Category Archives: Inspiration

open-minded

o is for open-minded

o is for open-minded. for me that means trying not to answer or respond to my daughter without first taking some time to reflect on what i'm going to say. being open-minded to a new way of answering and her way of thinking. i get in this sing-song rhythm of answering or responding sometimes. especially when i'm tired or in a rush. open-minded means listening and then thinking, and THEN responding.

open-minded conversations

i have an ex that i talk to on the phone on occasion. we rarely become angry with one another (anymore...lol), but it's easy to fall into that quick reaction in a conversation with him. the old ways don't work anymore. mostly because we're not married anymore. now i try to remind myself that i'm talking to an acquaintance, and how would i respond to them? there's still so much personal stuff attached to an ex, especially when you have kids together, but there's no reason you can't be civil, and adult-like with each other. ūüôā

open-minded means slowing down and listening, thinking and saying something else that's not always at hand. instead of saying the first thing that comes to mind (a.k.a., the easiest thing), there's gotta' be something better. finding it and using it leads to a new direction of thinking.

o can be many things, so be open-minded. you'll think of something. ūüôā

xo

my previous 2016 abc blog on o is for optimum. i like it. it's a good reminder. find it here.  here is an excerpt: "How much do you do in your life that you can label as "optimum?" I've been thinking about it for awhile and my answer would be nothing. When I eat, it's not optimum to my health every single time. When I exercise, I could do much better. When I clean? lol."  continue reading here!

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eat healthy to live healthy

n is for nutrition

i've been doing something totally unlike me for the sake of nutrition. i've been bringing a snack to work lately. that's not unusual but what's unusual for me is that it's a container of fresh, raw vegetables. i eat them straight out of the container and when i do it i feel like a barn animal because who does that?! but i'm finding ways to sneak in healthier snacks (in between the not so healthy snacks). to not lose interest in nutrition, it has to be vegetables that i like. but now i'm finding i need to change it up on occasion to prevent boredom of the same ones.

vegetables over fruit

i like vegetables more than fruit so it's an easy choice. i think i'd eat more fruit if i didn't like chocolate so much. i think my sweet tooth is OVER satisfied so when someone says fruit, i might say, nah, too sweet.

vegetables are bland when you aren't seasoning and cooking them but it's not end of all awful. if i think of them as healthy for my insides, it's no big deal to eat a container full.

i've been eating radishes, carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower raw. there isn't much flavor but when you talk about health, flavor isn't as important, as long as it doesn't taste bad (you know, like brussel sprouts). unless of course, you like brussel sprouts.

intentions for the week: find ways to eat nutritious foods, and in the highest context. a.k.a. minus the seasonings and fats. THEN i can have my french fries. ūüôā

xo

My previous ABC blog was n for nurture. it was a longer blog but a reminder of how important nurturing is to our physical selves. find it here.

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m is for music

m is for music

music is such a part of my life. i think it began when i was very young. my dad would play his hifi stereo music loud late at night after my sisters and i went to bed.

i was in an upstairs bedroom and the music would travel through the house up through the floors and in through my bones as i slept. so many years later, i can remember the songs. music was such a part of my young life because of his love for it. it lulled me to sleep so many nights in that muffled, heavy bass kind of way.

motivation

sometimes  i find myself sluggish when it comes to getting something done around the house. i stop what i'm doing to plug myself into my music, and off i go.

so "m" is music for me in a big way. it motivates me, inspires me and entertains me. the Ipod so many years ago to me was the best invention EVER. now i can carry thousands of songs with me in my phone everywhere i go, especially on my walks.

so for "m," i will remind myself to plug in when i feel like sitting down for the day. i can then push myself a little bit longer to get a further along on my tasks at hand.

i hope you have been making your weekly intention habitual and that it has moved you forward in the way you'd like it to. i keep many of these in the back of my mind daily. i can pick and choose what works best for the day. i'm not doing all of them at once, (A - M)  but i definitely have choices of daily intentions to pick from. good luck with yours!

xo

my 2016 post for m was making memories last. i enjoyed creating this blog since it is about journaling and i love to journal! find the blog here.

