Friday, March 30, 2012

Positive Pride Fridays

Positive Pride Fridays is: A link up where we say, I had the chance to fail myself, but I did not, and it felt freakin fantastic!
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For more info on how/why I started Positive Pride Fridays click here!

"Everyday we are faced with choices. The choices we make can bring us closer to our ideals, closer to the person we want to be OR they can bring us down.

I want to surround my self with people who have pride. Let's show all these excuse makers what pride is and how to make it happen."


Now let's build some pride! Make your own positive blog post and then link up here at the bottom!


This week:
  • I wanted to share one specific positive experience I had this week.  I am a very relaxed, calm driver.  I like to put on the cruise control and drive in the same lane with the music on, enjoying the drive.  The problem is that I am susceptible to road rage!  Who isn't really?  Anyway, when people drive dangerously around me, my heart jumps out of my chest and I start wishing I had a tank so I could just run over people who are putting other people's lives at risk by driving so dangerously!  Well, yesterday while driving another driver sent me into that heart pounding kind of anger.  Before I let it take control though, I took a deep breath.  And I thought, What can I do in this situation?  Then I simply reminded myself that I had no control over the other driver, but that I had complete control of myself.  So, I stopped getting angry, I stayed relaxed and continued driving safely and calmly. It was so empowering to take control of myself in that way to actually realize that  I am in control of my emotions.  Why waste energy on negative emotions because of someone else's actions?  And you know what, that driver did not ruin the rest of my day.  I still think that people need to drive safer and calmer and that what this driver did was inexcusable and awful, but in the end I am in control of myself. 

How about YOU?  I want to hear about your positive pride!  Blog and share your positive stuff here:

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Positive Pride Fridays!


Positive Pride Fridays is: A link up where we say, I had the chance to fail myself, but I did not, and it felt freakin fantastic!

Picture from Heartful Art shop on Etsy


For more info on how/why I started Positive Pride Fridays click here!



"Everyday we are faced with choices. The choices we make can bring us closer to our ideals, closer to the person we want to be OR they can bring us down.

I want to surround my self with people who have pride. Let's show all these excuse makers what pride is and how to make it happen."

Now let's build some pride! Make your own positive blog post and then link up here at the bottom!


This week:
  • I was so tired one day that I just wanted to curl up in a little ball but my little man wanted to paint.  So I tucked away the sleepiness and we painted a big box together.  Just scribbles and stuff - so fun!
  • I wanted to use a slew of curse words in the car when some drivers were being CRAZY but I did not. Instead I took a deep breath, calmed down, and kept on driving safely irregardless of other people's actions.
  • On a bunch of other positive notes:  
    • I am continuing to lose bad weight and regain my muscle through our healthy diet!  I haven't had refined sugars in over 6 weeks! (Only sweeteners used: Maple Syrup, Maple Sugar and Raw Honey)  No falling off the sugar wagon here! 
    • I've been putting in extra hours and working towards a HUGE 2012 goal right now.  Can't wait to share all about it.  It's been quite a feat, some of the things I've knocked off of my to-do list.  Especially since there are many days that going to the beach, vegging with the hubs, or reading sounds way more enticing than working away at the computer. 


Also, I saw this on Yummy Goods Facebook page and thoroughly enjoyed it!  This is exactly what Positive Pride Fridays should be about! :) 
Photo from Melissa Averinos Facebook Business Page: Yummy Goods!

How about YOU?  I want to hear about your positive pride!  Blog and share your positive stuff here:

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Positive Pride Fridays!

First, I want to apologize that this post was not up sooner. No excuses. Next week and every week after, I will get this post up bright and early on Friday mornings!

Positive Pride Fridays is: A link up where we say, I had the chance to fail myself, but I did not, and it felt freakin fantastic!

Image from Present Outlook .com

For more info on how/why I started Positive Pride Fridays click here!

"Everyday we are faced with choices. The choices we make can bring us closer to our ideals, closer to the person we want to be OR they can bring us down.

I want to surround my self with people who have pride. Let's show all these excuse makers what pride is and how to make it happen."

Now let's build some pride! Make your own positive blog post and then link up here at the bottom (this is my first time hosting a link party, so if it doesn't work, let me know and I will fix it!)


This Week:

  • There were two nights when I did not feel like cooking dinner, BUT we had food in the house. So I sucked it up and made some nutritious, tasty meals for my family!
  • About a week ago the hubster and I decided to take a daily walk at a specific time.  Several days when walking time encroached upon me, I thought, 'not right now, maybe later, or tomorrow'. BUT I did not say or do that.  Instead I put on some walking clothes and we went for our daily stroll.
  • This may be a weekly point...As a mom there are several times a day where I could easily lose it.  Just go on a rant about the many things that happen with a 3 year old running around.  The attitude battles, the cleanliness, the testing boundaries, etc.  So, several times this week I was about to lose my cool, BUT I did not.  Instead I took a deep breath, and calmly handled the situations.
  • Every night this week there was work to be done.  I have a HUGE list.  Some nights I wanted to grab something sweet and veg out while watching TV with the hubster.  BUT instead I worked and I got a ton of important stuff done!
Now it's your turn!  


