May 29, 2012
According to Alexandra Fanzen, author of Unicorns for Socialisim (a blog you should put on your “to read” list) - “The National Science Foundation determined that our brains process an average of 50,000 thoughts a day. Of those 50K, approximately 80% are negative thoughts — and 90% are thoughts we’ve already had before. We’re running one sick, sad loop of self-abasement. We rarely think anything NEW”.
When I read that, I was in complete and utter shock – that is 40,000 NEGATIVE thoughts a day! And that is just the average! Imagine how many you are having on a bad day?
So how do we stop this? How do we prevent this from spiraling out of control?
I think rather than think negative things, why don’t we try the Alice in Wonderland strategy… believe at least 6 impossible things before breakfast.
Remember that things are only impossible if you believe they are. Quite honestly, I don’t think anything is impossible if you have a plan and determination. (Check out Joel Runyon’s Blog of Impossible Things if you need a little inspiration on how to get impossible shit done!) So rather than start your day thinking negatively, start the day positive and stretch your mind to the impossible.
And if you get through your day on the positive side, don’t forget to celebrate with the dance of the futterwacken!
May 23, 2012
I spend a day and a half in London, arriving via the Eurostar train from Pairs. I spent most of the day walking around, taking in the sights like the London Eye, St Paul’s Catherdral, Big Ben, Parlement, and of course, Platform 9 3/4 (non-muggles know what I mean). London is a really great place, easy to get around on foot or via Underground. I also got to see Sweeny Todd – Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring Imelda Sutton as Mrs Lovett who also played Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter movies.
May 22, 2012
I’m back after a brief trip across the pond to Paris and merry ole England (London – specifically). It is amazing all the history, art, and architecture these cities poses. Culturally, these cities are so much more relaxed than the high strung, go go go energy of New York. The Secret Agent (who arranged and inspired this trip) and I spent a lot of time just sipping our cafe creme, watching the Parisians stroll pass us. If you are looking for a relaxing and enriching trip, try Paris. It is a walkable city, and the metro is very very easy to follow if you get tired of walking.
Here are a few photos to inspire you….
- I’ll Always Have Paris (monsieurjamon.wordpress.com)
- Paris Budget Travel Tips (travelsort.com)
May 12, 2012
Bon jour everyone! I marked another item off my bucket list today, Get a stamp in my new passport. I’m happy to report I have a big French stamp in my passport this morning. I am in Paris! After months of trudging through work, I decided to take the Secret Agent up on her offer and join her for a few days of vacationing in Europe.
I just took a shower and am heading out to see the sights. I will be sure to take good notes so I can share my adventures with you all soon!
May 3, 2012
This Saturday I did the Run for the Wild. What a great race! It is a 3 mile race through the grounds of the Bronx Zoo. It is a good run since it is mostly flat with a few hills thrown in here and there for a slight challenge. In addition, around every bend there is a chance to see one of the magnificent animals that call the zoo home.
Run for the Lions
Because I was a top fundraiser (I ended up raising $1602 for the WCS – Thank you to all who donated!!) I won the opportunity to feed a giraffe! An amazing opportunity for me, just for doing something good for these animals by fundraising for the Wildlife Consevation Society.
Giraffes like kale and sweet potatoes!
Even though Saturday morning was absolutely freezing, I ran my heart out and finished the race in under 32 minutes which is a new personal record for me! If you are in the area, I highly recommend signing up for this race.