Look for the Good in Every Day

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A new year is before us, ripe with opportunities and promise. I love the feel of ‘the new’, and while the slate isn’t totally clean that we start with, it still brings with it the feeling of freshness and new beginnings.

For several years I’ve chosen a word of the year to focus on. Last year I couldn’t make up my mind, so I chose three: authentic, action, and joyful. Towards the end of 2018, knowing this chance to pick new words to focus on was coming up again, I started writing down words that I was drawn to. I had a post-it note on my December calendar and when I’d run across another word I liked, I’d add it to my list. By the last week of the year I had several words to pick from – balance, peace, delight, nourish, healthy, grateful, blessed. I liked all of them. Any of them would have been a great word for me to laser in on. My life would be richer with any of those words magnified in my life. I couldn’t choose.

While driving between the stores I service in my day job, my mind usually wanders and drifts as I travel the familiar route. One day a phrase popped into my mind and I knew immediately that this was my 2019 focus.

Look for the good in every day.

Somehow I jumped from three words to seven. But I knew that I needed this whole phrase. I think I’m usually fairly optimistic – probably more so than many. But yet, I still see how I’m starting to fall back into patterns of grumblings and under the breath mutterings. Too much for my own peace of mind. So I need to regroup and notch up the positivity. Gratitude and thankfulness amplify positivity – as does seeing the good in every day.

As an aside, I thought of making the phrase – find the good in every day. That’s only six words, instead of seven. But it didn’t feel as spot on for me as the words I initially thought of. To me, ‘find’ implies a more passive thought. It seems like it’s recognizing the good that is there, but only if I happen to run across it. To ‘look for’ feels more action oriented, something I have to actively search for with the intent of finding it.

With that thought in mind, I’m thankful that the hours this week are a little lighter than the past few weeks have been. That gave me the time – and the energy – to be home this afternoon to write this post. While the past few weeks were heavier in hours than usual, I’ll be thankful for the larger paycheck. I’m thankful for the health that’s carried me through a hectic holiday season and all the loved ones in my life that I was able to send Christmas packages to. And I’m doubly thankful for the past few days that have been close to 70-degrees. Now, that’s my kind of January winter day!

AYes, life is good and I’m looking forward to a magnificent 2019 filled with family, friends, love and a multitude of blessings. Wishing the same to you all!

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Hello 2018! #my3words

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Last I knew, school was just letting out for the summer. Then I blinked, and here we are – welcoming in 2018.

I already have a list of goals for the New Year –  books to finish and publish, which books will be on sale each month, which Vintage Daze Short Stories I want to complete, when I want to travel to see grandkids and parents, and more. I’m ready for this new year!

As I sat scrolling through my emails, I read an email about a lady that switched from choosing one word to focus on in the new year – to three words, as recommended by Chris Brogan.

What a great idea! For several years I’ve read of people choosing one word. But with my Gemini spirit trying to travel in a multitude of directions, choosing just one never seemed to quite fit what my goals were for the year. If many different writing and career goals weren’t enough, when you add in the additional layers of mind-body-spirit that I’d like to improve, I never found one word to do the whole job.

I like the three word idea. The three words I’m choosing on for 2018 are ‘Authentic‘, ‘Action‘, and ‘Joyful.’ These three words will encompass my goals for the year, both in business and in my personal life.

Now to scatter them throughout my environment – on vision boards, wall papers, post it notes, maybe stapled to my forehead…

Have you ever chosen a ‘Word for the Year’? Or three? How has it worked for you? Was it helpful? Do you have any words you’re using for this new, upcoming year? I’m an inquiring mind…I’d like to know. Share your thoughts.

And have a grand, joyful, and blessed 2018!

Thoughts for a new 2017

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Every Day’s a Good Day: Remaining Positive in a Retail or Service Based Profession

new year2A new year begins and we are filled with the anticipation of new beginnings, starting over with a new, clean slate.

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” – By Dr. Dale Turner

2015 has a lot of new, exciting ventures planned. One of the additions to the slate of Trisha Faye posts is an every other week post in ‘EVERY DAY’S A GOOD DAY: Remaining Positive in a Retail or Service Based Profession’. The first post is scheduled for this coming Friday, January 9th.

What exciting plans do YOU have for 2015?

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