Saturday, March 28, 2009

What is life? ...


Life is an Adventure ... Dare it
Life is a Beauty ... Praise it
Life is a Challenge ... Meet it
Life is a Duty ... Perform it
Life is a Love ... Enjoy it
Life is a Tragedy ... Face it
Life is a Struggle ... Fight it
Life is a Promise ... Fulfill it
Life is a Game ... Play it
Life is a Gift ... Accept it
Life is a Journey ... Complete it
Life is a Mystery ... Unfold it
Life is a Goal ... Achieve it
Life is an Opportunity ... Take it
Life is a Puzzle ... Solve it
Life is a Song ... Sing it
Life is a Sorrow ... Overcome it
Life is a Spirit ... Realize it
~ Anonymous

Here's what I would add -
Life ... LIVE it!

What is life to you?!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Invite Happiness IN

Invite –
To request the presence or participation of
in a kindly or courteous way

Dear Happiness,
I invite you to join me today
in all my little moments!
(Try saying that out loud!)

How did that feel? Have you ever simply invited happiness in? Happiness is a sensitive creature it comes and goes (in most people’s lives.) I believe many of us have forgotten how to treat ‘happiness’! I like to think of happiness as a dear friend. And without her, my life would be quite empty and dull.

Close your eyes and picture in your mind someone who is very dear and special to you. How do you feel when you think of this person? Now picture yourself without this person in your life. It’s probably a hard thing to imagine!

That’s how I think of happiness! I can’t imagine life without it! So, in order to keep it and have it – I must treat it special. And my little, unique and creative way to do that is to simply invite her to join me all the time!
(I think ‘happiness’ likes that and is more apt to stay.)

This little moment matters –
Here’s the invitation I use (feel free to borrow it – or make your own!) You may want to post this around your home or in the car.

Dear ‘Happiness’,
You are invited to join me in my journey called LIFE!
When – Always!
Where – Everywhere!
Time – 24/7
Place – My home, my heart, my LIFE!
Thank you!
I’m so glad you’re part of my little moments.
(Your name here.)
Excerpt from It's the Little Moments that Matter
by Wendy L. Christensen © All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Feeling Groovy in my Shamrock Shades!!

Groovy shot #1
Groovy shot #2

Wishing everyone a happy St. Paddy's Day :) ---
Cheers to celebrating the moments that matter!

My theme song for today: Feeling Groovy
...I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me.
Life, I love you, All is groovy.
~ Simon & Garfunkel

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Happiness is a choice

And the little tree looked up at the giant shade tree and said: "I know I can."

I’ve often had people ask me – “How come you are so happy?”
My response: Happiness is a choice.

Have you ever met someone who was constantly blaming outside sources for their life?

Here are some examples –
I hate my job
If the weather was nicer I’d be happier
I don’t have time to do anything I want to
I’m not talented
I can’t get out and exercise

Buddha said: “With our thoughts we make our world.”

And if our thoughts are filled with I can’t, I won’t, I don’t and other negative feelings – our lives will be filled with those types of actions as well.

Let’s visit the optimistic/happy side of the brain shall we?
I make a difference at work
I’ve got an umbrella – let’s walk in the rain
I can do that!
I love to learn and try new things
Lets meet at noon everyday and walk

happiness is a choice and we can choose it at any moment.
Where will your thoughts and actions take you today?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

{An Award ...}

"When life throws you Lemons ... Make PINK lemonade!"

Eva's house sent me this award today - Thank you :)! Apparently, this little 'lemonade stand' is given when someone thinks your blog is positive/filled with happiness ...

