Monday, February 5, 2018

A Letter a day in February

So far, so good.  It is the fifth day of February and here are four cards ready to go out in the mail.  I have been frustrated, as I felt I could do more with a computer twenty years ago.    I bought this printer July and waited until I used it for awhile to recommend it. What I love about it:  You can print pictures wirelessly from your phone.  You can print envelopes wirelessly from your phone.  There are four fonts including a pretty script. The best....I am still using the ink that came with the printer!!!  Yes, since July and I print a lot of graphics.  The name of the printer is Kodak Veriti Anna Griffin version.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Use a Challenge to Make a Goal  Now, that January is over, I am up for a new challenge.  I would like to celebrate making my goals happen in 2017.  They were challenging.  It was a struggle with unexpected twists and turns to distract me.  But, that is what life is all about, and how we can lean into the bends in the road to make things happen and not give up.  I decided to try this goal again of writing more letters and get back to card making.  I gave up (not really, I lost focus because I was tending to my brother who ended up passing away after surviving septic shock three times in the year 2016).  I could not
spend my free time with another letter writing  challenge in April of 2016, because my heart wasn't in it.  And, that is ok!  So, I took this challenge after I sent some mail on February 1st already and felt this would be perfect for me right now.  I started organizing all my supplies and have everything pretty ready and I am up to a challenge.  It is a fun challenge where you can earn badges.  One of my favorites is a Jane Austen badge.  The link is in the beginning of the paragraph, if you would like to join in, too.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Use MUSIC to attain your goals

I think music has made one of the most positive impacts in my life.  When

I was a teenager it became my icebreaker.  I was incredibly shy and I actually

remember the turning point for me.  I had attended my first concert.  It was The

Eagles.  My best friend's (at the time) brother had taken us.  We were freeeeee!!!!

The stadium was packed, but dangerous.  It was one of the last events to happen,

as it was going to be torn down, because of a shooting.  So my newfound freedom

came with some fear.   I had started working at the time and I bought a

t-shirt.  I remember when I wore the shirt, conversations would start.  And, instead

of being mortified someone was talking to me and was comfortable with the

conversation.  My first goal as a teenager was not to be so nervous when meeting

people.  Then came the album Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen.

I was a fan of Southside Johnny with anthems like Reach Up and Touch the

sky helped me feel everything was attainable.  I looked forward to this album, and

couldn't wait for a song like Born to Run or Thunderoad to sing along to while

driving back and forth to work.  Instead, came songs like Badlands and No Surrender,

and they seemed so negative to me.  But, I didn't realize how much these songs

would become my new anthems and would help me immensely when I was

really struggling to overcome my biggest fears.  When I went away to college my

song of choice was "Mr. Blue Sky" by ELO to lift me up from darkness and show

me the light.  I still use music today.  At work lately I started to listen to ABBA and

I forgot how uplifting that is.  At home we just got a "Google Home" and I can't wait

to say OK Google play me some Abba or Hey Google play me some Queen singing

Don't Stop Me Now as I FINALLY take down my Christmas tree!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Positive Quotes

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” 
— Albert Einstein,

I don't do a formal meditation each morning.  But, I love opening my computer and having a wealth of information at my fingertips.  I also buy magazines such as Flow, Calm and Breathe.  These magazines are full of posters of inspirations, which I like to put places I can read and be reminded of positive quotes.  Reading positive quotes helps you feel positive and makes reaching goals easy.  The weight watchers meeting I attend also ends with a quote to sum up the meeting.  Use a journal to write these quotes down, and go back to and read them when you are feeling the need.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Goal Setting 2018: Write it Down

 Rule #2:  Write down your goals.  Use planners, calendars, vision boards, write on the side of books, travel journals, weight loss journals, letters to yourself, letters to others, messages in a bottle.  You get the idea.  Not only write them down, but later re-read what you wrote.
 I am always surprised at my accomplishments, because I don't always celebrate them.  Acknowledge your accomplishments and give yourself an healthy reward system to celebrate your goals you made happen.
The biggest one is "let go".  Let go of what is holding yourself back.  What keeps you from making something you dreamed of your whole life happen.  Face your fears.  Embrace your freedom. Forgive yourself.  Be your own best friend.  Think positive thoughts and act on them and everything else negative, let them go!!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Goal Setting Tips for 2018

Rule #1:  Don't be hard on yourself.  This is a picture of the Advent Calendar from Trader Joe's.  It was full of delicious chocolates and tea.  Even though I am on Weight Watchers I felt having a small treat each day would be fine.  But, look what happens, no matter how good what is behind the door, if you don't have the time or the focus days go by without taking the time for yourself.  The same happens when you set goals.  Then a week in, you beat yourself up and probably quit.  I am going to boast for a bit, but in 2017 I rocked most of my goals for the year.  My work, travel and weight saw the most success.  Hope you join me here as we set new goals and intentions going into the new year!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Meeting Molly Hatch

 As I rise this morning, I don't have to look far to see the pieces of Molly Hatch ceramics I have purchased at Anthropology.  A Make Do Vase and a big ben ring holder happen to be within eye shot as I write this.  I have followed the ceramic artist on the internet and was excited to see this installation unfold:
 I was even more excited to see it in person with a tour and presentation with Molly Hatch, herself.
 I found the Ballentine Housewww://  at the Newark Museum to be a Victorian Wonderland of the decorative Arts

 Was so happy I was able to see the rooms all decorated for Christmas
 But, the biggest treat was we had a high tea and were treated to cinnamon tea presented by  We even were treated to a tin to take home.  Can't wait to have my tea this morning in a forget-me-not tea cup I purchased.
The food was a delight surrounded by kindred spirits and exhibits of their tea pot and cup collections.
The presentation with Molly Hatch about her new book "A Passion For China" and by Mr. Harney about Harney and Sons teas all flowed together  and made a fine tribute to China for bringing us ultimately the dishes we eat on and tea that we sip.
Meeting Molly Hatch was a thrill and sharing tea with kindred spirits was a true Christmas gift.  I made sure to get a signed copy for my daughter.  She is engaged to  be married in 2018 and I have the perfect dishes picked out to give to her this Christmas along with the book.