31 days of randomness – Personal Inspiration day 18 – Associations


In continuation of my 31 days of randomness – Day 18 – googily googily goo – go and find a random positive thing and do it.

So I’ve been feeling like I was not going to be able to continue this 31 day project of randomness.. I’ve looked at music, love, random acts and on the list goes. I’ve actually been impressed with myself for making it to day 18.  Follow through is not always my strongest quality.  I was desperate.  However, like the trooper I am I decided that today I would google a random inspiration suggestion and just do the first thing that popped up.  Lucky for me this is what I got –

Now the reason this is lucky for me is I am surrounded by people that are always improving themselves and for the most part pretty positive so this specific task is going to be super easy.  My concern is that it is going to be too easy.  Too easy in the sense that I will be required to get out of bed and go to work, complete my day and just return home.  Nothing different about my day.

Being an over-achiever I questioned myself as to whether or not this was really a worthy inspirational challenge for me or was I just getting lazy.  Honestly, some of my past posts are inspirational to me but not really a challenge.  For instance, smiling.  I do that all the time.  Nothing outside of the box there.  Laughing- same. So how is hanging with people who have the potential to improve me any kind of challenge? Hmm..

Well, what if I try to be a person who is worthy enough to associate with in a way that might lead to improving someone else’s life?  How would I approach that one without sounding egotistical, “Hey guy, you want to hang with me so you can better yourself?”  No that even sounds terrible in my head.  Leading by example?  I’ve confused myself now.  How am I inspiring myself towards improvement if I am really only trying to help someone else improve their own life or outlook by simply being around me?  How could I even assume that I would be so awesome that other’s will naturally be better people simply from the residue of awesomeness that I am?  Don’t get me wrong.. I am awesome.  Maybe I should just hang with myself.  I could rub off on me.  O.K. I know.. I am now just being ridiculous.  I know this.. so hmm again.

Well now, this is actually a harder inspiration then I had first thought.  So, I continued googling (is that a real word yet?) and came across a website called “The happiness project.”  One of it’s blog entries mentioned you should start a “commandment list” She listed 12 personal commandments.  This site actually even gives great ideas on how to create this list.

My googling day has actually given me 3 inspirational activities. 1. Hang with some people who will improve my outlook thereby improving myself. 2.  Be a person who others can associate with to improve theirs (just don’t tell them that’s why you are doing it or they might not really want to hang with you). and 3. Create a commandment list (or personal manifesto if you prefer) of things that you can actually look at on a daily basis that will solidly improve your life and make you a better person and therefore a person others might find nice to hang around and associate with.

My commandments:

1. Be Samantha.
2. Live in the moment.
3. Listen more.
4. Do it now.
5. Smooth out what’s too rough.
6. Keep what works.
7. Act out.
8. Play fair.
9. Slow down
10. Accept
11. Rough up what is too smooth.
12. Be an example.
13. Breathe in.
14. Exhale.

This all started from a random site I found called thenester.com.  Apparently there is a group of people who have committed to posting a topical theme a day for 31 days.  31 Dayers 2012

31 days of randomness personal inspiration day 17 – Where is the love?


In continuation of my 31 days of randomness – Day 17 – Giving and promoting love and happiness.

So much of our lives are spent self-promoting.  It’s a necessary part of our lives.. if we don’t pat ourselves on the back who will?  In most of the jobs I have had I have had to write my own employment reviews and you learn how to give yourself credit where credit is due.  Sometimes so much to the effect of not acknowledging or appreciating others.  What is our purpose?  What are we supposed to be doing?

What is this thing called life?  How do we do this?  Where do we start?  What do we do? Need instructions? Here are some basics to go along with my 3 step recipe – 1. Breathe in.  2.  Breathe out.  3.  Repeat steps one and two.

I would only add one last imperative.. strive to make others happy.. show some peeps some love..

