Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 Stop. Pause. Think.

The day-to-day for many, if not for most of us – is typically filled with what we experience as moments of: “RUSH, stress, frustration, no-time, confusionoverwhelmed“.

During such moments, it is extremely hard to feel any sense of gratefulness, let alone give thanks or demonstrate any expression of appreciation.

Most of my days are such a whirlwind, that in a typical 24-hour day I probably spend more time venting, pushing, planning, absorbing, strategizing, and working, that I end up feeling anxious and exhausted. At that point, the mysterious, angelic precursor to gratefulness that we call “patience” is pretty much nil.  Actually, not unlike a stick of dynamite at the end of a fuse just lit by an amped-up animated Roadrunner.

Perhaps you disagree.

 Perhaps that doesn’t describe you, not even in the slightest.

If that’s the case, I’ll be honest, that’s awesome and I’m both happy for you and jealous of you, and so you can skip reading this post as you are obviously way more evolved than myself and the rest of us …   However, I digress.

 I am 99% sure that at no point in my near, (or far), distant future will I be admired for the personal  “virtues” that encompass  “patience”,  “grace”, “acceptance” and/or “quiet reflection of thanks”.  I can also pretty much guarantee that any such virtues I may actually have will unfortunately bear no resemblance to those of  say, Mother Theresa’s.

Nope.

Thus, I’m ashamed to admit..

that my feelings of gratefulness and of thankfulness tend to fall to the wayside.

A LOT.  And on many, MANY, days.

So today – “THANKS-GIVE-ING” DAY …

if you are reading these words and realize your days are eerily similar to mine..

Then, let’s do this together.

STOP. PAUSE. THINK.

Give thanks.

There really is something – somehow, somewhere – to be grateful for.                              Even if you have to start small.  Very small.

For example, I’m grateful that I get to say the word “cornucopia” on Thanksgiving without having anyone look at me like I’ve officially lost my mind. It’s a fun word. I LIKE that word. It’s great that we have it.    COR-N-U-CO-PPPP-IIIIIA .  Try saying it out loud.  The letters roll right off the tongue. Such a fun, yet under-used word!

 See how easy it is to be grateful?

Start small.

Make a daily list.

and

by Thanksgiving 2015 – let’s see how much our lives have improved

(if anything, at least we will FEEL like they have improved!)

Enjoy tomorrow, have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

(and thank YOU for reading!!)

Cornucopia. Cornucopia :) 

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Procrastination Monkey

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This is a great article.

http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html

Now, I don’t know about you, but I EXCEL at procrastination. In fact, I’ve been called a “great time-wasting engineer”.   Terrible.  

The problem can be traced back to that strange, mysterious thing which efficient people call the  “step-by-step process”.   Herein lies the issue.  For me, that phrase translates to “does not compute, does not compute, does not compute”.  lol.

I believe we procrastinators do, in fact envision a most glorious, successful, completed end-goal of whatever it is we desire….and really WANT it! But it’s just the GETTING there that seems insurmountable.  I start a million things, but rarely do I finish them – even though I have  the best intentions and dream of reaching my  goals.  Dreaming. That’s another problem.

Dreaming  and wanting does not equal DOING.

A senior manager once gave me a great bit of advice.  He said what worked for him was writing out this single phrase on an index card or Post-it note.  Place it where you will see it everyday: your desk, your bathroom mirror, your computer, anywhere. It helps jumpstart oneself into action.

This is what you write :   WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

A combination of using that note, along with the advice from the article should help –  and if you don’t procrastinate in reading the article – you might find it helpful as well!   Best of luck to all my fellow procrastinators out there!!

WE CAN DO IT !!  Have faith :)

http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html

Beauty.. Does Your Face Fit “the Mask”?

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Chasing Beauty

 

Have you seen the documentary, Chasing Beauty“? 

I am completely fascinated by this beauty “mask” they mention in the movie. Apparently,  utilizing The Golden Ratio, a mask has been devised, which, when placed over a person’s picture, shows you how “beautiful” a person is.

See a video demonstration here: http://www.goldennumber.net/beauty/

Try it out for yourselves here:   http://www.beautyanalysis.com/index2_mba.htm

What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree?

 

Marquardt Beauty Mask

 

Twinkies or Yogurt?

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/26/yogurt-sugar-twinkie_n_5379590.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Personally, I don’t care for Twinkies, so that part is OK with me.                                 However, the yogurt part is annoying. The sugar content now?

Like all carbohydrates, sugar contains 4 calories per gram.

I mean seriously, what’s a person to do ?

It’s very hard for me to “be good” (can’t seem to do it) and stay on (get on?) track with the “healthy” foods when I could basically live on cheese, more cheese, meat (smoked/steak/raw, you name it), and all the salty foods in the universe.

It’s almost impossible for me to garner enough willpower in the mornings and make myself eat yogurt instead of a bacon, egg and cheese on a roll.  This article just made me roll my eyes because now – what’s worse? Is the sugar in the yogurt worse than the fat in the bacon?  I WANT to be healthy! I just don’t want to have to eat plain yogurt, boiled fish and steamed broccoli every day.. (actually, that would be ANY day for that matter).

When I do try to eat healthy and decide on a yogurt – I’m picky.  There are really only four types of yogurt that are my go-to… so I decided to check their nutritional value and see where they stand.  Here they are in no particular order.

1) Well, one of my favorites is actually listed in this article.  Figures.                                               Dannon Fruit On The Bottom Blueberry  – 24 grams of sugar

2) Fage 2% Greek yogurt with honey  – 29 grams of sugar

3) Lowfat Kefir plain drinkable yogurt -  Hey! Only 12 grams!

4) Muller Choco Balls  – 26 grams

This is just SO depressing!  Asides from the Kefir, the others pretty much show high numbers. This is a fun site that illustrates the sugar concept… http://www.sugarstacks.com/snacks.htm

What do you guys think? What is your favorite yogurt? What do you eat for breakfast? What are your thoughts on sugar? Let me know! I’m curious.

Have a great evening!