Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Even my Dog is from China

After yesterdays post, I received an email from a friend reminding me that The Christmas Tree Shop was probably filled with products from China! She asked me to be mindful of the things I was spending my good old American money on and try to read the labels. If I had the opportunity to purchase something that was made in the USA to please do so. She is right! The truth is, it is in all our best interests to purchase made in the USA products. She sent me an email that was circulated by another friend several days ago to remind me that it is surprising what is made where, and it also doesn’t take that much more time to read the label….I had to beg to differ with her since, in order for me to read the labels, I have to pull out my reading glasses and that takes time, because I have to dig in my cluttered purse searching for them and hope that they are still in there and I didn’t take them out at home and leave them somewhere they didn’t belong. See a pattern here! This clutter thing does upset our lives! I think this weekend I will clean out my purse.
Here is the email:

One Light Bulb at a Time. A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American ..Good idea .. . . one light bulb at a time . . . .Check this out . I can verify this because I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments . They were all made in China .
The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA .
Start looking ..In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job . So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track . Let's get behind her! My grandson likes Hershey's candy . I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more. My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico ... now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything ..This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets . I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value . " I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats -they were the same except for the price ..The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in
- get ready for this -
the USA in a company in Cleveland , Ohio . So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here ..So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets . .. . yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA !
I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price! My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for every day things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors! If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time!
Stop buying from overseas companies! Let's get with the program . . . .. help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U . S . A ..

Interesting isn’t it, going to try to make an effort on this one ….except not sure about the Hershey candy bar thing….

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

But I need it…. I really do!

I must share with you an interview I saw several years ago about a woman who decided that she would not, for 1 year, buy anything that she did not NEED to survive. I was very intrigued by this, but I never did buy her book to see how she did it. As usual, my mind wrapped itself around this concept and I began to really think about everything I bought. Do I need it, or do I want it. Most of the time if I had to ask myself that question, it was a want! Sometimes, I bought it anyway; many times I put it back on the shelf. I think at that point I was realizing that I had way too much stuff, and to bring anymore into my home was really making it harder for me to purge. I began to think about when we were young and we had 1 winter coat, 1 pair of boots, 1 bathing suit, and a new pair of jeans maybe 3 times a year. Our house only held one cooler tucked away in the garage, not 6 (a large one for the boat, one for fishing, a small six packer, one on wheels, one attached to a grill (we have 4 grills), and one someone left behind and we adopted. I could go through the garage and repeat that same scenario for most of the stuff in there, and I think you could too. The only thing that is not stored in my garage is our cars….no room.
As some of you know I have a weakness, the $1.00 store. I NEED everything they have to offer! The thrill of the hunt! I now have a new store that is slowly becoming an addiction….The Christmas Tree Shop. I am having a hard time staying away! My car is on automatic pilot, a mind of its own! I am trying to be good, and I am thinking 2 and 3 times before I put it in my cart, but I just cannot resist! I am going to have to work on that, because I can see where it can become a real problem. I might need a 12 step program for this one! But getting back to the moral of my rantings…. if we think more about what we need, than what we want, we can save some money. Buying things only when we need them and not anticipating that we will, can help us curb the frivolous spending that we all do. I don’t know that it is a challenge I could do for a year, but I think it is worth putting some of the ideas in our heads and seeing how much we could save. I’m in, how about you? P.S. Wine is not a Need! :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Money doesn't grow on Trees?

A new week a new subject. I don't think there is anyone out there that has not been effected by the recent woes of our economy. Hopefully, just a little, but many have been suffering a lot. In reality by no fault of their own. The perfect storm has managed to reach out and tap us all on the shoulder. Some of us could out run it faster than others, but it has made us all look a little deeper into our lives to see how maybe we could tighten our belts just in case we get hit a little harder if it comes looking for us again. Trying to get back to having a healthy cash reserves has proven to be more difficult - Looking at the returnables in my garage (my cash reserves) they are spilling over because my kids are not home to take them back for gas money. So things are looking up! Watching late night television we are bombarded with ways to get back on track...but whether you need help or not, there are some things to do that are just no brainers.... so forget Suze Orman and her unrealistic ways. Duh, if we could pay off our credit cards we would! Guess what....We can be Frugal and Fabulous!
Weight update :( #159 What the heck. I have been eating less.... I guess I am going to have to exercise...crap!