Today I am inspired to try to show the love to random people throughout my day.  On the same note – I plan to show some “love” to some recent bloggers by introducing a few recent posts I enjoyed.  Just 3 for today here.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

The first blog I ran into recently that i really enjoyed was based on my love of music and my appreciation for some of the same artists.  All that I am all that I ever was posted Day #5: Some thoughts on mainstream music… and talked about some of her favorite mainstream artists.  All of which are some of my favorite as well.  It’s a very well written piece with good examples of the music video’s that represent her choices (Pink, Adele, Kelly Clarkson).  You should take a peek at it.  Even if just to listen to the music.

My 2nd choice for the day is entitled “Dare Ya!” by Single Again. It’s an inspirational post with photos and that embrace some poignant words about continuing to fly and embracing life.  To inspire you to take a look – here’s how she starts out:

Have you been through a phase where you were consciously trying not to attach too much importance to anything that was happening to you, especially if what was happening was good? It’s so annoyingly ridiculous, isn’t it?

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It’s like a defense mechanism, your rational self is trying to protect your emotional self from another disappointment. When you think you’ve hit rock bottom, you’re shocked to find yourself scraping even lower the next day…being ‘safe’ seems like the better choice. But what’s the point of having wings and never flying again. I don’t want my wings to wither away…

The 3rd blog I happened on by chance titled “All it takes is a smile” by Modern Philosophies.  I really connected with this piece because it’s how I’ve lived much of my life ATA (after teen-age angst).  I have smiled so much and so often that most of the time I don’t even know I’m doing it until someone comes up to me and asks what I’m up to. She ends her post with the following statement:

Happiness doesn’t need to be difficult, it shouldn’t be stressful, and it should always be thoughtless. Makes someones day better with a little smile and watch that one simple action start a train reaction.

It’s amazing how simple such a little act can be.. a simple curving of the lips in an upward direction and eye contact with that person.  I dare you to try it as well.

Three of hundreds of great blogs to check out and be inspired by.  The following video was one I loved to use in my Uni class while teaching in Korea.  It was my challenge for my students to show where they thought the love was and how they could demonstrate it.. very amazing responses and changed attitudes.  Enjoy.

This all started from a random site I found called thenester.com.  Apparently there is a group of people who have committed to posting a topical theme a day for 31 days.  31 Dayers 2012

31 Days of Randomness- Personal Inspiration 8 – Mocking Pressure and a Happy Day


In continuation of my 31 days of randomness – Day – Mocking Pressure – Happy

There is nothing that makes me happier than to be able to multi-task. Getting more than one thing done at a time and finishing early is one of the true joys in my life. So in honor of this weeks Daily Press Weekly Photo Challenge Happy, I will be combining my 8th day of staying on topic with Mocking Pressure which also makes me happy. I hope you enjoy.

Happy Day in Panama

Good Food Makes Me Happy

Good Friends at the Panama Canal = happy day

TINY WISDOM: ON LETTING GO OF PRESSURE

by Lori Deschene

“The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself.” -Mark Messier

There are a lot of things we can’t control in life–dramas that will unfold around us, circumstances that will seem overwhelming, fires that appear impossible to put out. We can’t ever stay on top of everything, but it gets a lot easier if we remember to breathe and take it all one step at a time.

We don’t need to solve everything right now. We don’t need to take responsibility for fixing everyone’s problems. We also don’t need to have all the answers. We just need to do what we can and then let ourselves recharge until it’s time to do again.

(joss stone under pressure)

(happy feet under pressure)

(don’t worry be happy)

This all started from a random site I found called thenester.com. Apparently there is a group of people who have committed to posting a topical theme a day for 31 days. 31 Dayers 2012

Some included happy posts:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy | Ouch!! My back hurts!!
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy | travelbugdownunder
  3. Happy Help « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  4. Top Posts — WordPress.com
  5. photography ~~ happy (weekly photo challenge) | vintage french chic
  6. Things that Make Me Happy « JF Records
  7. Mouse Maze | artistisk
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy!!!! | Simply Charming
  9. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLANGE – HAPPY « Dear Bliary