Day 56- 100 Happy Days

January 28th, 2015

56After a late night of fun and festivities at the wedding reception-   the next morning, most of us abandoned the blandness of hotel breakfasts and gathered at the home of our good friend to have pancakes for breakfast.

It was a perfect Sunday morning- so we gathered around the table outside and enjoyed pancakes, fresh fruit, coffee and juice.    I can’t think of a better way to end a great weekend.

 

Day 55- 100 Happy Days

January 28th, 2015

55Of all the days in part one of the 100 Happy Days series, this is probably one of my most favorite.  Granted, I had many wonderful moments during that 100 days, but this photo embodies what was an amazing day of love, laughter and close friendship.

It was the day spent celebrating the wedding of our dear friends Erin and John.    This was the day of their reception and was themed with 1000 Nights.    But before we all took a pause in the late afternoon, and went off to put on our party themed clothing- we took a moment in the sunshine and paused for a moment that embodied the day perfectly-   a circle of friends celebrating a beautiful couple.

The reception was one of the coolest I’ve ever been to-   and I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing couples’ life.

Jet Lagged and Snow Days

January 27th, 2015

The one great thing about being home from vacation and dealing with jet lag, is the fact that I’ve been able to get a lot of little things done.    I’ve been processing new business orders, ordering supplies, plus making plans for upcoming business ventures with a dear friend.   All in all life is great!

Mister Mistoffelees finally got past being totally ticked at me for leaving him for 9 weeks, and he’s back to being my constant sidekick- albeit a little more than usual.   Wherever I go within the house- there he is.   While it may annoy many, it’s actually a source of great joy for me.  It is a constant reminder of being loved.

I’m taking some time to rest, and giving myself time to get past the jet lag-   which I’m hoping I’m on the upswing of.   I slept 7 hours last night, and that within itself is something to celebrate.   A far cry from the 2-4 hours I was getting a few days ago. I’ve been listening to my body and doing exactly what it feels like-  and last night that meant going to bed at 9:30.     5 a.m. seems to be my new wake-up call, and as I was browsing the iPad this morning from bed-  coffee in hand, I saw that Mr. Weatherman is calling for snow in our forecast.   Thankfully, not the blizzard and winter storms that the East Coast is being pelted with at the moment, but snow nonetheless.

So this afternoon I’ll make a quick trip to pick up a few things to get us through the next few days- plus to take care of a few orders I have coming up this weekend.

I also just realized that we are quickly approaching our 11th wedding anniversary…  Where has the time gone?   More on that later-     I have so much to write about-  I need to start taking ‘reminder notes’.

Right now-  I have a Pumpkin Spice Latte calling my name.

Day 54- 100 Happy Days

January 27th, 2015

I posted this on Facebook back in August- but it’s no secret I love blueberries and go picking them every summer to stock the freezer– so I can have them year round.

This particular visit was a drizzling rain, but it was fun because not only did it give me an excuse to play in the rain, but also to spend that time with friends.  The perfect combination.

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Day 54- 100 Happy Days

January 26th, 2015

53As you all know- this is a continuation of posting the original 100 Happy Days- that I did in 2014-  I took a break from posting when I went on vacation, but I’m  back sharing them- and in fact, am close to closing on the second chapter of 100 Happy Days-

For this day I wrote and shared on Facebook:  Gorgeous scenery, sunny skies and the way I feel with both  body and mind- at the end of a good work out.

Getting Back in the Swing of Things

January 26th, 2015

I always laugh when people say-  “Oooh, a 9 week vacation-  you are going to come home so rested and relaxed.”     Oh, if that were only true-    Granted, I’m extremely grateful that we can take a 9 week vacation, but it’s anything but relaxing.     After all, when you take a vacation back ‘home’ – there are many people to see, places to go-   and couple that with the fact that I actually did some work while on this vacation,  plus add an emergency surgery in the mix (not my own), and you’ve got a busy time in the making.

The great thing is-   I spent time with people whom I absolutely love and adore-  and that, in spite of being busy is energizing.   It’s uplifting and that within itself makes me extremely happy.

I also learned a lot-   about other people, but also about myself.    It left me with an understanding that there are a few things that I need to change within my own life- and I’m grateful for those lessons.  It’s all about the growth and becoming a better version of myself.  After all, isn’t that what life is all about?   Learning and growing?

