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Your Opinion Counts!

I was following a blog “Making Happiness a Habit” who had a great idea for the ABC’s of Genuine Happiness.   Well, she stopped at C because this was a school project for her and as luck would have it she is on break for the summer.    So, I am stealing her idea and I hope we have fun with it.

I won’t have a schedule as to when I post. My plan is to write about the ABC’s of genuine happiness as they are stated in this poster.   I would love to see the different opinions of others so I hope you all will comment as I post about each letter and it’s phrase.    I think with all of the negativity in the world right now this is a good way to keep a positive vibe.    And it is late now, so we can start tomorrow or whenever I decide.  Yes! I am in control!

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The first letter is A.

   Accept your reality.

   Be thinking about it!

 

Blogs that may take me somewhere …..

thLGR7A8KAAs a participant in the Zero to Hero challenge my 9th task is to head a little deeper into the blogosphere and follow five more blogs or topics.    Since I already have enough topics of interest I am going to choose to follow five new people.    After looking over several, these are my choices:

 

 

Deb’s 365 Acts of Kindness – Tales of kind gestures.

Three by M.E. – short, sweet, thought provoking poetry.

Self Wonder – discovering your true self.

Little Things That Amuse Me – I think you get it 🙂

Little Wing – Another blogger doing the 365 E-Book of Daily Writing.

 (I am doing this on my other blog Every Day in 2014)

Oh God! I’m in Trouble.

thR932KILNAs a participant in the Zero to Hero challenge my 4th task is to engage with the community, and follow five new topics in the Reader.   What?  Really?  Seriously, five new topics?

I already follow these:  Comedy, Confidence, Daily Prompt, Death, Faith, Football, Forgiveness, Grandchildren, Happiness, Houston, Jokes, Kindness, Laughter, Loneliness, Love, Love Stories, Music, Peace, Pets, Poetry, Postaday, Prayer, Reality, Recovery, Romance, Sports, Success, Texans, Thanks, Today, Wisdom, Wordless Wednesday, Zerotohero.

But OK .. Mr. and Mrs. Team of Top Expert Bloggers, I will accept your Zero to Hero challenge and give honor to the first blog that comes up in my new categories:

Cooking:   My husband will appreciate this one, if I actually learn something from it.   The first post I read was from Roots and Vines, who is grounding your diet so you can reach out.  The post is “Our favorite recipes of 2013”.   Looks like an interesting site.  I may just have to follow it.

Exercise My husband will appreciate this one too  (hahaha).   Actually, he could care less what I weigh or how I look.  But I am a better wife when I am healthy so I hope to learn from this one too.    The first post I read was from Dream Big – Live Amazing, who says that something magnificent is right in front of you, just look for it!   She obviously is not standing in front of my mirror.  She reminds us in her post “Comfort and Joy? How about Discomfort and Joy?” that we will all be sore if we intend to achieve our goals in diet and exercise. Get Uncomfortable – Make that your #1 goal every day!

Bridgewater:   I figured I better follow this one since he will most likely be the next quarterback for the Texans.   The first post I read was from CBS Houston and Sports Radio 610, talking about how Teddy Bridgewater needs to be our first pick in the draft.   At this point, I will be happy as long as it is not Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football.  Not that he isn’t a great athlete or an awesome quarterback, I just don’t think he is the right “character” for Houston.

Parenting:  Regardless of the stage you are at in parenting, this topic will be good to follow.   Parenting changes all of the time, sometimes daily, so this blog topic should be interesting.  The first post I read was from Not Another Daddy Blog, who then admits, well, OK, it totally is.  The blog appears to be a blog of short stories about being a Dad, with the latest “The Triumphant and Unexpected Return of Walter the Dolphin”.  I could use another perspective I suppose.

Chocolate:  Chocolate and Cheetoes are my downfall.  Now I can read about it!    The first post I read was from The Sweat Angel, who has a blog on fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.   What? A nutrition blog with a “chocolate” tag?  Her post is a recipe for Chocolate Honey Peanut Butter Protein Bites … Yummy.  This is a sign from God …..

Just clearing my head ….

856c36f25e64baf489922eec5bae0feb As a participant in the Zero to Hero challenge my 3rd task is to state what is on my mind or why I started my blog.

Quite frankly, football is on my mind right now.  Watching KC and the Colts and it is not looking to good at the moment, I hope my whole weekend doesn’t go this way!  But, I know this is not REALLY what the challenge is asking for so I will move on.