As part of the fun, the lemonade stand logo has a few instructions -

1.- Put the logo in your blog/poner el logo en el blog
2.- Nominate 5 - 10 blogs for having great attitude!/ Nominar de 5 a 10 blogs
por su buena actitud!/
3.- List and link the nominees/listar y poner link de los nominados
4.- Comment this award in their blogs/Poner un comentario en su blog
5.- Nominate your favorites and link to your post/Nominar los favoritos y poner el link en el post

My Pink Lemonade Winners -

1. Shaela - Love her creativity, upbeat attitude and positive posts!
2. Jennie - My sister, friend and happiest artist around
3. Kami - My old college roommate, my web designer, awesome fiction writer, true friend
4. O. Joy - Takes beautiful photos, lover of life, big heart, she is an expert on Gratitude!
5. NaDell A go getter, a great mom, happy in the kitchen and very organized!
6. Mr. & Mrs. Slug The cartoons on this blog make me laugh out loud - love it!
7. Rebecca - A beautiful singing Librarian - love all the info this lady shares...
8. Alyson - She and I go way back ... I think she was one of the first people to ever comment on my blog posts:) I love her writing style and her gorgeous photos...
(To those I have not met face-to-face - I can hardly wait)
One of these days we'll have a HUGE blogger reunion (imagine the hugs!!)

Ladies - Thanks for sharing so many wonderful moments via your blogs!
You make a difference ...!!

Curiosity ...

Inspiration for a Wednesday ...

"Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long.
We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things…
and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” -

~ Walt Disney

Tidbit - The above quote was used in - "Meet The Robinsons"
Where is your curiosity taking you? ...

Monday, March 09, 2009

Dwell in Positive Possibility - There are benefits!

"Tulips" by Wendy Christensen 2009
Are you a fan of positive quotes/books/ideas/people?! Me too!
From what I can tell, being positive has the following benefits –

You stay younger, healthier
You welcome more smile lines around your eyes and mouth
Invitations abound – for everything!
People want your ideas
It’s easy to make new friends - positive behavior is contagious
You wake up with vigor and passion for each new day
Life has meaning and purpose
Laughter is more abundant
Love is everywhere
Miracles are evident
Being positive makes you more free to give of your time, energy and talents
Your eyes sparkle
You dance
You’re not afraid to take chances
Fear does not keep you from attempting your dreams
Hugs matter
Friends and Family have more importance
Each day is a gift

My list could go on and on … :)
This week – dwell in positive possibility!
(You can do it – one positive thought and action at a time)

For the record - negativity is poison.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Hold your light high ...

When was the last time you stopped to really think about the people who BELIEVE in you?

Has it been a while? ... Today, I had a few moments to reflect on the people in my life who have been a light of hope, support and inspiration to me. There are many. It felt so good to appreciate the people who have been the lighthouse for me during my 'stormy' times - to them I send my thanks and love.

And on this windy Saturday in March I send my light out across the water to anyone who could use a RAY of hope, love, inspiration or support...

Please remember that YOU make a difference and that YOU matter.

With love and light -

PS: Hold your light high - you never know what 'storm' another person may be fighting their way through.

Friday, March 06, 2009

{A Beautiful Mess}

Tory and Wendy Christensen
"Green Eggs and Ham" breakfast at the Elementary School
A Walk by the River ... Wendy & Kade

"Look! I found a lizard!"

I spend a great deal of time in the car these days. It’s funny how the journey of motherhood evolves. When the kids are little it’s a miracle to get everyone packed up and out the door. Now, it’s a miracle if we have a day when we can stay home!

Luckily, we have some great options for filling the air via our everyday commutes. Sometimes, we’ll listen to a book on CD, sometimes random radio shuffle, often times the 80s, and occasionally its quiet.

Earlier this week during one of the random radio shuffles, I bumped into a really great song by Diamond Rio called – “What a Beautiful Mess.”
Later – when the kids were all in bed and the house was all quiet… I thought to myself -
I love the beautiful mess I’m in!

Lauren ...

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Teaching History (with a Cyndi Lauper song)...

The first album I ever bought
Cyndi Lauper / She's So Unusual
Yesterday I was driving had 2 of my kids in the car with me and a song came on the radio … I was immediately transported to my past.

What song do I have to thank for the time travel?
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper.

{flashback to 1983 …}
I was in the 5th grade
I was employed as a paper carrier for the Tri-City Herald
I had my own money -
I bought the record
I dreamed of being Cyndi Lauper …

My wonderful visit to the past came to an abrupt end when I heard -
“Mom what are you smiling about ...
Do you like this song?”

My response:
“I love this song! Let me tell you about 1983, and how fun it was to be
a girl with a paper route and a record player!”

Cheers to time travel via the songs from our past!
Don't you love how you can teach history with a song?! Me too.