OM: Normal My @$$

As I was stalking my usual Tweeps yesterday, I saw a couple of blurbs that really made me appreciate individuality even when we feel like we are similar or GASP! … Normal. Gale at Wichser Studio started it…

@wichserstudio An old woman at the thrift shop today told me, “normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine” #agreed

I have a lot in common with my Twitter friend (soon to be real life friend) Erin of Petal and Pink… we are always joking about how we are basically the same person because we like so many of the same things (ie Bravo TV, Colin Firth, pretty jewelry, Metrowest Massachusetts). Around the same time I saw Gale’s tweet, Erin and I had a silly little conversation about our shopping excursions to Marshalls:

@PrimandPropah I didn’t got BBandB tonight, I went to Marshalls… bad business, I spent some $.

@PetalandPink I’ve been so impressed with them lately! Serious bad news lol

@PrimandPropah I went in there to look for a pair of work pants. Yes, I came out with a pair of work pants but how do I explain the 4 tops?

@PetalandPink to go with the pants, duh! I found a pair of oxfords that were over 300 for 60 at my last trip! Love!

@PrimandPropah YOU SCARE ME… I just bought a pair of brown suede oxfords…

 

and my point is made here:

@PetalandPink lmao! Mine are black leather. I’m glad we still find ways to be ourselves in our similarities. 😉

My moment this week wasn’t something grand and really all the noteworthy but it was a special little moment nonetheless. It happened by myself, at the computer…. I just got to thinking… I love that I’m not normal, you’re not normal, NO ONE is normal. We are all unique and wonderful spirits that help weave the cloth that this diverse world is made of. Our similarities can help us bond but our intricate differences are what make us who we are, the opposite of normal.

Which is more exciting to you?

nor·mal [nawr-muhl]
–adjective

Conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular.

OR

u·nique [yoo-neek]
–adjective

Existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics; having no like or equal; unparalleled; incomparable.

That’s what I thought.

OM is a weekly meet up that promotes living in the moment. Whether funny, sad, ridiculous, or banal, actively looking for and sharing these moments will promote balance in our lives.

 

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OM: Normal My @$$

OM: Finding my Motivation

This past Saturday I started my journey into what I believe will be my most successful jaunt into weight loss that I have ever had. I joined Weight Watchers but not only that, I have the support of my mother (who is in this with me) and my man, who is on this ride with me whether he likes it or not! 

I have done WW before and other types of diets but never really stuck with them… or I’ve lost weight and gained it back… or I’ve just been unwilling to motivate myself over and over… but this time? I have found my will power. I have made healthy and delicious meals this week; I have felt satisfied. I don’t know what happened to me but I am hopeful, motivated and focused… all of which I will need to see me to my 20 pounds by May and 40 pounds by October. We have a cruise in November and I plan to be fit, healthy and self assured. So far so good… and I really feel like I can do it! Every moment this week felt like a good one!

OM is a weekly meet up that promotes living in the moment. Whether funny, sad, ridiculous, or banal, actively looking for and sharing these moments will promote balance in our lives. 
OM: Finding my Motivation

OM: Love What You Do

I have been totally letting my blogging go lately. I usually have ideas swimming through my head, enough so that I need to jot them down, but lately I have been feeling muted and blah. I just recently went back to work after being on leave ( a little too soon I might add) and I just feel like the landscape of my life has grayed a bit. It takes a lot more energy to do a lot less these day and my tolerance for BS is pretty low as well… all these things combined have made for a pretty lackluster creative flow as of late. So what do I do? I complain about it. Here is where my moment came this week. Convo as follows:


@ This whole “working” thing has totally made me behind in my quilting!

@ That’s alright. I’m not going anywhere 😉

@ You ever get in a funk where you look at your sewing machine and you’re like, Meh, too much trouble? That’s me lately.
@ No, that never happens to me, but I’m weird that way. I honestly love to sew, all the time 😉
I have a million projects I need to finish… cuffs for readers, steps in a quilt along, a multitude of crafty posts that I have started but just never finished…  Lately, every day I think about this list of “To-Do’s” that I am holding myself too, like a job, one that is a chore. What I really need to do is look at this whole kit ‘n caboodle like it really is, my labor of love. You know what Angela? I love to sew too! I love to blog about it! It shouldn’t be a chore, something I begrudgingly do. It should be what excites me and makes me happy. I am reminded of that Life is Good slogan “Do what you like, like what you do”… but I’ll take it one step further “Do what you love, love what you do”… Words to live by.

