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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday's Inspiration

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday's Inspiration - Appreciation

Telling someone thank you or that they are appreciated are such small things but mean so much to the recipient.

Today - I will make it a point to let at least one person (hopefully more) know that I appreciate them!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The importance of Writing your goals

I am a firm believer in writing down my goals.  The problem is that I don't seem to find time to really do justice to my goals.  *laughing*  I will write "generic" goals - such as visit one place that I have never been to before but (and this is where I am not doing myself any favors here) my goals are not what could be considered functional goals.  In other words, they are not really specific enough.  

Let's take my goal of wanting to visit some place that I have never been before.  When do I want to complete this goal?  Where do I want to go?  How am I going to get there?  These types of questions make a very generic goal into a SMART goal...specific (where do I want to visit), measurable (what is my timeframe for this goal) attainable (this is a very realistic goal), relevant and timely.

So - my lesson of the day is to do a much better job of writing down my goals including daily, weekly and monthly as well as making my goals are realistic and I know the steps that I need to take to achieve my goal.

More importantly, I need to make sure that I do not beat myself up if I do not accomplish a daily goal - what I will do is just move it to the top of the list for the next day!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday's Inspiration

 Today I will strive to be thankful for the bounty of the day!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Take Time to Make Memories

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When was the last time you made a memory?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday's Inspiration - Make today Awesome

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If you think that it will be a good day - you are half way there to making it a good day!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday's Reflections and Inspiration

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It has been an odd week this week here in Dallas....a week of celebration (July 4th) and week of sadness as five brave men gave their lives to protect the lives of others.

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My heart is heavy today as I write this blog.  Tears continue to roll down my face with each word that I type.  There are many other families that are crying now and asking why their sons, husbands, fathers, and brothers will not be around for the next family birthday, the next celebration of life or another day to see the sunrise.  To all that have lost a family member, remember you are not alone in your grief and your tears.  Today we remember a newlywed, a man who was a father to a 2 year old...a daughter that will only know her father through others. 

I will admit - I have been crying from my city for two days now.  I now wonder if I will ever feel safe in this beautiful place known as Dallas-Fort Worth.
Today we awaken to the sun rising again and we are thankful for those that have made it their life to protect us!  I can only hope that the five who gave their lives to protect us did not do so in vain.  I only hope that this senseless killing of these men help in some way to mend our city and help us become closer and not so fragmented.  We are not perfect by any means but let's make our city a more loving place!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Allow Gratitude into your day

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —” 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Gratitude - Why it is so important to be grateful

During this journey of life I have discovered one important thing about myself.  The more grateful that I am - the more blessings I seem to have in my life!  

I have a favorite saying that was at one time my tagline in my professional email - "Your attitude determines your altitude".  I believe this with my whole heart.

I like to end each day with a verbal list of things that I am grateful for that happened in my life that day.  No matter how difficult my day may have been - remember the one or two things that made the day better helps me realize that I have much to be grateful for and not so much to be frustrated at.

I have decided that it is time to do a gratitude jar that can be a visual confirmation of my many things to be grateful for.  I am going to write down at least one thing each day that happened during that day that made me smile.  I will date it, write it down and place it in my jar. Then on New Year's Day - I will take these little pieces of paper out and review my year!  Isn't that a great way to start a New Year?

I just need to find the perfect container for my thoughts.  I could probably find something here at home that I can use but I think that I want something special!  The one shown below is LARGE and can hold a lot of pieces of paper.  I would place this by my bed and each night before falling asleep jot down one or more gratitude moments of the day!

I found this one on Etsy and it is only $15! 

Source - A Wonderful Journey - Etsy Store

I also like this Gratitude Jar because it comes with the cutest little pieces of coordinated paper that you can use for your daily notes!   It is a bit more expensive at $25 but it is so cute!!!  Don't you think?

 Source - Ayannaandco - Etsy Store

If you haven't tried the act of finding something each day to be grateful for...I encourage you to do so.  It will change your whole attitude.  Maybe not today or tomorrow but it will grow on you!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wordless Wednesday

Source- Judy Belmont - Emotional Wellness for Positive Living

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Travel Tuesday - Fort Worth, - I love ya - Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of Fort Worth - I love ya  If you missed part 1 - never can read it here:

As noted in part 1 - Fort Worth if oozing with history, art, great restaurants and so many activities that you just can not everything in a short weekend.  You need to plan what you want to see, what you just have to do and where you want to eat.

Today - I wanted to share with you some of the wonderful museums in Fort Worth,  You could spend days visiting these great museums.

First - let's take a look at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.  AMAZING!!!  One thing that I really appreciate about this museum is the awesome Children's Museum.  This is a great place for the kids to learn and have fun at the same time!

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Another favorite of mine is the Kimbell.  The Kimbell  is well known for its international exhibts and has been a well known Fort Worth establishment since  1930. Prepare yourself to be wowed and enthralled with the various exhibits.  

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What would Fort Worth be without some type of a Western Museum?  Well...let's take a look at one very special museum.  When you think of the Wild West - many of us think about Cowboys...but did you know that there is a special museum in Ft. Worth that honors the history of the Cowgirl?  Yes indeed - The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.  THIS should be a must on anyone's list to visit in Ft Worth.

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A visit to Fort Worth should also include a visit to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.  It has been written that the museum's permanent collection includes paintings and photography of leading artists in the U.S. and North America.  The majority of the artwork falls within the period of 1820 - through 1940s.  This is a very special museum that will take you on a journey through yesteryear!

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There are so many wonderful ways to spend time in Fort Worth and these are just a few of the abundance of museums and artwork that one can find in Fort Worth.

Now - the next Fort Worth blog will take you in a completely different journey.  Think bike trails, segway tours, a world renown zoo and even a drive-in.

Until next time!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone!
People here in the U.S.  celebrate the 4th in many ways.  Since most folks have the day off the celebration can include barbeques,  boating,  baseball games and the opportunity to get together with family and friends.  The the night  usually will end with a wonderful firework display.
More often than not - we tend to forget the real reason why we celebrate this day - America's Independence day - America's birthday!
So with that in mind - HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday's Inspiration - Getting ready to leave your comfort zone

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Several years ago I was given a job opportunity that I was really not prepared to do.  I was told that I would be given on the job training and not to worry about a thing!  Famous last words!  I was given a few days of training and then thrown into to the job by myself.  It was highly technical and very scary!

There were days when I just wanted to cry and throw my hands up...saying "I can't do this".  One day I woke up and while dreading to go to work - I made a decision.  I decided that I was not going to let this job get the best of me...that I was a survivor and that I could do this job.  I was on a mission front that point on.

It was that day that I left my comfort zone and realized that I could do this!

To this day - that moment in my life is that "light bulb" moment where I realized that I could venture outside my comfort zone and still be okay!  That moment was that pivotal point in my life that made me strive to reach for more of those moments where I could find personal growth and become more comfortable in taking a chance on myself