Sunday, October 30, 2011

Valerie

Hello, Sadly this week we learned that Amy Winehouse died from Alcohol Poisoning. She had 5 times the legal limit in her system. Steve wrote this song about a singer he knew that got lost in her addiction, much like Amy, much like many people do. In memory of Amy I chose this song for Music Monday.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)






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Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Funnies

Hello, Happy Friday! With Halloween a few days away I thought I would share Jib Jab's funny videos. And what would Halloween be without a flashback of the Adams Family! I use to love that show, they just don't make 'em like they use to right? Right, so glad agree with me! I hope you enjoy them and your weekend.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

They're jamming to Super Freak!




Monday, October 24, 2011

You're Already There

Hello, I hope your doing well today. This article written by Jodi Chapman is a good read because it is exactly how so many of us live our lives. I feel we all grow up with that mind set that we need to keep striving for more, for better, which is a good thing, but just how good does it have to be? And when we don't get to that place of "there" that we thought we would, we can become our own worst enemy. We can easily begin to get down on ourselves and on life itself. Learning that "there" is probably "here" can help to end the needless stress we put on ourselves as we try to attain more goals if we need to, and live more in the moment! Give it a try, what have you got to lose?
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)
















Have you ever wanted to be there – wherever that was? The only requirement for there is that it is far from here.

There is a place where things just seem to work out. A place you have long dreamed of going to. A place where the puzzle pieces of your life somehow fit together.

There is a place where faith rules over fear. A place where positivity and gratitude are far more powerful than negativity and anxiety.

There is a place where everything is in abundance – love, money, time, self worth, laughter, joy. You always have more than enough.

There is a place where worry doesn’t exist. It’s a place where you have all of the time in the world to do exactly what you were put here to do. It’s a place where your purpose becomes your world – your mission becomes your focus.

There is a place where you are centered and grounded and free. Everything you have been working toward – all of the growing that you’ve been doing is finally realized when you get to this wonderful place.

Do you ever find yourself wanting to escape your current surroundings – dreaming more than anything that you could go from here to there? Do you ever feel that you can’t possibly wait any longer – that you have given all you can here – that the thought of continuing to put one foot in front of the other without the promise of ever being there is just more than you can handle?

Have you ever stopped to think that you may already be there?

Is it possible that your version of there and your soul’s version may not be the same? Your soul always knows that you are in the perfect situation each and every moment. You are learning and growing, and even though you aren’t comfortable and are yearning for something different, this is where you need to be for now. You are and have always been there.

I know that this may not be what any of us wants to hear, but it’s a powerful message. If we are already there, and we know we are there, we can begin to align our ego with our soul. We can get on board in knowing that our life is absolutely perfect exactly as it is.

And this doesn’t mean that we can’t strive to reach our dreams or allow ourselves to want something different, but it does mean that we can allow ourselves to be happy and content right where we are in this moment. If we can get to this place (which I’m still working on), it’s such a wonderful way to live – no longer struggling to be somewhere we simply aren’t.

We are already there – right where we need to be.

By Jodi Chapman
Please visit her site for more inspiration!
http://www.jodichapman.com/

Thursday, October 20, 2011

48 Yrs Of Traveling

Hello Everyone, I hope your doing well. I'm doing pretty good :) Today as I turn 48 yrs young, yes young, I refuse to use the awful "old" word, I have been doing a little reflecting, you know, thinking about my whole life so far. I'm sure most of you do that too from time to time. And as I have reflected, I can honestly say, I'm happy with all of it. It has not always been an easy life, but easy doesn't make you grow. The obstacles and challenges have only made me a better person. I'm now at peace with the past and I've learned to stop looking in the rear view mirror, because all that really does is make you crash. I have truly forgiven myself for all the times I've traveled down the wrong road. And oh how those roads seemed to have countless bumps, twists and turns (trust me when I tell you that LOL!) Sometimes those roads also had big red flags and signs that I was somehow blinded to. But for the grace of someone looking out for me up there and an always loving and supportive family, I have been able to pick up the pieces and start over. I have finally dumped a lot of the baggage that I have held onto for way too long, and it feels so good walking around with a lighter load. With all this progress I can now, with a clearer heart and mind, chose the right roads, see the signs. I know my best years are right here, right now and I look forward to what's ahead for me. Hopefully I will have another 48 yrs to keep traveling down this wonderful, beautiful road of life. I made this video with a song that I love. It's a spiritual song about life's journey. I hope it inspires you the way it inspires me.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet

