Sunday, October 28, 2007

Joy.

I got the idea off of a favorite message board of mine to question any purchase with the question...

"Does this bring me joy?"

The idea is to only bring new items into your environment that truly make you happy. I think we're all guilty of settling for things either in frustration or on a unplanned shopping trip. I've passed on the idea to a couple of friends and they've come back on numerous occasions to say they've put things back in a store because the joy-factor just wasn't there.

I've also found the question useful when trying to purge the clutter from my apartment.

Then I was watching TV today and noticed an ad where the occupants of a car were blowing bubble out of their windows and sunroof. I found myself smiling at the screen. Definite joy.

Then the end of the ad encourages people to commit "Acts of Road Joy", and refers them to a website.

VW Road Joy

Since I don't have a car, this might be a little difficult for me to accomplish but I'm sure there are ways to commit acts of street joy.

The things that normally make me smile are:

- when people hold a door open for me
- when someone gives up their seat on the bus/subway
- smiling at people as they pass you by

I'm proud to say I do these things on a regular basis, but I'd like to make a conscious effort to do more. I would like to think that it would inspire someone else to do the same. Every little bit of joy in the world helps right?!


My online sources of joy -

Sony Bravia bouncy ball commercial

LJC FYI

Amazing writing at Wil Weaton dot net in Exile

Fun ideas and finds at Not Martha

Monday, October 22, 2007

Inspired.

One of Oprah's guests today was Kris Carr.

Some quotes that stuck with me -

"Why, when we are challenged to survive, do we give ourselves permission to live?"

"I think just go for it. Life is a terminal condition. We're all going to die."

I can't wait to see her documentary on TLC.

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I intended on saying more about her appearance on Oprah today but I'm having a hard time articulating exactly how I felt about it. But I knew I needed to post about her. Truly amazing!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I'm crafty, "She's Crafty"

I finally caught an episode of "She's Crafty" on HGTV. So far....TWO THUMBS UP!



The host of any show is SO important, and can make or break it regardless of how awesome the content is.

For example:

Awesome show and host -

Design Inc. with Sarah Richarson


Not-so-awesome show & host -

The Style Dept. with Suzanne Dimma

(I really really wanted to like this show because WISH magazine is so awesome, but it just doesn't work for me and a lot of that has to do with the host. Obviously she knows how to do her job in terms of the magazine, but she's just not a TV personality)

The host of She's Crafty (Wendy Russel) is awesome. I could tell that within the first couple of minutes of watching. So I'll be keeping an eye out for future episodes!

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Note to self: Buy rechargeable batteries for camera. No crafty pics can be taken if I'm always in search of batteries.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Some things just make me happy


** Edited to mention: Found here via Magpie & Cake

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Update - Re: Day One post

Yeah...the running never happened. But with summer brought two mini walks on breaks and a daily lunch walk with my co-workers.

I'm VERY happy with the results.

Now to keep off any unwanted weight over the looooong cold winter.

Here I am again...

It's MONTHS after starting a blog (again!). I think I managed a handful of posts when it all went to hell (again!).

But I'm back....going to give it another go.

I guess I usually feel like I don't have anything interesting to say.

There are some blogs I read religiously, and the posts are always interesting and/or the writing is amazing. So I think I put too much pressure on myself to be that creative when really I can't make my blog like theirs...its impossible...I just have to make it mine.

I also struggle with what kind of blog I want it to be. Ideally it would be about the things I'm working on. Projects, things I'm making, things I want to do....and there's been a seriously lack of all those things in the last couple of months. Granted...I have been busy. Moving and getting settled do take some time.

Then I hesitate about writing about personal stuff...but I guess it all kind of goes together. Its all part of the same (so-called lol) life I'm living.

So...we're into the middle of October. I'm about as settled as I'm going to get I think and (again) I should stop making excuses.

Here's my list:

Something I'm making: a scarf (winter is coming whether I want it to or not)
Something I want to do: the mural on my wall (I just need that overhead!!)
Other projects: career overhaul...its time to move on. Resume is almost ready to go, then its time to get it out there to see what happens. Very scary...and exciting at the same time.

I also booked my flight down the US for Christmas. THAT I'm excited about. Can't promise I'll post much about that on here, but we'll see. ;)