I cannot even remember how I stumbled upon Pick Your Plum however, I can’t imagine my life without this website. Every day PYP posts a new item for sale – it’s first come first served and in limited quantities. Once the item is sold out then you have to wait until it comes around again. Oh the fun! They offer everything on this site. Initially I was attracted to the washi tape and other craft items that I can’t seem to live without however, they also offer clothing, bags, sandals – you name it and it has probably been on PYP. Did I mention that the prices are ridiculously cheap? I’m talking way below retail prices. Sign up to receive their daily emails and you will know immediately when things are posted and any additional specials they are having.
3. This Quote
I saw this quote on Pinterest this week and for some reason it stuck with me. No matter the reason sometimes our hearts are heavy. I believe “Feelin’ the Feels” makes me a stronger human being. This was a beautiful reminder of that. Don’t tell yourself that you’re weak because you are feeling emotion.
4. Pitch Perfect 2
Should I be this excited for a movie? I think I shall! YAY – the girls are back. I cannot wait to see this movie. The first Pitch Perfect was hysterical. From the trailer alone PP2 looks hilarious. Who’s with me on this one?
5. Bright – Echosmith
I heard this song for the first time a few weeks ago. It’s really upbeat and makes me happy. I love how she’s shining bright in this song. Let’s all shine bright!! Have a great weekend everybody.
A very dear friend of mine is the Advisor for the Early Act Club at one of our local elementary schools. Early Act is a community service club that is supported by Rotary international. All three of my children have been members of the Early Act Club. I was very fortunate to be able to witness many of the community service projects these boys and girls accomplish throughout a school year. They are a remarkable bunch of children.
My friend invited me to the Early Act meeting last Friday to share the #taggedbykindness project with this year’s club. I was extremely excited to be able to bring this little project, that is growing by leaps and bounds, out into the community. I was hoping that the kids would love it.
Due to time constraints we decided that creating the tags with markers would be the easiest way to accomplish our mission. Each student received a tag to decorate any way they pleased. We encouraged the boys and girls to include a cheery message as the Club would be delivering these tags the following week to one of our local nursing homes. Each student was given one of my tags as a small gift that they could keep or give away as a thank you.
“Carriers of Kindness” creating tags to be given as RAK’s.
I was overjoyed how the children embraced this project. The cheery messages they wrote on their tags were so positive and heartfelt. Their excitement was contagious. My friend and I were amazed at the level of creativity that these kids have. A few of the messages really touched my heart. To see these boys and girls put so much care and love into these tags is exactly why I started this project.
Over the last few months #taggedbykindness has started to grow wings of its own. I have swapped tags with artists from Illinois, Maine and Nebraska. We’re sharing positivity across the miles. The ripple effect is amazing. We can learn a lot from these children and how they embraced the concept of brightening someone else’s day. Imagine if everyone took a moment and gave it a try. What a beautiful universe we’d create!
For more information on the #taggedkindness project and how you can become a “Carrier of Kindness” please drop me a line.
Yesterday gave me the opportunity to reflect on my relationship with my mom. The majority of my life I viewed her as simply “my mom.” Not until I was married with a baby of my own did I finally get a glimpse into all the parts of my mom that I never really saw before.
I have realized over the years that my mom is very much human. She feels deeply. She’s sensitive. A trait that I have inherited 100%. She’s stronger than I ever believed, facing life’s hard truths and often putting on a very brave face. She’s faced an illness that has no cure with her chin up when I’m sure there are times she wants to give up instead. She loves my dad…a lot. She is as crafty as they come. She’ll kick your ass in a game of scrabble. She’ll give you her opinion whether you ask or not. If she doesn’t like you it’s obvious. If you cross her she has no problem kicking you out of her circle without a goodbye. She tries new things…climbing into a kayak for the first time at 64. Getting her first tattoo a few years ago. Sometimes she struggles with the past.
We fought a lot when I was a bratty teenager. We laugh about it now. I never realized that the sound of my hairspray and the sticky residue it left behind on the bathroom door drove her nearly insane by the time I moved out. Or how the spoons with remnants of peanut butter on them left in my room could have possibly invited a tribe of ants into our house. Wasn’t she just being dramatic? My head would surely turn 360 degrees on my neck if I found an old moldy hard roll under one of my kid’s beds which is exactly what my mom found in mine once.
Through all these ups and downs of our mother/daughter relationship I do know these things for sure: I know that she never stopped being my biggest cheerleader. I have saved texts that she sent me telling me how talented I am and how I deserve better then I got from people who didn’t appreciate my kindness. She saved my home made gifts. She still has the bean necklace I made her in kindergarten. And the note I wrote the tooth fairy in first grade when my tooth fell out of my lunch box on the way home from school. She loves my husband and my children with all of her heart. She drops everything when I need her – no matter the time or place.
I’m still bratty sometimes. Aren’t we all? I still get short with my mom on occasion. I don’t think that makes me a bad daughter. I think it makes me human. I try not to take for granted the fact that I have my mom by my side and unfortunately know that it won’t be forever. I’m thankful for growing up the way that I have with my mom only a phone call away. Not everyone is as fortunate. I hope as my kids grow they realize that I too am human. And for the many faults that I do have – there are just as many good parts. I save the home made gifts. I fight because I love them. I drop everything when they need me. I love their dad…a lot. And truth be told – I’m pretty good at scrabble.
I’m still growing as a mom…and especially as a human. I don’t always do the right things. I don’t always earn the blue ribbon. Recognizing the good parts and the not so good parts in others but more importantly in ourselves is a positive step in growth. With growth comes understanding. I think that’s something we all need a little more of.
I have been so fortunate in all the phases of my life to be surrounded by wonderful friends. They’re not always the same friends but every phase brought new people into my life. Some of those friendships didn’t last long – a few months, maybe a year or so but I learned that the universe places people in your life at certain times because you need them.
Our bonds that connect us with other people are often immediate but not always meant for the long haul. It has taken me a long time to not look at that as something negative. Why doesn’t everyone stay forever? In most instances for me we just grew in different directions. More often than not there was never an unkind word – just time that nudged us slowly on to different paths. I used to be sad about this. My feelings genuinely hurt when new people took my space in someone else’s life – slowly edging me out. Never acknowledging that over time I also have been that person who has taken up someone else’s space.
I am so grateful for the people who have come into my life. They’ve shared experiences – the good and the not so good – with me. They’ve helped me learn new things. They’ve shared their knowledge, their support, and most importantly themselves. Some have stayed and remain in my core group and some have drifted away.
I’m not sure if as I get older I am just more introspective or maybe with age finally comes a level of maturity when it comes to friendship but I am genuinely happy and thankful for the people who have come and gone in my life. I don’t want to waste another minute feeling broken over lost ties. Friendships change and sometimes fade away. That doesn’t lessen the experiences and the growth that particular friendship brought to our lives. I feel richer for having had these experiences.
Our bonds with other human beings help us all feel connected to something that is bigger than ourselves. Keeping an open heart on the changes and growth in friendship for me has been the key to remaining positive.