Join Me in Choosing Positivity and Happiness

This year I made a promise to myself to focus on being positive and happy; to strive to see the good things in every day and every situation; to surround myself with positive people and things; to expand my horizons. Over the past couple of years I feel like I was becoming more and more negative and, along with that, less happy and upbeat.  I theorize this change in mental outlook was leading to things like high blood pressure, dental issues (I broke several crowns - I am a legend at my … [Read more...]

Honesty Please

I like to think that I am a pretty flexible person when it comes to most things, but a few things I will not compromise on.  One of these things is honesty.  I am an honest person and I expect the same from others.  I think that sometimes people have issues with me because I am so honest and perhaps not always as delicate as I should be in presenting the truth.  I can be very direct and even blunt at times.  I try to be as delicate as I can.  I am not above fluffing the truth up a bit so it … [Read more...]

Abstinence, Fasting and Sacrafice – oh my!

Have you ever wondered why McDonald’s starts randomly advertising fish sandwiches around late winter or early spring?  Have you ever wanted a handy, dandy guide to Lent or wondered why Easter falls on a different day every year?  Wonder no more! Easter must always occur on a Sunday, because Sunday was the day of Christ's Resurrection. It coincides with the paschal full moon, because that was the date of Passover in the Jewish calendar.  The Last Supper (Holy Thursday) occurred on the Passover … [Read more...]

Be Extraordinary – I Dare You

  Today, Passion or Palm Sunday, is the start of holy week for the Christian world.  During this week, Christians remember the final days of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. It is the most holy time of the year for Christians around the world and culminates with Easer Sunday when Christian's celebrate Jesus' rising from the dead. Whether you are Christian or not, I am sure you know who Jesus is. He has been called many things throughout the ages-Savior: Redeemer; Prince of Peace; Son of … [Read more...]

New Year, New Goals

The dawning of a new year always fills me with a sense of promise. It feels like a fresh start, even though the reality is, it isn't. Just the illusion of a fresh start is enough of a motivator to rededicate myself to things I find important. It is a looking forward with a sense of wonder, hope and excitement. The start of 2013 was no different. Over the years I have figured out that, for me, New Year's resolutions serve no purpose. I am good at thinking them up, am very enthusiastic at … [Read more...]

Checking In On My Aspirations 2012

I am not exactly sure how it happened, but the first month of 2012 has come and gone.  This means it is accountability time.  Time to check in on how I am doing with the my 2012 aspirations.  I set them at the beginning of the year and committed to sharing my progress periodically.  I added one since the original post.  It is number 15 on this list. 1. Lose at least 20 pounds. I have lost a little over 5 pounds since the middle of December.  Only 1 of those pounds in January, but it is still a … [Read more...]

2012 Aspirations – Happy New Year!

The start of a new year always fills me with hope and a renewed sense of passion about the people and things that I love. As you might gather, finding balance is one of my passions. This year my "resolutions" or as I prefer to think of them, my aspirations, are all related to finding that balance. I have a friend that had the idea that putting your aspirations (or whatever you choose to call them) out there for anyone to see will help make you accountable and thus help you reach what you … [Read more...]