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31 May 2011 in

All you need is love...

MAY 31, 2011

I just had to share this.

the outspoken introvert.

25 May 2011 in

Note to Self

MAY 25, 2010

Dear Self,

I was thinking that since this whole life thing is getting a little bit more settled you should stir things up a bit. Nothing extravagant, just something to keep you occupied in your spare time. 
In the next little while let's be better. 
I've complied an itsy bitsy list to get you started:

1. You don't know how to bake, this is something I think you should attempt. Realistically, nothing of the  negative sort can come from a batch of homemade cookies.
2. You love to read remember! Please do it more often. I'm not talking daily internet reading. I'm talking about an amazing book, a couch, a blanket and a cup of tea. The real deal.
3. I know you weren't thrilled with hot yoga, but give the regular kind another try. It will get you moving and make you feel better. Side note: one class does not count as a try, please commit at least a month. 

I know you're not to keen on to many rigid rules so I kept the list short and sweet, for now. If you could put the above into practice I will be eternally grateful. Cheersies, life is good.

the stable and relaxed part of you 


I wIsH wE aLl HaD a LiTtLe CrAzY iN uS

MAY 24, 2011

I LOVE THIS! It's from an ad campaign ran by Apple quite some time ago. Nonetheless the years have not deteriorated it's meaning. Although I'm not entirely crazy about the world of marketing and advertising, I can get behind the main point of this message - think different, push forward, question and be proud of it! I believe this kind of mentality should be implemented in our daily lives. It promotes imagination which for so many is lost once they enter the boxed in world of their adult lives. 

As I've gotten older I've realized that everything we know is an opinion, the best available explanation at the time; this to me is pretty self-explanatory. However if you're not picking up what I'm putting down, consider this: once upon a time the Earth was flat, that was truth, that was knowledge. Those who proclaimed it's roundness were not only considered lunatics but were jailed and probably killed. Oh how far we've come since then, nowadays not only is our planet round it's surrounded by a universe in which super-genius humans (unlike myself) can find black holes. HA! Talk about crazy, that's imagination, that's progress.

What confuses me is our strong grip on things that are broken, like the status quo for one. To me the notion itself is a joke. It proposes that we should not only hold onto, but fight for the things of the past even if they are oppressive. Now I am NOT against tradition or culture, both are key elements in our existence and provide a rough guideline to the order of things. Of course we can't forget where we came from, this is why it is important to understand and learn from history, not continuously re-live it. Yes, history repeats itself but only because we let it. 


Some things need to go. For example, I have a problem with the good ol' boys club creating and implementing abortion policy and how it should operate. Yes a bunch of men in their 70's are just perfect for that job, I'm sure they are experts on the entire process especially being able to experience it for themselves and all. Or the notion that gay marriage is ruining the institution. Give me a break, the institution of marriage was weakened by the 50% divorce rate, not to mention it's appearance on reality tv. I didn't see protesters taking to the streets when "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire" aired. However take two people who are in love and want to express it in front of their family and friends and yup, you got it, institution of marriage naturally ruined. Or better yet, how about a heroin addict getting not only clean but free needles at a safe injection clinic but a diabetic having to pay for theirs. Yup, that's a little messed up. This kind of list of course can go on and on.

However I digress.

All I'm saying is that maybe we need to get a little better at editing the systems which are broken, holding onto and encouraging those which are working and letting go of the ones which are not; all the while staying open to new opportunities and alternatives. Everything we are told is not always right and it's not always how things ought to be. We should question, explore and imagine otherwise we're just living in a carefully crafted little box. I for one am a tad bit, and by tad bit I mean extremely, claustrophobic so that box is just not gonna work for me. 

How about you? What sort of things drive you to be imaginatively crazy and push the envelope? What would you change if the sky was the limit and failure was non-existent?

the outspoken introvert

23 May 2011 in

It Matters Monday

MAY 23, 2011

I stumbled upon a blog today and it made me smile! Since it is in direct correlation with the reasons behind It Matters Monday I had to share it with all of you. We're So Inspired is dedicated to spreading and encouraging happiness, how can you go wrong with that? They have a very admirable goal, to inspire 1 million people in 2011. I want to help them get to that goal, so go on, check out their site. The way I see it inspiration promotes thought, thought promotes action and action inevitably leads to change. Who knows what great things can be accomplished if 1 million people are moved to action.

I started It Matters Monday because I believe that it is important to help each other out. I believe that doing good for others is a necessary part of life. Culturally, North Americans have moved further away from each other and closer to the things they possess, I believe that's wrong. I believe that community is important. I believe in family and I believe in friendship. I believe that little things matter and I believe it is imperative to take the time and notice them. I believe that happiness begins with a life that matters and a life that matters begins with the inspiration for change. 

This video is short, sweet and to the point which makes it right up my alley!

What inspires you?

If you want to be a part of It Matters Monday copy and paste the image from the top of the post. Mention It Matters Monday on your blog and link up below. If you're not a blogger, don't fret let me know what made your Monday awesome in the comments below.

the outspoken introvert

17 May 2011 in

It Matters Monday....on Tuesday

MAY 17, 2011

It's safe to say I have been just a tad bit frustrated with Blogger lately, for some reason I could not post anything yesterday....hence It Matters Monday temporarily moved over to Tuesday. Things don't always go our way, and when that happens it's time to adjust the plan.

This week I decided to help another reader promote her cause, check out her lovely blog here. Gillian introduced me to First Book an organization which helps kids get access to books they would not usually get. I'm an avid believer in reading as a huge part of our mental development. Reading encourages imagination and imagination is what drives our world forward. In the spirit of It Matters Monday....on Tuesday I made a $10 donation to promote reading amongst kids.

