#AtoZChallenge R is for Rainbow

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“We live in a rainbow of chaos.” – Paul Cezanne

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I am intrigued by this concept- living in a rainbow of chaos. See, I find rainbows to be quite neat and orderly. The colors line up in the same order and while they might blend into the next, each color has its own definition. I suppose that for some it could seem chaotic that there might not be clear division between each color.

Then I look at my life and I can easily see how it might appear to be a rainbow of chaos to outsiders. But it’s my rainbow and my chaos and as long as I like it, I guess that’s all that matters, right?

What do you think?

-Kat

You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

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#AtoZchallenge Q is for Quiet

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“Our culture is biased against quiet and reserved people, but introverts are responsible for some of humanity’s greatest achievements.” –Susan Cain

Famous Introverts-

  • Albert Einstein
  • Bill Gates
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Rosa Park
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • JK Rowling
  • Al Gore
  • Mahtma Gandhi
  • Michael Jordan
  • Meryl Streep
  • Charles Darwin
  • Frederic Chopin
  • Emma Watson
  • Courtney Cox
  • Laura Bush
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Candice Bergen
  • Roy Rogers
  • Joe DiMaggio
  • Elton John
  • Lady Gaga

and the list goes on and on.

I consider that an impressive list and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m very quiet. I can sit at a meeting and never feel the need to speak. I hear things that no one else does because they are all talking. There is strength in being quiet and I think it intimidates those who are not. When I point out something that I heard, people appear shocked, as if my ability to hear and think is directly connected to my participation in the dialogue. It is interesting what you hear when people are talking and they think no one is listening. (I know, why are they talking if they don’t want to be heard? Well, maybe you can tell me!) I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard a comment, not meant to be heard by the entire group, uttered loud enough to be heard. Now, I’m talking about a meeting setting where a group of people are sitting around a table, with multiple conversations taking place at once. Almost always, people are talking over each other and as I look around the room, I wonder if I’m the only one listening. It’s draining and probably a good thing that no one expects me to talk- except sometimes I do have something to say…

“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly – spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.” -Susan Taylor

And then there is the other quiet. In a world that is filled with chaos, craziness, and sensory overload, I cherish my quiet time. I especially find myself seeking quiet places since so many of my days are filled with an energetic, talkative two year old! There are times when I find myself in complete silence, no tv or music, no talking- just quiet time. And although music is like an instant anxiety reliever, the silence around me really energizes me and gives my batteries the recharge they need.

I’m sitting in my family room right now, my Netflix show having been paused for a half hour now, listening to Ari’s breathing getting deeper and more relaxed as she settles into her nap, hearing the wind blowing,making a whooshing sound down the fireplace. The ice maker just whipped up a fresh batch of cubes and they clattered into their bin. There is ticking from the clock and creaks and groans from the house as it settles, although I’m not sure why it’s still settling after standing here for over 70 years…

I have approximately an hour before my two year old buddy awakes from his nap, and then it’s back to building block towers, pounding out tunes on the xylophone accompanied by singing and dancing, and all the noise and energy that little guy brings. And my quiet time will come to an end until later tonight, when it will be much needed- AGAIN!

Hope your day is filled with quiet or chaos or both- it’s up to you!

-Kat

You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

#AtoZChallenge O is for Oddball

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As I searched for quotes for this challenge, I came across some that I really liked but they just didn’t fit in any specific category that I was looking for. And when I began looking for quotes for the letter O, I found that I wasn’t really feeling any of my O options. So- O is for Oddball Quotes:

  • “Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.” -Emma Watson
  • “Embrace the glorious mess that you are.” -Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” -William Shakespeare
  • “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
  • “No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere.” – Sheryl Crow
  • “Never apologize for being nerdy because unnerdy people never apologize for being assholes.” -John Barrowman

You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

Have a great day!

-Kat

 

#AtoZChallenge N is for Nature

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“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein

You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

Today is a great day to get out and appreciate the beauty that nature has to offer!

-Kat

#AtoZChallenge L is for Lennon, Love & Life

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For today’s (okay, I admit I’m behind and this is actually Friday’s) post, I’m letting John Lennon’s words speak for themselves.

