Yay! Another nice, long, one-pager. I love these.
#68. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
There’s a lot of different reasons that I see this one as true. Firstly, sometimes you have to be brave simply because it’s time to be brave. Things can happen that you can’t help, and in those moments you have to be brave no matter what because there simply isn’t another option. Second, Sometimes you have to be brave for yourself. You have to choose that today is that day that things are going to be different, and you have to pretend that you’re brave until it becomes a habit and you suddenly are what you’ve been trying to be. And finally, you have to be brave for other people. If someone is looking to you for comfort, you have to be brave, or at least act brave, even if you don’t feel that way. Because they need you.
Well last week was a really bad week for me. There were a couple of different factors that made it that bad, but it was just a long rough week.
Last Saturday, as my long, rough week continued, I was in the basement sewing (Excellent stress relief). My mom called me upstairs, and I came trotting up not expecting much of anything interesting. To my surprise I found two large and HEAVY USPS boxes awaiting me on the counter. After finding a pocket knife (Fathers are so very handy), I wrestled the tape off the boxes (I shall NOT be defeated by an inanimate object). As I opened the lid, I saw a note. As I read, my mom unpacked, and I cried.
One of my mom’s blogger friends sent me two boxes of fully washed and shrunk 4 inch squares, along with some other assorted washed+shrunk fabrics.
If any of you were wondering, there is still indeed good in this world.
#64. Take a photography course.
I am sadly behind on this one, and I definitely need to do it. I am awful at taking pictures. Almost all of the photos I post on this blog were taken by mother because she has a talent for taking good ones. Time to learn, definitely time to learn.
#65. Let people pull in front of you when you’re stopped in traffic.
Honestly, that’s the best feeling when someone does that for you. You can make someone’s day, and it’s really not that much of a bother.
#66. Support a high school band.
Yep you really should! I’m in my high school’s band (Flute player), and that’s how I support mine, but go to a concert or two sometime.
#67. Demand excellence and be willing to pay for it.
If you want the best, you can’t expect it to be as cheap as badly done work.
As many of you know, I am an avid ballet dancer as well as a quilter. I really enjoy it, and the end of this years dance season marks me ELEVENTH year as a dancer. At the end of every season, we have a large dance production of some sort, and they’re always a lot of fun. This year was extra great in my opinion.
We did what we referred to as “Wicked Oz”. Act one was Wicked, and act two was the wizard of Oz. It was one of the best productions we’ve ever put on in my opinion.
My solo this year was being the cowardly lion from Wizard of Oz, and it was an absolutely ridiculously fun role to play. Yes, I did have a mane. My music was funny, and one of the two classes I teach danced as my baby lions. It was wonderful.
So yes, I will be back onto daily thoughts tomorrow, and I’ll have some new quilts to post then too with any luck.
#60.Admit your mistakes.
When you’re wrong, you know it. You messed up, deal with it.
#61. Ask someone to pick up your mail and daily paper when you’re out-of-town. Those are the first two things potential burglars look for.
Better safe then sorry darlings.
#62. Use your wit to amuse, not abuse.
Better to make them laugh rather than make them cry.
#63. Remember that all news is biased.
We are human after all.
#56. Never mention being on a diet.
Last year I stopped eating “extra” sugar for about 6 months (Cake, cookies, ice cream). I made the mistake of telling one of my friends about it and she immediately tried to convince me to begin eating them again because I was perfect the way I was. Now, though it may seem odd, I was grateful for her for saying that, because I had been lying to myself about why I wasn’t eating that and she just reminded me of the truth, but I would have gone a lot longer without if I hadn’t told her. There are pros and cons here.
#57. Make the best of bad situations.
This is always a good idea. An optimistic brain sees more in my opinion, and that can help you find more ways of fixing/improving the bad situation that you’re in.
#58. Always accept an outstretched hand.
Though this can be hard sometimes, but here’s something to think about: Are you sure that they’re reaching down to help you? Have you ever considered that you just have the wrong perspective and that they’re actually reaching up from the ground asking for help?
#59. Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
My future parenting motto here.
The mystery of the day…
I know it’s a bad picture, but that only adds to the air of mystery right?