Archive for July, 2010

I Love List #1 (Nice Journey)

Friday, July 30th, 2010

A art project visual of my I LOVE LIST =)

As part of my journey to new levels of nice, I have made my first I love listlisting many things I love. I will probably make more as time goes on, change them, add to them… in no particular order, here are some of the things I love…

  • Rain
  • nonsense
  • books
  • reading
  • cotton
  • nice people
  • listeners
  • umbrellas
  • recycling
  • love bottles
  • starbucks iced tea
  • picture frames
  • bandaids
  • art
  • inspirational people, stories, things
  • My Nook
  • handmade things and clothes
  • flowy dresses
  • sticky notes
  • pens
  • rainboots
  • traveling
  • bees
  • education
  • ice cream
  • family
  • friends
  • laughing
  • global concepts, international relations
  • Anthropology
  • birdnoculars
  • birds
  • crows
  • popsicles
  • leaves
  • Autumn
  • Washington State
  • apples
  • writing
  • love
  • badminton
  • the holidays (most all of them)
  • little red wagons
  • puffins
  • photographs (both taking them and seeing them)
  • stars, astronomy
  • music
  • YOU

Postcard #1 (Nice Journey)

Monday, July 26th, 2010

postcard - Washington

I sent off my first postcard to a family or friend today… in my nice journey. =) I am excited to hear from the person I sent it to. It has been too long!

Nice (part 1)

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

So! I took this nice project by the reins and went to full speed ahead on my journey! I sent out my first postcard to a stranger and then we did a nice-note-a-palooza. Three of us wrote out some random notes and then deposited them throughout the town. Seven random notes and the best part… a little girl joined in with us and she was so excited to be part of being nice! =)

Journey to the depths of niceness

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I happened upon a most wonderful site the other day, Operation NICE. Allow the lovely lady who started it tell you in her own words (from the website) what it is about,

Don’t you love it when people go out of their way to be nice? Like when someone waits to hold the door for you. Or when a stranger waves you into a line a traffic. Or even when a coworker shoots you a friendly smile along with a “have a nice day.” If everyone was a little bit nicer to the folks they encountered each day, perhaps the world would be a more pleasant place. Operation NICE was initiated to remind you that a little NICE goes a long way.

And so a movement was born…a journey to be nice and proactively spread the niceness. I am jumping in head first! I am already a fairly nice person. I compliment good service. I write thank you notes. I try to be thoughtful mostly. However, I am ready to begin a journey into new depths of niceness.

Most every week for the past few years the nice lady who runs Operation Nice has given out nice assignments for others to complete. Having just found the site I feel a little jealous I have missed out on all these nice opportunities to be super-duper nice and make another person’s day a little bit better. And so! I have decided I will do some of the past assignments as well as trying to do the new ones that she conjures up! It will be fun, fun indeed. These are the past nice assignments I have decided upon:

  • Mail a card to a random stranger (picked from the telephone book). I will do this once a month, every 3rd Thursday a month, I already sent the first one yesterday to a lady in Illinois! The whitepages.com insists you put in a last name so I chose a random word close to my heart, ‘book’. =) Fun!  (Ongoing)
  • Hand make valentines and give them to those you care about. I had a head start on this one as I did this for Valentine’s Day. But why stop on that day? I will handmake one valentine every month to send to someone I care about–on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. (Ongoing)
  • I love list for each month, write a list or do a doodle composition of what you love about the current month… or as I will do it the upcoming month. I will post my What I love about this month picture or list on the 1st of every month. (Ongoing)
  • Write a living eulogy — I will give this some thought and get back to you soon… I might even post it. If not, I will post about it. (Finished on August 6th)
  • Send a postcard to family and/or friends on a regular basis. I will choose some nifty postcards and send one a week to a different person until I recycle through everyone and then begin again. (Ongoing)
  • Make a I Love list, a positive way of articulating goals or just being grateful. I will make one soon… and periodically make new ones… this one will be fun! (Finished on July 30th)
  • Nice bombs, on the Operation Nice website she provides cards you can print out that say Nice Note and a space for you to write in your own message. She even attaches little gifts with them! How nice!!! I will write some out and sometimes add little gifts… and leave them places, taking photos of the places I leave them to share with everyone. (Ongoing)

Oh! I am excited to get all crazy random nice! How fun! I will keep you up to date on my journey to the inner depths of niceness. In the meantime why not start your own little nice things to do and tell me about it and tell Melissa from Operation Nice about it too! And a big fat thank you to you Melissa for inspiring me to be even nicer.