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K is for Keep it Karma

Keep it Karma

K is a hard letter and limited my choice of K words, but keep it karma is a feel-good choice. Karma to me isn't about paybacks, but about allowing karma to do its thing and remembering that we all have karma and that we continuously create it.

How I create karma is something I send out into the world, or universe, and eventually it does come back. It's not the only reason we should make sure we are doing good in our lives, but it is a good reason to make sure we are. The more good in the world creates more positive in the world. It's why watching news is something I do very rarely. The effect it has on me is negative, kind of like roller coasters. ha. Since I don't enjoy the feeling of roller coasters, I shouldn't do them. And that's the same with our actions.

Cook up some good karma today, or a really good k choice. ūüôā

And yes, I know I'm late, but i feel like you have the hang of it now. See you next Monday! xo

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My K word for my 2016 blog was Kick the Crap to the Curb. You can read it here.

increase intelligence each day this week

I is for Increase Intelligence

How am I going to get smarter this week and increase intelligence? That question alone will make me think. I could learn a new word & definition each day, do crossword puzzles, read random trivia or meditate. Each day I will have the intent to increase intelligence, in a different way each day.

I can easily fall into the rut of doing the same stuff each day that's required, but between making my home a happier place and having intent for improvement each week, the rut can disappear.

Improving by working on my memory and doing things in a new and different way will change the same old same old to something more interesting and new things to look forward to.

So I is for "Increase Intelligence." I hope your intent this week is engaging and successful. And that you are still in the game. Have the best Monday! xo

P. S. My blog I wrote back in 2016 was also about improving intelligence and memory. You can find the post here.

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G is for Making Goals

"G" is going to be really easy. For me, it will be for making more Goals. I work on my To-Do's religiously, but my goals tend to come second to them, which might be a bit backwards. My To-Do's are those things that need planning and scheduling and have deadlines. To-Do's are more like duties. Goals are more like luxuries.

Meeting Goals

I'd love to meet some of my goals that sit out there waiting patiently, floating on by, pacing the air. They never leave. They just wait. And in some cases, wait and wait and wait. Goals are so easy to put aside. This week, it's going to be all about putting them out front, written down along-side my To-Do's, which btw I'm really good about putting down each night (see my one-page, one-day-at-a time planner here).

Putting a deadline on a couple of my goals will give them the attention that they deserve. I foresee a fun week ahead.

How about you? G is for...? good? great? grand? good night's sleep? The more I type, the better "Goal" sounds.

No matter what you put out in front of you this week, good luck!

 

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"A" is for accepting your present existence
"B" is for be you
"C" is for create
"D" is for do
"E" is for eating and exercising
"F" is for free to choose
"G" is for grit
"H" is for higher
"I" is for intelligence preservation
"J" is for just dance
"K" is for kick crap to the curb
"L" is for look for the lesson
"M" is for Making Memories Last
"A" - "M" to Better Choices
"N" is for Nurture
"O" is for optimum
"P" is for moms are pack leader
"Q" is for quiet your mind
"R" is for reorganizing 
"S" is for simplifying
"T" is for being your own teacher
"U" is for utilizing 5 tools we already own
"V" is for visualize your day
"W" is for walking

"X" is for eXpecting good things

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Eating Healthy Food

F is for Food, of course

Food

F is for Food this week for me. I know I did E for Eating last week, so it might seem like a repeat, but food is serious business. I watch our technology in the world improve with major growth; smart phones, computers, televisions, automobiles, Alexa's in our homes, advancement in medicines and treatments. Meanwhile, I watch our food intake seemingly go backwards.

If we are able to make everything in the world faster, better, stronger, more logical and more sophisticated, how is it that our diets continue to get worse, more toxic, more sugary, more gluten, more chemicals and less healthy?

What would our diets look like if we were to strive for better, healthier, stronger and leaner, instead of faster, easier and more processed? And then what would WE look like with better diets.

