I Like You.

I like you.

Those three little words can put a smile on anyone’s face.

Just reading those words makes me smile.

It takes very little time.

It could change someone’s entire life.

I have been reading random books lately and I came upon the story of Joe Girard, the top salesman in the world. He is the only salesman to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame for selling 13,001 new cars and trucks in 15 years.

His secret, he sent out a card every month to his 13,000 customers that simply said “I like you.” If it was during a holiday month, it might say Happy Thanksgiving but that was it. That sounds like a lot of work, but think about it. Am I the only one who is happy to see a personal card in the mail instead of bills or junk mail?

I love it when I have a card from my sisters, or from a friend. Something other than bad news or wasted paper.

It is so easy to be bitter about things, to always think of the bad things.

My job hasn’t been making me happy lately, yet I should be happy. It’s a good job, with fun people. It pays the bills and lets us have a decent life. There are many of my customers that have a much harder life than I do.

Instead of just thinking of them as I customer, I should think of them as a person, someone who might not be having the best day, week, or maybe even a horrible year. I should treasure every single one of them, because without them I wouldn’t have a job.

There are some people I really don’t like. Maybe they do things I don’t agree with, or they do things that annoy me, or they are just different.

Do you want to know something?

We are ALL different.

No two people are the same.

If my husband was the same as me, I probably wouldn’t love him the way I do.

He is his own person, with his love of video games and golf.

I love his passion for the things he loves, that fun smile he gets when talking about the new Collector’s Edition of a game he just got.

My challenge for September is to stop. When I start to feel annoyed by a customer, or a co-worker, or a family member, just stop. Stop being annoyed by the fact they are different then me. I will stop and think about something I like about them.

Life is good, and life is short. So why fill this short time with bitterness and bad moods?

Instead, let’s be happy.

And if someone is really, really getting on your nerves, listen to Selena Gomez.

Kill Em With Kindness.

And if you’re having a bad day, just remember..

I like you.

-Alison


It’s Been A While.

Well, it has been a while since I have posted on here.

I am currently watching Season 1, Episode 1 of Friends. Again.

I feel incredibly stressed, even though I know I really have nothing to be that stressed about.

My job stresses me out, my ‘lady business’ is stressing me out, I just feel stressed.

People tell me to just relax. Seriously. Have you ever tried to ‘just relax’?? I feel like that’s the same as telling someone who has a broken leg to just slap a band-aid on it.

Hopefully I will come up with something a little better to talk about over the weekend.


Stop the Glorification of Busy.

I saw this quote on Pinterest tonight.

“Stop the glorification of busy.”

I adore it.

I feel like I am so busy, all the time. Someone asks me to do something, “I’m sorry. I’m busy that night.”

What am I busy doing? Probably the dishes, or laundry, exercising, or even painting my nails. I am rarely ever actually that busy.

Before I met J, I worked somewhere between 2 to 5 jobs. I was working all the time, I rarely had time to be bored. Now that I only work until five, I am discovering I have much free time. Sometimes an overabundance of free time.

J keeps telling me to just slow down. To enjoy my free time.

I find that so hard to do. I don’t know when the last time I watched a movie to TV show at home without doing something else. I am either on my phone, laptop, writing, etc.

I feel like this weekend I did a good job of relaxing, of not watching the clock. I went to bed when I was tired, instead of when it was a specific time. I ate when I was hungry, I did what I felt like doing. I hope to continue this on during the week, only more responsibly considering I have a job to think of.

I just need to listen to J and slow down. Enjoy each moment as it comes.

“If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in?”


Bad Moms

I went and saw Bad Moms with my friend Becca this morning at 11. I love going to movies in the mornings. The theater is usually empty, or as close to it as possible.

That’s the Beccster waiving her Icee in the air like she just don’t care.

The movie was pretty good, but the popcorn was even better.


9 Miles

9 Miles. That is how long we walked today. 9 long miles. J and I woke up at 8 this morning, got dressed and downed some Gatorade energy gummy things.

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Then we headed out to Linear Trail to do the entire thing.

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We started here at 9 in good spirits. The weather was pretty decent, a little sticky but there was a nice breeze that helped cool things off.

I don’t think I saw anybody else walking, mostly biking or jogging. Around the 3 mile mark maybe there was this cool sign.

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It looks they measured out the planets into the walking path. However, I only saw two signs, one for Mercury and the other for Saturn, which was a lot bigger than Mercury.

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People were very friendly. Most smiled and said hello which did kind of surprise me.

There were a lot of places that were gorgeous, like this grove here.

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We also enjoyed some of the local art work.

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1.5 Miles left! At this point we sent a text out to our ride so he could get ready.

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We jogged a little on the last stretch. We really wanted to get there before noon, which we did!

9 long miles later…..

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VICTORY!! A little tired, a little sore, but feeling great!

And thanks to my Brother From Another Mother (aka brother-in-law) who came and got us and drove us back to the other side of Manhattan to our car!

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So..What did you do on your Saturday morning?

-RR.


Work.

I had to leave work early today so I wouldn’t get overtime. I didn’t want to drive home just to come back 30 minutes later to pick up J, so I went to his office. 

Notice the cute little Dr. Who on the left? That is his obsession. Not Dr. Who, even though it is fantastic, but the POP figurine things. That one was a Christmas gift from my sister Lacy and her family. We (I say we, even though it is in his office and I never see it) just bought a new one last weekend. 

They also have this thing called First Friday at CivicPlus (his job). At 4:30 on the first Friday of every month the whole company goes upstairs and eats and drinks. At 5 family and friends can come, but this is the first time I have been here before 5. 

There is usually a theme and this time it is Pokemon. There is 4 way Pokemon beer pong and mostly everyone is on a scavenger hunt.