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#BloggiteBits-Live F.U.L.L.Y.

Live F.U.L.L.Y.: Flourish in challenges, Unique outlook, Love unconditionally, Look for the humor, Youthful exuberance

#BloggiteBits-Live Fully
Live F.U.L.L.Y.

When you wake up in the morning, do you ever say, “Today I am going to live life fully to the best of my abilities!”?  Nah, I am sure you don’t, but what if you tried that one day?  In this installment of the ABCs of encouragement with the #BloggiteBits Campaign, I am going to challenge you to Live F.U.L.L.Y. each day of your life: Flourish in challenges, Unique outlook, Love unconditionally, Look for the humor, & Youthful exuberance.

Flourish in challenges: As crazy as this statement sounds, it is possible to flourish in challenges faced in your life.  Everyone has a choice when they are faced with something that is unfamiliar and challenging to them.  Those choices are to wither away and hide or face the fear and flourish.  Anytime you find yourself faced with a challenge, think of how you can turn the negative aspect of the challenge into something that is positive.  By finding the positive in a challenge, you allow yourself to look outside the proverbial box and flourish within that challenge.  Flourishing in a challenge could be something as simple as getting through it to the other side with minimal damage.  It can also mean getting through the challenge a stronger, more confident person than you were.  Either way, you still beat that challenge because it did not defeat you; you flourished because you defeated it.

Unique outlook: Most people who are living life fully have a unique outlook on it.  They are the ones that always seem to fight the status quo and find their own way.  To live life fully, you need to change your perception of what life should be and begin to make it what you want it to be.  Having a unique outlook in life just means to question everything.  Question why you are here, in this situation, at this precise moment in time.  By questioning the ‘norm’ you will begin to create your own unique outlook.  Once you have that unique outlook created, you will begin to truly live life fully.

Love unconditionally: We have all heard this phrase.  Loving unconditionally is hard for many people.  It is very rare to find someone willing to do something without any strings attached in this day and age.  The “me” mentality of people cause them to always look for some kind of leverage in all situations to make it beneficial to them.  In order to live fully in life, you need to stop thinking with the “me” mentality and trying to find what is in it for you.  Being able to love unconditionally frees a person because they are not waiting for the pay off, they are just living life fully.  Learning to love unconditionally takes practice and will challenge the most emotionally aware person out there.  If you do learn to love unconditionally, you will find yourself feeling freer than you have ever felt before and this freedom will begin to help you live life fully.

Look for the humor: People are waaaayyyy too serious.  Did you know that every situation has a humorous side to it?  No matter how bleak life may seem, look for the humor in it.  Laughter truly is the best medicine for the seriousness of life and when you look for the humor in life you begin to live fully in the moment.  Humor in serious situations does not take away from what is going on nor does it mean you do not realize the importance of the situation.  Looking for the humor is a good release for most people.  By breaking up the mood with something positive and humorous, no matter how fleeting, you will find that you are a bit more relaxed and able to cope better.

Youthful exuberance: This suggestion may seem off for the subject of living fully, but I feel having a youthful exuberance about life helps you live fully.  Think back on your childhood.  Were you carefree and excited about finding out what the day held for you when you first woke up?  Now, think about how you feel when you wake up as an adult.  Do you still feel that excitement about what lies ahead?  Probably not.  Having a youthful exuberance about life helps you look forward to whatever is in store for you each day.  Making yourself view life with a youthful exuberance each day will help you begin to live fully.

~4-Ever, P

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#BloggiteBits-Embrace T.I.M.E.

Embrace T.I.M.E.: Technology is secondary, Interact face-to-face, Mute distractions, Exist in real-time

#BloggiteBits-Embrace Time
Embrace T.I.M.E.

Time.  Such a fleeting thing in our lives today.  We never have enough time to do anything, or do we?  On this installment of the ABCs of encouragement with the #BloggiteBits Campaign, I want everyone to slow down with me and Embrace T.I.M.E. on a different, old school level: Technology is secondary, Interact face-to-face, Mute distractions, & Exist in real-time.

Technology is secondary: Yes, I said it, TECHNOLOGY IS SECONDARY.  In this fun age of technology where we all want to have the latest and greatest new ‘toys’ out there to play with, we have lost sight of our human counterparts.  Embracing time with others does not include staying wired in.  When you are with another, put down the phone, tablet, computer, watch, etc. and look at the person you are with and communicate with your WORDS…LOL  I know, old school, but it is the best way to cultivate relationships you find dear to you or relationships you want to grow.

