edeA few things that I have embraced and appreciated this week 2 of YESVEMBER:
- Going to work early. Heading to work earlier than most can be quite a challenge at times BUT this time of year you can see some pretty gorgeous early morning skies like this:
- Arch nemesis-less. Even though I think it would be super heroesque to have an arch nemisis alas I have not a one. Sure there are personality traits that I don’t particularly care for, but I can honestly say there is not one person on this earth that I wish would drop off the face of it. That kind of drama can be saved for the comic books.
- Common sense. I am so in love with you if you are a holder of this dying art form. The other night (driving in the rain) visibility was at a low. Walking towards me, I saw a pedestrian in a reflective vest and thought to myself in quotation marks “Heck yes, this guy may not be smart enough to avoid walking in a rainstorm but at least he had the common sense to realize that visibility is crappy and he put on something that he can be seen in”. Good story right? Well turns out I nearly hit the guy that was to the right of the reflective vest wearing guy who happened to be dressed in all in black!!! Wouldn’t it make more sense for the guy in the reflective vest to be closer to the road vs. an all in black “Johnny Cash” (or should I say Johnny Crash)? I know this month is supposed to be about embracing the positive, but come on! Anyway, since you are reading this blog I KNOW you have common sense so thank you for not going for a walk…in all black…in a rainstorm AND for visiting my blog!
So the first week of my new 30 day challenge “YESVEMBER” has come to a close. Here is a link to the post if you haven’t read it describing what YESVEMBER is all about:
The first week proved to be challenging, but that is why it is called a challenge, right? Now I could make this post about how amazing my family and friends are or how blessed I am to have a roof over my head, food in my belly (err…I mean totally toned abs), and clothes on my back, but that would be too easy. I really want to make this month of “Yes” be more about finding blessings in the not so obvious places. These are the things I am grateful for in week 1 of YESVEMBER:
- Yellow lights. Hello you glorious little beams of hope. I normally don’t give a second thought to yellow lights while I am sailing through them. Yellow lights rock. I actually hit quite a few of them on a regular basis which I only noticed this week. The green and red lights may get all the glory (we all played “Red Light/Green Light” as a kid), but yellow lights are really the unsung heroes of our daily commutes.
- Some unexpected juju. On Halloween we welcomed a newly adopted dog, Ju Ju, into the family. He is around 6 or 7…or 8 (not really sure) and this will be his third and final home. We don’t know a lot about his past but we heard that his first owner neglected him. Regardless of his history, he is the sweetest dog just filled with so much love and he is a perfect addition to the family.
- Exercising my right to vote. On Tuesday night, after a long day at work, bank errands and grocery shopping I just wanted to get home, plop down on the couch and get my “Lost” on y’all (I am on season 5 now and it is getting sooooooooo good). As soon as I got in the door P reminded me that we needed to head down to vote. Uggggggh. Getting back in the car was the last think I wanted to do. However, since this is the month of “yes” I went. In our town (although small) P and I were 2 out of 37 people that voted. 37! It was sad that only 37 people voted but it did feel good to be 1 of those 37 votes that were counted.
Well week 1 is over and week 2 is here and I am ready for everything it throws at me and take it all with a positive attitude.
Hope you all have a great week 2 as well!
Lately I have noticed something about myself that I am not too fond of. I’m not referring to my chin acne or cellulite. I am also not referring to my reluctant case of “Bieber Fever” since 2010 and my obsession with Honey Boo Boo. I fear I have become a bit negative as of late. Focusing on what I don’t have instead of appreciating all that I do have has become a habit. So what is a girl to do? Take to her blog and create a 30 day challenge for herself naturally!
So the first step of a 30 day challenge is to pick 30 days. Well what do you know? Today just happens to be the beginning of a 30 day month and this month also happens to be a month that centers around a certain holiday that is all about giving thanks: November. Only one problem. This challenge is all about being less negative and bringing on the positive. Time to rename this month to Yesvember!
The next step of a 30 day challenge is to select goals. Here is a list of what I hope…scratch that…what I WILL achieve this month:
- Saying “no” less and “yes” more (Sorry P, this doesn’t mean you can buy a 3D TV).
- Feeling less stressed and more blessed.
- Being kinder and exercising more patience (maybe that will even help with the cellulite…get it…”exercising” patience…never mind).
- Staying out of any drama/gossip (and since I am a girl this will probably be the hardest one to accomplish).
The last step of starting a 30 day challenge is to start it off right. So I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who take the time out of your busy day to stop by and read my blog. I appreciate it!