Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Seeing the World Through Half-Full Glasses

You've heard the theories about people who see the world as a glass that is either half full or half empty.

Personally, I really want to know what's IN the glass before committing to an answer. 

Okay, so I've actually been accused of being TOO positive, even sans Chardonnay.
Someone recently flamed me (again) on Facebook saying something to the effect that I "constantly make it seem like the world poops cupcakes and rainbows."  

It wasn't meant as a compliment.  Clearly that came from a glass-half-empty kinda guy.

The thing is I try to be positive. (And not just to annoy the pooping rainbows guy. Okay, maybe just a wee bit.)

Sometimes it takes more effort than you would think. A lot more.

But ya know what? Life is about choices.

As many of you know, I lost my mom last year and my dad not too long before that. There is nothing to explain that kind of sadness. People say it gets easier.  It doesn't.  Somehow life goes on, but the grief changes a person on a cellular level. Not a day goes by when I don't think about how the world isn't the same now that I am "parentless." And each time, it's like a brand new revelation.  

Apparently my dad's former medical suppliers, utilities companies, salespeople and the like are having trouble accepting his death as well. Since my address is my dad's forwarding, I get all his mail. Every. Single. Flippin. Day.  Even still.

At some point I realized I had three choices:
  1. Cry every time the mail came.
  2. Spend many hours and much effort in some futile effort to keep the mail from coming.
  3. Change my perspective.
In the spirit of full disclosure I tried the first two options for several months before I thought of number three.

Like I said, sometimes this stuff takes work.

Finally I decided that every time I saw an envelope with my dad's name on it, I'd think of it as his way of saying, "Hey little kid. How ya doin'?"

To which I'd reply the same way my dad would, "I'm fantastic. Thanks for asking."

A sad reminder transformed into a gift through the power of perspective.

Each day presents multiple opportunities to choose our perspective. When we wake up; as we interact with our partners and children; in the car; at work; at the store. All day long.

Choices.

Try this little experiment for one full day:  Starting from the moment you wake up, be hyper-aware of each thought that comes into your brain (or out of your mouth or on your Facebook status.) Find a way to transform any negative thoughts to be positive. Find the silver lining. Make the glass half full.

Fill the world with cupcakes and rainbows.

Carpe diem,


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Video Blog: Make All Your Dreams Come True

As I love to get outside my comfort zone for maximum growth, I thought it would be a good time to take a first step into the journey of video.

With that, welcome to my very first video blog post!   Still learning, so obviously there are some improvements to be made particularly on the technical quality.  I'm just puttin' it out there anyway.

Maybe it will light a spark for you to "push play" on something that you have been putting off simply from fear of not knowing 100% what you're doing and/or the worry that it won't be perfect.  I say, "GO FOR IT!"

We can't get anywhere if we don't start, right?

Progress, not perfection.

Let me know what you think and stay tuned for more video in the future!

Also, please note that my blog will be moving to a new platform next month so now would be a good time to follow me on Twitter or Facebook .  Make sure you don't miss any of the VERY exciting news I have coming soon!

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Dreams do come true!!

PS:  If the video embedded into the blog post is fuzzy, you can watch it in slightly better resolution on YouTube here.





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Monday, May 13, 2013

Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Life, I Learned in Sales

Thanks for visiting! This post has been moved to my NEW website and "Sparks of Insight" blog.

I'd love it if you would go there and check it out.

Thanks!!









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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Juicing Confession

After a few months of consistent "practice what I preach" mode, I finally lost the last 10 lbs to my goal weight while also increasing muscle.  *YAY!*

Recently, a (not creepy) co-worker noticed my improved physique and asked for my secret.   I shared that in addition to a new killer boxing routine, I've been "juicing."

Seeing his slightly horrified expression I quickly clarified, "Fruits and vegetables; NOT steroids!"

We both laughed. I made a secret note to myself to cut back on my bicep workout.

My Facebook fans thought it was funny too. As a side note of utter shamelessness, if you're not already in on my daily antics and funny / inspiring updates, please "like" my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/charleneignites  (You rock! Thanks!)

Anyhoo, I am very much enjoying my juice adventure. Sometimes I look up recipes online but mainly I just experiment based on what I have in the house and/or what I find at the store that looks interesting.

Wanna try it?   It's not as intimidating as you think!
     1) Buy or borrow a juicer based on budget and availability.
     2) Pick fruits & veggies you think (or someone tells you) go together.
     3) Wash 'em and cut 'em into chunks that fit into your juicer.
     4) Juice according to the directions on your juicer.
     5) Drink up. If you want sweet but it's not sweet enough, add a Splenda. If you want savory but it's not tasty enough, add some salt or hot sauce.

I realize I'm not being truly instructional here but the whole point is to have some fun.  Experiment.  Tweak. Enjoy!

My favorite savory juice is a homemade V8: tomato, celery, cucumber, kale, lemon (no rind), red bell pepper, romaine & carrot.  (Sometimes it's only a V4 or V5 depending on what I have around.)

My favorite sweet juice lately is carrot, orange, melon, & ginger.

One of the "complaints" about juicing is that you don't get the fiber. So, what I often do is save the dry fibrous stuff that doesn't get juiced (like what's in this bowl) and make muffins or bread out of it.

The kids LOVE it, especially when I add butter and cinnamon/sugar shake on top. What's not to love? YUM!

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