Road Less Traveled by…Little Victories!

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A lot of my current life right now revolves around learning how to be strong and accepting that not everyone is going to understand what you are doing in life.  It is hard when you know in your heart what you are set out to accomplish is not a very accepted idea….let alone have a positive response right off the bat.  Everyone is a critic.  Everyone thinks that they are the expert and they have this idea of where things ought to be.  No one takes in to consideration the other end of it: vision.

When I say vision, I mean let’s think big.  Thinking past our own feet.  Dare to dream and dare to do!  That is exactly my thoughts anyways…It has taken me 3 years of screaming to get our “professional” or work image cleaned up…or developed…and it is finally to the point where my boss/owner/dad said “Do it!”  So here I walk on a road less traveled by and venture into the great unknown…marketing and branding land!  What is so different about now?  This is a team!  Even though the support is not exactly there right now, I will get creative in approach and attitude.  We will see just how good the little CatMan is at the power of persuasion.  Let’s see just how beneficial this will be!  I have high aspirations…

I know you all can feel my excitement and energy clear across the blogosphere!  Well grab some of the energy and create little victories of your own!  I got one little victory today…and I am jumping up and down with pride!!!  So no more of this “You can’t” bit….because you see, “I can!  I am CatMan….THE CatMan…and you can hear my roar, can’t you?”   (happy dance)

Gotta keep your head up!

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Today, for the first time in many years, I have horrible big bags under my eyes.  I have had a doozie of a morning and it is going to be crazy from here on out.  I am going out-of-town tomorrow for 2 weeks.  That means packing, work items, orders have to be placed, etc.  I just have been trying to get things done.

Since April, I have been under the assumption that I was flying out Friday evening.  I realized on Monday that it was AM not PM!  I had to rearrange everything.  You know what they say about making plans, don’t you??? Change is inevitable and they are even better than the original!  So because I was up late packing, dealing with work issues, and hanging out…I have bags under my eyes.

2 Weddings and an X-games….WHOOOO-HOOOOOOOOO!  Starting point: Spokane Washington.  2nd stop: Los Angelus.  3rd stop: NY.   I am trying to fit everything in one bag.  So far it has been a success. (knock on wood)  I have just a few more items to go to which I will deal with this evening yet.  I have decided not to actually pack a hanging bag as I will be carrying my computer with me.  The humor in all of this is I am cool, calm and collected.  Is it good to say I am getting this much-needed vacation that I have deserved for so long?  Yes, I think it is good.

I am learning a lot about myself thru this time in my life.  For an instance, being organized makes life a little easier.  It DOES pay off.  I was really smart about doing laundry right before I had to pack so I just laid everything in their piles and proceeded from there!  (one of many short cuts)  I am also learning that patience and trust do actually make things easier to deal with instead of being an emotional hot head.  My thinking and thought process is way different than most people, especially the one’s I work with.   For whatever reason, I am usually the only one that stands up against people arguing and pointing out the lack of productivity and negative energy being spit back at one another will not produce any different responses.  Why don’t we take action and do something about it rather than chew each others heads off and point fingers!  Just a thought, of course.

Another really stunning conclusion that I have realized is by setting a positive balanced example for people, it too really can produce fruitful results.  When you are balanced, happy, and positive most the time…people see that innately in you and they desire to be like that.  The problem is that most humans just see what is on the surface instead of digging deeper into a person’s composition and finding out WHY they act the way they do.  The WHY question actually takes an amount of expelled energy from the party asking it and because we are lazy and don’t care that much about each other we continue to judge from a person’s outward presentation.  This is so wrong.  Think about it this way.  What if you could see a person’s potential….and see what fears were holding them back.  What if you could open their heart and eyes to that and become closer friends or acquaintances?  Think if we all just invested asking “WHY” to just one person!  How much better would you feel over all-knowing that someone is actually caring to take the time to get to know you a little better.  Personally, I would feel pretty great!

