Archive for August, 2010

More postcards (Nice Journey)

Friday, August 27th, 2010

I sent out two more postcards this week both to people I know. It has been nice to send postcards to people. I hope they are received in good spirits.

I also stumbled upon a great way to be charitable AND to read at the same time. You can read more about that at BeNonsensical. And I joined another nice cause over at itstartswithus.com where I joined the ‘Drop a Love Bomb mission. They send me an email each week with a story about a blogger, a person who needs some encouragement. And then I follow the link and leave a comment or message. I’ve done two so far. I think it is an excellent way to drop in on someone when they need it the most! =)

It is fun being nice. =)

Random Stranger Mail #1 AND #2 (Nice Journey)

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I don’t think I blogged about the first note I sent to a random stranger. I sent it on the first day of my nice adventure! Someone suggested I mail it to someone in Illinois and so I did. I did a little search on whitepages dot com and used one of my favorite words as the last name and voila! The first stranger was chosen.

This time I chose a particular name (first and last) from random things I love and left the state open… and I came up with a lady with the loveliest name ever.  I mailed it yesterday! How fun is this? I found some postcards but I am already down to three. Postcards are perfect because you don’t have to fill them up like cards but rather just simple messages. =) I think I should design some postcards and have them printed up. This might help conserve money. =)

It is fun to be nice!

(Inspired by OperationNice)

Postcard #3 (Nice Journey)

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Weeks zip by, don’t they? Today is the day for my weekly postcard to family and/or friends (niceness journey). And I chose an oversized card to send with lots and lots of personal updates. I really like these postcards. I need to figure out how to make my own postcards…I like variety. =) I’m thinking recycled paper, about 80lb. Hrm…

Home made Valentine #1 (Nice Journey)

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Today is the 2nd Tuesday of August and thus, I set out to make a home made valentine. I wanted to do something with Pippi Longstocking because who can motivate a girl like our favorite freckled-face-redhead-girl? I found a picture to color of her and I thumbed through Pippi’s Extraordinary Ordinary Day (by Astrid Lingren) and found the perfect quote. I combined the picture and the quote in psp. And here is the result,

I printed it full page and then wrote a letter around the picture to a friend I have not spoken to or written to at all in months and not reconnected with in years. So, I will mail this and hope it is received as happily as it was made. =) I also apologized for disappearing so often, for being easily distracted for long periods of time. (Making amends…1 down, 2 to go!)

There are always things to do…

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

There are always things to do…, originally uploaded by SuzEdge.

I want to do more, stretch my envelope. And so, I am going to make a list of a random 20 things to do. As I do them I will cross them off and tell you about them. When I finish them all I will make a new list of 20 new random things I want to focus on. A way to do more or to realize how much I do…

Some of these are thing I feel need to be completed, some are things I’ve wanted to do for awhile but haven’t gotten around to it, some are just things that would be fun…

1. Finish the quilt I started
2. Frame Cuban art
3. Forgive someone (Done here)
4. Make amends to (3) people (1, 2, and 3)
5. Leave a book at a café with a nice note explaining the parts I loved
6. Take a photo a day for a month
7. Catalog all my books in my nifty library catalog software (This may never be *finished* since I am always buying books!)
8. Change home insurance companies or sort out the one I have (Done!)
9. Give a present on some stranger’s wish list online
10. See ‘her’ dorm room after she decorates it (Done!)
11. Write 10 book reviews, really thorough, worth reading book reviews (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) (Done!)
12. Visit 5 new cities in Western Washington (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
13. Get a power cord for my bird alarm clock (I keep forgetting!)  (Ordered Sept. 10th)
14. Meditate daily for a month
15. Journal daily for a month
16. See a new bird, one I haven’t seen before
17. Go video the puffins
18. Visit 5 local independent book stores (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and 5 local libraries (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
19. Pay for a stranger’s food
20. Draw a picture (Finished 9/5 Cheshire cat)

Beautiful silence

Monday, August 9th, 2010

beautiful silence, originally uploaded by CrazyFast.

