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Celebrate the Small Things 4: Humanize Bad Behavior #FridayFeeling

Fridays are all about celebrating the Small Things thanks to a weekly blog hop created by author Lexa Cain. Joint co-hosts this week are authors L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog The mission coincides with what I’m hoping to do with my own writing, inspire and focus on the light when those slippery shadows creep around our shoes. Want to sign up? Click Lexa Cain’s link to find out more.

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This week, I’ve tried to practice a good behavior and an old skill I learned in a previous job as a corporate trainer. When I don’t understand what someone does, I try to stop and think, “Why would a reasonable and rational person do what they do and say what they say?” It’s a question from resource material “Crucial Conversations” I used to facilitate to managers. I learned a lot about people.

Body language. Tone. Facial Expressions. Above all things, facial expression tells us a lot.

This week, I’m celebrating the almost end of an incredibly busy week. I’ve tried every day to make amends with past hurts in relationships. Especially when I’ve had to swallow my pride. I think watching my kids grow and how they interpret the wrongs that go on helps remind me every day of the miracle we’re gifted in each day. I also really love these Friday posts. Why? Because reflecting on the good is healing for the heart and soul.

My list of smiles this week include the following:
  • I finished all the decorations I needed to make for a retirement reception at work. It was a huge event. It takes weeks of organizing to make sure all 61 retirees were celebrated. I fluffed and fixed tons of vases of flowers with raffia, moss and little monarch butterflies.
  • I smiled at people this week I know had a few bad thoughts about me. I tried to say sweet things and worked extra hard and extra detailed to prove I am competent and capable. I don’t know if you have the same pet peeve I do, but I’d rather a person talk to the face instead of the back. My mother always told me though, shine brighter than the rain. You’ll feel better on the inside.
  • My daughter had her summer birthday in school. These lovely rainbow cupcakes made everyone smile the second they saw them. I didn’t get to taste one, but I can only imagine the smile it gave others on the inside who did.
  • A book signing Saturday the 13th! I’ll be at a Second Saturdays event in downtown Blue Springs. It’s a celebration of artists, writers, and craftspeople. Free music! I’ll be at the bookstore with the newest loveliest anthology just released, “Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life.”

 

How about you? Did you have a great shiny moment this week? Do you try to smile when the world frowns?

 

It’s Friday! Yay! That’s reason to celebrate in my eyes.

Celebrate the Small Things: Every day is Another New Day

Fridays are all about celebrating the Small Things thanks to a weekly blog hop created by author Lexa Cain. Joint co-hosts this week are authors L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog The mission coincides with what I’m hoping to do with my own writing, inspire and focus on the light when those slippery shadows creep around our shoes. Want to sign up? Click Lexa Cain’s link to find out more.

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I wake up to my alarm in the morning and most days, I can’t wait to get up. I can’t wait to start my morning coffee. I can’t wait to have some “me” time before my two sleepy-eyed kiddos wake up and write. Mornings are always full of possibility. And this week, here in Kansas City, we’ve been doused with frequent rain and clouds. However, this morning I woke up to something different. The birds. Calling to one another. The sun broke the dark sky in a subtle golden band. I sat down at my desk and I began to look up quotes. This one by Mark Twain made me smile.
I have  a whole list of smiles this week:
  • I helped my kiddos make teacher appreciation thank you cards. I love to see what makes them happy about their teachers. My favorite thought was how my daughter’s teacher made her feel safe.
  • The gym! Finally! I made it made four days this week. Being the high energy person I am, I NEED the gym. LOL
  • Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life is here! I am honored to be one of the 12 authors chosen this year in the anthology.  Here’s a link to our website with how to purchase it.
  • A book signing! I scored a book signing at a local bookstore in town called Inklings Books and Coffee Shoppe. Come and join me. I’ll post the info on my author facebook page later today. I’d love to see you there.
  • Lastly, I bought a new house! I’m so excited! I might be busy right now as the end of the school year wraps up, a new house and a book launch, but sometimes you don’t get to pick the timing. You put on your best most fanciest shoes and you dance on.

How about you? Did you have any pleasant surprises this week?

It’s Friday! Yay! That’s reason to celebrate in my eyes.

Celebrate the Small Things 4: Follow Your Bliss

Fridays are all about celebrating the Small Things thanks to a weekly blog hop created by author Lexa Cain. Joint co-hosts this week are authors L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog The mission coincides with what I’m hoping to do with my own writing, inspire and focus on the light when those slippery shadows creep around our shoes. Want to sign up? Click Lexa Cain’s link to find out more.

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Trust and patience are two words I’m learning to use in my life. I’m sort of a fiery girl with lots of energy, and waiting is not one of the easiest things to do. I think that’s why this quote means so much to me though because if you love something and you practice what you love, good events and people do create doorways in some of the least expected ways.
This week, my celebrations include:
  • A bike ride with my kids on Monday night. We rode our bikes a different route this time, to my biggest celebration … which I can’t quite reveal yet. Ugh. Next week though. I’ll let you know. ;0)
  • I made it through my week at work which was a victory in itself with tight deadlines and I received a big thank you note from my boss which made me feel pretty good.
  • While listening to a song list I created for the new manuscript I’m beginning, I was on the Stairmaster and suddenly the end of the book hit me. It was amazing. I almost feel off the Stairmaster as I grabbed my phone and typed in a few quick notes … lol. It was a well worth risk I took and I survived.
  • And … Guess what? Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life comes out next week! I received my own digital copy as a gift from Dancing Lemur Press LLC and wow!

How about you? Did you have any pleasant surprises this week?

It’s Friday! Yay! That’s reason to celebrate in my eyes.

I almost forgot to share my favorite new yummy snack, though I can’t promise it’s good for you 😉 I think I ate half the bag. LOL