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Appreciating the Self

April 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude, reflection

I’ve been noticing a lot of changes in my body. I’ve gained over 20 pounds in the last 7 months and at the risk of stating the obvious, I’ve got a belly the size of a basketball, and it’s growing everyday. With these new changes in my body, I hardly recognize it when I look down. Everything from the neck down doesn’t feel like mine, and I’m trying to take good care of it because right now, Bean has completely overtaken my body. It’s not mine anymore, it’s hers. I’m doing regular exercise so that she’s healthy while I’m healthy, and I’m even noticing some muscle growth around my hips and back. I think it’s to prepare myself for labor, or something. The female body is so beautiful. I can’t believe it’s capable of so many things. I’m definitely appreciative of what Bean is doing to my body. I appreciate how she allows me to appreciate myself in a brand new way.

Word Clay Publishing

April 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in encompassed

I’ve put together a book that I self published a few years ago. It was just a coffee table photography book, but I did it all on my own. At the time, there were hardly any online self publishers available, and the service I got wasn’t quite up to par. I’m planning to try to self publish something else later on — perhaps a children’s story, or an autobio one day, or a fictional novel, or maybe even another photography book, or a memoir — and I plan to use a really good Online Publishing site, called Word Clay. They look amazing and easy to use. It can’t be too hard, especially with all the customization options available on the site. Maybe after Bean is born, I can put her site together into book form and give it to her as a present for when she’s older.

Dishing What’s Received

April 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in connections, gratitude

Every so often I would meet a client who just makes my day. With every profession that requires working with people, you come across all types of characters — the rude ones, the shy ones, the resistant ones, the arrogant ones, the polite ones, etc. And then there are the ones who just makes you feel good to be helping them. The ones who make you WANT to help them because they’re deserving and they’re one of the good ones put on earth to make life pretty. Right now, I have a client like that. Circumstances led him to needing my help, but all I can say is that I’m the one who is truly blessed to be able to help him because it makes me feel really good to know that there are good souls out there, who despite all the crap they go through, can walk through their day with a big smile and still treat everyone kindly. The world constantly throws him lemons, and all he does is pick them up and comment on what pretty yellow they are, and that at least he can make lemonade now because he was thirsty. I like people who lift me up. It really is true — the way you act towards others is exactly the way others will treat you in return. You get what you deserve. This guy deserves my utter respect, my kindness, my help. Because he was willing to give it first without asking for anything back.

Sports Lovers

April 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in encompassed

Some people are really into sports. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing, really. Every year, we have Chelsea’s birthday party on a hockey sports night. Sometimes it’s even the semi-finals or the finals or something. Poor girl has to share her party with a bunch of guys yelling at the television. For those of them, they love all types of sports — football, soccer, hockey, you name it. I bet they love taking their free nfl picks at addictsports.com. It’s a great place for all those hardcore sports lovers, like my brothers-in-law.

Grateful Tuesday

April 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude

Today went better than I had anticipated. I was anticipating that it would go well, and it went even better. I like when things turn out good, especially when you were already expecting swell. My last appointment was productive, and I didn’t have to make the long drive into another town like I had planned to. That was a lovely surprise. I also learned that some things I said to a client family worked out well and they took it to heart, so now things are improving in the home. I like when I’m able to make an immediate difference in a case like that. It really makes me feel good. Makes me feel worthwhile, like I’m actually doing something good to contribute to my community.

So yeah, today went very well. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as good.

National Rodeo

April 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in encompassed

I got a few clients who are talking about the latest and greatest rodeo finals. It’s a really big deal, apparently. I’ve always want to go to it just to see what it’s like. Maybe this year it’s time for that. I particularly want to see the roping event, as that’s always the most interesting and the least violent to me. The sheer experience of some of these contestants is so awesome to watch, and it’s amusing to see the crowd get into it so much. I’ve seen videos on tv and in movies, and I have to say — it looks very appealing and fun. I can’t imagine what it would be like to actually be there!

They take it seriously too, and you’d know this if you happen to score some National Rodeo Finals tickets. They even use special dirt just for the occasion, to be saved every year for each event. I wish George was still alive with us today. He’d love to go to it with me. I could go on his behalf though. I think my dad may also enjoy it too. I would love to attend this rodeo, just to see what it’s like because I hear so many good things about it.

Cheery Stress

April 28th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

This week is a pretty hellish week, in terms of work. There’s a lot of paperwork due, and we have two audits coming up mid-way. So I have to keep having the positive thoughts run in. Everyone’s stressed to the max and there’s a lot of pressure getting all the paperwork in. That means both assessments and closing summaries that have been due for me in the past few months. I just can’t seem to catch up and stay caught up. I’m glad maternity leave is coming because I sure can use a few months off to not have to do any of this. A break sounds lovely.

So, for visualization for this week, I picture a week filled with good emotions, and everyone will treat each other kindly despite the high stress. I don’t want to take my stress out on anyone, and I don’t want anyone taking their stress out on me. It’s just not productive. So I picture cheeriness while we’re stressed out. It’s not an average thing to see, but hey, it’s possible!