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  • dedicatedmommy7710 4:55 pm on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Natural Serenity has been infiltrated 

     

     

    Frame of Mind

     

    If you could paint your current mood onto a canvas, what would that painting look like? What would it depict?

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  • dedicatedmommy7710 12:48 pm on June 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Poof! 

    Today’s prompt reminds me of the word problems found in logic tests You enter a room with a candle a box of matches and stove…. or something like that

    But today we are tasked with:

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    An extra room has magically been added to your home overnight. The catch: if you add more than three items to it, it disappears. How do you use it?

    http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/breathing-room/

    I have many questions about this room.  Is it three things at a time? Can I go in and install carpeting one day and then it doesn’t count as my three the next day? Does it already come with carpet so that I don’t have to do all this labor?

    If I follow the premise I’d say I’d take a magical incense burner that would never run out and change based on my mood, and a nook (my magical book that could change into any story I want).  I’m including myself in the three items because I’d hate to bring a bean bag to read in and then get poofed out of existence whilst trying to read in peace.

     
    • andy1076 12:51 pm on June 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      mmmm…dang now you got me wondering too, surely indoor decor doesn’t count? 😉

      • dedicatedmommy7710 12:54 pm on June 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I should hope not but you never know with these magical rooms. Their probably like Genies and you must be very specific!

        • andy1076 1:02 pm on June 5, 2014 Permalink

          mmm true true, one lamp and three wishes eh 😀

  • dedicatedmommy7710 12:34 pm on June 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Writing Prompts   

    The ABC’s of Advice 

    Writing Prompt found from a new source 🙂 http://zealousscripts.com/2014/06/03/114/

    Make an Alphabetical List of Advice

    Analyze your truths

    Be aware of your thoughts as they become your words

    Consider others

    Don’t forget your towel

    Entertain new ideas

    Find time for Fun

    Give more than you take

    Hope for the best plan for the worst

    Investigate everything you can

    Jump at the opportunity to learn new things

    Keep technology use in perspective

    Laugh whenever you can

    Make key relationships a priority

    Never make the pessimist the dominate voice

    Open your mind to new ideas

    Pride is healthy, arrogance is not

    Quiet time isn’t just for 3 year olds

    Remember where you’ve been but do not dwell

    Sunsets and sunrises are better when not viewed through an app

    Touch is neglected sense-Hug a loved one.

    Understand your weaknesses

    Value your time

    Wishes do come true if you work for them

    Xenophobia is bred from ignorance. Always be learning

    Youths are your chance to teach and inspire a better future

    Zebras are not as cool as Chris Rock

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 12:43 pm on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Countdown to adventure 

    Todays prompt: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/longing-for-gravity/

    my son, my husband, my family, music, real food, the sound of a rainy thunderstorm, the smell of fresh cut grass, going to the beach just to hear the waves crash, taking a walk in the woods, curling up on the couch with a good book and some smelly candles and a glass of wine, lounging on the front porch with a cup of coffee on a Sunday afternoon, watching the ducks in my backyard.

    But what do I get for leaving all that behind?

    I get to go into outerfuckinspace!

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  • dedicatedmommy7710 2:03 pm on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Countdown Begins 

    We’ve been on countdown mode for a little while now.  We’re down to the wire.  One day left of work, three days until “THE BIG DAY”. Dun Dun duuunnnn

    I have so many people telling me to “not sweat the small stuff”, “don’t let the little mishaps ruin your big day”, “Expect things to go wrong because they will”.  It makes me wonder about these people, and whether or not they  know they are talking to ME.  I’d be more apt to get worked up over planning a wedding and making sure everything is perfect if it was for someone else.  For myself…not so much.  Don’t get me wrong I have this quaint little picture in my head of how things are going to look based on what we have planned.  But, if the lights fall down, and the cake is ravaged by precarious little children, and the DJ ends up being a crappy DJ, and it rains….Guess what. Zero shits will be given.  I’ll throw the lights on trees haphazardly, I’ll start a food fight with the kids (making sure to hit the DJ with a big piece of ravaged cake) and start a mud wrestling pit.  This day isn’t about being perfect.  Life isn’t perfect, marriage isn’t perfect, humans aren’t perfect, expectations of perfection will always lead you down a path of disappointment.

