Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Another Shameless Pump...

Another of my favorite blogs that just SCREAMS quality is this one: http://1000awesomethings.com/ (He even has books!)

If you've never checked it out, you really should. It's just fun and it literally takes only a matter of minutes. I have it set as one of my home tabs so that first thing in the morning when I boot up the internet I have a quick moment of AWESOME! to start off my day and I never regret spending a moment living in the land of Awesome.

I promise that next time I post I might actually do something original instead of just shamelessly pumping other blogs...but hey, I figure if I am in the pursuit of a quality life - what's the point if I don't SHARE WHAT I FIND! Right? Right! So enjoy!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Seriously...CANNOT Get Enough of This Girl...

You know, there are few things in life that just warm your heart every single time...but I seriously cannot say enough good things about this gal's blog: http://www.kellehampton.com/. Every time I visit one of her blogs, I feel like I have stepped outside of the normal, mundane world that I live and work in and have stepped into a magic fairytale where little girls have wings and spread pixie dust, all daddies are Prince Charming, all mommies are the kind that aren't the "Evil Stepmother" and that the sun is always shining.

She is literally like a breath of fresh air. She is literally like a calm in the storm. And she is literally like a ray of sunshine.

If you have time for only a couple blogs...definitely make hers one of them! Especially if you are like me and are looking for quality! Because she is grade-A certified (by ME!) as QUALITY! Enjoy!!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Quality Is...

Spending a Saturday afternoon grocery shopping with the little bubbas! He had such a great time sitting up in the carts like a big boy...at Walmart he was just Mister Curious checking everything out. At Target, he mellowed and spent some time snuggied up with his Nana instead of chilling in the cart and by Stater Bros. (the local grocery chain - similar to a Vons or Albertson's) he was sleeping away. Nana tuckered him out! But let me tell ya...it was some of the BEST quality time I could ever ask for!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Happiness Is...

I'm not feeling too wonderful today...just feel off - headache, queasiness. Not fun stuff to say the least. But I'm at work and trying to make the most of my day and what better way to do that than to think for even just a few moments about what happiness is!

Image Source: http://www.psfk.com/2010/10/what-aging-can-teach-us-about-happiness.html

Happiness is...warm clothes out of the dryer
Happiness is...a perfect cup of coffee and a good book/magazine
Happiness is...Spring Break vacations
Happiness is...crossing stuff off of the to-do list
Happiness is...kisses
Happiness is...pretty pens in lots of colors
Happiness is...sunshine peeking through clouds
Happiness is...candles
Happiness is...bouncy balls
Happiness is...post-it tabs in all the pretty colors peeking out of a textbook
Happiness is...highlighter pens
Happiness is...friendship
Happiness is...healthy food
Happiness is...a comfy bed
Happiness is...running shoes
Happiness is...reading
Happiness is...wildflowers in bloom

I could really go on all day, but even though my body may be rebelling against me today, I can still find some little things that make me happy! Your turn - what makes YOU happy?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Today's Show Brought to You by the Letter F

Image Source: printfection.com

Fluffy Clouds
Feeling like I'm Flying (For me this happens on a really great run!)
Funny jokes and stories
Face-to-face conversations that are fun and happy
Fabulous - what an awesome word!
Facial Expressions - when I think of this I think of my cute little grandbaby Joshua and how he makes these hilarious faces that just communicate SO much!
Fiction - the book, movie and TV kind!
Fairies - who doesn't love Tinkerbell and those of her kind?
Femininity - I'm a girl and there's just nothing like feeling pretty and feminine sometimes...

There you have it - that's a short list of quality all brought to you by the Letter "F". Did I miss any??? Feel free to comment away!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Finding Positive...

I'm a positive girl, living in a negative world. I now expect to have that song "Barbie World" stuck in my head all day! 

Image Source: shwedarling.com

I mean, look at Barbie - she's so happy ALL THE TIME! You never see a sad Barbie...they don't make her that way. You don't see an angry raging Biotch Barbie - now that would be something to see wouldn't it?!? Might be pretty funny...but in reality, she's made to be happy. And so are we if we get down to brass tacks. We have been made to be happy people; yet so often, we aren't.

This is what I said to my friend yesterday - I don't want much...I want to appreciate the sun on my face, a blue sky, love, friendship, a good job, happiness, green grass. So why is it that so often our time and attention is turned from these positive points of lightness to nagging, moaning and groaning. Why are we as a society such negative people??? We are bombarded with it constantly from the news to TV shows that amplify suffering to people saying the most random and hurtful things on social networking feeds because they are "anonymous" or simply because they can.

I have a great job and for the most part I love it...but man, are there are lot of negative vibes in my little corner of the world. It makes it difficult sometimes to just keep your head up.

Have you ever noticed how when you are feeling good and positive you almost feel like a balloon is tied to your head lifting you off of the ground...like it is anchored to your core and you walk taller, step lighter, drift along like some other force is pulling you.

But when you are negative, cranky and irritable it feels like the opposite - like you have a ball and chain tied to your feet and when you walk it is pulling you closer to the ground where you feel like you might have to crawl because the weight is so great and you can no longer drag it around. It is heavy and suffocating. It's not fun and it feels like the weight of the world.

So if one feels light and fluffy and the other feels heavy and suffocating, why do we choose the heavy so much more often than the light????

I'm struggling right now with just staying positive...but that is where I want to be. So when faced with all the negative, what do I do to find some positive???

  • I turn off the world. Skip the social networking, news, etc.
  • I search out other positive people by reading happy blogs, viewing photo streams of people having fun, being creative, enjoying themselves, etc.
  • I walk in the sun, feel fresh air on my skin, enjoy the power of a body in a motion
  • I find a creative outlet like photography, reading, journaling, blogging, etc to remind myself that there is more in life than working and negative situations
  • And More!
The point is that we are in charge of only ourselves - we can't control the people around us...even if sometimes we think we can or want to! LOL So when faced with things that bring you down, it is up to us to find the things that will bring us back up. So I'm choosing to grab on to that little balloon and float above it all. Others may be getting sucked down by their ball and chain, but I'm grabbing the balloon string. How about you? What are you choosing today?