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How To Survive New Years Eve When You’re Single

December 30, 2011

Ahhhhh…Christmas is over and had such a nice time, visiting Family I actually liked & appreciated spending time with. (Avoided the ones who drive me nuts & just don’t “get me”…hence the nice time)
Not at all feeling guilty about eating chocolates or having some Baileys in my morning coffee…nope, is a very nice & relaxing holiday time for me…no stress, just relaxing & chilling out…..

YIKES….New Years Eve is just around the corner… this is the one holiday’s that I just don’t like very much…Being single and having no romantic partner to be with….Just Sucks!!!
Really, it more than Sucks, quite frankly. All the shows, ads & movies are about “Ringing in the New Year” with your Love partner by your side…being all cheery and saying the magical countdown.…10…9….8….7….6….5…4…3…2…1..HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! Now that great, wonderful New Years Kiss…all is happy & bright & full of great things exactly at Midnight…because you are with your Love Partner. This isn’t how my many New Years Eves have been spent…quite the opposite really, being single & a solo parent…I’ve spent my New Years Eve’s with my children, counting down the final 10 seconds & shouting (or as my children have gotten older…just said the words) Happy New Year!

Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my children & I do love them. It is just not the same as celebrating with a Love Partner too. So, this year seems to affecting me more than past years and I just wanted to send out a quick survival kit to others, who also find themselves alone this New Years Eve’s night.

So… here’s my 2 cents on how to survive new years eve when you’re single.

1. Begin to view the idea of being single as a choice…With a New year approaching, do you still choose to remain single or can you choose the intent to find a loving partner to share your life with for this new year ahead of you

2. Create a Been There, Done That & Don’t Want to do That Again List (Better known as the low points of the year that you no longer want to hang onto)

3. Create a Great Things That Happened This Year List (Better known as a Gratitude list)

4. Start with the Been There list…read it over slowly and take in the very fact that you survived & surpassed all these upsets or setbacks in your year…You Made It Through!

5. Now…go ahead and Rip, Tear, Shred, Throw in garbage or Burn this list…be done & say goodbye to the past and make room for new to enter once more.

6. Read through the Things That Happened list…read this list even more slowly and savor the high points in your year, the very things you are grateful for and say Thank You!

7. Breathe in this New Year with Happiness, with Eagerness and with Enthusiasm…Breathe it all in eyes closed and hand on heart to fully Claim This New Year as Your Year.

8. Celebrate this New Years Eve your way, feeling proud that you have done a damn fine job & you are worth Celebrating in every moment of the New Year ahead!!

Have yourself a Great New Years Eve Celebration, however you see fit to celebrate it!

Until next time… Make each day count!

Be Grateful & Appreciative,
Nicole

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Just Relax

December 11, 2010

Much has happened in my world & the World in general since my last post & I have say that I’ve been knocked over by some very deep & very personal lessons that I needed to re-learn and go though again to fully understand & heal the parts that I just band-aid over. Much pain and deep seated emotions have come up for me and I am now walking through them and can see the light at the end of the tunnel (even if it seems soooo far away…I do see the light) So with that being said I am reposting what I most need to see & hear & feel again. I originally posted this December 10, 2009. Enjoy the read again & take it all in.

With the holiday season in full swing & your holiday celebration can now be counted in days remaining…this may cause panic in the minds & hearts of many. (Okay…I may be talking about me here!) There is a secret to surviving…no, Thriving, during this busy & stressful season. Want to know what it is…ready…Just Relax…Deep Breathe…&Enjoy the Holidays! Ready or not…they are still coming…so why not enjoy them.

So… here’s my 2 cents on how to just relax.

