Saturday, December 31, 2011

How to Be Mindful in the New Year


Ah, a new year 
and a clean slate.

I think everyone looks forward to this time of year, when we all get an opportunity to wipe out the last twelve months and start fresh. On January 1st I almost feel as if someone has breathed new life into me. My lungs are open, my eyes are focused and my body is full of energy. 

What is it about the first day of the New Year that makes us feel this way?

Is it because we now have a new list of things we are hopeful for? Is it that we can associate the new year with a new date, and so now we're able to leave the past behind us? Is it because the New Year really does promise us something special?

It's interesting that we think tomorrow into a different day than it was today...make ourselves believe we will be different than we were yesterday, just because the date changed.

Our minds are very powerful things.

Our mind is strong enough to make us do what I just mentioned and just about anything else we think about. But yet our brains can also discourage us enough to actually procrastinate and fail.

Our brain can be our best friend or our worst enemy.
And oddly enough, we have control over which one it is.

Ever hear these quotes: 
"Don't believe everything you think" or "Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right"?

A profound book that goes into more detail on this subject is, 'Think & Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill
It may sound as if the title suggests the only reason you ought to read it is because you want money. 
Well not entirely, because quoting from his first chapter:
Thoughts are Things:"The object of this book is to help all who seek it to learn the art of changing their minds from failure consciousness to success consciousness."

In the book, he describes how powerful the mind is and if we harness that knowledge, and power, we can succeed at anything. 

Or fail at anything. 

Towards the end of that chapter Hill makes this statement,  'we are the masters of our fate..." and that our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds...."

In his book, he describes things like:
  •  Auto-suggestion and it's power over your success
  •  The 31 major causes of failure
  •  How decision plays a large part in your wealth

So, if you are looking at your New Year in a positive light, and are only expecting good things, you most presumably will have them. But, if you cannot envision happiness and success, determine whether or not your mind is on your side.

If it's not, tell your brain to get on board and check these out!



Good luck with your New Year's Goals and Resolutions-
 You can do anything you put your mind to!

Visit Y. I. on Wednesday to see which One Word I chose for 2012! 



















Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Y.I. Wednesday: 9 Reasons Why I Drink Coffee



There have been years of speculation that those who drink coffee are bad.
Well, I guess I am one of them them.

Because I drink coffee and I love it!

Here's 9 Reasons Why I do:

  1. Because as a mother, it is my own guilty pleasure.
  2. Because I am probably addicted to it.
  3. Because it's the only addiction I can do and still drive a vehicle.
  4. Because it's an addiction that is legal and is not killing me with every sip.
  5. Because it tastes yummy and there are so many different ways to have it!
  6. Because someone introduced me to it when I was 22 years old, and working at 5:45 am, it helped me wake up!
  7. Because coffee actually has some health benefits.
  8. Because my mind actually works better when I drink at least one cup of coffee first thing in the morning.
  9. Because I can :)
What do you do and why?

I Share Y.I's every Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How To Test Drive Your New Year's Resolution


There are many of us who would be more than happy to skip New Year's Resolutions and who would prefer to simply countdown to the ball dropping and enter 2012 accepting things the way they were the year before.

Then there's others who look forward to a new challenge, or a renewed sense of accomplishment, so they set their sites on an item, or weakness, which they plan on tackling in the New Year.

Choosing a New Year's Resolution isn't easy. No one is perfect, and so at any given time we could likely find a dozen things which could use a bit of tweaking.

So, how do you know which one do you choose? 
And...
Which one is more important than the others?
And...
How can you guarantee success with the one you pick?

Well, the first two questions are very personal, and the one making the resolution would be the only person able to answer them.

But the third one depends on the why and if you've tested it or not.

How do you test your chosen New Year's Resolution?

Give it a trial run today!

If your resolution might be to follow a better fitness regimen, add it 'mini-size' to your day for a couple of days.

If you are completely disinterested and unmotivated trying to follow it, than you might want to choose something else. (It's possible that you aren't ready or your 'why', right now, is not great enough.)

