I’m Baaaaaaack!

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Did you miss me? I never thought I would have to take two months off from blogging but I guess that’s how long I needed. I’ve missed you so much, I hope you missed me. I am excited to be back and super excited to start working on a new layout and really get this blog off the ground.

As you may know, I had my darling little baby boy. He was born one month ago from day on March 30. Of course he’s growing so fast!!! I ended up going to school the weekend he was born and during the Saturday class I started having contractions. I sucked it up and stayed in class because they were pretty random but about an hour or so before class was over they started getting painful so I got picked up. Within about 10 minutes of being picked up I went into labor, having contractions 5 minutes apart. I went to the hospital and 19 hours later, my new baby boy was born into this world.

I had a crazy delivery, but will spare you the details. My mom was in town from the San Francisco Bay Area and I was lucky enough to have her stay for a month. She was completely helpful and I miss her now. This is the first week I have had the baby completely by myself during the daytime and for the last two days it was a little difficult but hey, that’s how newborn are huh. It’s been so long, I forget. Luckily my other son is in school and after school care because it makes it easier during the day. My other son is absolutely in love with his little brother though, it’s amazing to experience. I love seeing the bond they are developing!

I’m glad to be back. I haven’t forgotten about Good Deeds either, I’ve missed a lot so far this year but excited to get back to the journal. Hope you have extended some Random Acts of Kindness along the way.

One thing I am excited about is having more guest bloggers and posts. I’ve always seen this blog being a place to share others amazing writings and views along with my own so having more guest bloggers and posts is a start. If you are interested in sharing a blog post, feel free to contact me. Also if you have any ideas of what you want to see/read in the future, I would LOVE to hear your opinions.

Let’s get this baby off the ground finally.

For now, say Hi to Kade!

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He’s actually waking up now so I gotta run, thanks for sticking around and talk to you again soon!

 

xoxo,

barista

14 Ways to GIVE LOVE

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY my fellow lover,

So there are many varying opinions about Valentine’s day from different people. If you are in a relationship, it’s a day to express your love. If you’re not in a relationship, today can be known as Single’s awareness day. And no matter which category you fall, you may think of Valentine’s day as just a another day on the calendar.

We all know that Valentine’s day is a highly commercialized “holiday” here in America. Billions of dollars are spent every year on flowers, cards, presents, candy, chocolate etc. It seems to have become more about showing off how big your present is rather than how big your love is. I’m not gonna act like I haven’t participated in the debacle. I would post pictures of the lovely flowers I would receive or box of strawberries. I would feel special when I received something, and with social media, and the help of the ego, I would want to share just how special I was with everyone because of what I would receive. And sometimes I still let that get the best of me. “I am special because I get ____ , wanna see? Here’s a pic or a post about it”

Valentine’s Day has come to represent that if you are in a relationship then you are worthy and if you aren’t then you are unworthy. Some people feel as though, since they don’t have a loved one there to shower them in gifts, that it’s just a reminder of how single they are and how unworthy they feel watching everyone else flaunt their stuff.

That is simply untrue and I’m here to share that Valentine’s Day does not have to represent the receiving of love as much as it can represent the GIVING of love. And guess what, you don’t have to be a relationship to GIVE love!!! Isn’t that awesome? I know that love is something that should be expressed EVERYDAY but face it, Valentine’s Day isn’t going away any time soon so while it’s here, we can still use it to represent a day of GIVING LOVE.

Give to your friends, your parents, your children, your partners, strangers, YOURSELF! Feel the love within and share it’s overflow with those around you. Make today about sharing and making others feel special. Besides, the more you give the more you open yourself up to receive.

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I’m doing you a favor and giving you 14 EASY WAYS TO GIVE LOVE TODAY whether you’re single or not:

1. SMILE AT EVERYONE YOU SEE AND SAY HELLO

2. BUY SOME FLOWERS AND PASS THEM OUT AT WORK (good deed of the day btw)

3. LEAVE A NICE CARD ON A STRANGERS WINDSHIELD TELLING THEM THEY ARE PERFECT

4. PAY FOR LUNCH FOR THE PERSON BEHIND YOU

5. MAKE SOME COOKIES AND SHARE

6. CREATE A SOUNDTRACK WITH YOUR FAVORITE INSPIRING SONGS AND GIVE IT TO A FRIEND

7. HUG, HUG, HUG!!!

8. THANK THOSE YOU APPRECIATE

9. SAY I LOVE YOU IN THE MIRROR

10. SAY A SILENT PRAYER FOR EVERYONE YOU PASS

11. CALL YOUR PARENTS AND TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM

12. HELP SOMEONE IN NEED

13. BLAST HAPPY MUSIC WHILE YOUR DRIVING

14. and I know I said this already but seriously just….. SMILE!!! WALK AROUND SMILING AND I GAURANTEE, YOUR PRESCENCE WILL BRIGHTEN THE DAY OF THOSE AROUND YOU!

