Quick Update

Hey you…

Just here to give you a quick update as far as my good deeds go. Looks like another break, as far as blogging goes, may be needed. Basically I’m 8 months pregnant and have a case of pregnancy brain aka horrible memory.

Ive been forgetting to bring my journal with me to pick deeds for the week. I finally found it today so I will try to pick deeds daily but might not have time to post them for the week here.

I usually write blog posts either early morning before work or before bed the night before but with this little human inside of me sucking every piece of energy I have, its been a little more difficult. Plus ive been going into work early everyday to train my replacement. Which means being even more tired daily. Oh and add a kid and a fiance. Good thing they’ve been helpful and supportive. Wheeww im tired just writing this.

Friday is my last day of work for maternity leave so after that I will for sure be dedicating more time to my blog in general starting week. Ive been waiting to have this extra time to dedicate to you. Im excited!!

For now if u are interested in my good deeds of the day,  please stay tuned through my Facebook Page . I will post them as I pick them there.

Thanks for understanding and I can’t wait to get to a more regular schedule. 
Until then tell me whats been going on with you….have u committed any good deeds and random acts of kindness lately?

Xoxo
The Barista

Time Off

If you haven’t noticed, I did not post Good Deed Sunday, nor even  a late post yesterday. I have not been feeling too keen since Saturday and also been beyond busy. I have been feeling yucky in the stomach and just sort of nauseous. I thought this went out the window in the first trimester but feels like it’s back. Hopefully I am not getting sick.

I decided to take this week off for finding Good Deeds in the journal. This doesn’t mean I will not be mindful of random acts of kindness when and if the opportunities are available, I am just not going to commit to anything this week and take the pressure off from daily updates via Facebook.

I also do not know if it’s the pregnancy hormones or what, but for the last few days I have also just been feeling sort of down and somewhat defeated like I want to run away from everyone and everything but I have been reminded to surrender and let the spirit take care of all that I can not right now. SO I am being conscious of that.

I will update you on this last weeks deeds and how they went and communicate with you this Sunday (if not before) for the following deeds. The best part is, last week was RAOK week. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS. But of course we try to make RAOK week a daily thing right?

wpid-20140209_183814.jpg2/9/14: BUY A NICE WATER BOTTLE so you will be less inclined to buy plastic bottles:
So I did not go out and buy a new water bottle although that was my intention. I did of course, clean off an existing water bottle that I love and will start to use that. For the most part, I do not buy bottled water often but I do drink water at work and use plastic cups so by bringing my own water bottle to work I can save on the plastic cups that I would be using.

BONUS DEED: LEAVE A BIG TIP:
On this day I was also able to fulfill an old deed from last week which was to leave a big tip. I went out to dinner with my son, to Chiles and I left the amazing waiter an 100% tip. That felt really good and I bet it made him smile.

2/10/14: PLAY FREEZE DANCE:
This one was fun. Like I previously said, I dance around my house a lot usually acting silly, so this one just added to the fun ness. I had my fiancé in control of the music while my son and I danced around the room. We would freeze when he stopped the music and often just laugh at each other. It was a nice short getaway outside the routine of dinner, homework, bedtime.

2/11/14: MYSTERY DEED aka (I forget exact wording) BRING YOUR CO-WORKERS A SURPRISE during the time of day you know everyone needs a pick me up:
I was unable to complete this one. My plan was to go to Jamba Juice during lunch and bring everyone back a some smoothie. But was unable to make it to Jamba Juice this day. I will try to do this before my last day of work though in two weeks.

2/12/14: scroll through your phone and CALL THE PERSON YOU’VE KNOWN THE LONGEST:
I actually completed this one the previous day, on 2/11. I did not count family members of course, just friends, and I called my long time friend Jessica. We have been best friends since we were 7 years old. Going on 23 years to be exact. The awesome thing is, we hadn’t talked in a while so it was something I was excited to do so I could catch up with her. She did not answer when I called but I was able to talk to her this last Sunday night and I get to see her this weekend. She lives in Northern California and I haven’t seen her since last April. So I’m excited to catch up.

2/13/14: BAKE WITH YOUR KIDS:
Usually I don’t have much time to bake during the week, rarely at all in general, but I made time this week just for that. I made some valentine cupcakes with my son. He got to do all the stirring and of course the best part of licking the spoon clean afterwards. That of course is always a favorite childhood memory. I made a short video but am unable to download it here. But the cupcakes came out wonderful.

2/14/14: BUY A BUNCH OF FLOWERS on your way to work. Give each one to a colleague you appreciate:
I actually completed this one on Thursday morning because most of my co-workers have Fridays off. I stopped at the grocery store that morning and bought a small bouquet of 6 orange roses and gave one to each of my co-workers including myself. It was a nice surprise and perfect way to kick off Valentine’s day.

If you remember from Friday’s post though, I was able to leave a few love notes on strangers cars. Hopefully they took the time to read them 🙂

2/15/14: Clean out your sweater drawer and TAKE EXTRAS TO CHARITY:
Saturday turned out to be a beyond busy day for me so I was unable to complete this deed BUT being that I am in nesting mode, I will make sure to do this one before the baby comes.

