November 25, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve got so much to be thankful for…caring family, wonderful amazing friends, stable career, and the list goes on and on and on… just very thankful for everything God has blessed me with. I’m surrounded by so much love, and love in all forms is a special thing. Thank you to all the awesome people in my life!
I’d also like to share a very special Height of Happiness. One year ago today, my boyfriend Ryan told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and asked me to marry him! I was lucky enough to find such a genuine guy who makes me laugh every day, and is always willing and ready to take me on. He’s one of the most positive forces that surround me. He always finds a way to be optimistic about any situation, and that has really helped me overcome challenging times. We all need supportive people like that in our lives. I can honestly say that he has helped me want to be a better person. I can’t thank him enough for being who he is, and always believing in me. He’s definitely one of the reasons I wake up with a smile on my face. I can’t wait to marry him. Very thankful for the Happy Love.
November 23, 2010
“You can’t avoid change, it’s mandatory, progress however is optional.” – Bill R. Good Jr.
They say that fall is the season of change. Maybe this season we should try to find something to change about ourselves…in a good way of course! Change is inevitable anyways and we might as well make the most of it. So let’s make it count. Steer it towards something that makes you a better and happier person, whether it effects you or someone else. Whatever it may be, big or small, there’s always something we can improve. Try to step outside your box. We should always strive to grow and learn… and it’s fun to shake things up a bit.
Here’s a few ideas:
- Try something new. It revives the soul.
- Ever find yourself saying “I always wanted to….” Now is the time to do it!
- Show some selflessness. Do something nice for someone else…even if it’s for a stranger.
- Give up a bad habit.
- Start a journal…or a blog!
- Tap into your creative side.
- Stop being negative about….
- Give someone a thoughtful gift for no reason.
- Smile at the person who can usually get under your skin.
- Tell yourself that you will wake up in a good mood everyday.
- Care more about what we put in our bodies. Eat good, look good, feel good.
- Get physical. Challenge yourself.
- Give yourself some more “me” time.
- Find something to laugh about every day. Laugh out loud and from the heart.
Have fun and good luck!
November 22, 2010
“If Catherine has one vision and George has one vision … what do you have? Division.” – Father Manny, St. Michael’s church.
2 years ago today, the priest told us the above quote at our wedding ceremony. His little quote still makes us giggle and our friends still talk about it … but we all know that Father Manny was right. Although we’ve only been married for 2 years, we have been together for 10 years. I’d be lying if I said our relationship has always been filled with candy and roses. We do have the occasional “debate.”
Gee and I have always said that we don’t fight … we debate! What makes a fight different from a debate is that we are really listening to each other and trying to understand the other person’s point of view. After our debate, we come to some sort of compromise and decide what the best thing is to do.
I make our debates sound very civil, huh? It’s not always that way. Sometimes they get really heated and sometimes we cry … but we never go to bed angry. We always come to some sort of compromise or we realize at the end how silly we were for debating in the first place.
After we got married our debates have gotten shorter. One of the reason’s that they have gotten shorter is we started to say, “One Vision!” in the middle of our debate. It always lightens the mood and reminds us that we’ve got to get to the point and compromise.
Always remember to share the same vision with your partner. If there are any disagreements … don’t fight … debate!
November 21, 2010
I’ve been catching up on Grey’s Anatomy season 6. If you are not familiar with this show, it’s a medical drama tv series that focuses on the lives of several surgeons. To me, it’s more about life than it is the surgeries.
While watching season 6 the quote, “Just because you’ve never done it, doesn’t mean you can’t” was said a couple of times.
That quote reminds me of all the times I’ve said, “I can’t,” “I don’t know how,” or “you do it, I’m scared.” Those were moments of panic and fear where I doubted myself and my ability as a human being. In those moments, I missed the opportunity to become something great.
There is always going to be a little fear inside of when we are faced with something new. We fear the consequences if something goes wrong so much that we let it hinder our ability to move forward and see the consequences if everything goes right.
In the moments when I’ve said, “Sure,” “Why not, it’s fun,” or “I’ll do it with some help” … I’ve been able to work through the fear and see that 99% of the time, everything works out okay. I walk away with more knowledge and that knowledge makes me GREAT. It’s the one thing that no one can take away from you.
Get over the initial fear and you’ll be able to accomplish all your little heart desires.
November 21, 2010
So my fave feel good song of the moment would have to be Katy Perry’s “Firework”. The message is empowering, and it’s set to a sweet beat. It just sounds like fun, and there aren’t too many songs in mainstream media that are so encouraging! I’m sure you’ve heard it by now, but here’s a youtube.com video with lyrics for your listening & viewing pleasure…enjoy!
“maybe your reason why all the doors are closed…so you could open one that leads you to the perfect road” – katy perry
November 18, 2010
Where has the time gone?!? I can’t believe this year is almost over already, and I haven’t written a blog in months! Thankfully co-blogger, Cat, has been holding things down here at HOH. =)
So there has been a lot of changes and situations in my life lately that have kept me pretty busy and consumed. Some great, some bad, and some eye opening. However, many situations are out of my control. I’ve had to adjust my mindset and perceptions of things several times the past few months, and that’s not always an easy thing to do. I guess I could say I’ve sort of been standing in different lines at the same time, trying to figure out which moves to make, and waiting for the resolutions to come. Nonetheless, I just try to remember to take on each challenge as it comes, and remind myself of a lot of the things that the blog entries we write on HOH are all about. When life gives you lemons, right? Doing my best to be positive, and believing that it will all be okay goes such a looong way! Things could definitely be worse, and in time they WILL get better. Seriously, having positive influences in your life is such a powerful thing! They’ve really helped me keep my head up! Always remember, the world has a funny way of working itself out…and it always will! We will keep growing! Have a nice day!
November 16, 2010
I recently bought one of his books called The Power of Intention written by Dr. Wayne Dyer which explores the idea that intention is not something we do, but an energy we are a part of. I know exactly what he is referring to. Everything falls into place when I give into this force that tells me something just “feels right.”
Here’s an excerpt from page 10 of the book that I thought was very interesting. I hope you find it interesting too.
Ego is made of six primary ingredients that account for how we experience ourselves as disconnected. By allowing ego to determine your life path, you deactivate the power of intention. Briefly, here are the six ego beliefs. I’ve written more extensively about them in several of my previous books, most notably Your Sacred Self.
- I am what I have. My possession define me.
- I am what I do. My achievements define me.
- I am what others think of me. My reputation defines me.
- I am separate from everyone. My body defines me as alone.
- I am separate from all that is missing in my life. My life space is disconnected from my desires.
- I am separate from God. My life depends on God’s assessment of my worthiness.
No matter how hard you try, intention can’t be accessed through ego, so take some time to recognize and read just any or all of these six beliefs. When the supremacy of ego is weakened in your life, you can seek intention and maximize your potential.