Friday, January 22, 2010

My Home is at least 20 pounds lighter, but I'm not!

The first installment of home organization is completed! We will visit this again next month, but in the meantime...kudos to all of you who emailed and let me know that you opened your linen closet and purged, ventured into your clothes closet, pantry or your little corner that needed attention! I am going to continue to try to tackle little items daily. Nothing big, just maybe the stack of mail that needs sorting, a little clean up around the computer, the window ledge in my kitchen, the items that are laying around needing to be put back in there "Place". Just a quick pick up here and there. Off to my daughters today to help them make room for the boxes that I filled up this week! Have a great weekend....It's another football extravaganza, thank goodness there are not many weekends left. I am becoming to fat of a cat laying around and eating. Cool, I can blame it on the NFL!!!! :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Every Refrigerator tells a story....

I spoke a few days ago about cleaning the outside of my refrigerator. When we take on these challenges it isn't just the process of de-cluttering, it's the process of reliving the past. The linen closet held a lot of truths. The fact that the stocking stuffers I purchased for the girls several years ago, remained unopened...I guess they didn't care for that gift! The remnants of their youth, hair bows and barrettes. medicines from past illnesses and more :) So removing "life" from the refrigerator was a similar experience, but it recalled the past thru pictures. Lots of pictures. Graduation pictures of my children and friends children. The annual Christmas pictures of friends and relatives, that I love to receive. Vacation pictures, everyday pictures, pictures of life.... I also found coupons that expired in 2006, missed that opportunity for 25% off my food bill. Around to the side of the refrigerator I found the area where the pictures that no longer had front and center billing ended up. I found a family picture in front of Cinderella's castle in Disney World- I believe that was Spring Break 1998. The girls dressed in matching overalls...remembering when I had control over them! A New Years Eve photo of the family before Y2K. Wanted that last family picture in case the world came to an end at midnight! It has been stuck to my refrigerator for more than 10 years! 10 years.......the things that have happened in 10 years, makes you think. Wow, I was only 40 that night. It shows! That refrigerator holds a lot of memories. I slowly took down every picture and stacked them up and moved them into the computer room where I keep all the other photo's. One day when I became the ultimate scrapbooker I would be able to put together every moment of our life in a beautiful, creative book....NOT. I guess the only up side of that is I saved a lot of money. I would have had to had the cri cut machine for sure! Anyway the only thing that survived was my calendar! I need that or I wouldn't be able to function. It lists our life. Everything we have to do is on there. Command Central. It proved a life saver when the kids were younger. Each kid had a color and their activities were spelled out for our daily hectic life. Days are freer and we are down to 1 ink pen to mark it up with. I do have one last thing I have to deal with. I keep my old calendars! After watching Law and Order and police say....."What were you doing last Tuesday at 6pm" I thought oh, my goodness, I can't remember what I had for dinner last night, what if I ever have to remember what I was doing more than 12 hours ago, I am going to jail for sure. Thus started the saving of my yearly calendars. That middle kitchen drawer contains our past! Just for grins I reached in and pulled out an old one. 2007 it is! Looked back at this day - It was a Sunday and we left that day for 7 days in Florida, according to the calendar we came home on Saturday the 27th. Marcy worked that day from 1-6pm! Do you know what you did that day? Probably not, but I do!!! ha ha I think I need to throw them all away. Maybe next time! So if you think something as simple as cleaning off the refrigerator is just that a simple cleaning exercise you are wrong....It's a history lesson!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Treasure Hunt????