I feel grateful beyond words-   because there simply were a lot of people who wanted to spend time with us.   I know that not everyone has that, and I don’t take it for granted.    Not for a second.   It humbles me, and at the same time, I feel a gratitude beyond words, and I also feel loved more than I ever have.    Beautiful things happened, and when I think about them-   I’m not only inspired, but I’m also moved, sometimes to tears, about the beauty of life-   of growing, of moving forward and leaving behind what doesn’t work-  so we can create space in our lives for the beautiful-  for the seemingly impossible-  for a life bigger than we can ever dream.

So while I’m taking a ‘break’ to recharge and get back to life as I know it-   I’m also smiling daily knowing that big things are happening to and around me-   beautiful things-    and I’m grateful to see it all unfold..

Remember-   what we focus on grows, and the people we spend our time with?   They are a direct reflection of who we become-    Choose wisely-   it will make all the difference.

 

Day 52- 100 Happy Days

January 23rd, 2015

Time spent in the company of a friend- is always a day of happy.

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Day 51- 100 Happy Days

January 22nd, 2015

51Picking back up where I left off in the 100 Happy Days postings-      This is what I wrote and shared on Facebook for this particular day.

 

Everything about these Lybian buns called ‘Khubza Bil Ashab’ from Jane Mason’s  ‘Book of Buns’ makes me happy.
The flavor, the texture, the smell of them baking, and of course the book itself, which is SO much more than a cookbook. It’s a resource of valuable information and techniques, which have been so helpful to me in this process of learning to bake bread.

If you bake bread or want to learn- this book is amazing. Making each recipe is like taking your taste buds on a vacation to a faraway destination.

Home Again-

January 22nd, 2015

We’ve returned home after an amazing 9 week vacation with family and friends, and are now in the ‘getting settled’ mode of the everyday routine of life.    I had really great intentions of keeping up with regular blogging while I was away, but the truth of the matter is- I didn’t spend a lot of time at mom and diddy’s computer.      I did keep up a little online with FB, but on the whole- we spent time with the people we love,  created some wonderful memories in the process, and had some fantastic adventures.

It was a busy time-   especially since I did do some working while I was there too- by filling some orders and shipping some across the US, but it was a good balance between work and play- mostly play.

I left realizing just how richly blessed we are.   I have had a lot of time to think- and evaluate a lot of things- and those will be the fodder for some upcoming posts as I slowly get settled back in.

In the meantime- I’ll continue with my 100 Happy Day posts from part one-     One of my goals this year is to spend more time writing- and that will be happening here-  plus I’m working with several people on some new collaborations, that I can’t wait to share- as they develop-  Stay tuned.

 

 

Surviving Office Environments

January 22nd, 2015

 

Office Politics – Beware!
If you are new to the corporate world, be careful. There are many people around who love spreading rumors. Keep yourself away from them and dedicate your focus on your work.
But how can you avoid office politics?
We have some tips for you that should help you stay clean of it. Read on…

Office gossip is a big NO
To avoid office politics, you should stay away from office gossip because that is where everything starts. Who initiates office gossip? Your boss doesn’t. It has to be your co-employees or the staffers who will engage in this and will try to pull you in their group. Even if you are a part of their group, you should not let their personal opinion make a print in your mind. Don’t make decisions on the basis of their opinions.

Concentrate on your work
Devote your office time to your work only. Yes, occasionally you will feel the need to talk to your co-employees or staffers. This is a point where you should talk to them about life or something spiritual, even if you are not willing to talk on such subjects. The idea is to stay away from rumors that can cloud your mind.

Don’t get personal
Don’t tell them too much about yourself. Also, don’t ask them to reveal too much about themselves. Remember – everything, you say or hear, can contribute to office politics. So, make your choice carefully.

Communicate with the ‘good’ guys/girls
In every office, there is a small section of the good people who are not interested in office politics and have worked hard to stay away from it. Befriend them so that you can communicate with someone in your free time.

Let them know about it
To stay away from office politics, you should tell them about it. Tell them that you are not interested in knowing about who is dating whom or who is in a relationship with whom. Tell them that you are at the office to work, nothing else. The only side-effect of this revelation is that – you will be the topic of their discussion for a couple of days.

Let your boss know
If there is something worrying you about office politics, let your boss know about it. However, don’t make an announcement of the same. Talk to him in private and let him know that this issue might affect your work.
However, don’t talk about it with your coworkers. Communicate with your boss only.

Be positive
When nothing goes as planned, be positive that the road ahead is without such issues.
If needed, buy a book that will keep you motivated and positive.
Want it? Buy it online. Look for coupons from Chameleon John that will make your purchase cheaper.

Making a mark in the corporate world is not difficult but staying clean is important.

Apart from these noted points, what else can help you avoid office politics? Let us know your views and opinions that can help other readers stay away from office politics.

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