Category Archives: thought provoking

Things I’d like to improve upon in 2014

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I’m going to be cliche and go ahead and share some of my New Year’s resolutions with you, although I like to look at them as ongoing goals. 2014 is right around the corner and although I’m not being too hard on myself, there are things that I want to change and improve upon in this new year. I have some short & long term goals that I’d really like to make happen. Many of my short term goals are a means to reaching my long term goals. Continue reading

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The Happiness Project

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I recently finished the book “The Happiness Project”, by Gretchen Rubin. It took me a long time to finish it but I finally did. It was an interesting book and so the content really had nothing to do with the time it took me to finish it. I love to read but lately I just find that for some reason I always wind up on the couch watching TV during my down time instead of picking up a good book. It’s a habit I want to change. Reading makes me happy and it’s something I want to make time for which is one of the points in her book (make time for fun) so it’s fitting to mention here.

Gretchen Rubin makes many good observations about happiness and her book is jam packed with great advice on how to be happier. She points out that trying to improve your own happiness isn’t necessarily a selfish goal. It turns out happier people are more likely to help others and less focused on their own problems. Also, helping others is a sure way to make yourself feel happier. This book is full of interesting aspects I never took into consideration about happiness and although Rubin makes many good points about happiness and gives a lot of great advice throughout the book, my two major takeaways from the book were one of her “personal happiness commandments” to “Be Gretchen” (or in my case “Be Stephanie”) and the other was one of her resolutions to cultivate gratitude. Continue reading

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Lessons from Life of Pi

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I saw the movie Life of Pi for the first time two nights ago. I haven’t had a chance to read the book, so I can’t compare the two. But what I can say about the movie is that I really appreciated all the quotes and life lessons. What a beautiful story of survival, faith and perseverance. I knew the basis of the story but I was not expecting it to be so moving. I must have cried like 15 times throughout the movie. Here are some of the quotes that stood out to me: Continue reading

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Counting my blessings

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I’ve been in kind of a slump/funk lately. If there is such a thing as a quarter life crisis, it’s very possible that I am going through one. My thoughts seem to take discouraged, negative, fearful paths quite frequently and it sometimes takes quite an effort to redirect them.

However, even though sometimes it’s very hard to stop the negative thinking that can go on in my head, I’ve discovered that counting my blessings can really help. It’s not a new concept really, but I’ve been trying hard to focus on the MANY good things in my life, rather than the few bad things. Why is it that sometimes it feels as though the bad things seem to outweigh the good? That’s another negative lie.

I was recently inspired by a friend of mine to make a list of things I am thankful for. She started posting a daily “thankful” status on facebook, in which she lists a couple things that she is thankful for each day. I look forward to reading her daily status updates, because sometimes reading them, I remember to be thankful for something that I had otherwise forgotten about! It’s been a wake up call to me to start thanking God for the blessings in my life because I don’t do it nearly enough. So, here is a list of things I am thankful for today. It is not comprehensive. If it were, the list would be never ending. These are just some of the things that came to mind as I wrote this post. Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Help

I expected the movie to be good. I just didn’t expect it to inspire me and move me as much as it did.

I apologize for the crooked picture. I can't wait to read it!

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Observations from the Dog Park

Maggie and friends at the dog park.

I never know quite what to expect when I venture to the dog park. Dogs are often unpredictable, much like humans are. Overall, I really enjoy the dog park. I love to see all the different dogs and the way they interact with the other dog owners and with each other. But as much as I enjoy it, I am always a little nervous bringing Maggie (my little beagle) there because you never know exactly what you’re going to get. Continue reading

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Reasons to Smile

If I think about all the things I have to do that I’ve been avoiding, and if I start thinking about the work weeks ahead of me, and the cold winter that is drawing closer by the day, it is fairly easy to become depressed. It’s not that I hate my job, but I don’t love it either. I don’t wake up everyday dying to get to work. I hit the snooze about 20 times, roll out of bed at the last possible minute, and grumpily stumble out the door. Then I sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. Some days are good, some days are bad. Sound familiar? I have a feeling most people experience a similar scenario every day. Continue reading

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Why everyone should love Indian food

I don’t discriminate when it comes to food. Most food I try, no matter where in the world it is from, I enjoy whole-heartedly. Pasta from Italy, rice and noodle dishes from Asia, French bread and pastries, Guacamole and tortilla chips from Mexico. I mean you really can’t go wrong. Continue reading

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Be aware of…people on a seesaw??

The sign that stumped us all

There are many road signs out there that don’t always make sense to me. Like the pictures of deer crossing. I mean it’s good to be aware, but there is very little you can do when a deer jumps out in front of you. This sign is basically just a way to cause paranoia. One of my favorite comedians, Brian Reagan, does a standup bit about the ridiculous-ness of some of these road signs (like the sign that says beware of falling rocks, or speed monitored by aircraft). But all of those, I suppose, do serve some sort of “warning” purpose, even if there is very little you can do about it. Continue reading
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