Are you Giving It Your Best?

How do you define Success? A friend and I were having a discussion and they asked me that question. I felt it was a fairly easy question and my response was, something to the tune of , ” Success is when you have done your best!” Which to that they said, “How do you define best?” I suddenly wasn’t feeling as confident about my answers. I should have expected this, for this friend has a way of making me think.

The response that came to me was ,” Best is when you have done your best!” Yes, that wasn’t exactly the BEST answer.

I thought more about the question and tried to figure out how I really do define success and best ? How do I know if I have done my best? What would your answer be?

I was reminded today of a scene from a movie that I really like! It is called Fighting the Giants and there is a clip in it about doing your best. I couldn’t help but think of the conversation that I had had with my friend. It is a scene in where the star Football player does a death crawl. No, this isn’t just a football movie, it really is so much more! Trust me, I am not a football fan at all! Not to offend any Football fans, but it just puts me to sleep.

Here is the clip that I am talking about. Listen to the  message in it. This is just one of many positive messages in this movie. I think it is  very good and hope you do as well! How is your attitude? Are you really giving it your Best?

 

 

Would you Go?

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Have you felt like this? Do you need a stress break? Well perhaps you would like to go to the new school in New York. I heard about it on the radio yesterday and knew I had to share it with my readers. Please comment below,  for I am very curious about your perspective on this!

How would you like to go back to Preschool, or perhaps some of you never got the chance to go to Preschool,  here is your chance! Yes, you heard me right. There is an Adult Preschool in New York City for adults like you and me.  It runs for 6 weeks and bosses are sending their employees there. There are very professional people that are going. Lawyers, Accountants, Doctors and CEO’s of businesses.

They will be doing exactly what you do in Preschool. Finger painting, playing with play dough, coloring and yes even nap time! They will sing Preschool songs, like “Wheels on the Bus”, “5 little ducks”, and “Head, shoulder, knees and toes.” Oh yes and you can’t forget the milk and cookies at snack time.

Working at a daycare I just couldn’t help but smile at this. I was trying to imagine a group of Professionals sitting cross legged on the floor singing ” Wheels on a Bus” and  you can’t forget the motions! I think I want to be the teacher!

This is real!  Its a study being done about how people need to get more in touch with their inner child. That it should help their stress level. Help them to unwind and have a better perspective on life. I will say there are things we can definitely learn from children. Is this the way to do it? Do you think it will work for the “students”?

Is this a genius idea, or do you feel like the person who thought of this may have been talking to their unicorn in the kitchen?

Are you ready to hop in the car or on a plane to go to NYC , and go to this school? Make sure you bring your favorite blankie and pillow along. Oh and you will need a check for $1000 as well. Preschool isn’t free!

Just for Fun

The Lularoe craze is in the air! You don’t know what Lularoe is? It is a clothing line that is truly buttery soft!! Your body thanks you greatly when you put their leggings, skirts, shirts or dresses on! Unfortunately I haven’t had too much luck with their dresses or shirts. I got a XXS dress and it was still too big, same with the shirts. My sister just bought me a different shirt to try. I am really hoping it fits! At least I have had great luck with their leggings!

Some of you may remember that several months back I posted a picture of a pair of leggings that I got and you all offered your “expert” opinion about them. 🙂 I will admit that some of their legging patterns can get pretty crazy, but not all!  I am going to post another picture of a pair I recently bought  and see if I get the same results! Feel free to be honest, its not going to stop me from wearing them. 🙂

I am leaving for a Lularoe party very soon, and my hubby is scared. Just kidding! (maybe) We will see if I come back with another picture to post for you.

So where do you stand in the Lularoe craze? Love them or Nay to them? You have a closet full of all their different types of clothing or none at all,  and you prefer to keep it that way?

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Moving the Rock

There was a small boy trying to move a large, heavy rock out of his way. He was straining as he tried to lift it, and soon the tears fell down his cheeks. His Dad was watching him and asked his son if he was using all his strength to try to lift it. The son replied, ” Yes!” His Dad gently responded with , “No, you aren’t, you didn’t ask me to help you.”