If you complete any deeds this last week, whether from my list or just your own, I would love to hear about them in honor of RAOK week.

Besides that, I had a maternity photo shoot this last Sunday and I have two baby showers coming up this weekend so I feel very excited about those. Only 6 weeks left and I’ll be a new mommy of two. Exciting and Scary all at once as I have no idea what to expect but of course you will be updated.

I will be resting this week and I hope you enjoyed your weekend and have a wonderful week!!!

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

Good Deed Sunday 2/2/14 (Late Post)

So I have another late post for you. I had school all weekend so I really had no time that I could be on the computer unless it was cutting into my sleep. School also made it a bit harder this week in completing some of my good deeds because I was working on homework during the week which seemed to take more precedence.

The interesting part as I was preparing to write this blog and the deeds from last week, a piece of me really wanted to lie to you. I wanted it to seem like I completed all the deeds, completed the makeup deeds, and ended the month 31/31. It’s funny to notice that ego part that wants everything to seem “perfect, to not feel like I failed, to not feel judged. Then I come to the conclusion that the only person judging me is ME! I am judging myself in that moment. It’s like that quote “What others think of you is none of your business”…. I can not feel judged unless I am also judging myself. Especially when I DON’T know what others will or are thinking.

I know my intentions and my circumstances so there is no reason for me to feel ashamed. By lying, I would only be harming my self esteem by buying into the judgements that I placed on myself. So as I learned in class, one of the most powerful tools to healing is compassionate self forgiveness. Forgiving yourself for the judgements you place on yourself and others. So “I forgive myself for judging myself as failing…I forgive myself for buying into the belief that this process has to be perfect”.

So let’s get on to the deeds last week:

1/27/14: SAY GOOD MORNING TO YOUR CO-WORKERS:
This one was easy, because I do it everyday. I did make more effort to just say Good Morning to everyone else though too

wpid-IMG_2278.jpg1/28/14: MYSTERY DEED aka PUT A LOVE NOTE IN A LOVED ONES LUNCH:
So the loved one I chose never brings lunch to work so of course I made him a lunch this day and left him a cute little note with it. I left it on the counter as a surprise. Our little one tried t o ruin the surprise and tell  daddy to go look in the kitchen but daddy just thought it was mommy’s lunch. So I had to call him after I left and let him know the I made it for him.

BONUS:
Today I also completed the past deed of doing a TEn MINUTE MEDITATION. I completed the meditation in my counseling session.

1/29/14: DO A LITTLE DANCE AND BE SILLY:
I tend to complete this one a lot. Usually me and my son make up little dances and try to make daddy laugh. This time, my son was already sleep, so i just did a silly dance for the big boy. It included moonwalking so I bet you can just imagine.

1/30/14: LEAVE SOME HOMEMADE COOKIES AT YOUR NEIGHBORS DOOR:
So I picked this deed thinking that It would be easy to complete along with the other deed of making cookies and sharing. I have realized though that’s its not so easy for me to bake during the week so I may have to save these deeds for a weekend.

1/31/14: GIVE YOURSELF A PEP TALK:
This one was a good one for today because it was my first day back at school this month. I was also behind on doing homework and stressing about that, along with working and trying to get a lot of stuff done for a new person that I will be training. So although simple, my person pep talk was just telling myself to do the best I can, what gets done will get done, and let it go into the universe. PS: I got my homework back and got 200/200. YAY!

BONUS: I also completed the deed of BE MINDFUL of my please, thank yous, and you’re welcomes.

2/1/14: LET ANOTHER CAR TAKE THAT PARKING SPOT and smile and wave:
I picked this one for this day because I thought it would be easy since I have school and most people arrive at the same time. But when I arrived on this day there was no one there at the same exact time as me so really I had no one to give a spot to. The intentions were there but the opportunity was not. It will stay in my mind though.

and yesterday Sunday, If I’m sticking to the truth, I didn’t even pick a good deed. So there was nothing this day for Good Deeds to complete. Full day of school and forgot to look in the journal that morning.

SO FAR: this week with the bonus deeds, I completed 6 deeds still which is awesome bringing my count to 26 out of 33 deeds so far. AWESOME

THIS WEEKS DEEDS:

2/3/14: GIVE CREDIT WHEREVER YOU CAN

2/4/14: START A BIRTHDAY CALENDAR to help you remember to send cards

2/5/14: SMILE WHEN YOU TALK ON THE PHONE, it makes your voice friendly

2/6/14: bless your interruptions as an opportunity to TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND SMILE


2/7/14: MYSTERY DEED

2/8/14: LEAVE A BIG TIP
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Good Deed Sunday: 1/19/14

Another week down of Good Deed’s accomplished. Yay! Let’s see how this last week went

1/12/14 BE MINDFUL of saying “Please” and “Thank You” and “You’re Welcome” – all day long
I kind of butchered this one because I wasn’t particularly mindful about it for the day. I know I say Thank You a lot, I try to make sure of it to show my appreciation for others effort and work, so I’m not doubting I didn’t say that throughout the day but I’m not so sure I was very mindful with the “Please” and “You’re Welcome”. I have a habit of saying “No Problem” when people say Thank You to me so I’m going to continue to work on the “You’re Welcome”. And also saying Please more often.