We all want to succeed. 


'Try, try again,' is the often muttered motto when we fail, and it can leave us completely discouraged.

I believe that to feel motivated to accomplish something, and be excited to move on to another challenge, it is imperative that we are successful, even if it's only in the littlest increments.

That is a reason to test-drive a resolution. 


If you are not ready, it will be nearly impossible to stick with it.
So, include it today in small doses....then tomorrow try it again....if it is going well and you are excited about it and it is benefiting you, than keep it as your New Years Resolution on January 1st!

If not... go back to the drawing board.

Another reason you should test-drive a resolution: 


To find out if the one you chose will make a large enough impact.

Suppose you make a goal to wake up a half hour earlier every day. The reason you want to do this is so that you get things done around the house... though when hear your alarm, you wake up, but spend the next hour lying there, or you find yourself surfing the net or updating your Facebook status with coffee in hand.  While I enjoy doing all of these things, if my goal is to get up to 'get things done' I have defeated the resolution of getting up earlier.

It may be, that this is not a strong enough resolution.

Last year, I chose to incorporate the One Word approach to my New Year's Resolutions.

This week, I picked a few words to try....
  • Faith
  • Let it Go (I know that's three but I like it and could could consider it- My One Phrase.)
  • Goals
I will let you know how it goes...

What New Year's Resolutions will you choose to test-drive? 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fun Friday: Remember Being a Kid at Christmas!?



Christmas reminds me of being a kid! 

Waking up and unwrapping a bunch gifts,
then getting to play with them! 

Although today isn't Friday, this is your Fun Friday post, and it is Christmastime!
 So check out this link and have some fun!

You deserve to feel like a kid again!


Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Y.I. Wednesday: Why I'm Addicted to Motivational Quotes

 I try my best to be a positive person, but I can't always get there on my own.
Motivational quotes are always to the point and are quick easy pick me ups that can be posted anywhere!

That is Y.I. rely on motivational quotes!

Here's where I like to find the best motivational quotes:
Thinkexist.com
The bookstore (their journals have quotes and magnets and mugs)
Bits & Pieces (periodical found at 'motivateandinspire.com'
Some of my favorite books have great quotes

Where I post motivational quotes:
on my computer at work
on my car visor
on my desk
on my mirror
on my cell phone
on my computer at home
on my refrigerator
on my wall in the bathroom
on the kids bathroom door (good reading material)
on my shoe
(Just kidding about that last one, but I do love to post them everywhere!)

Where I have the most motivational quotes: 
On my refrigerator


Two of my favorite motivational quotes:
'"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right."-Henry Ford
"Just when the caterpillar thought his life was over, he became a butterfly."-Proverb

What's your favorite motivation quote?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fun Friday: Inpsirational Fact



Most people didn’t know that Napoleon Bonaparte actually drew up his battle plans inside of a sandbox. - Fun Facts Online

Just goes to show you, inspiration can strike ANYWHERE!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Y.I. Wednesday: Why I Chose GRACE for 2011




With the New Year approaching, it's time to start thinking about resolutions.

Since I decided to completely do away with the traditional form of resolution making last year and instead, 
adopted the  
approach....

It's almost time for me to decide which word
I will be focusing on in the year 2012....


See How I'm Doing:




Let me know if you do New Year's Resolutions and what they are...
Maybe you'd like to pick One Word with me!

'Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void.'
~ Simone Weil

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Lesson on Attitude


One of my favorite books of all time is:

See you at the top by Zig Ziglar.

Amazon.com Zig Ziglar
Here is a simple and straightforward quote from Zig:

'Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.'

Friday, December 9, 2011

A 'Can' Do Attitude


Don't let obstacles get in your way....


Have a 'Can'-Do Attitude! Posted by prockstar on Stumble

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Y.I. Wednesday: Love ART


 Y.I. Love Art: 
There is a certain calm that comes to me when I am looking at a piece of art.....


A fashion magazine ad which I just love because of the unique way it's done...