How many times have we been like that little boy? No matter the weight of the problem, we tell ourselves we can handle it, we got it.  We go about trying to handle it all on our own, while we stumble under the weight of it. Why is it so hard sometimes to lean on another for help? That’s what friends and family are for. We help each other out. While there are many of us who would help a friend at the drop of the hat, we aren’t as quick to be the ones to admit that we need help. To admit that we are tired and can’t do this on our own.

I know I wrote about this subject  before on my blog, but reading that story just brought it back to my mind. It also took me back in time. Took me back to a time of where I vividly recall telling my Mom that I was done!

Without going into a lot of detail,  let me just say that 2010 was a very hard year! It started out hard on January 1st and just kept going. It was the Fall of that year and the firemen had just left our house. Only one room was damaged, but that wasn’t the point. When my Mom hugged me, with tears in my eyes I told her that  I was tired and done!  I meant it. I was worn. I had dealt with a serious medical issue with my oldest daughter that year and this was the 2nd time that the firemen had been at our house that year.

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that our family wouldn’t have made it through that time without the love and help of our  family and friends!

It doesn’t matter how strong we think we are, no one is made to go through trials alone. It is not a sign of weakness to say, ” I can’t do this, I need help! !” It is actually a sign of strength I believe to admit when we need a helping hand. It also provides others the chance to be a blessing to us!

I will admit that it can be hard for me be on the other side. I would much rather be the one who spreads encouragement.  Be the one who is making others smile.

Life has thrown some wild curve balls at me though. In those times I have had to admit that I can’t do this on my own. I have had to admit that more than once. This past year was another example of when I needed others to lean on. My heart is still full of gratitude for those who were there and who continue to be there.

If you find yourself struggling to move a heavy rock on your own, please reach out! Don’t rob someone of the blessing that they can be by helping you.  Let that friend be your wings, while yours feel too broken to fly. Let them hold you while you cry, and let them guide you with their gentle words of encouragement. Let them be there for you. Most likely down the road sometime, you will have your turn at being their wings for them. That is what true friendship is all about!

Tuesday’s Thoughts

Good Morning! When was the last time you went bowling? We went bowling on Saturday night.   I may not know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know it is definitely not a professional bowler! 🙂  My ball had a mind of its own! As for my husband’s ball, apparently it had a magic spell on it. He was getting strike after strike after strike! I was sitting there shaking my head. So which type of bowler are you? My husband who was on a roll Saturday night, or me, who doesn’t like the gutters to feel too lonely! Whichever you are, I hope you enjoy these quotes for today! Have a Terrific Tuesday!

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Music Monday

Good Morning! Ready for another week? Back a couple weeks ago I had posted the song “Manic Monday”. Took me back to my high school days!  I remember when that song would come on the radio, all the radios in the hall of my dorm would be turned up as that song blared out. When “Kokomo” played, the same thing would happen.

My husband had said how I should have posted the song “Monday, Monday” as well. It is a little late coming, but here is that song. Trying to think of another song that begins with a “M” to put with it, but…. it is too early for me to think. 🙂 Do you have a song that you are thinking of this morning? Have a great Monday everyone!

 

Smiles for Moms

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms! I am so grateful for my Mom, who I know always has my back! I wouldn’t be who I am today without her guiding love and her prayers!

Motherhood is a TOUGH job, so I thought we all could use some smiles! But I can’t miss saying that I am very thankful to be a Mom to my amazing children! I love them unconditionally and they truly do make me smile every day! I think they have made every emotion there is cross my face, but today we will concentrate on the smiles, joy and laughter they provide! I dreamed of being a Mom ever since I was a little girl and taking care of my baby dolls. Little did I know how much the experience would transform my life and I am so thankful for the honor.

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Have a wonderful day everyone!

“We’re going to be in a Book!”

We’re going to be in a book!”

There was the familiar whoosh whoosh sound as Odessa flew down from her roof beam, and landed on the floor very close to Jaxon. “Where are the others?” she asked. Jaxon just shook his head. “I told them to be here for an important meeting at 7:00pm this evening.” Odessa paced around for a few minutes and, turning sharply to Jaxon said “Did you make it clear that I wanted this meeting?” Jaxon smiled inwardly “Of course I did” he said.

Just then, the barn door squeaked open and the man-servant walked in. “What’s up guys?” he said looking from Odessa to Jaxon, and back to Odessa. Odessa just glared at him “You’re late!” she said. “Do you have no respect for other folk’s time? By the way, where’s Dewey?” The man-servant looked around him. “I don’t see him here Odessa” and then turning to Jaxon “Have you seen Dewey?” Jaxon shook his head. “Well” said the man-servant “I think we can conclude that Dewey is not here!”

