SNOW CHANGE

A friend of mine posted a picture last night, she had received three feet of snow, and it was still falling at a great clip. Today on a Sunday morning, the aftermath of this most recent weather event acts as a reminder we are still under the spell of the season. You can count on it to blow here, be cold, and the days to be short in terms of light. We complain, but we bear it knowing full well that this kind of stuff is looming for us just around the corner every autumn. And right about now, we anticipate spring. So, it goes… four times annually.

I have tactically been quiet here on the blog front for about a month. Every two weeks, I have sent 750 words out there to the ethos and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. More so than my followers and subscribers would ever know. My blogs are not typed lightly as just another every other week’s deliverable; it takes a lot for me to compose them in a meaningful way. I have mentioned doing pauses on several occasions, and I always try to practice what I believe. After successive periods of creating, posting, and writing, it was time for a refresh and a recharge at the end of December.

I have crafted blogs for almost four years, written five books, posted podcasts, coached people nightly, and lived in a confident ADVERSITY ROCKSTAR branded world. I decided last fall to take a break from doing several of those endeavors until the new year. By doing so, my personal goal was to come back with renewed energy and vigor. It is essential to step away; when we do, it’s like an entirely new flood of energy is returned as the deliverable. I used some of the downtimes to travel, research, partner up, and ultimately challenge myself to expand whether I felt like it or not. When it comes to this professional world of mine, I knew the person behind the brand would be able to breathe new life into each of these media outlets of mine after walking away.

It is incredible to think about how typical we are in terms of our hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules. As the seasons come with expectations, most of us perform the same repeated actions each morning, each evening, and before bedtime. We follow a very deliberate cadence of tasks because it is comfortable and familiar. But as we repeat constantly, when do we break these patterns for the sake of reenergizing our creative spirits?

Routine can become the norm, so much so we could take a piece of paper and plan our entire day by the actions we perform before it is even upon us. Where is the room for personal growth? How does it happen? When do we reward ourselves by allocating time for it? Always doing the same thing can be stifling. In a way, we have all become typecast in our own movies. I, too, felt myself drifting in that direction for the very first time.

The point here is not to completely dismiss your familiar and comfortable existence but to enhance it now and then. To step away from those zombie-like tasks, you find yourself doing with regularity without giving them any thought and pause from them. Interject something new and completely out of the norm for yourself. It is tough to view the sky when we always stand at the base of a leafy tree. At some point, climb up it and see the horizon.
As we knowingly confine ourselves to the same limited thought spaces, when does the energy get created with which to shine again? How can we discover more about ourselves when we succumb to predictability over and over again. Isn’t the natural gift of life about the experiences and the memories we forge along the way.

At some point, make that shift. It is about time, and each of us has plenty of it. We don’t use it wisely; it is often only spent to get things done, and then there  is another squandered opportunity for personal enrichment.

Use some newly planned opportunities, try different things, research new ideas, educate, explore, connect, challenge, engage, embark, listen, and thrive. Package all that great stuff up and allow it then to flow in all you love to do from there. The choice is yours, another year of the same or one of entirely new energies and a more fulfilled perspective towards those actions you enjoy doing.

You can thank me later for this or come and help me shovel sometime.

Happy 2022 and welcome back!

Cheers…A

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Dusty Pizza

It’s been roughly 17 days when we were told to modify our lives. In this time, what an interesting experience it has been. I have to laugh a bit at some of things I have seen, because when facing adversity in any form…you need to keep your mind in the proper state of check. It makes no difference what your facing whether the corona crisis, critical illness, divorce or relocation for example. When dealing with tough stuff, sometimes you reach a point when you simply have to shake your head and smile with incredulity. Is it a way of coping, absolutely !

Relax, take a breath and poke a little fun at where you are today. Of course, I am speaking strictly about the  C-Virus here and not any other form of adversity.  Most of my blogs tend to be emotionally deep, thoughtful, observational, and reflective. Today is Friday, and I am going to keep things light ! My hope is you will too today and each day during this global challenge.

