Best Three Things I’m Looking Foward Too!

tipstagram_self8It has been awhile since I’ve blogged.  Life has a way of getting messing with my plans but I’m back and I wanted my first post of 2014 to be about the things that I’m looking forward too in 2014 (and beyond).

2013 was a year of ups and downs. Good things happened (like a trip to Las Vegas and the acceptance of a new job) but also some bad things happen (usually involving house problems) but I’ve persevered – because that is sometimes the only way…to pull up those metaphorical pants and get on with things.

So for the start of 2014, I sat myself down and did a big self-evaluation.  A self-evaluation that looked at all of the aspects of my life and how I can continue or approve upon them…it was also a little soul searching because as the year was winding down – I realized that I had lost touch with it .  No, nothing bad just that I hadn’t been paying it much attention.  Feeding the soul is something that I think gets overlooked in our lives and mine need some TLC.   That is why I did the self-evaluation – I needed to have things to look forward to and to strive for.

So here is my best three:

1.  Volunteering

2. Taking ME time

3.  Starting something new

Volunteering.  Something that I always say I want to do but end up making up so many excuses why I can’t.  Not this year.  This year, I’m looking at volunteering opportunities in my community and going to sign myself up.  I think this is something that not enough people do (and should be).  So many organizations need help.  So the question I asked myself, WHY NOT?  What is actually preventing me from NOT volunteering?  I honestly couldn’t come up with anything so now its on the top of my list to look forward too this year.

Taking capital M-E time.  This is something that I also seem to forgot to do or make excuses not to do.  This doesn’t mean I need to book spa time…no this just means that I need to focus on things that make me happy – that separate me from my the world.  For me, this means a solitary walk, listening to music, reading, playing a video game, doing crafts…it doesn’t cost money…its just for me.   I don’t do this enough and this is something I’m changing and looking forward too.

Starting something new.  If you’re like me, I usually start something but never finish it.  Or I have so many great ideas, I start but again never pursue.  That is changing this year.  This year I’m going to start a novel.  I’m going to start some new craft projects (from start to end).  I’m going to learn computer programming.  I’m not letting anything stand in my way.  No excuses.

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Best Three Things I Couldn’t Live Without

For this post I wanted to focus on the things that have come into my life that I can’t imagine living without.  This does not include people such as my family and friends – that is without saying – there is no way I could live without them or emotions such as love, sadness and happiness.  Those emotions are the cornerstone of life and living without them wouldn’t be right.  No, for this post, I’m talking about actual things.The things that I have included in this post have become an instrumental part of my life and picturing me living in a world without them is really, really difficult.  I understand that this might make me sound prividledged and crass (and I can definitely understand if people have those sentiments – to be honest, I did too) but I did feel that these things needed to be emphasized in their own post on my blog.

 

1.  Cell Phone

2. My king-size bed

3. Books

I think the first thing on my list would apply to a lot of people out there.  I remember a time without cell phones (that would be hard for some of the younger readers) but yes, a time without cell phones – it just sounds crazy.  Anyway, companies like Apple, Blackberry, Samsung, Motorolla, LG, Sony, and all other cell phone companies have truly made a ‘killing’ off consumers and have created phones that are so integral to our way of life that it is hard to imagine life without them.  That’s how it is with my phone.  Everything is on it and I can do anything I need to with it and that’s why it sits at number one on this best three list.

 

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The second thing I can’t live without is my king-size bed.  This one might be funny to some but it’s true.  I was a student, I’ve slept on futtons, old mattresses etc. but as soon as I purchased my home, I bought a king-size bed and all I can say is that it’s amazing.  There is so much room.  There is nothing bad I can say.

books

books (Photo credit: brody4)

For my last thing, it was an easy choice.  It had to be books.  I’m that old-fashioned person that still prefers to hold a book in my hands and read.  If I got an e-reader for a gift – sure I wouldn’t refuse it but I would still purchase books.  I love books.  I love to have them all around the house.  They are magical to me (something that I inherited from my father who loved books just as much as me) and I couldn’t imagine not being able to buy them anymore.  I know that one day, that is how it’s going to be but for now I’m going to enjoy holding them in my hands. 

Best Three Things to Do if I Win the Lottery

Stacks of money

Stacks of money (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Admit it.  We all dream about it.  Winning the lottery!  Having our numbers come up.  I know the odds are like 1 in 300 million (depending on the size of the lotto prize) that you could win but there is always a little part of your brain that thinks…what if…That part of my brain that keeps pushing the ‘what if’ to the forefront and my brain already has the majority plans for that money figured out and today was one of those days when ‘WHAT IF’ was pushing hard in my brain.

My day just started bad.  Managers yelling, coffee spilling all over my desk, a colleague having the loudest conversation possible about her son’s sex life. It was a bad day all around.  That is what prompted me to think of the posting for this blog.

1.  Quit my job (and give no notice)

2.  Treat my family

3.  Travel the world

Yes the first thing would be to quit my job.  Some people might find that funny that I put that first but its one of the things that would give me a great deal of satisfaction.  For me, this would be easy.  I just wouldn’t show up.  No explanation.  I wouldn’t take their calls.  Nothing.  I know that seems petty and mean but at that point I wouldn’t care (maybe a little bit and I would let the people I liked know but only them).

Treat my family.  That would be an amazing thing to be able to provide my family with anything their hearts desired and to hopefully make them happy.  I know what some people will say, having money might not make them happy but it could.  Giving them the freedom to never have to worry about bills or mortgages or whatever else they’ve had to worry about when it comes to money.  That is what would bring me the most amount of job.  Taking that worry away.

