“I don’t know what my future holds, but I do know who holds my future.” –Tim Tebow
“Because I have known despair, I value hope. Because I have tasted frustration, I value fulfillment. Because I have been lonely, I value Love.” –Leonard Nimoy
“Dwell in possibility.” –Emily Dickinson
“When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred wishes.” –unknown
“Know that someone out there believes in you and loves you. And if you haven’t met that person yet, you will. You are special. And you matter. The things that make you different make you unique. And unique is beautiful.” –Sophia Bush
“Remember who you are.” –Mufasa
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt
“Wisdom is nothing but healed pain.” –Unknown
“Expect nothing and appreciate everything.” –Unknown
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” –Napoleon Hill
“A tiger doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of the sheep.” –Unknown
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” –Buddha
“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.” –Margret Peters
“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” –Bill Nye
Sometimes four day work weeks seem the longest… To help you through this Labor Day week, I am giving you three “Motivational Monday” quotes each day.
“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.” –Unknown
“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” –Samuel Johnson
“Big things often have small beginnings.” –Unknown
“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?
As the first quarter of the year draws to an end I thought I would share my status on the goals I shared earlier this year.
- Complete dollhouse construction (wiring, painting, etc)
I have acquired most of the materials I need to complete my dollhouse, i.e. lights, wire, wallpaper, stair railing…
I have completed the painting the majority of the outside of the house (excluding trim).
I hope to have a better update on this goal next quarter.
- Learn to play Chess
I have read Chess for Beginners by I.A. Horowitz (the first 24 pages for all that complete novices really need to start with). I have downloaded a chess app to practice playing alone until I can get a friend or family member to learn and play with me.
I have surprised myself, although I have the difficulty set on easy, I have won several games, and many games have ended in a stalemate or draw.
- Read more books than I did last year.
Of the 36 books I aim to read this year I have already read 12 (three ahead of schedule!). As long as I continue the current trend of three books each month I am sure to meet this goal in the next nine months.
- Master a minimum of 6 songs on the piano.
I have yet to master any new songs this year… I HAVE polished the songs in my repertoire. I do have several songs I am working on mastering. I hope to have a better update on this goal next quarter as well.
- Be positive.
I think I am making some progress with this goal. Why is it easier to remind/help others stay positive than it is to keep yourself from stumbling over negativity?
As expected, some days are better than others, but I consider myself in good standing on this one.
I only have a little over six months before I am officially a quarter of a decade old. I find this fact slightly frightening so I have compiled a short list of things to accomplish before the big day.
Before I turn 25 I want to:
- Let go of past disappointments. I need to let go of all of the letdowns, failed relationships and regrets of the past 24 years. This kind of ties into my “Be Positive” goal for 2015. The past is the past and there is nothing I can do about it now, there is no reason to dwell in it and let it taint my future.
- Do 25 random acts of kindness.
- Electronic cleanse (clean out emails, delete unnecessary documents off of my laptop and back it up, clear space on my phone by backing up and deleting pictures…)
- Complete at least one more thing on my bucket list.
- Do something for 30 straight days (meditate, sketch, practice the piano or guitar, religiously keep a gratitude journal, do something fun, go without TV)- I might pick one for each of the six months.