I love this time of year. There is so much excitement in the air. Paper and pens go on sale. I get a new group of young minds to mold. All of my friends post cute back to school pictures on social media. Here’s my back to school photo. This is what the teacher looks like after the first day of school.
It’s going to be a great school year! Cheers to the 2017-2018 school year.
It’s July. This should not be happening at the grocery store.
Way too early! We are skipping over all the other important holidays like Back to School Popsicle Day on July 25th and National Hot Day on August 26th. What! You have never heard of Back to School Popsicle Day? You poor thing. How did you survive your entire life without eating frozen sugar water on a stick every July 25th?
The candy display really made me think. How often have I missed the present moment, because I was too busy waiting for some future event? It’s really easy to say that you will be happy when a specific thing happens. I remember doing something like that in college. I told my roommate that my life would be complete when I had a cute boyfriend, a great job and $250 in my checking account. Guess What? Those happy events came and went and somehow my happiness bar had been raised. I didn’t appreciate the moment when I got that cute boyfriend, great job and $250 dollars. It’s okay to have goals and work on them just remember to keep those eyes open. You don’t want to miss the beauty in the every-day moments all around you.
Mother Teresa has an awesome quote that really sums it all up. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today. Let us begin.”King Solomon in the Old Testament said it this way. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8)
Be present. Be here. Live in your season. You can plan for tomorrow but remember to live in today.
(In case you were wondering, National Back-to-School Popsicle Day is my own creation. I made it up as excuse to eat a treat. If any of my dear readers work at the popcycle company, you can send me a royalty check for the free advertising. After all, tomorrow is Send Amee a check day.)
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to share embarrassing, awkward and funny moments related to dating and crushes.
I was 15 and head over heels for a young man named Jeff in my Sunday School class. (names have been changed so I don’t get sued) I would stare at Jeff when the lesson got boring. Jeff always sat by the window next to the blue curtains and I would just imagine that one day he would turn around and say hello to me. One day Jeff did turn around and said in front of everybody, “Amee, stop staring at me”. I was mortified but I couldn’t let a cute boy think I was actually staring at him. So, I smiled and said, “I’m not staring at you, Jeff. I’m admiring the cute pattern on the blue curtains behind you”. Awkward! He just rolled his eyes. I wanted to disappear and a bunch of the kids in the Sunday School class laughed.
What’s your awkward love moment?
My two week technology fast came and went. It was a good experience. I didn’t accomplish all the things I had planned, but I still enjoyed the respite from social media. Here’s a picture of me not wanting to wait to put my swimming suit on before I play in the water.
Every time I eat beets, I think about being five years old and eating dinner at Grandma Adams’ house. It’s amazing how food can act like a time machine.
Where do you travel when you eat certain foods?
I had a perfect weekend. It was the type of vacation that I wish I could bottle up for those days that aren’t so fun. I spent time with dear friends and family just enjoying the simple things in life. Celebrating my cousin’s graduation. Eating Indian food. I love Indian food. Going for a walk around a lovely park. Laughing. Loving life. Singing Beatles songs where the Beatles actually sang their songs. Listening to stories and telling a few of my own. I love stories. Eating more food. Can you tell I like eating food with the people I love? Watching people get chopped on a reality TV cooking shows. Going to a book store and just browsing. Getting back in time from vacation to attend church. Laughing some more while viewing the photos. And not checking my work e-mail for 3 whole days. It’s amazing what not checking your work e-mail messages does for your emotional health. This was a perfect vacation.
If you haven’t taken a perfect vacation for a while, my challenge for you is to go take one. Every body needs a day off.
My car is a place for deep thoughts and for pretending I’m a famous singer. Today was a deep thought day. I’ve been reading a book about external versus internal motivation. External motivation includes prizes and praise from others. Internal motivation occurs when the individual sets and reaches a goal without the external prize. Internal motivation sounds noble. It says, “I always do what I’m suppose to do, because I just do it for the right reason”. Here’s the reality for me. I’m intrinsically motivated sometimes. There are many other times where the prize is my goal.
I like congratulations. We’ve had contests at work where the winner gets a Starbucks gift card. I don’t drink coffee but I’m really motivated to get that card. If all external motivation suddenly stopped, I might read books, watch movies and take long bubble baths all day.
In true external motivation fashion, I made myself an award button. The cashier at the grocery store thought it was funny.
Where do you fall on the external and internal motivation debate?
Sitting is bad for your health. At least, that is what is I read in a magazine one day while I was sitting in the doctor’s office waiting room. In order to negate this risk,we need to move. I’ve decided to make movement my next 13 day challenge. My plan is move 13 times each day. Movement can be simple as standing up for a minute after sitting at work for an hour. It can be walk around the block after dinner. It can be taking a bike ride or doing ten situps during a commercial break while watching TV. The goal is to move, move and move for the next 13 days.
Have you ever met someone who is a builder? I have. Her name is Karilee.
Karilee and I met in high school. She was an imaginative soul who loved to host parties at her home. She could also build things, loved science-fiction and ride motorcycles. As a kind person,Karilee went out of her way to ensure that everyone who entered her presence felt loved and welcomed. She continues her kind acts of love and creative projects today. Karilee is a builder of a cool international project. She organized an effort to ship, share and deliver two LOST related teddy bears, George and Ginger, around the world in a year. Her web sites to track the bears are very impressive. Check it out here and here. Karilee and her husband dreamed about building their own home. I love the image of Karilee teaching her five active children to use power tools as she and her husband Jason work together to build their own home. Karilee also builds others by donating blood to the Red Cross and donating her long hair to Locks of Love.
Karilee is a builder. Karilee is a Wonder Women.
Remember every women’s success can be my success if I let it.
Have you ever met someone who is brave? I have. Her name is Kim.
I met Kim when she started dating my brother Stephen. I was rooting for her the moment we met. I’m glad Stephen saw Kim’s goodness as well so she can be my sister-in-law. Kim is brave. She will send back food in a restaurant that doesn’t meet her expectations. She asks for discounts at stores and gets it. Kim is a go-getter. She wanted to move up at work so she applied for a better position. In addition to her bravery, Kim is kind, intelligent and plays the guitar. She is a very busy person, but still has time to help my brother in making movies.
Kim is a Wonder Women. Despite the challenge of working, attending graduate school and expecting a baby, she cultivates the beauty of her soul with activities that build her.
Remember every women’s success can be my success if I let it.