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Wednesday Wisdom: Get rid of that But

Before you go look in the mirror or get annoyed with me because you think I am talking  about your weight,  notice but is spelled with one “t”, so I am talking about the conjunction.

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On Memorial Day, I was chillin by the pool watching my daughter swim. The weather was perfect, there was a slight breeze in the air– not too humid or hot. So as I took a deep breath and looked around, I thought: Ahhh this is such a great place to live. The pool, the weather, I have a great life. But no sooner then that thought came out, another one followed…but you have to work tomorrow.  (boo!)

Can y’all relate? As soon as you finally relax or compliment yourself on something, negative Nancy (sorry Nancy) comes along and negates your positivity.

Here’s a few of my negative Nancy thoughts:
Yes, I got some writing in,  but I binge watched a dance show all weekend, so I should be way further along.

Yes I lost two pounds this week, but it should’ve been more had I not indulged in those brownies. 

Yes, I walked a 1/2 mile to the pool to get in some exercise, but I need to do some more to offset those brownies.

Yes, I finished my blog post early, but I should try to post twice this week.

Yes, I folded and put away some laundry, but I need to weed out my daughter’s drawers and give away what is too small.

It’s the BUT that ruins everything.
So on my walk back from the pool, I wrote this post in my head. I had just caught myself negating the wonderful day… it’s like I needed to find something negative to finish off a positive thought. BUT that’s not so! I could have ended the thought with something positive, point blank period.

Listen to your thoughts and make sure you are ending on a positive note!

A.G.

 

 

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Just Coast

I like cars way more than I care to admit. I still think cars are a guy thing, but I’d love a sexy white Audi (Q7 or Q5 please) or a white Volvo XC 90.
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So I won’t say if this is about my job (wink wink) but I may have been going through my house this weekend fussing in my head about how things are playing out. When I am supervising people, I try very hard to give them grace. If we’ve worked hard, then we can catch our breath before the next challenge.  But not everyone has this philosophy. When you force people to “gas it” 100 percent of the time, you burn people out– plain and simple. Yes it’s good to gun it sometimes, but you have to know when to rest. If you’ve accelerated up a hill, you can let up on the gas on the way down.  This is a good lesson in the workplace, especially if you supervise people, but it’s good philosophy for life.

I am ambitious and I have big goals, no secret. But as I become wiser, I realize keeping the pedal to the metal all the time is a recipe for disaster. Stop for a little bit, look around,  Netflix and chill, or walk away and come back.  All of those things help you to refresh. Eagles do it, cars can do it, and so should people. Allow yourself some days or even weeks to just coast.

Ahhh,

A.G.

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Wednesday Wisdom: Forward Momentum

 

(Not so) Secretly I am a big physics geek, specifically particle physics. I love learning about strange and charm quarks and other elementary particles. I love understanding that the “God Particle” was really a marketing term for the Higgs Boson and it was an anticipated, but missing piece of the Standard Model until it was confirmed in 2013. Professor Sean Carroll has taught me about Large Hadron Collider (largest man made machine in the world) and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has walked me through the beautiful Cosmos (on Netflix). Morgan Freeman takes me Through the Wormhole on the science channel, and I’ll read just about anything dark matter… but I digress. The truth is I almost failed physics in high school and any physics-related math makes my eyes glaze over and my ears hurt. Nonetheless, I find the laws of physics useful for life.

So on Mother’s Day,  my daughter rode her bike while my husband and I jogged behind/beside her (well…I was beside her because I was keeping up, the husband was behind–hehehe). I knew I would be eating well that day, and wanted to preemptively burn some calories.

 

Ok so, back to the bike ride…my daughter is pretty good at riding her bike without training wheels, but we always need to remind her to pedal, especially when she’s taking off.  When she starts off, because she is moving slow, she starts swerving… badly!

Bikes are stable when they are moving forward because it allows the bike’s points of support under the center of gravity to keep it balanced. That’s just jibber jabber for moving forward keeps you upright, which allows you to keep moving forward.

On days when it’s hard, or when you are just starting off in pursuit of your dreams, don’t look around, don’t try to ease into it, just keep pedaling forward because the  swerving will cease and momentum will take over. I don’t always believe this, but sometimes it’s true…the hardest part is getting started.

Pedaling forward,

A.G.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Friday Fashion: Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe (12 outfit ideas!)

So here in Atlanta, we seemed to have jumped right to summer. But I will not be moved or shaken, it is still spring, and for that reason I’d like to share my ideas for a spring capsule wardrobe.

Over the past few years, capsule wardrobes have become popular. Everywhere I look there are people talking about how to create a compact wardrobe made up of staple pieces in coordinating colors. Back in my earlier blogging days, I came up with some wardrobe staples— for men, and some cute staples  from Target for working women.
There are different reasons men and women are drawn to capsule wardrobes: being on a budget, short on space, or an intentional decision to uncluttered your life and home. I believe, more isn’t always more with clothes, and staring at a closet full of clothes and “having nothing to wear” is annoying at best.
 Take a look at the 9 spring items I’ve selected and the different ways to mix an match.
Do you believe in the capsule wardrobe concept?