“Always Have… Always Will”

“All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist” (Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, 27) if that is true, or at least an interesting new thought, shouldn’t/can’t we take joy in things that have given us joy in the past? This idea made me attempt to collect the memories of simple things that made me smile this week:

-my new houndstooth purse (from Sam Moon)

-cuddles with my 18 year old cat

-a quick (but wildly successful) trip to Half Price Books

-getting a new bottle of mouthwash (I know, I’m a real cheap date)

-an exclusive, one-day-only 20% off coupon (at miniatures.com) for furnishings for my Victorian dollhouse

-a good sour pickle

-seeing the “Gotham” building in downtown Austin

-seeing many dragonflies throughout the week

-old favorites [songs] that come up when my iPod is on Shuffle

-finding nuggets of wisdom in old books

-spending my grandma’s 86th birthday with her and all of the funny things she said

What made you smile this week? Did recalling those moments make you feel the initial joy again?


Soul Food

“Take time to do what makes your soul happy.” –Unknown

What feeds your soul? What makes you happy? What do you enjoy?
Do more of that!

Feeding your soul is as important as feeding your body.
If we simply trudge through each day we lose a part of ourselves. I challenge my readers to create their own 30 day challenge that feeds your soul. Follow your bliss to find your topic.

Here are a few examples:
-If you really enjoy doodling, doodle every day for the next 30 days.
-If you feel happy after dancing around your living room, take a break every day for the next 30 days and dance.
-If cooking is a passion, cook everyday for the next 30 days. Cook some of your tried and true, all-time favorite comfort foods or push your limits and try new recipes.
-Is reading a passion you never seem to have time for? Take 15+ minutes every day for the next 30 days to read. Pick something you you think will be fun or interesting. No textbooks. Unless you enjoy reading textbooks…
-Is writing your thing? If so take 20+ minutes each day (for the next 30 days) with your journal or laptop and free-write. Let he words flow from your fingertips and see what you end up with (you might pen an epic love letter, a hit song, or the next great American (or other country depending on your whereabouts) novel).
-If your soul is fed by exercise, spend the next 30 days trying new workouts.

These are simply some ideas I came up with off the top of my head, I am sure you can come up with something unique to feed your soul’s hunger.

I CHALLENGE YOU, to challenge yourself – for 30 days.

Taking care of yourself is important; challenging yourself is important. Personal growth, feeding your soul/following your bliss and gratitude are vital to happiness.

Are you going to give yourself a 30 day challenge? If so, what is your challenge?

My 25 Favorite Christmas Songs

25. All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) (The Chipmunks)

24. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Gene Autry)

23. Auld Lang Syne (Celtic Woman)

22. What Child Is This (Martina McBride)

21. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Sugarland)

20. O Holy Night (Faith Hill or Martina McBride)

19. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Frank Sinatra)

18. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas (Bing Crosby)

17. Go Tell It On The Mountain (Dolly Parton)

16. A Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives)

15. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Andy Williams)

14. O Tannenbaum (Vince Guaradldi Trio)

13. Do You Hear What I Hear (Martina McBride)

12. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Dean Martin)

11. White Christmas (Bing Crosby)

10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (MercyMe)

9. Joy to the World (Dolly Parton)

8. Silent Night (any version)

7. Carol of the Bells (Mannheim Steamroller)

6. Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24 (Insturmental) (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

5. Mary Did you Know (Clay Walker)

4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Frank Sinatra)

3. Born on Christmas Day (Brad Paisley)

2. We Three Kings (Dolly Parton)

1. Little Drummer Boy (MercyMe, Josh Groban, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, really any version – I just love this song)


What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Motivational Monday (November 17, 2014)

“I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
–Booker T. Washington

“Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.” – Hugh Miller

“Happiness is not found in the things you possess, but in what you have the courage to release.”
-Nathaniel Hawthorne