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Adulting? I’ve got this!

beep. beep. beep.

Snooze for 9 minutes.

Inhale. Smell the…

Oh yeah, broke the

coffee pot on Saturday.

That’s one more stop 

in an already busy day.

But I’ve got this!

Shower. Blow dry.

Hair uncooperative.

Of course, it is.

It’s an on camera day.

Let’s hope the headset

can function like a headband.

I’ve got this!

Seven eleven didn’t have

my coffee brewed.

McDonalds soda machine,

Out-of-service.

At least traffic is moving,

and I remembered my water.

I might really have this!

Spoke too soon.

A car fire reduces 

available driving lanes.

Farther up,

another morning 

fender bender.

Once we resume 

we hit the normal

traffic delays.

And of course, the gas light

chooses now to illuminate.

There’s a gas station

just after our exit.

I’ve still got this!

Can’t pay at the pump.

Line’s pretty long.

Stopped by every light

the rest of the way in.

Finally in the lot, 

and I realize my tag

is in my other car.

Secure a guest parking tag,

and finally grab a coffee.

Time to start the adulting 

part of my day.

I’ve got this!

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I Need My Parents

Initially I needed you for everything

Nutrition, safety, hygiene

Mobility, language, learning

Everyday my dependence on you changing

Slowly able to get around

Quickly understanding my environment

Learning new lessons

Adding to everyone’s well being

Until one days it’s different

I think I don’t need you anymore

Didn’t I learn to value your advice?

Or am I too busy to notice

That maybe you needed me

Eventually our roles will flip

And you’ll need me kinda like

I needed you in the beginning

I don’t want to wait until then

To realize I needed you all along

7/26/15

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Let’s Talk About Dreams

How many of you like to dream? I don’t mean the weird ones you might have while you are sleeping. I’m talking about the ones that make you get out of bed every morning. 

(Yes, I realize work/responsibility really gets us out of bed. But if we didn’t work, we couldn’t have dreams.)

Personally, I wish dreaming could be considered a hobby. Some of us just daydream (I consider that “in your head” dreaming). Others of us journal or keep a diary. 

There’s some really great research on the effects of daydreaming and journaling. I’d generally agree with both. My daydreams often are counterproductive, and journaling often results in a detailed plan.

Where I fall short…DOING the plan. Putting it into action. For me, once its detailed out, I’m bored with it. Do you understand how many ice cream shops, community centers, blogs, and hypothetical vacations I’ve planned? Me neither, but it’s a lot. 

Without action, my dreams are just words on paper. Without action, dreams are just happy thoughts in our head. 

Which is great. But what if our dreams could live?

Join me tomorrow night for a glimpse into Healthy Living Goal Setting. Then, come back Saturday to look at Goal Setting in general. I look forward to sharing some strategies.

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Motivational Monday – Dreams

To-do lists.

Plans.

Menus.

Recipes.

We plan everything

in our lives.

Vacation must see’s.

Kids’ extra-curriculars.

Bedtime routines.

What bill gets paid when.

If we find value

in hyper-scheduling

every detail of life,

why do we not

set personal goals?

Plan for the most

important thing…

Our dreams.

They provide hope

when life feels hopeless.

They propel us through

the mud and muck.

Give us a reason

to keep going.

A plan, a goal,

will give any dream

life.

7/12/15

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Need to Reboot

Some days it’s too much.
The sun’s brilliance.

People bustling.

Traffic zipping.

What’s the reason?

How did we get here?

Who set these priorities?

I want to…

Find a nice shade tree.

Share a fruity cocktail.

Swap stories about living.

Instead, I shade my eyes.

Bustle through life.

And zip from A to B.

Who set these priorities?

It certainly wasn’t me.

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Looking for Me

Mirror, mirror

What do you see
Young, naive
Loving, full of life

But ‘they’ aren’t

the mirror

She gets lost

Mirror, mirror

What do you see

Pain, and fear

Loneliness

and broken spirit

‘They’ planted

the seeds of doubt

She watered them

Mirror, mirror

What do you see

Joy and sorrow

Suffering and peace

Inner-strength and

wisdom

Those seeds blossomed

into a field

of wonderment

‘They’ see it too

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Last Night

I could have,

ya’ know.

All night long.

In a lounge chair,

facing the breeze.

Washing away 

my worries,

and massaging in

universal strength.

Nature’s music,

replacing my fan,

as sleeping sound.

I could’ve stayed,

forever.

Maybe nap time…

7/6/15

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Motivational Monday

I’ve seen this door before.

Last time, I walked away.

It was locked, and quiet inside.

It’s still quiet, but I think

I’ll knock softly.

Nothing. 

I walk around the block.

Return to the door.

It’s red.

I know opportunity is 

just on the other side.

I hear voices.

Forget knocking softly,

I’m barging in.

7/5/15

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60 Second Sunday – Cartoons

Have you ever watched the Avatar? Best cartoon series ever (next to the old Spider-Man). Anyway, today’s 60 Seconds is about giving your kid(s) time. Doing something they like to do. Learning more about them. 

(These are not in order of preference)

1. Watch one of their shows. In our house this is simple, the kids usually are on the main TV. When you watch their shows, you learn a lot about them. Avatar catches our attention every time its on, but we still watch Pokemon and anything superhero. Sure, we get some nonsensical TV, but we all do brain candy TV.

2. Have a game night. It doesn’t take long to play a game with the kids. I believe a little family competition is healthy. Again, you can learn a lot watching your kids strategize. One of my favorites is Apples to Apples because I learn how they think as they work through selecting the winning response. And of course there’s always Uno 🙂

3. Play a video game with them. It won’t take long, and maybe you just wanna watch. But either way, check it out. Whether it’s Minecraft, Call of Duty or some other game, you’ll learn how much real-life strategizing your kid can do.

4. Color with them. Great way to relax and disconnect, for both of you. 

5. Do a puzzle. Great brain activity and another terrific way to disconnect. This one takes a wee bit longer, but still awesome!

6. Read a book together. Maybe a chapter from a chapter book, or a favorite picture book. You can take turns doing voices, improvising the story, or even acting it out. 

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Something Different

Simpler.

Less complicated.

Just enough.

But not slower.

Eclectic 

entertainment.

(If desired)

Or serene escape,

when needed.

Smaller.

Less things.

More doing.

More being.

6/23/15