PS. This week’s pride and joy! I cared for my new Bonsai tree so much that I got my first bloom which in the dead of Winter is an inspiration in and of itself.


OM is a weekly meet up that promotes living in the moment. Whether funny, sad, ridiculous, or banal, actively looking for and sharing these moments will promote balance in our lives. 
OM: Love What You Do

OM: Try to Feel Young

So I am here to admit to you that my One Moment this week came in the form of made for TV movies. (Pause here to contemplate this) My last few weeks have been spent at home due to both a surgery and also the Northeast being pounded by snow week after week…. This has left me no choice but to spend my time doing things like crafting, reading, working and, that’s right, watching TV. 
I forgot how much I really don’t like daytime TV until this past month. I don’t dig soap operas or talk shows all that much so I have resorted to Netflix streaming through Manfriend’s XBox. They have a delightful variety of movies and tv shows but what I have been leaning towards are romantic comedies in the form of Made for TV… and not just any movies… those geared towards teenagers and college girls. Gah, I admitted it but importantly, I totally have enjoyed watching them. Just today, I watched Beauty and the Briefcase, starring a Miss Hilary Duff and Starstruck, even worse because it was made for the Disney Channel…. nope you know what? I might just whip out the High School Musical trilogy if push comes to shove. I like youthful silliness!

I know I am not exactly going out to pasture anytime soon but it is really easy to feel old doing the same stuff day in and day out. I realized that in watching my silly movies made for ABCFamily and The Disney Channel, that I am just feeding my inner teenager, quenching the thirst for fun and frivolity! I had to stop and think for a second… what am I holding back from… I should be going out of my way to feel fun and young as often as possible. Shouldn’t I? Dude, I might just have a new goal for this year. Feed my inner teenager (without the curfew and immature boys).
PS. Beauty and the Briefcase was actually pretty good. No joke.



OM is a weekly meet up that promotes living in the moment. Whether funny, sad, ridiculous, or banal, actively looking for and sharing these moments will promote balance in our lives. 
OM: Try to Feel Young

OM: I’m a Giver but it’s fun to be a Getter

So I have been home with way too much time on my hands… thinking… keeping animals apart to avoid a “cat”astrophe… har de har… recovering from my surgery (which by the way is coming along nicely). Anyways, my One Moment this week came when manfriend brought up the mail yesterday. He came in a dumped off multiple cards/packages for me and said “Happy Birthday” (of course it’s not my birthday). Listen, any mail that isn’t a bill is welcomed in my book.

So to give you a little background, I am usually the one who sends gifts and makes it her business to be on top of birthday cards. I sometimes beat myself up if I wasn’t thoughtful enough and manfriend is constantly telling me that people aren’t usually as conscientious as me, that I shouldn’t get so upset. On the same subject, I will often get my panties in a bunch when people aren’t thoughtful of others, aren’t thoughtful of me. So that’s part of my life.

Anyways, do you know how touched to the core I was that people were thinking of me? Just this week, my mom sent me a new pair of Dansko clogs, my friend Nathalie sent me a book on taking my hobby to the next level, my Aunt Nancy sent me a get well card, Alicia brought me some new earrings… and there is more but you get the idea.

What I am trying to say with all of this is that even when you don’t think people are thinking of you, they actually are. They might not always send a gift or a card but you are in their thoughts, which is pretty important (in my book). So don’t worry about it. I’m trying not to.

OM is a weekly meet up that promotes living in the moment. Whether funny, sad, ridiculous, or banal, actively looking for and sharing these moments will promote balance in our lives. 
OM: I’m a Giver but it’s fun to be a Getter

The Creative

This Martin Luther King Day, I was most inspired by the following quote that was popping up on all of my social media platforms.
 
