Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Receiving while Giving Back

The post today is about finding ways to give back to your community. It doesn't take much and there are a lot of places that need your participation. Walk a dog at a shelter, go and visit with someone at a senior living complex, buy locally raised farm goods, help your neighbor clean up their yard or attend a fund raiser for your favorite charity. I guarantee you will receive so much more than you will ever give!

For anyone in the Minneapolis area, check out this event! All Proceeds go to help the Simpson Housing Services  who's mission is to "house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness." You give a little and receive something very cool!
The first ever Art 4 Shelter benefit for Simpson Housing Services is happening on May 5th, and we want you to be there!
Art 4 Shelter is an exhibit and sale of over 1000 original artworks on paper by emerging and established artists. Each 5"x7" piece will sell for $30. A list of participating artists is continually updated on the Art 4 Shelter website ( and will be posted the night of the event.
The works themselves will be signed only on the back. You may end up with a work by a famous artist, or be the first to discover an unknown talent. Either way, you will end up with art that you love while supporting Simpson Housing Services!
This event is free and open to the community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sun, Rain, Snow, Sleet

Part of our happiness and positive living seems to revolve a lot around weather. Maybe that is why I love to watch the weather station. There is something exciting about finding out what is going to happen tomorrow or the next day and with some accuracy. Now I know most of us think that the weather person is suppose to be always right, but I am glad they aren't! Where is the fun in always being that prepared!

Okay, back to the weather. So this weekend the weather report was sunny and 70 degrees with light winds. Yesterday and today came and sure enough the weather was sunny and 70 degrees. I got up in the morning knowing I didn't need to wear a sweater and that I could ride the motorcycle to the dealer without getting wet! Pretty good prediction and I was able to plan.

Now the weather is suppose to change so I now have time to plan what I will or will not do for the next 5 days. I will need a coat and maybe a sweater. I won't be riding nor will I be cleaning up the lawn. Whoa! I get to see 5 days out and know so much.

As I am watching the weather I start to think how wonderful it would be if we could predict our lives out 3-5 days? What if we knew exactly how we would act, react and feel? What if we could forecast our positive and purposeful living?

Well folks we can and maybe with the same accuracy as the weather guru on T.V.! It is all about planning and looking at the pieces that impact the outcome. Let me give you an example.

Let's say we look at the pieces for my next few days:
1. I know I will be working out with the personal trainer tomorrow
2. I know I need to go grocery shopping this week
3. I know I have a few calls out to friends in search of a Financial Planner
4. I know the ice is not out so I won't be fishing and
5. I know the Harley is in the shop so I won't be riding.

Okay, so this is everything I know right now.

I know that I will have a positive impact on my health by continuing with my personal trainer
I know I will feel better about my health by working out
I know that I am getting closer to financial freedom by getting a financial planner
I know I can fish by next week
I know I will get the Harley back end of this week
I know I have money to go grocery shopping

What would my prediction be for the next three or four days?
I predict I will be sore from working out but will be better off because I went
I predict that with my action towards financial freedom I will be debt free and able to look at the future retirement plans soon
I predict that the ice will eventually be gone and I will go fishing
I predict that my friends will get back to me and I will be spending time with one or more of them by the weekend!

To many times we just wait and see what happens! I am here to say "BE THE WEATHER"! Write down what you know is happening, what you know will most likely be your action or reaction and then predict what the outcomes will be! If you never plan or predict you can never know. Here's to positive and purposeful planning and predicting!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Time Stands Still!

Have you ever gotten so much into a groove that time seems to stand still? For me time has stood still for 6 weeks now!

Don't get me wrong - time standing still has been an amazing adventure, but it seems like yesterday it was mid February after being laid off. Between that time and now I have been amazed at how much I have gotten done - ceiling in a laundry room, new job, loving the job, motorcycle ride, garage cleaning, closet cleaning, outside trash cleaning, donated a ton of new sweatshirts, and even had time for family and friends. Time has just stood still and allowed me to do so much.

I guess we all go through the stage of time being on our side or not, but when you can be 'in the zone' for six weeks it is pretty incredible. I asked myself tonight why? Why have my stars been so aligned and so 'in the zone' lately?

Well, let's explore. Six weeks ago when I had no job I sat down with a stranger who became an instant friend. She said one line "Congratulations, now you can have the life you want instead of the life you have!" Whoa. I thought she was just being an excellent life coach, but after 6 weeks of learning and growing more into myself I understand how those words are so true. You see we all have a life - good, bad or in between we all have a life. But do you have the Life that you want? Do you know the life you want?

It comes down to you and you alone! When I had no job, no prospect of a job I thought I was crazy to not feel crazy. And then I remembered, a job is only one piece of my life and although I wanted a job it wasn't the only thing I wanted for my life. I want friends, deep relationships, financial security, time to play, energy to explore, an open mind, a learning environment in which I can become more; in short I want a life I am proud to call my own.

It didn't happen overnight but I had a conviction like never before and I knew if I would stop and visualize the life I wanted I could accomplish just that. I have been 'in the zone' for 6 weeks and it isn't going away...nor do I want it to go away. It is a high like none other when every day you wake up and you know you have the best life possible and time stands still again!