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Move Along- the Best Option

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

city scene“Move along, you don’t fit in.” If you heard this when you were eight years old, you would be crushed. They don’t want you in their game or to be part of their club. Childhood is not a time when you want to stand out. Your most important goal is to fit in.

You’re not eight years old anyone. Are you still trying to fit in?

Super Bowl mania took over the airways this past weekend. Football fan or not, you had to watch it if only for those commercials, right? How could you face your friends and coworkers if you didn’t even know the final score?

How many things do you do because you feel like you have to? It’s expected…if you want to fit in.

 What if every choice you made was based only on your own opinion?

If no one else cared or would even ask if you watched the Super Bowl, would you still watch it? Or would you choose to spend your time doing something you really enjoy?

There are consequences for not fitting in. You move along- to something better. You enjoy YOUR life!

“People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.”  Warren G. Bennis

It’s True. It’s Blue.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Close your eyes and imagine a calm and restful place. Mmmm. What color did you see in your mind? Chances are, a soothing blue colored your thoughts of a perfect place for respite.

Sailboat Under Blue Skies off the Florida CoastA cloudless blue sky.

Gently rolling waves of blue.

We are accustomed to associate blue with positive feelings of contentment and tranquility. That’s why the color blue is often used in the branding by companies that seek to inspire your trust in them, such as banks that want to put you at ease when dealings with them.

If you want others to feel relaxed and receptive when around you, wear blue clothing. You will appear more approachable and friendlier than if you choose to wear stoic black.

So it is with the month of August. Who doesn’t relish the comfortable days of August? The rainbow hue of blue that describes this month reminds us to enjoy the fleeting days of summer.

Relax while you can. You’ve waited all year for this time of vacation, walks on the beach hearing sounds of lapping waves, lying back in the grass to behold the immenseness of the brilliant blue sky.

It’s not too late to grasp your blue heaven on earth.

It’s true. It’s blue.


“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”    e.e. cummings



Doesn’t It Feel Good?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

If you wanted to make someone feel good, how would you accomplish that? Instead of trying to imagine what another person would enjoy, think first about what makes you feel good.

Everyone has their peculiarities. They like mustard on pretzels. Or prefer the color green instead of red. Wine tops beer every time. But consider the similarities we share. What makes you feel good?

      Being called by your name.

      Getting a sincere compliment.

      Receiving an unexpected gift.

All simple gestures that feel wonderful and boost you self esteem. What everyone likes is to be noticed and appreciated. How many times in your day could you make the effort to remember someone's name and repeat it back to them? When you notice that a person looks great wearing a particular color, why not tell them? Next time you see a little something in the store and think to yourself, "she would love that," add it to your purchases and make her day.

What do you like?

To feel good. Pass it on.


"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around"

Leo Buscaglia

Late or Lingering

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Late summer….I've heard that description of the season so many times this week. But it's only mid August. 

Back in the day, the lazy days of summer lasted until school started, always after Labor Day. Technically summer ends on the Autumnal Equinox during the third week of September. That's more than a month away. 

So what's the rush?

Is it a symptom of our obsession with the future?

When not lamenting days gone by, our thoughts turn to what's to come. We assemble a cast of people, scenery and events that we believe will or could happen.

Real or imagined future, our thoughts manifest as the feelings we experience. Are you looking forward to something with happy anticipation? Those future thoughts feel good. 

Most commonly our thought projections of the future turn into feelings of anxiety or dread. We rehearse the scene of our upcoming performance over and over, perfecting feelings that do not feel good.

That's not the way champions rehearse their future. They imagine only the best for themselves, and use the present moment to perfect their craft.

Why not savor each delicious day of summer that's left? You have thirty six days to go.

Pick a summer activity for each of these golden days and practice living in the now. It may be sitting in your yard with a refreshing drink. Take a walk and notice the verdant green and touches of gold in the trees. Put your bare feet in the sand. Watch a magnificent sunset.

Do all those things that mean summer to you. What will it be? I haven't run through the sprinkler….yet.

It's not late summer….it's lingering.

Enjoy this Day!

It is the summer's great last heat,
It is the fall's first chill: They meet.
–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Everything in Life Happens for a Reason

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Everything in life happens for a reason. If you're struggling to discover why the current state of the economy is the way it is, think of it this way. This experience may hold a lesson for you.

Focus on all you have and how to enjoy it. Instead of getting the next new thing, it's OK to work with what you have, in your home and in your closet. Discover how to see things in a new way.

A simple way to see things differently is to take a photo. Just like looking at a picture of a room in a magazine, when you observe your own space in a photo, it distances you enough to be more objective. You see things you didn't notice while standing in the room.

The colors, the arrangement of the furniture, picture placement on the walls- what stands out? What obviously needs updating?

It could be a simple fix, like a can of paint, to create a color focus in your room. Or try moving a large piece of furniture to another wall. Relocate pictures and accessories from room to room. You will notice beautiful nuances you have overlooked for years.  

The photo technique works equally as well for your wardrobe. Try on an outfit in good lighting and snap the picture. When you see a photo of yourself it's easier to tell if that color or style is flattering.

Does the look reflect the real you? If not, declutter your closet and pass the item along to someone else.

Maybe the color is good, but something is missing. Experiment by adding some long forgotten jewelry. You probably have something in the bottom of a drawer from another decade. It may just be back in style.

As life observer, Wayne Dyer, reminds us, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Gain a new appreciation for all you have and enjoy your new perspective!

A Taste of Summer

Friday, July 13th, 2012

There are sights that say summer, like fireflies flitting through the darkness of a warm summer night. Sounds, like crickets echoing off the nearby lake. But to describe the taste of this season, it has to include the sweet flavor of a fresh black cherry.

The limited harvest in Northern Michigan this year makes these plump and tasty morsels all the better to savor. Biting into the deep, richly colored, glossy skin rewards your mouth with a unique and refreshing flavor. 

Pity you if  these delectable treats are not found at a farm market or grocery store near you. Enjoy the the pleasure of this sight instead and I'll enjoy a few extra cherries for you!

Tell me what summer treats you are savoring now.

Day Five of the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

 The timing is perfect for day five of the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge, coming up on Father's Day. I am blessed to still have my father in my life and I will spend the day with him on Sunday.

I am grateful for his guidance and love, yes, but what I appreciate most about my dad is the way he enhances every life he touches. No one is a stranger to him and he is always generous with his hugs. He loves life and tries his best to make sure you do too.

Enjoy your father today and every day. If he is no longer with you, remember the positive about him and the good he brought into this world- You.

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Mary Ellen Lapp reveals how the colors we wear, and the colors that surround us, even the color of the car we drive, impact out self image and affects how we are seen by the people around us.

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