50 Things I’m Grateful For… Summer 2014 Edition

It’s become an annual tradition at the CCC blog to list 50 unique “things” that I’m currently grateful for. It makes me think and reminds me how blessed I am. The first 50 Things I’m Grateful For post published in May 2012, a month after the blog started, and was an immediate hit. The follow-up post, 50 (More) Things I’m Grateful For, debuted in July of last year. Combined, the posts have generated over 80 responses and interactions. I would love for you to join in the fun and add your list to the comments or on your own blog.

Here we go, 2014 edition:

1) Working, reading or relaxing on the hammock in my back yard
2) My reusable cup from Starbucks (and the espresso that goes in it)
3) Cool clients
4) New opportunities
5) How everything tends to work out in the long run
6) A beautiful summer day
7) My parents
8) Technology that allows me to work virtually anywhere
9) Netflix — so I can watch my favorite 80s shows!
10) Boots and flip flops

11) Muscle cars (late 60s/early 70s are the best)
12) Learning how to rig, fix and “make things work”
13) The number 13, which has always been a favorite of mine (along with black cats)
14) Catching a ball game at the park on a summer day (and keeping score)
15) Four Days in October (the best ESPN 30 for 30 ever)
16) The American Red Cross for saving lives and giving people hope
17) My strong platelet count, which allows me to help others
18) Clean drinking water (which so many people around the world need)
19)  Animal prints
20) Trails to run on

21) New Balance for making running shoes that fit my w  i  d  e  feet
22) Nail polish in every color
23) Those moments that become memories
24) A sense of humor
25) Tree houses
26) City water & sewer (greatest advancement in my lifetime!)
27) Sports… to watch, root for, analyze and discuss
28) The opportunity to help others
29) The dog I’m finally going to adopt
30) My business

31) Listening to the waterfall in my back yard
32) Planting flowers and landscaping
33) Creating (projects, art, campaigns, marketing collateral, stories, etc.)
34) Firefighters, EMS personnel and first responders
35) Different perspectives, opinions and points of view
36) Our local homeless shelter (and so much more)
37) Planes — for opening up a whole, new world to us (especially the one that will take me to Italy one day)
38) The ability to think
39) Swings at the local park
40) Vegetarian enfrijoladas

Enfrijoladas with egg, avocado and onion from Chef Jaime at la casa de Shine. #vegetarian #foodie

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41) A tasty mojito on a patio
42) A good book that teaches, inspires or draws you into another world
43) Felt tip pens and notebooks
44) Dry erase boards and sticky notes
45) My Citizen Eco-Drive watch that keeps me on time (well, as much as it can)
46) Random acts of kindness
47) Fresh fruits and vegetables
48) My blender that whips up some delicious green smoothies
49) Gorgeous sunsets
50) My climbing ability (necessary when you’re ‘fun-sized’)

There’s my 50. What are yours? Chime in below or share your list on your blog. With all of the negativity in the world, let’s talk about what we’re grateful for!

The feel of fresh cut grass between your toes... #WHPappreciateEarth #countrygirl #nature #spring #barefoot

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Usually barefoot, always thinking and forever grateful,
Jaime

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I’m Sorry… Will You Read This?

I hate to bother you but could you do me a favor and read my blog post? Sorry to interrupt but I’d love to hear your feedback. I really don’t want to be a pain. Does this sound like you?

Do you walk around and apologize all of the time? Even when you haven’t done anything wrong?

 

You may be doing this without even realizing it, like I was. Then I saw the above Pantene ad entitled Not Sorry, and it made me think about my interactions, both professional and personal. While this issue is more common to women, it can affect anyone.

Here’s the problem: constantly apologizing makes you appear unsure of yourself and weak — two things you don’t want to project in the business world (or life for that matter). It also leaves others with the impression that you’re always messing up, which you’re not.

So if you make a mistake, apologize for it. If not, leave the apologizing to someone else.

Related Reading: I’m Sorry, but Women Really Need to Stop Apologizing

Don’t Be Sorry, Chime In!

Do you find yourself always apologizing when you haven’t done anything wrong?

How do you think people will treat you differently when you stop apologizing all the time?

Are strong, assertive women labeled as aggressive or bossy?

 

Thanks for reading!

Jaime

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What’s your stress reliever?

the view in Athens, OH

In the middle of a harried day, I just gaze at my computer. This is my view.

Water soothes me. As I noted in a previous post, it doesn’t matter what kind — fresh, salted, chlorinated or bath. It calms me down in the middle of a frenzy and makes any day better.

So what soothes you?

p.s. Enjoy the view.

Cheers,
Jaime

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How amazing can you be?

How amazing can you be?

Wisdom from the amazing Dr. Maya Angelou, an inspiration to us all. Rest in peace. Your words and actions will continue to have a positive impact for years to come. You truly were a phenomenal woman.

Phenomenal Woman
by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

For more on this amazing woman, check out Honoring Global Renaissance Woman Maya Angelou by Ahh The Simple Life.

It’s All About Perspective

You’re having a heated discussion with a client, your boss or a co-worker, and you absolutely know that you’re right and they’re wrong. How can they not see it?

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An office view… from the 6th floor. You probably wouldn’t notice the patterns on the carpet if you were walking on it. It’s for those with a bird’s eye view.

It’s funny. Situations (and the world, for that matter) seem so black and white until you change your perspective or look at it from someone else’s point of view. Remember, there’s always two (and sometimes more) points of view on every matter.

You may think your boss or a client is so difficult to work with until you become a boss or a client. Suddenly, some of their actions and thought processes begin to make sense (and sometimes they’re just difficult to work with).

Changing your perspective isn’t always about getting along with someone. Have you ever been struggling with writer’s block or stumped for a solution to a complex problem? Change your perspective… literally. If you work in a cubicle at a corporate office, duck into a conference room. If you work from a home office, head to a coffee shop. If you’re sitting in a chair, try standing or sitting on the floor. It may sound strange, but changing your perspective can inspire fresh ideas, solutions and results.

So the next time you’re struggling with a situation, change your perspective. It could change everything. 

What’s your perspective?

How have you changed your perspective to solve a problem?

How can you change your perspective (view point, surroundings, etc.) in the future to deal with a difficult situation?

Want another perspective? Check out this awesome post on the subject by Lance Wyllie.

p.s. I kicked this post around in my head for a few hours until I took my laptop out to my back patio. A cool breeze, sunshine and a green smoothie made the words flow.

Listening to the birds chirp,
Jaime

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