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    At the end of the day, I get to walk away with a great new family, a soul mate as a partner for life, and memories good or bad of a day when family and friends came together from near and far to celebrate it all with us.

     

    Well that’s it for now  I’m still going to keep counting down to the wedding, counting down to the vacation after, count down to the day we start building our home together, and enjoy every day of every count.

     

    Blessed Be!

     

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 12:25 pm on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The mess of sixteen 

    The mess of sixteen

    https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/only-sixteen/
    The person I was at 16 you ask? I didn’t know then, and I definitely can’t look back and give you any logical description now. This pretty much sums it up.

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 6:32 pm on March 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , robert greene, self actualization, the road to mastery   

    The road least traveled 

    I haven’t posted in some time now, haven’t even really checked in with WordPress.  Maybe in the past I would have apologized for this; but, I read a blog on here once (Can’t for the life of me remember the overall topic or who it was by) that said: Don’t apologize for not writing.  So I’m not going to.

    Fact is I’ve been busy with life.  Getting married in 31 days, a full-of-wonder 3-year-old at home, and a full-time job with ever mounting responsibilities.  All of these things are fantastic, but leave me with little life left in me at the end of the day!

    Okay on to business.

    I always have so many topics floating through my brain it’s hard to pin one down long enough to talk about it.  Given that most of my “writing” is done while I’m at work and in as much secrecy as possible the possibility of fleshing these ideas out.  I have been doing a lot of reading, and listening to books, and podcasts with guests that are talking about self-development.  Constant and continual progress of self is so vitally important to me, that taking in as much information from others as possible to add to my own repertoire of knowledge is key.

    I decided to write today.  I log in and find our daily prompt : The Happy Wanderer which is of course asking a very generic question regarding travel habits and whether you pack your socks in order of color and have every moment planned out.  (While I do suffer from moments of OCDish tendencies should I ever find myself in a position where I am able to GTFO out of dodge for any period of time I’ll probably just be throwing shit in a suitcase and running away before someone changes their minds and I have to stay!!)  So while this prompt didn’t really speak to me in any real travel abroad and tell stories of the road kind of way…it did lead me to explore the road least traveled, one of self-actualization.  You see I think Maslow had it wrong.

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    I don’t believe self-actualization is the last step in leading a healthy happy life.  I think, if you can’t accept facts, let go of prejudice and realize your inner talents, you will not be able to be completely successful at every thing else you attempt.

    I have just started listening to this book but I highly recommend it. Mastery by Robert Greene.

    So that’s where I am at right now, wandering down a very forgotten road in our society, and absolutely neglected by many in my generation.  I seek to find many questions along the way, and hope to work toward answering some too!

    Cheers~!

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 3:53 pm on February 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beauty, , hindsight, nature, nostalgia, perspective   

    The beauty in hindsight 

    UntitledThis is where I  grew up.

    Rumney, NH

    The Prompt

    The canopy of green in the summer is enormous and with sunlight trickling through the branches it couldn’t be any more serene.  The smell of pine needles and dense forest growth, delicate pink Lady Slippers adorning the forest floor. Ancient rocks and trees long since felled into their current resting place, covered in multitudes of moss varieties.  All this and more could be seen, heard, felt, smelled, touched from the hand-built log cabin we lived in.  Almost a complete self-sustaining lifestyle, with gardens for vegetables and herbs, chickens for eggs, pigs and turkeys raised and slaughtered yearly for meat, in addition to the animals hunted or trapped.  We used wood fires burned in cast iron stoves for heat in the winter, and the very nature of the house kept it cool in the summer.  The beauty of where I was and what I had, was never explained to me, was never emphasized as a kid.  Growing up I HATED this place, this quite little town with one stop light, with one or two corner stores, the typical main street with library, school, and town hall all surrounding a town center.  People worked, in the community, some traveled but not much. The nearest town of any size was 20 min away and there wasn’t much more to do there as a career.

