and smile?  Share with me!

Happy 2017!

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I am so looking forward to this new year.  I’m focusing on becoming a healthier me as I’ve gained a few more pounds and discovered with most foods I eat, I just feel plain lousy.  So this seems to be the day.  It’s a Sunday and the beginning of a new journey.

So as part of my journey of health – I’m going to be focusing on eating fruit and veggies every day and to try to eliminate processed foods from my diet.  As much as my taste buds love Cheez-It’s Classic Snack Mix – about an hour later I feel just icky.  I’m trying to follow the advice my body is giving me and maybe we’ll feel better.

I’m going to continue to focus on my family history.  My long lost family members I found here in the same town I grew up in I will be meeting with this new year to get stories about family.  So excited!

Contemplating a reading challenge. A few years back I read 60 books, contemplated 75, but sometimes that takes up so much time and energy.  We’ll see.  But I do want to read more.

And of course – trying to get myself (and by extension my husband) out of debt.  We can do this.  Our willpower just has to be so much better than it is.

Organization is another on-going goal for me.  But lately even I’ve been feeling claustrophobic from some of the stock piled junk.  January – look out!

My last goal is to blog once or twice a week.  I really do enjoy sharing my thoughts and finds with the world.

What are your goals for 2017 – share in the comments below!!!  Good luck!

A New Floor

This weekend my husband decided to install the dining room floor that we purchased easily 6-8 years ago.

If you haven’t guessed, hubby is a bit of a procrastinator.  10-1/2 years into our kitchen remodel – he is almost done.  I joke that I’ll be wanting to change the décor by the time it’s actually completed.  I laugh.  He doesn’t.

But this weekend he and his friend worked diligently and got the dining room floor finished.  It looks beautiful!

Here’s a shot from his iPad – a new floor and a new beginning!  Woo Hoo!

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Happy Labor Day!

The 3-day weekend has gone super fast (a quote from my son).  I must admit, it has gone way too fast.  Back to the grind tomorrow, but I will do my best to enjoy today.

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For close to a month I have been working on my genealogy.  Discovered that the library has a free Ancestry Library Edition that anyone can use – it beats paying what I know I would need a month, so the library will be my new home away from home, at least for an hour or so a week.  I also went to a class this past Saturday that gave me the lowdown on how to use a specific database, Heritage Quest.  It was interesting, but yet I know a lot of this information comes up using the website I am presently using, but it’s interesting how one has more information than another.  Ancestry instantly gave me the date of death for my great-great-grandmother who’d I’d been seeking out since I began my family tree journey (my version hadn’t, I’m using FamilySearch.org – it’s free).  I was so sad.  I guess I knew she was gone – but there was still a part of me that wondered if Mazie was out there somewhere… wanting to be found, even if she would have been around 140 years old.

Anyhow, if I’d checked my email before I left for my class at the main library on Saturday morning, I’d have known she had been found as the cemetery that my mom thought she was buried got back to me, sending me pdf’s of the receipt of her burial plot purchase (a whole $60 for her and her late husband that included perpetual care) along with where in the cemetery she could be found.  I told my mom that I was going to go and check her out some day and she wanted to go too.  Since hubby and I were out, I asked him to stop by the cemetery to see if they had a map listing where the sections were.  They didn’t but we noticed they had numbers at the corner of the sections – so I looked up the email and lo and behold – she was right by the main entrance and so we got out and I found her.  She is actually not far from a famous inhabitant of the cemetery – Dr. Bob Smith – one of the founders of AA – is just a section away (since I had worked at Stan Hywet for several years where the first meeting of Bill W. with Dr. Bob Smith took place with an introduction by Henrietta Seiberling, it was cool to drive by and see the resting place this man who started a movement that has helped so many).

With September 1 comes the Hiking Spree our area Metroparks has each year.  Hubby and I went to a trail we’d never gone to before to get hike #1 done.  Just 7 left to go.

Today we head over to his aunt’s at 1pm for a family get together to celebrate the holiday.  I hope all of you enjoy your day off (if you get one – I know when I was in college I use to work every holiday I could simply for the time-and-a-half).

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

Time Flies…

So last week school started for both my kids.  It’s a new school for my son who is a fifth grader – one year in a new school.  He seems to be happier (except for the lack of air conditioning in the school – it’s funny how I’d forgotten that detail over the last 30+ years since I went to the same elementary school).  When asked in a questionnaire what he would do with a million dollars – he politely said he’d donate it to the school for air conditioning.  When asked what he feared most – he claimed an entire school year without air conditioning.  Lucky for him Ohio is a 4-weather year, predominately cold and snowy (or so it feels)

Towards the end of my vacation from work I began working on my family tree.  Not sure how factual it is but when I added my grandmother, she was already in the system, and there is apparently a line of hers that is traced back to Switzerland 1132.  I’ll be double checking things as I go along – but it’s awfully fascinating seeing all of it.

Hubby found a job and began it last week.  Life will hopefully return to normal.

Trying to focus on fun things in life again and getting the house all organized and decluttered (don’t I know how to have a good time?).

Heading to the ballpark to see our local minor league team play tomorrow – it’s followed up with One Direction fireworks – hoping they play some Girl Almighty to go along with the beautiful display!

I’ll keep you posted!

Happy Belated 4th of July

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays.  Being the history geek that I am, I get a kick out of wishing my country a happy 240th birthday.  Not just because I’m patriotic. The Revolutionary War is my favorite war (I like to think it was a war that was worth fighting for).

This year I seemed to enjoy it even more.  When I went to Boston last fall with my friend to see One Direction, and I brought up making sure that we hit the historical spots during the day (I couldn’t go to Boston and not see these great spots) it put the Revolutionary War in an entirely different perspective.

I saw the places where our forefathers met in secret to plan how we were going to declare our independence from an unjust government.  You think taxes are bad now?  They taxed us colonies way more than they taxed those in Britain just because we were the colonists. They tried to go about it in more peaceful ways (dumping tea and the like) but the British didn’t get it and punished us further.

So the Revolutionary War began. And as the ultimate underdog the United States won.

So many people dislike history and hate that we have to learn it (this would be my husband and daughter…. I think my son may be getting into it more like me) but history can be exciting and something we can learn from in an attempt to not make the same mistake twice.

These are photos from my Boston trip and the spots where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and the like met to plan so we can be free today.

To the nation I say Happy Birthday.  To my forefathers I say Thank you.