If I have learned one thing after swimming in deep water for most of life; it is the reality there is still humor to found in everyday situations, regardless. If you choose to wallow in self-pity during adversity and wake each day and reflect on your own perceived misfortune, I can promise you those days will become longer and longer and harder and harder to come back from in terms of positive energy and outlook.  At least for today, put your emotions on hold and try to laugh again.

To pass my time this afternoon, I got ready to enjoy a slice of pizza while I watched videos. Without warning,  the bubbling hot-melted cheese dripped off the side of it and rested on top of my bare foot forming a mixed blob of grease, cheese, sauce and half a mushroom. It had suddenly created what could only be described as a red-eye circle on the top of my fully exposed foot.  I removed the molten cheese before allowing it to burn on through down to the bone, by shaking my ankle and hopping up and down on the other foot while yelping as Kramer had done in Dinky Doughnuts, trying to get the attention of Joe DiMaggio. Today, “good times, never felt so good.”

Point being,  there is no shortage of people creating videos to pass the time, writing funny quips, doing silly dances or simply showing a little too much of their extra winter hibernation skin online. Whatever it is in terms of contribution, it can absolutely be found without much effort. There is a veritable treasure trove of content out there right now. Ever thought about being a star yourself? If you sing in the shower, dance in the kitchen, tell horribly unfunny jokes or simply enjoy being creative…now just might be your time to shine so to speak. You know you want to.

Why not take a moment to become your own director or performer and craft a masterpiece ready to be unleashed on the world? If it sucks, trust me one of two things will happen. Either the masses will appreciate your creativity and be happy you shared it, or the masses might laugh at your effort but if so, you have still successfully taken their minds’ off the current situation. Either way, you did what your intent was in terms of entertaining others right? William Hung became a famous name this way. So, in the words of a famous 1989 rapper… “come on fatso, just bust a move”.  You know what I mean here…don’t take offense.

My personal favorite is the guy who put a black sock over his hand and pretended to be Pacman eating the cars as they drove by in the background. There was absolutely no sound to the video, just the hand puppet mouth opening and closing as each automobile become “swallowed.” Brilliant. Simple yet so effective. Stir crazy… perhaps a little of that too. But the guy had the correct frame of mind. Sit and frustrate or sit and eat cars.

Yesterday,  in between videos I found myself taking apart the casing to my vacuum cleaner for fun. I had always known the motor to have been very strong, so I set my efforts on checking that sucker out, just because. I wanted to see that bad boy in motion. Carefully, I found the plastic seam and pried it open slowly with my screwdriver. Curiously, there were no screws holding it place as I later found out there was not supposed to be any. Needless to tell you, I broke it.

The powerful motor was exposed, I turned it on still wanting to see it in action if only for a few moments. It hummed along like a well-oiled Suzuki. I admired it while vacuuming the room without realizing it  had been spewing dust, fuzz, hair, some form of hardened material which may or may not have once been the corner of a Mounds, Hershey or a Zagnut candy bar, and also what I think were the remains from a few dead daddy long legged bugs. All flew back out and onto my carpet from the other side of the fully exposed Electrolux.

I had completely forgotten the replacement bags had not arrived yet from Amazon. There was absolutely no bag in there, and with the casing now completely broken open…you know the rest of this story. What came in came right back out, taking the wide path like pellets spewing out of a sawed off shot gut. Crap was everywhere now, oh the humanity. At least I finally saw the motor in action.

I should have had the camera running these last few days.

In the meantime, I’ll just watch the video of the women with long brown hair pretending to be the back side of a horse being ridden by her husband as they both bounce up and down in unison in their kitchen. Him pretending to be a cowboy, her pretending to be his four-legged mode of transportation. One cannot make this stuff up…clip clop, clip clop indeed.

You just never know when it may be your turn to put on the clown make-up and entertain.

Stay positive, stay safe and stay smiling.

Cheers…A

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Holiday New

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Dusty Pizza

It’s been roughly 17 days when we were told to modify our lives. In this time, what an interesting experience it has been. I have to laugh a bit at some of things I have seen, because when facing adversity in any form…you need to keep your mind in the proper state of check. It makes no difference what your facing whether the corona crisis, critical illness, divorce or relocation for example. When dealing with tough stuff, sometimes you reach a point when you simply have to shake your head and smile with incredulity. Is it a way of coping, absolutely !