Odessa was getting a little more agitated “I know very well where he isn’t. I need to know where he is!” The man-servant smiled at Jaxon. “Well Odessa” he said “We would have to find him in order to know where he is!” At that moment, they saw Dewey just coming around the partially open barn door. Odessa looked straight at him. “You are late for my meeting!” she said. Dewey just stretched out, flexed his claws and yawned “So?” He said to Odessa. “What’s so important about this meeting? Anyway, I‘m here now so let’s get this show on the road. I have some nocturnal hunting planned for tonight. By the way Odessa, why aren’t you out hunting now anyway? Frightened of missing your own meeting?”

Odessa didn’t blink, but just stared at Dewey “Are all cats as uncooperative as you?” she asked. Dewey stretched and yawned again. “Are all owls as demanding as you?” he said. Odessa turned her back on Dewey with a “Hrummph!”

The man-servant decided to get things under control. “Odessa” he said “You called this meeting and we are all here. What’s up?” Odessa just looked at all three of them. “Do you know that all our adventures have been documented? Did you know that we have been monitored by Carolyn and Colin?”

All three of them looked at Odessa with puzzled faces. The man-servant spoke first. “I don’t fully understand what you are saying Odessa. Perhaps you could explain it in more detail?” Odessa did a few circles on the barn floor, and then suddenly looked agitated “Well… Carolyn is making arrangements to have our adventures published in a book! How can they do that?”

 Jaxon looked at her. “Well” he said “Given that they both create our adventures, I for one am not surprised and, in fact, am rather excited!” Odessa went over to Jaxon “Don’t you think that our privacy should have been considered? Don’t you think that we should have been asked first?”  The man-servant intervened. “Look Odessa…. Not only do they write our adventures, but they are also writing this discussion so whatever they decide will happen… will happen! We would not exist without them!”

Dewey stretched, flexed his claws and yawned. “So is that it then? Is there any other business?” Odessa walked over to him. “Do you understand anything that I said?” Dewey grinned “I understand perfectly Odessa. I understand that none of us would have lives without those two writers, and that includes the almighty Odessa!” “Wait a minute” said Jaxon “That means that our adventures will make some people happy as they read about us. That means that we might become celebrities. Just think Odessa, people might want our autographs!”

The man-servant was also smiling now “Yes, our adventures will be available for anybody to read and enjoy. What a wonderful purpose we will be serving. Are you still unhappy about it Odessa?” Odessa just flew up and onto her roof beam. “I didn’t understand that I could be a celebrity!”

Jaxon then made an announcement. “Look here guys. While you have all been going around in circles with this thing, I have been using my magic to see what else I could find out.” “What else did you find out Jaxon?” said the man-servant. “Well” said Jaxon “Our adventures are being put into a book which should be released soon, and will be available from major bookstores and on-line from Amazon.

The man-servant looked at Jaxon “Colin told you to say that didn’t he?” “Yes!” said Jaxon. Odessa, still up on her roof beam, turned her back on all of them. Dewey looked up at her “Odessa… you do realize that Colin just made you turn around don’t you? You really have no power to do anything. You’re just going to be an odd character in an odd book. Congratulations!” The man-servant laughed “Yes congratulations to all of us, because we’re going to be in a book!”

And Congrats to you the readers! For your interest in these stories is what made the idea of writing a book come to life. You have grown attached to these characters and that encourages Colin and I to keep writing.
It has definitely been an exciting journey so far and I am sure it will continue to be, as the  book comes closer and closer to publication. It may not be happening as fast as I wanted it to in the beginning, but we have dreams for these stories.  We want the book to be as successful as possible! When you want success, its about making sure that all the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. Not about how quickly the job can be done, but about it being done right.
It is good that Colin excels in the patience and detail oriented department. As for me….well, I am learning. 🙂
We are getting some feedback from children which has been encouraging. We are hoping these stories will interest children of all ages. Thanks to you wonderful readers, we have already seen that the stories  entertain adults quite well. 🙂
Thanks again for your encouragement and we will keep you updated. When we have a release date you can rest assured that you will know!