As you know, I accomplished cleaning out the linen closet yesterday. I thought it was going to be a big undertaking but it proved to use up very little of my life. I lined up 3 boxes marked, Marcy, Karlee, Laycee and a trash can. I did my best to try to figure out what belonged to who, and tossed all kinds of things into the boxes. I did have trash as well. I was able to consolidate several hand sanitizers into one as well as rubbing alcohol and liquid soaps. I found 12 ink pens???? Why are ink pens in my linen closet, that one stumps me. The mother load was hair brushes. Between cleaning out Marcy's room before the holidays and the linen closet I found 27 HAIRBRUSHES!!!! Not even the Duggars need 27 hairbrushes. (disclaimer, I don't watch their show, just have heard about them) Surprise girls, you each get 8! Keeping a few for myself! 7 pairs of tweezers, 6 boxes that were empty, and a partridge in a pear tree, just kidding! Clearing out that clutter led me under the bathroom sink as well as 2 shelves in my kitchen where I keep misc. meds, band aids, etc. I could have continued on to a few other places, but didn't want to ruin the fun!! Remember baby steps!

If you have decided your bedroom closet needs attention, before you tackle that one I have a suggestion. Last year I read the book "Dressed and out the door in 5 minutes or Less" It is an easy read and full of many helpful hints. I didn't follow it to the T, because it wasn't something that would work for me, but it did provide insight to my shopping habits and how to organize my closet. I found it very helpful. Check out Last fall, when I was trying to put my clothes away, I became very frustrated because it was impossible to squeeze another item into my closet. I decided that was the day I would purge! Keeping in mind what I learned in the book, I gathered all the plastic hangers around the house. This proved to be huge. They all line up perfectly on the rod and I no longer wrestle with the hangers trying to remove something from the closet. It also helped me sort through my clothes and let go of some of the clothing I was hanging onto for emotional reasons.....My grandmother died a few months after Jaime was born and I was having a hard time parting with the suit I wore to her funeral...wore it twice in 27 years....It's gone! Hoping to move to a warmer climate , I donated 90% of my sweaters. I am now freezing my butt off, but I have lots of room in my closet!:) I kept doing that mental exercise where if you visualize long enough it will happen. Well laying on the beach with a sweater was not what I was looking for so ....bye bye sweaters! So much for that theory. So before you tackle the closet, read the book! The author is my neighbor so buy one!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Couldn't wait....

Look..... I couldn't wait to show you! I finished it in less than 2 hours!!! That includes putting the things that didn't belong in there, where they know "A place for Everything and Everything in its Place." Of course it led to cleaning under the bath sink too. I am proud of my accomplishment for the week. You know what that means...I get to slack off WTF. In this case WTF means Wednesday, Thursday Friday! Tomorrow I will tell you what I found amongst the rubble... :)

This and That

It's Tuesday.....

Glad to see some of you started working on your lists. I opened the linen closet yesterday looked in it and slammed it shut...Ahhhh I have 4 more days to start that one. It will be another sorting challenge because I saw things that were not mine- Red hair dye, barrettes, several make up kits that the girls bought after Christmas each year, because they were a great deal! They never used them, so they were put in the closet and there they have lived happily ever after. I saw a lot of duplicates of things that were partially full, I think I can put them all in one container and maybe have a full one. If all goes well, I am going to dig in today!!! That is, if all goes well. That is my disclaimer, in case life gets in the way. Wish me luck!
Tonite is Idol Time again. You know, I just started watching it a few seasons ago and I am hooked. It is a silly simple pleasure that helps us make it through the winter evenings. I am not a reality TV junkie so I was surprised that I was reeled in hook line and sinker on this one. I thought I was much to smart to watch such stupid stuff on TV. As pathetic as it sounds, I will now schedule my life around it. The only thing I can think of is that it is truly a feel good story by the time you get to the finale and see that someone who stood in line some 9 months ago for a shot at fame has their whole life changed by chance. The dreams can come true theory exists here. Most of them are truly talented and I am glad they have the opportunity to shine. You really get a handle on how huge this show is when Brett Farve is in the locker room after the win this weekend singing "Pants on the Ground". :) I have never voted, but there might be a time that I might be compelled to do so, but I haven't gotten there yet. It's a great way to escape the problems of the world if it's only for a short time. Although, seeing some of these people who try out we realize there are a lot more problems in the world!!! haha

