Trying New Things


Today is a special day, I’m thankful to God to celebrate another birthday. Whoa! Each year I become reflective and set a plan to live better that year; however, this year I want to intentionally try new things every week. I haven’t decided what things, specifically, I’ll do yet, but I know new experiences, cultures, foods and destinations await, while keeping my options open.

This is what I did today…..

I love, love movies and I usually go to the movie theater at least three to four times a month or catch movies on DVD. The past few months I haven’t been able to get out to theater like I really want, but today that changed. I had my own movie marathon. I went to the “dollar theater” and caught up on a few movies. It was great; I laughed; I cried, but most importantly I had fun. For less than $5.00 I saw three movies, the animated movie Home @ 12 noon; had a quick-lunch at Chick-fil-A then back to the theater  Pitch Perfect 2 @ 2 o’clock and finished it off with Fast and Furious 7 @ 3:55 p.m. Movies 10 7.16.15 Movies 10 tix 7.16.15 Is there something new you want to try? How about making it happen sooner than later?

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

Setting Your Mark


We’re nearing the end of 2013 and here are a few questions  for you. Did you make a promise to yourself or to someone else, to save more money, lose weight or to get more involved in the community? Or did you write a vision for your future? Regardless of what you set out to do in 2013, the question is, did you take action?

“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” ~ Peter Marshall

On a movie set the Director shouts, “Quiet on the set.” That’s the cue for everyone to get ready. A marker is called to identify the scene, everyone takes their places then the Director shouts, “Action!” Now maybe in your situation you got your cue and you  knew what you wanted to do, with an idea of what the result should be. Somewhere along the way the scene changed and you should have taken action but you were hindered; you didn’t make the cut. You developed a bad case of the shoulda woulda couldas. It’s hard to accept our short comings and disappointments but hold your head up because you tried and trying is taking action. Your goals are not set by a calendar; it takes time to make a dream a reality. Go ahead and gather your thoughts while you gain new perspective and get ready for the next scene. Set your mark and stay focused… you know what’s next, ACTION!

Casually speaking and all the best,

Mercedes

That’s Boring


I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “that’s boring” or “I’m bored”, and maybe you’ve said it yourself a time or two. Admittedly, sometimes things can get monotonous or stale. However, we are creative beings, some more than others, and each day is a clean slate; an empty canvas just waiting for us to create. One of the keys to not settling into a rut is to keep doing things and actively pursue life.  Regardless of what we’re required to do, like earn a living; get an education or make an impact in the community, there should be some room carved out every day to make/ grow/ develop/ design/ write/ dance/ plant/ discuss/ or learn something. Anything. As they say, “Life is what you MAKE it!”, so go ahead a make it good. If you’re busy making things happen when would you have time to be bored?

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

 

Nothing Much


I’ve always thought the cliché, “silence is golden”, was so profound and recently I experienced the joy of silence. Driving home from work the other day with the radio on while dealing with the challenges of rush hour traffic and a commute that could easily turn into an hour’s drive depending on the day of the week and if it rains or not (seriously, that’s traffic in Atlanta). Normally I listen to the latest news updates, weather and traffic report, but I suddenly felt prompted to turn the radio off. After I did all the clutter and busyness in my head started to dissipate. Almost instantly I felt a calming and peacefulness fill me. It was an amazing experience, to witness how shutting out the noise; rehearsed to-do lists and past conversations in my head were replaced with a clarity and focus. Since then I’ve tried turning off the distractions a couple of times and I got the same results. I know this isn’t a new discovery, but it’s a good reminder to take a moment to hear nothing much.

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

 

Reflecting on 2012


On January 1st, 2012 we had a fresh start… a time of renewal… with open days to fill however we saw fit; the choice was ours. What did you do differently? Have you made steps towards your dream? What did you learn this year? Did you awaken your senses to any new discoveries? How far outside of your comfort zone did you travel? How much did you grow, mentally/spiritually? Are you closer to your goals?  We are on borrowed time and all we have is this moment, cherish it and embrace the time you have.

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

Pausing for a Cause


There’s an abundance of electronic devices out there to engage, entertain and excite our senses, which leave little room, if any, for quiet time. We are in constant motion and other than sleeping how often are our bodies at rest? I know, “there’s so much to do and so little time to do it”, as the saying goes. Instead of hitting the “play” button sometimes we should hit “pause”, just to regroup, refresh and reset ourselves again. Chaos will be at a standstill for a moment and although you haven’t figured out the answer to that burning question, it can wait.  Just take a moment…..*PAUSE…. then move forward.  You deserve the best, so why not give yourself a break.

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

Heaven Is Listening


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