Today, I will start today’s post off by saying. I need this post more than anyone else that is reading it. I feel horrible as I think about how this subject and how due to it that I may have impacted people in a derogatory manner.
Yesterday’s lunch with my family is a perfect example.
We all sat in a restaurant waiting on our food looking at our phones. Not speaking. We weren’t mad at one another just not engaged. We did put our technology away once our food arrived. So it wasn’t a totally bust.
But, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I treat others or view them. Also, I’ve thought about how others treat me and view me. Many times, I find that when others are speaking to me that I’m bored, not engaged, and selfishly thinking of other things. I’m finding that I would rather sit quietly with my computer, or iPhone, I know that I”m not alone. I often feel like other people do this to me when I speak to them. I deserve it most likely. Let’s be honest, I ramble. Ramblers today don’t survive in conversations because everyone is so used to getting information quickly, and in my case, by the time I finish a story, it’s old news.
I’ve learned so much from acting/improvisation.Being in the moment,
Yes and-ing and Listening
These three skills have forever changed my life, but I’m afraid sometimes that just isn’t enough. I need a good talking to. I need to get over my social media, technology, mentality, unplug and spend time with people. Engaged, unselfishly, exhilarated that someone feels the need to share their life with me. Technology is a great thing. I love my phone, my social media outlets, but I hope I never love those things as much as I love the people I get to share life with.
So if I am ignoring you during conversation, I give you permission to say PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE!
In the light of the snow, we had recently, I thought I would share a snow memory of my own.
My parents were great at making memories with my sister and I. We had the best childhood. We moved to the country when I was eight years old. We always had animals, Dogs, cats, lizards and field mice. ((These were not welcomed pets, but we had them nonetheless because we lived near cotton fields). We had beagles and labs. Sugar was by far my favorite dog that we owned. She was so smart. She would fetch other hunters game for my dad when she went hunting with him. He would then give it to the appropriate hunter. She loved playing fetch. She was good listener. She took plenty of my heartaches with her to the grave. She would sit with me on outside, and I would tell her how some boy had broken my heart. She seemed to always make me feel better. Here’s a picture of her with my oldest daughter.
Most of the time she was so gentle, but some days she was rowdy and wanted to to play.
One day, when I was about fourteen, I was building a snowman in our front yard. I just about finished it when Sugar came jetting towards me and ran right through the snowman and came back and tackled me and preceded to lick my face. How could I be mad at her after that. She was an amazing dog. I miss her so much.
I was fortunate enough to stumble onto Jimmy Carrane’s book a year or so ago. I was amazed by his ability to convey his thoughts and really make them come to life. I started following his podcast and reading articles that he had written. If you are an improviser, you might want to check him out. You will be glad you did. Oh and buy his book and t-shirt. You will be pleased with both. I love my t shirt.
Here is his website link.
At what cost do you follow your passion? For many years, my passion has been
I have sacrificed a lot to keep these three things at the top of my list of things to keep active in my life.
When you are passionate about something, it is not always natural a part of your life. There are a lot of things that can get in the way of what you really want to be doing. Their are a bunch of self help books and strategies to help you out there, gosh, reading those book might turn into a passion. hee hee.
I’ve often heard that if you are passionate about something, you’ll do it for free. Wow, I must be really passionate.
Even though at times it has been a struggle, I feel like I live my passion. Are you living your passion? If so, what are you passionate about? Just one word,I dare you.
Well this is where I was supposed to review the new Harry Potter World additions at Island of Adventure and at Universal Studios. As the title notes, things change and plans fail. (Point of Grace had it figured out awhile back).
I kept checking the weather all weekend hoping for a change in the forecast, but gradually it got worse. So we decided that we would not go. We were really sad. Heidi and I wanted to do something besides watch the rain drops. We headed to Downtown Disney for Heidi to get a Stitch pillow.
The express window is a little cheaper. The scenery is nice.
The drinks are great. Heidi had a strawberry smoothie.
I had a peach drink. I found out Walmart caries these.
I had a Frita. Yum. It is a Cuban hamburger.
Then, it was on to Disney Quest. It was expensive, but a great thing to do especially if you stay on property. You can come and go. There’s a lot of games and fun there. Five floors of fun. I got tired. Sat in the cafe. The ideal thing would be to go to there in the morning stay awhile, then go take a nap and come back again in the same day in the evening. Its fun, esp for all us gamers. Cool Display.
This was my favorite attraction at Disney Quest.
You enter a room with 3-D glasses and command a pirate ship. The room rocks back and forth and you steer and the screen turns as you turn. Just super fun.
2nd place attraction was the rafting.
The boat inflates and you go on a water adventure. I almost fell out of the boat.
Overall fun at Disney Quest. When we left the rain had started, and we got soaked, we headed back our dry room and took a nap and ended the evening with a nice dinner at Carrabas. Im glad we passed on Universal, even though we missed the Hogwarts Express.
There was a lot of construction going on. Parking was a little confusing. And a lot of the shops we normally stop at were closed.
They did add two Starbucks and a couple of fun jewelry shops. I found this one necklace maker that was adorable.
Beth Quin Her jewelry is adorable.
There was also the lego store. I lovethe statues and displays there Here a few of my favorites.
And we enjoyed our must have churros. The first day was warm and dry. The second day was a different story.
I think that this is a very kind thing to do. Great way to make some new friends. Thanks to the journal.
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So I’d been thinking since I began 11 months ago about how I could help other bloggers grow their audience as quickly as I did. Y’all know how passionate I am about making a proper living from blogging already.
I started doing Blogging Tips and then I wanted to offer online events that could help boost folks’ audiences. I had quite a few in mind but a busy schedule and some tough periods put paid to getting them up and running last year. But now…here is the first!Feel free to use this post to say hi and introduce yourself to other bloggers. Add links to your books, your poems, your enterprises.
Tell folks who you are and what you blog about so people will want to check you out. Also go say hi to others. It is all key to growing your audience.
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