Category Archives: Encouragement

Finding Happiness

Penny Yaffe Krakow

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Today – and EVERY Day…

Slice of Life

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Just Dance

The Enchanted Portal

I love this.

Last year at some point I decided to QUIT feeling buried in things I SHOULD be doing and to consciously incorporate some fun into every possible day, whether it be working outside in my flowers or veggies, playing in my art room, sitting in my recliner with coffee and a book, sitting on my porch or the deck just doing nothing….

I have to tell you it’s been a really good thing for me. I feel MUCH less stressed, and HAPPIER.

I’m still a slob and will never get awards for my house being clean all at the same time, but I realized that if I killed myself and things were ready for House Beautiful to come photograph, it really didn’t matter. My husband didn’t notice. The people who came didn’t say anything. I had the satisfaction of a job well done for a minute, but only a minute – for it seemed as if everyone – humans and animals alike – conspired to mess things up again as soon as possible. I figured I could 1) get angry that they were messing things up and yell at them, or 2) go for a reasonably clean most of the time and not stress over it. Since I adopted the latter I’ve been much happier, too.

Now I do something on my SHOULD or NEED TO list, and then I do something fun. It may be only for a short time before I do something else on the list, but then I consciously relax and do something for me.

It’s a happier life ‘dancing to the beat in my soul.’

 

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New Year’s Resolutions – NOT

Peace Love and Smiles

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Today

BrainPower Neurodevelopmental Center via Bethany Kerr

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Christmas Honors – Fort Smith, Arkansas – 2019

In 2009 a local program was born – Christmas Honors. A group of founding volunteers decided that every headstone in the Fort Smith National Cemetery would receive a wreath. In 2009, over 1,000 volunteers participated in event. 12,000 wreaths and ribbons were needed to decorate each and every grave site.  In 2019, the number is around 18,000. It’s a small thing our community can do to honor the men and women who have served our country.
This is one of the wreaths and the bow we were tying on each wreath. What doesn’t show in my picture was the wreath glistened with silvery shiny stuff. Pretty!
This is the third year my friend, Carla, and I have participated in this. When I walked into the convention center, I was completely overcome by how MANY, MANY people were there – all to get the wreaths ready to put on the veterans’ graves. Tears came up and spilled over, that – with all the negativity in the world – THIS could happen.
There were people bringing in box after box of wreaths. Others bringing in boxes of red bows. Others walking around with bamboo type poles, where they gathered the finished wreaths and took them out to trucks behind the convention center. The picture below shows a cart used to gather finished wreaths.
Carla and I worked as fast as we could from 9:00 until 2:00. Thankfully, there was a chair we could share to plop down and rest for a minute or two every once in awhile. It felt good to be working together surrounded by a big, noisy room of others all dedicated to the same goal – honoring the men and women who have served our country. Christmas music played and we sang along.
This is my lovely friend, Carla. She simply exudes kindness from every pore.  She is also my partner in the booth in the local shop in Greenwood. We love being together, and it’s doubly good when we’re doing something for others.
Here I am. We didn’t work long before outer jackets came off and were tied around our waists.
Each hour we would stop and sing our National Anthem, standing, with hands on our hearts. The whole room was full of voices, filling our hearts.  About the half way point – 12:30 – the man at the microphone said we were behind schedule on getting all 18,000 or so wreaths finished, and asked some of the people doing other things to pitch in on tying bows.  We accomplished our goal.
This coming Saturday at 8 a.m.the wreaths will be available to family members who want to place their wreath privately, having a bit of privacy.  Then, at 11:00 there will be a ceremony where all the rest of the wreaths will be placed on each grave by still more volunteers.
The wreaths will stay up until the middle of January, I think. Then, still another group of volunteers will gather up the wreaths, take the bows off, and store bows and wreaths until next year.
A really nice tradition – Christmas Honors.

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Attitude vs To-Do Lists

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I love my life.

Not EVERYTHING about it, but close.

I’m retired, so I can pretty much design my day – except when the water pressure booster dies, like yesterday.

I have given myself permission NOT to be productive. I used to make a to-do list and not allow myself to do other things until I had at least shown a bunch of progress on it. I FINALLY realized that my to-do list just grows. Most of the things I accomplish on it don’t STAY done, so they get added onto the bottom in a never-ending depressing length. I don’t get any POINTS or anything for getting these off the list, so I have changed my ways.

I now do the things that will result in bad things if I don’t on time. Those take priority for the day. I try to do the MOST important things first – the ones where I will be thrown into the slammer if I ignore them today.

I then intersperse FUN stuff – like playing in my flowers in the spring, or harvesting my veggies at the proper time, or playing in my art room. THEN I go back and do another ‘important-to-others’ thing from the list.

I’m MUCH happier since I started doing this.

Nanea Hoffman – My Positive Outlooks via Bethany Kerr

 

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Enough

Myleik Teeler via Cindy Basnett Thurman

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No Substitute

Lisa Bearnes Richey

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Request

Water Street Vintage LLC

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Be

Beautiful Recipes for All

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Secret

Alive Inside.org via Marianna Bellantoni

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Happy

Artist Cave via 2 STAR art

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Magic

Thoughts from a Twisted Angel via Marianna Bellantoni

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Let’s Do This

Kelly Versteraete via A Girl Down Under Vintage

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Weight Loss

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Remember

Nanea Hoffman -Sweatpants & Coffee – via Hippie Peace Freaks

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Encouragement

Pieces of Soul via 2 STAR art

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Happymaking

2 STAR art

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Be Yourself

happybrainlife.com via  2 STAR art

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Sparkle

Inspire Your Beautiful Soul via Begin With Yes via Desiree Angelique Hackett

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Appreciation

Moonbeams and Mayhem via A Girl Down Under Vintage

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A Rich Life

Free Spirited

A rich life –

  • Your health
  • Your family, including your pets
  • Your friends
  • Your enthusiasm – gratitude, attitude, sense of humor
  • Your thirst for continued learning
  • Your hobbies
  • Time

 

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Coffee

Nanea Hoffman – SweatpantsandCoffee via Lisa Bearnes Richey

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If

Dolly Parton via Quotes to Live Your Life By via Chrissie Anderson Peters

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What If

e.h. – 2 STAR art

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Living Fully

Victoria Erickson – Wild Woman Sisterhood – via Tetiana Shevchuk – LinkedIn

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Broken?

Zen to Zany – Hillbilly Hijinx via Stephanie Youmans Wilson

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Remember

Thich Nhat Hanh via Lisa Bearnes Richey

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When

Brian Tracy – MadeWithLovebyRecycleThis.com – pinterest.com

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