Posts Tagged ‘operation nice’

This 2011, I pledge to be a little bit nicer…

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I will hold the door for people behind me. I will say “please” and “thank you.” I will smile at strangers. I will compliment people. If I’m not sure whether I should greet someone with a handshake or hug, I will opt for the hug. If I see someone having trouble, I will offer help. I will try to perform at least one Random Act of Kindness a week. I will be grateful. I will not hold grudges. I will always do my best to be humble, empathetic, and honest. I will be mindful and considerate of the people around me. I will be kind to people, animals, and nature. All in all, I promise to be nicer!

And I will also try to be a little nicer to myself. =) This is the perfect new year’s resolution. Thank you Melissa for nudging us towards being even nicer. =)

What I love about December (2010)

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

December is a wonderful month…what is NOT to love about it?

Snow. Santa Claus. Holly. Mistletoe. Christmas trees, oh! I do so love the evergreens and pine trees. Cookies baked fresh. Sweaters. Scarves hand knitted by my very dearest friend. Mittens and hats, that I wear often. My birthday. Candy canes. Blankets of frost. Christmas carolers. Christmas music! I love love love Christmas music! =) Peppermint hot chocolate. Warm teas. Wrapping presents. Giving. Love. Family. Friends. Good cheer. Pies. Stories read to me or by me. I love Winter Soltice which falls on the 21st or 22nd of December, this year it is December 21st. Long lines where you can meet the most interesting people. The crunch of the ice under my boots, and the cold or wet excuse to wear them!

December is good.

Dear Santa, I’d love…

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Dear Santa, I’d love…, originally uploaded by dr_loplop.

As part of my operation nice assignments…I am writing a letter to Santa to tell him what I want for Christmas. So, Ole St. Nick, here is my list…

This year, I’d love…

1. Confidence. I seem to have misplaced mine in the past few years and I can’t seem to find it.

2. Good health. For my family, friends and myself. I have been sick for a few years and it really drains my motivation and my good spirits.

3. Productivity. I’d love to be more productive, to work on my sites a bit more, to finish up some projects I’ve started but haven’t finished. To start writing more, maybe even for money.

4. Discipline. I’d love to have the discipline to exercise on a regular basis, this may help me feel better physically as well. I’d also love to journal on a regular basis again. I used to be so good at it! And daily meditation. Seems, Santa, that discipline is something I really, really need.

5. Clarity. In what I want to do, in which direction I want to go, in my overall purpose, in my life’s goals. I have been struggling and I believe everything happens for a reason, even if it is not a good one. While I have been slowed down by my health, I feel like it gave me some time to re-evaluate my purpose, my goals. I’d love the clarity to do this.

6. A good experience for my girlie in her first year of college. I want her to enjoy every aspect of it through the difficult and jubilant times. I hope she discovers that she is capable of anything she puts her mind to and that she is worth love, great big gigantic deep love. She is so worth it. And I really want her to feel that for herself as well.

7. A pay raise for my friends. I want all my friends to get raises, bonuses, level increases, grants. Anything they need and deserve. =) And a sense of appreciation at work. I know many a person who works very hard and feels unappreciated…Santa, please bring them a better working experience.

8. A way back to Grad School. I would love to find a way to go back to Graduate school, to pinpoint what I want to study and to go for it.

9. Intimacy, Relationship deposits. Santa, help me pick up the phone more often to say hello, to invite a long-distance friend to a chat or a local friend to lunch. Let me invite others to dinner or a movie. Remind me how to show those I care about how important they are in my life by making time for them.

10. Gratitude. I want to stay focused on all that I have in my life. To be actively, proactively grateful for the people and comforts I enjoy every single day of my life.

Thank you, Santa. I’ll try to help you out… and do what I can on this end. =) I would love, love, love to help you out in helping fulfill someone else’s list too. =) Let me know if I can.

P.S. Since I am receiving Photoshop for my birthday, you can definitely take that off the long-long-long-wanted list as well. =) WOO HOOO!!!

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…

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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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

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! =)