Haha – Tuesday again and my Roman numeral game is still strong!
Volume XXVI means I’ve been doing this for half a year now. Half a year! How is that even possible? I’m surprised for two reasons. First, I’m not known for my stick-to-itiveness. I have a tendency to start a lot of things and finish very few. Part of the reason is that I’m a perfectionist and things rarely turn out perfectly, as we all know. That can be disastrous for someone who thinks that anything less than the best is just not good enough. Also, I have a tendency to get distracted by the next shiny, sparkly thing and move on. And the second reason this is all a big surprise is that when I started blogging, I immediately immersed myself in the “grow your list” culture that exists around blogging, where the focus is numbers, numbers, numbers. And if I had continued that mindset and focused solely on numbers, I’d have considered myself a failure by this point. But that all seemed pretty inauthentic to me, and I chose to go my own path with it and here I am, six months later, and still loving what I’m doing. So woohoo – here’s to the half-year anniversary of Total Gratitude Tuesdays!
Now on to this week’s gratitude list:
Easter was peaceful and quiet and all but one of the kids were here, so it was pretty near perfect. Yes, I still do Easter baskets for my grown kids but now they’re gift bags and mostly filled with money and a little candy. I’m of the opinion that you’re never too old to have fun!
My three grown kids spent Friday night coloring Easter eggs and playing with the magnetic letters you see above on our refrigerator. I’m not even going to lie – that was the absolute best part of my week. I love that my kids get along so well, and I love that no matter how old they get, they still love to play together. Now, the Easter eggs were decorated with Public Enemy lyrics and Illuminati memes and I can’t post photos of most of the words they made on the refrigerator, but that’s all part of what I love about them. They’re such fun, quirky weirdos and they always make me laugh. Here’s a photo of them playing with the letters. I wish I had recorded them laughing and goofing off. It’s my favorite sound in the world.
And Saturday night, my husband and I had a date night and went to go see Boyz II Men in concert. They’re still just as amazing as they were 25 years ago when they first started. I don’t think there’s ever going to be anything that tops 80s and 90s R & B music. The music was perfect, my date was perfect, and since the show was at a casino, I played the slots and won $50! (If you couldn’t guess, I’m not really a “high roller’ type.) And I was lucky enough to have my extremely talented daughter do my hair and makeup before we left, so even though I had a big bruise on my face (long story involving a windstorm, a car door and me being incredibly uncoordinated), I felt super glamorous! It really was a perfect night!
First time with fake lashes and I *love* them!
If you happened to read my post last week about spring cleaning, you’ll know I’ve been doing a bit of it – inside and out. And part of what I’ve been doing is weeding out my social media follows, my email contacts and the like. Like I said, when I first started blogging, I followed a lot of social media and marketing gurus and hoarded every bit of info I could find to help me figure out how to grow my blog. The problem is that a lot of it felt really inauthentic and phony to me. So now, I’ve made a pact with myself that I won’t join any more Facebook groups, follow any more “gurus” or sign up for any new newsletters until I read through what I have already collected, or unless it’s something that’s going to help ME grow, rather than help my blog or business grow. I think it’s easy to tell the difference between something that’s going to help me on a spiritual level vs. something that’s going to help with marketing if I listen closely. And this week I found someone who spoke to me on a purely soul level. His name is Sean Stephenson – you may have already heard of him, but if not, I bet you will soon (well duh, you’re reading this so now you have heard of him!). Sean is a public speaker who absolutely radiates positivity and love and joy and all the good things in life. Check him out on Facebook here . His joy and passion for living are infectious! I’m glad that our paths have crossed.
And yes, my spring cleaning has been going well. I’m starting to feel some of my old energy and creativity coming back and I’m full of hope and determination for where life’s going to take me next. I hope you are, too!
Much love. – Mama Bear