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Challenging the Unfortunate with Fortunately

Andi Spoor - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Recently I came across a list of funny “National Days”. Today is supposed to be National Repeat Day and suggested that every thing we do, we repeat over and over again. My first reaction was “YES! I think I’ll eat some ice cream for breakfast, and then eat some ice cream again for lunch! Oh, and I think I will also take a nap on the patio in the sunshine after I work for a while, and then take another nap in the afternoon!” Then I got to thinking about it. Some days I wouldn’t want to repeat and I am grateful for a fresh start every morning!

 

Last week I had a completely difficult day that started right when I got out of bed. I stubbed my toe on the leg of my bed. Then I went to brush my teeth and my toothpaste fell off of my toothbrush and ended up all over my counter. Then tried to make myself a cup of coffee, but I forgot to put the cup under the Keurig and coffee went everywhere. Later, I went downstairs to the basement to look for something I had stored away and found 2 inches of water covering the floor– my basement had flooded from the storms the night before. I went out to the garage to find supplies to clean up the water. I discovered a bird that had gotten in and couldn’t find its way out. It was frightened and had wedged itself in the corner of a rafter. I had to be somewhere at 2:00 in the afternoon and was running late due to the mornings events. I don’t think I need to go on about the rest of my day – you get the picture. I will just say that I was grateful when bedtime came around and I could drift off dreaming of a better day tomorrow.

 

I like to journal. Every evening I close my day by journaling about the events of the day that I am grateful for. After a day like this, I was certain journaling with a positive attitude would be difficult. Much to my surprise, I was able to see the positive things that came from my day. It went like this…

 

“Today was rough from the minute I got out of bed. Fortunately, I had a deep and restful sleep the night before which gave me the energy to respond to the challenges. Unfortunately, I stubbed my toe. Fortunately, I didn’t cut it, there was no blood, and I didn’t break it – the pain went away fairly quickly. Unfortunately, I went to brush my teeth and the toothpaste went all over the counter. Fortunately, toothpaste doesn’t splatter and is easy to clean up. Unfortunately, my basement flooded from the storms. Fortunately, all of my stuff was up on shelves and nothing was ruined. It also gave me the opportunity to do some cleaning that needed to be done, and my sister came over to help. Unfortunately, when I went looking for supplies to clean the basement I found a bird caught in the rafters in my garage. Fortunately, the bird found it’s way out after a while and didn’t appear to be injured. And…it didn’t make a mess. Unfortunately, I had an important errand to run and was strapped for time. Fortunately, a perfect stranger told me the funniest joke and made me laugh so hard that for a brief moment I forgot about the challenges of the day.”

 

When I reflected on the positive outcomes from my challenges, the support I received from my sister, the productivity resulting from the challenges, and the cheer brought to me by a perfect stranger; my entire attitude changed. Would I want to repeat that day? Probably not... but I am grateful for the reminder of the positive things that came from it and the gentle surprises it had in store for me.

 

The next time you have a difficult day, I challenge you to consider the fortunate in the unfortunate. 

What does it really mean to be a Diva

Andi Spoor - Monday, March 30, 2015

I’ve gotten a bad rap over the years. I’ve heard people take my name in vain and say things like “She’s such a Diva! She thinks she’s better than everyone else and the whole world revolves around her. Ugh!” Somehow, my name took on a negative meaning.

 

Diva actually means Goddess. Goddesses touch and bless the lives of others with their unique charisma, unique beauty, and unique gifts. They don’t envy other Goddesses for their gifts; they embrace their own gifts and know that together they are better and can accomplish anything because they support each other. Goddesses want the best for everyone and together use their gifts to bring the best to those they encounter and create magical experiences. No Goddess ever feels like she is better than another – she knows that they all compliment each other, which is why we are all such good friends!

 

There are many famous Goddesses. I’ve written about some of my best Goddess friends and hope that you will acquaint yourself with them.

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    • Venus is the Goddess of love and beauty, but she has another gift. She is also the Goddess in charge of modesty. She keeps us in check!
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    • Demeter is the Goddess of the harvest who possesses great knowledge on the best way to grow, preserve, and harvest. Isn’t it amazing that we can apply growing and harvesting to ourselves?
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    • Indunn is a Nordic Goddess of youth and springtime. Her name literally means “she who renews”.
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    • Vesta is a Roman Goddess who is the guardian of the sacred flame. She is here to remind us that we all have a sacred flame within and it’s our duty to let it shine.
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    • Themis is a Greek Goddess whose name means divine nature. Yep! We Divas certainly have a divine nature!
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    • Isis is an Egyptian Goddess of life and magic. She reminds us that life is meant to be magical.
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    • My goddess friends and I are different and yet have so much in common. Together, we embody spirit, playfulness, kindness, compassion, strength, fun and whimsy.
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    I’m curious...what are your unique gifts and how do you share them with those around you? What name would you give your Diva? Make one up and define it for us!

     


    Lights. Camera. ACTION!!!​

    Andi Spoor - Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Happy New Year Divas! New Year’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! I see it as an opportunity for me to celebrate my successes from the previous year and set new goals for the future year. It’s a time for me to pat myself on the back for accomplishments, jobs well done, mistakes (Yep! I really do congratulate myself for mistakes!), and the courage it took to learn and grow from those experiences.

     

    I’m guessing that you are asking yourself “why would she celebrate mistakes?” Well, if I’m not making mistakes, I’m not growing or learning. If I’m not growing or learning then I am standing still. If I’m standing still it’s probably because I’m afraid. When I give my power to fear it prevents me from acting on my dreams or moving toward anything. Dreams won’t come true if action isn’t taken to make them a reality. It takes courage to challenge fear, to learn from mistakes, and step fully into who I am and how I want to create my year.

     

    My theme for 2015 is COURAGE. Courage means honoring my values, dreams, passions, and who I am at the core. It means stepping outside of my comfort zone, and genuinely believing that I CAN and WILL do whatever I set my mind to doing and consciously choosing to take action to make it happen.

     

    My question for you...what is your theme for 2015? Why? 

     



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