One Sentence per picture

Happy Friday my friends.  How are you all doing?  I am REALLY excited for the weekend and counting down the hours.  I have 20 minutes before my next series of meetings starts so I thought it was just enough time to check in and say hi.  I think today is a one sentence per picture kind of day, don’t you think?  I thought I’d share with you the last 10 pics I have on my phone and give you a little snap shot into my life lately, since I have been so great at posting 😉

              Pretending to ride a bear is actually pretty fun!

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Ending our weekend away on the best note possible!

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Meanest Mama award goes to me for not letting him play with electronics!

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This hasn’t happened since he was a newborn!

 

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A fun day at the park!

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The cure for a lazy summer day is a sand box and toys.

 

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We have a gnome living in our backyard tree.

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With this delivery,we now have every published Dr. Seuss book for Ashton!

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“Mama, you can’t catch me!”

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We break the rules and get the lollipop first!

 

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Well, that’s it for this edition of One Sentence per picture!  Have a great weekend!

 

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Question of the day

Tell me one good thing that happened to you this week!

A great piece of advice

Do you ever read something that just resonates with you so deeply and is exactly what you need to hear in that very moment?  I received a great piece of advice earlier this week. I subscribe to email updates from a brilliant guy named Peter Shankman.  If you don’t know who Peter is, I highly recommend you Google him or just click the hyperlink above.  A little back story on him…I “met” Peter back in 2003 when I worked at a company that provided customer service to the American Express Centurion Card (the Black Card).  Peter was one of my clients and he was the nicest person I have EVER spoken to.  That is a pretty large statement, but it’s true and he is someone who with every single interaction I had with him, made me feel important.  He is also incredibly likable and I have followed his insanely successful career and have respected since our first conversation when I was only 22 years old. He made that much of an impression on me. Anyways, I digress.  I subscribe to his email updates and on Monday one passed through my inbox that had me thinking.  Here was the story from the email…
“The best piece of advice I ever received in my life was from an older gentleman, sitting by himself at the edge of a skydiving drop zone in upstate New York, back in 2005. I’d just started skydiving, and I was having a hard time with my friends who didn’t jump not understanding why I did. More specifically, I was getting upset that my friends didn’t see the joy I was getting from my new love of this sport.
 
The old man heard me talking to some friends about how upset I was, and he interjected himself into my conversation with one line, and one line only. He said simply this:
 
“Son, if you can’t change the people around you, then change the people around you.”
 
He turned around and went back to watching skydivers land.
 
Now look, if you’re an older person in the sport of skydiving, that means that you’ve been smart enough not to get yourself killed, so your advice has merit. But for me, it was more than that – His advice was so basic, yet so brilliant.
 
You see, we spend so much time trying to make the people around us “fit in” with what we consider our normality – and it drives us crazy. Think about how many times we say “She just doesn’t see it my way,” or “Why doesn’t he get my point of view?” The fact is, sometimes, we’re not supposed to perfectly align with someone or something else. And when we don’t, we can spend all our time trying to make it work, driving us crazy in the process, or we can simply change the people around us – and find people, situations, or ideals with which we connect.
 
The choice is ours, but chances are, only one of those choices will provide us peace.”
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If you can’t change the people around you, then change the people around you.” So simple, but profound. I typically don’t have a hard time walking away from people who don’t make me want to be the best version of myself and who don’t add something positive to my life.  At times it has been family members as well as friends.  It’s never an EASY decisions but it’s a necessary one. I just cannot let people create negative space in my head and I have been ruminating over a relationship in my life lately (don’t worry, it’s not Robyn :)) and I have realized I need to back away.  After multiple discussions with this person, there is a constant lack of regard for anyone but them self and I have had enough. So, this was that great piece of advice that I needed in that moment to finally make a decision. So that is where I am at right now….I hope you all have an awesome Wednesday! <3

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Question of the day

Thoughts on this quote? How do you handle situations like this? Walk away? Stay and hope it gets better?

Update on the 2015 Reading Challenge

 

Hey friends!  Sorry for the radio silence the past week, you know how it goes.  Life gets busy and time is precious and we have to make trade offs.  But, I’m back and I wanted to do a bit of a mid year update since we are officially halfway through the year and that means I am halfway through the Popsugar Book Challenge and it seemed like this was a good time to start recapping the books I have finished so far in 2015. I am really enjoying this challenge because it is forcing me to read genres that I would never had read if not for this challenge.  So, here is what I have covered so far!reading

  1. A book with more than 500 pages
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie
  4. A book published this year The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  5. A book with a number in the title Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  6. A book written by someone under 30 After by Anna Todd
  7. A book with nonhuman characters
  8. A funny book
  9. A book by a female author Bright Side by Kim Holden
  10. A mystery or thriller
  11. A book with a one-word title Gus by Kim Holden
  12. A book of short stories
  13. A book set in a different country Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  14. A nonfiction book
  15. A popular author’s first book
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read Confess by Colleen Hoover
  17. A book a friend recommended The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
  19. A book based on a true story Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover
  25. A book you were supposed to read in high school, but didn’t
  26. A memoir  American Sniper by Chris Kyle
  27. A book you can finish in a day Free Fall by Paula Bowman
  28. A book with antonyms in the title Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy Delirium, Pandemonium, Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle Hourglass by K.S. Smith
  35. A book set in the future
  36. A book set in high school #Scandal by Sarah Ockler
  37. A book with a color in the title Grey by E.L. James
  38. A book that made you cry Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  39. A book with magic  Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
  40. A graphic novel The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  42. A book you own, but have never read
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. A book you started, but never finished  She’s come Undone by Wally Lamb

So far, this reading challenge been a lot of fun, but I am still having trouble neatly fitting all the books I am reading into the right categories.  I still have a bunch of books that I have read that don’t fit really into any of these categories, but I am okay with that. I have already read 60 books this year (just counted them on my Goodreads) so those that don’t fit will just not go towards this challenge.

I look forward to checking off more of these categories in the weeks to come.  Stay tuned for more and have a great week!

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Question of the day

Have you read any great books lately? Tell me about them!!