Thursday, October 25, 2012

Simply Thankful Thursdays

It's so easy to let our joy and happiness get hung up and sidetracked by our everyday stresses, troubles, and challenges.
Surely you know what I mean. I know you do.

Unfortunately, there are times that truly horrible things and real disasters do show up on our doorstep, we've all been there, but for this discussion, I'm referring to the mundane, everyday annoyances that can sap our peace of mind - if we let it.

The day the refrigerator dies, your car gets a flat tire, you lose your phone, the electric bill is higher than usual, someone close to you is being snarky, you have 3 places to be at once, your printer is out of ink, you need a root canal..... all  stressful, all very upsetting, and a downright drain to our peace of mind.

To ward off the dread, chase away the gloom, and to put an end to the pity party, I try to remind myself that as bad, as a bad day may have seemed, there are millions of people that had a day much, much worse than mine. 
I admit, this Pollyanna attitude isn't always easy, it can take a lot of practice to perfect.

Without a doubt, I am ever thankful for the really important, life encompassing things, like family, friends, faith, health, food, shelter, freedom, etc.
I also choose to find something small and simple everyday to be thankful for and that can put a whole different perspective on my day. That's what "Simply Thankful Thursday's" is all about. 

Today's Simply Thankful is ......
Time, today I got to spend some quality time in my studio - without any laundry waiting for me.... of course there was some dust trying to get my attention,  but I chose to ignore it.  

How was your day?????  no really???

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

tick - tock - tick - tock

Just you feel you are being robbed of your fun, creative time?

Are you finding yourself spending more, or, spending less time doing the things you enjoy?

Strange, it seems like I used to have more time, and, unless I missed the headline, there are still 24 hours in each and every day.

Yes, I know we need to sleep for 6-8 hours,  so that leaves 17 hours, assuming 7 hours of sleep.
That got me to thinking....maybe I need more sleep ...lets bump that sleep portion up to 8 hours.

Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z zzzzz  Z Z Z Z Z Z zzzzz Z Z

That's better......
okay, so 17 hours of our day remains. Well, we need to eat, right?
Unless you're very fortunate and have a personal chef, or a husband that cooks, we need to allot time for meals......

Breakfast... A bowl of cereal, yogurt, fruit or toast may do the trick most mornings, so lets say 20-30 minutes.  Not very impressive for the most important meal of the day is it? Don't forget the coffee!

Lunch..... well, if your at work it's going to be lumped in with work time (more on that later)

Dinner, or Supper - depending on where you're from. If you cook from scratch and make a full meal let's allow 1-1/2 hours for prep, eating, and cleaning up.

So far that's 2 hours for meals at home.

What are we down to now?  15 hours...    tick-tock-tick-tock.........

So we've covered sleep and food, two things we must do every day.

Then there's putting ourselves together. Unless you never leave the house, don't look in the mirror, or have anyone else in the house, yes, pets count,  this is also a must.

I don't know about you, but I surely don't look like the women in the movies, or on TV, that wake up with pretty hair, long eyelashes, and no wrinkles in their nighties. HA - HA- HA,  far from it.

How long does it take to put yourself together?

While you ponder that I'm going to get that 8 hours of sleep time. We'll get back to this when I find the next free time slot.......until then, do something you love.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

They've landed.......

"Take me to your leader"

Maybe it's just me, (probably) but doesn't this remind you of something off the SyFy channel?
Maybe if you squint - LOL

It was standing outside the backdoor of the retreat center on the way to the ladies room. It was even stranger at night - hmmmm, maybe we did stay up too late.