Sunday, March 27, 2011

My version of Follow Friday (on Sunday)

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This week some of the blogs that I follow have had some really fun posts so I wanted to link to them and make ya'll smile.

(oh, and some random pictures too)


Ohdeardrea has this beautiful song on her blog that was so pleasant to listen to while I was on night audit last night.

"Lily is SO CUTE!"

Earth Mama has this really inspirational picture post about learning everything you can from the way children ARE... which I thinks speaks highly to the Riotous Living mantra that Wayne and I try to live by every day.  We're always telling people to act like children, and we do so every chance we get.

"Thunder LOVES these blogs!"

and Lost Button Studio is doing a Japan fundraiser on her etsy shop.  Follow this link for directions on how to buy a pair of her beautiful earrings and donate 100% of the proceeds to relief funds.

"I approve of this message"
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 9 - Mi madre es muy bonita

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9. A picture of a person who has gotten you through the most I feel like I've been pretty self sufficient for the past hundreds of millions of years and that I have managed to get myself through the most trying times in my life.  But that's not even remotely true.  Because the person that made me everything that I am, all of the good and the bad qualities that have gotten me to where I am today, is my mother.  She doesn't know how beautiful she is, she doesn't know how smart she is, and she probably doesn't know exactly how much I value her love and affection and - as I've grown older - FRIENDSHIP. My mother is one of the strongest people that I've ever known and has overcome so much.  Sometimes I get frustrated because she doesn't give herself credit for all of the things she's done for herself and for her children.  She has instilled in me an independence that I don't see in too many women (you wouldn't know that because I surround myself with the few that I've found).  She has given me the gift of laughter and of joy in simple things.   Most of all, she's been my rock before I learned to be my own rock.  I went through some pretty hard times as a child - probably entirely self inflicted as my personality was honing itself and my shell became tougher - and I remember crying in my bed every day after elementary school with my mother rubbing my back.  She was an unflagging advocate for my well-being in school and at home.   So you see, before she taught me how to take care of myself and my own problems, she shouldered some of my burdens for me. We, this privileged generation of children, spend way more time blaming our parents for our faults than we do praising them for our virtues.  So THANK YOU MOMMY for everything that you have made me into.  Remember that on those occasions where it's difficult to love yourself - because we are women and it happens to the best of us -  that I love you enough for both of us.  And I'm extremely grateful that you made me who I am today. -Jessa 1. A picture of yourself and 15 facts about you 2. A picture of you and the person you've been closest with the longest. 3. A picture of the cast of your favourite show 4. A picture of your night 5. A picture of your favorite memory. 6. A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day 7. A picture of your most treasured item 8. A picture that makes you laugh Still to come in the 30 Day Challenge….. 9. A picture of a person who has gotten you through the most 10. A picture of the person you do the most fucked up things with 11. A picture of something you hate 12. A picture of something you love 13. A picture of your favourite band or artist 14. A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without 15. A picture of something you want to do before you die 16. A picture of someone who inspires you 17. A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently 18. A picture of your biggest insecurity 19. A picture of you when you were little 20. A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel 21. A picture of something you wish you could forget 22. A picture of something you wish you were better at 23. A picture of your favorite book 24. A picture of something you wish you could change 25. A picture of your day 26. A picture of something that means a lot to you 27. A picture of yourself and a family member 28. A picture of something you're afraid of 29. A picture that can always make you smile 30. A picture of someone you miss
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Sickness To SummerTime

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It's really difficult to live riotously as a sick person.  My lovely roommates gave me their death plague and while Wayne and I would normally be cavorting around Miami Beach on a visit - I've spent most of my time watching ridiculous television, using copious amounts of tissues and coughing my lungs out.

Normally, since I'm on the beach, I'd take some time to walk down to the water and commune with nature and all that jazz.  But Miami Beach manages to take the fun out of the beach.  Which I thought was difficult.  But compare these views and you'll understand why I miss Saint Petersburg Beach.

