I let it happen….I let the negative monster creep in my head the last week or so…you know the one that throws in the self doubt.  I hate that monster. Yesterday I am happy I took a turn and decided to ignore that noise.  That silly mind and the voices in your head can play a number on you.  One thing about me I have kinda let out of the bag is my passion and sensitivity.  I am all in……..friends, work, Mixed Media Monday, my kids/family, and my art.  I have hit bumps in the road and I stumble but I get right back up.  Darn those things that make you question yourself and who you are.

I lost sight of the things I am ever so grateful for.  We all have our ups and downs.  I do try to see the postive and find the things I am most grateful for.

Yesterday I woke up and saw something on Facebook:



I decided to ignore the voices and focus on being the reason someone smiled.  I do want people to cross my path and walk away feeling better.  I did two simple things……Today I exchanged smiles with the Barista at the Starbucks drive up window (she just admitted she messed up an order of the previous person who was grumpy).   I told her she is only human and then mocked her and tested my own tea to make sure mine was right.  We laughed and joked and I decided to pay for the lady’s order behind me.  Why not have that positive effect?……..and even better to just do it on the sly.

Another thing I did was make dinner for a friend who has no kitchen due to a leak (I know this one all too well).  She is stressed, likes things in order (sound familier), has three kids (again like me) and a hubby working nights (ok, I don’t have that one).  How hard was it to just make a little more food (ok, for my lack of talent in the kitchen it is challenging) but in the end I shared a great dinner with her and her kids, and it just felt good.

Today I am reminded that we do err at times.  We have to not be so hard on ourselves and not let those bumps or voices change our direction or make us lose sight of who we are.  I am lucky that I have great friends who blow my sails back in the right direction.  When I am true to me, do what I uniquely do (there is no one else like me), and dance to my own drum I am creative.

With this share I hope it sparks something in you to be you, go easy on yourself, and be reminded that there are so many things to be grateful for.  Now that I dusted myself off it is time to spark that creativity and do what I love most.
“Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are.  Complaining won’t change the outcome, but a positive attitude will.  Life is too short to spend at war with yourself.  Don’t let dumb little things break your happiness.  True wealth is the ability to experience and appreciate each moment for what it’s worth.  It is not what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you. Count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.  No matter how bad it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize today’s struggles made you a much stronger person.  So always laugh when you can; it’s the cheapest medicine.  When you smile about the life you live, you end up living a life worth smiling about.”