Oh, before I forget....discovered there is an ELVISFEST in Ypsilanti...who knew. Apparently, it has been taking place in Depot Town for the past 10 years. Mark your calendars for July 9-10th if you want to check out this years "FEST" Might be a fun time. MIELVISFEST.ORG

Monday, January 18, 2010

What's on your list?

Happy Monday!

The scale didn't move for me...:( I guess after a lazy football weekend that is good, it could have very easily gone up!) I will have to work twice as hard this week to move the needle down.

On to your list! Time to pick out one of the 10 things you want to accomplish this year! I am going to go for "A place for everything and everything in it's place." I have actually already tried to get this one kick started the first week. This will take the entire year for me to complete. The kids are all on their own and I am trying to sort through the last 19 years of being in this home. Rather intimidating, but I think I can make some headway. Laycee's room is filled with boxes marked with a sharpie with their names on it. I try to get them to take a box home when they come over. It's a look back peering into the boxes and pulling out the things they have collected over the years. It's very fun for me to pack them up as well. I know they probably don't know what to do with it all, but that is their decision to do as they see fit. Stuff....there is a lot of it around here. These are good winter jobs.

If you need to de-clutter your home, do one thing a week... last week I cleaned off the top and front of my refrigerator. Took 15 min. Looks great! Les came home and asked if we were moving? He doesn't like it, never thought he noticed. This week I think I will tackle the linen closet.

I built my snow woman Friday. She was so cute, I sprayed her with pink water and put a green wig on her. Today she is melting....the hat fell off and a few of her teeth fell out. I think I will rescue her belongings today and pack them away for the next snow fall.

Friday, January 15, 2010

What a week...count your blessings

Man, this week sure gave you something to think about. I am not sure complaining about living in Michigan is relevant anymore. As a wise friend once said, Here in Michigan we may get some lousy weather, but we don't have earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, volcano's, floods, devastating fires or any of those other natural disasters that consume other area's of our country or world. I guess quibbling about a few feet of snow is silly. I still don't like it, but maybe I can embrace it a little more. I am going to go out today and build a snow man. I will send you a picture Monday.

Since this is weight loss week, I guess I should touch on that one a little. Trying my best to create new habits. Instead of trying to scale the mountain, I am going to hike up the hill first. That might be a good way to approach everything, keeps from being overwhelmed or biting off more than you can chew. No pun intended.

I discovered something that really was cool last weekend. Saturday morning I was channel surfing in the morning and turned on GMA, I am a Today person so that is why I haven't seen this before, I am sure some of you have been watching it. I found it touching, funny, cool, thought provoking, and what a great idea. Have you seen "your 3 words" It looks like they do it toward the end of the program, you gotta see it. My new favorite thing. Check it out!

Grab that piece of paper with your 10 things you want to do this year and read them again. Are you working on them? I am - :) The weeks are going fast, Amazing 1/2 of January is already over. Pick one, we will tackle it next week.

