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Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday, to me!

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on life and the past year. I kept wanting to have some immensely profound “ah-ha moment.” I wanted to have a life-changing realization that will make next year an amazing one sadly, this never happened. However, I did start to notice keywords and patterns that caught my attention they were: patience, passion, career, mortgage, and interior design.

So, instead of writing about wonderful life lessons I’ve learned and how that will influence next year. On the contrary, I’ll be sharing bits and pieces that inspire me and hopefully you too.

Here they are:

1.  Tiny Buddha: How to Master the Art of Fear for a Life of Possibility

2. TED Talks: Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20

3. The Fishy Bowl: Maybe…Don’t Follow Your Passion?

4.  TED Talks: Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

5. OWN Super Soul Sunday

OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) Super Soul Sunday is always inspiring. Every episode I watch I feel as though it is speaking to me and by the end of the hour, I’m energized to go out and conquer the world!

TED Talks are always very inspiring and you can watch them at any time anywhere. There are so many different subject matters and various speakers; it’s a great resource when you’re looking for a little inspiration.

The Fishy Bowl, is a blog I stumble upon, but after reading “Maybe…Don’t Follow Your Passion?” I felt a sense of relief. Kind of like that Glamour magazine page titled: Hey, it’s Ok…  All right focus, as I was saying, the post made me feel better about “finding my passion.” Go check it out!

Tiny Buddha, once again, another great resource for inspiration and wisdom I always find a piece that I can connect with and feel motivated to make a positive change in my life. I especially liked the piece on fear because it made me view fear from a different perspective. Here’s a great quote from that article:

“All growth occurs only when we do something that we have not done before. In the unknown lives the possibility to achieve the impossible.”

So, I leave you with that and cheers to 32!

-CAT

BFF NecklaceI never really understood how some people could only have one or two very close friends. See, I have never had a hard time making friends and for the most part of my life I can say I’ve always been blessed with a large group of close friends (BFF’s). When people would tell me, “just wait and see, the older you get the smaller your circle of friends will become.” I always replied with, “No I don’t think that will ever be the case for me. I am very close to my friends. I can’t see us ever growing apart.”

What I should have said was, never, say never. While I still maintain very close relationships with some of my BFF’s, some even from childhood, I can’t help but to reflect on the fact that as I get older that group of friends is getting smaller.

At times it is disappointing to see how friendships dissolve, but it makes those friendships that still exist a bit stronger and valuable. There comes a point where you realize who sincerely cares about you and has your best interest at heart and vise versa. People who demand your friendship but don’t reciprocate it don’t really add much to your life.

I hate to compare friendships to shoes but I’m going to do it anyway…A good friend is like a comfy chancla. Always comfortable, no matter the situation while flaky friends are like $20 heels, when you first get them you think ooh what a sweet deal, but when the heel breaks on you in the middle of the dance floor on a Friday night, you think, aaaaaaah…my faithful and comfy chanclas would never leave me stranded on the dance floor.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is, while my group of friends is smaller, I appreciate them dearly. See, when it comes to BFF’s it’s the quality that matters not the quantity.

**Cristy**

Do you ever have one of those days where things do not make sense? Or something happens and you wonder, why, what is the point of that?

Actually, the one that really gets to me is when I’ve had a good day; you know my hair is “behaving,” I’m in a great mood, and things seem to be going “my way.” Then, I find out someone I knew, or a relative of a friend/co-worker/colleague (you fill in the blank) passed away or had a horrible accident. An instance like the above, I can’t help but feel as though life just paused. I seriously feel the need to stop. Pause. And ask myself, “Wait, is this true?”

I find it strange how some of us can be having an amazing day and at another end of the world (or across town to make it more relevant) someone is under an immeasurable amount of pain. That’s life for ya!

Why? How come life is so inexplicable and/or complicated at times? Like I said, some things just don’t make sense, but I guess that is all part of our journey in this place we call Planet Earth and this ride we call life.

When I am having “one of those days” I go to my trusted sources of inspiration (or comfort), which I will share a few with you.

Music!

I am currently loving the Kelly Clarkson single, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” When I hear, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller. Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone,” something inside of me just wants to jump up, pump my right hand in the air, and yell out “WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STONGER!” Yes, I’m a firm believer in that line!

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”

Nature!

Something about seeing an awesome sunset with all the fiery reds, gold’s, and purples really soothes me.

Sunset

Sunset over lake

And of course I cannot forget about these few: Ice Cream, a glass of red wine, or chocolate really helps make things better.

What are some of your sources of inspiration or comfort?

~~Cat~~

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