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Couch Potato?

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The last few days I will admit I have been down right lazy. Perhaps it is the change in time that has thrown me off, or the shorter days beginning to effect my depression. Or maybe the elections wore me out! Whatever it is, I just have no energy. I am feeling very much in a vegetative state. This got me to thinking, am I turning into some sort of couch potato? I do love the comfort of the couch, but I’m not doing too much television watching, a bit of eating though. Hmm…

couchSo, why is the term “potato” always used so negatively? Like “couch potato” or “he looks like a potato”! What the heck have potatoes ever done to you? Potatoes are the MVPS of the food world, the backbone of many dishes. (I’ve never met a french fry I didn’t like!) They won’t ever let you down. You know who is the real winner here, the potato- and we should feel honored to be described as one!

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Life’s Outside Lines

“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.”~Jennifer Elisabeth

I hope you take time to color outside the lines in life. We all have creativity within us just waiting to burst. It is okay to be who you are and not stay inside the box placed around you. I encourage you to think about life in a different perspective today, one that is not made up of perfection, but rather one that is pliable. And then, work towards those dreams you’ve set as goals. Truly, “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”~John Gardner, go make something beautiful!color-your-life-beyond-blessed-blog

Daily Prompt: Border

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Take Note and Stick To It

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Sometimes we need a little motivation to keep us on the path. So, today I’m reminding you that no one gets anywhere in life without risk. If you would like more encouragement on the topic, I recommend reading “Dare To Risk It.”

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Daily Word Prompt: Daring

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Coffee Break Monday

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~Maya Angelou

Honestly I have to say that life for me is really good. I cannot complain that I have many “problems to confront” right now. But, I was reminded today, there are times I just need to take a break. Sometimes I just need to grab my laptop and go sit, have a cup o’joy at my fave joint and withdraw from life at home.

It might seem like a little “thing” but, to me it was a breakthrough in giving myself permission . I try to remember that there are times we need to just put self first. It isn’t being selfish, it is good for mind, body and soul. So, here’s to the coffee breaks (or perhaps it’s tea or wine for you)- may they be a quiet pause in this fast paced thing called life.

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“Coffee Break”©SBDMB

 

Mundane Monday: Challenge 79

Daily Prompt: Breakthrough

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Agree To Disagree

“I will never compromise truth for the sake of getting along with people who can only get along when we agree.” ~D.R. Silva

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One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say, “Let’s agree to disagree!”  Well, I have a very outspoken personality and I do enjoy a good debate. However, having a discussion where our points of view clash then say [this], my feeling, it’s a cop-out. But, where did this feeling come from? One that you can’t respect someone and even like them, all whilst having a different opinion?

Have you noticed that it is becoming harder to have a point of view that differs from the “main stream”? Lots of words thrown around these days, such as intolerant, racist, controversial and close minded. Specially if you are in the minority of those that is willing to speak out against the media or leftist views. Name slinging at the outspoken is popular, while being knowledgeable and a thinker, is discouraged.

People need to get educated, not just go with the flow of the main stream! Our society is turning into spineless robots. Taking what the government feeds them. And why not? The government is willing to take care of us. They will offer to pay for everything, in return we only must give up our rights and freedoms. Choosing to be willfully ignorant, should not be a choice!

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The media makes concessions on truths as long as it gets the viewers. Picking and choosing what topics will bring the most outrage. No longer do we have media that is uncompromised by opinion, there is a spin to every news outlet. So, if you have not learned to think on your own, to devise your own thought procees, you are left to believe what you are being spoon fed. Of course, “It must be true, it’s on the interntet!” Oh boy (hand to forehead)!

