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Monday, April 20, 2009

Feel Alive Monday..




This is my dog walking hat..I think I posted a picture of it before. But I am writing about it again because when I wear this hat in public I get some funny looks.

But you know what? I don't care. I love this hat. It makes me happy.

What have you stored away because you think others might not like it? Get it out. Wear it. If it makes you happy..


1. I have something I want you to do today. Get a notebook and write these exercises down. We are going to do something fun. Please take pictures if you have a camera.
{pick one or more of these to do this week}

I sing everyday. Just puttering around cleaning and doing chores.

If you like to sing, never let anyone stop you from doing it. Even if you can't do it very well.

Observe things around you today. Sight, Sense, Smell, Sound.. Jot down everything you notice for a few days.

What kind of music do you like? Go to You Tube and listen to some new music. Write yourself out a playlist.

When is the last time you actually tasted your food? Do you just rush and hurry and eat? Slow down and enjoy your meal today. Make your table pretty. Put some flowers on it. Or use a table cloth you have been saving. Buy some new plates. I just bought two new plates from Target. They are the color of Robin's eggs. Beautiful..They make me so happy looking at them while I eat. And they were only $2.00 a piece!

Many days I go outside and I close my eyes and I just listen. I listen to what is going on around me. Listen today. What do you hear? Tell me about it I want to know.

I have a scrap bag of material, and I get into that bag sometimes and I feel the textures of the different materials in it. It has velvet scraps and cotton and just a variety of different materials. When is the last time you felt the clothes you were wearing? Feel your bath robe. Feel your silk shirt, or your cotton shirt. Being able to experience the gift of touch is such a gift.
It makes me feel alive.

I got this idea from my friend Nina at Ornamental

Take a piece of paper and write encouraging things down on the paper and then cut them in strips and let them go out on the wind. She did that. And I thought it was pure magic. What if someone was walking down the street and found that scrap of paper with something beautiful on it that "you" had written and it made a difference in their life. That would be so cool.

Look at "your" world today with new eyes. Try to look at something around you differently than you ever have before. Our lives are just a blip on the radar than we are gone. We are surrounded by sadness,and pain and mean people. We have to fight for a beautiful life...

I don't want to seem like I am some sort of Pollyanna. I'm not. I have so many things to be sad and overwhlmed about right now. And I am dealing with things that are hard to deal with. But I am choosing to find the good things in life. It makes my day better.


If you want write your experiences down we will do something very neat with them. Write how each exercise made you feel. That is important. Because you are important..
xoxo Nita

Today's music is by Alexi Murdock
1st video just pick a clip
my favorite is Blue Mind..
{thanks Roxanne}

If you have time I hope you can listen...the video is visually stunning

P.s just found out Elizabeth's bone marrow test is this week please say a prayer for her..

21 comments:

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I love your hat and you in it! Perfect combination! That is why people stare at you when you wear it. They seldom see perfection!
~love and smiles~
Mona

Lee Laurie said...

Nita,
I had to smile a little bit when you said that your roof is leaking. I know tht sounds bad but I don't mean it that way. Its just that my roof started leaking the other day and I thought, What next? I can't afford to fix it right now. I guess I will just have to keep that big old bucket pulled out in my dining room! LOL

This sounds like a fun exercise. I will have to try it. Oh and I love your hat!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

I am praying for your daughter.

Donna said...

That is one of my Favorite pictures of you!!! I LOVE the hat! Keep wearing it! Love to you sweetie!!hughugs

Maija said...

People are just checking you out wondering who is that babe? She rocks in that hat!

sara said...

You are beautiful and inspire me.:)

Patti said...

Wonderful Post Nita
Very inspiring my dear.
Hugs
Patti

Amy said...

Love your hat!!!!!!!!!
Great photo.
Amy

Nathalie Thompson said...

Nita, You are SO photogenic! A friend once told me (I think to validate her hat obsession), "Wear a hat and people will notice you." Why not stand out in a crowd! AND keep your head warm? ;)

Patti said...

thanks for visiting my blog - I love your hat too! Come again soon:)

kimberly said...

love the hat, nita......and i always feel..."good for that person" for having the confidence to do what feels good to them!!!! i think as we age, we really don't let the views of others deter us so much from being ourselves....life is too short!
hugs,
kimberly

A bird in the hand said...

Good for you, Nita. Life is short....wear the hat!!!

xxoo Colette

Angela said...

That is a great hat and it looks super on you. Glad it also makes you happy!

Vickie said...

Love this post. I will try to do one of these things. I love color and odd collections. I would like to have jars of colorful jelly beans. The problem is I like to eat them too! Maybe if I got a neat jar and then glued it shut? Thinking of you and grateful for your friendship.

Sharon said...

I too love your hat. I love your ideas too. everyone needs to stop and just enjoy the simple pleasures life brings. Sharon

Annette said...

I love this post....and I so agree with you, don't care what other people think, do what makes YOU feel good, and you have some great ideas to make us stop and enjoy life, not to bother with other stuff, enjoy this life God has given us, and I do just that, when I come to your place for a visit! I love your hat, it looks marvelous darling....
Love to you~
Annette

Serendipity said...

I love your hat! Can't think why those people would give you funny looks except for trying to figure out where you get such a chic hat!

That's a really good exercise to do. I'll try it when I go for a walk in the park today.

Will be praying for Elizabeth.

Karen said...

I love your post. It made me slow down a little today and just enjoy. I love the idea about writing encouraging words and letting the wind carry them to someone who needed to read them at that moment. What a magical idea!

You're so right about fighting for a beautiful life! You are a blessing.

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Thinking of you fondly and loving that hat.
Always blessed,
Blondie

Flassie's Fil'a said...

You look adorable in the hat!
I love hat's too.

I walked to a garage sald and bought a
rabbit muff and two bonnets and a little
outfit for my dgrd. They are vintage and
from the 60's. They are white like your hat.

Great post! I try to notice
things and I sing too during
the day. I wonder if anyone
has every sang in their sleep?
LOL!

I'll say a Prayer for Elizabeth!

God Bless You and Yours!!!

Annette said...

Just checking in on you this morning...and to let you know I'm thinking about you and I think, well I know your pretty special to me and so many others.
LOVE YA LOTS
Annette

Karen M said...

Great post! I think I really needed to read this.

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