Kay (Out of the Basement) suggested having a contest for ideas about what to do with the hearts I made. I think it is a great idea, so please give me your suggestions. I'll put all the names in a pot and send the winner a gift. Kay suggested a key chain, and I'm going to make one today! I think I'm going to make some more hearts, too.And on the topic of gifts, I'm almost finished with the PIF gifts! I've changed my mind several times after making one or two, but now they are all decided on and will be going out in a week or so. For some reason, I've really struggled with the PIF challenge this year, so I'm making a list of possibilities for next year so I don't have to repeat this years indecision.
I know I've mentioned Christine Kane's blog many times, but I keep finding useful, concise, apt information there. One of her entries from last year is titled Begin Your Day; in the post, she comments (I know, I know - it really is common sense, but I need constant reminders) about how important unconscious emotions and thoughts are to the formation of your day. To make a long story short, she reminds us that beginning your day with negative thoughts has an effect. Conversely, beginning the day with a positive attitude can also have an effect. One that we would all be happier with.
Sometimes, my first thoughts are about all of the things that I have to do, but don't want to do. And yeah, that can be a downer. On the days I wake up thinking about all of the things that I want to do and have the opportunity to do, my entire body responds in anticipation. There will always be things we have to do or don't want to do, but those things don't have to be our first thoughts or set the tone for our day.
Kane suggests several ways to begin the day:
Morning Pages (a la Julia Cameron)
Prayer and Meditation
create a Vision Journal
remind yourself of your Dreams and Goals
(you can read Christine Kane's entry here if you want more detail)