    I hated that my small little town of  1480 people who all knew each other.  Kids we went started school with, we graduated 8th grade with, having been in the same one-building school-house for all 8 years we were more like brothers and sisters than mere classmates.  My first grade teacher was my step fathers first grade teacher and went on to be my little brother’s principle.

    I moved away when I was 18 and have been back only a handful of times.  I live almost 1455 miles away now and oh how I miss it.  I miss the quaint little town that only New England can do.

    UntitledWhere I Live Now

    Fort Pierce, FL

    I look around where I live now and I see a struggling attempt at life.  A renewed “historical downtown” with a fancy courthouse and a theater, a marina with a new boardwalk area only brings life to those who can afford to venture there.  That downtown wasn’t rebuilt to help anyone who lives here, it was built to attract the people from surrounding towns who already have money.  Who roll up their windows and drive a little bit faster until they get to their destination.  Meanwhile once you leave the main street of this downtown area you see the poverty, you see the lack of community.

    I don’t truly live in this town either.  I sleep here, my mail comes here that’s about it.  I work 30 minutes away, my son goes to daycare in the next town and I will move out of this area before he is of age to go to one of the local elementary schools.  My want for a simpler life, surrounded by the comforts and beauty of nature and quiet is shared by my fiance and the plans for our house in the “country” are being drawn up in our heads at the moment, with the strong push toward making a reality the focus of our goals.  It will never be the tree-lined dirt road hidden away from everyone that I had the unknown pleasure of growing up in but I will do my best to make it something we can be proud of and hopefully I be able to give my son the tools to appreciate it for what it is, and what we were trying to do with it.

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 7:20 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Attaining the intangible 

    Today’s daily prompt as many of you know falls in line with the grandiose holiday that is Valentine’s Day.

    Asking us about our first crush, all the typical feelings that are meant to come along with it.

    I don’t ever assume to speak for anyone other than myself and to that here’s my thoughts on the matter from the mindset of where I am now in my life.

    My first crush, my first “love” my first sweaty palms and heart twitterpations don’t even being to compare to what I feel now, and I don’t feel any of those things at all.

    One year three months and 3 days ago I met my soul mate.  I didn’t know then that he was my soul mate.  But it didn’t take long to figure it out.  My now fiance and I met on e-harmony.  Yup that shit really works, if you’re honest with and about yourself.  We got engaged less than a year after we e-met.  Many people may scoff at that, criticize and say how can you possible know you want to spend the rest of your life with someone you have only known for such a short amount of time?  The answer…I know because I am complete. There isn’t some story book fall in love mushy gooshy story to tell, we fell in love with each other and while it may have been fast for someone else it was just right for us.  Nothing has felt this natural and right in my life and I am thankful everyday for all the events in my life that lead up to us meeting.

    Part of what makes us awesome for each other, we both think today is a ridiculous holiday.  We take the time to love and appreciate each year-long and do not need a holiday to remind us.

    Another Blog not included in the Daily Prompt list but related “A Hallmark Holiday” by the beautiful and talented Pikzee

     
    • Pikzee 7:27 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The opinion of society matters not… if it did, I wouldn’t be with my knight in dirty Carhartts! I wish you both a life of love and appreciation. 🙂

    • andy1076 7:29 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m happy to see you found someone through e-harmony! 🙂 I guess I just haven’t gotten around to that huge questionare for my profile lol

      • dedicatedmommy7710 7:32 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It is a rather daunting task! Maybe the cards just haven’t fallen into place for it to be your time to get on there. One day you may have a spark of determination to get it done and who knows what you may find following in that sparks wake 🙂

        • andy1076 7:33 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink

          Here’s hoping! 🙂 Crossing fingers!

