Jan 11 2014

So, New Year’s comes but once a year. That’s about all I can stomach.  All of this looking to the future and re-creating myself takes its toll.

I try to maintain a low profile, pretend it’s just another time of year and wait until it all blows over, along with the resolutions of the “do-gooders.” Unfortunately though, this last year, because I roomed with Laurel Regan and Sabrina Lovejoy at BlogHer ’13, it’s been harder for me to maintain my low standards of performance. Note to self: Don’t ever room with movers and shakers.

Sabrina & Laurel Networking at BlogHer ’13

From the beginning, I was odd man out. “Let’s go here,” they said. “Let’s go there,” they said. “Let’s get up early in the morning and take in every networking opportunity at night,” they said. But, I just put my pillow over my head, and waiting long enough, could hear them go out the door, frolicking off to their next adventure. Leisurely mornings and Grumpy Cat levels of non-performance were my preferred specialty. But, gradually, totally against my will, I have been influenced thoughout the last year in ways I never would have anticipated.

Kitty Surpassing My Level of Activity

I have found that Sabrina, whom I call “Pastor Lovejoy,” covers the spiritual plane. She spreads common sense goodness on her web site and blog, “Much Needed Advice for Women,” while holding court on Facebook, Twitter and BlogHer with a zillion devotees. Sabrina is ready to comfort the lost deniers of reality by Tweeting and posting at all hours of the night and day, offering unconditional love and guidance.

 Taking Stock of My Emotions with Sabrina

Laurel seems more of the physical world, manipulating art media and touting organizational skills to define and document every day existence. She creates, in a disciplined way, making small things of beauty seem monumental. Laurel has introduced the world to her trained eye, on her web site and blog, “Alphabet Salad,” with Tangles, continuously posted articles and photographs. While sending updates to Instagram, Chatter, BlogHer and the Library of Congress, Laurel insures little things will be seen in radiant beauty, not forgotten.

Learning Office Supplies are Beautiful with Laurel

And so, because of Sabrina’s unwelcomed good influences, I have started Tweeting uplifting sayings and having a totally unintended positive attitude. Because of Laurel, I take photographs of office supplies and my cats in various, heartwarming poses. And, now, as you can see, I am attempting a January NaBloPoMo, once again, walking in their footsteps. Not exactly following their levels on punctuality, but baby steps, baby steps.

My Cat Will Take on all Cuteness Comers.

And so, when Laurel promptly posted, “My Blogging Bucket List,” I grabbed a pen to copy and emulate eveything she’s planning on doing. I know whatever it is, those are the right things to do. But, geese! Halfway through, I got tired and quit. I couldn’t even complete writing down Laurel’s Bucket List.

And, reading Sabrina’s glory-luscious New Year’s Eve Post, “Happy New Year – My Prayer for You,” I realized I’d have to keep myself on the spiritual straight and narrow for a month of Sunday schools, which made me nervous, feeling not quite up to all of that goodness.

So, finally, I realized the best way to come up with a 2014 Bucket List of my own was to keep it short and sweet. Just be more like Laurel and Sabrina and leave it at that.

Because, like I said, when you’re headed for greatness, it takes baby steps, baby steps.

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Jan 02 2012

The older I get, the better I understand Ben Franklin
saying “a penny saved is a penny earned.”

Whenever I feel a need to jump start my financial situation, I turn to self-help authors, although I have been “self-helping” myself so long, I should probably have written self-help books by now. Even so, I like to bring in new ideas and feel bolstered in my efforts at improvement by listening to voices of authority. I never get tired of “going to school.” I suppose that does make me a perpetual student, but I’m not offended by that term.

At any rate, after watching all sorts of experts from all sorts of places, it seems the best advice to be found is to spend less than you make, or make more than you spend. In addition, it seems the only sure fire way to make money is to save it, by setting aside some of whatever it is I can bring in. I’ve decided even if I’m just saving  spare change in a sugar bowl, the old time symbol of frugal housewifery, I will be better off tomorrow, thanks to my efforts today.

Sugar bowls, all shapes and sizes, have traditionally been
a safe haven for women’s household emergency money.

I like the female energy of saving in a sugar bowl. I like female traditions handed down since kitchens have had cupboards. Connecting to a long line of women who have known how to control that which they could control, makes me feel more solid. And sugar bowls are so profoundly beautiful, whimsical, floral, Scandinavian, elegant and retro that there is something for everyone, no matter what the inner saver may require to get motivated.

The sugar bowl is a secret place hidden away in what, for most of history, has been a women’s refuge, the kitchen. There is no reason why, as we grab a briefcase to go out to the morning commute, this tender tradition can’t continue. Handy change for needy moments, right there, ready to go and only we know where it is, or that it even exists.

Anne is author of the blog, Sugar Bowl Mix

Speaking of sugar bowls, I joined www.BlogHer.com in November 2011, and have been enjoying the contact with female bloggers. On BlogHer, there is a particular blogger who carries on the female tradition of the sugar bowl. A blog called Sugar Bowl Mix posted by Anne, was one of the blogs that got me interested in BlogHer in the first place. Anne understands the tradition of the sugar bowl and has a great anecdote about a family sugar bowl that she shares here.

Anne’s lovely heirloom sugar bowl has a cute story.

But! Anne hasn’t blogged since October, 2011, and I miss her! Maybe she is tired of the demands of blogging, after all, she’s been at it since 2009. Or, maybe she needs to hear from her reading public that we miss her. Whatever the reason, I want to start an e-mail shower for Anne at Sugar Bowl Mix right here, right now.

Would you help?

You can write Anne and tell her she’s missed by
sending an e-mail to: Anne(at)sugarbowlmix(dot)com

 

To visit Anne’s blog, click this button:

Be sure and write and let Anne know we want
  more stories from and about the sugar bowl.

 

If you need more money to put in your sugar bowl, this
series of positive thinking lectures by Napoleon Hill
is captivating. See what you think.

 

NaBloPoMo January 2012



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