 

Today I am going to leave LOVE NOTES around for strangers to find!!!

What will you do today to focus on GIVING your love rather than receiving love from someone else??

 

xoxo,

barista

 

 

 

 

Good Deed Sunday 2/9/14

Here we go, another week ending while another week begins…

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Last weeks Deeds:

2/3/14: GIVE CREDIT WHENEVER YOU CAN:
On this day a new girl started at my job and I am in charge of training her as she is going to be taking over my position when I go on maternity leave. This was a great day for this deed because there were many opportunities to give credit. I’m sure it made her feel good about what she was learning

2/4/14: START A BIRTHDAY CALENDAR to help you remember to send cards:
This day was one of my good friends Birthday’s and a great reminder to mark off my other friends and family members birthdays on the calendar on my phone. I set reminders to remind me 3 days a head of time so I can get cards to send in the mail so they can reach the people on time. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, and I’ve definitely been more mindful over the last year or two, but I’m glad i took the time to set them all up in my calendar with the reminders. I think it’s fun to get little surprises and cards in the mail to balance out the bills we dislike getting.

2/5/14: SMILE WHEN YOU TALK ON THE PHONE, it makes your voice friendly:
I forgot to do this one this day. It would be a good one to practice at work too since I answer the phone a lot. I get so caught up in the hustle of the day that I can sometimes sounds very rushed when answering the phone. I’m sure it would be very helpful and make a difference as well.

2/6/14: bless your interruptions as an opportunity to TAKE A DEEP BREATHE AND SMILE:
This day was pretty interesting. Usually before the day begins, I re-read what the deed of the day is, I post it on my Facebook, and then that also helps remind me so I can make sure I accomplish it for that day. Well on this day, I forgot to look to see what the deed was. Well the Universe thought it would be a fun day to play with me, so there were definitely some interruptions in the day that were a bit unusual. The first one I noticed was when I tried to print some things from the printer, the printer froze. I was in a very bug hurry to get some stuff printed and done for my boss as she was waiting, and OF COURSE the printer was taking FOREVER to print out what I needed. Because I had not known of my deed this day, I had become very frustrated and irritated with the printer. (poor printer). I ended up printing it on a different printer, which I had not previously thought about because the frustration and annoyance had blocked ways for other ideas to enter, and was on my merry way. Well THEN later, when it was time to make sure all the mail was stamped and ready to take down to the mailbox before the mail carrier came, the stamp machine got stuck. I was literally thinking “this is unbelievable, what is going on today?”. I remember this particular deed but wasn’t sure what day it was for, so I took a minute, pulled up the blog and YUP there it was….this was the deed I was to be practicing. SO i took a deep breath and definitely smiled because I just felt it was no coincidence that these things were happening. This is where Serenity came into play. There are always two ways to look at obstacles. As blessings or issues, this deed gave me the chance to see the blessings. The printer decided to act up some the rest of the day and I just took it as an opportunity to take a deep breath and smile.

2/7/14: MYSTERY DEED aka MYSTERY DEED:
SO what had happened was…. wait for it…. i uh, kinda forgot what deed I picked for the day! haha. Lets blame it on the pregnancy brain k? haha I know I picked something special because it was my dad’s birthday, but for the life of me, I could not remember. So, sorry dad! I was out of the house all day and night and didn’t have my journal so I couldn’t even try to refresh my memory. I think from now on, I’ll mark which deeds are mystery deeds so I can remember.

2/8/14: LEAVE A BIG TIP:
Yesterday I was destined to go out to eat specifically so I could carry out this deed but I didn’t exactly make it out the house except to go to Target. So, in the sense that I wanted, I wasn’t able to accomplish this deed BUT a dog groomer did come to my house earlier in the day to give the dogs a bath and I did leave him a slightly bigger tip then was recommended, but not big enough so I will not count that one. If I were thinking of my deed this moment, I would have made an effort to give him a bigger one, but I was not being very mindful in the moment. DARN!!!

And on to this weeks deeds!!!

2/9/14: BUY A NICE WATER BOTTLE so you’ll be less inclined to buy plastic bottles

2/10/14: PLAY FREEZE DANCE

2/11/14: **MYSTERY DEED**

2/12/14: scroll through your phone and CALL THE PERSON YOU’VE KNOWN THE LONGEST.

2/13/14: BAKE WITH YOUR KIDS

2/14/14: BUY A BUNCH OF FLOWERS on your way to work. Give each one to a colleague you appreciate

2/15/14: Clean out your sweater drawer and TAKE EXTRAS TO A CHARITY

have fun this week and let me know how it goes!!!

xoxo,

barista