Living the dream

I recently read an article regarding self-esteem of business professionals. This certainly hits home. 

My husband and I own a business. Being an entrepreneur has certainly come with it’s own set of challenges. One challenge is being a self-motivator. As an entrepreneur, you do not always have people around to remind you of the great job you’re doing. There can be times when you are working long hours alone. Sometimes, the people we expect to be our greatest cheerleaders are not. It is very humbling when a cheerleader appears out of the blue from the people you least expect.

Being an entrepreneur can certainly be an emotional roller coaster. During the low times, it is important to keep trudging one step in front of the other. 

As hard as it may be, you sometimes need to be your own cheerleader. You also need to be accepting of those unexpected cheerleaders.

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

– Walt Disney

https://bodymindinstitute.com/the-impact-of-lacking-self-esteem-on-business-professionals/

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Let the Light Shine

Just as darkness resides in the light, light resides in the darkness.

In dark times, it is important to follow the light. The stars and the moon will light our way.

As an old Chinese proverb says, this to shall pass.

Tiny little dots

 

Have you ever looked closely at a comic picture? The picture is made up of thousands of tiny dots. Up close it doesn’t look like much, yet step back and view the whole picture, and the scene comes to life.

Life can be like this too at times. Often we are so rushed that we end up only looking at each tiny dot on its own. We forget about the back story and we forget about the other dots that make the picture whole. We are quick to make judgements based on appearances alone.

Everyone is woven together into one big picture. Each of us is a dot in the masterpiece of life. Together, we make a beautiful piece of art.

Picture courtsey of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Lichtenstein

A Positive Vibe

Good morning everyone, and a Happy New Year!

This New Year has ushered in some positive vibes for my family and I. For our business, our phone started ringing. And random acts of kindness have appeared here and there at times when you least expect it.

With the acts of kindness, it has turned into a good life lesson for our kids. We have taught them you must be grateful for the gifts you receive and say thank you. When you try to say no thanks to one, yet you’d like another, that is the being selfish and greedy and defeats the purpose of the gift. Also, when you stop accepting gifts, the Universe will stop providing them.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. – Matthew 21:22

Miracles come when you least expect them. Remember, a watched pot never boils.

This is the day The Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24

Have an awesome day and a Happy New Year!

Lesson in Gratitude

The other day I was given a lesson in gratitude. I was at the grocery store and had seen that pop (soda) was on sale. I decided to buy some, especially with it coming close to Christmas. I had really wanted a case of Coke to use as mix, and then something fun. The Coke was sold out. I decided to take a quick walk around the store to see if they had some on a special display. I could not find any. I decided to settle on Dr. Pepper and some root beer. While I was in line, I spotted a shelf that had a few cases of Coke left. I decided to exchange the root beer for Coke. I got home and took the groceries into the kitchen. I then noticed a trail of Coke all on the floor from my front door to the kitchen. I opened up the case in search of the leaky can and found a can with puncture marks on the bottom. My husband then reminded me it was Karma at play. I was not happy with what I had originally chosen, therefore, life took away a can.

There are many times when our lives can remind us to be happy and grateful for what we have instead of always wanting more or the latest and greatest. It reminds me of how our American neighbors celebrate a day of Thanksgiving just to stand in line to await the Black Friday sales the next morning. Did we not just finish giving thanks for all that we had? Do we really need to accumulate more stuff?

We need to be satisfied with our choices in life. We need to be grateful for what we have. We need to teach our children to be grateful instead of I want, I want, I want.

This is a picture of my child’s resourcefulness. She was thrilled to go through our recycling box to find supplies for her craft.

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Happy Wednesday!

Living in the Now

Many of us have heard the old adage “A watched pot never boils.” This is quite true on so many different levels. Have you ever noticed when you’re anxious about something it seems like it takes forever to get to that point. Yet then the opposite happens, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”

A couple of weekends ago my husband and I were selling BBQ meat at a local Christmas market. It was kind of a crappy day weather wise and my husband kept asking what time it was. I had forgotten to wear my watch. As I glanced at my wrist, I coyly replied, “The time is now.” He was being more serious, so I had to dig out my phone to check the time.

Scientifically speaking, time is measured by the rotation of the Earth around the sun. Therefore, time would be different on different planets.

We are so obsessed with time. We often end up forgetting to live in the now. Savoring and enjoying the moment we are in. We can’t change the past and we shouldn’t stress about the future. So start living the now.

A Lesson in Giving

Many years ago I was inspired by Oprah Winfrey. She had begun to really talk about some of her charity work and had created her Angel Network. I wanted to do something to help someone. In fact, I feel this way more often than not.

I was 18 at the time, living at home while going to college. My parents were generous enough to allow me to live rent free. With very little expenses, I felt like a king with the bit of money I had from my part-time job. Instead of splurging on frivolous things, I decided to help the local food bank out. I went to the grocery store and bought a case of macaroni, a case of soup, a case of juice and some hot chocolate. I got to the food bank just as they were closing. The lady came out to give me a hand unloading my car. She asked what I wanted brought in, I told her all of it. She asked who it was from. I told her, me. She was shocked as it was my age group that seemed to be frequenting the food bank.

Now I did this act of kindness from the bottom of my heart with no expectations of anything in return. It makes me feel good and happy when you can do even the simplest acts of kindness.

Remember, when giving, give from the heart. Never expect anything in return. Enjoy the moment of making someone’s day.

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