Daily Doable 4/24/14

April 24, 2014 in Daily Doable

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Where You Put Your Attention Expands

So, I am one of the crossing guards at my kid’s elementary school (no, I do not wear an orange vest because that would be a deal breaker) and generally I love it.  I get to know the kids as they pass by me every day, I get paid to drive my kids to school, and I get to go to faculty parties which are always something to speak of.  The biggest down side, however, is being in the elements every day of the school year.  Living in northern Utah presents some bitterly cold/windy/wet weather.  I have to admit, my attitude towards being a crossing guard tends to wane in the middle of January.  By then we have had 3 months of snow, there is no more Christmas to look forward to, only more gray cold days.  One day while at the cross walk I was standing on the corner, generally being annoyed by the layers of dirt filled ice crusted snow on the road when I saw the little leaf in the picture sitting in (of all places) the gutter.  It was beautiful.  This perfect little gem, left over from the beauty of summer, perfectly preserved and clothed in a blanket of frost crystals was sitting in the dirties, wettest place on the street.  It struck me how something so lovely could exist in surroundings so dismal.  I couldn’t help myself, I grabbed out my phone and snapped a shot.  That was over a year ago, and I can’t bring myself to erase it.  I think the reason why is written on the picture.  It’s no secret that I go to therapy regularly (I believe anyone in the world can benefit from a good therapist) and one day Karen pointed out to me that what ever you are focussing on is all that you will see.  If you think a lot about how your kids are making you crazy, they will make you more crazy.  If you think negative things about your neighbor, then you will only see those negative traits, blinding you to their good ones.  If you believe the world is a hopeless place, your heart will continually fill it’s self with despair.  So change your focus.  Think about and focus on the good around you.  Look for reasons to be grateful and happy.  If you find yourself dwelling on negative thoughts try to think of something that makes you happy.  It’s a simple and profound truth.  If you look at your life through the blinders of negativity then negativity is all you will see.  This little leaf taught me that.  There is beauty and joy all around if you look for it.

<3, Sharla

Daily Doable 4/21/14

April 21, 2014 in Daily Doable

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Prioritize!

Ok, I disappeared off of the face of cyber-earth for a full month, did ya miss me?  Well, life got crazy and I was trying to stay on top of the kids, the house, the volunteering, the work I do that I actually get paid for (as in not the blog), the husband, and on and on and on.  So, as much as I love blogging, something had to go.  But don’t worry, I’M BACK!

Since I had some time off I gave the blog a little thought and decided to switch up the Daily Doables.  Instead of doing a video, you get a short blurb.  My BFF Amy mentioned once that she can’t watch the Daily Doables at work because they have sound, so here’s to slacking at the office and not getting caught!

As for the message, it’s simple.  PRIORITIZE!  I had to give up something that I loved to get my junk together, but I didn’t give up forever.  Sometimes, sacrificing a little goes a long way to show the ones you care the most about that you love them and that they are the most important thing to you.  Maybe my 9-year-old doesn’t realize I wasn’t blogging this month, but I was able to focus on throwing him a kickin’ birthday party.  My 11-year-old daughter might have noticed (only because she follows the blog on Instagram), but I was able to help prepare her school play for opening night.  My 3-year-old certainly didn’t notice, but we had some serious snuggle time.  I’ll tell you the person who did notice, my husband.  He saw me sacrifice just a little bit to put our family first, and it went a long way.  Does he expect me to give up the things I love forever? Of course not!  But that little bit I did let him know he is more important to me than anything.  So, with that in mind, greet this Monday with the spirit of putting those you love at the top of your list this week.  They are worth it!

<3, Sharla

Daily Doable 2/27/14

February 27, 2014 in Daily Doable

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Some Sound Advice from Mindy Kaling on Dealing with Life.

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Daily Doable 1/10/14

January 10, 2014 in Daily Doable

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TGIF!

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Daily Doable 12/16/13

December 16, 2013 in Daily Doable

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Advice for Avoiding the Long Lines at the Post Office!

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Daily Doable 12/6/13

December 6, 2013 in Daily Doable

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Know When to Say “No”!

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Daily Doable 10/16/13

October 16, 2013 in Daily Doable

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Today is a New Day!

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Daily Doable 10/4/13

October 4, 2013 in Daily Doable

 

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Brag About Something You Have Done That’s Great!

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Daily Doable 10/3/13

October 3, 2013 in Daily Doable

 

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Choose One Cleaning Project to Accomplish Today!

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Daily Doable 9/29/13

September 29, 2013 in Daily Doable

 

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Take Some Time to be a Better YOU!

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