“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. ” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Because I do make it my business to be dedicated to my creative endeavors, I decided to see if I could put this quote to work in my creative world, my online crafty community… in essence to see if it “stuck”… and it did.
Just in my creative world alone there are so many who are giving of their time and resources for something other than just “looking out for #1”. Some would say well, MLK was talking about making the world better as a whole, big picture type of stuff but in my mind, there are no small “good deeds” or “nice gestures”. A kind word can travel light years if met with the right recipient. One can never know how they will affect someone’s life on any particular day.
I am going to give some examples of what I think some of my peers have done to make the world better. Some may tell me that these are not the type of things that could/ would “change our world”… but to them I would say that the world I want to live in is a world where these are the values that would make a difference in my equations.
Ok, so why not get started… I’ll start with the good that I don’t feel can be physically measured for the most part. One of my favorite things to participate in are blog hops. These are usually orchestrated around a theme ( my most recent? A Crafty Holiday and 2011 Creative Goals) and multiple bloggers participate with their take on it. I think personally the blog hop is an absolutely amazing way for people to be encouraged by their peers and also instill a sense of community/ camaraderie amongst like minded people. My involvement with blog hops has, no lie, made me more excited about what I am doing, who I am sharing it with and makes me want to bring more into this happy circle of friends. Encouragement will lead to more encouragement. People need to feel loved and supported. Friends will need our support and we will eventually need theirs.
Speaking of my circle of friends, check out “The One Moment Weekly Meet Up” from Linda at Alamode Stuff. It is something I try to participate in weekly if I am able. Every week, I find a touching story from one blogger to the next and have honestly taken some life lessons from other people’s daily experiences. It sounds silly to people that are not involved but I dare you to “meet up” a couple of weeks in a row and NOT find some encouragement as you follow along. I sincerely believe that sharing these moments in our every day lives can and does help others.
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Besides the blogger to reader effect of the One Moment, there is also the content shared that is the actual “act”. Angela Flicker of The Artist’s House shared her “One Moment” this past week; I think it is the perfect example of how we can touch and be touched by someone’s life and maybe not even know it. Her Moment, A Custom Made Quilt, touched me but more importantly she shares how this stranger ended up reminding her of something very special. The good that came from this interaction cannot be measured but I know in my heart that it was something crazy off the scale.
Not just for the “sharing is caring” attitude, I believe that the creative community with which I am involved has also changed the world by literally working with meaningful causes… so much so that I am sure that I could fill multiple blog posts with just the ones I can name off the top of my head. Have I peaked your interest? Check out the massive creative uprising to raise much needed funds for the flooding in Australia. All proceeds from auctions from this MASTER list of products go to the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal. I was TRULY astonished by how many participants that there were; truly astonished that so many would hop right to in order to help… but then thinking about it? I actually wasn’t that surprised. Community is community and the creative community took action when they were needed. This type of act can be measured and in my opinion is making this world better for those who are suffering right now. (Thank You Above All Fabric for ensuring I knew all about this!)
Speaking of Above All Fabric, she is awesome. Melanie blogs under “Caring Communitieswhich is giving back with Above All Fabric. She sets out to help in her community with her craftiness. Great idea right? Why not give back and do something you love at the same time? Genius! Her ideas and projects have really inspired me, myself, to help out in ways I know I can as well. Take the Conkerr Cancer project with pillowcases. I know I can make a pillowcase. I am pretty sure you can make one too. Shouldn’t we be making this as we go along? Simple as that, we have made a child happy, we have made our world a better place to live in. Check out Melanie’s other great projects for different ways to craft/help out with good causes.
Ok, now I am starting to ramble here and this post is getting dangerously long ( so no one will read it) but I just wanted to show that I firmly believe that creative minds are changing the world all of the time, in even the smallest ways. I could list so many organizations that are out there, that need help (some below) but I guarantee you can find one in your own community or circle of friends, one that touches your heart and calls your name. Creative dedicated people are making a difference at every turn and that I can prove.
Check out:
Quilts for Kids -Volunteer quilters transforming into patchwork quilts that comfort children in need.
Threads of CompassionA Chicago based charity that works specifically with survivors of sexual assault. The charity supplies scarves to rape crisis workers who then pass them on to people who have undergone a sexual assault. 
Warm Hears- Warm Babies They sew, knit, crochet, and quilt for premature infants and babies in need.
Heartmade BlessingsA world-wide group of volunteers dedicated to providing hand-crafted items to those people suffering a loss, tragedy, or going through a rough time that need to be reminded of the simple fact that people care.
Red Scarf Project  Sending red scarves to orphans as a means of encouragement.
CraftHope– A great organization involved with many different causes.
Chemo Angels A volunteer organization dedicated to adding a ray of sunshine to the lives of those undergoing IV chemo treatment.
Soldiers’ Angels May No Soldier Go Unloved
The Creative