My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


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ZEN PENCILS » 161. SHONDA RHIMES: A screenwriter’s advice

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ZEN PENCILS » 161. SHONDA RHIMES: A screenwriter’s advice

This is a chop job of the full version, so you must scurry over to Zen Pencils to see the whole thing in its proper size.

I really appreciated this quote because it is so true.  When I was a kid & I asked about prayers, my mom always told me we have to meet God halfway.  If we’re not willing to work for it, we don’t deserve to have it.

In the immortal words for Dr. Frank N. Furter, “Don’t dream it. Be it.”

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ZEN PENCILS » 160. EDGAR ALBERT GUEST: It couldn’t be done

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ZEN PENCILS » 160. EDGAR ALBERT GUEST: It couldn’t be done

Got today’s Zen Pencils, & it was too perfect not to share.  If you aren’t familiar with Zen Pencils, which you should be, it’s “a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories“.  I like that he shows a fat dude getting out there & doing it, even though everyone says he can’t.  This is his second use of the running man.  Mr. Man starts running here.

This is just a little snippet, not even half of the entire comic, so if you like what you see, go check it out in its entirety.  It’s also much bigger over there.

For those sensitive to food & weight issues, he doesn’t get skinny, but he does lose some weight.  He also throws out the junk food* & starts juicing.  However, that is not the case in the first one.  He begins running to get out of a funk & make himself feel better.

*Never throw out perfectly good food, even if it’s junk food.  Give it to someone, donate it to a food pantry, something.  There are too many people hungry out there for you to be tossing stuff in the garbage because you don’t want to eat it.  You might think eating transfats & corn syrup whatevers is evil, but they are still healthier than starving. archer deal with it


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Small Acts of Self-Care as an Intentional Practice | Everyday Feminism

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Small Acts of Self-Care as an Intentional Practice — Everyday Feminism

When I went to look for an image to accompany this share, I thought this image was pretty perfect.  I almost didn’t bother today, but I convinced myself to do it anyway. (yay me!)  So here is something short & sweet.

 …without perspective, everything is personal, and this makes it easy to beat up an already bruised existence.

So maybe it’s time to change the way you look at yourself.

Think about it. How much more can you see from a second or third floor window than you can from the first floor? It’s the same with who we are.

If we never look at ourselves through a different frame, we’ll always appear the same.

If we stare at ourselves in front of the mirror or lie in our beds all of the time thinking the same self-deprecating thoughts, we’ll never set ourselves up for a new kind of series where we catalogue all of the ordinary that makes us extraordinary.

Read the rest at Everyday Feminism.


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Try Something New for Thirty Day | Ted Talks

“The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?”
~Matt Cutts,
Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

I talk a lot about habit building & routines.  Probably because I’m not good at them, so I am always building & rebuilding, creating new schemes.  Well, it’s that time again.

To that end I have been doing some researching.  I’ve watched a few videos on the topic.  There is so much good information on the topic, I’ve decided instead of trying to cram it into one article I’m going to spread it out over the week. Continue reading


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Twelve Habits of Happy, Healthy People Who Don’t Give a Shit About Your Inner Peace | I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog

It’s not like I have anything against happiness, or success, or meditation, or yoga, or being nice, or smiling more, or eating healthy, or losing weight, or being your best you, or embracing the day with a positive attitude. Those all sound great. Honestly, they do. And there are some really smart, simple truths to be found in all of those articles. There truly are.

It’s just that I have a problem with being told to do all of those things by skinny blonde ladies laughing on a beach wearing yoga pants.
~Katherine, I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog

Inspirational Photo Bingo, from I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog

Inspirational Photo Bingo, from I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog

Twelve Habits of Happy, Healthy People Who Don’t Give a Shit About Your Inner Peace | I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog

A friend of mine shared this on facebook, & I loved it.  I’m not saying I don’t share some of the inspirational photos, you’ve seen them here, but I do prefer sarcastic humor.

She gives a list of wonderful advice, including “do whatever the fuck you want”.  That one actually makes it on the list multiple times.  I wholeheartedly second that advice.  If, like me, you’d rather be sarcastic than motivational, read it.  You can thank me later.

 


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10 reasons why it Was Worth Getting Out Of Bed Today

I find it immensely helpful to look at lists of days past and see that there was always something that I gained from getting out of bed, even if it was just a cup of tea or experiencing a fortunately timed gust of a warm breeze.
~Anxiety Cat

Anxiety Cat | If any of you ever have trouble getting out of bed…

As I have in many years past, I have started a paper journal of sorts for the year.  I have a list of things to track & it’s always fun to see how far I get each year. ;~)  It started when a therapist several years ago wanted me to write down three things I liked about myself every day.  It had to be three & no, I couldn’t use the same things every day.  It seemed like a daunting task.  I’m still threatened by the idea of having to come up with three reasons to like myself every day, but one is manageable.

This year my daily list involves:

  • Something I Like About Myself
  • Three Goals For Today
  • Something Good About Today
  • Something I Love
  • Something I Am Afraid Of
  • What Made Me Anxious Today

If you listen to the Mental Illness Happy Hour, you probably recognize the love/afraid of items.  I was inspired to track my own list of loves & fears by the show.  I am hopeful adding the list of things that make me anxious will help me tame the beast by getting those things out of my head & onto paper where I can see just how silly they are.  My list gives me something to think about in the morning & at night which I like.  I get to plan ahead & reflect back on the day.

I found the worksheet above on tumblr & thought I would share it here for anyone who needs a little nudge from time to time.

Enjoy & I would love to hear if this helps anyone, or if you do something similar!


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Weekly Update: Jan 7-13, 2013

I see exercise taking this perverted detour. The original intention of exercise was to heal and maintain health. Now I see it as having nothing to do with health. I see most exercises based on looking good. They actually make you less healthy. You overdevelop the obvious muscles. You take drugs to enhance that. You ignore the rest, and you become more out of balance.
~Bryan Kest 
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 Not going to break this week down because I’ve done a lot that wasn’t tracked anywhere.

I started my strength training & tennis classes this week..  The ST class was folded in with other classes that didn’t have enough students left after the drop period to be their own class, so it will be more general that just lifting.  She is going give me a personalized lifting regimen though & said I could just lift if that’s all I wanted to do.  I’m down for mixing it up though.  Tennis was just a “hey, how ya doing” class this week, so nothing to report there.  I have already informed a friend that she is going to be my tennis partner & I will teach her how to be a shitty tennis player just like me!

Said friend & I also joined a gym this week.  I went a few days.  Since it’s January it’s been extra busy this week, but I did the bike, a fusion class, & some treadmill intervals.  That was fun.  We have our consult with the trainer Tuesday & we’ll see what comes of that.  I have already told her I will not weigh or have my body fat percentage taken, & I don’t need to know what my BMI is.  She looked at me like I had two heads.  I want to focus on what I can do & how I feel.  What I weigh is irrelevant. Continue reading