Monday, October 17, 2011

Take Heart

Hello, I hope all of you are doing well today, I am doing good. Recently I came across a great website on Buddhism in which I found this beautiful poem. I have always found myself connecting to, or as they say, enlightened by their teachings. It is more of a spiritual practice IMO, you may perceive it differently. It teaches you tools to live your life, and teaches basic humanity 101. As I come to understand it better myself, I will try to simplify it and share what I learn. I have already shared the basic root of their teachings with my loving kindness meditation posts. I feel this poem is teaching us the healthy tools in life we need to help balance our emotions through the difficult times.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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TAKE HEART...
But also
take comfort, healing,
rest and love

Leave Sorrow,
Amongst the rocks and woods
who most of the time are far
stronger & better able to
handle such loads

Take Courage,
But also,take honesty, courtesy,
empathy and patience

Leave Doubt,
Amidst the deep ocean waters
watch it sink there until you
cannot cling to it any longer

Take Faith,
But leave with an open mind,
an open hand, open arms

Take Whatever,
you need to make it
through,
Leave what keeps you
from going on,
Tears only go so far,
Fear only holds so long,
Though your feet may bleed and
your hands tremble,
Take deep compassion for the
suffering of another, and journey on

by Jennifer Edwards

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Goofing Off

Hello, Happy Saturday! I couldn't think of anything to blog about today, so I just decided to goof off with some funny pictures and stories. I hope all of you have a great weekend,
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

Drive thru fail!
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Perverts have a creative side, who knew?
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An 81-year-old Florida man, who police say posed as a door-to-door physician and duped at least two women into having their breasts examined, has struck a plea deal with prosecutors. "He told the woman that he was in the neighborhood offering free breast exams," Broward County Sheriff's Office spokesman Hugh Graf said.

Surprise, Surprise!!
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The sponsor of the law that made it legal to carry a gun into bars in Tennessee is facing charges of possession of a handgun while under the influence and drunken driving.

"IT'S ALIVE"
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Welcoming Steve :)
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Declaration of Self-Esteem

Hello, I hope your doing good today. I love this declaration by Virginia. Especially the part that I put in quotations and bold print in the last paragraph. At any given point and time, we can and "should" (even though I hate that word should!) take a personal inventory of ourselves. Trust what we see and have the courage to change what we know is not our personal best without losing our self worth. That is exactly what I have been doing this past year. As my head was clearing up, I reviewed my past actions and I didn't like what I saw about myself. I often heard myself saying "Janet what the hell were you thinking", and "why did you do those things you did!" And the answers were, I wasn't, and Alcohol. Alcohol gave me a false sense of self worth, and a false sense of what was going on around me in my life. It altered my mind, body and spirit. Realizing that was a starting point to work on my other shortcomings. Don't be afraid to look at yourself every now and then, you may just make a new declaration for yourself!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)



















My Declaration of Self-Esteem - "I Am Me"
by Virginia Satir

In all the world there is no-one else exactly like me.

Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine because I alone chose it.

I own everything about me; my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or to myself - I own all my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes, because I own all of me

I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing I can love me and be friendly with me in all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me and other aspects that I do not know, but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and for ways to find out more about me

However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. "If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded". I can see, hear, feel, think, say and do - I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.

