- Get a promotion (already applied)
- Earn a new designation (or at least start one - some take more than a year)
- Travel to someplace I haven't been
- Learn to make something in my crock pot
- Add to my "Rememberlutions Jar" each day
- Self-publish a book (or at least get it started)
- Less searching and worrying (this will have to be a day to day thing)
- More faith that things will work out on their own (more day to day)
- Napping - because napping is important
- Make a few mistakes (this should be easy, particularly with the crock pot goal - and the less worrying)
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Christmas was always my favorite holiday growing up. I love presents, and as the only child of divorced parents, I got a crap-ton on Christmas.
When I was married, Christmas was still my favorite. I was (and am) still an only child - and I continued to get a crap-ton of stuff. Some of it turned into gift cards, which was great. There were just enough to last until my birthday, which my parents conveniently placed just about 6 months out. Nicely done!
Then I got divorced, which I admit put a pretty big damper on Christmas. Don't get me wrong - I still have a lovely holiday, I'm still surrounded by wonderful people, and I do still like stuff (though there's something to be said for downsizing).
Something else I learned this year is that there's been something missing from my holidays (and, probably other days, too, but let's focus). The most important, lovely, and special things simply don't fit under a tree.
Shiny packages and pretty stuff can make a great substitute - that is, until your heart figures out what really matters most.
Luckily, the trick to finding the important stuff is the same as when you asked Santa for a new toy on Christmas.
Merry Everything, Happy Always - that's my Christmas wish.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
I know a lot of people who like to say they hate "stuff," they don't need material things to be happy, they have learned to appreciate the people and memories in life. Etc, etc, etc.
I agree with it all. People are more important than things and happiness isn't found on a shelf. But there's still no denying - I love to shop.
I disagree that the ideas are mutually exclusive. A person can love to shop and still appreciate all that she has.
I spent some money on Black Friday, Cyber Monday...and all the surrounding days. On stuff for other people, and yes, on stuff for myself.
Today is Giving Tuesday. I will spend a little today, too - just not on stuff. Today I will support the causes that mean so much to me. Causes that help boost the lives and spirits and self-esteem for kids in my area. Organizations that make a difference in my community.
If you have an organization that you love, today is a great day to carve out some of your holiday-spending budget and give back. Or, volunteer your time - or just do a random act of kindness for someone.
The littlest things will make a big difference.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~ Dr. Seuss