  • dedicatedmommy7710 2:47 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Feel Good Friday–It’s the little things 

    Warmth Spreads Through Hospital After Son Leaves Message in Snow | Kids.

    For Sharon Hart, the third day after her chemotherapy treatment for acute myeloid leukemia is always the hardest. That’s when she feels weak and sometimes discouraged.

    “The blood levels are depleted and I get tired and sick to my stomach,” said Hart, of Bolingbrook.

    She was feeling that way Saturday afternoon at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center when she looked out the window and found reason to smile.

     

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    On top of the hospital parking lot, her 14-year-old son William had stomped out a message in newly fallen snow, in letters the length of two cars: HI MOM. The ‘o’ was made into a smiley face.

    When he left the hospital hours later, William and his father and uncle added: GOD BLESS U! The gesture not only lifted Hart’s mood, but warmed the spirits of other patients, families, nurses and doctors as news of the message quickly spread. People posted pictures on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, drawing national attention.

    “My son has never done anything like this before,” said Hart, 48. “He is a very caring child and very loving. … He acted on instinct and from what was in his heart. I’m glad so many people got to see the message and that it touched so many. It shows how big God is.”

    Hart was admitted to Rush after she was diagnosed with leukemia on Feb. 3. William arrived at the hospital to visit her and noticed the expanse of fresh snow on the garage. He stomped out the message, then called his mother and told her to look out the window.

    “I wanted to send her the message because I thought it would brighten her spirits and help her get through this,” said William, a freshman at Bolingbrook High School. “I would love for her to be happy.

    “This has been rough. I’ve been praying a lot and trying to not think about what’s going on so I can do good in school. I keep my hopes up and pray every night that my mommy gets well.”

    With the help of a nurse, Sharon Hart climbed out of bed and opened the blinds. That’s when she saw that he had written, ‘HI MOM.’

    When William left the hospital hours later with his dad and uncle, the three decided they would extend the message to all the patients. It was viewable from the east side of the hospital from the 9th floor to the top of the building.

    “They wanted to write ‘God Bless U All,’ but they ran out of room,” said Deb Song, a spokeswoman for the hospital. So they wrote ‘GOD BLESS U,’ instead.

    William said his first message was specifically for his mother. But after the visit, he thought about all the other families. As he and his father and uncle pushed around the snow with their feet, they noticed people gathering at the windows, waving, jumping and taking photos.

    “It was very cold out there, but I didn’t care,” he said. “I wanted to get it done and let people see it. It’s amazing because just to see people feel happy feels good.”

    A nurse who works the third shift noticed the message because a patient’s daughter was watching the men stomp it in the snow and became emotional.
    When Angela Washek, 26, a registered nurse in the surgical intensive care unit, looked outside, she thought the men were just playing in the snow, she told the hospital staff. Then she realized that they were shaping letters.

    Song said Washek emailed pictures to the medical staff.

    “We don’t always get to see the good side of things in ICU,” Washek said. “People come out of surgery and they are in pain and feeling bad. When they feel better they go to another floor. This gave us a glimpse of people at their best. It boosted our morale, that’s for sure.”

    Within an hour, staff from other parts of the building were coming over to get a peek at the message, Washek said. Then the story went viral.

    “I still can’t believe this,” she said. “People have called from Pittsburgh and Cleveland and said they saw it. People want to care about the good side. A story, even a small one, makes people feel good. We all want to feel good at the end of the day.”

    “We got such an overwhelming response from our doctors, nurses and staff who saw it and thought it was wonderful. The gesture was so simple, but so creative and nice,” Song said.

    By Monday morning, the snow — and the message — had been cleared from the parking, Song said.

    But through photos and stories, the power of the gesture has endured.

    “She said it was really heartwarming, especially since she works with acutely sick patients, which can be tough,” Song said. “The gesture was so simple, but so creative and nice.”

     
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