“Silence is as deep as eternity; speech shallow as time”
-Thomas Carlyle

Sometimes silence is like a warm breeze, enveloping you in its tendrils, sheltering you from the harsh weather waiting, aching to consume you. Sometimes silence is like a raging ocean pushing you under its shiny blue into the vast darkness, forcing you down to its unending depths while you try in vain to hold your breath and watch the surface, the sky…your entire world disappear into darkness. And you die a thousand watery silent deaths for no one can hear your muted, drowned out cries for help. And sometimes silence teases the air from your ear, leaving in its absence a strange pulling sensation that makes you doubt everything you ever known.

And sometimes silence is a traffic jam of words, so many words, rushing to and fro, all at their leisure… in preparation of something grand guesture, preparation for whats to come, some overwhelming emotion or thought… stuck firm upon your palate just so… and in the delightful confusion the brain does not, will not supercede in the chain of command, by taking control. And the words they dance stupid upon your tongue until you fall fast asleep, weary from anticipation, and each word you swallow like silent snores never to escape upon your baited breath. Never to reach their destination.

(written by me this weekend)

Postcard #2 (Nice Journey)

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

I owe an apology to someone I care a lot about. I am often so inside my own head I do not realize how my retreat within, my withdrawal from the everyday affects others. I recently avoided someone when they needed me, not because they needed me and not really on purpose but more because I was in my own head and trying to avoid the world. No matter my reason, I hurt someone. So, what better time than NOW to send a postcard with a simple apology and words expressing how important this person is to me? That is what I did this morning. Good Morning.

For the record, I am sorry. And love is fade resistant, no matter how far I go, no matter how long I am silent.

All Smiles (nice assignment)

Friday, August 6th, 2010

All Smiles, originally uploaded by optikal..

The newest nice assigment is to smile more. I am a fairly smiley person already so this will be easy and fun. I generally try to smile at everyone all the time. But I will pay attention and try to smile more. I will also encourage others to smile as well.

And for another nice update,

I finished the living eulogy. I wrote it for my dear friend E. and gave it to her when I was finished. She loved it.

I think I will write more for others but I will take a different, slightly more positive direction. I think I will write like I am nominating [said person] as Man or Woman of the Decade. And then talk about why… that might be a more positive version of this ‘nice’ assignment. Eulogies seem creepy. And in some cultures it is bad luck to write a eulogy or obituary for someone who is not dead. It is like putting a curse on them. Wouldn’t want to do that! Particularly not with people I care about… well, no one really but you know what I mean!

Better be safe than sorry!

This leaves only new and ongoing nice challenges. I continue to make nice drops. The other day when we were getting coffee, we paid for the person behind us and left a nice note. It is fun!! This Tuesday I’ll be making a handmade valentine! How much fun will that be?

Want to join me in my quest to be nicer?
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TIME

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

TIME {Explored!}, originally uploaded by Angie♥Nan.

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. – Henry Van Dyke

Time is beautiful, ethereal. I spent the majority of my life living without regrets. Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years spent and no regrets. They were what they were, exactly what they were supposed to be, exactly how I arrived here.

Suddenly I find myself spending too much time, finite moments, regretting time already spent. At what point does this become an infinite circular loops of ridiculous? Regret will not change the past, the present or the future. Regret will not rewind time. Regret serves no purpose beyond dwindling precious time away.

This is what I must remember. This is what I must focus on. Forget regret, live. We only have this moment… and I choose not to spend this one drowning in regret.

What I love about AUGUST…

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

 

Freshly grown fruits and vegetables, Obama, how happy others are and loads of fun activities make the top of my list of what I love about August.

There are FARMERS MARKETS all over in every city across the nation during August. It is a prime time to pick up local produce. Shop local, eat responsibly. Fresh fruits and vegetables are yummy! I love that they are so readily available in August.

If I had to order all the months from most favorite to least, August would come in last. It is true. We all have our favorites and least favorites and August is my least favorite month. However, this Operation-Nice-inspired-exercise helped me find the good things about August, helped me appreciate what it has to offer. And so I binged my way into a bunch of fun events in my area in August… and I will share them with you, just in case you happen to be in the Seattle area in August. I love this city!

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