Archive | January, 2012

Gratitude and a Request for Help

31 Jan

Boy today’s words of wisdom about Gratitude couldn’t strike more true. This afternoon I learned of a business associates dire situation. I am a member of The Artisan Group online – a terrific group of ladies that I am honored to be associated with, although I feel like the odd man out at times since my business isn’t quite so artisan. Anyway, this afternoon I learned that one of the founders of the group has been involved in a horrific accident at her house this morning. Her house burned to the ground killing all but one of her beloved pets. She has lost everything and is in the hospital and does not have health insurance.

These times with this economy is rough on almost all of us, but just hearing of her loss today reminded me so much of how much I have to be grateful for. I have a full time job, a roof over my head, a car that is currently running fine, two fantabulous kiddos, and my pup I get to visit every now and then. I have so much, and there are others who have so little. And then there are those that are starting over again – and from a place of grief on top of it.

My heart just breaks for Nikki, words cannot express it. If you are able, please consider donating anything you can spare to help out another soul in need.

Assistance for Nikki Cutro:  https://www.wepay.com/donations/135876

Thanks.

Update: Here is a news article on the story:

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/01/woman_helps_neighbor_escape_fi.html

30 Things: Jan 31

31 Jan

Stop being ungrateful.

No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.

RESOURCES:

Better World Books
Every time you buy a book from Better World Books we donate a book to someone in need.
http://www.betterworldbooks.com/

Marc and Angel Hack Life – Practical Tips for Productive Living
When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
http://www.marcandangel.com
http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/.

Wonderful Deliciousness

31 Jan

Oh people. OH PEOPLE. I must share with you the wonderful deliciousness we discovered on Pinterest. Yes, I too have succumbed to the addiction of Pinterest. And one of the first things I noticed on Pinterest was this gorgeous photo:

First off, the color of this photograph just takes my breath away. The cookies look fab, but everything about this photo just screams “I gotta have this.”

So let me just say, my girly girl made my these cookies last night and besides being super easy – 4 ingredients, I think it was, they were super yummy and delicious. Gotta say some of the best treats I’ve ever had.

Check out the recipe and more gorgeous photos on the TidyMom.net website.

And don’t forget to check me out on Pinterest if you wanna see what other cool stuff I’ve found lately. So far, this is my only recipe, but I’ll be looking for more stuff for other people to cook for me soon.

30 Things: Jan 30

30 Jan

Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen.

Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.

RESOURCES:

Better World Books
Every time you buy a book from Better World Books we donate a book to someone in need.
http://www.betterworldbooks.com/

Marc and Angel Hack Life – Practical Tips for Productive Living
When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
http://www.marcandangel.com
http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/.

30 Things: Jan 29

29 Jan

Stop worrying so much.

Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

RESOURCES:

Marc and Angel Hack Life – Practical Tips for Productive Living

When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
http://www.marcandangel.com
http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/.

30 Things: Jan 28

28 Jan

Stop trying to be everything to everyone.

Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.

RESOURCES:

Marc and Angel Hack Life – Practical Tips for Productive Living
When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
http://www.marcandangel.com
http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/.

30 Things: Jan 27

27 Jan

Stop blaming others for your troubles.

The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

RESOURCES:

Marc and Angel Hack Life – Practical Tips for Productive Living

When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
http://www.marcandangel.com
http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/.

30 Things: Jan 26

26 Jan

Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t.

It’s okay to fall apart for a little while.  You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well.  You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears.  The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.

RESOURCES:

Marc and Angel Hack Life – Practical Tips for Productive Living

When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
http://www.marcandangel.com
http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/.

30 Things: Jan 25

25 Jan

Stop following the path of least resistance.

Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.

RESOURCES:

Marc and Angel Hack Life – Practical Tips for Productive Living

When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
http://www.marcandangel.com
http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/.

30 Things: Jan 24

24 Jan

Stop trying to make things perfect.

The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.  Read Getting Things Done.

RESOURCES:

Better World Books
Every time you buy a book from Better World Books we donate a book to someone in need.
http://www.betterworldbooks.com/

Marc and Angel Hack Life – Practical Tips for Productive Living
When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
http://www.marcandangel.com
http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/

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