June 13, 2010

Sunday Wrap-Up

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 9:57 pm by Gina

Hi loves,

So here goes another Sunday Wrap-Up!

Sunday is probably my favorite day of the week. It has proven to be the only day of the week I typically have for just me. Many people don’t like Sunday’s because that means the weekend is over, it is the start to another long work week. I completely understand. Often I have a lot of work to do on Sundays- little odds and ends to catch up on. Still, I find that I can do them in my own, lazy manner, with plenty of reading and random lounging sprinkled in. I prefer to think of Sundays as a rehabilitation type of day, not the start to another long work week, but the end of a great one.

OU in Springtime. Photo courtesy of Anna Weisheimer

1) This is my first Sunday of Summer. I finished my first year of college and start work tomorrow morning. It all seems to be happening very fast, but I thought I would share this lovely poem by Mary Oliver that I came across:

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

What a perfect poem to read and ponder on a Sunday afternoon!! Tell me becauseiamawoman readers, “What is it you plan to do / With your one wild and precious life? Let us know!! It is something everyone should ask themselves (and not just in a “get your life together with a good job etc” kind of way)

Also I apologize for the different style this Sunday, I just felt that this was more than enough to think about, without the other 2 or 3 thoughts of the week. Hope you don’t mind!

Happy Sunday!
~Gina

P.S. Congratulations to my Aunt Gina (and my namesake) who is officially retiring on June 24th after 25 years in the same company. She can now live a part of her dream as “a stay at home farm wife and mother to my critters.” I love you Aunt Gina!!

May 31, 2010

Sunday Wrap Up

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 2:46 am by Gina

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend! The weather is beautiful and if you feel anything like I have lately you needed this weekend! I hope you took some time to relax! 🙂

1. This blog, ColorMeKatie, by freelance photographer and street artist Katie Sokoler has so much feel-good art its sure to life your spirits! In one post she admits, “Many people in my family suffer from depression. It’s one of the main reasons I decided to become a photographer. I wanted to create colorful, positive, feel good images.” I think it works! And her style is so fun! For instance she painted her walls white so that she could continually change the background of her room with paper or paint etc. Another one of my favorites is her “thought bubble” work. Check it out!

2. This is a tumbler page that I stumbled upon via facebook (because I’m a big creeper) of my friend Erin’s work. She is in her second year at Columbus College of Art and Design and I am completely fascinated by her, and all the friends I have who followed their passion and went to an art school!! Fascinated and maybe a little bit jealous too 🙂

3. This is a little random (ok a lot random) but I thought it was appropriate, or at the very least funny. Recently my friend reintroduced me to my xanga (like an online diary similar to blogs.) I wrote on my xanga all through eighth grade and freshman year and the posts are often hilarious. One post I found while rereading my long lost online diary had this list, something I thought could be found at becauseiamawoman. It made me laugh to think that in many ways I haven’t changed much, despite all the years since.

“Obvious but overlooked things that life offers that make ME happy-
Optimists, Non-profit organizations, Constellations, Babies, Smiles!!, Music!!!!, Complements, Nature, Aromatherapy, Sleeeeeeep, Eating healthy, Swinging, Singing!!, Meditating, Trying new things, Waving to people, Laughing!

Some of the not so obvious things that life as to offer that makes me happy-
(Remember this is not obvious, usual things lol)

Sour patch kid, candy bars (homemade!), Silk bugs (they make silk and silk is awesome), Commercial jingles, Sparkles and colors, Smiles!!, Light, Breezes on hot days, Free Will, Emotions, Books, Dry-Erase boards, Flavored ice-cubes, Watermelon, Clouds in the shape of things, Very unique personalities, Tie-dyed things, Disney movies!!

This is just a short list. lol I had fun. and that made me happy also!! lol comment on what u think or if u have anything to add, remember I tried to steer clear of the obvious friends and family type thing because everyone knows that makes them happy.

-Tuesday July 26th 2005”

haha woooow. please excuse the use of the letter “u” in replace of the word “you,” I was 14!! haa Anyway feel free to add to either list! It’s fun and a sure way to get you thinking positively!

Remember to thank any veterans you know or love! My prayers go out to both my grandpas 🙂

Love, Gina

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

May 3, 2010

Sunday Wrap-up!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 2:56 am by Gina

Hi loves,

I’ve decided to add another weekly theme post. yay! Too often throughout the week I come across countless inspiring/interesting/positive stories that do not get posted either because they are not particularly for or about women, or because they are not big enough to merit an entire entry. My answer to this? Sunday Wrap-ups! Every Sunday I will post links of articles or pictures or anything that I feel needs to be shared! I’ll give a brief summary of them and you can click and choose at your own will!

So here goes:

1. This post from my favorite blog site, Superforest, takes a little bit to get to the main story of Kevin Hines and his amazing second chance but the point made in the beginning is worth paying attention to. Often when we think of a happy life or an inspirational story, we mistake that to mean that every moment has to be happy and positive, when we all know this is not the case. Life has its ups and downs and in the words of the author, “it is important to remember that sometimes the greatest inspiration comes from the moments of deepest despair.”

2. Time magazines “A brief history of cougars” is a fun photo essay about women over 40 who are interested in younger men. This link just has 17 pictures and is a great way to destress a little! Catherine the Great’s lover was 40 years younger!! Who wouldn’t want to know that? haha

3. Ok ok, its an article I wrote. BUT not only was it written by a woman (me) it is ABOUT a remarkable woman, Dr. Mary Anne Flournoy. The article definitely isn’t without its flaws, but focus on the life of Dr. Flournoy, as she truly has contributed in nearly every justice issue we face. Whether it was discrimination, politics, poverty, or the environment, she has been an activist for it. Cross your fingers that we will have a blog post learning more about this amazing woman, particularly with her work for women in politics!

Thats all for now! Have an AMAZING week loves!

~Gina