Interact face-to-face: Yes, I am requesting you SEE the world around you and look it head on.  I know, face-to-face interactions can be awkward, uncomfortable, and downright physically painful if you are not used to it, but get used to it.  Nothing beats seeing the reaction in the eyes and face of the person you are talking to when you tell them great news that you have to share!  It is amazing how simple face-to-face eye contact will change your whole demeanor throughout the day.  Old school talking…egad! Try it, you might like it.

Mute distractions: Distractions come in many forms in our daily lives, from TV to computers to other human beings, distractions are hard to avoid.  When you are spending time with someone, make sure to spend that time in a location with minimal or no distractions to either one of you.  If you cannot ignore the phone vibrating in your pocket, turn it off or put it on silence.  That is a simple distraction that causes lots of issues.  Make sure you are not distracted when engaging someone one-on-one, it will make the visit that much more enjoyable for the two of you.  Long gone are the days of quietude in the world, old school was so much nicer when it came to communicating with others.

Exist in real-time: Yes, real-time, that which is not found in a screen on some computerized device.  Existing in real-time is crucial to maintaining relationships.  So many people today feel better when delved into a game or some social media site, but it does not help real relationships with actual human beings around you.  Be sure when you are spending time with someone you are engaged with them in real-time.  Living, breathing beings are way more fun than those you play with online, even if there is another human being controlling that character you are playing with.  Old school rules, they are hardcore, Baby!

~4-Ever, P

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#BloggiteBits-Celebrate L.I.F.E.

Celebrate L.I.F.E.: Laugh daily, Invest in happiness, Focus on joy, Envision a better tomorrow

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Celebrate L.I.F.E.

Repeat after me: never start a new tradition during any holiday season! 😦

I must apologize for not posting this the day I actually posted my third installation of the ABCs of encouragement with the #BloggiteBits Campaign.  Life does get in the way, but even though it gets in the way of our planned moments, it should always be celebrated, which is what I have been doing for the holiday season. 😀

As I have been doing, Dear Bloggites, I encourage you to join me on my journey and Celebrate L.I.F.E. with these simple habits: Laugh daily, Invest in happiness, Focus on joy, & Envision a better tomorrow.

Laugh daily: This is a fairly simple concept, yet so many people forget to do it.  Laughing helps release those much needed endorphins that help a person feel good and relax.  People take life so seriously and are in such a rush they forget to realize living is a treasure to experience and laughter the compliment to that treasure.  When you are make it a point to laugh during the worst of times, you will find that those bad times are not too overwhelming to deal with.  I always choose to laugh and dance through life rather than cry and mope.  Remember, Laughter is contagious just like negativity.  Which do you think is better?

Invest in happiness: Here is a strange concept, how do you invest in happiness?  Happiness is not a tangible item that brings money in…or is it?  Happiness is a tangible item that very well may affect your income.  Think about people you know in your circle of friends who have success in their careers?  What are some similar qualities they possess?  I bet the majority of them are happy people in their personal lives.  Happiness is a trait that helps swing the vote in companies that are looking to promote employees, especially into upper management positions.  That old adage we all know, “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar” resonates with this theory of happiness.  People are drawn to happy people because when you are a happy person, you become more approachable.  Investing in happiness on a daily level not only helps improve your mind, heart, & soul it extends to all other aspects of your life.

Focus on joy: There is a distinct difference between Joy and Happiness.  Happiness is a fleeting emotion, determined by circumstances whereas Joy is a constant emotion, no matter what circumstances you are facing.  Even though the two emotions go hand in hand, focusing on joy helps you see the wonderful things in your life even during the hard times.  This habit is very hard to do because it is during the hard times that you can truly see all that you have to be joyful about.  Joy in life is an inner glow that never shuts off and in many cases may be the guiding force you have to get you through a situation.  Focusing on joy is a wonderful exercise to put you in the humble state of mind called appreciation.

Envision a better tomorrow: Egad! Have I just requested a habit from you that requires having a hope in the future!  Yes, Dear Bloggites, I have!  When a person can envision a want or desire, they usually find it easier to obtain.  If you take the time at the end of your day and envision what you would like to achieve the next day, you help psych yourself to make that vision of tomorrow happen.  I encourage you to envision not only tomorrow, but a better tomorrow than your current day you are having.  By taking the time at the end of each day and envision a better tomorrow, you will be one step ahead of a positive outcome for any challenges that may be faced tomorrow.

~4-Ever, P