Lastly, by looking to positive verses the negative, one can allow that positive energy to change and transform them inside out.  “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality” (Plutarch).  Inwardly looking to the positive (step into the light!), inwardly seeking a great balance, and making sure myself is in check.  That’s how I am going to live my life, take action with me and move out.   Then, maybe I can gather new perspective on situations and to be able to change other people’s outlooks in life.  You can positively take ownership this way.  Negative weighs you down too much!

Go with the flow, life it too short to worry.  Make your plans but, be flexible and open to change.  It works out the best and keep your head up!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmrOB_q3tjo&ob=av3n

Chao!

WAY over due…here’s some Joy pass it on!

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What do you do when life gets so crazy that you can’t even think straight?  What do you do when you have been swept down stream on a current never to be thrown off but just completely swept off your feet?  A LOT has been happening so let me catch you all up briefly…YOU LISTEN TO A SONG!!!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEXhAMtbaec

1. Nomad and I are progressing well…better than well but, I am giving him 3 dates before he is going to be able to meet my family.  I told him I feel crazy, and he told me I was just being me and anyone that had a problem with it I should say “piss off”.  I think you will enjoy this next pic…

 

Nomad and I...

 

 

2. Cheerleading is cheerleading and I am so ready to relinquish my “Spirit Stick” and move on to bigger and better things.  I love my girls but, the cheerleader is burned out.

3. Work has been CRAZY TRAIN busy.  I will send you a link to our new website when we are to that point…ALMOST THERE!

4. My brother is moving out (we don’t have an ETA, however I am OK with that!)

5. Spring is just around the corner and because the SUN has been showing it’s beautiful face my days have been 100,000,000% better!  I know that’s a lot but the sun makes me so joyful.

 

 

 

6.  Participated as “Abraham Lincoln” on our Special Olympics of Allen County Trivia Team for a local fundraiser.  I went as Abe without legs…it was very fitting!  There is something so sexy about a woman with a beard…..

7.  I have been so joyful for not having any sleep at night…I swear life is so good!

8. Katherine is one of my dearest girls and we sat laughing so freaking hard we were crying and hardly making sense.  I am pretty sure to the “average joe” thought that we were complete idiots!

ONE last moment to share:

Yesterday, I had a massive headache.  I had cheer practice (ugh!), then the night progressed…tentatively I was going to the Chapel for a few brief moments, on to Mass with the girls, then out for ice cream!  After cheer, I was feeling very discouraged.  I basically stated “I didn’t feel so joyful right now because of all the negative swallowing me”  Nomad was so sweet and tried to cheer me up with his kind words.  It made me feel good knowing he was there for me.  Well he told me that I had a joyful heart…I totally just said I didn’t feel that joy though…but glad he could see it.  When I got to the Chapel, I said a few prayers for my cheerleaders and myself.  I then hurried off to Mass so I wouldn’t be late.  I lit a votive candle for a “special intention” but had nowhere to give my donation so I just held on to it.  After Mass, I went and excused myself from the girls and gave my envelope to Fr. I don’t go to this Parish so I was just introducing myself to him.  Fr. James was this Priest’s name.  How wonderful he is.  Well when I gave him my envelope, he told me that I was so joyful!  He said spread that joy to everyone.  I almost cried.  That was exactly what I needed to hear at that very moment.  I felt revived.  I felt relieved and happy.  I felt like I could now go out into the world and let the real CatMan be shown!  My energy had just been restored!  🙂  Then I got to spend the most beautiful time with my girls laughing and carrying on like little school girls.  It was awesome.  When it was all said and done, Nomad and I talked to each other and my whole world was right on balance.  I was right where I needed to be.  Life is SO good!

Remember, when you are discouraged–God sends you little angels to keep you going!  All He asks for you in return is your faithfulness.  Heck, my life is so wonderful!  Here is my joy and I am passing it on!  TAG YOUR IT!!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIRFE_1huMc

THE CatMan