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You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

Have a great day!

-Kat

#AtoZChallenge J is for Joy

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“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” – Marianne Williamson

I don’t talk about my mother here on my blog. There is only one reason-  she is part of an elite group- the people I don’t discuss here. I can tell you that she is still alive. She lives nearby me. She is still part of my life. And she loves me with a fierceness that is not easily expressed but never doubted. She is a strong person who is quite private. What most people might not realize is that she is a fighter, with determination that could rival the toughest in town. She cares very deeply, but rarely lets those emotions bubble to the surface. Although I know she loves us all, we take it on faith, not expecting her to say those words out loud. beej gg

And it is because of all this that I have absolutely savored the time I get to spend with my mom when Beej, my little grandson is around. More than once my mother has expressed how much of joy he brings to her life. It fills my heart with joy to watch great-grandson and great-grandmother together. It brings back memories of the days when my firstborn, Michael, was young and all of the special times we spent with my mom then.

I know that this time is fleeting and I love being a part of the happiness Beej brings to her life.

You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

TTFN

-Kat

#AtoZChallenge H is for Happiness

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  • “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam
  • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” -Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore
  • “When what we are is what we want to be, that’s happiness.” -Malcolm Forbes
  • “If you want to be happy, be.” -Leo Tolstoy

You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

Have a great week!

-Kat

#AtoZChallenge G is for Goodness

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“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.” – Anne Frank

I like to think that some of that original goodness remains in everyone. Sadly some lose touch with that side of them. Or maybe they bury it deep inside so they don’t have to face the truth about the person they have become. I try to find some sign of that goodness in everyone I meet.

Sometimes it’s not easy to see.

And that’s when I’m truly thankful for the good ones.

Hope your weekend was a good one!

-Kat

You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

#AtoZChallenge D is for Dreams

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

My oldest son dreamed of becoming a firefighter when he grew up. And he did.

Learning did not come easy to him and he worked hard to earn each and every good grade he received. When he hit his teen years, things got rocky, as they sometimes do with teenagers. I worried. He tested boundaries. We made it through.

And a week after he graduated from high school, he began the EMT program. After working as an EMT  for a few years, he got into the Paramedic program and became a certified paramedic. With his end goal in sight, he was trained in the fire academy and was hired as a firefighter-paramedic just two years ago. He continues to study and added Engineer to his certifications.

He had a dream, he worked his butt off to achieve it, and I am in awe of him. He is an inspiration to anyone who thinks that their dreams are beyond their reach and I couldn’t be prouder of him.

This post is working double-duty today and piggy-backing onto Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Summer/Fire.

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You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

Have a great day!

-Kat

#AtoZChallenge A is for Attitude

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“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.” -Viktor Frankl

I spent years preaching to my children about the importance of a positive attitude but it was all lip service. I can admit it now but back then, I would have gone down fighting. My attitude sucked. Maybe I thought my attitude was better than it actually was but looking back, I can clearly see how much I struggled. I was raising three children who were five years apart. When one kid was leaving a stage, the next was marching right into it until one by one they ALL ended up in “Teentown” and that was the loooooonnnnggeesttttttttttt stage (14 years) of them all. I’m convinced that my attitude dragged me down and made a trying period, even more so. I’m happy to report that we all made it through to the other side without any major mishaps and all in one piece.

In recent years I faced challenges much bigger than those in the child rearing years and I was forced to re-think this attitude I was maintaining. Changing one’s attitude after a lifetime of thinking and acting a certain way is not easy. It took hard work and I admit that there are plenty of times when I fall back on old, familiar (bad) habits.

One way I help myself keep a positive attitude is collecting quotes by the hundreds, if not thousands. I will read them over and over again as a reminder. I have playlists that are high energy and motivating which always put me in a positive mood. Music has a major influence in my life. I think about the people I love.

My new attitude is to focus on the positive, stay committed to those who truly matter and let go of the unnecessary burdens that weigh me down.

Have you had to change your attitude? If so, what did you do? OR  Are you a naturally positive person so attitude adjustment hasn’t been a factor? And if so, is it work to maintain this positive attitude?

Happy Saturday!

-Kat, recovering negative attitude