July 22, 2010

manKIND

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 10:43 pm by Gina

Hi loves,

How do you want to be remembered? This is the opening question to the beautiful, insightful, and bubbly video by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. As the video acknowledges, it is a “whopping” question. Still, it raises some thoughts about how we live currently, and how that will affect the way we are remembered.

So, as an interactive way to do this post, I want to hear your acts of kindness! What have you observed? What have you done? What has been done to you? Big or small, tell your acts of kindness! One act, two, a dozen! Send us a story or make a list (a favorite thing for becauseiamawoman) and we will share the kindness for everyone as a reminder of the economics of kindness in our world.

I realize it can be difficult to think of an example of a positive human interaction, but it doesn’t have to be anything grand or anything small- just kind.

Some examples to encourage you to share:
– Allowing a semi that needs to get over room to do so, without speeding by or getting frustrated
– Watering the flowers for a neighbor
– The bracelet another counselor made me just in time for my last day of work
– Random comments on my facebook wall that make me smile
– Cracking jokes with the overworked Subway employee

We all know the benefits of thinking of positive things- so take some time out to do it and share it with becauseiamawoman! “What have you filled the world with?”

~Gina Marie

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May 18, 2010

I Feel Beautiful When…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:16 pm by Gina

Ciao everyone!

This “Finish The Sentence Tuesday” is a hard one for me, so I figured it was perfect! Sometimes forcing yourself it’s necessary and beneficial to think about things like this and to confront yourself with something positive instead of negative. I don’t know what makes me feel beautiful when asked right away, as I’m sure many of you don’t- but give it a try!

I feel beautiful when…
1. I’m not thinking about my body at all, and just enjoying the moment for once
2. I’m laying with the person I love
3. I’m doing something I know I’m good at.
LASTLY:
4. When I’m smiling!!

This list is certainly not all-inclusive, but they were some instances I thought of that I tried to have the guts to share! So let me hear you! Even if you don’t want to comment and share, I encourage you to think of the moments when you feel most beautiful, because like I said, its important to realize that and to realize that you ARE beautiful! Love you!

~Gina

p.s. For those of you who are new or just for a general recap: “Finish The Sentence Tuesday” is exactly what it sounds like. We’ll choose a sentence and we wanna hear your ending! As always, if you have an idea/sentence/anything- comment! let us know and we will probably use it for a Tuesday! Thanks!

May 16, 2010

Sunday Wrap-Up

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 11:32 pm by Gina

Well hello,

After an eventful and hilarious weekend with three of my best friends I can honestly say I wish it wasn’t time for a sunday wrap up yet. Unfortunately it is so take some time to enjoy these random tidbits before you start your Monday:

1. This truly is random, but I follow this blog a lot. I don’t typically like ones that are diary-like but the “I Am Being” often force me to think about things differently and definitely has a unique perspective. Not to mention that the writer is living a life I would love to have and can easily envision.

2. This article I found through the recently mentioned Catalyst website. “The truth about a mother’s role in her daughter’s success,” its conclusion is why I decided to include it in sunday wrap up. I also liked the quote “My rebelliousness fuels me.”

3. The “Before I Die I Want To….” Project. Created by Nicole Kenney and ks rives, this project asks people all across the US as well as India what they want to do before they die, then a polaroid is snapped and 5, 10, 20 years later the creators find the person and ask if they have completed or are working on their goal. This project has many facets to it but as someone who adores lists and has a Bucket List of her own (maybe Ill share it someday!) I found the concept fascinating!

Have a great week loves!
~Gina

March 18, 2010

Lonely Glasses!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 10:35 am by Gina

Hi all!

Well, finals week is nearly over, thank goodness!! And in my brain-is-fried, just-want-to-be-home, procrastinating state of mind I stumbled over something pleasant and unique! They are “lonely glasses” from Jess Atkinson, a designer based in Toronto, Canada.

In the words of the designer they are, “a pair of non-prescription glasses that function as an anti-lonely device, giving the user the feeling of being surrounded by people when worn.”

I love the simplicity and goofiness! Anytime you’re feeling lonely just put them on and your loved ones will surround you 🙂

Have you ever stumbled across anything that is simply “feel good” stuff? We would love it if you shared!! Websites, stories, random-everyday things, anything! My personal list includes picture texts of my nephew, finding great new music, chocolate milk and pennies on heads, among others.

Here’s to finding joy in the little things!

~Gina

March 2, 2010

Yes! 10 Things That Will Make You Very Happy :)

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 10:27 pm by Gina

Hi ladies!

I feel like I haven’t talked (…written) to any of you in far too long! So to start off March (a very important month for becauseiamawoman- it’s National Women’s History Month!!) I thought I’d do another list!

This list comes from Yes! Magazine’s website, an “award-winning, ad-free, nonprofit publication that supports people’s active engagement in building a just and sustainable world” and to inspire people to say Yes!
Researchers have studied people all over the world to determine how things affect our well-being and happiness. This is their list of 10 scientifically proven strategies to HAPPY!

1. Savor Everyday Moments
2. Avoid Comparisons
3. Put Money Low on the List
4. Have Meaningful Goals
5. Take Initiative at Work
6. Make Friends, Treasure Family
7. Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like It
8. Say Thank You Like You Mean It
9. Get Out and Exercise
10. Give It Away, Give It Away Now!

For explanations of these strategies click here, or check out the fun (and printable) pdf!

The number one thing that struck me was the obviousness of these tips. We all know these things right? We live hectic lifestyles and yet that moment that forces you to center yourself is more powerful, no matter how insignificant the moment. We know how much money and money worries can stress us, yet living beyond our means has somehow replaced “living the American Dream.” Far too often we go through our days, at work or with friends or family as if praying for the next day (I am hugely guilty of this.) We know if we lived with passion and gratitude towards our work, family and friends than smiling would come much easier. The benefits of exercise are known to all, I am sure, but my favorite strategy is number 10. This is the explanation they give for it,

“Make altruism and giving part of your life, and be purposeful about it. Researcher Stephen Post says helping a neighbor, volunteering, or donating goods and services results in a “helper’s high,” and you get more health benefits than you would from exercise or quitting smoking. Listening to a friend, passing on your skills, celebrating others’ successes, and forgiveness also contribute to happiness, he says. Researcher Elizabeth Dunn found that those who spend money on others reported much greater happiness than those who spend it on themselves.”

So true!! Now tell me what your favorite strategy is, or which one you struggle with the most. What event/habit/person prevents you from committing to these things everyday? I’d love to hear what you have to say and Happy Women’s History Month!!

Love,
Gina Marie