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I Choose Happiness

This year, there will be no promises, commitments, or resolutions. Instead I am simply going to choose to fully live life as it comes, one moment at a time. Even when the dark days come, I will find beauty and joy in the world around me and I will CHOOSE happiness.

Cricket Walker

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40 Days & 40 Nights

Okay, maybe it hasn’t been quite as long at that, but it sure feels like it has been a long time since we have seen the sunshine around here.

I may have to learn to like camping and hiking in the rain, because I so need some time in nature.

Or, maybe I just need to learn how to kayak?

Cricket Walker

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Smell The Coffee

Come on, don’t you ever stop and smell the coffee?”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

No matter what historians claimed, BC really stood for “Before Coffee.”
Cherise Sinclair, Master of the Mountain

Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.”
Jessi Lane Adams

I can’t stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and the walking and the words-putting-into-sentence doing.”
Amy Sherman

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Clean eating!
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Writing Down My Goals

I honestly don’t know if it helps to actually write down your goals, but just in case, here goes…

  • Learning to clean as I go. (Join FlyLady and follow the steps?)
  • Getting my diabetes consistently under control. (Clean eating!)
  • Learn new healthy low carb recipes.
  • Get back into walking every day.
  • Keep my personal blog updated. (Start a blogging challenge?)
  • Improve my writing skills.
  • Continue learning. (Take some online classes?)
  • Focus on random acts of kindness.
  • Take more pictures and improve photography skills. (Especially iPhoneography)
  • Take a solo weekend backpacking trip.
  • Attend a Tiny House workshop.
  • Drink more plain water.
  • Join a meetup group.
  • Spend more time with my grandchildren.
  • Create an inspirational (and organized) home office area.
  • Concentrate on not wasting electricity. (My summer bills in Texas kill me!)
  • Simplify my life by throwing away or donating item I do not use.
  • Organize the boxes of pictures my mother collected into albums for the family.
  • Stop THINKING about doing things and just start DOING them.
  • Avoid throwaway plastic items, such as water bottles.

Cricket Walker

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

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Where Ya Headed?

Inner Voice: So, where ya headed?

Me: Excuse me? I was feeling pretty comfortable right here.

Inner Voice: Didn’t you have some goals you wanted to work on?

Me: You are a pain in the tush aren’t you?

Inner Voice: Hey now! It’s your goal. Not mine!

Me: You haven’t been around for MONTHS and now ya butt your nose back into things?

Inner Voice: I’m always here. You just don’t always hear me.

Me: Pffffft…

Inner Voice: So, where ya headed?

Me: Fine! I will go for a walk.

Inner Voice: Ya gonna take the backpack?


Inner Voice: Like I said, it’s your goal. Put some weight in it too.

Me: I’m going. I’m going!

Cricket Walker

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

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Why Ya Gotta Be So Angry?

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

Yes, I realize that anger is a natural emotion that we can’t always control feeling but we certainly have the power to CHOOSE how we are going to respond to that anger.

If we scream, holler, stomp our feet and throw a good old fashioned temper tantrum (and make sure we tell everyone on Facebook) what are we gonna solve besides dragging everyone else down with us? Is that fair?

Yes, I also realize that you have the right to be angry and I don’t have a clue what you are going through, nor can I understand without experiencing it myself.

Ya know what though, honey? You can’t possibly understand what everyone else is going through either, unless you have been there, so get over it.

Heck, I could share 53 years of reasons to holler and tell the world that life isn’t fair, but what the heck is the point? Will it change anything at all?

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.”

What if we decided to try something new? What if we DECIDED to use our anger to power positive changes in our lives or the people around us?

What if we got so angry that we walked away from the computer and started walking or exploring nature? What if we stayed out there until we felt peace again?

What if every time we got boiling mad we decided to challenge ourselves to bring a complete stranger a smile and kept doing it until we were smiling too?

What if we decided to make a difference?

Cricket Walker