April 2nd: Gotta have a lot of “huevos”

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Translation:  The problem with the recipe for happiness is that, you need a lot of “balls” (the word huevos literally means “eggs” in Spanish but it is also a crass way of saying “balls”)

Hmmm, do I have the “huevos” to pursue my happiness?  Am I truly committed to my goals and what I want out of life?  To be honest, I’m not quite sure if I’m 100% brave enough yet. Certainly makes you think… and giggle, lol.

March 11th: Things That Make You Smile

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I absolutely love this quote from Mark Twain… The longer I live and the more I experience, the less I regret anything.  Life is all about taking the most from both the bad and the good… and many of the mistakes we make in life are due to impulsive decisions that, at the moment, make us smile.  How could ANYONE regret that?

On the note of kissing slowly (BTW, did anyone realize what a romantic Mark Twain was before reading this quote?!) … I will be very frank with you all and share that kissing is one of my all-time favorite things to do in the UNIVERSE.  When I saw this short video on Facebook today, I absolutely fell in love with it.  It is a video called First Kiss.  The artist had 20 complete strangers kiss as she recorded their awkward first interactions and how they changed after just one, very passionate, kiss.

I think its a very sweet and touching way of documenting one of the universal experiences of being human.. (sigh)  Did I mention how much I love kissing?….

February 15th: Choices

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Wouldn’t it be incredible if we could choose everything we had in life?
What if even those unwanted circumstances we were dealt with were given a different meaning?  What if our personal tragedies became sources of power and strength rather than weakness, hurt and victimization?  I’m choosing to see them that way.

February 7th: Attitude of Gratitude

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Today I am grateful for having an attitude of gratitude.  (You must be thinking: Cristy, are you saying you are grateful for knowing how to be grateful? My answer is: YES!) Every morning when I get in my car, I say my prayers before I turn on the radio.  I have a lot to be grateful for and reminding myself of this puts everything in perspective at the start of my day.
I’m grateful for the health of my family, our closeness, for my job, my financial stability and for friends who love me.  I am grateful for all the twists and turns my life has taken and for all the things that God has taken out of my path for my own good.  I’m also grateful for my resilience and innate happiness.
But having an attitude of gratitude is a little more than just being grateful for what you’ve got… In my opinion it’s also about seeing the best in people and appreciating what they put forth, even if it’s less than what you’d want.  How many times have you wished a family member, a partner, a friend or even a co-worker could give you something more than what they’ve presented?  Maybe you wish they were better listeners, more generous, more consistent with their word, less argumentative, a better provider, happier, more cooperative.  But what if what they’re presenting to you is all they’ve got?
Seeing the best parts of people and overlooking what you don’t like may not be the best approach to finding a life partner but, I like the fact that I’m the kind of person who focusses on the best parts of people and falls in love that best part.  My family members and close friends sometimes drive me insane but, I focus on all the ways they contribute to my life that I just can’t live without.  I’m grateful for any and all contributions no matter how great or small in my life.   I am especially grateful when people give me little reminders of how they appreciate me too 🙂