What is art anyways?

It could be a building... a bridge... or a sculpture...


It could be a photograph...a flower arrangement, potted plant or vegetable garden...

Ultimately, I think I would describe art this way:

Anything that when you look at it brings you joy and peace....

My Children's Artwork
...and that you appreciate and consider a gift every time you lay eyes on it...


A Christmas gift to me last year

Art can be anything that someone created with their hands and their imagination, which makes you smile...

A quilt from a local quilt show

Try this relaxing activity:
View art online
The best places to do this:
(look up art specifically by genre, colors, and types)
Find something that makes you feel tranquil and share it if you like!

What is art to you?
Where do you find it?
And how does it make you feel?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Getting What You Want


Dear Santa, I've been a good kitty and would like....

Cats seem to go on the principle that 
it never does any harm to ask for what you want. 
~ Joesph Wood Krutch
WE SHOULD FOLLOW THEIR LEAD...BECAUSE IT WORKS.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Funny but True...


If you wish to make a man your enemy, tell him simply, "You are wrong." This method works every time. 
~ Henry Link

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Y.I. Wednesday: Make Lists

Y.I. Make Lists:


Because it:

  • Helps me to see my goals
  • Helps me feel accomplished as I check them off
  • Helps me stay organized
  • Helps me manage my time
  • Helps me prioritize
  • Helps me delegate
  • Helps hold me accountable
  • Helps me stay focused
If you like to make lists and keep hard copies:
Use a simple notebook (and no not the 'computer' notebook- the old fashioned one which has paper in it and you must turn the pages to get more clear space). Perks: space is unlimited and you have them there to see no matter where you are, batteries not required!

If you have the iPhone check out these 25 To-Do List Apps.

If you like making lists that are on the computer, online and can sync with your email:
Check out these 3 Simple Apps (read the comments at the bottom of the article as well because readers offer their own suggestions as well).

Thanks for the Advice: 
As someone once told me, 'do not use sticky notes for lists' as they are too small. 
She was so right and I am much happier when I don't use them! :)

Do you make lists? Why or Why Not?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Putting Others Down to Pick Ourselves Up


I have related this action to bullying in the past.

Those who push others around, talk behind their backs and belittle others, whether it is blatant or somewhat sly...are indeed very insecure.

They do what the title of this blog says, they put others down to pick themselves up.

We have probably all done it once or twice in our lifetime. Though most of us outgrow it as we mature.
But there are some who never outgrow it and it is funny to watch those people spend more time putting their energy and time into knowing so much about someones business, just so they can find a reason to put them down.

Those people seriously need to focus on their own lives and getting (and keeping) their own affairs in order.

I find this quote quite relevant: Those in glass houses should not throw stones.

If this is happening to you:
'Be flattered that someone admires you so much, to spend all their precious time on you!'

Then, ignore them! 


Like I always tell my three children, 'Worry about yourself'. That's what these folks should be doing.

Don't ever allow someones comments dictate what you do, feel or think. You are your own person and you live your life according to what works for you. You make your own choices and decisions because you can, and should.

What do do if you find yourself putting others down
How to deal with  those people who put you down
What if you are the one putting yourself down?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving: It's Not Just About The Turkey


We were taught in school that Thanksgiving was about Pilgrims, Indians and Turkey.

(I suppose if you are a vegan, it would never be about the turkey, but would be more about the other yummy things to eat!) 

But anyhow...

Thanksgiving is still about these things, and it always will be, but it's also about something else....
Split the word Thanksgiving into two words:
Thanks   &   Giving
No Turkeys, Pilgrims, or Indians here...

Read this article on what you can do this Thanks-Giving to take the Turkey out of it and
create an opportunity for some personal growth.

(If you really want to take the Turkey out of you Thanksgiving literally, and want to learn more about 
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes click HERE.)

Enjoy!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Y.I. Wednesday: Bake Cookies Once a Week!!!