What made your Monday awesome?

If you want to be a part of It Matters Monday copy and paste the image from the top of the post. Mention It Matters Monday on your blog and link up below. If you're not a blogger, don't fret let me know what made your Monday awesome in the comments below.

the outspoken introvert

16 May 2011 in

We all need an angel...

MAY 15, 2011

This song is amazing! A big thanks to my super awesome bud who played it for me, you know who you are : )

Now, blare your stereo, lay back and enjoy. There is nothing else to say.

the outspoken introvert 

14 May 2011 in

Let's be reasonable...

MAY 14, 2011

2011 has been a transitional year for me to say the least; actually, it's probably safe to say that about the last couple of years of my life. With all of the changes and adjustments came a very important lesson - ATTITUDE MATTERS! In fact it matters so immensely that it can determine the outcome of a situation as a success or as a failure. 

I'm a HUGE fan of things that make logical sense and maintaining a reasonable attitude is one of them. I am making a distinction here which I think is very important. Reasonable is different than just positive or negative, in that it blends the determination of the positive with the critical analysis of the negative. I believe that positive and negative are both emotion based and too much of either can lead you down the wrong path. Ever hear the saying "listen to your heart, but take your head with you"? I'm basing my theory on the same notion.

In my opinion an overwhelming amount of positive can result in a delusion of sorts. There are situations in life which require critical analysis; pretending everything is peachy keen will not resolve the issue and puts the individual at risk of being taken advantage of. For example, the hope that every human being is kind and loving, they're not; the blind generalization that they are can be dangerous. Too much negative however can also have damaging effects. I always think of the self-fulfilling prophecy, if you think you'll fail you most likely will. More importantly though, an immensely negative attitude can lead to social isolation, substance abuse and depression which can prove very damaging to the individual. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson wisely said: "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." 

In my eyes a reasonable attitude is doing what you can with what is available at the time. It is not blindly pretending that everything will work out, sometimes it doesn't. It is also not aggressively assuming that everything will shatter into a million pieces, most times it won't. Balance is the key. It is surrounding yourself with those who make you a better person and letting go of the ones who don't. It is taking responsibility for your actions as well as putting effort into changing the things you are not happy with. A reasonable attitude is being proactive, allowing yourself to feel joy as well as sorrow but realizing that they are not permanent states and quite frankly one does not exist without the other. A reasonable attitude is not just hope or criticism, it's action and the ability to adapt to change. This is important because nothing stays the same, that's a certainty of life.

the outspoken introvert  

07 May 2011 in

I'm Versatile....Again!

MAY 7, 2011

The rules:
Thank the blogger that tagged you,  share 7 facts about yourself, pass the award on to 15 other bloggers.

Ok let's do this. Thanks to Sunny from Idyll Toast for this award. This is the second time I have received it so I must be doing something right :)

Now for the seven facts about me:

1. Tulips are my favorite flower and I love when they start blooming in the Spring. It's a lovely time of the year.

2. Saturday is my favorite day of the week, you get to sleep in and stay up late; that's basically phenomenal.

3. When I was 9 I tried to win my mom a car by calling a contest line not realizing there was a cost to it. We were living in Poland at the time and it turned out I was calling Australia. The phone bill was my mom's entire pay cheque - the joys of having kids hey! I was unsuccessful in winning the car, I am now 28 and my mom still brings it up. I don't blame her.

4. I can only have someone walk on my right side, in a bigger group I walk in the middle. It's pretty weird, I don't know how it started however it's a quirk I live with.

5. The best dessert in the world is Tiramisu I could eat it daily!

6. I tremendously respect people with self-confidence who are able to stand up for what they believe in and passionately go after what they want.

7. I love love love to laugh! With most things in life, if you can't laugh about it you need a new perspective. None of us are perfect, all of us screw up and life gets difficult sometimes but few feelings in the world compare to sore cheeks, sore abs and a shortness of breath from a good ol' laugh!

The last rule indicates tagging 15 other bloggers. I decided not to. I appreciate the award very much its fantastic to know that I can ramble on here about whatever comes to mind and people genuinely  enjoy reading it. The tagging rule has too much of a chain letter feel to it though, so I'm going to skip it. 

the outspoken introvert

02 May 2011 in

It Matters Monday

MAY 2, 2011

This week's It Matters Monday is solely based on gratitude! I have to thank two people for making my day. One of them is letting me borrow their truck which is amazing! However, I can't drive super awesomely big trucks so I had to recruit another friend to drive it and help me move and throw away some stuff I no longer need. Both of these things are a huge help to me and I appreciate them so very much.

I know I've said it before but I truly am grateful for the people in my life, I am often awestruck by their desire to help me even at times when it might be inconvenient for them. I am inspired by my family and my friends everyday, they hold me accountable, they don't judge me and they push me to live up to my potential.   

Leo Rosten said:‎"I cannot believe that the purpose of life is (merely) to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate. I think it is above all to matter, to count, to stand for something. To have it make some difference that you lived at all." I could not agree more, I want to steer my life in a direction that makes a difference. I believe that happiness begins with a life he describes; happiness begins with a life that matters!

Let me know what you stand for I would love to hear about it.

If you want to be a part of It Matters Monday copy and paste the image from the top of the post. Mention It Matters Monday on your blog and link up below. If you're not a blogger, don't fret let me know what made your Monday awesome in the comments below.

the outspoken introvert

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