Now let's build some pride! Make your own positive blog post and then link up here at the bottom (this is my first time hosting a link party, so if it doesn't work, let me know and I will fix it!)
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Pride. The good kind.

"Be true to yourself" is one of the phrases I say to myself daily.  Along with the Ghandi quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world." 
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Don't just try to be true to yourself, but also be true the person you want to be.  Be honest with yourself.  We all make mistakes, NOT one person is perfect, however shouldn't we be striving every moment of every day to be working toward that perfection?  Toward that person we want to be?

Am I wrong to think this is NOT too much to ask of people?  Be true to what you claim to be.  Be true to the things you say.  Be true to your beliefs.  Before you make a decision ask, is this decision in support of the person I claim to be?  

I am prepared to be blasted for this post.  So if you disagree with me, that's ok.  I am no longer going to sit on the side lines and watch blog posts full of people using excuses with pride as an attempt to validate choices that do not line up with their stated beliefs.  This has become a pet peeve of mine, especially when these posts become viral.  I am most definitely NOT a fan of giant online excuse parties.  

Recently another one of these posts came up.  Then at the bottom of the post there was a link up!  A LINK up for an excuse party.  Really?  

Any sentence that goes like this: "I am a [insert adjective here] BUT...." Right there, that word, the word, "but", just makes me want to jump out of my skin and scream!  It's just like a person who purposely cuts you and then says, "I'm sorry I hurt you, but I really wanted to." That's not an apology, it's an excuse.  An attempt to validate a poor choice. 

It's like a vegan who goes to McDonald's.  Umm, what?  It just doesn't make sense. If you have stated that you are a vegan for health reasons, you shouldn't be eating ANYTHING at McDonald's.  If you have stated that you are a vegan for animal rights reasons, then you really shouldn't be going near a McDonald's.  So, if you tell me you are a vegan and I see you eating at a McDonald's, I am not going to respect you or your opinions. 

I think the reason this all bothers me is because it seems to me to show a lack of pride.  A lack of the GOOD kind of pride.  Like, pride in one's work.  Or the pride that brings about self-respect and gains you respect from others.  

It's hard to be true to your ideals, especially in a world of convenience and excuses.  Hard, but not impossible. Everyday we are faced with choices. The choices we make can bring us closer to our ideals, closer to the person we want to be OR they can bring us down.  Make us feel like we have to defend ourselves, and validate ourselves with excuses.

I want to surround my self with people who have pride.  I desperately want to see people able to respect themselves and others.  I want my son to grow up with pride in who he is and proud of where he comes from.  

So, I propose a link up where we build this pride.  Let's show all these excuse makers what pride is and how to make it happen.  A link up where we say, I had the chance to do such and such, but I did not, and it felt freakin fantastic!  I want to see so many positive uses of the word BUT that the word stops being my pet-peeve!

I will start:

       Some days I feel like I just don't have the patience to deal with my three year old.  Today, after building two different train tracks for him and being told that they weren't "right", I wanted to put all of the train tracks away. Instead I calmly sat down with my son and asked him what kind of train tracks would be right.  Then we built the tracks together.  This is the kind of mom I want to be every day!
      Recently, I was very hungry, had some extra cash, was in my car and driving by a Starbucks.  I wanted a coffee and some coffee cake.  In our house we eat locally grown organic food (veggies, fruits, meat, dairy, etc.) as much as possible and otherwise only organic.  I knew that I would be home in 15 minutes and instead of pulling through the drive through, I stuck to our family's commitment.  I did NOT go to Starbucks!  Yay!  Instead, I went home, made my own coffee and had some cheese and an apple.
      There were piles and piles of dishes in my kitchen this morning.  I wanted to sleep in and pretend they did not exist, but I got up and immediately washed them ALL!  
      I had a difficult alteration to work on for a friend.  Although I could have cheated on the alteration and most likely no one would have been the wiser, I chose to go through the hassle of doing the alteration correctly.   I am proud knowing that the dress I took in will look great and was done professionally, by me.  No hack jobs!
      This morning, when I used the bathroom, the roll was looking thin.  I though, maybe I can just leave the few squares on there and someone else will change it!  But, I know I would have been annoyed if someone else had done that to me, so I took the extra 30 seconds and changed the roll! :)
      My sister's birthday just passed.  About a month ago, I thought, eh, her birthday is coming up, I can just get something from Amazon last minute and have it shipped right to her.  But instead I took the time to find a few unique handmade gifts on Etsy.
      

I am sure there are more and I will be able to come up with some throughout the next week.  So let's have a self-respect, pride party today and every Friday. What a great way to start the weekend!  

Make your own positive blog post and then link up here at the bottom (this is my first time hosting a link party, so if it doesn't work, let me know and I will fix it!) 
      

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