I started m blog as a way to clear my head.   I have trouble sleeping because my mind won’t stop turning.  I write best in the wee ours of the morning while everyone else is sleeping.  I will write things I would not otherwise say.  I try to communicate my feelings and help others understand me and my thought process.   I like to make people laugh and to make them feel good about themselves and blogging is a great way of doing that.  Blogging can also be a way to tear someone to pieces so I try to be careful not to be too negative in my blog but still stay true to myself.   Just as there are many things that I regret saying, I am sure there will be many things I will regret posting, but hopefully I can learn from it.

I am somewhat creative and use this as an outlet since I don’t really like the social Devil, what it stands for or the drama it causes in life.  You know  what I am talking about, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etcetera. If I told you that I met my husband on MySpace (belly laughing right now), you would wonder how I can say that social media is the Devil.  Our meeting was quite by accident.  But that is another story for another day.

What’s in a Name?

zero-to-hero As a participant in the Zero to Hero challenge my 2nd task is to edit my title and tagline and flesh them out more in a widget.

I don’t know, I kind of like my Title (Better than Reality) and I like my tagline (My Choice, My Life, My Destiny).  They both kind of define my blog and what it is all about.   I did accept the challenge defining my site and putting the widget to the right.  Literally as you can see.  I hope you like it.  I am open to suggestions if you can come up with something catchy for me.   I will even consider the suggestions from some of my “smarter” followers, aka smartasses.   🙂

Who am I and Why am I Here

zero-to-heroAs a participant in the Zero to Hero challenge my first task is to create a post explaining to my readers who I am and why I am here.   I am going to keep it short and sweet ….

I am a simple girl with a lot on my mind but little to say.  I was born in Michigan but moved to Texas when I was seven.   I consider myself a Texan.  There is only one food that I can say I definitely do not like … beets.  Many people I have come in contact with in my lifetime say I have a knack for writing, but it is hard for me to write when I am not inspired.   I often wear my heart on my sleeve.   While I don’t care for drama, I am very passionate.  Often people confuse my passion about certain issues for drama.  I have learned to pick my battles and keep my mouth shut – I guess some people call it growing older and wiser.  I am somewhat opinionated but try not to pass judgment on others.

I started blogging as a way to communicate and express my feelings and to unload / recharge my mind.  In the few short months I have had the blog I have learned a lot about people and their different beliefs and opinions.   I love to learn about different things and blogging on WordPress is a good avenue for that.  I really don’t have any expectations from my blog other than to perhaps grow as a person.    I welcome comments (and criticism), so bring it on.

NFL Football – Sunday January 5

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It’s that time.   Great Football !! 

I don’t know too much about the Chargers and the Bengals.     Philip Rivers seems like he’s a nice guy and is deserving of a title and could probably win if his teammates stayed in the locker room and off the internet (sorry  Manti) so I think I will cheer for the Chargers.  (This one is for you Becky)

Decisions.  Decisions.   Last year I rooted for the Packers and that did not end well for me.   Or did it?  I was able to buy my Ravens shirt, paint my nails purple and watch Baltimore beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl, even after the lights went out.   Hmmm … seems like another good plan, so I will root for the 49ers to win this game.

Who do you think is going to win?  And Why?

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(You can see the results when you vote)

NFL Football – Saturday January 4

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It’s that time.   Great Football !! 

Kansas City has been playing well and probably deserves the win, but I will be rooting for the Colts.  I choose the Colts not because of Andrew Luck, but simply because I rooted for them for so many years when Manning was there and old habits are hard to break.  Aside from that, my brother, who is a Giants fan (Gag Me) lives in Indianapolis and after the season the Giants had (HaHaHa) he needs something to smile about.

As for game two, I will definitely be rooting for the Saints.  I plan to be in New Orleans during the conference play-offs and if the Saints make it that far Bourbon Street will be fun atmosphere and a place to make memories.    And I adore Sean Payton.  I think he has a lot of heart and compassion.

Who do you think is going to win?  And Why?

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(You can see the results when you vote)

Daily Prompt: I was here

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This post is inspired by today’s Daily Prompt:

You are the first astronaut to arrive on a new, uncharted planet.

Write the note that you leave to those who come after you.

12 Days of Christmas

TwelveDaysOfChristmasA friend of mine gave this to me the other day.  I am not sure if there is any truth to it.  But it made me smile so I decided not to google it and just pass it on.  I welcome your comments.

In the early days, Catholics were not allowed to profess their faith openly.  So someone wrote this song with two levels of meaning, the surface meaning, plus the hidden meaning known only to the members of their church.

The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

The two turtle doves were the Old and the New Testament.

The three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

The seven swans a swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit:  Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.

The eight maids a milking were the eight beatitudes.

The nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.

The ten lords a leaping were the Ten Commandments.

The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.