Wednesday, December 31, 2008

One Little Word

For the past two years, I have chosen One Little Word to concentrate my efforts for the year. 2007's word was BELIEVE and 2008 was FOCUS. Whereas I can continue to use both words as areas of focus (no pun intended), I decided to choose a new word for 2009. Here it is, with some of the definitions that stuck out to me.

bal⋅ance   /ˈbæləns/
a state of equilibrium or equipoise; an adjustment of accounts; the power or means to decide.

"Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man's being.” - Orison Swett Marden

I'm looking forward to seeking balance in 2009- with my job, my home, my life, on the scale (LOL). When I think of walking on a balance beam, you can't rush through, or you'll fall. I'll try to slow down and focus as I strive towards balance.

I encourage you to pick a word in the new year!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

29 Days of Giving

Back in October, I signed up to do a 29 Days of Giving Challenge. Although I did more than what I posted on my 29 Days site, I never officially did 29 days in a row. This morning, I was reminded again of the challenge - and thought I'd try again! I realized this will put me through the end of December ~ what a great way to spend the holiday season!

I encourage you to sign up - isn't giving what it's all about?

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." -William James

Friday, November 21, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I saw this survey on Gretchen's blog and thought it was fun! I'm definitely in the Christmas spirit already!!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I love wrapping – it’s my favorite part!
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial ... don’t have to water it!
3. When do you put up the tree? Normally first part of December – this year it’ll be on Monday November 24th.
4. When do you take the tree down? After New Year’s.
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes – but not straight, either mixed with 7-Up or cut with nonfat in a latte.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My dollhouse – mom-made!
7. Hardest person to buy for? My dad
8. Easiest person to buy for? Talia & Toby ... yay for cute kid clothes! :)
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, just got a Willow Tree one a couple years ago.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Definitely mail.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Luckily nothing stands out. Maybe something I can't return?? ;) I try to appreciate everything though.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Normally not until December – but I’ve done quite a bit this year already.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Not that I recall...
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Sausage Casserole – yum!
16. Lights on the tree? Yes – colorful (they all have to match too ... no half blinking, different sized, etc.)
17. Favorite Christmas song? Can I pick 3? Let it Snow, Santa Baby, or Christmas in the Northwest
18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? Travel – just locally though
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? I think so: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Both! (It used to be morning though.)
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Pressure to be in 300 places at one time.
23. What theme or color are you using? For what - my tree? I like to have a bunch of different ornaments - they bring back great memories.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Christmas dinner doesn't stand out to me - I'll say mashed potatoes and gravy.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I love homemade with love gifts! Honestly, I don't want much.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Change We Can Believe In

It's been 21 hours after the election results were announced, and I'm still giddy! I cried, laughed and applauded last night as I watched the results come in. I'm SO excited for the direction our country is headed. I now hope and pray that we can unite as one country to realize the change we all agree our country needs.

Yes we can ... and here's an article with incredible insight.

As a side note, I updated my Volunteer Blog. I know it's been a fairly sparse activity this year - and I do plan on updating on our past activities with pictures and details. I'm really looking forward to the couple volunteer opportunities that November will bring!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Ba-Rock the Vote!

I'm SO excited for tomorrow ... election day has been a long time coming! I can hardly believe in less than 48 hours we'll know which way the country is headed. Assuming we have no recounts and hanging chads, of course. :)

I've made my vote and even if you don't the same way I do ... please vote. It's your right - and an honor! Otherwise you have no right to complain. :)

Heck, you can even get free coffee just for doing so.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Peer Pressure

So I finally gave in to the peer pressure ... Rian was giving me a bad time ~ if SHE could blog, I could too. ;) And I figured once the parents started blogging, I really needed to as well.

So we'll see how this goes... wish me luck!