Miami's beaches are 10 feet from it's high rises.  They're jam packed every day of the week with tourists and crazy hobos.  If you're going to live on a beach - why ruin it with this stuff?  Saint Pete Beach has small hotels and little locally owned restaurants much further up from the beach.  LOVE IT!

Anyways... it's warm out and I'm looking forward to the beachy summer (even though I haven't gotten any acceptance letters yet I'm still hoping) and I'm reminiscing about feeling well and warm.

At The Undertow you can get blueberry beer and pancakes with your feet in the sand for breakfast.  Also! This is where Wayne and I started our first date! :)

And this is my favorite little beach hotel, run by a fabulous staff and with a really low key surfers vibe.  Some of the rooms have these sweet murals in them and some of them have hammocks outside.

It even has this really cute outdoor area that I'm totally going to steal the vibe of for my first house with a backyard.

Being sick and on this weirdo beach has me excited for real beach days and warm days and mellow atmospheres.  It helps that I got these terrific bathing suits from Victoria Secret the other day that I'm excited to wear. :)

Now I just need to work on my tan and my waistline. :)  HAPPY SUMMER TIME!  Soon anyways.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Love and Leadership

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This paraphrased excerpt from Joker One sums up the kind of relationships I hope to be able to cultivate.  The kind of leader that I try so hard to be but only succeed in being a small percentage of the time.

I paraphrase so that I can directly show the relevance to every day life.

"For me, then, loving... meant much more than simply feeling that I cared.  It meant patience when explaining something for the fifth time.... It meant kindness when dealing with [someone] who had made an honest mistake while trying his hardest; mercy when deciding the appropriate punishment.  It meant dispensing justice and then forgetting that it had been dispensed, punishing wrong and then wiping the slate clean.

Love was joy at the growth of my men, even when it diminished my own authority.  It was giving the credit for our successes to the team while assuming all the responsibility for our failures on myself.  It was constantly teaching [them], sharing everything with them until I had nothing left to give, with the expectation and the hope that they would become greater than me.  It was making myself less so that they might become more.

Love accepted [them] for exactly who they were and never believed that it was all they ever would be.  Love demanded more, demanded their best, every single day; it cut through all rationalizations and excuses.  It constantly celebrated the good in my men and refused to condone the natural selfishness that dwelt within us all.

Love told the honest truth when lying would have been much easier or would have made me look much better; it admitted to [them] that sometimes I had no answers.  It confessed my mistakes and asked for forgiveness when I had wronged, and it moved pst those mistakes when forgiveness had been granted.

... And sometimes love meant just getting out of bed in the morning when everything inside screamed rest, just for one day.  Sometimes it meant... doing what you knew to be right even though you didn't really want to." I believe that if we endeavor to lead by love, we will all be more successful.  Here's hoping that I can be this person one day.

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Friday, January 07, 2011

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"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln
Check out Part 1 and Part 2. This is getting harder and harder. I'm trying to find things that genuinely make me happy so that on days when I need a little boost I can find something on the list and seek it out. In fact, making this list has helped me enjoy these little things even more, and caused me to stop my day to day to enjoy them. Cool side effect.

  • 40. The warmth & smell of clothes fresh out of the dryer.
  • 41. Improving myself.
  • 42. Feeling little.
  • 43. Dinner parties.
  • 44. Jumping on fall leaves and hearing them crunch.
  • 45. Tailgating before football games.
  • 46. Genuine smiles (Giving & Receiving)
  • 47. Carnivals and Fairs.
  • 48. Star gazing.
  • 49. Office supplies that help me stay organized.
  • 50. Nice kisses that don't come with expectations.
  • 51. Finding a new use for an old thing. Trash to Treasure!
  • 52. Photography.
  • 53. Reminiscing (My life has rocked!)
  • 54. Canopy roads and big old trees.
  • 55. Watching people have fun.
  • 56. Traveling to new places.
  • 57. Picnics.
  • 58. Traditional girl's nights.
  • 59. Mentoring people & being mentored.
  • 60. New/clean sheets.
  • This is Part 3 of #39 on Jessa's Project Day Zero list.
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