1/13/14: start a list of books you’d like to READ FOR FUN:
My for fun books are very similar to books I now have to read for school. Some sort of Self-Growth type of book is what I usually lean towards. I love expanding my knowledge and interest in the area. I rarely read many other types of books when I do read like fiction and such so if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear. It’s nice to read other types of books too. I have a list of books I need to finish reading as well as one’s I want to start. With school, I have so much reading, we read about 4 or so books at a time, so I’m not sure when I’ll get to the for fun list but I’m glad I now have one.

Books I want to finish reading:
*The Liar in Your Life – The Way to Truthful Relationships by:Robert Feldman
*Add More ING to Your Life by: Gabrielle Bernstein
*The Power of Intention by: Wayne Dyer
*Wishes Fulfilled – Mastering the Art of Manifesting by: Wayne Dyer (one I had for class that I didn’t finish)
*Love Lust and Faking It by: Jenny McCarthy

Books I want to start reading:
* A Course in Miracles by: Foundation for Inner Peace
* The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself by: Michael Singer
* Daring Greatly – How The Courage to Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead  by: Brene Brown (only read the first couple pages)
* The Four Agreements – A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by: Don Miguel Ruiz
* Daily Love – Lessons Learned on a Journey from Crisis to Grace by: Mastin Kipp (released Sept 2014)

1/14/14: EAT YOUR NEXT MEAL IN SILENCE (and away from a computer):
On this day I didn’t have too long of a lunch break but I ate my lunch in my car in silence. I’ll admit I had to fight the urge to pick up and check my cell phone. It’s interesting noticing that urge when you are specifically trying not to do so

1/15/14: STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION with a person at the cash register:
I completed this goal with the person at Trader Joes while I was doing my grocery shopping. I’ve always thought it could be somewhat awkward when you’re just standing there waiting and no one is really talking so it was nice to have a conversation.

1/16/14: BE QUICK TO APOLOGIZE:
Super Fail at this one. Again, was not too mindful of the deed this day until the day was over. Even got into a few small arguments this day that probably could have settled faster had I been mindful of this Good Deed for the day. I tell ya, that need to “BE RIGHT” is a kicker. It’s got a strong hold on me. I will need practice this deed more often.

wpid-20140117_154458.jpg1/17/14: SEND A FRIEND A THANK YOU NOTE for being a good friend: 
So far this has been one of my favorites. I’ve stood in the stationary section at Target so many times wanting to get cute Thank You cards so this was an awesome reason to be able to do that. I love the cards I got and instead of sending a card to ONE friend, I sent cards to 10 friends. I also found these cute little “LOVE NOTES” that i included in each card. Kind of like a fortune cookie, you have to tear open each note to reveal a cute saying inside about love. Part of me wanted to open each note and read it but I left that to my friends.

1/18/14: WRITE A POSTCARD TO A LONG LOST FRIEND:
This one was a little difficult yesterday because I could not find a postcard. BUT I did get a long lost friends address and will continue looking for a postcard today to send. If I can’t find a postcard, I’ll try to at least send a small card or note.

now on to the deeds for this week:

1/19/14: TELL YOUR PARENTS YOU LOVE THEM and appreciate them

1/20/14: ***MYSTERY DEED***

1/21/14: HUG YOUR CHILD FOR NO REASON AT ALL

1/22/14: bake your favorite kind of cookies and SHARE.

1/23/14: MEDITATE FOR TEN MINUTES

1/24/14: BUY A COFFEE for the person behind you in line

1/25/14: TELL A STRANGER HIS/HER CHILD IS BEAUTIFUL

1/26/14: BE HAPPY FOR SOMEBODY and tell her

***I’ve realized that some of the deeds I would like to complete without giving away what it’s going to be. Some deeds are more fun for both parties if no one expects it coming. So in the event there is a deed like this, you will see MYSTERY DEED, and I will let you know the deed during the following Sunday***

If you have followed along, I would love to know how the deeds have gone for you in the comments below. Or If you would like to follow along, keep me updated.

Don’t forget to follow my FACEBOOK PAGE so you can get a daily reminder of each deed.

xoxo,

barista

Good Deed 1/12/14 Continued…

So yesterday I didn’t get the chance to write the good deeds for the week so here ya go:

1/13/14: start a list of books you’d like to READ FOR FUN

1/14/14: EAT YOUR NEXT MEAL IN SILENCE (away from a computer)

1/15/14: STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION with the person at the cash register

1/16/14: BE QUICK TO APOLOGIZE

1/17/14: SEND A FRIEND A THANK YOU NOTE for being a good friend

1/18/14: WRITE A POSTCARD TO A LONG LOST FRIEND

 

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

xoxo,

barista