Daily Prompt: Hopeful

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Most years have their ups and downs, but 2016 seemed particularly trying for me. I am eternally hopeful that 2017 starts out peaceful and remains healthy, happy, and prosperous for me and my family, friends, and all of you. Prosperity, success, and wealth have different meanings for everyone, so find what has significance for you.

Here’s a little quote that embodies today’s prompt for me:

“Know your own HAPPINESS. Want for nothing but PATIENCE – or give it a more fascinating name. Call it ‘HOPE‘.”

~ Jane Austen from Sense and Sensibility

Have a safe and Happy New Year! Tomorrow begins a new day, a new adventure, a new you!

Cheers!

Cynthia

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Sunset in Kona, Hawaii

 

 

No Ovation, Just Remembrance

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Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of an EF-4 tornado that tore through several cities near me in North Texas, including the one I work for and used to call home. Yesterday I attended the remembrance ceremony intended for us to pause, reflect, and remember. Remember those who were lost. Remember those who survived and are rebuilding. Remember those who responded. And to dedicate a plaque to mark this devastating and defining event.

Ovation is defined as an enthusiastic public reception of a person, marked especially by loud and prolonged applause.” There was no ovation during or after the event. No applause for the chorale that sang or for the words from the city officials who spoke and called the names of those 9 souls who were lost. There was silent respect and reflection from the crowd, as well as perhaps a few tears. And at the end, when the plaque was unveiled, a subdued and polite applause to mark the end of the ceremony and the on-going journey to recovery. Continue reading “No Ovation, Just Remembrance”

Gratitude and Coffee

I am a wife. A mother. A daughter. A sister. An employee. A boss. A volunteer. A board member. A friend. A neighbor. A fibro-warrior. I am also tired. And I managed to survive yet another year and yet another holiday season, though this year has been quite trying and tiring for me personally and professionally. Tired isn’t just a state of mind for me, it’s a fact of life. Living with fibromyalgia I never know from day to day how I will feel. The last few weeks my social media and blogging presence have been waning, as I have been taking a bit of a self-imposed break. I have been trying to rest physically, mentally, and spiritually.

This morning I started my day writing in my gratitude journal and drinking my coffee, sitting in a quiet and peaceful house. I realized I hadn’t taken the time to properly thank several people, as I have been #blessed recently to have won a variety of prizes from various bloggers and businesses. (Up until recently, I considered myself one of those people who never won anything!)

It started early in November when I won the grand prize gift basket at a ladies holiday event given by a local Chamber of Commerce, with a variety of prizes from local retailers and restaurants. I used some of the restaurant gift cards to bless others with meals. That prize was the result of a charitable donation I made to a local non-profit. You know what they say about the riches you receive when you give… Continue reading “Gratitude and Coffee”

Quote: Ideal Life

 

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ~Mark Twain

If you enjoy reading as much as I do, I hope you can find a little time this weekend to enjoy a good book, short story, or even a magazine. Here’s what I’m reading when I can find a few minutes to myself:

  • You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
  • People People by Scott Christopher
  • Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell

What are you reading? 

Cheers!

Cynthia 

Taking Time to Recharge

This past week, Thanksgiving week, I took time off from the office. Several days I was home by myself all day. The peace and quiet was quite enjoyable. I made lists and crossed things off. I read. I did yoga and walked the dogs. I took time away from social media and did very little work during the week. I felt mentally recharged… And then I returned to work yesterday and came home exhausted!

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Vitamin R
So how do we combat that feeling at the end of the work day? Sleep is not the only way to recharge yourself, although it is a big one. In addition to rest, there is relaxation and recreation. These are what Dr. Carri refers to as “Vitamin R” (reference: JJ Virgin podcast), and I was in need of some last week to combat my mental and physical fatigue. I was feeling a little bit of work-related burn-out. Too many projects, too little time!

Sometimes I have to give myself permission to take some “me” time. As someone who suffers from fibromyalgia and is one to always make sure her family is cared for first, fatigue is a way of life for me. “I’m exhausted” is a pretty common answer from me to the pleasantry “How are you?”  Sometimes I wear the fibrowarrior term like a badge of courage and don’t practice self-care. So having a few days where I was only having to care for me, myself, and I…utter bliss, I say.

Time-outs Aren’t Just for Kids
Dr. John Izzo talks about the need for adults to take some self-imposed time-outs for ourselves to rest, recharge, and have fun. A little R&R. See, that “Vitamin R” term is starting to make sense! We know that stepping away from a problem we are having difficulty solving can help us gain a new perspective and innovate. So in the same vein, stepping away from our daily grind of work, emails, interruptions can help to energize us. Giving ourselves permission to take a time-out of a day or a week away from the office may not always be possible, but allowing yourself some unscheduled time during the day can do wonders for your mental energy.

“Great is the human who has not lost his inner childlike heart.” ~ John Reed

Avoiding Burnout
The book You Don’t Have to Go Home From Work Exhausted: A Program to Bring Joy, Energy, and Balance to Your Life talks about learning to refuel your tank to avoid that burnout we can all be subject to. Here are the 12 key lifestyle factors their research found to be factors in affecting energy levels:

  • Sleep
  • Proper diet for energy and high performance
  • Exercise
  • Have alone time
  • Take time to read and learn
  • Fill your spiritual growth
  • Experience love
  • Have fun, joy, and play!
  • Spend quality time with family and friends
  • Find new interests or renew interest in an old hobby
  • Take vacations
  • Have a sense of purpose

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” ~ Dolly Parton

We all could use a little more Joy and Energy in our lives! Think about how much time you take for each of those 12 things. Is it enough? Take some time for yourself this week to get away from whatever situation at home or work is troubling you or sapping you of your precious energy, and enjoy a few minutes outside or reading a book or calling your mom. We owe it to ourselves to find those things that bring us energy and joy.

What are you going to do this week to create a little Rest, Relaxation, or Recreation in your life?

Cheers!

Cynthia

Attitude of Gratitude

On this Thanksgiving eve, I am reblogging a post I wrote for Tangible Triumph. My gratitude journal is entitled “Attitude of Gratitude” and has this quote I wrote on the inside cover: “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving Day (tomorrow) with friends and family, being thankful and grateful for what you have!

Cheers!

Cynthia

Tangible Triumph

Written by Tangible Triumph’s Team Member: Cynthia
Founder & Owner of: Photobaugh
Writer of Living with fibromyalgia, things that inspire me to be a better person, and how I try to learn something new every day.

Thanksgiving is a time for expressing thanks and counting our blessings. Studies indicate that expressing gratitude leads to happiness, so being grateful can help make the world a happier place. Even if our lives are not perfect, we should all find something to be grateful for, no matter how big or small. And while we may not always have control over what happens to us, but we do have control over our attitude and how we respond to situations. So let’s have an attitude of gratitude not just this week, but year-round.

It matters not how strait the gate.

How charged with the punishment the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am…

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Count Your Blessings

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For this week of giving thanks I would like to share this quote:

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.  If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

 

Reflect, and look at what you have. Stay positive. Be grateful. Count your blessings, rather than your burdens or shortfalls, and hopefully in that moment, it will all be enough.

Cheers!

Cynthia