Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Generosity begets generosity.

I had the pleasure or having tea with Greg Bell @waterthebamboo yesterday. Our conversation centered on generosity and how it just plain feels good to be generous and to be the recipient of generosity. It seems there has been a shift these days. I’m surrounded by folks that are giving of themselves and less by people that are holding back or holding tight. It may be that I’ve made some conscious decisions to seek positive and giving people. As a result, I find myself happier AND healthier. 

I think we should all think about our personal communities. Is it time to start focusing on the people that have positive influences in our lives? I’m not saying to weed any friends out, you don’t have to “break up” with the negative ninnies, I am saying, consider spending a little less energy there. I can pretty much guarantee if you focus your energy and time with people that are positive and generous, you will find you will be more positive and generous. 

As I write this, I was thinking of my strawberry patch, it's a great metaphor for how generosity begets generosity. We planted our strawberry patch three years ago, the first year, we watered and cared for our small plants, we had a few delicious strawberries. The second year, we watered and cared and we had more delicious strawberries. Last year, we watered and cared and the plants flourished and kept giving and giving all summer long. We were so excited; we were able to make three batches of jam. Which in turn we gave to our friends and family. Those little plants and a little generous watering and care created a year full of strawberry goodness. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Because I'm Happy

Come on really, how can you not get a little smile on your face and bounce in your step when you hear Pharrell Williams' Happy. You know I make a conscience effort to choose Happy every day. This song makes that choice easier every time I hear it. Can't nothing, bring me down. Now...Clap Along!

Happy
It might seem crazy what I'm about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take away
I'm a hot air balloon, I could go to space
With the air, like I don't care baby by the way

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Here come bad news talking this and that
Yeah, give me all you got, don't hold back
Yeah, well I should probably warn you I'll be just fine
Yeah, no offense to you don't waste your time
Here's why

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Happy, bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Happy, bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do


Monday, April 28, 2014

Money's just a thing

This blog post from Heather Thorkelson | Republic of Freedom, really resonated with me so I wanted to share. As a freelancer the money train ebbs and flows. That results in your bank account ebbing and flowing too. Some may say I'm a little bit of a control freak, so this inevitable pattern stresses me out.

No more! What I took from the @RepOfFreedom post is that money does not define my success, talent or worth. "Its just numbers on a screen."


Friday, April 25, 2014

105 miles + Death Valley = Bike riding toward a cure for Type 1 Diabetes

I've made a crazy commitment to ride my bike for 105 miles in Death Valley this October. I'm joining my friend Kaitlyn and five other brave ladies to take our stand against TD1.

Our team has been training and planning and fundraising. Coming up, we'll be hosting a party this summer, staging a pop-up cupcake stand and will be making some guest appearances with some wacky stunts to aid in our fundraising endeavors.

Wish us luck with our training and join our cause by pledging a donation. Its easy to donate by checking out my JDRF Ride to Cure page.

peace + cupcakes!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wise words.

Steel your courage, face the truth and get moving.

These are words from an "O" article one of my besties sent me today. The article was titled "How do I know it's time to let go." To me, these are words that go way beyond that thought, words we should probably remember every single day.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bloom where you're planted!

These are words I heard from my mother often. They are now words that I live by. I think we spend so much time trying to get to the next thing, that we often don't see how amazing right here is.

Everyday there are perfect moments. Heck no, not a perfect day, but definitely perfect moments. This reminds me of a good friend that starts and ends his day with the question, "what's going well?"

Do me a favor think about "what's going well". Then "bloom where you're planted!"