Pick Me Up – March 15, 2019

Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

Pick Me Up – March 14, 2019

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This is linked to my Flower of the Day on my photography blog.

Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

What are your Superpowers?

Here’s a challenge for you:  email five people you know and ask them to list your three strongest, best qualities, your superpowers.

We all have them.  Sometimes we have trouble recognizing them, but they are there.  Even if you don’t see them, the people close to you do.  Pick people you trust or respect.

Here’s a sample email for you:

“Hi.  I’m writing you to ask for a favor.  It may sound a little strange, but I’ve accepted a challenge to identify my superpowers.  I’m supposed to ask a few people who I trust to tell me what they feel are my three best and strongest qualities.  Is there anything you respect or value about me?  What do you think makes me unique, special?

I’m asking you because you have a better view into me in some ways than I do.  My view is filtered by my inner critic.  I’ve been told that everyone has a superpower, something that they have to give to the world, and I’m trying to define mine.

Thank you for taking the time.  I truly appreciate you for doing this.”

I did this and sent the letters to my spouse (Cee), my manager at work, a colleague I do volunteer work with and some friends.  Their answers had commonalities but they also varied according to the role I play in their lives.  It really did help me get a well-rounded picture of who I am.  It was amazing, uplifting and affirming.

Give it a try.  You’ll be glad you did.

Pick Me Up – March 13, 2019

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Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

Pick Me Up – March 12, 2019

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This photo is linked to My FOTD on my photography blog.

Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com

Pick Me Up – March 11, 2019

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Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com

Pick Me Up – March 10, 2019

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Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com

Pick Me Up – March 9, 2019

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Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com

Pick Me Up – March 8, 2019

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Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com

Pick Me Up – March 6, 2019

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Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com

My Dickens Christmas Carol

I was thinking tonight how interesting it would be to live through our own versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.  We’d have to make it a lot less scary, granted.  But what would you experience….

When the Ghost of Christmas Past takes you to see and hear what really went on in your childhood home, but with you being able to see it with your adult eyes?  Would you gain a better understanding of the influences that formed your early life?  Would you cheer or be sad?  Would you feel forgiveness or anger at injustice?  What would that teach you?

When the Ghost of Christmas Present lets you see and hear what those around you think of you?  How do they judge you?  Do they love you or mock you behind your back?  Do they make excuses for your shortcomings or blame you for their failings?   How do you feel seeing your life through someone else’s eyes?

When the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come shows you where your life is heading if you stay on the same path, and lets you imagine a different road?  How would you change the future if you could see it enough to adjust your presnt?

(Cee liked the idea of this post but objected to “A Christmas Carol” being so scary.  She’d change it to be “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  So you can write your own version of it.)

Just wondering… will you have a “Bah, humbug” adventure or will you hear Clarence the angel: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives.  When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

And to all a good night!

Love and hugs,

Chris and Cee

Pick Me Up – March 6, 2019

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Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com

Pick Me Up – March 5, 2019

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This is also my contribution to Becky’s #SpikySquares challenge.

Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com

Morning Pages are changing me

One of the things we’re doing for our “It’s Never Too Late” class is to do what are called Morning Pages.  You write three pages every morning of whatever is in your head.  The idea is to get rid of things that are bugging you or weighing you down so you can have a better day.

Chris is big on journaling and has been for many years.  She has piles of notebooks.  But I’m a photographer and words don’t appeal to me like that.  I think in pictures.  If I could fill three pages with pictures, that would be easy.  But I am trying the writing, and it’s turning out better than I thought.

I didn’t think writing/journalling would end up being so good and healthy for me.  I am finding when I’m writing my morning pages, I’m not nearly as harsh on myself during the day.  My negative self-talker stays quiet.  It’s like that negative Should Monster only stays in my head and can’t flow out through my hand as I write.  His voice never comes out, which tells me that what he’s saying isn’t real.

Or maybe my writing is sending the Should Monster away.  I don’t know, but it’s working.

I’ve been amazed at how upbeat my writing is, and I’m not trying to be.  It’s just happening that way.  I’m seeing my normal, real content self.

Now that is the biggest reason to do morning pages.  You don’t have to join the class to do them. Just grab a pen and some paper and get the mess out of your head every morning.  You’ll be glad you did.  It’s amazing.

Hugs

Cee

Pick Me Up – March 4, 2019

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Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com

On Feeling Overwhelmed

I’m starting business school today.  Not just any business school, but B School with Marie Forleo.  You remember Marie, the figure-out-able lady I told you about last week?

(*yawn*) “Good for you, Chris, but what does that have to do with me?

Funny you should ask.  The topic for today is about feeling overwhelmed.  We’ve all been there.  Overcommitted, too many obligations, too much happening at once.  OVERWHELM.

I’m trying to avoid that nasty burned-out feeling of overwhelm.  I work a full time day job that can be mentally exhausting.  I write this blog.  I am leading the It’s Never Too Late class.  I do my grief work.  I have a thirty year marriage that I would like to see get to thirty-one years.  And I have two pugs, one of which is a super-charged, six month old bundle of energy, both of whom have managed to do a Houdini and get out of the yard last week.  I still don’t know how they did it.  So on top of everything else, I have to staple up chicken wire and make sure there are no gaps big enough to crawl through.  In my spare time.  And while the sun is out.

Fortunately, the Universe delivered some good advice to my inbox in the form of a blog by Courtney Carver.  Courtney writes Be More With Less, a blog I very much enjoy reading, including a recent post, 12 Things to Remember When You are Feeling Overwhelmed.  I love this, especially #2 and #3.  #4 should be something we all need to be able to recite in our sleep, it should be that familiar.  But then it’s hard to deny #9 and #11.  Ah, heck, they’re all good.  Courtney knows what she’s talking about.  In 2006 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and had to drastically revamp her whole life.  Her blog is all about living better by getting rid of the noise and clutter in your life, so she’s a bit of an expert on handling overwhelm.

Which ones spoke to you and your life?

Pick Me Up – March 3, 2019

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Our daily “Pick Me Up” is our gift to you for when you need inspiration or something to brighten your day.  I’ll be using my photos and quotes that I love.  Sometimes we’ll use graphics that friends send to us.  No matter the source, we hope you enjoy the end product.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com