Monday, March 28, 2005

Happy Easter

Happy Easter All!

We had a lovely Easter. Dave's family was here, along with Colton and lots of neighbors and friends. We managed to eat, visit and hunt eggs before this treacherous rain started to fall. We are all still on a sugar high and I have great plans to be in some form of junk food detox for the next few weeks. I hope your Easter was as nice as ours was.

My test date is drawing near and Dave goes back to work the end of next week. We have enjoyed all this time together and though we could find lots more things to do to fill our days, it is time to get back to the business of our life. Schedules and work seem to hang out on your porch waiting for you to go.

I like this motivator and though I hope you do not have something looming large, even the little stuff can get in the way. So whatever it is that is being the dark cloud, create the sunshine that runs it out of town! Lots of love!

Kathy

Go one better

What's a great way to get beyond a bad experience? Create a good experience of equal or greater significance.

When something bad happens to you, it can continue to take its toll even long after the original damage is done. In the absence of anything else to focus on, you're likely to continue to dwell on it and allow it to put a negative spin on everything in your life.

And what happens when you try not to think about it? The very effort involved in trying not to think about the bad experience will probably make you think about it even more.

There is, however, a very effective way out. And that is to create a new experience so overwhelmingly positive and memorable that it takes over the primary focus of your thoughts.

Put your imagination and creativity to work. Think of how you can be especially good to yourself, to those around you, and to the world in which you live.

Respond quickly to the negative experiences by creating even greater positive experiences. It's a habit that will add extraordinary richness and serenity to life.
Ralph Marston from The Daily Motivator with permission www.thedailymotivator.com

Monday, March 21, 2005

Happy Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Well, I know it was yesterday if you are reading this on Monday but who cares? It is raining anyway. Laughing!

I am embarking on a VERY busy week and an even more daunting task for the 8th of April. This week is all about getting ready for Easter on Sunday (We will hunt eggs and carry on as planned even if it rains). I have to be ready by Wednesday as I will be out of town from Thursday through late Saturday night. All this while spending every morning at the gym and then studying for my test on the 8th. It is one thing to embark on an voyage on your own when you have worked in an industry and simply want to go do it your way. I am learning that it is quite another thing to pickup a (big) book on an industry and learn it without any of the benefits of osmosis. Wish me luck!

The journey of discovery between Dave and Mason continues to tickle me. Mason has reached a point where he gets upset if Dave leaves. I think there must be some understanding of that he may not come back. Things smooth out just fine but there is no denying that Mason loves his dad and clearly wants to be with him, near him, on him, under him, clinging to him, hanging off him and just like him! And what about Dave's role in all this? He is a great dad. He engages Mason and grants him lots of beingness, must be why Mason digs him so much! I hope you get to see the two of them together very soon!

I hope you have a great week. Here is todays Motivator:

Make it a point to find something in your work world that reminds you why you wanted to do it in the first place. Remember why you love what you do and love it a little more! If you don't love what you do, think about what you do love and start finding ways to make that what you do for a living!

Lots of love to you!
Love Kathy

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Monday, March 14, 2005

Mexico

Hello All,

We are back home, safe and sound and for all things considered, we had a pretty smooth trip home. Mason was a total trooper and for the most part seems to be a very good traveler.

From last week, we were supposed to go on the Unamog tour of the Sierra Madres but when we got there, we were informed that Mason was too little to go. I opted out and took Mason back to the condo where we had a lovely day with an afternoon trip into town.

The hi-light as far as sightseeing was the Canopy tour Dave and I did on Tuesday. We did 10 zip lines through the jungle and across the river some were well more than 100 feet up. It was the best! If you go to PV, be sure to do the El Eden Canopy Tour. It is the one that is at the set where they filmed Predator.

We finally had two really nice, warm, sunny days just before coming home so we went to the beach and though Mason was a little apprehensive, he enjoyed himself and I think will even like it more next time he gets to go. Our final night, Mary & Keith along with Dave, Mason and I had the most wonderful dinner at a restaurant on the beach called Daiquiri Dicks. This by recommendation of the Anderson's was all we hoped for and more. The atmosphere was lovely, though upscale, they welcomed Mason and made my life very easy and we watched a magnificent sunset and the tide come in through our meal. All in all, it was an awesome family vacation. We will talk about it for years and years.

Here are a few pictures. This first one is of all of us with a sunset off the balcony of the condo. Most are pretty self explanatory but the first one is of Mason summing up the good time we had! I really like this motivator. We implemented its message many times on vacation, especially during the flights and connections. I hope you find something in it too. Here's wishing all is well with all of you and that I hear from you soon! Love you lots!

Kathy

Choice of attitude

Your attitude is not something you're stuck with forever. You can change it whenever you wish.
Your attitude does not define you. It does, however, represent you to the rest of the world.

Your attitude does not determine who you are. It does, however, determine what you can accomplish.

Your attitude is not the inevitable result of events that happen to you or circumstances that surround you. It is, instead, based on the way you choose to respond to the events and circumstances in your life.

You can choose an attitude that will open your eyes to the valuable possibilities. You can choose an attitude that will attract success and accomplishment to you like a magnet.

No matter what has happened in the past or where you are now, you are free to choose whatever attitude you wish. So choose, in every moment, a positive, empowering attitude.

For that will always serve you best.
Ralph Marston from The Daily Motivator with permission http://www.thedailymotivator.com/

Monday, March 7, 2005

Ola!

Ola!

I think I am the only one not adapting to the language here. It is not that I can't, it is just that with the others becoming so fluent, I can just coast!

We are having a blast! The weather has been nice, not hot but very comfortable. Today is muggy and schfitzy. We went to Yelapa yesterday and the boat ride was great. We came upon a mama whale and her baby. THAT WAS THE BEST! The beach at Yelapa was pretty but the day was cold(er) and even rained just a bit. Dave and I had a wonderful night out to a romantic dinner and then went to a club for a few drinks. Talk about a reality check, YIKES! I am old and married. I thought I looked great, a pretty dress, good hair, make up and jewelery and even girly shoes. All was fine until the night club.....my dress was suddenly a lot like curtains and I envisioned that I looked like an older woman off a cruise ship with my long fabric dress and big hair and jewels! It was fun none the less and Dave was commenting that the "Cherub" look seems to be in for women. I laughed out loud and gave a Hallelujah to the Gods!

Today we are doing a jungle tour and tomorrow Dave and I are doing a canopy tour, you know, the zip lines through the tree tops! I can't wait for that. Sunday, Dave and Keith went to watch the Nascar race (which happened to be in Mexico City) and Mary and I went toodling around town and shopped.

I hope all is well with all of you and I will have pictures next week when we are home!

Lots of love and for some motivational words....."Siesta is Besta!"

Love Kath