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Thursday, October 30, 2014

transformations: what you can give and still keep

Sometimes it seems like we give and give and all that giving drains us. But there are some things that we can give and keep at the same time. 

So, I think I will keep on giving these, because they make me feel good about myself, and hopefully they make others feel good, too.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

what is that in my pantry?...or try not to be envious

I feel really certain that you are going to be more than envious when I tell you that I am spending my day cleaning out my pantry. I was almost afraid to start pulling things out, because who knows what could be lurking in the hidden corners of that closet. 

I mean seriously, how many bags of brown rice does one person need.

It couldn't possibly be because I was too lazy to check my pantry before I went shopping. I really think that those bags just jumped off the shelves and into my cart when my back was turned.

You might have a good idea what I will be eating for the next month. Anyone have any good rice recipes to share with me?

After I threw out everything that expired in the stone age recently I seem to have been left with not only the rice, but a can of beans and a bunch of seeds. 

And what is with all the boxes of plastic bags, aluminum foil, and wax paper?

The only thing they seem to be doing is holding up the toppling old cookers. There might be a concussion in my future if I try to pull one of them out. Maybe I will just leave them as they are. No one will know if I just shut the door, and I know you won't tell.

I'm sure if I keep on digging that I will come across a couple of cans of tuna. Anyone want to join me for a tuna, chia seed, rice casserole? Hmmmm!!! Somehow, I didn't think so.

Enjoy your day.

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P.S. No, there won't be an amazing pantry redo in an upcoming post. I just won't be eating expired food.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

I'm cheering, are you?

Women Speak:

Give me an L...Give me an A...Give me a U... Give me an R... Give me an A... Whatta ya got? LAURA! LAURA! YAAAY!!

In my last post I talked about the importance of being your own biggest cheerleader. If I had a dollar for every time I have said, "you are the best expert on yourself" I would be a wealthy woman. However, if I had to take away a dollar for every time I let someone else influence my decisions, I might just be running a deficit. 

What makes it so easy for us to give away our power, to let someone else have the last say in how we live our lives. I don't know about you, but I need to follow my gut more. I can feel it way down deep in my gut when something is right or wrong for me, and yet I will listen to and act on what someone else says. It is as if I am invalidating my own expertise.

How do we become our own best cheerleaders? 

1) Learn to use powerful words when referring to yourself. Don't be afraid to call yourself an expert. It's okay. 

2) Don't ever speak to yourself in negative terms.

3) Look for what you have done right in similar situations, and then think of ways to improve.

4) Be you own best friend. I've talked about this before. Treat yourself the way you would treat your best friend and the way you want them to treat you. 

Is it okay to ask for other people's input? Of course. We all need a good support system, but we also need to believe enough in ourselves to control our own lives.

So, how do you make decisions about your life. Do you believe in yourself and your own expertise? Let's grab a nice cold drink (It was 82 degrees here) and chat about it. 

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keep cheering

A Snippet of Inspiration

Each Monday is devoted to a snippet of inspiration because a little rain falls in everyone's life.

Yesterday I was having one of those days. You probably know the kind I am talking about. I was doubting myself. I was even angry with myself, and I was angry with everyone else. I forgot one of the most important things.

When I stopped to think, I realized that many of the mistakes I have made in my life are because I didn't listen to my own inner voice. I didn't listen to my gut feeling. I let someone else determine what was best for me. 

I realized that we all need to keep cheering for ourselves.

I hope you will join us tonight and tomorrow for Women Speak when we will talk more about being your own cheerleader. 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

i've got nothing

Today is just one of those days when I really have nothing to say. Oh, I could tell you about the two auctions I attended the last couple of days. I did buy some things, but I haven't taken photos. My get up and go got up and went down the road somewhere. 

I could regale you with tales of my fabulous day, but seriously there just isn't too much exciting about washing glassware, pricing things for my booth, and spray painting an old picture frame out in the wind. Of course, you know me well. I absolutely did not think to spray in the direction the wind was blowing, so I will be washing paint off me for the next week. At least I gave the neighbors additional fodder for their mealtime conversations. 

Oh wait, wait, wait. Something exciting did happen today. My name finally came up on the waiting list at the library. I quickly donned sunglasses (too lazy to put on makeup) and threw on a cardigan over my mustard stained tee shirt. There was no way I was waiting another day to delve into this.

So, seems like I had a little something to say after all. Have a great day. I'm sure I'll be up until the wee hours reading.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

getting creative

It may be shocking, I know, but occasionally I reach back into the far recesses of my brain and bring out the creative part. For some reason this time of the year seems to bring out that creative gene. 

So I have been digging through my boxes to bring out bits and pieces. Things I have had stored away and forgotten about. You know the kinds of things. Twine, and jute, old tarnished silverware, and rusty old keys. I am looking for creative ways to incorporate them into my creations. 

I have been wanting to make some rag wreaths. This was my first attempt. I was planning to sell it in my booth, but I sold it before it got there. That was nice.

I am now working on another one and on a burlap wreath. I have the base done for both of them, now I just need to embellish.

Somewhere down there in all those boxes I have a large amount of vintage fabric and cutter quilts. If you happen to be looking for me I may be lost in one of my closets, with my head down in a box and my feet sticking straight up. 

I'm envisioning some pretty new pillows for my booth. Time to get to work.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

transformations - speak to yourself with kindness

Yesterday I did something which I considered dumb. No, this is one of the few times I won't share it with you. But, what I will share with you is how I felt and how I spoke to myself. 

It was as if the clouds were suddenly descending on me, filling my inside spaces with anger towards myself, and the first thing I said to myself was, "how could you be so dumb".

I felt myself tense up, I felt sick, and that is when I asked myself if I would say this to someone else who made the same mistake. The answer was no. I would tell them it's okay, because we all make mistakes and this is how we learn. 

So I vowed to pay attention to the things I say to myself. I will speak to myself with kindness. I will show myself the same respect that I show others. I will look for that little patch of blue shining from the clouds, and I will focus on that.

Let's all vow to speak to ourselves with kindness, to tell ourselves that we are proud of what we do every day.  

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