Friday, April 29, 2011

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. reminders of lessons that I have learned from Eat Pray Love
2. music - we stopped our cable service last summer so music has played a bigger part in my life. And I had really forgotten how much I enjoy it. Which is why I started posting music on Monday's as I am enjoying so many artists.
3. cinnamon and sugar
4. tears
5. Michael always being here for me no matter what....even when I am having a melt down.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Brilliant Women

Tara Sophia Mohr is an inspiring woman whose blog I enjoy reading. She has a post called 10 Rules for Brilliant Women that I love!

"6. Question the voice that says “I’m not ready yet.” I know, I know. Because you are so brilliant and have such high standards, you see every way that you could be more qualified. You notice every part of your idea that is not perfected yet. While you are waiting to be ready, gathering more experience, sitting on your ideas, our friends referenced in rule five are being anointed industry visionaries, getting raises, and seeing their ideas come to life in the world. They are no more ready than you, and perhaps less. Jump in the sandbox now, and start playing full out. Find out just how ready you are."

I really felt all of them were so good to read and read again and again but the one above is one that I get stuck on where I feel at times - "hey maybe I am not qualified as I should be.....or maybe I should wait until it is more perfect..." When is ready? I am ready. I can't wait for ready. I need to just move. And that is why I took The Art of Action class. And it has helped me move forward. I just am still getting stuck at times. And hope that I can keep - pulling myself out of unstuck. And move forward. Because I am ready.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cleaning Supplies

Since it was Earth Day yesterday it has made me think of all the ways I have done better in going green the past year and what ways I want to do better for the next. I know there are a lot more things I want to do.

But one thing I do is use all natural cleaning products. I think it has been about 3 years ago now that I started going to all natural cleaning products - homemade cleaning products. Growing up my Mom cleaned with vinegar a lot and I have used it on and off all my life too. I just decided to use it more and add things to it to make it more of an all-purpose cleaner.

I now have sitting on the counter 1 shaker with baking soda, 1 spray bottle with straight vinegar, 1 with hydrogen peroxide and then 1 with the following mixture. All of which I use to clean.

All-Purpose Spray
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp liquid dish soap or something like Dr. Bonner's liquid soap
10 drops of essential oil (citrus, peppermint, or tea tree - I use tea tree and lemon)
water - to fill spray bottle

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake before use.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. lists to help me keep track of everything going on right now
2. Harry Potter - I had never read the books or watched the movies - I have no seen all the movies and read the first book and look forward to reading the rest of the books. Enjoying the series!
3. holding hands with Michael
4. watching our kitty cats snuggle
5. my friend Jessica - she is an amazing friend and I am so blessed to have her in my life. I am very thankful I was able to visit her last year too.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chris Jordan

Art by Chris Jordan - Paper Cups, 2008

Depicts 410,000 paper cups, equal to the number of disposable hot-beverage paper cups used in the US every fifteen minutes.

I really enjoyed looking through the whole series....all the numbers associated with the items creating the patterns.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Snow it Melts the Soonest

I posted a Sting song on March 21st. I have been listening to him a lot lately. I am sure it is a combination of reasons - but one is that my Uncle really liked Sting. And we are coming upon the anniversary of his death. And so I have been thinking about him a lot. It is still some time away. But early last year is when we found out about his cancer and then end of March/beginning of April is when I traveled to Minnesota to see him for the last time. So lots of thoughts of him and missing him very much. Thinking of my Aunt and my cousin often in times like this as I can't imagine all the feelings they must be going through. So my thoughts and prayers are sent to them daily as I think of my Uncle too.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. Penzey's spices - we were able to take a quick trip into Penzeys while here in Denver. Picked up some for a good friend too.
2. Breakfast for Dinner
3. Moonlight drives
4. Safe trips to Denver and back home
5. Time with friends last weekend

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Time Away

We were able to take some time away this weekend to have a lunch with friends. Michael has been so busy with work that I know he needed the break. And I have been caught up in stuff around the house so it was nice to get out.

Really we want to go do a day trip around here locally but we just haven't had the time. Hopefully in early May some time we can get away. A friend, who just moved to the area, wants to go with to see more of this of the state.

Also we would like to go to Iowa this summer to see my niece. We haven't met her officially yet. And I would like to before she graduates. :) It is just hard to get away when having your own business. It takes all Michael's time and with how bad things were last year - we are just so thankful for how busy things have been this year. And Michael is just working really hard. Not knowing how things will be 6 months from now we just have to be grateful of the work that is coming in right now. And we are very grateful. But that also means we don't get to plan trips very easily. But it is our hope to get to Iowa over the summer when my sister isn't working and be able to spend time with her and her family. And meet my precious niece.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Brene Brown Again

Brene Brown interview on How She Really Does It

I really can't get enough of her speaking. Anytime I find her online, I try to listen.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. being able to reach out when I needed someone
2. Big Bang Theory - Michael and I are watching it right now and loving Sheldon. We don't have TV but watch DVD's of TV shows. The show reminds me of Michael often - I love nerds!
3. laughter
4. chocolate
5. Spring flowers

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Party Idea

I think this is just a cute idea would be so simple and inexpensive for a party. Could double as place cards by writing names on them too.

Monday, April 04, 2011

One of the Days

Just how I am is one of those days and needing a little time for myself.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. friends who get me
2. eye drops as my eyes are driving me crazy with allergies
4. escapism in Cityville
5. humming along to music