Y.I. bake cookies for my kids once a week when they get home from school... because I want them to have what I didn't. Because once a week I really want to be like June Cleaver. But, also, because once a week I want to break my own rules and give them an unhealthy snack and because they are my favorite cookies in the whole world, and I want to be a kid, at least once a week! :)

What do you do? 
Share your Y.I.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Watch This Video of A Favorite Song, Done by Connie Talbot


This video made me smile.
I love the song Imagine,
it is one of my all time favorites
  and it was done so very well by this young lady who stole
Simon Cowell's heart on Britan's Got Talent.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Funny Look at Procrastination



There's things that come up in life we just don't like doing....
Either because they aren't fun or they're not our favorite things to do.

Regardless of the reason...
We might end up procrastinating.

This Fun Friday, 
I want to share this comic
I found on Stumble last night....
about

If you frequently find yourself reaching #6,
don't worry,
you're not alone...

Although you're probably experiencing a shortage of clean underwear more often than you'd like...
and a number of other frustrating and inconvenient moments...

T\hey say 'when the pain is great enough, we will change'...

Gooooood Luck!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Y.I. Wednesday: Recovering Speeder


My local friends drive these magnificent Dodges... I wish mine had lights and sirens.

Y.I. abide by the speed limit.... 
Because now my foot automatically knows it, 
after my butt got enough tickets. 

I have now become the little old lady driving down the road that other people honk their horns at, and pass furiously while giving me the finger.

But I keep chugging...slowly...because....

The way I look at it is this: THEY won't be paying my ticket if I get one. And, if I lose my license, (yes, I was that bad), they will not be the ones bringing my kids to after-school activities...and neither will I.

So, it's better to do the speed limit.

And it has actually changed my driving experience tremendously.

I am more aware. I enjoy the ride and the scenery (a little eyeroll here). 

But seriously, I am definitely more cautious and safe.

I have now become the one to waves at speeding-drivers, while using my hand gestures!

(I think I'm just jealous.)

What do you do....and why???

Monday, November 7, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness in Court




This week, as I sat in my local court room lobby waiting my turn to see the prosecutor for an unjustly served parking ticket, I wondered if the ticket I received would be dropped. And as I did, a stranger sat down next to me.

She began chatting almost immediately, and when somebody does that, it could be good or bad and frankly it makes me nervous. I'm social, but I just didn't feel like talking to anyone, and wasn't looking to make any new friends...I just wasn't in the mood.

But she kept talking, and I couldn't help but wonder what type of conversation it would turn out to be.  She seemed nice and after I got done listening to her'ticket-story, I realized my $76.00 (yes..seventy-six dollars) parking ticket was not nearly as bad as her $246.00 bond (and counting, plus other violations for no front plate).

I suppose that I could have easily considered that moment The Gift...and of course it was, to a point....

I'd already been sitting there for more than an hour, it was not even close to being my turn,  and if the ticket didn't get thrown out I'd be rubbing nickels together to pay for it! And now I was surely going to be very late for work. To top it off, I'd not gotten much sleep the evening before and  had a very bad night, plus a very long day ahead of me. I wasn't feeling so good, but i suppose I was a little relieved my ordeal was just a parking ticket, opposed to being arrested, like my new found acquaintance.

So, as she continued to discuss why she was sitting in court, she said something hysterical and it made me just start laughing out loud! I am hard pressed to find things that are so funny I burst out laughing like that in public...but she'd made it happen, and it was GREAT! I needed that:)

THAT was THE GIFT!

I didn't know her, and she could have kept to herself in her own misery (like I was)...but she didn't. She smiled, said hello, shared her funny and grueling story... and made me laugh.

A stranger gave me the brightest spot in my whole day.

And I am grateful.

You just never know when you, or someone sitting next to you, has something like that to share. I didn't even get her name...

Oh yeah! I almost forgot! I got another gift. But this one was from the magistrate...

'Parking Ticket Dismissed'

:) O' Happy Day!