1. Laugh…. A lot… no seriously, just laugh! (releases natural good feeling chemicals in the body)
2. Humor…needed NOW! Watch some lighthearted comedy movies and relax
3. Enjoy a bubble bath
4. Bubble wrap! Yep…you know you want to do it…Go ahead & just pop to your heart’s content (Popity Pop!!!)
5. Take a ME day: put phone away, turn off computer, stay in PJ’s & Lounge…Read…Rest
6. Take a refreshing walk & walk
7. Pamper yourself with some self care by doing something just for you
8. Nurture your soul & take in some beauty (museum tour, a nature walk, visiting a garden…)
9. Did I mention to enjoy a bubble bath?
10. Bake some homemade cookies & enjoy a few
11. A foot soak is a good thing….so soothing…
12. Put some relaxing music on & listen…deep breath in …deep breath out…

Repeat all the above suggestions as needed!

What relaxation tool can you use?

Have you relaxed & chilled out yet?

Until next time… Make each day count!

Be Relaxing,
Nicole

Just Relax

December 10, 2009

With the holiday season in full swing & your holiday celebration can now be counted in days remaining…this may cause panic in the minds & hearts of many. (Okay…I may be talking about me here!) There is a secret to surviving…no, Thriving, during this busy & stressful season. Want to know what it is…ready…Just Relax…Deep Breathe…& Enjoy the Holidays! Ready or not…they are still coming…so why not enjoy them.

So… here’s my 2 cents on how to just relax.

1. Laugh…. A lot… no seriously, just laugh! (releases natural good feeling chemicals in the body)
2. Humor…needed NOW! Watch some lighthearted comedy movies and relax
3. Enjoy a bubble bath
4. Bubble wrap! Yep…you know you want to do it…Go ahead & just pop to your heart’s content (Popity Pop!!!)
5. Take a ME day: put phone away, turn off computer, stay in PJ’s & Lounge…Read…Rest
6. Take a refreshing walk & walk
7. Pamper yourself with some self care by doing something just for you
8. Nurture your soul & take in some beauty (museum tour, a nature walk, visiting a garden…)
9. Did I mention to enjoy a bubble bath?
10. Bake some homemade cookies & enjoy a few
11. A foot soak is a good thing….so soothing…
12. Put some relaxing music on & listen…deep breath in …deep breath out…

** Repeat all the above suggestions as needed!

What relaxation tool can you use?

Have you relaxed & chilled out yet?

Until next time… Make each day count!

Be Relaxing,
Nicole

Reasons To Celebrate Failure

October 8, 2009

In my experience there seems to be an unwritten rule that failure is to be seen as an embarrassment & something to be ashamed of & hidden at all costs. Who came up with ridiculous RULE! Failure is HOW we learn to do something in a different way. Many famous inventors failed many times…BEFORE their invention worked.
Really…Failure is a good thing…When you learn from the lessons and pursue on.

So… here’s my 2 cents on reasons to celebrate failure.

1. Failure…Helps you creates a NEW way of doing things
2. Failure…Makes way for even BETTER ideas
3. Failure…Fuels the PASSION in creating a new thing
4. Failure…Breaks the RULES on FEAR of failing…You’ve done that already…now get going & create
5. Failure…Ignites the FIRE in your soul to do it ONE more time…over & over
6. Failure…Stirs your IMAGINATION
7. Failure…Leads your mind in new & EXCITING paths
8. Failure…Shows your TRUE character
9. Failure…Is the common bond that all people have experienced at one time or another
10. Failure…Is inevitable & yet we get up again to do it all over once more
11. Failure…Is only FAILURE when we no long get up
12. Failure…Means your one more step closer in SUCCEDING

What have failures have you celebrated?

Have you risked enough to fail lately?

Until next time… Make each day count!

Be Celebratory,
Nicole

Create Your Second Life The Way You Want

September 2, 2009

I have been doing some reading about Mid-life Crisis and what they really are. I’m finding the information fascinating to say the least. I am a woman who is in her mid-life…now… and I have to say that I’m having a ball so far. No…Really…I am!

So here’s my 2 cents on creating the second life the way you want.