Relax, take a breath and poke a little fun at where you are today. Of course, I am speaking strictly about the  C-Virus here and not any other form of adversity.  Most of my blogs tend to be emotionally deep, thoughtful, observational, and reflective. Today is Friday, and I am going to keep things light ! My hope is you will too today and each day during this global challenge.

If I have learned one thing after swimming in deep water for most of life; it is the reality there is still humor to found in everyday situations, regardless. If you choose to wallow in self-pity during adversity and wake each day and reflect on your own perceived misfortune, I can promise you those days will become longer and longer and harder and harder to come back from in terms of positive energy and outlook.  At least for today, put your emotions on hold and try to laugh again.

To pass my time this afternoon, I got ready to enjoy a slice of pizza while I watched videos. Without warning,  the bubbling hot-melted cheese dripped off the side of it and rested on top of my bare foot forming a mixed blob of grease, cheese, sauce and half a mushroom. It had suddenly created what could only be described as a red-eye circle on the top of my fully exposed foot.  I removed the molten cheese before allowing it to burn on through down to the bone, by shaking my ankle and hopping up and down on the other foot while yelping as Kramer had done in Dinky Doughnuts, trying to get the attention of Joe DiMaggio. Today, “good times, never felt so good.”

Point being,  there is no shortage of people creating videos to pass the time, writing funny quips, doing silly dances or simply showing a little too much of their extra winter hibernation skin online. Whatever it is in terms of contribution, it can absolutely be found without much effort. There is a veritable treasure trove of content out there right now. Ever thought about being a star yourself? If you sing in the shower, dance in the kitchen, tell horribly unfunny jokes or simply enjoy being creative…now just might be your time to shine so to speak. You know you want to.

Why not take a moment to become your own director or performer and craft a masterpiece ready to be unleashed on the world? If it sucks, trust me one of two things will happen. Either the masses will appreciate your creativity and be happy you shared it, or the masses might laugh at your effort but if so, you have still successfully taken their minds’ off the current situation. Either way, you did what your intent was in terms of entertaining others right? William Hung became a famous name this way. So, in the words of a famous 1989 rapper… “come on fatso, just bust a move”.  You know what I mean here…don’t take offense.

My personal favorite is the guy who put a black sock over his hand and pretended to be Pacman eating the cars as they drove by in the background. There was absolutely no sound to the video, just the hand puppet mouth opening and closing as each automobile become “swallowed.” Brilliant. Simple yet so effective. Stir crazy… perhaps a little of that too. But the guy had the correct frame of mind. Sit and frustrate or sit and eat cars.

Yesterday,  in between videos I found myself taking apart the casing to my vacuum cleaner for fun. I had always known the motor to have been very strong, so I set my efforts on checking that sucker out, just because. I wanted to see that bad boy in motion. Carefully, I found the plastic seam and pried it open slowly with my screwdriver. Curiously, there were no screws holding it place as I later found out there was not supposed to be any. Needless to tell you, I broke it.

The powerful motor was exposed, I turned it on still wanting to see it in action if only for a few moments. It hummed along like a well-oiled Suzuki. I admired it while vacuuming the room without realizing it  had been spewing dust, fuzz, hair, some form of hardened material which may or may not have once been the corner of a Mounds, Hershey or a Zagnut candy bar, and also what I think were the remains from a few dead daddy long legged bugs. All flew back out and onto my carpet from the other side of the fully exposed Electrolux.

I had completely forgotten the replacement bags had not arrived yet from Amazon. There was absolutely no bag in there, and with the casing now completely broken open…you know the rest of this story. What came in came right back out, taking the wide path like pellets spewing out of a sawed off shot gut. Crap was everywhere now, oh the humanity. At least I finally saw the motor in action.

I should have had the camera running these last few days.

In the meantime, I’ll just watch the video of the women with long brown hair pretending to be the back side of a horse being ridden by her husband as they both bounce up and down in unison in their kitchen. Him pretending to be a cowboy, her pretending to be his four-legged mode of transportation. One cannot make this stuff up…clip clop, clip clop indeed.

You just never know when it may be your turn to put on the clown make-up and entertain.

Stay positive, stay safe and stay smiling.

Cheers…A

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