She wished me luck...and I hope she was as happy and as lucky as I was when I left.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Give Yourself a Lift




'When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift anyday' ~ Marty Bucella

Truly, Amber

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Y.I. Wednesday... Why do You?

Yellow Inspiration was born out of a need and a dream.
The need to write daily and the  dream of supporting others emotionally.

3 times a week for 12 months I shared something that inspired me and some things that hopefully 
would inspire you, and I benefited from it greatly.

I believe we all need to understand one another.
We need not be like each another, but just care about and inspire one other.

The world goes round every day and you may never know just how you've touched someone...or how you could touch someone....if you try.
When you move another person, they move someone else.
It's the ripple affect.

I want to be a positive part of that and I want you to be as well!
On Yellow Inspiration's 1st Year Anniversary it became Y.I. 

Born on Blogger and is also now being shared
with readers on Wordpress where comments may be easier for some readers to post.
I would like you to share your 'Y's.

What makes you:
act kindly
have patience
give your time to others
smile at strangers
call a friend
make a special meal
hug
forgive
paint
sing..

What do you do and Why do you do it?
I will start by telling you Y.I. Forgive...

Because it makes me feel better 
and gives me back the time in my life that I'd otherwise 
be wasting on someone else when thinking angry thoughts about them...

Please share your Y.I. on Wednesdays so we can pass it on to others.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy 1st Anniversary Yellow Inspiration: New Things Coming!









A year ago I decided to check out this 'blogging thing'.

I started Yellow Inspiration so I could give back, do what I love, and hold myself accountable to write everyday.

I knew that it would eventually help me to get motivated enough to write my book.

2 new blogs, 416 Posts, 15,313 page views, currently working on my book finally, and recently started my own copywriting and editing company, ...

Blogging has been a blessing.

And, now Yellow Inspiration is growing to new levels!

It's getting a new look!
New Features like most popular blog posts tab in the sidebar!
Yellow is now being added to Wordpress!
 Andis Y.I. NEW on Wednesdays!
Visit the new Y.I. Tab to see what it's all about!

HAPPY 1st Year ANNIVERSARY YELLOW INSPIRATION!
You've been a blessing!












Monday, October 24, 2011

What If You Had Cancer?

Left Photo: Deb in middle wearing pink
Bottom Right: Deb on right / Top Right: Front row in baseball cap

I sat down with a friend recently. We’re more like business acquaintances than friends, since that’s how we met, but surely she could be my friend…I get the feeling she could be anybody’s friend. 

Kind, upbeat and giving; Deb is a great listener and conversationalist, she is the epitome of sunshine.

She just glows.

You might attribute her attitude to the fact that she’s a cancer survivor.  Fifteen years ago she was diagnosed with a fast growing cancer, which luckily, was found and treated.  

She’s been living a full life ever since.   

What’s not to be happy about?

Well, recently, Deb was diagnosed with cancer for the second time.
It’s been several weeks since she shared the news with others, and amazingly, she is still shining.

I’ve found it incredibly encouraging that she could still be so positive during this. I am not sure how I would handle this ordeal once…never mind twice. Personally, I’d probably be scared to death, and sadly might have headed towards the biggest pity party...

I can’t even be sure I’d want to tell anyone about it.

Aware that there are others coping with the same thing she is, but might not be sure how to stay upbeat and positive through it, I asked her if she would sit down with me so I could ask her some questions.  She agreed.

Deb’s responses are in blue.

 ‘What did you say to yourself when you were diagnosed with cancer…not once, but twice?’
 “When I was diagnosed for the first time over fifteen years ago, I never asked myself ‘why’d this happen to me?’ I just stayed positive and did what the doctors told me to. I couldn't feel bad for myself, what good would that do? I just had to do what the doctors say; what else can I do?”
“The second time I was diagnosed, I did have a few moments of self doubt…and at that time, I did ask myself, ‘Was it something I did to make it come back? What am I doing wrong?’ But to get through it I knew I had to stop trying to find the reason why I got this. I had to realize that there are some people who have very healthy lifestyles, and do everything right, but they still get Cancer. “