And finally, I struggle with some of those in thee upcoming generation. Those that are self-centered and feel they are owed everything. Where did this entitled outlook on life come from? Those that are choosing to agree with everything the government and media say. “Once upon a time, in a land called America, people truly believed in a capitalist system. Citizens worked hard their entire lives to feed into their 401-K plans and expected that depending on how the economy went, they may profit from their work. They did not depend on the American government to take care of everything for them; in fact they had a great sense of personal responsibility…” I recommend reading the full article, “You Owe Me: Examining a Generation of Entitlement”

And so I leave you with this…

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 Daily Prompt: Disagree

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Style Verses Fashion (Nothing To Do With Looks)

 

“Never confuse fashion and style. Fashion relies on unattainable looks on women with unrealistic bodies. Style is about utilizing the best aspects of you.” ~Stacy London

I have always loved fashion. I have been known to get drawn in by channels like E! and TLC, or with shows like “What Not To Wear” and “Next Top Model.” I love design, as I believe it really touches on the artistic parts of me. Perhaps in another life I was supposed to be a clothes designer. But, this is not what I am really about these days. Although I do sell some of my designs on Customized Girl, if you are interested in checking out my store. You can go to “Southern By Design.”

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it” ~Yves Saint Laurent

Maybe it is because I have matured or perhaps it is age, but I think that there are other things that are more important than one’s fashion. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in a well dressed and put together woman and what it says- that she cares enough about herself to take the time. But, I also believe that we can get too caught up in things unimportant and forget to focus on who we are. We are all unique and different, and it is individuality that sets us apart from others! “I still appreciate individuality. Style is much more intersting than fashion, really.”~Marc Jacobs

 

quotesExternal beauty and even fashion sense can fade with time. But style is what we project, it is in a way, who we are. It is not something that you can buy at a cheap discount store or the most expensive spot on 5th Avenue. It is the person we create as we endeavor through life.

I’m getting all philosophical, sorry! My point is this- be the best you, you can be. Whether you choose to show who you are through fashion or some other passion, don’t make choices based solely on what is popular. Go with your convictions!

Daily Prompt: Stylish

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Sound Or Silence?

“Silence was not the absence of sound but was itself a sound that could be loud or soft, soothing or disturbing, complex or simple.” ~Julius Lester

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I believe that everyone has times when all they would like is to hear nothing. The feeling of pure silence and calm. When even your mind does not run wild with noise from the day, thoughts or even emotion. To be able to just draw in your breathe, refresh your mind and be one with nature…if that’s your thing.

For me, I am just as happy with a cup of coffee and my laptop. Oh, and a few moments when my kids aren’t opening or closing doors, asking me a question, watching the television and no one needs me to do anything for them. Yes, these are a mother’s dreams.

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Okay, so I also do enjoy a jaunt to the market by myself. I know it’s not the quietest spot, but I can get lost in the isles, thinking of little else but my grocery list, buggy and sales. Grateful my kids can stay home by themselves now, a well earned respite after years of taking them with me! Pushing the large “car” shaped mammoth of a cart around the store, two tots popping in and out, running around- yes, that mom was me! I try to have patience (a little pity too) on the moms I witness in those situations now. However, honestly, I just find my nerves no longer have the ability to handle the screaming and high pitched noises of little tykes anymore!

Well, here’s to whatever type of silence helps you achieve a recharge of mind and body. Most importantly, is that you make time to when it’s needed. I find I am a better version of me, for not only myself but everyone around me, when I take time out to listen to the sound that speaks to me.

Other posts: Time For What’s ImportantThrivingHow To Stay Passion Driven

 

 

 

 

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How To Stay Passion Driven

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“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead.”~Joss Whedon

This is quite an easy topic for me to write about as I often find myself to be quite passionate about many things. Although remaining passionate is a whole other story. If I were to list the things I become “impassioned” about…on a weekly basis…it may go something like this-

  1. Today I have decided that I am going to be the best artist EVER!
  2. Today I have decided that I am definitely meant to be the best author EVER!
  3. Today I have decided that I most certainly am suppose to be the best designer EVER!
  4. Today I have decided that I am going to pursue life goals in the best way EVER!
  5. Today I have decided that I am going to emulate this person…the best way EVER!
  6. Today I have decided that I will be the best mom and wife EVER!
  7. Today I have decided will be the BEST DAY EVER!

While this list is somewhat tongue and cheek, you get my point. My personality is one that just easily becomes excited and intense. I enjoy trying new things and if I find I am successful at them, it easily becomes my next “passion”. This can be good or bad. If I set a goal and then fail, I am confused by my loss of interest for the once exciting prospect. Or, even worse, I can become easily bored with what once excited me. This is often why I have a hard time doing the same job for long periods of time. Motherhood has been my longest standing venture and well, even at times I have to reignite the passion for that!

