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[tweetmeme] I have friends that send me all kinds of messages like this.  This one has many good lessons to remember.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
Mental Feng Shui

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it.

FIVE. When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don’t judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN! . . . When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN. Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. . When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY ONE. Spend some time alone.

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart

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Image from: http://www.mosaikos.com/feng-shui/live-in-harmony-with-feng-shui.html

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My good friend Cute~Ella wrote a blog today about not being so good about being present.

Like her I am guilty of multi-tasking in my mind.  I think most people tend to let their mind go in different directions while engaging in conversations with others.  I don’t do it to be rude, it’s just hard to turn the other tracks of my mind off.  I find it helps to keep a notepad around to jot down ideas because I’m better at letting the thoughts go if I know I have them documented somewhere and I can refer to them later.

Cute~Ella asked the question can she learn to be just in the moment?

Years ago a friend stated the words:

Live in the moment and don’t keep score.

I have always done my best to remember those words.  He meant it more in the “don’t think of the consequences or guilt of your actions” kind of sense, but I think it also applies to the “being present” concept.

So for today
Don’t think about the extra calories
Don’t worry about being 5 minutes late
Don’t worry about getting wet in the rain
Don’t worry about tomorrow’s blog topic
Don’t think about what other people will think

Tell those that you care about that you love them
you never know if you possibly won’t get another chance….

What have you done lately while living in the moment?

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Photos from: http://jeremyfoster.blogspot.com/2009/05/take-deep-breath-you-are-alive.html
http://blog.shaneandpeter.com/2007/11/03/the-million-dollar-question/
and http://www.nostalgictreasures.com/Dance%20and%20Shine/dance_shine.html

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To read about how this series started please read the 1st blog in this series.

#2 – Uncover The Joy of You

“You are the only one who can do exactly what God has planned for you.”

“Value what God has given you.  Creating home-cooked meals that are nutritious is a gift.  Balancing roles of teacher, worker, parent, grandparent, spouse, and friend is a gift.  Loving those around you is the ultimate gift.  You have talents and abilities that are uniquely yours.”

“Look at yourself in the mirror today without finding faults and flaws.  Recognize your uniqueness, and notice the difference when you smile.”

I hate when people tell me how I “should” act.  I hate the words “you should.”  Not to say the words have never passed my lips, but I’m now more aware when it happens.  I try my best to instead say things such as “Have you tried” or What about this idea” or “Have you thought of this?”  Nobody can live your life for you.  We all have choices in life and the outcome of our life can vary greatly based on the choices we make.

Lend A Helping Hand Picture from Rishi Menon http://www.flickr.com/photos/rxmflickr/4358918644/

I try to help people with the talents I have.  I’m hoping they find the joy of my talents helpful.  I have lots of friends who can’t cook (or can’t be bothered because they live alone and let’s face it, it’s not fun to cook for just one) so I try to cook for them.  Nothing says “I care” like a home-cooked meal.  I used to do this much more often when I had extra money around for food, lately though the disposable income is scarce….

I’m also an okay writer – so when a friend needed help writing their resume from scratch – I was able to help.

I try to be the best daughter, niece, sister, aunt, girlfriend, and friend that I can be.  I try to help people when I can because I’m a big believer in what goes around comes around.

A close friend who’s had a few major crisis’ in her life and I had a discussion about how you find out who your true friends that you can count on during major tragedies in your life.  She’s right!  Sometimes it’s as simple as being a friend to listen, other times it’s muscle needed to help with a big move….  I remember when I lived out-of-state who would take the time to meet me out for dinner when I was in town to visit and who couldn’t be bothered to drive across town to see me after I’d driven hours to get there.

I remember growing up that I was taught not to be mean and tease people.  If I didn’t like someone I tended to just keep to myself.  I didn’t want to play into the meanness, because gosh knows there was enough of that though-out the school years!  Kids can be cruel and I saw my fair share of it around me through the years.  I tried my best to be friends with the band geeks, nerds, artists, goth girls, jocks, cheerleaders, etc.  It really didn’t matter to me.  (Now I guess I’m getting back to what I talked about in the 1st blog in the series huh?)

What are the joys of you?
Do you use them to help people?

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TellingDad.com created a parody of the Miley Cyrus song 7 Things all about showing Blogger Love.
Check it out and comment away.  Head over to his page to tell him how awesome it is too!

I love this so much I even added it to my side bar!!

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Eva Markvoort - Picture taken off of CNN site courtesy of Markvoort

My friend David emailed me a story from CNN today.  It was about a 25-year-old girl who lived in a suburb of Vancouver Canada named Eva Markvoort who died on March 27th of cystic fibrosis.  For those of you who don’t know cystic fibrosis is an incurable disease that causes mucus to accumulate in the lungs.

She started her blog in 2006 and narrated it to chronicle her life.  She called the blog 65RedRoses.  The name came from her childhood inability to pronounce cystic fibrosis.  She and many children refer to the disease as “65 roses.”  Markvoort added the word red because it was her favorite color.

The blog followed her on her journey with her disease while she waited for a double lung transplant.  Eva GOT her lung transplant and appeared to be on the path of recovery.  Almost 2 years after, her body started rejecting the lungs and every breath became a battle.  Her blog reflected the battle and at time was hard-core and raw as far as her vomiting, gasping for breath, etc.

Despite her physical difficulties, Eva kept the main focus of her blogging to be about love.  In a video entry where she talks about her impending death, Markvoort said: “I think I’m very lucky, because I’ve loved more than you could possibly think, could possibly imagine. So I’m celebrating that: celebrating my life.”