I always have snacks (read: junk food) in the house. There's also snacks that I refuse to keep in the house because I might eat all of it in a single sitting. My daughter asked for some delicious bakery cookies a while back when we were in the grocery store. I told her no and she asked why not. I told her it was because I'd eat them. lol. But truthfully, I still could eat healthier. Even when I'm eating healthy.

It's a matter of mind frame, but so hard sometimes. So that's my F word this week in order to further motivate my choices each day.

I found F to have an abundance of choices: fun, family, food and festive. So whatever you choose, choose in the best interest of you and your week. Have fun with your family, eat good food and make each day festive!

"Eat less sugar. You're sweet enough already."  (i love that but have no idea who said it.) xo

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eat healthy to live healthy

E is to Eat (smile)

eat is such a good word! ūüôā last week, i did my d word as "done." i planned to not begin another project until the last one i began was finished. what that meant for me was that i didn't get a whole lot "done." i'd remind myself when starting a project that i wouldn't have time to finish it at that exact moment. it allowed the procrastinator in me to really shine.

 

i definitely didn't finish as much as i wanted, so now maybe i won't be as hard on myself. if i take a few turns to get something done, it's not the end of the world. i love when that happens. one more discovery that i'm okay as i am. (chortle)

 

this week's word

 

so this week i have new words for e. mine is to eat for energy. i am probably choosing that because this past friday i made my favorite soul food of peanut butter cookies fresh from the oven style. then i ate too many of course and felt sick afterwards. i think i was trying to make up for lost time with something that i love and hadn't had for awhile. omg. chill on the cookies. i won't be making them for awhile, but they were really good. i have no regrets.

 

so this week, energy please. i love salmon, walnuts, spinach and avocado's almost as much as i do peanut butter cookies. i'm adding them on to my grocery list this week. and already i'm salivating. i really love food.

 

your "e" word

 

so what is your e word going to be this week? electric? energized? euphoria? epiphany? excitement? exercise? e is a really good letter to motivate you...so many great words. so have an exciting, energized, electric epiphany this week, and enjoy!

 

"a goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot." joe vitale

 

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“d” is for getting it done ~

good monday morning! i'm going to get things done this week. that is my "d" word.

i hope you had a relaxing weekend like i did.

my weekend was just the right amount of fun and "done." usually i know my word days before i do this blog, and then i jump into my word right away. that's what i did this weekend. d is for done!

i am a gemini.

i'm not a big follower of horoscopes, but the description of a gemini is me to a T.  "gemini jumps from one project to another." yes she does. so my "d" word is done. i'm going to try to get anything done at home that i begin. instead of jumping from one task to another, i am going to try the "touch everything only once" rule. when i pick it up, i will put it where it belongs. when i decide to do a project or a task at home, i will finish it before i start the next one.

so since i jumped into my word before monday, i have already finished two projects to completion. a miracle. this really works!

okay, tribe. what is your "d" word? make dit happen!! (lol)

"nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment." Thomas Carlyle

"goals give us a clear picture of what we want to accomplish." Roberto Zoia

"the best view comes after the hardest climb."  author unknown

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letter “c” for consistency

i'm beginning with consistency.

it's already a new week...and happy mlk day! i have a dream: a new year = a new me. and that brings us straight to letter "c" for my week of intention: focus and consistency.

C is for consistency

and to make it easy, i'm choosing one area that i want to be consistent in. exercise. i love to walk for peace of mind and exercise. i find that when i don't make the time for it, i don't feel as healthy and as happy as when i do.

my daughter starts school at an ungodly hour now that she's in high school. what that means is that she gets out sooner as well. the time that i would have to do my walks before i pick her up from school has shrunk down to about 45 minutes. since there is other things that i MUST get done, that leaves walking as a luxury, as in easier to put aside. the time change also hurts because by 6:00pm it's already dark out, and i don't walk at night.

but this week, i want to fix that. i can't look at walking as a luxury, it's a need.

this week i will force myself to find the time and the energy. consistently. i know how i feel after a long walk, and i'm going to aim for that every other day.

choose a "c" word

the word doesn't have to be "consistent," but the action should be.  have a consistent intention this week and make sure that you have fun with it, too.  xo K

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