Updated last (August 25th).

Our deepest fear…

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles,” 1992 (commonly misattributed to Nelson Mandela, 1994 inauguration speech)

It is exactly in this spot that I struggle along with my fellow travelers in the journey of ours. I want to learn to love myself like I so easily love others. I want to help others love themselves as easily as they love me, easier even. If I wish to find a genuine reflection of self-love in the looking glass each day I must find myself worthy of it. I must be something, some one I can look in the eye with respect, with gratitude, with kindness. There are two sides of this and I intend on working on both. It is a balancing act, self-love, but I have my tights on and I am ready to walk the walk…no matter how narrow or windy the road, no matter the obstacles before me. It will be an adventure and I am so ready for one!

I Am Mine by Brooke Waggoner
Beautiful Flower by Indie Arie
Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

Sunshine

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

sunshine, originally uploaded by {life through the lens}.

“Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the flowers, and kind deeds are the fruits. Take care of your garden and keep out the weeds, fill it with sunshine kind words and kind deeds.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A mesmerizing photograph, a lovely song… and a moving quote. Well worth the share, don’t you think?

For your listening pleasure… a few of my favorite renditions of You are my sunshine

Children – You Are My Sunshine
Gene Autry – You Are My Sunshine
Sara Gazarek – You Are My Sunshine

I am particularly fond of the last by Sara Gazarek!

Clever use or book abuse?

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

I am of two minds about the following uses of books. On the one hand it is very creative and putting to use something that would otherwise be discarded to clog up the landfills. On the other hand they are books! Are we certain these books would never be read again or appreciated? You can help me decide!

A book purse made (and sold) by Rebound Designs

 

Chair made with discarded paperbacks (hopefully romances!) by http://blog.makezine.com/

 

Books used to hold up a shelf -- by ThereIfixedit.com

Happy Moon Day (2010)

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

 We like the moooooon (heavily annotated Harvest Moon, 10/6/2006)

Forty-one years ago Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walked on the moon FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME during the Apollo 11 mission. They were the first two men EVER to walk on the moon’s surface. What an amazing feat that was… why aren’t we going back to the moon or even further? Why aren’t we spending money exploring space instead of occupying other countries? I digress. Let’s not complain or focus on the negative. Let’s celebrate the vast accomplishment of forty-one years ago! If you want to learn more about this mission and all the one’s leading up to it and that followed, I can recommend a really good miniseries narrated by Tom Hanks. From Earth to the Moon is the title and it has (12) 50-minute episodes. It is worth a watch… perhaps one a week or so. It is educational and engaging. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. You can watch it on Netflix or Amazon. It is out there, just google it. =)

Happy Moon Day to all of you… may you learn something about our past trips to the moon or find interest in pushing for future trips…

Stop!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

(Photo property of Crowgyrls.com)

Stop whatever you are doing… and read! Pick a good book… go to the library, the book store. Ask me! I can recommend the right book to just about anyone. What are you feeling passionate about? What are you lacking? Tell me and I will tell you what books might fill the voids or compliment the track you are on. I love love love to read and have been doing so frequently. It is the summer of reading aloud for me. I intend on reading at least 10 books aloud. So far, so good.

What are you reading these days?

Want to read it aloud? Why not record yourself reading it and share with a friend or a stranger… why not share it with me?

Remember Polaroids?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Feeling nostalgic? Want to have polaroid pictures without the muss and fuss? You can have them now! Simply take a photograph and then check out the Poladroid project

 

It is super simple to use and FREE!!! YAY!!! That’s soft capitalism folks… gotta love it. =) Once you download the program and open it, then you drag a picture onto the camera and it’ll turn it into a polaroid. Then you can right click on it and save it. It even needs time to develop, or you can shake it like you would a real polaroid. Pretty nifty little program for the best price…

Here are two examples I made…