life


 Keeping it all in perspective after almost losing my husband to a heart attack this month.  He survived & I’m back! I think this video sums it up quite nicely! Thanks for all of the support! I love ya~

Read about simple things you can do to make someones day! http://daymaker.net/top-50-ways.html

I know I’m an idealist but I can’t help it….I was intrigued when I recently heard about this movement.  The author is David Wagner, the book is called~ Life as a Daymaker.  The book was published back in 2003, but it’s still so timely for society today.  I don’t know why I haven’t heard of it before now, maybe I’ve just been too busy earning a living.. but  I find so much wisdom in the concept of making someones day.  I practice it every day in my flower shop.  I think it’s something we could all practice, if we only gave it a thought once in a while.  It has the power to change the world and move us towards kindness, love and joy.  I thought about David’s comment that ” it’s hard to focus on your own problems if you are living life as a Daymaker. ”

It reminded me of a time many years ago when I worked in a nursing home. My friends used to ask me how I could do it.  Everyone found it depressing, but I always found that it helped me to be more positive.  When I looked around each day it made me realize that there was always someone who had it worse than me.  I learned to count my blessings in small ways.  I made a difference in a life, in my own small way, and that always made me feel great.

A woman came into the flower store one day a number of years ago, and she asked me to make a corsage. She came back the next day, she paid for it, and asked me to give it to the next person who needed a corsage.  I couldn’t believe it.  You can imagine my surprise when another woman called later in the day and asked if she could order an inexpensive corsage.  She explained that she didn’t have much money, but that she really wanted to get this corsage for her mother for an upcoming special occasion.  When that woman found out that she was going to be the recipient of a free corsage, paid for by a prior customer, she became so emotional.  I’m not even sure that she believed the whole thing was true.  She kept thinking that I was the one giving her a free corsage.  I kept trying to explain to her that it was paid for by a stranger, who wanted to be a “Daymaker”.   It’s a movement we could all engage in.

In the words of David Wagner “ Just be Kind,  it only takes a moment to make someones day. Each of those actions can sustain us. Those moments can even change lives”.

You can read excerpts from the book on Amazon, or purchase the book here:

Park Place Books~ A local Kirkland Bookstore

http://www.parkplacebookskirkland.com/

Thirdplace Books~ An Independent Book Seller

http://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9781588720757

Amazon.com an online book store:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1588720756/qid=1049320392/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_5/002-3281715-6728801?v=glance&s=books

I’ve been noticing lately how hassled everyone is.  Of course I can think of a million reasons why anyone could easily feel stressed and uptight lately, but does that justify being mean and rude.  I was talking the other day with coworkers about how much easier our journey through life would be if we could try to be kinder to each other.  We’ve all heard about random acts of kindness, but today I read this blog which reminded me about how great the thought is when put into action!

http://theycallmejane.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/pay-it-forward-random-act-of-kindness-%E2%80%93-whatever-you-call-it-let%E2%80%99s-do-it/

The concept of paying it forward isn’t a new idea, but becoming a kinder nation might just open up amazing possibilities.  Thanks to the above blogger for giving  me  a great reminder!

It’s easy to get grumpy and frustrated when things aren’t  looking very bright or cheerful, but now more than ever we need to focus on being more positive and finding things to be grateful for.  I can honestly tell you that every single day I talk to people who are having to deal with distressing issues.   You can’t imagine the things that I hear every day. Honestly, when I hear in one week, about four suicides, the death of an small child, a 30 year old with terminal cancer, brain tumors, breast cancer, children in rehab for drug addiction, it makes me realize that I have a lot to be grateful for.  I’m not saying that my life doesn’t have it’s issues, but  I try to think of something positive every day,  I’m trying to make it a habit.

I hope that you can make it a habit to become inspired, motivated and compassionate about kindness and pass it on please!

Here’s my vote!  I know in my heart there are many more important issues in life, but if we forget about the grace in our life~ what can the future hold?  I’m with Dale!  Check out Oprah’s audition for the next star!

http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=12389&promo_id=1

Check out the experts!

http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/flowerexperts/flower-and-gardening-experts

Oprah’s search~

http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html

For those of you who wondered why we broke tradition and closed on Saturday, much to some folks dismay~ here is a recap of the weekend along with a big thanks for your understanding and patience!  Not quite at the turning 60 mark, but 59 is still a reflective moment in your life~ we enjoyed it quite a bit!  Thanks for understanding that sometimes family is more important!

If you are a bride and planning a wedding, I post this as a friendly reminder that being nice is a good thing, and if you are a wedding vendor, remember that you can’t always make everyone happy.

Your wedding day..it’s supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life. Most brides are the nicest sweetest people, but there are always a few that get overwhelmed with the pressure of planning, the expectations from all their friends, and the whole exhausting process.  Why is it that weddings can make some women go crazy? The technical term for it is Bridezilla, a word used to describe a difficult bride.  As a bridal vendor, I have to remind myself that there is no way to satisfy a person like this, and sometimes I have to just chill, take a deep breath and remind myself that the insanity is only temporary.  I’ve been lucky enough to only have had to deal with a few of these types of brides in my floral career.  But it is true that the process of planning a wedding can turn the sweetest bride into a cranky mean person.  Luckily they are far & few between.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to be obsessed temporarily, everyone wants to have the perfect wedding.  But it’s only one day out of a lifetime of memories together.  That’s where the real focus should be.  The life you end up sharing together will not be defined by the wedding ceremony.

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Of course I am always  interested in anything that promotes women owned business…The CRAVEcompany connects small business owners with the customers they crave.

Learn more about the CRAVEcompany below.

http://craveparty.com/manifesto.html

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