Now that I’m in my Mid-life I (I’m)…
1. Not concerned about what the “They’s” say, as in what will THEY think
2. Dress the way that I want to…not because a fashion magazine told me to do so
3. Believe in myself more
4. Believe in my skills and talents
5. Fully believe that I DO have all my answers within me
6. Choose not to wear high heels
7. Say what I really think more
8. Speak from the heart more often
9. Believe I can make a difference in the world
10. Choose friends who add to my life
11. Drop acquaintances that DRAG me down
12. Creating a wider circle of unique friends of various ages
13. Re-Designing how I spend my time and energy
14. Organizing my life…starting with WHO I REALLY AM
15. Being Authentic
16. Letting go of old and outdated labels that no longer fit

What life do you want?

Have you started your Re-Design life yet?

Until next time… Make each day count!

Be Real,
Nicole

14 Ways To Be Present With Your Children

August 31, 2009

I was reminded by my children this past week of how fast time can seem to fly by. Seems just like a few weeks ago that they were both toddlers…and always with me & by my side.
When they were younger…being by my side sometimes felt to me as having no room of my own.
Other times it felt so safe, comfortable and enjoyable. I enjoyed the time we spent just being together and watching them discover new things along the way.
I have noticed with the advancing technologies that parents seem more distracted than ever before.
This naturally got me thinking.

So here’s my 2 cents on 14 ways to stay present and connected with your children.

1. Go for a nice nature walk with you children…doesn’t matter their age they will benefit from this time
2. Go to a park with playground equipment
3. Swing your children on the swings
4. Help them slide down the slide…or better yet go down the slide with or after them
5. Have swinging contest with then to see how high the can go! (older children of course)
6. Spray parks are a great way to cool down and enjoy the sunshine…join them in the water too
7. Visit the library and let them choose a few books on their own
8. Have a finger painting day and let them create their fun…join in on the fun and do your own picture too
9. Biking is a great way to enjoy time together…if too young to do on own get a carrier or bike cart for them to be with you on the ride
10. Let toddlers and young children explore their own back yard and go bug collecting
11. Watch the kids do summersaults…join them
12. Collect nature bits with them…stick, leaves, rocks…
13. Turn off your cell phone, iPod, Blackberry, iPhone, computer, TV or anything else that distracts your attention
14. Be in the present moment

What moments are you missing?

Have you decided to stay present in your life yet?

Until next time… Make each day count!

Be Aware,
Nicole

12 Reasons To Look For More Meaningful Work

August 27, 2009

Over the years I’ve had a few lousy jobs & not because of the co-workers or clients. This was largely due to the fact that many Supervisors, Managers and Bosses do not know how to treat the very staff they hire. Communication lines between what Management want and what they said or how they said it were in complete opposition to the results they wanted. This got me thinking about what makes a job (No matter how great the pay) NOT worth it to stay.

So….here’s my 2 cents on reasons to look for another job

1. Non-existent open communication with Boss
2. Non-existent open communication with Co-workers
3. “Having fun at work” is a foreign concept to all
4. Complete and utter dread going into work each day
5. This “rough period” has turned into months, years or DECADES (Yikes!!!)
6. Yelling at employee’s is considered “Standard Operating Procedures”
7. No room for ANY creative ideas or input from staff
8. Meetings are a joke…No agenda except the “hidden” one that becomes the fear for all staff members
9. “Please speak openly and we’ll listen to your ideas about changes” is code word for “Spill the beans on what is REALLY going on in your department/area; we won’t do anything, but we just want to know”
10. Secrets, secrets and more secrets from Management
11. Your immediate Supervisor or Boss uses words like: Insubordination, Authority, Letter of Insubordination going into Your file… (Start looking immediately for other job)
12. My personal favorite… “We have decided to change a few of your job roles to give you more of a growing edge…” Code word for “You have MORE work to do now with the same amount of pay & twice the amount of problems and this is not up for discussion!”

What limits will you set?

How can you create more meaning to your career?

Until next time… Make each day count!

Be Alert,
Nicole