I own me, and therefore I can engineer me - I am me and I am okay

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Funnies

Hello, I hope your enjoying your Columbus Day weekend. We are having an Indian Summer here in New England, perfect timing for perfect weather. Here are some funny clips of Tosh.O and the Charlie Sheen Roast to add a little laughter to your weekend. Remember now, Mature Audiences only!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


Roast of Charlie Sheen


I hear ya Charlie, with a loving
family, I've won too!

Roast of Charlie Sheen

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Here's To Steve

Hello, It is truly sad to see an icon like Steve Jobs pass away at such a young age. But what a battle he fought to live so long with Pancreatic Cancer. His legacy will always be of genius and inspiration. His genius changed all of our lives for the better, and will continue to each and everyday. His words will continue to inspire generations to come. In tribute to him I wanted to share his speech on the "Crazy Ones" because I couldn't agree with him more!!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)












Steve and my favorite singer :)


“Here's to the crazy ones ~ the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers ~ the round pegs in the square holes ~ the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them ~ but the only thing you can't do is ignore them ~ because they change things ~ they push the human race forward ~ and while some may see them as the crazy ones ~ we see genius ~ because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world ~ are the ones who do” ~ Steve Jobs

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Time To Wake Up

Hello, I hope your all doing good today. Having Sociology as a Major in College was perfect for me because I have always loved observing human behavior and how we interact in society. One aspect of human behavior that has intrigued me is how "conditioned" we are. We are truly shaped as a person depending on where we grow up and with whom we grow up with, our Parents, our School, Friends, Religious Affiliate etc. So how do we ever really get to know who we are? How do we ever learn to think and feel for ourselves. I can't help but wonder if we really ever do? I think we just learn to go along with the norm around us. This is part of an article by Russell Bishop that gives an insight to our thinking and reactions. He offers some steps for us to be more aware of our daily circumstances and how we respond to them. It made me think, I hope it does the same for you. I included the link below for the full article.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Are you thinking or merely reacting as you go through life's challenges these days? I mean, really thinking, not just mindlessly or emotionally reacting to the stuff happening to you? If you find yourself judging, condemning, complaining or blaming then you can pretty much be assured that you're in reaction mode. While normal enough, these emotional reactions inhibit conscious choice and block your ability to create any kind of useful response to what bedevils you.

A passage from Russell's friend John Roger's book "The Power Within You"

"Thinking is not a natural process of the human consciousness. You may say, "Sure it is. Everybody thinks." I have news for you: very few people think. Most people react and then pass that off as thinking. Thinking is the cause of things. Reaction is the effect!"

It's Time to WAKE UP

While this may not be your sequence of thought, much less a perfect sequence, it may become your own version of the alarm clock. Rather than hit the snooze button, use these "alarms" to help you examine any issue with which you may find yourself struggling during the day:

1. What just happened
2. Assess the situation and accept the obvious
3. Consider options available
4. Take the best course of action you have available
5. Observe how its working
6. Repeat until you are satisfied with the outcome

These may seem like simple questions of observation, assessment and making choices. However, most people don't observe as much as they react to what they see.

How often are you actually thinking, and how often are you reacting? You are probably reacting about 90 percent of the time. For the most part, you are reacting either to your previous reactions or to someone else's reactions. It's a long chain of effect and effect and effect. It's like dominos: you hit one and they all go.

So, what's happening in your life or more to the point, what has happened to you over the past months or years? What aspects of your life would you like to improve? If you lost your job, house, car, family or something even worse, you are likely to have experienced any number of emotions from hurt, anger and grief, to blame, complain and a sense of helplessness. However, as understandable as these reactions are, they won't help you dig out and rebuild.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/russell-bishop/are-you-observing-thinkin_b_979834.html

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Born an Original

Hello, I hope your having a good weekend! I'm enjoying mine. Remember these words whenever negative people try to bring you down for simply being you. Never give in, and never conform to please others!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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