Have a great weekend and count your blessings...there is always someone that has it better than you and someone that is worse off than you..... don't worry, be happy.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Have been a little busy the last couple of days..... will be back tomorrow with some deep meaningful insightful stuff! ha ha

In the meantime If it's only $10.00 on your cell phone bill, donate to the Red Cross for the relief in Haiti....soooo sad, I weep for the world.
To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text Haiti to 90999
And we are talking about Heidi Montag's plastic surgery, give me a break!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The weight thing

As you can probably tell.....this week is weight week. I am only going to get on the scale every Monday...daily is pure torture and I am not into torture. Weekly will do for now. At the beginning of the year I decided, with help from Les, that exercise just wasn't going to work for us. Remember that word torture, it applies here as well. I only like exercise that is wrapped in something fun, disguised, doused with sugar. Putting on tennis shoes, sweats and anticipating a little sweat doesn't work. So it will have to be incorporated into my life in ways that won't be noticeable.
Then there is food, the second part of the equation. Portion control is going to have to be big for me. Joyce, please don't tell them how many times I went to the buffet on New Years Morning in Chicago!!! Those days are over. Out to eat, taking half home for lunch the next day. We will see how that works. Because "diet" doesn't work for me either. I remember as a youngin' my mother assuring me that there would be a day I would have a little fat on my bones. Being skinny as a rail growing up, it didn't seem possible. Middle age spread she called it...damn mom was right again. I can no longer see my hip bones, a bikini would never happen these days, and the thought of weighing more than when I was pregnant was preposterous. Never say never.
Those days are here! Oh goes on. Something to work on.
Well, did you get on the scale ??? You don't have to tell us your numbers but lets work on getting that number down. Any secrets you all can share with us to help us work on this one.
My goal is 15 - 20 pounds this year. Divide it out and I need to work on losing less than a 1/2 a pound a week. I think I can!!!! How about you?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Top 10

Ok- had the weekend to think about 10 things I want to accomplish this year and they became the same old, same old and I was totally bored with them. We all want the same thing...lose weight, save money, organized, be kinder, world peace. Can't we think outside the box and be creative and dig deep to find things that have meaning to us. Sure I want a clean house and sure it will make me happy, until I have to pull the vacuum out again. To lose 20 pounds would be heavenly, and I plan on getting there, but in the meantime I have 10 things that will help me get to the heavy stuff.

My random 10 things

1. Take a picture everyday. I am astounded by people who can look at an every day image and pull out something totally not seen by the average person, or an angle that I would have never thought of. I aspire to be that creative. Taking a picture everyday will help me learn how to use the camera I got for Christmas 2008.

2. Ride my bikes more. I love my pink bicycle and it makes me smile every time I ride it. It also means it's nice out, which I love the warm weather. And secretly I am exercising!!! I enjoy riding my motorcycle too....the solitude is intoxicating as well as I get to put on my pink helmet and my pink shoes :)

3. Go to the Beach. Ahhh, one of my favorite things - taking my shoes off after a long Michigan Winter and sinking my feet into the warm sand. Letting the cool water lap at my feet is pure bliss.

4. Road Trips. Get going and see where the road takes you. I want to be adventurous and go to places that I have not been to and always wanted to see. From the Tulip festival in Holland MI to the big city lights of NY.

5. Everything in its place and a place for everything. That is perfection to me. Applies to everything.

6. Play more. kids are grown and I am retired...Freedom and Les' 6 weeks of vacation make it possible to Play more, but I am thinking winning the lotto would really help to accomplish this one.

7. Be inspired. I don't think that needs any explaining.

8. Be content. I think we all think things could be better in our lives, but it is what it is and as long as we have tried to do our best, I think we have to be content with that.

9. I still am trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up. Is it ever too late? I don't think so.

10. I love to laugh until my face aches....can we make that happen more often? These days if I laugh that hard, I must confess I wet my pants!!! Ahhhh 50 gotta love it.

Ok- reality.....I stepped on the scale to see where I am on the weight loss front.

I am 157lbs. There I said it.
Now that you know my weight, you might as well know that I am not really a blond.
And my jeans are a size 14.
All my secrets are out!