Why did you tell people, including clients and co-workers, about your cancer?
“I know that some people keep it inside… and I couldn’t do that. Career wise, it helped others to understand and know that it’s okay, and I would still be here with them. It helped them to know I would be fine and I’d still be working with them regardless of treatment. I did have a harder time telling some people the second time; mostly my family. I felt guilty, as if I’d done something wrong to get this again. But I needed to tell them because people want to help, and if we keep something like this to ourselves they will think we don’t trust them to be able to handle our situation. Telling others also helps make it easier to get through the disease. By doing that I learned that it’s common to have a second diagnosis and that we cannot always find a reason for everything…we don’t always cause everything in our lives to happen to us. When you talk about it, you are also being proactive in your treatment, and you are helping others cope too. It reminds us that we are not alone. I don’t tell others about my diagnosis so they’ll treat me any differently.  I tell people because I feel better with support, and I also want to help others beat it too. Knowledge is power and the more information you have, the more you're equipped to handle the disease."

Do you believe that thinking positively and sharing your diagnosis helped you beat cancer the first time?
“Yes.”

Do you think it will help you again this time?
“Absolutely.”
“I tell everyone that I will be okay! This cancer is different and not as bad as the first cancer I had, but I still get treatments. And in the mornings I get up and walk for an hour then head to my appointment. Once there, I sit in a room with several other people going through the same thing. It’s actually an opportunity to help each other. The more you talk about it the more you find other people have it, have had it and have survived it. I know I could be a lot worse off. I have known other people to struggle and have invasive surgeries, more exhausting procedures and treatments and it puts my diagnosis into perspective! But I believe that this is not a death sentence, and perhaps the reason I was diagnosed a second time was so that I can help others."

Did you have a particular saying or mantra that helped you when you were down?
‘I am not down too often, but when I am, yes, there is a Swedish Proverb and it goes like this: 
Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, Love more, and all good things will be yours’.

What would you say to those who’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer or who’ve just begun their battle?
“Cancer does not have to be a death sentence. I’ve met many people who have had other cancers like colon, prostate, etc. and they are alive and well, living 10-20 years past their diagnosis!”

What did you take away from your first bout with cancer?
“I became very grateful for life.”

And the second bout?…What are you learning now?
“That I have a second chance…"

What advice do you have for someone who has never had to worry about cancer?
“Enjoy the moment. Live life in the present; don't always be thinking ahead to the next even, meeting, etc.; enjoy today. Time is limited, so pay attention to what you eat, take better care of yourself, wear sunscreen.”

According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2010 , an estimated 1,529,560 men/women will receive a cancer diagnosis in the U.S. But the death rates have been declining. This is both terrible, and excellent news. We are still fighting a huge battle, but we are also working hard to save lives!

Many of us help nominally, by walking and raising donations, buying ribbons, magnets and t-shirts, and by mailing in our contributions. But we need to help minds and hearts, as well.

Please pass this on to someone you know.

You can visit these sites and learn more about how to get involved, give and/or receive support in the fight against cancer.
http://www.livestrong.org/Get-Help
http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/

'Thank you Deb for being so brave to share this personal testimony. I know that many will benefit from your sincere words of encouragement, and with the odds, it may even be me or someone close to me. None of us are immune to Cancer, and we need messages like yours to remind us that a diagnosis does not mean we should give up.' ~ Truly, Amber

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What do we get from failure...?


Failure is success if we learn from it. ~ Malcolm Forbes

(Married this past Saturday, I am hoping that I've learned enough from my first marriage, and divorce, to have a more successful marriage this time around.)

Learn '7 Steps to turn a failure into success' from PicktheBrain.com 
Check out About.com for 5 more steps of encouragement.
and
Look up Colonel Sanders in Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen to remind you of what can be made out of the not-so-desirable results along the path of success.

(Note: no more posts will be scheduled for the rest of this week. I will be on my honeymoon. Thanks for reading!) 
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