May You Be Intentional

Project Happiness has a #MayYouBe challenge going on right now and today’s challenge is focused on intention.  I woke up this morning and took the challenge and thought about setting an intention for the day.

This really gave structure and peace to my day because I knew exactly what I wanted to do and I was prepared and the day flowed, just like magic.

Because I was intentional with my thoughts, I created the day I wanted. I made the time for the things that were important to me and I chose to do what was in my head. 

It’s Monday and I wanted to start the week off with an uncluttered house. I began picking up and doing laundry and sweeping the floors. I knew what I was making for dinner and I knew that I wanted to work out and shower before working today. And I wanted straight hair today instead of curly because I like that look a lot more these days. 

Those were my intentions. And guess what? My intentions became my reality and my expectations were in alignment with my day and there weren’t any gaps. THIS is my definition of happiness. I created happiness for me in these simple ways.

I challenge you to wake up and breathe and think about what you want for your day to look like. Then set out and do the work it takes to make your dreams come true, just for tomorrow. And then do it again the next day. It’s magical and oh so simple.

If you want to learn more about Project Happiness, you can check it out here: Project Happiness

🙂

nAMaste

Are You Interesting?

You were very interesting when you were born. We all were. We all had people interested in our coming to life and celebrated us. We were very interesting, probably for a very long time. But over the years, some of us become boring. Why is that? Are you boring or are you interesting and what makes you interesting? Hmm… I’m always interested in learning about other people and their interesting interests, even when I don’t share them. I find passionate people very interesting.

What are you passionate about? Are you afraid to share your interests? I think fear gets in the way for some people and they hide away instead of connecting and celebrating and living out loud.

Seth Godin just posed this question here -> Seth’s blog and he made me think of the most interesting person I know, who fascinates me.

This would be my husband. He is one of the most interesting people in the world to me and I love hearing his stories and being a part of his life.

Like right now, he’s making a slab of bacon on the smoker, which has been smoking for 6 hours. The smell of the apple wood chips burning in the smoker is drifting into my kitchen while I write. I’m smelling the sweet smells and hearing the hum of the smoker’s convection fan. He promised his friends at work that one day he’d bring them some home made bacon, but he didn’t tell them when he would bring it in. I bet they are going to be surprised this week.

  
I bought a pork belly at Costco last week, and it has been sitting in our refrigerator, rubbed in spices and curing, as he turned the slab from side to side every day, awaiting today’s smoking.  After it smokes, he will slice it and share it and fry it in a pan.  I can’t wait. I know his friends are anxiously waiting too for the day to arrive with bacon in hand. Who doesn’t love bacon?

  
And this is only one interesting fact about the man I married. He chooses to show up and to share his gifts and talents EVERY day. He is funny and kind, hard working and loving and I love how much others love him too. He sincerely cares about people and is always making this world a better place. I’m so happy he was born and that he chose to share his life with us. He is VERY interesting.

I could go on and on, but I’ll save that for another day.

What makes you interesting? Go out and SHINE!

Who is interesting to you? Share. Connect. Think about it. This is a fun one!

I hope you have a FaBuLoUs and iNteResTing week.

nAMaste BeLoveRs

xoxoxox

Rooted

What makes you feel rooted?

What makes you feel established and firmly grounded?

Where is your place, where you feel you belong?

I think growing older is a beautiful thing because I can feel myself more rooted in knowing who I am and what is important to me. These 2 things guide my daily choices, decisions and reactions to life’s daily events, opportunities, changes and challenges.

I am continuously learning and practicing (and failing) and connecting to all that is good and letting go of all that troubles me to live the best life possible, every day, moment to moment. I know this sounds dorky, but it’s true. It’s how I think and it works for me.

I wish the same for you, that you feel rooted and loved and valued and connected to this good life and to one another.
One Love.
nAMaste.

GGG – Day 17 – Hope

It’s Gratitude Gift Giving, day 17 and I wanted to share a story of hope and joy.

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Photo credit: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

“It’s wonderful, wonderful. It’s great for the youngster and it’s great for the city of San Francisco and the whole region. Saving lives for the day, I love it. It’s so good. A good deed in a weary world.” — San Francisco 49ers’ Head Coach Jim Harbaugh

The world sucked a little less this week.

A 5-year-old little boy who has been battling leukemia was granted his wish by the Make-a-Wish Foundation with the help of over 13,000 volunteers and the goodwill of San Francisco. He wanted to become Batman and save Gotham City. And so San Francisco was transformed into Gotham and little Miles had his wish come true as a fantasy world was brought to life, just for the day.

Batkid started in California, but with social media, his legacy made over 442 million potential impressions around the world. There were over 13,000 volunteers and over 339,000 tweets related to his story.

Why is his story so significant and why did it touch so many?

I think it’s pretty simple. I think Miles overcoming leukemia represents hope when things are bad. I think people wanted to help make his dream come true, because everyone loves a super hero and the fantasy world where good always overcomes evil. It’s what we long for in everyday life. We want to be part of something good. We want to help others. We want to celebrate life with each other, and Miles allowed us all to show up to his party.

We have such a strong desire for community and connection and being a part of Miles’ dream allowed thousands of people to do something, even if that was just to share his story, or to be a bystander, or to be part of the story set.

Miles’ story represents our need for goodness and to give and to help others and to focus on a happy ending.

Humanity doesn’t suck. We are good. And we have good things to share, despite the bad that also exists. There will always be other causes and different ways to make a difference and we should not judge how we choose to contribute to the greater good of society.

I am hopeful.

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Photo credit: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

References:

Photos from: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Batkid-Thousands-cheer-on-pint-size-superhero-4985651.php

Stats from: http://topsy.com/analytics?q1=%23SFbatkid&via=Topsy

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-francisco-batkid-miles-wish-20131115,0,3735507.story#axzz2kyIxrpBr

http://yubanet.com/california/SFBatKid.php#.UomlJmTwJq4