Friday, November 30, 2012

Season of Comfort

Instead of comfort food, what about comfort thoughts.
A few of my favorites:
Everything is going to be OK.
It's not too late to start now.
You can always change your mind.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Death to Anxiety

Sometimes you need to change your thinking. And sometimes you come across just the right thing to help you do that. 

Today, I read this (via Seth, of course). December, I'm coming for you.

Anticipation vs. anxiety  
If we define anxiety as experiencing failure in advance, we can also understand its antonym, anticipation.
When you work with anticipation, you will highlight the highs. You'll double down on the things that will delight and push yourself even harder to be bold and to create your version of art. If this is going to work, might as well build something that's going to be truly worth building.
If you work with anxiety, on the other hand, you'll be covering the possible lost bets, you'll be insuring against disaster and most of all, building deniability into everything you do. When you work under the cloud of anxiety, the best strategy is to play it safe, because if (when!) it fails, you'll be blameless.
Not only is it more fun to work with anticipation, it's often a self-fulfilling point of view.
~Seth Godin

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I'm Not Exaggerating

Yesterday, I wrote a "must do" list of six things I needed to get done yesterday.
A day later, and I have accomplished two whole things on my list. 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Limits

I have a false perception of time.
In my mind, it's flexible and forgiving. It bends and stretches and allows me to get everything done.
In reality, the clock keeps ticking with no regard to my to-do lists and deadlines. And everything requires more attention than I imagined.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Holidays

Thanksgiving is over, and now I will spend every day of the next six weeks feeling like I'm about to have a break down. I handle stress quite well. Thank you.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving ...

And visions of sweet potatoes danced in their heads.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In The Kitchen

I know how to make food taste one of two ways: Italian or Mexican.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday

Let's be real. Half-day on Wednesday is not enough time to prepare of Thursday's feast of the year. We should all take the week off.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Playing Grown Up

Being an adult looks a lot different than what I imagined.
In related news, we bought our very first washer and dryer today.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lazy

It was a pjs all day Saturday.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

The Path

It's hard to know the way. But underneath the overgrown shrubs is a path. And it belongs to you.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Don't Panic

Thanksgiving is in a week. It will be fine. 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What Are You?

“If you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze.” 
~St. Catherine of Siena

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thanks, Seth!


Watch this video, and think about your life. What is your art and what is pure work?

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Predictable Torture

That's pretty much how I feel about Mondays.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Through the Drought

Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid. Go and do as you propose. But first make me a little cake and bring it to me. Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son. For the Lord, the God of Israel, says, 'The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the Lord sends rain upon the earth.'" She left and did as Elijah had said. She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well; the jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, as the Lord had foretold through Elijah. ~Kings 17:13-16

As we wait for the rain, let's not be afraid. Let's nourish each other the best we can, preparing little cakes made of flour, oil and patient trust.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Social Butterfly

My throat is sore. I'm not sick. I've just been talking a lot ~ at meetings, at dinners, at celebrations big and small. Talking is great, but it's the connecting I really love.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Crushes

In grade school (and middle school, high school and college), I always had secret crushes on the boys who could make me laugh or impress me with their artistic talent.
Lucky for me, I married a man who does both.
John's Facebook post from today:
"Sometimes when I copy files to a thumb drive, I pretend I have to hurry so I don't get caught stealing info that could save the world. #Spy" 

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Keep Trying

Some people believe in miracles. (I do.)
Some people believe in change. (I say I do.)
One is a gift (and you can't force anyone to give you a gift).
The other requires deliberate, continuous, focused effort. 
There, I've said it. Change takes a lot of hard work.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blessings

Sometimes I think God lets us need miracles, just so he can provide them.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

America

No matter how you voted, please remember: It's important to be a good winner and a good loser.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Mother Nature

I don't want to question your judgment. I don't mind beautiful days. But it's November. Is it too much to ask for some slightly cool fall weather?

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Holiday Joy

You know how children can go from laughing to crying without warning. That's kind of how I feel about the holidays. We have 7 weeks to Christmas, and I am already behind. Part of me wants everything to slow down, and the other part wants to press fast forward to the New Year.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday

Photo shoot.
Sandwiches.
Soccer game. (Our job was cheering.)
Nap.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Company

Once again, dinner guests prove to be the best motivation for cleaning one's home and making a proper meal. (You know, something other than Amy's frozen burritos.)
Who is coming over next week?

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Saints

You know who you are. Please pray for us. A lot.

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