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Fortune Cookie Friday: Human Resources

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Today's fortune was sent in by a reader. Let's take a look at it! Of all our human resources, the most precious is the desire to improve. Humans are very resourceful creatures, aren't we? When I go to museums and look at exhibits of ancient tools and how ancient civilizations lived, and then compare that to where we are now, I am constantly amazed by humanity's capacity to improve their lot in life.

This seems to be something innate in us, too. We aren't content to just sit there and keep doing things the same way. Cars, tools, medicines, healthcare, machines, industry—we are constantly surrounded by examples of innovation and creativity that serve to improve our lives.

Feel free to use this cookie to inspire you today! What about yourself do you desire to improve? Figure that out, and then figure out the steps you need to make that hap…

Decompressing Through Coloring

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I have a confession to make:

I love to color!
It's a good thing that coloring as an adult is now acceptable, isn't it? There have been a plethora of "coloring for adults" products hitting the retail arena in the last couple of years, and, frankly, it's a relief. Plus, there is so much good stuff out there! =)

When I was in high school and college, the only coloring books you could really find were for kids. There were the typical, very young-age type of coloring books, with Disney and Winnie the Pooh and other cartoon characters, but those didn't interest me.

What did interest me at the time were the types of coloring books you'd find in museum gift shops. Things like pictures of Samurai found at an Asian art museum, or William Morris textile patterns found at a design museum. I would pick these up any time I visited one, and…

A City as Symbol of Resilience

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Today's post is going to be part travel/local tourism blog and part lesson about resilience and remaking ourselves when what we're doing is no longer working for us.
The City of Pittsburgh has a long tradition of hard work, being synonymous with the mighty steel industry of days gone by.

When the steel industry suffered, Pittsburgh (and other cities who based their economy on steel) suffered along with it for a period of time. But Pittsburgh ended up surprising me!

When I first visited this city with my now-husband (who is a native of this fine town), I was expecting something like what I'd seen in old pictures: dirty, polluted air, bad traffic, and a sea of black and gold everywhere.

I was pleasantly surprised to find, well, still a sea of black and gold (sports pride is a big thing here!), but otherwise there were pretty, blue skies; majesti…

Fortune Cookie Friday: If It Seems Fates Are Against You

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Hi everyone! Buckle in, because today's fortune cookie may SEEM like a doozy, but I think if we get out of the box and really think about it, there's a great message here: If it seems fates are against you today, they probably are.
πŸ’₯*needle scratches on the record* πŸ’₯

Wait a minute... WHAT?!

Isn't this supposed to be a positivity blog?

I have to admit, when I opened this cookie the other night, I was a little mad that I'd gotten it. I didn't want to post about it. I thought it was "too negative" and wondered about the manufacturer letting something like get into a fortune cookie.

But then I realized that I was just playing into a story that some slip of paper wedged into a crispy, delicious, baked novelty was saying and I was taking that story WAY too literally, so I stopped with all that and instead got thinking about &quo…

Gathering 2018: Get Your Tickets Before They're Gone!

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πŸ””Hear ye! Hear ye!πŸ””Tickets to the Gathering 2018 are limited and are starting to sell! Get yours today before they are sold out! 🌸
WHAT
Gathering 2018 is a small-scale festival where you can kick back, relax, listen, laugh, and learn, and by the time you leave, you will have made new friends for life. There will be speakers, vendors, singing and spooky tales around the campfire, horse and buggy rides through historic Roan Mountain, a creek walk in the park, workshops, and so much more.

Details can be found here, and make sure you check out the Event page. Our host, Cat Young of the Mountain Gypsies, will be posting the speaker and workshop schedule there.

(Click here to see what I posted about this event, previously.)

WHEN
June 29-July 1, 2018 (Friday to Sunday).

WHERE
Breathtaking Roan Mountain, TN, at a cottage nestled at the bottom of the mountains. Yes,…

Fortune Cookie Friday: Creativity Is GO!

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It's Friday the 13th, and that means it's a good day for a fortune cookie. πŸ‘
Today's fortune cookie is about creativity!  I found this one in an old journal:

Creative energy is up—capitalize on it. This is so true in my life right now. I feel like a dam has broken and a lot is flowing through me right now.

This has been evident in some jewelry I've been designing using crochet thread, beads, and charms; photos I've been taking; things I've been writing—and I have a lot of ideas in my head.

When I get a lot of ideas in my head, sometimes they can get overwhelming. This is where keeping a notebook or journal handy (or a notebook app on my phone) can be helpful. I can jot things down, storyboard, or make lists, and then that helps me get ordered and make a plan for putting a creative piece into play.

And it is so important to capital…

The Voices You Have Not Heard

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Today I'd love to share an inspiring person with you all!

Her name is Ms. Spearman, and she's an entrepreneur, life coach, and all-around awesome person.

I met Ms. Spearman many years ago when we both worked at the same firm. We hit it off pretty quickly, and I was immediately struck by her joy, realism, and fun attitude. I left that job in 2011, but we stayed in touch over time. I'm glad we did, because she is KILLING IT. She is on message, on point, and on topic, and I love what she is offering to the world.

After losing her job unexpectedly, Ms. Spearman has done what not many people believe they can do (but all of us can): she doubled down and got working on her TRUE life path. And she is here to tell us all how we can do that, too.

If you want a swift kick in the pants to go out there and live your best life — besides getting any inspir…

Let's Motivate Monday: Dance Party Edition

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Happy Monday! Let's get this week started right!

This song recently came up in a 90s Dance Hits playlist on Google's Play Music service. I found myself dancing in my chair and smiling as I worked, so why not share that with you?



 I mean how can you NOT get happy bouncing along to this?

Another thing I like about this song is that, although it's about the party lifestyle, they say not to drink and drive. I may be dating myself a little bit here, but back then, that wasn't a message you heard a lot in the clubs. Probably still isn't.

Feel free to send me your favorite dance hit. And let me know: what helps you get motivated on a Monday?

Now go out and slay this week! 🐝


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Fortune Cookie Friday: A Mystery, Not A Problem

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So I guess this will be our next fortune, because as these things tend to happen to me, this one fell out of....well, I'm not quite sure where it came from! I found it sitting on my couch yesterday afternoon. I can only assume it fell out of the notebook I was writing in.

(I did mention that I have a ton of these things laying around, didn't I?) Anyway, here's today's fortune:


Life is not a problem to be solved but rather a mystery to be lived.
This one was timely, for me. It's been, honestly, a bit of a bad week. I try not to let bad weeks get to me too much, as I know they'll pass, but between my husband and I being ill and a bunch of other stuff that happened, it's definitely been one of those weeks if you know what I mean.

Sometimes, those weeks tend to pile up on one another. And then before you know it, you've had one o…

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

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Today is Easter Sunday, and if you celebrate, then Happy Easter! If you don't, then Happy Spring! 🌷🌸

Maybe it's just that the weather is getting warmer, but this time of year tends to symbolize renewal and hope for me. I went for a walk outside yesterday and relished the feel of sunshine on my face, smiled at some families flying kites in the park, and watched some folks play soccer. Before that, I took a moment over my morning coffee to watch the birds doing cute little bird things. They seemed happy to be out and about in my yard, chirping away!

So at least Spring is finally getting around to showing up (ok, ok, I know some of us are supposed to get snow), but really, winter is just about over and it's time for outdoor things!


Drop me a line and let me know what you plan to do either for the holiday or just in general with the return of war…