Good morning. I hope everyone is safe, warm, and healthy this Christmas. I moved to Ohio last year after living mostly in Austin, Texas and a few years in Portland, Oregon. I woke up to my first white Christmas in forever. I think I’ve only had one or two in my life. I seem to gravitate to warm states like Florida, Arizona and Texas. I will admit, the heat in Texas was getting old. I’m really enjoying living in a place with four seasons. I’m sitting on my couch with a hot cup of coffee looking out the window at my backyard. It’s like a postcard.
I finished the sequel to Streaming Sarah this week. Finishing Streaming James was my Christmas present to myself. My writing group meets again in January, and they will edit the last few chapters I wrote this week. I’m not sure how many writers joined groups while working on their craft, but I highly recommended it. Having so many different perceptions really opened my eyes to how readers might see the chapters. I learned so much from reading and editing their chapters as well. We continued our meetings by zoom this year. It made 2020 bearable.
If you haven’t done so already, I recommend setting up calls via zoom, Skype, FaceTime, portal, what ever means you have. I can promise you within minutes, you will forget you are not in the room. I have face-to-face Fridays. I’ll either play Yahtzee with friends or just sit around and chat. For Yahtzee, we each have our own dice and aim the camera at the table so everyone can see the dice. If I’m not playing Yahtzee, I’ll have a glass of wine with a friend. I do Tai Chi three times a week with a friend from Oregon. She has her DVD going to sound and I’ll have mine on without the sound. I aim my camera at me so she can see me. She does the same.
Community is critical for mental heath. We are doing zoom for Christmas this year. Not ideal, but we are all trying to keep each other safe. I look forward to reading everyone’s blogs today and in 2021. I’ve been away from WordPress for most of 2020. Not because of Covid, but because I was focused on finishing my masters, which I did in November of this year.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very healthy and happy New Year.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” -Steve Jobs-
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I agree your heart will know when you have found it! You will suddenly have all the energy in the world and will feel like you can tackle anything. If changing jobs isn’t something you can do right now, don’t fret. There are things you can do while you are looking for that perfect job that feeds your soul. Start with a list of the areas of your life that might need a tweak to feel inspired again. Something as simple as learning to dance, building a garden or taking a photography class can make you feel excited and alive. Steve is on to something with not settling. If you are not doing what is feeding your soul, what is making you happy, what is helping you live your authentic self, chances are you feel like you are on a hamster wheel and every day is like groundhog day. Keep looking, don’t settle.
What’s that song, if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with? While you are waiting for that perfect job that helps you feel satisfied, try a few subtle changes with your current position in the interim. I discovered that adding a new skill to my role and learning something new can help me feel inspired again.
I superimposed my mini-me Bitmoji avatar onto a favorite vacation spot in Ireland. I have it as my screen saver on my computer and iPhone as a reminder that every day matters when you are going about your everyday matters.
The round rocks in the Giant’s Causeway are a result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. They are beautiful and the view is breathtaking.
Life is short. Sometimes it feels like we are in a hamster wheel repeating each day like ground-hog-day. Days blur together and it seems like one day is no different than the next. Lather, rinse and repeat. It may feel that way, but it is not true. Every day matters and everything we say and do in that day matters as we go about our everyday matters.
Why does it matter that I superimposed a comic image over a volcanic rock? It matters to me. It represents a few things.
I acted on a commitment to myself. (I took a vacation with friends and family)
My path may be rocky at times, but my foundation is smooth and strong.
What am I going to do with my life today? Good reminder to start my day mindful.
My decision to live my best life after a brain-bleed inspired spending quality time with family and friends, to get out of the house more, take more vacations and stress less about work. Ireland was a new vacation spot for me in my quest to experience new things. The rocks are round and smooth but the path to the top can be a bit rocky. Pun intended. I love this photo. As I walked up the path I thought ‘I’m okay with a rocky path because I know my foundation is strong like the columns that formed these rocks bursting through the fissures.’
How we respond to life’s eruptions matter. For that matter, we are in full control. We can choose our response, our reactions. We can stay positive and mindful or we can spiral out of control and lash out at those around us.
How we spend our day is not a trivial matter. In fact, it is a matter to take quite seriously. What matters most is that you are true to yourself each day. As a matter of fact, staying in your integrity is one of the few things we have control of when we make decisions that matter or in our response to someone when we have asked them if something is the matter.
Please trust me in these matters. Life is short and the days are shorter. Don’t waste them especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
Today’s daily prompt Mallet reminded me to be mindful of watching for signs that I am repeating patterns. Do you ever find yourself saying “why does this keep happening?” When I find myself thinking What the? Again? I take a moment to see if there is a pattern. If there is a pattern, I try to figure out if there is a life lesson that is trying to hit me over the head like a mallet until I get it.
You give but little when you give your possessions. It is when you give yourself that you truly give. – Kahlil Gibran
I donated some winter clothes last month. The Paralyzed Vet Organization came by the house and picked up a few bags. Easy breezy. I’m working on living my best life and had an insight, my best life involves helping others live their best life. I moved to Portland two years ago and work from home. I am embarrassed to admit that I rarely leave the house and when I do my husband usually drives. I go to the grocery store, Doctor’s office, Dentist and occasionally the mall. I still get turned around. When I think I’m heading to the mall, I drive by my Doctor’s office. Dang, it. That is happening less.
Here is my solution! I’m going to volunteer to pick up donations. I will get out of the house, learn the city and meet new people. Hopefully, they have a weekend shift. If not, I have always enjoyed volunteering at the food bank.
I’m off to google volunteer opportunities. Wishing everyone an amazing day sharing your gifts.
When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things– Not the great occasions– that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness. – Bob Hope
I had a glow of happiness today. During a meeting, I volunteered to draft out a detailed plan design of a project we are starting. After I hung up I wondered if it were possible to get everything documented in two days. I opened up my “shell” template for the plan design and realized I had already started it when we passed one of the main stage-gates a few months back. Bonus, I was far along in the documentation. The sweet glow of happiness filled the room.
Don’t forget to count these moments when you reflect on the things you are grateful for. I’m with Bob. These simple things are gems!
Sweet Cooper ain’t having it. Looks like I’ve got to get out there in the cold and take him for his walk. I think you would agree his look says “tell it to the paw cuz these beautiful ears ain’t listening to your lame lazy excuse. Now get your coat on and let’s roll.”
Even though I looked foolish to my husband, I’m glad I took the moment to entertain myself while on hold with Apple Support. My mood soared after a few minutes of finding my funk dancing around the kitchen to the hold music Flashlight by Parliment. I was almost disappointed when the tech came on. Sure I looked like Elaine dancing on Seinfeild, but who cares? What is that saying? Dance like no one is watching? Next time you need a lift, turn up the tunes and dance like no one is watching. You will be glad you did.
Now I lay me down to sleep
I guess I’ll go count the sheep
Ha da da dee da hada hada da da (oh)
Shake your funk (Ha da da dee da hada hada da da)
Shake your funk (Ha da da dee da hada hada da da)
Shake your rump (Ha da da dee da hada hada da da) (ho!)
I think I found the funk