Friday, January 8, 2010

1 Down - 51 to go ~ We are on our way

Ok, I am getting an early start today...going to be productive! I have been listening to my play list and am really loving it! Did you make yours? Let me know what song lifts your spirits. We will work on being happy through out the year, along with a list of things that are deemed important to me this year. Sit down and make up a list of 10 things you would like to accomplish this year. They don't have to be huge, just things that you have wanted to do for a long time and just have not found the time. We don't have to be all about self improvement, we can long for adventure, hope, reflection, oh...back to self improvement, weight loss, happiness, clean the closet, etc. There will be times through out our journey that we will tap into YOUR 2010 bucket list, so fold that piece of paper up and put it near your computer so we can polish your list off too. It's not all about me - haha- hang on you are along for the ride too.

I received an email last night that was so fitting, I would like to share it with you:


Health:1. Drink plenty of water.2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy5. Make time for yourself.6. Play more games7. Read more books than you did in 2009.8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day9. Sleep for 7 hours.10. Take a 10-30 minutes’ walk daily. And while you walk, smile.Personality:11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.13. Don't overdo. Keep your limits.14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.16. Dream more while you are awake17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.23. Smile and laugh more.24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...Society:25. Call your family often.26. Each day give something good to others.27. Forgive everyone for everything.28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.30. What other people think of you is none of your business.31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.Life:32. Do the right thing!33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.34. Have a happy spirit. 35. However good or bad a situation is it will change.36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.37. The best is yet to come.38. When you awake alive in the morning, make the most of your day.39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.Last but not the least:40. Pass on these words of wisdom. Thanks Barb for that one.

Love it, don't you?

Today's assignment- Giggle, pet a dog, and think of something that brings you joy!

Talk to you Monday

PS- HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS (If you have never seen a Elvis impersonator, you must! Put it on your list!)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Music Makes a Difference.

Still smiling :)? Despite the snow, I am still in a happy frame of mind. This morning I went through a list of songs that make me smile, put a spring in my step or evokes some kind of emotion! I have put my playlist on the blog for you to listen to. Scroll through the music and see if there is one there that you love. Make your list and play them loud while you are home alone and watch what it does to you! A little Motown will lift your spirit.... others will no doubt remind you of a happy time in your life. Don't under estimate the power of music. Dance like no one is watching and sing like no one can hear you..unless you are good at it. I personally don't want anyone to see or hear me!!! :) Have another great day!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Social Experiment

Several years ago, while walking along the Florida beach, Les and I noticed how people were in their own little world and never acknowledged anyone when they walked by. We decided we would make eye contact, and smile, and give them a greeting. It could have been "good morning"- "good afternoon" a simple "hello" etc. We were bound and determined to try to get at least 50% of them to acknowledge us. Sometimes it worked sometimes it didn't, but we tried and we still do to this day. We thought we might have more luck on GI traveling the bike path. We would walk or ride our bikes and believe it or not...our hometown didn't fair any better than the walks in the sand. Sometimes, the person coming towards us would actually beat us to the punch and we would have to respond to them. It's a game we still play...and enjoy. It's easy to be in our own little world, but try to make someone else's a little friendlier. These little things we are doing are helping us realize one aspect of making 2010 a great year and that is trying to find a little Happiness in every day.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Making other people smile makes us smile

Hopefully, we made more than 3 people smile yesterday. You at least made a conscious effort to do so, I hope. The funny thing about making other people smile is that it puts a grin on our face as well. That is the object here, to put us in a happy frame of mind. In the next couple of days while you are out and about, put it to the test to see if you can get 3 strangers to smile. My guess is yesterday they were people you know. Happiness is a state of mind...a state I would like to live in- a natural state!
Tomorrow I will talk about a social experiment...... Have been doing it for years, you might want to try it.

Monday, January 4, 2010

A New Year, New Decade, New Outlook.....

Thank Goodness we can slam the door on 2009! It has been a bumpy ride for the last couple of years. Let's not dwell on all that has been put before us in the past and try to improve things in a simple, fun, meaningful way. Baby steps! A week at a time and small things that will make us smile, get things done, make us feel that we have accomplished something by the end of the year. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to rock and roll.......'s the little things that count!

Week we go- Lets make the first one EZ- Your job is to make 3 people smile today!

Have at it