Sunday, September 15, 2013

Something Good - Friendship Friday

This week's theme for Friendship Friday by Create With Joy is something good. So here is my post for the week. I would also to take a second to say thank you to Create With Joy for mentioning my blog in her post for this week's Friendship Friday. Check out her post here.

When I sat down to write this post it was Friday the 13th. Everyone always dreads this date as it is known to be a bad day due to all the superstitions we have heard our whole lives. Well I decided not to pay attention to the date and I must say it was actually not a bad day at all. So this is going to be the first something good of the week. 

Friday started out for me with a nice dream but right on the heels of that dream was a bad dream that had me so upset I could not get back to sleep. I did not let that bother me though. I got up as my alarm was going to go off in 45 minutes anyway and I took the time to relax a little and the enjoy the quiet that I enjoy so much. I took my time getting ready for work, had a little breakfast, checked emails and enjoyed our cats. In getting ready for work I found my hair was back to normal, I know this is a weird thing to write but for about three days my hair has been heavy and looking more oily/discolored. I am a very self-conscious person and this was upsetting me all week to the point my family thought I was crazy so for my hair to be back to normal was a very good start to the day. The traffic Friday was extra good and I got to work in about 45 minutes which is about ten minutes less time than normal. Work on Friday was a good as well. I got through a lot of files, everyone was in a decent mood and even though we had a meeting all went well and I got leave work an hour early which is always nice. 

My something good had continued through the weekend for me. Or at least that is how I feel about it. Saturday started out nice and at a slow pace. I then went shopping with my parents and we stayed under budget with our groceries and mom and I even bought a book or two. I found a great sale on the water my husband drinks which was a nice surprise. My husband was extra nice and helped out with the laundry (which he does not do unless I am really sick) by getting over half of it done while I was grocery shopping. Now all the laundry and chores are done for the weekend. This means I have the next two days to do nothing but read which I can't wait to do. Yes you read that right two days as I have Monday off of work. Today even though I woke up with a bit of a headache and toothache ( I think my sinuses are acting up) it is going to be a great day. Scott made us breakfast and I am going to do some reading and catch up on tv with my daughter. The only thing that could be better is if Rachel starts to feel better. She has been fighting a virus for over a week. 

In life we need to learn to take the time to look for the something good, it may not always be the easiest to find but it is there waiting for you to find it. There may be times that you have to look a little deeper but there is always something good if you just look deep enough. 

Here are a few more things that I think of as being my something good that I would  like to share with you - my health (even if I don't feel great each and every day - I am thankful that I wake up each day and am in generally good health - also I have to brag a little and say that I have lost 10 pounds since I started my new health style which was the day I started this blog as well), my loving family (even if I get upset with them from time to time I know that they are always there for me when I need them), my husband (Scott) who knows how to brighten my day and can always make me feel good, the fact that my son (Matthew) is doing really good with his move to Nebraska (I am so proud of him and it is great to see him being an adult) and that he has a good job, my daughter's (Rachel) smile and caring attitude and that we are friends, the joy my nieces and nephews (Kayla, Brianna, Alex, Madalynn and David) bring to me when I get to talk to them, that I have a decent job and a dependable vehicle to get me there, my books and the fact that I get so many of them free now, and my animals (even if these cats drive us crazy at times they are still a joy to have around). My list of something good is done in no particular order. 

Remember that something good can also be something you do and does not always have to be something you have. For example my sister (Sandy) does not have much but she would give it to you if you needed help. Rachel loves helping kids that have autism. I know when I have volunteered for different things in the past it makes me feel good to help others. Now I am an ear for my sister when she needs someone to talk to and that is my something good I do for her. 

My challenge to you is to come up with a list of your something good that you have in your life. It is there just look for it. I would love to hear about your something good if you would like to share. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Changes - Friendship Friday - Just a little late

Hello all I am a little late with this post as I wanted to do it over the weekend but just lost track of time. This week's Friendship Friday post by Create with Joy is about change. I thought this would be a good thing for me to right about on this blog. So here goes:

Change - What a word this is, it can be good, bad, or even stressful for some. I try to think of change as a more positive thing. If something bad is going on in your life try to make a positive change to rid of the bad/negative. Of course, I know this is not always possible, fixable or even easy. 

One change in my life that I am dealing with right now is at my job. A co-worker has been put on probation due to her performance. I have assumed some of her duties per the boss so I guess she it taking her anger out on me as well as most of the office, but for some reason the brunt of it is being shot my way. It has been hard coming to work when there is a thick cloud of tension in the air and someone treats you bad because you are doing your job as you are told to. I am trying hard to be positive about this change as I like what I am doing now. I feel more useful and I get to do a variety of tasks now. I have also been given more responsibility because I have proven myself as a good - responsible worker who gets the job done in a timely manner. 

Good changes - I am trying to also make good changes in my life. Sometimes I stray as it is hard to stay on a positive path when there is so much negative in this world leading you the other way. The change I really want to work at is trying to stay positive and to say more positive comments rather than bad ones. In my personal experience I seem to pic out the bad in things - when you do this it seems like you are always running into problems and if something bad is going to happen it seems to happen to you. It sounds so simple to say "I want to be more positive" but I find it hard to do especially when I have been just the opposite for so long. But what is the saying the journey of a lifetime begins with the first step. 

So how do we make this change? For me I try to look for positive sayings and then save them, whether in a journal, in an email, on a sticky or even a pinterest board (click here to see my pinterest sayings board). I also try to look at the good side of things - this one is probably the hardest one for me to do because sometimes you just don't want to see the good. Another is that I try to find books to help me. I read the Happiness Handbook and enjoyed it, my next book is the Happiness Project. Right now I am following the Happiness Project's Blog (which you can find here). She has many great things to help you out. One thing is that I get a happiness email each day with a saying to help set your day off right. I am also participating in one of her 21 day challenges, right now she is offering the relationship one for free so that is the one I picked. I would like to do a couple of the others as I think they would really help in my life especially the one about dealing with a difficult person. She also offers a book called Happier at Home which I am looking at as well. I encourage you to check out her blog at the very least. 

One big thing about change that you should remember is that only you can make the changes for you and to your situation. So my challenge to everyone including myself is to get started on whatever change you want to make in your life whether it is large or small and never let anyone discourage you. 

So what is one change you would like to make?