My favorite day of the week is TODAY. It's what I can deal with and focus upon instead of what happened yesterday or trying to figure out what might happen tomorrow.
Today, I'm grateful for a supportive group on Facebook. This month we're called the April Ambitions. Each month we have changed our name to reflect the current month, but the mission is the same: get rid of the excess in our lives. We ask each other questions, request feedback, and generally let each other know that we have similar feelings when it comes to the "stuff" in our lives. We are about to celebrate one year together, and while some members are very active in contributing, others have said they simply enjoy being able to read the posts and to get ideas. We love new members, just ask to join.
Today, I'm grateful for the conversation Jack and I had about our house and our future move. It was reflective of our individual personalities. I'm of the attitude of when we jump the net will appear. He would rather be able to see that net before he jumps. That's what makes us work. We are alike in so many ways, but our differences show our individuality. We force each other to think outside our comfort zones.
Today, I'm grateful for our open house. No, it didn't yield any offers but once again the home is spotless. Since it has been on the market, it has been pretty easy to maintain the cleaning and doesn't take us long to complete before a showing.
Today, I'm grateful for making the decision to go ahead and start boxing things up that I know we will take with us. I have boxes, newspaper, and bubble wrap. I might as well get started while I have the time rather than wait until the house is sold. It will make the move easier.
Today, I'm grateful for beautiful weather. It is gorgeous outside. It's a day like this that reminds me why I love living where I do. Blue sky, bright sun, very little wind, and almost 70 degrees. People are outside working on their lawns and taking walks with their families. You can't beat it.
Take a few moments in your day to reflect on what is good about it, because I promise you that there many reasons to be grateful if you just take the time to think about them.
Daily I remind myself I'm not in control.
I mean, I am to a certain extent but there are many areas that are out of my hands. Sometimes that can be difficult to face. This morning I was not in control of something and I put myself out of sorts. Notice I didn't say the EVENT PUT ME OUT OF SORTS.
We always have a choice to make on how we react to happenings around us that may have an effect on us indirectly or directly. Generally, I try to ask myself these questions when I notice my level of "snarkiness" start to rise:
1. In the big picture, is it worth me being in a negative state of mind?
2. Will being out of sorts solve anything?
3. What choice can I make to change the mood I'm currently feeling?
Then I look down at my newly purchased ring that says KARMA on it. Whatever I put out into the world is going to come back to me. When I spread positive vibes, well wishes, and happy thoughts to others, they will come back to me.
It reminds me of a video one of my 4th grade students shared with me a few years ago.
Whatever we put out into the world comes back to us eventually. I don't know about you, but I would rather it be something positive than negative.
That I can control.
When is the last time you wrote a list of 10 things you're grateful for?
It's been awhile for me, and today is the perfect day to do so.
Why? Because it's Monday, of course. ;)
1. It got up to 75 degrees today. It hasn't been 75 since October 21, according to meteorologist Matt Serwe. No wonder we are all giddy today.
2. We are five weeks away from the end of the school year. Wow, it has flown.
3. We are watching two of our grand dogs for the next week, and I'm having a blast.
4. I took Cali for a walk this afternoon.
5. Wearing my new KARMA ring reminds me to put positivity into the universe and it will be reciprocated.
6. I'm thankful for our realtor who is doing all she can to find the perfect buyer for our home.
7. Taking my time to finish my next blog post is worth it.
8. I was asked about when my book is going to be published.
9. Being told I looked even more dressed up today to start the day made my day.
10. Seeing the look on kids' face when they have accomplished something together is priceless. Nothing beats it!
That took about 10 minutes. It doesn't take long to accomplish when we set our minds to having a grateful mindset.
Now it's your turn! :)
I write because I'm a writer.
It has taken me so long to say that. I always felt like I couldn't call myself a writer, because I didn't have a book gracing the shelves of Barnes & Noble (or some other bookstore). I didn't have articles published in magazines. I wasn't a columnist for some large newspaper.
That's what I envisioned a writer being. Untouchable. Like there's no way I could ever call myself one.
The switch started to flip when I started putting myself out there, started taking risks. I submitted some drafts to Elephant Journal and was rejected. I approached our local newspaper and pitched an idea for a column twice a month and was accepted. I wrote for that paper for two years and took another risk. I asked to be paid but was rejected. So, I stopped writing for it.
And then I discovered Medium. It was as if the door had been thrown wide open and I was being welcomed into the world of writing with open arms. I've been writing on this platform for two years. Sometimes I publish my own pieces and other times I submit them to publications. I've pitched a couple of articles and have been paid for them. I've been rejected by other publications. I've submitted articles to be paid on the Medium Partner Program. One month I made almost $8.00. Not much, but it was cool and I might do it again in the future.
I write, because it's what I have to offer to the world. It's the way I best communicate. It allows me the chance to get my thoughts and feelings out into the open. Sometimes just for me and sometimes to share with others.
I'm a firm believer that if what I write reaches one person, then who knows how many more it can potentially reach? All it takes it that one person who shares my message with someone else and then it continues to multiply.
I write, because my message is about positivity and simplicity. I write about everyday experiences. I write about what inspires me and who inspires me. I write about what motivates me, makes me laugh, and moves me to tears. I write because I feel. I write because it's who I am. It's a part of me that I no longer ignore.
There are days when I'm not sure I have anything to share, and then there are days when the ideas won't stop flowing. I write, because I like to learn. I pick up ideas from others, because I can then translate them into my perspective, my unique voice.
My writing isn't for everyone and that's the intent. If my audience was everyone, then it wouldn't really be for anyone. I write for the person who thrives on positive energy, who enjoys the simple things life has to offer. Experiences over stuff. Simplicity over excess.
This is why I write.
***Note: On August 28, 2017, I wrote a piece that was published in The Ascent called Why I write: it's all about the connections. All writers evolve and this most recent piece shows my continued growth as a writer.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.