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So, how do you truly stay passionate about life, goals and the things you love to do? I found this great read By . I hope you find it as helpful as I did when it comes to staying passion driven! I personally love numbers 3 and 6.

8 Ways to Discover Your Passion and Live a Life You Love

1. Slow down.

When we slow down, we are able to tap into the best version of ourselves, which is most often when we find the answers we’ve been searching for. This might mean practicing yoga, going for daily walks, or setting aside time each day to meditate. Slowing down allows you to quiet the outside voices and listen to yourself.

2. Change your story.

We all tell ourselves stories about who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we deserve. If we can identify our self-limiting stories (I’m not good enough; I don’t deserve to be happy, etc.), then we can begin writing new stories that are grounded in confidence and courage, and map out actions that move us from one to the other.

3. Own your uniqueness.

We are here for a reason. No one else has your unique blend of talents, wisdom, strengths, skills, and creativity. We all have something great to offer, and learning to accept and own what makes you unique is crucial to sharing your gifts with the world.

4. Cultivate confidence.

If we are continually telling ourselves we can’t, then we will never believe we can. There is a chance you may fail, but it will be impossible to succeed if you don’t believe in yourself. You can create affirmations, focus on the things you want, or make a vision board that shows your future success.

5. Find the themes.

Recognizing the recurring themes in our lives creates a pattern for us to either follow or change. What themes or lessons seem to constantly surface in your life? What are you drawn to again and again? What areas of life seem to be full of discomfort and pain? What areas are full of joy and light?

6. Write.

Ideas flow more freely when we write without an agenda. New inspiration may appear unexpectedly and it becomes easier to connect the dots. Spend a few minutes of quality time each day with a pen and paper allowing yourself to process your thoughts without influence from the outside world.

7. Focus on the fun.

Too often we get wrapped up in the expectations we set for ourselves. We focus on the details and the to-do lists instead of what is most important. What do you love to do? What makes you smile? If money were limitless, what would you be doing today?

8. Push past fear.

It’s so seductive to tell ourselves that we’ll go after what we want when we have more experience, more money, or more time, but the truth is, that will never happen. We must identify these excuses as masks for our fear. It’s only when we get clear on our fears and recognize how they are holding us back that we can begin moving forward.

 

Where do you find your passion? How do you stay motivated or interested in you passions?

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Pumpkin Spice Perplexed

“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”~Linus, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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As I have mentioned before I am a great fan of coffee and really anything in the family of. I love Starbucks and have even worked as a barista. And, don’t get me wrong, I love some pumpkin spice flavor in my coffee just as much as the next person. In fact, I was quite excited to have tasted my first “Pumpkin Spice Latte” last week at Starbucks.

Okay, so now that I’ve cleared that up…What is with ALL the pumpkin spice flavored EVERYTHING!? Seriously? Have you noticed that September hits and suddenly we are bombarded with this flavor option (at least in The States). What the heck?! Yes, the pumpkin spice latte has cornered the market on this delicious cup o’goodness. But that does not mean I want to taste it in every stinkin’ thing from now until December!

However, if you really love this flavor you can incorporate it in your day from morning to night. And it’s not all just edible either. You have lotions, candles, toothpaste and more. Now, the sanitary napkins might be an exaggeration, but you get my point! While this move to take pumpkin spice to a whole new level has me completely confused, you may be thrilled. So, here is to the individual tastes of every human being! Me, I will just continue to enjoy my latte, coffee and occassional pastery.

What is your take on pumpkin spice? Do you enjoy the flavor option in something particular?

Also See: An Ode To Coffee

Daily Prompt: Perplexed

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Infinite Possibilities

 

whatif“You are born with infinite possibilities. Take responsibility for turning these possibilities into reality, and you will be bestowed with success, love and eternal peace.” ~Vishwas Chavan

The possibilities in life are endless, so don’t get caught up in the mundane. There are so many ways that one’s path can go and often we choose the easy way. I find that it is a habit we form, one that often gets caught up in ‘going with the flow.’ But, what if we were to make radical choices, jump without looking and see what happens?

“When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life”~ Eckhart Tolle

Daily Prompt: Radical

For More Motivation Read: Beauty In The JourneyThee Elusive DreamDare To Risk It

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