Photo from Eva's 65RedRoses - This made me smile

From CNN:

She championed cystic fibrosis awareness and organ donations. From Los Angeles to Poland, letters, stuffed animals and cards poured into her hospital room.

“I felt so selfish when I stumbled across your [LiveJournal] on here, because I’ve been smoking cigarettes for years, taking my lungs for granted. You helped me quit the worst habit I’ve ever had,” one wrote.

When Markvoort was too frail, she dictated blog posts to her friends and family.

“She had already processed the concept of dying,” her mother said. “And for her, she came to terms with it quite quickly. For her it was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I don’t know how much time I have. I have things to say.’ There was a sense of urgency on her part.”

Sometimes, her posts have no words, just pictures of her and her loved ones, with their eyes crossed, tongues sticking out and comical gestures.

So today say a prayer for a girl who fought to the end and spread the message of love while on her journey.  Check out her blog.  I particularly enjoyed the pictures tag.  You can tell she was loved by her friends and family.

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Kristine went out yesterday and got some new shoes.  I think they are super adorable!!
And as soon as I saw them I thought of my friend Emily, I know she’s going to love them!

Ladies – today is for you!  Send me a link to a totally awesome pair of shoes or an outfit that you love!!

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Do you have a safety net/backup plan?

Hypothetically…  you’re a guy in a one-sided relationship.  You wonder if you’re your girlfriend’s “backup plan.”  then you start to wonder if YOU should have a backup plan.

Have you ever been in this situation and if so, what is your definition of a “backup plan?”

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Welcome to the movies

I’ve been working on a blog about Heist movies that I love, but I’m not quite happy with it yet,  so you’re going to have to wait a bit longer.  In the meantime, what are some of your favorite must see movies??

I’ll give you a couple that I really have liked through the years:

Sabrina

Sabrina is an old favorite that makes me all warm and fuzzy….

PCU

PCU reminds me of the crazy wild times I DIDN’T have while I was in college….

50 First Dates

50 First Dates reminds me of how much someone will bend over backwards for true love….

Tell me old movies, new movies, even movies out in the theater.   (though I don’t seem to go out too much to the theater)  I want to know what you love!!

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It’s getting late in the day and I’ve been working on a blog, but it’s become more involved than I thought it would be so let’s save that one for another day.  For now though I’ve been thinking about art. (you’ll see why when I post that other blog)  I like different kinds of art.  I’ve already told you about the Piccadilly Circus painting by Thomas Kinkade that I like here in my blog.
A few of my other favorites are these:

"The Kiss" ~ Auguste Rodin 1889

I saw “The Kiss” when I went to visit my Aunt Teresa in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Art Museum about 5 years ago.  Right away I loved it!

"Primavera" ~ Sandro Botticelli c-1482

I saw the Primavera when I was in Florence, Italy at the Uffizi Gallery about 8 years ago.

"The Birth of Venus" ~ Sandro Botticelli c-1486

I’ve always thought The Birth of Venus was beautiful.  I found a nice print of it last summer at a tag sale and hopefully I can hang it in my office eventually.  I also saw this painting at the Uffizi Gallery when I was in Florence, Italy about 8 years ago.

"The Rape of the Sabine Women" ~ Giambologna

"The Rape of the Sabine Women" ~ Giambologna

This sculpture is found outside the Uffizi Gallery in the Loggia dei Lanzi on the corner of the Piazza della Signoria.  “The Rape of the Sabine Women” implies abduction vs. the modern word rape.

"The Sistine Chapel" ~ Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Botticelli

Perhaps one of the most impressive works of art on the planet in my opinion has got to be the Sistine Chapel.  I’ve been known to tell people “I don’t care if you’re Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Protestant, Baptist, Episcopalian, Jewish, Islamic, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Buddhist,  Atheist, etc. – go see the Sistine Chapel before you die.  It’s breathtaking!”  The chapel is located in Vatican City.
When I visited there I was able to rent a MP3 player that came with a “map” of the chapel.  Each fresco has a corresponding number that I could punch into the player and it would tell me about the fresco.  Who was in it, who they believe painted it and approximately when.  One of the most popular paintings is in the very center of the ceiling.

"The Creation of Man" ~ Michelangelo

It has also been called “The Creation of Adam”  I think I spent about 3 hours in there just trying to take it all in.  It wasn’t nearly long enough.  I did have quite a cramp in my neck by the time I left though!

"The Last Judgment" ~ Michelangelo

They say “The Last Judgment” was painted by Michelangelo between the years 1537 and 1541 and was painted nearly 3 decades after he painted the ceiling.

These are all works of art which I’ve seen.  I have yet to see:

"The Starry Night" ~ Vincent Van Gogh c-1889

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starry_night

"Mona Lisa" ~ Leonardo da Vinci c-1503-1506

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_lisa

"The Persistence of Memory" ~ Salvador Dalí

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melting_Clocks

What are some of your favorite works of art?  Send me links if you can.

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When I’m extremely emotional I close my eyes and
I see blue stars on a black background.
I’ve been that way for as long as I can remember.
Even back to when I was a little girl.
All I see are blue stars lately.

It really is horrible to feel helpless.
Especially when you’ve given all the help that you could over time.
Apparently putting others first in your life and
doing your best to be a good person just isn’t good enough.

I gave tolerance and understanding.
I gave time and patience.
I gave trust and love.
I gave it my all.

What I thought was a rough patch was apparently enough for others to
give up.
I can’t dwell on the “what if’s” in life.
I need to focus on the “what was” and more importantly the “what is.”

I need to find that “whatever it takes” attitude again.
I’m just seeing blue stars….

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