The last thing is also pretty straight forward for me if I won the lottery.  I would love to travel the world.  Have no set agenda or timetable.  To simply take my time, see as much as I can, enjoy the world and all it has to offer.  Paris, London, St. Petersburg, Hong Kong, Toyko, Sydney…so many places to name (and I would try and see them all).

Its nice to dream – ‘What If’

Best Three WordPress Blogs (at this moment in time)

This is a post that I’ve been wanting to do for some time.  I waited this long because I really wanted to get a sense of what was out there.  I should say that every blog that I’ve looked at and have been following are great.  All blogs are great because they are being written by ordinary people (for the most part) who have so many interesting things they want to share.  If there are people who are not out there blogging…they should be.

For me blogging is aslo a form of therapy.  Getting my ideas down, writing every day about the things that I like the best…its liberating and I’m glad that I took the initiative with myself and started.

As I write this post, I know that the three WordPress blogs that I put down today will always be a best but I know that as I continue my journey in blogging and as I read more and more blogs, this best three might change from week to week, month to month, year to year.  So for this particular post, on today’s date, the blogs that I believe are the best have been included (there are so many honorable mentions that I just couldn’t list them all but I definitely following them).  To me these blogs represent a good cross-section of life and so much more.

1.  Bucket List Publications http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

2. Make Something Mondays! http://makesomethingmondays.wordpress.com/

3. PopWatch http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/7531291/

My first choice is a blog that everyone should check out – Bucket List Publications.  It’s a blog about bucket lists but so much more.  It’s amazing the things that people have done and really let’s you dream and think about your own bucket list.  I’m one of the people out there that has yet to create one but after reading this blog, I think I need to write my own.  It makes me envious, it truly does.  I just start to panic to think of what I would actually include on my list and here you can read about the amazing things that people have done (and can cross off).  They are brave, courgeous and amazing people and have some very interesting things they want to do.  Thank you to Lesley Carter for capturing all of this and sharing it with the rest of us.  Job well done! and always a great read!

My second choice is Make Something Mondays!  This blog is full of great and awesome do-it-yourself projects (and a few other topics).  It is a fun blog and just a nice break to read these (and realize you might be crafty after all and that it really isn’t that hard).

The final blog that I chose was PopWatch.  This is an Entertainment Weekly blog that is always the most up-to-date with all the entertainment news you can imagine.  Its my guilty pleasure.  I just love to know what’s going on in the world of entertainment.  It’s an addictive blog and one of the first ones that I started following.

What blogs do you think should be included? Leave a comment and let me know!

Best Three Reasons Why Having a Sister is Great!

For this post, I wanted to focus on one amazing person in my life, who not only is my best friend but also happens to be my sister.  She is one of the most important people in my life.  She is my big sister and has truly and always lived up to that title.  She is an amazing person.

For sisters, we have so much in common but we also have very different personalities (which I think most siblings do).  My sister is someone I can rely on, and who always helps me out when I need it.  She is always there to listen to me when I need to rant and rave about my life, when I need to cry and when things get too complicated.  She is also there to laugh with, to introduce me to new TV shows, movies, books and other things that I don’t know about and to just hang out with (this is more complicated now, as I don’t live anywhere near her).  However with texting we are able to stay in touch constantly (since I am not a telephone person) and can have that immediate connecti

1.  A built in best friend

2.  A guaranteed maid of honor

3.  Knowing there is someone out that is looking out for you

I am best friend’s with my sister (and I know that makes me lucky as there are a lot of sisters who are not friends at all).  This also makes it so much easier during family visits, reunions, weddings, funerals etc. – there is always someone that has your back but also has no choice but to be there also.

My number 2 best pick was easy.  For anyone that has had to choose a maid of honor and didn’t have a sister – that must have been uncomfortable (this also could go the other way, if you did have a sister and didn’t pick her as maid of honor).  Thankfully that will never happen for me, as I have a guaranteed maid of honor.  So great not to have that hassle.

As for my number 3 pick, that was also easy.  No matter what, even if we are fighter, I know my sister will be there to help me and stand up for me no matter what.  That is nice to have that and it is vice versa – I would be there no matter what.

So big sis, this goes out to the idiot that snubbed you:  “Kevin – you are a total a**hole!”

Best Three Things I would Take to a Desert Island

English: One of the uninhabited islands of Lak...

English: One of the uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I was in a workshop and one of the exercises that the facilitator directed us to do was determine the top five things we would take to a desert island (for some context, this since may people had different things in their top five …there was a lot more to it but I won’t bore you with that).  However this exercise got me thinking about what would be the best 3 things that I would bring to a desert island.  For me, there was an infinite amount of possibilities and in this case my best three list was generated by ranking the best things that I would bring with me to ensure that my desert island experience was the best possible one I could have.

1.  Books

2.  A man

3.  Infinite supply of food and water

Some people might find it funny that I chose books as the number one best pick but for me, I love to read and this just seemed like a natural choice.  If I am going to be there for a long time, what better way to pass the time but to lounge and read.  These books will be the gateway to other worlds, to feelings, to adventures and so many other things…it is endless and frankly just the best way to spend my time.

My second best pick was for pure selfish reasons.  Hey, if a girl is on a desert island she needs some companionship and to be honest: sex.  Plus, you need someone to interact with.  We all remember the Tom Hank‘s movie Cast Away where his best friend was a volleyball called Wilson, well I wouldn’t want to end up like that.  If I am on a desert island, I want to live it up.

Food and water.  These are elements that are essential to survival and wouldn’t allow me to enjoy the books or the man.  Plus if there was always an infinite amount of food and water, it would save from having to always go looking for it.